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Safe Body and Skin Care Products for Kids

Tuesday, January 14th, 2014

It’s scary to think of all the harsh chemicals we ingest daily during harmless activities. Until recently, I didn’t even know that the shampoos, soaps, and cosmetics I was using contained ingredients that were actually dangerous for my health. Many moms are deciding not to take their chances and are instead switching to products made with natural, organic, and easy-to-pronounce ingredients for themselves and their little ones.

Gregg Renfrew, founder of Beautycounter, is one of these moms. After noticing a lack of safe yet stylish products on the market, Renfrew created the body and skin care line, which launched last spring. Renfrew’s Beautycounter products, such as the Everyday Shampoo and Conditioner, are vegan, gluten-free, and made without harmful petrochemicals. Bonus: they come in sleek, sophisticated packaging so you can feel good about replacing some of your old favorites on your vanity.

Of course, parents and their children appreciate different styles and tastes, so with that in mind, Renfrew has decided to extend Beautycounter to create Kidscounter. The line, which launched with its Bath Collection in November, is made with the same healthy goal in mind but with a kid-friendlier approach. The first three products of the kids’ line are the colorful and fruit-scented Nice Do Shampoo, Not a Knot Conditioner, and Squeaky Clean Body Wash, retailing for $16 each.

All of the Beautycounter and Kidscounter products are available for purchase at beautycounter.com or through a local Beautycounter consultant.

Image courtesy of Beautycounter

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American Baby’s Baby Booty: Win a Medela Meal Time Pack Sweepstakes

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Breastfeeding was probably the scariest experience that came with motherhood, for me. From having a baby who wouldn’t latch on to getting a handle on the torture that my shirts went through after falling victim to my new leaky faucets, it was embarrassing and frustrating in equal parts. But I was determined. Even when I went back to work, just 2 months after my daughter was born. She wasn’t going to drink formula, no matter what I had to do.

So I marched off to work (secretly crying in the bathroom every hour) with a manual breast pump tucked awkwardly in my purse.

The manual pump was a baby shower gift, so I gave it a fair shot for about a week, but my breaks at work were never long enough to get anything done manually. My husband got me an electric pump for my second week back, but it was massive, and came with a bag that looked more like a carry-on suitcase. By my fourth week back to work, my daughter was drinking formula.

None of this would have happened if this giveaway was available to me back then.

Leave a comment below, up to one a day between today and Wednesday, October 23rd, and you could be the lucky winner of a Medela grand prize package that includes a Pump in Style Advanced Breast Pump (no suitcase necessary) and an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University where you’ll learn everything you need to know about nursing.

The grand prize package also includes Quick Clean breast milk removal soap (so that Baby’s bottles will sparkle) and a Calma breast milk feeding bottle.

What could make this giveaway any better? Nine runner-ups will also win an e-certificate to online Breastfeeding University! That’s a total of 10 winners!

Read the official rules here. Goody luck!

 

Congratulations to our Winners:

Grand-Prize:
Danielle Ferrer

Runners-Up:
Julie Brass
Ashleigh Hancock
Alicia Finn Lee
Amanda Pacurar
Julia Durgan
Carissa Pape
Olivia Rubin
Dana Amorosi
Lina Nunez de Moreno

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Grooming Dad: Handmade Soaps from Tanner Goods and Maak Soap Labs

Friday, April 13th, 2012

Parents Magazine, Maak Soap Lab, Tanner Goods

I love when I find a great product that’s made by hand, and it really shows you that sometimes you can’t beat an artisanal item. About a year ago, Maak Soap Labs and Tanner Goods, out of Portland, Oregon, joined forces to create a line of soaps that capture the scent of Cascadia. They ended up with two outdoorsy smells, Upland and Wildwood. They are both made from all-natural ingredients and scented with oils from plants that are indigenous to the region. One added bonus of the bar soaps is that they’re airplane friendly. No liquid means no hassle from the TSA.

Saying they smell good might be an understatement. I kept them on my desk for several days just to make sure I could take a whiff when I needed a “trip” to the mountains. After I finally used the soap for it’s intended purpose, I was pleased with the lather and how the scent didn’t intensify with the water. Plus, my skin felt clean, not dry, after rinsing.

Overall, I think that both scents are worth your while. Wildwood (the green one) is more piney smelling than Upland, but both are very fresh so it’s really up to your personal preference. You can find these handmade soaps at Tanner Goods, where they retail for $9 a bar. You can also read more about their process here.

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