November has absolutely flown by – from the FEED Supper gatherings, to major product launches, partnerships and more, it's been a sparkly and exciting blur. Suddenly, Thanksgiving is (literally) right around the corner. 

As we welcome relatives, travel to see in-laws and family members, or gather at home with our chosen families, I hope we can all take a moment to be present, give thanks and take stock of all of our blessings. Even amid differences, we can all come together (ahem, check out our Lingua Franca Tote) around the table and around issues that matter, and rally together to be a force for good.

Wishing you peace (and lots of pumpkin pie), this holiday. 

 

Cheers, 

Lauren 

 

Here are some of the things I've been loving and living in, this past month.

Reading (food edition!) 
To celebrate our FEED Home launch, we asked a few friends in the food space to contribute to a Holiday Hosting guide, chock full of beautiful recipes, entertaining tips and more – plus, it's completely shoppable, featuring pieces from our home collection. 
Friends of FEED 
In case you missed it, we launched a special "Come Together" Tote with our friends at Lingua Franca, just in time for the holidays. Featuring a powerful (and timely) phrase, in their signature script, needless to say there are only a few left. 
FEED Fave
Earlier this month, we debuted our first FEED Home Collection!! From hand-loomed linens to wooden serveware, it's something I've wanted to bring to our collection for such a long time and already, it's a huge hit. I've been using the wooden salad bowl and serving set on repeat and plan to have them on my holiday table.
Change-Making
For the third year in a row, for 48 hrs before T-giving, every FEED purchase helped to provide a Thanksgiving meal, in addition to our school meal donations. I'm thrilled to report that this was our best year yet – thanks to you, we provided hundreds of Thanksgiving meals!!! Thank you so much for helping us make someone's holiday. 

Watching 

"Inside Bill's Brain: Decoding Bill Gates" is a three part series on Netflix by Davis Guggenheim (Oscar winning filmmaker who made "An Inconvenient Truth"), which I have been loving. It is an insiders profile of a prolific businessman, philanthropist and thinker.  Getting insight into why and how he has decided to personally use his wealth and knowledge to help solve some of the world's biggest problems is extremely inspiring!

Ask LBL – What would you say is the one thing you know now, that you wish you knew when starting FEED?

Needless to say, there is SO much I know now, that I wish I had known when I started FEED. If I had to pick one crucial thing, it probably would be related to finances and accounting. This has never been my strongest area, but obviously is critical when running a business. I have had to learn this area on the job, with help and mentorship from those around me, and I actually now find it really interesting.  So my advice for an entrepreneur starting out is to take a careful look at where your weak points are and surround yourself with people who excel in those areas. You'll learn from them enough to speak the language and ask lots of questions along the way. 

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