Tag: socially conscious

Charity begins in your t-shirt drawer

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...

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

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...

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Celebrity designed holiday cards that give back. And they’re actually nice!

OK, so you’ve probably never wondered what a holiday card designed by Jennifer Aniston or Zoe Saldana would look like, but here’s a hint: They’re stylish. Stylish enough that it surprised us. And stylish enough that they are carried by paper goods powerhouse Tiny Prints this holiday, and come with a fabulous charitable component too.  You are familiar with Tiny Prints, aren’t you? They brought hip back to cute paper goods, and this celebrity-designed line of cards is no exception. The irony (and I mean this in a good way) is that these celebrities have come together to raise funds...

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Buy one baby blanket and get two. The second, for a child who really needs it.

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...

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Shop local, for Small Business Saturday is back. Hooray!

Last year we were overjoyed to learn that Small Business Saturday is now “a thing.” Not that it hasn’t been a thing around Cool Mom Picks for the last five years or so. And not just on Saturdays either. Even so, it’s a great excuse to get out today–or heck, stay home–and support some of the amazing local merchants in your neighborhood who could surely use a boost this holiday season. The Small Business Saturday Facebook Page has a nice little app for finding small businesses in your area. But we’ve got another way…asking our own contributors! Here, just...

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Toms Shoes – they’re not just for summer

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...

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Shop. Get deals. Give back. Why we love Pure Citizen.

Oh, honey. You know we love our flash deal sites. Gilt for designer duds? Check! Fab for home goods? Totally! Little Rue for kids? Please! Ideeli for splurges? You get the picture. And it goes on. But this one has a unique twist that makes our hearts feel as light as our wallets. It’s called Pure Citizen, and it’s making the world a better place through shopping. Pure Citizen works like similar deal sites–daily curated collections of goods that are available for a very limited time. But here’s the twist: everything on the site is carefully vetted to be...

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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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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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Celebrating our National Day of Service with kids

Today is a tough day for a lot of us, especially those of us in the New York and DC areas who lived through the horror of 9/11 ten years ago. But we do love how it’s been turned into something positive as a National Day of Service. We thought it was a good time to point you towards some helpful past posts that we’ve published: Quick, Easy Ways to Volunteer With the Kids While They’re Still Young 9/11, a Day to Remember Through Service 9/11, A Very Good Day for Doing Good National Family Volunteer Day They’ve got...

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Smart girl tee shirts – smart mama approved

This morning, my social media streams were in an uproar about a tee for tween girls that declared “I’m too pretty to do homework…so my brother has to do it for me.” I can’t begin to tell you the number of things wrong with that message; but then, you already know them all. Over the years, Kristen and I have been excited to feature clothing that promotes positive messages about our daughters. Here, just a few of our favorites. –Liz SATees (above) show off your little kid’s knowledge–or future knowledge–of big words. Grab your daughter that tee that says...

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Chantecaille makes skin happy

I have confessed before that I am an unapologetic makeup snob. My feeling has always been, you change your shoes, but you wear your face every day. That said, I’m willing to spend more money on great products, but only on the great ones. And not all of the pricy ones are great, as I’ve learned. But now I’ve finally found a tinted moisturizer that I’m simply smitten with. If you don’t know Chantecaille, it’s like my verison of upscale cosmetics nirvana–it’s a family-run business that’s authentically eco-friendly, wonderfully philanthropic, and committed to non-toxic ingredients and fantastic results. I...

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“Mominate” a do-gooding mama to win $5,000 for her favorite charity

Moms are a busy lot. And when we’re not tending to scrapes, taking kids to library story hour, and finding random tater tots on our person, some of us are doing stuff like– oh, changing the world through charitable initiatives and smart business ideas. You know. No big whoop. Actually, it’s a huge whoop. That’s why Babble is now taking “mominations” to find mothers who are working to make a difference in their communities and around the globe in all kinds of ways. Like Jennifer Ramo, who secured federal funding for before-school breakfast programs for students without enough food to...

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Bracelets for a cause. Is there any better kind?

As the heavy spending season is upon me, I’ve made a point to be more mindful of what I purchase for myself. But given my penchant for bags and accessories, it’s a little more challenging than I thought. However, one way I’ve offset (okay, rationalized) my obsession is purchasing jewelry that gives back. Here are three options I recently discovered thanks to my MilkShake subscription. 1. Wanderlust The brain child of fashion guru Elizabeth Kiester, the Wanderlust online shop (with two storefronts as well) offers beautiful clothes, accessories, and home goods made by artisans in Cambodia. Not only do...

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It only takes ONE mom

At Cool Mom Picks, we get a kick out of finding cool stuff to make moms’ lives easier. Then along comes a community partnership like ONE Moms that’s helping make moms’ lives easier in a truly profound way: Keeping mothers and babies safe and healthy. Right now, our friends from TheMotherhood and some of our favorite mom bloggers are in Kenya right now with the ONE Campaign, a non-partisan grassroots organization that advocates for smart policies to help combat extreme poverty and preventable disease. As part of the ONE Moms community, these moms are doing what I bet so...

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Savor some socially savvy Safi Coffee

I’d like my cup of Joe with a cup of kindness. Instead of sugar, I’ll take straight-up sweetness, especially towards the farmers. That’s the idea behind Safi Coffee. Safi (pronounced saw-fee) is Swahili for honest, clean, transparent. In a world where coffee farmers often make less than $20 per year, Safi pays at least fair trade prices and invites the farmers to join the company as stakeholders, where they receive dividends and are treated as partners. And the coffee itself? I tried the Direct Trade Medium Roast, which is grown in the lush foothills of Mount Kenya by local organic...

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Tender tot knees get stylish protection

Look; I really can’t get behind putting a pair of kneepads on a toddler. Aside from the hassle (and how dumb it looks) I’m of the “we all crawled on our bare knees and survived” camp of parenting. But when mom Kathryn Ames was faced with her hemophiliac crawling son’s bruised knees, she decided to come up with a solution that would be stylish enough for everyone. Thus Bruz Wear padded-knee pants were born. They offer protection for a crawling baby or rough-and-tumble little kid, plus support and advocacy for the hemophilia community with every purchase. No need for...

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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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