14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

14 Everyday Items You Could Be Purchasing That Help Others

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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!

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How To Play 'New Girl's' True American Drinking Game

"It's 75% drinking, 20% Candy Land, and the floor is molten lava."
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I think it's fair to say that anyone who watches New Girl knows about True American. This crazy, non-sense drinking game which pops up every so often throughout the seasons and first introduced in Season 1 Episode 20.

The game, as described by New Girl character and fan-favorite Schmidt, is 75% drinking game and 20% Candy Land with a floor of molten lava.

The point of the game is for players to navigate through the Candy Land-like spaces to the "castle," which is a table in the center of the room that holds beer "pawns" and the "king" bottle. The first person to reach and sip from the bottle wins.

SEE ALSO: 15 Things "New Girl" Fans Know to Be True

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Here's how to play:

Step #1: Prepare the "castle"

First, set up your "castle." The castle is made up of beer "pawns" and the "king," a bottle filled with the alcohol of your choice.

The bottle should be in the middle of the table, surrounded by four lines of beer pawns. There is no exact number of beers necessary for each line of beer pawns. Choose any amount of beers that seems appropriate for the amount of players.

Step #2: Set up spaces

Set up spaces using pillows, chairs or any other objects players will be able to stand on. Place an equal amount of spaces around the table. You'll want about 5-8 spaces on each side, depending on the size of the room you're playing in.

Only four of these spaces should reach the castle, lining up with the parade of beer "pawns" and allowing players to take a beer pawn from the castle. For example, in the photo above, each of the chairs touch a corner of the table at the end of the line of beer pawns. Therefore, these are two of the four special spaces that allow players to take a beer. Unlike the pillows pictured, which are just regular spaces that the players can use to move around.

Step #3: Pick teams

Teams are optional. To pick teams, all of the players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers against their forehead on the count of three.

Any players who hold up the same number are a team. Unmatched players can team up as needed or simply pair up with the person standing closest to them.

Step #4: Begin

Begin with a shotgun "tip-off" to determine which player goes first.

The winner of this shotgunning contest will yell, "One, two, three...JFK!" to announce the official beginning of the game. All players will enthusiastically respond, "FDR!" then quickly grab a beer pawn from the castle and run to any space they wish to start at, excluding for the four special spaces that reach the castle.

Step #5: Make moves

The winner of the shotgunning contest has earned the first turn. From then on, the order of turns will move in a clockwise rotation. During each turn, the player will move one space toward the castle and choose to play one of the following mini-games.

Mini-game number one: the player whose turn it is will count to three then all players will place a certain number (1-5) of fingers on their forehead. Any player who selects a number no one else selected can move ONE space.

Mini-game number two: the player whose turn it is will recite the beginning of a famous American quote. The first player to complete the quote can move TWO spaces.

Mini-game number three: the player whose turn it is will name two famous American people, places or things. The first player to identify what the two have in common can move THREE spaces.

For example, say it's your turn. You will move one space then choose one of the three mini-games. You and all of the players will participate in that game, and the winner will move accordingly. After this, your turn is over and it's the next player's turn (in the original clockwise rotation).

Step #6: "Play on, playa."



Continue playing by these rules until one lucky winner reaches the bottle and sips from its royal glass.

The bottle cannot be opened until every last pawn is removed from the castle. Any players who fail to keep at least one beer in hand, who accidentally end up with more than three beers in hand, or who touch the lava are immediately disqualified. Disqualified players can rejoin the game by shotgunning a beer.

Congratulations!

You are now able to impress all of your New Girl-loving friends with knowledge of the workings of the epic True American drinking game. Know your limits, drink responsibly and enjoy!

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I'm Spilling The Tea: Here's Where You Can Find The Best Chai Lattes In North Carolina

Here's my roundup of the best chai lattes in town, from one tea drinker to another.

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I'll always choose tea over coffee, especially if it's a well-made chai latte. There's something intrinsically comforting about the drink's frothy texture and smooth spice blend, something that reminds me of Starbucks runs on snowy days and relaxing with a warm mug before bed. Chai delivers just enough punch to push you over that mid-afternoon slump, but not so much that you feel sick. I recently got my friends addicted to the drink because once you try it, there's no going back. Here's where you can find the best chai lattes in North Carolina.

1. The Oak House - Elon, NC

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The Oak House's chai lattes are sweet, spiced, and everything nice. The cafe is a coffee shop by day and a bar by night, but is always perfect study space if you need a little pick-me-up.

2. Perennial - Chapel Hill, NC

https://www.yelp.com/biz/perennial-chapel-hill-2

Perennial's chai is on the spicier end but is toned down by the sweetness of this cafe. It's an entirely Instagramable space, so sit back, relax, and watch the likes roll in.

3. The Green Bean - Greensboro, NC

https://downtowngreensboro.org/listings/the-green-bean/

Although The Green Bean looks like a traditional cafe on the outside, the vibrant murals and lively atmosphere inside are anything but. If you like a creamier chai latte, stop here the next time you're in Greensboro.

4. Liberty Coffee House - Asheville, NC

https://www.tripadvisor.co.za/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60742-d10260607-i206056654-Liberty_House_Coffee_and_Cafe-Asheville_North_Carolina.html

Liberty's chai lattes are as aesthetic as they are delicious. These artisanal teas are sure to warm you up on even the coldest of days.

5. Starbucks - Almost Anywhere, NC

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When all else fails, Starbucks is always a safe bet. Pro tip: ask the barista to make your chai latte without water. There's almost no difference in cost, but your drink is made with double the flavor.

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