Author: Melissa

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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