Cool Stuff

Whether you are a parent, grandparent or great uncle, you will find the latest, most hip and earth-friendly resources at your disposal in our cool stuff section. What was old is new again, and you may be surprised to find some of your own favorite toys making a comeback.

Review – Under the Nile, Inc.

www.underthenile.com – Under the Nile, Inc. A cleaner, healthier environment- one baby at a time! Founded by Janice Masoud in 1998, Under the Nile is a leader in the organic industry producing organic clothing, toys, and accessories for babies, infants and toddlers – all made from silky soft, durable, and chemical-free handpicked 100%  organic Egyptian  read more …

Review – ImagiPLAY™

www.imagiplay.com – ImagiPLAY™ Toys with Integrity! For over a decade, ImagiPLAY™ located in Boulder, CO has created high-quality educational toys that connect with nature, have eco-friendly sources, and hold educational value that inspire children’s imaginations, introduce them to the wonders of the world, and nurture exploration. Barbera Aimes, Founder and President of ImagiPLAY™, works to  read more …

Review – Rain Tees

www.raintees.com – Rain Tees Inspiring kids reach great heights! RainTees’ parent company Andira International was started by Beth Doane at age 22 with Rain Tees following in 2007. Beth launched the Rain Tees line to educate consumers on critical environmental and social issues and is produced using fair labor practices and contains no animal parts or  read more …

Review – Blue Ocean Institute

www.blueocean.org  – Blue Ocean Institute Inspiring closer connections with nature! Co-founded in 2003 by Dr. Carl Safina and Mercédès Lee, the Blue Ocean Institute is a conservation organization that uses science, art, and literature in their goal to inspire people to make better choices on behalf of the sea. The Institute studies how the oceans  read more …

Review – Maple Landmark, Inc.

www.maplelandmark.com – Maple Landmark, Inc. American Made, Naturally! Located in Middlebury, VT, Maple Landmark was founded by Clarkson University graduate Mike Rainville. Rainville combines Vermont’s long history in wood products with local resources to produce top quality, award-winning handcrafted heavy pine and hardwood maple toys and gifts. He began woodworking as a hobby in the  read more …

Review – Wood Toy Shop LLC

www.woodtoyshop.com – Wood Toy Shop LLC The goodness of green! Mark Nutcher, Founder and Owner of Wood Toy Shop located in Portland, OR, has been making toys for 10 years. Nutcher makes handcrafted-wooden heirloom toys and incorporates sustainable practices into the business, including using hardwoods scrapped from lumber mills and cabinet shops. Leftover pieces are  read more …

Review – Green Toys, Inc.

www.greentoys.com – Green Toys, Inc. The sheer enjoyment of green! Robert von Goeben and Laurie Hyman are the co-founders of Green Toys, Inc. which is located in Mill Valley, CA. Von Goeben is in charge of products while Hyman handles the marketing. Robert has an MBA from the University of Southern California and a BA  read more …

Review – GreenEdge Kids

www.greenedgekids.com – GreenEdge Kids Comfy, stylish, and truly green! After learning about the benefits of organic cotton, fair trade and made-in-the-USA, co-founders Jim and Annie Kaskade launched GreenEdge Kids on Earth Day 2008. With a combined 35 years of experience in the public and private sector of civil and environmental engineering, marketing, retail data warehousing,  read more …

Review -The Art of Elysium

www.theartofelysium.org –The Art of Elysium E.ly’.si.um: a place or condition of ideal happiness! The Art of Elysium is a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997 by Jennifer Howell. It all started when her good friend Stephen Hatten, who was battling Leukemia, shared a story with her about a young boy he met at a  read more …

Review – Pure and Honest Kids

www.pureandhonestkids.com – Pure and Honest Kids Purely for the kids! E-boutique Pure and Honest Kids was founded in Mocksville, North Carolina in 2007 by mother Debbie Koontz (mother) and Molly Ridenhour (her pure and honest daughter). Debbie and Molly honed their business acumen over 25 years as founders and owners of the highly acclaimed Ketchie  read more …

Review – The Little Seed

www.thelittleseed.com – The Little Seed Eco-babywear safe for both baby and our planet! The Little Seed, a children’s specialty boutique was co-founded by mothers Soleil Moon Frye and Paige Goldberg Tolmach who say “it’s never too early to sow the seeds of care and responsibility.”  They provide a one-stop shopping experience for parents seeking products  read more …

Review – Pedal Car Deals

www.pedalcardeals.com – Pedal Car Deals Planes, Trains, and Automobiles! Pedal Car Deals is a pedal car and riding toy website dedicated to providing a unique product. Pedal Car Deals is a division of King Bolo Media which owns and operates several specialty websites dedicated to vintage / retro products, pedal cars, and classic steering wheels.  read more …

Review – Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch

www.jakkspacific.com – Spy Net Secret Mission Video Watch by, JAKKS Pacific, Inc.   Catch them in the act! Since 1995, JAKKS Pacific, a multi-brand company,  has been designing, developing, producing and marketing toys, leisure products and writing instruments for children and adults around the world. JAKKS Pacific® focuses on traditional products and play patterns incorporating  read more …

Review – Mikko USA

www.insightmediaintl.com – Mikko USA Necessity is the mother of invention! Michael Putnam and Joe Paonessa needed a simple, effective time management system for their family’s home entertainment systems. Michael’s daughter was glued to the television and Joe’s son pulled an all nighter with a video game. Thus, Mikko USA was born! Mikko, a home electronics  read more …

Review – Kids Culinary Adventures

www.kidsculinaryadventures.com – Kids Culinary Adventures (Camps) Let them eat cake and decorate it too! Chef Gayle “Gigi” Gaggero, envisioned an academic learning platform for children in the local community. Utilizing her entrepreneurial drive, business skills and expertise as an acclaimed chef, writer, consultant, and mother of two, she co-founded Kids Culinary Adventures with her precocious daughters,  read more …

Review – Mountain Boy Sleds

www.mountainboysleds.com – Mountain Boy Sleds The thrill of a hill is calling! Silverton, CO is one of the highest towns in the U.S. at 9,305 feet (2,836 m) above sea level in the heart of the San Juan Mountains. High-minded inspiration in this former silver mining camp resulted in the founding of Mountain Boy Sledworks  read more …

Review – Lilliput Play Homes

www.lilliputplayhomes.com – Lilliput Play Homes Laughter today creates memories tomorrow. The Lilliput Play Homes mission is their pledge: Smiling Faces.  Founded in 1989, Lilliput Play Homes is the premier designer of luxurious and distinctive children’s play homes and is the industry leader in heirloom quality craftsmanship.  All made in the USA, master craftsmen from the  read more …

Review – House of Staunton

www.houseofstaunton.com – House of Staunton Checkmate! The House of Staunton manufactures the world’s finest chess sets, boards, and boxes and their Staunton pattern is the standardized hallmark of modern chess. The Staunton pattern, introduced 145 years ago, captures the feel of old-world craftsmanship. These masterpieces are handcrafted from the finest Ebony, Blood Rosewood, Amboyna Burl,  read more …

Review – Apple Park

www.applepark.com – Apple Park Picnic Pals – irresistible baby shower and grandbaby gifts! Apple Park’s founder, Angie Ting, comes from a family of experienced toy makers. With her two children in mind, Angie formed a partnership with Susan Pate of Pate International in San Francisco and Susan’s daughter, Chloe, to create the Apple Park line  read more …

Review – Ripple Kids

www.ripplekids.com – Ripple Kids Ripple Kids was founded in 2006 as a non-profit on the belief that kids have the ability to identify and creatively resolve issues in their community. A Ripple Kid is any kid who has identified an issue and taken action to resolve it. Projects include anything from cutting off their hair for  read more …

Review – Hazelnut Kids

www.hazelnutkids.com – Hazelnut Kids Give your child’s imagination a gift. Hazelnut Kids was created in order to provide parents with safe, chemical-free, natural, organic, and earth-friendly quality toy choices, along with giving safety and environmentally-conscious parents and grandparents peace of mind. Hazelnut Kids researches and sells toys only from companies that follow the strictest safety standards  read more …

Review – Heifer International

www.heifer.org – Heifer International Helping communities equitably share resources of a healthy planet. Heifer works with communities to end hunger, poverty and care for the earth; their goal is sustainability. “Living loans” of livestock and training help families improve their nutrition and generate income, which empowers families to end the cycle of poverty. In exchange for  read more …

Review – Happy Green Bee

www.happygreenbee.com – Happy Green Bee Safe and sustainable, soft, stretchy, super-silly and simply sensational styles! Happy Green Bee is an all-organic clothing line created exclusively for kids. Roxanne Quimby, mother, designer, and lifelong environmentalist founded Happy Green Bee after selling the multimillion-dollar company Burt’s Bees that she co-founded with her partner, Burt. With the proceeds of  read more …

Review – Roy Toy

www.roytoy.com – Roy Toy U.S.-made natural, safe toys teaching coordination, encouraging imagination, promoting sharing… Roy Toy still hand-cuts their toy sets from pine logs, and stains them with non-toxic dye, creating bright red wooden gables and traditional green wooden roof planks as originally designed. These earth-friendly sets use wood obtained from mills that follow sustainable forest  read more …

Review – Eco Toy Town

www.ecotoytown.com – Eco Toy Town Creative, earth friendly, non-toxic toys that are fostering future caretakers of our planet. Ecoytoytown, a division of EcoPlanet is a Nevada-based company whose philosophy is to make safe, educational and environmentally-friendly products that entertain. Careful boomer parents and grandparents will appreciate baby products like BPA-free silicone orthodontic pacifiers, cornstarch and organic  read more …

Review – National Geographic Kids

www.kids.nationalgeographic.com – National Geographic Kids Since 1888, The National Geographic Society has been inspiring people to care about the planet through geography, archaeology, natural science, and promotion of environmental and historical conservation. It is one of the largest non-profit scientific and educational institutions in the world.

Review – Family Search

familysearch.org – Family Search Boomers, boomer kids and boomer parents start sleuthing your ancestry. Free genealogy records and resources from around the world are provided by this top-of-the-class website to start building a family history. FamilySearch is a service provided by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and is the largest genealogy organization in the  read more …

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