Tag: charity + causes

Tory Burch, Billie Jean King, and women’s equality FTW

I’d imagine that any of our mothers — and fathers — who were around in 1973 fighting the “battle of the sexes” would be happy to see the progress we’ve made since then, but disheartened to know that issues of inequality are still being fought on so many fronts. As a daughter of an avowed early feminist, I admit I’m pretty excited to see Tory Burch’s commemorative Billie Jean King tee that was just announced in Vanity Fair and available starting today. If the backstory is a little hazy, check out the story of how King bested tennis world champ...

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How well do Inkbox semi-permanent tattoos work? | Damn You, Facebook Ads

I’ve never taken the plunge to actually get a real tattoo. While Kristen’s tattoos look amazing, the pain and permanence hold me back. So, when I saw the ads for semi-permanent tattoos from Inkbox in my Facebook feed over and over,  I thought I’d give one a try as part of our Damn You, Facebook Ads series in which we check out those products you may be wondering about too. So what are they? Compared to most temporary tattoos, the semi-permanent tattoos from Inkbox actually look like real tattoos. The claim is that they last much longer — from 8 to 18...

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The song reminding kids of all the goodness in the world, just when they need it.

This past week has been so difficult. For me, for all of us here…and probably for you. The events in Charlottesville have shined a bright light on bigotry and hate, which can do real damage to your soul. And if we feel scared and heartbroken — well, imagine what it does to our children. There have been lots of hugs and ice cream in my house, because like Tina Fey’s sheet caking idea, we’ll take all the edible comfort we can get. But besides dessert — and discussion — music can do a world of good to ease worries and...

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US means all of us

I was so happy to come across the beautiful US means all of us message, which started as a grassroots campaign from Selman Design to help attack ignorance and fear, especially about the Muslim-American community, while promoting equality and respect for all Americans. The message was so well-received (it originally accompanied a NY Times editorial board op-ed) they turned this simple statement of tolerance and love into a fantastic graphic t-shirt with 100% of the proceeds support the essential work of the ACLU. Beautiful message for a really important cause? I’m all in. Relate: A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity,...

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How you can do your back-to-school shopping affordably, while helping kids in need.

We love when big brands put energy toward doing good, especially when it positively impacts the lives of children. That’s why we’re so pleased to be teaming up with JCPenney, to help spread the word about their wonderful new Pair Up program and just in time for back-to-school season, we really hope you’ll check it out. Essentially JCPenney and the Y are partnering to help get clothing basics, like socks and underwear, out to underserved kids across the country. The *stats from a national survey are pretty sobering: -Nearly half of all US kid are considered low-income. – 40% of...

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Oh just a Blink-182 drum and a Chance the Rapper dirt bike for auction to support St. Jude’s

Usually, the amazing feeling you get when you donate to a cause you care about is enough reason to do it. But if that cause you care about just happens to be hosting an auction featuring items like signed instruments and band memorabilia, well — don’t mind if we do! That’s where Music Gives to St. Jude Kids comes in to support one of our very favorite non-profits in the world, And we’re here for it. Related: Charitable donations that support children and education This eBay for Charity auction lists truly cool music memorabilia, like a customized snare by Shinedown drummer...

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A simple way to help refugee children feel a little more confident on their first day of school in the U.S.

I can’t imagine adjusting to a new school and a new country at the same time, but that’s a challenge many refugee children will be facing this back-to-school season. Which is why I loved learning that the Tiyya Foundation is organizing a Backpacks for Refugees Drive using an Amazon wish list, to make sure kids who are new to the US can get the backpacks, notebooks, and other back to school gear they need. Such a terrific group of kids to help, right? Related: How to help the Syrian victims and refugees: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations. The whole...

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This Women’s March coloring book is what democracy looks like.

There’s no denying that the massive success of The Woman’s March on January 21, 2017, marked it as an historic day in our country, the world and the continuation of a long history of boss ladies making our voices heard. So I was so excited to discover this We March Coloring Book by art director Vivienne Wan, fundraising on Kickstarter now. Naturally I’m excited to share the lessons of that day day with my 4-month-old son, who was with me during the Women’s March — only in utero — and in a few years, this will be the perfect way to...

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A dad created this awesome makeup brand to empower his daughter. And all of us too.

It’s not often that you’ll find a makeup brand that celebrates who women already are instead of making promises as to what women should be. But when Bill Xaing’s daughter was born, he realized that he could do something to change that. So he created RealHer Makeup, a cosmetics brand specifically designed to inspire and empower women—like the one his daughter will grow up to be. Related: Empowering gifts for girls who keep on keeping on Xiang, a cosmetics industry veteran, explains on the RealHer website that when Yarie was born, he realized he was a feminist. “It was striking to...

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An animated film celebrating Black dads, daughters, and a whole lot of hair love.

When I discovered a Kickstarter project for an animated children’s short film that will celebrate Black dads, their daughters, and the beauty of natural hair, my heart swelled with love. As a mom to two curly-haired biracial daughters, I personally know how important the impact of the Hair Love animated film will be on the Black community and I jumped to make a contribution to it. Writer and co-director Matthew A. Cherry was inspired after seeing the many viral videos of Black fathers doing their daughter’s hair (this link goes to my favorite) that so many of us have...

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5 top-rated military family support charities on Charity Navigator: A list to bookmark on Memorial Day

Quite a few of us here come from military families, or have enlistees and veterans in our own lives, which is why we have always been strong supporters of charities for veterans, enlistees and their families. So in honor of Memorial Day, and America’s brave fallen soldiers and their amazing families, took at look at Charity Navigator’s list of top military family support charities to find a few top-rated charities worth sharing.Turns out they have their list of top- rated military charities broken into wounded troops services,military social services, as well as military family support, which is where I found the ones here. There are so many terrific...

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#MyYoungerSelf campaign puts kids’ mental health first with videos from celebrities who have suffered from anxiety and depression.

Would you believe me if I told you that out of 74 million US kids, 17.1 million of them have or have had a mental health disorder? That’s a huge percentage! So huge, in fact, that the Child Mind Institute (CMI) has noted that more kids are dealing with mental health and learning issues than they are with cancer, diabetes, and AIDS combined. Which is why CMI’s new #MyYoungerSelf campaign for kids’ mental health is so important: It seeks to raise awareness and end the stigma of mental health disorders so that kids can get the help they need. The first step: Hearing from prominent people like...

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21 ways your family can volunteer for your own community. Small scale, big impact!

If your news feed has been dragging you down lately, take heart. Volunteerism is a great way to put that energy to positive use, and spring is the perfect time for you and your family to discover ways to volunteer for your own local community, Leslie Knope style. To help, I’ve put together tons of easy do-gooding activities that are high on fun and family bonding, big on impact, but low on long-term commitment. Fortunately, you don’t have to repurpose your living room to shelter stray cats or hand-craft a community swing set to make a difference (although if you’re up for it,...

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How one teacher appreciation bouquet is helping keep a lot of kids safe. | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Teleflora   With Teacher Appreciation Week coming up May 8–12, and the end of the school year in sight, here’s one gift to help show thanks for your children’s teachers, while also supporting an important charity that’s keeping more school kids safe. Check out the bright Be Happy Bouquet with Roses from Teleflora. It’s a lovely way to express your gratitude to the teachers who are making a huge difference in your children’s lives. But even more, when you purchase this particular bouquet during Teacher Appreciation Week, Teleflora will donate 10% of sales to GLSEN, a wonderful educational organization that focuses on ensuring safe, LGBTQ-inclusive K–12 schools. With...

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A fierce new shop supporting equality, inclusivity, and self-sufficiency for women everywhere. Hell yes!

As you may be well aware, women continue to have to fight for equal pay and equal rights, but there is great strength in numbers, as the Women’s March on Washington has shown us. When we work together, our power is great. That’s why I was so happy to see the new indie Etsy shop Damsel in Success. Related: 2 fantastic tees we’d wear even if they didn’t support the ACLU. But they do. The fierce brand was created by two women working in male dominated fields who wanted to send a positive message to themselves and women everywhere — that...

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Web coolness: 2 fun Passover haggadahs, a celeb bracelet for a great cause, schoolkids who give us hope for the future.

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Passover starts Monday night and a few of us will be jazzing up our seder with the Hamilton Haggadah! (Hamgadah? Chamilton?) A printable Haggadah made just for kids. 5 favorite Passover dessert recipes to enjoy any day of the year. Forget gingerbread…how about decorating a Passover Matzoh house? 10 fun and super easy Easter crafts using stuff you already have around the house Smiling at these 10 celebrity parents on Instagram who aren’t afraid to get real about parenting. Need to...

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How to help the Syrian victims: A comprehensive list of 20+ outstanding organizations.

If you’ve taken some time to watch the atrocious results of the chemical gas attack on Syrian citizens in the village of Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib this week, I’m sure you’ve spent some time feeling as outraged and helpless and heartbroken as I have and wondering how to help the Syrian victims. Doing something positive has always made me feel somewhat less helpless, and gives me a constructive way to channel my feelings, even if it’s just donating a few dollars where I can. Two nights ago, I found a brilliant Twitter thread from Eeman Abbasi, a Muslim-American student at the University...

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Mom Up to let your representatives know Equal Pay Day needs to be every day.

Yesterday was Equal Pay Day which feels kind of empowering while it’s happening — and then honestly a little depressing the day after it’s over. Like, who’s still fighting for us? You may already be aware that the gender pay disparity disproportionately impacts working mothers. While white mothers make an average of 71 cents for every dollar white males make, African-American and Hispanic mothers make even less than their male counterparts. Honestly, it’s shameful.   Which is why we are loving a brand new campaign Mom Up America. Launched by The Mom Project, a digital platform that helps connect working women –particularly mothers — with excellent, often flexible work opportunities,...

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How to help families affected by the devastating flooding in Peru.

Our hearts have been so heavy watching the news come in from Peru, where families have been displaced by the worst flooding they’ve seen in 30 years. To date, 115,000 homes have been destroyed, 72 people have died, 117 bridges have been washed out, and the capital city of Lima hasn’t had drinking water in a week. Latest reports estimate that more than 62,000 lives have been impacted. Related: The best resources to help you talk to your children about tragedy The situation is dire, and we know so many of you have been asking how to help. Even if you just have a...

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