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107 West Chatham Street
Cary, NC, 27511
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Grow, The Family Boutique specializes in natural home, child and parenting items. Our store is located on the southwest side of Raleigh, NC. Come check out our quaint space and peruse our latest products. We're always getting fun new goods and our locally made products are crafted by the best, hard-working parents, who we are honored to help support.

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The Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Alex Sparrow

We at Grow, The Family Boutique, are so excited to host the Great Cloth Diaper Change this Saturday April 22nd.  It is also Earth Day. What a great way to celebrate!

We get to giveaway some great items, like a Tula Free To Grow, gift cards to our store, and some locally made products from the WAHMs in our area.

Do you cloth diaper? What do you love about cloth diapering? I love the cute patterns, the sustainability, and the cost savings. 

We will be back after this weekend to share our experience with the Great Cloth Diaper Change!

Speaking of Giveaways, have you entered our Local Vendor Giveaway yet? Only 10 days left to enter to win! Link is below:

https://www.growthefamilyboutique.com/blog-1/2017/4/6/local-vendor-blog-series-the-flyin-dandelion

Thank you for being part of the Grow Family!

Local Vendor Blog Series: The Flyin' Dandelion

Alex Sparrow

As a small business, Grow depends so much on our local resources, like the natural parenting community and a variety of parent support groups in our geographic area.  We love supporting the Work at Home Moms and local vendors who make products that we carry in our brick and mortar store. We would not be the community we are without these very special groups of people behind us every day.

It is our pleasure to premier our Local Vendor blog series. This will include a monthly blog featuring one of our local vendors, as well as….wait for it…..a Giveaway. Who doesn’t love a Giveaway?!

Giveaway details are at the bottom of the post. Can you wait that long?!

If you know someone who you think should be featured here, please let us know!

Thank you for being part of our community, where ever you are!

Now, without any further ado, here is the The Flyin’ Dandelion!

            

Grow: Tell us a little bit about yourself as an individual and as a parent.

TFD: I am originally from rural NY and moved to the Carolinas 12 years ago. I am active in the community with the Apex Farmers Market, projects supporting refugees, and volunteering at my children's schools. I am a mother of three active children (a boy, age 3 and two girls, ages 5/7).

Grow: What inspired you to start your own business?

TFD: My dad inspired me to start my own business when I hunted for a local product and couldn't find what I was looking for. At the time, investing in a business with 3 children under the age of 5 was impossible. When I won the production equipment from a blog giveaway, I knew I had to give it my best shot. 

Grow: What kinds of products or services do you provide?

TFD: I provide local love baby/children's apparel. I also do some custom design work if my schedule allows. 

Grow: What is the thing you love most about what you do?

TFD: The thing I love most about what I do is the amazing people who I come in contact with. The stores that I work with are owned by incredibly strong, smart and talented women. They truly inspire me - as mothers and as business owners.

Grow: What is the hardest thing about what you do?

TFD: The hardest thing about my job is definitely time management. I make my best effort to be present and in the moment when my kids are out of school. I try to not use my phone in front of my kids. Is it easy? No! Am I perfect? NO! But I'm trying my best!

Grow: Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?

TFD: In five years I hope my business will have evolved into a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports people in our community who need it most. In 5 years my kids will be 8, 10, 12 - I can't believe it! 

Grow: What do you like most about being a parent?

TFD: The best part about being a parent is being young with the kids - slip and slide, playground games, zoo trips, bike rides, library story time, etc. I love playing. Seeing them grow is bittersweet - I love watching their personalities develop but sometimes I find myself singing Cher's "If I could turn back TIME". 

Grow: What is one issue you are passionate about as a parent? Why?

TFD: As a parent I am incredibly passionate about supporting refugees. In January 2016 I helped to organize a drive on behalf of Carry the Future (http://www.carrythefuture.org/) to support travelling refugees in the bitter cold of Greece. I feel that empathy is so important. When we take a moment to imagine what other people are experiencing - it helps us to open our minds and our hearts and to give in any way that we can. Time, money, uplifting notes, educating children, etc. 

Grow: Why did you decide to become involved with Grow, as a community resource and a business?

TFD: I was referred to Grow by a store that I work with in Apex called Stylish Living. Ariana, the store owner, felt so much confidence in Kelly ([the owner] of Grow) and it was easy to see upon meeting Kelly that being a mom is always her number one priority but she can still rock her own business like a champ!

This month we will be giving away a shirt by The Flyin’ Dandelion in whatever size, child or adult, and design you choose!

 

To enter the giveaway:

1.      ‘Like’ this post.

2.      ‘Like’ The Flyin’ Dandelion’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/flyindandelion/

3.      Like’ Grow’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/growthefamily/

4.      Comment on our Facebook post about the Local Vendor blog series with what design you would like to receive if you were our lucky winner!

We will choose a winner on April 30.

Thank you for being part of our Grow Family!

Something new is coming!

Alex Sparrow

As a small business, we depend so much on our local resources, like the natural parenting community and a variety of parent support groups in our geographic area.  We love supporting the Work at Home Parents and local vendors who make products that we carry in our brick and mortar store. We would not be the community we are without these very special groups of people behind us every day.

It is our pleasure to premier our Local Vendor blog series. This will include a monthly blog featuring one of our local vendors, as well as….wait for it…..a Giveaway. Who doesn’t love a Giveaway?!

 

If you know someone who you think should be featured here, please let us know!

Thank you for being part of our community, where ever you are!

Mommy Con/WEAR Chicago 2017

Alex Sparrow

Beep. Beep. Beep. Beep.

The sound of the alarm penetrated the haze of my half-asleep, half-awake state.  The pajama clad kids and half empty suit case were loaded into the car in the predawn darkness.  Baby girl (Beans) and I had an early flight to catch. 

MommyCon Chicago, here we come!

Even before I entered the Stephens Center in Rosemont, I developed a serious case of carrier envy.  Not only was this MommyCon; it was also WEAR: A Babywearing Conference!  Everywhere I looked there were beautiful carriers: buckle carriers, ring slings, mei dais, pouches, and my personal favorite: woven wraps in all colors of the rainbow. Stripes, hand wovens, plaids, cotton, hemp, silk, Tencel. My ISO (In Search Of) List at least doubled.

WEAR was more than just a little personal wrap envy. It was also an influx of knowledge.  I don’t know if I could articulate a favorite information session; they were all that good.

The first session I attended was The Still Face Paradigm: Evidence for Babywearing as a Tool for Promote Attachment with Lela Williams, Associate Professor in the Social Sciences Department at Arizona State University (https://socialwork.asu.edu/content/lela-williams-2).  There is not much scientific peer-reviewed research being done in the babywearing world. Lela has published most, if not all, of the recent studies.  The Still Face Paradigm looked at the relationship between Attachment Parenting and Babywearing, and a very special neuropeptide called oxytocin. It is amazing what a huge role oxytocin plays in our bodies. All of the information was fascinating from a scientific and babywearing point of view. 

Demystifying Woven Wraps with Amy Rainbow from Amy Wraps Babies (http://www.amywrapsbabies.com/) and LaKeta L. Kemp of Tandem Trouble (https://tandemtrouble.com/) was one of my favorites, as well.  A lot of the topics that were covered are things my chapter is interested in: inclusivity in meetings and online through language and volunteer-member interactions.  While both women were presenting, they were constantly changing carries with their woven wrap and demo dolls. Front Traditional Sling Carry to a Front Double Hammock with a Poppins finish to a Back Double Hammock Carry to a Back Ruck Carry with a Candy Cane Chest Belt. It was truly amazing to watch.

The Baby Tula Surprise Party revealed their newest product on Saturday evening: The Tula Free To Grow Baby Carrier!  I did not get a chance to play with it in person yet, but it looked really cool.  The Personal Fit Adjusters (PFAs) actually adjust the height of the body panel. The width of the seat is also adjustable through a series of snaps.  This means it can be used from birth to toddlerhood without an infant insert. Check it out for yourself on the Tula website: https://babytula.com/pages/free-to-grow.

Let’s Grow Your Passion into Your Profession! with Joanna McNeilly from the Center for Babywearing Studies (http://www.centerforbabywearingstudies.com/) was a great note to end WEAR.    A lot of what she said could be applied to any small business.  There were so many awesome ideas for Grow as a retail store that we hope to implement soon. Her passion was evident in her talk.  She will also be in Durham this summer teaching a Certification course that I hope to attend.

My inner fan girl escaped on several occasions.  I absorbed a lot of my babywearing knowledge while my first, Captain, took nursing naps and I watched YouTube. Lots and lots and lots of YouTube!  I had the pleasure of meeting Wrap You in Love (https://www.wrapyouinlove.com/), LaKeta Kemp from Tandem Trouble and Amy Rainbow from Amy Wraps Babies.

Wrap You In Love!
Amy Wraps Babies and Tandem Trouble

 

My wallet also shrank, thankfully just a teeny bit, at the Expo.  It was the perfect occasion to pick personal gifts for some of my babywearing and non-babywearing friends and family.

I connected with some of the companies our family and Grow use on a daily basis, like: EZPZ (http://www.ezpzfun.com/), GroVia (http://www.grovia.com/), and Lunapads (http://lunapads.com/?geoip_country=US).

I discovered some exciting new (to me) companies whose products I can’t wait to explore some more like: Emmeline Textiles (https://emmelinetextiles.com/), Logan and Lenora (https://loganandlenora.com/), Pretty Paisley Productions (https://www.prettypaisley.com/), and XOXO (https://www.facebook.com/xoxobabyco/). Grow also hopes to partner with The Carrying On Project (http://www.carryingonproject.org/) in the near future to provide carriers to military families.

Logan and Lenora Wristlet Clutch Diaper Bag

I picked up some awesome carriers for our local babywearing library including some onbuhimo carriers from 2Lambie (https://2lambie.com/) and a donation from Didymos (https://www.didymos.com/en/).

Breakfast Sunday morning was a meet and greet with the participating Babywearing International (https://babywearinginternational.org/) volunteers.  It’s easy to get stuck in your little babywearing world so it was great to meet some of my counterparts from all over the country.  Thank you Kathy Low and Kat Chaffin so much for hosting!  My newest wrap addition, a Butterfly Baby Company wrap (http://www.butterflybabycompany.com/) also got some love [Sweet Shop, Black Weft, Size 5, seconds]. And I won an awesome wrap conversion tote bag from Smitten Wovens (https://wearsmitten.com/) in their Vena Cava design. 

Butterfly Baby Co Sweet Shop Black Weft Size 5 Seconds
Smitten Woven Tote Bag in Vena Cava

All too soon, Beans and I were boarding the plane to return home.  My mind was full – full of ideas for Grow as a retail store and a community center, full of outreach hopes for the local babywearing chapter, full of excitement after a wonderful learning experience at WEAR.

Next time I’ll visit Chicago, the Windy City.  This time it was all about MommyCon.

WEAR ALL THE BABIES!

Welcome to the Grow Family Blog!

Alex Sparrow

We are a community based retail store located in Raleigh, North Carolina.  While we are a brick and mortar store that sells cloth diapers, galactogogues, baby carriers, and other locally made products, our motivations are deeper.

We are part of a larger natural parenting community.  We are pregnant mothers, first time parents, parents three times over, and grandparents supporting their children and grandchildren.  We are babywearing educators, doulas, and lactation consultants.  We are warriors, survivors, educators and activists.  We struggle every day with internal and external circumstances but overcome and thrive because of the support of our community. 

Thank you for following us. We welcome all to join our community!