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Most parents try everything they can to make sure their kids eat healthy foods while at home, but what about when they’re at school? Considering that it’s one of the three main meals of the day, what your child has for lunch is a major factor in their development, and can have an effect on both their learning and growth. While it may not seem like we have much control over the types of foods and snacks our children have at school (especially if they attend public school), we recently spoke with Amie Hamlin, Executive Director of the NY Coalition for Healthy School Food, and learned that quite the opposite is true. We also found out more about the Coalition’s involvement in establishing NYC’s first vegetarian school, and how the kids at that school have been faring academically since the change.

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Maharani Incense Sticks (Heena) Soothe your mind, body and spirit with Maharani Heena Incense. These fine incense sticks capture the pure scent of henna, more commonly used to create beautiful designs on the hands and feet. Henna has a smooth, earthy scent that is used to bring balance and reduce mental confusion, making these incense sticks the perfect way to enjoy your home. This fine incense is from the Imperial Incense Range and has been hand rolled onto bamboo sticks and dried naturally in the sun. Imperial Range incense uses Halmaddi, a semi liquid plant resin as well as natural binding agents to form the sticks. By using essential oils, herbs and natural resins, the Imperial Range brings you beautiful fragrance and high quality incense straight from India's finest craftspeople.

Water, Water Supply, Water Conservation, Austin-Round Rock, TX, Solar Decathlon, Texas Although the Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition is focused on renewable energy, one of the teams chosen to build a house for this fall's event will take resource conservation a step further. The University of Texas at Austin, partnering with Germany's Technische Universitat Munchen, will construct a home that is net zero usage for energy as well as water. The team's NexusHaus, which will be on display during the competition held Oct. 8 to 18 in Irvine, Calif., will be one of the country's first water-independent dwellings, and its design could have major ramifications for home builders in drought-prone areas and beyond. Its concepts have takeaways for builders across the country as more jurisdictions allow measures such as potable rainwater reuse and graywater recycling. Because of the looming water crisis, the first step for the 70-plus-member team was to ensure that water in the home be used as efficiently as possible, with a goal of 25 gallons per person per day.

40 Modern Electronic Packaging Designs Inspiration Did you know the important aspect of marketing the product? Yes, the stylish packaging design with bright colors. Although the quality of the product determines the sales, the outer packaging was the most ogled by consumers. When you go to an electronics store, you may not see an innovative product but the unique packaging. Packaging Design related articles:

3D printing: new "disruptive technology" raises serious intellectual property questions 3D printing: new "disruptive technology" raises serious intellectual property questions For years companies have employed 3D printing in various applications, most notably in the aerospace and automotive industries. Until recently, however, the costs of 3D printing made individual consumer use prohibitively expensive. Vertical vermiponics: research project combines worms with hydroponics The practices of hydroponics, aquaponics and windowfarming (which allows urban folks to grow food vertically using their home windows) and vermicomposting (creating compost with worms) have become familiar ideas to many green-minded people for some time now. But what about adding worms to the windowfarming equation? Professor Ken Rinaldo, director of the art and technology department at Ohio State University's School of Architecture, has combined aspects of these practices in an experimental research project called Cascading Gardens. Seen over at Inhabitat, the project employs what is called vermiponics, where worm waste is used to fertilize veggies. We've seen a few examples of this previously, but it's intriguing to see an instance where the power of worm waste is directly integrated in such a way, resulting in a smaller growing footprint. © Ken Rinaldo

100 Perfect Gifts Whether You’ve Been Naughty or Nice: 1 to 10 100 Perfect Gifts Whether You’ve Been Naughty or Nice: 1 to 10 inShare0 Hario V60 Buono KettleThe perfect cup of joe is exactly 2 minutes, 30 seconds away: Hario's slow-pour kettle, coupled with its ridged conical drip cup ($23), prolongs infusion time for delicious solubles without overextracting your brew or straining your wrist. And while high-end coffee gear can cost as much as a new Toyota, the V60 goes for less than a few fill-ups. $59 | HarioPhoto: Massimo Gammacurta Joby Gorillatorch SwitchbackIf countless hours spent playing Zork taught us anything, it's that wandering around in the dark will get you eaten by a Grue.

Urban Biofilter Urban Biofilter designs, implements, and advocates for the integration of biological systems into our existing urban infrastructure. Urban Biofilter is a research and design organization based in Oakland, CA and is a project of Earth Island Institute, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. As a collaborative team of ecological engineers, designers and community organizers, Urban Biofilter creates environmental systems appropriate to each site and community.

A Home For Media Artists “Father Figure” by Zun Lee by Konahrtist December 22, 2013 Foldable Foldarap 3d printer launches a crowdfunding campaign on Ulule Jul.7, 2012 Emmanuel Gilloz, the creator of the Foldarap 3d printer has launched a crowdfunding project on Ulule. The FoldaRap is an open-source 3D-Printer, a foldable RepRap. 5 ways to get the most out of backyard chickens Chickens give us eggs, and those eggs are a great source of high-quality protein. But they can also give us so much more. Below are some innovative ideas from backyard and small-scale commercial chicken keepers that may help chooks to reach their full, productive potential. Chicken tunnels for low-work cultivationChickens love to peck, they love to scratch, they love to dig, and they love to eat all kinds of little weeds, bugs and beasties—not to mention food/crop waste. Oh, and they love to poop too.

Zulu Exclusive Admin Wholesalers Fundamental to our mission to provide an efficient, hassle free delivery service for the full range of African Artworks to clients anywhere in the world is a strategically located network of warehouses that are owned and run by our exclusive wholesalers. Given the vast number of galleries, household and gift shops found around the world there is a need for central, regional distribution points to cut down the lengthy delivery time that goes with the freighting of African Art works. There is a highly beneficial discount and commission structure that goes with this form of log-in as we are aware of the systems and structures required to efficiently administer a warehouse.

Award-winning renovation slashes mid-century home’s carbon footprint by 80% London-based architecture firm Coppin Dockray completed a green house renovation that’s so successful it cut carbon emissions by 80 percent. Located on a steep wooded slope in the historic Wiltshire village of Antsy, the rural home, named Ansty Plum, comprises a 1960s house and small side annex that had fallen into severe disrepair. Coppin Dockray restored the original structure to its former glory and added double glazing, extra insulation, and other features to boost its thermal efficiency and comfort. Topped with a distinctive sloped roof that mimics the steep terrain, Ansty Plum was originally designed by David Levitt in 1964 for former Arup partner and engineer Roger Rigby. The property also includes a studio annex later designed by Brutalist architects Peter and Alison Smithson. Both structures were significantly deteriorated by the time Coppin Dockray co-founder Sandra Coppin and her husband purchased the property six years ago.

A Home For Media Artists Kris Lewis Part II by okmarzo March 21, 2014 Kris Lewis is a Los Angeles based artist whose influences include Alfonse Bougereau, Andrew Wyeth, and Gustav Klimt. His reverence for masters of old is apparent in his depiction of the human figure, which he uses as a vector for hidden stories, delicate emotion, and finding truth.

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