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It's getting easier and easier to buy natural and organic products for you and your family. So today, we're gonna show you some products that we discover that you're going to love. First, we have some cosmetics here from the Organic Pharmacy. A lot of organic or chemical-free face-washes really dry out your skin but this Carrot Butter Cleanser doesn't, it actually makes your skin feel nice and soft. The Organic Pharmacy also carries a line of anti-aging products like this Rose Plus Anti-aging and Anti-Oxidant Face Gel and Firming Serum. They also have a line here towards mom and baby, including this labor and delivery kit, right here, with homeopathic remedies to help before and after labor with breastfeeding. And there's also a lotion and a milk bath here for your baby. To find out more, you can go to the organicpharmacy.com or visit the Organic Pharmacy store in Beverly Hills, California. Well, it seems like no one leaves the house anymore without their hand sanitizer and now there is an all-natural option called Frais, it's a 100% vegan and certified by PETA as a cruelty-free cosmetic producer and it smells great too, thanks to the eight essential oils including cardamom and grape fruit. And if you're feeling a little stress, the all-natural Rescue Remedy might be able to help. You can either dilute 4 drops of the Remedy in water or you can spray it right on to your tongue. The Rescue Remedy is made out of five flower remedies. Different varieties include sleep, energy and alcohol-free version for children. Doctor Weil is out with a new line of bottles and sippy cups for kids that are BPA-free. The new design features the Airwave one-piece venting system to help reduce air bubbles ingested by babies and toddlers which prevents the risk of colic, gas, and spit up. Isn't that great? Instead of using a pitcher with a built-in filter the Zuvo cleans your water straight out of the tap. I loved that. And it eliminates the need for plastic pitchers or using bottled water at home. Water filtered by Zuvo cost about 6-cents a gallon. Isn't that great compared to a more than a dollar a gallon for bottled water? Well, do you have a hard time cleaning out your child's lunch box? It gets really messy, doesn't it? Well, Yubo makes that a whole lot easier, with the dishwasher-safe lunchbox that completely comes apart. This box is BPA-free and comes with reusable container, so you don't have to waste Ziplocs. I like that too. And you can also personalize your Yubo with custom face plates featuring pictures of your child art or your child's name. And these are really cute, I like that. To go inside the box now, how about some organic apple sauce -- GoGO squeeZ, comes in five different flavors and each pouch is equal to one fruit serving. You can find it at Whole Foods Markets. Also at Whole Foods, while you're there and other organic stores too, is a great alternative to plain water -- Ayala's Herbal Water which created by a pediatrician and a certified organic. He'd features flavor like lavender mint, and cinnamon, orange peels. Sounds delicious and it doesn't have any calories or preservatives, that's the best part. Well, there are many natural lines of footwear out and one that we really like is Terra Plana. They use eco materials from natural latex to recycled foam footpads. Some of our favorite styles are these fabulous boots and I tried them one, they're so cute on. And the sneakers that are from the Vivo Barefoot line at Terra Plana. They have a 3-millimeter puncture-resistant sole and the Barefoot Dopie. The Dopie is available for kids as well as for adults. Also for kids now are the adorable organic t-shirts. Look at this, I like it so much. From Tyler Trends. Each t-shirt is made from environmental dyes and sells for $27 and we have this sweet set from Baby Fabulous Organic, the onesie and matching hat are a 100% organic made in the USA and feature eco friendly prints like this, pink lotus. And you can find those at babyfabulous.com. For your newborn now. Aden and Anais have a line of organic muslin baby swaddles. These are just like the original swaddles but made from organic materials. The muslin wraps are nice and big, about 47-inches by 47-inches and they get softer with every wash and let me tell you, they're really soft now. And finally, we have Tegu Wooden Blocks. These blocks encourage creative play and what makes them special is the magnet that's embedded in the solid wood block. Tegu has done extensive testing on the blocks to make sure that magnets won't come free. The blocks are made from responsibly harvested trees in Honduras and for every set of blocks bought; Tegu will either send a child to school in Honduras for a day or plant 10 trees. Isn't that amazing? I love that. Well, we have had a good time picking these products for you and we want to hear what you think about them. So send an email ideas@parents. TV
-'Tis the season of giving and if you have a little one on your list, you know it's tough to shop for baby. So I headed to Manhattan baby boutique Bundle for some beautiful gift ideas from owner Allison MacCullough. -This time of year, we're actually getting a lot of parents that are coming in looking for something for their children to wear for all the parties and family time and also photographs that people do this time of year. My favorites for both boys and girls are a [unk] line called Velvet & Tweed which is very unique to us. We're one of the only stores in New York, actually the only store in Manhattan, carrying this brand. So this is a little velvet bubble dress which comes in sizes 3 to 6 months through 40. So, that is perfect for all the holiday parties for your little girl. And then for her littler brother or big brother, we have these 2 pieces: the corduroy pants with the suspenders and flannel shirt. And this also comes in a brown plaid which is adorable. A great idea for Christmas presents is to do something custom for the child, and we have a couple of pieces here to buy, MJK Knits, that I love. This is the name sweater here which, obviously, you can put the child's name in. You can do this striped as we've shown here, or you can do it solid, and it comes in all of these colors. Instead of doing the name, if you prefer, you can also do the initial sweater. Similarly, we have hats and also pillows, which make a beautiful gift for the little one's room or to keep him or her cozy. Zooni makes these really fun puppet mittens which makes staying warm fun. They're chunky-knit cotton and they're also lined in a very soft fleece. They make all sorts of animals and also other little appliques, but this is a cute little hat for girls with a cupcake. And this particular piece is made of organic bamboo, which feels similar to cotton but it's actually a little bit silkier. The next piece I'll talk about on the subject of keeping warm is the Randy Puffer jacket by a line called Acoustic. And I've got---- I pulled this particular piece from the boy's section, but this is adorable on both little boys and little girls. It comes in sizes 6 to 12 months through 40, and it's lined in this amazing cotton, which is super, super soft. One of our most popular lines here at Bundle is Splendid and that's because everything that they make is amazingly soft. This first piece is a little onesie or romper for a little girl, and I love that it's not pink or purple. I love pink or purple, but sometimes it's refreshing to do something that is a different color, and the ruffle makes it, obviously, very feminine. And similarly for boys, they made the style with a little pocket and these come in 3 to 6 months through 12 to 18 months. There's nothing like a soft stuffed animal to buy a child. So, if that's the gift route you're interested in going, then we recommend Jellycat's Cordy Roy collection. So these are amazingly soft corduroy. We carry 4 different animals here. So, we've got the blue puppy, and we've got the red bear that's especially great around the holiday time, the navy blue elephant, and the pink pig. -Well, let Bundle do the work for you with the store's online concierge service. Just fill out a form on their website and Allison or her associate will help you pick out a gift then wrap it up and ship it anywhere in the country. -Well, just follow Allison's simple tips when buying for baby. -A lot of people often ask about sizing. So, I always recommend if you're not quite sure, go a size up because children do grow very fast. So, if maybe they can't wear whatever it is, they'll be able to wear it in a couple of months. When you're giving a gift, try to get something that is a little unique, for example this blouse over here by Velvet & Tweed that I absolutely adore. I think it's nice to think of things that maybe mom or dad wouldn't necessarily buy his or her own child if you're thinking about that and just, you know, spoil them a little bit.
-This holiday season give the new momma on your list something just for her. -It's really important for new moms to have something that's great for them and helps them pamper themselves, because maybe-- they can be really exhausting, you have a new baby. So, it's nice to take a little time for yourself and get some comfort. -Michelle Madhok, founder and CEO of momfinds.com, is here to show us some great products that will help us do just that. -A nice, luxurious robe and it's the softest robe I've found. It's from Bare Necessities, it's a Ralph Lauren Terry Cloth Robe and this is a great thing for the winter to wear around the house, you can wear it with leggings. It's a bright pink color which will make you feel awake when you don't necessarily feel awake. And it makes nursing easy and baby will love the soft touch of the robe as well. Another option for nursing moms is a super sexy chemise. This one, it floats around the belly, so that you don't have to-- if you haven't gotten back into shape yet, you don't have to show all your secrets. And it has a deep V-neck which will allow you to nurse while you're wearing it. Moms frequently have tired and a puffy eye, that's why we loved this Skyn Iceland Eye Pads, there're 6 treatments in the box. And what they are is they're cooling adhesive eye pads, and you just take them off and sticks them under your eyes and they feel cool to the touch. They-- you just lie down for 10-minutes and they get rid of any puffiness you have and they feel great. And they don't have any parabens or, you know, bad ingredients that you don't want to run yourself or your baby. Okay. So this is the Garnier, eye roller. And it has a B5 in it and caffeine which helps get rid of dark under-eye circles and puffiness. It's great for when moms spent up all night with the baby. It's got a roller on it, so you apply it with a roller which stimulates the circulation and it's a very cooling effect, giving you a nice look, you know, help picks your eyes and make you feel a little more awake. New moms wash their hands a ton and they can get very dry. So we love this Blis Gel Gloves. And what you do is they have-- there's a cream, you put on a hand cream and then you put your hands into these gloves, and they have a gel inside that'll intensifies the moisturizing effect. And you can wear them while you sleep or you can wear them for 10-minutes. It's a really a great way to get some intense moisture really fast. And then, what every mom would love is a spa treatment for when she's tired and just a little me time. I love to give gift cards from SpaFinder, because then she can choose where she wants to go and what treatment she wants to get. And SpaFinder is offering a special during the month of December. They're giving extra services for less amount of money. So, you can get a $100 with the services for $80 when you buy a gift card. -If you don't have money to spend, give the gift of your time. Offer to watch the baby while she takes a nap, runs an errand, or heads out for a date night. To see more great ideas for mom, check out www.momfinds.com
-The holidays are the perfect time for your kids to show their appreciation for their teacher, and a small gift is a great way to do that, but what do you give? We'll hear from Scholastic Book with some great ideas now is Sarah Senek. Thank you so much for coming in. -Sure. Thanks for having me. -Thank you. When you think of teachers, a lot of us think of apples or apple knick knacks or things like that, but the truth is it's really not what they want for the holidays or any time for that matter, is it? -Right. Well, teachers, you know, they're the most important, really the most important person in your child's life, and you wanna be able to give something, you know, appreciation back to them. And I think something from the heart really makes a big impact, and we talked to teachers that's classic all the time and they, you know, they tell us some of these wonderful heartfelt gifts that they've gotten they keep, they cherish. And it makes them so proud of what they do every day because it's all about making an impact on the child's life and little gift can make such a difference. -You really need to give back to them and the holidays is just a great time. -It really is. -Okay. So, let's talk about some gifts from the heart that you mentioned, some thoughtful gifts. Let's start with this book down at the end, this is adorable. -Well here you can make your teacher a scrapbook and I think this is a really nice way to be creative, and you can take, you know, all the different activities you're doing in the classroom whether it's your favorite book that you like to read or the favorite field trip you go on, if you went in a museum with your school. -[unk]. -Document some of the great things you did that year, and your teacher can hold on to that, and really remember, you know, what a wonderful year they had together. -And teachers often as everyone does like to read. -Yes. -And this is a really clever idea. Tell us about this. -You can make a bookmark, very simple, you know, or you can find some scrap paper, construction paper that we have at home. This one we did here was a [unk] Velvet Art Kit which his really fun and elaborate to do, and you can just attach a book-- you know, I guess [unk] to a bookstore; Barnes & Noble, Borders, here we have the Scholastic Bookstore. Give you teacher, you know, a book certificate and that is a wonderful gift and they will really appreciate because what a teacher doesn't want to buy more books in their classroom. -Gift certificates are always appreciated by teachers. -Yes. -Of course, now these little handmade ornaments for the holidays. -These are adorable. -And not only will the teacher really love them and appreciate them, I would imagine but it's fun for your child. -Yes, I think all these activities are great because the parents and kids can do them together. There are little ornaments or little, you know, little toys you can make out of any paper you have, and you can leave your teacher one in their mailbox every day, a week leading up to the holidays. -Oh, that's really sweet. -Yes. It's a little surprise for them to get a little toy in their mailbox and a little note from the child. -And what fun to make, I love little dog too. -It's adorable. -Handmade card, a note to show how much you appreciate everything they've done for you throughout the school year is a really nice gesture. -At the end of the day nothing says it better than a little note from a child to a teacher just to say, thanks, you know, what an impact we had-- you had on me this year, and what a great year we had. And, you know, that's something a child can do by themselves, wonderful activity. -I know in my children's school they're always looking for supplies for the classroom, they're always asking, "Can you bring in wipes or notebooks, or whatever it is." So this last idea is really, it's a really nice gesture for your teacher for the classroom. -We hear from teachers all the time at Scholastic that, you know, they spend so much money of that out of their own pocket, the things for the classroom. What a perfect gift that-- you know, you can even get the whole class together and they contribute, and you can build a supply basket, and hands to the teacher. And this can like see them through the year, I mean this is like everything a teacher needs, this is a survival basket. -Tell us about some of the things that you've included. -You could have everything, I mean Purell, I mean that's something-- -They all need that. -Every classroom needs Purell. -Tissues. -Tissues and just some of the basic supply that every teacher goes through, you know, paper clips and notebooks and folders, and organizers and, you know, these are things that you can find at Staples or even a discount retailer, and you can, you know, find a lot of [unk] things that a classroom could use, and they're really useful. I think a teacher would really appreciate that. -And something that, you know, you may not think of. -Absolutely, and you're right, besides mom and dad, teachers have got to be the most important person in your child's life. They're with them all throughout the day. -Yes. They have such an impact on your child. -Show them how much you care about what they're doing for your child and how much your child cares. -Yes. -Sarah Senek, thank you so much for coming in and showing us these great gift ideas. I think teachers are really gonna appreciate it. -I think so too. -And for more great holiday gift ideas, check out scholastic.com. Thanks so much for watching Parents TV. We'll see you again soon.
-Got a mom on your holiday gift list? Whether you're buying for her or looking for yourself, we got some great gifts to make moms merry this holiday season. -Parents.com Lifestyle editor Sasha Emmons says when it comes to new moms put yourselves in their shoes. -Keep in mind what they are going through in those first few weeks and first few months of having a baby. Anything that you can choose that will make their life easier or give them a laugh or help them really enjoy their baby, then that's gonna be a killer gift. -Like this simple but fun To-Do Tattoo. -In those first few months after you have a baby you're gonna be feeling pretty sleep deprived, and getting out of the house could require really herculean effort. So, that's why we think that this is a hilarious gift for a new parent. It's called the To-Do Tattoo, and you just put it on your hand and write your to do list or your go-through list or whatever you have to remember, right on it. There's no way you can forget it when you're leaving the house, it's right on your hand. -Or help you keep track of all those memories with a little humor. -Another great gift for new parents is a baby book, but not every couple is the classic baby book type. And so, that's why this New Parent's Fun Book for My Baby is a great selection. It just has all sorts of irreverent takes on classic baby book pages, like a curse word crossword puzzle and nickname maker-upper, and all sorts of funny things that will just make you laugh during those first few months which-- sometimes you need laughter in those first few months. -For moms whose little ones are growing bigger everyday, a growth chart like this one from Rag and Bone will make sure mom doesn't miss an inch. -You tape it up to your wall and it already has the interstep for you already so no more putting the mark on the door, and this comes in this peach color, as well as a green and a blue. -For posh moms, Storksak diaper bags are the hot accessory this season. -Storksak is a real favorite among celebrities. Angelina Jolie has been seen toting her Storksak diaper bag around. And this one really looks like a high-end bag, maybe that you scoured at Coach or someplace, and it just makes you feel chic when you're schlepping diapers around. -Turn her kids into a work of art at Canvas on Demand - a site that makes custom canvasses from any photo, or preserve her little one's profile on something pretty. -We love this silhouette necklace from Craftsbury Kids. And basically, what you do is you take a profile picture of your kid or kids - they can do 'em up-close silhouettes - and you send it in to them, and they make this custom silhouette pendant necklace for you. It's framed by a vintage drapery ring and it's on kind of an antiquey looking chain, so even though it's brand new it really kind of seems heirloomy. -Make family game night personal. Available at photojojo.com, Photo-Opoly allows you to create an individualized game board with whatever photos and phrases you choose. Sure she's a mom, but you don't have to give her something related to her children. -There's nothing wrong with giving a parent a fun gift in those first few months of becoming a parent, especially for moms. They can feel so immersed in being a mom that they almost forget that they're a person too - a person who is complete before they had their baby. -Something like movies on DVD or seasons of a TV show she's just been dying to watch. -Once you have kids you may notice that your Friday and Saturday nights out are kind of few and far between. But rather than just - after the kids go to bed - slacking out on the couch and watching whatever's on TV, this is a great opportunity to finally get to those series that you always wished that you'd watch but just never had time to. -In the end, it's the thought that counts. So keep moms in mind this holiday season.