Capture Your Adoption Story with Little Nugget

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At Little Nugget we recognize not all families start with a little blue line. Some families are built biologically. Some are blended through marriage. Some through adoption. Regardless of how a family is built, all that matters is a family is a family. Every family has a story to tell, moments to remember, and milestones to capture. Our mission is to help all families capture their story.

Announcing Our Adoption Milestone Category!

We’re excited to announce a new category in our app specifically for adoptive families. From making your adoption announcement to filling out paperwork to finding your match to meeting your child, you can now capture every adoption milestone with Little Nugget.

Capture your adoption milestones with Little Nugget.

Adoption can be a long, emotional and demanding journey for parents. Capturing your adoption story from the beginning is important. It’s the story of how you became parents. It’s the story of how you built your family. It’s a story your child will one day look back on and treasure. We’re so honored to help families tell their story.

Send us your adoption milestones.

Recognizing every adoption is different, we worked with some incredible adoptive families to create milestone artwork that covers all potential milestones. A special thank you to Claire Johnson and Leanne Johnson for your input and help. If something is missing or you have a sticker idea, please email us at hello@littlenuggetco.com.

Share your adoption journey. Send us your adoption milestones.

As a mama and founder, one of the most rewarding parts Little Nugget is sharing in on your family moments and milestones. We’d love to also be apart of your adoption journey. To share your adoption milestones and have a chance to be featured, follow @littlenuggetco on Instagram and tag your pics with #littlenuggetco.

Love + Help for Texas

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Watching the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey has been heartbreaking. I’m beside myself watching the devastation. So many families are in danger. So many families have lost their homes. So many families have no idea when they will be able to rebuild. They’ve lost everything overnight. It’s unfathomable to imagine what they are going through. Sending my most heartfelt prayers to all those affected by this disaster.

I’ve been trying to find a way our Little Nugget family can help little babies impacted by the hurricane. Today a new category launched in the app called ‘For a Cause’ with all artwork dedicated to the people of Texas. Now through September 30th, 100% of profits from the sale of this artwork will be donated to the Texas Diaper Bank. Why the Texas Diaper Bank? Well, diapers are not provided by disaster relief agencies. The Texas Diaper Bank is a non-profit donating diapers and wipes to people impacted by a crisis.

If you’ve already unlocked all the app artwork, you can still support this cause! Post your photo to Instagram using the ‘For a Cause’ artwork using the #LittleNuggetCo tag. For every photo posted, we will donate an additional $5 to the Texas Food Bank.

Download the Little Nugget app today and unlock the “Hurricane Harvey: Texas Diaper Bank” artwork to donate.

 

 

Sentimental Gift Ideas for a One-Year-Old

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Evelyn turned one last month and I had the hardest time deciding what to get her for her first birthday. With two little girls, we already own all of those the must-buy developmental toys for a one-year old. You only need so many ring stackers, right?

Instead to buying Evelyn more toys, I wanted to buy her sentimental birthday gifts. I wanted to give her things that will build memories and that she could look back on 20 years from now. So here goes my list of one-year old must-haves of the sentimental sort:

 +1 Bannor Toys Shape Sorter

If you are looking for a classic, handmade heirloom toy, then Bannor Toy’s is a must. How adorable is this wooden shape sorter? I love this toy because it will help Evelyn develop her eye-hand coordination, learn her shapes, and sorting. Bonus, the toy is absolutely beautiful and something we will hand down to our grandchildren.

Save 10% on all Bannor Toys with code LITTLENUGGET10, excludes Limited Edition Collection.
(Expires August 25, 2017)

+2 Polka Dot Print Shop Toddler Milestones Book

I’ve finally finished Evelyn’s baby book, but I feel like there is so much more to capture beyond her first year. So many big milestones happen in the toddler years and I want to capture those memories. Polka Dot Print Shop makes an adorable Toddler Milestones + Memories book and it goes up to 24 months. I’m so excited to start documenting Evelyn’s silly moments and growth with this beautiful book.

Save 15% on Polka Dot Print Shop milestone books with code: LITTLENUGGET15
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+3 Shop White Loft Canvas Growth Chart

If you haven’t caught on yet, I’m big on documenting my girls’ lives— ahem, I built a baby milestone app. So when I came across this canvas growth chart from Shop White Loft my documenter-self giggled with joy! This canvas growth chart is the perfect sentimental gift. It’s perfect because I can document both Leslie and Evelyn’s growth. When we move to a future home, it will come with us. Did I mention it is beautiful and totally worthy of hanging in your family room?

Save 15% on all Shop White Loft charts with code LITTLENUGGET.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+4 Custom Baby Doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane

All girl moms out there know that a baby doll is a very important gift. Leslie received a baby doll for her first birthday and instantly attached to it— so much so that Evelyn can’t even touch Leslie’s ‘Baby’. For Evelyn’s birthday I wanted to find her a baby to call her own. I landed the sweetest custom baby doll from Sweet Remarks by Ediane. From her hair color, to eyes, to fabrics, every part of this doll was handmade and custom to Evelyn. Now there will be no confusion over who she belongs to. Plus, Evelyn will have her to snuggle with forever.

Save 10% on a custom doll from Sweet Remarks by Edaine with code HELLOGIFT.
(Expires August 31, 2017)

+5 BizyBelle Snack Bags

My last pick for a one-year old is a little more practical, but no less needed. If you haven’t noticed yet, one-year-olds love to stick things in their mouths. Evelyn literally chews on everything, making it hard to hand her a plastic snack bag during a stroller walk. I’m obsessed with these reusable snack bags handmade by BizyBelle. The bags are water proof, washable and reusable. Plus, you can choose from a ton of cute colors. Perfect (and safe) for handing off to a one-year old for on-the-go snack time!

What are your sentimental gift favorites for a one-year-old?

 

Little Nugget Turns One!

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Don’t you just love celebrations!? Birthdays? Holidays? Festivities are fun! It’s just the best to gather with loved ones, looking back on those special moments, and looking forward to cherishing each moment in the future.

What was the last event you celebrated? Possibly a birthday?

Birthdays are great! Your little one turning one, two, ten years old… Getting another year older is amazing…. and bittersweet too, isn’t it? Remember the first time they slept through the night? The first time they said mama or dada? What was a big milestone for your little nugget?

Little Nugget App helps document your big and small milestones to cherish them forever!Speaking of Little Nugget and birthdays. . . . Little Nugget turns one today!! Can you believe we are celebrating one year?? We are so very grateful to share in your special moments with you and your family. We consider it such an honor!

To share our love even more, here’s a message from our wonderful founder of Little Nugget, Carrie Griffith:

“Little Nugget is turning one and what a year it has been! Little Nugget found its beginnings in the throws of new parenthood. Just two years ago after Leslie was born, I was a sleep deprived mama, overwhelmed at times, but loving her snuggly, squishy newborn goodness. Little Nugget was just an idea. It was a need that I, along with many of my mama-friends had, to have an easier way to capture little babe’s milestones. It was a dream that I never thought possible.

Little Nugget App helps document your big and small milestones to cherish them forever!Fast-forward to May 2, 2016 and Little Nugget was officially welcomed to the world. The past year has been a wild ride, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. Little Nugget is a part of my family. It was there for the birth of my second daughter, Evelyn. It has been there every month for her milestone photos. Little Nugget was there to capture Leslie’s first day of preschool, her first trip to the dentist, and her first successful go with the “big girl” potty. Little Nugget will be there for so many of my families big moments in the years ahead.

I’m overwhelmingly grateful for you, the mamas and dads using Little Nugget to capture your family’s milestone moments. You’ve trusted me to keep one of the most treasured things in life safe, memories. From the bottom of my heart, thank you. Thank you for sharing your moments with us on Instagram. Thank you for your kind emails and encouragement. Above all, thank you for sharing how we can be better.

Little Nugget App helps document your big and small milestones to cherish them forever!Everyday I work to make Little Nugget the best it can be for you, for your babes, and for your family. We have so many exciting new milestones coming for the app in this next year. I cannot wait to share them with you all!

Happy First birthday to my third babe, Little Nugget. Cheers to a big year of milestones ahead.”

From us to you,

THANK YOU & LOVE YOU!!

Inspiring Moms: Coralee Dixon from Shortcake

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If it isn’t obvious yet, I’m really into capturing memories, especially of my daughter Leslie. Not a day goes by when I don’t take at least 10 photos of her. Rewind to her first year and I was taking at least 100 photos a day. When it came time to create her Baby’s First Year photo album I was so overwhelmed with thousands of photos to choose from. It was just too much for me to tackle. Admittedly, I walked away from the project and decided I’d tackle it another time.

About a month ago I came across an incredible mama-founded photo album service called Shortcake. Shortcake makes it easy to create beautifully-designed keepsake albums. The design service will gather your photos and social content (think dates, locations, status updates, comments…), and use the details you’ve collected and shared to create a beautiful scrapbook of your family’s moments and adventures. The only thing you have to do is connect your social and photo storage accounts, fill out a form with some details, and then sit back and wait for the design to come in. Ah-mazing! Goodbye mommy guilt. Hello beautiful, personalized album of my daughter’s first year.

Want to create one? Use code “NUGGET” to get 10% off the design fee for your first order at www.shortcakeinc.com/order. Offer expires 7/21.

I recently connected with Coralee to talk about her business and just how she keeps it all together. Check out what Coralee has to say in our latest Inspiring Moms feature!

On Motherhood, Work, and Keeping it Together

When did motherhood become real for you?
When my daughter was born. As in literally the moment when she came out of me. It wasn’t real until I saw her. My actual first words on seeing her were “Holy *, it’s a baby.” (Oh the panic of first-time motherhood.) For me, no matter how much I “knew” I had a baby in there while pregnant, I didn’t really know until I saw her in person, crying and defenseless and needing our care and attention.

What is the most surprising thing about motherhood?
The paradox of extremes. How quickly (as in seconds) you can go from being completely frustrated and overwhelmed and desperate for anyone to take over for you, to utterly melting in a pool of love and cuddles.

What is the scariest thing about motherhood?
The vulnerability of having your heart walking around outside your body.

What inspired you to start Shortcake?
A little before my daughter’s first birthday, I started feeling guilty because I hadn’t been writing down her milestones and special moments in the baby book I bought for her. Both my mom and my mother-in-law had kept lovely baby books for my husband and I, so I felt awful that I hadn’t done the same. Then I thought about how I had shared most of my daughter’s most important moments with family and friends on social media, which included written descriptions, captured the date, and received some fun comments that I liked looking back on. “Somebody must have a business that will help me turn that into a really nice album, right?” I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I decided to create it myself!

What are you most proud of?
In truth, I’m really proud of myself for starting this business. It might be the hardest thing I’ve ever done. There were so many times I could have quit when it got hard, but I didn’t, and I’m proud of what I’ve created. I love knowing I’m a role model for my daughter and other moms I know who are thinking of starting a new career.

What has been the hardest thing about balancing your business and being a mom?
Taking control of my time. It is not easy and I struggle with it. I’m still a full-time caregiver to our daughter while also putting in full-time hours running Shortcake from our home office, so if I want to achieve something (whether personal or business) I have to block out time for it or else it doesn’t get done. Being pregnant isn’t helping – it’s SO tempting to take a nap during naptime instead of working.

#MomTip: What is your best advice for other mamas who are trying to make it all work?
Write out your to do list for the next day before you go to bed. (That’s when all your reminders and lists are swimming around in your head and keeping you awake in bed anyway, right?) I’ve seen this simple trick greatly help my productivity (and help me get to sleep faster too). Then in the morning I don’t have to use my brain at all – I just look at my list and know what I need to focus on.

What can’t you live without?
Some help! Like many new moms, I struggled in the beginning with letting someone non-family watch our daughter. But once we finally hired our first sitter about a year ago….it’s so great. I currently have a sitter come watch her for a few hours twice a week so that I can get in some extra work time, and it is the best. Our daughter loves the sitter too and has such fun playing with her. Win-win.

First thing you do when you put your kiddos to bed…
Have some dessert and talk to my husband. He doesn’t get home from work until our daughter’s bedtime (and I’m usually still half-asleep when he leaves in the morning), so after bedtime is the only good hangout time we get. Then it’s either time for me to go back to work or call it a day. Did I mention pregnancy with a toddler is exhausting? Follow Shortcake on Instagram , Facebook and check out the Shortcake blog. Stay tuned… I’m in the process of creating my own Shortcake album of my daughter’s first year. Can’t wait to share it with all of you!

Inspiring Moms: Noelle at Oh Happy Play

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Meet Noelle Bryant. Mama to two adorable little girls, Joie (2 years) and Lola (1 year), and the owner and creator behind the amazingly adorable Oh Happy Play blog. If you want some seriously adorable inspiration for baby fashion, nursery design, or just a real point-of-view on motherhood, the Oh Happy Play blog and @ohhappyplay Instagram page are must-follows! My personal favorite is the KIDspiration section as I am in the process of decorating the nursery for Baby Griffith #2!

Noelle is truly the epitome of an Inspiring Mom and I just don’t know how she does it! I recently connected with Noelle to learn about her life and just how keeps it all together. Check out what she had to share in our latest Inspiring Moms feature!

Noelle Bryant: On Motherhood, Work, and Keeping it Together

When did motherhood become real for you?
When I became pregnant with my first. We had a long journey to get there, that most don’t know about, so when we finally became pregnant it was an instant connection for me.

What is the most surprising thing about motherhood?
I was most surprised with the amount of love and protectiveness I could have over one being. And even more surprised that it could happen again when my second was born!

What is the scariest thing about motherhood?
The scariest thing would be the unknowns, the “Am I screwing this up” moments, the constant need to remind myself of my trust in a higher being. As a mother I worry about my girls and their safety every minute of every day. I worry if I am messing them up if I happen to lose patience over something. I worry if I am not giving them enough attention or so on. But what I have learned is that we are all doing our best and our children love us unconditionally regardless. This is all just a part of motherhood.

What inspired you to start Oh Happy Play?
My girls! As a mom I always want the best, coolest new products and every time I would find one my friends would always gush about them. I would get message after message about where I found them and so on. My blog became a natural extension of that! A place where I can share my mommy must haves with other like-minded mamas like myself. Without my girls I wouldn’t have the constant inspiration. Motherhood really got my creative juices flowing and I am so thankful for my girls and a chance to share it with all of you!

What are you most proud of?
Again, my girls. But also my husband for allowing me to follow my dreams! Without my family and their support I wouldn’t have the eagerness to go on. They are what I am most proud of and my inspiration.

What has been the hardest thing about balancing your blog and being a mom?
Time! I am home with my girls and when they are awake I want to give them all the attention they deserve. Even at night when they’re sleeping I want to give my time to my husband. So the hardest thing is finding the time. When something is a passion it tends become easier to find time. I have learned to get my work done while they nap or have independent play times. I involve them in much of my work so that makes things easy too! But there could always be more time!

#MomTip: What is your best advice for mamas who are trying to make it all work?
Give yourself a break! Don’t try and do it all or all at once. Make lists! I make a list every Sunday evening for what I would like to do for the week. I make a personal list and a business list. I make them as realistic as possible then I work between the two to see which I can do cohesively. Don’t over do it!

What can’t you live without?
My lists! (ha-ha). And a good planner. I have to schedule out my week so that I can keep everything even. I make sure I get the girls out a fair amount but also schedule myself some “down days” where I can get some work done at home.

First thing you do when you put your kiddos to bed…
Eat dinner with my husband! There will come a day (and probably very soon) that family dinners will be very important but at their age I don’t think this is necessary yet. My husband and I can’t get a word in with both girls around so it is nice to have that quiet time to enjoy each other…and warm food.

Follow Oh Happy Play on Instagram, Facebook and subscribe to the Oh Happy Play blog.

Inspiring Moms: Mother’s Day Giveaway

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We’re a new generation of moms that are fortunate enough to have the opportunity to pave our own path for motherhood. Though that path is not always easy or clear to navigate. Whether you are a stay at home mom, working full time, starting your own business, or something in between, you deserve praise every day. You are all inspiring in your own way. Keep it up mamas.

In honor of Mother’s Day I’ve partnered with six amazing brands for a giveaway that will spoil one lucky mama– Little Poppy Co, KB Cute Designs, Madeline’s Box, Bump Club and Beyond, Mama and Little, and Chime by Sitter City. Each of these brands were selected because they were essential to helping me get through my daughter’s first year. Even better, they were each founded by some pretty inspiring mamas. Each of these moms have crafted a beautiful version for motherhood that works for them. I’m honored to feature them in this giveaway and also hear their advice on the following question:

“What is your best morsel of advice for balancing your role as mom and founder?”

Lindie and Becca, Little Poppy Co

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Lindie and Becca are sister’s-in-law and the mama duo behind the adorable bow subscription service, Little Poppy Co. If you have a little girl and don’t want to spend a TON of money on sweet bows, then a subscription to Little Poppy Co’s is a must– $11.95 a month for 3 handmade bows. My daughter Leslie has been wearing their bows since October and we absolutely love them. Needless to say, I am giddy when I see their little pink package in my mailbox!

For our Inspiring Moms Giveaway, Little Poppy Co is giving away one 3-month bow subscription. That is nine adorable handmade bows. Hooray!

 

Kerri Blaser, KB Cute Designs

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One of the things I learned when my daughter was born is there is no such thing as too many swaddle blankets.  There are so many options out there, but none quite as adorable as the handmade creations from KB Cute Designs. The mama, designer and owner, Kerri Blaser, hand-makes everything from swaddles to quilts to crib sheets and more. All of her fabrics are handpicked, and if you ask me, the vintage floral options are irresistible. I’m just in love with her creations and can’t say enough about the quality. If you are looking for something unique for your little boy or girls room, KB Cute Designs is the place to look!

For our Inspiring Moms Giveaway, KB Cute Designs is giving away a $50 store credit.

Heather Ferguson, Madeline’s Box

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I’ll admit it, before my daughter was born I SWORE I would NEVER let my baby have a pacifier. Fast forward 16 months and “Mr. Binks” is my daughter’s fifth appendage. When the realization came that I needed to physically attach Mr. Binks to my daughter, I was so disappointed with the options available. Alas, I found Madeline’s Box. The founder and designer, Heather Ferguson, had the same struggle when her son was born and did something about it. Madeline’s Box was one of the first to offer stylish and handmade leather braided pacifier clips. The are simple, beyond adorable, and come in so many colors. A must-have for your little babe!

For the Inspiring Moms Giveaway, Madeline’s Box is giving away a 3-pack of leather braided pacifier clips. Bonus, you get to choose the colors!

 

Lindsay Pinchuck, Bump Club and Beyond

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One of the biggest changes a woman can go through in her life is becoming a mother. Everything changes, and it changes quickly. Preparing for, having and raising children is one of the most incredible stages in life. But it is also one of the hardest. Us moms and moms-to-be need a community of other moms to lean on. When I was pregnant with my daughter a friend introduced me to Bump Club and Beyond. Founded by Lindsay Pinchuck when she was only 8 weeks pregnant Bump Club and Beyond’s mission is to connect the moms and moms-to-be with the best products, resources, experts and most importantly, with each other. Joining this community is a must for any new or expecting mama-to-be!

For the Inspiring Moms Giveaway, Bump Club and Beyond is giving you a chance to get away and be pampered with a Box of 3 Blowouts from DryBar. What mama doesn’t love having someone else do her hair for once?!

 

 Arleene  Taylor, Mama and Little

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We’ve all heard the horror stories about teething. When my daughter’s first tooth starting cutting I made a mad dash to the store to buy her teething beads to chew on. Just a day later I found one of the beads rolling across the floor [insert a massive state of mama panic]! After a quick online search for “safe teething beads” I found Mama and Little’s stylish teething bead necklaces. Mama and Little was founded by Arleene Taylor and her husband soon after their son was born. I absolutely love Arleen’s designs because only are they durable and  safe for my daughter, the styles are something you can wear all the time. Bonus, my daughter absolutely loves chewing on them!

For the Inspiring Moms Giveaway, Mama and Little is giving away a $50 store credit. You get to pick your favorite chew-friendly and stylish bauble!

 

Genevieve Thiers, Chime by Sitter City

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Have you ever made plans with friends and completely spaced booking a sitter? Have an amazing date night planned to only have your childcare cancel on you that same day? Called every sitter in your phone with no luck? In my first year as a mom all of these things happened to me. Thankfully I found Chime by Sitter City. Think of it as the Uber for childcare. Chime is an on-demand childcare app that makes it easy to find a trusted sitter at the last minute. You literally just need to enter the your time and date, and the app will recommend three pre-screened sitters in your area. Book and pay directly through the app. Hellooooo date night! The founder, Genevieve Thiers is a mom to twins and an opera singer to-boot. As a new entrepreneur and woman in tech, Genevieve is truly someone I aspire to be!

For the Inspiring Moms Giveaway, Chime by Sitter City is giving away a date night package. You’ll get a $50 credit to their sitter service and a $100 gift card for dinner. Dust off those heels and make a reservation!

Enter to win this incredible Inspiring Moms Giveaway package through @LittleNuggetCo on Instagram!

App Launch: Little Nugget Has Arrived!

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Yes mamas, the day had finally arrived– the Little Nugget app is officially available to download in the iTunes App Store!  After nine months in the making, we’re so excited to share Little Nugget with you!

As new parents ourselves, we know it can feel like the days never end, yet time seems to fly by so quickly. It’s easy to forget your baby’s sweet moments and major milestones. We created Little Nugget to help you capture and curate those fleeting moments, big and small, so you can be share and savor them for years to come.

Use Little Nugget to capture pregnancy and baby milestones by adding custom artwork and personalized text to your baby photos in seconds. Safely save your photos in a private feed or share them on social media!

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Our little bundle of joy is filled with goodies to make it easy to capture the moments in your baby’s life.

  • A SAFE, PRIVATE PREGNANCY + BABY JOURNAL
    Safety document every stage of your pregnancy and baby’s early years. With Little Nugget’s private photo feed, you can create an everlasting baby journal. We make it easy to relive those milestone moments and look back on them for years to come.
  • CAPTURE DEVELOPMENTAL MILESTONES WITH 450+ ADORABLE ARTWORKS
    Choose from 450+ adorably crafted artwork overlays to perfectly mark your growing baby bump, baby’s developmental milestones, big kid mess ups and deliciously sweet moments. Categories include Pregnancy, Birth Announcements, Baby Milestones, Big Kid Firsts, Dates, Holidays and many, many more!
  • SAVOR SPECIAL MEMORIES BY ADDING FUN FONTS + PERSONALIZED TEXT
    Select from 90+ beautiful fonts to add your baby’s developmental milestones, growth and memories you never want to forget.
  • BEAUTIFUL PHOTO FILTERS
    Easily edit your baby photo with a selection of 15 beautiful photo filters.
  • INDIVIDUAL BABY PROFILES
    Create separate child profiles to document each child’s milestones, silly moments, and fun memories.
  • EASILY SHARE, PRIVATELY OR PUBLICLY
    It’s your choice what you do with your family memories. Little Nugget lets you decide what to do with your family moments. Whether you want to collect them in a private baby album, print photos and books, or share them across your favorite social networks.
  • ORDER BABY BOOKS AND PRINTS
    Bring your baby photos to life and look back on the memories for years to come. Free shipping on all prints, photo books, phone cases, and more.

What are you waiting for? Head over to the App Store to download Little Nugget and start capturing your baby’s moments and milestones!

Join in on the Instagram fun! Follow and tag @LittleNuggetCo and #LittleNugget for your chance to be featured!

Dear Mamas, the Best Time to Start is Now.

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Over the last few month’s I’ve had conversations with several amazing mama’s who have great business ideas. They’ve considered starting a business but aren’t sure the time is right. Or they are dabbling with a passion on the side and can’t convince themselves it’s time to take the leap. Their biggest question for me has been this: “When do you know it’s time to turn that idea, that hobby, that passion, into a full-blown investment of your time and savings?” Well, the simple answer: “Yesterday.”  Just do it. Make it happen because you will never know until you give it a go.

Now, I get the answer isn’t always that simple. There is always a risk to starting a business. Every case is different. But here are five reasons I think you should start now:

  1. Technology is your bestie. It’s amazing how much flexibility technology lends to a new business. Like many of you, I’m a busy mom chasing around a toddler. My priority is my daughter and I can’t swing 80-hour work weeks. The majority of my business communications happen online. I have flexibility to do business whenever, and whenever I need to. The internet is a wonderful thing.
  2. You don’t have to risk it all. Worrying about risk is totally understandable. Especially if your household is depending on two paychecks. Start your business on the side. Time will prove if it’s worth taking the leap into full-time.
  3. You are not alone. Women need a community now more than ever. Fortunately the community of mom entrepreneurs is amazingly large and incredibly supportive. Don’t believe me? Head over to HeyMama to see some amazing things moms are doing in the world. It’s truly incredible.
  4. Waiting won’t help. When I said start yesterday, I meant it. Your idea is probably right for right now. If you don’t succeed, that’s okay. I’m sure at that point you’ll already have a handful other ideas lined up!
  5. It will make you happy. Don’t wait until you’ve reached the stage of regret. If you don’t try, you will always question that decision. Building you own business is hard work. But there is so much gratification in building something and seeing it come to life.

In the days leading up to Little Nugget’s launch [SPOILER ALERT!], I’ve done a lot of reflecting on the past nine months of my life. This business has truly grown to become my second baby. The joys Little Nugget has brought to my life have far outweighed the tears. Back in June I was so scared to take that leap. But I’m so happy that I did. Now it’s almost time to share my baby with the world. Get ready mamas, you’re going to love it!

A Sneak Peek of Our New Baby App

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Little Nugget, our new baby app, is still cookin’ and coming to an iOS App Store near you, very, very soon. The app will help you capture and curate your baby’s sweet moments and major milestones in a photo. Trust me, the anticipation is killing me just the same. Little Nugget is my second baby and I just can’t wait to share it with all of you!

In the meantime here is a look at my favorite features that you will be able to find within the baby app. Consider this your 8 week ultrasound. It will provide a first glimpse at that teddy bear-shaped nugget in your belly. Over the next few weeks I’ll dive deeper so you can see all the little fingers and toes.

Okay, time to ditch the metaphor and get to the good stuff. Here are my five favorite app features:

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  1. Curate Important Moments: If you’re like me, you have thousands of baby photos on your phone. When it comes time to print a baby book, finding the right photo is near impossible. Little Nugget curates those important baby moments, making it super simple to look back on your baby’s first year.by books. Speaking of printing…
  2. Print Baby Books and Photos: The Little Nugget app will have a built-in printing function. That means you don’t even have to leave the app to print your baby pics. You will have the option to print baby books, journals, prints, postcards, and phone cases. Are you drooling yet?
  3. 500+ Adorable Artworks: We’ve been working with the best designers to create adorable, hand drawn artwork to add to your baby’s photos. Whether you want to create a birth announcement, document your baby’s growth in a monthly photo, or mark big milestones, Little Nugget will have 500+ artworks for you to choose from.
  4. Add Personalized Text: With nearly 100 fonts to choose from, Little Nugget allows you to express something unique on your bump or baby photo.
  5. Share with Family and Friends: Little Nugget makes it easy to share your creations. Use the app to privately share your photos with family via email or text. Show them off to your friends with a direct upload to your favorite social network.***Can you keep a secret? There are a couple super neat features that I can’t tell you about just yet. You’ll have to wait until launch to find out.***

Little Nugget is a baby photo app designed by parents for parents. Translation: Every bit of functionality included is something we felt was missing in the great big universe of baby apps. Do you feel something is missing? Existing features don’t make sense? Please add it to the comments below or drop us a line at hello@littlenuggetco.com.

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