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Meet the Joobles! The Cutest Organic Stuffed Animals

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How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Fair Indigo contacted me a few weeks ago to share about their adorable Joobles. The Joobles are a collection of organic stuffed animals hand knitted by Peruvian artisans.

What makes them special is that the organic cotton which what they are made of is grown without GMO’s on a small family-owned farm in the climatically perfect Inca region of Peru. The dyes are Oeko-tex certified, gentle on the earth, farmers, knitters, and babies. The organic plush dolls are meticulously knit in small, worker-owned cooperatives throughout Peru, providing steady income and a better life for some of Peru’s poorest citizens.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

They sent me two cute joobles that I’m planning to give to my two newborn nephews when we meet them for the first time in a few weeks over New Year’s Eve. One of my sister in law’s due dates is around Christmas day! And we are beyond excited about having two tiny new members of the family, and giving them these adorable Joobles for their new nurseries.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Check out this blog post that Fair Indigo shared about their original Joobles designer who passed away a couple of years ago. Their non profit foundation is truly making a difference at their adopted schools in Peru, and reading about this and all the kids and families that they are helping is truly inspiring.

How cute are these organic stuffed animals hand knitted by peruvian artisans! | Live Colorful

Find out more about Fair Indigo here. You can also read more about the Fair Indigo Foundation here, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving educational opportunities in the communities where their products are made.

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life

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I’m lucky to partner with BLOT supplies this holiday season, and inspire you with this fun and colorful stocking stuffer idea that every creative mom, student, kid will love to find on Christmas morning!

We finally moved into our new home and we couldn’t be happier to see the house looking organized and clean.

We opened the last box over thanksgiving weekend, and it was a box full of Christmas decorations. I was so excited about getting the house ready for the holidays, again! since we already had the decorations out in the other house days before we knew that we had to move. It’s funny now, but it was chaotic for a few days. I still can’t believe we decorated two houses in a month!

So the magic happened last Saturday night. I made hot cocoa, and we started to put together the christmas tree and spread around the house some ornaments, lights, ribbons and our cute Christmas stockings.

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

This is the first time we have a fireplace to hang the stockings. It’s exciting to imagine Jaxon’s face when he discovers that there are presents inside the stockings!

It’s not a secret that I’m a big fan of cute and colorful school supplies, since I love making TO-DO lists everyday and I’m all about being productive and creative. Jaxon loves doodling with that kind of material too! For some reason gel pens and highlighters are way more fun than crayons. That’s probably why I got the idea of asking dad to fill our stocking with pretty coloring pens, highlighters, sticky notes and other cute things from BLOT supplies.

Check out more about BLOT and their products. I’m sure you can find some fun supplies to give as gifts this holiday season!

A Stocking Stuffer Idea for the Creative People in Your Life | Live Colorful

You Can’t Force Creativity

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About creativity and parenting | Live Colorful

When Jaxon turned two years old, I began to worry that I could not make him sit down to paint or work on any crafty activities. It’s silly now, but at the time I actually felt stressed about the whole situation, especially when his teacher started to ask questions about Jaxon’s behavior at home.

He took him constantly to classes for toddlers where they tried to make him paint or glue pieces of paper and make art. But every time, I ended up tired running around and doing the activity myself. It was really frustrating, especially when I wanted him to join me and sit down with me and paint and he wanted to jump or do something totally different.

It was hard at the beginning, but one day I simply accepted that all the things I love doing were probably not going to be the same things that my child would love to do.

I started to pay more attention to the things that made Jaxon smile, just to discover how incredibly creative he was, but in a totally different way. He loves to act, sing and create imaginary spaces like ice cream shops and farmers markets where he oftens sells imaginary clothes, rocks, and chocolate.

I also discovered how much he loves being in nature and how much attention he pays to the things I say or teach him if we are in a park or hiking in the mountains. I joined him, and together we started to enjoy more of these activities that he likes to do. One day we built houses with leaves so the ants wouldn’t get wet in the rain, we also made a paper boat once, then jumped on it until it was completely destroyed. Something about smashing things catches Jaxons attention. He is extremely curious and active and sometimes is hard to keep him entertained.

Taking myself out of my comfort zone made me think about how he might feel when I try to sit him down and make him paint. Can you imagine trying to create something while all you want to do is run?

Today I finished taking a bath and while I was putting on my makeup I discovered that, on his own, Jaxon had taken out his crayons and was sitting at his desk along and painting.

So maybe I was all wrong, maybe, kids change and all is not lost, and the world does have meaning, and everything really is awesome.