Tag: green living

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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