Tag: charity + causes

5 wonderful MLK Day crafts to help inspire important conversations with kids

My kids, like so many, have this Monday off of school to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and I always find that craft activities are a good way to engage kids around any important day. So I’ve tracked together some really fun craft ideas for MLK Day that my kids can create to help us celebrate diversity and inclusivity — and hopefully get some important conversations rolling around any household. And if for some reason your school isn’t off for the day, these could be great classroom activities as well, along with a watching of King’s famous I Have a Dream speech (linked...

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10 outstanding children’s books about activism in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

As we approach MLK Day, we’re thinking it’s the perfect time to get our kids learning about activism and about how one man, through his peaceful and steadfast fight for equal rights for all, made lasting changes and a huge impact on generations. Inspired by his words — “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere” — and motivated by his actions, we’ve put together a list of 10 children’s books about activism that we think will inspire our kids, in turn. From stories our littlest readers will enjoy to non-fiction books that motivate our older kids to take action about those things they believe in, we...

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F*ck yeah, Meryl Streep! | Spawned Podcast Episode 64

While yes, 8 zillion other outrageous things have happened since Sunday night’s Meryl Streep speech that brought down the Golden Globes (and a certain volatile twitter account), we still think it bears discussing. So today on the latest Spawned podcast episode, we’re chatting candidly about what she said, why we think her speech is worth defending (if you hadn’t guessed from the spisode title), and why we think it’s important that more people engage in politics and the issues they care about — not fewer — whatever their careers or backgrounds or hometowns. It’s a passionate, fun discussion and we think you’ll...

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Causebox: The ultimate do-good subscription box for women.

We love subscription boxes, and we’ve covered so many of our favorites since they became such a hot gift to give. And now we’ve found one that comes with built-in warm fuzzies. Each Causebox subscription box is filled with about seven beautiful surprises, each one socially conscious, meaning it was produced by artisans paid living wages and using resources that aren’t hurting the earth or humanity. And, wow, is each box full of indulgent, fashionable, covetable goodies. Related: 17 of the best subscription gifts for kids, from babies to teens Four times a year you’ll receive treasures ranging from accessories and jewelry to beauty products, home goods, and artwork. And I love...

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6 year-end charitable donation ideas that support children and education

Around the holidays, if you’re like me, you’re probably thinking about gratitude, which means you may be feeling more generous than usual about now. And, you might be thinking about some ways to log some year-end charitable donations before the clock strikes 12 on December 31. So I looked around to find some ways to cap off 2016 on a positive note, with donations that can make a real difference to lots of people in need. Of course, there are the big charitable organizations, which we still know and love, and continue to support all year long. But here, I’m sharing 6 of my...

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My holiday gift wishlist: 5 sweet indulgences to help me get my groove back.

I might be 39, but in many ways, 2016 was the year I became an actual adult. Both my father and grandmother died, my daughter got mean-girled, my son started his first real sport, I suffered some health setbacks, and I had to sell my beloved horse. I even cut my hair short for the first time since middle school…and instantly hated it. Oh, and I packed on 10 pounds of kummerspeck, which is German for “grief bacon.” Which means that heading into the holidays, my daily uniform now is pajamas and shearling boots. This is not to depress you! Only to say...

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We’re spreading the love with these 6 great places to donate toys this holiday season.

It should be obvious by now that here at Cool Mom Picks, we love presents. (We have 350 of them in this year’s holiday gift guide, which we think you should check out, if you haven’t already.) But even more, we love when our gifts give back in big ways. And what better way to get in the spirit of giving this holiday season than with toys for kids who need it most? So, here, I’ve rounded up some of the best ways for families to donate toys to children this month. Add them to your list, and get your own...

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A brilliant way to figure out how to be the change you want to see in the world.

In order to stay positive in life, I always try to find the good in a bad situation. Sometimes it’s easier said than done. But I honestly believe that actually doing something about the issues that concern me, give me hope, even if busy parents like me struggle with that. That’s why I love the Personal Impact Canvas created by top-level digital strategist and social impact advocate, Caleb Gardner. (Oh, and he’s also a very cool dad and great friend to CMP.) The Canvas is essential a printable self-reflection tool and organizer all in one. Just download the form and take some time to fill it out....

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Chic winter accessories that look great, and give back in a big way too.

Everyone has that person on their list who’s impossible to buy for because they already have it all. And while I try to opt for more meaningful gifts in these situations — like donations to a cause they’d appreciate — a printed receipt shoved in an envelope always feels a bit anti-climactic in the midst of the ribbon-snapping, wrapper-flinging reverie. But since working at Cool Mom Picks, I’ve discovered that there’s a whole world of amazing tangible gifts that also give back. Which is why I love these chic winter accessories by Echo and their Share the Warmth initiative. For every scarf, hat, or pair of gloves...

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Bring on the holiday cheer with 4 great gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too.

If you’ve already checked out our awesomely extensive holiday gift guide this year, which of course we hope you have, you know we’ve handpicked the very best gifts for pretty much everyone on your nice list — from your hard to please mother-in-law to that coworker you want to impress without spending more than $15. And, of course, we couldn’t forget about gifts for new moms. So here, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite gifts for new moms that support amazing causes too. Because we all know new motherhood is one gigantic step toward remembering to put others before ourselves,...

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Free printables + activities that help grow kids’ hearts 3 sizes this Grinch-mas

Maybe Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. We read that line in Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas every year, but it can sometimes be difficult to drive home the message with kids who are a bit more focused on their shiny, wrapped presents. (Not that we blame them entirely.) Related: Deck the house with the coolest Christmas printables, lots of them free If you want to find the strength of 10 Grinches plus two this holiday season — and mobilize your kids to do good in the community...

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5 wonderful ways to give back as a family all year long

It’s #GivingTuesday, a day we look forward to every year because we’re happy to share some of our favorite ways to give back. And while we love a dedicated day that nudges people to do good, we also love to help you find ways to give back as a family on this day — and any day of the year. While making donations to charities you support gives fulfillment to you, and a lifeline to the recipients, giving your time as a family can offer that, plus some really good bonding time. There’s something special that happens when you serve someone a meal, play some music...

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TogetherList makes it easy to do good in the world on #GivingTuesday

We celebrate #GivingTuesday each year right after Thanksgiving, and with good reason — it’s the perfect way to focus on giving back to our communities, especially at a time that we’re all so mindful about gratitude and thankful for what we have. Plus (cough) we taking advantage of the many great shopping deals this time of year too. There are a lot of worthy causes out there to support on #GivingTuesday — and throughout the year — plenty of which we regularity feature here on Cool Mom Picks. But sometimes it can be difficult to find every one of the great charities and groups trying...

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What the world needs now… you know the rest.

So many shopping holidays are just around the corner, and if you’re anything like me, you’re busy keeping a spreadsheet of all the best deals around. (And, hey, if you’re late to the task, don’t worry, we’ll be sharing all our best deals finds and holiday gift ideas with you soon!) But as you juggle the upcoming deals on Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Small Business Saturday, don’t forget about Giving Tuesday, which is exactly as it sounds — a day promoting the selfless acts of volunteering, donating, and generally showing love. With the new collaboration between Nest and QVC, you can give back and shop, thanks...

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Gorgeous pajamas by Sudara that help women in India find safe, sustainable work.

I may be the only person I know who gets excited about daylight savings time because the earlier sunset gives me an excuse to slip into something soft and forgiving for many more hours of the day. Oh yeah, and being pregnant hasn’t helped with this habit, at all. As a shameless pajama fiend, I was super excited to learn about Sudara, a company that makes gorgeous loungewear inspired by the art and culture of India. What’s more, is that these pants by Sudara are handcrafted by women in these communities who have bravely escaped sex trafficking. Sudara actively fights sex slavery in India by providing safe,...

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A lovely way for kids to send a letter of thanks to our troops on Veterans Day (or any other day).

Today, November 11, is Veterans Day. And while every day is a good day to honor our brave veterans and give thanks to soldiers and vets for their service, it’s always good to have a national holiday to inspire us. So many of us here come from military families, and as the stepdaughter of a veteran myself, I know just how much a message of thanks and gratitude can mean. My own girls call their Pop-Pop every year on Veterans Day to thank him and they write him letters of gratitude, like this one my youngest wrote last year, shown below. (You have to love...

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Election Day! Everything you need to know, and everything you need to know that you didn’t know you need to know.

You might have heard, but there’s this election coming up in the US on Tuesday, November 8 and it’s kind of a big deal. Here are just a few links we’ve been reading to help you, enlighten you, stress you out, or de-stress you completely.   Above: Vote street art via StreetArt SF Visit Vote.org to confirm your registration, polling place, and everything else. Iwillvote.com is a fast way to look up your polling place. And it goes without saying that NO, YOU CANNOT VOTE VIA TEXT. It’s a suppression tactic being disseminated by trolls to try and disenfranchise...

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What to do with leftover Halloween candy: 10 creative ideas besides you know, just eating it.

We’re always happy to offer up parents lots of ideas for what to do with all that leftover Halloween candy you’ll surely end up with. Well, at least after the small gorge-fest that your trick-or-treaters may be entitled to after all their hard work. So I’ve put together some crafts, causes, recipes, and even experiments you can do with leftover Halloween candy that are just as much satisfying as eating it all. Well, kind of. Top Photo: Sam Howzit on Flickr via Compfight cc 1. Donate Halloween Candy to a Good Cause One of our favorite ways to get candy out of the house is to send...

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month products: 10 fabulous gifts that donate 50% or more to great causes.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, as you may have realized from all the logos and web pages turned pink right now. While we are all obviously “aware” by now (and some of us have even suggested changing the name to something more active than awareness), it’s still a good reminder to get educated, get yourself checked, and do what you can to support research and prevention, especially with statistics showing that 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. Unfortunately, not everything with a pink ribbon on it truly supports research for a...

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Safe sleep for babies: 5 reliable sources on SIDS and more, so you can sleep better too.

In honor of SIDS Awareness Month, we’re sharing five of our go-to, reliable resources on safe sleep for babies. After all, sleep is easily the topic that consumes our minds as new parents more than any other — Are they getting enough sleep? Do I really need a schedule? Is my crib okay? Is my mattress okay? Are bumpers actually unsafe? Can they sleep with me? What happens if the baby rolls over onto her stomach?  We get it. It’s stressful! So we really hope these resources help new parents get the info and the reassurances we all need, so we can hopefully rest just...

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