by Rachel Hadiashar
Welcome Little Beasties to the 12 Days of Christmas Gift-Giving! Meet Jess, owner and creator extraordinaire, and mom to a three year old little boy. Jess shares a bit about what she loves about her business, her favorite Little Beasties items for the holidays, and one of her family's favorite Christmas traditions.
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Thanks Jess for your awesome contributions to the world of handmade toys!
What do you love about your business Little Beasties?
I love the design process and creating new concepts. I spend a lot of time throughout the day watching what my toddler plays with, and trying to come up with a way to translate it into cloth. There's a lot of trial and error that goes into design and pattern testing, and it is by far the most frustrating part of the process, but it's also the most rewarding.
What's a treasured holiday tradition in your family?
Our book advent calendar is easily the whole family's favorite. We collect books throughout the year, and hide them away in our son's closet. He gets new books during the year on rare occasions, but for the most part we stick to the library during the year. On November 30, after he's in bed, I wrap all the books, put numbers on them, and put them under the tree. He gets to unwrap one a night, and we read it together in our bed before we tuck him into his. Christmas Eve's book is always The Night Before Christmas (we just rewrap that one every year). My son is already looking forward to that part of December!
What's your favorite Little Beastie holiday gifts?
There are a lot of really great holiday gift ideas in my shop, but my favorite one is probably the hanky toy. It's a simple concept that goes over so well with babies and toddlers up to age 5.
What infant or toddler doesn't love pulling all the tissues/wipes out of the box and leaving them all over the house?
With the hanky toy, your child can do that as much as they like without costing you the time, hassle, and money to clean up actual tissues.
I've also added mini versions of my little beasties in fun Christmas prints, which make the perfect stocking stuffer! There's a very limited supply of these, so order them while you can.
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Happy holidays from Jess & her family,
and the Little Beasties community!
Hi friends, I write from the heart to tell my life story, and the story of those in my neighborhood called life. Research shows that our children's emotional & mental health is contingent upon us parents being able to tell our life story, or "coherent narrative." This is my coherent narrative, my life story in the making, with some of what I love in life too. My goal is to share my life in a way that is real, uplifting & positive- sometimes serious, sometimes fun. In my practice, I inspire parents to empowerment through reclaiming our life stories and learning respectful discipline. My work is my offering to our children- our future. Wishing you all a happy family!