Tuesday, November 17, 2009


A clothing line worth check out.

EDUN is a socially conscious clothing company launched in Spring 2005 by Ali Hewson and Bono. The company's mission is to create beautiful clothing, while fostering sustainable employment in developing areas of the world.

EDUN will give $10 from each Edun designed ONE tee shirt sold back to the ALAFA fund, which provides medication to Lesotho factory workers and their family members suffering with AIDS. Adults on sale for $28. Kids shirts also available.

Nest Gifts $50, $25 & $15

Nest is the place to go for cool gift ideas this Holiday season.  Below is a sampling of my top pics.

Nest is a nonprofit organization that empowers female artists and artisans around the world. Using a unique combination of interest-free microfinance loans, mentoring from established designers, as well as a market in which to sell their crafts, Nest helps its loan recipients create successful small businesses. Nest instills pride of ownership, preserves ancient artistic traditions and successfully moves women from poverty to self-sufficiency.

Handtooled Leather Wallet/ Clutch with multiple credit card slots, pockets, zippered coin pouches and pen holder. 10" x 5.5" x 1"(at fold). Designed by Endia, handmade in Indonesia.

Whimsical Tea lights on sale for $25 make another cool gift idea.

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams journal. Great for any age over 7 (kiddies, tweens and even adults who need to be reminded to dream big!)...journaling, doodling, poem writing. REUSABLE! Cover fits standard composition book found in all big box stores. Personalization included. Composition book included. **Please also specify color of fairy's hair. $14.00

A Book Experience

This is an honorary entry because I admire the magic behind the idea at The Lollipop Book Club. Mom, Karen, realized that there were too many toys in their families life and believed that books were better presents as they lasted longer but noticed that the books she got her kids just stacked up. Until she got the idea to mail her kids the books and have them opened as their special package. She noticed the kids treating the books more special and then started to do the same when their family was invited to a bday party. She got such a huge response that she  knew there was something there and decided to make a business out of it. This is a must see website and I'm inspired to buy this book as Thanksgiving is right around the corner

Featuring a simple text, this book reminds both kids and adults about the little things that make each day enjoyable. Includes a page for readers to write their own special thoughts.

By Julie Markes

Illustrated by Doris Barrette

Monday, November 16, 2009

Holiday Cards that Give Back


Shutterfly’s “Support-A-Cause” card line features dozens of new styles with themes inspired by each charitable organization’s mission. Designs range from classic to modern with photo and non-photo styles. New this holiday season, customers can personalize their holiday cards inside as well as outside with both photo and text layout options. Pricing is based on volume, starting as low as $1.49 per card.  Shutterfly will donate %10 of net proceeds to participating charities.


Inside: “Wishing you the gift of joy this holiday season!”
$18 for 8 cards

Inside:   “Wishing you a world of peace this holiday season”
$12 for 8 cards

Adoption Day Cards will donate a percentage of profits, after taxes, to child relief in Ecuador and Ukraine. They feel strongly that we want not only to celebrate adoption but to support waiting children as well. Please use the following links to learn more about the organizations we will be supporting this year.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Bugaboo treasu(RED) stroller

Feeling this stroller.  Loving the clean design and appropriate messaging for your little treasure.

 Bugaboo Bee stroller features a compact, nimble, one-piece design that takes your child from infant to toddler with ease. Bugaboo has now partnered with (RED)TM and is contributing 1% of all revenue to the Global Fund to help fund AIDS programs in Africa. Every child is treasured, and every Bugaboo purchase helps women and children living with AIDS in Africa.  Limited Edition as seen in the Neiman Marcus Christmas Book. $599.  

Mad Imports Calabash Tote

Look at this adorable bag to dress up some jeans.

The craftswomen in rural Kenya and Madagascar who handmade these beautiful, rustic bags are part of a fair-trade partnership, and 15 percent of online sales go toward building clean water wells and microenterprise development in their communities. $95.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Tory Burch's World Charm Necklace

Completely beautiful and stylish.  This LEATHER WORLD CHARM NECKLACE makes a sophisticated statement day or night by lacing this intricately crafted necklace around your neck. Multi strand leather cords adorned with assorted gold talismans. Adjustable link chain with lobster clasp closure and logo disk. Necklace measures 25 1/2" total.

One hundred percent of the profits from the navy limited edition World Charm Necklace will benefit The Tory Burch Foundation.  $350.00

Adopt a Gorilla

What a precious gift for your favorite animal lovers. 

 Adopt a sweet baby gorilla in your friend's name and support the Diane Fossey Gorilla Fund. The animal lover on your list will adore it. $50 to $300 

Monday, November 9, 2009

Kids Scooter

How cute is this?!?!?!
Retro Green Scooter for children 3-5
Every child loves a scooter and this one is especially child-friendly with proceeds that benefit St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital. On sale for $49

Tree of Life

What a cool idea for artwork in your kiddos room.

I love this Tree of Life Wall Hanging
For every purchase of this inspiring tree of life wall hanging, the Hunger Site will fund 50 bowls of food where it's needed most. A wonderful way to give. $39.95

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Philosophy Shop for a Cause

philosophy's promise is to bring its customers products that inspire them to live a better life by being better to themselves. our products care for your skin and your overall well-being. we take a mind, body, spirit approach to personal care and believe only when you feel good can you truly look your best.

Shop for a Cause at Philosophy

With each purchase of shop for a cause products 100% of the net proceeds go to the partnered charity. With shower gel called Good Energy, Remind U.S. and Joyful Heart - HOW can you go wrong. Just bathe in all the goodness.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Common Threadz

This cause makes me happy.  Common Threadz finds creative ways to support orphans in Africa.

Orphan Collection
Tees designed by orphans to help orphans! Each one sold feeds and orphan for a month.  The tees are $38 and come in adult sizes too.  I'm in love with these purposeful designs.  

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Fashion Philanthropy

is an online boutique promoting beauty and balance.  They ask you to choose a charity at checkout and give 10% of the proceeds.  A couple of my top pics are this great little summer dress by Roberta Oaks on sale for $50.

Or this great tee by 302 Designs for $40.

302 Designs Harmony Tee is made of a 100% organic cotton fine jersey, soft and comfy with a stylish slim fit. The message on this shirt is peace translated in many different languages. 

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Clutches for Good

Love this clutch by Mad Imports at $25. Come in many colors.

Great designs and colors at a great price that gives back.  All of this makes me very happy.

Mad Imports is a socially & environmentally responsible company that markets handmade fashion accessories from Madagascar & Kenya. The sale of our products enables families to gain economic independence and promotes environmental conservation.

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Build a Nest

The mission of Nest is to support women artists and artisans in the developing world by helping them create sustainable entrepreneurial businesses. Nest will do this by providing micro-credit loans to be used for the purchase of the supplies and materials necessary to begin and/or maintain art or craft-based businesses. Nest has created a community of artists helping artists, and women helping women, the world over.

Designer Stephanie Jolluck has been travelling to Highland region Guatemala for over 9 years to work with the Mayans on a eco friendly textile line. Made with PURE LOVE, her are created from reclaimed indigenous clothing using fair trade practices. 

The Sephora Project

The Sephora Project Tote
What it is:
A beauty-full bag that gives back.

What it does:
Wear your heart on your sleeve...and now, on your bag too. The Sephora Project Tote is a pretty purchase with a purpose. Sephora is proud of The Sephora Project, a initiative created to educate and empower women and girls whose mission, like Sephora's, is to make the world a more beauty-full place. When you purchase The Sephora Project Tote Bag ($12), six dollars from each bag will be donated to Girls For A Change, a national organization that empowers girls to create social change. That's not the only way this fashion with a passion shows its love—this Tote-ally good-hearted bag is made from recycled bottles that have been crushed and spun into fibers. Snag the Sephora Project Tote and let the benevolence begin! It is available at all Sephora stores, by calling 1-877-SEPHORA, or by logging on to Sephora.com.

Volvic UK 1L for 10L brings cleans water to Africa

Volvic ‘1L-for-10L’, is a major initiative in partnership with the international relief and development agency World Vision, which will provide over 6 billion litres of clean water to hundreds of thousands of people living in Africa.

For every litre of Volvic Plain or Volvic Touch of Fruit purchased in the UK, Volvic and World Vision will provide ten litres of clean, safe drinking water through their well creation programme in six countries across Africa, helping to improve the quality of life for entire communities

Monday, October 26, 2009

Disney GIVE a Day GET a Day

BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010, when you sign up here to volunteer a day of service with a participating organization (and your service is completed and verified) you'll get one day admission to a Walt Disney World® or Disneyland® theme park, FREE! Disney wants to inspire one million people to volunteer a day of service.

What better way to enjoy family time together!  Great idea Disney!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Karito Kids

Karito Kids are a series of 21 inch dolls that represent girls from around the world a product of Kids Give. KidsGive™’s mission is to raise global awareness among our youth, teaching them about children around the world and exposing them to the importance of social responsibility and charitable giving.

To meet this mission, KidsGive developed an interesting and unique concept that directly brings the child into the actual process of giving to, and understanding the development of, children’s humanitarian projects around the world. By directly tying together the purchase of Karito Kids (large dolls) with the support of children’s charities, KidsGive will teach a generation of children at a young age what charitable giving really means.

The 11-year-old girls characterize a modern way of life in each country and culture, providing today’s views of fashion, events, and values that shape each generation and raise global awareness along the way. Through the purchase of each Karito Kids product a percentage of sales will be donated to Plan USA, a worldwide children’s charity. By entering a unique code (found on every product) on the company website, children will be able to select the charitable cause to which the donation will be directed.They come with their themed books, and with each purchase made the doll's new owner gets to make a donation (part of the purchase price) to the Kids Give charity of their choice. Manufacturer's suggested retail is $99.99.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


I love these bag carriers made from reused kites.  Perfect to attach to your dog leash and check out the I Pick Up2 Kemp's 

4U2ReUSE is a manufacturer of eco-friendly handmade bag carriers. 
Our products are made in the U.S. out of reused materials and organic fabrics and are designed to store plastic grocery bags for trips to the grocery store or biodegradable bags for walks with the dog. Each bag carrier can be stashed in a car door compartment, attached to a handbag, backpack, belt loop, dog leash, or stashed in a car door compartment, allowing you to easily reuse or recycle your bags day in and day out, making it easier for you to be green. 

Geoffrey Beene Gives Back

Geoffrey Beene has been a go to men's brand for years but I'm not sure if the public knew they were buying clothes that care. Woven into every new garment and accessory is their promise and pledge to support a better future for us all through GBGB Geoffrey Beene Gives Back®.  100% of net profits from Geoffrey Beene, LLC are donated to philanthropic causes. 
Through 2009, Geoffrey Beene Gives Back® will have donated over $1 million to organizations such as Save The Children, Safe Horizon, and the Resource Center for Women and Their Families, as well as more than $600,000 to the Family Violence Prevention Fund to help end domestic abuse. 

Monday, October 19, 2009

Tiny Revolutionary

OK people.  I love this company.  I love the philosophy.  I love the product.  I love it all!

"All change begins small" is their motto

This onesie and shirt reads "I'll change the World Someday"
At a minimum $1 from every Tiny Revolutionary Tee goes to charity, like these...

And then Tiny Revolutionary has a set of Tees that are part of the GIVING TEE program and through an extraordinary partnership with Africa Aid, a t-shirt is being elevated to its highest call yet - life saver. With the purchase of each THIS SHIRT SAVED A LIFE tee from Tiny Revolutionary, $20 will be donated directly to Africa Aid to fund a child in their school lunch program in the Buduburam Refugee Settlement in Ghana for an entire year. To learn more about Africa Aid, visit www.africaaid.org today!
Printed on a 100% Cotton buttery soft vintage black tee with innovative new, non-toxic inks. Each tee has an inside print explaining the program and is HAND-NUMBERED prior to shipping for a true one-of-a-kind mark of distinction.

Baby Eggi Flower Top

Loving this midnight blue flower top by Baby Eggi. Adorable clothes.

Baby Eggi is a hip and stylish children's clothing company that is committed to creating a better world for children to live and thrive. Baby Eggi donates 20% of its net proceeds to partnering children's charities.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Joy Spread the Word

These are organic Toddler Tshirts from Joy Spread the Word
How can you not support a company's belief that as toddlers learn and explore they start to understand the power of words - "children reflect a greater possibility for each of us to teach and share values." LOVE IT.
(Thanks Suzanne for the tip)

designgive T-shirts

I'm a big fan of Designgive's shirts, they have a strong social message and they're created by some unique artists who actually donated their art. These are men's shirts and cost $19 (plus shipping) and part of the proceeds will benefit a charity of your choice. The designs are smart, modern and very high design. One of my favorite shirts is Africa Now that features an Africa shaped image consisted of hundred illustrations of Africa's current issues. Africa Now is not just visually great but mentally too. It can be the starting point for a good conversation!

I love these two as well - Dead Paris and Foliage. Visit designgive to buy a very cool yet affordable t-shirt for a loved one.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Flip for Good

Every person with a child in their life needs a video camera. The flip has become popular for it's compact and easy functionality. There are a section of Flips where a portion of the proceeds go to a nonprofit or charity and you can pick from over 15 organizations. I happen to have this one. It goes to supporting non profits getting their own video cameras.

Precious Shoes

Does it get cuter than this?

These handmade booties range in sizes 0-18months at $22.50 - 80% of the proceeds for to the Magic Foundation.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009


This is the trailer for the Oprah Winfery/Tyler Perry backed film "Precious," based on the novel "Push" by Sapphire. The film stars comic Mo'Nique, Lenny Kravitz and features Paula Patton and Mariah Carey.  It's in theaters December 3.

I am featuring this because it tells a desperately underrepresented child's story. I have not seen the movie but I get chills when I see this actress as I can't imagine the courage it takes to play the truth in this role. Movies that stretch our comfort are a good thing. More to come on this movie...it feels like one that we should support.

New Youth Collection from TOMS

If for some reason you're not aware of TOMS you need to be.  Their premise is for every pair of shoes bought - a pair goes to someone in need. ONE FOR ONE.  And for the first time they are offering youth sizes for purchase.

With the release of the new Youth collection, kids now have the opportunity to help other kids in need. Although TOMS has been giving youth-sized shoes to children in need since the company’s inception in 2006, the sizes weren’t available to purchase. After several inquiries from mothers and fathers wanting to teach their children the power of giving, young people posting to our fan page, and customers wanting to buy TOMS for the whole family, TOMS realized the amazing demand coming from our youth market.

Charms that Matter

I have loved my Helen Ficalora initial charms for years. They are so much a staple that I sometimes forget about all the great designs Helen continues to create. She supports many causes and all charms are handmade. Beautiful stuff.

World Pillow

So have I said yet that I love IKEA, well I do and that's probably why I'm breaking my give back rule already by featuring the Kelly Varld cushion.

I am always trying to incorporate things around the house that have a world point of view and these high design cushions do the trick with out being completely literal or flashing bright colors.  I think it's a nice touch in dressing up a winter couch.

Project Zambi

This cause is particularly close to my heart since my daughter was born in Ethiopia. I am forever touched by this great continent and love to see companies doing their part to support improvement in Africa.  Consider making this a special gift for a child in your life.

Project Zambi is a global initiative of the Hasbro Children's Fund, dedicated to raising awareness of the estimated 15 million African children who have been orphaned by the AIDS epidemic.  To help bring PROJECT ZAMBI to life, Hasbro has introduced a new special edition FURREAL FRIENDS ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT toy (Retail Price: $49.99/Fall 09) which is available this fall in Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States, and features soft and cuddly ears and feet that are covered in a special fabric pattern designed by boys and girls from one of the African communities dedicated to caring for children orphaned by AIDS.  Hasbro has committed to donate 50 percent of the net profits from ZAMBI THE BABY ELEPHANT -- a minimum of $500,000 (in U.S. dollars) -- to the PROJECT ZAMBI Fund.

Halloween Goodness

Are you still searching for your child's Halloween Costume?

Consider buying at Halloween Costumes.Org. Through the Make a Wish Foundation, with a portion dedicated from every costume sale, Halloween Costumes.Org will sponsor a child to make their wish come true!

Another fun and message conscience costume idea for toddlers is Amy Coe's exclusive Peace Sign Costume exclusive at Toy's R Us.

Peace, Love & Pumpkins!

Pink for October

I stumbled across these beautiful headbands on Designmom's blog and realized that Bambuko dedicates a section of their product to Breast Cancer research. Please check out this beautiful head pieces and think about how you can rock them this holiday while supporting the pink ribbon cause.  I can also so see it with a white tank and jeans.  Very cool.

And to show support without spending money...head over to Yahoo where they are teaming up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF). For each person who updates their pink ribbon status on Yahoo! Shine and Yahoo! Mail this month, they'll donate $1 to the NBCF (up to $50,000).

The donations will go toward free mammograms for uninsured women, in the hopes that they can benefit from early diagnosis and treatment as I did. It’s a simple way to raise awareness and empower our community of users to make a positive impact in the fight against breast cancer.