Tag: organic

Chalk it up to the animals

I’d argue there’s little more useful than a chalkboard, especially the two beautiful new chalkboard stickers at Zoe b Organic in the shape of either the endangered Isabelle butterfly or a koala bear. They’re made from potato starch, which results in a 100% biodegradable chalkboard, believe it or not. And because they’re stickers, they’re ideal for small spaces–no jutting out from the wall. You might say they’ve got a lovely little actual footprint to go with that little carbon footprint. These erasable stickers work with regular chalk (which yes, you’ll have to clean up as the chalk dust accumulates),...

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Soft books for babies go green

Since I’ve become a parent, my delight with Peter Rabbit has been replaced with a desire to give him a time out for eating Farmer Brown’s veggies and disobeying his mama. He’s figuring out how to win we me over again though, by going green with his new eco-friendly Naturally Better line of books, baby foods, toiletries and toys. I am particularly taken by the new Peter Rabbit Organic Cloth Book which is called, appropriately, Snuggle. All of the cloth on this squishable book is made from organic-sourced cotton (the filling is non-organic), so I’d be okay seeing it...

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Green: A great color for every baby

There’s so much advice for new moms to wade through, and after being pregnant and told you can’t eat spicy tuna rolls or a good brie for ten months, it would be easy to throw up your hands by the time you get around to choosing the safest, most earth-friendly fabric softener for all those onesies. In Healthy Child, Healthy World: Creating a Cleaner, Greener, Safer Home, author Christopher Gavigan of the CMP beloved Environmental Working Group, offers practical, common sense, non-judgy green parenting advice for environmental newbies and devoted composters alike. You’ll find tips for choosing a green...

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Bathtime products that take care of the worrying and the styling

It seems like every week there is a new list of chemicals that I should make sure are not in my family’s bath products, and frankly it gets hard for me to keep track. But Original Sprout has got worried moms covered. They have a fabulous line of organic styling products, haircare, and bath products that are free of pretty much everything you want them to be free of. Plus they have great kits to nip eczema in the bud, and offer a worry-free lice shampoo. Their website has tons of information about what chemicals are missing from their...

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Organic nut butters you would steal right out of your kid’s lunch box in a second

Thank goodness for peanut butter (and yogurt and cheese) for without it, I’m not entirely sure how my practically vegetarian girls would get any protein in them. And thank goodness for Justin’s Organic nut butters, which make me feel a little better about their addiction. If your kids are used to the really processed, smooth, sweet peanut butters…well, these are not those. What they are are absolutely delicious pure nut butters that come in fun little squeezable packs, making them easy to grab on the go (and certainly inspiring more confidence in my purse on hot days than yogurt)....

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Come on over to my pad

The cult favorite Patemm pad was one of the first products we ever featured on Cool Mom Picks, back when we all had one kid a piece and were astonishingly better rested. Since then, we’ve added to our own broods while Pattem has extended their line of super smart round changing pads to include organic, and now laminated versions. Once you get your hands on a Patemm pad diaper changing mat, you may never go back to the regular old ones. The round shape gives you a bit more coverage for those roly poly babies, and they offer a...

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Tastier than a Chia Pet

Remember Chia Pets? I remember blowing my allowance on one of those back in the day. Alas, they seem to have gone the way of Sea Monkeys and X-Ray glasses; momentarily entertaining, but ultimately kind of disappointing. Well it turns out that chia seeds are actually something called Salvia, and a very special variety of Salvia is now trademarked as Salba. Why do you care? You care because Salba is a veritable superfood–8x more Omega-3s than salmon, 6x more calcium than milk, 6x more iron than green beans, more fiber than flax (and yes I’m obsessed). Salba’s nutritional profile...

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Organic baby food that’s so good you may want to get some for yourself

Recently Liz and I attended the Fancy Food Show in New York where we found Tasty Baby, a line of frozen organic baby foods that may just cause me to exceed my superlatives usage quotient for the day. How do I know that this baby food tastes amazing? Because I inhaled a cup of Bangos (banana + mangos) while standing at the booth and then brazenly asked for another one — despite the fact I have no babies. This mom-run, eco-friendly, and very charitable company offers products for every stage of development, all of which are gluten-free, unsweetened, and...

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Something new in baby bibs? Believe it or not, yes.

I know, organic cotton is cool, plastic is not.  But cotton gets … wet. With the drool. And the spit-up. And the yams. I’m grossing myself out just thinking about it. Never fear, though — Wow Baby has a new line of US made, double-lined, organic bamboo bibs and burp cloths with removable, clear-plastic liners that keep your baby and your shoulder from growing mildew by noon. It’s one of the more innovative things we’ve seen in bibs recently. In a word, they’re soft. The cotton goes next to your baby’s skin, and even the plastic backing is thinner...

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Korres natural skin care – I love it. I want to marry it. Or at least go steady for a really long time.

I’ve been hearing great things about the natural beauty brand Korres for a while, so when they opened a shop in my Brooklyn neighborhood I was excited to get a chance to check it out. And by check it out I mean beg the sales girl for as many trial size samples as she was willing to part with. I am hereby kicking myself for not having stopped in there the very second the shop opened, for this stuff is just marvelous in every way. And now that there’s a brand new Korres online shop that just launched this...

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Teethe for peace

I’m always on the lookout for unique eco-friendly baby gifts that don’t break the budget, in addition to my regular arsenal of organic onesies and blankets. I know, boring. So when I saw the truly original heirloom baby teethers from Rock Love Peace Baby I knew I had found my new perfect go-to gift. The lovely, rich cherry wood teethers are carved into three unique shapes – a heart, star, and peace symbol (my fave) – and are finished in organic beeswax. They’re just the right size and shape for a wee one’s little grasp, and thin enough that...

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Y water? Because we like it.

Since bringing home a few bottles of Y Water to try out, my kids have been asking for it pretty much hourly. And that is saying something, because getting them to drink water lately is like getting them to eat foods that aren’t white. Basically the stuff is like a certified organic Vitamin Water but better tasting if you ask me. Combos of antioxidants and vitamins give each one a name like Brain Water, Muscle Water, or my favorite, Immune Water. I know your next question. And the answer is, yes indeedy there’s sugar in it – 10-11 grams...

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The joy of bins

With three kids running circles around me, I’ve made some concessions when it comes to cleaning up. And one of them is that I’m not going to be doing all of it. My philosophy has always been that if my kids can make a mess, then they can most certainly help pick it up afterwards. One way to make that happen more easily are bins – particularly cute ones, like the elephant storage bin from 3 Sprouts. We’re already huge fans of 3 Sprouts baby products (their adorable bath towels made our Ultimate Baby Shower Gift Guide) and these...

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Good karma’s in the bag

Say that you need a giant-sized tote bag for the beach next weekend — or if you’re a family of geeks like mine, your library books — and you’re just not the preppy major-label canvas tote type. And say that you not only want something earth-friendly and a little funky, you’d really like it if it came from a company that’s employing and empowering women and dedicated to paying it forward. Say all of those things, and you have mi k babe and their four fabulous bag options. Whether you choose hemp, Recyclon or organic cotton, you’re getting a...

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A baby wrap so pretty you might steal it for yourself

My younger son has always been a big blanket kid; even now, at six, he sleeps with at least one baby blanket every night. I love this, both because a kid with a blanket melts my heart and because we got some great blankies when he was a baby, and we’re still dragging them out today. The Shinwa Organics line of baby wraps is perhaps one of the best baby gifts ever (no exaggeration). These luxurious Australian hand-printed bamboo swaddle blankets are soft and sturdy, framed with a thin trim of raw silk, and the patterns are adorable without...

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Sugar mama

Summer’s here, and I’m getting ready to bare some skin. Along with sit ups, a quickie pedicure and hedge clippers (you know what I mean), I’ve added The Spoiled Mama Orange and Chamomile Sugar Scrub to my bag of tricks. In those fleeting moments I get to myself in the shower, I’ve been sloughing off the dead skin and leaving a light fresh citrus scent in exchange, all in less time than it takes for my kids to realize I’ve locked myself in the bathroom. Based on the few I’ve tried, I could pick out a bunch of all...

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Swaddling blankets for summer

With a baby born in almost every season, I’d have to say that I had the hardest time swaddling my oldest, a July in Mississippi baby, mostly because the last thing you really want to do is wrap a hot little baby up tightly in a blanket. That’s why we’ve been a fan in the past of muslin swaddling blankets like the ones from Aden and Anais. Now our latest find from the company goes one step lighter with their organic cotton swaddling blankets. More gauzey than the muslin version, the soft, lightweight cotton allows you to snuggle your...

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Recession chic tip – Shop factory stores and outlets

I realize that shopping at the outlet mall isn’t exactly a new concept, except lately, we’re finding that even small, indie brands are opening up their own online “factory stores” as an offshoot to their main boutique. So, if you’re holding a little tighter to your wallet, you might still be able to score some of the cool kids clothes you previously sent on a wish list to Grandma. One of the factory stores to bookmark is Happy Green Bee, a purveyor of fun, bright organic clothes for babies and kids that we’ve previously featured here at Cool Mom...

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Organic play clothes of a different stripe

When I first discovered Scout Baby organic children’s clothes at the Bubble trade show a few years ago, it was still a big deal to find fair trade organic clothes that were so soft and so vibrantly colored. Now a lot has changed in that world, and a lot has changed with Scout too. Mimi Leinbach’s organic kids’ clothing line still features soft, high-quality, made-for-play clothes for babies and toddlers, but the spring/summer collection has evolved from featuring esoteric tribal symbols to more classic motifs like monkeys and sharks, all on lovely solids or thick stripes. I totally love...

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Tea party

I was totally excited by The Republic of Tea’s new Little Citizens’ Herb Teas for kids when the concept was first whispered in my ear at the International Fancy Food show last year. And now, just in time for summer, the stuff is actually here and ready for brewing, icing, and swapping in for sugary juice drinks. While the Strawberry Vanilla isn’t exactly my own cup of you-know-what, I did think the Cherry Apple and Tangerine were quite nice, and more subtle than the sweet aroma might indicate. But more importantly, my kids love them, especially with a little...

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