My son’s 4th birthday cake

My friends Michelle and Christina both started crocheting adorable hats and selling on Etsy.

My friend Lara started making sweet baby girl accessories, as well as her own photography and interior design business. She’s one very busy mama!

My friend Maegan started knitting and selling hats and coffee cozies.

My friend Jill started designing and crafting beautiful children’s clothing.

Many friends started blogging, like me.

So many fabulous creative outlets that not only help make these women happier people but also better mothers.

Holiday “Creative Outlet” Giveaways!

To kick off this season of giving, I’ll be doing a few creative outlet holiday giveaways. I want to support my fellow moms who are using their talents to bring home the bacon for their families and strengthen their own mental health in the process. (If you have a business you’d like to share with my readers, please let me know!)

I encourage you to support these moms, enter my giveaways of course, but more importantly think about supporting family owned small business with your holiday shopping dollars. Buying gifts made with love for your loved ones, is not only extra special for the receiver, but also makes a financial and even mental wellness impact on real families just like yours.

So! My first giveaway of the season is an adorable custom-made hand-crocheted hat by MinaDream Crochet. Michelle is a stay at home mom of two, a boy Ronin’s age and a girl a little older than Ellie. Our kids are the best of friends! Michelle and I met at a playgroup about 4 years ago when our boys were 3 months old and have been friends ever since.

Here is a MinaDream hat Ellie wore for our recent photos.

Here’s another that Ellie wears all the time.

MinaDream also sells handsome boys styles like this.

And here’s a MinaDream hat of my own!

The winner can choose from infant, boys, girls or adult styles. (Up to a $25 value)

To enter just use the rafflecopter form below. The mandatory entry is to leave a comment on this blog post telling me your personal favorite creative outlet. All other methods of entry are optional and give you extra chances at winning. This giveaway ends on Tuesday, Nov 22.


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  1. I love to bake cakes and cupcakes! I also love to take pictures, scrapbook, cross stitch, draw and decorate our home!

  2. I garden and take care of the bushes, hedges, plants outside, when I can.

  3. I like the soft violet Cotton Shell Hat – for my daughter.

  4. I like to decorate! Whenever I feel myself sliding into a funk I pick a room and change it up. A fresh perspective does wonders! 🙂
    h4schaffer at gmail dot com

  5. I love photography! But blog designing is high on the list too. 🙂

  6. My hobby outlet used to be art. A pencil a piece of paper, or nailpolish and shoes (i like painting shoes with nailpolish), or paint and walls. But now I am finding it easier to blog. Partly because i am in so much pain from several medical conditions, and am home bymyself, with pets, so it has made keeping up any friendships other than online almost impossible.

  7. I write when I need a creative outlet.
    vmkids3 at msn dot com