We are so excited to share with you this fantastic shop – Mama Love Collective! Andi started this company as a spinoff of her blog, Lend Me Your Kite, and ever so cleverly named it “LMYK apparel”. She began creating fun mommy apparel, such as their popular “Raise Them Kind” tee. But as her why began to evolve, she knew it was time to evolve her space as well— and that is where Mama Love Collective was born.
About four months before her second son was born, her husband’s best friend (the Godfather of their unborn child) died in a tragic motorcycle accident. When her son finally entered this world, she found herself in the deepest depths of postpartum depression— buried underneath the weight of her husband’s grief, her own grief, and two children two and under who needed her 24/7. She felt herself sinking deeper and deeper into the trenches until one day she received a bracelet in the mail from a friend. Her friend knew she was going through a tough time, so she sent it to Andi. Andi remembered the fog lifting when she opened that package. She remembered that feeling of relief rush over her, just knowing that someone could see her pain and cared enough to do something about it. She knew right then and there, that she needed to create something like this. She knew she needed to find a way to help other moms have that feeling. So she created the Mama Love Collective box.
The boxes are unique in that they are a monthly curated gift that you can send direct. They offer subscriptions and one time purchases and they also have two different boxes to fit all budgets. You have the option to send a box anonymously, with a short message, or you can even donate a box. They are currently partnered with WomenShelter of Long Beach where they are able to hand deliver all donated boxes to the mamas in their facility who have been victims of domestic assault.
This project is Andi’s passion. It was born out of her deep love and admiration for mothers. There are so many women out there silently struggling— she knows, because she was one of them. Because out of the 900,000 women who are victims of postpartum disorders, only 15% of them ever receive professional help. That’s why it is so important for us to love, support, and uplift ALL mothers. Chances are, you know someone, personally, who is struggling with PPD— and you probably have no idea who it is. That’s because PPD is a silent monster, creeping into the hearts of mothers and robbing them of their joy.
Andi believes that we are the Mama Love Collective, and she does not use the word “we” lightly. She’s sure you’re familiar with the saying, “it takes a village”. Well, this is a village. A place where mamas can love on other mamas. Where spouses can show support for their wives. A space that friends and family and co-workers can utilize to dig struggling mothers out of the trenches, one by one.
We were not meant to do this journey alone. Let’s be there for one another, collectively. Let’s show love and support in a world that is constantly trying to tear one another down.
Andi’s mission is to encourage the hearts of mamas and spread joy. She truly believes these boxes can help to do that. Together, Andi knows we can change the world.