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These booties are made for gawking (and raising money for breast cancer research)

Listen up, partner. Even though they’re cute as the dickens, those baby toes must go under wraps in this colder weather. And if you’re going to cover those sweet things up, you might as well do it with something just as adorable, like these soft handmade booties. .  The crocheted, pink-and-black Chloe Cowboy Booties would make a great baby gift for your country-music-loving friend, or even the urbanite who loves the look of classic cowboy-boot style on teeny-tiny feet. I love that these booties know how to kick a little butt, too–each pair purchased raises $10 for Rethink Breast Cancer. Yee-haw!...

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Get involved: October 11 is the International Day of the Girl

At Cool Mom Picks, we’ve long been champions of causes and advocacy programs that benefit moms, kids, and families. So we’re thrilled to tell our readers that today is the very first annual International Day of the Girl Child, created by the United Nations to inspire greater awareness of the adversity and abuse faced by young women across the globe. Here are a few of the terrific organizations that are taking action to protect, honor and celebrate girls–not just today, but every day. In November 2011, the United Nations declared October 11 to be the International Day of the...

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Fighting childhood cancer with the strength of 1000 ladybugs

Before I was a cool mom, I was a cool aunt with very high standards. Lucky for me, being a cool aunt in New York City isn’t tough, as fabulous boutiques beckon from just about every other corner. But one in particular really captured this cool auntie’s heart…in more ways than one. [Keep reading after the jump for a chance to support the children of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital!] I’ve been loyal to the wonderful NYC-based Beatrix brand for three special little ladies now. I always knew the brand had a fun, high-quality product line, but now I know the company has...

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7 smart tips for supporting Breast Cancer Awareness Month the right way

October is here, which means Breast Cancer Awareness Month. In other words, prepare for the influx of pink ribbons on everything and loads of Facebook “awareness” memes on your wall. In the past, we’ve been happy to support great companies with their hearts in the right places who are donating a percentage to a reputable charity. But as this month has become more and more commercial (BCA fried chicken? Really?) and talk of “pinkwashing” abounds, here are a few things to keep in mind when you consider how to do some real good for a really important cause. 1....

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A teacher gift that gives back to teachers? I give it an A+!

I panic whenever it’s time for teacher gifts. How many apple mugs does one person need? Does she have food allergies? Will the collection of Starbucks gift cards send him spiraling into caffeine-induced madness? But here’s one gift that’s beautiful, useful, and gives directly back to something dear to any teacher’s heart: other teachers. We’re always excited about new offerings from the Leakey Collection, and we’re extra pleased to find these affordable and do-good-able Beads for Learning bracelets. Each one is handmade of Zulugrass remnants by Maasai artisans, which means that each 26″-inch wrapped bracelet is different and striking. ...

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Party perfection: raise the roof AND raise money for your fave nonprofits

Planning a kids’ party isn’t for the faint of heart, even though the end results (adorable cake-face photos! happy wee ones!) are always worth it.  Let’s face it: life is crazybusy. So I can totally see why more and more parents are turning to online party-planning services to lighten the load. But we’ve found one with a little extra do-gooding awesomeness to sweeten the deal. A few years back we discovered ECHOage, a site which helps you can organize a fete for your kiddo that directly benefits more than 120 nonprofits. They’ve evolved since then, with adorable invitations, and even...

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Remembering 9/11 with charities and causes that make a difference

For many of us, this is a sobering and painful day, one that we will always remember. Whether we lived through the darkness in NYC and DC 11 years ago, or we watched the terrible events unfold from our homes and offices far away, 9/11 will never be far from our memories. Today, to remember, we’ve highlighted a number of extraordinary opportunities for all of us to honor and care for those most affected by the tragedy. Let’s reunite, remember, and above all, make a positive difference today. 911DayofService.org is a website that was created to give people a place...

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Esperos Backpacks – Buy a bag and help send a kid to school

During this back-to-school season, it can be kind of easy to forget that there are some kids in the world who don’t go to school at all. But you can help–all with the purchase of a super-cool bookbag or backpack from an amazing company. After a trip to rural Central America, ESPEROS founder Oliver Shuttlesworth was struck by how few children were able to attend school because their parents just couldn’t afford the $20 a year tuition. The philosophy behind ESPEROS was born: buy a bag, help send a kid to school. The process is blessedly simple: ESPEROS subtracts...

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Web Coolness: LEGO Japan, family vacation tips, and a can’t-miss Pinterest board

Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re stunned by this futuristic-looking model of Japan, made by 5,000 children with almost two million LEGO bricks. Liz shares 5 tips for keeping kids and parents happy on vacation–at the same time, even! Check out her contribution on the Chevy Culture blog.  Why I Hated Meredith’s First Grade Teacher: A lovely must-read for parents and teachers. Our obsession with Fab.com runs deep, so we are especially thrilled to see our very own Editor Liz on their Back to School Pop-Up Shop. We’re so inspired by...

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Today, please hit “Like” to help end pediatric AIDS

As a mother, here’s a program I’m so happy to be able to tell you about: for the next few hours only, you can help prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV in a significant way by barely lifting a finger. In fact, you will quite literally save lives. And saving lives is at the heart of the Sub-Saharan NGO Mothers 2 Mothers whose mission is to prevent transmission of HIV from mothers to their unborn children, and to improve the health of all mothers suffering from HIV. I’m heartened to hear that LGT Venture Philanthropy has chosen Mothers 2 Mothers as their featured charity of the...

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A new monthly gourmet subscription box with lots of reasons to love it.

While monthly subscription boxes are all the rage now, from beauty products to craft kits, I have to say I still have a thing for the gourmet boxes. With a culinary school grad in the house, we tend to have more kinds of salt than most people have shoes, and I’m always open to finding more. So I’m thrilled to introduce the wonderful new service, Love With Food, which not only serves up some tasty monthly goodness at a truly fantastic price, it also does plenty of good for others. For just $10 a month–that’s super cheap in subscription...

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PunyPixel – small clothes, big ideas

I’ve just found a new brand that has everything I love…eye popping designs, a charity component, and organic cotton. The only drawback: it’s only for kids. The designs at PunyPixel are admittedly quirky, but I think they’re cool. The line features four culturally diverse characters, like Mike, above. Each one has his or her own unique look and style. If you’re feeling spacey, I would go with Leo. If you’re feeling like all of your chakras are in alignment, Sid is your girl. PunyPixel supports charities that they have a real connection with, and they rotate every couple of...

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The Havaianas that give back

It’s summertime which means if you’re like us, you probably rock flip flops like they are going out of style. And to lots of us, flip flops are synonymous with Brazil’s stylish, comfy, long-wearing Havaianas. And now there’s a new collection to support one of our favorite charities, with some lovely celebrity designed shoes. (Really, they’re actually nice!) The limited edition celebrity designed Havaianas for Baby Buggy come from a few moms and style icons you may be familiar with. (Does Courtney Cox ring a bell?) Each of them, including Nina Garcia, Rebecca Romijn, and Tori Spelling, worked with...

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The coolest birthday dresses, now 100% for charity

This October, my youngest daughters will be turning 4 and 2 and as part of our family tradition, they will be wearing hand-me-down Courtney Courtney kids’ dresses. We first featured them in 2008 on Cool Mom Picks, and designer Courtney Chu has since remained one of our all time favorite indie designers, period. Well now, she’s decided to use her now hugely popular birthday dresses to raise money for charity. And we’re in love all over again. If you’re not familiar with her work, Courtney whips recycled t-shirts and fabrics and turns them into the most amazing dresses unlike...

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How do you get girls excited about science? Try music.

My oldest daughter is about to enter sixth grade and if statistics are correct, her current love of science will likely wane as society subtly spreads the message that science and engineering studies are “not for girls.” But, I’m going to do everything I can to help change that perception with loads of science kits and talk about everyone from Marie Curie to Sally Ride.  And we’ll be playing a lot of a new CD whose mission is to empower girls to explore science and engineering fields their entire lives.  Bill Childs of Spare the Rock, Spoil the Child and...

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4 ways to give back this Father’s Day, in honor of Dad

As much as we know that dads love a present on Father’s Day, not every dad expects one. In fact, certain charity-minded dads might not even want one. That’s why we’re highlighting these four nonprofits that are doing cool things–and who need donations to keep on doing those cool things. So even though Dad might not need anything this Father’s Day, he’ll be happy that you’re helping people in the world who do. -Lexi Make a Loan to an Entrepreneur Who Needs One Kiva, the wonderful micro-lending website, has dedicated the month of June to helping out fathers and...

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Rockin’ Baby Slings, relaunched, and giving back big time

We’ve loved Rockin’ Baby Slings ever since they started rockin’ the baby sling world with their simple, stylish designs that are great for even beginners. And now they’re doing it again with a gorgeous new line of fabrics for their ring slings and pouches, along with a brand new commitment to helping mothers in Haiti. Thanks to their Mother to Mother Initiative, any sling you buy means another will be donated to a Haitian mother in need. Baby slings can actually be the difference of life and death there, where a mother needs to carry her child along to find...

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A Father’s Day tie for a cause. Our kind of tie.

With so many Father’s Day gift ideas, ties aren’t necessarily the first choice for a lot of offspring these days. And yet if the dad in your life actually wears ties, a tie that stands out from the crowd can be the best thing ever. So if a special dad you know would like a little tie wardrobe upgrade, here’s the perfect tie for him. Because it not only looks great, it supports an awesome cause too. I just love the philosophy behind The Life Tie Project, which has woven their dedication to support cancer research, prevention, as well...

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4 ways to use technology for social good. Good!

This post is sponsored by Chase — a strong supporter of the 100,000 Jobs Mission, a program that helps find jobs for veterans of the US armed forces. Learn more here: As if I needed yet another reason to love technology, it’s worked wonders in opening up opportunities for busy parents like me who want to support the causes we care about, but don’t always have the time. As much as we value hands-on charitable work, between working and chasing after four kids, our bandwidth rapidly disappears. I’m looking forward to supporting my own favorite causes through hands-on volunteering...

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Join the Culture club for good karma

Love bright prints, colorful toys, and cottons that will really breathe this summer, since they were crafted to withstand the sweltering heat of Africa? Love knowing that your purchase helps babies all over the world?  Us, too. That’s why we’re digging Culture Baby.[don’t miss a terrific offer after the jump–for both you, and others in need] Culture Baby is a global fair-trade emporium bringing international goods to you, right from the artisans. And we can’t help but loving a lot of their finds, like the Ghanaian Baby Shoes and Dresses, which are handcrafted from batik-printed 100% cotton.   I...

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