Happy International Babywearing Week! To celebrate, I am happy to announce the beginning of the next installment of The Sling Diaries, woohoo!
First of all, I have to thank everyone for the amazing outpouring of interest in participating in The Sling Diaries, Volume II. I loved hearing from so many people who are enthusiastic about babywearing and interested in sharing a glimpse into their family lives. Whittling our favorites down to a relative few was a huge challenge. That being said, I have had an enormous amount of fun putting together this group of diarists, and I can't wait to introduce you to
14 of the 15 seriously fabulous, creative, and exciting bloggers with whom we will be spending the next six months.
The participants hail from all over the world -- from New Zealand to New York, Boston to Bali, Virginia to Australia, Iowa to Hawaii to name a few places. One just gave birth days ago to her first baby, one is the mother of nine, one has both a baby and a teenager. There are already so many amazing stories in this group, I'm practically giddy to see how they each interpret our six new themes over the coming months. Each one of these blogs is a gem, so hop over and explore them all -- you'll fall in love with them, I know it. Here they are:
|Erica from Nick & Erica Everywhere|
|Sydney from The Daybook|
Bridget from Tales of Me and The Husband
|Nirrimi from The Road Is Home|
|LaTonya from Old, New, and The Wee One Too|
|Belle from Petit Biet|
|Kelly from Our Lovely Lives|
|Georgia from Documenting Delight|
|Bron from Baby Space|
|Maryam from Milk Friendly|
|Sarah from Dear Albie|
|Love from Moments With Love|
|Rachel from How To Escape|
|Hayley from Growing Wildly|
Emily from Thoughts and Biro Sketches.
you are the winner of our 15th spot!
AND NOW FOR SOME FAQ's:
A photo-documentary chronicling the art of babywearing in the lives of fifteen families. Over the course of six months, contestants will compete by creating their own Sling Diary with a series of entries interpreting a unique theme given to them each month.
WHO ARE THE SLING DIARISTS?
They are 15 women with creative, unique voices, great style sense, and a passion for babywearing (plus 16 of the cutest babies in blogdom...that's right -- there's a set of twins!).
HOW, EXACTLY, DO THE DIARIES WORK?
The Sling Diaries will come to life with an emphasis on beautiful photography and creative interpretation of six different assigned themes. Contestants will create one blog post (diary entry) per month featuring photos of themselves wearing their Sakura Bloom sling. Each month, the curatorial team will select photos from each diary entry and these images will come together on The Sling Diaries Pinterest page. When all entries are complete, our panel of judges will select their favorite Sling Diary from the project and the winner will receive their choice of sling from the Sakura Bloom Luxe collection.
WHERE CAN I KEEP UP WITH ALL THIS BABYWEARING AWESOMENESS?
The event will be hosted on the official Sling Diaries Pinterest page, with updates and giveaways happening right here on Marvelous Kiddo as well as the official Sling Diaries Facebook page. You can also follow along by reading the blogs of our contestants and keeping an eye on Sakura Bloom's new Tumblr.
A giant hug and thank you to everyone who left such lovely comments to enter the giveaway! We welcome you to the Sling Diary community, and look forward to getting to know you all better over the next six months, as we watch the diaries unfold. --XOXO, Leigh.