Tag: green living

This cloth diaper is bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S!

The only thing more adorable than a cute baby bottom in a cloth diaper is saying “Charlie Banana” whenever someone asks you where the diaper came from. Cloth is making a comeback, mainly because it’s good for the environment and cuter than ever. But you already know that. What you might not know is that there’s a new brand called Charlie Banana that can cover all of your cloth needs in one fell swoop with free shipping to boot. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] Charlie Banana‘s aim is to make the world a greener place by...

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Threadless and Baggu are a tote bag perfect match

Does this rainbow umbrella design look familiar? It probably does–it’s just one of the designs you’ll find over at Threadless, which recently teamed up with Cool Mom Picks favorite Baggu to produce a whole series of recycled cotton canvas totes (Baggu’s “duck bag”) in a variety of cool options. I’ve always loved that Baggu put a sturdy shoulder strap on these bags–much as I love a conventional tote, sometimes after a visit to the library some extra support is welcome–and now I can even pick one of my favorite artist renderings to make it even cooler. It looks like...

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Spit That Out!

I’m not the Most Neurotic Mom in the World, but some days I feel I’d make it to First Runner Up, ready to step in, should she be unable to fulfill her duties. I work hard to give my children a healthy, positive, eco-friendly environment, and that means worrying — a lot — about  my choices.  Spit That Out!: The Overly Informed Parent’s Guide to Raising Children in the Age of Environmental Guilt by Paige Wolf, is a helpful book for worrier mommas like me — and you perhaps? — and all of our sisters in worry. Wolf has...

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That’s right honey, you can’t win

While I’ve never taken my husband to task for only buying three lemons instead of the dozen I requested (“Who asks for a dozen lemons anyway?”), I have to confess that I avoid sending him to the grocery store because…well, whatever he gets is usually wrong. So when I saw this reusable grocery bag from CMP fave Twisted Twee, I felt like it was made just for me. Or actually, just for my husband. Hand printed on washable cotton, “Whatever I get, it will be wrong” is absolutely right. I think I’ll buy it and stash it in his...

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A pretty reusable bag for all your gross, smelly, leaky stuff

I have a drawer in the kitchen full of plastic bags. As much as I’d like to consider myself a green(ish) mom, it’s the one thing I can’t say no to at the grocery store. The reason? I use the bags to transport leaky sippy cups and discard stinky diapers while on the go. But all that eco-waste (and guilt) may be coming to an end. The Stuff Sack by Go Gaga. is entirely waterproof, leak proof, odor proof and stain proof (that’s a lot of proofs!). Which means you can stick unfinished cartons of Yo Baby, half-eaten bagels...

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The green laundry detergent that impresses the you-know-what out of me.

When one scoop of detergent can take a toddler diaper Houdini’s bedspread from poop-ravaged nightmare to deliciously clean in just one wash, I have trouble holding back my enthusiasm. Still, it takes more than that to impress me, and I’ve found a brand new laundry detergent that delivers. This utterly rockin’ new Rockin Green detergent is everything that we love. It’s eco-conscious and free of dyes, phosphates, dioxins, parabens, SLS, and animal ingredients. It has formulas for hard, soft, and regular water  But most importantly, it really freakin’ works. I’ve been using Rockin’ Green for several weeks on all...

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Just Shorn – Beautiful rugs from farmers, not factories

I have never been a fan of wall-to-wall carpeting. Maybe it’s a factor of living in New York, where hardwood flooring is the standard, but I find a great area rug not only looks sharp, it’s practical when you’ve got kids. It’s easy to clean, and when you decide to throw a three year-old finger painting party, at least you can roll it up temporarily. So this week, I was so happy to have been introduced to Just Shorn, a fabulous New Zealand company that produces the most beautiful, sustainable wool rugs with a pretty amazing backstory. The wool...

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The best breast pump you’ve never heard of

I’ve always been a pretty casual user breast pump user, since I work from home and rarely leave the baby (sigh). However this year, we decided to leave my littlest one with my mom for a few days so I could spend some quality time with my other three kiddos on a short jaunt. And that means my casual pumping was not going to cut it. It was the perfect opportunity to try out a new breast pump that bills itself as a green breast pump, which helps to keep the 2 million pumps purchased each year out of...

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Keelhauled by cardboard

Cardboard cottages are more common than refrigerator boxes these days, and cardboard castles are no longer hard-to-find real estate. But we’ve found a new line of structures that go beyond the typical rose-covered cottage– and that boys will enjoy, too. Box Creations offers a playhouse and a castle, but more importantly, they also have a pirate ship, a space shuttle, and a carriage. Each one is made of eco-conscious recycled materials and can fit 2 – 3 kids, be they buccaneers, astronauts, or Robin Hood on a mission. The pre-printed playhouses also come with four washable markers, but you...

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A swaddling blanket for the swaddle-impaired

I remember wrangling that swaddling blanket and trying to wrap our first newborn babe like a burrito over and over and over again. More often, we accomplished a tortilla, flat and floppy, with baby girl seriously unimpressed with her parents’ swaddling skills. Oh, if only we’d known about these buttery-soft new swaddling blankets–we might have gotten our swaddle on from the get-go. Honeydumplings–the smartypants creator of the padded baby caps and buckwheat toddler pillows that we have admired in the past–has come up with another brilliant idea: practically foolproof and organic swaddling blankets.  Each blankie–which is sized to fit a...

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An heirloom-worthy stacking toy

I’m one step closer to becoming a treehugger. My new toy crush is made with organic maple, cherry and walnut wood and tackles balance, problem solving, pattern recognition and fine motor skills. Oh, and it’s for babies. The Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches (Brainbow! Love that name!) from Little Sapling Toys is the antidote to those brightly colored plastic stacking toys found at every big box toy store. It’s the toy I can imagine safely storing away after my son grows out of it to save for his kids. I love the handcrafted look and feel of it; each piece...

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Drink in the coolness with Paul Frank

If your resolution includes cutting back on plastic water bottles, and doing it with style (what? that could be a resolution) then we have an awesome new option for you. Café Press has teamed up with Paul Frank to create a design-your-own SIGG water bottle, and not only are they super cute, designing the bottle is surprisingly fun. Do you like your Julius rocking out on the guitar? How about a pink and purple Julius with hearts and skulls, or a punk rock Julius with sunglasses? There are so many fun choices for your  custom Paul Frank water bottle,...

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The change mat that’s getting me excited about dirty diapers

The time has arrived that I have to think about changing diapers again. Diapers. I’d kind of forgotten about that part of having a new baby. Lucky for me, though, there’s a nifty new change mat in town that will make it easy for me to do the anytime, anywhere diaper change with grace. And, of course, style. The Thula Eco Mat kind of looks like a mini yoga mat. And, I’ll admit, since a sample came into our house, my kids have had a great time using it as such. Made from a non-toxic foam material that is...

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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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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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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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