Well hello! So nice of you to take a minute and join us :) Shah here, it's been a while since we've shared in this blog space. We've taken some time to reflect on where we began, where we are and where we're headed. Today's post is all about the arrival of my soon to be 4th child!! Major!! And the way we gathered to celebrate while giving back.
Quick Story: I met Juanita, (pictured above to the right) the founder of Next Round Kids, a few years ago while we were both volunteering as hairstylist with Sol Sisters Organization. We connected, lost touch, then reconnected through social media. We planned a day to meet & catch up, while chatting she shared with me that she'd started a non-profit organization "to empower families by providing free clothing to families and building a network of support that will help bridge the economic gaps in our families and community." As a wife and mother of 2, she made time to create a cause with reach and impact in our local community. I was very impressed! From that point on we stayed connected and I kept her in my thoughts to support when I could.
Fast forward to the inspiration behind my baby shower gather/sprinkle/celebration...I haven't had interest or felt the need to have a baby shower after my first born. And I had ZERO plans to switch things up the 4th time around. Until...the idea come up to use this as an opportunity to invite out my local "mama tribe" to meet, celebrate, and donate our gently used maternity and kids clothing. Like myself, I figured most moms have clothes that our children have grown out of and we're in need of a reason to clear them from their closets. This was the perfect time to collaborate with Juanita! I shared the idea with her and made it happen :)
The entire day was a group effort! I couldn't and wouldn't have done any of this without my peeps! Starting with this delectable spread supplied by Good Eggs, they were founded in August 2011 in the Mission district of San Francisco with the mission to help grow and sustain local food systems, worldwide. Good Stuff!
My girl Malika Yasmin laid things out so effortlessly, not to mention the fruit infused, super refreshing sparkling water drink she made. Take me back to this spread please!!
I enjoyed the company of mamas and children running around freely. We laughed, shared stories and the different stages of motherhood we're experiencing. It was just as easy-breezy fancy free as I imagined :)
Me with this lovely mama, Brandi Riley from "Mama Knows It All Blog" we conversed online for a little over a year and finally met in person! I love when that happens, don't you?! Also let's take a minute to appreciate the amazing floral arrangement made by my sweet friend Crystal Cara. She outdid herself!
Young sisterhood in the making...
Between the support from my tribe, the gift of giving, and my super comfy custom fit dress by my good friend Taylor of Taylor Jay Collection, I couldn't have asked for better vibes. I left the day feeling so full of goodness. Cheers to continued growth and support within my motherhood community and beyond.
With Love, Shah :)
Photography by: Kimberly Daley of Arayaace Photography