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Thinking Smaller Interview

My friend Kathleen did an interview with me over at her blog, Thinking Smaller.    We talk about balancing a business at home with kids.   I ramble about my relationship with instagram.  The myth of needing a picture perfect studio and a little bit about how I started and why.  Plus some super fun pictures of me at home working.   You can find it here.  

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HeyMama

To celebrate my feature over at HeyMama I thought I would share a little something I wrote last year. One of my favorite quotes.  And a little something about the year of 2016 for us.

“Through the blur, I wondered if I was alone or if other parents felt the same way I did – that everything involving our children was painful in some way. The emotions, whether they were joy, sorrow, love, or pride, were so deep and sharp that in the end they left you raw, exposed and yes, in pain. The human heart was not designed to beat outside the human body and yet, each child represented just that – a parent’s heart was bared, beating forever outside its chest.” (-Debra Ginsberg)  I often have these deep pains in my heart as I watch my babies grow. Witnessing their first moments. Experiencing new discoveries. Adventuring along beside them.   When I step back and really soak it in, that is when it really hits.  My heart drops and I can feel shivers.  Want an intense form of love.

This last last year was a big change for us.  Perry was off to kindergarten as a fresh 5 year old.   Carrying his tattered blankets in hand.  Taking a deep whiff from his blankets before we walked hand in hand to front door.  I remember worrying that the littleness in him would fade.
We are half way through the year.   I still feel pains as I send him off to school.  On mornings where we are butting heads and voices are raised.   I feel like a terrible mom as we drive to school.  Telling him, I’m sorry. I shouldn’t have yelled.  (Fearing that I’ve ruined his day.)  He takes his seatbelt off and climbs to the front to give me a hug and says its okay.   I tell him he’s wonderful.   And off he goes.  That’s when it hits me like a ton of bricks. That pain.  Guilt.  Pride. Love.  My heart beating outside my body in the form of a beautiful 5 year old boy.
People often ask, “How do you do it?”  My first response, “I laugh, I cry, coffee then beer?”   But how does any mom do it?  Super powers and an unmeasurable amount of love.  What else could it be?!
For more head to their instagram here. Thank you HeyMama!
xx- Abby
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Make Magic 2017

Love others. Be inspired. Spread love. Joy. Kindness. Hug more. Simplicity. Laugh Always. Be tender. Thrive. Create. Adventure. Wander. Tune in. Tune out. Inspire others.  Hold on.  Let go.

Today I started the five day project, “Find your word 2017” by Susannah Conway.  I tend not to make new years resolutions and if i do they are pretty simple.  Drink more water. Take my vitamins.  Drink more wine.  That sort of thing. HA!!  I didn’t want to take an approach focusing so much on myself but something that would maybe have a bigger impact.   Even if it is a small step.  Something that would benefit my home. My kids. Something that may inspire them.  Or inspire someone else looking to make a small step towards something bigger.   Maybe it is simply reminding your child every day, “They are wonderful.”   They are wonderful just the way they are.  “You don’t have to make your children wonderful people.  You just need to remind them they are wonderful people. If you do this consistently from the day they are born they will believe it easily.” (William Martin).  Perhaps a handwritten note in the car.  Reading it together on the way to school.  See one small step towards something bigger.  One little boy or girls skips off to school with one magical power, confidence!  Wouldn’t you rather teach your child empowerment over judgement.   I like Susannah’s breakdown,  “I’ve always viewed New Year’s resolutions as a recipe for future guilt. “Get fit” sounds like a sensible goal to have, but it doesn’t feel very inspiring. Even the more specific “Go to the gym twice a week” has failure built in. I either go to the gym twice a week or I don’t — there’s no room for any other outcome (and that’s when we beat ourselves up for “failing”). On the other hand, choosing a word like ENERGISED or even STRONG affects me in a completely different way. They encourage me to make better choices. They empower rather than order, inspire rather than judge.”
If anyone is interested in joining along here’s the link to Susannah’s blog.  Document your journey using #unravelyouryear2017.boyer1 boyer2 boyer3 boyer4
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XX – Abby
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Diaper Drive

Every year The Lydia House teams up with Channel 94.1 to collect diapers for The Lydia House, a division of the Open Door Mission, to be distributed to young mothers with infant children.   I’ll be taking diaper donations at The Holiday Market at the Waiting Room and Reverb Lounge this Sunday Dec 11th. In exchange for one package of diapers I will be giving 20% off your purchase.    For those unable to make the show. I’ve provided a link to donate. Even if its $5, it adds up and is so greatly appreciated. If donating online, in the drop down box select the Lydia House and in comments please add a note that your donation is for Channel 941.1 diaper drive.   Here is the secure link

In addition, I will donate 10% of all sales from Wee Vintage Baby & Sleepy Tribe till Dec 16th.

I couldn’t imagine the feeling of not being able to provide an every day necessity like diapers.  As a mother having to worry about those little buns not being comfortable, dry, and warm would be so heartbreaking.

Here is some additional information about the Open Door Mission was founded in 1954 committed to breaking the cycle of homelessness and poverty. Each day, Open Door Mission’s campus offers 816 safe, shelter beds to homeless men, women and children, serves over 2,000 hot, nutritious meals and provides preventive measures to more than 275 people living in poverty.

*Here are few facts about todays homeless population:

Approximately 20,000 people are homeless in Nebraska every night.

Approximately 2,000 people are homeless in Omaha every night.

The average age of a homeless person is 9 years old.

More than 3.5 million people are homeless every night, and 1.35 million are children.

More than 30 percent of homeless families have an open case for child abuse or neglect.

Of the 31.1 million people living in poverty, more than 12 million are children.

Families with children represent 23 percent of the homeless.

Nationally, about 50 percent of all homeless women and children are fleeing domestic violence.

Studies indicate that 40 percent of homeless men have served in the armed forces, compared to 34 percent in the general population.

The National Coalition for Homeless Veterans estimates that on any given night 271,000 veterans are homeless in the United States.

About 16 percent of adult homeless people suffer from severe and persistent mental illness.

It is estimated that 30 percent of homeless single adults suffer from substance abuse and addiction.

Up to 25 percent of the urban homeless population is employed.

*(from http://www.opendoormission.org/about-us/)

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Live The Simple Life

As winter approaches I find myself dreading the winter months.  What will we do in place of trips to the forrest, zoo, and parks.  Most mornings I tend to get my errands and must do’s out of the way so we can have the morning for the kids.  This usually consists of plopping down at the park or the forrest till nap time.  During the winter months we still try to get outdoors for a bit, just not as long.  The dreaded snow suits, gloves, boots, and stocking caps could literally make me pee my pants.   Last year, Perry would head out to the backyard and play by himself for an hour or so…lets hope this year he continues with that tradition and maybe he’ll take Leo along. Anyway, we’ve gotten a bit crafty with our adventures when Im not in the mood for trudging around in the snow.   Like heading to the sad empty mall with a Target as an anchor.  Sometimes we head to Target for a coffee and some popcorn.  Check out the toy isle.  When that wears out we can check out the train table at Barnes and Noble where I’m able to do a little computer work.  There’s also this quirky little antique shop in the mall that we like to explore.   We found a bag of matchbox cars and trinkets for $1.5o.  Headed out to the benches and Leo and his friends played with a bag of “new” treasures.     We’ve also found local rec centers that have toddler gym time and that’s only $1 per adult.   A giant gym with activities for the kids and bleachers for mom and dad to chill for a bit.  A great way to release some much needed energy.   We also have the local zoo with plenty of indoor exhibits.  They get to spend a little time outdoors walking to the exhibits and warm up once inside.

Stay Warm!!

(tee shirts below by Magnolia Roots Co  bag by Paige Avenue Shop  Ceramic Pendant by EarthenJoy)

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Lovestru.ck Holiday Gift Guide

A wonderful gift guide by Lovestru.ck Wedding and Events for him, her, and littles.   All items can be found locally. So exited to see Wee Vintage Baby included in this holiday gift guide.  Happy shopping!!  15% off entire store using coupon code HOLIDAY15. Expires Nov 28th.  And some of the flannel blankets have free shipping (BONUS!!)  Drop by this weekend at Handmade Omaha Winter Pop Up Shop.

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FOR Her (Part 1) THE GOODS @shopthefold: cashmere sweater, watch / @earthenjoy: circle stud earrings / @inclosed: “oh you” card and heart charm pad / @themixshoes: knit hat / @paperkiteshop: agenda, key chain, book

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Lovestru.ck Loves Local Gift Guide #3: Mini Girl THE GOODS @paperkiteshop: dress, cardigan, bows, bunny / @belleandthebear: moccasins / @weevintage: bloomers

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For Him THE GOODS Pine tree and coffee scrub soap by Benson Soap Mill, Personal effects bag by Artifact Bags, `Beard Balm Hoods Fine Beard Oils, Rejoice and Be Plaid card by Enclosed, Sweet Tobacco Candle by Wax Buffalo, Beer glass, beard tonic, cocktails book, and coasters from Paper Kite Shop

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FOR Mini Boy THE GOODS: @paperkiteshop: sweater, pants, deer, print, wooden car, @belleandthebear: moccasins

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FOR Her (Part 2): THE GOODS @shopthefold: cashmere sweater, watch / @earthenjoy: circle stud earrings / @inclosed: “oh you” card and heart charm pad / @themixshoes: knit hat / @paperkiteshop: agenda, key chain, book

 

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FOR baby THE GOODS: @paperkiteshop: sweatshirt, moccasins, Nebraska rattle, finger puppets / @weevintage: bloomers / @inclosed: “it’s 5 am somewhere” card

 

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Buying Handmade + Local

Over the last week or so I have been sharing items from some of my favorite small business and handmade shops. My goal was to hopefully bring some of these hard working shops (mostly run by nasty nasty women) into your lives. Handmade is better for so many reasons. The sappiest reason, because we poor our heart and souls into each item. And who doesn’t want to support that. For me buying handmade just makes me feel good. It feels authentic. It feels good to support a fellow maker. The thought is when you support a locally owned independent biz, you return a higher percentage of revenue to their communities than chains. Simply put, when you buy from a local or handmade artisan/shop, they too are more likely to buy local/handmade.

Here are a couple more reasons to buy local and/or handmade.

(1) Personalization
Often times handmade goods have an option for personalization. Most times you have direct contact with the maker when buying handmade and can easily ask for minor changes or customization. Example, I offer personalized baby name blankets and hats. And the ability to customize colors, fabrics, and stitchings.

(2) Unique
The most beautiful reasons to shop handmade, because its unique and not mass produced. Fewer items made. Making it even more special. I love it when someone says, “where did you get that!” Being able to answer by promoting a handmade (or local) biz gives me the best feels.

(3) Eco-Friendly
Work done by hand takes less energy than mass produced items. Takes less machinery. Less fuel. Especially if shipped overseas. A lot of times these makers use local and organic increasing the level of green 😉

HONEST + AUTHENTIC + HANDMADE = BETTER

(Toadstool onesie from Under A Tin Roof)
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Stone Pendants by EarthenJoy
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Weaving by Hey&Company / Mountain print by One Happy Mess Shop / Candle by Wax Buffalohand1

Embroidery Plant Hoop by Destiny City Threadshand5

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My Moments Giveaway + Jord Wood Watches

It seems almost weekly we’ve been making a visit to the local plant nursery. Perhaps its like visiting the therapist. Leo spends most of his time talking to the garden animal display. I spend most of my time talking myself out of another succulent. Today I noticed the “plant rescue” section and of course had to rescue someone (plant-just to be clear) for $3. I hope he lives. Poor thing was probably thinking, “OH GOD NOT HER!! Just take a picture and leave.”  The Christmas trees are up and looking quite magical.  Wait just one minute!! That doesn’t mean I’m ready for Christmas. That would mean that Leo would be a two year old.   I’m not sure where time goes.  I’m not sure that phrase had any meaning till I had kids.  It was just something old people said.  So here I am just another old person talking about time in a bottle.

One more thing about time before I wrap this up….Ive teamed up with Jord Wood Watches for a fun giveaway. One lucky winner gets a $75 credit towards their own wood watch.  You can enter the giveaway here  AND  just for doing so you get a $20 e-gift card expireing on 2/28/2017. The giveaway will close on November 6 2016 at 11:59pm.  Good luck!!

What I loved so much about Jord Wood Watches was their story, “The value of a watch is not in being able to tell how much time has passed, but in being aware of the need to make that time count. Moments are bigger than minutes …”

Enjoy the tiniest moments as they will be gone in a flash!

XO, Abby

Im wearing the Frankie 35 Series Zebrawood & Champagne.  Shop Jord here.


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Apple Picking

We went home with about 10 apples.  Not really the best picked apples. Some bruieses, holes, and possibly a bug or two.   As a little girl, I can remember going to the apple orchards with my parents.   My twin sister and  I would head off down the fields exploring.   Looking for stray kittens mostly.    When I take my kids to the apple orchards now, its not really about finding the best apples for the best apple pies…its just an adventure.  A memory for them to share.

A bumpy and windy hayrack ride.   The smell of diesel if you’re lucky enough to sit towards front.  YACK!! Apples rolling loose on the trailer floor.   Hunting for the grapes that taste like candy.   Matchbox cars in the dirt.  Caramel apple oatmeal cookies.   Apple cider slushies.   This particular orchard served beer.  Looking back, I should have participated more in that.

A few snaps from the day. You even get to see dad make an appearance.  I know, I know, “you never share pics of dad.”  insert comment.

(romper on Leo is by Wee Vintage Baby &  bibdanda by Thief and Bandit )

coupon code FALLYALL for 20% off expires on Sunday Sept 19th at midnight CST.

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Interview with Under A Tin Roof

I’m excited to share this little interview I did with my friends at Under A Tin Roof.   I met Kayla through instagram and we’ve connected over the last year or so on a personal and business level.    This little interview is about how I started and why.  Plus a little bit about my daily life running a small business.  Be sure to follow Under A Tin Roof on Instagram and follow along Kayla’s adventures of mommy and business owner here.   Link to interview here.  Bonnet from Under a Tin Roof. Bloomers from Wee Vintage Baby