We are in the season of babies. We are raising little ones and our friends are raising little ones. I have become the “ask her” friend. I’m known for thoroughly researching things and even trying them out before referring or recommending them to anyone. I’m the friend that our friends call if they are looking for a new doctor or have a weird ailment and wonder if I’ve tried a product to help such a thing. Or if they’re looking for a gift for something in particular or a fun local event or experience to attend for a family fun day. They call me up! I never really set out to become this person. But it is very humbling to know that people trust you and your word so much that they’re willing to put their money behind it.
We often get asked what baby products we would most recommend. Each time I say, “man, I wish I had a place to direct you with all the things listed out.” Partly so I don’t have to look up all the links each time. But also because I know that people perceive needs and wants very differently. Truly, each person’s different personality plays into their purchasing decisions far more than we really think about.
Ty is an enneagram one. He values quality over quantity. He’s the one who will invest more money in something if the quality of it is perceived much better than something else. He’s the practical researcher. He watches YouTube videos to learn how something works and how it might make our life more efficient.
I am an enneagram four. I tend to be drawn to things for the emotional connection or meaning attached to it. I’m very purpose driven. If an item just “takes up space” in my home and doesn’t have a purpose, it’s most likely getting tossed or donated. I am the individualistic researcher. I’m often on the hunt for something that has a unique feature or might be something that was a kickstarter or rarely heard of or used by our circle of friends. I love trying new things and often catch our friends onto new ideas and products! I’m also the small business champion and feel an emotional connection to shopping small because of owning my own small shop!
The two of us paired together provides a great balance of useful and sentimental items which is what I think you’ll see in our “must have” list! So let’s dive in: