I am always on the hunt for battery and noise free things for H to play with to help him increase that big brain’s knowledge, and to help make learning a little easier and a little more fun for both of us. Don’t get me wrong, the dude loves his trucks, but sometimes mama needs some quiet play time with no sirens or rumbles or music blaring from a plastic toy. Especially now that he’s almost two and a half, I’m really trying to work with him on intentional play to encourage his imagination and vocabulary. It’s so much fun to carry on actual conversations with this tiny little human that just used to sit there and stare at me all day!
Jess and her husband have called their son the “wee beastie” since he was a baby (it’s even his hashtag on Instagram!). She knew she wanted the name to honor her son, but she also desired to keep some anonymity as she wanted to be respectful of his privacy online. Little Beasties seemed like the perfect way to pay homage to her son without using his actual name, and convey the target market for her products. After all – what kid isn’t a little beastie now and then?!
During her very few minutes of downtime, Jess loves to read! She’s a regular at the gym (but even then, you’ll still find her reading!), and enjoys going on hikes with her family and tries to get outside as much as possible when the weather cooperates.
Jess’ love of crafting hasn’t always been so. She has tried many creative pursuits over the years, and has enjoyed trying new crafts, but her love of sewing, knitting and crocheting is a very recent development. It always seemed so intimidating to her, like something she couldn’t do unless she had someone sitting next to her and telling her the steps each time. Jess is mostly self-taught (although she does call her grandma with questions pretty regularly), so it’s definitely a learning process, but it’s not as scary as she had built it up to be in her head!
She was surprised to discover that there was nothing like what she wanted on Etsy already, so she recreated a piece of her childhood! It’s a really great toy for babies and toddlers, especially if you need to keep them occupied quietly on a plane or at the doctor’s office. The hankies are all made of flannel or cotton, fully customizable, and can even be made with crinkle fabric inside, for babies who like a little extra sensory stimulation. By far, Jess considers these her my most “genius” idea!
While I’m over here with H, barely out of our PJs by noon, Jess is running her shop and being a fantastic mom to her 1.5 kiddos. However, even though I look to her as someone who has her stuff together, most days she feels like she doesn’t have the balance thing down. Jess says that it’s hard to balance mom life and work, especially when you can’t physically leave to get work done. For a while, things were a little hectic in her home. She was new to the Etsy world, and was dedicating all of my free time to shop stuff – which meant that Jess had almost no time to spend with her husband, because the only times she could work were during naps and in the evening, and the time she was spending with my son wasn’t fun, because she was stressing about all the work she wasn’t getting done.
This spring, Jess made the decision to slow things way down, thanks to being pregnant and moving to a new house, and it really gave her the time to reevaluate how she wants to run Little Beasties shop. So, going forward, balance for Jess means that as soon as her son is down for his nap, she is working. Her phone is off, the internet is off, and she has about three hours to crank out toys/answer messages/photograph products/etc. As soon as he’s awake, Jess is off the clock. She also bought a planner this year to keep track of what needs to be finished for the shop by the end of each week. Time will only tell how this plan works for her and her family, but Jess looking forward to more productivity and less stress!
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