Letter from Lauren: December
It’s hard to believe that Christmas is in just two short days. Amid the last-minute holiday frenzy and the stress of the uncertainty that our world is experiencing, I’m hopeful that we can all find moments to pause, reflect, and breathe.
If the last two years have taught us anything, it’s to focus on the seemingly little things, the things that really matter. This holiday, I’m wishing you lots of bright, joyous, “little” things – tender moments with family & loved ones, laughter, cozy candle-lit evenings, eggnog, and maybe even a fresh blanket of snow (or a palm tree, if you are heading somewhere warm).
In taking stock of our blessings, big and small, I’m immensely grateful for this community. During another challenging year, you rallied behind our cause to help your neighbors in need. This year we set our most-ambitious holiday meal goal to date and thanks to you, met and exceeded it, helping to provide over 1 million school meals in one holiday season.
We have a brand new year awaiting us and with your help, so much more good to do. In the meantime, wishing you a safe, merry, and happy holiday. See you in 2022!
Here are a few things I've been loving & living in this past month
This year we set our highest-ever holiday meal goal: 1 million school meals. In just two months, you helped us provide over 1 million school meals, not only meeting our goal, but exceeding it.
Beyond gifting family and friends FEED bags and coffee (my gifting go-to always) this holiday season, I also gifted several Apple AirTags (genius for keeping track of keys & luggage), as well as a few cozy Polo Ralph Lauren sweaters.
I purposefully sought out smaller makers and businesses to support this holiday season. My favorite cozy little book store in NYC is Three Lives & Company (you can order online and many of the books are signed by the author!) and on Etsy I found a 'give, save, spend' wooden piggy bank for my oldest son and these baby slippers for baby Rocky. For myself I picked up some new Rothy's loafers, which are made sustainably using recycled plastic.
Cooking & Baking
We recently teamed up with Mommy Mingle & buybuyBABY to host a virtual “moms night in” event to raise funds for Feeding America. My friend Eden Grishpan made a Harissa-Roasted Tomato and Chickpea Soup from her cookbook, Eating Out Loud, that I am still dreaming about. I could almost smell the garlic and roasted tomatoes and spices through my computer screen.
Earlier this month, our FEED Home Collection came back. This collection of handmade goods is so special to me, I use these wooden pieces at home with my family all year round.
In the Press
Last week I had the pleasure of appearing on Good Morning America to talk all things FEED – and the importance of shopping consciously this holiday season (and far beyond).
Reading, Watching, Listening
I have been obsessed (along with most of my mom friends) with Dr. Becky's parenting tips via Instagram and her podcast "Good Inside," which is why it was such a thrill to be a guest! We chatted about how to cultivate gratitude and thoughtfulness in our kids. Needless to say, I learned a lot. Hopefully all of the parents out there will find our conversation enlightening and helpful. For my nightly fiction-reading-escape, I have been enjoying "Freedom: A Novel" by Jonathan Franzen.