Earth Day 2015

hand painted globe

 

Today marks the birth of the modern environmental movement in 1970. Yesterday marked the day that Prince Era’s video “Dear Future Generations: Sorry” made over 17 million viewers think about the way we treat everything and everyone around us. I’m going to assume that most of us aren’t going to do anything on that kind of scale, but there are tons of other things we can do for Earth Day like…

-Plant a tree

-Pick up litter

-Build a bird feeder for your yard

-Plant a vegetable garden

-Pledge to reduce your waste

-Switch to earth-friendly cleaning products

-Start composting

-Turn off all electronics for a few hours

-Ride your bike to work

-Read up on the current state of our environment and share your findings!

 

What are your plans for the day?

 

PS- Buy the hand painted globe above from on Etsy.

Doing Good: The Home T

the home t

So we’ve all seen these shirts before, yes? I feel like they’ve been all over the internet for a while now. I actually forgot about them, but then I saw someone in Costco with one this weekend and became more interested. Maybe it’s because of the move, but I suddenly found myself wanting a T-Shirt repping my relationship with the great state of NY. Well I found The Home T and I’m so glad I did. Did you know that they’re another company doing good?! I didn’t, but I’m very excited to hear about the fact that they donate a percentage of every purchase to MS research. Woohoo!

You can buy tons of different things, T-shirts, hoodies, pillow cases, decals, baby shirts, tote bags and more! I can think of a few holiday gifts that will be coming from this site, what about you?

 

 

Other companies doing good:

Small Can Be Big (connecting you with local donation oportunities), DamFine Designs (knitted scarves & pillow covers), Roma Boots (rainboots),   Falling Whistles (whistle necklaces), Love with Food – (a yummy subscription box- use the clode JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!), Warby Parker (eyeglasses & sunglasses),  FashionABLE (scarves),  Punjammies  (PJs and tshirts),  147 Million Orphans (jewelry), Better Life Bags  (bags and purses of all kinds!) Freewaters (sandals and flipflops), Unicef Tap Project (clean water for time off of your phone) Figs (one-for-one scrubs), One Million Lights (Donations for light)

 

How did I miss Giving Tuesday?!

GIVING BACK

Apparently yesterday was Giving Tuesday. Did you know that this was a thing? This is how it’s described on their website:

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity.

What a terrific idea! I know you can give back any time for no reason at all, but I’m still a little bummed that I missed out on a day dedicated for others. So in response I’m extending my donation promo for Knitting Ain’t Easy: 20% of all proceeds from purchases made November 29th- December 6th will be donated to Action Against Hunger. If you haven’t heard, Action Against Hunger is an A-rated organization dedicated to ending world hunger. (Read More Here)

 

To make things a little more fun, I’ve added two new items to the shop this week with more to come soon! Stop by the etsy shop to check things out 🙂

knitting ain't easyMerry & Bright (just a $5 digital download!)  |  new beanie!  |  cowl coming soon!

 

Gift Guide: Small Business Saturday

gift guide- HANDMADE GIFTS (Small Business Saturday ideas)

 

 

Small Business Saturday is one of my favorite days of the year! As you know from my Do Good series, I love shops with a positive mission. While I mostly write about companies that are helping others, it’s also important to note that supporting small businesses is also a form of shopping consciously. These small businesses and mom-and-pop shops/restuarants are supporting families and allowing people to follow their dreams. We as consumers choose to support this mission every time we shop small instead of heading to your local Target.

Knitting Ain't Easy & Small Business Saturday: Action Against Hunger

As a way to bring these ideas of conscious consumerism together, I’ll be offering up a little something special in my Etsy shop this weekend: 20% of all proceeds on Knitting Ain’t Easy will be donated to Action Against Hunger.  A global humanitarian organization committed to ending world hunger, Action Against Hunger been recently listed as an “A”-rated organization by CharityWatch and a four-star charity rated by Charity Navigator .

Maybe knits and home goods aren’t your cup of tea? That’s okay. Use this map to find small businesses in your neighborhood, or check out the links below to shop online!

small business saturday shopping guide

Paddywax Candle  |  TheHipsterHousewife custom stationery 
Alchemy Home Company Solid Shave Soap  |    LovelyB Jewelry 
Leroy & Company custom pet portraits

 

Doing Good: Small Can Be Big

doing good

It’s been a while since we’ve seen a doing good post around here, but I promise you that plenty of people have been doing good! Want to join in? Check out the site Small Can Be Big!

 

My friend, Joe Casabona, showed me this site recently, and it’s doing such cool things! Non-profits are able to identify local families in “urgent need of specific, one-time financial help” and they are able to turn to smallcanbebig.org to help the families find financial assistance.The situation of each family is different. Sometimes you may be helping a family pay a bill, take a stand against domestic violence, or help with medical costs, and the best news is that 100% of what you donate will go to the family. Not a percentage. The full amount raised. Whether you can donate $5 or $500, you know that you’re making a difference every time. Here’s how the site got started:

 

SmallCanBeBig.org was founded by Boathouse Group, Inc. to address a developing homeless crisis in Massachusetts. In the summer of 2008—a time of year when homelessness is usually in decline—the number of homeless across the state reached an all-time high.

When confronting systemic issues like homelessness, philanthropic organizations often fail to consider critical, limited resources such as time and talent. Boathouse—already experts at launching campaigns, creating content, and developing strategy and technology for clients—decided to tackle this local surge in homelessness by using the skills and talents already in their own backyard.

Together, the team at Boathouse developed SmallCanBeBig.org as a “simple solution to a complex problem.” As a model for giving, it provides a better way for people to do what they always do best in a crisis: help one another. By harnessing the power of small, direct donations, SmallCanBeBig.org and donors like you can make a big difference for families living on the edge.

I try my best to donate what I can every holiday season. This year I’m exited to give directly to someone instead of a larger company or agency. It’s empowering for all involved! Want to learn more? Read about how Small Can Be Big works right on their website. Want to help a family? No problem. Give it a look and let me know what you think.

 

 

Other companies doing good:

DamFine Designs (knitted scarves & pillow covers), Roma Boots (rainboots),   Falling Whistles (whistle necklaces), Love with Food – (a yummy subscription box- use the clode JENNVIP to get $5 off your first box!), Warby Parker (eyeglasses & sunglasses),  FashionABLE (scarves),  Punjammies  (PJs and tshirts),  147 Million Orphans (jewelry), Better Life Bags  (bags and purses of all kinds!) Freewaters (sandals and flipflops), Unicef Tap Project (clean water for time off of your phone) Figs (one-for-one scrubs),  One Million Lights (Donations for light)