Thank you all so much for your kind thoughts and well wishes. If you haven't read the comments on today's earlier post, please do. You will leave feeling ready to climb mountains, sure as certain.
Little Alouette Give Away!
And I do feel ready to climb. I really do. As prone as I ordinarily am to a good whine-fest, I am feeling extraordinarily hopeful. I just can't help but feel like we will one day look back on this time, all of us, not just the Blue Yonder gang, and realize that it was a turning point… a change for the better.
In this moment we all get a chance to be open to new ideas, to take some chances, to return to creativity, frugality and ingenuity – to dig in and lean forward, to help each other out. All good stuff, but that last bit is key.
I think that one of the real benefits of this recession is that it will force us to draw more closely together as families and as communities.
I'm going to be on the lookout for ways to do that here… to share good information, to support good work, to trade tips, to rally and to encourage.
Part of that will be doing my part to help get the word out about people who are turning their passions into ways to provide for their families. If we must spend money, I'd like to do it in a way that will help someone else out too.
To kick things off tonight, I'd like to introduce you to Amy, and her baby, LIttle Alouette. Amy is crazy cool and Little Alouette is wood for wee ones. Oh but it's so much more… really, it's art, cleverly disguised as teethers and toys for small people. Beyond the beautiful pieces though is an even more beautiful story – two people in love, sharing their talents, inspired by their children, following their dreams, and adding something good to the world.
Have a look:
Lovely in every little way, right? It nearly kills me to visit their shop. I'd like to have one of everything for my new nephew. I'd also like to sneak into their shop and flat out wallow in all that gorgeous woodsyness.
The best part? I get to share a bit of LIttle Alouette with you! One very lucky Blue Yonder reader will get to wrap their fingers around this amazing Maple Wood Rattle Stick. And also an extra little super secret surprise!
It's satin-y smooth and woody and makes noise and I kinda would like to just hold one and stare at it for a while. Wouldn't you? You can even share it with a baby that you like a whole lot if you want to.
All you have to do is visit Little Alouette, then come back here and tell me all about your favorite toy in the comments section. On Monday morning I will pick a random winner and Amy will send your Rattle Stick right to your door, you lucky dog!
As always, there are also a couple of ways to earn extra entries…
1) Give me your best "use it up, make do or do without" tip.
2) Tell me about your favorite online mom and/or pop shop. I'm looking for real people doing real good work. It can be artists, craftspeople, or … well anyone really, so long as it is someone who is making something wonderful and in turn making ends meet for their family. It can even be YOU!
Also, if you are currently in the market for something to make a little one happy, you're in luck. Amy has offered Blue Yonder readers free shipping on the Harper, Ellie, Triangle and Calla teethers through midnight Saturday. Just enter the code "blueyonderlove" in the "message to seller" section when you make your purchase.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone! We will see ya back here on Monday!
**** This Contest is Now Closed****
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