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Twin Bedding for Girls? – Reader Q&A

I am looking for more suggestions for twin bedding for girls. Not cutesy pink all over…something more sophisticated she can grow into. Thanks for your suggestions! -Lisa Hi Lisa, We’ve featured a bunch of great girls’ twin bedding options in past posts, and found a few new ones too. Bright and sunshiny, Serena & Lily’s Marni Collection (at top) brings such a cheerful pop of color to her bedroom, you may not even mind all the toys strewn across the floor. The yellow duvet pairs nicely with Berry Gobi Embroidered Sheets, though it’d be pretty with plain crisp white...

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5 alternatives to peanut butter for a peanut-free classroom

I really do consider myself lucky that my kids don’t have a peanut allergy. And I consider myself more lucky that so far, kids in their classes haven’t had any that would require banning it from the classroom. Still, I know we won’t always be so lucky. And with more and more schools and after-school programs banning PB, I’ve put together a few options for you parents who might be trying to balance a peanut-loving kid with a peanut-free classroom this year. Justin’s Nut Butters I am such a huge fan of these organic nut butters (above), with flavors...

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Invasion of the moustaches!

I’ve said before that the moustache is the hipster icon of 2011. And now, it’s hitting the world of kids and baby clothes too, courtesy of one very popular designer. [don’t miss a special offer after the jump] The Stella McCartney Kids collection for fall 2011 includes some hilarious tees like this moustached deer shirt, that’s made of organic cotton and features a glow-in-the-dark applique. How exactly something that glows in the dark is organic I’m not sure, but I’ll take their word for it. If you prefer your moustaches more Groucho-like, you can also find one on this...

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An unsweetened tea for kids? Sweet!

When I was a kid, we drank Purple Drink and Red Drink, and then we licked the walls and hung upside down from the ceiling fan gibbering like monkeys, because that stuff was 100% sugar. Nowadays, I feel like even 100% orange juice has enough natural sugar to keep my kids wired. Imagine my surprise to discover a drink my kids love that’s all natural and contains less sugar than those we-already-added-water-to-your-juice drinks.  It’s called Little Me Tea, and it’s a mixture of caffeine-free tea, herbs, and organic fruit and vegetable juices created by a mom and dad for...

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I am loving Motherlove

Breastfeeding is a beautiful thing. Cracked nipples? Not so beautiful, and painful to boot. The problem with a lot of the nipple creams on the market is their super chemically feel. Since your little one will be ingesting said ointment when she suckles, is it too much to ask that it be as pure as they come? Enter Motherlove. You can pronounce every ingredient and each one is organic. Every single one. A dab of this wunder cream will bring much needed relief to the not so fabulous side of breastfeeding. It feels light and super soothing to the...

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Back to school shopping – better lunchbox snacks

Welcome to our second installment of our back to school shopping guide, featuring 8 better lunchbox snacks for your kids. If you’re like us, lunch packing can be a chore. To say nothing of the trips to the super market aisle in which the kids beg for any single-serving pack made with artificial goo and stamped with a cartoon character on the bag. While we love packing fresh fruit, if you’re looking for more of a treat, these 8 snacks are definitely on the healthier side.  Peeled Organic Fruit Snacks The next best thing to fruit–gently dried fruit, nothing...

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Cold enough for ya?

It’s 110 million degrees in Atlanta, and the thought of heating enough water to brew ice tea is horrifying. But I’m not willing to settle for the cheap stuff at the store that’s neither green nor tea, if you get my drift. Enter these lovely bottles of organic tea, brewed to perfection by one of our favorite tea experts. The new Summer Iced Teas by the Republic of Tea are a welcome relief from the heat… and my own laziness. They’re made with all-natural ingredients and contain no calories. Let me repeat that: No calories.  The Sweet Black Iced...

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Okay, so imagine if NERDS were actually healthy

As my dentist will attest, I was a big candy fan as a kid, and I was definitely a nerd for NERDS. (My favorite was the split box with cherry on one side and watermelon on the other.) Cut to 2011, when my children think plain yogurt with honey is a sugary treat. Oh, how the times have changed. And yet, in a way, they haven’t. If you combine that yogurt with the NERDS of yore, you get a brilliant snack that my kids adore. They’re called Yo’Drops. Yo’ Drops are another nutritious hit from our pals at Revolution...

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Kids’ furniture that’s more than just kids’ furniture

Every city parent knows that if you going to commit to bringing a new piece of furniture into your precious and very limited home space it better be something useful and pleasant to look at. So kudos to the brilliant minds of Chadwick and Joe, the imaginative team at Klinko Kids Furniture. They’ve developed 3-in-1 Little Frog, a handy little piece for toddlers that can be a pint-sized reading chair, lounge chair and play table all in one convertible piece of furniture. And dig this, there is also an inexpensive accessory that can turn it into a rocking chair...

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Affordable organic kids’ clothes that aren’t just available in “natural”

When I’m shopping for clothes for my kids, I find it a challenge to get good organic cotton. Sure, it exists, but sometimes it’s way out of our budget and the rest of the time it seems to be only available in “natural.” (I know you know what I’m talking about.) [don’t miss a terrific gift card giveaway after the jump!] When I discovered Mini Mioche I did a little dance of joy. Not only are the clothes nicely constructed and very adorable, they also fulfill my wildest fantasies of being both organic and not way out of my...

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Ergo and Petunia Pickle Bottom make babywearing oh so pretty

My first Ergo was a lot like my first boyfriend. Solid, comfortable, and dependable, if a little thick. But not pretty. Not swoon-worthy. Then Petunia Pickle Bottom got involved. In a babywearing version of She’s All That (or Can’t Buy Me Love, or Clueless–you get the picture) The Ergo got an extreme makeover, and now it’s one of the prettiest baby carriers on the block. For along time, the main complaint of Ergo carriers was that they weren’t stylish. Well, the new collection of Petunia Picklebottom Ergo buckle baby carriers includes three gorgeous prints in soft organic cotton, and...

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Girlie dresses that aren’t too girlie

When I had my daughter–after already having a son–I am a tiny bit ashamed to admit that I became a pretty easy sell with special “girlie” things like dresses and hair clips. Girlie, but not too girlie, you know? So these new baby dresses are the exact kind of beautiful item I would have been only too happy to invest in. Notice I said invest. The dresses from Mama Moderne aren’t inexpensive–more like a dress you might get for a first birthday. But the price comes because they’re handmade. And organic. And adorable. While all the patterns are sweet,...

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Banish bug bites without using any nasty chemicals

The first sign of summer for me is always my first mosquito bite. I always consider bug bites to be the price I pay for good weather and barbecues. But now that I have kids, I feel the need to douse them in something to ward off bug bites, and I’ve never been a fan of that hideous bug spray smell mixed with all those nasty chemicals. Thanks to Erbaviva, I’ve found a way to fend off the bugs, while still keeping my family chemical-free. The new Organic Buzz Spray bug repellant from natural mom and baby skincare line Erbaviva...

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This line of organic cosmetics is the balm. (Ha.)

I’m known around my house as a bit of a lip balm junkie. Every cupboard, pocket and purse has at least one tube or pot of the stuff stashed in it somewhere. So when it came time for volunteers to test the highly lauded RMS Beauty line for CMP, you can bet I raised my hand wildly. RMS Beauty was created by top NYC makeup artist Rose-Marie Swift, after realizing she was developing health difficulties because of all the toxic chemicals and heavy metals in her system from being around so many cosmetics. Committed to the health of women,...

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Your favorite silly old Pooh bear is now a soft, organic Pooh bear

The Winnie the Pooh movie hitting theaters today promises to be a sweet mix of old and new, combining classic Pooh animation with a few new voices– like Craig Ferguson as Owl. The overall idea is to charm Pooh fans of all ages with a timeless (and mercifully two-dimensional) animated trip to the Hundred Acre Wood. And we love it. So it makes sense that miYim’s new line of organic Pooh stuffed animals would have the same appeal, mixing classic style and sentiment with an eco-conscious 2011 flair.[don’t miss a truly great giveaway after the jump!] miYim is one...

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A keepsake baby blanket you’ll actually use

I love the idea of buying a keepsake blanket for a baby, but in my experience, they’re usually more beautiful than they are useful. However that’s not the case when it comes to these mom-designed blankets that are as gorgeous as they are functional. The Spunge Design blankets are made from 100% organic cotton knit, which gives them the perfect amount of stretch to make them an ideal swaddle blanket. But once your baby has outgrown that stage, they’re a great size for toddlers. I love the whimsical designs, particularly the tree motif, which features three-dimensional leaves to entertain...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Lipstick that makes you pretty. And makes the world a little better looking too.

Lip color makes a big difference — that slight hue of berry or pink can compensate for years of sleep deprivation. Right now, I’m digging a line from PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics (get it?); natural, philanthropic lipsticks and glosses that can truly change the world. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Lip Paint comes in 16 shades; each is sheer and easy to wear. I’m not a big lipstick girl (too heavy for me) but PeaceKeeper’s lipstick is lightweight and feels more like lip balm than lipstick. PeaceKeeper also makes lipgloss — I’m head over heels in love with the Fairness gloss, a light gold...

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The perfect kids’ nail polish for prima-donnas and eco-mommas alike

I’ve painted more nails in the last two years than in my entire previous life, most of them tiny and slightly nibbled. I used to try to weasel my way out of playing Preschool Esthetician with rants on bad chemicals, but now she’s got me. We’ve found utterly safe nail polish in adorable colors that we both love. Like the Cotton Candy pink on all twenty of our collective toes. If you’ve got a sensitive kid, a nail-biter, brittle nails, problem nails, a baby on the way, or anxiety over fumes, then you might dig Keeki Naturals nail polish too. Their...

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Organic baby products – for when only the purest butt spray will do

Why am I a fan of organic baby products? To put it sweetly, sometimes our daintiest parts get the angriest. I really care about the kinds of products that go in those dainty places. Now there’s a new line of super-pure skin softeners from Australia that we think you’ll love, especially if your baby has problems with eczema, cradle cap, dry skin, or diaper rash. Or even if you mamas have skin issues yourselves. Every product from miniOrganics is formulated using the most comprehensive organic standards in the world. That means no GMOs, no pesticide residues, no petrochemicals or...

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