Tag: charity + causes

FEED the world: let them know it’s Christmas time

In honor of World AIDS Day today, there’s a lot you can do. It can be as simple as signing a petition to keep funding for AIDS treatment and prevention going to save the lives of moms and babies. It can be talking to your kids about AIDS and how far we’ve come with treatment and research. And it can be making a generous contribution through the simple act of shopping. The Project (RED) shop offers a lot of great products that help support AIDS research and treatment to various degrees. But what I particularly love is this FEED (RED) Love 30...

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Because the coolest superpower is always giving back

We bet you know a pint-sized superhero or two. You might even have one battling baddies in your living room at this very moment. So maybe it’s time for some new superhero threads for your fave good guys (and good girls).  One of our favorite indie imaginative play companies, Pip and Bean, has been turning out handmade kid capes on Etsy since 2009. This holiday season, this mom-and-pop shop are offering an awesome promotion that will not only have your little superheroes rockin’ their very own capes, but will also help them put smiles on the faces of other kids...

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One thing you can do to make a difference for millions of women. And it’s free.

As some of you know, I recently spent a week in Ethiopia with the amazing organization ONE, specifically to see the tangible good that foreign aid is doing for mothers and families around the globe. The amazing thing about ONE is that they never ask for your money–only your voice. And that voice matters indeed. I’d love if you can take 30 seconds (really!) out of your day to do one little thing for them–and for all mothers–in honor of Giving Tuesday. And it won’t cost you a dime. Only about 30 seconds. My small request: Please sign this...

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We’re giving back to our favorite causes on #GivingTuesday

While Cool Mom Picks is known for finding the coolest stuff out there for our readers to buy, we’ve also got a big soft spot for causes and charities, and generally just making the world a better place. (Bonus points if it also involves shopping for cool stuff.) So it’s no surprise that when we heard about #GivingTuesday, we couldn’t wait to learn more–and we knew our readers would dig it too. #GivingTuesday is a collaborative effort, spearheaded by the 92nd Street Y and the United Nations Foundation, to promote generosity and giving during the holiday season. We’ve devoted recent...

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Paying the thankfulness forward to other families on Thanksgiving

Today we are feeling so thankful to be home, safe, and with family, taking it all for granted that we can make fun of our aunt’s terrible stuffing and bitch about the football game that just happens to be “very important,” right when the dishes have to be done. But the truth is, we’re not all so fortunate. Hurricane Sandy is hardly behind us, where I live in New York City. So many families on the East Coast are still struggling without jobs to go back to, without homes to return to–one of our own writers and her family...

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Web Coolness: napping DJ baby, Thanksgiving treats, and understanding autism

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. A while back, she was photographing her daughter napping in fanciful scenes. Now, Adele Enersen is doodling around her sleeping son who becomes a rocking DJ, runway model, or cellist in his dreams. If you’ll be the one hosting Thanksgiving dinner check out this amazing list of Thanksgiving resources from our own Stacie. If someone else is cooking you Thanksgiving dinner (lucky!), grab one of these free printable wine labels and gift tags from Sarah Hearts and bring something delicious for...

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A trucker hat with big attitude…and big compassion

I couldn’t help but giggle out loud when I caught wind of these awesome trucker hats. Available at Barnabas Clothing in four colors, the COOLio trucker hat is kind of more coolio than sticking Pabst Blue Ribbon up there which, you know…so Williamsburg circa 2004. But what’s really cool to me is that this small company donates a portion of all sales to The Living Room International, to care for HIV/AIDS patients in Kenya. –Liz Find a mix of cool accessories and clothing that gives back online at Barnabas...

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5 ways to support our troops on Veterans Day (and every day)

As a daughter of a veteran and a military spouse, Veterans Day isn’t just another Monday off from school. It’s when we take a moment to honor our own family members and others who have sacrificed so much for our safety and freedom. If you’re looking to provide support to our troops and their families in honor of Veteran’s Day, here are 5 ways you can help today and on any day of the year. -Kristen   [vintage flag: rusty lantern] 1. Support a worthy cause Your monetary donation, no matter the size, can help provide services and support...

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Change the world by changing your socks. Really.

I don’t tend to spend much time thinking about my sock purchases. Half of my socks tend to get lost in that treacherous journey from laundry hamper to dryer, anyway. But I’ve just found an incredible site that makes shopping for socks–and good-looking socks, at that–an opportunity to change the world. I kid you not. The good folks at PACT have what they call “a movement designed as a clothing company.” (Love.) Each season, they design a collection of clothing inspired by someone doing something good. And then they donate money from the sales of the clothing to that very cause. ...

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Web Coolness: Kung Fu toddler, NYC Marathon aid, and lying about lice

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Our hearts were warmed to see the photos of New York City Marathoners going to help the people of Staten Island after Hurricane Sandy. And this story of their day is incredibly touching. One of CMP’s favorite kindie voices (and overall great guy) Brady Rymer and the Little Band That Could will donate a portion of sales at this Sunday’s concert and fundraiser in Tribeca to the Red Cross Hurricane Sandy Relief Fund. What a lovely post about a child whose love of running keeps her...

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Vote!

We know how busy you mamas are these days, do we ever, but we really hope you’ll take a break from playing super woman today and vote! Whichever button you decide to push (or hole you decide to punch), please take a moment today and hit your local voting booth. Pack some snacks, load up the iPhone with some fun apps, and make a difference. And better, celebrate the end to the campaign ads and phone calls that seem to be timed exactly when your kids have fallen asleep. And if you need a little help finding your voting...

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The Inspiring Mom Awards: help a deserving mom win $1000 for her charity

Recently we told you about the Inspiring Mom Awards, sponsored by Tea Collection, and now I’m so thrilled to let you know that after much (much!) deliberation it’s been narrowed down from 100 nominees to 9 finalists in 3 categories. And your vote can help 3 of them win $1000 toward charities of their choice–something we know a lot of mamas are thinking about these days. Just read their brief stories–you’ll be inspired, trust me. Congrats to the finalists of the Mompreneur category, which I judged with Giggle’s Ali Wing: Jackie Majerus of Connecticut, Amy Sue Nathan of Illinois, and...

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Buy one, gift one, make someone’s day: kindness comes in travel size

We adore this new trend of “buy one, donate one” products, in the model of TOMS Shoes. And now there’s one more, from a mom of two who took a personal tragedy and turned it into a truly inspiring company. After the near-drowning of her three-year-old son, Laura Metro founded WINK (When In Need of Kindness), a buy-one-give-one toiletry bag company.  When you buy one of her gorgeous toiletry bags, a similar one will be donated to Ronald McDonald House Family Rooms. As Laura writes, “When a parent is in those rooms, things are not good.” These toiletry bags help bring...

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Afraid of the dark? Not with this just-in-case kit stashed away

In light of Hurricane Sandy, I think a lot more of us are thinking about preparedness and safety precautions our families. Not that it’s such a fun thing to think about. But when I saw this kit created for blackouts, I liked the balance of straightforward approach without too much gloom and doom. [Don’t miss a great limited time discount after the jump..plus another really wonderful incentive!] The Family Blackout Kit comes packed in a sturdy child-size hiking backpack marked Survival Kit (which I admit, still makes me go eek). What’s inside is super smart though: flashlights, a lantern,...

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Man Candles: the perfect gift for the bacon fiend in your life

Sure, we love fancy candles as much as the next mom trying to cover up the smell of a yogurt pop hidden under the couch for two weeks. But men need candles, too, and we think they’re really going to love this collection of masculine scents for discriminating fans of pizza and new baseball mitts. Plus, they help feed the hungry. And did we mention they’re the brainchild of a teenager? Hart Main was 13 when he came up with the idea for Man Cans while observing his sister’s school fundraiser selling more traditionally feminine scented candles. But instead...

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Hurricane Sandy: More than a dozen ways you can help

Like many of you, we’ve been overwhelmed by the photos and stories of Hurricane Sandy. Some of us have even lived through it (but we’re all safe, thank goodness!) so have been grateful that so many of you have asked how to help those in need after this devastating storm. With so many bogus charities popping up (arghhhh), we wanted to share a list of some of the many wonderful, legitimate causes that are doing good work in the midst of Hurricane Sandy that could all kinds of support–whether it’s money, foods and supplies, or even your volunteer time...

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Feed the world with beautiful limited-edition art

My kids are getting to an age when they’re understanding that there are big differences between the way we live and how families around the world live.It’s pretty tough these days, though, for a kid to feel like they can make any kind of impact in a faraway country. Because, frankly, when you only have a couple of dollars a week at your disposal, it’s going to take a long time for it to add up to much. The beautiful Global Compassion poster from Children Inspire Design might be just the answer our family is looking for. Purchasing a signed, limited-edition poster for...

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Web Coolness: reflecting on Sandy, Star Wars goes to Disney, and free art for all

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.  Such an important piece to read this week: How to be a good fellow citizen in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. And, go here if you’d like to sign up to volunteer to help clean up the city in the weeks ahead. (via new york family) How will our kids remember these traumatic moments? Turns out, some of our scariest moments may become some of their favorite memories. Riding out the storm with small children. . . one family reflects on...

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Web Coolness: superhero photo opps, resonant moments, and healthy-ish Halloween snacks

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. Cereal boxes, duct tape, and some high-flying kids create the cutest superhero photo booth from One More Mushroom. (via mer mag)  Paying Attention to Resonant Moments: A gorgeous post about those important moments in time. This amazing piece in the New York Daily News about our own Editor Liz’s trip with ONE to Ethiopia is a must-read. (Yes, we’re biased, but for good reason). We are so touched to read what one woman is doing help her young nephew who was...

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The All for Children Collection by H+M and Unicef means one more for all

We love shops like H+M which offer stylish but still affordable clothing–especially for our kids who we know won’t be wearing that pair of jeans for another six years. But we’re especially excited when we learn that the same shops are committing big time to sustainability and the lives of children in the countries where they operate and own factories. Because let’s be honest, in this economy, parents don’t want to have to to choose between great prices and stores with ethical manufacturing processes. So yay for not having to choose! I am so delighted to learn about the...

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