Author: Melissa

6 of the best time saving beauty products for moms who need every extra second we can get

I’ve recently given up nail salon visits and switched from hours-long salon hair color appointments to an amazing new at-home color system. It’s not because I don’t love professional help, it’s just that I’m busy! I need time saving beauty products! Those extra hours in the day matter to busy moms–or busy women in general, really – and I know that I’m not the only one who often lets primping take a back seat to errands or cuddling or uh, sleeping. So in the name of keeping up appearances, here are some more of the best time saving beauty products that...

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3 homemade skin care recipes good enough to eat (though we wouldn’t recommend it.)

After recently trying a new skin care serum and mask made from kale, I began to wonder just how hard it would be to whip up some skin care recipes homemade in my own kitchen. I’m a natural beauty junkie, so half of my products already contain fruits, vegetables, and herbs, and it wouldn’t be such a stretch to try to make my own. After a little experimenting, I learned that making exfoliating, moisturizing and cleansing products in  my kitchen isn’t really such a big deal. The only drawback is that there is some clean-up involved. But hey, I’m a mom....

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Baby Pibu skin care for babies: Perfect for those of us who don’t have a pediatric dermatologist on speed dial.

Moms have long lamented the fact that newborns don’t come home from the hospital with instruction manuals. But Baby Pibu skin care for babies, founded by dermatologist mom Dr. Amy Kim, actually does come with instruction cards. Okay, so they only help with how to care for your infant’s skin, and not what the heck that cry means and how it’s different from those six other cries…but still. The baby skin care market is flooded with products that claim to be safe for sensitive skin, but personally I feel pretty good knowing an actual dermatologist was behind the formulation. Also the fact that Baby Pibu leaves out...

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Cool unicorn clothes for girls who are obsessed with uh….unicorns

I remember keeping a certain unicorn tee in heavy rotation when I was about nine, so girls’ obsession for unicorns is hardly new. If you know what I’m talking about, I’ve tracked down some cool unicorn clothes for girls out there to satisfy any girl who dreams of flying off into the night with one. Or wait–is that a pegasus? I’m  loving the handmade-to-order unicorn hoodie hoodie from a cool little Etsy boutique (pictured above). It may not make it into the everyday rotation, but with unicorn horn, mane and tail attached to a super-soft micro-fleece hoodie, our girls would race for it when they need something to throw over a sundress...

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Go ahead, break my day.

I’m currently trying to stage a ban on plastic (probably not ideal for our health) and paper (definitely not ideal for the environment) cups from our household. So when I saw the newest launch from Lifefactory — durable drinking glasses protected in the same silicone wrap as their Lifefactory water bottles and glass baby bottle  — I did a little happy dance.   We’ve been dining al fresco every night since the weather turned warmer and I’m not a big fan of breakable stuff on our deck since most of us are always barefoot. I can feel totally safe though with these awesome glasses. They come in a smaller 11...

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Beat the humidity with 6 of the best anti-frizz hair products. Because it’s so not the heat.

In an effort to tame my locks sans chemicals, I rounded up the best anti-frizz hair products for the summer for you all. Because I know that I’m not alone here! At the first sign of humidity in the air, my thick and wavy hair goes crazy. Forget blow drying– the minute I step outside, I’ll basically have a mushroom on my head. A frizzy, frizzy mushroom. Many of my friends swear by their keratin straightening treatments–and their hair does look pretty amazing–but I’d rather pass on the formaldehyde, thank you very much. If you’re in the same boat, here are some of the best...

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The Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag is back, redesigned, and better than ever. Can we talk pockets?

It’s safe to say that Skip Hop revolutionized the diaper bag category with its cool modern twist on the new mom essential accessory. When it launched its first Duo diaper bag ten years ago, parents finally had a sleek and durable bag that wasn’t bright pink or emblazoned with teddy bears for all their baby stuff. (Yes, new parents, there was a time that those were your only choices; hard to believe, right?) Skip Hop just announced the new and improved version of their Skip Hop Duo Signature Diaper Bag, with updated extras like a tech pocket that’s easily accessible and will hold most smart...

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A new hedgehog backpack from Skip Hop. Like that won’t be the most popular thing ever.

Skip Hop is inextricable from my memories of my boys in their early years. My older son started preschool with a frog backpack and ended Pre-K with a very well worn monkey on his back. My three-year-old is currently toting the fox around on his tiny shoulders, but the replacement this September will undoubtedly be the adorable hedgehog backpack. And you may know how we feel about hedgehogs. He was just added to the Skip Hop Zoo Pack lineup this month, along with a pretty butterfly and kids will love them.   Matching butterfly and hedgehog lunch boxes— which Skip Hop refers to as the cutesie “Zoo Lunchies”–are...

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Kale for your face? New Eminence Organics skin care products are a new way to get your greens.

It seems like everywhere I turn there’s a new way to eat kale. From chips to salads, the curly green leaf is easily the roughage du jour. So when Cool Mom Picks skin care fave Eminence Organics introduced me to their two latest products, each featuring kale as the star ingredient, I was interested to discover that it could be healthy for my face as well. I thought kale was best used in a green juice with pineapple and cucumber, but the new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum changed my mind. I fell in love with the way the super-lightweight serum disappeared into my...

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Home hair color that’s as good as any salon? We may have found it with Madison Reed.

Until last week, I thought shelling out upwards of $250 for highlights and a root-covering tint was totally legit. At least in my neck of the NYC metropolitan area. Then I discovered Madison Reed, a new home hair color company, and even this DIY hair color skeptic just might be a new convert. I dabbled in hair color from the box when I was a teenager living in the Midwest, but as soon as I moved to New York and worked in the beauty business, I admit getting hooked on the prestige of going to a celebrity colorist. But like so...

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3 fabulous non-toxic skin care lines that fight wrinkles only with good stuff.

As much as I want my anti-aging skincare products to tighten, tone and brighten,  I would rather they boast an ingredient list that passes the standards of the Skin Deep database, than give me the face of a 22-year-old at some long-term price to my skin. I’ve discovered some great new skincare lines free of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances, and full of antioxidants and other healthy active ingredients. There is no shortage of natural and organic skincare on the market, but what makes these lines so great is that they don’t compromise performance for safety. They protect and perfect–all...

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A new collection of deliciously soft, handcrafted kids’ home accessories from Lil’ Pyar

The dreamy new collection of kid stuff from luxury home decor brand Pyar & Co is perfect for design-conscious moms who want their kids’ home accessories to be durable, playful and homemade. The Lil’ Pyar collection melds ultra-yummy fabrics made from natural materials, happy (but not garish) colors, and modern graphic elements for a small line of Pinterest-worthy home goodies.   The standout from the collection tome is the Kitab Pouf, which is handmade from recycled canvas and adorned with letters that are hand-painted–a far cry from those mass produced poufs that seeming to be poufing up everywhere. I...

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The new designer diaper bags from Timi & Leslie hold a lot. Because heaven knows moms carry more than diapers with them.

I’ve been at war with my bags. Like all moms I know, I carry around a lot of stuff so I gave a big cheer when I saw the new designer diaper bags from Timi & Leslie that join the ranks of the stylish diaper bags that the label is famous for. While I’m years past the baby stage, my everyday tote still needs to have generous room to fit my usual cargo load of stainless steel water bottles, Mac Air, and baggies of snacks, plus the essentials like keys and wallet. I have sworn not to be one of those moms who...

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Gelato you clean with, thanks to Method body wash

If the only ice cream you’ve indulged in lately has come from the snow in your backyard, then you’re not alone. This winter has been relentless for so many of us, which makes the new gelato-inspired summer collection of  Method body wash and hand soap a welcome treat for our senses. Yes, body wash. We’re excited too. We love Method for their original flavor combos and fun collaborations with companies like Disney, and the new collection does not disappoint. Inspired by a bevy of frozen desserts you might spot in some fancy Tribeca boite, Method’s new scents include orange ginger sorbet, brambleberry gelato and vanilla creme....

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Warrior Poet Clothing: A cool new line for boys that blends courage with coolness

Finding t-shirts I actually like for my boys has become something of a challenge. They gravitate between wanting to wear soccer jerseys or tees emblazoned with their favorite superhero on their chests. I  pick and choose my battles, so I usually let them head off to school with their choice. I finally found a line of t-shirts that both my sons and I adore equally as much. Warrior Poet Clothing is a terrific collection of cool clothes for boys including graphic t-shirts and hoodies that help promote a larger message of courage. My older son, the fledgling guitar hero, is...

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Handmade gifts from Far and Wide Collective that look good and do good.

After scooping up some handmade jewelry at a street bazaar during a recent trip to Mexico, I started yearning for even more handmade gifts and one-of-a-kind accessories with an origin slightly more interesting than what I see in mall store chains. We love finding awesome international Etsy shops from time to time, along with wonderful companies like FashionABLE that make gifts that give back. And now there’s Far and Wide Collective, a new site started by international development expert Hedvig Christine Alexander, that’s full of the wares of artisans around the world. More so, they’re all from emerging economies like India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kenya and...

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1, 2, 3, 4 I declare a foot war

Getting my kids to wear socks indoors takes some serious convincing on my part. They love being being barefoot regardless of how cold the floor is. But the new animal rival Vs. Socks for kids from Hooray Hoopla have finally given them reason to keep their socks on. We (along with countless celeb kids, if you follow such things) are already big fans of the Vs mittens and now their new collection of socks is taking the battle to the ground with mismatched pairs of owl vs. mouse, lion vs. tiger, and shark vs. penguin. Though that last one makes me a little sad...

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Storq: Stylish maternity basics just got way easier to find, wear, and match.

My maternity basics during my two pregnancies pretty much consisted of black leggings (one pair I washed every other day), tees long enough to cover my belly and a couple of dresses with stretch. Everything else–blazers, button downs, hoodies–had been pulled from my existing wardrobe and layered on top–buttons open, of course. Operating under the same premise, that you can totally get by stylishly during those nine months with some very basic maternity clothes, is a chic new maternity collection called Storq. We’ve found a crop of new maternity collections targeting cool moms-to-be lately, but what makes Storq different...

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A chic play mat that matches your living room more than it matches a neon explosion

There are many times I’ve considered permanently covering the floor in butcher paper to protect it from the ketchup and rice that always miss my kids’ mouths at mealtime. Same goes for those days my son paints on his easel. Although I’ve considered sacrificing a few old patchwork quilts sent to us as baby gifts, I another option is the chic, wipeable new Posh Play Mat.  Unlike most kids’ play mats that come in juvenile patterns, the Posh Play Mat is made with PVC-free faux leather (so no carcinogens) and embossed with a faux reptile pattern that’s very Fashion...

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Kidscounter: Non-toxic shampoo for kids that we love. Even if they make your kid want to eat a creamsicle.

I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’ve tried tons of kid’s shampoos, with mixed reviews from my kids. While there are many non-toxic shampoos for babies and kids these days, it’s been hard to find a scent that speaks to my sons, who hate stuff that smells too floral or sweet. So I’m happy to find Beautycounter‘s new collection of adorable and awesomely worry-free kids’ bath and beauty products. The combo of clementine and vanilla in Kidscounter Nice Do Shampoo actually had my son lathering up his own hair and asking for more (this from the boy who ducks his head in...

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