Hi! I'm Melodie, and the theme of my life is "Mm-hmm!"
Sometimes it's the distracted kind of "Mm-hmm" I use when my kiddos are trying to show me their latest drawing while I'm on the phone and cooking dinner and trying to feed the baby all at once.
But most of the time I try to use the sincere kind of "Mm-hmm!" The kind that lets my 5 year-old know that I really do appreciate that he made everyone mustard sandwiches for dinner, even though I've never voluntarily put mustard on my own sandwich in my life! But I'm always telling my kids that the more often we say "Yes!" the happier we're going to be. And since I accepted his "recipe" as a valid offering, we now have a hilarious memory of our entire family choking down mustard sandwiches with the 5 year-old saying "Yeah, this is definitely the worst thing I've ever made."
That's pretty much the point of this little shop... to provide products that will help your family connect and make meaningful memories in the small moments. Big, Instagram-worthy vacations come every once in a while, but beautiful memories can be made every day in the small moments of connection we share with those we love most.
So, why is our first product the Smile Rock?
One day, my kids and I discovered a small pet rock in our front yard. My mom had placed it there - I immediately recognized it as one I had painted as a child. After seeing it, my kids wanted to create their own pet rocks, so we spread out the newspaper and filled up our plastic painter’s palettes and got to work!
While my kids worked on painting monsters and bunnies, my creation that day was a simple yellow rock with the word “Smile” written in blue. That night at dinner, we passed it around the table and shared something from our day that made us smile. Then we did it again the next day, and the next. A simple tradition was born, and now our kids look forward to sharing the happy moments from their day with the whole family. Sometimes we share what made us smile, and other times we share how we made someone else smile.
This small moment we share each day is a simple, yet meaningful way to connect as a family. And I love that it also encourages a greater sense of gratitude and kindness in each of us.
So that’s how the smile rock was born, and why it is the first item available in The Mm-hmm Shop. It’s the first of many items to come - each with the goal of helping families create meaningful memories in small moments.
Thank you for stopping in! I hope you’ll find something you love. For more inspiration on simple ways to connect with those you love, follow us on IG @mmhmm_shop. And subscribe to our emails for discounts that’ll have you saying “Mm-hmm!”