Tag: green living

Buy a shoe, skate a ramp, plant a tree

I confess to an enduring love for all things skateboarding. Perhaps I’m just subconsciously clinging to my youth, but I still dig the style–especially when it’s sharp and functional. We found some cool kids’ shoes that are perfect for fall (eek, it’s October!) and encompass both features. {Keep reading for an exclusive CMP discount on these cool shoes…and the chance to do a little good too!} My latest skate-centric crush is the Kids Jameson 2 Eco from etnies. Don’t be fooled by the canvas upper and the gum sole–these shoes are built to ride, with plenty of sturdy support...

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Bowled over: vintage bowling lanes get new life as kids’ furniture

Every now and then I spot kids’ furniture that makes me wish I had a little expendable income, and that’s exactly how I feel about these amazing pieces from CounterEvolution.  Table Tots are quite possibly the coolest kids’ table sets I’ve ever seen. And “cool” doesn’t even cover it. This is heirloom-quality furniture with an amazing story worth telling for generations to come. Each set is completely handcrafted from recycled wood and steel rescued from closed-down bowling lanes and other buildings scheduled to be demolished, then finished using green-friendly practices. Fab.  And if the artistry looks familiar, it’s because designer Jim...

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ThredUp reinvents itself and now buying discount designer kids clothes–or selling them–is a joy

You know how it goes: your kids wear their clothes for a ridiculously short period of time. Sure, there’s always hand-me-downs, or consignment and Craigslist, if you’re motivated enough to try to make some money. But those routes require time and energy that many of us are sorely lacking at this time of year. So we’re happy to discover that thredUP has newly relaunched, as a very easy, very good-looking online consignment shop. Related: Buy and sell designer clothes for the whole family, right from your smart phone Related: Chairish: Shop the country’s coolest vintage shops, all from your couch ThredUP features...

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2 new cleaning products from Honest that we love. Honestly.

Even though my fellow Cool Mom Picks Editors have tried and loved the eco-friendly Honest products, I’d yet to give them a whirl myself. So recently, I had the chance to test out a couple of their newest natural cleaning products for home use, and I have to say, I’m pretty impressed. And not just because I think co-founder Jessica Alba and I should be BFFs. Honest Oxy Boost  Around my place, we just live with clothes with stains because I’ve yet to find a bleach stain and odor remover that isn’t loaded with toxins. I live in sensitive skin...

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Bakfiets – Bikes for you and your brood

Let me tell you why I’m Bakfiet crazy: when I had kids, I really wanted to keep up my exercise routine and just have them fall in line. I got a double jogger, which was great. But I really wanted to bike with the kids in tow, I just didn’t feel super comfortable putting them in a bike trailer behind me. I wanted them to be within reach, just in case–and now I realize that the solution was here all along. I fell in love with the Babboe Bakfiets at first sight. It’s a Dutch import but I became acquainted...

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Shop smarter with a whole new kind of reusable bag

When grocery shopping, I try and take my own reusable bags. And I love that now some cities are charging for paper or plastic, to encourage you to BYO. So I love this new company that’s offering everything I’ve wanted in a reusable shopping bag. Check out Reisenthel EasyBags and you’ll see each bag fits snugly in a shopping cart and sits flat, unlike standard totes. For larger trips, you can even fit 2 bags side by side in the cart.  Each bag clips into the cart for easy packing and unpacking while velcro secures the top closure.  There...

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Pimpin’ the hose

Tap water’s making a comeback, and here’s a great way to share the love. And the water. On the surface, Faucet Face is a company that sells glass water bottles. But behind the scenes, they’re trying to start a movement towards tap water and away from pricey and eco-unfriendly bottled water. As part of their initiative, every bottle you buy helps build water filters in rural India, providing a minimum of 100 liters per bottle. In fact four bottles means one complete water filter will be donated. Pretty great. Fear not the glass bottles! We’ve covered them before (bkr...

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Serious rad upcycled childrens clothes for seriously special occasions

[updated with corrected info] There is something so special about children’s clothes with history. Hand-me-downs aren’t just a frugal choice: there’s often meaning in seeing your child in his grandpa’s favorite college sweatshirt. And now there’s a talented artist who’s preserving those memories–and clothing–in a truly special way. Kindred Cloth (even the name is divine) is a family owned business that runs on love and extraordinary talent. They’re applying remarkable talent to creating special outfits for children, by transforming a parent’s old shirt or other garment into something gorgeous and new. You can choose from their own ready-made designs...

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A cool passport holder – you won’t believe what it’s made out of.

Not everyone gets excited about cool passport holders. But I do. While I’m not the most organized of people in my normal, day-to-day life, I turn into an organizational queen when my family travels, so I’m always on the lookout for organizational tools so amazing, I might actually get to relax a little. All the better if said tools are upcycled and totally gorgeous. Poketo’s Upcycled Leather Passport Holders will do the job quite nicely. These sleek cases are handmade entirely from leather of vintage sofas. Cool right? The results are textured collages, and no two are the same. Kind of a...

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Pink and blue layette essentials that are cuter than those other pink and blue layettes

Pink and blue can feel like such generic colors for a baby layette. But when it is done right, it not only looks great, but let’s be honest, it does help a new mom avoid those awkward comments about “what a beautiful baby boy!” when what she’s really got in the stroller is a little girl without any hair. If you’re a fan of the traditional layette color route, Oilo has come to the rescue. Their soft, organic layette is available in a baby blue and a super sweet pink. But instead of the usual gingham, the print is...

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5 great white wine cocktail recipes (and one great way to do good while making them)

Now that it’s unofficially summer, I’m in a white wine mindset, which also means delicious white wine cocktails. Fortunately I’ve got quite a few to share with you. But first, I want to share one of my favorite white wines–with a great story to boot. After a decade of making wine (and far longer drinking it), winemaker Christian Stark set out to make an affordable, great-tasting wine that also makes a difference in the world. Lucky for us, he succeeded with Stark Thirst. This Sonoma Chardonnay is a fresh, dry white wine fermented in steel tanks, which is a...

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The online baby registry that keeps things natural

I will never forget that rush of giddy power when they put the baby registry gun in my hands. I had no idea what I was doing. I had no real concept of what I needed; just that I had the power to build my tiny nursery empire. Then the baby showed up, and I realized that, sadly, most of the things I really wanted could only be found online: the truly natural and organic products, the baby carriers, the wooden toys.  Now there’s a new kind of baby registry in town that lets you find those very things....

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Some of our favorite tech picks this week that we think you’ll like too. 1. In honor of Earth Day, save power and money with these super cool eco-friendly smart phone chargers.  2. If the Dowager Countess of Downton Abbey went mobile, we’re pretty sure this iPhone case would be hers. Lovely. 3. A fun coloring app that features your kids’ very favorite character– themselves!  4. Picnik is officially closed. But we’ve rounded up some great ways to edit your online photos that we may actually like better. 5. We found one of the coolest iPhone docks we’ve ever seen....

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Earth Day Pick – PaperStatement art and jewelry

Discovering the Paper Statement Etsy shop was like looking at your own perceived craftiness in the mirror and laughing at it. I am absolutely blown away by the things true artists can do out of paper and cardboard. The first thing that caught my eye from German artist Dorisse is this very cool paper necklace made from corrugaged paper beads. It looks great with multi-colors like this, but the simple natural beads or single-color options are pretty amazing too. [see more incredible paper jewelry and sculptures after the jump] Really impressive book sculpture. Statement bracelet from paper beads. Very...

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Earth Day Pick – Eco friendly wooden toys

On Earth Day or any day, I love the feeling a wooden toy creates; fresh, clean and perfect for a creative little mind. It’s no secret we are fans of Little Sapling’s all-natural wood toys. Now the husband and wife team, Nick and Kimber, have done it again with this charming little piece just added to their collection. The wooden toy camera makes it pretty obvious why the Christensens have the top selling toy shop on Etsy. (Not that we don’t have other favorites, of course.) It’s an excellent, original gift idea for the kid who has everything or for your...

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Earth Day Pick – Kiwi Crate’s green boxes

When I first read about Kiwi Crate’s monthly craft subscriptions (here, in fact), I couldn’t wait to gift one to my niece. She clapped in delight each time her box arrived because she knew it’d be packed with fun, engaging, and lovely activities that were perfect for her four-year-old hands. And now that Kiwi Crate has announced some new boxes–two of which seem perfect to mention on this Earth Day–I can’t wait to sign my niece up for a few more. Kiwi Crate’s monthly boxes come jam-packed with loads of activities built around a certain theme, and their fun/educational gardening theme...

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Growing edibles just got easy. Like black-thumb-proof easy.

Grow-it-yourself is the new do-it-yourself. Unfortunately, I tend have the touch of death for plants. But you know what? I didn’t let looking awful in denim overalls stop me from wearing them throughout the 90’s, so I haven’t let being plant kryptonite stop me from growing my own juicy tomatoes and fresh herbs.  I’ve got a black-thumb-proof plan for growing edibles this season so that I can cook with homegrown herbs and produce. And, you know, hang with the GIY cool kids–also known as the hungry boy and his hungry brother. Determined to grow, too? Here’s what to do...

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It’s Earth Hour Day. Are you in?

If you’re participating in the World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour tonight at 8:30 PM, in which people around the world will turn out their lights as a show of environmental commitment, you’re in good company. Hundreds of millions of people in about 135 countries are right there with you and it’s even being watched from the International Space Station.  Here are just a few things you can do for an hour tonight with the lights out:      -Play a board game     -Read a book with a flashlight     -Sit outside and watch the stars     -Eat by candlelight     -Check out the Earth Hour twitter feed and see photos of Earth from space–if it’s not cheating to be on your computer.     -Write an actual letter. You know, on stationery. With a pen.     -Reenact the final episode of Downton Abbey with finger puppets     -Make a list with your kids about ways to commit to taking care of the planet      -Make another baby. Ha. -Liz + KristenLearn More about Earth Hour by visiting their website and finding out ways to get involved. Also, check out this photo of Aukland, NZ‘s SkyCity Tower going dark, the first city on the planet to reach Earth...

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Easter eggs almost as natural as the ones that come out of a chicken

Every year, I try to find more eco-friendly alternatives to the ubiquitous plastic Easter eggs. And while I have seen reusable wood eggs and lovely handmade felt ones to fill, they can be pricey if you have to buy more than a few. This year, though, there is finally a real alternative that look just like those plastic eggs, but have a secret ingredient: Corn. Made here in the USA and started by candy-company owner and mama of two, Christine Lantinen, eco eggs look just like those plastic eggs we’ve hidden in the grass, bushes and trees for years. Only these...

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Natural craft supplies that are as beautiful as what your kids create

As a mom, some of my fondest moments with my kids are creating arts and crafts together.  I’ve never met a kid that doesn’t like to get their little hands involved in a project–all the more reason I care about what ends up on those little hands. Introducing GLOB, makers of creative and beautiful craft supplies that are naturally made. The  paints and crayons all come from natural and biodegradable materials–even the paint cups are compostable.  So my kids will not only get a lesson in art, but one in conservation.   I also love that GLOB specializes in botanically crafted...

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