There has been a lot about Mother’s Day on the blog this past week or so (don’t miss the Mother’s Day Gift Guide with Ava to Zoe and this Mother’s Day high tea post!). And I’m totally ok with that- any way we can show some love and appreciation to the amazing ladies in this world is ok with me (hi Mum, love you!). Motherhood- parenthood- is one helluva journey and as the saying goes ‘it takes a village’. But what about those single mamas out there doing everything they can for their kids without a partner to help them?
This year The Cake Mama and Ever Red Fresh Designs have teamed up to offer gift ideas that give back. These two ladies have brought their talents together to create Mother’s Day Gift Boxes with a portion of the proceeds being donated to Cause We Care Foundation, a local organization that supports single mothers. Each gift box will contain 6 sugar cookies hand decorated by Izabela (The Cake Mama) and a floral crown or arrangement created by Nicole of Ever Red Fresh Designs. These gift boxes are a lovely idea if you’re looking for something handmade with the added bonus of supporting local businesses and a good cause through your gifting. See below for more info and photos of what you’ll find in these gift boxes!
Preorders open from April 18- May 6, 2017
Pick up available in Langley or Vancouver on May 13, 2017
Price: $65- $95 CAD
Please note: cookies will appear as in photo; flower crowns and arrangements will include a selection of Spring colours including white, yellow, pink, and purple. Colour requests not available.
Who’s a Back to the Future fan? In one week the future date from the movie will be here- it’s kind of crazy to think, isn’t it? To mark the occasion I’ve teamed up with Islands + Castles for a fun little giveaway and one lucky reader/ movie fan can win one of their I Am One in a Googoplex t- shirts. Even if our kids don’t understand the reference, it’s a cute throwback to something from our own childhoods that other parents will get a kick out of. See below for how you can win one for your little one.
About Islands + Castles
This family- owned Vancouver brand offers up tees for kids 3m- 8 years- with some designs available in adult sizes- in a variety of unique prints, drawing inspiration from their son, a love of travel, and everyday adventures (I love their Jetsetter and Carpe Diem designs). Their shirts are hand printed on organic cotton tees using eco- friendly, water- based inks. $1 from every shirt sold is donated to a charitable organization such as the BC SPCA, Save the Children, and Kid’s Help Phone (to learn more about the brand’s giving- back efforts click here).
Enter to WIN!
Want to win this cute shirt for your kiddo? Go to the blog’s Contests Page for all the entry options and find The Pampered Baby on Instagram for some bonus entry options.
Contest runs from October 14- 18, 2015.
Is one of your new year resolutions to do good and make a difference? If it is you’ll be glad you read this. YVR company Sharing Small is on a mission to help children in need in a fun & innovative way: a sock subscription. Now even those 10 little piggies can help make a difference!
How it works: Each month the company creates a new design and mails it out to subscribers (a fun little package for your kiddo to receive in the mail!), and for each pair of socks purchased the company donates a pair to a child in need. For $10/ month your little one will receive 2 pairs of socks while another child will receive the same. The company also offers fundraising opportunities for schools, sports teams, and other organizations (a fresh alternative to those bake sales!). Founder Jared Kalef started the company in the hopes of doing good while teaching children values, such as the importance of giving. If this is on your family’s resolutions list this year, read on to learn more about this amazing company and the man with the big heart behind it.
More about Sharing Small
Jared: We offer the monthly sock subscription service for children ages 2-12 with a goal of
teaching children empathy and the value of giving. Every month, we send children 2 new pairs of
fun socks in the mail in a package addressed directly to them, and for every
pair purchased, we donate a pair to a child in need. We are proud to work with Baby Go Round and the Downtown Eastside Women’s Centre. You can choose to pay month-to-month (no obligation) or
purchase pre-paid packages.
We’ve been in operation for about 5 months now, and already have customers around the world! We started by doing some basic marketing research, creating our product and website, and promoting locally. Steep learning curve to say the least! I now know far more about sock manufacturing than I ever thought I’d need.
How did you decide to start Sharing Small?
been working with children for most of my professional life, from running
summer camps to school programs, and special events. With Sharing Small, I really wanted to create
a product that inspired children to practice good life values (like empathy) on
a daily basis, and intrinsically teach them about the value of giving and that
even small items can make a huge impact on someone else’s life. What better product to get this message
across than socks???
What’s your favourite thing about what you do?
Jared: My favourite part
about running Sharing Small is getting sock design ideas from kids and
parents. All of our designs feature two
“explorers” going on a new adventure – from being chased by a T-Rex to sledding
with a penguin. I love when kids and
parents come up with crazy adventures for us to put on the socks, and then
seeing those adventures actually come to life on our product. 90% of our designs are inspired by what kids
What’s been the biggest challenge?
Jared: The biggest
challenge we’ve faced is marketing and getting the word out there. When
first starting out, we really had no idea what marketing avenues would work and
which ones wouldn’t. We’ve basically just been trying everything we can out there and seeing what works. It’s an ongoing challenge to figure out the
best way to promote our products.
Our package from Sharing Small- Ari ran off with a pair before I could take the photo!
In addition it’s sock subscriptions, the company also offers fundraising opportunities through it’s Community Fundraising Program, for schools, sports teams, and other organizations. The company will create marketing materials and sets up a unique promotion code for those wanting to support the fundraiser. For each sock subscription purchased during the fundraiser, Sharing Small contributes a portion of the subscription fees to benefit that school/ team/ organization for as long as the subscription continues. This in addition to donating a pair for every pair purchased.
What I really love about this company is it’s heart. While yes, the product is very cute, it’s the message and mission behind it that sets it apart. I also love the little extras that get sent along with the socks- in our package we got a sticker, colouring sheet, and a letter with fun facts about the explorers featured on the socks and inspiring updates about how Sharing Small is making a difference. Your kids will love getting their monthly package in the mail and you’ll love knowing it’s a fun way that your family is giving back. It’s a great way to teach your kids about the importance of giving back and making a difference.
To sign up for a subscription* or to learn more about Sharing Small, visit their website. You can also find the company on Facebook & Twitter.
For more information about the organizations Sharing Small supports, click here.
*Exclusive for TPB readers! Receive your first month free on a month-to-month or pre-paid subscription by using coupon code “pampered.”
And make sure to check out our Contests page to enter to win a free 6- month subscription to Sharing Small!
Product images and logo provided by Sharing Small.
Product package image, K Petrunia