Tag: charity + causes

10 ways for families to join in on #GivingTuesday. Lots of them free.

After the total madness of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (phew) one of the things we love best is #GivingTuesday. The point being that after taking advantage of so many great shopping deals for yourself and your loved ones over the past week, it’s a good time to think about putting aside a little something for others in need, locally and abroad. We can’t tell you where or how or how much to give, but here are ten ideas to get you thinking: 1. Support an Indiegogo or Kickstarter campaign and help an entrepreneur. 2. Give...

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Stocking stuffer alert: Rx Art coloring books support kids most in need of art.

A coloring book can make a fantastic holiday gift for kids: It doesn’t require batteries, it’s portable for the trip home, and you can start using it right away. Now here’s a new one that’s fantastic for another reason besides the fact that it’s just so darn cool. We’ve written about Little Collector before, a great shop whose artwork from major artists supports the nonprofit Rx Art which gets amazing pieces into hospitals and facilities whose patients can use a little inspiration. Their new Rx Art Coloring Book Vol IV was designed by Matt Murphy Design and underwritten by Warby Parker (yay,...

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Gifts that give back: These ornaments could change the world. For real.

Some of our favorite ornaments this year are more than just pretty baubles for your tree. They just might cure breast cancer, save an endangered species, or transform the life of women living in extreme poverty. Pretty impressive. The shiny green and red heart ornament (above) was designed by Mariska Hargitay and supports Child Mind, a non-profit focused on transforming mental heath care for kids everywhere. Love that. ($40) This adorable little bigfoot yeti comes from Ten Thousand Villages, an online retailer sourced completely by disadvantaged artisans in 38 countries worldwide. This particular guy was crafted in the foothills...

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Celebrate Veteran’s Day by helping the people of the Philippines with Team Rubicon

With the recent devastation in the Philippines and today being Veteran’s Day, we couldn’t think of a better way to honor those who have so bravely served our country and send help to those who need to most than sharing our friends from Team Rubicon’s latest mission, Operation: Seabird. Just yesterday, they deployed 18 former veterans and first responders to provide relief to the typhoon-swept city of Tacloban, Philippines to provide search and rescue and triaging support. If you’re not familiar with Team Rubicon, they are an amazing non-profit that utilizes the skills and experiences of military veterans to...

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After the pink is gone: ways to take on breast cancer all year long

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is officially ending tomorrow, and this year at Cool Mom Picks we decided to stay away from the “pinkwashing” products, the Facebook memes that don’t really help anyone, and the plethora of pink ribbon products, however well-intended. (Pink ribbon liquor bottles? Sigh.) For so many of us, the fight to find a cure for our mothers, our sisters, our friends, and ourselves never ends, not even on October 31. So instead, we wanted to offer up some organizations that tirelessly work every month to help wipe out breast cancer and support those still battling it....

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You can haz kittens and cupcakes on National Cat Day

I miss many things about working in New York, but today I have a totally unexpected and thoroughly awesome reason to miss my old office. Or one in Seattle and San Francisco too. Because today it would have been filled with kittens and cupcakes. Private driver service Uber has teamed up with meme site Cheezburger today on National Cat Day to deliver kittens and cupcakes in New York, San Francisco, and Seattle. $20 will get you fifteen minutes of kitten snuggles, plus cupcakes from Ace of Cakes, yum. Local shelters will provide the kittens (to borrow), and Uber will...

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The FashionABLE birthday sale: You get the gifts, and so do women halfway around the world.

Three years ago, a small company was founded that would forever change the lives of so many women and mothers in Ethiopia. You may already know how much we love FashionABLE, their beautiful handmade scarves and leather goods, and everything they’re doing to bring women out of poverty to create better lives for themselves. Now it’s time to celebrate their third birthday in style, with a super awesome sale this week only. Starting today, FashionABLE will be celebrating three years with a sale on every beautiful item in their shop including their new fall collection. Every writer from Cool Mom Picks got one...

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PACT: Altruistic underwear and do-good organic baby goods? Win.

Oh, mamas. If you like your cotton organic, your prints limited edition, your quality high, and your heart and conscience light, have we found the clothing shop for you just in time for the gift season where charity is top of mind. PACT is the kind of company we just want to snuggle. First off, they have a great story centered around kind and impactful business practices. Their clothing is raising $50,000 to help PACT and Whole Planet Foundation provide microloans to community-based entrepreneurs around the world who really need it. As for you, you’ll find organic cotton basics for...

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Web Coolness: Pet costumes, teaching kids to be thankful, and great ways to support moms who need it right now

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.  Great DIY craft, especially as Thanksgiving looms nearer: how to make a gratitude journal.   Huge congrats to our Editor Liz Gumbinner who made Forbes list of 25 working moms to follow on Twitter. We kind of like her too–and so many of the other women on the list.  5 things to do while you’re breastfeeding and bored. Love the honesty. Keep an eye on our new weekly beauty column from our contributor and cosmetics guru Melissa Schweiger. We’re grateful for all the...

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Two cute animal crafts for kids that also benefit other kids.

When two of our favorite peeps get together to raise awareness of two of our favorite animals with fun, free DIY kids crafts, the results are four times the fun.  Our pals at Moomah and Tea Collection have joined together to work with the Global Fund for Children to provide a safe place for migrant children in China to play while their parents work. Now, inspired by pieces from Tea Collection’s China-inspired clothing collection, Moomah hopes to raise awareness of two of China’s threatened species and popular kid favorites, tigers and pandas. Each craft includes free printable templates and...

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Trendy specs that give back to kids in need

For some reason, finding cool eyewear at decent prices is one of the great impossibilities of our time. Sure, you can clip coupons for the discount optometrist in the mall, but you’ll never find affordable, straight-from-Paris frames or those to-die-for vintage shades. That’s why we’re such big fans of this online company with seriously sweet eyewear and a mission we love. The philosophy behind Ivory + Mason is similar to so many other products that give back, most notably Warby Parker.  You get gorgeous eyewear, fair prices, and for every pair of frames you buy, they’ll give a pair to a...

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Colorado flooding: 4 ways you can help

Our family moved to Colorado in 2005, and as cheesy as it may sound, I fell in love with the natural beauty of this state. We’ve camped in Glenwood Springs, hiked in Rocky Mountain National Park, and zip-lined at YMCA of the Rockies. I ran my first half marathon in Estes Park, and I’ve been doing triathlons in Boulder since 2009. I never dreamed of doing such things when I lived in New York; Colorado has transformed me. Now Colorado has been transformed by rain and flooding. The pictures and videos document the unbelievable destruction, and the statistics are...

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Gifts that give back beautifully: Given Goods Company

We always love websites with gifts that give back, and now there’s another one that’s not just all about do-gooding, but selling truly fabulous products. Let’s just say you’re not going to have to click all that much to find something you want to add to your wishlist.  Given Goods Company offers accessories, home goods, and all kinds of gifts that are amazingly well curated. Don’t expect a world of big beaded necklaces here (not that they can’t be great too), but the kinds of items you’d find in a favorite local boutique. Toggle over the little blue G icon,...

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Calling all runners! Team Baby Buggy needs you for NYC Marathon 2013

We’ve been huge supporters of the amazing charity Baby Buggy since we discovered them in 2011, and we’re always ready to help spread the word about the wonderful services they provide. They’ve got a huge challenge ahead of them this fall, and we’d be thrilled if any of our runners, er, readers would like to join their NYC Marathon team. The Baby Buggy 2013 ING NYC Marathon team, that is. They’ve got a few more spots to fill between now and September 15. (The race isn’t until November 4. Plenty of time to train!) Entries in this race are...

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Rosie Pope offers a kind way to get that belly back in shape after baby

With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause.   We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...

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Not just backpacks: State GiveBackPacks also help kids who need them.

So here’s something I didn’t know: More than 46 million Americans are living below the poverty line right now. And of those 46 million people, 23% of them are kids. So we’re very happy to support a company that helps kids living in poverty to head back to school knowing someone’s got their back. Don’t miss a limited time discount after the jump! No kid should have to carry their school things in a plastic trash bag. But after witnessing children in NYC doing just that, the husband-wife founders of State were inspired to do something that would make a tangible...

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Is there anything cuter than a dad reading to his kids?

What’s cuter than a dad reading to his kids? It’s a dad reading to his kids while wearing an adorable shirt featuring this distinctive artwork by the ever awesome Edward Gorey. Edward Gorey is known for his delightfully creepy drawings and his love of cats and books, and this cotton Real Men Read shirt is a great way to outfit your favorite bibliophile animal-lover. And since Gorey loved animals? Every purchase supports his favorite charities, which benefit cats, bats, and all things furry. Tt’s available in mens’ sizes, but also for kids in sizes 10-12, too. Pretty cute for back...

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Booties that will warm your baby’s toes (and your heart)

We’re always excited to find global nonprofits that empower women and their families rise to above poverty. Now we’re especially happy to find one that supports that mission in the form of adorable baby gifts that we’d buy even if they weren’t doing so much good. (But they are.)   So here’s a story we love: Kohl Crecelius was an avid snowboarder and surfer dude. But when his brother taught him an unlikely hobby–crocheting–Kohl was instantly hooked (heh). He immediately taught two of his buddies, who were also hooked. Now we’re hooked. Because when Kohl traveled to Uganda in college, he discovered unimaginable...

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Kiva + Etsy: The perfect handmade match to support the artists you love

As huge supporters of the handmade movement, we’ve been fans of Etsy since about day one. And now that they’ve teamed up with the amazing charity Kiva, well, let’s just say if you share our passion, this is an effort worth getting involved with.   Similar to Kiva’s existing program which helps provide loans to borrowers in need from around the world looking to start a business, the new Kiva partnership with Etsy now provides artisans with access to interest-free microloans through a program known as Kiva Zip. You can provide a loan to a slew of artisans looking...

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Help Ink: fabulous art for fabulous causes. And you get to pick both.

When I found Help Ink I was happy. Tees, prints, stationery and notebooks all designed by artists, all affordable, and all to help one of several great causes.   So many of the prints feature positive quotes and imagery perfect for children’s rooms. And I love that the designs are modern, not cheesy–the artists are really well curated.   The special part is that when you add an item to your cart, you also get to select a charity of your choice, because for each $5 you spend, $1 will go to either The Children’s Hunger Fund, Med Wish,...

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