Mamas Got Heart Blog Posts

Announcing MGH’s Better Goods for a Better World

Announcing MGH’s Better Goods for a Better World

Mamas Got Heart’s first handmade creation is finally here!

This versatile, lightweight, strong and sustainable fabric is a handwoven blend of undyed cotton and jute blend fibres. 

Zero carbon, zero toxicity, and after a long useful life, ultimately zero waste!

The perfect alternative to the plastic traditional goody bags or cellophane bag! 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Insect Lore Butterfly Grow Kit (Homeschool Edition)

Insect Lore Butterfly Grow Kit (Homeschool Edition)

Watch a butterfly transition from a caterpillar to a chrysalis to a butterfly right before your eyes in the comfort of your own home or classroom. 

This Butterfly Garden Grow Kit is one fo our favorite additions to our shop and only in stock for spring and summer!  PTAs, purchase one for each of your PreK and Kindergarten classes! The children and teachers will thank you for this hands- on experience. It feels really rewarding growing baby caterpillars, seeing them turn into butterflies and setting them free!

This Homeschool Edition even comes with a free journal where children can play games and note their observations and review the butterfly life cycle.  

 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Grow Tomatoes , Alpine Strawberries or Dwarf Sunflowers right out of the Bag!

Grow Tomatoes , Alpine Strawberries or Dwarf Sunflowers right out of the Bag!

Just added the Tomato in a Bag  , Alpine Strawberry Grow Bag and Dwarf Sunflower to the Fundraise Collection. As many of you may know, we strive to test out most, if not all of the items before putting them in the shop; or at the least do some research on the items before listing them.  We tested out the Tomato Grow Plant and Alpine Strawberry Grow Bag! They were planted on 1/30/21 and the tomato plant sprouted on 2/4/21 with the strawberry sprouting a few days later. They are easy, convenient, educational and they really work! 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Inspiration & Purpose of Our Fundraise Collection!

Inspiration & Purpose of Our Fundraise Collection!

FUNDRAISE COLLECTION

 Inspiration 

As an active member of her school community, Yvonne has volunteered to host workshops and take part in the many events for those schools and often helping plan and/or  volunteering for fundraisers. It was through those experiences that she realized there were a lot of “junk” fundraisers out there. Chances were that many things were cookie cutter and mass produced to sell and filling up the landfill! Do you ever wonder about the ingredients that is in the chocolate bar? How many plastic toys have been sold? Is the quality any good? Where was the item made? How do you feel when you shop at a fundraiser— do you expect things from a fundraiser to last long? How about it's environmental impact? 

After years of finding eco friendly alternatives to birthday parties, she found has found it so hard to buy things that are not all plastic --many toys from party bags, gift items are eventually going to end up in the landfill.  Though the things she has in her home are not all plastic free, she is always hopeful for little steps to make a difference and she is still in this journey herself. And so, this carefully hand curated Fundraise collection was created after years of research.

After years of finding eco friendly alternatives to birthday parties, she found has found it so hard to buy things that are not all plastic --many toys from party bags, gift items are eventually going to end up in the trash and never break down.

Though the things she has in her home are not all plastic free, she is always hopeful for little steps to make a difference and she is still in this journey herself. And so, this carefully hand curated Fundraise collection was created after years of research.

Purpose

The purpose of this collection is to connect fundraising with the option for schools and families to make mindful purchases, promote hands on learning and to provide a means for students and families to empower and give back to the world. Each brand in the collectuom has a bigger initiative to just sell "things". By partnering with Mamas Got Heart for your School Fundraisers, schools will learn about different companies, their mission and the people who found them. Many of the companies either support Fair Trade, Hire People with Disabilities, Support Education in another Country, are Eco-friendly/Plant a Tree, are Allergy Friendly (or made from natural or organic ingredients) and more. Students, families and their school can read and learn together, while at the same time make a purchase, knowing that their dollar goes more than to just help raise funds for their school.

If interested, please have your school PTA President contact Yvonne via sales@mamasgotheart.com to inquire and get more info on the details of the fundraiser.

Schools will get 15% of all orders from the start to end of the fundraiser period all year round; this means your school can earn  money back even during breaks. All orders will ship in the order it was received (typically between 1-3 business days). 

Please note that in the rare situation during the pandemic, where delivery services may be delayed unexpectedly due to shipping demand and unforseen circumstances due to weather; and if that happens, we will reach out to give you a heads up. 

Why just 15%? 

As the Fundraise Collection was in the works, I looked into other fundraising platforms and realized that most (or all in out research) charged a percentage just for the mere fact that we are using their Fundraise Platform. On top of all of that, those same platforms take a percentage of each sale, taking away the amount we can give to schools, and charging the customer for delivery fees too. We are not willing to, not do we think it is fair to even consider jacking up prices just to cover those unnecessary costs.

Yvonne is the biggest advocate if not getting ripped off. She believes families all work hard for their money and prices should be fair. She is doing her Fundraise with schools though her own website to prevent families for paying those ridiculous fees (which she thinks is robbing customers who are shopping at a Fundraiser). She chose to work with schools because schools hold a special case in her heart--did you know she was a teacher before she launched Mamas Got Heart? She even holds a MA in Early Childhood Education and  graduated Magna Cum Laude!

She will be donating 15% of the profits of all sales to the school at this time. Also, please keep in mind there are other costs small businesses incur by simply running a website, covering for insurance, extra delivery fees, advertising and etc. 

Why Mamas Got Heart?

Did you know that other large fundraising companies donate less than 15% of proceeds from fundraisers?

Amazon Smile- Donates 0.5% of the purchase price

Scholastic -Since the fundraiser is online only for some schools , the school only gets virtual bucks, meaning rather than getting a check or cash back, your school only gets virtual bucks that can only be spent online 

Box Tops-  Each Box Top is worth 10 cents to a participating Box Tops school

What to Expect

After your school reaches out, Yvonne will add your school to the list for money back from the fundraiser. Once your school reaches at least $50 in reward prize, a check will be sent out to your PTA. No contract or hassle! 

That’s all, or if you prefer your school to learn more about the fundraiser and shop, Yvonne can also send out the following at your request:

A Customized Themed Flyer (for social media and it can be based on what their school is learning or what they are fundraising for).

A Welcome Letter about Mamas Got Heart Fundraisers.

A Flyer Introducting some of the Brands and Companies (families can read about them and hopefully get inspired too). 

A Steps and Bonus Page on how to log in and Bonus giveaways after the fundraiser is over).

W-9 (for donation/ tax filing purposes).

I hope to partner with you soon! 

In heart and gratitude,

Yvonne 

Founder of Mamas Got Heart

 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Eco friendly item of the Month Thinkbaby Thinksport Bento Boxes

Eco friendly item of the Month Thinkbaby Thinksport Bento Boxes

Thinkbaby and Thinksport approaches each product category with the same criteria being: Safe. Functional. Sustainable. They research all the parts of their products and their company mission is to provide consumers with safe and affordable product free of BPA, phthalates, nitrosamines, lead, and PVC. Their Feeding set is also free of Melamine. Their interior and exterior can be separated for easy cleaning and the plastic compartments of them (exterior) are also food and microwave safe! 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Practical and Unique ReCap Lids for Standard Mason Jars

Practical and Unique ReCap Lids for Standard Mason Jars

ReCap Lids are BPA Free,Dishwasher Safe, Freezer Safe  Lids in this kit fit all REGULAR MOUTH standard size (not wide mouth) Mason jars. No longer do you need to twist to open the lid! No more finding rusty parts of kids that always gets lost or mismatched. Use for chia puddings,overnight oats, homemade baby food, sauces, dressings, dips, fruit, salads, and more. Works amazing for storing leftovers and fir food prep. 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Toy of the Month- Tegu Pocket Prism

Toy of the Month- Tegu Pocket Prism

This month in our PLAY Collection, the toy of the month is TEGU Pocket Prism.They are naturally safe: NO LEAD, NO PLASTIC and NON-TOXIC. Created with beautiful sustainably sourced hardwoods and safe water-based finishes, these blocks will encourage the simple joy of creating for a long time. Safe and eco-friendly, Tegu toys are NATURAL WOOD, with water-based finishes and recycled packaging.  This POCKET PRISM SET is compact and great for building on-the-go! This humble set of 6 PIECES can create 49 CREATIONS and more!
Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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What do you mean by “mindful purchase”?

What do you mean by “mindful purchase”?


How can we be more mindful of the gifts and things we buy for our family, friends, community and for use at home? Mindful can mean so many things from being aware of the things we buy;  materials they are made of; how they are made; where they are from; the inspiration and story behind them. Being mindful can be shaped with life experiences and can pave way for people to connect in a mindful way with the things we buy, things we eat, play with and share what we learn. 

Read on to see the inspiration of each section of the shop! There are gift here for everyone! 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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Mamas Got Heart Inspiration

Mamas Got Heart Inspiration

Mamas Got Heart was inspired by Yvonne’s Hopscotch Mom Blog, where she shares “ Tidbits of All Things Family, Children and Education related.” 

After becoming mom and raising her own family, Yvonne was inspired to be more green, more mindful of all the purchases she makes. The birthday parties were always fun to plan, but she realized there were so many disposables from the one time use plastic goody bags to the often one time use decorations and toys. 

Yvonne created this store to fill with eco- friendlier choices that will hopefully last forever or at least high quality enough to be passed on to another family or friend. 

This store will be a journey for her as well, as she continues to research and find gifts and favors that are excellent quality and as eco-friendly as possible! Eco-friendlier party favors have been challenging to find and she is still working hard to add them through time and research.

There is also a collection on Mamas Got Heart that is coming soon and dedicated to Dairy-free snacks. With the many years of doing her own research on what snacks she could feed her kids or send to school, as treats for their class parties, she compiled a decent group of alternatives of dairy-free treats. She will be slowly stocking up on dairy free items in this shop!

 

Yvonne Wang-Silonga
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