Tag: organic

Organic baby products – for when only the purest butt spray will do

Why am I a fan of organic baby products? To put it sweetly, sometimes our daintiest parts get the angriest. I really care about the kinds of products that go in those dainty places. Now there’s a new line of super-pure skin softeners from Australia that we think you’ll love, especially if your baby has problems with eczema, cradle cap, dry skin, or diaper rash. Or even if you mamas have skin issues yourselves. Every product from miniOrganics is formulated using the most comprehensive organic standards in the world. That means no GMOs, no pesticide residues, no petrochemicals or...

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One word: Caramels.

With a lactose-intolerant family member, I’m always on the lookout for sweet treats that aren’t made with cow’s milk. Whether you’re dairy-free like she is, you’re a vegan, or you just like yummy things, I just found a brand of handmade caramels made with coconut milk, that fits the bill perfectly. [don’t miss a super cool offer after the jump!] Discovered through a recent Foodzie tasting box (I’m addicted to my monthly box!) the handmade caramels from JJ’s Sweets are quite nice. The coconut milk infuses them with vaguely tropical flavor, and the sweet-salty balance was perfect. The chocolate-cover...

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Cute kids’ underwear, hold the licensed characters

As those of us past our post-potty training days (hooray!) can attest, cute underwear is a brilliant incentive for kids to ditch the diapers. But a quick look around your local “we sell six-packs of kids’ underwear” store, and it’s clear that the briefs are either plain white, or thin and flimsy, festooned with images of cartoon characters. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I am beyond happy to have found Underdoodles, a mom-run shop offering adorable 3-packs of organic cotton kids’ underwear that not only steer clear of TV characters, they steer clear of stereotypical imagery....

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Hey! You got your beets in my strawberries!

Our good friends at Revolution Foods have cooked up a new organic taste treat for your kids that combines the health of veggies with the sweetness of fruit. Trust me when I say it’s the best mash-up around– especially since it doesn’t include samples of Kid Rock rapping. [don’t miss a $100 giveaway after the jump!] The new flavors of Organic Mashups Fruit & Veggie Smoothies are so addictively delicious that my kids ate them in two days and still beg for them whenever we see them at the store. They come in easy, no-mess squeeze packets that would...

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Dog days of spring

Spring allergies are a) here, and b) not just a human misery. If you have pets, you probably know what I mean when I say I am really, really tired of falling asleep to the arrhythmic snorfling noises of my dog scratching and biting furiously at her itchy skin. I was so excited about this natural dog shampoo alternative I found at a local shop, I couldn’t wait to write about it. And that’s saying something. Shampoo can just exacerbate the issue, unless you use a shampoo gentle enough to actually help and not introduce new irritants. And that goes for people too....

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Stuff your Easter baskets with picks under $15

Thankfully Easter is in late April this year which means my kids may actually be able to do an egg hunt in something less than a winter parka and mittens. But does this extra times mean I’ve finished all my Easter basket shopping? Oh, of course not.  If you’re in my same boat and still need to put something into those cute baskets, take a look at some of these great items we found, all for under $15 each. Just hop quick and place your orders today–Easter will be here before you know it. -Christina Arts and crafts The...

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You’re no bunny til some bunny loves you

I just got wind of an adorable new shop featuring anything and everything animal-themed for kids. Well, not everything animal. This is just the cute stuff. In other words, no magenta and gold metallic toddler cheetah leggings As Seen on the Real Housewives! Promise. [don’t miss a really great giveaway and special discount below!] AnnieWear, named for a rescued puppy, has a great selection of gifts and gear for kids and babies. And just in time for Easter, some cute bunny items to help round out those baskets. Like this organic bunny rabbit onesie from Loralin. A bunny hooded...

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Bite Beauty – Younger looking lips in a swipe

I usually prefer lip balm over lipstick, but a new line of anti-aging lip products (yes, anti-aging) is totally making me reconsider. Bite Beauty, which launched exclusively at Sephora last month, is the first lipstick line to contain resveratrol, the antioxidant found in red wine. Each lipstick has the antioxidant equivalent of five glasses of red wine, an amount I could have put away in my pre-kids years no problem–but now, not so much. Have you ever tried chasing a toddler around with a hangover? The main reason I don’t normally use lipstick is due to all the nasty...

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Combating winter skin in time for spring

A momma friend taught me a simple premise years ago – if a product is genuinely gentle enough for your baby’s delicate skin, it’ll be kind to your sensitive skin, too. That’s how I started using Combat-Ready Balm, formulated for babies and kids, on my winterized, wizened hands. Even though the name doesn’t instantly sound like something you store in a pink gingham basket on the changing table. Esthetician Sara Damelio developed Skincando, with a line of organic and natural products, including a balm, bar, and lip balm. The balm is non-greasy, lanolin-free and gently scented with French lavender...

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Bedtimes are not enchanting. These children’s pajamas are.

I have a lot of words for our current putting-of-the-kids-to-sleep experience. With a bed-jumping preschooler and a bedtime-book-ripping baby, “magical” is not one of them. Or at least it hasn’t been. But maybe that’ll change with the right sleepwear. This enchanting line of children’s pajamas by Noeuf–or “pyjamas” consdiering these babies are European–seems like everything dreams are made of. Made with organic cotton that looks as soft as the night is long (or as long as it should be, dear children who wake before the dawn), the prints are whimsical–and ooh-aah-adorable. Just look at those fairy wings, sketched right onto the...

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Who’s holding your diapers?

I am addicted to cool organizing products. That’s not to say that I’m the most organized person out there–that would be my sister-in-law and she is a goddess. (But not the Charlie Sheen kind. Ew.) I just like fun boxes and containers which really do help wrangle the piles of stuff that accumulate around here. So I kind of flipped when I saw this fabulous new diaper caddy from one of CMP’s favorite little brands. The new 3 Sprouts diaper caddy is quirky and fun, featuring their signature felt animals on canvas. The caddies are shaped perfectly to keep...

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Gourmet organic meals for the teething set

Finding a meal that satisfies all members of my families is a mission impossible these days. Add a baby just starting solids into the mix and that spells H-E-A-D-A-C-H-E. But there’s a new line of organic baby foods that just might do the trick. Sprout Organic Baby Food was co-founded by celebrity chef and dad of three Tyler Florence, and they already have a stage 1 and stage 2 meals for six and seven-month-olds. Now they add a line of new Stage 3 Advanced Foods for babies 8 months and up, offering chunkier textures, larger portions and fuller flavors...

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The cutest cloth nappies. (That’s uh, diapers, America.)

Okay, I may get a lot of flack for saying this, but when it comes to cloth diapering, I think the cute factor matters. Yes, I choose cloth for a number of less, um, superficial reasons–good for the environment, good for my babies’ skin, and convenience. Seriously, I think cloth is easy.  But the bottom line (heh, I said bottom) is that you wouldn’t catch me putting an ugly diaper on my baby. And the new-to-the-US line of diapers from Itti Bitti fits the bill perfectly. Created in 2005 by an Australian mom, these Itti Bitti cloth nappies –as...

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The drink of the gods, now in your coffeemaker.

Before kids, I thought coffee was a charming diversion. After kids, I’m pretty sure I drink more coffee than water, and whenever I have blood drawn, I expect it to be brown and flavored with hazelnut. Therefore, when I heard that there was a new drink on the market that left coffee in the dust– or grinds– I was shocked and disbelieving. Then I heard it was made of chocolate, and I went straight to flabbergasted. And now I’m obsessed. [don’t miss a super great giveaway after the jump!] It’s called Crio Brü, and it’s made of 100% pure,...

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Fine & Raw ruins me for regular chocolate

I thought I knew good chocolate. I rather pride myself on favoring the high cacao content and richer taste of the more expensive brands. But I had never even heard of raw chocolate when one of my readers was kind enough to ask if she could send me a “little something” she thought I would enjoy. Raw chocolate? Wouldn’t that be… a cacao pod? Well, yes and no. According to Fine & Raw, the difference between their methods and conventional chocolate-making is that their end product is much closer to the source than most–they use low temperatures which preserve...

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An organic remedy for little chapped lips

The harsh, dry winter weather has not been nice to my toddler son’s skin. He has red, rough patches of skin on his face and his tiny lips are all chapped (sad face). I had been afraid to put any ointment on his lips until I discovered Erbaviva’s Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm. All products from both of the Erbaviva lines–Mommy-to-Be and Baby–are certified USDA organic and free of harsh detergents, chemical fragrances and unhealthy additives. The Organic Baby Lip & Cheek Balm, made with soothing chamomile and healing rosemary extracts, helped my son’s cracked skin disappear in...

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DIY shirts that’ll tickle kids’ octopi fancies

My 3-year-old is currently in the full throes of wanting to be an artiste. Paints, crayons, felt, tissue paper, googly eyes, she wants to do it all — especially if she can wear a beret at the same time.  And now there’s a new shop offering DIY shirt designs for your own little masterpiece maker that kids will go nuts for. Tickly Octopus (the name alone will get a giggle out of even the most surly of kiddos) offers up organic cotton tees that come with a baggie of handmade felt animal and letter appliques and adornments like grassy...

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Thoroughly modern sleep sacks

Based on the color offerings of most sleep sacks out there, I’m left to believe that manufacturers think bright colors will somehow keep babies awake at night. What’s with all the pastels? Well, that’s exactly how mom Holly MacLean felt when she decided to launch the charming Wee Urban. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway and special offer after the jump!] This line of bright, modern baby sleep sacks are simply gorgeous. Made from soft organic cotton and bamboo and featuring original artwork screen printed in water based inks, they feel like your baby is wrapped up in your favorite...

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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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Tiny bubbles end the whine

My favorite parenting hack: If you give your kids a bubble bath and encourage them to roll around a lot, they get clean and smell great without loads of scrubbing and whining. Most of the store brands give my daughter a rash, so I’m super picky about what I’ll pour under the faucet. But now I have a new favorite, and it’s from an old favorite of mine. Babo Botanicals wowed my socks off with their phenomenal line of hair detanglers for kids. And now they’ve won me over yet again with their new Lavender Meadowsweet 3 in 1...

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