Tag: organic

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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Save the monkeys – eat more cookies

I kinda love everything about Late July organic snacks. I love that they’re organic and free of HFCS and all that other garbage. I love that they’re charitably-minded. I love that the company is run by a mom who even sneaks pictures of her kids into all the labels. So not surprisingly, I love their new Mini Sandwich Cookies too. Yes, of course they’re delicious. I mean hello, Oreo-style white chocolate and milk chocolate cookies? What’s not to like? But on top of it, each cookie is stamped with one of seven endangered animals, and 10% of the profits...

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Sure, Mix-A-Lot

My no-time-to-think breakfast of choice is a crunchy bowl of granola, but the good stuff has so many calories that all I can think about is how much time I’ll have to do on the elliptical to work it off. But with Mix My Granola‘s Pringles-shaped tube of their crunchy, sweet and low-fat granola, I am rocked by how great a mere 127 calories and 2 grams of total fat can taste. Guess who skipped her workout that day? As the name implies, Mix My Granola lets you develop your own personal blend of granola, a bit like MojaMix...

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Hey foodies, your baby’s wardrobe is ready

Believe it or not, there are kids out there who eat more than spaghetti with butter sauce. Some eat spaghetti and tomato sauce. Some even eat things like (gasp) sushi – and one day I hope to count my kids among them. So I love the onesies from WonderToast found at eco boutique Greeno Bambino which allow you to proclaim your adventurous food allegiances on your baby’s chest. In illustrator and mom Anna Woltz’s clever alphabet (which come from the WonderToast coloring book), D stands for Dim Sum, G is for Guacamole, N is for Nigiri, and T is...

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Baby slings with a story

I’d all but retired my baby slings with my youngest just turning one, but then I remembered how fantastic and handy slings are for toddlers (hello, hip carry!) thanks to Small Wish. It’s hard to go wrong considering the lovely fabric choices of their beautiful baby slings like my fave, the completely authentic African fabric sling (pictured), the careful construction, and the $39 price tag. Owner and mom Tracy Capobianco originally created these slings as a means to bond with her daughter, and is now setting aside a percentage of the profits to help with their upcoming Ethiopia adoption....

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Fields Organics Toy Cleaner – Better than denial

Back when my kids were teething toddlers, their friends would come over, drool on their toys and leave me with a pile of stuff covered in germs. If I had Fields Organics Toy Cleaner back then, I could’ve given those toys a quick spray-and-wipe, but instead I either had to drag them to the sink or — cough — ignore them and hope no one was too germy. Update: this product no longer is produced. Fields Organics Toy Cleaner uses organic tea tree oil along with other plant-based organic oils and spring water to clean off non-porous things like...

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For more pleasant dreams, try buckwheat.

Who ever knew that something like the perfect toddler pillow could be so instrumental in getting my daughter to sleep in her own bed? But that’s just what happened with the buckwheat toddler pillow from the lovely mom-run Honeydumplings and I’m giving credit where credit’s due. Of course, we call it the “good dreams pillow” which might have had something to do with its magical sleep-inducing properties, but I’d imagine it was also a factor of how its made: The pillow is wrapped in a mat that’s stuffed with natural buckwheat hulls to just the right size – just...

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It’s baby toe warming season again.

The latest dispatch in the You Get What You Pay For department: The stunning new Kahu winter baby boots from Nui Organics, the wonderful New Zealand company that creates beautiful items from organic Merino wool using sustainable farming practices. These booties are no exception: In fact, the soft, high quality lambskin comes exclusively from those lambs that have died of natural causes on the farms. I don’t imagine the laces will pose much of a problem for little feet — you can probably just slip them in then tighten the tops to keep the booties on. And the flexible...

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What’s a Noonie? A swaddle blanket. Or, utter sweetness.

I’m pretty sure that I’m done having kids, but every once in a while I see something that makes my arms ache to be holding a newborn again. Such is my reaction to the irresistible Noonie swaddle blanket from Lala’s Pequenos. It’s made from 100% organic fabrics with a super-soft organic sherpa lining. It’s like the sweetest, coziest little nest for that tiny newborn body. I say tiny newborn, but really, at 30 inches long and 15 inches at the widest point, this swaddle blanket would have worked well for my son for the first several months of his...

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Organic baby food for the entire family. Yes, you read that correctly.

Thanks to smart people figuring out that baby food doesn’t have to taste like garbage, I no longer have to cringe every time it’s mealtime for my 11-month-old. But now, baby food is so darn tasty that my older kids can’t stop eating it either. Created by a dad for his daughter, the UK-based Ella’s Kitchen baby food is hopping the pond for its US debut. And lucky us – this 100% organic baby food is chock full of fruits and veggies in a handy resealable pack. Combos like broccoli, pears, and peas (oh my!) might seem odd, but...

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Abe’s Market is fabulous. Naturally.

Mamas who like their products of the natural variety will be happy that there’s now one more webshop on which to find them all in one place. Abe’s Market just launched this week and as far as I can tell, all signs point to awesome. The lovely site has a modern, clean, online farmer’s market feel, with items like small-batch beauty products, gorgeous handmade baby blankets, organic olive oils and vinaigrettes, and some pretty letterpress calendars. You know, the kinds of things you just love browsing, trying out, and hoping that you’ve discovered something fabulous and new. Savvy shoppers...

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Get out the lipstick, mamas

My makeup lives permanently in my makeup bag, which seems to live permanently on my bathroom counter. Having a pretty bag for my lip gloss is important to me, since I’m looking at it all the time. So when I saw chic Aussie designer (and carbon neutral company!) Apple and Bee‘s bowling bag, I fell instantly in love. The bowling bag is technically a makeup bag, and a great one at that, made of beautiful organic cotton canvas in simple, crisp prints, with real leather handles. It stands up on its own and opens wide enough to let you...

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Halloween baby onesies that look just as good November 1.

I used to feel bad when my baby wasn’t the only one sporting holiday themed clothing. But when your kid only has a week to wear it, it’s really not the smartest budget choice anyway. So here’s a way to stretch a buck — grab something that works for Halloween and the rest of the fall – like this adorable dinosaur baby onesie from mom-owned boutique Cattiwampus. Made from super soft organic cotton and designed by artist Rebecca Foster, this spooky T-rex glows in the dark, making it a fun Halloween choice that’s different from your standard issue bats...

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On the wings of angels

If you watch Project Runway (and if you don’t, you’re dead to me) then you know that shoulders are the new black. All the fall fashions seem to be drawing attention to shoulders in some way, and now baby clothes are in on the bandwagon too. Here, it’s the ruffled sleeved organic tees from Shirin Kids, courtesy NYC artist Shirin Roubeni. (Do not even click over if you’re on a tight budget. Seriously, you’ve been warned.) These shirts are remarkable in person – like couture tees, if there is such a thing. They’re beefy and soft with gorgeous hand...

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The no-think, no-clean, yes-delicious toddler snack.

I may be little late on the drinkable/pureed/food in a pouch thing, but I think I am like most moms in that I’m left scratching my head and staring at the pantry when trying to think of what to give my toddler as a healthy, delicious snack. And frankly, I’m usually looking for something that means that I don’t have to chop, spread, or clean a bowl afterward. Which is why I am happy to have found Plum Organics Mish Mash organic fruit puree snacks. They have no added sugar, colors, or flavors, and are super yummy. The strawberry...

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Making mother smile – peace picks for 9/11

Smiling Planet is one of those little companies that just makes you happy. Or at least it made me happy when I discovered their melamine-free plastic plates earlier this year.  And I thought they’d be a nice shop to kick off today’s array of peace-themed picks in remembrance of 9/11. Recently this wonderful, environmentally-committed mom and pop team have taken the charming Antoine de Saint-Exup?ry-esque illustrations from the Smiling Planet book (and plates and placemats) and turned them into adorable, American-made 100% organic cotton tees for kids and adults. I love the not preachy at all the world is...

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Toddler nap mats? Reader Q&A

Cool Moms, do you know of any great day care nap mats for toddlers? -SuzanneThis is actually the first year my daughter needed a nap mat for school, so thanks to your question, Suzanne, I was able to find a bunch that work for us as well. The kid’s eco nap mats from SewnNatural are handmade from organic cotton and a cool eco-friendly fabric that combines hemp and recycled plastic bottles and look super comfy. They fold up for easy transport, and can be personalized with your kiddo’s name embroidered on the side. You’ll also find a bunch at Chocolate...

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80 Acres of Yum

As I was walking through the beauty product aisles at the NY Gift show recently, amidst all the thickly perfumed lotions and soaps that smelled like an ice cream shop explosion, boy was I happy to have stumbled into the McEvoy Ranch booth. And to have gotten the chance to try out their absolutely delicious hand lotion. As it turns out, 80 Acres Hand and Body Lotion is made from organic, extra-virgin olive oil that’s cultivated and harvested right at the Northern California organic olive ranch started by grandmother Nan McEvoy nearly twenty years ago. (Read the McEvoy Ranch...

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Kids’ tees that feel as good to buy as to wear

A new mom-designed organic kids clothing line called Gardin has just launched and I’m doing a little happy dance. Because while there are no shortage of appliqued kids tees and rhinestone kids tees and kids tees that say something ironic and obscene in another language, it sure is hard finding high quality, basic shirts that your kids can wear day in and day out. The quality of Gardin’s kids’ shirts is just terrific – the 100% organic cotton kids’ henley is thick and soft with just enough stretch, and I love finding a great kids’ polo shirt without a...

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Moja Rising

When I first heard of the MojaMix Custom-Mixed Cereal, I thought you’d have to be a pretty picky eater to need that. And then I remembered that I custom-order three different kinds of coffee beans to hand mix at home for my perfect roast. Who am I to judge? In fact, I know plenty of people who would love MojaMix, like someone with a food allergy, or the person who loves granola but only if it has X, Y, Z in it (but not Q). It isn’t about grabbing a premade cereal, it is a three-step process: Pick your...

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