Tag: eco friendly

A gift for kids that doesn’t stink.

When I was little, getting useful gifts was always a huge bummer. Then again, my Great Aunt Hilda usually went for the half-price, open-package soap-and-undies combo pack at KMart. True story: One time, they even had World’s Best Lover printed across the tush. I was 8. But my kids love baths so much that they’d be overjoyed to find a bottle of eco-conscious, gentle bubble bath in their stockings. Especially if it’s by My True Nature. This new, mom-run line of just-for-kids bath products comes with a 100% all-natural guarantee and a cute line-up of characters from a teddy...

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I’m dreaming of a papery Christmas

I do the vast majority of my communicating via email but I still love sending and receiving handwritten notes, opening a really cool party invitation or getting an almost-too-nice-to-write-on notepad for my desk. (Don’t worry, I’ll write on it.) In fact, give me a handcrafted journal or a quirky print to hang on my wall, and I’ll consider you a soul sister. Maybe that’s why I can find so many things I’d love to scoop up from this great online shop with really cool, interesting paper items made by designers from all over the globe that I won’t often see in the big card or gift...

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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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Bless the poncho!

Considering the battle that awaits me each day just to get my two-year-old to wear pants, you can probably imagine what it’s like trying to get a coat on her. Let’s just say I’ve thought about just not leaving the house for the next six months or so until it warms up again. But thankfully, there are fantastic coat alternatives – like adorable Peri Ponchos that might just mean one less tantrum in my day. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway after the jump] These lovely, warm ponchos are 100% eco fleece, a thick, soft fabric made from recycled plastic...

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The pretty water bottle just for grownups

“Gosh, honey. I’d love to give you my water bottle and have you spit a bunch of germs and floaty pieces of avocado into it,” I said. “But  Mommy’s new bottle is GLASS, so it’s not for kids.” …and that’s how I finally got to taste normal water again. But these new water bottles we discovered have even more good points than floaty-free drinking. Because they’re made of glass and covered in a durable, eco-conscious silicone jacket, the Takeya water bottles give you a beautiful, portable, reusable water bottle that tastes just like you’re drinking out of a glass....

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Wondering what to do with your spare change? How about save some animals.

Before I was a Mom, what seems like a lifetime ago (oh, a whole four years back), I worked for the Audubon Society. It was thrilling to be involved in a community that was so passionate about conservation and protecting the wildlife we share the planet with and now I’m devoted to passing those values onto my own kids.. I’m pleased to hear that there’s a great new program to help kids get involved with national conservation in a very easy way.  Pennies for the Planet, created by The National Audubon Society in alliance with Toyota, is a program...

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Alphabet City

We’re kind of in love with Joanne Dugan around here. She’s an amazingly prolific photographer, with her work in about a zillion ads, the awesome Taxi Driver Wisdom book, and most importantly to us, a magical series of children’s books: ABC NYC and 123 NYC, which incorporate evocative numbers and letters photographed around New York City. Well now she’s onto her next project, which let you take those very letters out of the pages and onto your kids’ walls. While the neon B once stood for bagel, as a wall decal it can stand for baby or Braden or...

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Cyber Monday Deal Alert – Handmade gifts at 40% off

As much as I’d love to make my own holiday gifts, I’ve come to the realization that with four kids I just don’t have the time. And quite frankly, even with all the time in the world, I’d never be able to make anything quite as amazing as the gorgeously upcycled goodies from Seven Smooches. [Don’t miss the amazing Cyber Monday offer after the jump!] Even with seven kids between them, creative moms Jennifer and Stacy use their sewing machine, recycled sweaters, and their wonderful imagination to create unique, whimsical kids clothes, accessories, and gifts unlike anything I’ve seen...

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Coming to your mailbox: Joy, Peace, and Cheer.

I cringed on that day back in October when holiday cards replaced an aisle of Halloween costumes. It’s not that I dislike the holiday season or have a soft spot for grown men dressed as plates of spaghetti. It’s just that the cards were all somber and religious, and, well… not my style. But even a bah-humbuggle like me can get on board for non-denominational photo cards that use positive words and my own beautiful photographs to spread happiness. We’ve long been big fans of Paper Culture, thanks to their hip designs, lovely cardstock, and chic rounded corners. But...

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HABA’s little lambs, with their organic fleece as white as snow

When buying a gift for those sweet toddlers in my life, I tend to steer clear of “white” anything. Let’s face it, they aren’t the cleanest creatures on the planet. But HABA is one step ahead of me with their new line of snow-white lambs that don’t mind a little water to keep them clean. Which is especially important when you see where these lambs are going. {check out the giveaway after the jump!}   Among my favorites in HABA’s new Pure Nature Cotti line is the Soft Pulling Toy for toddlers. With its short, kid-safe leash, this little...

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Eco-friendly kids’ clothes meet funky pop art

If you’re a mama (which you probably are) who dresses her children in clothes (which you probably do), and you read Cool Mom Picks (which you do!) you know there is a plethora of cute kids’ clothing from which to choose. There are days my preschooler dresses way better than I do. But there’s nothing I’ve seen quite like Kids Ink, which works with actual artists making clothes inspired by pop art and cultures from around the world. I love the David Bowie Sequin Shift Dress, which is sparkly and cutely rock-n-roll, but still kid-comfortable–it’s a soft, stretchy fabric,...

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Here a dot, there a dot…

I am fond of the polka dot. As a little girl, I had a white dress with red polka dots and it was my absolute favorite. Now, as a mom, I tend to restrict my dottiness to dressing my daughters and for their nursery. One of the many fabulous attributes is it mixes well with everything else in a nursery. They’re playful, modern and just sweet enough. So, when a CMP fave, Winter Water Factory, designed a new organic collection of sheets exclusively for Land of Nod featuring polka-dots, I have to admit, I felt a little giddy. [don’t...

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The grinch gets greener

Watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a holiday tradition around here and I can only imagine how well this greener version of the grouchy Grinch himself would go over peeking out of my kid’s stocking. Now I realize that technically speaking, Dr. Seuss’s beloved holiday character is already green. But when you turn him into a soft, organic plush doll by CMP fave miYim, one of the first companies to make organic stuffed creatures for kids, then he’s completely green, through and through. His fur is made from completely natural, unbleached cotton and colored using low impact dyes...

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Wrap it up to go

I love the hustle of the holiday season: cooking, shopping and giving are three of my favorite things. What I really don’t like is finding the right wrapping paper for my latest treasures – and it can get ugly when I have multiple smaller gifts, for teachers and neighbors. We’re talking last-minute wrapping in the form of torn tissue paper held together with stickers, which doesn’t look so hot, especially if those gifts are–shall we say–somewhat modest. Sometimes a gal really needs something to help with the upsell.  Check out the personalized items from momma Bridgett Edwards at Perideau...

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Custom ornaments that are about as cool as it gets

My daughter has signed on to the idea of Christmas early. Not “early” like prodigy-early; I mean early like she discovered a teensy faux Christmas tree in our garage this summer and has been diligently decorating it for the past three months with last year’s kid-safe ornaments, pieces of colored paper, and–my favorite–her baby brother’s socks. So I am kid-on-Christmas-Eve excited about this awesome new find that gives new meaning to the term “family tree.” The handmade custom ornaments at Sklep are so fabulous, we’ve got them in our holiday gift guide this year. (You have been there, right?)...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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This week on Cool Mom Tech

Here are a few cool things we found the past week on Cool Mom Tech, that we thought our Cool Mom Picks readers would appreciate too. Adorable, portable USB speakers that beat your kid ignoring you with headphones on. A guide to the 7 best online shopping sites with great mobile apps, so you never miss those kids clothes at 70% off. A smart online baby book making it easier to remember the first tooth or the first embarrassing spit-up incident with company over. A new National Teacher’s Registry to help get our educators what they need for the...

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Teething rocks

Ok so maybe teething doesn’t really rock. In fact, it can be pretty painful for all parties involved. I recall more than my share of sleepless nights when my son’s teeth were coming in. Not fun. But maybe the teethers can be? I only wish I had known about this solid organic wood guitar teether from perennial CMP favorite, Little Alouette. The Gibson-shaped teether is made from locally-sourced Ohio hardwoods. The finish is as smooth as your baby’s bottom and you can feel safe knowing that any treatment on the wood is only certified organic flaxseed oil. I am...

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Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Robeez goes organic

This week, I saw the cutest pair of Robeez baby shoes in a local boutique and I ran online to see what else they were up to. Boy the company has come a long way since my 5 year-old was a baby and your choices were basically the fire truck or the flower or the other flower. The organic soft sole Robeez is adorable, whether or not you care about the water-soluble inks, eco-friendly canvas and leather with natural tanning. I just love the subtle, sweet neutral color. If you’ve got a boy, or a baby girl who doesn’t...

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