Saturday, April 4, 2015

A Good Friday, Indeed

     Yesterday was Good Friday, and I went to an Easter seder last night. This one was written by Messianic Jews, but I'd never been to any kind of seder before and didn't know what to expect. The gathering was very intimate - just Katie and me, her roommate Kelly, the Normans, and later John and Jake. We took turns reading from the haggadah, words about the symbolism of unleavened bread as we broke it and passed it around the table, unleavened because the Israelites didn't have time to let the yeast rise in their flee from Egypt, reminding us of the way God has always delivered his people throughout history, and reminding us too, in the way the bread was broken, of our Messiah's own body, broken for us, our passover lamb who went to the cross to take upon himself the sins of the world. 
     We dipped celery in salty water and coughed and snorted our way through eating the horseradish, which went up all our noses and stung so badly it made our eyes cry. We laughed and tried to remain reverent, but even the silliness felt a little bit sacred. I couldn't help but look around at this group of dear friends, few in number, and all of us still unexperienced at life, but there we were trying to honor God as best we've been able to figure out thus far, gathered of our own accord on a friday night to dip celery twice into salt water, to share wine and leave the front door open for Elijah and swallow stinging horseradish with a mix of tears and laughter. This, I think, is symbolic of our friendships themselves - a mix of salty and sweet, a sharing of both tears and laughter, as well as a little bit of going through the motions because even though we don't always feel it, we have faith that these gatherings, these people, do matter. And so we keep showing up. And these encounters, little by little, keep opening us up, keep deepening the communion we feel, until eventually, by learning to love a few people well, our hearts are expanded for the whole world.

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Saturday, February 14, 2015

100 Things I'm Loving Lately

Happy Valentine's Day!

Thanks, Leslie Shewring!

I hope each of you has something special planned today, even if it's just ordering your favorite pizza and attempting to watch a movie with your spouse while you breastfeed your newborn. ;)

Today's post is extra special, not only because today is national love-and-chocolate day, but also because this is my 100th post here on the Deer Jane blog! Time flies...

So to celebrate 100 posts, as well as riff on the "love" theme, today I'm listing 100 things I'm loving lately. Food, nursery boutiques, do-it-yourself projects, helpful resources... anything and everything in no particular order that I've stumbled across lately and thought, huh, that's pretty cool. I hope you'll check out some of the links for yourself and see what I'm talking about - there's a lot to love!

Ok, without further ado...

100 Things I'm Loving Lately

Category 1: Fun DIY ideas for the nursery

1. dreamcatcher
2. happy raincloud mobile
3. neon dinosaur garland
4. bear rug
5. galaxy star mobile
6. bright pom pom garland
7. nursery feature wall
8. teething crib rail guard
9. painted wood block nursery art
10. decoupage sign for kids' book nook

Category 2: Foodie blogs I'm loving:

11. sweet and sour cauliflower
12. ms food division
13. a thousand threads
14. the smoothie lover
15. gygi
16. milking almonds
17. not quite nigella
18. la gallette
19. whole hearted eats
20. deco tartelette

Category 3: Movements I'm digging:

21. a discussion on slow money, slow food, and slow church
22. slow blogging
23. the mother 'hood official video (funny!)
24. feeding the 5000
25. he for she
26. to write love on her arms
27. international arts movement
28. the children and nature movement
29. story of stuff project
30. craftivism

Category 4: Breastfeeding and diapering resources (5 each, respectively):

31. breastfeeding inc.
32. la leche league
33. kelly mom
34. international lactation consultant association
35. breastfeeding helpline
36. diaper jungle
37. baby naturale
38. seventh generation
39. real diaper association
40. kelly's closet

Category 5: Super stylish mommy bloggers you'll want to follow too:

41. Lauren Rebecca
42. Cara Loren
43. Casey Leigh
44. Ascot Friday
45. Hey Natalie Jean
46. Coconut Robot
47. Diary of an Addict
48. Anna Saccone
49. The Daybook
50. For the Love Of

Category 6: Little kids with big style on instagram:

51. @kelli_murray
52. @bleubird
53. @jetaimekyan
54. @lindseybelle
55. @ministylehacker
56. @gavinduh
57. @belandbeau
58. @gavster_07
59. @lilliesandleon
60. @miss_gabby_13

Category 7: Cute shops for baby things:

61. My Little Square
62. Pigeon Organics
63. Pure Pixie
64. Jumping Birds
65. Ella and Otto
66. Little Baby Company
67. Wren and Rumor
68. Little Beaux Sheep
69. Normadot
70. Little Goodall

Category 8: Tips and tricks for cloth diapering:

71. how to build your cloth diaper stash for cheap
72. how many cloth diapers do you need?
73. how to get free cloth diapers
74. 10 things you should never ever do to cloth diapers
75. diapers 101: my changing station and procedures
76. changing station inspiration
77. how to cloth diaper a newborn
78. what I wish I had known about cloth diapers
79. how to store cloth diapers until wash day
80. how to wash cloth diapers and why it's different than washing clothes

Category 9: Eco-conscious, go-to sites for baby shower gifts:

81. Deer Jane, of course ;)
82. Our Green House
83. The Honest Company
84. Under the Nile
85. Giggle
86. The Wooden Wagon
87. Bamboosa
88. Sage Creek Organics
89. The Natural Sleep Store
90. Jillian's Drawers

And of course, category 10: 10 mouth-watering Valentine's Day treats to make and eat today:

91. white chocolate bark bites
92. cherry jam heart pie pops
93. strawberry "roses"
94. raspberry mousse
95. fruit roll-up fortune cookies
96. heart-shaped churros
97. red velvet puppy chow
98. strawberry cupcakes (gluten-free!)
99. heart cookie sandwiches (gluten-free!)
100. pink lemon pound cake

I hope you loooved this list as much as I did! Ha, I can't stop with the love jokes, it seems. But seriously, have a wonderful Valentine's Day, and thanks for helping Deer Jane celebrate this milestone - 100 posts! Woo-hoo!

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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

And the winner is...

Good morning, friends! We've finally arrived at the moment we've all been waiting for - the announcement of who won Deer Jane's baby bandana bib giveaway!

I used the site to generate the winner, typing all the instagram entry names into a box and then clicking randomize, like so:

And after the site randomized the list for me, the name at the top and thus today's winner was...

Congratulations to @MRSMEGANHENRY! You are the lucky winner of a yellow bandana bib, and your friend @NIACAPRI wins a bib, too! YAY! Just have your friend get in touch with me either via email or an instagram direct message, letting me know if she'd prefer a pink or blue bib as her prize (there was only one yellow) and also where to send it! I'll need an address from you, too, @mrsmeganhenry. :)

Also, not to worry, I will be making more bandana bibs ASAP and getting those into the shop. Again, the Holiday Market before Christmas kind of depleted my storehouse on those, but just keep checking back and I'll have more up in the shop soon - with new colors options added, too! In the meantime, feel free to snag any of the bibs that are left (you can see those here) and check out the other items available as well, including some precious new swaddling blankets!

And thank you so much to everyone who entered the giveaway! There will certainly be more contests in the future, so stay tuned for more chances to win free Deer Jane goodies!

May our lives be good to the marrow!

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Monday, January 19, 2015

I'm On Holiday. You?

Happy MLK Day, friends!

I've decided to be like the rest of the world and take today off, even though I'm a freelancer. This is one of those business holidays that really means something, and it deserves to be observed. So... that means I'm extending the giveaway on the bandana bibs until tomorrow - January 20th! In the meantime, be sure to share it with your friends or enter yourself if you haven't. And I'll be back por la mañana to announce the winner!

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Monday, January 12, 2015

A Monday of Goodies and a Giveaway!

The past 6 months or so have been a roller coaster for Deer Jane as Jake and I have gone through the process of shopping for and then buying a house, majorly renovating it, living with my parents for a while, and having no real space or time to really develop new things for the shop. So today is a big day. I've wanted to make swaddle blankets for a long time now, but they needed to be right. The process needed to not be rushed.

So I asked all of you, the Deer Jane community, what you were looking for in a swaddle blanket for your babies. And here are some of the main things you said:

  • They should be made of muslin, because muslin is just the best for getting that snug swaddle. Plus muslin is breathable and can be thrown over a carrier or stroller.
  • They should be as large as possible, at least 42 inches or so, and even better if close to 50".
  • They should be organic, for a multitude of reasons including obviously the health of the baby, but also the health of the planet, and the health of the farmers who grow the cotton.   
  • The designs should be beautiful and unique - something you'd want to wrap your baby in, and a pattern or color that every other mom doesn't already have.
Well folks, I listened. It took me a looooong time to find a source of cotton muslin that was organic and certified fair trade, wide enough on the bolt to accommodate a larger sized blanket, had a snugly soft handfeel that I liked working with, and didn't cost $1000/yard. But I found one

And I'm not kidding when I say this is my new favorite fabric ever. I see why you guys love muslin. It's so buttery soft and lightweight and waffled - you can't help but want to touch, touch, touch it. 

I know you moms are going to feel the same way. The truth is, I can't compete with the mega companies who sell similar swaddles, at least not in terms of price, but I can certainly compete in terms of quality, durability, beauty, and above all, exclusivity. These are most definitely one-of-a-kind.

So... after a longer process than I would've liked, I nonetheless created a product that I am super proud of. And apparently you guys liked them too because I pretty much sold out at the Holiday Market I attended in December. 

Because of that, I only have 8 blankets left to put up in the shop today.  

If this goes anything like the Holiday Market, these last 8 swaddles will go fast. But I'm hoping to get another batch of them made and listed as quickly as possible. So do not despair.  

ALSO. Ok. You guys know I'm a sucker for giveaways. And surprise surprise I've decided to do a little giveaway for my new bandana dribble bibs. That's right, not only are there new swaddle blankets for the shop, there are new bandana bibs, too! However, I won't be listing the new bibs in the shop until the end of the contest - that way the winner gets first pick. 

So here they are. All whopping five of them, ha. (Again, the Holiday Market did some damage to my inventory. In a good way.) But there will be many more of these to come as well. They fit most babies 3 months - 2 years and have an adjustable velcro back closure.

Here is all you have to do to enter the contest:
  1. Follow Deer Jane on Instagram, if you don't already.
  2. I will be posting a pic to Instagram of one of the bandana dribble bibs above. All you have to do is comment, saying which one you would like to receive if you win.
  3. Tag a friend along with your comment, and if you win, they will win a bandana bib of their choice, too!
Pretty easy, right? 

I'll keep this giveaway going for ONE WEEK, so in the meantime be sure to tell anyone and everyone you know who might be interested in entering and winning a free bandana bib for their baby and a friend's! Or make it easy on yourself and just share this whole post to facebook. :)

Good luck, everyone!

Now be sure to head on over to the Deer Jane etsy shop to take a better look at those awesome new swaddles! I would love to hear what you think!

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Thursday, January 8, 2015

Coffee For Me and Clues For You

Hello, sweet friends! It's been a little while. I know it must seem like there's nothing going on around the shop to report, but actually the blog has been unattended this week because SO MUCH is going on around the shop. I've been a busy little bee.

In fact, I'm just taking a quick coffee break right now, trying to slow down and be still for a moment. I'm curled up on the sofa by the window with my steamy cup of joe, noticing the way the morning sunlight glistens off the frozen grass. It looks like my lawn is littered with tiny diamonds. If only! But no, truth be told, right now I'm just grateful for a warm house to call my own. It's freezing out there!

Ok. Break's over. No time for idle chatter today, folks. There's so much to do....

So I'm leaving you with 3 clues as to what I'm up to. Three clues in the form of instagram pics. Hmm... what do they mean? Heeheehee.

You tell me - can you guess what I'm up to today?
(Hint: it means new things in the shop soon! Hooray! Stay tuned!)

Clue numero uno:

I woke up at daybreak to take maximum advantage of the light.

Clue 2:

My hair is thrown up in an "I don't care what it looks like, let's just get it out of the way" top-knot.

And Clue number 3, perhaps the most revealing of all:

Hmmm.... stumped? Or not?

I'd love to hear your guesses!

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Thursday, December 25, 2014

Merry Christmas!

For unto us a Child is born,
Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

- Isaiah 9:6

Whether or not you celebrate Christmas in a religious way, and even whether or not you celebrate Christmas at all, I hope your day today is filled with joy, peace, and togetherness. And your New Year with every blessing. 

May our lives be good to the marrow.
Merry Christmas, everyone!

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