Tag: organic

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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Bundle Organics: Prenatal juice for pregnant moms and those babies-to-be

I’m big into fresh pressed juice and even love whipping up fresh juice recipes for kids. It’s too bad, though, that fresh juice is off limits during pregnancy when extra nutrients are always welcome, especially in a convenient sip that goes down easily. Bundle Organics, a new prenatal juice made for pregnant moms, is changing that with three packaged juices that are safe, delicious, and full of essential vitamins. Though never a replacement for fresh fruits and veggies, it’s hard to argue with a vitamin and mineral packed drink. The problem with fresh juice for pregnant women is that...

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Orico London Skin Care: Avoid a life of grime in the big city

I’m not saying this new organic Streetwise line from Orico London is the Batman of skin care products; I’m just saying Batman probably uses it to take off his guyliner every night after a hard, pollution- and crime-riddled day in Gotham. And you can, too. I have been seeing great results using Streetwise products, which are designed specifically for harsher urban environments,  but I wanted to give it the ultimate test. So I took it to Dragoncon, a comic con that brings over 60,000 people to four blocks of downtown Atlanta. Each day, I wear a primer, heavy makeup, and setting spray and spend 12 hours...

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Bulletproof buttered coffee recipe: Miracle drink? Or just, well, butter in your coffee?

I heard rumblings about hot buttered coffee, also known as Bulletproof Coffee, last year, and ignored what I figured was another crazy food trend. I mean, butter in coffee? If that doesn’t scream the new bacon, I don’t know what does. It turns out, though, that the buttered coffee trend is growing, with converts claiming serious health benefits. So is this a miracle drink or just greasy java? Here’s some info and a basic buttered coffee recipe to help you find out. What is Buttered Coffee? Buttered coffee is brewed coffee blended with butter and either coconut oil or MCT oil (Medium...

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NOURI bars: Healthy snack bars from a small company on a big mission to help end hunger.

It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...

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Superfruits: How to pack 5 favorites as part of a super-boosted, healthy school lunch.

Though there isn’t substantive research behind claims that Superfruits Save The Day by helping you live longer (seriously, be wary of such grandiose claims on food packing), some fruits are just plain better for you than others. In fact, there are a handful of fruits that nutritionists consider “super” thanks to high concentrations of antioxidants, fiber, vitamins and minerals, and eating one to two cups of these Superfruits a day can help keep your family in tip-top shape. These are five of our favorite so-called Superfruits, along with some of my favorite Superfruit recipes and the products that help make packing...

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Healthy back to school snacks: 4 delicious food trends every parent should know about.

I’m a sucker for new food trends, but I usually wait to see what sticks–and what I really like, of course–before spreading the word. Let’s face it, not every new food product is worth reporting (looking at you, green ketchup). Sometimes, though, not-to-miss food trends emerge from the fray. I recently caught on to four that I think parents should know about, just in time for back to school snacks. Some of these brand new foods may be hard to find in your local supermarket, but everything listed here–with one exception that I just couldn’t resist–is available online and seriously worth your...

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High protein snacks: A healthy snack trend parents can get down with. (Just in time for back to school!)

As much as it drives you bananas, it’s true: there’s no way to control what or how much your kids eat at lunch. (Say it with me: I’ll pack healthy food, the rest is up to them, everything will be fine.) The biggest worry for many parents is that their kids aren’t getting enough protein, which is where these high protein snacks come in. I’ve tracked down some super snacks help alleviate parental-protein-anxiety—yes, that’s an official diagnosis, according to me—by packing at least four grams of protein into every serving. And they are snacks, as in kids will actually eat...

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Legit Organics candy bars: A totally organic experience

Not that I need any excuse to eat chocolate, but I’m not a big candy bar eater. I do like a Justin’s peanut butter cup when I can find one, but usually I stick with the fancy stuff. Halloween not withstanding.  But now when I discover an organic candy bar as remarkably exquisite as the new ones from Legit Organics, I must apologize to my thighs in advance. There are actually quite a few reasons to check out the small, family-owned Oregon company’s Word bar, which is comparable to Milky Way; and the ShotCaller which is like an organic version of Snickers, with chocolate-covered peanuts, caramel,...

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Plum Organics makes the leap from great baby foods to great toddler snacks

We’re long time fans of Plum Organics which is why I knew I had to give their new line of toddler snacks and purees a try the minute I saw them. Healthy, tasty…sounds promising right? We’ll my 15-month-old nephew knows what’s up and confirmed what my own taste buds suspected: this new line of Plum Organics snacks is a mighty achievement for toddlers everywhere. Two of the three new Plum Organics snacks in the Mighty line are labeled Mighty 4 and are made with ingredients from four core food groups: vegetables, grains, fruit and dairy. So basically the nutritional balance is designed to provide protein, fiber,...

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Lucky Palm Tree: Luxury organic baby clothes that make you happy to have a baby to shop for.

Well, here I go again. After five years of heavy spousal debate we are expecting a brand new bundle of girlie joy this winter. And YES that counts as my big announcement! We are ecstatic, but we’re finding ourselves in the position of shopping for baby clothes again, only this time for super warm ones that our summer baby never needed. Luckily I found a treasure trove right away at Lucky Palm Tree. And if you hurry, some of it is on sale. Which is great. Because I did say luxury. Lucky Palm Tree features fresh and adorable organic threads for babies and toddlers...

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AXL Brand organic infant clothing: For those who like the baby to shine more than the clothes.

We’re always so excited to find a new designer making stylish, modern clothes for babies and kids, because as we’ve preached for years now, there is more to baby style than appliquéd sequin puppy dogs playing baseball. (Sorry, puppies.) That’s why I’m excited to share my latest discovery, AXL Brand, a new line of simple, but beautifully constructed organic infant clothing out of San Francisco. These pieces are impeccably made in the USA with soft, 100% cotton fabrics, and the styles are modern and clean, with not a single crazy appliqué in sight. In other words, the clothe don’t toddle into the room before the...

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A gorgeous baby grooming kit that makes you dread nail clipping duty a little less

When I was the parent of a tiny baby, it sometimes felt like I worked in a salon with all the hair brushing, scalp exfoliating, nail clipping and face washing going on. If only I’d had something as beautiful as the new Rhoost Baby Grooming Kit to make it, well, a more beautiful experience. We’ve all seen (and used) the cheap baby grooming kits. They do the job. But they certainly wouldn’t be top of my list of great new baby gifts. Luckily for new moms and dads, the small company we love that has been helping parents with eco-friendly baby proofing for the last several years is now branching into...

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Pop culture dolls: Ridiculously hip, surprisingly cuddly.

If you’ve ever dreamed of having your own David Bowie to snuggle, we’ve got good news: These pop culture dolls by French artisan My Name is Simone are just as much for you as they are for kids. Whether you’re into Ziggy Stardust, the King of Pop, or a certain fabulous fashion designer named Karl, they’re all based on her favorite style icons who will look equally as posh on the couch or on a shelf in a mod nursery. There are five dolls available now from Little Collector, each made of 100% organic, sustainable materials. Along with the three you...

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Australia’s cutest fair trade, organic baby clothes line now in the States. Yay!

Isn’t it so fun to find a designer who does great modern prints for the kids? As in, not snarky ironic sayings or the same puppies/kitties/fishies we tend to see everywhere? Australian organic baby clothes line Sapling Child has always designed some of my new favorites. But shipping from Down Under? Boo. However this summer they’ve launched their line in the US, so now we can tote our littlest kiddos around in their adorable onesies, pants, and blankets all at pretty terrific prices. Sapling Child’s designs come in a handful of cute styles. I love the kimono onesie for little girls as well as the super-comfy baby pants....

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The new Hanna Andersson baby collection is here, renewing our crush on stripes. And Swedes.

For years now, stripes have been a hot trend–on clothes, on bags, on shoes and just about anything that can be striped. So it’s only fitting that the brand new Hanna Anderssson Bright Baby Basics collection launching today is all about stripes, a nod to their Swedish roots. Inspired by the very first Hanna Andersson catalogs and the Swedish tradition of, well, babies wearing stripes, the Bright Baby Basics collection features organic onesies, comfy cotton baby pants and matching accessories in vibrant gender-neutral primary colors, as well as a classic light blue and pink.         Made from...

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BTDT new mom tip: Spend more on the mattress, less on the crib

A newborn’s sleep is something moms take seriously–as in don’t-you-dare-turn-that-vacuum-on seriously. So we spend a ton of time picking out the perfect crib, and not a whole lot of time thinking about the mattress. I’m here to tell you to shift your mindset. We’ve loved Naturalmat for a long time for their completely non-toxic mattresses for little ones. If you’ve ever opened a new mattress for yourself and dealt with the fumes coming from it, then you understand why I’d rather my baby have a more eco-friendly option. Naturalmat has been committed to making all their products by hand (in...

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Edible Schoolyard NYC gets busy in Harlem

I get so excited about school programs that are innovative and exciting for kids, and one of my favorites is the seed-to-table education offered by Alice Walter’s esteemed Edible Schoolyard program. In New York’s East Harlem neighborhood, where Edible Schoolyard NYC operates, less than 2% of grocery stores have fresh leafy greens available. It’s hard to condemn kids for not eating healthier when they don’t actually have those options available to them. So SYNYC is doing something about it  by creating schoolyard gardens, and this week they’ve launched an Edible Schoolyard NYC Crowdrise campaign to raise $50,000 to benefit several schools’ gardens. This could really change the...

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Pucker up, natural remedy fans: Urban Moonshine is bringing back digestive bitters.

Owners of a grumbly tummy or troublesome digestion, I have good news. There’s a new old-fashioned weapon in your arsenal, and it’s all-natural and even helps me be more aware of what I’m eating. Whether you fight bloating, crave sugar, or just ate too darn much, Digestive Bitters might help you as much as they’re helping me. The company is called Urban Moonshine, and the idea is that the human body craves bitter flavors but is often denied them by today’s diet. Digestive Bitters come in three flavors: Original, Maple, and Citrus, all based on organic roots and herbs...

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Sole Serum: How those celebs manage to wear stilettos all day without grimacing.

We’re not shy about our love for amazing heels here at Cool Mom Picks. I certainly have my yoga-pants-and-t-shirt days, but there’s just something about getting dressed up in trendy designer clothes and feeling like I look good. But no matter how happy I am to be dressed up, at the end of a long day in some six-inchers my feet are feeling it. Ouch, for real. A nice soak in some epsom salt at home can do wonders, but if you’re traveling or don’t want to draw a bath, or you’re just busy (because, aren’t we all?) try Sole Serum, which...

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