My name is Nichole and I am a wife to my wonderful husband Tim, boutique owner, organizer of a non-profit, and a stay at home mom to 4 boys- Max (14), Cooper (4), Brodie (2), and Jacksen (1). I am originally from northern California but moved to Arizona in 2004. I began sewing in 2000, my freshmen year in high school, when I took a fashion design class. After graduating from high school, I could not decide if I wanted to go to college for fashion design or early education. Although I applied and was accepted to FIDM (Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising) I ultimately decided to peruse early education and became a preschool teacher until December 2009 when I had my first son and decided to be a stay at home mom.
I began my journey with Baby Moon Boutique in November 2011 after the birth of my youngest son. I wanted to make my son some new items and re-found my passion for sewing. I started with minky blankets and rag quilts. They are so soft and I just love making them. Then I began expending to soft toys with child development in mind. Each toy is unique to Baby Moon as I create each item from pattern to finished product by hand.
December 25, 2004, Christmas day, I lost my grandmother. Every holiday thereafter I would think about all of the people spending what should be a joyous time, in the hospital, especially children and their families. Once I began having children of my own, my vision became clear to get children involved in donating and teach them the value of compassion using my passion for arts and crafts as a gateway for giving. In 2013 I began working towards making my dream a reality and Love Bug Impressions was born. Love Bug Impressions is a non-profit organization that wants to encourage love and compassion in today's youth through arts and crafts, giving children around the world the opportunity to love on hospital-bound children and their parents through a simple, easy-to-follow, card-making process.
As a mom, we wear many hats- Chef to our family, teacher, cleaner (and let's face it, we work miracles with the messes we deal with), doctor to our sick kids, party planners, executive shoppers, and so much more. It's a challenging balancing act. Through this blog, I will share my preschool crafts, organizing tips, recipes, must have small business products, as well as some stories that I just have to laugh off.