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Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family from One Small Child.

Christening Gowns, Outfits, Accessories: a Giveaway

November Giveaway | Christening Gowns and Outfits by One Small Child

{Celebrating Our 30th Year}

As you may have seen earlier this month, we’ve been celebrating our 30th year in business with a giveaway each month, and we’re wrapping it up with the biggest prize yet: one lucky winner will receive a $200 shopping spree to One Small Child! To spread the love, we’ll also randomly select two runners-up, who will each receive $50 shopping codes, good toward the purchase of any of our products. It’s just a way to say thank you for these great years and many to come!

{Shop for Christening Gowns, Outfits, Accessories and More}

We’ve spent the last 30 years becoming experts in creating gorgeous christening gowns, outfits and accessories. It is such fun to create these products, and envision how they’ll look on your sweet little one! So much care and thought goes into each and every item: the styles, fabrics, and trims are carefully chosen to create christening and baptism wear that will honor the importance of the event and enhance the beauty of your baby. We love to be sure you’ll also be able to find the christening accessories you might need to go with that special outfit: you’ll find amazing blankets, soft bodysuits, personalized bibs, socks, shoes and jewelry to complement Baby’s look.

We don’t stop with products for one event! You might want to grab some of our cute holiday dresses, soft leather baby moccasins, beautiful baby headbands, sweet diaper covers, and gifts for every occasion.

{How to Enter this Giveaway}

It’s EASY to enter! Just comment on this post with a link to your favorite One Small Child product. Giveaway ends Sunday, November 30 at 11:59 pm mountain time. You can earn additional entries by:

-leaving your name and email address in the Google form below
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Winter Christening Dresses: Avery

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Have you seen our selection of winter Christening dresses? The weather may be frightful, but our Avery Christening gown is simply delightful! Made from luxurious bridal satin, for an exquisite Christening debut. Laser cutting and pretty beading decorate the bonnet and hem of the gown. A thick satin bow gives the bodice a rich feminine look. The three-piece set includes the Avery gown, matching bonnet and cotton slip. Make the Avery truly special! Personalization on the slip is available just for your little princess!

To complete the look we recommend: our pima cotton camisole bodysuit and our heirloom-length bouffant slip. Keep her little toes warm and cozy with our lacy rhumba tights and white Mary Jane shoes! Add our satin ruffle blanket, and you’re all set!

Find more winter Christening dresses here!

Ramona, Creator of One Small Child

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As we end the month long celebration for our 30th year in business, we thought it only fitting that Ramona, Creator of One Small Child, take over for Mom Talk Monday. Her experience and knowledge far outweigh anything you could learn anywhere else. Ramona started this sweet company herself and helped it blossom. We are so thankful to have her here to give up a look into what the last 30 years has been like.

-Starting a business, any business, is a tremendous undertaking. What inspired you to create one that is so hands on and detailed?

I didn’t know it would be so hands on and detailed. Who ever thinks of things like that when they are filled with a passion to create something? I have always loved to create beautiful clothing. I started sewing my own clothes when I was 13 years old. I love the process of visualizing and creating the end result. I love the feel of fabrics and the potential they present to create a beautiful human being.

I love the feeling people get when they look at someone who is beautifully dressed, especially children. I believe it builds a child’s self esteem when they are admired by other people and I create beautiful clothing to enhance how adorable they are. I recently realized that I have always loved art and the idea that I could be somewhat of an artist. I have spent my life’s work, not painting on a canvas with paint, but using children as my canvas for extraordinary clothing. I create beautiful works of art by enhancing their beautiful spirits with lovely clothes.

-How did you juggle your role as a wife and mother while growing One Small Child?

Sometimes not very well. It took a tremendous effort to keep up with the growing day to day demands. My family has always been my top priority, but sometimes I had to make a decision between them and putting out fires at work. I look back with regret on many of the things I missed with my children. I spent a lot of years getting up very early in the morning, working until it was time for the kids to get up for school, then working all day and spending time with them after school. Then, after they were in bed, I would work well into the evening. It was a difficult time and I often felt like I was on autopilot.

My younger children grew up in the shop, having their own room and toys to play with during the day. I interacted with them in between the demands of the business.

-Tell us a little about your family and why it is special.

I was very excited to have children and be a mother soon after my marriage. However, I experienced some difficulty at first. I had a miscarriage about a year after we were married. I felt very sad at the loss. A few months later, I had a tubal pregnancy that required emergency surgery and I felt that I would never be able to have children. To my delight, I was able to have a normal pregnancy and a beautiful baby girl a year later. 4 more children joined our family and I was happy thinking we were complete. Our oldest daughter was about 9 years old when I started designing and sewing a line of tricot slips and dresses call Fluff ‘N Twirl. We started selling them to retail stores around the USA, employing the services of independent Sales Reps. They were well accepted and we began to grow. At times, we operated a retail outlet locally and I’m often told by young mothers today that they loved their Fluff ‘N Twirl dresses when they were little girls. I love that I was able to bring joy to many people and they can tell me about it.

When my youngest daughter was 10 years old, I strangely started feeling sick for a week or two. I very seldom got sick and I thought it must be the flu or something. For some reason, I felt that I should purchase a pregnancy kit and Voila!!, another baby was on the way. I loved the idea of having another baby to love, but I was 42 years old, extremely busy with our business and totally unprepared for this wonderful event. But, what can a mother do? We all just moved over and made space for this darling little boy. The other kids adored him and it was so much easier with a new baby, myself being older, more patient and having built in babysitters. I just picked him up from his bed early in the morning and took him to work with me. I fed him at work, had a room for him to take naps, a rocking chair to read stories in, toys of many kinds. He grew up amongst the sewing machines and the nuts & bolts of a business. I never regretted for a minute the wonderful miracle of him.

-What is your most humorous story you can think of that happened in growing your business?

Late one Friday afternoon, we got a panic call from one of our customers that she hadn’t received her order and the Christening was the next day. We quickly put together another order for her to be delivered the next morning. The UPS driver had already left with the days orders, so my son, Kendall, drove to the Idaho Falls, ID terminal to get the package on the truck. When he got there, he found that the Next Day deliveries had already left for the airport. He rushed over to the airport and saw that the delivery truck was on the tarmac, parked next to the airplane where the day’s shipment was being loaded up. In a heroic effort, he ran over to the fence and hollered at the driver to come over. Kendall tossed the package over the fence to him and it was safely loaded, on it’s way. It was such a good feeling that we were able to go above and beyond the expected customer service.

-Where have you drawn your inspiration?

Angels often give me ideas and inspiration. It’s like someone else takes over my body and creates something incredibly lovely. Vogue Bambini magazine. Brides magazines, Antique magazines and catalogs, old pattern books. I look at attractive things other people are wearing and think about how I can enhance it and make something similarly beautiful, but not a direct copy.

-Do you have a favorite product that stands out?

The Preslee Christening Gown. The first gown I designed that I was able to make with the very best fabrics and trims rather than have to cut back and think of ways to make it less expensive.

-What suggestions do you have for those wanting to start their own business?

Don’t go into debt right away. If your idea isn’t profitable, find something else to do that will satisfy your need to create.

Don’t grow too fast.

Don’t think that more volume is a solution. More volume = more expenses.

If it’s not good for your family, don’t do it.

Learn enough about business so you know if you’re making a profit.

Learn how to do cost analysis.

Don’t forget to add overhead expenses to your Cost of Goods.

Listen to your spirit. If you know it’s right for you, never give up.

If it isn’t right for you after awhile, don’t do it anymore.

Try to sell direct to the public. Selling wholesale is harder and more cost intensive.

-How do you take time for yourself to recharge?

Power nap. When I start feeling bone tired weary, I lay down for 15-20 minutes and breathe deeply, willing the feeling to relax and go away.

-What is your go to, never fail and in a pinch recipe?

Slow cooked Roast beef. Put in the oven at 200-250 degrees and bake it all day ( at least 8 hours). Always comes out pull apart tender. Especially tasty when you sprinkle a packet of dry soup mix over the top.

-What is the one product you cannot live without?

A planner

Mom Fact #3

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Favorite Thanksgiving Recipes from One Small Child Staff

Looking for something new to add to your menu this holiday season? A few of us at One Small Child would like to share our tried-and-true Thanksgiving recipes with you!

Thanksgiving Recipes

{Katy’s favorite Thanksgiving recipe is this Pecan Pie recipe from The Pioneer Woman.}

Sue Ann from our shipping department shared her recipe for Slow-Cooker Veggies:

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 pounds sweet potatoes
  • 1 pound parsnips
  • 1 pound carrots
  • 2 large red onions, coarsely chopped
  • 3/4 cup sweetened dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

Preparation:

  1. Peel first 3 ingredients, and cut into 1 1/2-inch pieces. Combine parsnips, carrots, onions, and cranberries in a lightly greased 6-qt. slow cooker; layer sweet potatoes over top.
  2. Whisk together sugar and next4 ingredients in a small bowl; pour over vegetable mixture. (Do not stir.)
  3. Cover and cook on HIGH 4 to 5 hours or until vegetables are tender. Toss with parsley just before serving.

 

Audrey shared her favorite recipe for rolls here: “Jeremy’s Rolls”.

Bethany loves these Homemade Cinnamon Rolls from LiveCraftEat.com. She says: “This is the closest thing to my mama’s homemade rolls. But add about double the butter. She is southern so the more butter the better!”

Ramona shared her family’s favorite Candied Yams from AllRecipes.com.

Care to share your favorite recipe links?

Simple Thanksgiving Centerpieces

We all want our home and dinner to look as warm and welcoming as possible this time of year, but it can be hard on top of all the preparations to prepare to get all of the decor up too. So today we are doing a Pinterest Roundup of simple Thanksgiving centerpieces that you can do in a hurry. The end result will be beautiful and everyone will enjoy the warmth you added to the dinner. If you are not hosting the dinner, offer to take flowers and centerpieces to the hostess to help out. It’s a nice gesture and one that will be appreciated.

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Baby Christening Accessories: Baby Socks

Socks for Boys

{Shown next to our handsome Ribbed Ankle Socks, our Cross Embroidered Socks (right) are perfect for your little man’s religious debut.}

Keep baby’s toes warm and cozy during your big event! We offer a wide variety of baby socks for special events or just every day use! Each pair is quality crafted from soft, durable material. So, take a look at our baby socks!

Socks for Girls

{A girl can’t get enough ruffles, right? Shown above are our Lace Ruffle Socks (left) and our Cross Ruffle Socks (right). Check out our selection of great baby tights here!}

Baby Socks

{A subtle texture pattern decorates our Waffle Textured Socks (left). Our Triple Roll Socks (right) are perfect for everyday wear!}

Mom Talk Monday: Jen Haderlie

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Tell us a little about your family & why it is special?

My husband and I have been married for 7 years now and are truly best friends. We balance each other out which in helps us to work so well as a team. I am also a mom of twin girls that just turned a year old. My girls are such a special part of our family. After years of struggling with infertility without a reason as to why – we found out we were pregnant not with one, but with TWO babies! I can’t imagine life any other way than the roller coaster ride we’ve been on!

What do you do for work/volunteer outside of being a wife and mom?

I’m a pilot’s wife and decided I would take a break from working the corporate world for now. Instead I’ve filled my time with my church’s youth program. I work with the young women ages 12-17 years old. It’s been such a treat! Don’t let it fool you, there’s much more behind the scenes action then what it sounds. They keep me on my toes.

Is there something your family does on a regular basis for quality time?

We love to go on walks! We just moved to a new area and there’s so much to explore!

How do you take time for yourself to recharge?

Taking time for myself has been a learning process for me. I literally have to schedule it into my weekly routine. My girls usually go to bed early and that’s when I take 30 minutes to myself, grab a drink & surf Pinterest, read a book, meditate or sit in silence. Before having kids I would go shopping, hit a coffee shop, go out for a bite to eat with my girlfriends – all of which I still love to do, but it doesn’t rejuvenate me like it used to. The simplest things and moments are all I need to get me going again.

What is your go to, never fail and in a pinch recipe?

Pasta! There’s really not a name for the recipe…As long as I have some sort of noodle in my cupboard there’s a meal! I love to sauté any vegetables I have together in some extra virgin olive oil (or coconut oil, if I have it) and mix with pasta. My current favorite mixture is red onion, (left over) roasted broccoli, sweet potato and string green beans sautéed in coconut oil on top of rigatoni pasta. Yum!! My husband likes to top his with a little Parmesan cheese.

What is the one product you cannot live without?

My one guilty pleasure, must have & cannot live without product is my Origins GinZing Eye Cream! This stuff is a miracle worker! I use it every day!

If you’re interested in being featured on Mom Talk, email us at service@onesmallchild.com. Subject line “MOM TALK”.

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