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Cotton Candy.  Praline.  Mochi.  Rock Candy.  Taffy.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, Sakura Bloom is delighted to launch our new Pixie Collection.  This limited edition collection features a single layer of gorgeous striped linen.  In colors as sweet as the candies which inspired them, these slings are strong and supportive but also lightweight and fun.

Perfect for a spring or summer baby.  Perfect for any time!

View the Pixie Collection!

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 Salina from Dipaer Lab in Cambridge, MA (Boston)!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Salina.
Depends on the day …. but it’s almost always chaotic!  At first it was life with 2 under 2 years old, now it’s life with 1 preschooler and 1 toddler.  3 weeks out of the month I work from home trying to answer emails, phone calls, reports and ordering while balancing the needs of my toddlers!  Luckily my husband is also working from home, but there are some days when it feels like neither of us gets very much done!  But WE LOVE being home with our two kiddos and know that we’ll be sad when this stage of our life passes!  5 days a month I am away from my family in Boston working at our retail store, Diaper Lab.  I miss my family, but I also LOVE being in the store meeting customers and educating families about cloth diapering and babywearing!  I also have to say that we have a WONDERFUL staff at our store and I love the camraderie and mom talk that goes on when I visit!

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Hmmm….it’s hard to narrow it down, but there are a few places I would love to see…Hawaii.  It sounds trite, but everyone says it’s beautiful.  I would love to revisit London.  I have a thing for urban centers…I just love the energy!  That’s part of the reason I miss Boston and Harvard Square so much!  And, I would love to take a Norweigian Cruise!  There is one that goes through London-Iceland-Ireland-Shetland Isles-Norway that sounds amazing!  Though I have to admit this is a compromise between my husband and I since he loves the cold weather!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, Diaper Lab, what would you get and why?
This is a hard question, mostly because I have tried or own all of the things I love in our store!  But, if I had $100 to spend in my own store to purchase gifts for friends, this is what I would gift:  Monkey Foot Designs Wet Bags!  They are awesomely cute in so many hip, chic, fun fabric patterns and work and hold up incredibly well!  Even if you do not use them for cloth diapering, they work well as cosmetics/travel bags, swimsuit bags and as a bag for wet clothes in the diaper bag.

Where can you find Salina online?
Keep up to date with the latest happenings at Diaper Lab by fanning them on Facebook and 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 Julie from Simple Cloth in Olympia, Washington!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Julie.
My typical day: waking up super-early to a hungry little nurser, trying to sleep a bit longer, coffee, breakfast, email, bathing dirty little bodies, dressing clean little bodies, sneaking in a shower for myself, finding little shoes and pairing them with wiggly little feet, finding more shoes and pairing them with bigger little feet, putting first little shoes on little feet AGAIN, rushing out the door to preschool and to work at my store, meeting babies and families at Simple Cloth, talking about babies and diapers and carriers, answering phones, answering emails, packing orders, closing shop, rushing to the loading dock at the post office with packages of “fluffy mail,” driving home, slipping into PJ’s immediately, dinner with family, dancing and playing with family, rounding up little boys for bedtime routine, stories, little boy bedtime, trying to stay awake for television and relaxation with husband, stumbling to bed earlier than I’d like to admit.

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
If I could go on vacation anywhere in the world…hmmm…with just my husband I’d choose the French Riviera.  It seems like the perfect combination of beaches, outdoor cafes, and romance.  With my family, I’d choose The Outer Banks of North Carolina.  We actually go there each summer and it’s a wonderful, scenic beach vacation without a lot of commercialism.  We just enjoy each other’s company, play on the beach, and relax at the beach house.  Dreamy!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, Simple Cloth, what would you get and why?
If I won the $100 certificate for Simple Cloth, I’d buy a bunch of the Clothmopolitan bamboo velour wipes (ultra-luxurious!)  and more FuzziBunz diapers (love ’em!)

Where can you find Julie online?
Keep up to date with the latest happenings at Simple Cloth by fanning them on Facebook and 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 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. MaartenBritish Virgin Islands, MaldivesTahiti, 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 Samantha from The Little Sling Co. in London, England!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Samantha.
A typical day in my life is a combination of Alice in Wonderland and The Brady Bunch, but in fast forward.  In all honesty, my day truly begins at 12am, when I climb into bed.  Our girls, aged 3 years and 7 months, are tucked up in the middle of our super king size bed; of which hubby and I are relegated to the measly outside sections (hubby says he wants to stop at two, so this sleeping arrangement suits him to a tee and is a very effective method of birth control!).  So, my day begins at midnight as this is when the house is quiet and I can get the most work done.  I try to wrap up by 2 or 3 am and sleep till about 9am.  The rest of my day is spent (with Coco in her Blackberry Stripe sling) changing nappies, singing nursery rhymes and doing ‘happy clappy’ songs, feeding dogs, pretending to be a princess in distress, cooking imaginary (and real) dinners, washing the endless piles of laundry (it’s amazing – the smaller and tinier they are, the more laundry they go through!), doing the ‘school run’, answering emails, updating facebook, phone calls etc., and then hopefully at the end of a long day putting my feet up to watch a film with hubby.  (But this month is anything but typical as we are getting ready for our first retail trade show – The Baby Show at Excel in London!!)

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?

For my ideal holiday I would got to Utopia!  I have heard so much about it, but never been.  I picked Utopia because there (so I hear), they get up with your children (feed, change and play with them) at the crack of dawn so that you can have a ‘lie in’. They have sunshine that doesn’t burn, sea water that doesn’t sting, pool water without chlorine, and beaches with sand that just brushes off. The food is divine, the deserts are fat free and best of all the alcohol does not give you a hangover. I checked to see if we could get just two weeks there over Easter, but they are fully booked!  Guess I will have to settle for…the Maldives (never been) or my sister’s house in Clearwater, Florida – great company, fun shopping and good weather.  If anyone picks London as their ideal holiday (which somehow, I don’t think anybody will) please give us a shout!

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, The Little Sling Co., what would you get and why?
If I were to buy ‘anything’ from The Little Sling Company, it would be a pure Scottish cashmere Lovey sling and if it were to be anything from Sakura Bloom, I would take my $100 and blow the whole lot on a Lotus Artisan silk sling. Already owning a highly coveted Blackberry Stripe I could do with a splash of pink to brighten our dreary London days.  Truth be told I have a Lotus en route and I cannot wait to get my hands on it and my baby, Coco’s, chubby little bottom inside it!

Where can you find Samantha online?
You can keep up to date with the latest happenings at The Little Sling Co. by fanning them on Facebook!

In this series we introduce you to some of our wonderful retailers, the amazing women who are helping us to make the Spread the Love benefit a reality.  Please welcome Aurelia from The Frog and The Princess!

Tell us about a typical day in the life of Aurelia.
My days are scheduled from the moment I wake up at 6am to the moment I go to bed around 11.  I work for about an hour before I get my three kids up and off to school at 8:45, and then go straight to my office and work until 4.  I have a great team that I work with, and we work hard together everyday to keep everything running smooth at The Frog and The Princess.  From 4-6 is devoted to my children with homework and activities, then dinner, and then I check emails and updates for about another hour or so before finishing up the day getting the kids to bed and relaxing with my husband.  I absolutely love my job and my family and really enjoy my life!

If you could go on vacation anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
I would go to Turks and Caicos.  It just seems so gorgeous and it does not entail the extra long plane ride that comes with a place like Hawaii!  I think a true vacation for me would be somewhere without a internet connection…

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, The Frog and The Princess, what would you get and why?
Okay, if I won the gift certificate to my own store, I would get bedding for my daughter.  She is 9 and already pushing for a “teen” room.  We have been looking and it is either going to be a classic look with Serena and Lily Shell quilt or a black and white theme.  Either way, there are tons of options to coordinate, and re-decorating her room is going to be fun for both of us.

Where can you find Aurelia online?
Blogging about the latest luxury offerings for your mini at The Frog and The Princess Shopping Blog.

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.

If you won the $100 giftcard to your own store, GorgeousBaby, what would you get and why?
Oh, how to choose a Sakura Bloom? I LOVE the softness of Spice and yet Storm is so classic…probably Storm!

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!

Babies. Parents. Community!  Babywearing groups around the world do incredible work introducing new parents to the joys of baby carriers.  We invite you to join us in an international fundraiser to benefit 60 of the world’s top babywearing groups.

Together with thirty-six of our amazing retailers worldwide (scroll down to see who!) we are thrilled to announce the Sakura Bloom Spread the Love Benefit.

Here’s how you can join in to Spread the Love and Win Big:

Purchase a $10 Spread The Love ticket. Each ticket enters you into a drawing to win one of thirty-six $100 gift certificates donated generously by our participating retailers—a total of $3,600!

All proceeds from the benefit will be used to provide each babywearing group with a silk Sakura Bloom sling for their lending library of baby carriers.

Tickets will be on sale February 1-14 and winners will be announced on Wednesday, February 17.

And….there’s a bonus! The babywearing group with the most tickets purchased in their name—just enter your group’s name in the comments box at checkout—will receive an entire wardrobe of Sakura Bloom slings!  What is a wardrobe of Sakura Blooms?  A big package from us containing our full range of linen and silk slings!

Buy a ticket or two (or as many as you’d like!) and show your support for babywearing groups here, there, and everywhere!

Are you following along with the 7 lucky moms of the Sakura Bloom Triathlon?  Lots of fun!  We have just announced the winner of our Round 1 Challenge – The Interview.  Each mom had three questions to answer and the winner receives a $100 gift certificate to fawn&forest!

The questions were:sakura_200by150_animated

  1. What first interested you in babywearing?
  2. How is your personality reflected in your parenting style?
  3. If you could spend a year traveling with your family, where would you go and why?

These interviews were beautiful!  Head over to Adventures in Babywearing to read their answers and find out who we chose as the winner!

Be sure to also follow along on each of our moms blogs!

Becca from Crunchy Yuppie

Brittany from 4 little men & girly twins

Danielle from DGVE Law

Donya from Crooked Eyebrow

Leigh from Marvelous Kiddo

Marcela from 8 year olds & Babies

Sara Sophia from tout-est-des-roses

Round 2 is the Photo Contest.  Stay tuned!