Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores, the leading fabric and craft specialty retailer in America, has announced an exclusive partnership with Jennifer Garner on a new line of creative kits and projects for active kids. We Made It by Jennifer Garner will be available exclusively at Jo-Ann stores and Joann.com beginning in June.
In celebration of the launch, Jo-Ann is proud to support Save the Children with a $75,000 donation for programs helping children in need in the U.S. As Artist Ambassador and trustee, Garner advocates for Save the Children’s early education programs with the goal of ensuring that every child in America has access to quality education from cradle to cap and gown.
“As a mom and children’s advocate, I believe it’s very important we encourage children to express themselves and explore their imaginations,” said Jennifer Garner. “The We Made It line makes it easy and fun for families to form lasting memories together while developing their children’s creativity and intellectual abilities. I am excited to share We Made It with families and have a portion of the proceeds benefit Save the Children, a charity that is so important to me.”
We Made It by Jennifer Garner is a collection of more than 100 creative kits and projects designed to promote imaginative exploration among children ages 4 to 11. The kits feature four creative categories, each encouraging inspiration and collaboration in a different way: Grow, Memorable, Playful and Sweet.
Grow – foraging baskets, flower press kits and bird feeder projects are a few examples of the grow category which aims to stimulate exploration and observation of the natural world.
Memorable – from framed family portraits to custom treasure boxes, the creative kits in the memorable category help children form lasting memories while developing personal interests and style.
Playful – the playful category inspires self-expression and improvisation with creative kits including DIY wooden playsets and cute costumes.
Sweet – there are more learning benefits related to baking treats than one might imagine – think of all the math – but the colorful kitchen prep mats, cookie stamps and other creative kits in the sweet category help keep children focused on the fun.
“Now more than ever, parents and caretakers are searching for creative ways to integrate real learning opportunities into their children’s play,” said Megan Featherston, senior vice president, merchandising, for Jo-Ann. “Jennifer Garner has done a fantastic job of making learning an interactive and playful experience with We Made It, a collection so perfectly aligned with the Jo-Ann mission to inspire the creativity in every person.”
For additional information, inspiration and videos, visit Joann.com/wemadeit.
More talent is coming on board for NBC’s Red Nose Day fundraiser.
Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon and actresses Jennifer Garner, Elisabeth Moss and Michelle Rodriguez will take part in the three-hour charity event (Thursday, 8 p.m, ET/PT), according to an announcement made Monday.
Red Nose Day, which has been a longtime popular event in the United Kingdom, is making its debut in the United States. The charity event has raised more than $1 billion over 30 years.
The NBC show will feature comedy and musical performances and videos produced by Funny or Die, along with short appeals films featuring stars traveling around the U.S. and the world to highlight children in need. Rodriguez, who went to Peru to meet children who have to work to survive, looked at education projects there that are helping them.
More than 70 celebrities are participating, including Julia Roberts, Will Ferrell, Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Julianne Moore, Jodie Foster, Neil Patrick Harris, Christina Aguilera, Pharrell, Adam Levine, Paul Rudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Eddie Redmayne, Anna Kendrick and Simon Cowell.
You’ve heard that tanning is awful for your skin, and you’ve heard us (and basically everyone else) preach the importance of sun safety. But the fact remains that one in five people will develop skin cancer in their lifetime, and we’re definitely not OK with that stat. So in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness month (i.e., this month), we’re going to dust off our soapbox once more and stand up alongside other safe-sun advocates, like Jennifer Garner.
Garner, a Neutrogena ambassador, has joined the Neutrogena Choose Skin Health initiative, which encourages skin-cancer education and offers free screenings in partnership with the American Society for Dermatologic Surgery. “It’s crazy that skin cancer is the most preventable of the cancers, yet there are new cases of it every year, more than [there are of] colon, lung, breast, and prostate cancers combined,” she said at a recent event. “It’s like, Come on people! It’s not sexy, but let’s do this!” Neutrogena will help you find a doctor close to you who will do a free skin-cancer screening. For her part, Garner is diligent about getting herself and her family checked regularly, as well as protecting them on a daily basis. “My children are slathered in sunscreen—they are so pale,” she says. “It’s just a nonnegotiable part of the morning.”
And though being covered in sunscreen used to evoke images of white, sticky residue all over your skin, many of the newer formulas are lightweight and nongreasy. (We bow down to Supergoop Everyday Sunscreen). “The one I use is Neutrogena Sheer Ultra Dry. It just goes away without any greasiness, and you don’t have to worry about it once it’s on,” says Garner.
One thing is for sure: Jennifer Garner doesn’t need a lot of makeup to look good. But after years of getting glam for the red carpet, she’s picked up some pretty useful beauty tips.
“I’ve learned so much about makeup,” says the actress. “I used to do these heavy stripes of blush to bring color to my face until one of my favorite makeup artists taught me to apply it with my thumb, not a brush. It goes on so smooth and translucent, especially if you concentrate it on the areas where the sun hits your face.
It’s also the easiest way to get a sun-kissed glow without the guilt of catching actual rays, says Garner, and protecting her skin is one of the other secrets to her youthful complexion. Fittingly, she is now working with Neutrogena on their Choose Skin Health campaign, an initiative that raises awareness about skin cancer and helps people find free skin screenings in their area.
“My kids know they are not getting out of the house without sunscreen,” Garner says of Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3. “No one likes to put it on, but I make it a priority for us. Usually they just close their eyes and let me spray them.” Garner herself, uses Neutrogena’s Ultra Sheer Dry Touch SPF.
Skincare aside, the actress has some other wisdom that she hopes to pass down to her little ones. “My mom always taught me to focus on the beauty within people, so if I can teach that to my kids, we will be in good shape!”
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