An Adoption Love Story

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Hi! My name is Claire Johnson and I am the proud adoptive mama to our precious gift, Mia. 

Before becoming a mom through the gift of adoption, my road to motherhood was a little bumpy and unknown. I knew I wanted to be a mom since I was a child but I didn’t know that it would take a lot of patience, prayer, and time. And although I knew I wanted to adopt a child of my own someday, I didn’t know that was going to be the key to myself becoming a mom!

My husband and I tried to start a family for a couple years without success. After we sought medical help and were tested, doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with the both of us and ruled our infertility to be unexplained. We tried two procedures six months apart and they were both unsuccessful. 

We had a really hard time finding joy during that time. It was also difficult for us to be optimistic and celebrate the little moments in life. Because we felt like a part of us was missing, we found it hard to be excited about our future since it was so unknown. We felt like our life was on pause and we didn’t have the answers to all of the questions we were asking. We, including the doctors, couldn’t put a finger on what exactly the reason was. That is until adoption answered our hearts’ desires and our daughter was born. 

The adoption process was demanding but we were so excited and started celebrating each milestone we hit. We felt lighter and we felt we were in the right place. Mia’s birth mom picked us early on in her pregnancy so we were able to celebrate the milestones of her pregnancy as well! Each doctor’s appointment, her gender reveal, picking her name, meeting her birth mom for the first time. And the minute I witnessed that baby girl enter the world, the biggest celebration began and has not stopped!

We now get to celebrate milestones unique to adoption and to us like her adoption finalization, our family being sealed in the temple, our family birthday, National Adoption Day, Birth Mother’s Day, the anniversary of our adoption match along with the typical milestones of her first steps, first tooth, first hair cut, first foods, and first words. We have so many reasons to celebrate and count our blessings because of adoption! We love being adoptive parents; especially to our Mia!

"Adoption itself is a wonderful celebration of selflessness, love, sacrifice, and dreams coming true!! "

One piece of advice we always tell hopeful adoptive parents is that even though the adoption process may be long, emotionally draining, and demanding, the steps and milestones of their adoption should be celebrated! The paperwork, the background checks, the home study, and the hours of communicating with potential birth parents are all milestones to be celebrated and cherished for it’ll bring them the greatest blessing they’ll ever know! I am so thankful that we knew the importance of recording the journey from the very beginning and now have the ability to look back at our road to parenthood! It’s been a wild ride so far!

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.

 

 

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First Day of School Photo Ideas

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Can you believe it’s back to school time already?! The summer flew by + now we are getting ready for the next season of the year – the first days of school. Whether your child is starting daycare for the first time or is a big 5th grader, you have to take a back to school photo! This milestone is so important and is one that you and your children will look back on for many years. We are here to share our favorite first day of school photo tips + tricks!

First, download the Little Nugget app! 

first day of school photo ideas, back to school photo, first day of school photo, back to school, school photo, first day of school, first day of kindergarten, first day of first grade, school photos1+ Use fun photo props! Have you child hold some books, put on his or her new backpack, or hold an apple for the fun [and sometimes cheesy] back to school photo!

photo by @solovedlittles

2+ Have you child hold up a chalkboard! You don’t even need to write anything on it. Just have them hold the sign and add a “First day of _____ grade” with the Little Nugget app! No need to worry about chalkboard smudges!

3+ Choose a fun location! Try taking your back to school photo in front of the bus or at the bus stop. What about in front of the school doors? Or if you are allowed in their classroom on the first day, a photo in their new desk would be adorable!

photo by: @mamanda___

4+ Add fun doodles! The Little Nugget app has brand new Back to School doodles to add to your photos!

5+ Add important school details with the Little Nugget app– like the teacher’s name + what your child wants to be when they grow up!

photo by: @growingupgarreth_

6+ Print out your photos! Celebrate this huge milestone in your child’s life by printing out your Little Nugget design right through the app. Hang it on the fridge to show them how proud you are. Your Little Nugget photos will become your most cherished keepsakes.

We can’t wait to see your back to school photos! Share them with us on Instagram. Tag @littlenuggetco + #littlenuggetco for a chance to be featured!

Get the app here!

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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.

 

5 Baby Apps you Need!

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We all use our phones for everything! They are always close by, and they can be incredibly helpful, especially during those early baby months. These apps can really enhance your life, make things easier, and keep your nerves at bay!

 

Baby Tracker

This app is awesome to use in the hospital & for the first few weeks at home. It allows you to keep track of feedings, diaper changes, sleeping, and more. I love it because it helps me remember the last time I fed baby and on what side! Another cool feature is you can add your baby’s weight and height and it tell you their percentiles. Kinda cool!

Download the app here.

Top 5 Baby Apps you Must Have!

Peanut 

Peanut is like a social network for moms! It makes it easy to find moms near you, and makes it easy to meet. As a mom, we need a support system + the more women in your life, the better! You can even join chat groups and suggest your own meet ups!

Download the app here.

Top 5 Baby Apps you Must Have!

Little Nugget

Little Nugget is an app to capture pregnancy and baby milestones by adding custom artwork and personalized text to your baby photos in seconds. It makes monthly baby photos and bump photos so fun and easy to make! We are constantly updating the app to bring you the newest artwork and text. And you can even print your designs right from the app!

Download our app here.

Baby Sparks

This app is $4.99 but is SO worth it! If you ever are wondering what activities to do with your baby, you NEED this app! It gives you 11 activities to do each day that are age appropriate. It includes activities for different categories like gross motor, fine motor, speech, social, etc. I love it! I found myself doing the same few games with my baby… until I got this app. It’s a lot of fun, and you know your helping your baby learn and grow.

Download the app here.

Top 5 Baby Apps you Must Have!

Wonder Weeks

This app is based on the book, but is only $1.99. The idea is that all babies go through developmental leaps. After a leap, they learn new skills. However, leaps also make babies sorta fussy and irritable. This app lets you know when your baby is going to be in a “sunny” time or a “stormy” time. It has been extremely helpful. When baby is acting a little extra fussy- I look on the app and sure enough it is a stormy week. It makes me feel better that she is just going through a lot of changes and it is not something that I am doing.

Download the app here.

Top 5 Baby Apps you Must Have!

I hope you find these apps as helpful as I do! What baby apps do you use?

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.

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!