In 2011 I boarded a plane from Copenhagen, Denmark to London to attend the royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton. I grew up with a very sure knowledge that I was going to marry Prince William one day but after realizing that the dream might have been a little skewed, I figured if you don’t marry royalty, at least you can attend their wedding! In preparation for the big day, I designed a line of commemorative goods to sell at a rented booth on Portobello Road and on my online shop. It was an amazing experience and one of my very first business endeavors at Lars!
I received such a wonderful response to that first line of royal wedding products (here!) that I knew I had to do another in honor of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. Without further ado, I introduce The Royal Wedding Collection! These royal weddings are the fairytales of our time and I wanted to help everyone remember this special occasion. This collection also kicks off the opening of our new online shop! I invite you to go explore and check back often. We have some magical things in store for you and I don’t want you to miss any of it!
Rainbows continue to take center stage these days, and it seems like there are new products every week that are catching my eye! When spring and summer arrive all I want to wear are bright colors (actually that’s pretty true all year…) I decided to share some of my favorite picks as of late with this Rainbow Product Round Up. Let me know if you have anything to add to the list in the comments!
See all the lovely Rainbow Items and let me know your favorites!
During my visits to the midwife and subsequent hospital and doctor visits, one thing that has surprised me is how much concern has been shown about my mental health. I didn’t know I would be asked so often how I’m doing mentally as well as physically and it really got me thinking about all the intense feelings that are associated with all the drastic changes that come with motherhood, some we never get to talk about because we’re supposed to be so blissed out about the birth of our baby. And we are! But it can often be shrouded with a gloom that we don’t expect, want, or know how to handle. In this age of social media where hearing about postpartum depression is becoming much more normal than ever before, it’s been wonderful to know that we can talk about what a subject that used to be considered sensitive. In fact, 1 in 7 women experience postpartum depression–quite high–so we need to address it and treat it.
A few weeks ago I was privileged to sit down with an expert from Intermountain Healthcare, to talk about mental health and awareness for new moms. May is Mental Health month so it was the perfect opportunity to do so. Prior to giving birth, I had talked with a number of close friends about their experiences with postpartum depression and baby blues so I felt like I knew that it very well could be a possibility, even though I don’t have a history of depression myself nor does it run in my family. And that’s just it! You don’t have to have a history of depression in order to get postpartum depression. There are a number of other factors that can lead to it.
The more I had been prepped to address potential depression post-baby, the more questions I had, so talking with an expert was a genuine treat for me. I couldn’t help but flood her with questions. I feel incredibly lucky that I haven’t experienced it (yet?), but there have definitely moments since giving birth to Jasper where I can see how certain elements, if sustained, could contribute to a more permanent low period. I wanted to share some of the information I received in hopes that you might learn them yourself and share these resources with your friends. Intermountain Healthcare has some wonderful tips and information beneficial for new moms, but also just women in general.
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Time has literally FLOWN by these past few weeks and I can’t believe we made it through! With all the preparation for Craft the Rainbow, we’ve been pretty busy around these parts. But it was worth every second! Last Thursday we celebrated with a Craft the Rainbow Launch Party and it was so wonderful to see your excitement about the book! Because I know many of you were not able to attend (but totally should have flown out! ;), I wanted to share all the details from the special night. Indulge me for just a bit longer.
Take a look at all the colorful details of the party!
I have big dreams for my future garden. You probably know of my strong affinity for flowers. I love to smell them, pick them, buy them, make them, send them, look at them, and even watch them: Secret Garden and Anne of Green Gables are two of my all-time favorite films. Now I haven’t always had the greenest thumb, nor the space to cultivate my dream garden, but I have plans! The April 2018 Wallpaper Calendar by Monica Lynch is the perfect illustration of what I want my garden to look like! And a tree full of pink blossoms? Sign me up!
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