Philanthropy Friday: Empowering Mothers Through Baby Products

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

Since today is a US holiday (Happy Independence Day!), I’ll make this post short and sweet.

I’ve written about how you can make an impact through buying (RED) in a past post. (RED) continues to expand their partnerships with amazing companies who want to join the fight for an AIDS Free Generation.

I just found out about their latest partner, aden + anais. Founded by mother and entrepreneur Reagan Moya-Jones, aden + anais was born out of a mother’s need to care for her baby. In just seven years, the aden + anais brand has become a trusted favorite among consumers, supporting parents in over 63 countries worldwide.

Through this partnership, 10% of every (aden + anais)RED product will help support the Global Fund to fight AIDS and its critical work to reduce the number of babies born each day with HIV.  

The (aden + anais)RED Special Edition Collection features a stylish line of boutique muslin baby products in fun (RED) prints. The best part of the collection, of course, is that it allows mothers to make a smart choice for their babies while also helping mothers across the globe.

Here’s the impact:

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The classic four-pack of swaddle blankets ($49.95) and dream blanket ($49.95) can each provide 12 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

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The classic two-pack of swaddle blankets ($32.00) can provide 8 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

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The two-pack of burpy bibs ($22.00) and a three-pack of snap bibs ($19.95) can each provide 5 days of life-saving medicine to help prevent a mother living with HIV from passing the virus to her baby.

These special edition collection products are available at adenandanais.com and at key distributors in the USA, Australia, Canada, Japan, and Europe.

Who needs to do some shopping?

Philanthropy Friday: Finding Your Muchness

Each Friday, the another jennifer blog shares stories of those who incorporate philanthropy into their everyday lives – personally and professionally – in a creative and unique way. If you have a story you’d like to share, please contact Jennifer. You can view past posts from the series here.

When I participated in Alexa’s Mother’s Day giveaway over at No Holding Back, I was secretly hoping to win the “Finding My Muchness” signature necklace. When I received the email that said I did, I was so happy to be able to pick three colors to wear around my neck. Colors to help me find my Muchess.

And, believe me, I’ve been looking for some extra Muchness as of late.

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My Muchness signature necklace. I chose black (empowered), purple (gratitude) and red (passion) for my colors.

You might be wondering what Muchness is all about. Muchness is “that feeling of joy, optimism, positivity and happiness.” Tova Gold found that her Muchness went on an “extended leave” after she lost her identical twin girls when she was just six months pregnant. She started Finding My Muchness as part of her healing journey. (Read Tova’s story)

Finding My Muchness is a community website that sells inspirational accessories and informational products to help women re-find joy despite grief or trauma. Community members have often gone through life-changing struggles, including baby loss, illness or divorce.

Tova found her Muchness by doing simple things like wearing colorful clothes with lots of sparkles. Muchness can be as simple as dressing up for no reason and having an impromptu photo shoot in your garden.

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Tova also created the Muchness Challenge “as a guide and inspiration to help people see their Muchness Moments.” According to Tova, it all happened very organically, but it was also about making the choice every day to CREATE a moment – even if it was as simple as wearing something cheerful and sparkly.

Oh, and she also has a book and speaks as well. When I asked Tova the impact her website community has had on herself and others, here is what she said:

“It is truly amazing what happens when you put yourself out there and simply hold a space for others to show up and say ‘I can do this- you watch and see.’ I’ve seen women emerge from shadows they’ve been walking in for YEARS simply by tuning into their Muchness. I’ve seen their confidence reemerge, I’ve seen them find their voice, reconnect to their potential. Women have gone from the dryness of grief to finding themselves and their light – some have started businesses around their reignited passions, others have gone on to lose a lot of weight, find new careers, propel their lives forward in ways they never imagined, yet somehow knew they could.

I’m not technically ‘an expert’ – I’m not a coach or a therapist – I just believe in the power that exists within all of us and I help women see that power and beauty within themselves. Through my book, my products, my speaking and writing I help them remember what that part of them looks like, what it feels like to reconnect with that inner beauty and uniqueness and then give them ‘permission’ to just OWN it.

We spend so much of our lives being afraid, asking permission, not wanting to stand out or being afraid of attracting negative judgements or opinions. But we are all our own harshest critics and when we allow ourselves to let go of that and love ourselves a bit, we can soar.”

Muchness-BookTova recognizes the many women who helped her through her grief, and still do. Her way of giving back and paying it forward is to inspire others to find their own strength.

Are you ready to find your Muchness?

My Q&A with everdayhero + Perspective from a Cabbie

photo via everydayhero blog

photo via everydayhero blog

A little over a month ago, I featured a company called everydayhero for Philanthropy Friday. Their digital platform allows you to track your own giving footprint. (You can read that article HERE.)

Through my conversations with everydayhero, I was asked if I would like to be featured on their blog. Of course I said yes! They sent me some very thoughtful questions on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector, which I answered from my unique perspective. I discovered the post was published last week during my big day with PSI in Washington DC. You can read the questions and my answers on the everydayhero blog.

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Speaking of every heroes, I had a wonderful exchange with a cab driver on my way to Reagan National Airport on Friday morning that I wanted to share. The cab driver was pleasant and easy to talk to and immediately thanked me for being cordial with him. He noted that he sees different faces in his taxi every 10 minutes or so and he never knows what he’s going to get.

Early that morning he had a married couple in his cab rushing to get to the airport. At some point, they started to fight and things got pretty escalated. My friendly cab driver, whose name I never got, did the equivalent of the parental “don’t make me turn this car around” move. He pulled over and told the couple if they didn’t stop yelling and fighting he would take them straight back to the hotel they just left. He did not want to be witness to the negativity in his cab. The couple was angry at first, but they calmed down in order to make their flight. He told me the woman apologized profusely during the rest of their ride.

I’m not sure if my cab driver’s act was of everyday hero status, but he certainly made an impression on me. I wonder if he made that couple think about their actions. Who knows, maybe they even apologized to each other in the airport.

Turns out, my cabbie was only a part-time taxi driver. He was driving to help pay for his daughter’s $80,000 / year medical school bills. His full-time job? A professor of organic chemistry at George Washington University. He’s even writing a book so that his students don’t have to memorize everything he teaches them.

You never know who you will run into in life. My ride to the airport was pretty quick, but there was something about it that made me think that it was meant to be. I can only hope the couple before me felt the same way.

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Don’t forget to hop on over to the everydayhero blog and read my Q&A

What do you think about my cabbie? Would you have pulled your taxi over?

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