Thursday, October 23, 2014

Giveaway Winners!



THANK YOU all again so much for celebrating with me and taking part in my 2k giveaway!! It really means the world to me! I started this blog with the intention of highlighting the wonderful people that sacrifice SO much, risking it all, to chase a dream. That dream is opening a small business and that cannot be successful without people knowing it's there and knowing how great the product is!! The perk is getting to know the people who started though. I want customers or potential ones, to be able to connect with the shop owner in a more personal way. Really, at the end of the day we are all people doing the day today to get by, but how much richer is this life when we truly connect with others. My grandad always said, life is all about relationships! 

So, thank you for following me and the others! Your support is everything! And I promise you won't be disappointed with these ladies/shop owners! They were picked by me because they're truly one of a kind!!

And without further delay...
The winners of the giveaway are on the right of the shop! Please email me your address (thelittleslife@gmail.com) and any other contact info and I will forward it to the shop!! You should hear from them within a couple days (I know it's hard but we all have super busy lives, jobs, and families), but if you don't, please contact me! 

@ofonesea
@mamatoallboysp
@lovedbyhannahandeli
@jennifermariexc
@sugarplumlanebaby
@klayton0503
@the_flourish
@vdwarrick
@goodseeds_apparel
@moonbeamsandstars
@finomenonkids
@jessicalarabee
@humblehilo
@maddiereaz
@mulberrypressco
@yanachka_e46
@bestillclothingcompany
@kristella_marie
@vicariousclothing
@mumamichellexo
@featherson1st
@hdippold23
@rileyclaydesigns
@kmurl18
@birdapparel
@emmyjbh
@saltandpeppertees
@nashlanesmom

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Meet Jayme // Kate&jAMES

Jayme and Katie are the creative minds behind a shop that I'm sure you've heard of by now, Kate&jAMES! It's like they got in our heads and made tees that were exactly what we wanted for our kids, but didn't even know it! They sent my boys a couple tees and they're really so perfect! First of all they are super soft American Apparel tees so you KNOW the quality and comfort are there. Second, the designs are simple, yet playful, and witty. Straight and to the point cute! Not only that, but these ladies are so so great. I had the pleasure of chatting with Jayme and getting to know her and really guys, it's just icing on the cake when you feel like you're talking to a friend. Jayme has been awesome and it's so clear that both of these ladies have a real passion for creating a building a business that stands on its own and that brings kids something unique and fitting. Something that plays off of their personalities and highlights the best parts of being a kid! That's what I love about their designs. These ladies make it look easy, and we all know that it couldn't be more the opposite! Take a look at the tees we like to sport from Kate&jAMES!


yup... steeling mommy's coffee


"You're pretty much my favorite of all time in the history of ever"


moccs from Faas Design


my kinda time ;)


my little shredder "on beach time" // I love the pop of colors







There's way more to see on their website so make sure you check that out (scroll down to see the discount code), BUT FIRST... please meet the lovely Jayme from Kate&jAMES! She has great goals and aspirations and shares a little advice for anyone considering taking the plunge into being a business owner!


could they be any cuter? The lovely Jayme and Katie (left to right)!

 Where did the name, Kate&jAMES come from? 

We came up with Kate&jAMES after racking our brains for days about what to call our brand. Turns out our first name nicknames for each other seemed to fit perfectly. I call Katie, Kate, and I'm Jayme, and Katie calls me James. So Kate&James. :)


What inspired you to start your own business? 

We were inspired to start Kate&jAMES out of the love for design and our babes. We wanted to create something fresh, creative and that would work for all kids. 


What is something on your bucket list that you're dying to check off? 

theres a few mommas/lil babes out there that we would eventually love to collaborate with. fingers crossed!


How would you describe your own style? 

Simple. 


What does a typical day look like for you? 

Right now, Katie and I both work "other" jobs so we are usually either at work or working on K&J or enjoying time with our families! Right now it's been pretty crazy trying to juggle everything and the growth of K&J but things are looking incredibly positive for us, so hopefully we can focus on just K&J in the near future. 


What advice would you give to someone considering taking the jump and starting their own business? 

Go Slow, Start Small, and stick to your gut in regards to your designs. Keep it authentic to what your brand stands for and go for it!!!


What is something super quirky/unexpected about you? 

Kate and I have known each other for over 20 years. :)


Thanks so much for sharing Jayme! It's been a pleasure getting to know you and representing such a kid centered brand! I love your advice to "stick to your gut" when starting your own company! It's all a part of being authentic and I think people can sense that when they are browsing a website/IG. I wish you and Katie all the best of luck, though you don't need it because clearly you guys are doing fab!! Thanks for allowing me to represent your brand and spread the good word a little. We are all about shopping local and supporting small businesses! Making this big world a little smaller is one of my very favorite things!

Go visit  www.kateandjames.bigcartel.com and use the code THELITTLESLIFE for 15% off of your purchase!! That's right, the prices are already affordable and now they are a steal!! You have two weeks to use the code (good 'till 10/23), but don't wait till they're out of what you want! Happy shopping and Friday EVE :)

Friday, October 3, 2014

Beauty in Pain


I'll be honest... parts of today have been pretty hard. More hard emotionally than physically. Most times I'm fine and tend to be positive, but if I'm to be completely transparent, there's also the occasional times where I'm flooded with awful feelings of defeat and negativity. Where it's all I can do to just get dressed bc my mind is so blown with crazy emotions that battle on and on. Moments where I feel like a freak, a science experiment that is sure to be ongoing. I can feel like I'm alone, different, broken, exhausted and a burden. Pretty soon after, I'm just plain angry at myself for wallowing in the trap of self pity in the first place! So frustrating. I know that I'm blessed, that there are many others that have it way worse, that at these times I'm just letting the dark thoughts take over. I must be still. I must start over. What is real? What is true? I must quiet my head, my soul.

“Jesus lost all his glory so that we could be clothed in it. He was shut out so we could get access. He was bound, nailed, so that we could be free. He was cast out so we could approach. And Jesus took away the only kind of suffering that can really destroy you: that is being cast away from God. He took so that now all suffering that comes into your life will only make you great. A lump of coal under pressure becomes a diamond. And the suffering of a person in Christ only turns you into somebody gorgeous.” 
—Tim Keller | Walking with God through Pain and Suffering 

We will all experience pain and suffering. I think that's something I need to remember too. It's OK to be a mess and cry sometimes. It's OK to let people in who love and care for me. I can be genuine with my kids and let them in too... let them see how I navigate through. I want them to see me for who I am. There will be good days and bad days. But ultimately my Savior knows my pain and He has promised to never leave me and to carry me through. Thank God for truth, for people who love me no matter what kind of day I'm having or how scarred I am, and for my health and ability to care for my loved ones. 

I wrote this mostly so that I could look back on it when I have another bad day, but I'm going to publish it just in case I can be a friend to someone else who's stuck in a bad moment, a lonely dark corner. You are not alone and The Lord hears your every prayer... even the whispers... even the unspoken. Let's be refined together.