Tag: charity + causes

Zooties are animal baby booties for your wild little cutie-patootie

Zooties animal baby booties are adorable, if you couldn’t tell. Even more adorable? They have a great story that involves providing work, medical assistance, and education to women in Kyrgyzstan, who hand-craft each pair from sheep wool. And we’re not lion! No matter which critter you select for a toe-tally awesome pair of booties, you’ll know that each pair of sweet critter feet is handmade in small batches, with the wool dyed, spun, felted, and stitched by a women-run collective. Zooties fit babies up to one year old and can be cleaned with a damp cloth. That’s a better deal...

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5 of our favorite Pinterest pins this week

Obsessed with Pinterest as we are? Follow us! Then find cool pins like these from our sites and around the web.   1. This funny mug does double duty. We want one! 2. Because every baby needs their own Millennium Falcon. 3. Here’s what parents should know about the new iPhone 6 and iOS 8. (Psst: You can pre-order today). 4.  Love these kid-designed bandages that help heal boo boos — and fight pediatric cancer too. 5. Such a creative way to use gorgeous fall leaves. Better than raking...

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Moms in Training: Hitting the pavement for a great cause

If you need a good reason to strap on your sneakers and get some exercise this fall, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s NYC-based Moms in Training is ready to provide you with all the motivation you need. And best of all for you new mamas: Your stroller-riding baby is totally welcome to join you and more than 300 new friends in this group that won’t just help you in your quest for better health, but could help thousands. Moms in Training’s mission–to help stomp out cancer by raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training– goes way...

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A cool way to fight pediatric cancer, one cool bandage at a time

My family said goodbye to our sweet and funny four-year-old friend Joe P six years ago this month. He had glioblastoma multiforme, a disease no kid should have to fight. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness month, which means companies we love are coming up with ideas to help fight cancer and to my family, that means honoring Joe’s memory. The latest: the very cool bandage brand Ouchies has introduced a creative, easy and even inspiring way to raise money for kids with cancer. Each tin of latex-free Fight Against Pediatric Cancer Ouchies comes with 20 bandages in five designs created by kids to encourage other children going through cancer treatment. The results are...

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Beyonce-approved backpacks that give back: We’re crazy in love.

Listen, we know how tough it can be to find a fierce backpack for older kids that will last, which is why some of our kids still don’t have the perfect one yet. It’s also why we put together an entire Back to School backpack round-up of the darned things. So you can understand our excitement when Queen Bey herself helps to design a high-end bag that looks like Darth Vader and will last almost as long, while giving a backpack to a kid in need. (Which is a very un Vader-like act of benevolence, of course.) This limited edition...

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Web Coolness: The new Frozen movie, a good reason to buy more children’s books, and important breaking news for kids with peanut allergies.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Ooh, gorgeous new accessories from a new-to-us designer in our indie shop this month. Like our kids won’t go totally nuts for the new Frozen short film that’s coming out next spring. Turns out peanut oil is in the least likely place. Must-read for parents of kids (or their kids’ friends) with serious allergies. 5 much-needed tips from our editor Kristen on how to bring your vacation back home with you. Sigh. It’s Child Protection Month, and our friends at Little Pickle Press are donating 25% of...

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I am Groot. Well, these cool, sprouting pencils are.

Thanks to Guardians of the Galaxy, a sentient tree who can only say three–fine, four–words is this summer’s coolest superhero. And when I think of how cool these plantable, sprouting pencils will look once they bloom in a pot of soil, all I can think about is baby Groot, dancing. Which means your kids can do their homework with Groot. Sprout pencils are made of sustainably-grown cedar with a special, water-activated seed capsule where the eraser should go. Once your pencil is too short to write with, just follow the included directions to plant it. Soon you’ll have a pot...

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NOURI bars: Healthy snack bars from a small company on a big mission to help end hunger.

It’s a good thing when a new snack bar helps you feed your own children healthfully, but it’s even better when it also helps you feed a hungry child. NOURI is a new snack bar company with a big social mission to help end hunger. For every bar that you buy, the good folks at NOURI donate a portion of the proceeds to their charity partners actively working to get meals into the hands of children in need. NOURI healthy snack bars are pretty tasty, but contributing to this effort makes them even sweeter. NOURI healthy snack bars come...

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Our planet: #Itsnotwarming, it’s dying

My mother came over this week with a handful of beautiful green ombre buttons, but they had a darkness to them. As she pinned one to each of my children, she explained that these were the new Milton Glaser Earth Buttons, a graphical show of solidarity he’s created in the fight against global warming. However the design legend (ever seen an I ♥ NY logo?) is making a point with this effort that it’s not actually global warming at all we’re talking about–it’s the planet, dying. A  more severe concept than “climate change” to be sure. So he’s created an icon...

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Web Coolness: Parenting trends that will have you laughing, what your preschooler’s drawings mean, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Love seeing women of all shapes and sizes being celebrated. Words of wisdom: Sometimes the best thing you can do for your kids is do something for yourself. Does food in clear packaging taste better? Hilarious: The top parenting trends of 2014 according to The Onion. We’d expect no less. This would make a perfect little back-to-school gift for your kids heading back to school. Don’t miss our incredible green living giveaway at Cool Mom Tech. (But only if you like cash.)     This printable placemat at Design Mom just...

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The new FashionABLE fall line has us ready for cooler climes. Yes, it’s just that good.

I’m pretty sure my closet looks like a FashionABLE storefront, so now that scarf weather is around the corner, you can bet I’ve got my eye on the new FashionABLE fall line, which just so happens to be exclusively at Great.ly for a limited time. Add in free shipping for the rest of the weekend, and there is just no reason to wait. We’ve stocked the Cool Mom Picks indie shop at Great.ly with all of our favorites from the new FashionABLE fall line. And don’t forget about the not new, not fall items in there either. Seriously, those leather bracelets are killer in any...

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Web Coolness: Back to school giveaway, a babysitter sharing controversy, and Ryan Gosling wallpaper

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Our Back to School Shopping Guide series is up now, have you seen it? And don’t miss that huge giveaway! The science activity our kids are begging us to do again and again, and we don’t even mind. Remembering Robin Williams with our staff’s favorite movie clips. Did yours make our list? What would you do if someone asked for your best sitter’s number? Interesting comments. Here’s how to take the perfect back to school photo of your kids Hint: This free printable can help. Leave...

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Cool journals from ecojot that get inspirational but not sappy. Just how we like it.

I used to be a journal junkie, until time and obligations got in the way of collecting my deep thoughts and poetry on paper. So I can see why our Cool Mom Tech team is going nuts for the new ecojot Connect journals which let you turn your grocery lists and inspiring doodles digital with a companion app. But if you still think old fashioned journals and notebooks are just fine, thanks so much, I’m loving this new collection of recycled paper journals from ecojot. We have been fans of ecojot’s quality Earth- and people-friendly notebooks for years, which help donate...

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The cutest way ever to get more parents talking to their babies

Want your baby to be smarter? Maybe you’ve seen all the research that says to talk to her. A lot. Especially in those early months and years. And of course you know that – what is parenting these days if not an exercise in reading way too much research from too many experts? Even so, I know that talking to my own babies could get pretty monotonous, so for other parents — or caregivers — who might need a little inspiration from time to time, I think this new, hip line of conversation-starting bodysuits and blankets at TalkReadSing.org are so smart. TalkReadSing is a...

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The MZ Wallace Farmer’s Market Tote: A stylish bag for one of our favorite causes.

So when I saw the MZ Wallace Farmer’s Market Tote I willed it onto my shoulder. I’m a huge MZ Wallace fan thanks to all the compliments I get when I carry their Hayley bag on my shoulder. But when I found out their newest addition actually supports an amazing cause, well forget about it. That bag is so mine. I love that they’ve teamed up with Provisions by Food52 to create a cool tote in navy (oh my, the navy) in their signature Bedford nylon and leather trim, so that $50 from the purchase supports Alice Waters’ wonderful Edible Schoolyard Project....

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Sweet Blackberry: Bringing African-American history alive with a little starpower

There are moments in stories I heard as a child — lots of them in fact — that have stayed with me my entire life. Charlotte’s spider babies, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle’s wonderful cures, Peter Rabbit losing his jacket in what, at that time in my life, felt like a very scary chase. They stay with me because they are wonderful stories, well-written and -kudos to my parents- well read. These moments are just what I thought of when I first discovered Sweet Blackberry. A new non-profit organization, Sweet Blackberry is creating a similar story memory legacy for children with narrated...

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Bottle Bright: the water bottle cleaner that does the work you’d rather not.

We’ve all found that one dirty, stinky water bottle lost at the bottom of a kid’s backpack after a week of non-use, right? (At least I hope I’m not the only one.) Well, I’ve found Bottle Bright, an incredible solution from an incredible company that can take any water bottle from ew, I don’t even want to open the lid status to brilliantly clean with pretty much no effort on my part. In fact,  once I tried it I knew it would be downright cruel of me not to share it. If you’re not yet familiar with the joys of Bottle Bright, it’s an eco-friendly, chlorine-free (Yay, no bleach!),...

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Web Coolness: The best apps for new parents, hilarious tips for dads, and should you let your daughter wear princess dresses?

Here are our favorite links that we’ve been reading around the Web this week. Hope you like them too.   Words of wisdom to start any day. 10 of the very best apps for new parents – and some of us BTDT parents too. Bumni Laditan on missing the village she never had. Baby gift alert: Check out the new exclusives in the Cool Mom Picks indie shop. 6 tips for new dads. Must watch. And laugh. Who really created Batman? Geek out on this article. Old washers + nail polish = trendy DIY necklaces your kids will love making. Thanks to the Guardian UK for...

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Web Coolness: Grumpy Cat pancakes, a high-fashion rainbow loom dress, birth photos on Facebook, and more.

Here’s what we’ve been reading around the web this week. Hope you enjoy them too.   Cracking up over these Grumpy Cat pancakes. Download: Dan Zanes’s first ever greatest hits album. A beautiful letter to a child about finding balance as a mom. Going viral: 99 texting acronyms every parent should know Congrats to our editor Liz, one of Mom.me’s Top 50 mom bloggers. Very well deserved. (Also, she has some thoughts on lists like this–and who was left out.) Copycat Kandinsky paintings with your kids. Easy and we love the results. Another kind of crafting: could a rainbow loom dress be worth $250,000? (And you know...

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10 years of Postpartum Progress: We’re standing up and cheering loudly for moms everywhere.

We’ve mentioned the amazing work of Postpartum Progress before, but if you’re not familiar with it, this is a good time. Katherine Stone’s blog-turned-full-fledged-nonprofit has grown into a true force for change, helping the hundreds of thousands of women around the world who suffer from the most underdiagnosed, underdiscussed, underfunded and undertreated women’s ailments in the the world. It is, quite literally, a lifesaver. So we’re so pleased to be able to wish Postpartum Progress a happy 10th anniversary this week.   Katherine Stone at the 2014 Iris Awards, accepting for Industry Influence – Philanthropic Work In that time, it’s amazing...

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