Tag: socially conscious

Saving the world, one cup of delicious gourmet coffee at a time

We’ve all heard the standard wisdom that if we each gave up one daily luxury–say, your morning latte–you could put that money towards charity and really make a difference. And I happily gave up my frou-frou coffeeshop runs for brewing at home to save money, but you can pry the coffee cup out of my cold, dead hands, thanks. Now there’s a way to both buy your beans and have your charity, too. Enter the One Cup Project. Let’s start with the coffee itself: It’s a wide variety of blends from Seattle’s award-winning micro-roaster Silver Cup Coffee, and good...

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Kids tees that make a great story

The mission of past CMP pick, Out of Print Clothing is to spread the joy of reading. Through fashion. Hey, two of our favorite things? And, now, they have expanded their collection to include t-shirts for kids. Find shirts featuring cover of the first edition of the Catcher in the Rye (so hipster chic), Brave New World, and Pride and Prejudice or go for the infamous cover of Moby Dick. Although, that could lead to some schoolyard shenanigans if your kids are old enough to make, uh…Moby Dick jokes. What’s particularly great is that Out of Print Clothing donates...

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Web coolness – Modern ABCs, crafting shortcuts, and cakes made out of Brobee

Here are some things we’ve liked reading around the web this week. We hope you will too. On Babycenter, Kristen uncovers a super cool service to get kids crafty, even when their moms aren’t at all. The always thoughtful PHD in Parenting blog has wonderful links to help you think about food in honor of this week’s World Food Day. A funny post parodying all the baby gear recalls lately. We can’t help it – we laughed. The Lichtenstein ABCs? Who even knew. Friends of Foofa: Behold! An entire post filled with Yo Gabba Gabba cakes. Amazing. [via kari...

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Designer Tory Burch takes on National Women’s Business Week.

It’s National Women’s Business Week this week. Or at least, officially. Because in my mind, every week women should be in business. One of the big supporters of this week is uber designer, mom, and friend-to-women everywhere Tory Burch, and she’s asked us to share with you some of the cool stuff she’s doing right now. [don’t miss a fun giveaway after the jump] Her amazing dot-org, The Tory Burch Foundation was set up to help women in this country with business opportunities through needed microloans. It’s a great org to consider supporting on its own. Or, you know,...

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Shop for a cause at Happy Chickadee

As if I needed another reason to scour the virtual shelves of Happy Chickadee, one of our fave mom-owned boutiques, I just got another really awesome one. And it’s not even because of my new baby (that has yet to arrive, argh). It’s because every penny spent there this weekend will help someone who really needs it. Now through Sunday October 17th, Happy Chickadee is donating 100% of purchases (yes, 100%) of in-stock clothing and decor items to One Day’s Wages, an amazing org that’s alleviating extreme world poverty. In this instance, the proceeds will benefit two organizations assisting...

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6 all-natural, allergen-free, or fair trade Halloween treats that aren’t scary at all

With some Halloween candies containing loads of hydrogenated oil, artificial colors and even high-fructose corn syrup, I appreciate why so many of us are taking a closer look at what we drop into those pillow cases come October 31st. Even me. And admittedly, I love candy. So we have put together six fantastic treat options that should help keep your Halloween sweet but not too scary. Yes, they will cost more than the giant “Fun Size” bags, especially if you get hundreds of kids to your door each year. And no, they’re not going to keep kids from having to brush their teeth copiously before...

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The 6 most fabulous purchases for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shopping is not really our first line of defense against breast cancer. But even so, we’re proud to support some of the companies, big and small, that are offering special items to help raise funds for research and patient support during National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve worked hard to only pick out the items that are so great, they really do justice to this noble cause. Every day I pass a photo of my sister-in-law’s smiling face and am reminded of how breast cancer tried to take that smile from all of us who love her so much. So, mamas, remember: Do those...

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Fighting fire with Halloween cards

When an enormous fire roared across San Bruno, California, on September 9, it destroyed homes and uprooted hundreds of people. Scary–unbelievably scary. But it couldn’t have been more terrifying for anyone than the children and families whose lives were suddenly changed forever.  So as Halloween slinks into view and we start planning parties and costumes for out little ghosts and ghouls (and–sigh–wannabe Lady Gagas), here’s a good way to help those in San Bruno who have had to face real-life scary stuff. Paper Culture, a Cool Mom Picks favorite, is donating 100 percent of proceeds from its amazing Halloween...

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Now that’s my kind of tea party

I don’t get to take a bath in my Jacuzzi tub very often, mainly because it’s full of tiny little teacups and saucers and one random pink pig who, I’m told, likes hot chocolate and cake. My kids have pretty much taken over the tub that made me want to buy the house in the first place. But now I’m turning the tables on their daily tea party. I’m turning them into the tea, with the awesome Organic Baby Bath Tea from eco-conscious Zoe Organics which is one of my favorite bath products ever. [don’t miss a great offer...

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Time to start thinking Halloween? UNICEF is.

When I was a kid, we carried our Halloween treats in pillow cases because we were greedy little goblins who didn’t mind having candy-corn stuck in our hair later on. But again, my kids get to have all the fun with none of the hideous polyester paisley. UNICEF, which really is synonymous with Halloween for plenty of us, is now making it both cute and easy to gorge on sugar whiling help kids in need. When you buy the adorable cotton burlap FEED trick-or-treat bag bag from HSN, $3.50 goes directly to UNICEF and provides an entire year’s worth...

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Peace, baby

We’ve seen our fair share of kid’s message t-shirts here at Cool Mom Picks, and some of our consistent faves are created by mom-owned and Atlanta-based Tiny Revolutionary, since long before they were discovered by celeb moms like Sheryl Crow and Christina Aguilera. Their lovely Peace tee for kids is absolutely no exception. It’s inspiring to see beautiful artwork combined with simple, important messages, which is just what this shirt offers. Especially in a sea of Mommy’s little heartbreaker shirts. I love the rainbow of paper cranes and doves floating up across the shirt which is printed using non-toxic,...

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9/11: A day to remember, through service

I have struggled with how to explain September 11th to my children ever since they were old enough to understand that something big and terrible happened that day nine years ago. I still struggle, but now that this has also become a National Day of Service, I like the idea that my family can honor the day by doing something good for a charity in need. Last year, we learned of 911DayofService.org, a website that was created to give people a place to share their service projects with others, or to find an organization in the community that can...

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In support of the hardest laboring folks of all.

Happy Labor Day, mamas! On this day, we really wanted to give a big hooray to the hardest laboring folks of all: Moms. (No pun intended.) Of course Labor Day really is about, well, labor. Or unions, to be more specific. And while there’s no such union for parents, we thought we’d give a mention to an organization that comes pretty darn close. If you’re not familiar with Moms Rising, get thee to the website! Then celebrate the fact that there are brilliant women (and men) over there working hard to mobilize moms and advocate for good stuff that...

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Bark if you love animals (and then buy a t-shirt)

My kids love animals. Like the kind of love that renders our cat somewhat helpless when they come at him with hugs and kisses on an hourly basis.  If it were up to them, our house would be a veritable Noah’s Ark, but since I’m just not open-minded enough to welcome a pig, puppy, hedgehog, snake, hamster, fish and goodness knows what else into the house (and, really, we all know who would be taking care of this animal menagerie), I’ve got an alternative. I know they’ll love the t-shirts from I Rescue Rover instead. Okay, so a t-shirt...

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Happy Women’s Equality Day!

It’s official: Today, President Obama officially proclaimed August 26 Women’s Equality Day, 90 years after we were given the right to vote. While we’ve currently got three women on the Supreme Court, 17 in the Senate, and a whole bunch running fantastic businesses–like this very website–we’ve still got a ways to go. We’re thinking that paid family leave (for men too) would be high on our agenda, along with earnings of more than 77 cents to every dollar earned by men. So let’s keep fighting the good fight. At the same time, let’s celebrate how far we’ve come. And...

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Notebooks that help trees, kids, monkeys, pandas, and probably teachers

It’s hard not to want to incorporate EcoJot products into your back to school shopping, which is why they nearly always end up in our back to school shopping guides. Their notebooks are 100% recycled, the designs are adorable, and they donate money to various causes and to kids in need around the world. In fact, if they were named for a St. EcoJot, I wouldn’t be surprised at all. Now, the Canadian company have a whole new line that I think kids will really flip for. EcoJot‘s brand spanking new Jane Goodall Institute notebooks were specifically created to...

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Stuffed animals that help real animals

Thanks to a certain animated show, my daughter now ties her stuffed animals to chairs and then attempts to save them using only teamwork and a pom-pom hat. It’s not my cup of tea, but I do like the idea of encouraging kids to help animals, which is why I like Oomfy. This new business turns that cartoon altruism into real world good. Every time you purchase a stuffed animal and its companion book from Oomfy, a portion of the proceeds goes to support the rescue, rehabilitation, and eventual release of displaced and orphaned baby wild animals. The stuffed...

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Many hands–and voices–come together to help Haiti

I was a teen when Live Aid rocked the world, and saw how powerful musicians can be when they come together for a cause. Now, many years later, another group of musicians has come together, this time on a fabulous children’s CD to benefit the Haitian People’s Support Project which helps the people in Haiti who are still recovering from the devastating earthquake. And, in case you were wondering: The music, like the cause, is awesome. Conceived by versatile musician and CMP favorite, Dean Jones, the album Many Hands: Family Music for Haiti quickly became a reality after receiving the support and label backing from Spare...

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An Awesome Book. ‘Nuff said.

Let me give you 3 reasons why An Awesome Book by artist Dallas Clayton is indeed an awesome book: 1. For every book sold, The Awesome World Foundation will donate one book to schools, hospitals, camps, and shelters. 2. The artwork and story are original and compelling, and include rocket-powered pink unicorns. 3. Justin Timberlake likes it. I think this review has just written itself, but for the sake of awesomeness, I’ll go on. Clayton’s motives for penning the book are written in his bio on the website in poem form. To paraphrase, he likes to make beautiful things,...

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Save the Gulf, one beautiful piece of art at a time

Just a couple of weeks ago, our editor-in-chief Liz and I were one of 2400 attendees at the BlogHer conference in New York City. And aside from the awesome sessions and fantastic parties, we had the opportunity to be a part of the Voices of the Year gala and art auction, an amazing event co-hosted by our friends at Kirtsy featuring hundreds of beautiful blog-inspired artwork. The best part: All of it is now being auctioned off on eBay to support the Gulf recovery. Each week, a new set of gorgeous pieces will be listed in an eBay auction,...

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