The Return of Gatherware

Gatherware started in 2015 as a one-man operation, ran by yours truly (hi, it’s Mariah!). I worked on the business in my spare time outside of my full-time job and it quickly grew to become more than I ever would have anticipated.

I spent my weeknights painting & packing bowls inside my tiny Minneapolis apartment while listening to Cereal podcast.

I eventually went on to get married, move into two different houses and give birth to our first baby girl, Ella! To put it plainly, life got busy! I put my bowls and my paints up on the top shelf, literally and figuratively.

As the dust begins to settle on our lives, my husband and I continue to coming back to Gatherware with fond memories and fresh vision. It’s like a repeating dream that we can’t stop having. Messages were flooding into our inbox, asking when the next launch date would be, or where the waiting list could be found. Honestly, I was shocked. I didn’t realize that these bowls not only found a place in your home, but in your lives as well. You asked to place extra orders as wedding gifts for your friends. For extra seating at your family dinners. Eventually, I couldn’t ignore your stream of messages. My husband and I knew that at the least, we needed to open the store out of courtesy to all the awesome customers who have been nothing short of supportive.

So… here we are! Beginning again.

As a mamma, I am coming out of my newborn haze and I am ready to give back to the world creatively once again.

Recently, our basement flooded with water, resulting in a full demolition of what once existed. Without having to say anything, my husband and I both knew this was our chance to set up new roots in our home for this Gatherware community.

Over the next few weeks, we will be constructing a studio for Gatherware operations out of our basement. I hope to include you guys in this part of the process & keep you updated on all the changes that will be coming to the brand. In the meantime, I am working on our new website alongside a soft-rebrand.

Once the website goes live, we will not only have our signature bowls that feature black/ gold dots, but we will be featuring limited edition designs that will drop on a quarterly basis. I am so excited about this new aspect of Gatherware! I hope to provide fresh designs that suit the lifestyles of our customers through changing homes and changing seasons. I plan on including you in this process on social media, to understand what designs you truly wish to see.  

Overall, I am so excited to re-introduce you to Gatherware this summer. Thank you so much for your ongoing support & encouragement. You guys are truly the greatest!!

Stay tuned!


Essential Baby Products for Colds & Fevers

It’s been a rough week over here at the Smith house!

Ella is currently recovering from double ear infections, wheezing in her lungs, a bad cough, runny nose, a fever & to top it all off... teething! We’ve been trying every trick in the book to help Ella feel as comfortable as possible throughout these long days and nights.

I asked my Instagram community for advice on their favorite products and tricks to help take care of their sick babies and they all came up with some great stuff! Below I will be linking the products that I have been using this week alongside the suggestions they made. As always, consult with your doctor before using any medications on your baby. 

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kinsa smart ear thermometer review

It’s so important to have a thermometer on hand to help you asses the severity of your babies illness. We have been in close contact with Ella’s doctor over the last few days, and the main thing they want us to keep monitoring is her temperature. I have been so grateful for this in-ear digital thermometer that we got as a gift before Ella was born. You can create profiles for each member of your family as it seamlessly sync’s its temperature readings via Bluetooth. The grip on it is nice and big so you can’t miss it when you’re searching for it in the middle of the night! 



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This is essential if baby is dealing with congested sinuses, especially during the dry winter months here in Minnesota. Simply fill it with water and let it go to work. Before we started using this, Ella would wake up in the morning with hardened booger’s in her nose that were difficult to remove. With this humidifier, the air in her bedroom stays moist which helps keep her airways flowing.


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Speaking of airways, this product is the absolute best at helping you clear baby’s stuffy nose. Unlike a bulb syringe, the Nose Frida’s suction is created by the parent, via the mouthpiece. But it’s not as gross as it sounds! There is a filter that prevents any “artifacts” from passing through the system. Babies booger’s accumulate in the main container and since it’s transparent, you can see what is coming out unlike your typical bulb syringe. Once you’re done suctioning, the cap detaches so you can easily rinse the Nose Frida out in a sink. We honestly never leave the house without this thing because it comes in handy more times than I ever would have anticipated. This thing is a must! 


Having an essential oil diffuser is super helpful whenever anyone in your household starts feeling sick. I like to keep ours running in the kitchen while I diffuse a few drops of thieves to disinfect any germs that are floating around in the air. This helps soothe a stuffy nose / sore throat, and for bonus points, it smells great!


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Keeping baby clean while they are sick is also a huge deal, especially if they have a runny nose & cough. We’ve been bathing Ella every night which has been helping her relax & seems to provide her with a lot of relief. Be cautious though, our nurse told us to make sure she stays warm and gets dried off very quickly, because you don’t want to induce shivering while baby is sick. This is my favorite body wash & shampoo we’ve been using with Ella. It’s gentle, smells great, and doesn’t dry out her skin. 


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If Ella’s sinuses get completely blocked up, these are an absolute must to have on hand. You can use Little Remedies saline as a nasal spray, or if that’s too startling for your little one, you can use them as nasal drops.


A gentle method for soothing coughs & sneezes. We rub this on Ella’s chest after bath time so she can enjoy the benefits throughout the night.


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I always have a box of this cough syrup on hand at our house. It’s great to pull out when you notice the first signs of a cold coming on.


Infant Tylenol & Ibuprofen 

Consult with your doctor before you use any of these on your baby. Some doctors will recommend alternating dosages between Tylenol & Ibuprofen which means it’s helpful to have both on hand. Previously Ella has responded well to the Tylenol for things like teething pains, but during this spell of sickness, she has done much better on the Motrin. Again, consult with your doctor so you can get professional advice tailored to your babies symptoms. 


A few more recommendations from mama’s in my Instagram community:

Tips 

  • ”Visit a chiropractor that is familiar with infant adjustments. This will help rule out any discomfort associated with their alignment, and can also help them sleep better at night.”

  • ”Creating a steamy shower to help loosen up any mucus. You can either hold baby in the shower with you or put them in a chair next to the shower. You can also add a few drops of essential oils to the shower. We like to use eucalyptus and lavender.” 

  • ”Extra cuddles & feedings while baby is recovering. Let them sleep on your chest during naps if that provides them with extra comfort. Plus it usually helps with congestion if they can nap at an incline.”

Recommended Products: 

Elderberry Syrup

Hylands Vitamin C Tablets 

Infant Probiotic

With all these little tips and tricks, we were able to provide Ella with little bits of comfort throughout her recovery. Patience has been so essential throughout this whole process, especially in the middle of the night when all she wants is to be held by mamma and dada. I just keep trying to remind myself that this is only temporary and to be grateful for modern medicine! Within time, she’ll be back to feeling like her normal, smiley self.

If you have any other products that have worked great for your family, please add them to the comment section below! I hope to spend more time creating blog posts like this, which round up products we’ve loved alongside ones that have worked for the families in my community. If you wish to to see more posts like this in the future, give this post a little love by hitting the heart icon in the bottom right hand corner.

Until next time,

Mariah


A Slow, Steady Burn


I spent the last few months of my life letting go of the things I used to let define me. I assessed my values. I assessed my motives. I gave myself permission to slow down my “output” and focus on my input.

I read. I listened. I watched. I waited.

 
We live in a day-and-age where “running on empty” gets glorified, as long as you appear to be successful / influential on platforms like this one. 


But what is an oil lamp without its supply of oil? 


Well... it’s a useless object. It can’t sustain a slow burn, because there’s no substance behind it. Yet somehow, I used to think I could live my life like this... without there being any consequences. To put it simply, I was only a spark. 


But one day, I woke up and realized... I would rather live my life like a slow, steady flame. One that is fueled with the right intentions. One that burns with purpose, not for attention. One that is useful in lighting the way for others. 


I needed to pause -
and fill up my metaphorical lamp. 🕯

This meant getting healthy; emotionally, spiritually, and physically. It’s been hard work. And I am still a work in progress. But my life has undoubtedly been changed by the process. 
Thank you to all of those who have stuck around & offered support through this exciting, challenging & rewarding season. 


Life is all about people, and I know some really good people. Which makes this… a really good life. 


Grateful for the journey.


God is good.