Tag: charity + causes

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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Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day on March 21 with Lots of Socks

This Thursday, March 21st, we’d like you to help raise awareness about World Down Syndrome Day, not by making a donation to research (although that’s always nice), or signing a petition, or running a 5K. Instead, we ask that you and the kids find the craziest socks you’ve got, and pile them on.  Yup, really. Join us and wear Lots of Socks on March 21st.   This could be perhaps my favorite awareness campaign ever, since I groove on having toasty toes. Plus, it’s so easy to do! Just find the brightest, loudest socks you can, throwing them on...

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Healthy, organic foods for babies that are taking over the world (in a good way)

Healthy, organic natural foods are hardly a tough sell these days. More and more parents are paying attention to the importance of eating clean and healthy. I feel very good knowing that brands like longtime CMP favorite, Happy Family, are out, there spreading the word on the importance of healthy and organic eating,  and now making it more easily available–something that hasn’t always been the case. The newest in the ever-growing line of products for babies and toddlers feature really interesting combinations of organic nutrient-packed superfoods, like the new Blueberry and Purple Carrot Happy Puffs. There are also Homestyle...

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Celebrate International Women’s Day by supporting women across the globe with cool purchases

Sure, we think every day deserves to be International Women’s Day, but we’re also delighted to take today to celebrate the political, economic, and social accomplishments and contributions of women around the globe. Here at Cool Mom Picks, we especially love supporting businesses that empower women in developing areas. Here are four of our favorites. Bonus: what a great way to find a gift for the women who inspire you!   Raven + Lily is our very favorite type of company: run by women, for women, and providing women in developing countries with sustainable economic opportunities, healthcare, and literacy...

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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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Web Coolness: Sample sale savings, Super Bowl treats, and saying yes to our kids more often

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. C’est magnifique! Don’t miss Ses Petites Mains amazing sample sale, with special savings for Cool Mom Picks’ readers! (Use the code “cool” for an extra 15% on sample sale items–until they run out.) Lil Sugar has a roundup of the cutest little football gear for Super Bowl Sunday. And it’s not the Super Bowl without great snacks, so don’t miss our collection of delicious nachos recipes.  Throughout February, check out The 26 Valentines Project remembering the Sandy Hook Elementary 26. This dad makes bagged lunches...

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Special kids’ tees you’ll fall in love with for so many reasons

Funky t-shirts are my kids’ uniform. Since my boys share clothing, I need a material that can stand up to my kids’ rugged routines. Oh, and eco-friendly threads are always welcome. Now imagine all this, complete with cool designs created by artists with special needs to support great causes. Yeah, I’m excited too. I am in love with Paper Clouds Apparel. The sweet guitar you see here was designed by an artist with special needs. For every purchase of a bamboo or cotton blend t-shirt printed with organic paints, 50% of all proceeds go directly to a rotating charity–currently...

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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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Web Coolness: Snowflakes for Sandy Hook, DIY Christmas villages, and gift wrap inspiration

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! We have been heartbroken all week over last week’s tragedy. Here are links to some of the best online responses to Sandy Hook that put into words a bit of the deep sadness we feel, even as we try to maintain a sense of normalcy for our children. In addition, What Six Looks Like is an achingly beautiful reminder of just how young and full of life this age is. Such a pretty DIY Christmas village can be made out...

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Snowflakes for Sandy Hook

I just got wind of the most beautiful idea – a group putting together a mountain of handmade snowflakes from children everywhere, to help decorate the new halls of the brand new school where the Sandy Hook elementary students will be returning after the holidays. The information is on the National Parent-Teacher Association Facebook page, but the gist is simple: Send handmade snowflakes to: Connecticut PTA, 60 Connolly Parkway, Building 12, Suite 103, Hamden, CT06514 Now obviously not every parent has talked to their children about the recent tragedy, nor should you. I think you could still get your...

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Heifer International gifts: Buy the cow. And the goat, and the flock of chicks.

We love end-of-year charitable donations (or any time of year) to deserving organizations, and we’ve always been fans of Heifer International. Especially now that they’ve made it even easier to help a family take care of itself through your donation–and it happens to make a fabulous Christmas gift too. Heifer International is an amazing nonprofit that for years has been working to end world hunger by giving milk cows, goats, and flocks of chicks to impoverished communities–all to help the communities help themselves. And this year, they’ve added their own Christmas Wish List that makes it really easy to find...

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Holiday gift tags that make a difference in the lives of hungry kids

One goal that my husband and I have set for our family this holiday season is to give back as much as we possibly can. I think we’re all feeling it a bit this year. That’s why I love products like these holiday gift tags, which look great and do great things, with all of the proceeds going straight to those who are in need. These holiday gift tag created by No Kid Hungry, are the perfect gift tags or Christmas notes for loved ones. You can choose between two attractive styles. And every purchase gives back–exponentially. Purchase just...

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One of the most important presents you could ever give: clean water

As wonderful as it is to unwrap gifts during the holidays, it’s even more wonderful to give gifts that can’t be wrapped in the first place. Especially this one–because it will also be appreciated for a lifetime. Cool Mom Picks has always loved the mission of charity:water: to bring clean, safe drinking water to people in developing nations. And its holiday campaign is one I can totally get behind: the organization is suggesting we “give up the gifts” and instead help fund 100 new wells in Ethiopia. Just $10,000 fully funds a shallow borehole well in northern Ethiopia–a region...

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Web Coolness: holiday tech gifts, an easy Christmas craft, and a must-read post for every mother

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too! Have you seen our Cool Mom Tech holiday tech gift guide? So many awesome goodies for everyone in your family, plus wow, fabulous $500 giveaway! Let your kids make a Christmas tree with Washi tape as shown over at Modern Parents Messy Kids. Liz shares her top 5 things to do with the kids this holiday on the Bing blog–and some of them might be surprising. How many of them does your family do? We love this Hurricane Sandy Holiday Toy...

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Gourmet Spotting: Great taste, in the mail

Need a quick hostess gift that doesn’t require wrapping? We think a gourmet box for foodies is always in good taste. Especially when it gives back a little too. Yes, we already delivered a spiffy round-up of amazing gift subscription services for adults, but we couldn’t help including this fun new find that brings carefully curated gourmet goodies to your favorite foodies. Gourmet Spotting is a new NYC start-up by two globe-trotting foodies, who love to share their locally sourced and organic finds from around the world to help reinvigorate meals at home. Each month you’ll get full-size gourmet...

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A simple tote bag with a powerful mission of hope from ESPEROS

We love it when a favorite company is back on the scene with a new product, especially when that product does a world of good for someone in need. ESPEROS provides education for disadvantaged children while making gorgeous and practical bags. The company has a simple mission: One bag. One child. One year. {Keep reading after the jump for a chance to win a new ESPEROS tote!} When you get one of the simply practical (and yes, cool) bags by ESPEROS you give back, and you do it in a big way. Because every ESPEROS bag sold provides a...

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A wonderful way to help cancer patients that has nothing to do with pink ribbons.

When my mom had cancer, one of the things that truly lifted her spirits (and ours) was when friends would drop off home-cooked meals. Beyond the comfort in knowing that people cared, the meals themselves were warm, delicious, and time-saving. Lifesaving, really. And that’s why I’m so happy to share this wonderful that we found, which makes a fabulous gift for friends and family battling cancer–both for the holidays and year-round. {Keep reading for a discount on this amazing service, especially for CMP readers and their families and friends!} Meals to Heal really couldn’t be simpler: patients (or their...

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10 cool Christmas ornaments that give back

It feels like the world is in a very give-back kind of mood this year, doesn’t it? And while we have quite a few gifts that give back on our holiday gift guide, there’s something particularly special about ornaments that support a great charity or cause. Every year, you (or the lucky recipient) gets to be reminded of the do-gooding aspect of the season, which I think is my very favorite part. Here, a few favorites which support an incredibly diverse range of causes, some for as little as $5 an ornament. –Liz Ornaments that support children in South Africa...

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FashionABLE scarves get more fashionable, if that was possible

I feel a personal commitment to the amazing company fashionABLE, since having visited their operation in Ethiopia and meeting so many of the women who actually made the scarves. It’s even one of my very favorite picks this year in our Holiday Gift Guide, under the category of chic gifts that give back. Now, there’s two more styles that I’m extremely excited about, in part because they support an organization I love; and in part because I (along with some other amazing bloggers) helped make them. Really!   When we visited at fashionABLE, as part of our Ethiopian trip...

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