From the category archives:

giving

Meet Jane: Sewing Her Way Out of Poverty

by This is Carrie on September 15, 2011

Today I gathered together some thrifted fancy dresses and some fancy fabrics that have been sitting in my stash for years & shipped them off to Jane, an amazing Kenyan woman who has literally sewn her way out of poverty.  Not only is she a sister sewist, she is a refashioner! She struggles though, to […]

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Design Your Own TOMS Shoes

by This is Carrie on May 10, 2011

Armed with a few fabric markers, the girls had a great time making turning their plain black TOMS shoes into one-of-kind wearable art. As letter-obsessed kindergartener, Pumpkin loved the idea of having the entire alphabet on each shoe.  And Princess, my “peace and love” girl, knew exactly how to make her shoes her own. If […]

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Juice for Japan

by This is Carrie on March 16, 2011

While some people want to shield their children from the tragedies of the world, I feel it is so important to let them know what is happening (in an age appropriate way), teach compassion, then empower them to make difference. When we heard the heartbreaking news of the destruction in Japan, the girls immediately remembered […]

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Milk & Cookies Art Show & Design your own TOMS

by This is Carrie on March 8, 2011

I’m thrilled to help spread the word about an event that incorporates so many of my favorite things: kids, art, design & giving back.   If you live in the vicinity of Orange County , gather the family and check out “Milk & Cookies”, the collaborative art of 9 World Renowned Artists and their kids, […]

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The Love Scarf Project Delivery

by This is Carrie on February 16, 2011

In the four years I have worked with and donated to The Love Scarf project, I have never been able to make it to City of Hope for delivery day. That changed on Monday.  The stars aligned. I wasn’t sick and the babysitter didn’t cancel. The delivery was quite a labor intensive process requiring crazy […]

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Unexpected Returns

by This is Carrie on February 9, 2011

Receiving these handmade necklaces from Andrea at Asayo’s Wish, the organization that delivered our t-shirt dresses to an orphanage in Uganda, was such an amazing surprise.  The hand-rolled, paper beads were made by a woman from the village where the orphanage was located. The small gift prompted me to take a browse through Asayo’s Wish […]

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Celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. with a Day of Service

by This is Carrie on January 19, 2011

I strapped on the baby and we spent the morning participating in another beach clean up with Kim from SaveOurBeach.org. I love being around people that are so passionate about their cause.  She always takes time to talk to the kids about taking care of Mother Earth.  After an hour of picking up bags full […]

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Making Stuff: Kids Money Banks

by This is Carrie on January 10, 2011

I’ve never been able to find the perfect bank for the girls so we finally decided to design and make our own.  Perusing the aisles in the craft store, I found wooden boxes which I compartmentalized with an extra piece of balsa wood (also found at the craft store) and some E6000 glue.  Slots in […]

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Toys for Tots

by This is Carrie on December 15, 2010

My favorite part of the neighborhood Christmas party is seeing the Marines come to pick up the pile of collected toys at the end of the night. Find your local Toys for Tots drop-off here.

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Killer Thrift Store Deal

by This is Carrie on November 18, 2010

I’m going to have to steal back all the old cell phones we’ve turned over to the kids to play with because this deal combines two of my favorite things: thrifting (at my FAVORITE vintage and thrift store in Southern California) and giving (benefiting Colors of Hope, an organization that provides non-medical support for people living living […]

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