Tag: charity + causes

Pretty paper plates and cups that feed America’s hungry families

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only mom who races to my kids’ school party volunteer signups to be sure I can claim “plates and forks.” Honestly, the holidays are busy enough without having to bake eight dozen cookies. (And bless you parents who do sign up for cookie duty!) Whether it’s for the classroom or my own parties and holiday entertaining, I still prefer something more festive than boring white paper plates, so I was excited to discover the new line of modern paper plates and other dinnerware items from Cheeky Home. Cheeky launched just last week with these bright, cheerful designs exclusively at Target. But in case the...

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It’s a tote bag. It’s a backpack. It’s at the top of our Christmas wish lists.

Some days, when I leave the house in the morning I may not be back until after dinner, so I need to carry it all: Laptop, kids’ practice uniforms, snacks and toys to keep the kid waiting at said practice happy—you know how it is, right? The Ashton bag by the altruistic State Bags (who we discovered last year) is now available at our Cool Mom Picks indie shop and we’re so happy about it. This one is definitely on my wish list as a stylish, versatile tote bag for my busy schedule. These bags are so cool. I love the heavy canvas fabric with...

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Congrats to the Martha Stewart American Made winners. So much goodness!

From the woman who tells us everything that’s “a good thing,” there are now ten more good things for us all to discover via the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 winners. Here’s just a few we’re amazingly impressed with. Kalon Studios: Michaele Simmering and Johann Pauwen’s gorgeous modern furniture is all designed in LA and US-made. From a gorgeous handmade crib we recently featured in our black and white nursery roundup,  to a modern play tent and plenty of modern craft furniture for adults, we’re coveting all of it.   Heather Lins is a Madison mom making very cool DIY embroidery kits that make terrific gifts for...

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Web Coolness: Cheering for Amy Poehler, hilarious Halloween costumes, and kids who eat WHAT for breakfast?

Here are our favorite links from around the Internet this week. Hope you like them too.   Step away from the breakfast cereal and check out this amazing photo essay: What kids around the world eat for breakfast. (At top, Tokyo) Smart reasons to start using FaceTime Audio now. As big ONE supporters, we’re so thrilled to see Amy Poehler is guest curating ONE Girls + Women this month. If you’re a mom who hates cooking dinner, you will print out this article and cover it with kisses. Great tips for making the most of your parent-teacher conferences. Compelling observations from one blogger’s trip to India. What makes women...

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5 simple tips to get kids involved in ending poverty

Getting my kids involved with helping others has always been an extremely important part of parenting for me, and I’ve done my best to include them in my own charitable passions when I can. But after attending the recent Global Citizen Festival on behalf of our sponsor (and event partner) Citi, I’ve been thinking more deeply about global poverty, an epidemic affecting a staggering 1.2 billion people, and how I can get my own kids involved.     Admittedly, poverty is not an easy topic to broach with kids, but it’s an extremely important one. Start when they’re young and it’s not only...

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3 hot accessories from fashionABLE, only one place to get them

We know our readers are huge fans of the handmade scarves from fashionABLE, because of course you all have fabulous taste and big hearts. (Two of our favorite traits.) Last year the company did a very smart thing, working with our friends at ONE.org along with Gabby Blair of Design Mom and the talented Alt Summit attendees to crowdsource a new design. The winner: The Genet scarf by Janette Crawford which was such a huge hit they sold out in a flash. Even Christie Turlington and Minka Kelly were spotted wearing one.  As for me, I live in mine. Best travel scarf ever....

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T-shirts from J Crew that help support two of our favorite educational charities

I don’t need a reason to cozy up with the new J Crew catalog or website, multiple times a day, so give me that plus an awesome cause and you have my complete attention. Their new fall kids collection includes two t-shirts that support partnerships with education-based non-profits. Each is also miraculously mutually agreed by parent and child in our house as “cool.” I’m sold. The DonorsChoose.org t-shirt from the CrewCuts collection totally appeals the to 80’s kid in me who loved those black and white composition notebooks. The graphic, designed by Hugo Guiness, reads “P.S. We <3 you.” and promotes the Donors Choose mission of helping teachers help students. If you’ve...

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Web Coolness: An amazing shopping deal, the coolest kids’ tees of the year, and John Malkovich doing what?

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too. Have you shopped our favorite indie fashion + accessories lately? Do it now while global shipping is free! How parent entrepreneurs are revolutionizing school lunches. There are a lot of amazing women out there. A lot. Interesting take on why the Ice Bucket Challenge was so successful. In honor of Banned Books Week – How many subversive books do your kids own? Fantastic post. The coolest STEM tees for kids. Because kids who love STEM are cool anyway. Our friends at MOUTH.com add Food & Wine selects....

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Banned Books Week: Rallying book lovers right down to their toes.

If you love the written word, if you’re an avid supporter of your local library, or if you think Fahrenheit 451 should be required reading for anyone over the age of five, you might already know that this is the start of Banned Books Week which, honestly, it’s hard to believe there’s still a need for. And yet, there is. If you’re nodding along, you’ll probably be as taken with these literary socks as I am, and the excellent cause they support. From our friends at Out of Print Clothing, who make everything from e-reader covers to  cool kids’ tees featuring original book cover art, they’re now making...

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Super cute baby shoes that do good for babies everywhere

Around here we’ve kind of got a thing for shoes (if you haven’t noticed) and so we’ve always loved buying shoes for our babies as much as we do shoes for ourselves. The cuteness factor is just off the charts; one look at teeny little sneakers and soft, squishy boots from our favorite brands we know just what to get the pregnant mamas on our team in a few months. And now we have a new brand to add add to our list of favorites. We’re thrilled to introduce you to our newest partner Friendly Rooster (how cute is that) and their fantastic Share...

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