Thursday, 9 June 2016

Let's Go on an Adventure (with Little Orchard Co.)


Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy
Let's go on an adventure. - Tank - Little Orchard Co.
One of my favourite quotes by G.K. Chesterton is "An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered. An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.


This last winter and spring, I've struggled with postpartum anxiety and I've been trying to get that under control and regain a sense of normalcy and joy. It's been a process and I don't know if I'm fully there yet but having some big stresses out of the way (like finding a place to live for next year for example) has definitely helped. For me, getting outside in this beautiful weather and getting a change of scenery also uplifts my attitude and adjusts my focus. 

My perceived inconveniences need to be transformed into adventures and at the top of the list is motherhood. Parenting IS one of the biggest adventures Nathan and I have embarked on and sometimes I let my perspective shift until everything feels really really inconvenient. It's time to stop that short.

I want to intentionally enjoy and experience these short moments of exploration and discovery with my kids. Whether we're at home and walking to the library or on a trip somewhere in this big world, we can explore, enjoy and engage in the world around us each day.

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy


This message on these shirts from Heidi, the cool mom behind Little Orchard Co. is a fun reminder to myself. Positive graphic tees lift my spirits and I love that Heidi carries apparel in infant, kids and adult sizes because I'm a sucker for matching sets. 

 When I saw these Happy Camper tees, I was sold.

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy
How perfect are these for summer?
You can tell that Heidi's a mom because not only are the messages on her clothing fun, uplifting and adorable, but the shirts hold up in the wash over and over and are extremely soft and great quality... which is good because my kids have been living in them lately. 
 
Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy
Park fun!

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy
Travelling with the fam!
Plus I always find a little irony entertaining...
Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy
*Bad Mom alert*

Little Orchard Co. is based in Manitoba and when Heidi's not at craft sales all over Canada, she's creating adorable and practical baprons (bib/baby aprons). How cute are these??

Baprons via Little Orchard Co.

This awesome bapron has gotten some serious use lately. Emily decided some time ago that she's too big for bibs but when she saw the ladybugs on this bapron, she put it on herself and exclaimed, "THIS is just for big girls, Mom."

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy

Who am I to disagree? Emily's clothes stay cleaner after the independent cereal eating and the ongoing craft projects... and I've thrown ours in the wash numerous times. I'm a sucker for adorable patterns... like foxes, whales, owls and frogs, OH MY! 



Adorable baprons aside, when I first came across the Little Orchard Co. website, I was immediately drawn to the blog, where Heidi has created an online space to commemorate stories of parents who have experienced stillbirth or infant loss (the Love You Forever Project). In addition to sharing these powerful memories and experiences, the proceeds of the Love You Forever t-shirts and onesies in her shop go to the Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep organization and both the wearing of the shirts and the donation are beautiful and tangible ways to pay ongoing tribute to the often silent pain of losing a child.
Love You Forever Project - Jenna's Story
Photo via Little Orchard Co's blog post - Jenna's story
This hits home as I carry the memory and sadness of miscarriage and can't even fathom what parents experiencing other types of loss must feel in their ongoing daily lives. For me, it's a reality check and a reminder not to miss these precious days. 

LET'S go on an adventure...


Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy

LET'S choose adventure over inconvenience until it's our way of life.


Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy

LET'S choose joy over worry

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy

LET'S choose laughter over hurry.

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy

Because when you, my girls, look back on these moments, I want you to remember that every day with you was new and exciting and that it's been my privilege to experience it as your mom.

Let's Go on an Adventure from Grumbling Grace - Kids' Apparel, Motherhood and Choosing Joy


Are you loving Little Orchard Co? Check out their website and give them a follow on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter


Heidi's offering the Grumbling Grace community a 20% discount on orders in her shop from today to June 16th with the code GRACE20. Get on over there and check out Little Orchard Co!

Heidi's also offering one shirt of YOUR choice to one Grumbling Grace reader! Here's how to enter this great giveaway:

Enter the giveaway for an exclusive Little Orchard adult or children's top by:

1. Following myself @grumblinggrace and @littleorchardco on Instagram.
2. Commenting on my Instagram contest post with your favourite item (outside of this adorable set) from the Little Orchard Co. shop.
3. Tagging as many friends on the IG post as you'd like to receive additional entries!

As always, my email friends receive one automatic entry into the draw and if you don't have Instagram, you can share this blog post and comment with your answer below so I am sure to enter you into the draw!   


The contest ends Saturday at 9am CST and is open to residents of Canada and the U.S.


This post was in collaboration with Little Orchard Co. but as always, all opinions are 100% my own.

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