When it comes to treats and candy for our kids, we’ve always take a pretty common sense “everything in moderation” approach around here. Hey, we love candy! What’s a trip to the movie theater, a birthday party, or a special occasion lunchbox treat without some sweet stuff? We’re also fans of the 80/20 rule that a lot of families practice — eat well 80% of the time, and you can enjoy treats without guilt the other 20%. But even when it comes to candy, we still want to make the best choices we can for our families. And ourselves....Read More
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Web coolness: What a baby costs based on your age, food art Instagram accounts you have to follow, and how to know if you’re a terrible parent
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. Hope you like them too. Shop indie + American with the best of the Martha Stewart American Made finalists including lots of our own CMP picks! What having a baby costs in your 20s vs your 30s. Interesting. A new website made by kids, for kids, and it happens to be great. Awesome mashup of modern art and Alice in Wonderland. A good excuse not to make your bed. Warning: Ew. Choosing children’s lives over peanut butter. Must-read post. (Tip: The comments on the HuffPost repost pretty much prove why posts...Read More
In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy! 1. A huge round-up of the best science apps for kids of all ages. 2. A helpful website that tells you all about those ingredients you can’t pronounce. 3. Need reading help? Our picks for best reading apps for kids to the rescue. 4. Turn your iPad into a sketch book with these cool apps and tools. Wow! 5. Boy, we wish these emoji were real. Hilarious!...Read More
Our readers recently went nuts for Sip Snap lids, silicone drink covers that stretch to fit over any glass, turning it into a sippy. Well clearly it’s a trend because now CMP favorite Silikids has just released new silicone drink covers too, along with some other fun products that keep mealtime colorful–and a lot less messy–for families. When my youngest turned three I went on a rampage, determined that we would be a sippy-cup free home and my children would know how to drink from a regular glass, darn it. But there are times that visiting friends’ kids come over, and I...Read More
NOTE: It appears that Sunland Inc is now out of business. Check your pantries, mamas! The recall of New Mexico-based Sunland Inc. peanut butter sold at Trader Joe’s has now been expanded to 76 types of products, including almond butter, cashew butter, and tahini. The original recall was for Trader Joe’s Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter due to numerous salmonella illnesses across 18 states, however, additional products that are made on the same equipment by Sunland Inc. have now also been voluntarily recalled, including Archer Farms (sold at Target) and Harry & David. The good news is that none...Read More
Between summer camp and school, tossing an ice pack in with a sandwich, apple and yogurt is pretty much a no-brainer at this point. But when you consider that not all lunch boxes and ice packs are made for each other, there are plenty of times when I hesitate to pack a yogurt or a container of sliced fruit. Challenged with that scenario, a group of five smart kids came up with a lunchbox design that ensures cold food stays safely cold. And their design is so smart, one of the biggest retailers has snatched it up and made...Read More
Summer means more fresh produce, more smoothies, more road trips, and more buying and eating on-the-go. It’s the perfect time to stop by a road stand or a Farmer’s Market, but then there’s the whole “Who touched this apple last?” thing. And more importantly, the “What did YOU touch last?” thing. I think the food-grade, biodegradable food wipes from Eat Cleaner are pretty nifty. Designed by mama and food writer Mareya Ibrahim, just tuck a few of these little “Grab-n-Go Produce Wipes“ in your bag or in your car for so you can clean off those apples without wiping them...Read More
I admit to using plastic food containers for everything from storing leftovers to housing fresh made baby food. Yes, I cringe every time I put them in the dishwasher and I do find it a pain in the rear to take the extra step of pouring the contents in a porcelain bowl to microwave the food. But it’s not easy finding glass containers that snap shut as easily as the plastic ones. Hooray for Wean Green (gotta love the name!), an eco-friendly line of tempered glass food containers with BPA-free, totally secure, and very pretty lids. What I love most about...Read More
Web coolness – printable calendars, New Year’s resolutions, and other ways to start your year off right
Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. We’re in love with this calendar of the month club that let’s you download a fun, free simple calendar craft each month. For more printable calendars, Kristen rounds up 5 beautiful ones at Momformation. (And see her New Year’s resolution here. It’s a good one!) Stuck for a New Year’s resolution? Gretchen Rubin has a great suggestion. Rookie Moms has a 52 week challenge for new moms. Are you in? A great initiative to support breast cancer survivors from one of our...Read More
We first raved about Divvies Bakery almost four years ago, when we discovered that nut-free, dairy-free, and egg-free didn’t have to mean yummy-free. There’s nothing not to love about vegan, kosher, most-common-allergen-free bakery treats that actually taste the way treats ought to taste. And now you can make the Divvies magic happen right in your own kitchen, with the release of their cookbook. The Divvies Bakery Cookbook is your home guide to food allergy-friendly versions of sweets, from the cupcakes kids love to more adult pies and cobblers. There’s slushie recipes too and even a dairy-free chocolate pudding. Every...Read More
All three of my kids will attend a week of camp this summer which means I need to stock-up on yummy but somewhat healthy snacks to fuel all those kickball sessions. But I also need to keep those snacks free of peanuts because our summer camp, like so many other programs, is now peanut-free. Thankfully, I can now keep granola bars on my snack list with the TANABAR chewy granola bars from Peanut Free Planet — which live up to its name, with a totally nut-free facility. They’re all-natural and pack a hefty 7 grams of protein into each...Read More
I still use the soft cooler that I bought 10 years ago to lug around bottles and baby food for things like fruit, yogurt and juice pouches. But there is no doubt that if I were buying one now I would look no further than the Cooler Bags by SoYoung. I love the neutral linen exterior which is coated so it’s easy to wipe off. The retro designs on the front are a refreshing alternative to all the character-inspired bags I see out there, while the fully insulated interior works great, and isn’t made from the stuff that you...Read More
Expat mums in the US or those just enamored (or enamoured?) of European baby products will be delighted to know that Tommee Tippee, Britain’s #1 megabrand of sippies and bottles is about to flood American malls – or at least those with a Toys R Us in them. It’s nice to have yet another choice of phthalate- and BPA-free bottles and feeding products widely available, especially now that the FDA has gotten their act together and decided that the chemical company-funded studies that “proved” BPA safe miiiight not be all that reliable after all. Products like the Tommee Tippee...Read More
Having a kid with a food allergy may be more common these days, but that still doesn’t mean it’s super easy to navigate the supermarket, a classmate’s birthday party or even a simple school lunch. That’s why when my oldest was diagnosed with an allergy to milk, I looked for support from the Food Allergy and Anaphylaxis Network which thankfully shortens to FAAN. FAAN was started by Ann Munoz-Furlong back when it was even harder to navigate the supermarket aisles. They even helped with the passage of the Food Allergen Labeling and Consumer Protection Act of 2006, for which...Read More
Next month Congress is going to be revisiting school meal program guidelines, and the more parents and kids they hear from before they do so, the greater the chance that our schools will have real food (what a concept) to offer our children. That includes my own district, which has such frightening food options I don’t let my kids buy school lunches. Slow Food USA, an org we all completely adore, is behind the Time for Lunch Campaign, and you can get involved–write your Congresspeople, sign the online petition, or help organize an action like an eat-in. (Now there’s...Read More
Well, it’s officially Christmas cookie baking season. And while I now know to look out for things like peanuts and eggs, I was surprised to learn recently just how many kids have sensitivities to artificial colors and food dyes. Then I thought of India Tree, a company we discovered last year that makes utterly gorgeous decorative sugars, sprinkles, and other fancy things all using natural vegetable colors, The natural colors are all spectacular – vibrant and bold. And this year they’ve got a new item, a peppermint crunch that gets its color from beets. (And no, it doesn’t taste...Read More
Yes, I know that you can use a Sharpie to scribble kids’ names on their drink cups at birthday parties. But for a more stylish option, consider the reusable drink stickers from clinQs. My favorites for kids are the colorful Happy Birthday stickers that can keep up to 25 guests from sharing germs in style. But the kids themselves would probably prefer the fun Peter’s alphabet stickers or the Mr. Potato-head style (although a little more deranged) Mr. clinQy face stickers which let them turn their cups into characters. This smart little Brooklyn company has made sure their decals...Read More
Food Content Alerts may have a dry name but it’s not at all a dry idea — a website and mobile app that helps you navigate the difficult and sometimes scary world of “no, he can’t eat that either but thanks.” I’m lucky that my kids are (knock wood) thus far, allergy free, but seeing the challenges friends have gone through to avoid eggs or peanuts or gluten, I know this is a much needed service. Basically you enter a food profile, add the food sensitivities, and then from there you can create things like shopping lists, recipe boxes,...Read More
When my son comes back with his Halloween haul I scour the bag for candy that I don’t approve of (and want to swipe for myself). For me it’s a matter of avoiding high-impact sugar infusions, but for parents of children with food allergies, finding candy with traces of peanuts or eggs can be seriously scary. Which is why Divvies‘ nut-free, dairy-free, egg-free Gourmet Chocolate Ghosts and Halloween Jelly Beans make the perfect addition to a kid’s candy stash. We’re huge fans of Divvies’ other treats already, but what we especially love about these two-packs of yummy chocolate ghosts...Read More
A handful of readers have written to us asking for BPA-free food storage options, and I think it’s so great that there’s such heightened awareness of safety issues surrounding some plastics that manufacturers are responding. Case in point: The new BPA-free food storage containers from Pyrex. I’ve always had a thing for US-made Pyrex ever since my culinarily-obsessed dad lectured me about its virtues back in college, and I’m glad to see they’re keeping what works, and evolving what doesn’t. When you look at the lines, the shapes of these oven-safe glass storage containers are actually really clean and...Read More
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