They say it takes a village to raise a child. It sure does and I’d add – it takes a team to build a blog.
I tried to go it alone. But, I had no idea what I was doing. HTML is not intuitive. Choosing a colour scheme should be simple but it’s not. How do I resize images? How do I change my header font? My frustration grew daily.
All I wanted was to write. To share my passion for natural parenting, and start building a community. Raised Good is my virtual home and it was getting me down. It felt shabby. Cluttered. Half done. Not quite “me”. Trying to fix it seemed futile, and it was devouring the precious little free time I had to spend on my writing.
Then one day I came across an extraordinary travel website, Hecktic Travels. It was authentic, bold and unique. I scrolled to the footer. And I sprinted down the corridor to tell my husband when I saw the magic words “Website by Further Bound”.
I emailed Hannah at Further Bound and couldn’t believe my luck when she was both available and interested. My husband took one look at their work and said YES – this was it, we had to go for it, this was our team.
Many Skype calls, countless emails and a truckload of Asana tasks later here we are… with a shiny, new home for my web-baby. The love, care, dedication and hours that have perfected every last detail has blown me away.
So, what’s new at Raised Good?
Hannah is a Design Jedi, reading my mind and quietly creating a piece of art which captures the very essence of my soul, my mission and my family. The experience has been electrifying, confidence building and the fact it is drawing to a close is bittersweet – I will sorely miss working with Hannah.
The heart and soul of my website hinged on creating a logo which conveys simplicity as well as communicating the raw, instinctive and natural message Raised Good aims to deliver.
The Mama Bear is the perfect symbol. She is a strong and independent yet gentle and nurturing mother. She protects her cubs fiercely and follows her instincts. When Hannah first submitted her designs to me she described me as “a mama bear bravely traversing the world with your cub in tow.” It resonated so deeply. I knew this was the perfect brand mark to represent Raised Good.
The clean, sophisticated and minimalist typography carries through the website. It aims to reduce clutter for parents who are faced with daily messiness. While Raised Good is a parenting website it is also a place of solace for adults. A place to relax and unwind. To stay a while and take a break from the daily muddles of being a parent.
We worked hard on the colour scheme as well, ensuring every detail remained true to both my personal tastes, and our goal of creating an online haven for readers. Inspired by my love of the ocean and all things natural, it feels welcoming, clean, and dynamic.
On a late Fall afternoon, we met our gifted photographer, Jozi, at a stunning West Coast beach, Whytecliff Park. We had a blast snapping images for hours on the beach, overlooking the ocean and playing with our little guy. Our little man was a rockstar, constantly surprising us with how easily he goes with the flow. Jozi captured the unconditional love of our tight little family unit. And I was thrilled to get a few images of us nursing – it’s become a central part of our relationship making it priceless to have it documented so beautifully. Here are a few behind the scene images…
Hannah has excelled in creating fresh, unique categories that again help simplify the daily chaos of parenting. The new categories will also allow Raised Good to evolve, and I’ll be adding sub-categories as my content continues to grow. Raised Good may focus on life with babies, but it’s also my baby, a fledgling brand that goes from strength to strength with every passing day. I hope you’ll bear with me as I find my wings.
The new categories are:
- DAY: Covering everything from early potty training, babywearing, play and day tripping to connecting and developing secure attachments with our kids.
- NIGHT: Here we’ll delve into parenting after dark – sleeping, co-sleeping, sleep training and sleep cycles just for a start.
- FEED: This category will mostly be dedicated to breastfeeding, and what a huge topic it is – from the struggles of being a new mother and the health benefits of breastfeeding, to nursing in public or yet more controversial, nursing a toddler – we’ll cover it all.
- TRAVEL: We’re addicted to travel. Global nomads, we now call a fourth country home. And having a child means he comes along – join us on our adventures as we share the world with our little guy.
- HEALTH: I’m not an expert but I am a self-taught passionate hippie health nut as well as a trained veterinarian. I’d love to share what I’ve learnt along the way to help keep our family healthy. I’ll also share some of my favourite healthy recipes from time to time.
- LIFE: This will be full of warmth, support and compassion. Let’s confide in each other about the curveballs life throws us. Like not being able to get pregnant. Or thinking our marriage will fall apart because we no longer have any… time. Us parents need a village too and here it is.
EBOOK BONUS AND EMAIL SIGN UP
I’ve been meaning to write a free mini eBook forever… Hannah gave me the final push I needed. And boy am I thrilled with it. Titled Parenting by Nature, it covers four of the most popular natural parenting topics: sleep, breastfeeding, early potty training and vaccines.
It’s been a labor of love written on my iPhone during nursing sessions and nap times. And of course, Hannah took my plain Word document and transformed it into a something that actually looks like a book.
Exclusively available to subscribers, if you haven’t already done so, sign up to my email newsletter at the bottom of this page and you’ll be directed to download your free copy.
Once you sign up I’ll smile, send you a virtual bear hug (he, he) and then send you my monthly newsletter, Love Letters, giving you personal insights into our family adventures and a round up of the month’s blog posts. I’ll only ever email you once a month and you can unsubscribe at any time.
When you get strange looks at the baby store for asking for a potty for a 4-week-old baby. Or when you’re not sure whether you should get a stretchy wrap or a structured carrier. And when you’re faced with a million choices and you have no idea what the best option is, my resources page is the perfect page to visit. It contains a detailed list of everything I use to make my parenting life easier, as well as a little info on each item.
Juggling a full time job, a toddler and all that daily life brings is more than enough to fill my time…let alone trying to create a website. My secret superpower is my selfless, inspiring and incredibly supportive husband. He is my rock and without his encouragement and blind faith in me none of this would be possible. Thank you, Mr. G!
MY HOPES FOR RAISED GOOD
I’m one of the happiest mothers I know. I don’t say that to show off or to brag. I say it because I want to spread the joy, the intense happiness and the unconditional love natural parenting can bring.
Of course parenting is hard. It’s the most difficult, relentless, never-get-a-break, 24/7 job you’ll ever have. We expect parenthood to be a drag. To be something to get through. To manage. But what if it didn’t have to be?
Western society expects a parenting approach centered on adult’s wants rather than children’s needs. But when we meet children’s needs they thrive. Babies cry less. Toddlers have fewer tantrums.
Practices like elimination communication, baby wearing and bed sharing deepen and foster the connection we create with our babies. And a rock solid connection lays the foundation for a close, strong and lasting parent-child bond. But you may be seen as odd for trying something different. That’s how I felt.
My hope is to provide a place for you to come for well-researched, scientifically-backed information so you can make the best decisions for your family. Parenting is an adventure that never ends. We’re all brave explorers forging our own paths forward.
There is simply no room for criticism or judgment on this journey, it will only weigh you down. Instead, let’s help each other as we navigate the unknown terrain and extend an offering of support in commune. That is what I hope Raised Good will serve as for you: a place of guidance and solace as you strive to parent YOUR way.