Tag: organic

Now that’s my kind of tea party

I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Organic plush toys that are ripe for the picking

My kids really love their stuffed animals, but not knowing what the heck most of these piles of fur are made of, I kind of wish they’d love them a little less. And after seeing a new organic line of plush toys that is not only safe for all ages, but totally environmentally friendly, I wish I could replace my kids’ piles of stuffed toys with these adorable critters. San Francisco’s Apple Park makes organic plush toys that look like the kind of creatures my kids would adore, but are made with a lot more care for the environment. And for the kids who...

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Peace, baby

We’ve seen our fair share of kid’s message t-shirts here at Cool Mom Picks, and some of our consistent faves are created by mom-owned and Atlanta-based Tiny Revolutionary, since long before they were discovered by celeb moms like Sheryl Crow and Christina Aguilera. Their lovely Peace tee for kids is absolutely no exception. It’s inspiring to see beautiful artwork combined with simple, important messages, which is just what this shirt offers. Especially in a sea of Mommy’s little heartbreaker shirts. I love the rainbow of paper cranes and doves floating up across the shirt which is printed using non-toxic,...

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Aden + Anais go organic

Even though I haven’t had a baby around here in just under two years, I still use my aden + anais muslin swaddling blankets. But with a new little one arriving soon, I might just have to splurge and add more of their amazing swaddlers to my collection – this time from their new organic line. The same fantastic muslin that you (and I) have fallen in love with is now available as an organic baby swaddler, which means the cotton is grown free of pesticides and other chemicals. And while I still love the brighter patterns, like the...

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From nature to your ever-changing skin, with love

Pregnancy. Nursing. Postpartum. Pregnant again. Getting my first crow’s foot. Freaking out. My skin’s undergone more changes in the last five years than the cast of Saturday Night Live. I wanted a skincare product that was natural and safe, so I hopped on Google and tried slathering my face with honey, yogurt, banana, and avocado. Yuck. I gave up. Hence my enthusiasm for Marie Veronique Organics. This line of skin care products, available only extra fresh and online, is hand-made in California of intelligent ingredients in 100% recyclable packaging. And from what I can tell, it’s safe and beneficial...

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Planting the seeds of greatness (and also tomatoes)

Right now, I’m looking at the wilted, brown leaves of my dying container garden and ruing the white-hot Atlanta sun. I’m pretty sure we spent $30 on supplies that produced four very small tomatoes and one hideous cucumber. But the joy on my kid’s face as we sprouted, planted, and nurtured our little garden on the back porch? Priceless. [don’t miss learning about a cool giveaway after the jump] Knowing what it can mean to our children to take an active part in gardening ups my appreciation of the Seed Savers Exchange, which is the largest non-governmental seed bank...

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Style, comfort, and karma.

What do you dress your baby in when you want something that’s good for the planet, totally comfortable, and also totally cute? We’ve found quite a few of them over the years and I’m so happy to add Urban Munchkin to the list. [don’t miss the giveaway after the jump!] All of their buttery-soft tops and pants for your little one are made of Fair Trade, organic cotton. They’re flat-seamed and totally comfy for baby–and how cute are these simple mandala tops with words like “love” and “grow?” The dyes are low-impact, and even the packaging is recycled. I...

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Sale alert – Eco-friendly deals that will knock your organic socks off

I’m never far from a good sale, but a great one – well, I just can’t pull myself away. And thus is the case with the awesome moving sale at natural boutique UrthChild. You can score great deals on all sorts of fantastic eco-friendly brands, like this adorable Kate Quinn Organics yoked dress (now just $12.00), or one of our fave baby booties Isabooties (only $14.50). If you’re in search of higher priced designer brands, there’s no shortage of those either. They’ve got the rarely discounted Sarah Waldo Organics pieces like this beautiful Jessica Blouse as well as the...

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From dirt to diapers: A Weleda journey

I’m back from Germany, and I’ve got jet lag, chocolate, and answers to your questions regarding Weleda‘s biodynamic farm. I’ve also got stories about canceled credit cards, hairy men in capri pants, blood sausage, and homeless hedgehogs wearing soccer shoes. But that’s not why you’re here. First, you want to know more about calendula and unicorns. Mama H asks: Are their ingredients somehow measured for potency? The answer: It’s true that no two harvests are alike, which affects the ingredients, but I learned that Weleda ingredients have to undergo strict tests in order to meet European laws and certification...

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The 3 Little Pigs go 21st Century

I have a soft spot for nursery rhymes and classic kids’ stories, both of which seem to be slowly dying in our age of technology and television. But the folks at Sprout San Francisco have revived one of my favorite tales with a cool new set of kid’s t-shirts. Their adorable 3 Little Pigs construction t-shirt (pictured) offers a smart, modern twist on an old classic – with these pigs specializing in “sticks, straws, and bricks.” Cute, right? And the Big Bad Wolf Demolition shirt is just as clever. Both of the shirts are printed on soft, organic cotton right...

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Starting babies on organics early

I still remember my daughter’s first “friend” – a garish stroller toy that we dubbed Guy the Giraffe pronounced the French way, Gee, because it was the one sound my three month-old made. Oh how she loved that thing. And sucked its antlers. Every chance she got. If MiYim had been making their adorable organic stroller toys back then, I’d have traded in Guy in a second. Or at least found him some company. There’s an adorable bumblebee (shown) with equally suckable antennae; plus a ladybug and caterpillar, all made in subtle, subdued shades of organic cotton. There’s even...

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Weleda, take me away!

As the resident beauty product maven around here, I’ve always wondered why so many bath and beauty products include calendula. I mean, how powerful can a pretty little yellow flower be? I also wonder how they get the oil out of a rosehip, how they keep lotion from separating, and why unicorns don’t exist. At least three of these four questions will be answered for me (and you) next week by biodynamic powerhouse Weleda. I am thrilled to have been invited to tour the largest medicinal garden in the world this week at the Weleda Naturals Headquarters in Swabisch...

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All you need is love, and a mom who wants you to change the world

In a world where it’s easier to find tees for baby girls that say future gold digger than anything more…positive, I’ve always admired the I will make a difference tees from Booda Brand. [great offer after the jump!] The organic tees and onesies, which we’ve featured here before, now have a sweet new design just for girls; the word LOVE is beautifully printed in gold foil on the front, and I will make a difference is on the back. This is a message I sure hope all our girls grow up to believe. Besides, they’ll be making good on...

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These t-shirts put your kid in the director’s chair

If your morning routine is anything like ours is, then there’s probably a lot of hemming and hawing (that’s putting it very politely) about what the kids are willing to wear. Well, I have a sneaking suspicion that we could eliminate all the hassles with the brand new interactive t-shirts I just discovered. Yes, interactive t-shirts. These kids’ tees from Creative Director Clothing are designed by a Toronto-based artist, and I just happen to have one of his incredible pieces hanging in my living room – the curious among you can catch a glimpse of it behind me on...

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An online craft fair for the eco-conscious

“Think big, shop small” is the call to action from a gorgeous site called Cosa Verde. have some of my favorite buzzwords from the get-go: Handmade goods, independent artists, and sustainably made. It’s like an aggregator of beautiful items from artists who sell elsewhere (like Etsy or Artfire) but with a focus entirely on eco-friendly items. One of my other favorite buzzwords? Handmade hippos! Poking around the site I found a repurposed wool sweater that’s an utterly fabulous, delicately-hued lovey. Or, if you are looking for non-reincarnated artisan clothing, I adore the organic Little Red Riding Hood One-Piece which...

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Whole Foods makes sure organic body products actually are

When it comes to healthy, sustainable food, the broccoli’s out of the bag, thanks to movies like Food, Inc. and books like The Omnivore’s Dilemma. So now we all join CSAs and hunt for the least bruised organic apples — and then we come home and just slap on lotions and potions without nearly as much thought about their ingredients or origins. Maybe it’s time to start focusing some of that scrutiny we apply to the food we put in our bodies on the bath and beauty products that we put on our bodies. Now, Whole Foods is doing...

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Attention cookie lovers: My heart belongs to Elsylee

I’m in heaven. Floating above the clouds, birds tweeting around me, angels singing sweet melodies heaven, all because I’ve discovered the sweet caloric glory of Elsylee cookies. Let’s just say these handmade-to-order artisanal cookies from a Manhattan patisserie make those “Milan” and “Bordeaux” cookies (which are pretty darn good) seem like Eurotrash wannabes. Inspired by her European grandmothers, master baker Elsylee has absolutely blown me away with these all-natural, bite-sized treats that I forced myself to sample this week. (I know, get out your tiny violins.) The Sevilla snowball style cookies are to die for — I could seriously...

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Gwyneth Paltrow, Gwen Stefani and I have something in common.

So what do I have in common with some of the coolest celebrity moms in America? And no, it’s not rock-hard abs; it’s an appreciation of Organically Raised: Conscious Cooking for Babies and Toddlers, an intriguing new “cookbook with a conscience,” by Bohemian Baby founder Anni Daulter with Shante Lanay. Organically Raised goes beyond simple recipes to explore the reasoning behind feeding our children organic foods and the benefits of eating locally and seasonally. Starting with baby’s first bite of food, it outlines a healthful eating plan for every stage of growth, peppered with beautiful photos and stories. The...

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Baby sun protection in handy blanket form

We rarely leave the house without our Rain or Shine Kids waterproof stroller blanket – whether it’s a cool fall picnic, winter jog, or spring walk in the park. And now, with their organic sun protection blanket, I think they’ve pretty much got us covered for summer too. Literally. This simple, organic cotton blanket is made from UPF 30+ fabric, which helps keep the sun rays away from your baby or kiddos without roasting them in a little fabric oven. So smart. And the extremely handy ties let you attach the blanket to your stroller, infant carrier, or infant...

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Summer means lollipops and monsters

As the air grows warmer, a slow smile spreads over my face. I’m not thinking about beach vacations or barbecues though. No, the thought balloon over my head says, Soon my kids will wear sandals, and I won’t have to hunt and wash and match all these godforsakenly irritating itty bitty socks. The new spring 2010 collection at Stride Rite will make those sun-starved piggies look and feel fabulous. I can’t say enough wonderful things about the newest kids’ shoes by Robeez (yes, they’re owned by Stride Rite now), especially the Lollipop Monsters that had a gaggle of teen...

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