K WITH HEART
We adore KwithHeart. Karrie-Anne is an inspiring Mama. A beautiful soul. She is rocking the small business world. With both her products. And her vibe.
Her Hopes + Dreams baby muslin and wraps are all hand brushed and made with love. Each one has over 30 affirmations to encourage parents to say out loud each and everyday to our little loves. We are lucky enough to own a few of her pieces. They are our favourites. They haved helped us get through the tough times. Always reminding us to be positive, kind and to encourage our babes to be the best they can be. All that they want to be. And more.
After our chat with Karrie-Anne. We fell in love with her, her product and her vibe even more. Everything she does. Warms our heart. And just like one of her affirmations. She is 'all kinds of wonderful'.
TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT YOUR BUSINESS, KWITHHEART.
KwithHeart is run by me, an eternally optimistic, happy, sleep deprived mama-of-two (Wow. Two sounds crazy!). Offering hand brushed ‘Hopes + Dreams’ affirmation organic baby swaddle blankets and wraps.
AND WHAT MADE YOU START IT UP.
I started KwithHeart when I was pregnant with my firstborn and at the time there were very limited options for ‘alternative’ baby/nursery items. In desperation to ‘buck the trend’ of blue for boys and pink for girls, I wanted a black and white nursery. Because I couldn’t find anything, I created my own wraps and swaddles. I discovered I wasn’t alone in my desire to be different and friends started to ask me to make them some things too. So with a newborn in tow, and a desire to be creative, I opened my doors to business!
AND WHERE DID THE NAME COME FROM.
Well my name is Karrie-Anne and from the beginning, my number one priority has been to create things with absolute heart. So given this, I thought it was only natural to call it K… with…Heart.
WE ADORE YOUR BEAUTIFUL SWADDLES + BLANKETS. EVEN THOUGH OUR LITTLEST ISNT SO LITTLE ANYMORE, WE STILL TAKE THEM EVERYWHERE WITH US. CAN YOU TELL US THE MEANING BEHIND THEM.
Nawww thanks. There are three main meanings behind my wraps and blankets. It is a bit long winded, but grab a cup of tea, sit back, have a read and relax.
Firstly, when I was pregnant I used to sit and think about my hopes and dreams for my own bebe-to-be and wanted a way to tell my little bebe all the time what they were. My all time favourite quotes is 'What you think you become, what you feel you attract, what you imagine you create’ by Buddha. Because of this, I wanted to create a product that encouraged my own baby to grow up with this ethos. My blankets and wraps feature 30 affirmations to encourage us to ‘say out loud’ from the time babies are born, so they too grow up believing these affirmations. I do believe if we say it and affirm it, we will create it!
Secondly, I grew up with my amazingly inspiring mum who used to put inspirational quotes all over our home (this is back before it was ‘cool’ to do so). Even though at the time I was a little embarrassed when friends visited, I had a mother who intentionally raised me to believe that anything and everything was possible. Many of the affirmations I have on my blankets and wraps are things my own mother used to tell to me.
And thirdly, it’s a bit out there but it’s based on the incredible work of Dr Masaru Emoto who has shown that thoughts and words have a direct effect on water, in a crystal formation. In short, his work has shown that water exposed to positive words become beautiful crystals, and the opposite occurs with negative, mean spirited words. As babies are made up of more than 80% water, I feel like if they too are wrapped in positive affirmations they will continue to remain as beautiful and as pure as they were born. If you haven’t heard of Dr Emoto then google him! He is incredible.
WE ADORE FOLLOW-STALKING YOUR INSTAGRAM AND FACEBOOK FEEDS. YOU ARE ALWAYS SUCH A POSITIVE BRIGHT LIGHT. ALWAYS MAKING US SMILE. YOUR AWESOME VIBE SHINES THROUGH. AND YOU ALWAYS LOOK LIKE YOU HAVE BUSINESS LIFE AND MUM LIFE UNDER CONTROL. HOW DO YOU MANAGE THE JUGGLE.
By exactly that… by juggling! It is a constant juggle between switching in and out of a gazillion different tasks at once. I have been VERY conscious to make sure that when my bebes are awake I am really present, enjoy their company and have heaps of fun without any ‘business’ distractions so I generally only work when they are sleeping. It is SUCH a balancing act between mother, wife, business owner and while it is definitely not ‘easy’, the days are never boring!
THROUGHOUT YOUR BUSINESS JOURNEY. WHAT WOULD YOU SAY THE BIGGEST LESSON YOU HAVE LEARNT IS.
Trust your gut. It never lies. If it doesn’t feel ahhhhmazing don’t do it, regardless of what your head is saying.
ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE STARTING A SMALL BUSINESS.
Just start. Try and squash that little ‘self doubt’ voice that keeps popping up (it’s not easy trust me!).
Another biggie for me is to keep remembering the quote that kinda goes ‘A flower doesn’t compete with another flower, it only blooms’. In the instagram world we live in it is SO easy to look at other businesses and compare. If I find myself even starting to compare I come back to this quote. Everyone’s journey is so different. I think if you try and ignore what other people are doing, stay true to your passion and your ‘why’ the better you’ll feel and ultimately do in business.
AND WHAT IS PLANNED FOR K WITH HEART'S FUTURE.
Oh the future is so. damn. exciting!!! I'm about to launch an entirely new product that I'm super, super, super, passionate about. I can't say too much just get, but as a little teaser I'll tell you that it's called Mumma's Magic. And it is something that both mumma's and their little bubs will not be able to live without. Think intentions, connection, emotions, affection and the creation of special rituals. I CAN'T wait to share them with you!!
TOP FIVE TO FOLLOW.
Oh the honesty. Oh the humour. Oh the wordsmithing! This woman and her babes in tow seems is pure joy to follow.
For constant inspiration and exposure to all the amazing incredibly talented businesses out there! Seeing people doing what they love is tha bomb!
Think wanderlust meets styling that only dreams are made of. I love everything this woman touches.
Her swoon worthy family adventures with her gorgeous family make me super wanderlust for adventures with my own family!
For continual family holiday adventure inspiration to local and not so local locations. I dream of the day we pack everything up and travel Oz with our babes.
Photo Credit @eyesoflovephotography