Hello Kitty Fashion

I have a confession.

I’m a closet Hello Kitty fan.

There, I said it.

Frankly though, I think there’s a lot more than meets the eye to this iconic feline who favors glitzy bows and blingy baubles to a blasé ball of yarn. For starters, the cat’s got style.  And swagger. With just the right amount of cartoon sass.

Although predominately targeted to toddlers and tweens, Ms. Kitty and her crew have recently jumped mainstream and even rubbed shoulders (or maybe that’s paws?) with some of the big guns of fashion including, icons like Gaga, retailers like Forever 21 and designers including Kimora Lee Simmons.

Photo source:  Kimora Lee Simmons for Hello Kitty

Last week, I was thrilled to stumble across an adorable pair of Hello Kitty flats, made almost entirely of recycled cans and bottles.  Helping the environment and reducing waste in landfills, who knew Miss Kitty was moonlighting as a philanthropista too? ($24.99 Amazon.com)

A global marketplace where every purchase makes a positive impact

More than 15,000 eco- and socially conscious goods are
available (some from as low as $2.50) on WorldofGood.com. Shop by gift category,
or, if you’d like, “purchase impact,” be it eco- , animal-, or people-friendly.
Each product is vetted and comes with a short description so you can see exactly
where your money is going. Fair-trade lip balms, organic soaps and bath fizzers
are all under $15 and make excellent stocking stuffers.

GIFTS THAT GIVE BACK~ GIVEAWAY Bring Your Own Bag Individual Eco-Kit

Did you know that every year, 500 billion to 1 trillion of plastic bags are consumed worldwide. Because only 1 in every 200 bag is ever recycled, almost all of them are discarded and enter our landfills, get blown everywhere, and float around in our oceans. Because plastic bags don’t decompose well, their toxic elements seep into our soils, lakes, rivers, and oceans. They harm land, air, and sea creatures. And because they can take 400 to 1000 years to break down, they can do a lot of damage for a very long time.

This season (and all year long!) make the switch to eco-bags from companies who are committed to creating a healthier planet for future generations.  At Conserving Now (an online community of earth friendly individuals who care about our planet.) you can find helpful tips, info, products and education resources and great eco-gifts everyone will appreciate.

The average individual uses 500-700 plastic bags per year.  A “Bring Your Own Bag Individual Eco-Kit” is a great choice for family gift giving that has the added benefit of helping the recipient make an environmental difference! This individual eco-kit from Conservingnow.com contains everything you need to remember to bring your own bags!





WIN!!!!

Bring Your Own Bag Individual Eco-Kit
 

Includes:

1 Static Cling reminder for your car


2 Oversized Cotton Totes


Folding Tote Bag —Purse size, Nylon Shopping


Door Hanger


Magnetic Note Pad


Recycled Mouse Pad

Retail price: $24.99






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7. Add Everyday Philanthropist Blog to your blogroll (using my URL), with a link back to me! (1 entry)


8. FOR 5 EXTRA ENTRIES – Blog about this giveaway, with a link to my blog and come back and leave the link to your blog post. Post FIVE separate comments that you’ve blogged about this.


9. FOR 10 EXTRA ENTRIES – Purchase the book “How to Be an Everyday Philanthropist: 330 Ways to Make a Difference in Your Home, Community and World – At No Cost!” on Amazon.com and enter your receipt number in your entry. (Be sure to post TEN separate comments.) Receipt numbers will be validated.


Easy, peasy right! Giveaway will end on Jan 12/2011. 1 Winner will be chosen at random. Giveaway open to U.S. and Canadian entries only. Winners are contacted by email and posted HERE when confirmed. Winners have 48 hours to confirm before a new Winner is chosen. Many thanks to ConservingNow.com for this Review and Giveaway Opportunity!


Good luck!!!
Nicole Bouchard Boles


Disclosure: No compensation was received for this post. The opinions expressed are my own.





Give Back with a Charity Drive with FREE Glad ForceFlex Bags

The holidays are just around the corner and there is no better time to be an everyday hero and give back than during this time of year when the most help is needed! One way to give back is through GLAD ForceFlex’s new Bag Bank program, where they’re encouraging consumers to host coat drives and other items from their closets to help someone in need. Clothing can then be donated to organizations that distribute gently used clothes to those in need, like One Warm Coat, an organization that provides coats to anyone in need, free of charge, Making Memories, a breast cancer support and advocacy group, which sells donated wedding dresses and uses the proceeds to fulfill the wishes of women with terminal breast cancer, and SAFE (Stuffed Animals for Emergencies) an organization which collects gently used toys to be redistributed to emergency personnel and organizations to help kids cope in difficult situations.

Whether you’re collecting coats, dresses or stuffed animals, you can help address the toughest challenges in your community with the help of the GLAD Bag Bank. You provide the idea, volunteers and inspiration, GLAD will provide ForceFlex trash bags.  For more information, please visit CLMClient.com/GladForceFlexIPK to set up a drive in your community.

EVERYDAY PHILANTHROPIST TIPS FOR DONATING TO A CHARITY DRIVE
Your donations are a gift, you should treat them as such by preparing them with care. Charities often have to throw away donations if they are dirty, broken, unsafe, or otherwise unusable. In general, donations of used clothing and other household goods must be in good to excellent condition.


• Keep it Clean ~ Wash clothes and linens, separate clothing (for men, women, or children), and pack them with some thought—i.e., don’t shove a clean white dress shirt into a bag with shoes. You wouldn’t pack your own stuff this way, would you?



• Air out any heavier ~ bedding like blankets or sleeping bags. Wipe down toys or small appliances to
get rid of any grime.




• Keep it Safe ~ Don’t give away an item that’s been the target of a safety recall (especially toys). If in doubt, check the Consumer Protection Safety Commission’s website (cpsc.gov), which lists product recalls.


• Keep it Fresh ~ Don’t give away books with missing pages or babies’ board books that have been chewed or stained beyond repair. You can deodorize musty books by placing them in a bag with a dish of baking soda for about ten days. Try to separate books by category, and you’ll save a volunteer a lot of work on the other end.

Save the Children and T.J. Maxx “Totes for Change” program

During back-to-school season, sales of T.J. Maxx limited edition, specially designed reusable tote bags featuring original children’s artwork, will benefit children in need in the United States.
For each reusable bag sold (.99 cents), T.J. Maxx will donate one basic item—like socks, underwear or backpacks—to Save the Children’s U.S. Programs, an organization that helps make sure kids around the world are safe, healthy, well nourished and educated.

For over 25 years, T.J.Maxx and Save the Children have worked together to help children living in our nation’s poorest rural communities by providing literacy, nutrition and physical fitness programs that give them a chance for a brighter future. This partnership began with the sponsorship of 113 children, and has grown to over 925 with every T.J.Maxx store sponsoring a child. Since 1984 T.J.Maxx and its customers have donated over $14 million to children in need in the United States.

Plant a tree – The Arbor Day Foundation

Our forests are in dire need of replanting due to fire, insects, and disease. Your contribution is vital to preserving fresh, clean drinking water for millions of people, providing much-needed wildlife habitat, and purifying the very air we breathe.

Action: Send Someone a Card – Plant a Tree
The Arbor Day Foundation offers special Give-A-Tree greeting cards – in both email and snail mail versions – to send to friends and family!  For a donation of $5.95, Arbor Day will send the card AND let your recipient know that a tree was planted in one of our National Forests in desperate need of replanting – in honor of them.

Visit ArborDay.org for more info.