Valentine's Day is just around the corner and we've got a few items on our list that will make any mom you know smile! These gifts are practical yet chic, important especially in today's economy.
PeaceKeeper Cause-metrics is an eco-friendly product line that any mom would love. They are committed to women's health advocacy and urgent human rights issues and their nail polish has been rated by the Environmental Working Group as the Safest Paint-Based Natural Nail Polish!
They have a great price point ($3.50-14.00) and their product line consists of lipstick, lip balm, lip-gloss, vegan nail polish and nail polish remover. Their color selections are simple, pretty and everyday wearable which makes them eco-chic, mama-chic, and budget chic.
Products are available at Whole Foods and online at www.iamapeacekeeper.com.
cmarchuska: eco-chic clothes
Black is still a wardrobe staple, especially if you're trying to get out of the house with preschooler and toddler in hand. Marchuska has the perfect wardrobe staples for any mom, whether you're WAHM, SAHM or have a career outside the home.
Their pieces are comfortable, easily dressed up, made of 100% organic cotton and are made in the garment district in NYC. Their KIVA tee is a wardrobe staple with a figure flattering v-neck and longer cut and the Christine Dress is chic, sassy and can be worn over tights or jeans. Add in the mseries long-sleeved t and you have an updated wardrobe that will carry you through the year.
This eco-friendly clothing line is everyday chic as well as eco-chic. To order online (free shipping on every order), visit www.cmarchuska.com.
Busy Body Book
There are so many organizers and calendars out there geared towards moms and families complete with fancy systems, stickers and the like. The Busy Body Book is chic, simple, stylish and easy. Each person has their own column on the grid so you can see what everyone is doing on any given week. There is also dedicated space in the back for a year's worth of birthdays and events so you can again, take one look and you are in the know!
There is a wall calendar, a desk sized calendar (in calendar year and academic year format) which fits into a diaper bag, and a fridge pad which is perfect for larger/extended families.
Designed by single mom Joan Goldner, the Busy Body Book in any format is mama chic for any mom and priced at under $15 for any of the designs, it's extremely budget chic as well. Right now, they're on sale (25-50% off depending on the format) so there's no better time than to get your family organized!
Skip Hop: Bin-Go
Known for their diaper bags, Skip Hop has added a few more items to their product line that are great for any mom. The Bin-Go is a collapsible catch all bin that you can use to store toys, blankets and books without compromising substance for style. The handles make it easy to transport around the house and into the car for a road trip. Made of canvas in several eye-catching colors, the Bin-Go is just another example of Skip Hops ingenuity when it comes to children's products and priced at $25, it makes a great gift for anyone.
Skip Hop: Day to Night Baby Log
For the new mama or mama to be, the Day to Night Baby Log is a great way to chart baby's progress and activities during the day, especially for anyone who is embarking on sleep training or concerned about how often their little one is feeding. The illuminated capsule with a built in timer allows for you to make your notes in the middle of the night without having to rely on a night light or lamp. It's a combination of technology and a simple log that gives new parents the best of both worlds when keeping track of feeding, sleeping and diaper changing schedules. Priced at $39, it's a great gift for any mom and another Skip Hop item that's soon to be a favorite. Visit www.skiphop.com to find a retailer near you.
Belle Baby Carrier
Toting a little can be a little unwieldy at times and some don't like being in a sling after they've become mobile. The Belle Baby Carrier is an ergonomically correct carrier that can accommdate toddlers up to 30 lbs comfortably. Designed by two dads (which makes them papa chic), Seth Murray and Mark LeBeau, these carriers are stylish, comforable and now eco-friendly with four new designs made of 100% organic cotton.
They're easy to throw into a diaper bag, simple to wear and are made in Colorado. These sustainable carriers have become a favorite with celebrities like Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts but are priced between $89.95-98.95 for anyone to enjoy. To find a retailer near you, visit www.bellebabycarriers.com
Boatman Geller Notepads
Boatman Geller notepads make writing notes fun again. Their whimsical designs paired with quality paper stock make these a great gift. They can be personalized with names or initials and really are a stationery staple. In the dreariest of winter days, a handwritten note goes a long way. Priced at $9.00, they're a well worth it item to keep at hand and a great excuse to put pen to paper rather than sending an email. Visit www.boatmangeller.com to find your nearest retailer.