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YOU are local: the oven mitt!

I’m so excited to debut this new blog series, YOU are local! I hope you enjoy getting to “meet” these amazing businesses and find out what they are all about.

First up, The Oven Mitt! I enjoyed meeting with Tracy Allen, the owner. I wanted to devour everything in sight, and the atmosphere is so inviting!

If you were an animal, what would you be?
I had a hard time describing myself as an animal so I asked my family to help me out on this one.Β  I got some pretty good and funny answers from them all so I’m going to share them all. πŸ™‚

  • My husband said I was a cheetah because no one can move as fast and keep up with me when I have a task to complete.
  • My daughter Madelyn said I was a bear because I am the β€œmama bear” of the house and I always take care of everyone.
  • My daughter Heidi said I was a wolf because I’m strong and the leader of the pack.
  • My daughter Elina said I was a parrot because I say funny things
  • My son Gaige said I was a chicken because I am fast and like to eat stuff

They all seem to feel similar though that I take care of everyone in some way and work fast and hard.Β  Oh, and I guess sometimes I’m funny and I must like to eat cupcakes.Morning person or night owl?
I’m definitely a morning person, I don’t ever want to miss any of the day!What is one thing you wish people knew about your business?
I would like people to know that there is a wonderful seating space available at the bakery.Β  We have wifi available and board games to play.Β  I would love seeing lots of new faces using the space for events and meetings.Β  The space is also available to rent after hours and weekends for small parties.Describe a memorable or favorite moment in your business.
The most memorable moment of my business was opening day.Β  It was a long time dream come true and seeing so many people here that day to support me made me feel proud and accomplished and ready to see all the growth and success begin.

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Behind the scenes of a newborn session: what happens to the blankets my newborn pees on?!

Never fear, I think about your babies’ safety just as much as creating lovely images for you. Blankets and wraps are washed in my homemade detergent, that is scent free and super gentle. They are all dried with three lovely dryer balls too, so they come out soft for your babies skin, but also don’t have any chemicals or scents that your baby might react to.

All you have to do is enjoy, and trust me that it’s ok, it’s really okay if your baby does baby things on my blankets. πŸ™‚



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I believe I love winter the most when I’m reflecting back on it; this is especially true now that I can walk outside without looking like I’m wearing ALL the clothes in my wardrobe at once. But even when it’s cold, outdoor sessions with adorable couples like these are so much fun! I think there is something extra magical about expecting your first little bundle.

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My kids love sunbutter sandwiches, and if you’ve ever had it, you know it’s sticky stuff. As they eat lunch, one of them asks for more water. The water is TEN STEPS away. It’s pure and healthy, and effortless to retrieve.

On occasion, our kids wake thirsty in the night and call for water. If I’m honest, I don’t feel privileged at 3am going and getting water for them. But I should.

While preparing to launch YOU for THEM, I researched organizations, and in doing so, read a lot of facts about water. Statistics, percentages, and number of hours spent walking for water. And I could list those here, or I could say what my overwhelming feeling is:

EVERYONE should have access to clean water.

I can’t comprehend getting water for my family as a fixed item on my mental to do list each day. Can you?

Let’s do something together. Or how about two things.

1. Feel joy and gratitude today when we turn on our faucet, or hand our child a cup of water.
2. Let’s see how much we can raise! If you have friends or family who might enjoy this event, please share with them.

If you’re interested in the organization the water portion of the proceeds will go to, click here. I think you’ll quickly see why I chose them.

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