Tag: eco friendly

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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The Brita water bottle. Pretty smart.

While lots of companies are trying to build a better water bottle (just search water bottle on our site sometime), I’m actually surprised it took Brita so long to get into the game. But now here they are, with a sports bottle that has one of their filters built right in. Fill up the substantial, BPA-free Brita Bottle right from a water fountain or sink, and the filter, which is attached to the sippie part at the top, filters out “chlorine taste and odor” as you drink. Note they say chlorine taste–not actual chlorine. So don’t be filling it with pool water. But it does mean if you need a refill on the road or at the gym, you can feel better about your choices. The filter needs replacing about every 20 gallons or so, so if your kids are downing one of these bottles a day, that’s only once every four months. It does come with a huge Brita plastic wrap label over it but fortunately, it’s easy to peel off. Then you’ve just got a nice, big blue sports bottle, and some well-hydrated kids. –Liz Find the Brita Water Bottle online from shops like Target, Walgreens, and our affiliate...

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A spot of Tea for your wall in the form of eco-friendly decals

In the little pile of clothes that we’re saving for when our kids are grown and we’re wanting to look back and remember how tiny they were, I can guarantee you there will be many, many things from Tea Collection. I’ve been a big fan of the line since my first son was a baby. Now there’s a way to bring the pretty Tea designs into your house too. It comes in the form of Tea Collection wall decals from Wee Decor and I’m already plotting which rooms in my house could use a little facelift. Only available for...

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Girlie dresses that aren’t too girlie

When I had my daughter–after already having a son–I am a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I became a pretty easy sell with special “girlie” things like dresses and hair clips. Girlie, but not too girlie, you know? So these new baby dresses are the exact kind of beautiful item I would have been only too happy to invest in. Notice I said invest. The dresses from Mama Moderne aren’t inexpensive–more like a dress you might get for a first birthday. But the price comes because they’re handmade. And organic. And adorable. While all the patterns are sweet,...

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Your favorite silly old Pooh bear is now a soft, organic Pooh bear

The Winnie the Pooh movie hitting theaters today promises to be a sweet mix of old and new, combining classic Pooh animation with a few new voices– like Craig Ferguson as Owl. The overall idea is to charm Pooh fans of all ages with a timeless (and mercifully two-dimensional) animated trip to the Hundred Acre Wood. And we love it. So it makes sense that miYim’s new line of organic Pooh stuffed animals would have the same appeal, mixing classic style and sentiment with an eco-conscious 2011 flair.[don’t miss a truly great giveaway after the jump!] miYim is one...

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The most helpful site for NYC mamas in search of… well, everything

I didn’t have kids yet when I lived in New York, but if I did–or should we ever happen to move back (could happen!)–I’d need some help getting it all together. A toddler bed to fit in a Manhattan apartment? Recommendations for a fabulous nanny? A gently-used city stroller for two? These are things for which you could turn to anonymous classified sites, but would you really want to when there’s a safer, more trustworthy alternative? Blueleo is a site filled with classifieds specifically for parents in the NYC vicinity, including Westchester, New Jersey, Long Island, and Fairfield. In...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Baggu bags – Now for your back

Sometimes when I’m chasing four kids around the zoo, the playground, or the pool, I’ve wished for a bag that I can just pop on my back. Yes, I know that’s called a “backpack,” however, I’m not really a backpack kind of a gal. Plus  I don’t need to carry the weight of an actual extra kid on my back– just something small and light to carry a few sippy cups, snacks, and my personal items. Leave it to Baggu to make just that. The new Baggu Daypack is the perfect lightweight nylon backpack for busy moms, or even...

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Magic mushrooms

I am an earnest, but distracted gardener. I have a garden box in my yard, one withholding lemon tree, and an egg carton (maybe) sprouting herbs on my windowsill. I’ve also grown a fungus or two, but it’s always been accidental and I never tried to eat them. That’s about to change. Back to the Roots is a sustainable, urban mushroom farm started by a group of friends in college, and their Easy-to-Grow Mushroom Garden couldn’t be easier. You can grow your own gourmet oyster mushrooms in as little as 10 days, right in the box. Just set it on a windowsill, mist...

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Just call me Princess Sparkleknuckles

I used to be into understated beauty. Then I had kids. Now I have to shout just to be noticed, so not surprisingly, I favor bright skirts, dangly earrings, and statement shoes. Oh, and big fat rings that keep people from noticing my unpainted nails. That’s where this shiny treasure comes in. The crystal and eco-friendly Sono wood Treteaux ring from Objets D’Envy melds tough and feminine together into a highly wearable, everyday ring that really packs a punch. And I mean that literally. It would be so cute with a sundress, or even just a tank and jeans. ...

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Eco-friendly dinos that’ll make you roar

So my daughter has just embraced the wonderful world of dinosaurs–beyond Barney. This is a huge milestone. Huge. To encourage her newfound love of the stegosaurus and the parasaurolophus and all non-purple dinosaurs, we’ve forgone plastic dino dudes in favor of something more natural–not to mention adorable. Anamalz has just introduced a line of wooden prehistoric creatures to its popular critter coterie. With super-bendy legs, tails, arms, and necks, they’re perfectly posable and totally playable. The eco-friendly factor here is high: every toy is handmade with sustainable maple (leftover wood is used to grow mushrooms on a farm) and painted...

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C is for cute

We always have our eyes on artisans we’ve featured here before so we can share with you their newest, coolest goodies. So lucky me and you for this new discovery at one of our favorite mom and dad bizzes, Little Alouette. Word lover or not, the typography teething toys might just be the most awesome new baby gift, made from locally sourced maple and finished with organic flax seed – no icky chemicals, thank you very much. And each letter is made completely by hand. We loooove their suggestion of using these as a photo prop, which would be...

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Lipstick that makes you pretty. And makes the world a little better looking too.

Lip color makes a big difference — that slight hue of berry or pink can compensate for years of sleep deprivation. Right now, I’m digging a line from PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics (get it?); natural, philanthropic lipsticks and glosses that can truly change the world. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Lip Paint comes in 16 shades; each is sheer and easy to wear. I’m not a big lipstick girl (too heavy for me) but PeaceKeeper’s lipstick is lightweight and feels more like lip balm than lipstick. PeaceKeeper also makes lipgloss — I’m head over heels in love with the Fairness gloss, a light gold...

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Swedish design as tough as it is pretty

We’re just a few days into summer vacation and  it’s already mud season. Not the kind of mud that’s made by Mother Nature. This stuff is kid-made, by way of a wading pool, a trusty hose, and a patch of mud-ready dirt. It’s given me the perfect excuse to look for a great new rug for the entryway–you know, something eye-catching and color-poppy, but still sturdy enough to withstand wet kid feet. And I believe I’ve found it. I absolutely love the bold, colorful zig-zags and geometrics on these floor runners and rugs from Brita Sweden—so mod.But what’s super cool...

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Toy Box Toy Box Toy Box

If ever there was a “We knew her when,” it has to be one of our favorite mom designers, Kiersten Hathcock of Mod Mom Furniture. We featured (and purchased) her gorgeous mid century toy box waaaaay back in 2007 and since then, not only has she been featured on Shark Tank and the Nate Berkus Show, she’s recently added to her array of toy box designs for kids. We’re thrilled that Kiersten recently welcomed the Maude toy box to her family of handmade storage chests. It’s similar to her well-loved Owyn toy box, only Maude has a large storage...

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A clock that’s not digital? Shocking!

I find myself missing clocks these days. You know, clocks? Actual things with two hands that don’t glow in the dark from your DVR box or flash 12:00 after the electricity goes out? So when I saw this wooden clock, I felt this little pang of must have it. The eco-friendly Raindrops Clock by decoylab is made from bamboo, then hand-sanded and finished with natural oils. It runs on a single battery, so no worries about wires. And it’s silent, so no worries about gongs, alarms, or cuckoo birds either. There are some adorable children’s clocks in the shop...

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Mother Goose has gone green

Let’s be real: a lot of old-school nursery rhymes need some updating. Have you ever really listened to “Billy Boy?” (Hey, guy, she is a young thing and cannot leave her mother. Back off!) The world is simply a different place than when Mother Goose first started ruling the roost. So it makes perfect sense that new, tweaked versions of the rhymes would include lines about environmentalism–you know, a hickety-pickety free-range hen happily giving us her cage-free eggs instead of running away because she’s had enough of laying eggs for gentlemen. In The Green Mother Goose: Saving the World One...

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From the folks who brought you the Nook Mattress, a baby playmat that’s spot-on

My baby has reached the flip-over-at-every-opportunity stage. Which means two seconds after we place him on his back on his playmat, he’s rolled off the mat and is face down on the bare floor. And then two seconds after that I’m freaking out that he’s going to face-plant on the hardwood. Not a pretty picture. Particularly not while I’m sitting on the toilet. This is why I kind of think I’d love the new LilyPad Playmat from Nook. Not only is it made from the same soft, eco-friendly and baby-safe material as the Nook mattresses (a CMP fave), but...

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