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298
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All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Tue, January 8 2019 7:30 AM UTC +00:00.

About

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Early Riser Companion is an indispensable family resource book filled with songs, rhymes, recipes and ideas for rituals and rhythms to layer into your home. It is a book for the new parent, a treasure for someone already along the parenting path, a spark of inspiration towards more growth and perspective. 

Growing up, I always had my nose in a book. When I was asked what I wanted to be when I grew up my answer was always a librarian. I remember my elementary school librarian wearing a pair of slippers surrounded with books. The good life! 

My favorite children's authors and books included Richard Scarry, Shel Silverstein, Madeleine L'Engle, Little House on the Prairie, Secret Garden, Gyo Fujikawa's Oh What a Busy Day, Wind and the Willows, Heidi and Ramona the Brave. Reading transported me to places I had only dreamed of where I could become anything I wished. As an adult, I've collected vintage books and children's books so having this book be a tangible object rather than an online offering was never a question. 

Early Riser Companion consists of five chapters that take you through the arc of the day and the seasons of the year. 

1. Good Morning/Spring

2. Noontime/Summer

3. Good Afternoon/Autumn

4. Good Evening/Winter 

5. Around the Year 

Included are:

  • Beautiful photo essays with accompanying poems or reflections on that celebrate childhood and the transformation we undergo as we strive to parent consciously
  • Delicious seasonal recipes to make with your children
  • Creating a morning circle time
  • Songs and finger rhymes to learn with your little ones for each season 
  • Original content and artwork that weaves magic and imagination into each section and reminds us that peace begins at home 
  • Journaling to create a family manifesto - what is the soul of your family?  
  • A rhythm wheel that can be used with your children to create a daily and weekly schedule
  • An "Around the Year" Section that is a mini-reference book with ideas for holiday celebrations, reflexology for children, easy yoga and mindfulness practices, herbal wellness recipes that I have used for years (herbal tonics, natural electrolytes, cough remedies) as well as thoughts on self-care, ayurvedic remedies, creating a nature table, and weaving anchor points of tradition and ritual throughout each season. 

My greatest wish is that Early Riser Companion becomes a timeless, dog-eared staple on your shelf that inspires quiet reflection as well as making your home a more connected space with many "You-and-I" moments.

 “The early morning has gold in its mouth.”
~Benjamin Franklin

Early Riser has two meanings. When our children are born, the predictability of our former lives goes out the window. Babies know nothing of morning, noon, and night or human-made schedules. Childhood is filled with too little sleep and 5 am wakeup calls. I woke in those first few years feeling the yawn of the day ahead without much structure to support me. And then night would fall, the witching hour. I would sit for the first time that evening just in time to have my toddler creep down the hallway ready for another drink of water, another cuddle. One thing is for sure, it can be challenging to handle these moments with grace or gain perspective on why they might be happening. It seemed there were a million and one books on labor and delivery but nothing met my needs on how to integrate this new experience. 

The second meaning of Early Riser is that it is the dawn of our journey as parents and caregivers. There is no manual for becoming a parent. All we have is the blueprint of how we were raised and what we have seen in our peers around us or in our culture. Each day is a chance to rewrite our old stories with loving kindness. Each day is a chance to find a renewing spirit of family life and feel the wonder of childhood. Early Riser Companion is the book that I wish I had when my daughters were first born. It is a resource that parents can use to navigate the transitions in a day. Let Early Riser Companion be with you, a trusted friend, spurring on creativity and intuitive knowing for your own journey.  

 Photo by Marisa Vitale for Bossladies Magazine

I became pregnant with my first daughter, Elodie, in 2008 shortly after relocating from Brooklyn, NY to Los Angeles, CA for a job. I was one of the first of my friend group to have children and none of them lived in LA. My two sisters and best friend who already had children were my biggest guides on this journey yet they lived far away. In 2009, I would come home from work and, after putting Elodie to sleep, write my blog The Littlest as a way to document the fleeting moments and milestones with Elodie. Slowly but surely, I built my community in real life and online. 

The kernel for this book was planted with the birth of my second daughter Francesca and blossomed with my love for RIE, Montessori and the Steiner philosophy. 

During these past four years I have also started to lead conscious parenting circles under the title Early Riser Workshop. I have seen what resonates deeply with the women (and men) that attend and have imbued the pages of this book with all that has come out of this connected space. Gathering to sing, share stories, and to support and encourage each other is the greatest joy of unfolding as a parent. 

This is truly the place our children exist, in this dreamy state of childhood, full of silliness and magic. Beyond ideas of right and wrong, labels and judgment they are experiencing life wholeheartedly. Our children cannot comprehend the complex issues that are facing us as a society. We are called to hold space for them when we can, to nurture their mind, body and spirit. 

 I believe the greatest gift our children can teach us is to see ourselves how they see us. As unique, loving individuals with so much to share.. Early Riser asks for our own heartbeat to be heard. 

Early Riser Companion was born out of the belief that parents are 

Peacemakers.

Nurturers. 

Healers.

Dreamers.

Believers.

Worriers.

Teachers.

And that every day we have a new chance to 

start over. 

If there is something that isn't working, 

we can try again.

If we make a mistake, 

we can ask for forgiveness

from others and from ourselves.

We can also forgive.

We dry the tears. 

We say the prayers.

We teach. 

We learn. 

We play hide and seek in the dark. 

We find magic in the mundane. 

Father or mother. 

Pregnant or thinking of starting a family.

Auntie, uncle, caregiver. 

Whether you work part-time or full-time or stay at home, 

send your children to school or homeschool them, 

this book is for you. 

There is so much more I can say, and I have, in the pages of this book. Early Riser Companion wouldn't be possible without you! I am so appreciative of your excitement and support. 

Photo by JimJam

Over the past five years, I have collaborated with my community of parents and artists that inspire me  - some of my favorite illustrators, photographers, and mothers from around the world and close to home.

The funds raised go directly towards the design and printing of the book. They will also cover the operating costs of Kickstarter, associated credit card fees and any ancillary fees associated with pre- and post-production marketing/packaging/etc. 

There is no fluff in these numbers. No writer's advance. 

Most of the contributors heard the idea and gave a resounding YES! and donated their time and services. I could not have brought this to life without them. This is a true labor of love that I am so grateful to be able to share with you. 

 Your pledge will go towards:  
             - Printing and shipping  75%
             - Production 15%
             - Kickstarter fees 10%

All of the funds raised, including any addition to our goal, will be invested wholly into the creation of Early Riser Companion

Project milestones:
             December: Kickstarter Campaign
             January/February: Final layout/Proofread
March/April: Print, production and delivery 

Photo by James Moes

Photo by Esther from Our Life in the Alps

Photo by Molly Ware 

Here are the rewards that are on offer in exchange for your pledge:

$5 or more -  A Morning Blessing

A digital card featuring original art for Early Riser Companion by Oana Befort (great to send to those you are gifting)

If you can't support any of the options, I encourage you to leave YOUR MORNING BLESSING where you can contribute at any amount above $5 that works for you. Any amount towards the goal is so appreciated.


$35 - The Good Morning Package: 

Early Riser Companion book + A digital card featuring original art created by Oana Befort


 $50 - The Good Afternoon Package: 

Early Riser Companion book + 3 downloads: 

Early Riser Companion Playlist + Meditation + A digital card featuring original art


$75 - The Good Evening Package: 

Early Riser Companion book + 4 downloads: 

Early Riser Companion Playlist + Meditation + Weekly Rhythm Chart with original art by Oana Befort + A digital card featuring original art from ERC (great to send to those you are gifting) 

2 tickets to the Launch Party in LA on February 1!


$100 - Early Riser Workshop + Sound Bath with Victoria Keen 

Early Riser Companion book + 4 downloads: 

ERC Playlist + Meditation + Weekly Rhythm Chart with original art by Oana Befort + A digital card featuring original art from ERC (great to send to those you are gifting) 

2 tickets to the Launch Party in LA on February 1st 

2 tickets to the Early Riser Circle + Sound bath with Victoria Keen in LA on February 20th

$125 - A Name of Your Choice in Early Riser Companion: 

My very favorite reward, would have you leave a piece of your heart in the pages of Early Riser Companion by including your child's name or a name of your choice on our contributor gratitude page. 

Comes with Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

$125 - A Name of Your Choice in Early Riser Companion: 

My very favorite reward, would have you leave a piece of your heart in the pages of Early Riser Companion by including your child's name or a name of your choice on our contributor gratitude page. 

Comes with Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

$150 - Coffee (or tea) in LA (or virtual meet up)

Comes with Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE plus time together in LA or online. And everything in the Good Evening Package! I can meet anytime in 2019.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

$250 - For Shop Owners

10 Copies of Early Riser Companion for your shop! This is a great "wholesale" option and I would be honored to be in your store.

Comes with Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

$750 - Your own Early Riser Workshop in LA

You and 10 of your friends will have your own Early Riser Workshop in Los Angeles in 2019. I will come to you (or we can arrange for one at our venue Office Party in Highland Park.) This circle explores a few of the topics in the book and includes a guided meditation, light bites, and each guest will receive a gift bag that includes a copy of Early Riser Companion.

Comes with 11 Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

$2000 - Out-of-Town Early Riser Workshop

Will travel! I have already led workshops in Santa Barbara, LA, and Seattle. I will come to you. You and up to 15 of your friends will have your own Early Riser Workshop at a location of your choice (homes are wonderful places to gather!) This circle explores a few of the topics in the book and includes a guided meditation and each guest will receive a gift bag that includes a copy of Early Riser Companion.

Comes with 16 Early Riser Companion book and everything included in THE GOOD EVENING PACKAGE.

Playlist, meditation and postcard will be emailed to you in December 2018.

If we reach the goal in time, it will unlock a beautiful giftable that is still being worked on! I hope that I can share that soon. 

“It takes a lot of courage to show your dreams to someone else.”
     ― Erma Bombeck

Oh boy. Is this saying ever true! I have been working on this project diligently for over five years. The vision for it has been unwavering. Now that’s it’s almost ready, I would be so grateful for your help in letting others know about it. Would you please spread the word about Early Riser Companion

Copy and Paste this link and share it on Facebook! 

Share on Instagram (tag @earlyrisercompanion)

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 A partial list of contributors (there are a still few more working on their pieces!)

This project has extra depth and beauty with their added touch. 

Esther Meinel Zottel/Our Life in the Alps

Courtney Adamo

Genevra Bell

Zoë Nissman

Virginia Yount

James Moes

Jesse Chamberlin

Jessica Kraus/House Inhabit

JimJam

Joya Logue 

Molly Ware

Morgan Pansing

Oana Befort

Lindsey Pemberton

Louise Lynch

Francesca/Lovely Francesca

Silvanie

Risks and challenges

For those of you who don't know my background, I have been working over the past ten years as an Art Director/Creative Director for brands such as Coach, Ergobaby, J Brand Jeans, Apple. Through my blog I have created content for Seventh Generation, Air Bnb, Annie's Organics, Travel Oregon, Artifact Uprising, Kalon Studios, Mabo Kids, Caramel Baby & Child, Scholastic, The Met, Honest, The Land of Nod, Oeuf and more. I am used to breathing life into ideas.

The book is in mockup form and awaiting work from my final contributors. We will have January/February to finalize layout and design (we have created a prototype but have had additional contributors since then.) It will be ready for final print and production by March. In my time with many companies I have been in charge of taking several different projects through completion. I am still working on additional bids and hope to have this printed in the US.

I have been told that the Holidays are the worst time to run a Kickstarter. I believe in the value of this project so much that I am forging ahead. I think this is absolutely the best time as you can order one for a friend or family member as well and you will receive a beautiful downloadable postcard that you can print or email in time for the holidays. I also believe that Spring, when Early Riser Companion will be available, is the best time to plant your intentions for the year.

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    These songs are a beautiful and wet spring day. A sunny Saturday morning. A winter afternoon at home with your little ones. Songs that will bathe your home in happiness and are the imprint of early childhood from Elizabeth Antonia.

    Also included is a favorite downloadable meditation for parents that Elizabeth uses during her circles.

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    You and your guest will join us in LA on February 20th for a special evening workshop and sound bath with our amazing friend Victoria Keen at Office Party.

    You will receive a copy of Early Riser Companion when it is available and a beautiful printed edition of my Weekly Rhythm Chart with artwork by Oana Befort (you will get this at the party!) This also comes with meditation, playlist and downloadable postcard.

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    Your own Early Riser Workshop in LA

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    • Private Early Riser Workshop
    • 11× The "Early Riser Companion" book
    • A Downloadable Meditation from Early Riser Workshop
    • Two tickets to the Early Riser Companion Lauch Party
    • Early Riser Companion playlist - Spring/Summer/Autumn/Winter
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    Will travel! I have already led workshops in Santa Barbara, LA, and Seattle. I will come to you. You and up to 15 of your friends will have your own Early Riser Workshop at a location of your choice (homes are wonderful places to gather!) This circle explores a few of the topics in the book and includes a guided meditation and each guest will receive a gift bag that includes a copy of Early Riser Companion.

    Includes:
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    • 15× The "Early Riser Companion" book
    • A Downloadable Meditation from Early Riser Workshop
    • Downloadable Weekly Rhythm Chart with Original Art by Oana Befort
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