Metro Mama & Metro Baby

By Stephanie Ila Silver-Silberstein

Wouldn’t it be nice to know that at least some of the stuff you buy not only helps you and your family but others as well? And even better than that, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to tell your children that and instill in them a sense of social responsibility at an early age? With the following products, you just might have a budding philanthropist in your midst.

Back to the Roots

The AquaFarm from Back to the Roots is a self-cleaning fish tank that grows organic food. Teach your child about the circle of life right on your own windowsill. It contains everything you need (except the Betta fish but you actually get a coupon for that). You literally just have to add water. The Grow-at-Home Mushroom Kit guarantees that 2 crops will grow, each in as little as 10 days! Open, Mist, and Harvest – easy as 1,2,3! The soil is 100% recycled plant-based waste, safe & sustainable. Perfect for your home or classroom for experiential learning. And Back to the Roots just partnered with Revolution Foods for a charity opportunity with the AquaFarm. For every AquaFarm sold at Whole Foods, Nordstrom or Petco, 1 serving of veggies will be donated to a high-risk elementary school of the customer’s choice! Back to the Roots also participates in a “Kits for Kids” donation program where if you post a picture with your kit fully grown to the Back to the Roots Facebook page, they will donate a mushroom kit and sustainability curriculum to the elementary school classroom of your choice. Visit http://www.backtotheroots.com.

Blush Daisy Lip Balm

Blush Daisy products are designed by kids, with kids in mind. Not only are they fun and fabulous, but they are made with natural and powerful antioxidant ingredients. Who knew makeup could actually be kid-safe and healthy? Blush Daisy’s mission is to educate kids about smart make up choices for their young and developing skin. Blush Daisy is also strongly motivated by the idea of “giving back”, so they donate a portion of every item sold to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, a foundation for childhood cancer. Be sure to check out their “BRB” Pink Frosting Lip Balm (all the lip balms contain cute text messages). A creamy, sweet and buttery frosting with hints of vanilla and sweet sugar make you feel like you’re licking the frosting bowl! Yum! Visit http://www.blushdaisy.com.

SensorPEDIC SensorCool Queen Size Pink Pillow

A good night’s sleep is of utmost importance when you’re raising kids. To help ensure you get enough ZZZs, get your hands (or rather head) on the Limited Edition SensorCool Queen Size pink pillow. This uber-comfy pillow has been specially designed with a two-sided ventilated SensorCool gel overlay. And the memory foam design provides pressure relieving therapeutic comfort while keeping you cool all night long. This is the first pillow on the market to feature the gel overlay on both sides, so you’re always on the cool side of the pillow! In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, SensorPEDIC is partnering with Dillard’s to offer a promotion this October and will last as long as supplies last. Proceeds from the sale of this pillow will be noted on both Dillard’s and SensorPEDIC’s behalf to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. This organization (www.nationalbreastcancer.org) takes 86% of its donations and spends it on education, patient services and R&D. The pillow retails for $80 and is available this October at http://www.dillards.com.

Originally published October 2013
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