You care about the environment, but you also want... er, need clean laundry and shiny dishes. A spick and span kitchen and a set of fresh sheets would be nice too. Well, we've got good news. You don't have to look far and wide for eco-friendly household products anymore. Founder of Brooklyn-based Common Good, Sasha Dunn, has developed green, biodegradable cleaning products that are safe to kids and pets alike. Common Good's soaps and cleaners have your home covered in just about every category: from laundry detergent, to hand and dish soaps, to linen and all-surface spray. Not only are they plant based, they're also free of dyes, sulfate, animal by-products, synthetic perfumes, chlorine bleach, phthalates and parabens. Though the entire line comes unscented, you can opt for essential-oil scents, like bergamot or lavender. Best of all, you can buy all of Common Good's home-cleaning products in bulk and refill the bottles at refill locations across the world. How much more sustainable can it get? To ring in the month of July and help you celebrate summer the right way (aka the fresh way), Common Good is giving away a soap and cleaner bundle worth $154! Go ahead, enter below! Our giveaway includes: Laundry Detergent, Lavender ($19) Hand Soap, Bergamot ($8) Glass Linen Water and 32oz refill, Lavender ($49) Floor Cleaner, Bergamot ($9) Glass All Purpose Spray, Bergamot ($25) Dish Cloth Collection ($45) Enter below!
The baby gear heavy hitters that should be top of your list
Calling all mamas-to-be! It's a fundamental truth of (impending) motherhood that your prepping-for-baby To Do list can feel a mile long, but really the best way to feel organized is to sort out the most important item at the top of your list: your registry. Sure the items you choose to include will end up running the gamut from nice-to-haves to absolutely essential game-changers, but mamas in the know quickly learn one thing: Not all baby gear is created equal.
So while you can and should pepper your registry with adorable inclusions that aren't necessarily can't-live-withouts (go ahead, add 'em!), you should make sure you're ticking the boxes on those pieces of baby gear that can be absolute life savers once you're in full-blown mama mode. From car seats to bouncers and playmats, your play and travel gear will be some of the most obvious important items on your list, but so can unexpected things, like a super comfy baby carrier and a snooze-inducing white noise machine. So to help you sort through the must-have options, we turned to the holy grail of motherhood that is buybuy BABY and handpicked 10 of the very best essential pieces that will change your life, we promise.
Ready, set, shop!
Every week, we stock the Motherly Shop with innovative and fresh products from brands we feel good about. We want to be certain you don't miss anything, so to keep you in the loop, we're providing a cheat sheet.
So, what's new this week?
Earth Mama: Effective, natural herbal care for mamas and babies
Founded and grown in her own garage in 2002, Earth Mama started as an operation of one, creating salves, tinctures, teas and soaps with homegrown herbs. With a deep desire to bring the healing powers of nature that have been relied on for thousands of years to as many mamas as possible, Melinda Olson's formulas quickly grew into Earth Mama Organics. Since then, the brand has remained committed to manufacturing clean, safe and effective herbal solutions for the entire journey of motherhood, including pregnancy, breastfeeding and baby care, and even the loss of a baby.
Bravado Designs: Soothing sounds for a good night's sleep
With 28 years of serving pregnant and postpartum mamas under their belt, Bravado Designs is a true authority on the needs of changing bodies. It's true that we have them to thank for rescuing us from the uncomfortable and frumpy designs our own moms had to live with. Launched in Canada by two young mamas, they designed the first prototypes with extra leopard print fabric certain that a better bra was possible. Throughout the years they've maintained their commitment to ethical manufacturing while creating long-lasting products that truly work.
The Sill: Instagram-ready potted plants
We've long admired this female-founded brand and the brilliant mind behind it, Eliza Blank. (She even joined Motherly co-founder Liz Tenety on and episode of The Motherly Podcast!) The mission behind the business was simple: To make the process of bringing plants into your home as easy as possible, and as wonderful as the plant themselves. With their in-house, exclusively designed minimalist planters, the end result makes plant parenthood just a few clicks away.
Not sure where to start? Here's what we're adding to our cart:
Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves.
Just about all of us had set assumptions about raising kids before we became parents ourselves. Some of these ideas might have been based on our own ideas of how we would absolutely do things differently than everyone else. Others, we believed what everyone else told us would happen would apply to our littles, too. But, that's not always the case, mama.