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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