Tag: socially conscious

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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Bobbi Brown helps you Dress for Success

A scarf is a simple way to change the look of even the most casual shorts-and-tee mom outfit — and if your scarf is also making the world a better place, then you’re really dressing for change. Makeup maven Bobbi Brown — an expert at making women look good — has teamed up with Echo to support Dress for Success with this super pretty, super-wearable ikat scarf. For every scarf sold, $20 ( nearly half the purchase price) goes to Dress for Success Worldwide, a great organization that helps economically disadvantaged women get back in the job market with...

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Looking for the Old Navy Gay Pride t-shirts? We found them!

We know that many of you, like us, have been trying to track down the very cool Old Navy gay pride t-shirts. At this point, they won’t be available online, but rather in 26 select stores across the country. (Our fingers are crossed that more will follow.) Curious to see if your local store is on the list? We’ve got all the retailers right here. Here’s a tip: Go to your local Old Navy store, ask them to call a store that is carrying it and pay shipping to have it shipped to you like you would with an...

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Old Navy offers a Gay Pride tee and we love them for it

We’ve always been proud to support all types of families at Cool Mom Picks–the ones with one mommy, the ones with two mommies, the ones with no mommies at all. So we’re thrilled to see that Old Navy is doing the same, by making a stand in favor of love and tolerance with their new line of Gay Pride T-shirts launching next week. This is a pretty big corporate statement and we admire the guts. But we really like that 10% of Old Navy sales on the items will go to the It Gets Better Project, a truly amazing...

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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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One of the greatest Mother’s Day gifts of all – Cutting down maternal mortality

It’s true that we moms spend most of our time giving–time, love, presents. And while Mother’s Day is all about our kids thanking us for that giving, the tragic fact is that there are some mothers who never get the chance to give to their babies in the first place. Amnesty International USA reports that every 90 seconds, a woman in the world dies from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. And, sadly, women in the United States aren’t exempt–giving birth here is now more dangerous than in 49 other countries. (Eek.) And here’s what’s really striking: most of those deaths...

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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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Now, kids can get paid to do good

You might remember when we told you about YesKidzCan!, the folks who are helping your kids figure out ways they can start changing the world for the better right now. We love their mission and their Act of Kindness kits, but now they’re taking it even further. Check it out: They’ve just launched the Social Kidpreneurz Awards, and it’s all about helping kids give back to society in creative ways that work for them. Applications are open now and run through June 1, 2011; fifty recipients will win $100 of seed money apiece to fund their “business-like activity that...

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Pillow Pets – The cool, cotton, fair trade kind

I’m fortunate to have a daughter who takes violin right next to the Blabla Kids storefront in Atlanta, so every week, I poke my head in to say hello to their lovely staff and design team, and take a peek at what’s new. And just wait until you see the cuteness that’s now available on their website. Their new Hold Me Tight pillows instantly made me think of Pillow Pets, except they’re cooler, softer, and made by fair trade Peruvian artisans like all of the Blabla Kids goodies we’ve featured here on Cool Mom Picks. I love the whimsical...

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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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A world without fish? Say it isn’t so.

Just in time for Earth Day on April 22, a new book weaves together all the intricate threads –biology, climate, culture, economics, evolution, food, history, and politic — that combined, makes up the rich tapestry of our world. And it does so gorgeously. With fish. Written by Mark Kurlansky, a former commercial fisherman New York Times best-selling author, and all around cool guy, World Without Fish is a captivating (fish) tale. It explains for both adults and kids how the fish we most commonly eat may very well be gone in another 50 years, unless there is a profound shift our eating –...

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Brady Rymer’s new CD celebrates differently-abled children. And it rocks.

If you know a child on the autistic spectrum, you know how special they are and maybe even some of their personal day-to-day struggles. It seems fitting that on World Autism Awareness Day, I let you know of this soon-to-be-released CD from CMP favorite (and Grammy nominee) Brady Rymer with lyrics that will touch your family and point out so many ways kids with autism aren’t all that very different from any other kids you know. Oh, and the music is awesome too. {keep reading for a chance to win this new CD} This is a project Rymer took...

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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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Lovely, love my etsy artists

Lovely, Love My Family by the Roots is one of those songs that gets stuck in your head in a good way. My girls discovered it after watching it on Yo, Gabba Gabba! oh, maybe 6,000 times and it’s been a favorite around here ever since. So when I saw they had inspired a talented artist, my interest was piqued. Especially after learning they help a great cause too. The Lovely, Love My Family prints at the wonderful Tuesday Mourning Etsy shop come in a variety of colors and would look smashing in any child’s room, or even over...

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Wood I like it? Yes, I wood.

Silver and gold are great, but do you have the stones to branch out into a ring made of something entirely new? I do. I mean, I wood. And, to take the wood-and-stone thing one step further, I am totally pining for this ring. Whether you were lucky enough to get jewelry for Valentine’s Day or you’re still putting his socks in the freezer as punishment for forgetting, this amazing piece of jewelry can make it all better. Even if you have to buy it for yourself. I’m really digging the unusual look of this three-stone wood ring by...

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Have a heart on Valentine’s Day

We were first introduced to the Children’s Heart Foundation when we donated the proceeds from last year’s color-your-own Valentine’s Day card contest to their worthy efforts. So this year, we figured it was timely to remember their fantastic cause on a day that is all about spreading the love. This lovely organization provides support and assistance to children and their families who are affected by congenital heart defects (CHD), which just so happens to be the number one birth defect in the USA. In fact, a child is born with CHD every fifteen minutes. Wow. If you were looking...

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SAVE ELMO!

Here’s the bad news: In the next few days, Congress will vote on a bill that could completely eliminate all federal funding for public broadcasting. That’s not an exaggeration. Here’s the good news: There’s still time to save Elmo. The government spends only $1.35 per person per year to provide us with PBS, NPR, and the 1000+ local stations that are enjoyed  by 170 million Americans each month. If you’re one of them, then you’re probably as scared as we are at the thought of losing Super Why, All Things Considered, all the wonderful local programming, and of course...

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A kids’ party that gives books back. (Plus: cookies!)

Despite light-up toys, dolls that talk, and, um, iPads, at the end of the day, nothing holds a candle — or backlit touchpad screen — to a good kids’ book. It’s a lesson my 3.5 year-old daughter has already learned, and I’m sure your kids are totally on board with that message, too. So imagine the joy of this: a big party featuring storytime, glasses of milk and plates of cookies, and — coolest of all — helping get good books into the hands of kids who don’t have any. Milk + Bookies is a neat charitable organization that facilitates...

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The guy who told us to “Whip It Good” is all about doing good

Oh the red, plastic upside down flower-pot-ish hats, and the throbbing techno beat — Man did I love Devo back in the day. Frontman Mark Mothersbaugh has always been a visionary and an artist (maybe your kids know him from Yo Gabba Gabba?) but he also happens to be quite the philanthropist. Mark and fellow artist Shepard Fairey collaborated on a brand new art exhibit in LA called The Big Picture that’s worth a visit if you’re in SoCal. The exhibit features fascinating and fanciful prints that don’t just challenge the viewer to look deeper, but also raise awareness...

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