Marigold & Grey Offering Curated Gifts with Free Mother’s Day Card and Gift Tag by Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Mother’s Day is coming up so it’s time for a special offer to make this day extra meaningful for all the moms out there! Effective immediately, while supplies last, any gift ordered from our online shop between now and Sunday, May 14th will automatically include a FREE “Happy Mothers Day” rose gold foil greeting card and matching gift tag, both designed by Laura Hooper Calligraphy! Make use code “MOMLOVE” at checkout to qualify for this special offer.

Image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

Image: Laura Hooper Calligraphy

The Particulars

  • Gift card and gift tag quantities are limited so order right away! Once the cards and tags are depleted, the “MOMLOVE” code will be deactivated and we will resume filling orders with the gift tags pictured with each gift in our online shop. Don’t worry! We will still handwrite a message of your choice to accompany each gift at no additional charge.
  • Online orders placed by Tuesday, May 9th should arrive in time for Mother’s Day for most all US shipping locations.
  • This promotion is limited to one per customer.

While most all of our curated gift box designs are easily enjoyed by moms, here are a few of our favorites which are well-suited for Mother’s Day!

Spa Day

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Image: Laura Metzler Photo

Deluxe Lavender

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Image: Red October Photography

Hostess with the Mostess

Mothers Day Gift Ideas by Marigold & Grey

Image: Laura Metzler Photography

We hope you’re as excited about these beautiful additions to our curated gifts as we are! Let us know what you think! Leave a comment in this post or reach out via our contact page!

The Everyday Mother Baby Tracking Journal Featured in Mom-to-Be Gift Box // Small Business Spotlight

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

Perhaps you saw our brand new Mom-to-Be curated gift box that’s now available in our online shop? If you did, you probably noticed that one of the main items contained in the gift box is The Everyday Mother baby tracking journal. Because it’s aesthetically beautiful, extremely useful, and also has a very inspirational backstory, I thought we’d go straight to the designer herself for an in-depth look at how The Everyday Mother came to be. Meet Jackie Mangiolino…

Tell us a little about yourself!

Well, hello there! I’m Jackie – a Long Island based wife, mother, designer, entrepreneur, coach, dog-chaser, poop-cleaner, and dreamer of….naps. Like many business owners, I ditched a rather corporate career in order to create a life, and business, that worked better for my family and I. My professional background, and Master’s Degree, is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, which is the psychology of people in business. For years, I worked with executives and future corporate leaders to hone their interpersonal skills and create a more productive, fulfilling work environment. Interesting stuff, right?

Very interesting, indeed, but not the most creative, and definitely not supportive of the work-life balance I needed. Enter: Sincerely, Jackie. All through college, graduate school, and my corporate career, I was honing my skillset as a stationer. I fell in love with wedding invitations during my own engagement, and spent years learning all I could about print methods, paper textures, etiquette, and typography. Sincerely, Jackie steadily grew, and in 2014 my husband and I made the decision for me to work full-time for Sincerely, Jackie. Since then I have worked with couples across the country to create fine wedding invitations – paper heirlooms – for them to start their lives together with. I have also opened a studio that hosts other creative businesses and continue use my I/O background through coaching and mentoring other business owners.

Life was going swimmingly well, and in 2016, when my husband and I found out we were expecting our first child, things went from wonderful, to terrifying, to completely life changing.

Tell us the story behind The Everyday Mother.

On May 26, 2016 my husband and I welcomed our beautiful baby boy, Richard Peter. He weighed 2lbs 2oz, was 14 weeks early, and his birth literally saved my life. I developed HELLP Syndrome, an extremely rare, potentially fatal pregnancy complication that can only be cured by delivery. Our family spent 99 days in the NICU, it was there that The Everyday Mother was born.

The Everyday Mother is a beautifully printed baby log for tracking daily essentials – feeding, napping, diapers, and showers for mom (let’s be real!). When Richie was in the NICU, I had to keep meticulous notes on my pumping, which is when I discovered there was nothing on the market that I could use. Yes, there were apps, but I needed something I could bring to and from the hospital (where cell phone service was poor). Even more, I wanted it to be BEAUTIFUL, you know, to perk up the oh-so-glamorous task of pumping. This is when I first decided I needed to create something for myself and other NICU mothers. I created a simple template that I printed at home – as a designer, I made sure the template was as lovely to look at as it was to use. I gave the template to my lactation consultants and nurses, who then gave it to other NICU moms, and before I knew it, I was sitting in the pumping room next to a mother who had hole-punched my template and was telling me how much it helped her! After leaving the NICU, I had to track even more baby details, so I decided to expand the original template and make it into a beautiful, spiral bound notebook that ALL families could use. Enter, The Everyday Mother. Our first print run of The Everyday Mother sold out in a matter of weeks, and that’s when I knew I had really created something amazing for families.

What were your biggest challenges in becoming a new mom?

 Aside from the unique medical challenges surrounding Richie’s birth, I had the same struggles as all other mothers. Eating, showering, surviving. Staying organized was huge for us, which is why The Everyday Mother became so important. Keeping track of the mundane things, like pumping, Richie’s bottles, naps, etc., really helped to free up a tiny bit of (desperately needed) space in my brain.

How is Baby M doing these days? What is he up to?

Richie continues to amaze us every day! He’s currently discovering solid foods, giggling up a storm, and trying to figure out how to befriend our dog (hint: it doesn’t involve tail-pulling). Even though he is technically ten months old, he is developmentally adjusted to seven months old (the three month difference is because he was three months premature). We will use his adjusted age until he is two years old.

He’ll always be considered a micro-preemie, even beyond the first two years. While that’s a little intimidating, I love seeing how he continues to beat the odds every day. We are so lucky that he has no severe lingering health issues. He’s right on target for his developmental goals, thanks to the team of medical professionals that we have helping us. The gratefulness I feel for Richie, and his incredible journey, is something I have a hard time putting words to.

In what ways do you think The Everyday Mother is most useful to new moms?

For me, the most powerful benefit of The Everyday Mother was that it relieved so much pressure from me, as the mother, and allowed my husband to really step in and share the load. Since mothers are often responsible for feeding baby (specifically, if breast feeding), it sort of snowballs and becomes the mother’s responsibility to remember when baby ate, pooped, got their gas medicine, napped, got a bath, etc. It is SO MUCH to have to remember and the pressure to remember such important things is overwhelming – especially when sleep deprived and recovering from, oh, you know, giving birth. The Everyday Mother allows all of that information to be logged neatly into a book that EVERYBODY can use. If I hopped in the shower and Richie started crying, my husband could easily look in the book to see the last time Richie ate/slept/got a fresh diaper without having to ask me anything. Now that I am back at work and we have Richie’s grandparents caring for him during the day, they use The Everyday Mother to write down feeds/naps/diapers. When I come home from work I can take a quick look at The Everyday Mother and known instantly how the day was and where to pick up – and the fact that the book is so beautifully designed makes it that much easier to use!

What are your future goals for The Everyday Mother and Sincerely Jackie Paper?

 I would love for The Everyday Mother to be a staple in every household with a new baby. I want to help families enjoy the early stages with their new child, and I believe the simple organization provided by The Everyday Mother is one way to achieve that. It’s amazing to me that a smartly designed pen & paper solution for daily baby tracking has never been made before The Everyday Mother, and I am honored to be the one to fill that hole.

As for the future of Sincerely, Jackie? Simply, my goal is to continue working with couples to create their wedding invitations. However, I am not at all opposed to altering some back-end aspects of my business(es) in order to make sure they’re effective and sustainable.

Why did you decide to partner with M&G? 

Partnering with Marigold & Grey was a no-brainer. On a personal level, Jamie and I share very similar business values, which makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. On a strategic level, I know that many people who purchase The Everyday Mother give it as part of a larger gift that they have to put together themselves. It seemed natural to take the guesswork out of the process and provide a curated gift all ready to go. And when it comes to curated, gorgeous gifts, who does it better than Marigold & Grey?!

Thank you Jackie for your extremely kind words and for taking the time to share your story with us! We’re thrilled to see where this collaboration takes both of our businesses and are honored to feature The Everyday Mother as this month’s Small Business Spotlight.

Marigold & Grey Launches Mom-to-Be Curated Gift Box Design

Posted by: Jamie Kutchman | Founder

A little back story. When you want to have a baby and short of a miracle it isn’t going to happen, you tend to avoid all things baby. Over the last year or two, we’ve had requests come in left and right for a “new mom” gift, yet I ignored them. I would say “we’re working on it” or “coming soon” but in reality, it was parked on the back burner. Then something clicked for me. I must always do what’s best for the business and the clients we serve even when it’s hard. So, we gathered as a team and went into design mode.  We began ordering in samples of all things pregnancy and baby to evaluate for quality, aesthetic, usefulness and uniqueness. Oh my goodness, THE most precious baby items began arriving here in the studio and even though it was admittedly tough for me at times, this is honestly my favorite gift design we’ve ever released.

We curated the Mom-to-Be for both mom AND baby! It’s now available in our online shop in three versions: baby girl, baby boy and gender neutral!

For mom, we included small batch and completely organic belly butter. We’re also thrilled to announce the inclusion of The Everyday Mother, a baby tracking journal. (More on this in a bit). For baby, a wood teething ring with large silicone beads, a handmade knit bunny lovey for snuggling and an adorable onesie with “and so, the adventure begins.”

The contents are tucked neatly inside a natural wood pine box and finished off with a gold foil “congrats” calligraphy tag by Poppy & Scooter and satin ribbon in either ivory, blush or pale blue. Dried eucalyptus is also included for a delicate pop of green.

Okay, more about The Everyday Mother, a beautiful baby tracking journal created by Jackie Mangiolino of Sincerely Jackie Paper! This journal definitely has a story worth telling!

In May of 2016, Jackie and her husband welcomed their first baby, Richard Peter. He weighed 2lbs 2oz, was 14 weeks early, and his birth literally saved Jackie’s life. Jackie developed HELLP Syndrome, an extremely rare, potentially fatal pregnancy complication that can only be cured by delivery. The Mangiolino family spent 99 days in the NICU. It was there that The Everyday Mother was born. The Everyday Mother is a beautifully printed baby log for tracking daily essentials – feeding, napping, diapers, and showers for mom (let’s be real!). We love Jackie’s story and are so inspired by the way she experienced a need, created a beautiful solution and has gone on to share it with others! We’re honored to feature The Everyday Mother and love the thought of making the early days of motherhood more manageable for new moms.

As with all gifts in our Pre-Designed Gift Collection, this new Mom-to-Be gift is offered with free shipping and no order minimums. We’ll include a handwritten note on your behalf and drop-ship directly to your recipient.

We cannot wait to hear your thoughts on this latest design and truly hope you love it as much as we do. Leave us a comment in this post or reach out via our contact page. We always love hearing from you!