Tag: green living

Customized coffee mugs for keeps

I’ve always loved coffee, but it took becoming a mother to truly appreciate the wonder that is take-out coffee. Yes, the coffee is more expensive than if I made it myself, but my daily latte is an indulgence I allow myself for a few minutes of peace. However, there is one thing about my little coffee habit that’s been bothering me: All those paper cups can’t be good for the planet. In fact 500 billion disposable cups are made every year. So I’ve been looking for the perfect reusable cup. Enter KeepCup: barista-approved, thoughtfully-designed, BPA-free, reusable coffee cups. Pick your...

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The coolest new water bottle on the block

I fully admit to drinking way more bottled water than I should, even though I’m aware of how bad the plastic is for the environment, let alone the risk of water that’s been marinating in chemicals used to produce said plastic. But now I’ve found alternative that could truly change my water-drinking habits forever. I just discovered the incredibly cool looking glass bkr bottles and have fallen in love. Although the concept of a reusable bottle is not exactly earth-shattering, the people behind bkr have managed to get me excited about just that. Yes, it’s made of glass, which...

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thredUP’s new Concierge service – the easiest way to resell your kids outgrown clothes

It is a sad moment when I put a barely worn outfit on one of my kids and realize they’ve outgrown it before they’ve even had a chance to spill something on it. But now the smart people at online clothes-swapping site thredUP have come out with a new service that’s perfect for parents who love buying their kids cute clothes, but hate when they’re outgrown. Let’s just say it’s not so bad knowing your kids outgrow their clothes when you can get paid for them.  {keep reading for a chance to access this service before it goes live...

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A Dolphin Tale

“I got water in my eyes!” my son wailed.  But he wasn’t crying. Actually, he looked like he was trying to cry and couldn’t. “Doesn’t hurt, does it?” I said smugly.  And he shook his head no. A perfect chance to pitch a fit, lost to products that actually live up to their tear-free claim. Oh, and did I mention they’re also hypoallergenic, all natural, and organic? I’ve got to admit– Dolphin Organics impressed the heck out of me. The number one reason? Transparency. Each bottle is dominated by a large, clear label showing every single ingredient and its...

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The non-petroleum jelly that stole my heart (and lips)

Is petroleum jelly safe? Well, let’s say since having children, we’ve switched to kinder, gentler beauty products. No sulfates, no parabens, no horrible-things-that-might-cause-cancer-or-dye-the-children-pink. The one product I couldn’t let go of was petroleum jelly. But I’ve finally found a way to kick the habit, thanks to Live Clean Baby. I grew up with petroleum jelly. On my nose during the winter, on my lips at night, on my burns and scrapes. My mom always had a big tub in the bathroom for any job that couldn’t be accomplished by lotion and Chapstick. And then one day we learned we...

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Cleaning dirty pacifiers on the go with Dapple SurfaceWipes

My 8 month-old is going through the slobber-filled teething stage. That means a lot of wiping his drooly chin and giving him plenty of teething toys to alleviate some of the pain. One thing that I find incredibly frustrating is when he drops those teethers on the dirty sidewalk or restaurant floor and wondering how to clean them. Yes, I know that the more kids you have, the more you’re probably comfortable just wiping it off on your jeans. But for those of you clean freaks (like me), allow me to present the food grade wipes from Dapple. All of the cleaning products from Dapple use...

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Scotch Tape gets greener and so do the holidays

Over the years, we’ve become more aware of eco-friendly gift wrap options from reusable gift bags, to recycled wrapping paper. But one thing I haven’t thought so much about is tape. And honestly, this must be the time of of year that the folks at Scotch Tape make about 99% of their profits. That’s why I’m glad to see they’ve finally figured out a way to make a more earth-friendly tape. The Scotch Magic Greener Tape is made with 75% recycled or plant-based materials, which sure beats 0%. I’ve tried it out and truly didn’t notice any difference in...

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Simple wooden toys that your kids will simply adore

I never mean to, but I occasionally have a weird mind slip and underestimate the power of simplicity. When a package arrived in the mail from Gween, bearing six pieces of pretty, shiny wood meant to put together into a windmill shape, I wasn’t sure my kids would like it. But you know what? They loved it. But the experts at Gween knew that they would. The cool windmill (officially named “Gusto”) is one of five models of stackable toys that can be put together in different ways–which works on kids’ motor skills, piques their problem-solving interests, and (if...

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BeginAgain toys – Simpler toys Santa’s elves would approve of

When the toy store ads appear in our Sunday newspaper, I’m mostly uninspired by all the blinky, noisy, plasticky stuff touted as The Next Big Thing. Would these really be the toys that Santa’s elves carefully assemble in the North Pole? But now, just in time for the holidays, a brand new toy maker has come riding into town, aptly called BeginAgain. And if you are looking for toys, games and activity kits that harken back to a simpler time when people actually said “harken” (heh), you must check out this line of imaginative and eco-friendly toys. {keep reading...

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Beautiful ornaments with a past life.

Garfield has never been called elegant, nor is Snoopy considered stylish. And yet, in the right hands, the Sunday comics are being transformed into stunning holiday ornaments. The Sea Urchin Recycled Newspaper Ornament from kissadesign on Etsy is a fun new twist on traditional Polish folk art. In fact, the artist’s family has been hand-creating such decorations for over fifty years. This is serious crafting–each ornament includes eighty meticulously hand-formed points for a delicate and celestial look. Hang them from a tree, dangle them from a chandelier at a party, or even use them for a year-round splash of...

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A birthday banner that’s quite a hoot

We were so impressed with the gorgeous eco-friendly holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods last year that we ordered them for our own CMP contributors. So when I heard they added a few new items to their collection of goodies, I couldn’t wait to take a peek. And wow, look what I found! The Owl Birthday Banner is the perfect solution for moms like me who don’t want more one-off party decorations that only end up in the trash after the celebration is over. With this adorable birthday banner, you’ll get 14 colorfully printed pennants made from eco-friendly,...

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From Cradle to College

I love that furniture designers have stopped looking at cribs as a utilitarian object, and started embracing their artistic nature. GroFurniture is a stunning new eco-friendly furniture line, all made in the USA by real furniture artisans. It was started by a husband and wife who created these cribs for their own children. And now make them for everyone. Each crib is made to order and from what I can see, the assembly is easy. Of course, this all comes at a price. But fortunately, it’s meant to grow with your baby; you can purchase the bundle set which...

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You recycle, you upcycle…and now you can Hipcycle

There is nothing that gets my inner MacGyver going more than upcycling. The creativity it takes to see something useful in a random everyday object–love it, not to mention the fact it can be an earth-friendlier way to shop. It totally explains my current bag of choice: it’s woven out of seatbelts and utterly indestructible, no matter how many leaking sippy cups are in it. It’s also the best conversation starter practically ever.  So this brand-new upcycling site has got 100% of my attention. The just-launched Hipcycle has some of the coolest upcycled gear I’ve seen in a long time–all...

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Here kitty, kitty kitty…

I have animal-crazy daughters, a wonderful characteristic I attribute in part to awesome grandparents that think to buy them “animal things” before buying them “princess things.” So I was thrilled to see a nice partnership between National Geographic and Pottery Barn Kids, which is helping to broaden kids’ horizons and help some big, beautiful animals too. The National Geographic Pottery Barn Kids partnership is really nifty as an idea. While of course there are toys and books you can buy curated by National Geographic (I love the look of that animals activity tote) there are also online activities and...

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The nighttime cloth diaper of my dreams

Once upon a time, in the land of cloth diapering, there was a great diapering secret that somehow remained elusive to many parents: the overnight technique. Finding what will work for your particular baby in his particular sleeping arrangement can be tricky, to say the least. And there will likely be many wet sheets before a solution is found. (Which, for a co-sleeping mama like me is a rather unpleasant situation.) Well, friends, I have found an answer that doesn’t require the proverbial nighttime disposable. SoftBums diapers have been keeping my bed dry and I am thrilled by how...

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Sit on the rhino and eat your peas, kid.

I’m sure most kids would agree–wouldn’t life be more fun if you were sitting on an elephant? I’ll go with yes. That’s why we’re going ape for this adorable Children’s Menagerie table and chair set from our friends at Paloma’s Nest. The table is a jungle tree, and you can choose chairs shaped like gorillas, rhinoceroses, giraffes, and elephants. Each piece is hand-crafted of eco-friendly birch plywood with a non-toxic finish, and it’s perfectly sized for kids over about age three. Of course it’s not priced like an IKEA set, but that’s what you get for an eco-friendly work of art that...

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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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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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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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