It Takes A Village: Meet Lacey & 24STRONG

It Takes A Village: Meet Lacey & 24STRONG

Lacey Koughan: 24STRONG

it takes a village 24strong empower young women girlsAs moms, fighting the day-to-day battles over spilled milk and endless to-do lists, it can feel like the villages we’ve been promised would help raise our children are non-existent. In those early days with my daughter, when her colic would have us both up into the wee hours, I had no clue how I was going to get her to adulthood – let alone through infancy. Now, with my more rested mind, I am able to recognize there are those out there looking to support us as parents, looking to shine a light on the tough days and cheering us on as we aim to raise strong and independent children who make a difference. I’ve said before that incredible people are all around us. They are not myths or magic, they are real people just like us and we don’t have to look far to find them.

lacey 24strong girl power empowermentLacey Koughan, founder of 24STRONG, has big dreams for education that builds the foundation of inspiration for our daughters. First bringing her vision to life on the shores of Prince Edward Island, she hopes to reach young women across Canada and beyond with a message of female empowerment.

Knowing the impact of youth being bombarded with media-marketed messaging, Lacey created workshops and activities where young girls find strong female role models who motivate through positivity and conversation. Through mentorship, healthy mental and physical habits as well as goal setting and attainment, these girls build friendships with like-minded teens and preteens who find support in one another.

Connecting with these girls is easy for Lacey – she’s one of them. Still a teenager herself, Lacey is driven by her passion and it’s not hard to see with what she has already created. With the world as her classroom, she continues to learn from the girls she meets through 24STRONG, running a business, creating exceptional free resources for our young girls and her own personal writing – she’s unstoppable.

Leaders and inspiration-makers like Lacey should be front of mind in the moments when we feel we are swimming against the current of motherhood. Lacey is a visionary with goals I have no doubt will be achieved and that many will be impacted by her guidance. Finding young women like Lacey helps to build our own village of difference-makers, provide an outlet for our children through programs like hers and give us peace of mind that together we can all make an impact for the good.

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It Takes A Village: Meet Amanda

It Takes A Village: Meet Amanda

I have been so blessed to have been surrounded by an incredible group of friends at many points in my life. The ebb and flow that we all go through introduces us to new faces and friendships. Never was this more important then when I was pregnant with my daughter and attempting to navigate the terrifying and overwhelming feeling of being a soon-to-be-first-time-momma! I had been living in Fredericton, New Brunswick for a while but few of my close friends had children or experience with this new journey I was about to embark on. At the time, I was working in an office filled with incredible women, separated by grey walls. Perhaps recognizing the look of exhaustion on a fellow employee, Amanda reached out with support and kindness, sharing tips and tricks to make preparing for the baby much easier. Three years later, Amanda has become a forever friend as our little ones play together and we support each other through life’s continued excitement. 

Amanda introduced me to Peekaboo Beans and it was instant love. As a brand that works to support children’s play and one who creates it’s clothing with all children in mind, it was a match made it heaven. Click here to learn a little bit more about the brand. And read on to learn more about this amazing woman I am lucky to call my friend ♥

Jessica 

Amanda Hanson

amanda peekaboo beansI’m a homebody who loves snuggling with my kids, family time, drinking all the wine, and a good belly laugh. I’m Mama to Max, Avery and my fur baby Beasley. I struggle daily with whether to stay up late to have ‘me time’ or get the sleep I’m desperate for.

I started selling Peekaboo Beans in June 2016. After a long and mentally exhausting stint with miscarriage and infertility, I finally became pregnant with my 2nd child and needed a distraction to get me through those early pregnancy weeks. I had been an avid Bean lover for a few months and started buying so much for my daughter that I decided it would be a great investment financially and mentally to become a stylist. I initially started buying my daughter Beans simply because they are made specifically to be comfortable for kids to play in. We all know how uncomfortable it is to be constantly yanking our pants up or pulling our shirts down and I didn’t want her to have to deal with that. I want her to be able to be free and move without restrictions while she plays. Plus, I mean they’re totally cute! Since buying Beans, they’ve seen us through many phases – the ‘I want to dress myself phase’ (perfect because the lines are made to easily mix and match), the ‘this dress/sock/pant leg/tag/breath of air ‘tickles’ me’ phase (perfect because there are no buttons or sequins to tickle, and the twill tape hem and tacked down pockets mean that the fabric won’t get twisted and become uncomfortable from washing) and my favorite the ‘it still fits me phase’ (perfect because many Beans items are grow with me and are designed to last through a growth spurt, so that tunic does now work as a shirt 😉).

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When I had Max, the first outfit I put on him was a Peekaboo Beans playsuit (still my go-to for him). The chin guard keeps him protected from getting pinched, diaper changes are a breeze with the full length zipper, the fold over mittens are awesome for crazy, scratchy baby nails in those early days, and he’s able to crawl, scoot, walk, roll and even sleep in the cozy fabric. I love the entire baby line for him and now he’s even big enough to wear items from the boys line with sleeves and pant legs rolled up!

Those are all great reasons for my kids to wear Peekaboo Beans, but I also love a good deal and Beans are expensive so I needed to justify the cost to myself… easy! Beans last forever. Seriously. The one-of-a-kind high thread count ensures the clothes are not only comfortable, but also ensure longevity and sustainability. My kids are wearing Beans that are much older than they are and are still in perfect condition. Limited or no wash-wear, no shrinking, no twisting or bunching. Plus, because they wear so well, I am able to sell their clothes when they finally outgrow them and get a nice chunk of change back. The resale market for Beans is fantastic! I also love that Beans are pre-shrunk. Far too often I’ll get a ‘sale’ at local children’s stores, but the items will shrink after a wash and become too small, or fade and look ancient. Finally, a huge bonus is that there are no harmful dyes. While this is a bonus in and of itself, it also means that stains come out VERY well. It took a bit of trial and error to find a stain removal regimen that works for me, but now I’m in my groove and there isn’t a single stain on a single Bean that scares me. Bring it 😉

Don’t take my word on it – the best way to fall in love with this brand is to try it out for your own kids!

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