Tag: sustainable sources

A valet tray – cool Father’s day gift idea

At least once a day (sometimes more), my husband is searching for his keys and wallet. And don’t even get me started about the piles of change all over my house. So that’s why I think this new Etsy find might be a cool, surprising Father’s Day gift for the sometimes-scattered dad in our lives. Or maybe just for the really organized ones. This locally salvaged Maple Key tray might just be the answer to all our woes, with a special cut-out that’s big enough for what my husband needs to keep track of — nothing more, nothing less. Handcarved with...

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Bedrails for kids that are so much cooler than bedrails.

My kids graduated to a big-kid bed in need of a bedrail, right around the same time that they discovered the joys of sneaking book under the covers to “read” past their bedtime. I love their thirst for books but don’t enjoy finding books twisted into bedsheets or flung on the floor in the morning. If you too have a bedtime bookworm in a new big kid bed, take a look at this smart combo bookshelf and bedrail that keeps your sleeping child, and their books, safely in place.   Tambino’s Alpha Bookshelf Bedrail is a smart-looking way to keep...

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Simple wooden toys that your kids will simply adore

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...

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Life is like a box of handmade snowflake ornaments

Because I live in the desert, snowflakes are as rare as… well, snowflakes in the desert. We dream of white Christmases but they don’t often happen. So snowflakes are my holiday totem, and I absolutely love how they’ve come together in this affordable, handmade set of wooden ornaments. The absolutely gorgeous mini snowflake ornaments collection from Timber Green Woods are the closest I’ll get to the real thing–and I’m perfectly content with that. Made with sustainable wood harvested from the company’s family farm, each unique design is laser-cut and finished with nontoxic oil. Then they’re all popped into an...

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Up where the air is clear

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...

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A birthday banner that’s quite a hoot

We were so impressed with the gorgeous eco-friendly holiday cards from Night Owl Paper Goods last year that we ordered them for our own CMP contributors. So when I heard they added a few new items to their collection of goodies, I couldn’t wait to take a peek. And wow, look what I found! The Owl Birthday Banner is the perfect solution for moms like me who don’t want more one-off party decorations that only end up in the trash after the celebration is over. With this adorable birthday banner, you’ll get 14 colorfully printed pennants made from eco-friendly,...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

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...

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From Cradle to College

I love that furniture designers have stopped looking at cribs as a utilitarian object, and started embracing their artistic nature. GroFurniture is a stunning new eco-friendly furniture line, all made in the USA by real furniture artisans. It was started by a husband and wife who created these cribs for their own children. And now make them for everyone. Each crib is made to order and from what I can see, the assembly is easy. Of course, this all comes at a price. But fortunately, it’s meant to grow with your baby; you can purchase the bundle set which...

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Poof, you’re a leaf!

Regardless of temperature, I never believe it’s actually fall until the calendar reads October. Which…hello, October! Now that I’ve spotted this Autumn Oak Leaf Wand from one of our favorite Etsy artists, I realize I’m definitely in the spirit. It’s handcut from sustainable wood, hand-finished with non-toxic paints and natural finishes, and capable of performing as much magic as those mass-produced plastic star wands with lace tulle around them. Maybe even a little more. –Liz Find a nice selection of eco-friendly wooden Waldorf toys online at Imagination...

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Dishes for kids that are safer than plastic – they only look like plastic

It’s hard trying to sort through all the plastic safety issues these days when it comes to feeding our kids. Between BPA, pthalates, melamine fears and microwave warnings, sometimes I just want to throw up my hands in frustration; does everything have to come with a warning these days? Well, not everything. In fact, I’m so thrilled that we get to be the first to announce the launch of a brand new, totally safe set of kids dishes, all made from a really surprising material. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] The fantastic anti-plastic dishes for kids...

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Practical kids furniture or delicious eye candy? How about both?

I’ve been on a self-imposed no-new-furniture diet lately–we kind of either have to buy a new house or knock down a few walls at this point–so this brand-new line of gorgeous kids’ furniture is absolute eye candy. Which may turn to in-my-house candy if I’m not careful. Launching this very second on the invitation-only Fab today, Wadaly is the coolest blend of modern, high-end, and whimsical. That’s uh, emphasis on high-end. I’m seriously dying over the Cloud Bench, an amazing storage trunk with pop-out cloud drawers (shown) and the House Bookcase; but for little kids, the Crib + Changer, the...

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A world without fish? Say it isn’t so.

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, a new book weaves together all the intricate threads –biology, climate, culture, economics, evolution, food, history, and politic — that combined, makes up the rich tapestry of our world. And it does so gorgeously. With fish. Written by Mark Kurlansky, a former commercial fisherman New York Times best-selling author, and all around cool guy, World Without Fish is a captivating (fish) tale. It explains for both adults and kids how the fish we most commonly eat may very well be gone in another 50 years, unless there is a profound shift our eating –...

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A toddler bed fit for a king. Or a very lucky toddler.

When we bought our first crib, we listened to everyone who told us to make sure to get one that converts to a toddler bed. But then we had another kid who needed that crib, so we still ended up getting a toddler bed anyway. Truth be told, our kid never liked the thing and just ended up sleeping in a twin bed with rails.  With our third, however, we didn’t have enough room for that solution and a toddler bed probably would saved us a lot of heartache and sleepless nights. [don’t miss a sweet giveaway after the...

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Open the door, get on the floor, everybody walk this dinosaur

Boom, boom, acka-lacka-lacka boom, baby. We’re proud to show you the results of humanity’s first attempt to literally Walk the Dinosaur. Bonus: This king of the terrible lizards has some sweet dance moves. The Tyrannosaurus Rex Push Toy from Arks and Animals on Etsy is one of the most unusual (and unusually cool) wooden toys we’ve found, which is saying a lot. Measuring in at just under a foot tall, this handsome dino is hand-made by an internationally known woodworker from trees on his own 50-acre family farm in New York, then finished with safe, natural dyes. When you...

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Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Welcome to the big time, Little Alouette.

We just love it when one of our favorite little mom-run brands makes it big. Not only because that means that quality construction and design reap the rewards they deserve, but because even more people will get to discover a great new star. It’s the same way I felt when my high school best friend showed up on a commercial for The Chapelle Show. That’s why we’re so excited that CMP perpetual crush, Little Alouette, is now available from Seventy Seven. Maybe you’re familiar with Little Seventy Seven— the online portal for American Eagle Outfitters and Aerie which hawks...

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A less destructible notebook. (Hear that, writer moms of toddlers?)

At the beginning of every new year, I treat myself to a pretty, new notebook. It’s an almost-literal way to start the year with a clean slate. New year, new notebook, new thoughts.  The only problem with this method, now that there are children afoot: my fancy new notebook is invariably trashed long before the next January 1. But I think I’ve found the perfect solution. Let’s judge these Robert le héros notebooks from Quo Vadis by their covers: lovely colors, beautiful designs… on silkscreened leatherette, which is sturdier than standard-issue notebook coverstock, and way harder for little hands to maul....

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An heirloom-worthy stacking toy

I’m one step closer to becoming a treehugger. My new toy crush is made with organic maple, cherry and walnut wood and tackles balance, problem solving, pattern recognition and fine motor skills. Oh, and it’s for babies. The Brainbow Stacking Nesting Arches (Brainbow! Love that name!) from Little Sapling Toys is the antidote to those brightly colored plastic stacking toys found at every big box toy store. It’s the toy I can imagine safely storing away after my son grows out of it to save for his kids. I love the handcrafted look and feel of it; each piece...

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Honey for the hostess

While Christmas is drawing ever so close, I know the hostess invitations and house visits will extend well into the new year. I can’t stop browsing hostess gifts, looking for something more interesting than candles or flower bouquets. I think these handmade wooden honey dippers are so architectural and gorgeous. Made by a Brooklyn artist out of sustainable raised American maple, I’d think that’s cool enough in itself. But when you look closely, and you see that the design is actually meant to look like a honeybee–well, that’s even more special. You can also splurge on the really amazing...

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Photo cards and gifts for the design snobs

Is there a single mom who isn’t stressed out by holiday cards? Like I don’t already have enough to do, let alone trying to find one picture where everyone in the family looks halfway decent and then praying that the photo cards we order will be halfway decent. Well, this year, we have the chance to order our holiday cards from a brand new site that may very well make the most beautiful holiday cards in everyone’s mailbox. I was lucky enough to sample the offerings from Pinhole Press, and love my holiday cards so much, I am counting...

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