Tag: organic

10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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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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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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The grinch gets greener

Watching The Grinch Who Stole Christmas is a holiday tradition around here and I can only imagine how well this greener version of the grouchy Grinch himself would go over peeking out of my kid’s stocking. Now I realize that technically speaking, Dr. Seuss’s beloved holiday character is already green. But when you turn him into a soft, organic plush doll by CMP fave miYim, one of the first companies to make organic stuffed creatures for kids, then he’s completely green, through and through. His fur is made from completely natural, unbleached cotton and colored using low impact dyes...

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Perfect gifts for scarfaholics. Or anyone, really.

First I was excited about boot weather. But now that I’m firmly settled into my kickers, I’m ready for the next stage — scarf weather. Even though I’ve got a killer line-up waiting in my closet, like any good scarfaholic, I always need just one more. Right now, my neck is pining for the plume scarf by multi-talented artist and CMP favorite Alena Hennessy. Her new line of organic scarves are completely green — as in handmade of organic cotton and printed locally with earth-friendly inks. But it’s the designs that closed the deal for me. I adore the...

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Gluten-free gourmet cookie mix for those of us who’d given up on cookies

I’ve been gluten-free for coming up on a couple of years, now, and while I’ve learned to bake a few essentials, I’ve mostly given up on cookies. Because gluten-free cookies–by and large–suck. And I love to bake, but I’m certainly not going to spend hundreds of dollars on specialty flours and xantham gum and stuff. So when my package of Purely Elizabeth cookie mix arrived, promising gluten-free, vegan, organic goodness… I was already imagining exactly how “delicious” that would be (hint: not very). Sure, the ingredient list is impressive (including my new favorite superfood, chia seeds), but… gluten-free cookies...

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Taste the (healthy!) rainbow

The latest rage at our house isn’t candy. Or even the colorful vegetables that might end up spit-splattered across your blouse if baby isn’t into beets. No, this exciting new pick is healthy, delicious, beautiful, and handy. And, honestly, kinda half candy and half vegetable, as far as baby is concerned. [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] The new Organic Super Puffs by Plum Organics (read all about them here) may be the only reason my two-year old knows his colors. Made from USDA-certified organic ingredients, they include real fruits, veggies, and whole grains with no wheat...

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HappyBaby = HappyMama

Kids like snacks. Like, really, really like them. Understatement of the year, right? I truly believe that if I just had a constant supply of snack-type foods on hand, my children would eat all day. And I have a sneaking –or is it snacking?– suspicion that they aren’t the only ones. So it’s no surprise, then, that they were thrilled to help me test some HappyBaby organic snacks recently. And their thoughts? Let’s just say their mouths were always too full to speak. I’m going to go out on a limb here and interpret their silence as approval for...

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Organic crib bedding for the wild at heart

When I planned my baby’s nursery, I obsessed over the furniture, color scheme, storage ideas, art, hamper, family photos, plus which toys to display and which ones to put away. I thought about everything, except what moms think about these days–how and where to go green. Knowing what I know now, I might have splurged on organic sheets that keep the chemicals out of the crib, and spent a little less on other things, like that pricey knit dachshund. (We had a dachshund at the time, so I fell hard for this stuffed animal. I know, embarrassing.) Some organic...

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Robeez goes organic

This week, I saw the cutest pair of Robeez baby shoes in a local boutique and I ran online to see what else they were up to. Boy the company has come a long way since my 5 year-old was a baby and your choices were basically the fire truck or the flower or the other flower. The organic soft sole Robeez is adorable, whether or not you care about the water-soluble inks, eco-friendly canvas and leather with natural tanning. I just love the subtle, sweet neutral color. If you’ve got a boy, or a baby girl who doesn’t...

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An Elmo shirt even I can love

Given my general loathe for licensed character clothing, it’s only fitting that my two-year-old has decided she will only wear clothes with Elmo on them. Makes perfect sense considering she has never actually watched Sesame Street. Ah, toddlers. But since finding this cool version, I’m feeling a little better about her insistence on sporting the furry red monster’s face every single day. The adorable organic cotton Elmo shirt at What Every Baby Needs (and Cookie Monster too!) made by Kiwi Industries feature his bright face along with his name in English, Greek, and Japanese for a cool multiculturalal ode....

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Starting today, it’s really (really, really, really) easy being green

You may already know we’re big fans of Barley & Birch here at CMP, and if you love this eco-conscious line of kids’ clothing as much as we do, then you’re probably going to want to know about their amazing Super Sale –beginning today–in celebration of the launch of their brand new website. And when they say “super,” they aren’t kidding.  Starting at noon today, their entire collection of Fall 2009 tanks will be $3 each. Seriously. $3. And the Spring tees will be $5 each for the day and then go up by one dollar each day until...

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Organic kids clothes made for play, discovery, and adoration

Scout Collection was the first company I ever encountered at a trade show that was totally committed to organic kids clothes and fair trade practices, but designed with styling that could hold its own in any chic urban boutique. This was about four years ago. To think how far the industry has come since then…well, wow. And, really, so has Scout. Their line has evolved from quirky styling with appliques inspired by tribal designs, to increasingly wearable, beautiful styles for boys, girls and babies, that fans of brands like Tea Collection, Splendid and Kate Quinn Organics will be snapping...

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This season’s forecast: circus animals and a good chance of peacocks

Yesterday was the most absolutely perfect early fall day, but today? This gray sky is reminding me of what’s to come. I don’t know about you, but I get a little grumpy in the wintertime. By the end of winter, I’m a lot grumpy. The Scandinavians get it right by designing signature happy prints to brighten up their long winters. And thanks to the online boutique VyssanLull, we have some of the best eco-friendly, Scandinavian kids clothing at our fingertips. Plastisock is one of the many awesome designers at the shop and I am digging their new fall clothes....

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Organic baby food that fits in your back pocket

I have approximately 563 teensy glass baby food jars left over from when my 3-year-old was a baby. Okay, I may be exaggerating. But the pantry sure feels like Baby Food Container Central. My plan was to use these jars in all kinds of useful, and… well, still-unknown ways.  So when baby number two arrived, I came up with another plan: I was going to make his food from organic fruits and veggies and use the old jars! How could such a genius plan possibly fail? Right. Well, it did. Sure, I’ve mashed a bunch of bananas since the little...

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Take a peek in that lunchbag before National School Lunch Week is over

We know school lunches have been the butt of jokes since the invention of “mystery meat.” But, if watching Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution taught us anything, it is that what our kids eat at lunchtime can get better with the effort and cooperation of schools and parents. And since National School Lunch Week is just wrapping up, I thought it a perfect time to keep the discussion going with a few things we can do. For those of us whose kids eat a school-provided lunch, we can do our part by lobbying for healthier school lunches, eliminating unnecessary sugar...

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This cup is made from plants. Yup, plants.

I have a huge sweet tooth. But, I don’t want to eat yogurt that’s impersonating a strawberry shortcake or alcoholic beverage. If I want shortcake, I’ll have shortcake! That’s one of the reasons I’m a big fan of Stonyfield Farm’s yogurt: It tastes like yogurt. I also like their organic, all natural ingredients and its yummy taste. And, now, there’s another reason to love my yogurt of choice. Stonyfield Farm is the first yogurt company to develop a plant-based cup for all their multipacks. The cup is still plastic, but it’s BPA-free, phthalate-free, plant-based plastic which is better for...

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6 all-natural, allergen-free, or fair trade Halloween treats that aren’t scary at all

With some Halloween candies containing loads of hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and even high-fructose corn syrup, I appreciate why so many of us are taking a closer look at what we drop into those pillow cases come October 31st. Even me. And admittedly, I love candy. So we have put together six fantastic treat options that should help keep your Halloween sweet but not too scary. Yes, they will cost more than the giant “Fun Size” bags, especially if you get hundreds of kids to your door each year. And no, they’re not going to keep kids from having to brush their teeth copiously before...

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Mary Poppins, eat your heart out

I remember when I was a kid watching Mary Poppins, and I couldn’t figure out how she could fit so much stuff in her purse. And then, when I had my first baby, I got all wistful over the thought of a cute, bottomless carpet bag that would fit all the necessities I needed to keep my little snookums happy and dry. But I’m wistful no more, because I have tried the Wistful Weekender from the new Petunia Pickle Bottom Organics collection. And not to go too Chim-Chimney on you, but when you’re with this bag, you’re in good...

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The fall wardrobe staple for every mom. Yes, you too.

Considering I’m due with baby #4 in a couple of weeks, I’m not inclined to buy any new clothes. Nor do I even want to think about pulling out my fall wardrobe, which is sure to not fit me at least until next fall. Nine months on, nine months off, right? However my awesome sweater coat is one piece that I know will fit me now, in a few weeks, and in a few months. Meaning I may love it most of all. Now while I don’t own this particular sweater coat by Perfectly Imperfect that I spotted at...

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