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Today, I bring you a giveaway from SouleMama Sponsor Just Hatched. In Amanda and Joel's words:
"At Just Hatched, we believe the best toys are simple and beautiful. We take great care to use only natural and safe materials in everything we create. We will never get tired of watching a piece of wood turn into something else, brought to life in the hands of a small child."
You can also follow along with the Just Hatched blog!
SouleMama: Tell us about your background. What path led you to the work you do today?
Amanda: We never set out to start a business, just to make some simple toys for our own kids. But like many families, times were tough and we were brainstorming ideas to supplement our single income. One weekend we set up our Etsy shop on a whim to see if we would sell anything. The response we received on Etsy has been fantastic, and our shop has continued to grow throughout its first year. We are still learning a lot about the business side of things, but are still so grateful that we have this opportunity to share in a creative process that also helps support our family.
SouleMama: What inspires you?
Amanda: Our two young sons are our greatest inspiration. Their love for nature and animals has given us many of our ideas for new products.
SouleMama: How does the balance of work and family play out for you? How has motherhood/fatherhood changed the work you do?
Amanda: My husband Joel works a full-time job at a nonprofit agency, so all of the woodworking has to happen in the evenings and weekends. Our precious family time is most important, but keeping the balance can be a challenge for all of us. The best part is knowing that we are ultimately in charge, and we can shut down the shop whenever we need a break or a vacation. We remain humbled and grateful for the opportunity we have, and for everyone who has supported our shop and our family throughout our first year of business.
I still remember the time our oldest son unwrapped the first toys we made for him. Nothing compares to the feeling of seeing your child's eyes light up from a new toy that you know was made with love, and will spark the imagination. We hope every person who gives a child one of the toys we make can share in that same feeling.
For today's giveaway, Just Hatched is generously offering the following to ONE winner:
~ a $50 gift certificate to the Just Hatched Etsy shop!
In addition, Just Hatched is offering free shipping through April 15th (in US and Canada only, please). Use code 'soulemama' at checkout.
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Thank you to Just Hatched!
To enter, please leave a comment in today's post (one entry per person, please). Comments will close on Sunday by 8am EST. Winners will be chosen by Random Number Generator and announced here in this post by Monday.
Comments closed. The winner is...
Your shop is one of my Etsy favorites...wonderful toys.
Posted by: Michelle (maryland)