When I first started designing for merchandise, I realized how many products had cute animal designs but weren’t doing anything to spread awareness or give back. Around the same time, I was working with a handful of non-profits who wanted to raise funds by selling products, but they didn’t have the funds or knowledge to design them. (Usually they would just sell a t-shirt with their logo on it, which would only appeal to the audience they already had.) I wanted to bridge that gap by designing product that would appeal to popular markets, but would spread awareness and raise funds for these causes, too. So for the holidays I created four greeting cards for some of my favorite wildlife organizations.
With the holiday season in full swing, we know many of you might be looking forward to spending a day at home. No need to get out of your pajamas. Take a day to relax and reconnect with your family! Here are some fun indoor activities you can enjoy that don’t involve a TV!
Musical Instruments That Won’t Give You A Headache
Homemade instruments don’t have to involve pots and pans and a lot of noise! Make these easy and soothing shakers and let you kids put on a show! Have them help you make put them together and teach them how to shake to a song!
What You Need:
- Tin cans, cleaned and the labels taken off
-Balloons with the end cut off
-Rice or beans
Instructions: Find some empty tin cans in your recycling and clean them out thoroughly. Fill them 1/3 of the way with rice or beans. Cut a balloon so that you can fit it tightly over the tin can. Place it on the can and secure it tightly with a rubber band. Put on a song or sing a well known tune and let them take the stage!
“Let’s be honest, some of our most important holiday traditions revolve around food, and it just wouldn’t feel the same without certain dishes on the table. I truly believe that when food is prepared and served with love, it can create connections like almost nothing else can.”
Organized by season, each section starts with tips on how to embrace and connect with all of the senses – including texture, scent, color, and taste. Each party featured draws inspiration from Camille’s own life, celebrating major holidays, milestones, and everyday occasions through each season.
We love the section around picnics, complete with kid-friendly activities and fool-proof recipes! With the holiday season quickly approaching, don’t miss the holiday traditions section to help you through cookie exchanges and cozy game nights.
We’re giving away 3 copies of Camille’s new book. We will announce the winners Monday, November 10th. Best of luck!
Tea’s mission? Make the foreign familiar. We travel the world to bring it home to you in a new collection for each season. We dive in head first, eyes wide, arms outstretched… with an open mind and ready heart. We hope to spark conversation in your home which will help make the foreign familiar to your little citizens. Here are a few other companies who are working hard to also open the eyes of little ones – encourage exploration and adventure – to make a difference in the world.
ImagineNations: Beautiful hand crafted, whimsical, one-of-a-kind worlds of art by Wendy Gold, created on vintage globes and maps. We love the idea of working with Wendy to create a unique globe for your little one. Help them discover far away places while starting their very own art collection!
Little Pim:Inspired by her own bilingual childhood, founder Julia Pimsleur Levine (daughter of Dr. Paul Pimsleur, who created the Pimsleur Method), wanted to give her young son the same opportunity to learn a foreign language. When she discovered that there were no high quality education materials for teaching toddlers a foreign language, she set out to create them herself. Little Pim’s program supports foreign language learning which multiple studies have shown improves memory and analytic abilities and strengthens problem solving skills. Little Pim’s Entertainment Immersion Method makes it fun and easy for kids to learn. Use at home or on the go. Available in 12 languages. Give your child a leg up at LittlePim.com. Get 25% off with code LittlePim. Expires 12/5/2014.
The Global Fund for Children:Since its founding, The Global Fund for Children has touched the lives of more than 9 million children worldwide. With the help of their donors, they’re poised to reach a total of 10 million by 2015. Their impact means thousands of children are going to school instead of to work. Thousands more are protecting themselves from HIV, escaping the bonds of slavery, and getting the childhood they deserve. As of 2013, the Global Fund for Children has awarded over $31 million in grants to more than 550 grassroots organizations in 78 countries. Make a donation today.
Little Passports:Every month, follow Sam and Sofia as they embark on a new country adventure. Your first month’s Explorer Kit arrives in a suitcase and contains everything your child needs to get started: a letter from Sam and Sofia, a map, a passport, stickers, access to online games and more. Country specific packages filled with fun souvenirs, letters, stickers, photos, activity sheets and more arrive every month thereafter. Get 15% off a subscription with code GLOBE. Expires 11/25/2014
Putumayo Kids:Putumayo World Music was established in 1993 to introduce people to the music of the world’s cultures. The label was started as an offshoot of the Putumayo clothing and handicraft company, after its founder, Dan Storper, was surprised by the extraordinary response to the international music he had begun playing in his stores. Putumayo’s meticulously researched and curated musical journeys were so successful that, in 1997, Storper sold the clothing company so he could focus his attention on the music business. For the past 21 years, the company has been known for its joyful compilations of great international music that support the company’s motto: “Guaranteed to make you feel good!”. The company’s commitment to helping communities in the countries where the music originates has led to the label contributing more than one million dollars to non-profit organizations around the world.
Tea Collection: Shop Tea’s globally inspired children’s clothes and gifts. With books, pajamas, accessories and more, there is something special for every little citizen in your life!
Did you know that Trick-or-Treating is a customary Halloween tradition that began in the late 1940s? The act of going door to door receiving food existed in Great Britain and Ireland where it was known as “souling”. Children (and often the poor) would sing and say prayers for the dead and in return receive cakes.
We thought we’d use this holiday as an opportunity to introduce to you a few sweet German treats. Perhaps you’ll be able to expand your selection of candy for the big day!
When Katie Driscoll reached out about a Back to School shoot she was putting together, we didn’t think twice about participating. Katie is a mother of 6 (yes, SIX!) who shares her family’s story through her blog 5boysand1girlmake6. As noted in Huffington Post, when Katie “learned that her [unborn baby] carried the chromosome for Down syndrome, she quickly realized that unfair stereotypes of the disorder still ran rampant.” Through photography and social channels, Katie works endlessly to help change the negative stereotypes of Down syndrome.
We are so very proud of Katie and all of the work that she has done. Her Back to School shoot was a huge success, celebrating beautiful children of every size, age and background. We couldn’t agree with her more when she says, “As we enter the 2014-15 school year think about all the children returning to school. Talk about differences and encourage your child to go the extra mile. Ask them to be the one who encourages a child who is feeling defeated, to lend a hand when a classmate is struggling and to make a friend with a peer who doesn’t have any. Lets make this year about working together, building each other up and sharing in the celebration of learning!”.
Encourage our children to #beuramazingself and to #choosekind this back to school season!
If you find a product that’s “Made in Germany”, it is likely you’ll feel confident about your purchase. German products are known for their high quality and reliability. From a trusted beauty cream to sleek and modern lamps to a bike crafted out of german wood… we’ve found a little something for everyone.
Our list wouldn’t be complete without mentioning our favorite German candy, Haribo gummy bears! Fun fact: Apple flavored Haribo gummy bears are only found in Germany. The green colored gummies you’re eating in the United States (which are made in Turkey) are actually strawberry flavored. Editors note: I’m currently snacking on apple gummy bears from Germany and I wish I could share them with each of you!