Tag: socially conscious

NOM NOM NOM your kid’s nightmares

Four is a magical age. And for us, it includes a daily account of closet gremlins and nightmares that involve an epic battle between Scooby Doo and armored Transformer/My Little Pony hybrids. I love the imagination. The fear of bedtime, not so much. That’s why I love the idea of this Nightmare Nibbler. After all, if you can’t beat the monsters, you might as well get an even scarier monster to chase them away and eat the nightmares, right? This handsome stuffed monster just happens to be named Norbert, and he’s part of the Nightmare Nibbler Nation, sent from...

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Putting the art in heart, times a million.

See that gorgeous iPhone case over there? It’s printed from original art and signed by the artist. Impressed yet? You will be. The artist’s name is Anwar, and he’s from Kuwait. He’s also a child cancer patient. All of the lovely goods from The Children’s Art Project are based on the artwork of child cancer patients through an inspiring program at the the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. But as you can see on their website, they usually strike through the word Cancer and focus on the Children and the Art. Working with trained artists as part...

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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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The last minute gift that beats a Chia pet and helps empower women

It’s a horrible feeling– standing in line at the drugstore with a dented Homer Simpson Chia pet and a Snuggie on Christmas Eve, knowing that Great Aunt Evelyn is going to know you totally spaced on her gift. Luckily, there’s another option that doesn’t involve long lines or dashing through the snow. You can do it all online, you don’t have to wait for shipping, and as an added bonus it’s a gift that gives back. Plus it involves two of our favorite things: jewelry and empowering women. The Relief Bead program by Relief International helps empower impoverished women...

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Starbucks and Jonathan Adler fight AIDS with Frappuccinos

I was in Starbucks this week–okay, a few times this week. (What? It’s Peppermint Mocha, season.) And I was thinking about how much the people in my life like getting Starbucks gift cards over the holidays. Glancing at the display, I was so excited to see the swanky looking Jonathan Adler gift cards, it took me a minute to realize the awesome charitable component to them. The (STARBUCKS)RED Gift card not only looks good, it does good –it does good. Every time you use the card, 5 cents will be donated to the Global Fund to help fight AIDS...

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Last minute holiday card help from Cocodot that helps people in need too.

This year, I planned on getting my holiday cards out with plenty of time and all of a sudden it’s Christmas week. Good thing there’s a service that lets me send out cards–really, professionally designed holiday cards–digitally. Not only is it a lot cheaper, but it’s also a lot faster and I don’t have to buy stamps. I don’t even want to walk past the post office during the holidays. And best yet, it supports some of the best charities out there. Cocodot designs some attractive digital cards to begin with, and to make the idea even sweeter, they’ve...

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On the thirteenth day of Christmas: PEACE.

Partridges, French hens, the splattered eggs of a dozen overactive geese. Forget ’em. If you want to say “I love you” with birds, go for the artistic, lasting beauty of paper lovebirds, another gift that gives back. Whether you’d like a whole flock in mobile form or individual ornaments in sets of three, you’re sure to win anyone over with the pretty PEACE birds available at Hazel Wood Children that perpetuate the ideals of hope, opportunity, and freedom Not only are these PEACE birds  gorgeous, but each one is handmade of recycled materials by PEACE, a grassroots cooperative of...

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Free letters from Santa that are more about giving than receiving

People always say that nothing is for free, but here is something that really is: A customized letter to your child from Santa that you help create. And it will do more for other kids than your own. At Letter from Santa, add personal details like your child’s name, best friend, good deeds, and home town, and your little guy or gal will be sure it’s the real thing. Just fill out a few answers, download the PDF to your computer and print it out. A personalized letter with a cheerful Santa face will put a big smile on...

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Send cookies to the troops without turning on your oven

Just around this time last year, my husband was returning home from his deployment in Afghanistan and he mentioned how he and his fellow troops really did appreciate the goodies and treats folks sent their way. With that in mind, I couldn’t help but pass along this great initiative from Kenmore (yes, that Kenmore) who’s thanking our troops through cookies–hopefully with your help too. Through their Baking for the Troops program, Kenmore is hoping to donate 250,000 cookies to troops who won’t be able to spend the holidays with their family. And if they can reach their goal, they’ll...

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10 holiday gifts that give back

The only thing better than connecting our readers with fabulous finds is knowing that those purchases do real good in the world. So we thought we’d take a look-see around Cool Mom Picks for some of our favorite picks that put your money to great use helping others– and make amazing gifts, too. -Delilah 1. Tiny Revolutionary – This Atlanta-based, mom-run company offers gorgeous eco-conscious apparel (shown at left) with messages of peace, love, and world betterment, and they give to several organizations that support these goals. 2. Zoe Organics – They won us over with their soothing bath...

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Wondering what to do with your spare change? How about save some animals.

Before I was a Mom, what seems like a lifetime ago (oh, a whole four years back), I worked for the Audubon Society. It was thrilling to be involved in a community that was so passionate about conservation and protecting the wildlife we share the planet with and now I’m devoted to passing those values onto my own kids.. I’m pleased to hear that there’s a great new program to help kids get involved with national conservation in a very easy way.  Pennies for the Planet, created by The National Audubon Society in alliance with Toyota, is a program...

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Jingle Bells for Jennic

One of the coolest things about working with so many small business owners is that we really get to know their personal stories of talent, innovation, and dedication. We’re always amazed by their strength and perseverance. Small business ownership is not for wimps, yo. We discovered KangarooBoo during the holidays three years ago, and we’ve been smitten ever since. Not only does owner and mom Jennic Law carry a fabulous assortment of our favorite children’s toys and gear, but she has a most incredible personal story of overcoming cancer and giving back a portion of every sale to children’s...

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Raise your crayons for the Cool Mom Picks & Etsy ornament contest winners

You talented artists, you! You made it so hard for us to choose among all the amazing entries to our Cool Mom Picks + Etsy color your own paper ornament design contest to support Housing Works, and we have, after much deliberation, finally picked our 8 winning designs. You can purchase them as 2 downloadable, printable PDFs for sale at the Etsy store for a mere $3–with all proceeds being donated to Housing Works, an incredible organization. Just $3 for an endless number of ornaments that kids can color, assemble, hang from a tree, or use to make their...

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Fingerless gloves find new fans in the smartphone age

Yes, I pretty much love everything from Shokay. Their gorgeous, hand-knit, fair trade items have made it into our baby shower gift guide, our 2010 holiday gift guide–and now, even our Cool Mom Tech gift guide. No, they’re not making high-tech electric blankets now; just some awesome fingerless gloves that can solve a lot of problems for a lot of touch-screen phone users. [don’t miss an exclusive discount after the jump!] Shokay really outdoes themselves again with these luscious, thick Oliver Twist fingerless gloves. They’re incredibly soft, as you might expect from 100% yak down. Oh wait — don’t...

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It’s Small Business Saturday – Have you hugged your mom + pop today?

Well hello! And happy Small Business Saturday –quite possibly our new favorite shopping day. (It certainly sounds better than Black Friday, right? So dark! So ominous!) Today is an amazing opportunity to devote some of that holiday budget to the local merchants you know and love–online or off. For some of our own writers’ favorite mom and pops in their hoods, from Boston and New York to Albuquerque and Santa Cruz, check our own Small Business Saturday recommendations and you’ll even get some awesome holiday ideas. Or heck, search this site. 99% of what we do is support the...

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Know what your school needs? A bar.

Could your local school use a salad bar? Because I sure know that ours could. Well, believe it or not, you can possibly get one –free– thanks to a grant by the Salad Bar Project. But you need to hurry. Chef Ann Cooper, Whole Foods, and TheLunchBox.org are spearheading an ambitious effort to bring a salad bar to every school in America, a cost-efficient, easy way to improve overall nutrition in a world where Pizza Day is one of the healthier choices of our school menus. You’ve got until November 15 (that’s tomorrow!) to apply for a grant to...

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Petit Tresor for Target: cuteness and philanthropy go hand in hand

I just went through my little girl’s infant clothes to give to my sister-in-law and wham… seeing those tiny bodysuits brought me back to those early days. I could still smell that baby smell and see her chubby little arms and legs in the teeny clothes. Of course, I had to keep a few things. Every mom deserves to dress her newborn in clothes that make her smile. And because of a fabulous new retailer-charity relationship, now everyone can dress their babies in good quality layette. Jessica Seinfeld’s Baby Buggy has teamed up with Target to create several limited...

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Donating extra Halloween candy? Reader Q&A

Dear Cool Moms, I seem to remember you once wrote about donating used Halloween candy. I was hoping to get it out of the house a little earlier this year for a change! -Amanda R   Hey Amanda. We feel you. Really we do. Especially now that Kristen has four kids at home bringing home pillowcases full of Milky Ways and Smarties. I tell my own girls that they can pick a certain number of pieces to keep and the rest they donate to people who don’t get any treats at all, and they love that idea. (Of course some...

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Do Fun Stuff and help some kids with some seriously fun kindie tunes

I’ve never doubted the power of music to unite people–though it does bring to mind those big events like Woodstock or Live Aid. But it’s the effort of one dad and some very cool bands with loads of heart that now deserve to get people behind an important cause: Helping build awareness and support for people born with the little-known Smith-Magenis Syndrome.   Even if you’ve never heard of this condition, or some of the indie bands involved in this project, don’t let that stop you: This is a baker’s dozen of sweet songs you’ll want to add to...

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