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.
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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.
If you're an Aussie looking for a family portrait photographer who can bring out all the joy you're living with in every photo she takes, you're looking for Prue Vickery. Prue is a Sydney-based photographer who keeps it all real — photos, pricing, and execution — because she knows families like yours are looking for photographers who can rock a session.
I've totally gushed about UK-based children's boutique Love It Love It Love It on Offbeat Families before. I first found them via a reader comment back in 2009, and I've basically been dressing my son in their gender-neutral Scandanavian-influenced rainbow kid gear ever since. See, 90% of my kid's clothes come from the Goodwill, and cost 99 cents. The other 10%? They're euro-baby splurges from Love It Love It Love It. All my favorite pictures of Tavi? He's wearing their stuff…
We know a lot of you care about parenting as a vehicle for social change as well as everything else that goes into raising new and amazing citizens of the world. So when we saw this four-month course offered by Everyday Feminism, the bells went off in our heads! Transformative Parenting: Finding Your Authentic Parenting Approach is an online course (so you can do it from anywhere!), and focuses on self-discovery and skill-building for parenting from your own values.