You and Who Doing Good Across the U.S.

1Most people wear clothes everyday and they usually have a variety of clothes to choose from.  What if you were to wear the same clothes over and over again because you couldn’t afford any new ones, and clothes were the least of your worries.  They would last for a while, but sooner or later they will start to rip and tear and get so worn out that they cannot be worn anymore.  Unfortunately there are people out there in this situation and it isn’t fair for them to go through life like this.  Its winter time and its getting pretty cold out there.  Thanks to You and Who, people are being clothed all throughout the United States.

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You and Who is a company with a simple mission.  They sell one-of-a-kid designer t-shirts that help worthy causes in cities across the country.  For every shirt they sell, they give the same shirt to someone in need.  The shirts they offer have some very unique designs and each shirt shows that you wear your heart on your sleeve.

Let’s help dress as many as we can across the states and make sure there are not any people without a shirt on their back.  I mean it can get a little weird with people running around without shirts.  Let’s get rid of those hole-y shirts and replace them with these amazing and artist designed shirts.

You can help them dress the U.S. in these cities across the country.  When an artist’s shirt is purchased, their city wins.

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Bamboo SK8

I remember the days when my friends and I would spend hours in our neighborhood trying to do tricks and flips on our skateboards. I was more focused on riding it down the street without falling, while they were all so focused on landing all these different tricks and even made a ramp to make things more intense. Skateboarding kept these kids busy and active. Since they were always trying new things, they tended to break their boards pretty easily. Well I have come across a company that makes decks out of bamboo and also help at-risk youth.

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Bamboo SK8 makes boards out of bamboo, which have pop, strength, and sustainability. I read through the testimonials where kids sent it pictures along with a brief review. Everyone talked about how good the pop was, how it was so durable and lasted the longest out of the boards they’ve had. Besides all of these great features, these boards look so sick. Moving to the good part of Bamboo SK8, for every 100 decks sold, they will donate a deck to an at-risk youth.

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They choose bamboo because of its endless renewability as a resource, and it’s minimal effect on the environment. When skateboarding took over flooring as one of the major contributors to maple deforestation, their mission became to explore other ways of making skateboards. Bamboo not only aids in creating better boards, but is also a socially responsible choice.

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Here are some facts about Bamboo:
• Bamboo isn’t a tree—it’s a grass and grows like one. Some species of bamboo can grow up to 18” in one day.
• Comparative materials such as Canadian Maple take around 40-60 years to mature before they can be cut down. Bamboo matures in up to 3 years.
• 4x more CO2 is removed from the air than an equal amount of hardwood trees.
• When bamboo is harvested, it doesn’t require replanting. Where one shoot is cut down, up to five can grow in its place.
• Bamboo is one of the strongest “woody” plants on earth with strength almost paralleled to that of steel and has a higher strength to weight ratio than graphite.
• Bamboo has been used for thousands of years as a super reliable and trusted building material.

Let’s all reuse-reduce-recycle and help the at-risk youth. Christmas is fast approaching and a deck from Bamboo SK8 would be a great present to keep a child active and out of trouble.

 

 

 

Hope Is A Choice

I’m a sucker for heartfelt touching stories and the story behind Light Gives Heat made me smile ear to ear.  One couple’s adventure turned into a life changing experience for so many people.  Dave and Morgan Hansow had a difficult time with the labor of their first child, Asher, so they decided to adopt for their second child.

They decided to adopt from Uganda in East Africa and boy was it a lengthy and dispiriting process.  Two years is a long time to wait and so Dave and Morgan decided to make a huge decision.  They quit their jobs, rent their home, leave their loved ones and move to Uganda to find their child.  Two months later they were in Uganda with Asher and the next six months were pretty hectic.  Finally the family found their daughter, Jadyn Suubi Hansow, and was granted custody of her on her first birthday.

Soon after Jadyn was brought into the family, Dave and Morgan crossed paths with women holding inspiring stories.  This began the SUUBI project offering women in Northern Uganda a consistent income each week.  The women taught them a different way to look at life such that the past does not determine your future, circumstances don’t have to affect our love and joy, and that hope is a choice. Light Gives Heat provides women in Uganda a chance to help their families and live a better life.

Each Suubi product is 100% unique, hand-crafted by the Suubi women in Uganda and made of recycled paper.  These products hold stories that are unique.  When you buy from Light Gives Heat, you’re not only buying a fashionable piece of jewelry, you’re providing a new opportunity at life for these women in Uganda.  With the hope they have and their outlook on life, it’s easy to fall in love with this company.

Let’s light the way to a brighter tomorrow and spread the warmth in our hearts to those who are in need of it.

 

Be Mighty!

Every day people use their wallets and they often are the bulky wallets that people cram everything into making their purse or back pocket bulge out.  What if I told you that there was a way to simplify your wallet bulk so you could have a slimmer and more attractive way to pay for things?  The best product ideas are often the simplest ones.  Products that have a simple use of materials and an elegant solution of form and function stand out in the marketplace, spark consumer interest and create demand.  And now I present to you the Mighty Wallet®.

The Mighty Wallet® was created by Dynomighty.  He originally designed it in 2005 and re-branded in 2008.  The Mighty Wallet® has created a revolution in thin wallet design.  Their goal was to make the Mighty Wallet® the best thin wallet on the market and it is becoming a recognized brand across the U.S. and in over 48 countries internationally.  They want to have a product that simplifies materials and have an eco-friendly design.

Mighty Wallets® are eco-friendly, 100% recyclable, and made of 25% post consumer materials, tear-resistant, water-resistant, with an innovative and expandable design.  It is made from a single folded sheet of a strong micro fiber material (Tyvek®) that is tear and water resistant, super strong and incredibly long lasting.  This wallet design has no stitching and instantly adjusts to custom fit.

Mighty Wallet® offers iPad covers, Laptop covers, and a very popular mini Might Wallet.  They are great gifts at great prices ranging from $10 to $25 with free shipping.  They offer many collections such as paper esque, gallery, destinations, concrete jungle, super heroes, T.V., mish mash, D.I.Y., and collegiate.

This Mighty Wallet® is simply the best wallet to come around in years.  Its durability and simple design makes it appealing and practical for everyone.  Not to mention the eco-friendly material and design to help the planet.  Why have a good design if no one can afford it? That’s why Mighty Wallet® is only $15 and offer free shipping to take out any hidden costs.  They are now distributed in over 60 countries around the world.  Grab yourself or a loved one an awesome wallet and help change the world into a better place to live.  Be Mighty!

Speak For The Speechless! Defend The Defenseless! Arm The Animals!

Millions of owners don’t know how to do the basics for their pets.  In fact, every year 4,000,000-5,000,000 animals are euthanized because of their owners properly caring for their pets.  It is not option to spay, neuter, feed, water, or love your pet—it’s mandatory.  If you’re going to take in an animal, you should at least have the heart to make the animal feel loved and cared for.  Due to the high number of pets being brought in to shelters, lots of animal shelters struggle to care for the animals and often need assistance such as donations.  Thankfully Arm The Animals is stepping in to raise awareness and generate funds for small, struggling animal rescues.  They have come to the realization that they may not be able to save every “at-risk” animal, but they can save some!

Arm The Animals create funny, unique, witty graphic tees and accessories to raise awareness about animal welfare and make a difference by donating to shelters.  Every month they donate a very generous portion of every sale they make to reputable shelters.  Since most of these shelters are smaller in size, the money donations really do make an impact for them and helps with food, vet bills, etc.  You can even see the positive posts on their Facebook page and Twitter feed to see how happy, pleased, and thankful these shelters are for Arm The Animals help.

Arm The Animals offer men and women t-shirts and sweatshirts along with accessories like patches, stickers, posters, and tote bags.  They are not over-priced and the clever designs are too hard to pass up.  They come in many different colors and there are a variety of designs to choose from.  They have cats throwing grenades, a deer with rifles as the antlers, a pit-bull version of Mr. T, a wolf looking through the scope of a gun, and many more.  Each animal is paired up with a weapon in every design.

Arm The Animals isn’t just some “one-time” charity project.  They plan on doing this for the rest of their lives and are passionate about what they are doing.  They don’t think they can make an impact…they ARE making an impact.  With their passion and drive and our support, we can help more and more animals at a chance at life.  Let’s help save animals once shirt at a time.  Speak for the speechless!  Defend the defenseless!  Arm The Animals!

  

  

 

Express Yourself. Change the World.

Each and every person expresses themselves in his/her own way.  The styles are always changing, but every person’s style shows other people how they want to be represented in the world.  Well what if I told you that you can express yourself in a stylish way AND support a great cause.  All The Above Clothing is dedicated to creating high-quality, stylishly inspired clothing that fosters self-expression.  All The Above is driven to support non-profits through fashionable, artistic and premium apparel.  They support non-profits through the ATA Gives 10% and ATA Gives 100% programs.

They have 16 partners that are under the 100% Gives list and 33 partners that are under the 10% Gives list.  One of the 10% Gives partners is Partnered for SuccessPartnered for Success helps orphans and foster care youth successfully transition into adulthood in the Phoenix Metropolitan area.  My dear friend Nicollette is the Co-founder and Executive Director for Partnered for Success and boy is she passionate about what she does.  All The Above connects consumers to great causes like Partnered for Success.

All The Above apparel is split in three sections: inspired, gives, and signature.  Inspired are products that are inspired by the everyday and the extraordinary.  They have designs that are inspired by positive quotes, lyrics, poems, and other inspirational sources.  Gives are apparel designed for charities that support their efforts 100% which means 100% of the profits on each of these custom designed items goes to a specific cause.  And the Signature style is the All The Above logo apparel to show your support in style.

All The Above offers extremely stylish clothing that supports good causes.  If you buy within the next 12 days then your purchase will qualify for free shipping!   So hurry up and contribute to a great cause while keeping your style beaming with self-expression.  Express yourself and change the world with these inspired designs that are designed for a cause.

Live. Give. Empower.

Hunger is still the #1 cause of death in children under the age of 5 worldwide.  Shocking, right?! Hunger is responsible for nearly 5.5 million deaths per year.  Many people take advantage of the amount of food we have and how often it is available to us.  I can’t help but feel sad and realize how unfair the world can be.  Obesity is on the rise in America and yet there are children and adults starving out there.  I don’t understand why there can’t be a happy medium to level these things out.  But thanks to Kutoa, they are empowering change by spreading the most fundamental need for happiness and prosperity – health.

Kutoa has handcrafted health conscious health bars that not only promote you to live well, but they enable you to empower change around the world.  When you enjoy your Kutoa Health Bar, not only are you investing in your own health, but you are also investing in the health of children around the world.  Every bar you buy puts a nutrition pack in the hands of a hungry child.

Kutoa offers three health bar flavors: Cherry Cashew, Chocolate Banana, and Blue Almond.  The health bars are handcrafted, gluten-free, vegan, all natural, no preservatives, and no additives. The wrappers are made from 100% recyclable polypropylene and they also promote recycling.  The bars come in boxes of 12 in each, so when you purchase them, you give 12 nutrition packs.

Eating healthy and exercising are vital to keeping your body in tip-top shape, and eating Kutoa bars can help you with one of those.  When you eat these delicious bars, not only are you bettering yourself, but you’re bettering the lives of so many children.  I don’t know about many of you, but as my mom knows…I get cranky when I don’t have something to eat.  Eating these bars will help curve the crankiness and it’s a healthy snack to turn to!  Let’s make nutrition packs as available as food is to us and give them the opportunity to a life full of full bellies and happiness.  It’s not that hard and it is totally worth it. 🙂

 

Giving Back…Amplified

One of the things I greatly appreciate about life is that I can hear.  I may not have the greatest hearing, and people might have to repeat themselves because I hear things WAY differently than how they are being said, but I don’t take that for granted.  Most of us are graced with listening to our surroundings, music, the T.V., the radio, etc.  But think about those who are not able to hear.  Things are different in communicating and life can be a bit of a struggle.  Thankfully to today’s technology, deaf people are able to hear with hearing devices.  95% of children in deaf schools can be helped with a hearing aid and the production of hearing aids only meets 10% of global needs.  LSTN is a company that will provide a child with hearing loss medical attention and a custom fit hearing aid with each pair of LSTN Headphones purchased.

LSTN is an amazing company and have partnered up with a couple companies to concur their mission of helping deaf people worldwide.  LSTN is partnering up Sound Seekers who take mobile clinics to small villages worldwide to custom fit hearing aids for children in deaf schools and treat them on the spot.  They aren’t just handing out hearing aids—they also include batteries, mold of the ear for a correct fit, ear cleaning, and antibiotics to eliminate the risk of infection.  They educate the child on proper use and if the hearing aid is broken or misplaced, they will replace it free of charge.  And because Malaria is one of the main causes of hearing impairment, they also help provide mosquito nets!  LSTN also partners with the John Tracy Clinic who provides parent-centered services to young children under the age of 5 with a hearing loss offering families hope, guidance, and encouragement.   They serve more than 25,000 families each year.  By partnering with these great companies, LSTN is bound to reach and exceed their mission of helping deaf children.

LSTN offers wood headphones that not only look amazing, but sound amazing.  They chose wood because music likes wood—think about all of the instruments that are made from wood.  LSTN is environmentally friendly with their products.  They used upcycled wood from furniture makers that would have been thrown in a landfill.  They have ebony, cherry, or beech—all of which look great.  LSTN offers big in-style headphones or earbuds.

With these headphones/earbuds, you will not only hear things better and more clearly, but you will also be giving someone the ability to hear things they may not have been able to if it wasn’t for your purchase.  Think about looking at the beach, but not hearing the waves crash.  Think about the sound of people’s voices and how those voices can sooth you.  Give back to those in an amplified way.

N.O.W. Passion Is Only Powerful When Applied

Okay so let’s start with some blunt facts to get you goin’. The World Health Organization claims that each year 2.5 million people die from contaminated drinking water; 90% of them are under the age of 5.  According to Water.org, 3.4 million people die each year from a water related disease.  That is almost the entire city of Los Angeles!  Water.org also mentions that 780 million people lack access to clean water, which is more than 2.5 times the United States population.

Here are some more for ya (from Water.org & AllAboutWater.org)

  • More people have a mobile phone than a toilet!  (That’s crazy!)
  • Every 20 seconds, a child dies from a water-related illness 😥
  • Women spend 200 million hours a day collecting water
  • About 70% of an adult’s body is made up of water
  • A healthy person can drink about 3 gallons of water a day
  • Drinking too much water can lead to water intoxication
    • This is where the water dilutes the sodium level in the bloodstream and causes an imbalance of water in the brain
    • The daily recommended amount of water is 8 cups a day
    • Between 70-75% of the earth’s surface is covered with water
    • The US uses about 346,000 million gallons of fresh water every day
    • The average person in the US uses between 80-100 gallons of water a day
      • Flushing the toilet takes up the largest amount of this water

Okay, so now that we are all well-educated on water, you can see how important water is to us and how much we use daily.  We need water.  Some of us are fortunate to have clean drinking water and can flush our toilets as often as we do…  So in order to help those who don’t have access clean drinking water, No One Without is making it their mission to make sure no one is without water.  Every product that someone purchases provides clean water to one person for 25 years.  25 YEARS!!  This is made possible through a Bio-sand filtration system and their partnership with Thirst Relief International.  These filters have been studied and proven to effectively remove more than 90% of bacteria and 100% of the parasites found in untreated water.

My favorite is their mission motive: If not N.O.W…when? Passion is only powerful when applied.

This awesome company has lots of products to choose from.  Men have shirts, a necklace, beanies, a cardigan, and a hoodie.  Women can choose between a sweatshirt, a bag, tank tops, a necklace, beanies, a cardigan, long sleeves, shirts, and a hoodie.  They even offer free shipping on all US orders over $79!

Alright people, so I’ve told you how awesome water is and how important it is to our lives and the damages that it causes when it has been contaminated.  Then I told you about the great company that is doing something about the problematic water and decreasing the deaths and illnesses from water.  So what’s stopping ya?  These products are stylish and amazing.  They go towards a greater good, while making you look good.   And since it is close to the holidays, it would be a perfect gift for someone!

Let’s help this movement out N.O.W.!

Scuba Diving Into the Hearts of Many

I have always wanted to start my own business but I have not found a way to start, especially since I don’t have much to start with.  And boy do I admire being able to help more than one person with your company.  Well I have just discovered a company that is inspirational in so many ways.  Steve Johnson decided to start his own business back in 2008.  His main focus was to give back locally so his idea was that he would donate a blank tee to a local homeless shelter for every t-shirt purchased from him.

Meet Steve!

Steve cleverly named his company Scuba Steve Clothing Company.  He struggled for years trying to get his company noticed.  In 2010 he decided to take one last chance to get noticed, so he took 20 t-shirts and no money and opened a kiosk at his local mall.  So many people admired his passion for giving back and creating a product that was made in the states and he has made such a huge impact on his local community.  He works 7 days a week 11 hours a day.  That’s more than the average person.  He puts so much work into his passion of helping others and giving back to the community.

Scuba Steve shirts have awesome designs (my favorites are the owl and the elephant).  They come in all colors and include tank tops, t-shirts, and long sleeves.  For October, they supported Breast Cancer month and gave back to those woman who are fighting breast cancer.  The proceeds went towards the women’s medical bills.  Steve deserves so much recognition because of all his hard work.  He works day in and day out and puts everyone before himself.  He is a hero and a role model to many and it is all fueled by his passion to giving back.

The Scuba Steve website is super bright and fun.  Their shirts have quite a few designs to choose from and they are so easy to order online.  These shirts will definitely get you noticed and with that, you can tell people about this awesome company that helps others out.  Go grab a shirt and get noticed.  Tell everyone about Steve’s story and help clothe people in need.

LIFE=LIFE

So I hope you all remember the Flintstones chewable vitamins you had when you were younger.  I used to sneak those more than cookies!  My dad gave them to me to help keep me up to par and keep me healthy.  I’m glad I have a dad that looked out for me and I am fortunate enough to have a healthy life.  It is sad to know, though, that there are over two billion people worldwide that are deficient in essential nutrients.  And one third of all childhood deaths are caused by undernutrition.  Undernutrition is a form of malnutrition where certain key nutrients are lacking in the diet.  In 2008, an expert panel of economists created a list of the most promising solutions to ten of the direst problems of humanity today.  Micronutrient supplements for children to battle malnutrition ranked #1.  Because of these horrid facts, Life Equals was created to help end this battle for children.

Life Equals believes that as your life improves, you can improve the world around you.  Hope breeds more hope.  Health propagates more health.  Love’s offspring is love. Life Equals is partnered with Vitamin Angels and betters the world with the LIFE=LIFE Project.  This means that for every purchase you make, Life Equals will provide Vitamin Angels with the means to provide an equal amount of children’s multivitamins to an undernourished child.  Vitamin Angels is on track to provide 22 million children in 42 countries with these necessary vitamins.

 

 

Life Equals offers LIFE= Supplement & Multivitamin Family, LIFE= Specialty Supplements, LIFE= Daily Essentials, and men & women apparel.   Their specialty supplements include 3 different blends: herbal blend, calm + serene, focus + energy and their daily essentials include multivitamin/multimineral, and omega-3.  In the apparel department, they have 3 different stylish shirts for each men and women.  The supplements come in two sizes, a week’s worth of capsules or a month’s worth of capsules.  The essentials come in one size, which is a month’s worth of capsules.  If you subscribe and join their monthly giving club, then you can save 15% and get free shipping.  Every 1 month they will send you your bottle of whatever you choose, which means every month you they will also donate 60 children’s multivitamins.

Nourishment is critical to a child that is still growing.  Lack of nourishment can lead to so many health problems down the road.  Nourishment and getting the daily essential vitamins are important not only for a child, but also for adults.  You can improve your life by taking vitamins.  So why not improve your life and improve the world at the same time.  Life Equals is waiting for your order so start improving right now!

 

A Double Dose Of Happy

As I’ve grown older, more of my friends are tying the knot and having babies.  I even have two cute baby brothers back at home.  Kids are amazing and so life fulfilling; I can’t help but have a smile on my face when I’m with them.  Their imagination, creativity, and envious energy are what I love about children, there’s never a dull moment with them.  But not all children are graced with a healthy life.  Problems arise and children are forced to face a childhood in a hospital.  Nobody likes to see a child without a smile, and thanks to David Holdridge those children can have a little piece of joy in their life to keep them warm and happy.

David Holdridge became inspired at the age of seven by his sisters’ favorite blankets and stuffed animals.  He initially created Happy Blankie.  But shortly after, Everything Happy was created to help poverty-stricken communities from orphanages to hospitals.  When you purchase from Everything Happy, you’re making a choice to make not one but two kids happy.  The philosophy of the Everything Happy team is “one to love, one to give.”  David and his family distribute Everything Happy products to children in hospitals and orphanages all over the world.  This is all made possible by the Everything Happy customers who open their hearts and make their purchase for a purpose.

The products they offer are Happy Blankies, Happy Pals, Happy Threads, Gift Sets, and Happy Pillows.  You can shop by product or shop by character.  The characters they have are Chase the dog, Tumble the bear, Stomp the frog, Giggle the pig, Tobias the tiger, Flip the monkey, Wiggle the hippopotamus, Rumble the elephant and Garfield the cat.  If you or your child isn’t into the whole animal thing, they also have a peace sign design and a heart design. 

 

The products are made with all of the ultra-soft good feeling fabrics and even come in different sizes.  You can’t help but want to cuddle with these happy products.  The blankets are huge, along with the pillows.  The clothes are just adorable with the characters on them and the gift sets come with a blankie, onesie, and a pal.  It is even possible to personalize the blankie if you wanted.

David and his family are doing a great cause and putting back those smiles on beautiful children faces that are having a hard time with life.  The products are great and so adorable, you can’t help but want to give one to a child you love.  And you can do this and know that you’re also putting a smile on another child’s face.  So go on and make a few children smile with Everything Happy.

 

Lend A Free Hand

I have always had a soft spot for animals, especially the man’s best friend.  Dogs have always been family to me and it has always been hard for me to know that there are cute lil pups out there that are not being loved and cared for by family.  I envied rescues for giving the helpless dogs another chance and helping them through the struggle.  Growing up I really wanted to help the rescues and it is one of my goals to open one of my own to help more animals that are in need of loving homes.  One of the necessities for having a rescue is nourishing the animals.  Food is important and it can be hard to fund at times.  This is why I’d like to introduce a company that will donate a bag of food to a rescue of your choice for each purchase of dog food you make.  This amazing heart felt company is called FreeHand.

Millions of pets each year are euthanized—a problem that FreeHand feels strongly about solving.  Amazingly enough, FreeHand has developed a business plan that will reduce and hopefully eliminate this problem.  Their mission is to provide you and your happy pup with the highest-quality food, while saving lives of the misfortunate dogs in the communities.  Food is one of the largest expenses for shelters that tend to be overcrowded and underfunded.  They need support and FreeHand is giving you the opportunity to help our best friends out.

 

FreeHand provides four separate blends that meet dietary needs of most dogs.  Engage, Enrich, Empower, and Energize.  The yummy tastiness of each bag has a different variety such as lamb meal & brown rice, chicken & pork, turkey, chicken & duck, and grain-free with chicken & salmon.  Your pup, along with other furry friends, will be eating in luxury with these tasty foods.  With each food donation, more dogs are able to find forever homes, all thanks to FreeHand and your help.

I know that I have to buy dog food anyways for my baby boy, it might as well be a high-quality, yummy tasting meal that will help other dogs at the same time.  Food nutrition is important to growing pups and it is vital to have all the proper nutrients.  I know that FreeHand covers those essentials and provides great quality good for my pup.  How can you deny those cute puppy eyes? I mean you’re gonna buy the dog food anyways, might as well buy it from a place that will help those helpless ones too. Go on and lend a free hand 😉

 

 

Live This Day With nine five ltd.

Majority of those who have a job, have the same routine.  Go to work, do your job, come home, take care of the kids, make dinner, or whatever else it may be.  The world we live in can be a complicated one and we get so caught up in our nine to five routines that me take for granted or don’t even notice the interesting people and things that surround us.  nine to five ltd. is trying to change the way people live each day and help the less fortunate achieve the same.  They are doing everything they can to ensure a better tomorrow.

Their “PUT A LID ON” movement is how they are helping those less fortunate.  They are committed to donating 20% of every purchase and making the contributions go towards supporting a greater good.  They let the customer choose a cause to help put an end to and they support many charities so there are lots to choose from.

 

nine to five ltd. have a variety of hats that look amazing and are very stylish.  Each hat has a picture, product description, and the price.  They even have multiple colors to choose from.  Aside from their hats they already have made, you can make a custom hat!  They partner up with you to make the best hat that is unique and true to your brand identity.  For every custom order they make, a portion of the sales will be contributed to the live this day fund.   At the end of the year, they will crack open the bank, and equally distribute the contributions among each of the charities they have teamed up with.

They charities nine to five ltd. has teamed up with cover animals, bullying, children, depression, environment, health, human rights, hunger, poverty, and women.  They have partnered with 17 charities.  That’s amazing!  Here’s a list of those charities.

nine to five ltd. is a great company that is doing as much as they can to change the world for a  better tomorrow.  People love hats!  They are a very fashionable thing which creates for a big market.  Why not use this large market to help those that are less fortunate!  Hats are awesome, so go on a help nine to five ltd. put a lid on bullying, depression, hunger, poverty, or whatever it may be.  Let’s live the day and create change for tomorrow. 🙂

Let’s Play Ball!

My childhood memories mostly consist of playing sports and keeping occupied with those and having fun with friends.  One of the sports I loved was soccer.  I loved playing it and it keep me busy and active.  One thing I wasn’t fond of was how often I had to pump it up or how the ball was so easily punctured.  Other than that, playing on the team and just playing the sport was such a fun time for me. Well The One World Futbol Project is teaming up to make a meaningful impact on the lives of youth around the world.  It is a virtually-indestructible ball that never goes flat and never needs a pump!  Their goal is to bring the joy of soccer and play to youth in disadvantaged communities so that children can be children no matter where they live. No matter the conditions, one of the worst things robberies is the robbing of a childhood.  Thanks to The One World Futbol Project, that childhood can be restored.

The ball is unlike any inflatable ball on the market.  It never needs a pump and never goes flat, even if punctured!  The ball is made from state-of-the-art technology and is the same size and weight as a standard soccer ball, but can be used for netball, volleyball, and many other games.  It can be played on any surface and can withstand the harshest conditions without deflating!  Since the ball is ultra-durable, it makes things so much more convenient for those who live in harsher environments.  With every purchase of this amazing ball, The One World Futbol Project will donate a ball to children and youth in need through organizations working in disadvantaged communities such as refugee camps, war zones, disaster area and inner cities.

The website is so easy and user friendly.  You can buy one and they will give one, you can just donate a ball, or you can buy in mass quantities.  Just go to the Buy One Give One and you can choose your quantity and then add to cart.  This will take you to their checkout and you can enter a promo code, put in your information, create an account and then submit your order.  It is so simple and easy to do.

The One World Futbol Project is giving children great childhood memories and giving them more than just a ball.  When people are going through hard times in life, they rely on distractions to get their mind off things and refrain them from being down about their surroundings.  Making soccer the distraction keeps the kids busy and active.  Exercise is great for the body and you sure do get a workout when you play soccer.  This is an all-around great cause so go on…Let’s Play Ball!!!

Don’t Just Shop…Cause Shoppe!

I just love to shop, but I love shopping even more when the product I’m buying has a purpose towards a cause.  At the Cause Shoppe, celebrities are creating their own lines of PhilGoods™ and you can shop by cause, charity, or product.  They have so much to choose from and the selection is great! They have apparel, eat + drink, entertainment, health + beauty, home + office, pets, and sports + fitness.  Each of these categories connects you with a product or service that raises awareness and supports the local and global communities.

PhilGoods™ are philanthropic goods that make you feel good.  These goods came from the “cause-related products”, “retail philanthropy”, and “cause marketing”.  Cause Shoppe’s hope is that this term plays a key role in helping companies market their individual PhilGoods™.  Cause Shoppe is giving a universal term that consumers can recognize as a product that is doing good and giving back.

Their website is easy to go about and very organized.  Each product has a product description and its cause information.  So let’s try this out.  I want to check out what PhilGoods™ Kate Hudson has so I’ll head to the Celeb category and click on her name.  Her PhilGoods™ are the first line of hair care products that support animal rights advocacy to the world’s attention.  Awesome, this is right up my alley and I’d love to support the animals.  Now I’ll go check out her products.  I’m in need of a new flat iron so I’m going to check that out.  The David Babaii for WildAid Flat Iron seems like a great quality flat iron and is less damaging to my hair.  Below the product description it lets me know that 10% of all profits are donated to the global wildlife conservation organization WildAid to help save our endangered animals.  How great is that!  Each product has a Buy Now button at the bottom that will take you to their direct website where you can finish purchasing your product.

The Cause Shoppe is a great connector in bringing each consumer to a product that gives back.  They literally make each and every consumer a philanthropist that can help the world and raise awareness for those causes that are trying to help others that are less fortunate.  With each product, the world is becoming a better place…all due to the fact of shopping.  Don’t just shop…Cause Shoppe! Become the difference in the world by shopping with a purpose.

If You Want to Keep Your Heart Warm, You’re Going To Need A Blanket

Well it’s that time of year where people start bringing out their blankets.  And if you’re like me, then you’d have them out all year round.  There’s nothing better than cuddling up under a warm blanket and sadly, there are people who go without feeling the greatness of a blanket. Well now, there is a wonderful company that will make a donation to end extreme poverty with every purchase made from them.  Not only are they making donations, but they have provided disaster relief to Haiti with blanket donations and created jobs with their Choose Haiti products.  Blanket America to the rescue.

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What’s awesome is that they don’t just sell blankets.  They have comforters, sheets, throws, towels, pillows, things for windows, and of course…blankets.  These products are high-quality products at great prices.  They designs they do have are cute and great designs.  I’m in love with their Beverly Hills Polo Club Dobby Down-Alternative Stripe 3 Piece Comforter set.  It’s so sleek and goes with anything.

The Blanket America website is simple and easy to navigate.  They have picture icons that will bring you to certain categories or an easy navigation bar at the top.  Just go and pick out what you want and add it to your cart.  Once you’re done shopping, you can just head to the checkout.  The website is secure and can be trusted.  You can even use PayPal!  Just enter in all of your information, apply any coupons you may have, and then place your order.

Blanket America works with and for all and is what makes them American.  They are presenting opportunities to help communities with jobs at home and abroad and are helping people build a brighter economic future.  So when you purchase your spiffy comforter or a new set of sheets, know that you’ll be snuggling under hope for the future with less poverty.

 

Go on and warm your hearts with these do-good blankets that will brighten the world with more smiles.

Wine Makes All Things Possible

So let’s start with all of the healthy stuff about wine.  A ten year study, wine (specifically red wine) has been found to help your heart! This is due to the antioxidants, which reduce the risk of heart disease by improving cholesterol and lowering blood clotting. Red wine has been shown to be an inhibitor for growing tumors for certain cancers and help in treatment for neurological disorders. However, these great benefits don’t imply to drink bottles of wine every night. Experts say that it is beneficial for men to have two servings of red wine daily, and one serving daily for women. So there are all of these great benefits of wine, but what if I told you that there is a wine that supports causes. ONEHOPE wine is award-winning wine that has benefits for everyone. It is great wine for you or as a gift for someone else and half of all profits are donated to charity!

ONEHOPE wine is such a great contributor to charity and supports many causes. Their causes are End Childhood Hunger, Fight Against Breast Cancer, Supporting Our Planet, Supporting Children’s Hospitals, Fight Against Autism, Fight Against AIDS, Supporting Our Troops, and the Medal of Honor Foundation. Each wine purchased supports a specific charity or you can purchase to donate to many causes. They have many categories to choose from such as gifts, gift baskets, collections, red wine, white wine, and sparkling wine to name a few.

Their website is spiffy and so easy to go about browsing everything. You can check out the wines, about the company, how it all works, their causes, their blog, and even join their wine club! They really did make it an easy way to donate. You find the type of wine you would like to get and click on it. Then it brings you to a page where it tells you everything about the bottle (one out of many of course 😉 ) such as the price, how much is being donated, the charities that you can choose to donate to, everything about the specific cause, the wine description and ratings, along with an informational video. It just screams awesome! So then you pick the amount of bottles you’d like to purchase. Don’t be shy…grab a few. Click “add to cart” then you can either go shop for more or check out. Once you checkout, it is the basic online purchase checkout process. Nothing complicated at all. The only thing that you have to make sure of is someone that is 21 years of age or older is there for the required signature at delivery.

I’ve already purchased a ONEHOPE California Chardonnay Gift Box Duo to fight against breast cancer along with keeping a child alive. I purchased it as a gift for someone who has helped me in a time of need and not only am I showing them my appreciation for their act of kindness, but I am helping women fight against breast cancer and helping keep children alive who have been affected by AIDS. So go on and get your wine on with ONEHOPE wine, while supporting causes that will better people around the world.

Bottoms up my friends.

It Is Hard To Learn When Your Vision Is Out Of Focus

In order to effectively learn or work, one must be able to see properly.  Almost one billion people around the globe cannot obtain glasses, which means that 15% of the world’s population cannot learn or work effectively.  Thanks to Warby Parker, this percentage will decline with their “Buy a Pair, Give a Pair” program.  For every pair of glasses sold, they will give a pair to someone in need.

Warby Parker was created by a team to provide higher quality, better looking prescription glasses for a fraction of the price.  As a 4-eyed girl myself, I appreciate the lower prices and the fact that they have partnered with VisionSpring to help those in need of clearer vision.  It is a win-win situation all around!

Warby Parker glasses are vintage inspired with a contemporary twist.  Each pair is custom fit with anti-reflective, polycarbonate prescription lenses.  The anti-reflective feature eliminates glare and helps when working on the computer for long hours of the day and poly-carbonate is the most durable of all lenses, yet one of the lightest and thinnest.

Warby Parker takes pride in their glasses, which is why they don’t partner with licensing companies that want to keep the prices high.  Optical shops mark up glasses 2-3 times more before selling them to customers, but Warby Parker refuses to charge outrageous prices and decides to sell directly to the customer online.  Their cost breakdown shows a New York Boutique costing $610 versus Warby Parker costing $95.

Their website is clean, easy to read, and navigate.   They have free shipping in the U.S. and they’ll send up to 5 pairs of glasses to try on at home for 5 days free.  They offer a 30-day free return policy, so if the glasses aren’t working out for you too well they’ll gladly accept the return.

To start on your order, you can go to their website and click on men or women.  From there you can pick from optical or sunwear and then proceed to pick out more preferences.  Once you find the glasses you want, add them to your cart and proceed to check out.  You can choose to buy them or have them sent to you to try on at home for free.  If you choose to buy them then you can add your prescription information in as you proceed to check out.

It is an overall easy process and a good contributor to a great cause.  Superior and high quality glasses for a smaller price than shops.  Not only are you receiving lenses to help you with your vision, but you’re allowing others to see clearer just like you.  Not being able to see properly is such a burden on a person’s life and to be able to help someone with this problem is remarkable.  So go on and see the world a little clearer with Warby Parker.

Lucky 7 Project 7

“If people are going to buy things. Lots of things. Then let’s use those things they purchase to help change the world around us. Let’s make everyday products for everyday people to solve everyday problems around the globe.” Tyler Merrick had his head on straight and put his thoughts to action once he created Project 7. There are seven major problems that Project 7 helps with, which include heal the sick, save the earth, house the homeless, feed the hungry, quench the thirsty, teach them well, and hope for peace. In these areas, Project 7 will help those in need to live a better life all from simple everyday products such as bottled water, gum, mints and coffee.

Project 7 partners with nonprofits to help provide financial support, raise awareness for each organization and educate about the global issues. Each organization provides aid, programs, and/or relief to the seven areas of focus. Partnering with these organizations spread the word and raises the awareness more than just one organization could do alone. The more people are aware of, the more help can be done towards ending these global issues.

They have a wide variety of items to choose from so you’re not limited to a single item for your donation. These are all items that people tend to use on a regular basis. They have coffee, gum, mints, coffee cups, t-shirts, phone cases, and bottled water—all decorated with an awesome Project 7 design. You can even find their items at Walmart or Target!

To look at their do good products, just head to their website, and browse around their virtual store. You can pick and choose what you want, check out their blog, read more about their nonprofit partners, and watch     some amazing videos about how they give back to the communities.

 

Helping out one cause is good, but helping out seven is just crazy good. Project 7 is giving solutions to these problems and doing it with your help. If you’re going to buy these everyday items, why not buy them and do good at the same time? Now that you know about your everyday items that do good, go grab a can of coffee of a pack of gum.

Better the World with Better World Books

Learning how to read is the basic of gaining knowledge and as the saying goes, knowledge is power.  Not everyone is allowed or privileged to get an education.  Thankfully Better World Books took on a great cause by donating a book to someone in need for every book purchased.

Better World Books doesn’t just donate books to those in need, but they do so much more.  On top of their Book for Book deal, they do literacy funding, grants, reduce landfill, and use carbon offsets.  Every purchase made from Better World Books provides support for literacy through their non-profit literacy partners.  They fund literacy and educational non-profits for projects through their Literacy and Education in Action Program (LEAP), where they fund the project that will have the “biggest bang for the buck”.  They never throw a book away and instead recycle it.  By avoiding throwing books away, they have reduced landfill and have re-used or recycled over 117 million pounds of books.  They have the option for having their books being shipped carbon balanced.  They have partnered with 3Degrees which specifically supports the Tatanka Wind Farm.  This farm will generate enough clean energy to power more than 60,000 homes.

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Better World Books has a variety of books to choose from and even has textbooks which can save students up to 90%.  Since textbooks are required for classes, why not save some money and make a difference at the same time.  You can take a gander at the book categories on their website, which is easy to navigate.  Students can go to the textbooks section and find great deals on the required books for class.  People can also go and look at other categories such as those listed under popular categories.  They also have games and eBooks available for those with difference preferences.  If you’re looking for a specific book then you can also search it in the search bar by book, author, title, or ISBN number.  Just like any other website that you can shop on, you pick the items you want, add to cart, and then proceed to check out.  And to top it all off…they have FREE shipping worldwide!

Better World Books isn’t just tacking on a charity with their purchases, but they are doing good for the environment as well.  With their donated books, project funding, and “green” ways of production, Better World Books is helping out the planet in as many ways as they can.  Pick up a book and make a difference.

A Smile Times A Smile = Smile Squared

Smiling is a way of showing one’s happiness.  And believe it or not, there are children and people that are embarrassed to smile because of how their teeth look.  Their dental hygiene is holding them back from showing their happiness and sharing their beautiful smile.  Well finally, there is a company that is helping those who want to share their smile, but are too afraid to do it.  Smiling from those embarrassed is made possible by the wonderful company, Smile Squared.

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Bad dental hygiene does more than affect their teeth.  It can have adverse affects on their overall health and it affects their confidence as well.  The lack of health and lack of confidence is not ideal for a happy life for a child.  Most of these dental problems are preventable by the simple means of brushing their teeth.

Smile Squared is giving back those children their smile by providing a toothbrush and lessons on how to properly brush their teeth with every toothbrush purchased.  Smile Squared is using the “Buy One, Give One” philosophy on a healthy level.  Smile Squared is making sure those children have the opportunity to keep themselves healthy.  By providing toothbrushes and dental hygiene lessons, the children will know how to keep their teeth clean, which will keep themselves healthier and happier with the outcomes.

Smile Squared provides child toothbrushes and adult toothbrushes.  Both have a 100% biodegradable bamboo handle with 100% high quality bristles.  The toothbrush comes in a 100% recyclable box, so overall the toothbrush isn’t just good for the person, but for the environment as well.  There are three options for purchasing these amazing toothbrushes.  You can buy a child toothbrush, an adult toothbrush, or simply donate 2 toothbrushes instead of getting one for yourself.  All of these are for the same price.  You also have the options of buying a single, double, or 10-pack.

The website is super easy to navigate around and makes donating simple.  You arrive on their homepage and a few pictures and videos slide by in their slideshow.  You can click on the pictures and videos and it’ll send you to a different page.  You can learn about their mission, story, products, news, and ways to contact them.  Okay so in order to buy a toothbrush, you go to their products page and pick the toothbrush and option you want.  Click the “add to cart” button and proceed to check out.  See how simple it is to spread the smiles?  😀

So now that you see how simple it is to give a child their smile back, rethink what you’re buying and give a smile.  Smiles make the world a brighter place and when you brush your teeth with your new bamboo toothbrush, realize that you helped someone find their smile.  Smile on people, Smile on.

Go Ahead…Spread the Fancy.

Fancy Rags

Fancy Rags

What’s better than a t-shirt company? A t-shirt company that gives back to the community with every purchase made. Fancy Rags is a company that took what they love and turned it into something good. They used their passion and let it drive them into a business that creates change, impacts the world positively, and helps end hunger.

Fancy Rags will donate a meal for each shirt purchased. The meals they donate can feed 1-4 people. What they do is they distribute the donated meal to a food pantry, which will then distribute the meals to families and other people in need. And to give you proof that they are donating, they post a receipt of the total donation at the end of each month on their Facebook page.

Fancy Rags

Fancy Rags

This company is great because they actually donate food. Money is great for donating, but with Fancy Rags giving actual food shows that they are really striving towards their goal in helping put an end to hunger. They go to the food warehouse and hand select the food items and then transport them to local food banks.

Their website is simple and easy to navigate. You just go to Fancy Rags and check out the main page. On the left hand side is a navigation bar with “Home”, “About”, “Shop”, and “Contact” buttons. Feel free, and I encourage you, to read more about the company! But to purchase the shirts, you click on “Shop”. That’ll open up a new window which will bring up the 5 shirts that you can chose from—all of which are unisex and ultra-soft.

Fancy Rags is help change the world and put an end to hunger by using their passion. You can find Fancy Rags on Facebook, Twitter, and on their blog. It is a great company for a great cause, so let’s all help put an end to hunger, whether it be one person or 1,000. It all starts with the simple act of giving.

One Week. One Cause. One Purpose.

When I look for one-for-one companies, I always look at the cause it is going towards.  I haven’t come across a company that has multiple causes to give to…until now.  I have finally found a company that doesn’t just give to one charity–it gives to 52.

This amazing company is called Sevenly.  Each week is dedicated to a different charity and for every purchase they give $7 to that week’s charity.   They advertise the charity on fashionable clothing such as t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and also tote bags. Each item has the design for the charity and they come in men and women designs.

Womens Flowy Raglan Mens Crew NeckSevenly wants to raise the awareness of the charities that are changing the world and they are right on track.  Each item of clothing is designed with a particular logo and these are not some shirts with typical block writing and a logo.  These designs are in style and grab the attention of many.  When people wear these, they’ll be asked about it and they basically market themselves.

Sevenly’s website is very easy to navigate and makes purchasing simple.  You just go to Sevenly and pick the item you want.  Click on the item of your choosing and it has all of the specifications you may need in order to pick the right size.  Or you can click the orange cart button above the picture and then proceed to pick the size you want.  Afterwards you can browse some more or proceed to check out and finish your purchase.

The website provides videos and more information about the charities.  It also shows their goals and how close they are to reaching those goals such as the amount donated, the amount of Facebook shares, and the amount of tweets for that week’s charity.  They even have pictures of the Sevenly team that makes it all happen.

Sevenly is a great company that helps others change the world.  They are a bigger voice for the smaller charities that are trying to help people in need.  Help yourself to helping others and go have a looksee at this amazing company’s website.

How I Will Help You, Help Others

Be the Good

When I was younger, my neighborhood friends and I went around in our cul-de-sac gathering food and other supplies for a local charity that helped abused women and their children and provided them with a safe environment.  We filled the whole van with goods and it felt great to help the women and children in need.

When I was younger I didn’t like to shop much (big shocker…a girl who doesn’t like shopping), but as I grew older I learned to love it.  I eventually started shopping online to get better deals, and there was more variety online.  Then I spotted a particular ad on one of the websites and that is where it all started for me.

“With every pair you purchase, TOMS will give a pair of new shoes to a child a need.”  With this, I was instantly interested in the company.  I took a look around the website and fell in love with not only the shoes, but the idea of helping someone in need.  The company is now well- known and expanding their products to t-shirts and sunglasses.  TOMS is what triggered my one for one passion.

In my blog, I will talk about charities similar to TOMS and I will cover their story, goals, how it will help others, and what you need to do in order to participate.  I’ll do my best to help you understand the cause in all ways possible.  I want to make sure you all are aware of what good causes are out there.  I understand that not everyone has the same taste in products and it is  a good thing there are a variety of “one for one” products out there, such as shoes, toothbrushes, sunglasses, t-shirts, and more.

The power of giving lies in the hands of the people.   The purpose of this blog is to raise awareness to more people about the charities out there.   My goal is to increase the number of people involved in helping others.  And I mean, what is better than shopping and getting something for yourself…giving something to someone in need—with the same purchase!