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21 Dec

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Wonder

December 21, 2015 | By |

Life can be a chaotic mess sometimes, right? The struggle is real. It’s hard to slow down and notice the beauty in the world around us because we’re just trying to survive, to tame the to-do list and manage the schedules. I know you feel the tension. We all do … especially if you are a parent and especially this time of year.

Inspired by an eye-opening series at my church this month, here’s what I’d like to invite you to ponder this holiday season:

Wonder. 

Children seem to radiate with something magical. Have you noticed? I believe it’s some fantastic concoction of pure joy mixed with sprinkles of hope and a large dose of wonder. It’s crazy beautiful. You were a child once and you had that exact same glow. Don’t you remember? I know it’s hard to recall, but look no further than the children in your life to help you.

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I want you to listen. I want you to stop what you are doing right now (It’s most likely not as important as you think it is) and listen. Get down on the floor. Tickle them and roll around a little bit. Listen to the giggles. Listen to their stories and look into their little eyes. Look directly into those little eyes. Find out what’s important in their world and take it as seriously. Ask them questions and watch their little faces light up with joy when they realize their world is important to you. And you will notice something … something beautiful and profound. You will realize that children have something to teach us. They can see something that most grown-ups choose not to see anymore.

Children look at the world with awe and wonder.

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Children see the things around us that we have allowed to become stale and ordinary. They see it in the smallest and most seemingly insignificant things. And they see the world from arguably the most unique perspective. They are fierce and free and they are reminding us of the astounding beauty that surrounds us everyday. Are you listening? As we grow older, the ability to stay young at heart is truly a strength. Wonder allows us to recognize that there is an artist at work in this world. It allows us to believe more deeply. Childlike wonder is something we all started with and we can keep it alive if we simply try.tfss-190b93f8-e8af-4351-aba8-c067389e8ccd-parseHighResMemoryTile

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So as we enter this holiday season, I ‘m asking you to watch. Watch with the eyes of a child. What kind of beautiful and wonderful things are in your life? What are your kids helping you see?

Over 50,000 parents around the globe use The LittleHoots app for iPhone to capture quotes and conversations with their children. 150,000+ memories have been saved with LittleHoots. See more wise and wonderful hoots on Facebook and Instagram.

17 Nov

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Meet the Lipinski’s

November 17, 2015 | By |

As the LittleHoot’s elves [Mama Hoot, Lacey Ellis and me, Intern Hoot] prepare the workshop and gear up to put together the inaugural round of books you guys have ordered, we have been surprised and delighted to see [in many cases for the first time], all of the wonderful memories that have been captured by y’all. What better way to wrap up the year than to create a book of those special and magical moments with your families [and friends!] that might otherwise be forgotten over time?
That being said, the other day we elves were stopped in our tracks by the memory tiles created by Lidia Donajczyk-Lipinska of her family—“Mama”, “Tata”, and baby Bruno, aka the Lipinski Family. Here is the first one we saw.
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Amazing, yes?!? Not only is the photo beautiful, but the approach that Mama and Tata have taken to create their book is a unique and innovative way to welcome Sir Bruno into the world, and particularly into his parent’s hearts. We elves were wowed as we saw the rest of the selections made for their book which consisted of hopes and wishes not only from the parents, but from family and friends as well. Of course baby Bruno, born in June of this year, doesn’t have much to say at this point, so the whole idea of quotes and conversations for the Lipinski’s has morphed into a series of beautiful messages and photos for him to savor when the time comes.
As you can see from the different [from English] language used in some of the tiles [which Mama and Intern took an embarrassingly long time to figure out was Polish], we knew that this was one special family with one special story. Intrigued, we reached out to them to see if they might share a bit of their journey. Mama Lidia could not have been more gracious when contacted by us.
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Imagine this—Far away, in the land called Poland, there lived across the street from each other, two teenagers, Lidia and Bartosz. Not only were they neighbors, they were also friends. Their friendship grew, and before too much time had passed, they became engaged. They married, becoming husband and wife—and more recently, gave birth, becoming parents, becoming a family. Introducing Mom Lidia, Dad Bartosz and Beautiful Baby Boy Bruno. A real life fairy-tale you might say.
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As if Poland were not an exotic enough location in which to settle down, this enthusiastic, independent  and adventuresome couple has kept on the move—5 years in Warsaw, 3 years in London, a year in New York and now a year [so far] in Chicago. Oh, and when I say “adventuresome”, they take the meaning of the word to a whole new level—traveling the world is part of their “normal” routine. Name a country—they have been there. Cambodia, Myanmar, Machu Picchu, Peru [while six months pregnant!], and Bogota,Columbia to name a few. I see a travel book in their future. [smiley face] I feel certain that Baby Bruno will be a world traveler before he can talk.
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These kinds of stories are truly what brings life, light and purpose to LittleHoots—we have loved getting a little glimpse into the life of the Lipinski family.  With their book, they truly will have an incredible legacy of memories that will be a part of theirs, Bruno’s [and any other future “Brunos”] history as time goes by and they live out their “Happily-Ever-After”.
So. Here’s the deal. You, yes, YOU too can order your very own LittleHoots book for the holidays. From now through November 30th http://littlehoots-keepsake-store.myshopify.com. Just DO it. Now. Hoot! Hoot!

06 Oct

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34 Funny, Fascinating And Totally Frank Quotes From Kids

October 6, 2015 | By |

Huffington Post Article

 

We are thrilled that LittleHoots was recently featured the Huffington Post Article titled 34 Funny, Fascinating And Totally Frank Quotes From Kids!

We think they made some great choices as these were some of our favorites from the last couple of months as well.

Did your hoot make the list?

Click here to see all 34 and to see if your hoot made it!

29 Sep

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The Spotlight Is On

September 29, 2015 | By |

Rosemary. Jarot. Hana, Lucas, Jonah, Lila and Ezra. Meet the Gustin family. Every so often, we at LittleHoots begin seeing family threads of not only funny, wise and witty things that specific kiddos say, but their parents as well. These interactions between parents and their little ones can be lol funny, taking the app to a whole new level. Right out of the gate, we pegged the Gustin clan as a perfect example of such a family, using the LittleHoots app to weave their families’ story—one that they would have to look back on and “hoot” about for years to come.

Little Lila Gustin was one unique little girl who first caught our attention—her mom Rosemary was posting a multitude of amazingly memorable “hoots” while in conversation with her daughter.We quickly realized that it was not only Lila’s hoots that were cracking us up, but those  of mama Rosemary’s other kiddos as well—not to mention the daddio, Jarot. This is one fun and funny family who has truly found a unique and thoughtful [read FUNNY] way to tell their story. Five children might seem like a lot, but I’m still hoping they will adopt me.

 I would love to share a couple of my personal faves, as immortalized by the Gustins while using the LittleHoots app.

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23 Sep

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Awesome New Resource for Moms!

September 23, 2015 | By |

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We are so excited to inform you about an awesome new resource for moms called MomCo. It is a free app that helps moms locate other moms that live close to them with similar aged children. Other features include Playdates, a calendar of upcoming family friendly events, a service section where you can find all the local businesses that cater to you and your kiddos, a money saving deals section, and a GIVEAWAY section. They are currently giving away a $500 gift card to Target in the Giveaway section in the app located on the bottom of the home screen. Download now to enter!

MomCo has quickly caught the attention of moms and the media. MomCo was the #1 trending app in the App Store after being featured on The Today Show and were named one of The Must-Have Apps for Moms by numerous parenting websites. MomCo is truly a one stop shop that has something for every mom to enjoy on the app. See what all the buzz is about and become a MomCo Mom today!

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15 Sep

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The Power of Two

September 15, 2015 | By |

LittleHoots Techweek Blog

Two might not seem like a number of significance to you guys, but when you consider that two team members from LittleHoots have made this year’s Techweek 100 list, the number two takes on epic proportions.

Lacey Ellis, Founder and CEO, and Dan Stifter, Advisor/Consultant have both been recognized as leaders in the emerging “tech hub” of Kansas City, one of the five American cities chosen for this week long series of events celebrating technology and innovation while showcasing the local community of entrepreneurs, visionaries and innovators.

This is a big deal.

The fact that Kansas City is being seen as the “Silicon Valley” of the midwest, and that two members of the “little startup that could”, (A.K.A. LittleHoots) is homegrown in said “Valley” speaks volumes for the future of our memory-keeping platform as well as our city.

The Techweek mission is about “building a better world through tech entrepreneurship. We bring together fledgling startups, emerging growth companies, and the titans of technology”. Whoa. Pretty lofty ideal, but one that is being well-played by Lacey and Dan.

The methodology for choosing the Techweek 100 is the same in each of the five host cities and is consistent each year. There are five qualities that are sought in each of the candidates being considered for the list: originality, prominence, growth, gumption and pertinence. Under the gumption label, read —“courage and drive led them to navigate their company through the startup world and continue to push to achieve a major goal”—that, my friends, is Lacey Ellis. The world of startups is hard…really hard.

Lacey, a former Art Director at a local Ad agency, has worked her b*** off to bring her dream of creating a Memory Keeping Platform to fruition…and she’s just getting started…you know, one step forward, five steps back; three baby-steps forward, half-a-giant-leap back…you get my drift. Passion, determination, glass half full, sacrifices left and right—Yep. Lacey.

Under the pertinence label, read— “their leadership has a public impact in the growth of their technological ecosystem”—meet Dan Stifter. Dan, a top-notch mentor/partner in the BetaBlox Business Incubator and Accelerator, has become an advisor for LittleHoots—simply because he believes—in us, in the mission of the LittleHoots ecosystem—that’s huge.

Dan, a former Senior Executive for both Coca-Cola North America and Hallmark Cards, Inc. is now becoming a sought after thought leader where his “thoughts” are needed most—like LittleHoots. Dan has applied his business acumen and emotional intelligence to our small but mighty team by helping us navigate the often muddy waters of not only how to sell an idea, but also how to make it work “better”. Dan the man.

So there you have it—In the midst of the excitement generated by the start of Techweek KC next week, the LittleHoots “power of two” will shine. Give a hoot!