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An Awesome Idea for Baby’s First Year

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Baby’s first year is SUCH an exciting time. But, boy does it fly by. As a new mom, we are busy feeding, changing, cleaning, sleeping (when we can!), feeding, going to doctor appointments, doing endless laundry, cuddling, and the list goes on and on. There is barely any time to shower, much less make a scrapbook of baby’s life. If you are anything like me, you know you want to do something special for baby’s first year. Yet, you just don’t have the time or energy for all that.

We’re here to share the best way to document baby’s first year.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!It all starts with the Little Nugget app. Our app is created and designed for busy moms. We made it to make your life easier and allow you to capture baby’s growth and milestones in an easy and fast way! Every month, add one of our adorable monthly stickers to one of the million photos you take of your babe. Using our app, you can actually print your designs! You can choose between mini squares or square (3.8in x 3.8 in). The prints will be delivered to your home.

Download the app here.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

Once you get your prints you can pull out your baby book. We highly recommend the Baby Book from Polka Dot Print Shop. This book comes in tons of different designs and colors and is one of the higher quality baby books we’ve found. We also love how simple + functional it is. The pages have just enough room to write, but it doesn’t require writing a whole novel every month. And we love the pages dedicated to photos! This is where we love to put our Little Nugget designs.

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

Simply tape your monthly photo into the designated spot in the Polka Dot Print Shop journal. Fill out the memories from that month and you’re done! Back to baby snuggles :).

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!We love this idea for baby’s first year! Actually why stop at just the first year?! Did you know our app has tons of artwork and stickers for the toddler years? Polka Dot Print Shop has a Toddler book too! Keep the magic going 🙂

Because we are so excited about this idea, we wanted to celebrate + share it with you! We have teamed up with Polka Dot Print Shop for an amazing giveaway. Head over to our instagram to ENTER: www.instagram.com/littlenuggetco !

Download the Little Nugget app here.

Shop books from Polka Dot Print Shop here.

Baby Model + Momtographer: @itsmichelle.c

Video created and edited by: @gracefulmommy

5 Products for Techie Moms

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As a new mom, we have the ultimate intuition on what our baby needs. However, we also need all the help we can get. New moms barely have time to brush their teeth- so anything that helps us function a little bit better is a must-have for us! We wanted to bring you our five favorite tech products for new moms!

1+ Little Nugget App – Our app is designed to make it so much easier to capture baby’s adorable milestones and growth! From pregnancy bumps to baby mess-ups to big kid milestones, Little Nugget captures fleeting moments, big and small, so you can save them for years to come. Download the app here , take photos of your baby, and edit them with over 450+ stickers and artwork. You can even print your photos right from the app!

An awesome way to document baby's first year! With the Little Nugget app and Polka Dot Print Shop Baby book!2+ Hatch Baby Rest – This device is a night light, sound machine, and an OK-to-wake indicator all in one! You can program and control it all from your phone. It’s perfect when you need a little light during those middle of the night feedings. And the many different sound options will help your baby sleep soundly at night. We love that you can control it all from the app!

3+ Tile – While the Tile is not necessarily designed for new moms, we think it’s the perfect tech product for a sleep deprived mom. Mom brain is real, and we don’t have the time to constantly be searching for our favorite items. The tile clips on to anything you are constantly losing- your keys, camera, wallet, husband (just kidding). And you use the app to find these things instantly. It also will ring your phone when you lose it.

4+ Momsense Smart Breastfeeding Meter – This device actually tracks how much your baby nursed. You place the sensor right below baby’s earlobe and it records each time baby swallows. This technology can track and analyze each nursing session to show how much baby nursed. Isn’t that incredible!? This eases so much stress that goes into breastfeeding.

5+ Starling by VersaMe – This product is so unique, but can have amazing long-term effects so we had to share it with you! This is actually a clip on product that tracks and monitors how many words baby hears a day. It is connected to an app on your phone, understands all languages, and helps you engage more with your baby. The goal each day is for baby to hear 10,000 words a day. This device will help you monitor those words and help you reach the goal. How cool is that? And when baby is a toddler, it can track the words they are saying themselves!

We hope you like these 5 products for techie moms! Let us know in the comments what techie product makes your life as a new mom easier.


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,


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.

    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.
    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!
    Select from 90+ beautiful fonts to add your baby’s developmental milestones, growth and memories you never want to forget.
    Easily edit your baby photo with a selection of 15 beautiful photo filters.
    Create separate child profiles to document each child’s milestones, silly moments, and fun memories.
    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.
    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.

By | Little Nugget App, Mompreneurs

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:

Sneak Peek_Little Nugget_Features

  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.

If you haven’t already, be sure to sign up below for early access to the app.

Finding Harmony

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If there is one thing I have learned since my daughter’s birth it is this: The concept of work-life balance is a myth. Finding and sustaining balance between work and family life is nearly impossible. Don’t agree? Stick with me here.

bal-ance (noun). (1) An even distribution of weight enabling someone or something to remain upright and steady, (2) a condition in which different elements are equal or in the correct proportions.

The very definition of balance assumes both work and family life are weighted equally. True happiness is only achieved when both elements have equal distribution. A crazy month with my new business means too many missed bedtime stories. My daughter’s back-to-back colds mean missing work and falling behind. The scales too easily tip out of balance. See ya later happiness.

For the better part of the last year I struggled with finding the right balance between starting Little Nugget and spending time with family. My life felt forced into silos—work is work and life is life— when, in fact, my work-life and my family-life are completely intertwined. I need both to feel fulfilled, but I also struggled to find balance between the two. Balance just wasn’t working for me.

My husband [and unofficial therapist] opened my eyes to the idea of finding harmony. As a consultant who travels 75% of the month, his scale between work and life is perpetually out of balance. Consider the definition of harmony:

har-mo-ny (noun). (1) The quality of forming a pleasing and consistent whole. (2) Agreement or concord.

Harmony allows life and work to blend together in a combination unique to an individual. Harmony allows my criteria for fulfillment and happiness to be fluid. The concept forces me to keep focused on what is most important in my life. As a result, it turned around my feeling of contentment.

My definition of harmony is completely different from yours, but here are some strategies that helped me find harmony in my life.

  1. Set your non-negotiables. Take a look at the things that make you the most content. Those are your non-negotiables. Share your non-negotiables with your boss, coworkers, and family. Make a plan to reliably structure them into your life. My non-negotiables are (1) a workout at least twice a week, (2) family snuggle time in the morning, and (3) at least an hour with my daughter one-on-one each day before we begin the dinnertime/bedtime routine. That all requires me to end work a little earlier, so I jump back online after bedtime to wrap up loose ends.
  2. Focus on quality. Quantity of time is important, but what is more important is the quality of that time. Be present. Stop worrying about what you are not doing and live in the present. Your joy and satisfaction will thank you. When at work, I’m 100% focused in that task at hand. When I’m with my husband and daughter, my phone is off and I soak in every little moment and giggle.
  3. Get your family’s support. I’m a firm believer that behind every strong woman is an even stronger support system. Without an incredibly supportive husband and family, I would have never taken the leap to start Little Nugget. They know me best. They are my reality check, my confidence boost, and my biggest cheerleaders.
  4. Lean on your #squad. Get your girlfriends behind you. They are your sanity and best source to refuel. There is nothing better than a good friend with a pizza, bottle of wine, and latest episode of the Bachelor.
  5. Define your harmony. It’s 100% okay if your harmony looks a lot different from someone else’s. In fact, it should. Take a look at your beliefs, values, and what is most important to you in your life. Consciously make changes to structure your life around those things.

Finding work-life harmony hasn’t been easy. I’m a mother, wife, friend and an entrepreneur in search of the harmony across all aspects of my life.  It’s a trial and error process that requires constant adjustments. But so far, the concept is working for me.



About me: A mom. A wife. An entrepreneur.

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Where do I begin?

My name is Carrie. I’m a wife, first-time mama, and most recently new mom entrepreneur living in Chicago. In January 2015, my life completely changed with the birth of my first daughter, adorable Miss Leslie. Like many other new mamas, I was excited to start documenting my daughter’s life through photos, starting with the ever-loved monthly milestone photo. Unimpressed with the options available —ahem, onesie stickers and wood blocks— I started looking for a unique way to share Leslie’s monthly development with family and friends. I scoured the app store and the internet and came up with very few options that made it easy for parents to capture and share their baby’s memories and milestones… and so Little Nugget was born!  

Where am I now?

Just nine months after my daughter was born I left my full-time job (gulp) and founded Little Nugget. It was a big [read: crazy] leap. If I am being honest, it is a decision that I question almost every day. It was a decision to leave the certainty of my cushy, secure nine-to-five advertising sales job, from an amazing company, that offered me unmatched benefits and flexibility as a new mom. What was I thinking?!?

Despite the moments of doubt, I don’t regret my decision for a second. It’s a decision that has allowed me to follow my passion. It’s a decision that gives me flexibility to spend more time with my daughter during such a fun stage in her development. Most importantly, it’s a decision that allows me to set an example for my daughter that I never imaged I could. Success or failure, these reasons drive me forward each day and make any lingering shred of doubt worth the worry. 

What to expect from the Little Nugget Blog?

Through this blog I will share my entrepreneurial journey to launch and run the Little Nugget baby photo app. It will be an honest take on my highest highs, my biggest mess-ups, my ride as a woman in tech, and pretty much everything in between. The Little Nugget Blog is not meant to sell you on my business, though in full transparency, it will be the focal point for most of my posts. My hope is that my story will help at least one entrepreneur out there with her/his business. Or at the very least, inspire another mama to take a leap. 

Want to contribute?

I’d LOVE to feature and hear from other #mamaboss’ who have or are starting their own business. Please contact me at hello@littlenuggetco.com if you want to be featured or have a post idea.