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Fall Mommy + Me Looks by One Small Child

At One Small Child, we work hard to bring you wonderful products to shop. But sometimes it doesn’t feel like work at all. Sometimes we get to do the shopping! For our Fall Collection, we shopped for some great dresses and jewelry for our mommy models to wear. Today we’re sharing those gorgeous mommy looks with you. After all, aren’t we mothers always in the background of our littles’ lives? And backgrounds can be beautiful too, right?

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{This amazing dress came from The Red Dress Boutique. Isn’t it great for fall?}

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{We found this pretty braided cuff (top) at Pink Peonies.com. The other bracelet, the ring and both necklaces came from Elisabeth Ashlie.com. We were very pleased with these companies and their wonderful products!}

We loved the way our fall collection photoshoot turned out! Our awesome photographer was able to capture so many great images of our adorable models and their moms.

Norah’s Special Day with One Small Child

As promised, here are some pictures of adorable baby Norah’s special day. She’s dressed in her gorgeous gown, designed by her mama, Lindsey. Her older brothers look so handsome! We have loved getting to know Lindsey and her beautiful family a little better. We feel so privileged to have been a part of making their wonderful occasion special. Here are a few snapshots and some thoughts and feelings Lindsey shared via Instagram.

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The Norah Hi-Low Dress and Norah Headband are available for purchase at One Small Child

The Norah: A Custom Designed Gown

Our new Norah Dress has such a wonderful story behind it that we want to share with you.  This is how this beautiful custom designed gown came to be:

Lindsey is someone who I have looked up to for many years.  When I started the adoption journey over 6 years ago, Lindsey’s blog therhouse was light in a dark world of unknowns.  Adoption is exciting and scary all at the same time.    Lindsey’s blog educates people on what a healthy open adoption looks like.  It shows you how incredible birth parents are.  Birth parents are often times greatly misunderstood, and Lindsey’s mission in life is to change the stigma.  Birth parents are incredible people with a great love for their children.

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Lindsey has four children, all through the miracle of adoption.  Three boys and one baby girl call her Mama.  My third child and Lindsey’s third child even share a birthday.  How cool is that!?!  When Lindsey adopted her fourth child, her first little girl, I knew I wanted to help design her dress.  I was ecstatic when Lindsey whole-heartedly agreed.  Together we came up with a unique design made just for Norah.DesignSketch1

We started with some sketches of our basic idea. Isn’t it amazing to see how much the design evolves when you compare the first sketch to the final product?

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 The next step was to draft the technical drawings. This gives us a more in-depth idea of how to construct the gown. From this, we made our first sample. Lindsay and I shared pictures back and forth via text.

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Lindsey has a love for lace and asked that we incorporate that in the gown. We went searching for something fabulous and found this gorgeous Venice lace for the Norah.

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  It was such an enjoyable experience to design a gown with a woman who I truly look up to.  She was SO fun to work with!  Stay tuned for images of Norah’s special day.

My St. Patrick’s Day Tradition

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Growing up I knew what our St. Patrick’s Day tradition was. There would be green everywhere I turned. Green decor, green milk, green biscuits at dinner and of course green clothes. But something that never happened on St. Patrick’s Day was my mother wearing green. Ever.

My mother is half Irish and just so happens to have green eyes. (Being adopted that never was an excuse I could use). She took great pride in trying to keep up Irish traditions even though her mother died when she was 16 and her father just after she enlisted in Vietnam as a nurse. Her source for family traditions was gone so early in her life that she kind of had to improvise and come up with something new to make the holiday fun for the kids.

Every year she would prepare breakfast with as many items she could put green food coloring in. When I would come home from school I could always smell the Corned Beef and Cabbage cooking. Do I like Corned Beef and Cabbage? Not even close, but the taste and smell will always bring me back to my mom. She served it with vinegar, green biscuits many years and sweet iced tea, being that not only was she half Irish, but she was also from the South. There is just something special about the nostalgia that comes from sitting down to a meal you’ve had so many times over.

But there is also something exciting that comes from changing those traditions just a little and making it into something new with your own family. I love to cook to celebrate holidays, like my mom, and always look for something new and fun to try. The best kinds of recipes are the ones the littles can help with because you can talk while you cook, teach them a skill and get a wonderful treat out of it!

One of my favorite places to get recipe ideas is the blog Oh So Delicioso. They have several recipes for St. Patrick’s Day but by my favorite is the Neon Green Punch since I have small children that love the color! Electric green is a head turner and since it’s not too sweet I don’t have to worry about giving a second glass to my kids. Another one of my favorite sites for recipes is Weelicious as well (you can see the natural green recipes here).

I have found that with modern traditions, it’s not necessarily about having the exact same thing each year but that you do something each year so your kids know about the holiday and what fun you can have with it. My kids are all preschool age and younger so the big school parties won’t happen until this coming fall. Until then we have the opportunity to make each holiday unique to us and what we love.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Time Management Tips for Mompreneurs

Katy’s Time Management Tips for Momtrepreneurs

Time Management Tips for Mompreneurs

Being a business owner, a wife and a mom is a lot to juggle at times. I love One Small Child and I love my work. My first priority, however, has always been my family. Most days striking the perfect balance is a challenge, but I’ve learned a few time management tips that have definitely helped.

Taking time to read scripture in the morning is a must-do for me. Otherwise my day is chaotic and I feel like I struggle to balance everything.

I recently tried something new with dividing my week into days.

  • Sundays are all about family. We go to church and we visit grandparents. It’s important to me that my kids have a good relationship with their grandparents, so we make this a priority. We don’t schedule anything else on Sundays.
  • Mondays are our get ready for the week days. I make a plan for the week. The kids and I do all the laundry. I make a menu plan and a grocery list. This helps us avoid the last-minute ‘what’s for dinner’ panic. Making sure I have everything I need for each meal makes it so I don’t have to run to the grocery store several times a week.
  • Tuesdays are kid-friendly days. I keep Tuesdays open to focus on what they need.
  • Wednesdays are my bread-making days and a big kid-running day. A lot of the kids’ lessons and activities happen to fall on Wednesdays, so I wear my taxi hat those days.
  • Thursdays are my work meeting days. We have a scheduled meeting in the morning, and I try to check up with things in production after that.
  • Fridays are our chore days. The kids are getting to the age that they’re learning how to do chores, so we spend the morning getting all that done.
  • On the weekends, we do a pizza and movie night as a family. We also make a once-a-week date night a priority, which usually works out best on Friday or Saturday nights.

I try hard to not over-book myself and to stay flexible. This helps me keep the focus on my kids. They’re little and I know they need their mom.

Mom Talk: Katy, Owner of One Small Child

Mom Talk: Meet Katy, Owner of One Small Child

We are bursting with excitement today, as we announce that One Small Child is now under new ownership! New owners Kendall and Katy have been with the business for over 30 years combined, and are excited about taking the next step to help it grow and develop. Learn more about them here. Learn more about Katy, this amazing mompreneur, today on Mom Talk.

Mom Talk: Katy, Owner of One Small Child

-Tell us a little bit about your family and why it is special?

Our family is unique and special, as we had the incredible experience, to give birth to a beautiful little girl, who is now 10 years old.   Our oldest is wise beyond her years and brings a quiet strength to our home.  After her birth, we suffered through a miscarriage and many years of infertility.  Infertility as it turns out, is one of my greatest blessings, as it led to the adoption of our oldest son.  His adoption and entrance into our family happened very quickly one afternoon, with a exciting phone call and a beautiful baby boy in our arms that evening.   His incredible birth mother turned to us once again about two years later with another pregnancy.   We excitedly prepared for another baby and welcomed another son to our home, with the same blonde hair as his beautiful birth mother and brother.  We were thrilled and beyond grateful to be blessed with three children.   This last year we also welcomed the baby sister!  All three of our youngest share an incredible biological bond and the same beautiful blonde hair as one incredible woman, their birth mom.  We have nothing but love and respect for a woman that trusted us to raise and call our own not one child, but three.  Kendall and I take that trust seriously and do our best to make sure it is well placed.  We love each one of our children and each day say a prayer of gratitude for our family of six!

 

Mom Talk: Katy, Owner of One Small Child

 

-What do you do for work/volunteer outside of the being a wife and mother?

I love adoption, obviously, and I volunteer with a local adoption group.  I also love helping in my local church.  For work, I have the great opportunity of working with my amazing team at One Small Child.  I love the feeling I get when my team and I accomplish one of our goals or projects.

-Is there something your family does on a regular basis for quality time?

We love pizza/movie night!   This is something I did with my family as a child and we continue the tradition of laying out a blanket on the floor and having a pizza picnic and movie.  There was always something exciting about being allowed in the living room in front of the television, for that one night.

-How do you take time for yourself to recharge?

I love to take hot baths and have the iPad on the counter with a great Netflix movie to watch or who doesn’t love a little Downton Abbey!  I am also a huge advocate of a weekly date night.  I love spending time with Kendall and I feel it is very important to take time to reconnect with him.

-What is your go to, never fail and in a pinch recipe?

Shrimp stir fry, it’s easy and healthy!  Just take a bag of frozen shrimp, a bag of frozen veggies, add 2-3 tablespoons of butter to the pan and the juice of one lemon and cook for 10-15 minutes.  Then I take 1 bunch of cilantro and parsley, 1/2 cup of olive oil or avocado oil, 1 tsp salt, and the juice of one lemon and blend it together to make the sauce.  I pour a little sauce over each serving of shrimp and veggies and it is delicious!  You can use chicken instead of shrimp too!

-What is the one product you cannot live without?

I am going to say my oven.  Because I love to cook and bake and my oven has been used every single day!  I could not live without it!

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Thank You for a wonderful first week! | One Small Child Baby Boutique

Thank You from One Small Child Baby Boutique

Today, we’d like to say thank you for a wonderful first week! The One Small Child Baby Boutique has been a huge success!

Thank you for a wonderful first week! | One Small Child Baby Boutique

Our lovely boutique offers an exceptional shopping experience. Fall in love with the perfect LDS blessing outfit. Have it personalized while you browse preservation supplies. Get a thoughtful Christening gift!

Give your girls an unforgettable experience as you find the perfect LDS Baptism dress. She’ll feel like a princess as you help her choose the perfect accessories. Our amazing staff bends over backwards to help make your event magical.

One Small Child’s Baby Boutique also features products from your favorite baby vendors: Aden and Anais, Finn + Emma, Lily’s Closet, Car Seat Canopy and there’s lots more to come! From Christening gifts to newborn essentials to first birthday presents. We’re your go-to shop for adorable and unique baby items! We hope you’ll stop by often to see what’s new.

Thank you to all who came to join in our festivities! We are excited to continuing serving you! We look forward to 30 more wonderful years!

Call for hours or an appointment 208-680-0731.   As always, you can shop online anytime at www.OneSmallChild.com.

Bamboo Layette Set

Spring 2015: Bamboo Layettes and Gowns

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Finding great baby staples for them be comfortable in  and grow with can be so hard, and that is before making sure it’s cute! Sometimes an outfit may be cute but the material is not soft and poorly made. Today we are giving you a preview of our Spring 2015 line, Bamboo Layettes and Gowns! We could not be happier about this in-coming product that will change how you look at baby clothes forever. Like our Bamboo Bodysuits they are super soft, stretchy while retaining their shape and have matching accessories that include an adorable hat and blanket. The Layette features a small side tie for you to easily put it on and off, separate bottoms with pocket detail and ankle slit. You’ll never want to take your little sweetheart out of them! We know you will love these amazing Bamboo Layettes and Gowns for their amazing feel and beautiful color offerings including: blue, pink and white. Make sure to follow our social media feeds to be the first to know when they are available for purchase!

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