Tag: charity + causes

Light the way for someone you love

When is a candle not a candle? When it becomes a vessel for love, hope, and even water. That’s when. If you love gifts that keep on giving, gives that give back, and gifts that are made by hand with love, then we’d like to introduce you to glassybaby. glassybaby is the brainchild of Lee Rhodes, mother of three and survivor of a rare type of cancer who discovered glass and glassblowing while trying to find a few moments of serenity during her fight with cancer. After learning that the warm light emanating from hand-blown glass helped lift the...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back from AHA Life

When we first discovered AHA Life a while back, it was a bit like a high end flash sale site with a new, extremely well-curated item popping up every 24 hours. Unfortunately, the prices were a bit in the “well, a girl can dream, right?” category. Now the site has evolved with more items that are available for longer, and many at prices more of us can afford. Of course this makes it more fun to browse around for great gift picks, and I was happy to find quite a few gifts that give back for a caring mama...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back. Thanks, 31 Bits.

One of our favorite kinds of Mother’s Day gifts to recommend are those that give back, because we hardly know a mother among us who isn’t committed to making the entire world a better place for our babies. Now there’s a new one, offering beautiful affordable jewelry, with a cause that’s just as attractive. 31 Bits is creating very wearable, handmade jewelry with the help of 108 women in Uganda. The company not only helps provide them with an income source, but also with vocational training, educational opportunities, English lessons, and AIDS and healthcare education. Founder Kallie Dovel seems...

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Buy jewelry, save the world. Seems fair.

I’ve got a thing for artisan jewelry. So you can only imagine that I fell pretty hard for the beautiful selection from Joan Hornig Jewelry. But it gets better, when you find out that Joan is not just an artistic talent, but a very clever philanthropist with a very clever idea. With sales of every piece in her boutique, from the beautiful and relatively affordable Knock on Wood ring (below) to the stationery selection, to an 18k gold bracelet in the $18,000 range (at top), Joan Hornig donates 100% of the profits on each piece to the charity of...

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Saving lives with soap. Yes, soap.

Hand-washing is big in our house, especially after that last bout of stomach flu, which has cured my son forever of licking the bathroom floor at Michael’s. (I kid. Mostly.) It’s easy to take something as simple as a bar of soap for granted, considering there’s an opportunity to wash off dirt and germs at every public and personal sink around our suburb. But not everyone is so lucky, and we’ve found a company dedicated to changing the world through soap. And you know what? It’s really nice soap, too. Organic and everything! SoapBox Soaps is the brainchild of...

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Web Coolness – Flying Babies, Easter tips, and our blogs as our legacy

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re not sure how she did it, but we love this series of Flying Babies photos by Rachel Hulin (via Swiss Miss) Inhabitots’ tutorial for dying Easter eggs naturally is super easy to follow, with great tips for even brighter eggs. Our own Kristen has her own smart and funny show coming to Cafemom Studios! Sign up now to be notified of all weekly episodes of The Kristen Chase Show. This mama has some sage advice (and the cutest baby...

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On International Women’s Day, give the gift of education

Today, is International Women’s Day. And hey, we’re women! Which makes it a pretty big deal to us. It’s so easy to take for granted that we can live and work in the land of the free, and hard to imagine how women have it in other countries, where education is discouraged and dreams of careers are nothing but. So I’m so happy to learn about Vittana, an amazing non-profit with a global campaign that we’re happy to help support, especially today. Vittana has raised over $1.5 million for ambitious students from countries like Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, Paraguay and the Philippines who desperately...

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Treehouse Tykes – A new flash sale site that stands out from the rest

Another members-only flash sale site, you ask? Well, yes. But this one’s got an awesome charity aspect to it, plus the kinds of kids’ brands for up to 70% off, that we’d happily buy at full price. The new flash sale site, Treehouse Tykes, not only tempts are wallets by offering CMP favorites like Manny & Simon and 7 A.M. Enfant, but has a very cool way to shop while doing major good: 10% of net proceeds will go to the school or charity of your choosing. Another way Treehouse Tykes is different is their “10-10-10” program. Every time...

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TOMS jumps on the ballet flats trend

My TOMS wedges might just be my favorite pair of high-heeled spring and summer shoes, but even as comfy as they are, they’re still high for chasing after four kids. And while I’ve yet to feel hip enough to pull off the Classic styles, the new TOMS ballet flats might just be the shoe for me. Available in a slew of different patterns and fabrics, like suede, burlap, even leather, the TOMS ballet flats are not only on trend this year, they’re the perfect combination of fashion and function for me. They’ve got a a sleek square-round toe with...

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Shirts for books

I believe in the essential power of reading–my kids have the stuffed bookcases to prove it. But not every kid does. So I love the idea of this website that lets you buy an amazingly cute, supersoft, combed-cotton T-shirt to get more books in the hands of little ones who don’t have access to them. Did I mention amazingly cute? [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I can’t get over this StoryTee from the website, OffOurChests. I mean, “Not Photoshopped”–how perfect a statement for our naturally adorable kids in this digitally-enhanced age. The best part: for every StoryTee you...

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Protect free speech – say no to SOPA and PIPA

In solidarity with the many websites protesting the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and Protect IP Act (PIPA)–those sites we rely on every day for news, entertainment, information, and community–Cool Mom Picks will not be posting today. We are deeply concerned about these well-intended but wildly misguided acts, which will go to a Senate vote in the coming weeks. They would not only threaten free speech, but the Internet as we know it, including user-generated content sites like Etsy, Wikipedia, Vimeo, Twitter, eBay, LinkedIn and Flickr. For more information on the Stop Online Piracy Act, please visit SopaStrike.com, follow #SopaStrike on Twitter, or search the web. The most thorough info about it is on Wikipedia – but they’ll be dark today. Please consider calling your Senators today and letting them know how you feel. -Kristen +...

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Cute kicks for a cause

It’s rare enough to see a good sale on well-made and stylish kids’ shoes from brands like Pediped. But when that sale gives 50% of sales to charity, we’re highly motivated to shop! Take those Jordyn sneakers up there. Regular price? $32. Sale price? $25. Gives to charity? $12.50. That’s a deal you can feel good about. During the Pediped Foundation Sale, you can buy newborn to big kid shoes at a special sale price. And then half of that sale price is given directly to the Pediped Foundation, which has given over $1,500,000 to kids in need since...

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Charity begins in your t-shirt drawer

We love finding ways to make our purchasing dollars do good in the world. Now we have another one to add to the list, along with Tiny Revolutionary,  Jedidiah, and do-gooder deal site Pure Citizen. Welcome, Sevenly! Each week, Sevenly sells one gorgeously hip and huggably soft t-shirt. And for each shirt sold, $7 goes directly to that week’s charity. That’s one design, seven days, seven dollars. Super easy, and super effective.  They’ve already donated more than $171,000 to charities like Drop in the Bucket, War Child, Water.org, and CURE Childhood Cancer. And the shirts are fair-trade, American-made, cozy-soft...

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A printable 2012 calendar that does more than track the days

When we discovered French site Tiny-Us last year, we were taken with their mission to sell paper dolls and other printables as a fundraiser for a local school for children with disabilities. And now I’m just as taken with their new 2012 printable calendar. You pay whatever you want, and get a PDF of the calendar to print. What’s really sweet is that after each month is through, your children will have two new paper doll outfits to look forward to. Give generously–every bit of your donation goes right to the Présence charity. Nice way to start the year. –Liz...

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Our favorite charities for that very last end-of-year tax deduction

As we come to the end of 2011, we all feel like we have much to be thankful for — good friends and family, incredible colleagues (sniff, we love you CMP’ers!) and amazing readers like you who have supported us for another fantastic year. As in years past, we’ve asked some of our contributors to share with you their favorite charities and the range is pretty amazing. Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, or just remind you to give to your own favorite charity, and squeak in one last generous act (and tax deduction) before...

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Peace on earth takes on a whole new meaning with these bracelets

These beautiful bracelets are the bomb– literally, and figuratively, and I can’t think of a better way to spread peace than with jewelry that truly symbolizes just that. Back in 1973, bombs rained down on Laos, and after the Vietnam war was over, the bombs and their debris were left behind. Artisans began to collect the leftover scrap metal and form it into spoons and jewelry, a practice which spread and inspired Project Peace Bomb. They partner with these artisans to create unique bracelets made from the metal scattered throughout the ravaged landscape of Laos. Even better, when you...

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Great shirts for stylish dreamers, wanderers, and do-gooders

It should always be a joy to do a little online shopping, especially when you’re hoping to see your money do a little good in the world. That’s why Jedidiah is so nice. Every one of their lovely adult shirts and accessories you buy contributes to a worthy cause. This season, a portion of all proceeds from sales goes to StandUp for Kids to help homeless teenagers and at-risk youth. Jedidiah recently raised over $24,000 for their previous charity, Amor, including building two houses and stocking a food pantry in Tijuana–so this is serious business. What do I love...

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Hatch – The chic line of maternity fashion, now on sale

When I first saw the new maternity line, Hatch, I wanted to order every single piece in the collection. Now here’s the funny thing–I wasn’t even pregnant then. [don’t miss a great discount and a tie-in with one of our favorite charities after the jump] Hatch was born when designer Ariane Goldman, the founder of twobirds Bridesmaid, wanted to create a line that stylish women would wear before, during and after pregnancy. She totally got the fact that mamas–no matter how much money they did or didn’t have–loathe the idea of shelling out for something they can only wear...

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Celebrity designed holiday cards that give back. And they’re actually nice!

OK, so you’ve probably never wondered what a holiday card designed by Jennifer Aniston or Zoe Saldana would look like, but here’s a hint: They’re stylish. Stylish enough that it surprised us. And stylish enough that they are carried by paper goods powerhouse Tiny Prints this holiday, and come with a fabulous charitable component too.  You are familiar with Tiny Prints, aren’t you? They brought hip back to cute paper goods, and this celebrity-designed line of cards is no exception. The irony (and I mean this in a good way) is that these celebrities have come together to raise funds...

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Buy one baby blanket and get two. The second, for a child who really needs it.

If you’re considering a baby blanket as a gift for the upcoming holidays, or simply for a new baby in your life, I can’t think of a more beautiful gesture than one of these Me Two You baby blankets. Because for every one you buy, one is also donated to a child who can really need it. Made with supersoft, luxuriously minky fabric and trimmed with satin piping, Me Two You’s Plush Blanket is the very definition of what a snuggly blanket should be. And it’s just the slightest bit smaller than a crib mattress–the perfect not-too-big-not-too-little size for little...

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