Tag: healthy kids

High quality, kid-friendly SPF to go. Ooh la la.

I tried carrying a tube of sunscreen in my purse once. Once. And then I got a new purse. So I’m head over heels for individually packaged, safe sunscreen for kids that even I can’t spill. Bonus: it works. And smells great. [Don’t miss a chance to win this wonder sunblock, after the jump!] If you’ve ever wished for a kid-friendly sunscreen that can’t be spilled, can fit in your pocket, and actually works, we’ve got good news. These Sun Protection Wipes for kids from Le bébé Coo are practically perfect in every way. Each box includes 40 packets, and each packet includes a...

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One way to get kids to eat their fruit. If you don’t steal it first.

My kids, as with all kids, are obsessed with gummies. But I find that fruit chews give them the same satisfaction with a little less guilt. On my part. Hooray for a new brand that avoids the guilt entirely, and just in time for me to seek out new lunchbox snacks for camp.   Stretch Island, the company I love for their 100% natural fruit strips, is now making Stretch Island Fruit Chews, which are also made from real fruit puree with no additional sugar added. Just what’s naturally in the fruit. They are nut-free, gluten-free, and come in...

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Superfood alert: Snack like an Aztec warrior with these 5 chia seed snacks (and yes, they’re good)

Want to get in on the superfood fun, but have no clue what to do with a bag of chia seeds? (Other than turn them into a grassy novelty pet?) I’ve got five delicious ways to enjoy these wonder seeds, which were once the go-to survival food of Aztec warriors. Almost as cool as astronaut ice cream, right? –Stacie   So rumor has it that one tablespoon of chia seeds could sustain your average buff Aztec warrior for 24 hours. Not sure how many chia seeds it takes to sustain a busy mom on the go, but get this:...

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Tiptoe over the tulips while slacklining.

When the weather turns warm, I am on the hunt for fun new ways to get the kids outside–and off their various electronic devices. My latest find may be low-tech, but it’s so high on fun, we’re all waiting in line for our turn to play.  Slacklining is one of those new-to-me outdoor activities that’s growing in popularity this season, as companies like Gibbon Slacklines and Slackers promote this sport for fun families hankering for more exercise and outdoor time together.  For families who are just starting out, I love Slackers’ soup-to-nuts Slackline Classic Series kit which has everything you...

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Chocolate whaaat? Kids’ vitamins just got awesomer.

I grew up eating the vitamins of a certain prehistoric cartoon and turned out pretty okay. Still, now that I’m a mom, I’d love for my own kids’ vitamins to be a bit more naturally sourced. And maybe not so, well, chalky. Yum-V’s Multi-Vitamin Jellies are totally delicious and soft, packed with good stuff and not the artificial ick. They get their softer chewiness from pectin, not gelatin, which makes them not quite as sticky on the teeth–something my forever-losing-a-tooth grade-schooler really appreciates. Now, no artificial colors means your brain may need a second to realize that the happy...

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Healthy Child Parties: That’s not an oxymoron, mamas.

We’re all familiar with sugar-happy birthday parties and itchy-sad Chicken Pox parties. But we’re excited about the possibility of hosting a Healthy Child Party that makes the moms, the kids, and the doctors happy. If you’re not yet familiar with Healthy Child, Healthy World, it began when Nancy and Jim Chuda sought answers for their daughter Colette’s tragic death from a non-hereditary form of cancer and determined environmental toxins were to blame. The parents met with environmental groups, celebrities, and government officials to protect children from the devastating effects of toxic substances in the environment.  They’re responsible for tons...

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Lidia Bastianich introduces a lovely book for future foodies

Anyone who’s a fan of great Italian cooking is probably a fan of Lidia Bastianich. And I say that as someone who admired her cooking (mmmm…Del Posto) long before she became a TV personality. Now, she’s turning her talents towards a children’s book that just might take that “pasta with butter, no green stuff” kid and turn her into a foodie. Maybe? Hopefully?   The new book Lidia’s Family Kitchen: Nonna’s Birthday Surprise is at first a lovely storybook about Nonna Lidia recalling for her grandchildren her own Italian childhood through food. Accompanied by soft, sweet illustrations by Renee Graef, we learn about...

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Like, totally tubular! A new, lower sugar on-the-go kids yogurt.

We here at Cool Mom Picks have been fans of Chobani Champions, the brand’s line of Greek yogurts made especially for kids, since day one, when they launched with four tasty flavors packed in perfectly kid-sized cups. Thanks to their new line, we now have one more reason–and four more flavors–to love this snack made especially for kids.  Chobani Tubes are the new on-the-go squeeze tube yogurt snacks made by the Greek yogurt maker. I must admit: squeeze tube yogurts are not normally my thing, but I decided to give these a try since they are made with “only natural...

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Web Coolness – Creative inspiration for families, great tips for kids who love sugar, and go FLOTUS go!

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We’re enjoying this new creative blog by one of our favorite comfy clothing companies. Tons of great ideas! February’s Shot @ Life 28 Days of Impact series about global vaccinations ends with this wildly creative—and inspiring—read from a favorite dad blogger. Have you seen our First Lady dancing with Jimmy Fallon? Hilarious. How to Fake Being a Cool Mom. These easy tips for managing sugar consumption with our sweets-loving kids is so helpful. On Huffington Post, Liz talks about the...

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Duck, duck…fruit! Healthy all-natural snacks for little ones

It’s finally here, the time when your sweet, drooly, dribbly little baby is ready to get down with some solids.   You go to the supermarket and marvel at the huge selection of options, scratching your head as you read the ingredients, known and unknown. When it comes to choosing toddler and kid snacks, it’s not as simple as it should be. Sure, those gummies may be organic, but they are still gummies. And fruit’s the best snack out there, but it’s not always the most portable or sustainable. Well, thank goodness for men of action, like NYC-based dad...

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The Dot Girl First Period Kit: a lifesaver for moms of tween girls

Even though my oldest daughter is still a little young for the official period talk, that doesn’t mean I’m not prepared. In fact, I still have the Original Dot Girl First Period Kit we discovered a few years ago bookmarked on my computer for when the time comes. As it turns out, they just recently updated the already useful kit to make it an even better tool for parents with tween girls, which I (gulp) will soon be. The new and improved Dot Girl First Period Kit still contains everything it had before that I appreciated, but now comes...

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5 healthy lunchbox snacks that make that healthy snacking resolution a little easier

This year, a lot of parents are resolving to buy healthier lunchbox snacks that are kid and cool mom approved. Seem like a tall order? Not with these five healthy snacks. I know that healthy snacks can be hard. So many taste, well, healthy. These five products are different. They get high marks on health and taste, and I’m not the only one doing the grading. My boys have signed off on these treats, too. Hooray for one no-brainer resolution! –Stacie I Heart Keenwah clusters (above) Thought the quinoa trend was over? Think again. The most genius product churned out...

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Vending machines that are healthy for kids? Please, sir, I want some more.

Kids like pushing buttons. Kids like snacks. So it isn’t a big mystery when my kids drag me towards every vending machine they see. Fortunately one of our favorite healthy snack companies, Ella’s Kitchen, is doing something to make vending machines healthy too. The new invention is a todder-sized vending machine, designed specifically to sell their healthier organic kids snacks like Nibbly Fingers and their classic smushed fruit and veggie blends. What’s especially cool is that it’s not only fun and colorful, it’s actually under 4-feet tall so kids could be more inclined to go for this one than those that...

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5 little things you can do to make better food choices with your family

We’re excited to be sharing our favorite tips on behalf of our super awesome sponsor UNREAL Candy. Plus? We’re excited to give away a $500 gift card to one of you, with a chance to win a $10,000 shopping spree. Seriously. With the new year here we know we’re not the only ones thinking about how make better food choices–not just for us, but for our kids. Of course we know that we’re not going do a 180 overnight with our eating habits (boy, we love our Sunday pancakes), but there are some pretty simple changes that can really add...

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Because the coolest superpower is always giving back

We bet you know a pint-sized superhero or two. You might even have one battling baddies in your living room at this very moment. So maybe it’s time for some new superhero threads for your fave good guys (and good girls).  One of our favorite indie imaginative play companies, Pip and Bean, has been turning out handmade kid capes on Etsy since 2009. This holiday season, this mom-and-pop shop are offering an awesome promotion that will not only have your little superheroes rockin’ their very own capes, but will also help them put smiles on the faces of other kids...

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One thing you can do to make a difference for millions of women. And it’s free.

As some of you know, I recently spent a week in Ethiopia with the amazing organization ONE, specifically to see the tangible good that foreign aid is doing for mothers and families around the globe. The amazing thing about ONE is that they never ask for your money–only your voice. And that voice matters indeed. I’d love if you can take 30 seconds (really!) out of your day to do one little thing for them–and for all mothers–in honor of Giving Tuesday. And it won’t cost you a dime. Only about 30 seconds. My small request: Please sign this...

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Why your little one should see this book before a trip to the eye doctor

My daughter was a bit nervous before her first trip to the eye doctor, especially since she knew there was a good chance she’d need reading glasses. Fortunately it wasn’t a scary visit, and she loves her cool new fuchsia frames, but I wish Arlo had been around back then to demystify the entire process a bit. In the adorable pop-up, interactive board book Arlo Needs Glasses, Arlo the pooch finds he can’t see his beloved ball very well anymore. And while the story is fairly predictable–Arlo goes to the eye doctor, gets glasses, and gets his vision back–the...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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Juice boxes filled with juice, not sugar. Imagine that.

I’m already a big fan of the Honest Tea drink pouches for kids, which are a special treat around my house. But now they’ve made a big adjustment to the ingredients which means these already healthy drinks for kids now have even less sugar than they did before.  Along with the pretty package redesign, there’s a great change on the inside. The folks at Honest Tea Kids ditched the organic cane sugar for juice, which dropped the drink’s already low sugar count even lower. Try 9g per pouch–by far the lowest out there when it comes to juice boxes for...

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Huggalos: the huggable friends helping families heal

No matter how hard we try, there will be times when our kids will be scared or sad and we won’t be right there with hugs. From overnight trips to hospital stays, we found a great, snuggly friend to help keep a kid’s heart warm when they need it most. And as a bonus, 20% of proceeds will go toward breast cancer research during the month of October! The Huggalos were invented by mom Donna Broder to help her son transition to preschool, but the idea has blossomed into a wonderful way to help kids with family members overseas,...

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