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In this series we are introducing you to our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality. Please welcome Jayne from The Tribe Store in Australia!
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Jayne.
I’m up really early, embarrassingly early really, and do some work on my laptop while watching US morning shows. I help the kids get ready for school and kindy and then go to work in our retail store and office for the day. My day involves hundreds of emails, customer service, product ordering, website updates, marketing , business development….until I go home, go for a bike ride, a walk to the beach or a swim with my children.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Santorini in the Greek Islands, St. Barts, St. Maarten, British Virgin Islands, Maldives, Tahiti, Lizard Island, Bedarra Island, ….I’m the queen of tropical island holiday getaways!!!
If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, The Tribe Store, what would you get and why?
As a bookaholic, I couldn’t go past the reading corner…I’d buy a couple of the Miroslav Sasek books. Perhaps “This is Greece” and “This is Paris”…they’re gorgeous reprints of children’s travel guides to major cities and countries first created in the 1960s. I’d kick back with my travel books on one of those sunny tropical islands with a funky pair of eyetribe sunnies and spend my loose change on a couple of postcards to send home.
Where can you find Jayne online?
Blogging about all things beautiful for little people- fabric, design, quirky ideas, sustainable living, life’s little luxuries and indulgences at The Nurtured Child. You can also keep up to date with the latest happenings at The Tribe Store by following along on Twitter!
In this series we are introducing you to our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality. Please welcome Christina from GorgeousBaby in Canada (don’t miss Christina’s own line of beautiful pouch slings on her site!).
Tell us about a typical day in the life of Christina.
I do my GorgeousBaby work from home while taking care of my 4 year old and 21 month old…so work is done in little snippets: answering emails over breakfast, phone calls & shipments packaged over naptime. My husband is very helpful and takes the children out of the house most every afternoon which provides an hour of earnest work. I usually am thinking of business from the time I wake up until we sit down for a late supper….and then I’ll be checking my blackberry for orders, etc until bedtime.
If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Back to Kauai! Haven’t been back since our honeymoon, and we’d love to share the experience with the wee ones. Being from the westcoast of Canada, the thought of warm water swimming is pretty dreamy.
Where can you find Christina online?
Blogging about her awesome baby carriers at the GorgeousBaby Blog. You can also keep up to date with the latest happenings at GorgeousBaby by fanning them on Facebook or following along on Twitter!
What’s even better than sharing baby sling love with your children? Having a close friend who does as well. At Sakura Bloom, we hear a lot from parents who are teaching the ropes to their friends and family, showing them the hows, whens, and whys of using a baby sling. Our dream is to reach the point where everyone on the block knows how to put on and use a sling.
Two women in Chicago are helping us get closer to this goal by spreading the word with style and care. We’re thrilled to introduce them to you in this interview, two of our favorite Sakura Bloom mothers: Carrie and Heather!
Tell us about yourselves, your families, and your favorite things.
Heather - I’ve been married to Mark for 8 years and have two kids, Moriah who is 3 and Isaac who is 8 months old. I stay at home with the kids and love being a Mom. My first experience with slings was when I was on a missions trip to Malawi, Africa in my college days. I always thought that someday when I had kids of my own I’d love to use the simplicity of a sling. I like to get my hands into many different crafts and hobbies and always seem to be doing some project.
Carrie – I have degrees in math and physics. When my son came home, I expected to go back to graduate school a few months later. Well, last words and all. Turns out the little man needed me with him. I am now the mother of two children, both born in South Korea. My son is almost four and my daughter who just turned 2. We live in Chicago, but still miss our hometown of Ann Arbor and hope to move back there someday. My favorite things? SHOES! And BAGS! And SLINGS! Seriously, I freely admit that I have a passion for heels, handbags, and Sakura Bloom slings. Did you know you can carry a baby in a Sakura Bloom sling while wearing 4″ heels and still be comfy? Because you can. I’ve done it.
I work part time while my husband is with the kids as a photographer. It is something I fell into and really love. I love the math side of it; I’m always seeing angles, etc. while I am shooting. I think perhaps once the kids are in school, I will go back to grad school. But we’ll see.
You two became friends through your love of baby carriers. What have you learned from each other over the years?
Heather - I learned my love for ring slings from Carrie. I used mostly mei tais and wraps and saw how easy a ring sling was with her kids and decided to give it a try.
Carrie - To not be such a stereotypical guilty mother! Heather also taught me how to wrap. I think I introduced her to Sakura Blooms? (Yes, she says I did)
People often can’t refrain from commenting on babies in slings. What are the best comments you’ve received from strangers?
Heather - My favorite is always “I wish they had one of those when I had babies”. I mostly just love being an example and then get such joy out of seeing my friends buy a sling for themselves. Isaac is a real cuddler so lately I’ve been getting comments about how cozy the sling is and how much he seems to love it.
Carrie - The one I get most often is, “That’s the best seat in the house!” Darn straight it is. Love it.
Do you share slings?
Heather – I’ll try them on… that’s how I fell in love with Sakura Bloom ring slings =)
Carrie - We have. Not often enough though!
What do you wish all new parents knew about baby slings?
Heather - They’re simplistic. They also encourage bonding and getting to know your child and his/her needs. It also allows you to get other stuff done and to get around easily when a stroller isn’t always convenient.
Carrie - That they are the best things ever. Seriously. My babies are so comfortable in slings and I love having them close to me. That and Sakura Blooms are comfortable and stylish! Can’t beat that. They are fabulous in the city, as strollers just don’t always work so well on public transit. I love how easily I can adjust my children in a Sakura Bloom from my hip to my lap (or from my back or from my front…) while riding a train.
I wish I could give every adoptive parent a sling. Using them is probably the single best thing we did with both our children to encourage attachment.
If you could choose just one Sakura Bloom sling for each other, which one would it be and why?
Heather - Surf Luxe because of the amazing support for her kids and the color would be stunning on her and her kids.
Carrie - Sol Luxe because she looks amazing in orange and I hate her for it.
(Thanks to Carrie, Heather, and their beautiful families from all of us at Sakura Bloom. Next time in Chicago!)
The ABC Kids Show in Las Vegas is the place to be September 13-16! Be sure to add Sakura Bloom to your map and come visit us in Booth #414. Our eco-friendly booth itself is always as big a hit as our slings!The entire booth is made of recycled materials—reclaimed wood for the frame and tables, paper made from recycled yogurt containers for our photographs, and wood from old wine barrels for our chairs. A 100% eco-friendly booth that is just gorgeous! Seeing all of our linen and silk slings against the dark wood of the booth is really something. As pretty as the slings look in photos, seeing them in person, feeling them, and trying them on takes it to another level entirely!
Want to save time at the show? Fill out our wholesale application before you go to familiarize yourself with our line and to keep current with all the latest happenings and offerings from Sakura Bloom!
We look forward to seeing you in Vegas!
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