Category: Causes + General Do-Gooding

Our new favorite stuffed animals from To The Market

We’re already big fans of To The Market: Survivor-Made Goods, which produces the most gorgeous accessories, home goods, and toys. A couple of years ago, our editor Liz featured the store and its mission to support causes such as the fight against abuse, poverty, and genocide. And it’s all too easy to get lost in this online store filled with beautiful handcrafted jewelry, cashmere scarves, and hand-stitched sari throws, especially knowing every item is economically empowering these survivors and amazing artisans. Now, To The Market has partnered with MULXIPLY to create a new line I can’t stop cooing over: these adorable stuffed elephants, dogs, and giraffes, all hand-felted by female artisans...

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These 5 charities are doing amazing things for dads this Father’s Day

If you’ve been following our 2016 Father’s Day Gift Guide (go! Hurry!) we’ve been putting together all the coolest Father’s Day gifts for all types of dads. But for a dad who’s already got all the gear, gifts, and grill equipment he needs, we’ve always been fans of making a charitable donation in his name to a worthy cause. Especially one that supports other fathers and families. After doing some research, I landed on five organizations with big, heartwarming missions. From celebrating and de-stigmatizing at-home fatherhood to providing housing for wounded soldiers’ families, here are some amazing causes to add to the ones...

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The best resources to help you talk to your children about tragedy, like the Orlando shooting.

This is an update of a previously published post   It’s been somber mood around here over the past 24 hours, as our hearts go out to the loved ones of the 100+ innocent people tragically murdered or wounded at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando on Sunday morning. My own 10-year-old daughter Thalia drew the broken rainbow heart image above in response, which I think captures so much of what we’re all feeling about this despicable and senseless act. (I shared my story of how it came about with Cosmopolitan, and you can read more about it there.) There are far too...

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New from babyGap + Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation: a sweet collection with a big mission

It’s summertime, and lemons are everywhere. I’m making pie. Beyoncé’s making music. And now babyGap is partnering with Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), an organization dedicated to curing childhood cancer, with an exclusive collection of baby and toddler summer essentials. ALSF was named after Alexandra Scott, who lost her battle with cancer in 2004 at the age of 8. The foundation, which has evolved into a nationwide non-profit, sprung from a front yard lemonade stand and her mission to raise money to find a cure for all children with cancer, like herself. Related: The absolutely remarkable things you don’t know about St. Jude’s hospital, but should. This babyGap...

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The new TOMS shoes let you dip a toe into the political process

You may be vaguely aware that another US presidential election season is upon us, unless of course you’ve been sequestered in a Himalayan yurt somewhere, totally unplugged until just this very second. (In which case, hey! Thanks for making a visit to Cool Mom Picks one of your first stops!) While we can all agree that the next several months should be…interesting, to say the least, leave it to TOMS Shoes to turn our civic responsibilities into some generous do-gooding with the new election edition TOMS shoes. You’ve got your choice of two styles, featuring a patriotic pattern of either Democratic Donkeys or Republican Elephants....

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The absolutely remarkable things you don’t know about St. Jude’s hospital, but should.

You’re probably familiar with St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital — you’ve seen the ads with the adorably sweet, brave children, featuring Marlo Thomas, daughter of actor and St. Jude’s founder Danny Thomas. You may have caught some of our suggestions to support them with a benevolent gift in our various gift guides. You might even know their reputation as the world’s leading cancer research hospital for kids. This hospital alone has helped raise cancer survival rates from 20% to 80%, and leukemia survival rates from 4% to 94% since they opened in 1962. Basically if, heaven forbid, your kid gets sick, St. Jude is the place...

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Mother’s Day flowers that come in a vase that’s even more special

We love Mother’s Day gifts that give back and so I was happy to learn about ProFlowers’s collaboration with All Across Africa, an organization that handcrafts the most beautiful woven vases and baskets in crisp, colorful patterns. Every one is locally sourced and handmade in East Africa, where weaving is providing sustainable employment and income to the women artisans. It’s the perfect way to add a little extra joy to a Mother’s Day bouquet, especially knowing she’ll have something special long after the flowers are gone. Related: Presenting our 2016 Mother’s Day Gift Guide! What I love even more is that for every two baskets that are sold,...

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Give an orphan the gift of a birthday, through the charity With My Own Two Hands

We’re entering birthday party season in my house, and as my kids’ party requests are growing more and more over-the-top (rein it in, kiddos), I’m feeling emotional about an amazing charity we discovered just this week, which provides birthday gifts for orphans who otherwise wouldn’t get the opportunity to celebrate their big day. Such a brilliant idea; we’re really excited to get behind it! With My Own Two Hands is a small non-profit founded by yoga instructor Lindsey Pluimer. They are doing some very cool work in Africa — from teaching yoga to kids as a way to heal to giving girls an education. But...

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Happy birthday Jane Goodall! 5 fun, easy ways to introduce her to your kids

Is there one kid in the world who isn’t fascinated by animals? (Answer: no.) So today, Jane Goodall’s birthday, is a perfect opportunity to cozy around your tablet or computer together and dig into her life just a bit. Especially if you think her legacy is limited to her work with Chimpanzees. Here are five places to start.   1.  Read a quick bio of her on the wonderful The Reconstructionists site, an homage to amazing women through history. Their Jane Goodall page includes a fantastic illustration and Goodall quote from Lisa Congdon, that would happen to make a nifty screensaver for...

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One good thing you can do in one minute today to change the world.

If you’ve been reading Cool Mom Picks for a while now, you know we’re strong advocates of increasing opportunity for women and girls across the globe in all kinds of ways. Sometimes it’s promoting businesses that support women in need, like FashionABLE, Raven & Lily, or To the Market. Sometimes it’s sharing organizations like Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls or simply seeking out smart toys for girls that defy the pink aisle and open up opportunities. And sometimes it’s finding ways to collectively raise our voices constructively to make substantial change in the world. In honor of today’s International Women’s Day, we ask you to spend one minute and click over...

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