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Gorgeous holiday tags that also help feed hungry kids

I’m often of the “do it quickly” school when it comes to holiday presents–I sometimes forgo the little touches (like tags!) in favor of just getting the gifts wrapped. (And yes, we’re thinking holidays already. Forgive us!) These beautiful gift tags, however, are inspiring me to be a more mindful wrapper–especially since each one helps feed a child in need. Share Our Strength, a nonprofit devoted to ending childhood hunger in America by 2015, has come out with the loveliest gift tags. These No Kid Hungry cards are printed on Crane’s Lettra Pearl White paper (that’s quality stuff, mamas)...

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Support National Breast Cancer Awareness Month with one easy act of kindness

I’m only one person with one meager budget and very limited time. How can I do something important and meaningful this October to show my support of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, when I can’t donate a gazillion dollars and don’t have the hours to donate to a bigger cause? The first thing I’ve found is as quick and simple as sending a note. Yes, it really is that easy. KIND Healthy Snacks, those people behind the KIND bars we love so much, have created a movement called Do the KIND thing that sounds so awesome, I signed up...

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3 ways to give back to schools

Now that the kids are fully back in school, that means unfortunately, there are a lot of teachers out there thinking about all the out-of-pocket money they’re going to have to start spending on their classrooms. Which, if you ask me, is just plain wrong. But we’ve found a couple of neat options for families who–in the midst of all that back-to-school shopping–want to help provide schools, teachers and students across the country with support, supplies and funding. DonorsChoose.org This is the original citizen philanthropy website, connecting donors to individual teachers who need specific supplies. Some requests are as...

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Empowering Ugandan women from the ground up

Designer Elizabeth Bohannan has an inspired mission: to help young women in Uganda achieve their higher learning goals. And she’s doing it through beautiful sandals. Yes, sandals. Sseko Designs (sey-ko) was created to provide women with jobs during the 9-month gap between secondary school and university, that exists so that students can earn their tuition. Many young female students are unable to compete for fair work in this very conflicted and still majorly male dominant society, making Sseko an an amazing success story that helps women beat the odds. The sandals themselves:  fun, flexible and durable. Pick your size,...

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Pretty, pretty porcelain

I always love those artist and free thinking types who commit to something like wearing a different dress every day for a year, or cooking a different vegetable every day. And now there’s one more–UK mom and artist Lisa Stevens who’s creating a different beautiful porcelain dish every day for a year as a way to experiment with new techniques. In her day job, Lisa is a model maker with Aardman Animation (of Wallace and Gromit fame) so it’s no surprise that she has a wonderful eye. Her 356 project on Etsy and on Flickr features her collection of...

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Social Goodies blends great shopping deals with great causes

I don’t know about you, but these days, my inbox is totally overwhelmed with messages from good-deal sites. Don’t get me wrong, they’re all awesome deals–I’m glad I signed up for all of them, and wish I could nab every bargain. But for me to sign up for a new one these days, it has to be different from the others. That’s why Social Goodies is rocking my casbah. Social Goodies is the newest in daily-deals sites–but with a twist. Every day, there’s a new, awesome deal up for grabs, like $12 for $24 worth of trendy sunglasses from 80’s...

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Last day to help us give $10,000 to Baby Buggy.

This post is sponsored by Yahoo! Every time someone clicks here to make Yahoo! your homepage, you’re showing your support for our charity. Last week we told you how thrilled we were that our sponsor Yahoo! is donating $10,000 to our truly deserving charity, Baby Buggy. And all you have to do is make Yahoo! your homepage today to show your support for our charity, and their work with families in need. We think that’s a darn good reason to do it, but here are a few more: 1.The Yahoo! homepage customizes content for you based on your interests...

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How to help Japan–and make dinner–with a beautiful new cookbook

I feel fortunate to have three kids who absolutely love sushi and will attack a plate of it as if it is a pile of french fries. But beyond that, I haven’t cooked much Japanese food at home–I am pretty sure they’d love the noodles, the crispy panko-crusted meats and, of course, the chance to eat with two sticks. But that may change, now that there is a gorgeous new cookbook which makes traditional Japanese cooking accessible for families to create in their own homes. And your purchase can also help Japanese families recover from the recent natural disasters. PEKO...

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TOMS sunglasses help the world see better

We’re already big TOMS fans; their offbeat espadrille-inspired shoes are the perfect combination of looking good and doing good, since a child in need is given a pair of shoes for every one you buy. But it gets better: TOMS is now getting in the sunglasses business. The new line of TOMS eyewear include chic retro sunglasses that are equal parts old school and of-the-moment. No matter what your look, there’s a pair that will work for you. These are investment sunglasses, and while we think they’re worth the investment just for the hip factor, you’re really buying more...

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Lipstick that makes you pretty. And makes the world a little better looking too.

Lip color makes a big difference — that slight hue of berry or pink can compensate for years of sleep deprivation. Right now, I’m digging a line from PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics (get it?); natural, philanthropic lipsticks and glosses that can truly change the world. PeaceKeeper Cause-Metics Lip Paint comes in 16 shades; each is sheer and easy to wear. I’m not a big lipstick girl (too heavy for me) but PeaceKeeper’s lipstick is lightweight and feels more like lip balm than lipstick. PeaceKeeper also makes lipgloss — I’m head over heels in love with the Fairness gloss, a light gold...

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Paper dolls so pretty you might play with them yourself

I’m a sucker for beautiful vintage-y paper dolls; they’re the perfect antidote to the plugged-in life my kids are living. And beautiful vintage-style paper dolls that help kids with disabilities? Sold. TinyUs is a creative charity set up to raise funds for Présence, a school for children with developmental disabilities in the south of France. The entire price of each card or paper doll purchased at their web site goes directly to Présence. Even better: the pieces have no set prices — you choose your donation. The site offers paper doll cards, traditional paper doll sets, and party invitations,...

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Spend-and-save piggy banks? Reader Q&A

My daughter is 4, and we would love to get her a piggy bank that has the spend, share, save theory, but we can’t find any that fit that bill. We’d also be willing to just get a regular piggy bank, but then we would like one that is a little cooler than your average ceramic pig. -Melissa Ooh, good question! We think it’s great to start teaching kids the value of saving and sharing early. One of our favorite options for this type of saving/spending bank, Learning Cents, is unfortunately no longer available, but we did find some...

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Thinking of you, Japan.

“Thinking of you” is most definitely what our hearts and minds are saying about our friends in Japan, so why not our shirts? Or our kids’ shirts, for that matter.  The Japan Appeal T-shirt by Caramel Baby + Child of London is just brilliant. What I love most about this design is how it reminds people that even though the devastation in Japan might not be front-page news anymore, it is still a massive crisis that needs our attention; and it says all of that in the sweetest and most gentle way. I also appreciate that it gives to...

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Appaman launches for Target making coolness more affordable

At this point, it’s not news that Target is spot-on in the designer collaboration department. They seem to keep churning out awesome new collection after awesome new collection with the hottest kid brands around. And now it’s Appaman’s turn. Hooray! Appaman, the beloved Brooklyn-based brand with the fun-loving mascot ape is partnering with Baby Buggy for their foray into Target-world. The Appaman for Target collection is the final collection in the partnership between the retailer and Jessica Seinfeld’s charity. The collection includes adorable onesies, ruffled tank tops with bubble shorts, and polos with matching pants, many adorned with the...

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You’re no bunny til some bunny loves you

I just got wind of an adorable new shop featuring anything and everything animal-themed for kids. Well, not everything animal. This is just the cute stuff. In other words, no magenta and gold metallic toddler cheetah leggings As Seen on the Real Housewives! Promise. [don’t miss a really great giveaway and special discount below!] AnnieWear, named for a rescued puppy, has a great selection of gifts and gear for kids and babies. And just in time for Easter, some cute bunny items to help round out those baskets. Like this organic bunny rabbit onesie from Loralin. A bunny hooded...

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Shop Tea Collection today and support Japan.

Retail therapy is literally retail therapy when a portion of your purchase goes towards Japan’s Earthquake Relief. Today only, one of our favorite brands, Tea Collection, is donating 20% of all proceeds to Give2Asia for Japan Earthquake relief. Here are just a few of my favorite picks on their site right now. Tea Collection is certainly having a Spanish-y Art Nouveau moment this spring and I totally dig it. The vibe is earthy, artsy and romantic. I adore this Casa Nouveau Tea Dress (above) with a subtle Art Nouveau pattern The longer length makes it look dressy, but I...

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The Giving Effect – Spring cleaning meets targeted giving

Every year at about this time, I start digging out my kids’ closets, then the other closets, and before I know it, I’m on a veritable sort-and-chuck rampage. When the dust settles, I usually have an entire carload of garbage bags ready to go to charity. Usually I drop off at the big national charity that’s got a donation dumpster right down the road. But. I don’t ever do cash charity donations to “whatever’s closest,” so why am I doing that with my stuff? Probably because–until now–I didn’t know about The Giving Effect. Just  input your zip code on...

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10 beautiful items to help support Japan

It’s been just over a week since the earth shook just off the coast of Japan, and the devastation and loss has rocked us all. However I’ve been heartened to see how families and companies are so quickly finding ways to help raise money for the people of Japan, from the family organizing a community yard sale in our neighborhood, to the fantastic Chronicle Books which held a bake sale out of their San Francisco storefront. Some of our favorite small business owners and artisans are doing what they can too, by donating as much as 100% of their...

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Cuteness for a cause

It’s clear we love bombarding you with ideas for adorable gifts that give back–but because we’re picky, we look for the kind of stuff that’s not just cool because it helps someone, but it’s cool in itself. Well we love the idea that shopping for worthy causes can continue even past the holidays. So we’re thrilled to see that one of our favorite little online shops, Happy Chickadee has pledged to donate 100% of sales– that’s every single cent of sales, not just profits– to One Day’s Wages, for all sales made through January 5. One Day’s Wages is...

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Our favorite charities for that very last end-of-year tax deduction

As we come to the end of an amazing year at Cool Mom Picks, we all have so much to be thankful for–our families, our friends, the fact that we get to do what we love. And of course, the support of the coolest readers on the planet without whom we couldn’t do what we do here. When we’re feeling thankful, our hearts and minds turn towards those less fortunate than ourselves. So once again, we asked some of the team here to offer up their favorite charities, in case you’re looking to squeak in a final bit of...

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