10 Ways to Teach Children How to Be Thankful

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There’s no better time than Thanksgiving to teach your children what it means to be thankful and how they can show their appreciation. It’s a tricky concept to teach to younger children but your older children can help. Teaching children to be thankful is important because it promotes sensitivity to the feelings of others and they won’t grow up feeling entitled. Grateful people tend to be more optimistic in life and overall happier. Here are 10 tips on how to teach your children to be thankful.

  1. Create a thankful tree

A thankful tree is a creative way for you and your children to share what you’re grateful for. Everyone can write down what they are thankful for on different colored construction paper leaves that you use to decorate your tree. Keep the tree in your living room and you can add to it each day and remember what you’re thankful for every time you pass by it.

  1. Count your blessings

When your children are having difficulty falling asleep, teach them to count their blessings instead of counting sheep. Have them recount in their head everything that they are thankful for (even the little things!) and soon enough they’ll be drifting off to dreamland.

  1. Lead by example

Children learn by following their parents’ example so teach them to be thankful by remembering to always say thank you. Make a point of saying “please” and “thank you” when you interact with others and when you talk to your children. Thank them for their hugs, when they clean up their room, and when they help clear the table.

  1. Have them donate old toys/clothes

When your children outgrow their clothes and toys, ask them to donate to less fortunate children. Explain to them why these children need their old toys and clothes and they will learn to appreciate what they have and to give to those in need.

  1. Write thank you notes

Any time your child receives a gift, whether for Christmas, birthdays or other holidays, have them write short and sweet thank you notes or ask them what they would like to say while you write it down.  Little ones can even draw pictures to accompany your written thank you notes if they’re still too young to write.

  1. Let kids contribute

Have your children make get well cards for a sick family member, help you set the table, or visit an elderly neighbor. When they know that they are helping others they will also feel thankful for all the things that you and others do for them.

  1. Have a thankful jar

Your kids can decorate a jar to keep on the table next to a pencil and paper. Everyone in the family can write down what they are thankful for in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. On the big day during or after your Thanksgiving meal, the kids can take out the notes and read aloud what the family is thankful for.

  1. Reward children with a hug

When your child says thank you let them know how much you appreciate their appreciation. Give your child and hug and say, “It makes me happy when you say thank you!” This positive attention will reinforce their good behavior.

  1. Make small sacrifices

Practice making sacrifices with your children such as not driving the car short distances and walking instead, or taking 5 minute showers instead of long, hot ones. This makes you realize what things you take for granted every day and teaches your children to be more humble.

  1. Reflect together at the end of the day

Before your kids go to bed at night, talk to them about their day and reflect on the good things that happened. By doing this you’re encouraging them to actually think about what they should be grateful for and it ends the day on a positive note.

In what ways do you teach your children to be thankful?

teething toysGuest blog by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS, safe and effective teething toys for babies that look like real foods!

What makes AppeTEETHERS safe:

1. AppeTEETHERS are solid silicone and extremely durable. There are no parts and there are no surface materials that could possibly come apart or detached.

2. Lori and Michael are germ-a-phobes! This is another reason they chose silicone. AppeTEETHERS are not porous so they do not absorb germs, dirt, or any other undesirable deposits. This makes them very easy to clean at home or on the go.

3. AppeTEETHERS do not have topical paint. All of our coloring is the actual color of the silicone. There is no risk of flaking or having the paint rub off into your baby’s mouth.

Consistently ranking in the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

Visit www.littletoader.com.

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10 Vegan and Gluten Free Thanksgiving Recipes

While the turkey is usually the main event of Thanksgiving dinner, for vegans and people with gluten sensitivity/allergies the side dishes are usually the best part. There are many delicious fall foods your family can make while sticking to a vegan or gluten-free diet. I’d like to share with you 10 vegan and gluten-free Thanksgiving recipes for families to enjoy.

Five Vegan Thanksgiving Recipes

Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Potatoes by Leslie Durso

This can be served as a side dish but it also has enough protein to make this a main entree. View Recipe.

quinoa stuffed sweet potatoes

Leslie Durso

2. Walnut Apple Stuffing by Veg Kitchen

This stuffing doesn’t have to be baked inside the turkey in order to taste good! View Recipe.

3. Gingered Butternut Squash Soup by Dean Fearing, chef at Fearing’s in Dallas

You can top this soup with a dollop of cream and add pecans for a bit of crunch. View recipe.  

gingered butternut squash soup

Dean Fearing

4. Vegan Creamed Spinach by Veggie Quest

This side dish is super quick to make and has a velvety texture with a hint of nutmeg. View Recipe.

vegan creamed spinach

Lee Crosby

5. No-Bake Vegan Pumpkin Cheesecake by Laura Friendly

This cheesecake is easy to make and requires no baking. Tastes best the day after you make it. View Recipe.

no-bake vegan pumpkin cheesecake

Laura Friendly

Five Gluten-Free Thanksgiving Recipes

 1. High Protein Garlic Mashed Potatoes by Oh She Glows

These potatoes have plenty of protein to include them in your dinner as a main dish. View Recipe.

high protein garlic mashed potatoes

Angela Liddon

2. Cornbread Stuffing with Maple Roasted Acorn Squash by Gluten Free Goddess

This elegant side dish looks super pretty on a plate. View Recipe.

cornbread stuffing with maple roasted acorn squash

Karina Allrich

3. Whole Roasted Carrots with Fresh Ginger by Grace Parisi / Food and Wine

These carrots bring gorgeous color to your table. View Recipe.

whole roasted carrots with fresh ginger

by Grace Parisi

4. Green Bean Casserole by Irvin Lin / Eat the Love

This casserole incorporates nuts and mushrooms that play well with the flavor of the green beans. View Recipe.

green bean casserole

Irvin Lin

5. Maple Pumpkin Custard by Danielle Walker / Against All Grain

This is a light pumpkin custard that tastes just like pumpkin pie but without the heavy crust. View Recipe.

maple pumpkin custard

Danielle Walker

eco-friendly green laundry detergent

Guest blog by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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7 Reasons Families Should Switch to an Eco-Friendly Laundry Detergent

eco friendly laundry detergentI believe that families should take care of the Earth and use cleaning products that are good for the environment and for their loved ones. I was fed up with the ingredients of supposed “green” cleaners and I’m certainly not happy with the performance of other products. Cleaners need to be hard working to meet the demands of every family, gentle on sensitive skin, and Earth-friendly. To illustrate this point, here’s a list of seven reasons why families should make the switch to an eco-friendly laundry detergents and cleaning products.

1. Fragrance-free products or products with natural fragrances can prevent harsh chemical and allergic reactions.

2. Easily rinses out making hand washing an easier and faster task while being doubly better for the environment.

3. Whitening clothes with bleach can leave behind a residue that causes skin irritation. Eco-friendly detergents whiten clothes and leave no residue behind.

4. Regular laundry detergents contain harmful ingredients like parabens, phthalates, phosphates, NPEs/APEs and more that can cause allergic reactions, irritation and even cancer.

5. Plant-based and petroleum-free formulas are biodegradable as well as vegan and gluten friendly.

6. Saves you money when using a high-efficiency washer because you only need to use 1 TBSP of soap per load.

7. Eco-friendly laundry detergents are not tested on animals.

Help your family help the environment by using safe, hard-working, eco-friendly products that you can feel good about using in your own home. It’s definitely possible to find products that get your entire family’s clothes clean in an eco-friendly way; products that works hard to fight dirt and stains while being gentle to the environment and your budget.

eco-friendly green laundry detergentWritten by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap

Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.

Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.

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5 Fun Thanksgiving Activities for Kids

thanksgiving activitiesThanksgiving is almost here and it’s the perfect time to bond with your family and celebrate the holidays! There are plenty of activities you can do with your kids to teach them about Thanksgiving and keep them occupied while you’re busy cooking dinner in the kitchen. I love to play with my kids – I have a mission of making parenting fun. That’s why the I’d like to share my favorite Thanksgiving activities for the kids to get into the holiday spirit.

1. Make a Thanksgiving turkey

This staple of Thanksgiving arts & crafts is super easy and fun to make for kids of all ages. You’ll need some construction paper, pencil, markers or crayons and a free hand! Place your child’s hand on a piece of construction paper and trace around the hand and in between fingers with a pencil. Have your child color in the feathers (a.k.a fingers). Next draw eyes and a beak on the turkey and little claws for feet. Feel free to make it more creative by using several colored sheets of construction paper and layering the hands and add some googly eyes.

2. Create a paper Pilgrim hat

For this craft you’ll need some black poster board or construction paper, white paper, a stapler, glue, markers, and paper clips. Draw a Pilgrim hat shape on the black poster board and then draw a separate wide headband shape on the poster board (make sure it’s large enough to fit around your child’s head). Cut out the pieces and decorate with a square, gold buckle drawn on paper. Staple the bottom of the hat to the center of the headband. Secure the headband/hat around your child’s head using the paper clips.

3. Bake turkey cookies

You can bake sugar cookies from scratch or use a sugar cookie mix and then have your kids help you decorate them to look like turkeys. You’ll need to frost the cookies with a chocolate frosting covering the top of the cookie for the turkey’s body. Add upside down candy corn in a fan shape to the top of the cookie for the bird’s feathers. Use mini M&Ms for eyes or pipe them and the bird’s beak and feet with yellow icing. Add yellow, red, orange and brown sprinkles for extra decoration.

4. Make Indian corn decorations

For this craft you will need raffia paper in a natural color, scissors, glue, colored tissue paper, and yellow poster board. Make corn stalks out of untwisted raffia paper and fan out the husks. Cut out an ear of corn from the yellow posted board and glue it to the corn husks. Crumple 3-inch colored tissue paper squares to create corn kernels and glue them to the ear of corn. Tie the bottom of the raffia paper to complete. For more detailed instructions visit http://spoonful.com/crafts/paper-indian-corn.

5. Make Thanksgiving puppets

You can make Pilgrim and Indian puppets out of a toilet paper rolls, scissors, colored paper, glue and markers. Wrap the toilet paper tube in colored paper — black for Pilgrims, brown for Indians. Add a different color paper for the faces and draw on eyes, a nose and mouth for each puppet. Cut small paper rectangles and snip along the bottom to make a “fringe.” Wrap the rectangle around the head of the puppet for hair. Add a little headband and feather for the Indians and Pilgrim hats and bonnets for the Pilgrims.

teething toysWritten by Lori Bredemeier, Founder of Little Toader.

Lori Bredemeier is the co-founder of Little Toader with her husband Michael. They are the inventors of AppeTEETHERS and here is how their teething toys are chosen again and again by parents as babies’ favorite teether.

Not only are AppeTEETHERS safe and effective, they are funny too! Using a play on words with “appetizers” and “teethers,” AppeTEETHERS look like real food!

Consistently ranking as one of the top teething toys, AppeTEETHERS are a truly unique teething solution. Babies love them and parents get a kick out of watching their precious bundle of joy using them. All Little Toader products are tested and are Consumer Product Safety Commission compliant.

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Is Your Nursing Pillow Safe? 10 Questions To Ask

safe nursing pillowBreastfeeding moms often rely on nursing pillows for added comfort and support while feeding their babies. What many of these mothers don’t know is that the nursing pillow they’re using to feed their little one may not be the healthiest or safest option.

Recent studies show that some nursing pillows and other items in the nursery that are made from foam require fire-retardant chemicals which can cause harm to the health and well-being of families. More than anything, I want moms and babies to keep safe and so here 10 questions to ask yourself when purchasing a nursing pillow:

  1. Is it hypo-allergenic?
  2. Is it non-toxic?
  3. Is it non-flammable?
  4. Is it foam-free?
  5. Is it lead-free?
  6. Is it phthalate-free?
  7. Is it glue-free?
  8. Is it odor-free?
  9. Is it recyclable?
  10. Is it eco-friendly? 

Here are some innovative, important features a proper nursing pillow must have:

1. Designed GREEN for baby’s future

It should be made of 100% virgin polyfiber, hypo-allergenic, non-toxic, non-flammable, and recyclable. Odor-free, glue-free, foam-free, lead-free and Phthalate-free.

2. Come with a privacy cover

You want complete discretion while nursing, but made from a lightweight material that allows continuous airflow, and stores inside its own pocket when not in use. This piece should be easily detachable for quick machine wash-and-dry.

3. Perimeter comfort bolster

A good nursing pillow has a complete perimeter bolster that provides extraordinary support and comfort, surrounding your baby in soft, reassuring security. Extra piece of mind for mom, too.

4. Capable surface design

You want an angled surface design to positions baby’s head and body towards the mother’s breast, encouraging proper positioning, latch, suckle and swallow.

5. A detachable back pillow

Nursing can be strenuous on your back, shoulders, and neck. Find a nursing pillow that comes with a position-able back pillow for optimum posture and comfort, helping to strain.

6. Flexible waist strap

Women come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s important to have an adjustable strap that will fit around anyone, of any type, in any position.

7. High quality fabrics

You don’t want something cheap that’ll just fall apart. A good pillow should be made of quality materials with covers that are removable for machine wash-and-dry. Wrinkle-free and lead-free (no zippers or snaps).

8. Convenient pockets

You’ll be using your nursing pillow a lot, so it’s important to have everything necessary within close reach. Use a pillow with multiple pockets for items like the remote or your cell phone.

nursing pillowWritten by Sandy Clark, Inventor of San Diego Bebe Eco-Nursing Pillow

San Diego Bebe® was designed by San Diego native Sandy Clark, a passionate breastfeeding advocate and mother of twins. Clark was inspired at a San Diego beach one day where she witnessed a young mother unsuccessfully nursing her baby. As the mother struggled to keep a blanket across her shoulder while her baby wailed from heat and hunger, Clark vowed then and there to design a product that would help resolve the issue of privacy while nursing. San Diego Bebe® was born that day.

When Clark sent her nursing pillow to Duke to be tested and reviewed, Duke University Chemical Scientist Dr. Heather Stapleton, who is a mother herself, said, “The San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is not only a very supportive pillow with amazing features for discreet nursing, but is also free of flame-retardant chemicals that have been shown to cause adverse health effects in animal studies. I applaud Double Blessings (Clark’s company) for taking steps to produce high quality products that meet the same flammability standards without using these chemicals.”

San Diego Bebe® Eco-Nursing Pillow is the healthiest and most innovative nursing pillow on the market. Made with virgin polyfiber Eco*Loft™, a non-toxic and hypo-allergenic foam-alternative, it’s void of harmful chemicals. It’s also recyclable and eco-friendly. San Diego Bebe® is available in two versions, for nursing one baby or twins. The entire line is baby-safe, and is covered with deluxe plush fabrics including organic cotton.

Click to view a Nursing Pillow Comparison Chart to learn more.

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10 Ways to Be Greener in 2014: Simple Adjustments Families Can Make

go green as a familyEver wonder if you can be doing more to keep your family green? There are several ways for families to live an environmentally friendly lifestyle and by following these tips can even save families money. As a mom and maker of organic baby clothing, I’ve learned all the tricks. Here are 10 family-friendly ways to go green will help you do your part in helping the environment.

1. Replace brown paper bags with reusable lunch bags

Instead of sending your kids off to school with brown paper lunch bags, send them to school with reusable, eco-friendly bags. These bags are washable and have zippers to keep food and snacks contained. Use the see-through kind so you can see what’s inside. They can also be used at home for storing toys, hair accessories, school supplies and more.

2. Wash in cold water

A great amount of energy goes into heating water to use while doing laundry. Try to wash your clothes in cold water whenever you can in order to conserve energy. Also, consider using organic and eco-friendly laundry detergent, something are made with a biodegradable plant-based and petroleum-free surfactant. Be sure to use a kind that is septic and grey-water safe and never tested on animals. Many come in recyclable packaging and are gluten-free and vegan friendly.

3. Line dry your clothes

A clothes dryer may be convenient but it also results in an expensive electric bill. Start hanging your laundry on a clothes line to dry to cut down costs.

4. Use less gas

Instead of driving the car a few blocks away to go to the store, go for a walk! Carpooling with neighbors, taking public transportation and riding a bike are all ways to cut down on gas use.

5. Make your own cleaning products

You can save money on cleaning products and be environmentally responsible with some DIY cleaning supplies. For an all-purpose cleaner mix 4 tablespoons of baking soda in a quart of water and get ready to clean up spills.

6. Buy organic kids clothing 

Organic kids clothes are chemical-free and safe for kids to wear and usually made of super soft fabrics. You can easily find modern baby and toddler apparel made with organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes and trendsetting fabrics. These manufacturers typically recycle their remnants and work with fair trade certified partners overseas. When your kids grow out of their clothing, donate them to second hand stores for another family to use.

7. Switch to cloth diapers

Cloth diapers are kind to baby’s skin and kind to the environment. Cloth diapers never get thrown away because you wash and reuse them as opposed to disposable diapers that get tossed away after one use. Rock-a-Bums are super cute cloth diapers that are fully reusable/washable to cut down on waste and save a lot of cash.

8. Remember to recycle

It’s so important to teach kids about recycling regularly to reduce waste. Set up differently colored recycling bins in your home and show kids what is recyclable and what is not and which items go in which colored bin.

9. Buy locally grown food

Buying local is a great way to save; food is fresher and tastes better. Plus, you’ll know exactly where your food is coming from. When you buy local you’re supporting sustainability and eco-friendly practices.

10. Turn off the lights

Sometimes kids and adults forget this one but it’s such a simple step to take that should not be overlooked. Remind kids to turn off the lights when they leave a room, and this goes for other things too like the TV and other electronics.

organic baby toddler clothingWritten by Holly MacLean from Wee Urban

As a new mom, Holly was driven to start Wee Urban™ to offer the modern family a unique and fresh collection of eco-friendly baby gear and accessories that goes beyond the conventional and explores the exceptional! Tired of traditional pinks and blues and cute motifs, we offer sophisticated designs, “conscious” organic alternatives, practical functionality and superior quality. Using our custom certified organic cotton blends, low-impact dyes, and other trendsetting fabrics, we hope to inspire families to be make better choices and of course- do it all in urban style!

Beyond our organic cotton and azo-free dyes, Wee Urban uses 100% post-consumer packaging and tags for our Wee Dreams™ Sleep Bags. Our distinctive screen-printing is done with 100% eco-inks and are all phthalate free.

We also recycle our remnants and donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs.

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7 Must-Know Car Seat Safety Tips for Parents

car seat safetyParents want their kids to be safe while riding in a car so it’s important they take the time to learn how to properly use a car seat. There are several options when it comes to car seats and the type you need for your child depends on factors like your child’s size, age and also the type of car you have. Once you’ve determined which car seat is appropriate for your child, you have to learn what mistakes to avoid making with the car seat. Here are seven tips all parents should know when it comes to car seat safety:

1. Plce the car seat in the right position. You should never place the car seat in the front seat of the car where it can be hit by an inflated air bag and injure your child. The car seat should be placed in the back seat and preferably in the center seat, away from the car doors.

2. Make sure you install the seat correctly. Properly installing a car seat may take some time to figure out so it’s important to read the instruction manual. The car seat needs to be secured tightly and facing the right direction. There are child car seat inspection stations across the country that you can go to and see if it’s been installed properly.

3. Buckle up. When buckling up your child, make sure that the harness or clip is even with your child’s armpits and not placed over the abdomen or neck. You also want to check that the straps or harness are not loose and instead lie flat against your child’s chest. To keep the belt from becoming slack, look for a special locking clip at your baby store.

4. Keep baby from slouching forward. You can use tightly rolled baby blankets or cloth diapers and place alongside your child’s shoulders in order to prevent slouching. Even better check out Baby Elephant Ears which is the perfect solution!

5. Get the right booster seat. Older children need booster seats that use both a lap and shoulder belt. Even booster seats that are backless still need to be used with a shoulder belt and never just a lap-only belt.

6. Know when to switch to a forward-facing car seat. It’s recommended that a child rides in a rear-facing car seat until they reach age 2. You should also check the car seat manufacturer’s instructions which state the highest weight or height allowed. Rear-facing car seats are safest for infants because the back of the seat protects baby’s head, neck and torso.

7. Check to make sure your car seat hasn’t been recalled. If you’re using an older car seat or a used car seat, find out how long it can safely be used for by contacting the manufacturer. You might also be able to get a replacement model from the manufacturer if your car seat has been recalled.

For more car seat safety tips visit http://www.safercar.gov/parents/CarSeats.htm.

baby blanket and coverWritten By Alma Moussa, Inventor of Babee Covee.

Invented by accident by Alma Moussa during a playdate, the Babee Covee is a versatile baby blanket and cover that has six uses in one! This award-winning, must-have baby gear eliminates the need to buy, pack, and carry bulky single purpose items while protecting baby from germs where ever you go; no more overflowing diaper bag’ no more blanket falling off the car seat and no more germs on publicly shared items!

The Babee Covee can be used as: 1) car seat “tent” cover 2) stroller cover/blanket 3) shopping cart cover 4) high chair cover 5) nursing cover and 6) playtime blanket. It easily attaches to a car seat or stroller and does not fall off! It can also be used to cover the baby for privacy while sleeping (includes a peek in window).

Visit www.babeecovee.com for more information.

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10 Cool Brands That Donate to Charity: Shop to Give Back This Holiday Season

If you’re feeling in a charitable mood this holiday season, consider shopping some of the many different brands that donate to charities. Now is a good time to clear the clutter out of your home and closet and restock the smart way — by shopping with brands that give back. You’ll feel good knowing that you’re helping out others in need while also picking up some quality gifts for your family and friends.

1. House of Botori

Every time you buy a product from the House of Botori line of chic diaper bags and accessories for mom and baby, the company donates a portion of the sale (5%) to Sickle Cell Warriors. Sickle Cell Warriors is a community of those living, loving and surviving Sickle Cell Disease. House of Botori founder Kemi Macaulay-Newman was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Disease while pregnant with her son and found strength and support in Sickle Cell Warriors so she decided to give back to help further their mission. Her line of stylish diaper bags features signature prints inspired by various African cultures and will also feature a print called “Sanguine,” inspired by Sickle Cell Warriors. Find out more and shop today at www.houseofbotori.com.

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2. Woombie

The company that brings you the Woombie baby swaddle, a safe and comfortable swaddle for babies that requires no wrapping, also gives back to the community by donating 5% of their sales each year to St. Jude. The St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital works to find cures for children with cancer and other life-threatening diseases through research and treatment. Woombie has also started their own Hands Over Hearts Campaign to educate families and help babies sleep better and more safely. All profits from their t-shirt sales are donated to The Children’s Heart Foundation, the leading national organization solely committed to congenital heart defects in children. Learn more at www.woombie.com.

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3. Toms

Toms is a company that matches every pair of shoes purchased with a pair of new shoes given to a child in need. Founder Blake Mycoskie realized that this movement could serve other basic needs and launched a new initiative to help give sigh to a person in need with each purchase of a pair of Toms eyewear. The company has given 10 million pairs of shoes to children in need in over 60 countries and 150,000 people have had their sight restored since 2011. Help Toms give back and find out more at www.toms.com.

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4. Wee Urban

Wee Urban is proud to support their local economy by producing a brand of products that are handmade in Canada. The brand donates to several charities and organizations including the Sick Kids Hospital, Leukemia Society of Canada, Meagan’s Walk, Oxfam International, and the World Wildlife Fund. They also donate as much as possible to local elementary schools to help with arts and crafts programs. The brand launched a series of products made overseas to help them expand their charitable efforts and work with non-profit organizations like Kiva Loans, an organization that connects people through lending to alleviate poverty. Shop today at www.weeurban.com.

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5. Buzzy

Buzzy is a unique medical device combining a vibrating motor and a reusable wing-shaped ice pack to naturally block pain on contact. Buzzy is changing the lives of needle phobic children and adults and the people behind Buzzy are continuing to help others by donating to various communities. Buzzy has donated to the Child Life Council, the Platelet Dysfunction Association, the Camp Kudzu Diabetes Camp, juvenile arthritis conferences, medical conferences and several school auctions. The company is currently supporting non-profits in the community with a donate-back program: for each person purchasing a Buzzy with a certain charity’s code, Buzzy donates $5 back to the charity. Visit www.buzzy4shots.com to find out more.

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6. Headbands of Hope

Headbands of Hope was started when Jessica Ekstrom did an internship at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central and Western North Carolina and saw that girl love to wear headbands after losing their hair to chemotherapy. For every headband purchased, one is given to a girl with cancer and $1 is donated to the St. Baldrick’s Foundation to fund life-saving childhood cancer research. They have even started a boys line called Headwear of Hope to spread hope to all children. Visit online at www.headbandsofhope.org.

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7. Burt’s Bees

The Burt’s Bees brand of skincare and personal care items established The Greater Good Foundation in 2007 to further their mission of responsible environmental stewardship. The Greater Good Foundation has issued $1.2 million in grants and in 2012 alone donated $233,000 in proceeds to some 23 nonprofit organizations, including Resourceful Communities, SEEDS and The Pollinator Partnership. The company also partners with organizations that promote sustainable business and gives employees paid time off to pursue outreach efforts. Visit www.burtsbees.com for more information.

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8. Out of Print

Out of Print is an online fashion boutique that features iconic and out of print book covers t-shirts, tote bags and other accessories. The company’s mission is to celebrate the world’s great stories through fashion. For each product sold, one book is donated to a community in need through their partner, Books For Africa. Shop online at www.outofprintclothing.com.

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9. Warby Parker

Warby Parker knows that 15% of the world’s population is unable to effectively learn or work because they can’t see clearly. That’s why they work with experienced non-profit partners to ensure that for every pair of glasses purchased they provide a pair to someone in need. They have since distributed over 500,000 pairs of eyeglasses and continue to work to grow their Buy a Pair, Give a Pair business model. Shop online at www.warbyparker.com.

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10. Philanthropy Fashion

Philanthropy Fashion is a business owned and operated in Franklin, Tennessee that sells a variety of fashion forward clothing and accessories and pledges at least 10% of their total sales to designated causes. In just 5 years they have raised over $300,000 for their local community. The brand also donates to organizations in Uganda, Southern Sudan, and Haiti with an ultimate goal of facilitating a better future to underdeveloped communities so they can become healthy, self-reliant, and sustainable. Find out more at www.philanthropyfashion.com.

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chic diaper bags and accessories for mom and babyWritten by Kemi Macaulay-Newman, House of Botori

When Kemi’s son was born in 2009, she couldn’t wait to outfit myself with all the necessary mom and baby gear, she soon discovered that what she found in functionality always seemed to lack in individuality.  So she threw on my favorite pair of heels and set out to change some things.

House of Botori is proud to offer innovative designs with bold and sophisticated prints inspired by African cultures.  We’re setting the fashion bar just a little higher, but keeping it well within your reach. Our high-quality and affordable gear is designed to get you through your busy days with class, sass, and panache.  Wrap yourself in the colors that define you.  Embrace your individuality and live your style out loud. When you’re confident,  it shows in everything you do.

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