Tag: charity + causes

Baby slings with a story

I’d all but retired my baby slings with my youngest just turning one, but then I remembered how fantastic and handy slings are for toddlers (hello, hip carry!) thanks to Small Wish. It’s hard to go wrong considering the lovely fabric choices of their beautiful baby slings like my fave, the completely authentic African fabric sling (pictured), the careful construction, and the $39 price tag. Owner and mom Tracy Capobianco originally created these slings as a means to bond with her daughter, and is now setting aside a percentage of the profits to help with their upcoming Ethiopia adoption....

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How to make a jacket girlie without any pink

My daughter’s favorite word these days seems to be “layers.” She loves the idea of dressing herself in shirts and sweaters and jackets that she can peel off and put back on to her heart’s content, especially with the cool mornings and warmer afternoons that we’re experiencing right now. So I love items like the new girls bell-sleeve jacket from past CMP pick, Baby Eggi. The soft (soooo soft) cotton-spandex fabric makes the jacket casual enough to throw on over jeans and a tee, but the styling with the flouncy sleeves and big faux-glass buttons make it adorably girlie....

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Recycled, charitable, and oh so fancy

I’m going to be perfectly honest with you; in general the notion of putting cashmere on a baby seems absurd to me. In my world, babies and “hand wash only” are two things that don’t go together. But now I humbly eat my words, having checked out Liza Taylor’s cashmere hat and bootie sets. First of all, ohmygoshsocute. Second, the materials are recycled — or upcycled, if you prefer that term. And third, this former Ralph Lauren designer may now be selling her creations at Barney’s, but she’s also donating hats to orphans through Warm Woolies. Would this be...

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Surviving deforestation is one thing. Try surviving juice box mishaps.

I’ve always been a fan of cause-related marketing, or in human terms, charitable efforts for brands. Especially when the company really seems dedicated to the cause, and that’s what I’ve found to be the case with Timi and Leslie and their new endangered species strollers designed in a partnership with BabyPlanet. Each of the four, brand new strollers goes to raise awareness of four endangered species (to whatever degree that’s possible with a stroller), but what’s better is that a big ol’ check goes to the Wildlife Conservation Society each year, along with an additional $5 from each purchase....

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Need more justification to get a Bugaboo? Try their new partnership with (PRODUCT)RED.

It’s turning into good cause day at Cool Mom Picks, which is just okey dokey by us.  In this case, it’s Bugaboo, whose Frog stroller saved this Brooklyn mama from three years of curbs, cobblestones, and car-eating potholes, and the noble cause: The (PRODUCT)RED Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa for families and children. Through BUGABOO (PRODUCT)RED, the company is launching the snazziest special edition denim-canopied Chameleon stroller, which we got to admire (and drool over) at the ABC show last month. There are also some great new accessories and a swanky, very well-designed leather diaper...

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Drinking wine to save lives. Seriously.

It’s October (holy cow) and as most of you know, this means Breast Cancer Awareness month. And that means 600,472 products jumping on the pink ribbon bandwagon. Some are awesome. Some are not. And we do our best to try and pare them down for you. (In fact, Cool Mom Picks newsletter subscribers will get a peek at our favorite pink picks in the next couple of days. You are a subscriber, right?) We thought it would be fun to kick things off by introducing you to the very cool OneHope Wine. If you’re hosting some kind of breast...

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Even more justification for playing Sudoku online

I am always amazed by the number of online gaming pitches we get and then I realize -duh- I am totally addicted to online games, and have been ever since I was first introduced to Snood back in the day. Let’s just say there is no better way to keep your hands busy on a three hour conference call or while you’re sitting alone in the dark waiting for your kids to fall asleep. Of course there is that guilt factor of indulging in a totally useless time suck (and don’t even try to play that “hand-eye coordination card)...

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Great schools deserve free money

It’s music to any educator’s ears: The chance for big bucks for the school, just because it’s great. GreatSchools.net and Care2.com have partnered up to create the America’s Favorite School Contest, and they’re giving away everyone’s favorite recession prize — cash. And while I’m happy to send in Kleenex and wipes and extra pencils, and even to write a check to the PTA now and then, I’m certainly not going to turn my nose up at the opportunity to help my kids’ school win the $20,000 grand prize. There’s another $11,000 to be split amongst four runner-up schools, and...

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Clean up takes on a whole new meaning with Cleanup Soap

The first thing that struck me when I saw Cleanup Soap was how cool the shape was – graphic, and symmetrical and…wait a minute. Is that a…land mine? Indeed, these naturally scented, paraben-free soaps were created by Parsons design student Hideaki Matsui both to raise awareness of land mine clean up, and to support it directly, since 25% of the purchase price (or what’s probably 50% of the profits) go right towards landmine removal and survivor assistance in Cambodia.  While this isn’t the charitable effort that gets the most press or seems the sexiest, I know first-hand what it’s...

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9/11 – a very good day for doing very good

We love opportunities to get our kids involved in community service, so we’re so delighted to hear that 9/11 is now officially a National Day of Service and Remembrance. It’s also better than making it a National Day of Watching 24 Hour News Channels and Being Depressed. It’s really a beautiful concept. And if you need some ideas on what kinds of services to perform, take a look at 911DayofService.org. The organization was created as a spot for people to share their service plans, donate to support the organization, or find a project in the works to join in....

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Fabric scraps never had it so good

Designer Cath Young says her label Chunky Chooky is dedicated to “cool things for small people,” but I’d argue you don’t have to be particularly small to relish her adorable softies–creatures, rattles, and so-called wabbits fashioned from vintage and cast-off fabric scraps. Each one is cuter than the last, and they’re all surprisingly affordable for hand-made, one-of-a-kind creations. If all of that (and the floppy carrots each of her wabbits carry–those slay me) isn’t enough to win you over, consider this: In addition to making these guys from recycled and organic materials, Young is also active with Kiva.org to...

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The end to “reply all?” It’s a miracle!

My kids have been back to school for a few weeks already, and my inbox runneth over. I need more volunteers for the coupon drive, says the coordinator. This is quickly followed by a bevy of reply-alls which are making me crazy, so I can only imagine the poor coordinator is already drinking heavily. If only we were using VolunteerSpot, a free online volunteer scheduling tool, everyone would know exactly what was needed when, without reply-all-ing the entire school. The coordinator simply hops online, creates the necessary schedule of needs (slotting both people to participate and items for drop-off),...

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Hope in a bottle. Seriously.

Every year, without fail, I make the same New Year’s Resolution: To drink more water. And every year I fail miserably. However Project 7 water may provide me with just the motivation I need to succeed. Project 7 is a small Texas company created by Tyler and Taylor Merrick, with a big idea–to donate half of their profits (you read that correctly) to 7 charities that benefit 7 areas of need in our world. Like feeding the hungry, protecting the environment and searching for world peace. Lofty goals for a simple bottle of water, huh? In fact you even...

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When is a stuffed animal not just a stuffed animal?

The only thing more impressive to us than an adorable handmade stuffed animal is one with an awesome do-gooding backstory. Like the one behind Kathy Chereck’s “critters” at the shop Ashley Petite. When Kathy Chereck lost her grandson, Nicholas, to a rare medical condition, she began creating elephants and piggies and the fuzzy bunny shown here, with all the proceeds (all!) going directly to Angela’s House II which assists parents by giving them a place that can support and help care for medically frail children. Fuzzy Bunny has long hair so it’s probably best for kids who are past...

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Protecting kids from sunburn, petrochemicals, and shoddy package design

We’ve gotten our fair share of baby lotions and bath products from Little Twig as gifts and I must say, they’re often the ones I reach for first. I love the adorable packaging, but even more so I love the pthalate-free, paraben-free, sulfate-free products inside which are consistently excellent across the line.  So of course I had high expectations for their new SPF 30+ Mineral Sunscreen for children. The first sign that I was going to like this sunscreen was the scent, which is light and not chemical-y, probably because it’s actually not chemical-y. It goes on really nicely...

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Cooler than tattooing The Rolling Stones on your arm. And also less permanent.

Let’s be honest, you get to a certain age and concert tees sort of lose their appeal (or should). But if you’ve got an inner groupie hiding in there somewhere, you are so going to love the Guitar String Bracelet Charity Project from Wear Your Music. The actual guitar strings from acts from Eric Clapton to Bonnie Raitt to Slash to Tenacious D (dude!) are repurposed into cool bracelets with 100% of the profits going to the musician’s pet charity. The customizable bracelets can be as subtle or as blingy-bling as you want, when you personalize them with recycled...

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Repurposed frames that look as good as they make you feel

When I stumbled upon the Second Line Frames etsy shop, I went wow – those are cool. And that’s before I knew the backstory. Turns out this Tampa-based cooperative salvages wood siding from homes destroyed during Hurricane Katrina, and turns them into beautiful, artful, rustic picture frames. It’s their way of preserving New Orleans in more ways than one; 20% of profits now go to The Phoenix of New Orleans which continues to help out the residents who are still rebuilding. So you’ll have a beautiful frame that tells its own story, without ever detracting from the story of...

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Cancer with a happy ending

We here at Cool Mom Picks love our sponsors (love them!), but some we have to admit we love just a bit more than others. So when we found out that The American Cancer Society would be a part of our site over the coming weeks, we immediately asked what we could do to help them out on our end. I’m betting that most, if not all, families have been affected by cancer in one form or another, my own being one of the many millions. In fact, my mother-in-law will join the 11 million or so cancer survivors...

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Mother’s Day gifts that give back to one of the best dot-orgs of all

I love the idea of a Mother’s Day gift this year that gives back in some way, and I especially like the idea of giving back to the March of Dimes, a cause near and dear to our hearts since the recent loss of a prominent blogging mom’s little girl to complications related to her premature birth. Red Envelope is on the ball this year with that very thing, offering 10% of the purchase price of any item to the March of Dimes when you order through this link. There’s an entire selection of Mother’s Day gifts that we’d...

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Gift baskets for Mother’s Day filled with hope

This Mother’s Day, you can honor thy mother (or a mother you love) by helping mothers in crisis. And I don’t mean “oh no, the babysitter canceled at the last minute.” More like women affected by humanitarian emergencies around the world. The wonderful International Rescue Committee has put together special “baskets” for mothers, but instead of chocolates or bubble bath, the gifts could include a carseat for an uprooted family, postpartum care for a mother with a life-threatening complication, or blankets to keep babies warm. As for you, you get a beautiful card to pass along to the woman...

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