As a music therapist working with kids in the hospital, I saw that one of the biggest challenges parents faced (among the many) was providing their kids with as much of a typical every day experience as they could. From keeping up with school work to listening to music with friends, it’s so important for parents, therapists and staff to work together to help bring normalcy to kids’ lives, not just for their own development but for their morale as well. So, when we got wind of what the Lollipop Theater Network does for kids, we just had to...Read More
When we first discovered AHA Life a while back, it was a bit like a high end flash sale site with a new, extremely well-curated item popping up every 24 hours. Unfortunately, the prices were a bit in the “well, a girl can dream, right?” category. Now the site has evolved with more items that are available for longer, and many at prices more of us can afford. Of course this makes it more fun to browse around for great gift picks, and I was happy to find quite a few gifts that give back for a caring mama...Read More
One of our favorite kinds of Mother’s Day gifts to recommend are those that give back, because we hardly know a mother among us who isn’t committed to making the entire world a better place for our babies. Now there’s a new one, offering beautiful affordable jewelry, with a cause that’s just as attractive. 31 Bits is creating very wearable, handmade jewelry with the help of 108 women in Uganda. The company not only helps provide them with an income source, but also with vocational training, educational opportunities, English lessons, and AIDS and healthcare education. Founder Kallie Dovel seems...Read More
I’ve got a thing for artisan jewelry. So you can only imagine that I fell pretty hard for the beautiful selection from Joan Hornig Jewelry. But it gets better, when you find out that Joan is not just an artistic talent, but a very clever philanthropist with a very clever idea. With sales of every piece in her boutique, from the beautiful and relatively affordable Knock on Wood ring (below) to the stationery selection, to an 18k gold bracelet in the $18,000 range (at top), Joan Hornig donates 100% of the profits on each piece to the charity of...Read More
Hand-washing is big in our house, especially after that last bout of stomach flu, which has cured my son forever of licking the bathroom floor at Michael’s. (I kid. Mostly.) It’s easy to take something as simple as a bar of soap for granted, considering there’s an opportunity to wash off dirt and germs at every public and personal sink around our suburb. But not everyone is so lucky, and we’ve found a company dedicated to changing the world through soap. And you know what? It’s really nice soap, too. Organic and everything! SoapBox Soaps is the brainchild of...Read More
Here are some of our favorite links from around the web this week. We hope you like them too. We’re not sure how she did it, but we love this series of Flying Babies photos by Rachel Hulin (via Swiss Miss) Inhabitots’ tutorial for dying Easter eggs naturally is super easy to follow, with great tips for even brighter eggs. Our own Kristen has her own smart and funny show coming to Cafemom Studios! Sign up now to be notified of all weekly episodes of The Kristen Chase Show. This mama has some sage advice (and the cutest baby...Read More
Today, is International Women’s Day. And hey, we’re women! Which makes it a pretty big deal to us. It’s so easy to take for granted that we can live and work in the land of the free, and hard to imagine how women have it in other countries, where education is discouraged and dreams of careers are nothing but. So I’m so happy to learn about Vittana, an amazing non-profit with a global campaign that we’re happy to help support, especially today. Vittana has raised over $1.5 million for ambitious students from countries like Bolivia, Peru, Vietnam, Paraguay and the Philippines who desperately...Read More
I believe in the essential power of reading–my kids have the stuffed bookcases to prove it. But not every kid does. So I love the idea of this website that lets you buy an amazingly cute, supersoft, combed-cotton T-shirt to get more books in the hands of little ones who don’t have access to them. Did I mention amazingly cute? [don’t miss a great giveaway after the jump!] I can’t get over this StoryTee from the website, OffOurChests. I mean, “Not Photoshopped”–how perfect a statement for our naturally adorable kids in this digitally-enhanced age. The best part: for every StoryTee you...Read More
It’s rare enough to see a good sale on well-made and stylish kids’ shoes from brands like Pediped. But when that sale gives 50% of sales to charity, we’re highly motivated to shop! Take those Jordyn sneakers up there. Regular price? $32. Sale price? $25. Gives to charity? $12.50. That’s a deal you can feel good about. During the Pediped Foundation Sale, you can buy newborn to big kid shoes at a special sale price. And then half of that sale price is given directly to the Pediped Foundation, which has given over $1,500,000 to kids in need since...Read More
We love finding ways to make our purchasing dollars do good in the world. Now we have another one to add to the list, along with Tiny Revolutionary, Jedidiah, and do-gooder deal site Pure Citizen. Welcome, Sevenly! Each week, Sevenly sells one gorgeously hip and huggably soft t-shirt. And for each shirt sold, $7 goes directly to that week’s charity. That’s one design, seven days, seven dollars. Super easy, and super effective. They’ve already donated more than $171,000 to charities like Drop in the Bucket, War Child, Water.org, and CURE Childhood Cancer. And the shirts are fair-trade, American-made, cozy-soft...Read More
When we discovered French site Tiny-Us last year, we were taken with their mission to sell paper dolls and other printables as a fundraiser for a local school for children with disabilities. And now I’m just as taken with their new 2012 printable calendar. You pay whatever you want, and get a PDF of the calendar to print. What’s really sweet is that after each month is through, your children will have two new paper doll outfits to look forward to. Give generously–every bit of your donation goes right to the Présence charity. Nice way to start the year. –Liz...Read More
As we come to the end of 2011, we all feel like we have much to be thankful for — good friends and family, incredible colleagues (sniff, we love you CMP’ers!) and amazing readers like you who have supported us for another fantastic year. As in years past, we’ve asked some of our contributors to share with you their favorite charities and the range is pretty amazing. Perhaps one or more of these will resonate with you, or just remind you to give to your own favorite charity, and squeak in one last generous act (and tax deduction) before...Read More
It should always be a joy to do a little online shopping, especially when you’re hoping to see your money do a little good in the world. That’s why Jedidiah is so nice. Every one of their lovely adult shirts and accessories you buy contributes to a worthy cause. This season, a portion of all proceeds from sales goes to StandUp for Kids to help homeless teenagers and at-risk youth. Jedidiah recently raised over $24,000 for their previous charity, Amor, including building two houses and stocking a food pantry in Tijuana–so this is serious business. What do I love...Read More
I admit it: I’m a fan of pretty much every one of those daily-deals sites. Hand me an exclusive membership to sweet deals on designer merch and I get a little thrill. And this new site totally supersizes that thrill in the coolest way possible, because every purchase I make goes to my daughter’s own school. Treehouse Tykes is a private-member site that features awesome brands of kids’ clothing, toys, books, and furniture–up to 70% off. But here’s the key difference between it and other sales sites: 10% of your purchase goes to the school, or charitable organization of your...Read More
If you’re considering a baby blanket as a gift for the upcoming holidays, or simply for a new baby in your life, I can’t think of a more beautiful gesture than one of these Me Two You baby blankets. Because for every one you buy, one is also donated to a child who can really need it. Made with supersoft, luxuriously minky fabric and trimmed with satin piping, Me Two You’s Plush Blanket is the very definition of what a snuggly blanket should be. And it’s just the slightest bit smaller than a crib mattress–the perfect not-too-big-not-too-little size for little...Read More
It’s the perfect spirit of the holidays come to life: Give a little, get a little, and well, a collectible holiday keepsake doesn’t hurt either. I just discovered the Heart 2011 Designer Ornament Collection from HSN, a partnership with a ton of celebrities and the ever so spectacular St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Browse a wide selection of ornaments including designs by some favorite celebrities. Big names featured in this year’s selection include Nate Berkus, Mariah Carey, Liz Lange and Martha Stewart. The foodie in me personally loves the selections from Emeril Lagasse and my personal inner goddess, Padma Lakshmi–that’s her design...Read More
We are honored to once again be working with our sponsor, the American Cancer Society, on their More Birthdays campaign since if we could make one really big wish, it’d that cancer never steals someone from us again. But wishes alone will not cure cancer, so we think one wonderful way to help fight for more birthdays is to find ways to give back with our family’s own birthday parties. Here, five ideas we’re really digging. 1. Ask for donations instead of giftsIf your kids are already swimming in toys, let party-goers know that in lieu of gifts, you...Read More
Like many of you, I’m waking up this morning, eying the huge pile of candy in my house and thinking, How can I get the darned stuff out of my house? We’ve got 5 great ways to help may your home a little less sugary over the coming week. Donate Candy to Children in Need Hospitals, shelters, food pantries and even churches often accept leftover candy, as we pointed out in last year’s post about donating leftover Halloween candy. All the ideas here are still relevant; just be sure to call them before you show up with bags of...Read More
I am probably the last mother in all the land (or at least in Brooklyn) to discover just how comfy and awesome Toms Shoes are. But I don’t think I’m the last to assume that is the time of year that we put them in the back of the closet in favor of shoes you can actually wear with socks. I stand corrected. The Toms Shoes Wool Botas now come in kids sizes too, and they’d be equally adorable on boys or girls. I love the inner elastic that keeps them on without the help of the laces, and...Read More
Consider this your annual reminder from us about Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF. If it’s never something you’ve done before, the premise is that your kids can ask for more on Halloween than just another sugary treat, on behalf of kids who need a lot more than a mini box of Junior Mints. Just like I remember doing when I was a kid, UNICEF makes it so easy for kids to collect donations as they go door-to-door. Since they’ve been around for sixty years and have a name synonymous with Halloween, I know that most of my neighbors will have no...Read More
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