Tag: charity + causes

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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The Belly Art Project by Sara Blakely: A fun gift for new moms that also happens to help moms in need.

Sara Blakely has been fantastically successful helping us hide our post-baby bellies with her magical Spanx products, but now she’s asking women to show off their bellies all in the name of charity. Her new book, The Belly Art Project, is a fun gift that gives back to new moms who need our help the most. Plus it gives back a sense of humor to our pregnant friends who just might need a few laughs to get through those grueling last few weeks of pregnancy. I remember; it’s rough. Related: Sex after pregnancy: 5 tips from Rosie Pope to help you get back in the saddle again In the book,...

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How to donate to Haiti relief from Hurricane Matthew: The best relief organizations on the ground right now

It was just 6 years ago that we were describing all the wonderful organizations and fundraisers that came together to support Haiti in the wake of a devastating earthquake, and now we’re so heartbroken to be revisiting those resources once again. As of now, 877 people are reported dead and that number is sure to grow. 877 mothers, fathers, children, partners, friends. 877 people. According to UNICEF, that includes half a million children who live in the affected areas. They state that up to 80% of homes in the south are damaged with nearly 16,0000 people in various shelters including at least...

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Share your own hometown hero and they could win $5000 for charity and a big celebration | Sponsored Message

This is a sponsored message from Mrs. Fields It’s always a good time for the heroes in your community to get the recognition they deserve. And here, that recognition also comes with a $5000 donation to their favorite charity and a local hometown hero event, all courtesy of Mrs. Fields. Nominating your own hero in your life is easy! Is it your child’s teacher? A volunteer fireman? A neighbor who’s always looking out for everyone else? Your own grandmother? Whoever it is, share their name at the Share Your Hero website, with a brief explanation of why they deserve this award. One worthy hero will be...

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This soap can save lives.

When we’re browsing the seemingly endless soap aisle at the grocery store, it’s easy to forget that the basics for good hygiene can still present a big challenge in many parts of the world. A bar of soap can literally save lives, preventing a child from dying from pneumonia or saving a mother and child during birth and delivery. Enter Health 2 Humanity, or H2H, which sells vegan, cruelty-free, non-GMO, hypo-allergenic soap that’s all made in California, and uses the proceeds to change lives in three African countries. I tried all four scents, and they’re lovely. The Lemon is my favorite — a bright and cheerful citrus that...

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How L.A. families in need can get free infant car seats this week: Spread the word

We’re all huge fans of The Good+ Foundation, which was started 15 years ago by Jessica Seinfeld — and you may know it by its original name, Baby Buggy. (In fact, our Editor-in-Chief Liz is so committed, she’s a member of the Friends of Good+ Foundation board of ambassadors.) In less than two decades the organization has worked to provide more than 20 million essential baby supplies to low-income families. And now, I’m so happy to learn that in time for this week’s National Child Passenger Safety Week, they’ve teamed up with another brand we love, Britax, to provide families in need with free car seats, along with tips for buckling up safely. Because...

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The Favela Art Project: bettering the lives of kids in Rio through art

During this summer’s Olympic coverage, we all enjoyed seeing beautiful images of fun, lively Rio, and its gorgeous beaches, but there was one major aspect of the city that wasn’t broadcast — the favelas, or slums, which populate Rio and rarely sees electricity, proper sanitation, or a reliable police force. But one woman has been working to transform the favelas for a very long time. Artist, TED talk speaker, and former favela inhabitant Mariluce María has launched the Favela Art Project to provide art education to children living in poverty and make tangible changes in their day to day lives. The group has been painting over violent symbols and graffiti,...

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Web coolness: Lessons from Gene Wilder, a park bench for nursing moms, unicorn rainbow hair + more

Here are some links we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too!   Thank you to Laura Begley Bloom of Forbes for this fantastic feature about the start and growth of Cool Mom Picks. We’re honored! So sad to hear about the passing of one of the comedic greats, and love Gretchen Rubin’s lesson in happiness learned from Gene Wilder and Gilda Radner. ( above image via Getty for ABC News) The ultimate Labor Day grilling + recipe roundup. Bye summer! Sniff.  Cannot stop watching this Kenzo perfume video by Spike Jonze. Cannot. Stop. Another must watch: Kristen’s...

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13 organizations helping Louisiana flood victims: Even if you can only give a little.

Oh, our hearts have been heavy watching the devastation from the flooding across Louisiana this week. More than 100,000 homes and buildings have been affected by these rising waters with reports of 30,000 people affected, and as many as 11,000 who have spent time in shelters. It’s devastating. Take a look at these before and after photos of the affected areas in Louisiana which really bring it to life. (Above: Danielle Blount feeding her three-month old baby; photo Max Becherer for the AP via the NY Times) In my own quest to see what I could do to help, I’ve put together...

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19 random acts of kindness you can have fun doing with your kids

There have been a lot of hard things in the news this year, and I think we can all agree we need a little more happy in our lives. So when a friend told me that her kids found $5 and a note to buy some candy “on us” tucked into her movie rental (yes, some people still rent DVDs!), I got inspired. What simple, random acts of kindness could I do with my kids to help other people have a happier day too? We’ve collected some of our favorite ideas here — from nice things you can do for strangers to...

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Support the National Parks Foundation with these cool Camelbak water bottles

A new water bottle is one of our back to school staples, and we’ve always been big Camelbak fans in my house. So how cool that they’ve teamed up with the National Parks for this new collection of water bottles that actually give back when you buy them. Related: The Bottlerocket water bottle from PlanetBox. Is it worth the price?  Each of these BPA-free water bottles feature a National Park, including big names like Yellowstone and Yosemite, and perhaps not as well-known parks like Arches and Olympic (at least, not as known to me). There are also a couple of...

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A cool custom ring we love, for a cause we love too.

We’re been dedicated followers of FashionABLE for a while now. What’s not to love about their sleek leather goods, gorgeous scarves, and minimalist jewelry? Plus, when you make a purchase from their website, you’re providing employment to women in need, domestically or halfway around the world. Related: FashionABLE jewelry and accessories that give back in an amazing way Right now we’re especially fond of this affordable Phrase Ring, which allows you to print your own two-word mantra right onto the metal face. I think this could be a sweet gift to someone embarking on a big adventure — like a new...

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