I’ve been working on this project for a few months now and I’m so proud and excited to be sharing the final product with you today! An adorable gift for kiddos that also provides meals to hungry children around the country. And I had the cutest little model to show it off.
I was first introduced to Orange Lining when my friend Sarah bought one of their HERO blankets as a gift for Amalia. HERO blankets are super soft and cozy capes (with a crown) that can be used as a blanket for babies and eventually a costume for toddlers and little kids. I thought it was such a cute idea but was deeply moved by the story behind the brand and by Ryan, the woman who started it.
About Orange Lining
The brand was inspired by Ryan’s nephew and godson, Ryder. He lived every moment of his life with the joy, passion, and brightness that his favorite color orange represents—and he inspired everyone around him to do the same. He tragically died at the age of three on January 18, 2015.
Ryan started Orange Lining in Ryder’s honor to remind us that every day is a gift and inspire us to seek out the Orange Lining in life—to cherish the laughter, love, and adventures that await us at every turn.
For every HERO Blanket and Crown that you purchase, Orange Lining donates a portion of proceeds to charities that share their mission to comfort, inspire and empower kids to live full, orange-lined lives. You can also nominate a hero and Orange Lining will send a blanket and crown to little heroes who have shown what it means to ‘find the orange lining’ in life– to seek the laughter, smiles, joy and adventures that this world has to offer despite the challenges they have had to face.
The Lemon Stripes HERO Blanket
I love that Ryan created a product to honor her nephew and is paying it forward in her work. I reached out to her to tell her how much I loved what she’s doing and we ended up talking for an hour. She’s an incredible, brilliant woman and by the end of the conversation, we had decided to create a Lemon Stripes HERO blanket together!
Fast forward 5 months and here we are today. We went back and forth on designs, fabric, where we would donate proceeds, and everything in between.
I knew that I wanted it to be a mix of patterns so originally we were going to do lemons on one side and stripes on the other. But when I saw the lemons on the blue stripes, I knew that was it! Tiny polka dots on the other side felt like the perfect compliment.
No Kid Hungry
She asked me to pick a charity that I felt passionate about for the donations on this product. I picked No Kid Hungry, a non-profit dedicated to ending child hunger in the U.S. by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.
From November 20 to December 31st, for every Lemon Stripes HERO Blanket sale $15 will be donated to No Kid Hungry, which can provide up to 150 healthy meals for children in the United States. (PS That includes the percentage that I would have made on this partnership which I have decided to donate as well.)
Get your Lemon Stripes HERO blanket
These make great gifts for toddlers and little kids and you can have it monogrammed for an extra special touch. I hope that you will support Ryan and her business as well as No Kid Hungry this holiday season! Ryan is giving you guys 20% off this week with code LEMONSTRIPES20. And remember, one Lemon Stripes HERO Blanket = up to 150 Healthy Meals for Kids!
Photos by Julia Dags.