We love when being fashion-forward can also mean helping those in need.
These products are perfect examples of when form (style) meets function (activism).
FEED Projects recently paired up with mommy blogger Joy Cho (of Oh Joy!) to create a limited-edition diaper bag. The purchase of a bag ($150) provides one mother and one child with micronutrients for an entire year! Not to mention it’s bright speckled pattern, perfect for summer. But don’t worry dads; the bag also comes in beige.
Founded in 2007 by model and activist Lauren Bush, FEED Project’s mission is to help feed the world through the sales of its bags, bears, T-shirts and other accessories. In creating the products, FEED practices fair-labor production and uses environmentally friendly and artisan-made materials.
Today, FEED has donated more than $6,000,000 and 60 million meals. That’s a lot of food!
But FEED isn’t the only one making fearless humanitarian efforts in the fashion world.
Online retailer ShopBop and HIV awareness initiative Born Free collaborated with 22 of the fashion industry’s top moms like Tory Burch, Victoria Beckham and Vera Wang to create a women and children’s collection.
ShopBop will donate 100 percent of its profits towards ending HIV transmission at birth and the MAC AIDS Fund will match all donations and the total purchase price of all products sold, up to $500,000.
The collection features everything from a silk baby blanket by Alexander McQueen to matching mommy-daughter pleated skirts by Prada. You won’t need an occasion to sport this adorable get-up!
This Saturday, April 26, Six Flags Over Texas in Arlington debuts its newly expanded kidsâ€™ areaBugs Bunny Boomtown featuring five new rides:
â€“Looney Tunes Adventure Camp: a massive play place with crawl tubes and curvy slides
â€“Taz Tornado: pint-sized swing carousel
â€“Marvin the Martian Space Rockets: think the Dumbo ride at Disney but in your own rocketship
â€“Daffy Duck Bucket Blasters: water barrels spin â€˜round while you blast passersby with water cannons (bound to be a favorite during the hot hot summer)
â€“And the Bugs Bunny Cloud Bouncer
Plus, more seating and shaded areas to escape the sun between rides. Check out this video for a sneak peek.
The new kidsâ€™ area opens to the public at 1pm, and the whole park stays open until 10pm.
Got a season pass? (They start at $70.) Season pass holders will have exclusive access to the Bugs Bunny Boomtown the following Saturday, May 3 from 9â€“10am.
Single tickets at the gate are $65 for adults and $50 for kids from 3 years to 48 inches tall; free for kids two and younger. Save $15 by getting your tickets online beforehand.
Disneyâ€™s Beauty and the Beast the musical opens tomorrow at Dallasâ€™ Winspear Opera House for a run April 15â€“27 (tickets are still available starting at $30) and weâ€™re giddily humming â€œBe our guest, be our guest!â€ in anticipation of seeing the live-action versions of the characters we know and love: Cogsworth the worrisome clock, LumiÃ¨re the amiable candlestick, Mrs. Potts, Chip, the Wardrobe. All those household objects from the Beastâ€™s French castle got us thinking about our own humble abodes. What inanimate objects on our shelves would be full of personality?
So like Belle reading her favorite book, we let our imagination run away from us and came up with a few household items we wish were anthropomorphic:
Object: Perfume bottle
What itâ€™d do: As master of the vanity table, sheâ€™d spritz your neck and wrists before you leave for the office, date night or girlsâ€™ night out.
What itâ€™d say: â€œDonâ€™t bruise the scent!â€
Object: Yoga mat
What itâ€™d do: Sheâ€™s your workout buddy and best cheerleader. Plus, rolls itself up and into your gym bag.
What itâ€™d say: â€œTake a deep breath and clear your mind.â€
Object: Coffee maker
What itâ€™d do: Whip up your morning joe better than a barista and faster than a Keurig.
What itâ€™d say: â€œThe usual? Coming right up!â€
You’ll also have the opportunity to be a part of something else thatâ€™s building steam in Dallas. SPARK, while several years out from being completed, will be a â€œplayground for the mind,â€ a highly interactive venue that focuses on showing kids ages 7â€“17 how to expanded their creativity â€“ think painting, arts, sculpture, music, even woodworking. Much of the ideas, organizers say, are inspired by the mind-blowing City Museum in St. Louis, Missouri.
SPARK is going to make a big unveiling at ARTsPARK, and your kids can take part in helping to build some of the features that will be part of the new venue.
Stay tuned for more info about ProtoSPARK, a prototype of the SPARK, expected to open later this summer to groups of visitors at the South Side on Lamar.
Today we got a sneak peek into the Perot Museumâ€™s newest traveling exhibit â€“ The Worldâ€™s Largest Dinosaurs exhibit. While the exhibit is not a gallery lined wall-to-wall of giant dinosaurs (it does feature a colossal dino, the Mamenchisaurus, with a 30-foot-long neck), the exhibit is packed with fossils and features to show kids young and old(er) how their bodies worked. How do you breathe with a 30-foot-long neck? And what kind of engineering did their bone structure have to hold up said neck?
Get your tickets online to see the exhibit opening Thursday for members and to the public on Sunday. The hall on the bottom floor is loaded with interactive features, including a dino dig area in the raised sandbox. (The Perotâ€™s Childrenâ€™s Museum has a digging area more accessible for toddlers).
Have a seat in front of the Mamenchisaurus to watch the projected video demonstrate how its organs worked.
It sure had a set of lungs on it.
Behold, the world’s largest salad (aka, how much it ate in one day).
You’ve got to pump it up! Pump these levers to feel the blood pressure in a human compared to an African elephant.
Thomas the Tank Engine rolls into downtown Grapevine’s Cotton Belt Depot today for the annual Day Out with Thomas.
While Thomas is in town all this weekend and the next, March 28â€“30 and April 4â€“6, take the kids to the train station for not only a half-hour ride on the life-sized version of their locomotive idol but all-day entertainment:
â€“Meet the Thomasâ€™ train director, Sir Topham Hatt
â€“Ride the miniature Choo Choo Express trackless train
â€“Another miniature train, this one a model built by the local Lone Star Hi-Railers
â€“Magic shows, puppet shows and Boocoos the Clown
â€“Cuddle with furry and feathered animals in the petting zoo
â€“Build sandcastles in the Sandbox FunDig
â€“Storybook readings and more fun at the Imagination Station
Tickets start at $17 and the train departs every 45 minutes. Get your tickets early by calling 866/468-7630 or visiting ticketweb.com/dowt.
Thinking of throwing your kid a train-themed birthday party? See how one mom used Thomas as inspiration for her sonâ€™s fourth birthday bash.