If you've been following along, you've noticed that Have Fun Little One® has pretty much turned into a piece of what Mila James is. It's about children having fun in what they wear no matter how they dress. It's about being able to get dirty in dresses or white tees, getting holes in jeans, pooping right through those favorite pants you put on your little one (even though it hurts us so bad lol). I love shopping small and investing in cute little pieces, as we all do, but I have to also remind myself that these girls are little so sh*t will happen, lol! While it's hard to see Mila rip the dress her mama designed or Nova poop through those cute little tights, it is what it is.
HFLO came to me in mid 2016, I decided to begin the trademark process for it because for me it was more than just a graphic tee that I wanted to create. You can read more here, but I'd like touch base a little more on why it's so important to me. There are so many children all over the world who have to grow up sooner than they should and definitely sooner than they'd like. My parents (who were raised in a different country) had to get jobs at very young ages to help support their family and the women, well, they would get married at young ages. I mean YOUNG! My mom was married as a teenager! Think about it, in this day and age, could you imagine getting married as a teenager? Where's the fun in that, lol! I joke about it, because it's what I do, but I know how serious it is. I mean my mom lived it and could really write a book about her life. Teens are kids, and they deserve to have fun! Shoot, I feel like I'm still a kid and want to have all the fun!
Then you have the kids who think they want to be older than they are. They think it's cool to be following the big kids in school and doing what they are doing. This message goes out to them too! Have fun little one, because soon, you'll be a working adult trying to buy a 500 sq ft studio for your family of 4 for $13395738929.00, and that right there, that's NOT fun! You may think you're cool now, but you're going to wish you had all that fun as a little one.
This is also a reminder for me to not be so hard on my littles. While the messiness makes me cringe at times and my germ anxiety can get the best of me, I have to remember they are only little this one time and deserve to play as much as they can! Even if that means I have to step on all the toys and sit in a pile of blocks, puzzle pieces, princess dolls and crayons (EVERYWHERE!).
Back to the trademark process, it began in Nov. of 2016 and it FINALLY registered in March 2018! If you watch my Instastories then you saw the excitement when I first got the official paperwork but if you haven't then you can see it has taken me a long time to share because every time I sit down to write this blog, I'm half asleep or someone's crying. I'm so excited to have my very first registered trademark and can't wait to see how far I can take it. I hope Have Fun Little One will make its way into all the kids' things so it's a constant reminder for everyone to always have fun! I hope to get it on shirts, onesies, bibs, bedding, blankets, backpacks, lunch bags, socks, diaper bags, plates, cups, etc. I mean, anything and everything kids use so they never forget to Have Fun! I'm talking Have Fun Little One themed birthday parties (spoiler alert: Nova's first birthday theme) with all the things kids like to have fun on! I'm probably dreaming big here, but there's nothing wrong with that!