Tag: organic

Pure. Good. Purgood.

Sometimes I have a major case of the Holden Caulfields when I’m looking for bath products worthy of my children.  They say “all-natural”, and I cry, Phony! Fake! Liar! and snarl at the petrolatum and mineral oil hiding behind the organic aloe vera. But not Purgood Organics, because their products are pure, good, and actually contain organic ingredients. My favorite thing about this dynamic duo is that they don’t contain sulfates, parabens, or Pthalates. I’m an ingredients hawk, and I won’t put harsh surfactants or questionable chemicals on my own skin, much less the thinner, softer, more porous skin...

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The real tooth fairy – keep away from open mouse traps

Only recently did I learn that the origins of the tooth fairy may come from a French fairy tale called The Good Little Mouse (La Bonne Petite Souris ) in which a fairy mouse convinces a mean prince to be nice so that his teeth will turn beautiful and white. Yes, it’s a little weird. But aren’t they all? The whole thing is explained on the hang tag of the sweet new tooth fairy pillow, just out now from one of my favorite indie baby gift companies, Petite Miette. L.A. mom/designer Sarah Odenkirk has designed the pillow out of...

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Sleep, my little valentine. Sleep.

There’s no shortage of Valentine’s Day attire for little girls (like the Kideko heart pajamas we found this week) , but when it comes to boys, it’s pretty slim pickings. And I get it. Dressing a boy in a rose-colored heart shirt is a tough sell, even if there is a Spiderman on it too. But the adorable Love Pirate sleep sack from CMP fave Baby Burrito is the perfect festive nod to Valentine’s Day for both baby boys and girls without smothering your little one in pink. Made from organic cotton and bamboo, and featuring a simple heart and cross bones, this...

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Baby clothes as cute as the baby (or maybe even cuter)

I’m a total sucker for baby clothes — so tiny! so cute! — but my standards are pretty high. When I saw what San Francisco-based Speesees had to offer, I started wishing I were still in the baby-making business. Speesees pieces (fun to say) are everything you want for your precious new baby. Made of super-soft organic cotton, each piece is also fair-trade certified, which means that every time you wriggle those little hands through the sleeves, you’ve made the world a slightly better place. And on top of all that, these are about the cutest darn baby clothes...

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Organic baby clothes that will make you, and your baby, feel incredibly comfortable

There are lots of reasons to buy organic. From cucumbers to clothes, I  believe that the less processing and chemicals involved in my day to day life, the better. And, just as important as what things are made from is also how they’re made. Which is one of the reasons why I fell madly in love with Tiny Ducky organic baby clothes. The beautiful, soft and simple collection is made from 100% certified organic cotton, with azo-free dyes, plus they’re all manufactured in a factory in India under fair trade conditions. The collection, available for preemies to 2T, comes...

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Susie’s Supper Club – I hope they’ll have me as a member

When I had a friend on major bedrest with her second child this past year, it turns out the gift of food (and our company) was the greatest help to her of all. So I simply love the services that are cropping up like Susie’s Supper Club, which delivers spectacular home-cooked, family-friendly meals to lucky New Yorkers. After working as a private chef for a family with three kids for four years, owner Susie Cover figured eh, what’s a few hundred more kids each day.  I’ve tried a bunch of her crowd-pleasing dishes and let me say – wow....

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Score one more for Scandinavia

I go a little nutty for Scandinavian design, so when I learned about the brand new online design store Vyssanlull which isn’t just Scandinavian but focuses on organic, eco-friendly, and ethically-made baby clothes, I knew clicking over could be very, very dangerous. And by dangerous, I mean where were you when my girls were babies! I think the surprising, bold-patterned onesies and baby basics from Green Cotton, Duns, Sture & Lisa and Sygryn will be a nice change up from all the pastels that show up in every layette. Especially with such beefy cottons that are made to last...

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Denim – it’s baa-aaack

Not that denim ever went too far away from the kids’ clothing department, but now that it’s on trend for grownups too, new styles are popping up that suddenly feel as fashionable as functionable. Popular children’s label Baby Star has done a nice job with their new line of organic denim for kids. The Lucy Skirt in particular will get a lot of use, considering the soft, lightweight denim can take you through the cold months right into spring when you swap out the ribbed tights and boots for bloomers and tees. It’s got little stars topstitched onto the...

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Editors Best of 2009: The kids snacks, lunchboxes, cookbooks, and grownup food

The older our kids get, the more we’re focused on the what, why, when and how of feeding them. It’s been exciting discovering the growing number of products and resources to help steer our kids away from the McWhatever and onto food that qualifies as healthy and yummy. Kristen: All of my kids love to snack on the organic baby food from Ella’s Kitchen (at top). Just don’t tell them that there happens to be broccoli mixed in with their pears. Liz: I have become completely addicted to the organic maple-almond butter from Justin’s. I mean, uh my kids have. And those little snacks-sized squeeze...

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Solid basics for kids? Reader Q&A

I am trying to locate solid lap tees, onesies, and pants comparable to American Apparel in lots of great colors. Any suggestions? – JasmineI’m a huge fan of plain, bright solid baby clothes myself, Jasmine, and luckily, we’ve featured a few companies who offer just that on our site. Plus, everything is going on sale this weekend, so it’s a great time to scour the web for some good discounts. Mom Erin Gutierrez started Cottonseed clothing because she was so tired of trying to find awesome quality solid shirts to match with hand-me-down patterned bottoms. Her shirts, onesies, even pants come in...

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Let it snow organic chocolate and peanut butter

I haven’t yet tasted the Organic Dark Chocolate Snowmen from Sjaak’s, but I’m really hoping they are as good as I hear they are because they look like such a fun last minute holiday gift. Especially for a vegan on your list. But I’d imagine any kid, or kid at heart, would be happy to tear into these snowman-shaped treats filled with a peanut butter crunch. Hold me! The chocolates, which can be found at Kate’s Caring Gifts (a shop we just adore) are all fair trade, which supports family farms and do-gooding in general. In fact the adorable...

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Because everyone needs their Momey

I hope that we’ve proven time and again that a child’s favorite doll may not be the one with the perfect skin and the perfect nose and the perfect wardrobe and the $100 price tag. In fact the Aminals Organic Momey doll is stealing hearts these days for far far less. This “Momey” is a squishy plush mommy doll whose look (and evidently name) is based on children’s drawings. Even though my kids never see me trotting around with red nails and a minidress, they knew this was “me” instantly. For any doll that I know they’ll keep close,...

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Because there’s never fresh ground organic cloves on the table when you need them.

I think I just knocked a couple of gifts of my list with the Mobile Foodie Survival Kit spotted at Uncommon Goods. This purse-sized tin of organic herbs, spices and condiments will help the finicky eaters of the world better endure the indignity of rest stop fast food and and other culinary circles of hell. (What? No wasabi powder, Mickey D?) There’s even a photographic key of all the spices along with their names – not that you can’t tell your curry from your cayenne. I only wish it came with an emergency little packet of real maple syrup,...

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Underwear to the rescue!

Clearly the green movement is everywhere, including, now, your underwear. Indeed your skivvies are the next if not final frontier for a demonstration of your commitment to all things eco, as we’ve recently discovered. At the UK’s Love Eco, the Pants to Poverty undies are made of fair trade organic cotton, with a cute little waistband to spread the word, should yours accidentally poke out of your jeans. All the profits are put back into the farms and manufacturing coops and I’d imagine there will be quite a bit of it, considering the skivvies are about $15 US each....

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Hanky Panky opens and Naughty Santa is delighted

For years I was mystified by the thong, an article of clothing that felt more “medieval torture device” than comfy undergarment. But, after hearing about Hanky Panky’s thongs, I gave them a try and have been a convert to their comfortable yet super-sexy lace thongs ever since. Heck, there may be days when I haven’t brushed my hair and have more stains on my shirt than I care to think about, but I always have a little more swing in my hips with Hanky Panky on underneath. Just this weekend, in time for me to drop a ton of...

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Eco play dough – is it worth the dough?

We’ve all got play dough connoisseurs for children at Cool Mom Picks, so I know that a few of the organic versions I’ve had a chance to try out recently have some tough standards to live up to. Past pick Eco-Dough so far is the benchmark, with great texture, vibrant colors, a new and improved formula, and some really gorgeous packaging. Another option that I just discovered through the Goddard School and Eco Child’s Play, and their new list of top ten rated eco-toys, is Mama K’s Aromatic Play Clay  (very top) These doughs smell amazing. AMAZING. And I...

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The Ringley teether family just got bigger and better

Considering my youngest is getting all her molars and eye teeth in at the same time (no kidding), the super smart Ringley teether, a mom-invented natural wood and organic terry cloth teething toy, is in regular rotation around my place. But now the Ringley teether family has expanded, with two very cool new products that are perfect for sore gums and budding teeth. For a little larger toy, there’s the Ringley Junior (left), which is similar to the original untreated Canadian maple teething ring, only with two knots instead of one, plus a larger piece of terry cloth. The Ringley...

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Baby Bjorn goes organic

With all the baby slings and carriers I’ve collected over the last five years, we’ve always kept the Baby Bjorn on regular rotation thanks to its simple, smart style, versatility, and ease of use. Plus, it’s the only baby carrier my husband seems to feel comfortable wearing. Go figure. So now the Baby Bjorn gotten just a little bit better – at least for the earth – thanks to their new organic line. Completely identical to their classic styles in function, the new organic Baby Bjorn carrier is more muted in color, as it is made from organic cotton...

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Tees that make kids look good while doing good

Remember when we told you about Project 7 water? Remember how we told you that they donate half of their profits to charities that do the important work of feeding the hungry and protecting the environment? You do? Then you probably remember how cool we thought it was that the recycled bottles are used to make the other half of their cool 50% organic cotton t-shirts, but they weren’t available in kid sizes. Well, now they are. The hatch mark logo is a cool, not too preachy way to let everyone know that being environmentally and socially conscious is...

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One sure way to get kids to eat broccoli

Just six months ago, my daughters planted seeds from their organic growing kits, re-potted the shoots in Grandma’s vegetable garden, and late this summer, they were eating their own little yellow teardrop tomatoes. You country folk make take an experience like this for granted, but for my city kids it was nothing short of magic. So I’m glad to learn this isn’t just a spring experience, and that there are also fall and winter growing kits for kids from the wonderful family-run Surf City Growers. (Seriously, I love this company. L-O-V-E. Love.) The seed kits have to be one...

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