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...Read More
It seems like everywhere I turn there’s a new way to eat kale. From chips to salads, the curly green leaf is easily the roughage du jour. So when Cool Mom Picks skin care fave Eminence Organics introduced me to their two latest products, each featuring kale as the star ingredient, I was interested to discover that it could be healthy for my face as well. I thought kale was best used in a green juice with pineapple and cucumber, but the new Citrus & Kale Potent C + E Serum changed my mind. I fell in love with the way the super-lightweight serum disappeared into my...Read More
As much as I want my anti-aging skincare products to tighten, tone and brighten, I would rather they boast an ingredient list that passes the standards of the Skin Deep database, than give me the face of a 22-year-old at some long-term price to my skin. I’ve discovered some great new skincare lines free of toxic chemicals and synthetic fragrances, and full of antioxidants and other healthy active ingredients. There is no shortage of natural and organic skincare on the market, but what makes these lines so great is that they don’t compromise performance for safety. They protect and perfect–all...Read More
Chill out, Rapunzel. We found a new natural conditioner for kids even if their hair is 7 stories long.
Natural, nourishing baby shampoos are plentiful, but it can be a challenge to find an all-natural conditioner made for kids that can tame my daughter’s own locks which hang down to her waist and curl at the end. Adorable until I’m trying to untangle it and she starts screaming and asks me if I’m actually her evil stepmother. So hooray for me–or us–because one of my favorite natural hair care brands has just released two new natural hair conditioners that are as fabulous as their other products. – Find a terrific discount for our readers below – I’m a huge...Read More
They say that to take care of anyone else, you first need to take care of yourself. This year I’ll prepare to show our planet Earth Day love by first showing myself some love with one (maybe two?) of these eco-cocktails made with organic liquor. Hey, we’ve gone organic with everything else, why not with our spirits, too? If you do imbibe, these happen to be delicious as well as a little better for the planet. For you pregnant ladies or non-drinkers, just stick with some of our favorite mocktail recipes. Serve in locally made glassware, wash with limited water...Read More
Never underestimate the investment in a good blankie. I am a grown woman who still sleeps with one every night, even though I have to endure from my husband’s endless teasing. And the organic baby blankets from the aptly named Organic Quilt Company can get new babies started off on the right foot with some amazingly gorgeous options. From modern and simple to bohemian and sweet, each design from this Montreal-based company features warm, rich colors and whimsical patterns that suit nearly any taste. If you can’t find exactly what you are looking for, no worries: you can request a custom design....Read More
If you smell something delicious that’s like a cross between a creamsicle, a vanilla candle, and springtime (in the best possible way), it’s probably me. That’s because I’ve been using the organic skin care products from Summer Sky Organics. Specifically the Mandarin Vanilla Mama Belly Oil. Not on my belly, as I’m not pregnant. But pretty much everywhere else. Just like the rest of the products from this mama-run, organic skin care company, the belly oil has a variety of uses for mamas, expecting mamas, babies, and women who have never even been near a baby in their lives, but just...Read More
If you don’t know what totes adorbs means, the Earth Cadets shop will show it to you (Or, a teen who you wish would talk like someone from Earth) with a selection of wildly cool onesies for babies. From organic cotton one-pieces and adult tees to pillows and recycled totes, everything in the shop is screen printed in Chicago by hand and is, yes, utterly adorable. Especially the baby selection. We’re digging all of their designs, from chevrons and arrows to catchy phrases and boom boxes. The baby gift-ready onesies come in a variety of colors, each available in sizes...Read More
There is nothing sweeter than a new baby, swaddled up like a little burrito. Especially if it gets the kid to sleep at last. (You know what I mean.) Not surprisingly, the baby swaddling blanket market is heavy on patterns of precious teddy bears and rubber duckies, so I’m happy to find swaddlers for modern mamas in the market for something a little different. There is hope out there for those of us interested in baby gifts that are more chic than cutesy. Etsy’s Wren & Rumor shop has baby blankets in amazing fabrics that have turned our...Read More
Organic swaddle blankets from Aden + Anais join with the The Honest Co., and babies everywhere fall to sleep in style
We were wrapping our wee babes in Aden + Anais’ soft muslin swaddle blankets long before today’s babies were even a twinkle in their fathers’ eyes. But, for today’s lucky kids, Aden + Anais has partnered with another one of our favorites baby brands, The Honest Company, to develop an exclusive collection of organic swaddle blankets that are ready to put your baby to sleep and here’s a first look at them. Aden + Anais’ Up in the Air boxed set of three swaddlers features gentle designs in non-toxic, low-impact dyes that will have your baby dreaming about stars,...Read More
If you’ve been following the recent news (and our own posts for the last few years), it turns out that antibacterial soaps are not the safe soaps for babies and kids they’ve claimed to be. The FDA recently issued a statement saying that after 40 years of study, they’ve found no evidence that anti-bacterial agents, such as triclosan, are any more effective than regular soap and water in killing bacteria. Worse yet, triclosan and its like may be messing with our hormone levels and creating drug-resistant bacteria. Uh, no thanks! While natural hand sanitizers are still a good option if soap isn’t...Read More
We’re so excited to present our Editors Best of 2013 series. As always, no voting, no vote-begging, no entrance fees. Just the stuff we really really loved this year–starting with the cutest baby clothes of the year in 0-12mo. This is always one of the hardest for us–not necessarily because there are thousands of great ones, though there are lots, but because every single one makes us miss those little toes and little fingers and sweet little baby heads. (Though not so much the diapers.) Nununu (at top) It’s always refreshing to find cool clothes for baby that go beyond...Read More
I love my peppermint mocha latte as much as the next girl, so it’s a shame they’re gone so fast that all I’m left with is a whipped cream mustache and fond memories. But when you combine the delicious scent of peppermint and cocoa with luscious body products backed by organic and fair trade production, you’ve got a heavenly match that lasts longer than five mouth-burning minutes of bliss. Moksa Organics is a company based on love for nature, activism, and peace, so you know this Mistletoe Holiday Bath Set is as kind to the world as it is...Read More
It’s no fun being that kid with food allergies who gets a chocolate Santa in your stocking, only to find your mom taking it away because there are no ingredients written on the foil. But it’s probably worse being that mom. So we’re happy to see more delicious Christmas treats each year, made with those very kids in mind. Allergen-free Gingerbread House From the conscientious and talented folks at Sensitive Sweets Bakery, there’s no gluten (tapioca flour does the trick), dairy, eggs, soy, peanuts or tree nuts. The gingerbread house kit $29 and for an extra $10,...Read More
I love DIY and I love anything lip-related: stick, gloss, or balm. That’s why I’m all grins over this all-natural, make-your-own lip balm kit that also helps provide valuable job skills to women in the Washington, DC area. (Did I mention I love that too?) These lips of mine are a No Yucky Chemicals Zone, and that includes fake strawberry flavoring. Luckily, this adorable box is deliciously full of good ingredients and a big heart. The DIY lip balm kit from Mary Kearns on Uncommon Goods includes everything you need to make five pots of organic, ethically sourced lip balm...Read More
4 of our fave makeup removers in every price range, whether you need to wipe off a little mascara or a whole vampire face.
Um, I’ve seen what I look like in the morning if I haven’t washed off my makeup…and it’s downright scary. So I’m always on the lookout for awesome (and affordable) makeup removers. Here are four of our faves–just in time for Halloween faces or even a game of “beauty parlor” with your kids–each a different price point. $$$ La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution This light, magical liquid contains something called micelles, which lift dirt and makeup off the skin with the sweep of a cotton ball. Unlike a toner or other alcohol-based removers, though, La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution doesn’t dry...Read More
Helloooo, fall and winter skin. We meet again…sigh. It’s always around this time of year that my poor face starts to look–and feel–like it’s going to flake off completely. I’ve experimented with a ton of different products (and I mean a ton) to find the best skin hydrators. My must-have moisturizers of the moment? A drugstore bestie, an organic newbie, and a remake of an old fave. A chill in the air means time for some majorly hydrating moisturizers. I’ve learned from my dermatologist that the best ingredients to help the skin attract more water (and retain its water...Read More
Oh, mamas. If you like your cotton organic, your prints limited edition, your quality high, and your heart and conscience light, have we found the clothing shop for you just in time for the gift season where charity is top of mind. PACT is the kind of company we just want to snuggle. First off, they have a great story centered around kind and impactful business practices. Their clothing is raising $50,000 to help PACT and Whole Planet Foundation provide microloans to community-based entrepreneurs around the world who really need it. As for you, you’ll find organic cotton basics for...Read More
The worst thing about buying baby clothes? The fact that those precious outfits will be outgrown way too fast. While of course lots of us try to hand our baby clothes down or resell them, not all of them are in shape to do that. In fact according to the EPA, Americans toss over 13 million tons of textiles a year with babies’ and kids’ clothes accounting for a hefty percentage of that. And that’s why we’re loving this seriously revolutionary new planet-friendly approach to babywear. Kinderstuff is a company that’s rethinking baby fashion by letting you send in your...Read More
Burt’s Bees Baby has gone from making cute little bathtime gift sets you can find at CVS to a serious contender in your baby gift shopping arsenal. Yesterday I got a sneak preview of some of the adorableness coming your way, but there are some gorgeous baby clothes and gifts sets that just launched this week. And I love how affordable they are–especially considering they’re organic. Check out the new arrivals at Burt’s Bees Baby and you’ll see a ton of sweet options for baby gifts that are cute on the website, but even more so in person. I...Read More
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