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May 9, 2014

2014 Inspiring Mom Award Winners

2014 Inspiring Mom Awards

Here at Tea, we’re always looking for ways to recognize remarkable moms. In 2012, we created our Inspiring Mom Awards to celebrate 10 years of our globally inspired children’s clothing—and to honor moms who embrace the world, too. This year, we’re awarding moms in the following categories: Encouraging Entrepreneur, Philanthropic Pioneer and Global Connector.

The nominations were extraordinary. We were so very touched by the stories shared; so many women are working tirelessly to make a difference in the world. Teaching their children that they too can make a difference near and far and everywhere in-between. You voted on our finalists and we are thrilled to announce this year’s Inspiring Mom Award winners…

ENCOURAGING ENTREPRENEUR // She founded or plays a key role at a company and helps make a difference for its customers. While she is passionate about her business ventures, she still makes her family a major priority in her life.

2014 Inspiring Mom Awards

Kendra Robins from California

Kendra left her job at a prestigious law firm 10 years ago to start a charity called Project Night Night that now provides over 25,000 care packages for children entering homeless and domestic violence shelters. Each package has a blanket, a stuffed animal and a book – often the first book the children have ever owned. By creating comfort for these children in a time of turmoil, as well as enhancing literacy, she is able to be a positive influence on tens of thousands of children a year. She manages this business while raising two bright, happy children who know what it means to give back. She is an inspiration to our all-women board of directors and the hundreds of adult and children volunteers across the country who help to make Project Night Night such a success.

PHILANTHROPIC PIONEER // She stays connected to her community by volunteering her time and energy. Whether it’s helping achieve her local PTA goals, tutoring kids with less resources or making blankets for the homeless, she’s part of a solution to issues that lie close to home.

2014 Inspiring Mom Awards

Corinne Cannon from Washington DC

Corinne founded, and now runs, DC Diaper Bank, a local nonprofit dedicated to providing diapers to babies in need in the metropolitan area. Over the past three-plus years, DC Diaper Bank has distributed over 900,000 diapers to families and has forged partnerships with local community service organizations to get diapers out to those who need them most. Every month DC Diaper Bank helps over 2,400 families. Diapers are an important need for babies and toddlers, but are very expensive and most government programs (such as food stamps and WIC) do not cover them. Families living in poverty are sometimes forced to make difficult choices – food or diapers? Medicine or diapers? – that they should not have to make. DC Diaper Bank strives to meet this demand so that all babies and toddlers in the DC area can have what they need to thrive. Founding and running a non-profit is no easy task, but Corinne has turned DC Diaper Bank into a very successful organization in a very short time. She works countless hours for no pay (although she is the Executive Director, she does not take a salary), all while raising two kids. Corinne has made a direct impact on the lives of thousands of DC-area families, and her enthusiasm and passion for the cause will help the DC Diaper Bank grow to serve even more families in the region.

GLOBAL CONNECTOR // She thinks big and strives to make a difference in the world at large. She might teach English abroad or fundraise for global initiatives from her own home. Whatever her specialty, she shows her kids the importance of being little citizens of the world themselves.

2014 Inspiring Mom Awards

Christy Horton from Missouri

Christy Horton inspires by example, globally and locally. Christy has been involved with Ninos De Mexico since 2010 and now serves on the organization’s Board of Directors. Ninos De Mexico is a mission non-for-profit which operates four children’s homes in Mexico City and serves 80+ orphaned children. Christy has visited Ninos 3x and will travel with a mission team in July 2014. Her family sponsored three children from Ninos and recently one of those grown children moved to Iowa and got married (and they were able to assist with wedding planning). In addition, they sponsor a girl from Rwanda and a little boy in Ethiopia who they were able to meet in 2012. In December 2012, their son arrived home from Ethiopia. During her travels to Ethiopia to complete the adoption, Christy led a fundraising effort to raise $1200 to build a playground at her son’s orphanage and support families in Wuchale, Ethiopia. Locally, Christy volunteers as the PTA Treasurer at her sons’ elementary school which allows her to assist in fundraising. She also helped build a partnership between the school and her church for a canned food drive. The school collected 1200 cans to give to the church. In her church, Christy taught the children (ages 5-14, 500+) the importance of missions, giving to others, and assisted the children in raising in excess of $2,000 for a mission organization. Lastly, Christy has made a career change choosing to follow her heart and majoring in Social Work at a state university so she could help those that need services. Christy is such an inspiration and leads by example, inspiring her sons to continue her awesome legacy.

And congratulations to Jen Kelly. You were randomly selected as our $250 gift card winner!

April 11, 2014

Chefchaouen Dyes

Moroccan Dyes

A photo of the natural dyes we found in Chefchaouen.

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Don’t throw those scraps away! See foods that magically regrow themselves.

Make your own paper using this tutorial this Earth Day!

In honor of National Barbershop Quartet Day…

These Swedish Cinnamon Rolls would be the perfect Sunday morning treat.

Moroccan Mint Tea; The traditional way.

March 28, 2014

Friday Round Up

Morocco

This photo was taken during our stay in Morocco. Dried fruit and nuts filled markets in almost every city we visited.

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

These maps might not be the most accurate, but made from signature regional foods, we found them to be quite lovely!

You may have seen fireflies in your backyard, but have you seen them like this?

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to sleep in an ice hotel? Nadia from Child Mode shares her experience with the Hotel de Glace in Quebec.

Completed in 2012, The Megaro Project was the largest mural in London. Are you familiar with the Agents of Change?

We love following fellow mamas on Instagram, so we were delighted to find Bloesem Kids roundup of Instagram Mommies – What a great bunch!

December 6, 2013

More than 100 Tea Favorites on Pinterest!

Pinterest Holiday Board

 

We’re pinning our holiday favorites on our new Pinterest board Holiday Gifts for Kids, come join us!

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Nelson Mandela, Inspiration to World, Dies At 95

Sweet Paul’s Icelandic Silver Coin Cookies sound like the perfect addition to our holiday baking list!

Design Sponge rounded up 25 of their favorite holiday cards – too many great ones to pick a favorite.

These prints from Eloise Renouf featured on Design Mom are lovely, a minimalist’s take on nature!

Join the conversation! The Barefoot Book club is featuring The Miracle of the First Poinsettia this month. 

October 25, 2013

Travel the World

Napa Valley, travel

Emily came across Matthew Kepnes’s piece titled ’18 Life Lessons Learned From Traveling the World’ and we thought it was a great Friday read to share with you today.

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

See how being a mother influenced Emily’s vision of Tea on Mamalode

It’s A Golden Afternoon’s 30th birthday and she’s giving away her 30 favorite items!

Looking for a weekend project for the kids? We love Sweet Paul’s recycled robots.

What to do with your overgrown rosemary…

How dreamy is Kinfolk’s Flying High video?

 

September 6, 2013

Fastest-Growing Companies of 2013

Inc 5000

We’re so excited to share that for the seventh year in a row, we’re on the Inc. 5000 list for fastest-growing companies in America. We have the most amazing customers – thank you for supporting us year after year!

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Great Moments in Parenting is asking you to finish this sentence: “You know it’s ‘Back to School’ time when…” for a chance to win their back-to-school giveaway.

Calling all non-profits! Here is the easiest fundraiser ever.

Handmade Charlotte has an entire Pinterest board dedicated to crafts made from cardboard. Amazing!

Design Mom is giving away a Tea wardrobe set – Enter for a chance to win.

This dish is a favorite in Hong Kong and we can’t wait to try it!

August 9, 2013

Back to School Saturday

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

These paper birds put your average paper crane to shame!

Looking for a beautiful children’s book? Apartment Therapy has 15 for you.

We’ve been nominated for best girl’s clothing in this year’s Totally Awesome awards. Vote here!

Send your little one back to school in style with this Herschel colorblocked backpack.

What does your dream home look like? We’re working on ours…

July 19, 2013

ONE.org Features Our Very Own Emily Meyer

We’re so thrilled to share with you Em’s feature on ONE.org! She put together an amazing playlist of “dreamy, hopeful music that gets toes tapping and hands clapping” so be sure to go check it out!

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Although these videos weren’t necessarily made for little ones; The Kid Should See This, really.

We’re pretty excited about our new Destination: China collection and so happy to see others are too! Check out The Style File, Fairytales Are True, Mamages, Bunny and Dolly, Style Smaller, and She {Hearts} It to hear see what others are saying about the new styles!

Thanks to you, we have some great pictures of kids in Tea!

Looking for a great weekend dish? These Baja Fish Tacos are the perfect solution.

Finish off the week with these inspiring words.

July 12, 2013

Float Away With The Unseen Sea

If you haven’t seen this video yet, stop everything for the next 3 minutes and float away with The Unseen Sea by Simon Christen.
Things we found and want to share from this past week:
Have you seen our Celebrate Summer Pinterest board? It’s full of adorable kids dressed in Tea!
These dumplings look delicious and easy enough to make with the kids.
36 Hours in Edinburgh – The New York Times breaks it down for you.
Fathom’s list of Roman restaurants has our mouths watering. Who’s up for a trip to Rome?
Sail away with these DIY driftwood boats!

June 21, 2013

Educate Your Heart

Things we found and want to share from this past week:

Eliza Domestica’s homemade French baguette recipe has us dreaming of a trip to Paris!

Have you been to Kansas City? We love this city guide on Design Sponge.

The Little Style File’s summer floral roundup will brighten your day.

Are your cords this pretty?

These abstract paintings by Laurie Close would look great on any wall!