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Why Giving to Goodwill Creates Real Jobs

Why Giving to Goodwill Creates Real Jobs

I’ve donated a lot of stuff to Goodwill over the years, but I wasn’t aware until the past year that Goodwill used the sales of those items to provide support and job training to people who struggle with finding employment. Goodwill has a new tool to help people understand exactly how donating old stuff can create jobs, and I would love to share it with you because I think it’s just that cool. Using this tool, the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Fair Trade, Socially Conscious, Women's Issues

A Fundraiser in the Best of Taste

A Fundraiser in the Best of Taste

Want to make your next school fundraiser something meaningful instead of the usual “buy a ton of junk so you don’t have to torture your friends and neighbors guilt fest?” Equal Exchange Fundraising offers organic and fairly traded foods, beautiful fairly traded gifts and recycled (tree-free!) cotton gift wrap. You can build your own community organization while supporting sustainability in communities around the globe. And you can connect the classroom and the fundraising campaign–Equal Exchange Fundraising has … Read entire article »

Filed under: Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured

Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com!

Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com!

The heirloom-quality wooden doll furniture at RosieHippo.com is beautiful! This doll furniture fits American Girl Dolls, Corolle Dolls and all 18 inch or smaller dolls. It’s comparable in price to the furniture in the American Girl catalog, but this furniture is handmade in America by Amish craftsmen and much more special. And it’s on sale! Get 15% Off Doll Furniture at RosieHippo.com using coupon code RHDOLL15. Now you just need to decide what to buy: a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Coupons, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Made in the USA, Play, Socially Conscious

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com Wooden Highchair (12 Days of Giveaways)

RosieHippo.com is one of our favorite toy stores, and we’re thrilled to include their exclusive Wooden Highchair in our 12 Days of Giveaways. This heirloom-quality doll furniture is made by hand of solid pine by Amish craftsmen. It fits dolls up to 18″– including American Girl Dolls. Rosie Hippo is the source for beautifully handcrafted wooden toys, toys made from organic fabrics and eco-friendly toys. All Rosie Hippo toys are produced under conditions that are fair … Read entire article »

Filed under: Chanukah, Christmas, Contests, Coupons, Dolls, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Kids Gifts, Made in the USA, Organic, Play, Seasonal, Socially Conscious

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Full Easter Basket

A Tisket, A Tasket, A Full Easter Basket

Easter was one of my favorite celebrations when I was little, although I was not a huge fan of the itchy tights. Now that I am a mama, I like to look for longer-lasting, more eco-friendly goodies to share along with the giant chocolate bunnies. For an Easter basket that will survive beyond the big day, these lovely fabric Easter baskets (Blue Morpho – $14) are available in playful and chic patterns. Start your basket off on … Read entire article »

Filed under: Easter, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Made in the USA, Organic, Spring

Gifts with Heart

Gifts with Heart

One of my favorite stores is donating 25% of all Valentine’s Day purchases to Haiti. Click here to visit Rosie Hippo and to donate 25% of your purchase to Haiti use coupon code: HELPHAITI. RosieHippo.com is the place to shop for hip, eco-friendly toys. Many of their toys are on-sale right now, so you can get a great deal and make a donation to Haiti at the same time. For Christmas, I bought my son the wooden … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Coupons, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Gift Ideas, Hip Find, Made in the USA, Organic, Socially Conscious, Toys (All Ages), Valentine's Day

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

Play Smart – Three Clever Puzzles from PlanToys

A kid’s work is play.  And toddlers and preschoolers learn primarily through exploring the world around them.  A few high quality toys, like the gorgeous sustainable, fair-trade toys available from Plan Toys, are enough to spark their imaginations. The tactile feel of real wood, the non-toxic, bright colors, and the open-ended nature of these toys make them perfect for flexible, young minds. Plan Toys sent us three items from their catalog of Developmental Toys for Preschoolers … Read entire article »

Filed under: Back to School, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, School Aged Children, Toddlers, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)

Imagine That, ImagiPlay

Imagine That, ImagiPlay

Imagine a world where toys please the senses and stimulate the imagination. Now imagine a world where all of those toys are made in fair trade facilities from eco-friendly, sustainable materials. It is easy if you try… just visit ImagiPlay. They make beautiful, clever wooden toys for infants, toddlers, and children. My infant and preschooler tried out a few of their new imaginative playthings: EarthWorm Grasping Toy, Rolling Snail Shape Sorter Pull Toy, and Backyard Buddy … Read entire article »

Filed under: 06-12 Months, 12-18 Months, Building Toys, Contests, Developmental Toys, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, Puzzles, Toddlers, Toys (06-12 M), Toys (12-24 M), Toys (Pre-School)

Set Mom Free

Set Mom Free

The Emancipation Network (TEN) is an international organization dedicated to fighting human trafficking and modern day slavery. Through Made by Survivors, TEN provides survivors of slavery and people at risk of being trafficked into slavery with an opportunity for a  sustainable income, education and help reintegrating into society. 27 million people around the world are estimated to be victims of slavery, for forced prostitution, labor, domestic work, and other forms of exploitation, with approximately 50% of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Charity, Contests, Fair Trade, Featured, Mommy Gifts, Mother's Day, Women's Issues

These are the Environmentally Conscious People in Your Neighborhood

These are the Environmentally Conscious People in Your Neighborhood

With the Eco Town from Plan Toys, your kids will find a new earth-friendly surprise around every corner. We played with a set that includes a play mat with plenty of green set, an eco home, train station, vehicle charging station, and more–and all of these toys teach about sustainable development. Clean energy is spotlighted in this earth-friendly town. You can see my video of the Eco Town in action here. Play mats allow kids to re-enact … Read entire article »

Filed under: Contests, Earth Day, Eco-Friendly, Fair Trade, Featured, Pre-schoolers, School Aged Children, Toys (Pre-School), Toys (School Age)