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1. Photographer Unites Nursing Mothers with Mother Nature in “Breastfeeding Goddesses”

Our most popular story of 2015 featured the breathtaking photography of Ivette Ivens, who captured the beauty of breastfeeding by pairing mothers with Mother Nature.

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2. A Seattle doctor believes he has discovered what causes SIDS

In a major breakthrough medical discovery this year, Dr. Daniel Rubens believes he knows what causes the mysterious and cruel killer, sudden infant death syndrome.

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3. Volvo’s front-row child seat concept puts a new spin on family road trips

No one puts baby in… the back seat? Volvo debuted a wildly popular new concept for car seats — yet it had many parents scratching their head with regard to safety.

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4. Strong is the New Pretty: A mother captures her daughters’ strength in compelling snapshots

One mom is changing the concept of beauty with a compelling pictorial of her daughters which highlights girls’ strength and determination over typical, superficial norms of the notion of “pretty.”

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5. LEGO is investing $150 million to ditch plastic & start creating their blocks with sustainable materials

It’s about time! This year LEGO hopes to continue to build their empire brick by brick — but with eco-friendly materials, not plastic.

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6. ColoringNotebook beckons adults to daydream and reduce stress while coloring fanciful designs

Readers LOVE the ColoringNotebook, which features plenty of pages for note taking and fun designs and drawings for adults and older kids to color in.

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7. Mom builds an innovative family bed that makes co-sleeping with 5 kids seem dreamy!

No matter where you stand on co-sleeping, we can all agree that this mom created a clever and cozy bed for her clan to share.

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8. 8 year-old girl forms friendship with crows, and they bestow gifts upon her

8 year-old Gabi had no idea that by feeding the crows in her neighborhood, they would express their gratitude by bringing her all the bits and baubles they could fit in their beaks.

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9. EWG’s 2015 sunscreen guide lists the safest and worst sunscreens

Protecting skin from the sun is always on trend… which is why EWG’s informative 2015 sunscreen guide to the safest and worst sunscreens was a huge hit.

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10. 109 year-old man knits sweaters for penguins to protect them from the dangers of oil spills

Readers couldn’t resist a colony of typically tuxedo-clad penguins dressed-down in colorful hand-knit sweaters lovingly made by a 109 year-old man — all in an effort to protect them!

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11. Preschool housed in a retirement home offers children & the elderly a magical opportunity to learn from each other

We were all totally smitten with this story about preschool children and the elderly having magnificent, mutually beneficial learning experiences in this school housed in a retirement center.

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12. European Parliament member has brought her daughter to work since infancy in an effort to support women’s rights

We all gave a giant collective cheer to awesome mom and European Parliament member Licia Ronzulli for supporting women’s rights by bringing her daughter to work since she was an infant.

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13. Unleash your inner child with Johanna Basford’s coloring books for adults

Johanna Basford’s coloring books for adults took the world by storm selling over 1.5 million copies to people of all ages who simply love to color!

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14. HOW TO: Make crispy peanut butter cauliflower ‘wings’

You’re going to want to bookmark this recipe for Superbowl Sunday and meatless Monday… and any day of the week, really. These cruelty-free cauliflower wings are beyond delicious — and healthy too!

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15. The best country in the world to be a mom is… (hint: it’s not the USA, which ranks 33rd)

Everyone was curious to know which country in the world was the best place to be a mom in 2015… find out here.

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16. IKEA welcomes breastfeeding mothers to nurse in the chair of their choice in any staged living room storewide

This refreshingly supportive sign posted at IKEA encourages moms to find the most cozy chair in the store to nurse their little ones!

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17. The Man with the Golden Arm” has saved the lives of 2 million babies by donating his blood weekly for the past 60 years

The selfless generosity of James Harrison has saved the lives of two million babies and counting. He has spent the past 60 years donating his rare blood type every single week.

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18. James Cameron gifts his wife five giant solar Sun Flowers to power her sustainable SoCal school

Now that’s how you up the ante on giving someone flowers! James Cameron’s birthday gift to his wife of giant solar Sun Flowers impressed all of us!

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19. France bans WiFi in childcare facilities that cater to children under age 3

We applaud France for banning WiFi service in facilities that cater to young children… and we wish the U.S. would follow suit.

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20. Handprint of 8 year-old boy reveals beautiful flourishes of bacteria and fungi

We simultaneously cringed in collective germophobia, yet were transfixed by the beauty of this bacteria laden handprint of a young boy.

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21. LEGO Slippers Protect Parents’ Feet from the Piercing Pain of Stomping on a Rogue Brick

We’re pretty certain all of our readers have felt the pain of stepping on a LEGO with bare feet, given the popularity of these padded LEGO slippers.

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22. 15 One-Pot Vegan Dinners for No-Fuss, Low-Mess Meals in a Flash

Delicious vegan dinners that only require one-pot clean-up? Everyone eagerly clicked through the meal ideas in this helpful story.

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23. Artist Transforms Her Two Year-Old’s Sketches into Fantastical Watercolor Paintings

These mother/daughter artistic collaborations are not to be missed. The first story we ran in 2015 features the work of the artist’s two year-old child… and we also recently published a story on their continuing works now that her daughter has turned 3.

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24. Artist Knits Cruelty-Free Detailed Animal Dissections

Where were Emily Stoneking’s cruelty-free animal dissections when we were in biology class? Genius.

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25. Magic Wheelchair Creates Awe-Inspiring Halloween Costumes for Children in Wheelchairs

You won’t believe the amazing costumes one dad and his creative team makes for children in wheelchairs.

Lead image © Ivette Ivens Photography