Tag: eco friendly

Love Bottle. Yep, we love it.

I’m not one to compromise my design taste because I have kids, but I do generally pass by the fancy dishes or ceramic vases at my favorite stores, not having a lot use for them these days. Still, that doesn’t mean I have to rid my table of all the pretty things I love.[don’t miss a great giveway after the jump!] I admit that I was a little skeptical about Love Bottle, but after seeing them, I’m completely sold. Not just because I like the idea of keeping water in a glass bottle and not in plastic, but because...

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Once place to find Missoni for less, that isn’t Target

Maternity wear is a tricky thing. Looking like a slob for nine months is not what most of us want. On the other hand, spending a ton of cash on clothes with such a short shelf life can seem like a big old waste. The answer might be in a new online boutique offering designer maternity clothes on consignment–including everyone’s favorite designer of 2011, Missoni. Encore Maternity was founded by a celebrity stylist/mom who was faced with that same pregnancy fashion conundrum. She wanted to look chic during those nine months, but still wanted to save up for her...

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Now I lay them down to sleep

My organic-eating, organic-dressing, organic-playing kids sleep on regular old foam pillows. There, I said it: they spend half of their lives with cuddling up with chemical-filled foam. Not one of the greatest horrors of childhood, of course, but still, I’m so glad to have found an organic pillow alternative When I learned the great pillows by Madii & Dyl online–an awesome Australian kids’ line that’s now available in the US–I was quite excited. They’re sized perfectly for little heads and necks (there’s a toddler size and a child size) and made from 100% organic latex, so they’re naturally hypoallergenic...

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Ooh la la! Quelle playhouse!

Qu’est-ce que c’est? Why it’s only the sweetest cardboard play structure I’ve ever laid eyes on. Okay, I’ve only laid eyes on it online, but still. I think my children need this thing, stat. The French Café from Little Play Spaces takes the fun and convenience of a typical cardboard play space and adds to it all kinds of wonderful interactive features that kids will love. Including my favorite, a real chalkboard for writing the daily specials. Gâteau, anyone? I love that it’s designed by a mom of an 8-year-old, who finally created a great play space for older...

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Dishes for kids that are safer than plastic – they only look like plastic

It’s hard trying to sort through all the plastic safety issues these days when it comes to feeding our kids. Between BPA, pthalates, melamine fears and microwave warnings, sometimes I just want to throw up my hands in frustration; does everything have to come with a warning these days? Well, not everything. In fact, I’m so thrilled that we get to be the first to announce the launch of a brand new, totally safe set of kids dishes, all made from a really surprising material. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] The fantastic anti-plastic dishes for kids...

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Eco + Beauty + Free = Hello!

Good news mama! We are so excited to get to offer one of you a huge prize pack of amazing eco-friendly beauty, skincare, and haircare products, thanks to our exciting collaboration with PureWow and ecomom. We’re so pleased to be partnering with PureWow, a free daily lifestyle email for women that will keep you in the know about culture, fashion, beauty and more, and ecomom, a fantastic e-commerce site that’s a one-stop shop for safe products for kids and parents. Together, we’re offering one lucky winner $1000 worth of goodies (we know!) from CMP fave eco-brands like Pangea Organics,...

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This fruit puree dispenser will be a kid’s main squeeze

You know those great little squeezable fruit and veggie purees that are such perfect, healthy, on-the-go snacks for kids of all ages? Now imagine how much better they’d be if there weren’t any garbage to throw away once the yummy stuff had been slurped out. What you just imagined right there, that’s what the good folks at The Sili Company have created. And it’s awesome. You just fill up the Sili Squeeze-anything soft, smooth and squishy will do–cap it, and you’re good to go. It’s leak-proof and made of safe BPA-free silicone. Plus the whole thing is dishwasher safe,...

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Practical kids furniture or delicious eye candy? How about both?

I’ve been on a self-imposed no-new-furniture diet lately–we kind of either have to buy a new house or knock down a few walls at this point–so this brand-new line of gorgeous kids’ furniture is absolute eye candy. Which may turn to in-my-house candy if I’m not careful. Launching this very second on the invitation-only Fab today, Wadaly is the coolest blend of modern, high-end, and whimsical. That’s uh, emphasis on high-end. I’m seriously dying over the Cloud Bench, an amazing storage trunk with pop-out cloud drawers (shown) and the House Bookcase; but for little kids, the Crib + Changer, the...

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How do you fix your favorite jeans? How about a little Denim Therapy

Is there anything sadder than ripping your favorite pair of jeans? Mine were a $5 special off the sale rack, which of course means that they’re irreplaceable. I wore those jeans until they disintegrated at the back pockets and then folded them gently and placed them on the shelf with a fond, “Goodbye, blues.” But a few weeks ago, I took them right back down. And now I’m wearing them again, thanks to a spectacular new service we’ve discovered. Denim Therapy is an idea a long time coming: Mail them your jeans, and they’ll fix them and mail them...

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Cute cloth diapers for under $10. No, really.

I love cloth diapers— they’re cute, they’re eco-conscious, and they prevent a traumatic gelsplosion from an accidental disposable in the washing machine. But with most of the pocket diapers I favor clocking in at $19.95 each (or more!), it was always hard to build a solid stash. So here’s the cool thing: We found a collection of All-In-One pocket diapers that can take your baby from newborn to potty training, and they start at just $9.95 each. The company is GoGreen, a WAHM-run enterprise out of Boulder, CO. I found the collection of cloth diapers to have excellent quality and...

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Gorgeous baby clothes that are neither baby pink or baby blue

I never understood why 90% of baby clothes are either pastel pink or little boy blue. Don’t babies have the right to exercise their fashion sense as much as the rest of us? [don’t miss a fabulous giveaway after the jump!] We fell in love with ridiculously soft baby clothes from Paige Lauren Baby a while ago and we knew she had an eye for color when she came out with her new candy-colored summer collection. But her new fall threads prove that she’s onto something new in the baby clothing department. The new autumn/winter collection of baby clothes...

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Totes fabulous!

My collection of reusable grocery bags is a ragtag group of ne’er-do-wells. There are the boring but cheap bags, the political ones we got free at the parade, the glittery Halloween one, and the very confused grocery bag featuring a pig smiling from a sandwich. But then this adorable reusable tote from one of our favorite baby brands had to show up and throw them all into the depths of self-loathing. It’s the new Faraway Fold Out Tote by Petunia Pickle Bottom, and each of their five patterns (including my favorite, Frolicking in Fez) is so gorgeous, you’ll wish...

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Chantecaille makes skin happy

I have confessed before that I am an unapologetic makeup snob. My feeling has always been, you change your shoes, but you wear your face every day. That said, I’m willing to spend more money on great products, but only on the great ones. And not all of the pricy ones are great, as I’ve learned. But now I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer that I’m simply smitten with. If you don’t know Chantecaille, it’s like my verison of upscale cosmetics nirvana–it’s a family-run business that’s authentically eco-friendly, wonderfully philanthropic, and committed to non-toxic ingredients and fantastic results. I...

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Eco-friendly felt name tags – back-to-school awesomeness

I’ve been staring down the task of tagging a bunch of different items for my daughter’s foray back to school. I don’t know if it’s because she’s now a pre-K-er–a.k.a., one of the “big kids,” (sniff)–or if that eau de Sharpie isn’t my favorite scent in the world. Either way, I’ve been putting it off. Not anymore, thanks to these adorable personalized felt name tags. Hand-stitched on soft crafting felt and available in 17 different colors, these, personalized nametags from Chloe in Style are as cute as can be, and totally reusable. Of course you’re not going to buy...

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Just call it “the same toothpaste Ariel uses”

Yes, friends, we live in a world where even toothpaste can start a debate between parents and children: What’s in it, what’s not in it, whose picture is on the tube, whether or not it burns like fire, mommy! (by which she means it’s mint.) But here’s a toothpaste just for kids that harnesses the power of coral–yes, coral–for maximum dental health. It’s called Coral Kids, and it uses EcoSafe ionic coral to protect from cavities, whiten teeth, and freshen breath, all without the use of fluoride or sodium lauryl sulfate. Never fear– it doesn’t harm our coral reefs;...

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Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition – the stroller of our dreams

UPDATE: On 2/3/12 there was a CPSC recall of Bumbleride Indie strollers: model numbers I-107, I-110 and I-205 with a Date of Manufacture from 1/09 through 8/11.The front wheel can crack causing the stroller to tip. There have been no major injuries.If you own the stroller, stop using it until you’ve received the free front wheel retrofit kit. To do so, or for info, visit support.bumbleride.com or call (800) 530-3930 during business hours. When I say I have found the stroller of my dreams, you’d better believe it. Bumbleride Indie Natural Edition is that very thing, and here’s why....

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Treat yourself to a natural nail polish

We tend cover the kind of eco-friendly nail polishes that come in tiny little bottles with colors like Bubblegum and Blueberry Slushie.  But not today. This one’s just for mom. The Megan Miller Collection of nail polishes is sold through Anthropologie, if that tells you anything, and they’re a fabulous mix of high quality ingredients and grade A pretty. They’re Big 3 Free, which means no dibutyl phthalate (DBP), formaldehyde or toluene. So you’re breathing minimal fumes–although I wouldn’t recommend them for your little ones, mainly because they’re pricey and, like most premium polishes, take longer to dry.  But...

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Back to school shopping – green school supplies

 We’ve always had a heart for green school supplies for our kids, ever since we knew such a thing even existed.While they’ll never be as cheap as what you find at the big mall stores, grab a couple you love and teach the kids a lesson in eco-conservation right in their own backpacks. Recycled Cardboard Pencil SharpenersThese German-made pencil sharpeners are nifty, and the wildlife graphics are adorable. ($5 at Stubby Pencil Studio / 15% off with code CMPSAVE15 until 8/31/1)[see 9 more great picks and some nice discounts after the jump!] Eco Glue Sticks It’s kind of nice not to...

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Back to school shopping – the best lunchbox accessories

You can’t have a back to school lunchbox without all the cool goodies inside. We’ll let you take care of the yummy food and snacks. But we’ve got you covered when it comes to all the cool accessories that definitely make lunchtime every kids favorite subject. [Don’t miss eleven tasty school lunch accessory picks after the jump!] shinzi katoh bento boxThese sweet Bento boxes are perfect for preschool snacks or lunches. ($18 at My Sweet Muffin) Lunch LinesIf their lunch doesn’t make them smile, these silly riddles will. ($10 at Chronicle Books) Robot Sandwich KeeperWe love these cool one-piece...

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Back to school shopping – the coolest lunchboxes and lunch bags.

It’s a tradition for so many families – the school year starts off with a clean new lunch box, full of promise (and not so full of last year’s peanut butter crud). Here are a few that we love because they’re not only adorable, they’re built to last. Pink Robot Lunch Box Our readers have begged us for pink robot items; leave it to Beatrix NY (at top) to have that very thing covered. ($34 at Beatrix NY) Laptop Lunch Bento System For older kids, a bento system is so practical, especially in this season’s hot purple. ($25 and up...

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