Tag: sustainable sources

Teething rocks

Ok so maybe teething doesn’t really rock. In fact, it can be pretty painful for all parties involved. I recall more than my share of sleepless nights when my son’s teeth were coming in. Not fun. But maybe the teethers can be? I only wish I had known about this solid organic wood guitar teether from perennial CMP favorite, Little Alouette. The Gibson-shaped teether is made from locally-sourced Ohio hardwoods. The finish is as smooth as your baby’s bottom and you can feel safe knowing that any treatment on the wood is only certified organic flaxseed oil. I am...

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A tree grows in Brooklyn. And becomes eco-friendly kids’ furniture.

Searching for just the right children’s furniture always seems a challenge. You don’t want anything too adult, or too baby-ish either. You want something as beautiful as the rest of your decor, and if you’re going to invest in quality children’s furniture, you don’t want it outgrown before the kid’s fourth birthday either. Well feast your eyes on the exquisite kids’ table and chairs by Brooklyn designer and clever mom, April Hannah. Not only is this children’s furniture made from sustainable and safe materials like soy glue and non-toxic water-based finish, it’s a modern marvel of cool, inspired by...

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The Taj Mahal of kids’ playhouses

I’m not gonna beat around the bush: Modern Playhouse makes a seriously cool modern playhouse. We’re talking the Taj Mahal of fourteen-square-foot living, folks. No more faded plastic hot dog stands or cardboard that crumples when your unruly toddler learns to stage dive. It’s really a very very very fine house. With a very very very steep price tag. Both the Wedge House and the Circle House are made in San Francisco and FSC certified, which means non-toxic, non-formaldehyde, naturally pigmented, and eco-friendly wood. The smart design is easy for two sober people to assemble and has been rigorously...

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An online craft fair for the eco-conscious

“Think big, shop small” is the call to action from a gorgeous site called Cosa Verde. have some of my favorite buzzwords from the get-go: Handmade goods, independent artists, and sustainably made. It’s like an aggregator of beautiful items from artists who sell elsewhere (like Etsy or Artfire) but with a focus entirely on eco-friendly items. One of my other favorite buzzwords? Handmade hippos! Poking around the site I found a repurposed wool sweater that’s an utterly fabulous, delicately-hued lovey. Or, if you are looking for non-reincarnated artisan clothing, I adore the organic Little Red Riding Hood One-Piece which...

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Q is for quirky, quality, and quintessentially eco-safe furniture

If you like pretty things with cool names and an eco-friendly stance, you’re going to love the gorgeous furniture in the new Studio Line, by CMP favorite Q Collection. Their 3-in-1 crib holds a dear place in our hearts, but for now, forget about their kiddie stuff. We’re focusing on the beautiful, chic, and just-different-enough-to-be-cool furniture in their brand new adult line. You can snuggle up on the Sweet Cheeks Sofa or rock baby to sleep in the Ask Me Alberto Glider shown here. But names alone aren’t enough to inspire major furniture purchases. We must also consider style,...

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Gummy bears that won’t wreck your teeth

Despite the fact that looking at this kids furniture got The Gummy Bear Song stuck in my head (no, I won’t burden you if you don’t already know it), I’m totally grooving on these adorable gummy bear chairs from yam & toast. They’re sweet without going overboard–a great alternative to neon and licensed characters, but still colorful and appropriately kid-like. yam & toast makes all of their furniture in Brazil, using wood harvested from managed renewable forests, so it’s a choice you can feel good about, too. And if the wee gummy bear chair delighted you, they also have...

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A crib mobile that doesn’t eat its weight in batteries

I’m all for low-tech crib mobiles, because who wants to get their newborn hooked on all that music and blinking lights at bedtime? I’m more about getting them used to something mellow and manual, as with Plan Toys’ new Rattle Crib Mobile. Despite the name, the Rattle Mobile doesn’t really make noise–it gets its name from the three removable handheld rattle-and-grasping toys that your baby can play with when the mobile isn’t in use–nice bonus. When attached to the side of a crib though, the three toys gently sway above or spin if you give the mobile a little...

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Tools for those a little green around the grills

Yes it’s kind of a cliche that all dads like barbecuing and therefore all need grill tools for Father’s Day. But at least in my family, all the dads do like barbecuing and need grill tools for Father’s Day, so there. I love the look of all the eco-friendly grill tools from Outset, just in to Olive and Myrtle. But more so, I like the backstory; the spatula, tongs, fork and grill brush all made of 100% recycled stainless steel and farm-raised bamboo. Even the packaging is green. Now go enjoy your free-range, organic, grass-fed chicken sausages on Father’s...

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Baby bloomers for a cause

I have already espoused my love for baby bloomers here on Cool Mom Picks. Their versatility really make them the perfect warm weather baby accessory. But with the adorable baby bloomers from CMP fave Raven & Lily, I just added another reason to my list – supporting an amazing group of women. Unlike anything I’ve ever seen, these beautiful baby bloomers are handmade by female artisans in Africa from repurposed local fabrics. The money they make benefits a co-op which offers assistance and support for these women and their communities. I love them under a dress or tunic, or...

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Get a green nursery no matter what color you paint it

Back when my son was born, saying that you wanted a green crib meant you were literally looking for a crib that was painted green. I’m really thrilled now that more and more companies are offering eco-friendly options that are stylish too, like the new IoLine crib from Kalon Studios. The IoLine crib is made with all-natural, non-toxic bamboo with sort of a mod-meets-mission vibe. Open, geometric patterns on all sides give you a great view of your baby, and him a great view of the world around him. The collection also includes a changing trunk with great storage,...

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Where it’s always cool o’clock

There’s a curious trend right now, a vicious but lovely circle in which interior design for adults takes inspiration from art for children, which was in turn inspired by interior design for adults. To put it succinctly, as we mentioned recently, design is going from the diaper changing table to the dinner table and back again. And this, dear friends, is a good thing. It means more owls and whales and flowers for everyone, but with a chic edge. Take, for example, Lulabird. The quirky, clever clocks and wall art from this hip British outfit are all created with...

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Bear feet – Almost like bare feet, but prettier

My search for the ultimate summer sandal is on thanks to the early 80-degree weather here in the South, and I think I might have found it in Bear Feet shoes. The simple, versatile styling instantly caught my eye, and as I clicked around their site, I was intrigued by their unique construction that actually allows the shoes to mold to your kiddo’s foot. That’s important for all kids, but especially for mine who have super hard-to-fit, slender feet. But even more interesting to me was learning how Bear Feet shoes are made. This company takes great care in...

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Rescue my veggies, please.

Don’t tell anybody, but I just threw away an entire head of organic cauliflower. Why? Because I bought it on sale and then forgot to cook it. And then it grew spots. I am apparently the perfect candidate for Aviva Goldfarb’s new book SOS! The Six-O’Clock Scramble to the Rescue: Earth-Frinedly, Kid-Pleasing Dinners for Busy Families. CMP readers may remember our raves for Aviva’s first cookbook, The Six O’Clock Scramble, as well as our love of her handy website and weekly newsletter. The new book continues to save the sanity of frazzled moms, and goes one step further to...

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And a very happy vernal equinox to you too

There were many moments over the past three months that I thought it would never happen but, at long last, spring is here. (Once again: SPRING IS HERE!) My girls and I celebrated yesterday with a trip to the small farmer’s market in our neighborhood, oohing and ahhing at the array of potted daffodils and begonias and tulips that colored the card tables. It reminded me that I need some new planters and vases. Something sunny and bright and optimistic and very very spring. I love these hand-finished, sculpted resin vases by Tina Frey Designs at Design Public,with their...

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Eco-friendly play gym? Reader Q&A

I am in the market for a cool, eco-friendly baby play gym for my 5-month-old boy. Let me know if you have any suggestions. I am willing to spend around $100. Thanks much.   -Jennifer C. Finding what we would call a cool play gym takes a little searching—most of them are loud, battery-hogging plastic monstrosities—but we think you and your babe will like some of these options which are all close to, or well under, your budget. First, we like this simple, eco-friendly play gym from Cariboo which blends in nicely with any decor. It’s shown here in...

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A Ray of sunshine in nursery decor.

I hate my hand-me-down crib with the passion of a thousand fiery suns, which is why it’s in pieces in the attic while my kid sleeps in an old pack-and-play the color of used hospital scrubs. In my dreams, I’ve got something from Muu Furniture – I’m thinking white with vines, please.  And a slice of chocolate pie. If you thought Muu had cute kids’ furniture before, wait until you see the new Ray Collection for the nursery which packs a lot of style and grace into an affordable price point.  This is what we call a win-win-win situation....

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It looks so wise, because it’s so smart

Of course my child, like yours, is an absolute genius, but even he wasn’t able to tell time when he was a newborn. So why get one of this adorable bamboo Baby Owl Clocks for the nursery? How else can you regale your friends with stories of how you were up from 3:12 to 4:52 without knowing what time it is? All kidding aside, I think these wooden wall clocks are really smart, because they are made from sustainable bamboo, and they’re unisex (check out the Baby Elephant version) which means if you have to paint your pink walls...

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It’s hip to be rectangular

With all the building toys in my three-kid household, I find it amusing that their new favorite is a box of same-sized, non-painted, rectangular pieces of wood from CitiBlocs. You can almost hear all the other blocks protesting, “But I’m colorful!”, “I snap together!”, “I come in 65 different shapes!”. No matter. CitiBlocs wooden block sets may be plain and simple, but to paraphrase Dr. Seuss, oh the things they can do. CitiBlocs are made from New Zealand’s renewable and affordable Radiata Pine and we have turned our pile of blocks into a truck, a train and my interpretation...

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Sometimes things just Klick

Small space furniture is just getting smarter and smarter and I’m so glad to see that one of our fave U.S. kids’ furniture makers, P’kolino, is getting in on it with their Klick table and chair set for kids. Kids up to about 7 can sit on the cushioned birch plywood seat to sketch out their very important architectural blueprints or pen their first novels, and when they’re done, just slide the chair right into the table, Tetris-style and stash the cube away in the corner. It comes in three snazzy modern color combos, and I particularly like that...

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