Thursday, May 8, 2014

Meet Chrissy & Megan // The Kindred Street

I'm always on the hunt for a great deal and cute clothes for my kids, but one of the big reasons I started this blog was to meet amazing people and share them with you! I love meeting new people and connecting with and learning from them. It just makes life so rich. I've come across many small shops through instagram and etsy and there's so many gems out there! But every now and then I come across a shop that not only has great items, but solid people behind it. People that challenge my way of thinking... people I want to learn from. This specific company I'm introducing you today promotes a message on every single piece of apparel for adults and kids! It's a message we all need to hear and keep on repeat in our brains :) Chrissy and Megan are reminding us to be kind! They aren't just reminding us though, they're taking action themselves! Here's a little tid bit from their blog that explains:

"Putting kindness into action is the concept that motivated us to open our online store. Proceeds from our merchandise will help fund a variety of non-profit organizations close to our hearts. In doing this we hope to shine light on those doing good in the world; proving that kindness is tangible and real and that giving to others is accessible and not so far out of reach."

I just love that! Thanks for paving the way for your children and setting a wonderful example for all of us! Life is so much bigger than a shirt we wear. Our fashion statements can mean something even more and you've totally done that! For those of you that are not familiar with this amazing company, let me show you what they have to offer! Not only is the message simple and beautiful, but the tees and tanks are so cozy you could sleep in them so really its a no brainer to support them! Check it out...

This tank is so perfect! Not too baggy, not too tight... a mamas dream basically ;) Very flattering and the colors make it so i can wear it with ANYTHING.

(peruvian bracelets c/o paint the town me)

speaking of being kind... ;) love when they have moments like this!

These grey v-necks are also perfect! Ryder likes to wear his to preschool to spread the message :)

They also have super soft raglan tees with "be kind" on them. All three of my kids love these! I think they just feel extra cool in them for some reason haha. They live in their tees basically, so we've been spreading the message everywhere! Grocery stores, the dance studio, school, church, playdates, the park, the mall... yup, everywhere.

My girly proudly sporting her pink v-neck. (headband c/o baby jules boutique)

Here's one more little excerpt from their blog. Just so you get a better idea of what these ladies are all about..

"What does kindness mean to us?

  • Kindness means thinking of others before yourself.
  • Kindness is an action to bless someone else with a genuine heart.
  • Kindness is making someone feel good about who they are.
  • Kindness means loving our differences.
  • Kindness means doing something unexpected to make someone feel good." 

I'm more than honored to share these women and their shop with you! They not only sell these great clothes with the "be kind" message on them, but they have a great blog where they share personal experiences, diy's, food inspirations, decorating tips and more! You'll also see them invite guest bloggers in to share as well! These two friends are beautiful inside and out, I'd totes hang out with them if I lived on the west coast! I was fortunate enough to be able to pick their brains a little so let me share our little interview sesh with you!

Chrissy and her adorable crew

Megan and her cute as ever fam

Chrissy and Megan with their boys <3 I could eat those little blondies up!

How was "The Kindred Street" born? 
The Kindred Street was born out of a desire to create something bigger than ourselves. We wanted to create something that would fulfill our creative needs but also encourage and highlight other women's talents and gifts while providing a way to give back to others.

Who or what has inspired you the most?
CP: Women who are doing what they love inspire me. I get so inspired by entrepreneurial women like Marie Forleo and Susan Peterson. They found what their niche, their talents and they are putting it out there and owning it! 

MP: I've been inspired by many but most recently, I've been incredibly moved by Richie & Natalie Norton and their book, The Power of Starting Something Stupid. Its truly a must read! Within two chapters it had me reexamining how I was living my life. Its a book about solidifying your vision- your dreams- making them real and doing it authentically, because life is not only made richer from achieving your dreams, but also from doing so while remaining true to yourself.

What is one of the biggest lessons you've learned from starting your own business? 
CP: Do your research and planning but in the end just do it! Just publish your blog, put the paint to paper, or create what's in your mind and don't listen to other people's judgments. Do what makes you happy and you'll learn tips and tricks along the way that make you more successful at what your are setting out to do.

MP: Finding your passion is critical, it's what will keep you putting one foot in front of the other when you hit that inevitable rough patch. But it’s also important to realize that passion alone won’t fuel your business. In fact, excitement can actually cloud your thinking. You need to be realistic about your new business and prepare. Passion is great, but it must be tempered by planning and preparation.

What do you hope to accomplish within the next year?
CP: I hope to continue writing about my life experiences as a mom, therapist, and creative person in a meaningful way that others can connect to. I also hope to keep designing classic and cool apparel and accessories that spread positive messages and help raise money for the charities that are close to my heart.

MP: I hope to continue to discover and cultivate what drives me creatively. I also hope to dedicate more time serving my community.

What is a typical day like for you? 
CP: Wake up to my toddler alarm clock, play with trains and cars with cup of coffee in hand. Sneak in a break here and there during our play time to check emails, and post to our social media accounts. Head to the gym, go for a run or play date and then back home for nap time. During nap time I blog, take photos, create something for our DIY posts, or schedule clients for my therapy work. I try to squeeze in a load of laundry and clean the dishes here and there as well. After nap time we head outside again to see neighbors, friends, or go to the beach or park. When my husband get's home from work he usually decides what to make for dinner (I know I'm so blessed to have a man that likes to cook), I help with my sous chief duties while entertaining our son Waylon Early evening usually consists of dinnertime, bath, reading a book on trucks or trains, and then bedtime for Waylon. Once the babe is asleep we have dinner, a glass or two of wine and relax or fall asleep watching some show we are currently addicted to. 

MP: A typical day includes a handful or more of the following: Coffee, legos, emails, foo fighters, food photography, chocolate, air drumming, emails, park, gym, air guitar, hunting for treasure, listening to music, making dinner, building forts, making desserts, tv watching, cookbook reading.

If you could be bff's with any celebrity who would it be?
CP: Hands down Jennifer Lawrence; she's exploding with talent, has amazing style and extremely down-to-earth. 

MP: Three-way-tie between Tina Fey, Carrie Brownstein and Kristen Wiig…the ultimate friend trifecta. 

What is something super quirky about you?
CP: I love the smell of paper and when given a new book will instinctively put my nose in the pages to smell it. I hope you're all not weirded out by me now. ;)

MP: I believe that dessert tastes better when I'm alone. Trust me, it does.

I'm obsessed with Kristen Wigg and love sniffing paper! So, basically WE are kindred guys ;) Thanks for sharing Chrissy and Megan!! I'm totally going to check that book out, Megan! I admire how hard working and dedicated you and your families are! I've told you before, but I'll tell you again... LOVE what you're doing and am honored to stand behind you in support in any way! It seems like you two compliment each other so well which is awesome! If any of you out there reading this would be interested in purchasing a tee or tank for you or your little, just hop on over to their website,! Chrissy and Megan are so sweet that they want to offer a discount code for you all to use there as well!! Just use the code, "THELITTLESLIFE" and receive 20% off your entire purchase! It's good from today till June 7th. You can also check out their blog on the website too! You'll be hooked! They do an amazing job and are so genuine. Be sure to follow them on instagram (@thekindredstreet) to know when they have sales, updates, and giveaways as well!! Thanks again so much ladies, it was a joy getting to know you a little better!

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