Tag: charity + causes

19 beautiful gifts that give back beautifully, on #GivingTuesday or any day at all.

Each year, we love putting together some of our favorite gifts that give back in substantial and specific ways — not just some undetermined percentage of your purchase going to “charities.” While we try to share these kinds of gifts year round, it has special meaning to us today on #GivingTuesday, in which we take a moment to count our proverbial blessings, while finding ways that we can do good for others. Now we know that with Giving Tuesday coming right on the heels of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday (phew) you may be experiencing a little bit of shopping...

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How to talk to your children about the tragedy in Paris: Excellent resources to help parents, teachers and other caregivers, because we sure need it right now.

It’s been a somber mood around here, as our hearts go out to the people of Paris. We each have been hoping and praying for peace for humanity in our own ways, and this image from French artist Jean-Julien, which you’ve probably seen by now, has captured the sentiment so simply and beautifully. As someone who lived through 9/11 in New York, I admit I am having a very difficult time with this. It’s hard enough to process the horror and inhumanity of it all, but what’s different this time — even though it’s 3600 miles away and not just a...

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A great new reason to support Friends of Maddie

If you’re a fan of great parenting blogs, you may be familiar with the difficult story of our friends Mike and Heather Spohr, of the popular site The Spohrs are Multiplying. They experienced the unimaginable after the death of their daughter Maddie in 2009, and yet they channeled their efforts with so much positivity, eventually creating a successful charity that allowed them to send numerous support packs and needed technology to Level III NICUs around the country. Over time, so many other organizations have started providing similar support, and the Spohrs spent a lot of time determining a new way to make the most difference. So  this week, in honor of would have...

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Web coolness: A Charlie Brown Morrissey mashup, essential books for girls, and the best parenting advice in 6 words

Here are some links we’ve liked around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   In honor of the Peanuts Movie launch this weekend, 12 amazing ideas for a Peanuts themed party. Also, laughing so hard at This Charming Charlie tumblr, a mashup of Peanuts strips and Morrissey lyrics. Still trying to get rid of leftover Halloween candy? We have 9 smart options for you. Worried about processed meats: Here’s a smart guide to choosing better bacon. 3 things never to say to your kids: Do you agree? Nice list of 30 empowering books for girls including some...

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Web coolness : Last-minute Halloween help up the whazoo, creepy books to read the kids this weekend, and the world’s scariest lollipops.

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   A massive guide to last-minute Halloween ideas. No-stress, promise. Great creepy books to read to your kids this weekend: Hit the library, your local bookshop, or the Kindle store. 9 fun, free printable Halloween coloring pages to keep the kids busy. On the kitchen front, links to 171 Halloween recipes all in one place, from treats to healthy dinners to adults-only cocktails. 9 creative recipes for those pumpkin seeds. (Mmm…really good ones.) Ha, we need this trick-or-treat bag immediately! Now those are...

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Don’t forget to trick-or-treat for UNICEF! Here’s how to do it – and to make it more fun with Peanuts themed boxes.

We’ve always been big fans of trick-or-treat for UNICEF, but this year, they’ve got limited-edition Peanuts boxes to make collecting donations extra special. This weekend, kids can collect candy and collect donations for UNICEF while they trick-or-treat which this awesome organization will use to help millions of children around the world get much needed immunizations, clean water, health care, and more. It’s really amazing what even just $5 can do to help. You’ll need to hurry though, because today is your last day to order the limited-edition Peanuts collection boxes online.   But if you miss the deadline for the Peanuts boxes, don’t worry! You...

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Showing your thanks: 5 simple tips for making military care packages more personal

When my kids’ father was deployed for a few months to Afghanistan, I put together several military care packages filled with fairly typical items. Don’t get me wrong, they were definitely very appreciated by his unit! But it wasn’t until he returned home that I got the inside scoop on what soldiers really want in a military care package. Because this is so personal for me, and for several of our writers with military families, I’m really happy to have the opportunity to share some tips and tricks for how to make a military care package more personal, whether it’s for a family member,...

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An artist transforms Bratz dolls into real female role models and the results are amazing.

When we first discovered Tree Change dolls, our readers went wild and with good reason — mom Sonja Singh is taking one of the most polarizing children’s toys (Bratz) and refashioning them into some of the most beloved children’s toys (wholesome little girl dolls). So now we’re so excited to see that artist Wendy Tsao has found inspiration in Sonja’s own work, and credited her as the impetus for her Mighty Dolls project, an art project in which she upcycles the same Bratz dolls, turning them into a powerful and diverse collection of female role models. Take a look at her site and you’ll recognize author JK Rowling, Nobel...

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#62MillionGirls are not able to go to school. Here’s one easy thing you can do about it.

Today is the International Day of the Girl. And while we talk so much here about how important it is to empower and educate our girls every day, if they’re not even in school, both of those things are nearly impossible. So we thought one of the best things we could do today is share the #62MillionGirls campaign from the awesome folks at Girls Rising in partnership with Michelle Obama.  They’re using the power of social media — and some major celebs — to help get the word out about the 62 million girls in the world, half of whom are adolescent, who are denied the right...

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Web coolness: The LEGO Batmobile, outrageous Halloween cakes, and the world’s coolest dad

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   Nathan Sawaya’s lifesize LEGO Batmobile. No kids, we cannot make you one too. (And yes, ours asked.) Seriously outrageous Halloween cake ideas. 90’s pop culture Halloween costume ideas from Daria to TLC. Saying Yes: Love these 5 purposeful acts of playfulness with kids from Meredith Sinclair.   Easy Halloween themed school lunch ideas as your kids start getting excited. (We adore these Mummy Drink Boxes from A Pretty Life in the Suburbs – also fun for parties!) Candidate for world’s coolest dad? How Mythbusters teaches...

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8 awesome diaper bags and totes that give back to other mothers

The most essential (or at least the most fun) part of your new-mom gear collection just may be a great diaper bag. Since you’ll have it with you all the time, you want it to be well made, look great, and let you find that paci immediately when your baby starts to fuss. So while I’m waiting to be matched with a baby for adoption, I’ve been searching for a cool new diaper bag, and started to discover so many diaper bags that give back to moms in need. Because as essential as my diaper bag is to me as a new mom, the benefits these...

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Web coolness: The cutest cookies, Viola Davis’ daughter steals the limelight, and a Star Wars fan film to make you smile

Here are some links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you like them too.   It’s cookie baking season! And Cool Mom Eats has the most adorable cookie ideas like these Hugging Bear Cookies. (It’s okay to squee. And blame it on your kids.) Cutest ever Emmy win congratulations to Viola Davis from her daughter. So many cool videos for kids in one place. Our kids can’t stop watching. Are parents intervening too much in their kids’ problems? Great points (and funny anecdotes). We look forward to following news from the Social Good Summit on social media...

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Little Balena handmade baby blankets. Preppy is back!

Any parent knows the importance of a go-to baby blanket, because a baby blanket is never just a blanket; it’s a play mat, a changing pad, a lovie, a spot for tummy time and sometimes yes, a perfect cover for snuggling up and keeping warm. That’s a lot to live up to, but the mom who created handmade baby blankets called Little Balena Play Quilts has done just that. While there are of course plenty of awesome blankets already out there, what I love about these is the combo of the materials coupled with a traditional preppy design. As in a whale motif, from...

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In NYC? Shop Rebecca Taylor with us for a great cause!

Next Thursday, September 24, I’m so pleased to be co-hosting a Rebecca Taylor shopping event with Jessica Seinfeld, on behalf of the awesome folks at Baby Buggy. And I’d love our NYC readers to join! What? You say you can come? Awesome! Just be sure to RSVP to rebeccataylor@babybuggy.org so we can get your name on the list!   Drop off the kids Thursday, then join us for a very nice way to start your day. 20% of all the proceeds will go right to Baby Buggy, for meaningful programs that support new families in need. Not that I need too much...

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Web coolness: Back to school humor, ending women bullying, and the return of Ren + Stimpy

Here are the links we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you do too.   25 thoughts parents have on the first day of school. We can relate! 5 tips for school drop-offs. (#4 has us laughing out loud.) Should you pay kids for chores? One of our favorite Spawned podcast discussions yet. Helping kids balance school and fun. The new Apple products parents are going to want. Interested in checking out: New book on ending women’s bullying. Poet Mary Oliver on how differences bring couples closer together. Rugrats and Doug and Ren + Stimpy? Together? Yes!...

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An artist’s commemoration of 9/11

As a New Yorker with strong emotions each year on 9/11 (not mention someone with a 9/11 birthday), I am acutely aware of how many of us are profoundly connected to today’s events, even 14 years later. I still leave the TV off all day, and I can’t watch any video of the towers falling. Seeing it live, once, was enough. And yet I found myself oddly comforted by the subtly beautiful WTC earrings by Andrea Panico of Pico Design and I really wanted to share them. Andrea grew up right across the Hudson from the towers, and as a jeweler who finds her inspiration from architecture (like her...

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Join us for a Twitter Social to help you get into the back to school groove

Back-to-school season is in full swing, some of us just starting this week and others already a month in. But however long your kids have been in school this year, you know how hard it can be to adjust to the new schedule — homework, activities, volunteering — the list goes on. So we’re excited to be teaming up with Staples for a fun Twitter Social to talk about getting into the back-to-school groove and we hope you’ll be there too! Join us on Thursday, September 10, 9pm ET sharp to chat with our editors Liz and Kristen, a few of...

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Smart tees for kids that will make teachers happy in more ways than one

We imagine that nothing makes a teacher happier than seeing their students light up about a subject, ready to learn more. Whether you’ve got a number lover, a big reader, a mini scientist, or an artist-in-residence — or maybe a mix of all of the above — you need to check out these adorable, brand new smart tees for kids from CMP favorite Brooklyn Makers. Not only do they feature messages we can get behind, but a significant portion of the sales will help disadvantaged school districts so that all kids get the chance to discover their favorite subjects. Related:  11 cool career t-shirts for...

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Web coolness: Free printables for back to school, a cool new comic heroine, and putting good thoughts into meaningful action.

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   Awesome cocktail recipes to get you through the final weekend of summer (sniff). Want to be That Mom, if only once in a while? Check out these 16 free printable lunchbox notes like the ones above from Elegance and Enchantment. How do you decide whether your kids are overscheduled when it comes to after-school activities? Great post on why it’s essential for dads to be equal partners. A wonderful Kickstarter from the producers of the FED UP movie that will get more kids...

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Web Coolness: How not to screw up your kids, way cool kids toys, and the craziest pancakes ever.

Here’s what we’ve liked reading around the web this week. Hope you do too.   Love this roundup of 10 of the coolest modern rocking chairs. 16 of the best organizational apps for parents. How not to screw up your kids. Good advice? Congrats to FashionABLE and their relaunch which now helps women in the US and abroad. Guess which countries offer the longest maternity leave. Surprising. What if your child doesn’t have a BFF? Tons of fun sleepover ideas. (If you haven’t gone there yet, trust us. You’ll need them.) Is Kristen’s daughter the next big Etsy artist? 15...

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