Five Things: Fabulous Fall Finds that Give Back

Autumn is unarguably my favorite time of year. The gentle falling leaves. The rich, vibrant colors.  The crisp fog-filled mornings.  The cozy fireplace and afghan evenings. The tableau is ever-changing during this graceful transition from summer, and sends many of us on the task to surround ourselves with warm comfort.  So, in the spirit of this cozy fall vibe, here are a few original finds that bring a little bit of that opulent beauty indoors – and give something more.

 (Joyful Nuddle Blanket: By purchasing a Joyful Nuddle, you are helping to provide another Joyful Nuddle to a survivor of domestic violence)

(Give Scent: This scent is made with pure oils and contains notes of amber, bergamot, grapefruit, moss, musk, oak, sage, and vanilla. A portion of the proceeds goes to Women for Women International, an organization that supports female survivors of war and conflict.)

(This is still one of my favorite philanthropic finds!  This gorgeous scarf from Warriors in Pink (Powered by Ford) is an elegant and powerful statement of the power of pink.  100% of Warriors in Pink net proceeds  help fight breast cancer.)

(Make Love Not Trash “Safari Tall Fall Doctor’s Bag”: A natural, eco-aware, non-toxic bag, were proceeds are donated to various organizations.)

(Humanity Dark Amber & Spice Soy Candle from Altru: Proceeds from the special edition candle benefit the Alliance for a New Humanity organization which aims to build a just, peaceful and sustainable world.)

Christian Louboutin “Sweet Charity” Handbags

He’s the undisputed king of shoes, and even though they’re sans the signature red bottoms, the French designer’s flirty line of coveted “Sweet Charity” handbags and clutches are just as unapologetically striking and beautiful. Colorful and candy-esque, I get giddy trying to pick just one!

Available at:
www.neimanmarcus.com
www.bergdorfgoodman.com
www.barneys.com

{photo sources: Christian Louboutin}

Women’s Bean Project Giveaway WINNER!!!

Thank you all that entered our Women’s Bean Project Tasty Giveaway!  What fun it was to get to know our visitors more!  Its time to announce our lucky winner:
#57 Belinda Nicholson Cage Skuta


CONGRATULATIONS!!!
Thank you all who entered!  Please stay tuned for our next giveaway! (ps. It starts tomorrow)


Foodie for Good: Marathon of Miracles Bars

On a frantic search for the perfect snack to satisfy your sweet tooth?  The cause behind these Marathon of Miracle bars will make you want to grab another bite! The snack was created by Marathon of Miracles, an organization that helps promote cancer awareness and raises funds for cancer research. These chewy, nutty bars are not only great-tasting and good for you — 100% of the net profits after taxes are donated to Marathon of Miracles to fund its’ wellness and cancer prevention efforts!

Marathonof miracles.org, $24/dozen

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. 

Groupon + DonorsChoose.org: Goal to raise $1 Million ~ How you can Help!

Getting a great deal feels good, but helping students in need feels even better!
 Online education charity DonorsChoose.org and Groupon, a nationwide daily deal site, are partnering Monday, May 24 to offer Groupon’s first-ever charity deal, allowing subscribers to double their donation dollars for individual classroom project requests submitted by public school teachers. This partnership will dedicate a total of $1 million to provide critical resources and supplies to public and charter school classrooms around the country, highlighting a new and unique method of engaging individuals in philanthropy.

Groupon, a site valued at more than $1 billion, will be offering the DonorsChoose.org deal system-wide on Monday, and will then appear as a side deal for the rest of the week. The deal works like this: if you purchase $250 on Groupon, you’ll receive $500 credit to contribute to DonorsChoose.org, $100 for $200 and so on. Other levels listed will be:


· $100 credit sold for $50
· $50 credit sold for $25
· $20 credit sold for $10


As with any DonorsChoose.org project, individuals will contribute the deal’s dollar amount to classroom projects of their choosing. Once a project is fully funded, DonorsChoose.org will purchase the requested materials and send them directly to the classroom. All donors will receive photos of the project taking place, a thank-you letter from the teacher, and a cost report showing how each dollar was spent. Donors who fund more than $100 will also receive hand-written thank-you letters from the students.

Get started at Groupon and double your impact to DonorsChoose.org


About DonorsChoose.org
 

Founded in 2000, DonorsChoose.org is a nonprofit website where public school teachers describe specific educational projects for their students, and donors can choose the projects they want to support. After completing a project, the donor hears back from the classroom they supported in the form of photographs and student thank-you letters.


To date, 122,000 public and charter school teachers have used the site to secure funding for $45 million in books, art supplies, technology, and other resources that their students need to learn. Through www.donorschoose.org individuals from all walks of life have helped 3 million students from low-income families.

About Groupon

Groupon offers daily deals at unbeatable prices through group buying. According to the Groupon website, each day Groupon offers something fun to do in several cities at unbeatable prices. The interesting thing is that you can only get the Groupon if enough people join that day.


Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.

”Help Whip Cancer” This May with The Pampered Chef.

We all know someone affected by breast cancer. Now you can make a difference alongside the Pampered Chef! Help save lives May 1-31 with the 2010 Help Whip Cancer® (HWC) campaign!



Join The Pampered Chef in celebrating women everywhere this May. In honor of Mother’s Day, more than 40,000 Pampered Chef Consultants are harnessing the power of pink, and spreading the message of breast cancer awareness through the Help Whip Cancer campaign.


Since 2000, The Pampered Chef has raised more than $7.9 million for the American Cancer Society and has spread their “think pink” message to thousands, and we’d like to share this philanthropic opportunity with you.

Get involved by:


Buying Special Pink-themed Products
Select pink limited-edition kitchen tools from The Pampered Chef through the month of May and for each pink product purchased, The Pampered Chef makes a $1 donation to the American Cancer Society®.  The following special Help Whip Cancer products apply: Pink & White Dots Martini Glasses, Pink Color-Coated Tomato Knife, Pink & White Twixit! Clip Combo Pack, Sweet Honey Vanilla Sprinkle, Help Whip Cancer Reusable Shopping Bags. Guests who spend $60 or more in May get Help Whip Cancer® Reusable Shopping Bags (a set of two) for free. See all the Whip Cancer products at Pampered Chef

Raising Funds with a Cooking Show Fundraiser

Celebrate mothers, sisters and friends by hosting a Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Cooking Show. Guests will taste delicious, affordable “pink” recipes, like the Heavenly Angel Cake, and receive valuable cooking tips while raising money for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs. Up to 25 percent of total Help Whip Cancer Fundraiser Show sales will be contributed to the American Cancer Society for breast cancer awareness and early detection programs.
For more information on how to Help Whip Cancer by purchasing Special Pink-themed products and/or hosting a Help Whip Cancer Kitchen Show Fund-raiser, please call 1-800-266-5562 or visit http://www.pamperedchef.com/. Contact the American Cancer Society anytime at 1-800-ACS-2345 or http://www.cancer.org/ for information about cancer and services in your area.