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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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After the pink is gone: ways to take on breast cancer all year long

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is officially ending tomorrow, and this year at Cool Mom Picks we decided to stay away from the “pinkwashing” products, the Facebook memes that don’t really help anyone, and the plethora of pink ribbon products, however well-intended. (Pink ribbon liquor bottles? Sigh.) For so many of us, the fight to find a cure for our mothers, our sisters, our friends, and ourselves never ends, not even on October 31. So instead, we wanted to offer up some organizations that tirelessly work every month to help wipe out breast cancer and support those still battling it....

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Rosie Pope offers a kind way to get that belly back in shape after baby

With an ever-expanding belly and a baby coming any day now, I’m already wistfully thinking about those blissful days when we didn’t have to suck in our bellies. (Ha.) I’m hoping to have some semblance of stomach muscles left after the delivery, but if not, I’m relying on this product from soon-to-be mom of four (whoa!) Rosie Pope, to help get that stomach flat–or flat-ish–while helping a great cause.   We’ve ben fans of Belly Bandit for years, and now they’re partnering with baby guru celeb and friend of Cool Mom Picks Rosie Pope to create a new organic, limited-edition version...

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Songs for the World’s Bravest Kids: Thanks, Alastair Moock.

Though there are already many wonderful charities and benefits to help support kids with cancer, we are so touched by one effort by dad and musician Alastair Moock who is using his musical talents to speak directly to these special kids, one of whom includes his own young daughter. [After the jump: Learn how you can win a copy of this CD for your own family, or to donate to your local children’s hospital] Alastair’s own daughter’s leukemia diganosis influenced the creation of a most-excellent collection of songs for the family: Singing Our Way Through: Songs for the World’s...

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A wonderful way to help cancer patients that has nothing to do with pink ribbons.

When my mom had cancer, one of the things that truly lifted her spirits (and ours) was when friends would drop off home-cooked meals. Beyond the comfort in knowing that people cared, the meals themselves were warm, delicious, and time-saving. Lifesaving, really. And that’s why I’m so happy to share this wonderful that we found, which makes a fabulous gift for friends and family battling cancer–both for the holidays and year-round. {Keep reading for a discount on this amazing service, especially for CMP readers and their families and friends!} Meals to Heal really couldn’t be simpler: patients (or their...

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Huggalos: the huggable friends helping families heal

No matter how hard we try, there will be times when our kids will be scared or sad and we won’t be right there with hugs. From overnight trips to hospital stays, we found a great, snuggly friend to help keep a kid’s heart warm when they need it most. And as a bonus, 20% of proceeds will go toward breast cancer research during the month of October! The Huggalos were invented by mom Donna Broder to help her son transition to preschool, but the idea has blossomed into a wonderful way to help kids with family members overseas,...

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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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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 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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3 ways you can get off the couch and help fight cancer

It’s crushing to have to write that cancer affects all of us in some way these days. That includes the parenting blog community, who recently lost Susan Niebur recently, an amazing scientist, mother, and friend to everyone at Cool Mom Picks. We were constantly inspired by her outspoken advocacy for organizations that fund research and treatment (in her words: “Aren’t we aware of cancer already?”) So once again, we’re proud to continue our campaign with our sponsor The American Cancer Society to share a few new ways you help,  that you may not not about. RELAY FOR LIFEThis wonderful...

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6 special ways to celebrate grandma and grandpa birthdays

We’re honored to be working with our sponsor the American Cancer Society, who’s doing such good work in ensuring that all of us continue to have many more birthdays. My mom hit the big 60 birthday milestone last year (don’t kill me for writing that, mom!) and while I did something pretty huge for her 50th, I feel a little guilty that with work schedules and new babies I wasn’t able to give her a proper celebration. After losing my dad to cancer way too early, I’ve been more cognizant than ever of making each and every birthday more...

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5 ideas for birthday parties that give back

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...

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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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Fighting breast cancer with a new color: blue

There’s a lot of pink out there in October, and that’s a great thing. We applaud any effort to fight breast cancer by spreading awareness or raising donations for research and support. Still, if pink’s not your color, we’d like to introduce you to a breast cancer initiative from Lee Jeans that’s really intrigued us because it’s not about what you buy. It’s about what you give. Lee’s National Denim Day has raised over 83 million dollars since its inception in 1996. That’s some number. We’re as skeptical as anyone about pinkwashing, but this isn’t about buying jeans which...

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Hello, gorgeous

I am always amazed at how quickly bloggers–and especially mom bloggers–rally to support their fellow parents in need. One of those compassionate moms is CMP friend Christine Koh of Boston Mamas and the design firm Posh Peacock. Today, she took time away from her newborn to launch an exquisite set of greeting cards in memory of a friend. The Hello Gorgeous cards are, as I always say of my daughters, beautiful on the outside, but even more beautiful on the “inside” — 100% of the profits support the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund in memory of fellow blogger and mom...

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Choose you. First.

Recently, I was honored to attend a celeb-packed preview party for an amazing new initiative from the American Cancer Society. But it wasn’t the glitterati that left the strongest impression (as gorgeous as Hilary Swank and Kelly Rutherford are in person)–it was some of the women I had the privilege of speaking with. They embodied everything women can be: strong, powerful, determined, and beautiful from the inside out. Also, their lives had all been touched by cancer in profound ways. One woman confided that because of chemo treatments, the party was her first night out in six months. Let’s...

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Happy birthday from Jack Blaaa-aaaack…

We’ve so enjoyed being a part of the More Birthdays campaign on behalf of our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Over the past few months, we’ve shared some of the ways you can send a personalized celebrity birthday wish to anyone on your list. (Seriously it’s cool! Try it out. ) To round out the campaign, here are just a few of our recos, to help you pair the next birthday boy or girl on your list with the very most perfect More Birthdays video artist. For your cool tween niece or nephew: Justin Bieber + Usher Who...

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Someone get the phone? It’s Celine Dion.

It’s been truly an honor to be a part of the More Birthdays campaign from our amazing sponsor, the American Cancer Society. Not only is it a cause near and dear to all of our hearts, but we’re so impressed with the generous mega-stars and artists who’ve jumped on board to share their talents to bring it to life. We’ve already described how you can send a personalized birthday video greeting from a celebrity (The Biebs! Ricky Martin!) or purchase birthday gift wrap especially created by top artists and illustrators. Now there’s another option: Create your own celebrity birthday...

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