Our community on Instagram has grown to over 5000 and we had lots of inquiries into whether we would do a brand rep search. The concept felt a bit uncomfortable at first because it didn't feel organic. But we decided to do it our own way, with the express purpose of building and nurturing our broader community.
The response to our request for submissions was overwhelming! So many amazing mamas with incredible stories that we got to know. We thought we would be coming out with just one brand rep, but alas, we came out with THREE! So we hereby declare that koko's nest has a new mama squad and here is a brief intro, in their own words.
While I am new to being a mom, I am loving learning what it means to mother Helen in a simple, holistic way. Motherhood is beautiful, terrifying, completely intoxicating, and the most genuine sense of purpose I have ever felt. GAH, bring on the tears.
My husband and I strive for a more minimalist, ethical lifestyle -- shopping local / small business, growing what food we can, replacing new with old, and eliminating the need for excess is very important to us! That brings me to finding koko's nest and wanting to be a brand rep. I LOVE the elegant, timeless designs of the blankets -- they are intentional, purposeful, and sooo lovely. I too found that when shopping for baby's clothes I was overwhelmed with too much pink, too many animals, and too many options! I can't even walk into babies 'r us without having a mini panic attack! haha. I was so encouraged to find so many wonderful shops on Instagram, mostly run by moms, that eliminated so many of the things I had seen in baby's clothes at major retailers. I have always felt that I would rather spend more money on a classic piece that will last a lifetime (and for numerous kids) than have more items that would eventually become waste. I have found such a beautiful community on Instagram centered around these values and I wanted to play a bigger part in it. Thank you for giving me this opportunity!
I am so excited to be joining this team as a brand rep for koko's nest! I have a beautiful daughter who will be turning six years old in just a few shorts weeks, and I am currently 37 weeks pregnant with our second child = a boy! I have the world's best husband, and we live in Portland, Oregon. I was drawn to koko's nest because of the beautiful colors of the blankets and the organic feel of the brand. I am a huge sucker for cute baby things, but I tend to embrace natural fibers and classic pieces that will never go out of style - pieces that you can keep forever!
I will be working towards my Masters in Teaching this fall, to finally achieve my lifelong dream of becoming a teacher. I love children -- and I love reading, writing, and investing in their little minds! I was a nanny while I finished my undergraduate, before and after I become a mom for the first time almost six years ago! I obviously keep myself busy, but I couldn't imagine it any other way!
[BIG UPDATE: Since writing this, Andrea's son decided to make an unexpectedly early -- and grand -- arrival and he is absolute p e r f e c t i o n]
Much like our whirlwind marriage, motherhood left my head spinning. I had no clue what I was in for when Noah joined our family, but now I couldn't imagine my life any other way. Being a mama is all I know now! Staying home with them is a gift, even if the days seem to never end. That brings me to Instagram. This little app introduced me to a different side of parenting. I learned through other like-minded women and I found the community I was searching for. Along with that came support and friendship! Watching other women succeed and accomplish things is empowering and encouraging. Any chance I get, I try to support these small, family-run businesses. I found koko's nest through this network and fell for the timeless look of your blankets. I am drawn to a simpler lifestyle and have been working towards downsizing so any thing that can be saved and passed down is perfect in my book!
And as I'm writing this, I have taken Arlo off the staircase 10 times, switched the laundry twice, and made 3 cups of chocolate milk...