Zen zone

It’s rare to ever feel calm and balanced while reno’s are taking place in the home.  The last year has seen many new challenges and exciting endeavors for me, and now after the second book is wrote, the blog is updated and the paint is dried, I’m quietly nesting (and trying to find my Zen) in a completely chaotic and unorganized office.  Luckily, new office furniture is on its way (in a mere 4 -6 weeks!), including a fab white credenza from Urban Barn, a white-washed office chair with chrome hardware accents also from Urban Barn and a glass writing desk from Restoration Hardware, which I’m almost certain I’ll regret with three young ones inevitably inspired to impress gentle fingerprint reminders of their presence upon it. For now though…I’ll work away in my modern mash of chaos and I’ll take a few moments of meditation to try and locate my misplaced Zen. It’s got to be under this mess somewhere!  

L’oreal Paris ~ Color of Hope Collection ~ Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

A sobering statistic:  More than 20,000 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer this year – and only about half will live to see the five-year mark.  To suport research, L’Oreal Paris is donating a dollar of every purchase from its Color of Hope Collection – a line of glosses, shadows, lipsticks and laquers – to the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund.  Check the products out at your local drugstore. 

Lauren Bush and FEED Team Up With Clarins on New Makeup Bag

Lauren Bush’s FEED Projects has joined with French cosmetics company Clarins for its most ambitious partnership yet: They are aiming to feed 1 million children in two years. FEED, which supplies meals through the United Nations World Food Programme, has raised over $6 million and delivered over 60 million meals since it was founded in 2007.

Lauren Bush continues to up the ante with her FEED bags. The resulting organic cotton, recycled nylon-lined makeup bags are packed with travel-sized versions of Clarins Moisture-Rich Body Lotion, Hand and Nail Treatment Cream, and Instant Light Natural Lip Perfector.

As with all of her bags, the new addition to Bush’s collection of totes and clutches includes a number—15—denoting how many meals it will provide for children in need through a donation to the United Nations World Food Programme.

Clarins and FEED Makeup bag, $30, available July 15 at www.nordstrom.com.

Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10

The perfect way to make the season bright

Three holiday gifts for good—for as little as $10

San Francisco—This holiday, JustGive.org offers three perfect gifts that make a lasting difference. In the true spirit of the season, these gifts of charity will touch hearts and change lives.

Gifts of purpose

For friends, loved ones, colleagues, customers or hard-to-buy relatives, it’s easy to give small packages with a big impact. Helping those in need. Sharing goodwill to all. Through thoughtful eco-friendly gifts that make the world a better place.

With a few clicks of a mouse and for as little as $10, you can personalize three meaningful charity gifts:

1.  Donate to a favorite charity in their name. Several convenient JustGive online tools provide instant help if you’re not sure which charity supports a cause close to your recipient’s heart.

· Enter a zip code to find a charity and Give Locally (across the United States).

· Access the JustGive Guide of 1,000 charities grouped into 19 cause categories.

· Search the database of more than 1.8 million charities by name or by cause.

2.  Select a gift collection—Skip the fruit, wine or cheese basket and give a “basket” of four charities supporting a cause that’s special to them.

3.  Choose from 12 gift collections focused on feeding the hungry, creating homes and jobs, protecting animals and preventing cruelty, inspiring children, planting trees, saving the earth, promoting human rights, creating peace on earth . . . and more. Gift Collections start at $40 and are available for any desired amount.

Purchase a GiveNow charity e-card—The best kind of green

· Select the card and gift amount, and add your personal message. With more than a dozen holiday e-cards, you’re sure to find just the right one expressing your sentiment: Happy Hanukkah, Merry Christmas, Peace on Earth, Have a great green holiday, Season’s Greetings, Warmest Wishes, Thank you . . . and more.

· Email the card, print it on your computer or JustGive will mail it for you.

· Your recipient uses the card to support their charity of choice.

GiveNow charity gift cards never expire. Minimum value $10. A small transaction fee applies –$5 for the first card, discounted to $2 for each additional card.

These charity gifts help you wrap up holiday shopping in short order, with gifts that matter more. Available right up to the last minute, they’re great for hostess and teachers’ gifts too! Making less work for you, less waste for them. Creating a more powerful impact with your generosity of spirit.

Every gift matters

Any size gift can make a difference:

$20 fills a van with sandwiches the Covenant House delivers to homeless children on the streets

$25 supplies food for a month for a Canine Companions for Independence dog in training

$35 helps Meals on Wheels Association of America feed and check on the welfare of 5 seniors

$50 lets Foster Care Support Foundation buy winter coats, hats and gloves for 2 foster children

JustGive Founder and Executive Director Kendall Webb comments, “The economy is sputtering, people are struggling, and the need is great. We’re hoping people open their hearts and make charity their gift of choice this year. Discovering that giving less ‘stuff’ really does mean more for those in need. And by example, inspiring others to do the same!”

To spread the message of charitable giving as widely as possible this holiday, JustGive has partnered with the national Redefine Christmas movement, encouraging people to reconsider their gift giving habits. JustGive has also joined three charitable competitors to issue the $51 Bucks Challenge, asking consumers to redirect 10 percent of their holiday spending ($51) and give charity gift cards to raise money for nonprofits in need.

San Francisco-based JustGive, founded 10 years ago by Webb, a Harvard graduate and former Silicon Valley dot.com executive, has sent more than $130 million to over 65,000 charities in the past decade. For every purpose and occasion, JustGive is the only Web address donors need for online giving. They can give when, how and as often as they want through many giving options—direct and memorial donations, charity gift cards, wedding gifts, gift collections, and fund-raising registries.

The destination for online charitable giving® and a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, JustGive has been recognized by Forbes as one of the Best of the Web.

Pink Product ~ Alex Woo/Christina Applegate TREE OF LIFE pendant

Alex Woo’s latest contribution towards fighting for breast cancer research and awareness is the Tree of Life pendant. Designed by Alex Woo with the award winning actress Christina Applegate, the pendant with an encircled tree represents harmony, hope and renewal. Each of the seven leaves remind us to live everyday of the week to the fullest. This pendant is an everyday reminder of the most important things in life, to stay vigilant about breast cancer awareness and steps to early detection.

Net proceeds from the sale of the Tree of Life pendant directly benefit Right Action for Women, a Christina Applegate Foundation. Right Action for Women encourages women to learn facts and figures about breast cancer and provides funding for the expensive MRI screenings that help in early detection of breast cancer.

Citizen Eco-Drive Lady’s Watch For Susan G. Komen For The Cure

Citizen Eco-Drive Paladion Limited Edition watches. From September 1, 2010 through December 31, 2010, Citizen will sell the watches through department stores and fine jewelry stores nationwide. Citizen has guaranteed a donation of $100,000 in 2010 to the Susan G. Komen For the Cure, for the breast cancer treatment charity. It is doing so by offering two limited edition watches. The specially designed watches are both stainless steel watches with pink dials; one has an 18-diamond bezel and one has an 8-diamond dial, and both have the Komen logo engraved on the case back and have Citizen Eco-Drive light powered quartz movements inside of them.. They also come in special packaging. One retails for $275, and the other for $325. Two beautiful watches in honor of a terrific cause!

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Charity Auction for Breast Cancer care and prevention

Its Breast Cancer Awareness month and as you all know October is the time that companies feature their “think pink” designs and sell limited edition products with all or a portion of the money raised going to breast cancer charities. 

This is absolutely my favorite month for shopping because there are so many fabulous and fresh products available for purchase but also because I’m helping a cause I care about with each purchase I make. 

Ralph Lauren Pink Pony Charity Auction~
In honor of the tenth anniversary of the company’s Pink Pony breast cancer awareness work,  the famous designer is opening his world of high fashion and Hollywood stars to top bidders in the sale starting that raises money and awareness for fighting cancer.

You too, can lend your support to cancer care and prevention through the Pink Pony Auction. The auction will run from October 2 to 21 and offers the unique opportunity to bid on art, luxury travel, couture and once-in-a-lifetime experiences generously donated by Ralph Lauren and his closest circle of celebrity friends, with 100% of the proceeds going to cancer care and prevention.
Some of the fabulous items up for bid:
~ a front row seat at Lauren’s Fall 2011 fashion show and a chance to meet the silver-haired designer backstage.
~ A a personal drive in one of Ralph’s classic cars, three nights at his RRL ranch in Colorado, or an appearance in one of his advertisements.

~ A chance to meet comedian Jerry Seinfeld

~ Two tickets to a Miami Heat basketball game and a handshake with star player Lebron James

~ A chance to ride bikes with Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong.

~ A meet Diane Von Furstenberg Experience

~ Lunch with Martha Stewart

~ A CNN studio tour with Anderson Cooper

and much, much more.

I don’t know about you but I am over the moon on some of these fantastic prizes!  With the opportunity to bid on over 300 once-in-a-lifetime experiences ranging from fashion to travel, with all the proceeds going to charity…I’m so in!

Check out the Pink Pony Auction happening now at Charity Buzz.

Yves Saint Laurent Pink Party Heels Join Cancer Fight

An object of every woman’s desires, Yves Saint Laurent’s luscious Pink Party Tribute Heels underline the cause which they’re benefiting – helping fight cancer in women. 

The hot pink high heel sandals were designed exclusively for Pacific Palisades boutique Elyse Walker — in tribute to Walker’s longtime support of cancer research for women. The interwoven, leather-lined strips along the top arch of the foot boast a slightly retro feel, while the T- strap shape creates a precocious, party-ready feel and the 4-inch heel height adds a daring, high fashion vibe.

These YSL shoes are on sale now at ElyseWalker.com for $995.  A lot of money, I know.  But I must  say, The Everyday Philanthropist loves the idea of kicking cancer in YSL style! A donation of $100 from each sale will be made to Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Research Institute.

These hot pink gorgeous heels will only be available while supplies last. When the last pair is purchased, there will be no more. 

Bullets 4 Peace

If you want to rock the latest necklace celebs like Beyonce, Hillary Duff and Justin Bieber are sporting, try on Bullets 4 Peace, a jewelry line made out of real recycled bullet casings – that does good while looking good. Created by designer Rafi Anteby, jewelry is crafted from recyclable materials found in war zones, streets and other troubled areas and made into neckalces with artwork turning them into something wonderful.

 Every Bullet Has a Target is a charity affiliation program. The program was designed to attach each bullet style to a different charity. A percentage of sales goes towards helping raise money and awareness for these charities.

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.

Charity Product Pick of the Week: Sephora Project Change

When it comes to showing support for girls around the world, this company deserves a mention for their good works:

The Sephora Project, is supporting Girls For a Change ( a national organization that empowers girls to create social change) in stores with the Sephora Tote Bag and Change Purse. The Sephora Project is an initiative created to educate and empower women whose mission, like Sephora’s, is to make the world a more beauty-full place.  A portion from the sale of each change purse will be donated to GFC. The Sephora Project Tote Bag, made from recycled bottles, let’s you show off your support of Girls For a Change.

Change the world, one change tote at a time!

Purchase these items in Sephora stores nationwide, online here or by calling 1-877-SEPHORA

Charity Product Pick of the Week: Threads For Thought

Question:  What’s better than a soft, organic cotton tee for style and comfort?

Answer:  One that gives back!  A portion of proceeds from Threads For Thought tees benefits charities like The International Rescue Committee (a global network that provides access to relief, rehabilitation and protection to refugees) and The Natural Resources Defense Council (an environmental action group).

Using sustainable fabrics such as organic cotton and polyester recycled from plastic water bottles to create clothing that is comfortable, beautiful, and socially conscious, Threads for Thought is not only top of environmental preservation, they also infuse important causes and issues into the design of their shirts.