Category: Causes + General Do-Gooding

Vines for your ears

There’s a reason why we keep coming back to raven+ lily. Between their gorgeous baubles and the wonderful cause they support, you just can’t go wrong. And that’s still the case with these new earrings for spring. We’ve featured their affordable leather earrings before, but now the shop has added a few cool new designs to the mix, in particular the Zia Gold Vine earrings, which are made with locally sourced leather by marginalized women in North India. And we love that proceeds from this collection help fund literacy programs for women and children in this community. All the more...

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Gorgeous disposable diapers, including a philanthropic hippopotamus

Though I’ve always been a cloth-diaperer at heart, I use my share of disposables, too. So when CMP fave The Honest Company launched last year, I was so very jealous of the gorgeous diaper prints available because I can’t get them up in Canada. And now there are 3 new patterns to fill me with envy, and not just for their cuteness.  The three new Honest Baby diapers that fill me with cross-border envy include a pink strawberry print that’s adorable for spring even without a diaper cover; an awesome comic book print that will have every little adventurer kapow-ing post-diaper-change,...

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A puzzle piece barrette that just fits for World Autism Awareness Day

Today is World Autism Awareness Day. Although most people are probably pretty aware of autism, more needs to be done to raise both money for research and family aid, and to foster better understanding of kids (and adults) who are tired of feeling different and misunderstood.  And sometimes, it’s the little things that can help a person feel understood, like a smile and a kind word, or simply wearing an iconic puzzle piece which lets the world know that, yes, you are aware. Or as we would say, “I get it.” Representing the complexity and struggle of Autism, the...

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Self-Respect Underwear offers just the messages our girls need right now

We admit, like a lot of parents, we were pretty shocked (to say the least) about the new Victoria’s Secret line of sexy panties with provocative phrases being marketed towards young teens. Do our ninth-graders really need DARE YOU written on their rear ends? Don’t answer that. So we searched far and wide and we were beyond thrilled to find a line of panties made for girls that we can support. It’s from a mom-run company called Self-Respect Underwear, and they’re still adorable, which means our tween and teen daughters will like them, but they’ve got sayings a little...

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Going Public: How you can help protect education. For all kids.

The state of education in the US has been top of mind ever since having children, as I’m sure it is for so many of us parents. And now there’s a really important documentary I sincerely hope you’ll take a look at if you care about oh, things like every kid in America getting a shot at a good education. Admittedly, I am not unbiased when it comes to Going Public, the upcoming documentary film from executive producer, author, and lauded educational consultant Nancy Letts. That’s because I know Nancy about as well as anyone; she’s my mother. This...

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Clothes for kids, drawn by kids, helping kids. No kidding.

We love to bring you great picks with a great story, and this one hits home on a lot of levels. Here’s how one little girl is making the world a better place through clothes designed by kids, for kids. Bethany Sawyer was only five when she decided she wanted to make the world a better place. With her parents’ help, she’s now the mastermind behind The Giving Goose. All the clothing designs are drawn by kids — vibrant images of all the things kids like: flowers, butterflies, monster trucks, frogs, and more. Your kids can even submit their...

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Keeping your baby healthy in a hopefully healthier world

Wayyyy back in 2006 when I first discovered the non-profit Children’s Environmental Health Coalition blog, now better known as Healthy Child, Healthy World, well as a brand new mom it was like the sky opening, the clouds parting and rainbows dancing around. How wonderful to find a one-stop place for tangible info on how to make my baby’s environment safer and more healthy. (Let’s be honest, we new moms can get a little anxious over stuff like that. Yes? Just a little?) Just yesterday, the new site has totally relaunched and wow mamas, is it good. The new healthychild.org...

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Sustainable suds that do good (and smell great)

This soap looks gorgeous, smells amazing, and saves lives while helping the environment. Meaning we suddenly need to wash our hands. A lot. We love soaps that do good in the world, and the brand Hand in Hand has a lot to offer. The brainchild of a husband-wife team who wanted to found a business based on sustainable giving, Hand in Hand goes the extra mile to improve the world on two fronts: for every bar purchased, they provide one bar of soap to a child in Haiti and save 50 square feet of rain forest. But we know...

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Art with a beautiful message, for a beautiful cause

I’m not usually someone who posts inspirational messages or quotes on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for that matter, let alone on the walls of my home;  but when I saw this lovely print, I decided to make an exception. Especially because of where the money goes. This sweet Be Fearless print is an original collaboration between Fresh Words Market and the LIFT campaign, and 100% of the proceeds from its purchase will go to this organization which helps eradicate poverty and create more opportunities for people in need, right here in the United States. So cool!  I love the simple...

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Outstanding ideas for that last-minute charitable contribution for the year

We can’t think of a better way to bid farewell to the year than by highlighting our editors’ and contributors’ favorite charities and non-profits, just in time for a final contribution–and tax deduction–for 2012. Do any of your favorites line up with ours? Or hey, maybe you’ll find a cause you hadn’t considered before, that strikes the right chord with you. Even better, some of these great causes are offering matching funds if you donated by the end of day today, ensuring that your contribution will do double the good in 2013. Happy New Year, indeed. Liz: Baby Buggy...

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