When I lived in New York City, pre-kids, I always imagined that I’d someday stroll the streets with my theoretical future babies. We’d meet other mini-Manhattanites in Riverside Park, hit Mister Softee for a cone, head downtown to the South Street Seaport Museum, and life would all be so very grand. But I ended up moving out of the city–way out of the city–a few years before the kids actually materialized. But you know what? Even though my kids aren’t in New York, that doesn’t mean that New York can’t be on them. Or Portland or Paris or Miami...Read More
Baby food is so much more than mushy goo these days. From ancient grains to carefully selected sweet potatoes, we’re excited to learn about two new lines that cater to developing palates with exciting new textures and tastes. And brix, which is apparently very important. Baby Gourmet is a line of baby foods aiming to address more than just nutrition. They focus on freshness, texture, pH, and brix–or natural sweetness. (I didn’t know either, don’t worry.) Our editor Kristen tried them and found them “sweet but not sugary.” Their credentials are impressive, with no added sugar, salt, preservatives, thickeners,...Read More
Avast, me hearties and shiver me slumbers! This organic pirate bedding is the next best thing to being rocked to sleep in the crow’s nest. And even better, you can’t get seasick! Those scurvy dogs at The Land of Nod are in cahoots with Winter Water Factory to bring you A Pirate’s Bedding for Me, which is one of the most stylish sets of pirate bedding for kids we’ve ever seen. From sheet to duvets to shams, yarr setting sail in 200 thread count, machine washable, organic cotton. We love the cool blue and the subtle rolling waves, which...Read More
I envy those people (you know who you are!) who pick fresh tomatoes from their garden before making a bruschetta with ingredients all grown in their backyard. Believe me, I have tried to be one of these people. But, I was born without a green thumb. This has led me to unbelievably friendly relationships with my local farmers and Farmer’s Markets. But this fabulously cool idea allows me to have my cake–or really, kale salad–and eat it too, all while getting the kids involved. In the Koop packages varieties of seeds in an egg carton, all equally intriguing and...Read More
Wabi sabi suki is a Japanese concept that means “tranquil beauty.” It is based on the simple elegance of form, texture, and color and occurs when human hands bring out nature’s beauty in a way that echoes the material’s inherent nature. Or, in other words, THIS. THIS SCARF. GIVE IT TO ME. The Orla Cowl by Tickled Pink Knits on Etsy is utterly gorgeous in its simplicity. Hand-knit in 100% certified organic fair trade cotton, it’s a wonderful scarf alternative for those with allergies to wool or… ahem… super-cheap acrylic accessories. If you like the idea of lush, stylish...Read More
One of my favorite pre-bedtime rituals with my son is massaging his little feet before I put him in his PJs. He immediately relaxes and gives me the biggest smile. I usually do this routine on his changing table, which is never that easy because he squirms way too close to the edge for my taste. Thanks to a new beautiful, yummy-soft massage mat, I have a new, non-scary spot to give my little guy a rub down. The luxurious Quilted Massage Mat from the moms at Honeydumplings (the creators of those awesome buckwheat pillows) is one of those...Read More
I grew up playing with muñecas de trapo (rag dolls) so when I saw the new modern doll line by Cool Mom Pick favorite Petit Collage I was instantly smitten. They’re just like the dolls I grew up with — except that, well, they’re not exactly made of rags. Far from it, actually. The fabrics designed by Petit Collage are so pretty and whimsical that you almost forget these dolls are toys meant for children. But they are! And how beautiful would they look on a shelf until your baby is old enough to take good care of them. There are three...Read More
I have a hardcore crush on Nutella. Although I must admit, I think their ads that tell you to serve it to your kid as a breakfast food are a little hard to swallow–like my kids need more help eating waffles? Even so, the combo of chocolate and hazelnut is absurdly perfect as a treat. And now I’ve found another option that’s similar–but totally organic, from Nocciolata. From the Italian company Rigoni di Asiago is a hazelnut spread with dark chocolate and milk that’s fabulous. It’s made entirely from organically farmed ingredients without artificial ingredients or palm oil. It’s a little more...Read More
I never mean to, but I occasionally have a weird mind slip and underestimate the power of simplicity. When a package arrived in the mail from Gween, bearing six pieces of pretty, shiny wood meant to put together into a windmill shape, I wasn’t sure my kids would like it. But you know what? They loved it. But the experts at Gween knew that they would. The cool windmill (officially named “Gusto”) is one of five models of stackable toys that can be put together in different ways–which works on kids’ motor skills, piques their problem-solving interests, and (if...Read More
My kids fell in love with Anamalz right away. Not so much because they were made out of eco-friendly, organic wood and textiles by a super cool Australian company. But because of all the reasons kids like toys–they’re cute. And they’re awesome. They’re bendy and they stay upright. And they inspire imagination. Want a sheep to roar like a lion? Want a dinosaur to sing all the words to Twinkle Twinkle? Done. Try doing that with some AAA-battery devouring toy. So now I’m happy to find that there’s a whole new playhouse made just for our Anamalz. Not that...Read More
At the risk of this turning into the Fab.com blog (I can’t help it!), today I discovered a new textile artist there that I’m so excited about, because she makes the most lovely scarves. And wildly affordable too. The lightweight scarves and wraps from Portland artist Chelsea Heffner are just beautful. Even more so when they’re 40% off. I love the soft, colorblocked mrieno wool scarves, in both muted palates and the bolder ones like the fuschia/scarlet shown here. There’s also a mulberry/suede combo with just 5 left at the time of publishing that I love; plus some stunning...Read More
Robots can be so hard, so inhuman. Until you give one a balloon and slap it on a onesie. Boom! Adorkable! We love the Balloon Bot shirts and onesies currently on sale at All Good Living Kids. Not only because they’re cute as a reset button, but also because they’re made of 100% organic cotton using ethical labor practices and eco-conscious screen printing. Neither people, trees, nor robots were harmed in production. Since they’re on sale, you might have to check which colors and sizes are available, but we’re still seeing onesies from 3 months to 18 months and...Read More
Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...Read More
Let’s face it: If Tim Burton and Helena Bonham Carter had twins, they would look just like this, and Johnny Depp would give them a set of onesies like this at their Beetlejuice-themed baby shower. The Skeleton Love Kids organic shirt from Mimosa is based on an illustration by Holly Cruise and offers twice the charm of shirts featuring a single skeleton–and that’s a guarantee. Two happy little skeletons share a flaming heart while frolicking under a banner of hearts carried by two flying crows. In short, it’s perfectly spooktacular and adorkably hip, just in time for Halloween. But...Read More
Ask my mom, and she’ll tell you that she knew I was a writer from the moment I was born, or at least from the moment I started scrawling my first story on the wall in… um… nevermind. Too bad they didn’t have this onesie back then. The utterly adorable The Writer Onesie is a must-have for anyone who writes or reads or loves the written word or just has a thing for old-fashioned typewriters. Whether you like the gender-neutral yellow or the pink on pink, each organic cotton onesie by All Good Living features a printed typewriter...Read More
Once upon a time, in the land of cloth diapering, there was a great diapering secret that somehow remained elusive to many parents: the overnight technique. Finding what will work for your particular baby in his particular sleeping arrangement can be tricky, to say the least. And there will likely be many wet sheets before a solution is found. (Which, for a co-sleeping mama like me is a rather unpleasant situation.) Well, friends, I have found an answer that doesn’t require the proverbial nighttime disposable. SoftBums diapers have been keeping my bed dry and I am thrilled by how...Read More
I’ve loved the spectacularly gorgeous, understated kids wear from Shirin NYC since first discovering them a few years ago. This is the kind of clothing I spot in a boutique, and the second I touch the silky cotton, I (attempt to) start justifying the splurge. Now I’ve got the same feeling all over again, having seen the new fall/winter line for kids. Bonus: Boys and babies can get in on this year’s styles too. I’m wary of too much glitz on kids, but the new foil print tees add a touch of metallic to their designs in a truly...Read More
I know it’s hard to get excited about tote bags, but trust me, when they come from one of our favorite children’s labels, we do get a little excited knowing now they make something we moms can wear too. The new totes from Winter Water Factory really are something special. Don’t believe me? Let me count the ways…they’re beautiful. The eye-catching prints strike the perfect balance between gorgeous and earthy. Second, they’re smart. The roomy size and eight pockets keep everything you need at your fingertips, and one is the perfect size for an iPhone, so you won’t go...Read More
I started a new job right about the time my little guys went back to preschool. The rush to get everyone where they need to be has made our mornings a little, uh, more hectic than we’re used to. And while I do manage to give the kids a good breakfast in the morning, I cannot remember the last time I actually did so for myself. Fortunately, these new organic smoothies are a step in the right breakfast direction. The HappySqueeze pouches are the ultimate eat-on-the-run food, since you just pop the top and start slurping. Organic, low in...Read More
My organic-eating, organic-dressing, organic-playing kids sleep on regular old foam pillows. There, I said it: they spend half of their lives with cuddling up with chemical-filled foam. Not one of the greatest horrors of childhood, of course, but still, I’m so glad to have found an organic pillow alternative When I learned the great pillows by Madii & Dyl online–an awesome Australian kids’ line that’s now available in the US–I was quite excited. They’re sized perfectly for little heads and necks (there’s a toddler size and a child size) and made from 100% organic latex, so they’re naturally hypoallergenic...Read More
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