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Lauren Bradshaw

Toy Maker & Children's Book Author

Lauren Bradshaw is responsible for creating the oh so cool Walnut Animal Society, one of the cutest stuffed animal collections we have ever seen! This Rad Mom makes each of these lovable animals by hand and no two are identical, which is pretty awesome if you think about it, they each have their own unique characteristics. If you haven’t seen them yet, get ready to obsess. Oh, and this mama knows the importance of caring for our babes as well as our planet. Not only are these friends as cute as can be, but Lauren uses earth friendly materials whenever she can.

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Photo Credit: Joseph Bradshaw

Lauren can also add author to her list of accomplishments, she has a book coming out in September titled, “Henry’s Bright Idea.” The book spotlights a well-loved member of the Walnut Animal Society and his quest to find one of his ideas, with the help of his friends of course! Follow along with her adventures on Instagram.

Lauren Bradshaw, founder of Walnut Animal Society is featured on Glitter and Bubbles as this week's Rad Mom.

Illustration by The Unexpected Type

Little’s Names & Ages: Henry, age 6 and Arlo, age 2

Top Beauty Product You Must Have as a Mom: Concealer! I don’t always make time for myself to put on makeup each day, so if I can at least get some concealer on I feel better. I also love this Lip Balm because it goes on so easily and I can also use it as a cheek stain if I need a little color. Those two things help me feel a little livelier on days when I’m running around a bunch with the kids.

Favorite Lipstick Color: Nars Manhunt is my go-to. It feels fun and bright with my skin tone.

Top 3 Pieces of Baby or Kids Gear: We had an Orbit Stroller with both kids and loved it so much. Being able to turn the kids to the side when getting them out of the car felt like such a huge help, and we used the stroller so much in the early baby days. My husband and I do a lot of trading off with watching the kids, and we have a Filson Tote we use as the diaper bag.  I love that it works for both of us and feels like just the right size. Now that the kids are out of the baby stage, we bring our Contigo Water Bottles with us everywhere. And they fit perfectly in the end pouches on the Filson tote!

Favorite Kids Clothing Brand: It’s so hard to choose just one! I love Mabo for such sweet things for both boys and girls. I don’t even have girls but Soor Ploom is also a favorite! I love that I get to sew dresses for stuffed animals, so those brands are very inspiring.

Activity You Love to Do With Your Littles: Take the train to the Natural History MuseumCalifornia Science Center or Santa Monica Pier. It’s nice to have a break from driving in L.A., and the kids love taking the train. So we usually head to the museums, and every once in a while ride some rides or play games at the pier.

Your Secret Obsession When You Get an Hour to Yourself: Reading interior design magazines and crocheting or weaving. Those are my favorites!

Closet Staple That You Can’t Live Without: A Denim Jacket. It gets chilly in L.A. at night, even in the summer, so it’s perfect to bring along. I have a couple and I love how they go with almost everything I wear. And also my Clare V clutch! I carry it everywhere.

Favorite Snack or Dessert Recipe to Make for Your Littles: When I lived in New York for a summer, I became obsessed with the Magnolia Bakery Banana Pudding. It was my dad’s favorite dessert growing up, so finding this “fancier” version of the classic was so fun. It has become a favorite dessert for the kiddos and my husband (and I make it for my dad too when we visit!). Click here to get the recipe.

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