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A Little Bundle Nursery Reveal

A clean and quirky baby space for a mama with serious taste.

A Little Bundle Nursery Reveal

We’ve been crushing on Annie Lin of A Little Bundle ever since we found her beautiful baby shop on Instagram. With her impeccable eye for high-quality baby and mama products, and her masterful ability to curate the perfect gift bundle, we knew this Austin gal had serious style. And that was before she got pregnant. So we were understandably ecstatic when we found out that Annie had a baby on the way. And that she was letting us see Baby Girl’s nursery first. And letting us show it to you, of course. Get a glimpse of Annie’s beautiful nursery and find out why this mama is over the moon to join the mama community. Then head over to our Instagram, where she’d taking over our feed for the day, and find out how to win $900 in beautiful baby goodies! How has pregnancy changed or inspired your work? When I started A Little Bundle 2.5 years ago, I was really insecure about the fact that I wasn’t a mother and wanted to provide products for both the mom and the baby. Now that I am pregnant and all my friends and family are mostly mothers or becoming mothers, I find that it’s no different than how I’ve been operating. I’m constantly reading up on products, discovering new techniques and connecting with the moms in local and online communities. It really all comes down to who you surround yourself with, the advice you seek and what you look for! I do have to say I have become overly prepared for motherhood with the 2.5 years training of curating for A Little Bundle, but like I said, every mother does their best and does things differently. I learn more and more each day from the amazing online mommy community. How does your job make you more excited (or nervous!) about having a baby? A Little Bundle is my baby and now that I’m having an actual baby – it’s really making me nervous on how I can juggle both. I’ve been able to take the risk on this dream of mine, and it’s still growing. I am a true believer that everything happens for a reason and it all turns out the way it should be – as long as I put in my best effort of what my priorities are in the period of my life. For now, I’m going to try my best to juggle my small business and figure out motherhood with the help of my amazing friends and family! Tell us about the nursery! What’s the foundation for the space? The nursery really started with this beautiful horse photograph I purchased from the local outlet! Since I’m constantly shopping and looking around for A Little Bundle, I’ve already had an idea of how I hoped for the nursery to turn out to be – clean but quirky! Hopefully, this is shown through what we’ve come up with! Did Baby Daddy weigh in? Baby daddy has some say, but I mostly did the shopping and decoration. My husband works in the design industry, too, so he has a lot of input, but overall we agreed on the furniture and the details were left to me. He did all the assembling, handy work, and putting it together! Haha! How have you gone about putting it together? I really had a lot of things already in mind from just obsessing over certain brands I would find on Instagram. For example, I’ve been such a fan of @_jujujust_ and had a weird feeling to keep this beautiful mobile for my future unborn child one day! And the time has come! Other brands that I’ve collaborated already through A Little Bundle has just been a standing must for my baby girl, for example, Yarning Made, Roxy Marj, Wee Gallery and Wovenplay. As for furniture, I sell Oeuf and Nuna through A Little Bundle and that was a no brainer! Tell us about some of the biggies in the nursery. The Crib was the Classic Crib from Oeuf and I love the modern look to it. The Rocker was a tough one. I was looking for something modern yet practical and comfortable. There’s not a lot of choices out there with that combination. We ended up with the West Elm Graham Glider. Our dresser where our changing pad will be on top is from West Elm! And the details? Oh, There’s just so many! I love her pom pom curtains that I got from Anthropologie. The gold pouf is from Etsy from years ago and the many baskets from Olli and Ella. And I love the mobile from JuJuJust, which I mentioned before I had for A Little Shop almost a year and half ago! Anything sentimental? No actually! My sister has a baby girl who's now 2 years old, so my baby girl will definitely get some of her clothes! What's the best piece of advice you'd give to a mom-to-be that's planning her own nursery? Start early! I’m so glad I started in my second trimester because now that I’m in my third trimester I’m really feeling the body aches, the growth of the belly and feeling tired easier than before! Looking for more of Annie’s nursery faves? Here’s where to find them: Jujujust mobile Anthropologie Pom Pom curtains West Elm Graham Glider Oeuf Classic Crib Oeuf Play Storage Kelli Murray Unicorn Print Olli & Ella Bins Maileg Mr. Fox Hazel Village Stuart Colette Bream Star Pillows Roxy Marj Bear Blanket Margaux and May Swaddles Freshly Picked Moccasins Atsuyo Et Akiko x Jess Brown Photography by Lyda Ham.

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    Ara Katz/Seed

    We spoke to Ara Katz, co-founder and co-CEO of Seed, who shared her journey to (and through) motherhood—and gave us the lowdown on how probiotics can benefit mamas and children alike.

    Chances are, you're aware that probiotics can help us digest the food we eat, keep inflammation at bay, synthesize essential vitamins and more. But here's the thing: When it comes to probiotics, there's a lot of misinformation… and because of that, it's hard to know what's actually a probiotic and which is the right one for you.

    That's why we chatted with Ara Katz, who is a mama to son Pax and the co-founder of Seed, a company disrupting the probiotics industry. The entrepreneur told us about her motherhood journey, what led her to start her company and what she wants other parents to know about probiotics.

    Q. What was life like for you before you became a mama?

    I was bi-coastal after co-founding a mobile tech company in New York City with a partner in LA. My life was, for as long as I can remember, consumed by creating and work. I was fairly nomadic, loved to travel, spent many hours reading and practicing yoga, being with friends [and] waking up at the crack of dawn. [I] was fairly sure I would never marry or have children. And then something shifted.

    Q. What were some pivotal moments that defined your journey to motherhood?

    Ha, that makes it sound like motherhood is a destination when at this very moment, more than ever, it evolves daily. I lost my mom when I was 17 and spent most of my life believing I didn't want to be a mother. I had a lot of wiring about its limitations and constraints—I'm sure relics of grief and the fear of loss.

    My journey started with a physiological wanting to be pregnant and have a baby. There was a kind of visceral sense that my body wanted to know what that was like and a strange curiosity that, at least for that period of time, usurped my ambivalence about motherhood.

    Then I had a miscarriage—a beautiful inflection point in my story. I resigned from my company, chose a coast, committed to be more committed to my (then) boyfriend, now husband, and tried again. I got pregnant shortly after that and found pregnancy to be a profound journey within, a reshaping of my life and the tiniest glimpse of how motherhood would unfold.

    In the 55 months since giving birth (and I like to use months because I have learned in the moments that I am most frustrated as a mom that he has only been on this planet for less than 14 fiscal quarters), I have realized and surrendered to a definition of motherhood that is a process. One of cultivating, creating, recreating, shapeshifting, learning, feeling, healing, hurting and experiencing the most potent form of presence I have ever experienced—and an aching, expansive love I didn't know possible—not just for my son, but for all living things.

    Q. How did motherhood change your approach to your career?

    Becoming a mother is certainly a persistent lens on all of my choices, but it was really my miscarriage that recalibrated my path. My pregnancy rekindled my love of biology and health and led me to my co-founder and the microbiome. My breastfeeding experience incepted our first product focus, and the newfound accountability for a human inspired our brand.

    Q. What inspired you to co-found Seed?

    I met my co-founder, Raja, during my pregnancy with Pax. [I] was immediately awestruck by his ability to both deeply understand science and to methodically break down a product, dietary question or piece of advice in a way that's educational (you actually learn something about your body), actionable (you understand what to do with the information) and foundational (you can build on that knowledge in the future to continue to make better choices).

    As we spent more time, our combined passion for microbes, their potential impact on both human health and the environment, and how to set up a child for a healthy life became increasingly clear. And through birth, seeding (the process by which we get our foundational microbes and the inspiration for the name of our company) Pax and my struggles with breastfeeding, my entrepreneurial spirit was lit to build something with Raja. His deep experience in translating science to product, and mine in consumer, community-building and translating through storytelling, culminated in a shared vision to set a new standard in health through bacteria.

    Q. Probiotics have been trending in recent years, but they're nothing new—can you talk a bit about the importance of probiotics?

    Interest in gut health and probiotics increases month by month. However, despite the quickly growing number of "probiotic" supplements, foods and beverages out there, there's still a lot of consumer confusion—particularly around what they are, how they work and why we should take them. Probiotics have been studied extensively across various life stages, body sites and for many benefits. Digestion is an obvious and immediate one (and the primary reason most people currently take probiotics). But other strains have also been studied for skin health, heart health and gut health (including gut immune function and gut barrier integrity). But this doesn't mean that any and all probiotics can do these things—this is the importance of 'strain specificity.' In other words, ensuring that the specific strains in your probiotic have been studied for the benefit you desire is critical.

    Seed Daily Synbiotic

    Seed

    Seed's Daily Synbiotic is a 24-strain probiotic + prebiotic formulated for whole-body benefits, including gut, skin and heart health.


    Q. How do probiotics play a role in your life?

    I mean, I take them, I develop them and I work with some of the leading scientists from around the world advancing the field—so they play a big role. As for my personal health, I take our Daily Synbiotic daily and my son also takes specific strains for gastrointestinal health and gut immune function. Beyond that, it's the re-orientation around my microbiome that guides many of my choices: how important fiber is, specific compounds like polyphenols found in berries, green tea and other foods, avoiding the use of NSAIDS like ibuprofen and antibiotics when not needed, exercise, sleep and time in nature [are] all aspects of our daily life that impact our microbiome and our health.

    Q. What are some misconceptions about probiotics that you would like to set straight?

    There's one main myth on from which all the other stem: that probiotics aren't considered a serious science. On the contrary, it's a field of inquiry that demands incredible rigor and extensive research. And when anything and everything from chocolate to ice cream to fermented food and kombucha to mattresses can call itself "probiotic" due to underregulation in the category, that grossly undermines the science and their potential.

    The term 'probiotic' has a globally-accepted scientific definition that was actually co-authored by our Chief Scientist, Dr. Gregor Reid ,for the United Nations/World Health Organization.

    At Seed, we work to reclaim the term for science, through the development of next-generation probiotics that include clinically validated strains and undergo the most rigorous safety, purity and efficacy testing procedures. Because why would you invite billions of unknown microbes into your body without asking "what's in here, is it the correct dosage that was studied, and has that strain in that amount been studied in human clinical trials to do something beneficial for my body"?

    Q. Can you tell us a little bit about what product you plan to launch next?

    We are developing a pipeline of consumer probiotics to target specific ecosystems of the body and life stages, including a synbiotic for children. Our next product will reflect a unique breakthrough in the field of pediatric probiotics, which we are excited to announce soon.

    This article was sponsored by Seed. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Motherly and mamas.

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