Last Saturday the Oakland Zoo celebrated Earth Day with their “Take Action for Animals” event. Conservation organizations from all over came out to teach little citizens about animal awareness and protection. I’ve been working with the Red Panda Network for nearly five years now. While Red Pandas have been gaining popularity in the last few years, most people still don’t know about them. So I was pleasantly surprised to see how popular our booth was.
top left picture: Pinju, one of the red pandas available for adoption via the Red Panda Network
Most children were shocked and excited to learn that Master Shifu from Kung Fu Panda was actually a red panda. The children, as well as many parents, were curious and enthusiastic to be learning about an animal they had just heard about for the first time. We had over 200 future conservationists come to our table to create a Red Panda mask. To learn about Red Pandas visit: The Red Panda Network. They also have a great program Red Panda Ranger program for children who want to learn more about Red Pandas.
On November 28th and 29th, Tea donated one piece of clothing to the Global Fund for Children for every order placed online or at a Tea retailer. The Global Fund for Children is an organization that helps advance the dignity of at-risk children by supporting and strengthening grass root groups and effectively utilizing media to highlight the disparities experienced by this demographic.
Through your purchases and the help of the Global Fund for Children, Tea was able to donate over 2,500 articles of clothing to the following organizations:
Jamghat- Located in New Delhi, India, Jamghat provides a safe and supportive environment for street children to enable them to evolve physically and emotionally.
Baoji Xinxing-Baoji Xinxing provides rehabilitation, education, recreation, and vocational skills to street children in central China.
Associação Excola-Helping children in the heart of downtown Rio de Janeiro, Associação Excola works to empower youth living on the streets to make long-term positive changes in their lives.
Homeless Children’s Playtime Project-Located in the District of Columbia, Homeless Children’s Playtime Project nurtures healthy child development and reduces the effects of trauma among children living in temporary housing programs.
The Associate of Children and youth with Disabilities- Based in Moldova, this organizations provides direct support for children with multiple disabilities through an annual integration summer camp.
Maison de la Gare St. Louis (MDGSL)- A child-oriented organization located in Senegal that works to promote the social and economic integration of talibés, young boys who are sent by their families to urban areas to study the Qu’ran but often end up being subjected to conditions akin to slavery and forced labor
We’re thrilled that our loyal fans helped us award these organizations with such a meaningful donation. Tea Collection supports the Global Fund for Children because they also work to celebrate cultures around the world. How do you give back? Share your thoughts about charitable giving in the comments section below.
The holiday rush is upon us. This year, in the midst of all the gift-buying, wrapping, cooking, traveling, and relatives, Tea wants you to take a moment to focus on the core of the holiday: giving and gratitude.
At Tea, we’re thankful for our continued success, our loyal fan base, and our dedicated, creative staff. We’re also thankful that we all have food, shelter, and most importantly, our families. We know that this isn’t the case for many people in the world and that’s why we believe in giving back by donating 50% of all proceeds from our Little Citizens line to the Global Fund for Children.
This holiday by purchasing our Little Citizen pajamas for all the little citizens on your shopping list, you will also be donating to the Global Fund for Children– an organization that works to advance the dignity of vulnerable children and youth by supporting and strengthening grass root groups and effectively utilizing media to highlight the disparities experienced by this demographic.
Give the greatest gift of all; partner with Tea as we work with the Global Fund for Children to ensure all the little citizens of the world have a voice. Explore our Little Citizens girls pajamas and boys pajamas today. (View the inspiration and pajamas picture in behind the design.)
This year, how do you plan to give back? Please share your stories of giving and gratitude below in our comments section.
While traveling through Mexico we saw a variety of interpretations of the Tree of Life theme, which inspired some of our designs for this season.
The woven rugs pictured above feature the Zapotec Tree of Life and inspired our Árbol de la Vida Tee.
The top right image is a ceramic tile, a modern interpretation of the Tree of Life that inspired our Little Citizen PJs. We hid quite a few creatures in our tree design. How many can you find? Check back tomorrow for our “Tree of Life” activity page you can download and enjoy with your kids.
The remaining images are a style of Mexican clay sculpture known as Tree of Life. These traditionally have biblical themes (middle right image), but modern interpretations can be pretty much anything, like the day of the dead tree on the bottom.
Every once in a while I stumble across something so wonderful on the internet that I can’t help but watch it twice. This little film is one of them. Based on a true story, it chronicles the soccer team that emerged from Koh Panyee, a small floating village in southern Thailand. Enjoy!
Our second Stylista contest of the year is officially open for submissions! Does your child love fashion? Do they enjoy creating and styling their own outfits? You may want to ask them if they’re interested in participating in our Stylista contest. Winners will receive a trip to San Francisco, and a photoshoot in Tea’s Studio. You can see photos of our last Stylista finalists here, and the winner here.
1.) Submit 1 photo of your child styling at least 2 pieces of our Fall 2011 collection. Have a great time with accessories and props!
2.) Visit one of our amazing participating stores for assistance with styling & photography or take your own photos and enter online.
3.) All entries must be received by Tea no later than 11:59 PT on September 30th.
We’re loving this Lucha Libre inspired nursery, made for little Kahlo Noel!
Kahlo’s mother Erika wanted to design a room that reflected her husband’s Mexican heritage, and that wasn’t all about animals like many nurseries. In her words “I think the hardest part, and it still is, is holding back from buying anything and everything with a luchador printed on it. I wanted the luchadores to be present in the room but not completely take over.”
Don’t you think our Lucha Libre hoodie would be the perfect match for this new little citizen?
One of the qualities we strive to incorporate into our clothes at Tea is the ability to play. Particularly in the Back to School season, clothes need to be stylish enough for kids to want to wear, comfortable enough to encourage play, and sturdy enough to handle tree-climbing.
Our friend Candace at Mamanista composed a fantastic post truly highlighting the outfitting capabilities of our Fall 2011 collection! Discover the outfits she created and enter a great giveaway featuring Tea Collection gift certificates! Outfitted:Back to School on Mamanista
In celebration of Father’s Day this weekend we asked Chris Pegula of Diaper Dude to guest post about his company, his style, and his perspective on being a dad.
Becoming a dad was a life changing experience for me on a number of levels. For instance, if someone were to tell me 11 years ago that I would launch a company called Diaper Dude and design gear for dads, I would have told them they were nuts! Go figure. But I have my kids to thank for that.
It’s crazy how the role of dad has changed dramatically since I was a kid. My dad was a successful businessman. On any given day, he would be seen wearing a suit & tie and dress shoes. I, on the other hand, have totally rebelled against this more conservative style. My typical attire consists of jeans (usually from AG), a pair of Converse (red leather is my absolute favorite) which I’ve actually had custom made:
I’m usually wearing a T-shirt (often from Aviator Nation) and a hooded sweatshirt. If I need to dress it up a bit, I throw on a navy pinstripe sport coat. Perhaps 12 years of a suit and tie in catholic school had a negative effect on me?
Currently living in Los Angeles, I assume a much more relaxed lifestyle than the one in which I was raised. Weekends consist of heading to the beach with my family for the day or hiking the Santa Monica Mountains. Of course that is when baseball, volleyball or soccer games do not interfere. Skate boarding the neighborhood or biking to the park is another past time I enjoy with my 3 kids.
It thrills me to acknowledge that my life is even more enriched since my 3 children were born. I always feared that it would never be the same when I became a dad, and that a part of me would be lost in this new role. I quickly discovered that was not the case. I think it’s similar to the fear most guys experience when they get married. It’s “say goodbye to the old life and prepare for the new role of husband”. I have to say the new life has been way more exciting than the old. I had this idea that parenting meant being serious and playing this grown up role that was all work and no play, but in reality it’s just the opposite.
Allowing the kid in me to surface when I’m hanging with my kids makes parenting a piece of cake. Don’t get me wrong, boundaries are a definite must as well as positive discipline. But I find that when I’m more relaxed and having fun with my kids, I cannot imagine being anything other than a dad.
So as Father’s day approaches us this weekend, I encourage you to summon up the inner child in you and have some fun! I’m sure you’ll soon discover (if you haven’t already) that there’s no better job than being a dad.