Based on how many of you have told us about it, we know a bunch of you are big fans of What Makes a Baby, one of the newer kids books out that explain conception, gestation, and birth to the 3 to 8-year-old crowd. While this book is a good one, there are a whole bevy of books out there that explain the different ways families are formed and exist.
This is Offbeat Families's archive of Shopping posts.
Sometimes, a little offbeat window shopping does you good. This is where we feature family-related products that we adore. (Oh and if you run a biz that you think Offbeat Families would love, get in touch!)
Depending on where you live it's likely your kids are either already back in school or headed back soon — possibly leaving you with a bit of free time that would usually be spent organizing the house or shepherding everyone from one evening summer event to another. I know we tried having an Offbeat Families Book Club last year to varied degrees of success, so we don't have to go that route — but I'd love to know what you guys are reading nowadays!
Today we're re-introducing you to our sponsors Brent&Jess, and we're talking about something infinitely more serious than we did last time: memorial jewelry you can wear to honor children and family members who have passed.This post was hard for me to write because I get extremely emotional just thinking about the death of a child, but we all know baby loss and death happen. It's difficult to talk about, but it feels important to recognize and acknowledge it.
Superhooper was started in 2002 by partners Lara and Droo. The pair now have two daughters who actively help handcraft and create hoops for customers and friends. This 100% family-run business is committed to quality hoop-making, out-of-this-world customer service, and giving back to the community as much as they can. If you've been reading the Offbeat Empire for a while, then you know plenty of couples love to incorporate hooping into their weddings, but we've yet to broach hooping on Families.
Ledbetter Therapy Sessions is a Seattle-based therapy practice with the intent of supporting people through the process of becoming parents. The practice was founded by Cal D. Ledbetter, MA, LMHCA, a licensed mental health counselor associate in Seattle and a graduate of City University of Seattle. His goal is pretty clear: he wants to help people reduce worries in their lives so they can live in the present fully without being lost in thought of the past and future.
A few of you might recognize Brent&Jess as long-time Empire sponsors — they've been featured on Offbeat Bride quite a few times. If you've been a fan of their custom fingerprint wedding bands but the rings haven't seemed relevant to you, get ready for some relevancy! Brent & Jess just launched a new line of kid-inspired jewelry that I'm excited to tell you about today. Think baby feet pendants, custom fingerprint cufflinks, and rings with a child's signature stamped on.
Hey, hey it's the middle of the summer — which means a certain portion of our readership is getting ready to send their kiddos off to college! My first (and only) dorm room was a pretty special hive filled to the brim with rock star posters and whatever cute stuff my best friend's mom bought us (because I was flat broke), but that doesn't mean I'm not full-on enthusiastic about virtually decorating the dorm rooms of your offspring! And lest we forget: at least half of this could totally work in an adult home, or a kid's room. Or all three.
I can't tell you why I still cruise maternity wear even though I have no plans to grow another human being, but I do. My current favorite online shop is Yes Style. The company is based in South Korea but happily ships all over the world — orders under $150 have a flat $9.99 shipping rate, and you get free US shipping if you spend more than $150 (you can find out what shipping is to your corner of the world right here). The flat shipping rate is fortuitous, because some of the maternity wear is AMAZING and it's nice knowing what shipping will be ahead of time.