Category: Health, Fitness + Wellbeing

RXActive resistance activewear: Could these pants mean less time at the gym and more calories burned?

The summer crunch has been tough on my workout routine, which basically means there has been no workout routine. Sigh. But with fall around the corner and my kids back in school, I’ve got my eye on the gym, though I still don’t want to spend half my morning there. That’s why I was pretty intrigued to try out the RXActive resistance activewear, which are supposed to help you burn up to 14% more calories during your workouts. Not kidding. These magical pants, as I’m calling them, are actually the brainchild of a team of New York University medical...

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Sponsored Message: iTest lets you test for strep, right on your smartphone.

This is a sponsored message on behalf of iTest For so many parents, it could be a huge lifesaver to be able to tell the difference between a cold and strep throat before taking time off of work, wrangling a last-minute pediatrician appointment, and heading out with a sick kid.  That’s why iTest might just be the help that tons of parents are looking for. This revolutionary new testing system is like a medical lab in your pocket. It was designed to provide accurate strep test results right from home with the help of your iPhone, and can be used safely on your kids or yourself, anytime, and anywhere....

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Tru-Colour bandages: Because kids come in different colors

I love every single thing about Tru-Colour bandages, from their story to their packaging–but most of all, how they celebrate and honor diversity. Adoptive dad Toby couldn’t find bandages to match the skin tones of three of his five kids, so he created Tru-Colour. They’re available in three shades, all packed in a resealable bag, so addresses one more issue, too.   While they are a bit pricier than regular bandages, with 30 in each bag for around $6 (plus free shipping), I’m happy to pay a bit of a premium in support of such a positive message. Sometimes it’s the simple things that help work towards big...

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Sponsored Message: Keep fit and stay motivated with the TomTom Runner Cardio

This is a sponsored message from TomTom Runner Cardio It’s no wonder so many people are taking up running these days. It can be a huge sanity saver, and frankly it doesn’t hurt the waistline either, especially during holiday cookie season. But staying motivated can be a challenge, even for the most committed runners and fitness lovers. So here’s a gift that can do just that: the TomTom Runner Cardio. – Don’t miss an exclusive giveaway for CMP readers below – Whether you’re gift shopping for an experienced athlete or just know someone (maybe you?) who wants to start running for the first time, the TomTom...

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Barre3 review: My new fitness obsession. And why it’s perfect for busy moms.

I’ve tried all sorts of workout routines, everything from running 5k races and a pricey gym membership to fitness classes and Jillian Michaels’ DVDs, but lately I’ve found myself in a rut. Too busy. Too bored. And well, with the holiday season upon us, I need something to help me deal with the stress. And the cookies. Barre3 was created by workout guru Sadie Lincoln based on a workout she invented for her client Madonna (yes, that one), and first launched in Portland. It now has studios popping up all over the country, so when one opened in my ‘hood, I figured it was...

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A potty that makes mamas of boys rejoice. And that’s saying something.

As a mom of two boys, I have cleaned up a lot of pee in the past six years. Potty training boys involves many missed toilet bowls, thanks to potties that don’t accommodate the special needs of boy parts. If only I had had a Potty Wiz, a new smart potty training chair for boys that features boy-friendly features such as a high urine shield and a built-in target. (And girls can use it, too. Bonus.) Created by a mom of boys (surprise, surprise), the Potty Wiz functions as both a potty seat and a urinal, giving the option to train both...

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A cool way to fight pediatric cancer, one cool bandage at a time

My family said goodbye to our sweet and funny four-year-old friend Joe P six years ago this month. He had glioblastoma multiforme, a disease no kid should have to fight. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which means companies we love are coming up with ideas to help fight cancer and to my family, that means honoring Joe’s memory. The latest: the very cool bandage brand Ouchies has introduced a creative, easy and even inspiring way to raise money for kids with cancer. Each tin of latex-free Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Ouchies comes with 20 bandages in five designs created by kids to encourage other children going through cancer treatment. The results are...

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Cool bicycle seat covers from May28th protect your ride in style

As much as I love my sleek, fast road bike, I can’t help coveting a cute beach cruiser (especially now that summer is unofficially here) — preferably one with a basket and one of these cool bicycle seat covers from the fun shop May 28th who already makes the watches we love so much. Whether you choose the bold geometric designs, fun florals, or hip city maps (like London, Paris, or Brooklyn, oh my), this is such a cool way to snazz up your bike and protect the seat too.     You bike aficionados will be glad to know that the seat covers...

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Does the Jillian Michaels One Week Shred work? For real?

When I saw Jillian Michaels had added to her suite of cool fitness DVDs with the Jillian Michaels One Week Shred, I pre-ordered it immediately. I’ve been a long time fan of hers since I lost 12 lbs doing the 30 Day Shred and I’ve tried every single one of her workouts with great success. But then, I always wonder if any new fitness DVD will really work. If you’re wondering whether One Week Shred is worth the money–and the pain–I did it for the full seven days and I can help you, first-hand. The whole concept behind pretty...

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7 children’s cold and flu season must-haves. Also, for parents’ sanity

If your house is anything like ours, the childrens’  cold and flu season has arrived with a vengeance and you’ve got a revolving door of illness–or are miraculously staving it off. Somehow, it always catches us off guard, and we’re scrambling to stock our medicine cabinets, drawers, and kids’ rooms with everything they need to make it through another round of the coughs, the sniffles, or worse. We’re excited to be working with our newest sponsor Drip Drop, which is a cool new medical hydration solution–you know, like elecctrolytes for kids that they actually like drinking–and we’re especially intrigued...

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How to drop baby weight realistically? 8 tips and tricks from a mom who’s been there.

So many new moms want to know how to drop baby weight and having gone through it myself–four times–you could say I have a few tips to offer. I felt extremely fortunate that I had a fairly easy time dropping my baby weight after my first and second kids. But then I had my third and I found myself down only 10 of the 50 pounds I had gained three months after giving birth. Fourth trimester indeed. Add in the prospect of having to wear a strapless bridesmaids dress to a wedding and I was nervous–but more determined to...

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Go from knocked-up to knockout with Pilates videos just for moms

This year my New Year’s resolution is—you’re gonna be shocked, I know—to lose ten pounds. Or maybe let’s just round it up to 20. Ready to talk Pilates videos? If you’re in a similar boat, I think you’ll love these new ones I’ve found created specifically for expectant moms and those of us trying to lose postpartum weight. Even if our babies are now toddlers. Or older. Erica Ziel is a master Pilates instructor (and Heidi Klum lookalike, but don’t let that deter you) and the creator of the Knocked-Up Fitness series. I tried out the After Baby DVD, and man, are my arms sore...

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The best-ever bandages for bibliophiles

Because as fabulous as neon, ponies, and Dora can be, this line of literary bandages are a lot more fun for adults–especially those who love Poe, Shakespeare, or Jane Austen. Who wouldn’t want a little Poe for that Halloween zombie bite wound? Each metal tin from Archie McPhee holds 15 standard-size bandages–or “plasters,” if you want to get all British about it. Our favorites are from Edgar Allan Poe, Jane Austen, and Shakespeare, but there are tons of designs from pickles to caution tape to Abraham Lincoln. Let’s face it, they’re a lot cooler than the designs at your...

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You know who wins with fair trade soccer balls? Everybody.

We’re big fans of supporting fair trade at Cool Mom Picks, and it’s always fun to find new artisans whose creations we adore. Personally, I love buying fair trade items because responsible purchases make me feel even better about shopping, which is already one of my favorite feel-good experiences. But our latest fair trade find is one I never anticipated: fair trade soccer balls. We first discovered Senda Athletics when they were called Fair Trade Sports, and wow have they grown since then. It was started by a lifelong soccer player who, like me, hadn’t realized the conditions under which many...

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HelloFlo Period Starter Kit: More than a hilarious video, it’s a smart way for girls to be prepared

After learning about HelloFlo.com earlier this year, I’m happy to say that I’m no longer caught off guard on a monthly basis. In fact, you may have have seen the hilarious HelloFlo Camp Gyno video that’s circulating this week–but behind the (racy) humor there’s actually a super smart subscription service to help your daughter prep for her first monthly scramble for supplies. And we’ve got the full scoop. (Don’t worry, mamas of really little ones; it’s not quite as scary as it sounds to you now. Kind of.) Coming this September, HelloFlo.com will introduce their HelloFlo Period Starter Kit....

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Chocolate whaaat? Kids’ vitamins just got awesomer.

I grew up eating the vitamins of a certain prehistoric cartoon and turned out pretty okay. Still, now that I’m a mom, I’d love for my own kids’ vitamins to be a bit more naturally sourced. And maybe not so, well, chalky. Yum-V’s Multi-Vitamin Jellies are totally delicious and soft, packed with good stuff and not the artificial ick. They get their softer chewiness from pectin, not gelatin, which makes them not quite as sticky on the teeth–something my forever-losing-a-tooth grade-schooler really appreciates. Now, no artificial colors means your brain may need a second to realize that the happy...

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The Dot Girl First Period Kit: a lifesaver for moms of tween girls

Even though my oldest daughter is still a little young for the official period talk, that doesn’t mean I’m not prepared. In fact, I still have the Original Dot Girl First Period Kit we discovered a few years ago bookmarked on my computer for when the time comes. As it turns out, they just recently updated the already useful kit to make it an even better tool for parents with tween girls, which I (gulp) will soon be. The new and improved Dot Girl First Period Kit still contains everything it had before that I appreciated, but now comes...

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Active for Life: because a fit family is a fun family

I have active kids. No amount of running, skipping, biking, swimming, gymnastics, dancing or soccer ever seems to tire them out. But each year the cooler months make it a challenge for all of us to stay as active as we’d like. Organized sports are one thing. Convincing myself that I’d rather be standing in the middle of a freezing cold playground instead of wrapped in a cozy wool blanket on my couch with a steaming tea in my hands? Yeah, that’s a tough one. But I came across a site full of inspiration to keep the whole family...

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Bandages against bullies. Not because of them

We love our Ouchies, but we’re more than aware that boo-boos aren’t always the result of an innocently skinned knee. Whether or not bullying is an issue for your kids, we’re proud to support this terrific initiative aimed at stopping bullies and raising the funds to help kids get the counseling they need. Ouchies has partnered with D.A.R.E., the substance abuse prevention education program, to create a bright, colorful line of bandages with hopeful phrases on them. 100% of the profits from the Anti-Bullyz bandages will go directly to D.A.R.E to continue their anti-bullying outreach program. Thousands of kids...

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Cool Mom Fit – Train Like a Mother + expert tips just for cool moms

We’re always amazed at how many of you are able to make time for running and working out all while chasing after your kids. So with our own Julie Marsh completing her first marathon (go Julie!) and aiming to finish a slew of triathlons this year, and our Editor Kristen setting her sights on completing the Philadelphia Marathon this fall (go Kristen!), we thought it would be the perfect time to kick off our Cool Mom Fit series. Each week, we’ll introduce you to some of the coolest fitness goodies and gear (like those awesome New Balance shoes that Kristen...

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Reef rash just got fashionable. Thanks, Cynthia Rowley!

Cynthia Rowley’s back in the Band-Aid business, and this time, she skipped the mall and gone straight to the beach. If you recall the last Cynthia Rowley Band-Aids, you’ll know how quickly these blingy bandages are going to sell out. The collection features eight sunny, colorful designs from sunsets to sharks to, no suprise here– the designer’s logo. (Your call on that one.) They’re available only in the Cynthia Rowley Beach Sport Kit, which also includes Neosporin single use packets, and a waterproof, resealable plastic pouch that’s apparently pretty handy for keeping your smartphone dry. They are a little pricey...

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Kid vitamins that in no way resemble candy

I discovered Emergen-C after my first Bikram yoga class, and I remember thinking that it was the most brilliant idea ever. It made water actually taste good, and it was healthy, too. Now they’ve got a special line for kids, and Purple Drink has a whole new meaning. Emergen-C Kidz is exactly what it sounds like: Emergen-C formulated just for kids. With three fun flavors and no artificial colors or flavorings, we’ve been using it as another line of defense against the colds and flu marinating in my kids’ school classrooms. With 250mg of vitamin C and a host...

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How to lick a kid’s cold

We can put a man on a moon, but we can’t beat that obnoxious collection of shifty viruses. So how cool that there’s now an all-natural cough drop for kids, in convenient lollipop form. When we received a bag of LILAPOPS, an all natural cough drop for kids, both of my children instantly began coughing and staggering around in the hopes that I would let them have a taste. I didn’t fall for it. But when the flu struck last week, I’m so glad we were prepared. My sick preschooler now thinks LILAPOPS are the best medicine ever. The...

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INKnBurn – running away from ugly running clothes

I suppose it’s not surprising that one of my favorite parts of running races, aside from the medal, has to be the Expo, where I can shop for all the coolest new running gear.  And that’s exactly what happened when I recently ran Disneyland’s Tinker Bell Half Marathon and discovered this new company that I thought you fitness mamas should know about. INKnBURN is a California-based company that combines cool artwork with tech fabrics to create running wear that’s as stylish as it is functional. I was drawn to their women’s running shorts (pictured) which I think are perfect...

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New Year’s Resolution Help – Get in shape!

All week long we’ll be offering our tips and ideas to help you tackle your (and our) New Year’s resolutions. Whether you’re a staunch believer in resolutions or not, we hope our cool picks will help motivate you as we hope they do for us! Between weaning my fourth baby and the holiday eating season, I promptly packed those last 10 baby pounds right back on. Argh! With a spring break beach trip on the books, that means I’m determined to get back into shape before I’m forced back into a bathing suit. Aside from tossing all the sweets,...

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A big-kid bike for the toddler who’s done with the tricycle

As a 4-year-old, my daughter is at the age where her eyes grow wide at the sight of a kid riding a bicycle. Tricycles are so last year–get the girl a two-wheeler, stat! And what could be a more appropriate first bike than a FirstBIKE Balance Bike? For little kids, FirstBIKEs have all the appeal of a big-kid bicycle: sleek lines, cool colors, and–most importantly–two wheels. All that’s missing? Pedals and training wheels.  But that’s a good thing, because FirstBIKE is made to teach toddlers (as young as two!) and young preschoolers how to ride and turn on two wheels....

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Giving the kids a good night sleep, without the help of Mr. Benadryl

Taking my kids on their first overnight plane right recently, I admit I was a little nervous about how to get them to sleep. I’m not one to shy away from the Benadryl (8 hour flight? Bring it on.) but hey, I know some moms prefer more natural options. As do I, given the choice. Just in the nick of time, I found one, and–hooray!–it totally works. I fell in love with Zarbee’s Natural Cough Syrup earlier this year, and I’m so happy to see Pediatrician Zak Zarbock has another product: an all-natural sleep drink that relies on a teeny...

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The case of the disappearing boo-boos

My daughter is in the beautiful beginning stages of tree-climbing, which has left her with the usual variety of not-at-all-serious scrapes and bruises. I think she loves finding a new boo-boo to cover up with a Band-Aid as much as she loves trying to climb the tree.  Problem is, we just discovered she has a mild latex allergy–her favorite bandages are now off-limits. Luckily, there’s something new for her to use on her miniature bumps and bruises. Boo-Boo Cover-Up has the healing power of ointment mixed with the camouflaging capabilities of a bandage. It looks like a tube of concealer,...

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You will not want to kiss these boo-boos

Is there anything as sweet as comforting your kid after a scrape with a smooch, a kind word, and… bandages with pictures of bloody eyeballs, dismembered fingers, and centipedes crawling out of skin? CMP covered the original Scabs Bandages a few years ago, and now they’ve got fancy new packaging and five new designs, including darker bandages to match darker skin tones. Dare I say they’re even more disgusting now? In fact, the one with maggots, spiders, and peeled-back skin actually made me feel erp. (Because I’d spent the morning in urgent care and was more squeamish as a result, not because I’m...

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Zarbees – Natural cough syrup for children that alleviates natural worrying of parents

This may not be a popular stance, but I curse the day that a bunch of dodos couldn’t figure out how to properly medicate their children, leading to a ban of all those fabulous multi-symptom cold medicines and over-the-counter cough syrups for kids. I keep swearing I’m going to bring home a ton of pharmaceutical contraband from my next trip overseas.  In the meanwhile, this winter has been brutal on my family’s healthy, so I’ve been on the hunt for natural (and legal) remedies to ease the symptoms of endless coughs, colds, and the otherwise unattractive expulsion of bodily...

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