14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

Purchasing power at its best.
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Many people support companies such as TOMS because they not only make great shoes and sunglasses, they also give a pair of shoes to a child in need. So what if there were other everyday items that when you buy them for yourself, you are also helping others in need? Check out this list of fourteen items that you definitely want to invest in!

1. Glasses From Warby Parker

This company has "try before you buy" policy meaning that they will send you five pairs of glasses to try for a free trial period so you can choose which ones look best on you! For every pair purchased, a pair is distributed to someone in need of glasses.

2. Caps And Beanies From Love Your Melon

This company is run by college students and sells an array of beanies and cool-colored caps that are great for all ages, guys and girls! For everyone hat you purchase, a hat is given to a child with cancer!

3. A Comforter For Your Bed From The Company Store

For every comforter that you buy, this company donates one to a homeless child in America. They're super cute too!

4. The Most Comfortable Pants Ever From The Elephant Pants

For every pair of pants or leggings that you purchase, 10 percent of your total goes towards to the African Wildlife Foundation!

5. Waterbotles From S'well Bottle

Not only does this water bottle stay cold for 24 hours and hot for 12, for every bottle purchased, S'well plants a tree! S'well Bottles also help eliminate the waste of plastic bottles. On top of all of this, S'well has donated over $200,000 to help provide clean water to children in over 100 countries.

6. Snack Bars From 2 Degrees

2 Degrees is a company out to stop world hunger. Not only are their bars Vegan, Gluten Free, GMO Free, Kosher and made form all natural ingredients, for every pack of bars you buy, they donate a meal to hungry children.

7. Peanut Butter From Good Spread

Every house has at least one jar of Peanut Butter in it, why not skip the grocery store peanut butter and help children suffering from Acute Malnutrition? Good Spread gives children packets of RUTF (peanut butter filled with essential nutrients) to children all over the world. According to their website, with "just three servings of RUTF a day for 4-6 weeks, malnutrition has been eradicated in over 98 percent of children."

8. Rainboots From Roma

The goal of the people at Roma Rainboots is to "give poverty the boot" and their rainboots are doing just that. Not only are their rainboots adorable, when you buy a pair, they give a pair to a child in need. Roma also donates 10 percent of their sales to the Roma For All Foundation which helps end poverty. You might recognize these rainboots as ones modeled by Sadie Robertson!

9. Bracelets From Pura Vida

Pura Vida Bracelets help almost every charity you could possibly think of! From veterans to women with breast cancer, these bracelets are super cute and help tons of charities and organizations!

10. Comfy Tees From Serengetee

When two college students met on a semester at sea, they began to collect fabric from countries all over the world. These T-shirts, hats and bracelets support the artisans all over the world. They also give back 10 percent to several various grassroot causes. Co-founders Jeff and Ryan want everyone to know that "when you wear a Serengetee, you are truly wearing a piece of the world."

11. Dresses, Scarves And Bags From LemLem

All of these products are hand woven by women in Ethiopia and 5 percent of their profit goes to "support our sister non-profit organization, The Liya Kebede Foundation." This organization is working to help women with maternity, the top health concern of women in Africa. They train midwifes and mothers to make sure that childbirth is safe for the women. All 100 percent cotton, this clothing is gorgeous and it helps those in need.

13. Books From Better World Books

Whether textbooks, summer reads or children's books, this organization is helping people of all ages to have access to the books they need. They have library programs as well as campus aids that help college students who cannot afford their textbooks. Whether you have a book laying around you don't read or are in need of a textbook, supporting this website helps many all across the United States!

14. Dental Hygiene Products From Smile Squared

For every toothbrush that you buy, Smile Squared donates one to a child in need. They have distributed toothbrushes in all 50 states and 24 countries and counting. Dental hygiene is something that millions of children all over the world lack and this company is helping fix that with every toothbrush you purchase!

Whether it is helping a child with cancer or women in Africa, you can help change the world by simply choosing to purchase these products over a product that does not. It is so important to be aware of what is out there because these small steps can really make a big difference!

Cover Image Credit: TOMS.com

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.
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Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.


7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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Sweet Potatoes Are The Most Underrated Vegetable Of All Time

Everything you need to know about the pieces of edible gold we call "sweet potatoes" and why they will always perish over any plain old potato.

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The potato. The heart of the American food industry. A versatile vegetable crop soaked in grease that brings us some of our favorite appetizers and sides. From french fries, to curly fries, to tater tots, to baked potatoes, to hash browns, this hallowed vegetable has become the Johnny Depp of the vegetable family. Now, we are all aware that the configurations of potatoes are limitless, but we commonly disregard the potato's delicious and neglected brother: the sweet potato. I, a credible food connoisseur and highly experienced eater, am here to tell you why you are missing out on a world of flavor if you choose to dismiss the beloved sweet potato and its many entities.

Let me first start this tirade by proving to you my credibility...I, too, once believed that regular french fries were better than sweet potato fries. I scoffed at the idea of choosing those ridiculous orange sticks over my tried-and-true plain boys. I could not be convinced that any sweetness should impede on my savory snacks.

These were dark times.

It was not until a mere month ago that my mind was changed forever.

It was a sunny (scary) Sunday morning, and my pounding head led me on a mission to indulge myself in the finest breakfast foods. I entered my favorite breakfast diner, Angelo's, and waited anxiously for my waiter to stroll over. She filled our water cups and asked if we wanted to start with any appetizers. Before my stingy self could even decline the offer, my best friend ordered a round of sweet potato fries for the table and the waiter scurried away. I stared blankly at her for a solid minute. I could not wrap my head around the concept of munching on sweet potato fries at 8 in the morning. She just stared back and said, "Trust me." Suddenly, a tray of blood orange sticks and a mysterious tan sauce appeared in front of my face. As much as I wanted to ponder the morality of this decision, the hunger began to take over, and I shoved one of the fries into my mouth.

In an instant, it was as if time and space had lost all meaning. When my teeth hit the fry, the perfectly crusted outer shell crunched softly making a sound much like your foot crushing a dried leaf. The now exposed inside of the fry was the perfect blend of mush and warmth that felt like your mouth was receiving a hug. The flavor...unbelievable. It didn't take me long to realize that this wasn't a fry — this was a culinary experience. This fry single-handedly blew the roof off of any predisposed ideas I had about American cuisine.

I am well aware that my fry experience cannot be simulated again by any average food-goer, but I challenge you, the reader of this article, to get out there and enjoy a sweet potato in any form. Stray from your basic fries or tater tots and dabble in a sweet treat which will undoubtedly bring you flavorful satisfaction.

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