Tag: charity + causes

Web Coolness: Grumpy Cat pancakes, a high-fashion rainbow loom dress, birth photos on Facebook, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them too.   Cracking up over these Grumpy Cat pancakes. Download: Dan Zanes’s first ever greatest hits album. A beautiful letter to a child about finding balance as a mom. Going viral: 99 texting acronyms every parent should know Congrats to our editor Liz, one of Mom.me’s Top 50 mom bloggers. Very well deserved. (Also, she has some thoughts on lists like this–and who was left out.) Copycat Kandinsky paintings with your kids. Easy and we love the results. Another kind of crafting: could a rainbow loom dress be worth $250,000? (And you know...

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10 years of Postpartum Progress: We’re standing up and cheering loudly for moms everywhere.

We’ve mentioned the amazing work of Postpartum Progress before, but if you’re not familiar with it, this is a good time. Katherine Stone’s blog-turned-full-fledged-nonprofit has grown into a true force for change, helping the hundreds of thousands of women around the world who suffer from the most underdiagnosed, underdiscussed, underfunded and undertreated women’s ailments in the the world. It is, quite literally, a lifesaver. So we’re so pleased to be able to wish Postpartum Progress a happy 10th anniversary this week.   Katherine Stone at the 2014 Iris Awards, accepting for Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work In that time, it’s amazing...

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You won’t believe who makes these stunning handmade necklaces.

I love jewelry. I don’t love spending money on jewelry that I only wear once and then gets lost in my tangle of necklaces and bracelets. Marbelous, a new collection of artsy handmade necklaces crafted from beautiful shades of clay, will not get lost in the shuffle. Marbelous is the brainchild of two 9-year-old Brooklyn besties–one of the things we love about this. The girls, who happen to share a birthday, were playing around with some balls of clay on a family vacation and ended up making cool necklaces that looked like funky chic marbles. When their moms were...

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The Mamuye Bag from FashionABLE is the leather tote that feels divine – and so will you

I know, I know – this is going to turn into the FashionABLE blog if they don’t stop coming out with gorgeous, very wearable handmade accessories that help support the women in Ethiopia who made them. Recently we introduced you to their new leather wrap bracelets, and we were thrilled to see  how many of you snatched up the affordable bracelets–sometimes three or four at a time for layering. (Nice!)  Now they’re out with a new leather tote that is so amazing, even I was impressed when I saw it in person. And I’m pretty picky with my leather....

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aden + anais + (RED): The brand new baby gifts that give gifts to babies around the world who need it most.

When it comes to charities helping moms and babies, I’m crazy supportive of (RED), a division of The ONE Campaign. Actually, we all are around here. Over the years, they’ve raised millions to bring life-saving anti-retroviral drugs to HIV+ moms and their babies in still-developing regions. It’s amazing work, really, and they keep adding fantastic brand partners from tech companies like Apple and Mophie to Bugaboo. But their newest collaboration might be one of our favorites—burp clothes and swaddle blankets they’ve developed with the wonderful folks at aden + anais. Ooh, we’re seriously excited about these. The aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED swaddles, dream blankets,...

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Edible Schoolyard NYC gets busy in Harlem

I get so excited about school programs that are innovative and exciting for kids, and one of my favorites is the seed-to-table education offered by Alice Walter’s esteemed Edible Schoolyard program. In New York’s East Harlem neighborhood, where Edible Schoolyard NYC operates, less than 2% of grocery stores have fresh leafy greens available. It’s hard to condemn kids for not eating healthier when they don’t actually have those options available to them. So SYNYC is doing something about it  by creating schoolyard gardens, and this week they’ve launched an Edible Schoolyard NYC Crowdrise campaign to raise $50,000 to benefit several schools’ gardens. This could really change the...

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Leather wrap bracelets with a big heart to help little hearts

I’ve been deeply committed to supporting FashionABLE since visiting them in Ethiopia on a humanitarian trip with ONE nearly two years ago. These guys get it right, producing gorgeous handmade scarves and accessories that are not only incredibly wearable, but they get the women of Addis Ababa off the streets, train them in a viable career, and help with education and medical expenses so the artists can support themselves and their families with dignity. Today they’ve introduced some lovely, affordable leather wrap bracelets that are not only on trend with all the gorgeous wrap bracelets we’re stacking up our wrists right now, they do so much...

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A handmade hostess gift that gives back from glassybaby

Confession: If I don’t have a hostess gift, the first place I look is the cabinet full of wine bottles I have  received as hostess gifts myself. Sure, it looks like a fine, old vintage–but that’s because I haven’t had a party since 2005. Oops. But here’s one gift I wouldn’t let out of my cold, condensation-frosted fingers: a handblown glassware cup with a great story. We love glassybaby’s votive candles, which grew from mom-of-three Lee Rhodes’ battle with cancer and her desire to spread hope and serenity. So it’s only natural that we’d love the idea of getting...

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Cool leggings for babies that help kids in need. (Not just kids in need of leggings.)

When I first laid my eyes on the cool leggings for babies and kids at LA mom and pop-owned Chaboukie, I dug the fun patterns and soft fabrics. But the fact that they’re made by hand here in the USA and help kids in need, well, yeah, it turned into a full-blown crush. Chaboukie is the brainchild of LA parents Leah Piehl and Greg Bertens who wanted cool, well-made leggings with a little more style. So they created their own brand, featuring funky, light fabrics that are super comfy and soft, sized from baby to a 4T toddler (though they seem...

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Gifts for the dad who has everything: 2014 Father’s Day Gift Guide

You know the dad who has everything? The one who’s impossible to shop for? Yep, so do we. So even though we’ve now suggested dozens of Father’s Day gifts of all kinds, you might still be looking. And we feel for you. So here, we present some of our favorite gifts for the dad who seems to have everything. Some are splurgey, some are free, some just a little off the beaten-path. Hopefully there’s something here for the lucky paternal superstar in your life.  Besides your undying love and affection, of course. Which may in fact be all he needs. We’re happy to welcome our friends at Dove...

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Eat out to #86AIDS with Project (RED), the best reason we’ve had not to cook in ages.

We are big fans of Project (RED) here at Cool Mom Picks, so we’re really excited to eat out in June (zomg it’s June already) in support of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED). From June 1-10, restaurants, all those trendy food trucks, and bars around the country are teaming up with this amazing organization to give a portion of their sales to the outstanding Global Fund to Fight AIDS. There’s even an amazing growing movement of social media photo shares, with the requisite hashtags, to get everyone spreading the word in fun ways.   With life-saving antiretroviral drugs costing a mere $.40 per dose–that’s the kind of change...

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Web Coolness: Maya Angelou, #YesAllWomen, and tough questions for parents to ask themselves.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Fantastic (and free!) DIY DIY printable paper bags for Father’s Day picnics. Impressive: The college graduate of the year. A sweet moment from  the surprise Sandra Bullock commencement speech in NOLA. Important male perspective on the #YesAllWomen hashtag trending this week. Our small tribute to the passing of Maya Angelou.   Another goodbye to iconic designer Massimo Vignelli. [via LisaCongdon] Reinvent your Friday nights with this date night in series on Bleubird. Is the importance of children’s table manners becoming overstated? Can you be honest about your parenting? Bacon-wrapped balsamic dates and truffled mac n...

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The ONE FashionABLE scarf: A cool accessory for a cause, but hurry!

As if I didn’t love FashionABLE enough, they’ve just collaborated with ONE.org to launch their limited edition ONE FashionABLE summer scarf and wow, is it gorgeous. Even better, the profits now help two great charitable organizations. I’m hard-pressed to find an occasion where I don’t have a FashionABLE scarf around my neck or in my tote–and Liz would say the same. Not just because they’re beautiful, like this summer scarf in a luscious Mediterranean blue cotton that demands sunny days, but because they double so well as a wrap, a sizeable blanket for my kids on the go, even an emergency diaper changing table cover....

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Cool bathing suits for boys, hold the chafing. (Yes, we said chafing.)

Trying to find cool bathing suits for boys that are actually comfortable is no easy task. My son lasts a few hours at most before he starts to get a little “itchy,” particularly at the beach. Let’s just say that sand is not a bottom’s friend. That’s why I’m loving the bathing suits for boys from Coastal Dog which have compression shorts built right in–and an amazing charitable mission too.   Imagined and designed by mom Stephanie Magee and made in the USA, Coastal Dog’s bathing suits feature a comfy inner compression short (i.e. no mesh underwear thingy) coupled with a light,...

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The coolest new Ralph Lauren Kids clothes for fall according to actual kids

Browsing through photos of last night’s 2014 Ralph Lauren Kids fall preview with my girls (which we were sad to miss this year since the 2013 Ralph Lauren fall show was so great), they had some pretty strong opinions on which things they loved for themselves. Let’s just say, anything with boots? Yes! Fair isle? No. Color, yes! All brown…no way. Don’t even ask about boys in bow ties. So, if you’re looking for some fun, fancy girls’ looks for fall, and want the very opinionated opinion of two grade-school girls, allow us to help provide you with some inspiration for color, patterns layering and...

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TOMS Roasting Co: Delicious single origin coffee from an unlikely source

I more than love my single-origin coffee. You could say we’re involved. But it can be hard to find delicious, high-quality beans that aren’t shipped out on someone else’s schedule as part of a curated monthly subscription. Sometimes, I want to select my own beans and have them shipped to me right away. Thank goodness our pals at TOMS have added TOMS Roasting Co to their marketplace of ethically-sourced, carefully crafted products that give back. Which is a far cry from shoes, and yet…it works. My current obsession is single-origin whole bean coffee, ground daily and brewed in a Chemex,...

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Tons and tons of cool last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas. Tons. But hurry!

We’re going to go with “it’s the thought that counts” here, because we understand that a last minute Mother’s Day gift doesn’t mean you love her any less. Hey, we’re so busy looking for cool gifts for moms here, sometimes we get behind on our own Mother’s Day shopping ourselves (ahem). So here are just a few of our favorite last minute Mother’s Day gift ideas that you can still have shipped, make yourself, or pick up in a local shop. Hope one is just perfect for the cool mom in your life.   Gourmet Food Gifts Most gourmet...

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What one remarkable family is doing to support adoption

We are lucky to have Kate Etue, one of the most incredible writers and all-around loving, wonderful people on our staff. And when she showed me what she was doing to help support the 147 million orphans around the world, and her own pending adoption, let’s say I grabbed the tissues. Then rushed here to tell you all about it. In that order. It started out with the design of their own lovely adoption t-shirts to raise money from friends for their own adoption. But I think they’d be awesome shirts for anyone supporting adoption in any way. Isn’t the message...

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Cool Moms agree: #WeNeedDiverseBooks

#WeNeedDiverseBooks is currently the #1 trending topic on Twitter and is taking over tumblr with user photos of people from all walks of life holding up handmade signs about why we need more diversity in literature–especially for kids. It was created as a response to a national literary convention that put together a panel of “luminaries of children’s literature” and only included white male authors. The uproar demanded more diversity in books, in authors, and in the attention given to books by and about people of color, LGBTQ, and the otherly abled. Today through May 3 (and beyond!) it’s easy...

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Orange Is the New Black lockets, now coming to a neck near you.

I’m a huge fan of the Netflix original series Orange Is the New Black, and I’m also partial to gorgeous jewelry that supports a great cause. So I was pretty excited to discover this lovely limited edition Orange is the New Black locket from KIRAKIRA, co-designed by Suz Somersall and actress Alysia Reiner to benefit the Women’s Prison Association. Reiner plays the assistant warden on OITNB (see, I use the acronym like the cool kids on Twitter), which, as you probably know by now provides a seriously raw look at women in prison and their often unexpected backstories. One...

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