Tag: socially conscious

You know who wins with fair trade soccer balls? Everybody.

We’re big fans of supporting fair trade at Cool Mom Picks, and it’s always fun to find new artisans whose creations we adore. Personally, I love buying fair trade items because responsible purchases make me feel even better about shopping, which is already one of my favorite feel-good experiences. But our latest fair trade find is one I never anticipated: fair trade soccer balls. We first discovered Senda Athletics when they were called Fair Trade Sports, and wow have they grown since then. It was started by a lifelong soccer player who, like me, hadn’t realized the conditions under which many...

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Is there anything cuter than a dad reading to his kids?

What’s cuter than a dad reading to his kids? It’s a dad reading to his kids while wearing an adorable shirt featuring this distinctive artwork by the ever awesome Edward Gorey. Edward Gorey is known for his delightfully creepy drawings and his love of cats and books, and this cotton Real Men Read shirt is a great way to outfit your favorite bibliophile animal-lover. And since Gorey loved animals? Every purchase supports his favorite charities, which benefit cats, bats, and all things furry. Tt’s available in mens’ sizes, but also for kids in sizes 10-12, too. Pretty cute for back...

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Booties that will warm your baby’s toes (and your heart)

We’re always excited to find global nonprofits that empower women and their families rise to above poverty. Now we’re especially happy to find one that supports that mission in the form of adorable baby gifts that we’d buy even if they weren’t doing so much good. (But they are.)   So here’s a story we love: Kohl Crecelius was an avid snowboarder and surfer dude. But when his brother taught him an unlikely hobby–crocheting–Kohl was instantly hooked (heh). He immediately taught two of his buddies, who were also hooked. Now we’re hooked. Because when Kohl traveled to Uganda in college, he discovered unimaginable...

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The new leather goods from FashionABLE do a whole lot of good

Anyone who knows me knows I love FashionABLE. And I am entirely, 100% biased. I’ve visited the factory in Ethiopia, I’ve seen firsthand how their gorgeous scarves are helping at-risk women rebuild their lives, I’m currently living in their Genet Scarf (oh man, it’s awesome), and I bought out half their store for holiday gifts last year. So of course I’m so excited to let you know that they’ve just launched a whole new line of leather goods, expanding the opportunities they can provide to women. In collaboration with the Modern Zege, a leading leather manufacturer in Addis Ababa, gorgeous...

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Kiva + Etsy: The perfect handmade match to support the artists you love

As huge supporters of the handmade movement, we’ve been fans of Etsy since about day one. And now that they’ve teamed up with the amazing charity Kiva, well, let’s just say if you share our passion, this is an effort worth getting involved with.   Similar to Kiva’s existing program which helps provide loans to borrowers in need from around the world looking to start a business, the new Kiva partnership with Etsy now provides artisans with access to interest-free microloans through a program known as Kiva Zip. You can provide a loan to a slew of artisans looking...

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Help Ink: fabulous art for fabulous causes. And you get to pick both.

When I found Help Ink I was happy. Tees, prints, stationery and notebooks all designed by artists, all affordable, and all to help one of several great causes.   So many of the prints feature positive quotes and imagery perfect for children’s rooms. And I love that the designs are modern, not cheesy–the artists are really well curated.   The special part is that when you add an item to your cart, you also get to select a charity of your choice, because for each $5 you spend, $1 will go to either The Children’s Hunger Fund, Med Wish,...

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We love Method, we love animals, Method is protecting animals. Everyone wins.

I just love how Method keeps reinventing itself with new scents, limited edition designs, and now, an awesome new charity effort that helps show Method’s commitment to the fair treatment of animals. Method has never animal-tested (one of the things we like about them), is totally vegan and cruelty free, and now they are offering new Designed for Good hand wash to help raise awareness about it. And presumably to exert a little nudge-nudge pressure on other bath and body brands to follow suit. The packaging is adorable. My kids are begging for the bunnies hand soap, which has...

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How to support our troops on Memorial Day

With a husband in the military, our troops are always on my mind, even beyond Memorial Day. Even though today is a great day just to celebrate family and the beginning of summer, if you’re so inclined, here are a few very simple ways to show your thanks, and honor military service today and every day. Support a worthy cause: You’ll find no shortage of amazing military charities, from Operation Gratitude and Fisher House Foundation that help provide support for military families, to Team Rubicon, which utilizes the skills of veterans to help people in need and has blown...

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5 tech picks you won’t want to miss this week

Here are five of our favorite tech picks from this week, just in case you missed them. 1. A wonderful fundraiser started by the tech community to help raise money for the Boston Marathon bombing victims. 2. We see this brilliant gadget getting lots of use in our cars. Lots. 3. A round-up of kids’ foreign language apps just for Android users at the request of a reader. (Yes, we take requests!) And for iPad users – an educational app for big kids that also happens to be stunning. 4. We can’t believe what created this amazing artwork. 5....

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Clothes for kids, drawn by kids, helping kids. No kidding.

We love to bring you great picks with a great story, and this one hits home on a lot of levels. Here’s how one little girl is making the world a better place through clothes designed by kids, for kids. Bethany Sawyer was only five when she decided she wanted to make the world a better place. With her parents’ help, she’s now the mastermind behind The Giving Goose. All the clothing designs are drawn by kids — vibrant images of all the things kids like: flowers, butterflies, monster trucks, frogs, and more. Your kids can even submit their...

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