Tag: charity + causes

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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A terrific opportunity for teens to do some good this fall with the Baby Buggy Youth Service Corps

As the carefree days of summer wind down and the structure of the fall rounds the bend, its time to start thinking about curricular activities. While sports and school clubs are great, I like the idea of encouraging a teen to take on a hobby or activity that does something positive for others. There are tons of fantastic volunteer possibilities everywhere around the country, but if you’re in the NYC area, definitely check out one of our favorite charities, Baby Buggy. This terrific organization, which supports families in need by providing essential baby products and other support,  is inviting local youth ages 13-16 to get...

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Target removes boy and girl toy signs, Internet implodes.

Geez, Target! Change a few signs in your store and you blow up the whole entire Internet! In the past, we’ve discussed our issues with labeling girls toys vs. boys toys,  as opposed to just calling them, oh…you know. BLOCKS. And DOLLS. Well, apparently Target has been listening to our podcast (ha) because when they revealed their plans to remove gender-based signs from Target stores, the bigger surprise was some of the negative response. Aw, Internet Outrage. You’re so entertaining. Catch our thoughts on the oddly controversial news, plus more fun chat on this week’s SPAWNED with Kristen and Liz. You’ll feel like you’re hanging out right here around...

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The Day the Crayons Came Home: The must-have sequel to one of our favorite hilarious kids’ books

The Day the Crayons Quit, written by Drew Daywalt and illustrated by the amazing Oliver Jeffers, has been sitting on my kids’ bedside table — and getting read every night at bedtime — since the day it came home from the bookstore. It’s quickly become a classic that teaches kids to challenge the “rules” when it comes to creativity. No coloring inside the lines here. Daywalt encourages kids to think outside the (crayon) box in a really fun way. So when the sequel — The Day the Crayons Came Home — showed up in my mailbox, my kids immediately grabbed it to...

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Painting For Peace in Ferguson: A children’s book with a message of hope and community

This past Sunday, August 9, marked one year since the death of Michael Brown and the subsequent uprising in Ferguson, Missouri.  Despite the many months that have passed, trying to make sense of the heartbreak and horror of everything that’s happened in this country recently remains a challenge for so many us. Processing the racial injustice, the hate, the death and devastation is difficult, to say the least. And as parents trying to explain any of it to our children — so many of us don’t even have the words. This is where the children’s book Painting for Peace in Ferguson can...

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The quote that does more than inspire: It saves lives.

Sharing, liking, or commenting on this post donates one life-saving vaccine to a child around the world. Please read on for the full story.   One of the most wonderful things about social media is that it gives every single one of us a voice. One of the challenges however, is that sometimes it’s easy to stop at so-called awareness; we may discuss topics and causes we’re passionate about but that doesn’t always translate into tangible action. I get it. We’re all busy, and we’re all guilty of this from time to time. That’s why I’ve been so thrilled to be...

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Future smart girls of the world, unite

Wow, it’s been a long time that we’ve been fighting the good fight for smart girl tees, as an alternative to the future diva and future golddigger tees we used to see way too often when our own girls were babies. Clearly we weren’t alone. Because look where we are now! Related: 11 cool career t-shirts for girls who don’t need reminders that they can do anything By now you probably know about Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls — which isn’t just Amy by the way (hey, Meredith!) — and not only are they doing great things for girls, but their organization name happens to lend itself to a...

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Cool kids’ tees that help support the endangered animals we love, and make kids feel more empowered too.

We’ve all been saddened by the story of Cecil the Lion this week, and we know a lot of you feel the same way. It’s an especially hard thing to explain to kids who may have heard the news too, since children always have such an an innate fondness for animals. But one thing you can do is to help them feel more empowered, by finding ways to support endangered animals. We’ve talked about many charities in the past that support wildlife around the world. And so many of them sell some really cool tees that support some great animal related causes. Take a...

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Behind every product is a person: Excellent reminder from Krochet Kids.

We first featured Krochet Kids a few years back, and immediately loved this non-profit’s mission of creating gifts that give back, to help provide job training and a sustainable income source in impoverished communities around the globe. While they have big hearts, they have great taste too; their items are really stylish and wearable, something I also look for when we find fantastic fair trade companies to share here. Related: To the Market: Fashionable gifts and accessories that reinvent women’s lives. Now the organization has added one more cool item to their catalog: A t-shirt created in collaboration with Jeff Sheldon, who you might better know as Ugmonk. The...

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Web coolness: The long lost Dr Seuss book, picky eater help, and one beauty trend we never ever ever want to see. Is that clear enough?

Here’s are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too.   World’s scariest beauty trend. But, world’s funniest article. A truly refreshing take on parents and school stress at Design Mom. Do you agree? Picky eater help: The top 10 tips from the experts. But do they all work? Our new must-have tech accessory. Want. How to get kids kindergarten ready. It’s National Tequila Day! We might need to make this refreshing twist on a margarita recipe after the kids are in bed. We’re so honored that our co-founder Liz Gumbinner and Cool Mom Picks...

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