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Category: Parenting

  • The return of the Mom Approved Series

    The return of the Mom Approved Series

    Cue the rebels. The Force is STRONG with this one! It’s THE RETURN of the MOM Approved series and we’ve got a whole new line up of, funny, quirky-yet- needed mommy products that’s sure to please! We’ve got a spoof product/service for every level of Star Wars fan. From The Mandalorian to the Leia buns. […]

  • Marketing + Motherhood: Danielle Meadows-Stinnett Guests on The Mom Shuffle Podcast

    Marketing + Motherhood: Danielle Meadows-Stinnett Guests on  The Mom Shuffle Podcast

    In 2009, Danielle Meadows-Stinnett launched her business from a 500 sq. ft. apartment with a toddler and a baby on the way. Since then, Octane Design Studios in Lexington, Kentucky has worked on more than 100 brands and Danielle has become a force in both marketing and community connection. Her popular podcast and frequent hashtag, #MoreThanGraphics has […]

  • Grieving the loss of a living child

    Grieving the loss of a living child

    I’ve lost children to death. And I say this bluntly because there are no words to quite engulf the magnitude of the grief you experience from losing a child. There’s no way to sugarcoat such a bitter experience.  I’m a mom of four sons and have suffered several miscarriages, but in 2017 I experienced the […]

  • Transitions Of A Blended Family: The Ties That Bond

    Transitions Of A Blended Family: The Ties That Bond

    Being in a blended family has had its own ups and downs over the past few years. Even more so after the loss of a baby. (See my last post, here.) But amongst the chaos there is a fiery beauty. And the bonds made in our household are simply, forever. How we’ve Transitioned over the […]

  • A barefoot moment: reflecting in the season

    A barefoot moment: reflecting in the season

    “If creation sings your praises, so will I…” – Hillsong United September is Infant Mortality Month, a month to honor and recognize the babies that did not make it to their first birthday.  Whether miscarriage, stillbirth, or post-birth complications, the loss of a baby that never had the chance to take their first breath or […]

  • Get your game on for school with these fun gamer inspired apparel

    Get your game on for school with these fun gamer inspired apparel

    It’s time to put your game face on and get to the schoolhouse!  Octane Design Studio has a heavy gaming culture and we’ve picked a few fun graphic tees for our fellow gamers! Enjoy these hot picks from one gamer to another and rock your first semester in true gamer style! Unisex Tees Nintendo Big […]

  • Beat the stress of the in-store hustle, school shop online, buy bulk

    Beat the stress of the in-store hustle, school shop online, buy bulk

    Let’s be honest.  School shopping has not been fun since we were on the receiving end. The 90s were great.  Do you remember the smell of fresh paper, newly sharpened pencils, fruit-scented erasers, and new clothes on the first day of school?  Remember the utter glee of racing through the school supplies aisle to pick […]

  • The Write Way: Get ready for class with the right pens, highlighters, pen pouches

    The Write Way: Get ready for class with the right pens, highlighters, pen pouches

    School is in session and by now you are polishing up on your writing skills.   At Octane, we appreciate quality writing utensils.  We know the odd satisfaction when your ink pen glides seamlessly across the paper making your penmanship pop.  The smell, sound, and feel of a good pen are the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response […]

  • Inked is the new professional

    Inked is the new professional

    When I met the love of my life, I also fell in love with a new way of self-expression. Tattoos.  My husband, Kevin, is a huge fan of Asian culture and influence. When I met him his tattoos, (one on his neck with the Chinese inscription “eternal courage” which carries a deep meaning for him), […]

  • 11 Self-Care Tips to Heat up your Hot Mama Summer

    11 Self-Care Tips to Heat up your Hot Mama Summer

    By Tavia D. Smith  ‘Hot Girl Summer,’ is a high-energy, syncopated summer anthem that has led to more than a few fun social media hashtags, including #HotMamaSummer.  Search this catchphrase on Instagram or just Google it and you will see a diverse group of women confidently living their best lives. Women from all walks of […]