It’s “winter” here in Southern California. That means that when it’s about, say, 70F degrees, we start to feel the urge to have wintery things such as hot cocoa. And so one afternoon, I made the kids hot cocoa (we’re dairy free so it was with almond milk) and made myself coffee in the afternoon. I felt all those warm fuzzy feelings making these as you may, say, at 30F degrees in a cabin up in the wintery snowy mountains. And while doing so I glanced around my kitchen (one of my favorite rooms of our small house…the first being my daughter’s cozy room). Once the coffee was done and poured, I was done…enjoy.

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Hey I know you’re busy but Thanksgiving is coming up soon! And little hands love doing fun little projects with you. So from one busy mom to another, I’ve done some homework to gather fun projects that little hands would like. Have fun!
 

Finger Painted Fall Tree


Granola Babies LOVES finger painting! We have gluten-free, food based finger paint too. This fun project can be done with all ages and wouldn’t it be so much more special if everyone in the family contributes finger painting to the tree. Lovely!

 

Left Art Printing

I love this art project featured at Our Day Our Journey. It’s a class Fall project.  At home, we do a leaf printing project at least once during this time of year. And it’s enjoyed by everyone from my 18 mos to my 9 year old.

Thankful Pumpkin

 
What a beautiful craft featured at The Moffatt Girls! The children can share what they are most thankful for and each little pumpkin can be a table setting or a center piece.

Fall Leaf Decoration

A Fall Crafting project that makes your home lovely all season long by Class Play. I love that this project comes with a printable template. It’s one we will be doing this Fall as well.

Have a wonderful time creating Fall memories together through crafting.

 
P.S. the top picture craft is a Thankful Wheel and can be found here.
 

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When I see my little one babywearing, I can’t help but be proud that we’re raising a generation that are learning the many benefits of keeping baby close. It’s touching and sweet to see!

And we’d love to see your little one too! So we’re hosting a giveaway! Here’s how to enter:

Email us a picture of your little one babywearing and you’re entered to win! Winner will be chosen by November 16th and notified via email and also announced on our social media.

Giveaway rules:

  • the picture you send must be one you’ve taken and have the rights to the picture.
  • when submitting your picture, please include your little one’s name and age.
  • by submitting a picture, you agree to allow Granola Babies to share the picture in our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as well as Granola Living Blog).
  • please only submit one picture per child.
  • winner receives a $25 gift certificate to Granola Babies
  • important: email your picture to store@granolababies.com

Have fun and happy babywearing!

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As of October, Granola Babies no longer offers cloth diapers. And some of our customers are asking why. We even had one customer who attended our free breastfeeding support group and was able to breastfeed with the help she received there, leave us a negative review on Yelp because we don’t carry cloth diapers. But we also have many customers that understand why and would rather see us stay open. So with that, I will explain.

Granola Babies offers an amazing, much needed resource in Orange County. We offer classes and events from prenatal through preschool, many of which are free to the community and led by local experts. Granola Babies also offers the only eco children’s boutique in all of Orange County, offering a curated selection of natural fiber clothing, wooden toys by American and European brands, functional and fun diaper bags, comfortable baby carriers, reusable food containers, nursing bras and more. In addition we also offer the only Waldorf-inspired indoor playspace in the county. Yes, you can say that we’re pretty passionate about what we do and we strive on the positive and energizing energy that we receive from our customers and community. They shop at the store and in doing so, help us keep our doors open.

So, why did we stop carrying cloth diapers?

The industry of cloth diapers has changed dramatically from the time we opened Granola Babies. There are now copy-cat versions of the brands we carried, made unethically overseas, but at a price that is dramatically less than the originals. There are also countless online stores offering cloth diapers and at prices set lower than what the brand suggests. Why? Because many are hobbyist without the costs of keeping a brick and mortar (aka physical location like Granola Babies) open. In addition there are also cloth diapers in “big box” stores like Babies R Us but with coupons that the “big guys” can afford to do, but small businesses cannot. 

Yet, online stores and big box stores can’t help you choose and use your cloth diapers, right?

So, while customers were purchasing the majority of their cloth diapers online, they were coming to Granola Babies for free cloth diaper education and to learn how to use the cloth diapers they didn’t buy at Granola Babies. In addition, even when customers bought their cloth diapering packages at the store, the amount that goes back to the store is very little. It’s very hard to keep doors open with cloth diapers.

Guess what that means?

If you don’t make your purchase at the store you learned about cloth diapers, you just increased the chances of that said store to close.

Two stores in Orange County that also sold cloth diapers closed in 2013. And we almost did as well. Yes, in 2013, we almost had to close Granola Babies.

We almost had to close Granola Babies.  Wow. How devastating would that have been to our community, to our staff, to our family?

Fortunately, there are other places to purchase cloth diapers. Yet there aren’t many other places that offer the many other natural parenting products we offer. So, we made MORE room for those products and now refer to others for cloth diapers.

And what does that mean to our community?

That while there’s the loss of being able to purchase cloth diapers at Granola Babies, there’s a Granola Babies to still go visit. We’re still open, we’re providing a need that no other store in Orange County and surrounding areas provide…and we’re super proud of that. It takes  A LOT of work. You can’t even imagine. But, we love what we do.

But, it’s all you. You, our customers that support the store, tell others about it and shop with us. You keep Granola Babies in the community.

So we thank you for understanding. We hope this all makes sense to you, who may have wondered why. And we thank you for being an awesome part of our community. We’re excited for all the unique and lovely products that have arrived (and more coming) and can’t wait to see you at the store.

Much love,

 

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It’s actually been three years since we moved our little boutique to SoCo Collection. But we never got around to having a grand opening. We were busy from the get-go and then life and well, you know how it goes.

Then one day, a lovely customer of ours said….hey why not still have a grand opening? And that conversation was the beginning of us planning our “Better Late than Never Grand Opening”, which included ribbon cutting and all!

The day was so much fun, filled with loyal and new customers and children activities all day. My heart was moved to have customers (truly they are like friends to us) there that have shopped with us since the beginning and many that have joined us through the years.

The store is so different than when we first moved there because it took us a while to grow into it. It has become such a charming and magical place for families to gather, to shop and to play. We’re proud to be a part of our local economy and to have such amazing people that visit the store each day. So without further delay…here are the pictures from the day. Enjoy!

 

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Guest Blog Post: My Breastfeeding Heartbreak

Our Guest Post is written by Alexandra Spitz, mother of two and Certified Parent Educator and the Founder of OC Mommy and Me, an educational mommy and me program serving hundreds of moms in Orange County, CA. Alex shares a touching journey that many mothers will be able to relate to. I am so thankful […]

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