Shop Local :: Gifted in Jackson, CA!

I’m featuring a new stockist and I have the best story about them!

First things first: sometimes I pitch my line to stores. They don’t always find me- and it’s totally understandable, so I need to find them! Owning a store or being the buyer for a busy large brick and mortar means you not only wear all the hats of a creative entrepreneur, you wear the hats that come with running a store.

So I try to make it a little easier by sourcing shops where my line may be a good fit.

Gifted, in Jackson, California followed me on Instagram, and I naturally followed back. I have a system where I send a postcard and email followup to potential stores, and I sent Gifted a postcard in April, and Jeannette, the owner of Gifted, replied back right away. Mid-summer was going to be a better time for her to buy, so I told her I’d follow up then. I LOVE when store owners give me some insight into their open-to-buy (an open-to-buy is basically a budget that tells buyers when they’ve got budget to buy goods again). Being a former buyer, I understand this challenge, so I always appreciate store owners and buyers being up front with me.

Fast-forward to later in April, and I’m teaching my class on Gamaguchi Clutches at Craftcation in Ventura, California, and you would never believe who is a student in my class:

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None other than Jeannette! It was such a pleasant surprise. It was so good to meet her in person, laugh together (she is hilarious), and craft together. She even complimented my approach to stores, which was the ultimate compliment.

About mid-summer Jeannette was ready to put an order together, and now the MarshMueller line is in stock at Gifted!

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Here’s more about Jeannette and Gifted:

Owned by a mother-daughter team, Gifted strives to create a store featuring locally made and American manufactured gifts and goods. Terry Scott and Jeannette McDonald believe that tomorrow’s heirlooms are being made in our own backyards, studios, and garages (seriously, that gives me all the feels).

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They overhauled a space on the ground floor of a three-story Odd Fellows building in 2011 in Jackson, California, and continue to seek out new artisans and American-made product to feature at the shop.

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Many times if a store isn’t geographically close, I may never meet the owner/buyer, and it was SO amazing to actually meet Jeannette in person (at Craftcation, of all places!).

So if you’re in the Jackson, California, area, be sure to shop local at Gifted (and tell Jeannette hi for me!).

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Pop-Up Shop at Astoria Vintage Hardware!

I am over the moon excited to be part of Astoria Vintage Hardware’s pop-up series!

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Astoria Vintage Hardware is one of my absolute favorite places to shop in Astoria. Part art form and part conscientious salvage, Astoria Vintage Hardware brings our community an exhilarating shopping experience for home furnishings, couture upholstery, and findings for the home that are truly unique and literally one of a kind.

Paul Tuter and Becky Johnson, the owners, met at a flea market. Their talents as a furniture builder and upholsterer respectively combined to form Astoria Vintage Hardware.

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Not only do they value enhancing our community with their business, they continue to support other small businesses in our area by offering a part of their retail space as a pop-up opportunity! Naturally, when they began selecting and scheduling businesses for pop-ups, I jumped right on it!

The pop-up runs from Saturday, October 14 to Wednesday, November 8. I’ll be there for a meet-and-greet from 5pm to 8pm on Saturday, October 14!

Pop-Up Shop :: MarshMueller + Astoria Vintage Hardware
1162 Marine Drive | Astoria, OR | 503.325.1313
Pop-Up Dates: Saturday, October 14 – Wednesday, November 8
Meet and Greet :: Saturday, October 14, 5-8pm

RSVP on our Facebook Event here: http://bit.ly/m2popupshop 

 

 

DIY Ninjago Costume

It’s the most wonderful time of the year (at least in this house)!

Between the months of August and September, Rob and I go into full R + D mode….

…to develop concepts for our kiddo’s Halloween costumes.

Two years ago was the first year we channeled our theatre and construction experience (that’s construction with sets and textiles, not buildings and skyscrapers, natch) and Rob created an amazing R2D2 costume from cardboard, poster board, and duct tape. It helped Oldest Boy win first place in the costume contest at the Monster Bash and was a huge confidence booster for him in a difficult year for him, full of new baby brothers, moving to new homes, and difficulty at preschool due to emerging neurological revelations.

Last year we realized we set a precedent with Oldest Boy by making the elaborate R2D2 costume by hand, and he was going to expect nothing less for his Halloween costume. Challenge accepted!

The timing of Halloween usually marks the time of year where the production for my business increases, as I’m fulfilling wholesale orders, making more items for my own inventory, and building up stock for holiday shows.

Thank goodness Rob took the reins on this one.

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He started with a cardboard template after using this little guy as his guide throughout the costume building process:

Oldest Boy was pretty insistent on being Jay the Ninjago, so Rob used Oldest Boy’s minifig as the guide for proportions, shape, and details.

 

He then built the initial shape out of cardboard and those super stiff tubes used for construction (check out the little circular indents in the back of the leg! Rob is WAY more detail-oriented than I am, so it was better for him to build this costume this round).

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Onto paper maché! This wasn’t Rob’s first paper maché rodeo, and he’s used this method in previous costumes, even dating back to our college days. It helps keep the cardboard together and smooth out everything for a cohesive look.

Yes, we let our five-year-old paint indoors. On carpeted floor. He was pretty careful to paint without making a mess, but this is literally the only carpeted room in the house (and it’s the dining room- WTF, previous homeowners?!), and we hate the carpet, and we’re tearing it out this weekend (for REAL!!).

Then came more complex pieces that required shaping, and Rob used foam and scraped and shaped them to their proper form for this costume.

I’m a weirdo and have a huge aversion to the sound of styrofoam scraping together, but this job was messy so Rob shaped the foam in the garage, so I missed out on having to put in earplugs during this part of the project! 😀

Rob created sword handles out of wood and affixed the foam swords with the wooden handles for the perfect swords for Jay.

He also had to shape the head and designed the costume to have a section between the head and torso piece to hold the crafted shoulder pieces and the back piece that would hold the swords.

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Then he outlined all the details as shown in our Jay minifig friend:

While Rob did 99% of the work on this costume, I did help a tiny bit and sewed the suspenders out of webbing material. Looking back, I would have made them a little bit shorter and would have devised the center straps to adjust better, as they kept falling off his shoulders.

Then, to create the mask for the headpiece, he used spray starch and cheesecloth and overlaid it on the eyes of the headpiece and painted the cheesecloth. Once dry, he cut out the eye portion of the foam headpiece, and then affixed the cheesecloth to the headpiece.

And of course, had to test it out himself. 🙂 (above, right photo)

Kiddo Test Drive! Oldest Boy tried it on, complete with lego hand gloves (Amazon), and he was SO excited. Jay was coming together.

Looking back, Rob realized he should have trusted his instinct and added in “hinges” of some sort at the knee, as we discovered Oldest Boy had a hard time walking around during trick-or-treating.

Overall, he was so stoked to have a Jay the Ninjago costume of his very own, made just for him, by dad.

Happy Halloween and Happy costume building!

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SHOP LOCAL :: Dustmuffin in Silver Lake!

We are thrilled to tell you MarshMueller goodies can be purchased at Dustmuffin in Silver Lake (in the Los Angeles area)!

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Do you ever encounter a store and realize you have a ton in common, love all their products, and have no problem spending ALL your money there in a heartbeat?

That’s how I felt when I encountered Dustmuffin. The owners adore stocking handmade and American-made products, they have a quirky aesthetic, and they have a fantastic collective sense of humor. Just my type. 🙂

Thankfully they thought so, too, and are now carrying MarshMueller Bibs and Burp Cloth Sets!

Owners Diana Jacobs and Kerry Vitiello started Dustmuffin initially as a jewelry company and walked the typical maker path of farmer’s markets and trade shows. While the jewelry was successful in selling, people loved the displays they used, which consisted of vintage and bakery-style fixtures. Diana even make stuffed satin muffins to display their jewelry.

The name Dustmuffin came from a rescue cat; during kitty’s first day home, the cat appeared from under a couch, covered in dust bunnies, and the name stuck. It was only natural to name the business with the same moniker; their jewelry was sold in muffin boxes and displayed on baking sheets, so Dustmuffin was perfect.

They developed a “severe allergic reaction to trade shows,” and were encouraged to open a brick and mortar store. Kerry’s husband James Clark loved the idea and joined the team, and they opened up shop in the Los Angeles area in 2011.

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When I asked Kerry to provide a blurb about her business, I loved the fact that she was candid and honest in their journey to where they are now.

“Our struggles at first included over ordering (we had to have EVERY COLOR and EVERY SCENT of a candle line and at like 12 pc. per candle it ended up being 1000 candles and we hardly had any storage).  Loss of inventory was a problem. The way our first location was set up it was super conducive to theft – stolen watches, earrings, necklaces ..my purse.  I also took my fair share of counterfeit money – we were too trusting just leaving everything out for people to handle unsupervised.”

They had to move locations when the owner of their building sold the property, but Kerry said she is happy to be where they are now in the Silver Lake area.

Over the years, they honed their buying skills, tightened security, and zeroed in on their eclectic aesthetic that their customers know and love today.

So if you’re in the LA area, more specifically the Silver Lake area, go check out Dustmuffin!

SHOP LOCAL ::
Dustmuffin | 3204 Sunset Blvd | Los Angeles, CA 90026
323-644-2828 | Instagram | Facebook

Product Review :: Freshly Picked Moccasins

For those who have been following MarshMueller around for a while, you’ll know that I love to partner with businesses like Freshly Picked to run exciting giveaways and whatnot.

You’ll also know that I don’t typically write product reviews or have affiliate links, because that’s just not how I roll.*

*I don’t think paid product reviews or affiliate links are a bad thing. I always appreciate when bloggers or influencers disclose this in their posts.

BUT– I was given the opportunity to receive a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins for my kiddo in exchange for a product review, which I was more than happy to do. If it was a product or service I didn’t 100% believe in, I wouldn’t do it.

I had received and reviewed a pair a few years ago, right when BAM was born, and I was a little nervous this time around because BAM? Well…he’s 2.5.

Those who have a two-year-old, or have the badges of honor from surviving parenting kids ages two and three know full well that kiddos of that age are VERY particular.

And BAM is no different.

This kid threw a tantrum because all his shirts with fish or sharks on them were dirty and his options were Iron Man or Ninja Turtles.

This kid prefers to get ready for bed with his assortment of stuffed animals, and if one is missing, it’s gonna be a long night.

So I received the pair of Freshly Picked moccasins in the mail and I didn’t put them on him right away, as I feared he wouldn’t like them and throw an epic tantrum.

Thankfully, I was wrong.

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He was fine.

In fact, he LOVED them!

I was planning on doing a super cute photo shoot at Providence Park when we went to our next Portland Timbers match, but…

The soccer schedule this season is rife with Wednesday and Sunday evening matches. Tough when you have a two-hour drive into Portland each way.

So we opted for the beach instead.

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I was a little worried that they’d be hard for him to walk in the sand, but he actually liked walking in the sand better with his Timbers-colored shoes. 🙂

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I guess that means that I’ll have to actually pick up a few more pairs for him (have you seen the Care Bears collection they have?? ALL the heart eye emojis!). Thanks, Freshly Picked for having us try your amazing USA-made moccasins again. I’m glad my guy found footwear he actually likes!

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SHOP LOCAL :: Larkellen Santa Monica!

We are over the moon to tell you all about our latest stockist: Larkellen in Santa Monica!

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Photo courtesy Larkellen Facebook page

This family-owned business focuses on an eclectic style and stock goods from many artisans in the U.S.

This sounds like my kinda store, on a personal level!

If you’re in the Santa Monica area, definitely check them out. Lissa, the owner, is also a merchandising maven and changes up the front store window often, and I’ll post on Instagram when she’s got MarshMueller goods up front and center. 🙂

SHOP LOCAL:
Larkellen | 718 Montana Avenue | Santa Monica, CA 90403
(310) 394-2121 | Facebook | Instagram

Craft Show Recap:: GeekCraft Expo PDX

I did GeekCraft Expo last weekend in Portland, and had a fantastic time!

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Support your local nerds, indeed

This was my first time at this show, and will definitely be back next year!

Doing shows the first time is always a risk. While I don’t usually opt to sell at a show in it’s first run (GeekCraft Expo came to Portland for the first time last year), doing any show for your first time, regardless of how long the show itself has been running, is like throwing money in a wind tunnel and jumping in to catch it. There are some factors you can research beforehand to see if it’ll be worth the money, but it’s still a risk nonetheless.

Kim (one of the organizers) emailed me last year to see if I would do the show, and even though it was tempting, I decided to wait until this year to jump in. I was definitely interested, as many of my customers are nerds like myself, and enthusiastic when it comes to anything nerdy, but again, this was a new show. I’ve thought about doing the comic con circuit, but that’s a huge financial investment for a booth, especially for a small handmade business like mine. GeekCraft Expo might just be the perfect show for me to dip my toe in the nerdy waters.

I figured after one year, the folks at GeekCraft Expo would have a feel for promotion and have attendance numbers from last year, and they did. Dan (the other organizer, and Kim’s husband) was super quick to email me back with attendance numbers from 2016.

The numbers weren’t bad, especially for a show that was on it’s first tour last year (this show tours throughout the country), and in a location that can get lost at times (DoubleTree Lloyd Center in Portland).

Dan and Kim were fantastic organizers! Dan is a writer for Deadpool (for real!!) and Kim works in video games as a community manager, and they’ve spent enough time behind the table at shows like this to make it fun and easy to be a vendor. They offered vendors a catered sack lunch to opt into (I totally did, as I tend to do most shows all by myself), and had staff members available to booth sit in case you needed a restroom break (this was so nice to have!).

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This event was just what I needed to see if my fellow nerds were picking up what I was putting down. Even upon load-in, I felt a positive vibe coming from the organizers and from my fellow vendors. Don’t get me wrong, most of the other shows I do regularly feel like that (Crafty Wonderland feels like a family reunion with my talented maker friends every time), but there have been shows where getting that vibe going never happens.

While doing shows is a ton of work, they are so incredibly rewarding for more than just sales. I get instant product and branding feedback, and also get to know people attending the show, regardless if they buy anything. I connected with more people on a deeper level at this show. It must have been my nerd showing. 😉

Thanks for reading along, and we’ll definitely be back at GeekCraft Expo PDX next year!

 

 

THIS WEEKEND :: GeekCraft Expo PDX!

We’re coming to Portland, people!

I mean, more specifically, I’m coming to Portland, and this time, it’s for a show I’ve never done before!

It’s GeekCraft Expo, a traveling craft show that showcases the geekiest of makers within the area. I’m so stoked to be with my fellow crafty nerds (in the most literal and highly regarded sense) for two days!*

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*I’m not so stoked about leaving Rob with the boys for two whole days, but let’s be honest- he handles it SO much better than I do when I’m by myself with the kids.

While yes, it’s the Rose Festival and the Rose Parade this Saturday, but it’s supposed to rain; a tradition that bestows us almost every year in Portland. So why not stay dry at the DoubleTree Hotel Lloyd Center and see an amazing array of local and local-esque makers who are your kindred spirits in the realm of geekery?

I’ll be in Booth B04, and I’m sewing my nerdy heart out to bring your guys a ton of awesomeness.

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See you there!

GEEKCRAFT EXPO PDX | DoubleTree Lloyd Center | 1000 NE Multnomah St, Portland

SATURDAY, June 10:: 11am – 6pm | SUNDAY, June 11:: 11am – 5pm

This is my why.

This Sunday, my oldest turns six.

SIX.

Six years old, you guys!

You’re probably thinking, “Yeah, yeah, yeah, everyone’s kids get older and all their parents get all weepy and wistful about it and crap.”

It is true. That definitely happens.

But this kid, this little hilarious, smarty pants, incredibly sweet boy:

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Is the reason I’m in business today.

Is the reason I started my business (well, it was mostly his nursery and my super Type A tendencies and a lack of ANY woodland animal-motif things out on the market at that time).

Is the reason I channeled my frustration with a colicky baby into sewing Boppy Covers while on maternity leave.

Is the reason I STRUGGLED so much when returning to the corporate world, and feeling like I was swimming against the current while attached to an anchor I didn’t realize I should have accepted in the first place and taken the very hard and financially terrifying road of quitting my day job to run my business and stay home with him.

So I continued to struggle, even after I left the corporate world and worked for an independent retailer as a fabric Buyer, which was a DREAM job, but once I got pregnant with our second kiddo (aka BAM), I had to make a choice. The dream job, in order to do it the way I really wanted to, was to throw myself fully into it, just like I’d thrown myself into being a parent, just like I’d jumped in feet first into being an entrepreneur.

But that anchor was still there. I could still feel the pull of it; not weighing me down, but tethering me to the really important things in life.

At that time I finally saw the anchor for what it was, and instead of struggling with it, I pulled up anchor from Portland. I took it with me to Astoria, quit my full-time job, and picked up a remote part-time support gig for consistent pay. My studio, at the time being an off-site space, moved back home where I could work until the wee hours of the morning and still be there for cries in the night from nightmare-ridden children.

All of these things have been for a reason. I know, I know, I’m getting all woo-woo on you, but that anchor may have been something in my subconscious that was always there, trying to help me stay grounded to find my way home. I don’t know why I grappled with it for so long.

And no, that anchor was not for me to quit my job and business and be solely a stay-at-home mom. Rob can attest that he would best me at that job all day, erryday. He works full-time and he STILL kicks my ass at housework and meal prep. It didn’t take me long to realize I’m not wired to be a stay-at-home mom, and that’s ok. I salute those parents who rock being a stay-at-home parent, because it’s an incredibly tough and (mostly) thankless job. Not to mention unpaid. I mean, come on, all other countries except Sweden can get with the program on this one, am I right?!

But I’ve always felt drawn to flexible schedules, flexible workflows, and flexible parenting. Which may have been why I didn’t play so well with the rules of the corporate world.

And boy, have I needed to be flexible, especially with this kid.

I’ve had to completely change how I parent.

STORY TIME (sorry guys, this is long. This has been in me for a long time and I’ve never written about it so here goes):

About the time we moved to Astoria (summer of 2015), we noticed a change in his behavior. He was 3.5 years old. We chalked it up to the big things that happened so far that year- he got a new baby brother, we completely uprooted and moved two hours away from Portland, and we were in a minor car accident that could have ended tragically. It was a helluva year.

Then school struggles were worsening. One preschool was simply not a good fit (long story), and the other preschool?

That preschool helped push us in the right direction. They did SO much to try and keep him calm, to avoid any triggers, as random as they were. We worked together to mitigate these meltdowns, and I received many a call to come help when they needed me. I’m still so amazed and thankful they tried so many intervention methods to try and keep him there and keep him happy.

But it was not meant to be. In the midst of crazy show prep for Crafty Wonderland, my biggest show of the year, I got the call that would be the final one for him from the school.

It was devastating, for both us and the school. They knew, deep down, he was not a malicious kid. He was not purposely disruptive or destructive. They knew he was a sweet, polite kid. But the meltdowns were random and they were explosive and they simply did not have the staffing and the tools at their disposal to keep him there. To this day, I am still so impressed they stuck it out for the three months he was there. BAM goes there now, and I am continually thrilled we have such fantastic care in our small community.

They recommended getting him screened though Early Intervention. Despite all his average/above average assessments at 18 months and two years, I took them up on it.

He qualified for services. Twice a week, he would get to go play and work with the amazing folks at the ESD. It is in the same building as his old preschool, so it was easy to use that as an incentive; if he did well and worked hard, he would get to go upstairs to visit his old friends.

They recommended other screenings, including speech and hearing. He qualified for Occupational Therapy (OT). When his food regression got to an alarming point of no more than four foods, OT was a godsend, and we spent all last summer driving into Portland once a week to work on eating and learning how to parent a kid who is a resistant eater. Four hours a week in the car. With both kids.

WORTH IT.

We’re doing it again this summer. Emotional regulation occupational therapy for him every other week, speech therapy for BAM every week. I’m thankful it’s a beautiful drive and my guys are good in the car.

Then it came time for Kindergarten. Rob and I struggled; we were on the fence. Do we label him or do we not label him? Do we just redshirt him and wait another year? If we waited, he would have an entire year with no support services, because Early Intervention ended once he reached school age, aka five years old. The ESD told us in order for them to help him, he has to be labeled (ok, they didn’t say it that way, but it was more about having the proper screenings to see if he qualified for services at the grade school level). They couldn’t offer support without it.

They conducted an ADOS, and he has an autism diagnosis at the ESD level. It was not a medical diagnosis, but it gave him the support he needed to start strong in Kindergarten with an IEP (that’s an Individualized Education Plan, which means he has support in school to help him succeed).

At first, Rob and I were conflicted with the concept. We were so misinformed; we thought autism was diagnosed between ages 18 months and two years (where his ASQ was neurotypical at that time). Where the hell was this coming from, at four to five years old?

He has a specialist at the ESD, and she is absolutely phenomenal. She emits positivity and calmness, and has helped us in SO many ways to change how we parent, including understanding that symptoms of autism can manifest themselves at a later age than the typical screenings for it.

He started Kindergarten slowly, attending only half days to start in the Learning Center. The staff there is AMAZING, and we love love love them. He definitely had a rocky start, so they’ve seen the bad, bad, bad meltdowns that not even our immediate family has seen.

But they’ve worked with him. Rob and I have worked with him. Occupational Therapy has worked with him, and education. As in educations for Rob and myself.

He eventually got to attend all day, and spends time in his regular Kindergarten classroom as often as they can make it happen.

But ever since his ESD qualification, I’ve felt like we were in limbo. Sure, the ESD gave him an autism diagnosis, but after reading up about the medical diagnosis and that it can change into other things like ADHD, OCD, etc., I pressed on for a medical assessment.

In April, he had an ADOS by a medical psychologist, and he is indeed autistic.

For him, it doesn’t change anything. My guy will always be my guy, no matter his neurological situation. He’s still the happy-go-lucky, wicked smaht, hilarious kid he’s always been.

For Rob and me, it changes many things, but was also a more definitive point in the right direction. I felt more comfortable buying and borrowing books, reading blogs and Facebook pages dedicated to being neurodiverse since the medical diagnosis. I am still learning and will continue to learn how to best parent him and support him.

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It was confirmation, a big one, of why that anchor was there in the first place. The root of why I was (and still am) so tenacious with my business, with my stubborn insistence to have my studio home-based again. Why working full-time outside the home just didn’t feel right.

THIS IS MY WHY.

I’ve been holding this in for so long, not because I was afraid, nor because I wanted to hide it.

I wasn’t ready. I just wasn’t ready. When we were in the thick of things, in the depths of the worst of meltdowns, by him and by us, I wasn’t ready to talk to anyone about it, despite multiple open invitations to do so by people who have been down this road. It was so incredibly isolating, and at times it still is, but I’m getting better about being more vocal about it.

This isn’t a “Woe is me/us” post; far from it. Writing about it, seeing the words on the screen is motivating and empowering for me. I’ve already devoured a few books on autism and the more I learn, I feel more confident as a parent. I’ve learned SO much and there is still so much more to learn.

I’m also getting better about asking for help, something I am notorious for neglecting to do when I need it most.

HOW YOU CAN HELP

Well, if you’ve made it this far in one sitting, bravo! I sat down to write a “Happy Six Year Birthday” blog post and it blossomed into two years worth of things I’ve been holding in.

This will probably be the first and last time I talk about this on this blog. It is not my intention to use my child’s neurodiverse status as a way to make a buck. His status, however, has become a motivator for me to be available for him and help him with access to support and therapies, which does require two things: a flexible schedule and money. Those therapy appointments are not free. While the medical bills are definitely wince-worthy, the improvement we see over time is worth its weight in gold.

But I still need to be able to financially contribute to this family, but also be as flexible as Elastigirl from The Incredibles (sorry, that’s BAM’s Flavor of the Week movie and I nearly have it memorized now). At this point, having a full-time job outside the home is not possible in order to continue making progress and avoid regression.

You can help without even buying a thing. Even virtual support through social media, word of mouth, etc. does wonders.

But if you’re curious, you can…

SHOP LOCAL (this is a link to stores who carry my line)

SHOP ONLINE (my online store)

SHOP ETSY (Etsy, obviously)

SHOP AMAZON HANDMADE (yes, it’s really Amazon! No, I don’t ship Prime)

SHOP IN PERSON (events calendar)

Thanks for reading. It really means a lot. If I’m compelled to write more about our journey, I’ll end up writing on a completely different blog that is not associated with my business.

If you’d like to know more about autism, I highly highly recommend to look at the experts themselves: autistic people. Yes, doctors and psychologists are well-educated on the subject, but the more I read from folks who are autistic themselves, the more I understand and can empathize.

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I’m currently reading this book and am recommending it to everyone. 

So if you know my guy in person, you’ll notice no difference. He’s still the same guy. He always will be.

Happy sixth birthday, kiddo. I love you so so much.

Thanks for reading.

xoxo

 

 

 

MarshMueller + Freshly Picked Giveaway

UPDATE:: A winner has been randomly chosen through Gleam and has been contacted. Congrats to Alysha C! Thank you to everyone who entered! Stay tuned for a few more giveaways this year! xoxo, Holly

That’s right! We’re once again giving away a rad pair of Freshly Picked moccasins AND a $50 shop credit to marshmueller.com to one lucky winner!

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Freshly Picked is an amazing Utah-based company that started with a mom on a mission to make baby shoes more functional. She started with her second son as a mocc-tester, and armed with a bag of scrap leather, Freshly Picked was born. It has grown into a company with a cult following, beloved by fashionista mamas and celebrities alike, and even seen on Shark Tank.

Susan Petersen, the founder of Freshly Picked, is a supporter of the Made in USA movement, small businesses, and empowering fellow entrepreneurs. We love following Freshly Picked on Instagram, where Susan’s enthusiasm is contagious, and she offers snippets of advice for business owners.

MarshMueller (in case you’re new here) is a handmade Oregon-based company that started with a mom on a mission to make useful baby accessories look good. She started with her first son’s nursery set, carefully curated fabrics, and MarshMueller was born whilst on maternity leave with her colicky son. The line includes our bestselling bibs and burp cloth sets, and includes other essentials like our premium Boppy cover, and our proprietary Diaper + Wipe Clutch. The company has grown to selling on multiple online platforms (marshmueller.com, Etsy, and Amazon Handmade), selling at various live events including Crafty Wonderland in Portland, Oregon, and has products being sold in 20+ retail stores along the West coast.

Holly (Chief Everything Officer) lives in Astoria, Oregon with her husband of 13 years, her two sons, ages five and two, two Pomeranians, and one Ragdoll cat.

So go ahead and enter the giveaway below!

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PLEASE NOTE :: Giveaway is open to U.S. residents only, 18 years and older. If you’ve been a super lucky duck and have won a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins from any sort of giveaway within the last 60 days, you are ineligible to enter. One winner will receive a pair of Freshly Picked moccasins and a $50 voucher toward a purchase on http://www.marshmueller.com. Giveaway is valued at approximately $110 USD. Giveaway ends Saturday, May 27, at 11:59pm PDT. Void where prohibited. Winner must comply with all national and local regulations and is fully responsible for applicable customs and taxes. Winner will be selected randomly through Gleam and will be notified by email. Winners have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. Pinterest, Facebook, Instagram and Gleam are in no way associated with this giveaway. By providing your information in this form, you are providing your information exclusively to MarshMueller. We do not share or sell information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook.

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