Author: Delilah

The A Cream from Mio: The best firming body lotion with a surprising added benefit.

You might know the Mama Mio skincare line for pregnant mamas, and Mio is their new “high intensity” line aimed at helping your skin become more fit and healthy, which I’m pretty sure is code for anti-aging. The A Cream is a firming body cream that promises to tighten, moisten, and generally fortify skin while giving it a nice glow and soft scent.  It’s great as an after-shower lotion, especially on my pasty, dry, winter-dull legs as I prepare for spring dresses. But what really impresses me is how well The A Cream works at soothing sunburn. Confession time: I came a lobster recently, after...

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Chill out, Rapunzel. We found a new natural conditioner for kids even if their hair is 7 stories long.

Natural, nourishing baby shampoos are plentiful, but it can be a challenge to find an all-natural conditioner made for kids that can tame my daughter’s own  locks which hang down to her waist and curl at the end. Adorable until I’m trying to untangle it and she starts screaming and asks me if I’m actually her evil stepmother. So hooray for me–or us–because one of my favorite natural hair care brands  has just released two new natural hair  conditioners that are as fabulous as their other products.  – Find a terrific discount for our readers below –  I’m a huge...

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Cool Moms agree: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

#WeNeedDiverseBooks is currently the #1 trending topic on Twitter and is taking over tumblr with user photos of people from all walks of life holding up handmade signs about why we need more diversity in literature–especially for kids. It was created as a response to a national literary convention that put together a panel of “luminaries of children’s literature” and only included white male authors. The uproar demanded more diversity in books, in authors, and in the attention given to books by and about people of color, LGBTQ, and the otherly abled. Today through May 3 (and beyond!) it’s easy...

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It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s a girl doll in a superhero costume that you design.

We were so excited when we discovered Lottie, a doll who skips the stilettos and miniskirts (and curves) for clothes that look like what an actual kid would wear. Lottie comes with lots of skin and hair colors and has oodles of outfits and activities from martial arts to horseback riding to butterfly-catching. Until now, she didn’t have a superhero costume, but that’s about to change. Until May 7, kids can help design Lottie’s superhero persona, and one winner will see her costume actually made for Lottie dolls everywhere. We love Lottie, and we can’t wait to find out...

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Everything is awesome when you’re part of a custom Lego family portrait

When it comes to family portraits, everything is awesome when you don’t have to wear matching shirts and comb everyone’s hair. With Legos, this is possible, and everyone’s going to look fabulous. Plus, you won’t have that one photo where everyone is smiling and looks great–except for the kid who had to make a monster face. These Lego Family Portrait prints from Peanutoak Print in Lisbon, Portugal are a great way to capture your family in a playful way that appeals to kids and doesn’t require them to say cheese. Just tell the artist what everyone looks like, and she’ll...

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Plants vs. Zombies, now on your windowsill

There’s a zombie on your la-awn… and on your windowsill, thanks to this fun new Zombie Plant Growing Kit from our pals at TickleMe Plants. Since I kill most of the plants I try to grow, I’m intrigued by the idea of a plant that is actually supposed to die when I touch it. And my kids will get a major kick out of watching it come back to life, which that tomato plant from NASA definitely didn’t do. Please don’t tell Bobak Ferdowsi. The Zombie Plant is actually Mimosa pudica, which was common in the wild where I...

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The eyes have it.

Thanks to the wonders of Photoshop and plastic surgery, I have become highly skeptical of ads touting any sort of miracle that comes in a bottle. With the combo of my mid-thirties and a perpetual sleep deficit, I’ve just come to label those purple bags under my eyes as punk rock. So you can imagine my surprise when a little glass bottle of eye serum made me pick up the mirror, move it into natural sunlight, and say the S word under my breath. It’s no surprise that I’ve found another product to love from Blissoma, a woman-run company...

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My new favorite product? Caffeinated chocolate. Caffeinated chocolate, people!

The only downside to my newfound coffee geekery is that some mornings I just don’t have time to grind, brew, and enjoy the amazing cup of coffee that I need so badly to function. Quick, crappy coffee just won’t do anymore. But the substitute I’ve found is almost as good as the original. Awake Chocolate is a game changer. True story: the day Awake Chocolate sent me a box of samples, I dove right in before reading their adorable packaging. Turns out that amazingly yummy Caramel Chocolate bar is the equivalent of a full cup of coffee. Oops. I...

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Earth Day Pick: 7 of our favorite natural skin care brands that you might not know.

We get to try a lot of amazing beauty products, and you can rest assured that one of the first things we do is read all the ingredients to see just how safe they are for our skin and yours. But of course, natural doesn’t always mean better (and to be fair, in some cases, better results doesn’t mean 100% natural). In honor of Earth Day, here are some of our favorite natural skin care brands from some of the smaller companies you may not know. They all maximize results and pampering while minimizing, well, pretty much everything yucky....

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Bubbly Babies: A gentle, vegan shampoo for kids

With a second grade mermaid in my house who hates showers but loves her long hair, I often find myself at sea when selecting a shampoo and just found it with a wonderful new 100% vegan shampoo for kids. Most baby shampoos aren’t qualified to care for big kid hair, but many of the big kid shampoos aren’t gentle and safe enough for tender areas that will soak in the bath for an hour after washing. The Bubbly Babies products from Oh My DeVita Baby, however, have been working wonders for us. The shampoo comes either lightly scented with Calendula (my pick)...

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Cool historical shirts for kids, because some of our superheroes are real

I’m the first to freak out over great superhero shirts for my kids (and myself), but there’s something to be said for actual heroes from history. Sure, Thor has a rad hammer, but Abraham Lincoln did real good in the world. So we’re digging these retro-stylish historical shirts for kids, with vintage images of heroes from history.     Wee Rascals is a new mom-run business making stylish, US-made tees and onesies with designs based on old stamps, engravings, and books. There’s a small selection now, ranging from Sir Isaac Newton to Davy Crocket to the Founding Fathers. While I love...

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Rio 2 movie review: Grab your fanny pack, go outside, and teach the kids to samba.

When the Rio movie ended, I was left with two kids who loved to shake their tail feathers to the samba and a sinking feeling that Type A Blu and fiercely independent Jewel were going to need some relationship counseling. Now, after a whirlwind weekend in Miami Beach for the Rio 2 premiere, I’m glad to report that the sequel doesn’t smooth over the conflicts of the first movie, as so often happens. Nope; there are kids, marital discord, the world’s toughest in-laws, and a villain who’s badder, balder, and more hilarious than ever. Not to mention a great message about...

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Slip into the Dark Side with Darth Vader shoes for kids

Don’t be a Vader hater–these rad Star Wars Darth Vader shoes for kids rule the galaxy with benevolent coolness. Plus they’re well-made and will actually last until your kid grows out of them. The Vader Slip-On Shoes from Stride Rite have a canvas upper and flexible sole and come in sizes for toddlers through young kids. I really like the way the red and black is stylish and classically Star Wars but not too “Hey, giant logos everywhere!” Vader’s helmet and red-and-black color scheme are iconic enough on their own, with little flashes of the Death Star on the sides. And I...

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The all natural laundry detergent tablet gentle and safe enough to lick.

We just moved, and the New House Rules state that kids do their own laundry. But my preschooler just can’t be trusted with dangerous chemicals that might end up in his eyes or mouth–or on the dog or in the toilet or under my pillow. Luckily, we have a handy bag of Vaska One. These all natural laundry detergent tablets made of safe, natural cleaners are a great way to get little kids motivated about cleaning up messes instead of just making them. We dig the regular Vaska detergent too, especially the lavender scent. But Vaska One is especially convenient...

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Outrageously gourmet Easter treats and chocolates that you’ll share with the kids uh, never.

As my family’s Petronella Cottontail, I’m here to tell you that grown-ups like Easter treats, too. Gourmet Eater treats, ideall. My kids can keep the Peeps and cheap candy eggs nestled in plastic grass, while I stick with the fancy stuff. I like my chocolate smooth, high quality, and with packaging that makes me feel special and indulged. And if it comes with a birdcage, all the better. So here are some top gourmet Easter treats from our favorite candy makers and chocolatiers. Vosges is one of my all-time favorite chocolate shops. I mean, did you see that Hunger...

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Sweet dreams are made of these.

My daughter’s baby mobile came with the crib and featured four demented and hungry-looking rabbits, so I don’t know why I’m surprised she had sleep issues. Maybe a cozy handmade modern baby mobile  like the new from our pals at Blue Without You would be more soothing. Whether you prefer hearts or stars, they’re sure to bring sweet dreams when dangling overhead. These simple baby crib mobiles come in a rainbow of colors and feature hearts or stars and clouds, all swinging beautifully from a mountain laurel branch–with non-toxic finish, of course. Select from one of the color schemes shown...

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Chimeras mix-and-match plush toys: Lend me a hand. And an ear. And a bat wing.

If your kids are always drawing their own magical animals, these wacky and adorable Chimeras plush toys from Walrus Toys can bring their dreams to life in a way that doesn’t involve a trip to the Island of Dr. Moreau. When I was a kid, we had the Wuzzles, and we liked them–remember Ellaroo and Bumblelion? But now, kids get to mix and match all sorts of animal parts to make a Munny, a Batephant, or a Pog. Or a Munbatephanog, if you get the full set. These Chimeras come in sets of two creatures, each of which can be...

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The best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that don’t involve the beach.

Daytona Beach isn’t all NASCAR and college kids on spring break, you know. They also have culture, relaxation, and great opportunities for family bonding, provided you know where to look and are up for adventure.  If your Florida vacation ideas end at Disney World, Universal Orlando, and a crowded ocean hotel, here are some of the best things to do in Daytona Beach with families that you might not find in that soggy brochure kiosk. Having spent some time there thanks to the Daytona Beach Area CVB, I was surprised to discover that Daytona has a lot to offer families with older...

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En-fold your skin in cool origami temporary tattoos

Origami is always in, so we’re not surprised that our talented designer pals at Wee Gallery have devised a way to wear it–in Origami Tattoo form. Whether you’re still into foxes (because I’m always into foxes) or love the classic peace crane or the challenging goldfish I didn’t master until seventh grade, these critters are certain to be a hit with kids and adults alike. I love these as party favors or something fun and different in those plastic eggs the school room mom always demands around this time of year. Plus Wee Gallery tattoos are easy to apply and...

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Cool artwork for coffee drinkers: We like big cups and we cannot lie

If you too are among the ranks of caffeine junkies, get in line for a nice cuppa. Right behind me, that is, because Mama always needs to wake up. These gorgeous typography posters by Noodlehug on Etsy are just the cool  coffee artwork  to stare at until the first cup of Kona kicks in. Each poster is available in three sizes starting at $18 (no, not tall, grande and venti). They’re printed to be beautifully vibrant and ready for framing. And they’re making me thirsty for my next amazing Chemex coffee experience. Because my name is Delilah and I am a...

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