Today we welcome Rhythm of the Home sponsor Mariposa Forest to the blog! Read on to find out more about this unique mama-run business and to enter a very special giveaway.
Tell us a bit about your business.
Mariposa Forest is a subscription based service in which, twice a month your child receives stories from our world, Mariposa Forest. The stories are written by the inhabitants of the forest, some furry, some feathered, some magical. Along with the stories are beautiful photographs just to give a glimpse of the world in which the stories take place. The stories follow the seasons and help the child connect with nature and the world around them. On the back of the cards are”Reflections”, observations and questions to help enhance the story as well as help the child to stop and look around them and see what is going on where they live. Our goal is create an imaginary experience for the child, in which something special arrives just for them, a story that allows them to help create and grow the world in their own minds.
The short version, we send stories by old fashioned snail mail to children. Annie is a photographer and I am a writer. We both have young children and know how much they love to get mail. We spent a while just throwing ideas of possible combinations of all of these things together and then one day, it hit us. What if we sent stories from the inhabitants of “Mariposa Forest” to children through the mail? We would include photographs, glimpses, into the forest and create a world in which imagination would flourish. We could create a whole experience of receiving something special, just for them, in the mail. Something tangible, that they could reread and look at whenever they wanted to. There are no advertisements, nothing media related, and nothing that requires batteries, just stories that come twice a month in the mail for the child.
What inspired you to begin your work, and what keeps you motivated today?
Our biggest motivation was to find an outlet for both of our creative energies. We are both artists and Mothers to young children. We tend to put their needs first, which is how it should be, but we must also nurture and grow within ourselves so we have something to give to our family. It is rewarding to be able to create something that we know is helping to spark and develop the imagination of so many children. Our motivation continues to grow as the world and stories become richer and come more and more to life for us. It is exciting to be apart of something that allows you to really give your heart and soul to something you believe so strongly in.
What is one of your biggest challenges in your everyday life and how are you coping?
I think the biggest challenge for us, as it is with most Mothers, is finding the balance of being completely present with your family and giving them all the love and attention it takes to raise a strong, healthy family, as well as create a business that also requires love, patience and attention. It is a difficult balancing act and we are working through it. We have wonderful support from our families as well as from each other. The main thing is to keep looking forward and seeing the bigger picture. Right now we can work, stay at home with our children, and do something that we love and believe in. It doesn’t get much better than that!
Thank you to all who entered! We have chosen a winner for the giveaway and will be in touch via email.
Thank you to Mariposa Forest for sharing with us today! Mariposa Forest is also offering a free one-year subscription to their wonderful service for one lucky member of the ROTH community. To enter to win, leave a comment on this post and we will choose a winner via random number next Friday, August 10th, 2012.
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