Tag: organic

Naturally gentle baby skincare from everyone’s favorite giraffe

Other than diapers and onesies when it comes to babies, is there anything more iconic than Sophie the Giraffe? Even my friends without kids recognize the now ubiquitous French baby teether. So so it makes sense that she’s branching out into the new Sophie la Girafe Bath and Baby line. (So fancy, that giraffe.) This is a new line of natural and organic beauty and bath products made just for babies, and when I say natural and organic, the folks who created the Sophie baby skincare line have really done their homework, eliminating potential allergens, synthetic perfumes and dyes, no-no’s for parents like parabens and phthalates, and...

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A monster t-shirt kids are guaranteed to love. Because they design it.

It’s hard to find a kid who doesn’t love customizing things to make them their own, from a blank notebook to their bedroom walls. And while I’d rather not have the interior of my car “customized” with stickers, I do want to foster my kids’ love for artistic expression. So, I kind of geeked out over the customizable t-shirt kits by Creatures & Features. And I think they will too. Each kit includes an organic, US-made t-shirt with a monster outline on it and a set of features you iron-on to create a design that’s all your own. They call them a “boy kit” and “girl kit,” but...

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8 of the coolest Year of the Sheep baby gifts for your little lamb

I’ve always loved the Chinese Zodiac and not just because I’m a Chinese American. I am fascinated by the history of the signs and their meanings. So with the Chinese New Year just a couple of days away, we thought it would be fun to round-up cool Year of the Sheep baby gifts. If you happen to be expecting a little baby lamb (we’ll go with the lamb instead of the ram) in 2015 or know someone who is, here are some wonderful Year of the Sheep baby gifts to help celebrate. Kung Hei Fat Choi!   The beautiful knit dolls from BlaBla Kids have...

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Cute, cozy, durable pajamas for kids: Our tried and true favorites. Let the snuggle party begin.

According to that rascal of a groundhog last week, it looks like winter will be sticking around the Northeast for six more weeks. I’m pulling out my Silver Linings Playbook, and choosing to see it as an extension on snuggle parties with my youngster. And everyone knows that warm, comfy PJs are an absolute must for proper snuggling.  So here are 6 cute and cozy — and above all, durable — pajamas for kids I love, from baby up to school age. We love that they are built to last (no holes in the knees after two wearings, yay!) and because...

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Building a better bear with Bears for Humanity

It’s pretty easy to find a teddy bear that my kids will love. Cute and stuffed? Check. But finding one that I love for them is a bit trickier. Bears for Humanity is a winner for all of us. My favorite thing about Bears for Humanity is their buy one, give one business model which husband and wife team Vijay and Renju Prathap modeled after TOMS. Each purchase means an equal bear—not some cheaper facsimile–goes to one of their U.S. partner organizations, like Toys for Tots, pediatric cancer org Expect Miracles, and Save the Children, all to brighten up another child’s day. Beyond that, Bears for Humanity hits so many of my...

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The new Aden and Anais teething toy: Prepare to make room on your registry.

It seems the masters of all things cozy for baby have done it again; our friends at Aden + Anais, have added yet another baby registry must-have to their collection with new Aden + Anais teething toys and ooh are they cute. Made of maple wood, which is awesome for calming those poor swollen gums, and fitted with a cotton muslin mini-blanket for extra comfort, this teething toy-lovey hybrid is genius. And here I confess that my five-year-old still sleeps with her original Aden + Anais muslin swaddler, so I know firsthand the calming power of these magic blankies.   The designs are sweet and cheerful, in shapes like elephants, stars, posies...

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CupCake washable nursing pads: an organic treat for breastfeeding moms

There’s nothing sexier than leaky boobs, am I right, breastfeeding mamas? Not. Having popped out a newborn just weeks ago, I’m currently leakier than a broken faucet and have already been in a few un-sexy, publicly embarrassing situations due to insufficiently absorbent nursing pads. Well, if your itchy disposable pads consistently fail you like mine do, it’s time to check out Cake Maternity’s CupCake washable nursing pads. Made from organic cotton, CupCake nursing pads are machine washable and customizable depending on your milk flow. The outer layer wicks away and transfers moisture to the inner cotton hemp fleece layer to keep you feeling dry. The...

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Detox recipes for every meal that aren’t extreme, make you full, and taste really, really good.

I’ve always been wary of detox diets. I’m an everything in moderation kind of eater, so the idea of fasting, juicing, and otherwise keeping my caloric intake to a minimum in hopes of flushing my body of toxins strikes me as extreme. My idea of detox is nothing more than “clean eating” with a focus on whole foods without a lot of processing. These detox recipes are all about fruits and veggies, grains and lean proteins that can help kickstart deliciously healthy eating, three meals a day.   Breakfast Detox Recipes Last year I stumbled upon a juice joint...

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4 easy, semi-homemade pasta dinners that taste great, save time, and don’t have a single artificial ingredient.

As someone who develops recipes professionally, you’d think that I’d always have a plan for feeding my family dinner. Just like everybody else, though, the busier I get, the harder it is to get dinner on the table. Thanks to natural brands like Three Bridges (who is our newest, awesome sponsor — yay, welcome Three Bridges!) being time crunched doesn’t have to mean relying on take-out or heavily processed foods loaded up with preservatives. Their natural and organic pastas (including gluten-free raviolis!) plus ready-made pasta sauces make it possible to throw together fresh, simple meals like these easy pasta dinners. These four meals...

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A natural skincare gift for your cosmetic junkie friend in need of rehab.

If you have a cosmetics junkie friend–you know what I mean–it may be time for a gift that takes thing back to a natural, cleansing place. And a new line I just discovered,  Board and Batten, could be a perfect fit with their “farm to skin” products–kind of like farm to table, only you know. For skin. There is no shortage of high-quality non-toxic skincare brands out there, but I love a brand that sources all of its ingredients from their very own Florida farm, and handcrafts the products in small batches, too. You won’t find parabens, GMOs, sulfates or synthetic fragrances here. Instead, expect skin-loving natural ingredients like...

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Sustainable food storage: 3 eco-friendly plastic wrap alternatives

November marks the beginning of the holiday cooking season and if there’s one thing that will get you through—whether you’re responsible for holiday meals or just trying to get dinner on the table between holiday shopping, travel, and gatherings—it’s planning ahead. Prepping food ahead of time means storing food which, for a lot of us, means plastic wrap. Lots and lots of it. These 3 plastic wrap alternatives make it possible to ditch the plastic clingy stuff for safe, sustainable food storage.   I recently purchased a set of linen dish covers  similar to these from The Green Home...

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The Crocodile Dundee of Australian skincare is luxe, all-natural, and super effective.

Remember when Crocodile Dundee said, “That’s not a knife; THIS is a knife?” Yeah. That’s how I feel about cheap face wash right now, because this new jojoba oil skin care line straight out of Australia is giving me major results. Every day is a g’day when I’m slathering myself in products by The Jojoba Company, and that’s not nearly as hokey as it sounds. My current regimen includes washing with the Purifying Citrus Foaming Cleanser, moisturizing with the CoQ10 Antioxidant Serum, and doing weekly masks with the Skin Refining and Brightening Face Mask. Although all the ingredients are...

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7 essential tips for tummy time to make it easier for babies. And parents.

As moms ourselves, we completely understand the importance of tummy time–we’ve been through it oh, a half-dozen times between all of our kids. We also remember how stressful it was at first, because you’re always hearing how important it is to give your infant tummy time–but no so much about how to do it so that there’s no crying and fussing. (And we’re not just talking about the baby.) One of the basics: Having somewhere safe and clean to put the baby, right? That’s why we’re thrilled to be working with our newest sponsor Sleep Made to Measure, which offers a smart collection...

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Natural Halloween candy that tastes as good as the stuff you’re used to.

Being a food writer who focuses on (mostly) healthy family eats is a funny thing during the Halloween season. I get a lot of nervous laughter and jittery explanations from friends about giving into the bloodbath of candy—as if I don’t do the same (or as if I’m judging your choices–rest assured that I’m not). Halloween is about candy. And, other than being sensitive to kids who have to stick to allergen-free candy, I’m down for whatever. However, with these five fantastic choices for natural Halloween candy that taste as delicious as the more traditional candy brands, I don’t see why we...

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Shake it up baby.

In my early days of parenting, finding beautiful handmade baby gifts was something you really had to work on. But now, they’re popping up everywhere. And as we try to pare it down to just our favorites we’re happy to discover Cheengoo who just might make the cutest crocheted baby rattles in the world. Besides cute, the handmade rattles are totally eco-friendly, crocheted from 100% pesticide-free bamboo yarn that makes them super-soft, naturally antibacterial and hypoallergenic. That may sound like marketing speak until you think about how much your newborn is going to have these against his sensitive skin–or in that sensitive mouth. (Fact.) Plus they’re made by...

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Two new healthy cookies for toddlers that you’ll steal bites of, too.

I hate to admit it now, but I was one of those first time moms who didn’t feed my son cookies until he was nearly two. I am proud to say that I was much more relaxed the second time around, and I’d like to think that I would have been more measured from the beginning had there been healthy cookies for toddlers when my kids were little like these two new options. It may be too late for me, but there’s still time for you toddler moms and dads to adopt a healthy, everything-in-moderation approach to snacking thanks to...

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Banish bedtime blues with katebaby’s colorful organic kids’ pajamas

We are loving all the bright colors and graphic patterns we’re seeing in kids fashion this winter, and now the organic kids pajamas from katebaby are making bedtime fun. They’re so stylish that we’re tempted to let our kids wear them outside the house as real clothes. They are that cute.   These organic cotton kids pajamas run from newborn (with the footies) to 4/5 years old (in the tee-and-leggings version). My babies were always pretty high on that growth chart from the doctor–like 80th percentile big–so even though pajamas are supposed to be worn pretty snugly, I would have needed to order a size...

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3 healthy hot cereals and breakfast ideas that go way beyond oatmeal

Everyone’s always talking about how hard it is to get a good dinner on the table, but I find that breakfast is way more hectic, with less time and no delivery options! There’s always cereal, but unfortunately most cold cereals completely lack what we need to start the day off right. There’s oatmeal too—these oatmeal recipes saved me last winter—but I still need more. These tasty, quick-cook hot cereal brands and recipes are the answer.   Purely Elizabeth Ancient Grain Hot Cereals   Purely Elizabeth has been around for a little while but I just wasn’t so into their products when...

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Handmade baby blankets with a truly wonderful design

I don’t know about you, but I’m a sucker for nice baby blankets — which is why you see a lot of them around here.  Especially handmade ones. I mean, what’s more sweet than wrapping your little newborn up in a soft bundle that’s one-of-a-kind, too? For lightweight baby blankets, I always find myself turning to tried and true favorites like aden + anais so I’m psyched to share a new source for lightweight, handmade baby blankets with a completely different look and feel from anything I’ve personally found. Designed more like a flat sheet than a thick blanket and made with three layers of organic cotton, these, handmade...

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Bringing lunch to school just got cooler with these quirky reusable lunch bags

Packing lunches is one of my least favorite parts of the back-to-school grind, but I think these quirky reusable lunch bags from Etsy shop Oh Little Rabbit would make it a little more fun. The unexpected designs on these handmade, screen printed bags make me smile, and make low-tech lunch packing very cool.   Each lunch bag is made from 100 percent recycled cotton scraps, then screen printed with one of Jason and Carla Hibb’s whimsical, original hand-drawn prints. Large enough to fit a tall drink inside, these bags are the perfect size for kids who have to pack a lunch...

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