So you've made your list but. . .where do you even begin? Worry not! We've got you covered, with curated suggestions for every mama and little on your list, you'll be done in no time.
Just to give a sneak peek, we've curated selections for all the mamas in your life, from the Fit Mom to the laid-back Mom and even the New Mom. Here's a look at my favorites from each collection. Shop Here
But of course, we've gone through and picked our favorite accessories and homewares too! Shop Here
Now, for the ones who make the holidays magic! Our littles! Is there a better feeling than giving a gift that makes their face light up with joy? I can't think of one, which is why we want to help you make it happen. With exclusives from Poppie Toys, the coveted Plan Toys Victorian Doll House, and limited edition Dozy Dinkums, what's not to love? Shop Here
Something wicked (fun!) this way comes... we’re here to take the stress out of picking, planning and prepping for Halloween! We’ve scoured for the most darling pieces for our Halloween shop that’ll transition perfectly from imaginative play to trick or treating!
But of course, Halloween can’t be only tricks and treats! Promoting Inner wisdom, mindfulness and empathy, the Slumberkins Halloween Limited Edition storybook encourages children to lean into their curiosity and face their fears when they feel ready.
Did we mention this amazing book comes with the sweetest stuffies? Pairing a real life friend with these emotional development books help the message fully stick with your little! Plus, with different friends to choose from, you can pick the one they'll love most!
Meri Meri is one of our favorite brands for costumes, and accessories and it’s no wonder why! With choices like their flamingo cape, gold sparkle cape, parrot fringed cape and the dragon cape the possibilities are endless!
But of course, that's not all, shop the entire Halloween collection here!
Well Mamas, it’s that time again! Back to school is upon us! We know this year the task of preparing your littles may feel a bit more overwhelming than usual, so we’ve taken the time to curate a complete collection packed full of all the essentials you need for Back to School!
Starting with Fluff! Folders, textbooks and lunches oh my! With so many different things coming and going with your little back and forth from school you need a solution for storage! Fluff has darling backpacks, lunch and snack bags for all ages making it one of our go-to choices!
With so much to choose from, we just can’t pick! Shop the entire collection here.
Speaking of lunch, why not snag a Bink water bottle for yourself, you’ll be running around from school drop-offs, soccer practice and I’m sure so much more! Keep yourself hydrated!
Alright, so you’ve got everything you need to get them to and from school…but what about homework! Between OYOY and Tender Leaf Toys, what seems to be a big task of making the perfect study space is made easy!
Now that our Instagram feeds are starting to go back to "normal," we want to make sure that we aren’t pumping the brakes on the fight for justice. Besides consistently reminding ourselves and those around us about our roles in systemic racism, it is vital to keep doing the work and keep it at the forefront of our minds, no matter what else we have going on. To help keep ourselves accountable, we’ve gathered a list of resources and action points, as well as some things that we have started learning along our own journey.
1. Things to Remember
It isn’t up to your Black friends, family, or community to do the hard work for you. Don’t ask “How can I help?” or “What should I do?” and expect someone else to make it easy by giving you all of the answers. You have millions of great resources in your hands—the least you can do is consume them, process them, and learn from them.
Use your platform to amplify Black voices
Have the hard conversations.
Some things that I keep hearing (and have said myself) are that conversations about race can be uncomfortable; it’s hard knowing what to say; I don’t want to say the wrong thing. And that’s OK! It’s OK to not know what to say or how to say it, and most importantly, it’s OK to be uncomfortable. You’re going to be alright, so do it anyway! Silence isn’t an option. And if you are corrected, take it graciously and grow from it!
Don’t think that if you’re not overtly racist, then you’re one of the good ones.
And don’t settle for just being not racist. White supremacy infiltrates nearly every facet of our reality, and that means it is going to take being actively anti-racist constantly. Recognize your own bias and your use of microaggressions, and then work hard to reprogram. If you haven’t heard the term “microaggression” before, it was first coined by Harvard professor Dr. Chester Pierce and was defined as “subtle, stunning, often automatic and nonverbal exchanges, which are ‘put-downs’ of Black people.” In 2007, this definition was expanded by psychologist Dr. Derald Wing Sue to also encompass “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, and environmental indignities that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative slights and insults to marginalized individuals or groups.” This includes phrases that I’m sure we’ve all heard before: “I don’t see color; we’re all one human race.” “You don’t act very Black.” “You’re the whitest Black person I know.” But it also includes nonverbal actions: holding your purse closer when you pass a Black man on the sidewalk, store employees following Black customers around the store, going out of your way to avoid being in close proximity to a Black person.
DON’T ever say the words “All Lives Matter.” Ever.
2. Books to Educate Yourself and Others
This is where a little thing called “put your money where your mouth is” comes into play. Don’t go to Amazon or any other giants for these books. If you’re going to buy books on anti-racism, please please please buy them from a Black-owned bookstore. Do some digging and find a bookstore in your community, or check out this list of Black-owned independent bookstores from Literary Hub. And to make it even simpler, you can just click on each book title to buy it directly from Semicolon Bookstore in Chicago (although be warned that some of these may be out of stock for the time being).
3. Movies/Shows to Watch
When They See Us
Dear White People
The Hate U Give
If Beale Street Could Talk
4. Black-Owned Businesses to Support
5. Petitions to Sign
6. Where to Donate
We’ll leave you with this: Do the work, and don’t ever stop doing the work. This isn’t a hashtag to use for a week only to let it disappear until the next murder—this is the time to fight white supremacy day in and day out until it is gone forever.
Stand up for Black lives every single day, because Black Lives Matter.
Spring is finally in the air, and although our world is anything but typical right now, that doesn’t mean we can’t find moments of celebration in the midst of the chaos. And with Mother’s Day around the corner, we have more of a reason to celebrate than ever. To start the celebrations early, we took a moment to chat (virtually, of course) with our favorite Bohemian Mama, Sophia El’Rae. Sophia encompasses everything we stand for here at BoMa: honesty, authenticity, empowerment, and, of course, the best style. Even though she’s just days away from having her baby boy, she was kind enough to talk us through what she has going on right now.
How have you been preparing for the birth of your son, especially given the current state of the world?
This is such a good question. It’s been so bizarre being pregnant through this pandemic but I have found so much strength and peace through guided meditations. Every night before I fall asleep, I listen to a 15- to 20-minute “Pregnancy Hypnosis” meditation. It’s calmed down my anxiety and really helped me connect with my baby and my body’s capabilities.
What do you love most about being a mama?
I love nurturing and guiding my children, but most of all I love making space for them to be exactly who they are. Cultivating a safe space for them is so important but also so special to me.
What are some of the top lessons you've learned since having little ones?
- Your own self-care as a mother is so essential to your mental health.
- Therapy is for everyone. It’s helpful, supportive, and important.
- If people are asking to help or support, let them.
- “Your children are from you, but they are not of you,” I once read in a book. It’s so important to give them complete permission to be free to be themselves and have their own opinions.
How is your sweet family celebrating Mother's Day?
Awe, well we hope our baby boy will arrive soon, and we can all be cuddled up together admiring his sweet face.
What are your must-have pieces from Bohemian Mama right now?
How do you describe your style?
I’d say a little boho and European style. A good pair of jeans and a white tee and leather sandals are probably my staple look!