Shop Small :: No Cold Feet

Thank you, No Cold Feet Co, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by No Cold Feet Co; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

No Cold Feet Co

No Cold Feet Co.

Today I am happy to introduce to you No Cold Feet Co. No Cold Feet was launched in 2016 to make finding socks for your wedding easier, and beyond!

When the owner, Matt, wanted to add some color to his standard black and white tuxedo, he figured socks were the perfect way to do that. So he went online and sought out a place that specialized in socks for wedding parties, where he could find fun, affordable socks in popular designs. To much of his surprise, there wasn’t a sock company or store that targeted wedding parties. So he set out to do something about that.

Enter No Cold Feet. The company was designed just for you to be able to find fun, colorful, quality socks for your big day. Whether you’re buying for the groom, groomsmen, father, grandfather, or the whole wedding party, No Cold Feet is committed to providing you a well designed, high-quality, and fun socks with great service.

Although we are past our wedding date by several years, Dusty immediately fell in love with these socks! Like Matt, Dusty wants a pop of color in his everyday life. Dusty works in the banking and finance industry and honestly, his clothes can get pretty bland and boring. A navy outfit here, a grey outfit there… and maybe he’ll mix it up for a day or two with a navy and grey combination. However, his true mood and style is found in his socks.

No Cold Feet Co

No Cold Feet Co

On most days, Dusty can be found in a brightly colored sock duo. He strays away from funky prints and designs because he likes to keep it professional yet maintain some personal style. No Cold Feet Co. is perfect for that. He tends to keep clear of the Star Wars or reindeer designs, but No Cold Feet Co. does as well. Their store is stockpiled with argyle, stripes, and dots… just how Dusty likes them.

Our socks arrived a few weeks ago and I honestly believe that Dusty has worn these at least once a week since. He would probably wear them more if I did laundry more often! Ha! They have held up really well and the quality is super good. The socks are soft and have not shown any wore even with the multiple uses.

These socks would be great for weddings, but I’m honestly thinking about the holidays with this one. What man doesn’t like a new pair of socks (or 3 pairs?!) in their stocking? I know that Dusty is always looking for more to add to his drawer regardless of how full his sock collection is. It is the perfect gift for your husband, father, grandfather, friendly UPS guy, and more. Plus, No Cold Feet Co. is also happy to offer you a discount code of $5.00 off their purchase of $50 with code “bahorichabode”. How awesome is that?!

No Cold Feet Co.

No Cold Feet Co.

Here is a little bit more about Matt and Mari, owners of No Cold Feet Co:

How did you get your shop started?
Prior to our wedding, my husband searched for socks for his groomsmen and didn’t find anyone who was specifically targeting wedding parties. We decided we could be those people, so we designed our own socks, created customizable labels, and opened our shop!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning our own shop is staying organized. 98% of our orders require customization and proofs, so keeping track of all that is a bit messy at times. We’ve definitely crisscrossed proofs to different customers or saved over the wrong files, but all of the customers have been very understanding.

What is one thing unique about you?
Our socks are designed by us (not purchased from a bulk supplier/distributor or name-brand retailer) and you can’t find them anywhere else.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I’ve been amazed at how excited people are about what we create for them and how much they appreciate it. It’s exciting to be a part of people’s special days (even if it is just the little details).

How did you get your shop name?
In the very early stages of our business after we had decided to go for it, but hadn’t done a ton towards it yet, my husband and I were walking to the gym one day and I was thinking out loud. No Cold Feet was one I had been thinking about, so I threw it out there and my husband loved it immediately and we decided then it was the name we were going with. It was probably the second or third name we had come up with.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Well, this is definitely one of our challenges and Etsy in particular leaves something to be desired on this front, but essentially we’ve systematized everything we can.

My husband loves process improvement and is always looking to make things more efficient. He’s set up a very organized file structure for our proofs, we have a way of tracking statuses of each order and moving it through the process, he has a very specific order he cuts our proofs in to minimize the number of cuts and the times you have to move/rotate the paper, and we’re open to trying new ways of approaching things.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Running our store definitely creates extra work as this is a side job on top of our day jobs, but in the end we just try to have fun with it. There are days/nights we prioritize customer work and there are others where the work just has to wait. As of now, it is just my husband and I, which makes things a bit easier, but that may change in the future.

Gift Guide for Him

Can you believe it, guys? We’re already to the holiday season and it’s time to roll out some GIFT GUIDES! First up this year is the gift guide for the men in your life, because let’s be honest, they’re usually the hardest to shop for. I created this particular guide with a lot of my husband’s help… and by “a lot” I mean he basically created this gift guide himself for y’all. He chose almost every item, and the ones he didn’t choose, he gave his approval, so you know it’s something an actual guy would love to get.

My number one goal with these gift guides is to make shopping a little easier and less stressful for you, and to hopefully give you some great ideas you haven’t thought of! Let me know how you like them! And hopefully you find some things on here for your husband, brother, dad, friend, cousin, whomever!

Let’s get to the guys…

              

UA Pursuit Hoodie                                        Massage Ball Set

          

Patagonia Mens Better Sweater                             Leather Lightning Cable

          

Nike Mens Joggers                                        UGG Australia Slippers

           

Withings Activité Watch                                  Every Man Jack Beard Oil

Shop Small :: Red Barn Collective

Thank you, Red Barn Collective, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Red Barn Collective; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Red Barn Collective

Guys, I am a sucker for little children’s furniture. I don’t know if you saw over on my Instagram story this week, but I just bought another piece of wooden furniture for little Lillie’s room, a doll house book case. There is something about a solid wooden creation that steals my heart. Knowing that it is of good quality and typically, is handmade with someone’s love, I just cannot get enough of it. I walked around my garage earlier this week and found three different sets of little wooden chairs waiting to be sanded and painted for Ollie and Lillie over the next few days. That’s six chairs?! I have a problem…

Thankfully, there are places like Red Barn Collective that benefits from my love for all things wooden for my littles. From wooden learning towers to step stools, busy boards, lego boards, I am dying over each and every piece in their shop. They sell the peg boards just like we have for Ollie’s nursery to the most adorable little wooden baby gym that I am currently eyeing.

This holiday season, for us, we are all about Legos. Dusty and I have been working on a Lego table for Ollie and asking all of the family members for Legos of our little man. He loves building things and of course, knocking them right back down. My big “ah-ha” moment was our first night at Walt Disney World this past month. Ollie (and Dusty) couldn’t care less if we were at the happiest place on Earth, because we had wondered into the Lego store at Disney Spring and he was in heaven.

We sat and played and played with those Legos for nearly an hour. I thought the longer we stayed, the less interested he would become and the less likelihood for a meltdown. I was wrong. He interested just grew and the meltdown of leaving the Lego store was inevitable. Thankfully, I found Red Barn Collective and their amazingly built Lego board.

I know the moment we introduce Legos throughout our home, they are going to be a hit. The Lego table that we are building is headed to the new playroom in our basement, but honestly, with an addition to the family coming soon, we needed something that Ollie could sit in the living room floor or his sister’s room and play with Legos in a manageable area. Enter this great Lego board.

These mini lego trays that Red Barn Collective makes are bound to be a huge hit in your home as well! Their trays are designed with our littles in mind specifically: sturdy, practical, and handy. The trays are a great size so Ollie can move his Lego creations freely throughout the house. It also makes for an easy pick-up when guests are coming over and have a landing spot.

My biggest fear with introducing Legos into the house is the stepping-on-Lego nightmare; however, thankfully, these trays help designate where Legos can be in the house, you know, and not under your feet at night… The best part about ordering from Red Barn Collective is that you have full creative control when designing the board: choose your board color, and either paint or stain for the frame. Not seeing a color you like exactly for your style? also, not a problem! Choose any Valspar paint and get exactly the style you want for your home! How awesome is it that they are that flexible!?

Like I mentioned, Red Barn Collective is packed full of goodies for your littles this Christmas. I also know a few baby showers and birthdays coming up that this shop would be amazing to partner with for my future gift buying. The best part is Red Barn Collective is offering y’all 10% off your entire order when you use the coupon code “BAHORICHABODE10” this holiday season. Thanks Red Barn Collective!!

Red Barn Collective

Red Barn Collective

Here is a little bit more about The Leeman Family, owners of Red Barn Collective:

How did you get your shop started?
Red Barn Collective began as an expression of love. The more we created these gifts for family and friends, the more we realized how much we enjoy handcrafting timeless, heirloom-quality pieces. What began as a husband and wife team has bloomed into a family adventure. We pride ourselves in our unique talents and skills, knowing that what we create will be passed on for generations to come.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Definitely the hardest part of owning a shop is time management. Between homeschooling, church, and our growing business, we are constantly striving for a balanced home/work life. We love being able to incorporate our business with our homeschool curriculum, but we still spend many after-school and weekend hours working on orders and perfecting our craft!

What is one thing unique about you?
I think one unique thing about our shop is how we involve our children in the design and production process. With a large family, every penny counts, and the purchases made from our shop directly support our children! Not only do our children learn valuable lessons on how to save and invest their money, but that lego tray you just purchased? Those proceeds are going towards someone’s first car, their college tuition, their next mission trip, etc.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Our favorite part of owning a shop would be the positive reviews and feedback we get from our customers. We take pride in our work and it is always such a blessing to receive thank-you messages and pictures from happy customers.

How did you get your shop name?
Our shop name, Red Barn Collective, is named after our 150+ year old barn that sits on our family’s property. We wanted to find a way to honor our family history and there is so much charm in a beautiful, old barn.

What is one way that you keep organized?
If we could start another business, it may be in organization. With a large family and a busy business, you absolutely have to stay organized. After some trial and error, we have found a system that works best for us to keep track of all of our orders and day-to-day family activities. The secret? Old school calendars and printed out invoices.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I think the most effective way to keep a balanced family life and work life is to work smart and think ahead. Over summer break we put in extra hours to build up inventory for all our holiday markets coming up- it gives Christmas in July a whole new meaning for us! It’s also worth mentioning how easy it is to get sucked into work, work, work. Family life and our church community are extremely important to us and we have to be very intentional with our time and energy so we don’t burn ourselves out spending too much time in our workshop.

Red Barn Collectie

Red Barn Collectie

Shop Small :: Hazy Dell Press

Thank you, Hazy Dell Press, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Hazy Dell Press; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Derek Sullivan

Reading is so important in our home. Yes, we want to encourage multiple skills (including sports) for Ollie’s growth and development; however, being a lover of reading myself, I have been super adamant around having books on hand throughout the house for Ollie to pick up and read. There are many nights throughout the week that Ollie, at 16 months old, will sit in the living room floor and flip through book after book on his own. He also loves for us to read to him, which just melts my heart.

I like to think that he was born with this curious wonder around literature, but honestly I know that it has been the values and time commitment from Dusty and I that has instilled his current love for reading. We model reading ourselves as he sees us reading to one another and on our own. We also have established a guideline in our home that we will stop what we are doing at pretty much any time of day if Ollie brings us a book to read.

In 2014, The American Academy of Pediatrics states that literacy promotion in the household is an essential component of primary pediatric care and advocates for reading to newborns.

Reading regularly with young children stimulates optimal patterns of brain development and strengthens parent-child relationships at a critical time in child development, which, in turn, builds language, literacy, and social-emotional skills that last a lifetime.

So there are plenty of reasons why we read often and always to Ollie. If you are looking for some great tips on how to incorporate reading into your little ones lives, I wrote a bit more about it last winter here.

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

One of the biggest things that shocked me as a parent is the fact that Ollie has his favorite books already. He loves stories about monsters, tractors, and funny mythical characters (along with many farm animals and puppies), which makes him more “boy” than I would have imagined. So when I stumbled upon the writings by Derek and Kyle Sullivan, I knew Ollie would just love these books. From Banshee, Krampus, and Sasquatch to ABCs presented by monsters, Ollie is loving these cute little stories so much!

Each book is a commercial-quality, 7×6″, 30 pages, full color, 40 pt matte-laminated paper board book that explores the life of the character.

In Hush Now, Banshee, everyone is enjoying quiet time, but little Banshee just wants to have fun the only way she knows how: Loudly. In Goodnight Krampus, not a creature was stirring…except the mischievous Krampus who’s too excited to sleep! It’s Christmas Eve and Santa has a lot on his plate, but his biggest challenge is convincing little Krampus to go to bed. Brimming with holiday cheer, this is one bedtime story that’s good for goodness sake. And in Get Dressed, Sasquatch, the trees are always green, the eagles are always stern and Sasquatch is always, well, naked. But what happens when a rule-touting ranger shows up to ask Sasquatch to put some clothes on? Finally, in Monster ABC, from Alien to Zombie, these gorgeously quirky monsters and silly verses will prove there’s nothing to fear.

We have been loving them all so much these past few weeks. The artwork is adorable and each story is unique and easy to read. The stories create fun-oriented and imagination-driven tales for children, adults and wereturtles of all ages, and they are the perfect gift for a baby shower, little ones birthday or a Christmas gift for a little that you may know!

Plus, use the discount code, “BAHORICH” for 15% off orders over $20! It’s good through December 15, 2017, so hurry to get your discount today!

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Derek Sullivan

Here is a little bit more about Derek and Kyle, the authors of the books of Hazy Dell Press:

How did you get your shop started?
My twin brother Kyle and I started our independent publishing company, Hazy Dell Press, in 2015. We got started with a Kickstarter campaign to fund the printing costs of our first children’s board book: Monster ABC. Since then, we’ve been able to keep the ball rolling with three subsequent books: Goodnight Krampus, Get Dressed Sasquatch and Hush Now Banshee. We were delighted with the positive response we received for Monster ABC, so we’ve continued making books featuring the same gently subversive humor, thoughtful characters and detailed illustrations that made Monster ABC more engaging and memorable than most mass-produced board books.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest thing is that we have so many ideas and books in mind that we’d love to create, but time is very limited. We put a lot of work into each book, so they take us about 5 months to create each one. That said, we would never hasten the process and cut corners, so although we’re not pumping out 10 titles per year, we’re still very happy and can stand behind every title with the Hazy Dell Press name on it.

What is one thing unique about you?
Having an identical twin is not “unique” per se, but it is rare, and having an identical twin as your creative partner even more so. Kyle writes all of our books and I illustrate them, so we have a pretty nice division of labor. We both concept and storyboard the books together, so it’s a very immersive and collaborative process. Having a writer with a very similar taste and style is very helpful, but “identical” is definitely a misnomer. We both bring a unique perspective and skillset to the table which is very much to the benefit of our end product.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The response we get from customers is by far the best part. Hearing from parents that their child insists on reading Goodnight Krampus every night before bed, or hearing that “Chupacabra” is one their baby’s first words because of Monster ABC, makes everything worthwhile and lets us know that we’re on the right track. Having a positive, fun impact on children and their parents during such a formative time period is one of the deepest joys of our careers.

How did you get your shop name?
We grew up in a neighborhood in Vancouver, Wash., called Hazel Dell. One of the first stories we created together was set in a fictional version of Hazel Dell we called “Hazy Dell.” One of the stars of that story (“It’s Witching Hour in Hazy Dell”) was the Cyclops Witch, which became our publishing company’s logo and mascot.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I use sticky notes for everything. From storyboarding to grocery lists, if I have something I need to do and it’s not on a sticky note attached to my monitor, it’s probably not going to get done. As I’m saying this, I’m realizing that I should probably figure out a better way to stay organized!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Although my cat is fairly demanding, I don’t have any children so balancing work and family life is not as challenging as it could be. We have a lot going on and projects on every burner, but since we’re ultimately in charge of our schedules, we’re able to make sure that we have enough time for the important people in our lives as much as we make time for our work.

Shop Small :: Sara Hynes Designs

Thank you, Sara Hynes Designs, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Sara Hynes Designs; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sara Hynes Designs

I am a gal that loves her RC Cola. We had RC Cola served in old school glass bottles at my wedding and nothing makes me happier than a cold can of soda. However when the seasons start to turn more gray and cooler air creeps in, I start thinking of warmer liquids. I grew up on warm sweet tea and hot apple cider during the fall mornings. It brings me such a warm feeling inside when I heat up a nice glass of tea or cider for a cool, crisp fall morning.

So I knew the moment I saw Sara Hynes Designs Hot Apple Cider glass mug, it was perfect for me. Honestly, Sara Hynes Designs Etsy shop is full of great gifts or things to grab for yourself. From mugs to tumblers, shirts and more, her store is full of adorable designs for your holiday shopping list. Personally, I am eyeing up her “Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins Please” tee as well. It’s so adorable.

I could not personally wait to get this mug in the mail. The day that it arrived, I quickly heated up some apple cider and headed to our front porch. The autumn leaves were nearing peak colors and it was a great afternoon of working in the outdoor while staying warm with my drink nearby. The glass mug is so sturdy and solid, assuring me that it will last for fall seasons to come. It does require hand washing due to the vinyl script; however, mugs are so simple to quickly hand wash after use and stick right back into the cabinet.

I cannot say enough about this adorable mug. She is a fellow oiler as well, which makes her extra special in my book. Head over to her shop now to help support this amazing and adorable shop this Christmas season. Also, use the code “BLOG15” to receive 15% off your entire order now through December 25th to her shop!

Sara Hynes Designs

Sara Hynes Designs

Here is a little bit more about Sara, the owner of Sara Hynes Designs:

How did you get your shop started?
I started my shop when I was in college as a graphic design student. I was making prints and little designs on the side. I then started making marketing materials for Essential Oils Independent distributors and then branched into products. I’ve been doing mugs for about a year and a half and apparel for a few months now!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Wanting to do everything but only having the time to do somethings haha. My mind is always flooding with ideas.

What is one thing unique about you?
I make everything myself! Each mug/shirt is printed by me in my home studio. I’m always expanding my capabilities and learning new things to continue to add variety and exciting new products to the shop!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
People who go out of their way to tell you how much they love your products or leave a rave review. I do this on the side of my full time job so it’s 100% for fun so it makes me smile when people enjoy my work.

How did you get your shop name?
Easy! It’s my name hahaha my current last name happens to rhyme with designs so I thought it sounded catchy and was unique to me since no one else has my name. I am currently engaged and will be taking my finance’s name but I will be keeping my business name the same.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists on lists on lists! I have lists in my phone of inspiration and projects that need to get done and then before I sit down to get a good chunk of work done I either review my previous list or make a fresh new one to stay on track!

How do you balance family life and work life?
It’s always a work in progress specially with me having a full time job and doing this on the side but you make it work. When I am just doing design work or anything on my computer i’ll usually sit upstairs with my fiancé and get stuff done while we watch a show together. When I have studio time I’ll try and plan it out when he’s out golfing or doing yard work so we are both busy at the same time.

Do you have any plans to do this full time ever?
Nope! I am a graphic designer in the corporate world as well and I very much enjoy working on a team, going into an office, and working on a wide range of projects. I would love to work corporate design job part time and do freelance the other part some day but I don’t see that happening anytime soon 🙂

The Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks and Beyond with Citi Babies

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Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

It has been nearly a month since we have gotten back from Walt Disney World and I miss it each and every day. It was such a great time for our family to get away for a few days prior to the chaos that the holidays always brings with travel, family and friends.

One of my biggest stressors prior to our trip was our diaper bag. I mentioned a few weeks ago that I have been on the hunt for a new diaper bag since the announcement of baby number two. I enjoyed my Skip Hop Duo Special Edition Carry All Travel Diaper Bag Tote but honestly, it is already starting to look a bit worn. Additionally, I really knew that a backpack style would work far better on the go. I wanted a diaper bag that had a bit of a designer feel for times that I left my purse at home; however, I know Dusty, like many husbands out there, wanted something that did not look like a purse for him to carry around.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Enter Citi Babies.

Citi Babies is exactly what I needed for this trip and beyond! This bag is functional, simple, doesn’t scream “hey, there’s diapers in here!” and will not break the bank with its price! It’s backpack bag that has a removable shoulder/messenger bag strap. It also can be carried by the handles or clipped to your stroller handlebar with a built-in clip, which is super functional and nice.

When you open the bag, a metal frame keeps it open. It doesn’t collapse which allows it easy to peek inside. The placement of the pockets makes it easy to have access for diapers, toys, and many other on-the-go essentials. It has 2 pockets on the inside front, one on each side, and a zipper compartment on the back inside. This allows you to remained organized, yet not forget which pocket you put the nail clippers in or another smaller item. The outside pockets are stretchy and perfect for a sippy cup or water bottle. It fits our Ollie’s toddler CamelBak perfectly and it did not fall out once during the whole trip. One of the these pockets even have a wipes opening to always have easy access to wipes.

The front pocket has 2 pockets for bottles that are insulated and one stretchy strap for a bottle/cup. This is perfect for breastfeeding mommas wanting to keep milk cold on-the-go or keeping fruit or snacks cold. It also has a little mesh pouch, an area for snacks or those pesky little toys that always seem to disappear. The back of the backpack has a zipper compartment that I love to my phone, keys, and wallet in.

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Best Diaper Bag for Disney Parks

Now to the best part, I know hard to get better than everything else I’ve already mentioned, but the inside of the this bag is HUGE! It is 17 inches tall! Yep, you read that right! It will even fit a laptop when you aren’t using it for kids! It measures 17in x 11in x 3in.! I love slipping in my Travelon Packing Squares to help keep things even extra organized in it’s big space.

Overall, this bag hits the nail on the head in every category I needed. It’s gender neutral, so my husband doesn’t mind carrying it one bit. It’s functional for one baby or multiple kids. It’s easy to clip on and off of the stroller, as well as it was easy to loosen or tighten the straps based on if my husband and I was carrying it.

It has now travelled with us to the apple orchard, flown to Disney World for the week, and may be our new permanent diaper bag. I know that it is going to fit all of Ollie’s essentials as we venture into toddlerhood together and add another addition to the family with Lillie. It will fit all of their necessities and then some.

This bag comes in gray or black, and the company is releasing a leather version in Black and Tan for just $89 in a couple weeks! The leather version is absolutely gorgeous and 100% wipeable with 10 pockets! I’m dying to have the tan one already!

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Here’s a bit more about Citi Babies ::

How did you get your shop started?
After our first son was born, my husband Todd and I struggled to find quality, minimalist baby goods at affordable prices. We seemed to be faced with two choices: Beautifully designed, elegant goods with an eye-popping price, or cheaply made goods with busy patterns in garish colors. So we set out to design a line of quality baby goods that were modern, minimal and functional at prices that left some money for college savings. After months of design work and establishing trusted makers, Citi Babies was born.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Trying not to execute all of my ideas at once. I have exciting ideas for additional products, marketing, connecting with customers, and social media but I have to keep focused and prioritize my goals so Citi Babies can grow.

What is one thing unique about you?
I read this question first and answered it last because I struggled to think of something truly unique about me. I think two fairly unique things about me are that I’ve had two home births in water and enjoy giving birth. Crazy, I know! The second thing would be that I love Crossfit and pushing myself physically. It’s a great stress reliever and helps me have the strength to overcome challenges in other areas of life.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Interacting my customers! We love selling our bags but hearing and seeing how people are using them and how they love them is the best part of this business.

How did you get your shop name?
We had recently moved from Washington, DC to a small town right outside Raleigh, NC. We were talking about the future for our boys and whether we wanted them to be “city babies” or not. It wasn’t until a few days later, and throwing out countless other brand name ideas, that we came back to the conversation and Citi Babies got it’s name.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Ha! You make the assumption I am organized? Caffeine and luck. Besides those two things, I let my OCD and type A personality take over and prioritize my tasks by day and week over making a long to-do list.

How do you balance family life and work life?
It isn’t always balanced; more like a roller coaster. When we are balanced, it’s because I planned and organized well and focused on what need to be done at that specific time. Learning to ask for help has also greatly benefitted my entire family and helped us remain more balanced.

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies Diaper Bag

Citi Babies is a family-owned company using their experience as parents to create functional, modern and beautifully-designed baby goods. The company is based in North Carolina and they pride themselves on customer service. The Citi Babies Traveler backpack diaper bag embodies the new age of diaper bags and has some fantastic features:

  • Convenient Diaper Bag Backpack Design: This bag stays securely on your back without slipping off and keeps your hands free to hold baby or that much needed latte.
  • Removable Shoulder Strap: The removable and adjustable strap perfectly allows you to wear the Traveler messenger style or over your shoulder.
  • Wide Mouth Opening: The wide mouth stays open so you have easy access to pacifiers, diapers, wipes, and so much more without having to hold the bag open.
  • Changing Pad Included: The Traveler includes a changing pad that wipes clean easily.
  • Pockets Everywhere: Staying organized with kids is tough but with perfectly-placed pockets, this is one organized diaper bag.
  • Built-in Stroller Clip / Pram Clip: We love this clip. Hang the bag on your stroller or pram with the easy to use built-in clip.
  • Unisex Design: The Traveler makes a great diaper bag for Dad and Mom.
  • Trendy, Modern Design: The versatile design means you can also use it a weekender bag, laptop case or carry on.
  • Inside and Outside Wipes Clean Easily: Low-maintenance, easy to clean fabric is a must have for any parent.

Not only is it a great diaper bag, each and every diaper bag comes with a complimentary Citi Babies multi-use, stretchy car seat canopy and nursing cover, making this the perfect baby shower gift. The diaper bag is great for moms and dads alike and will love receiving The Traveler as a baby shower, thank you, or Christmas gift, and Citi Babies comes with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. If their diaper bag doesn’t meet your standards (which I know it will), please let them know and they will do whatever it takes to make it right. Your happiness is their ultimate goal!

Custom Holiday Decor with Salty Pine Paper Co

Thank you, Salty Pine Paper Co, for sponsoring this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by Salty Pine Paper Co; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Today I want to introduce you to Salty Pine Paper Co.

I love personalized ornaments. We have plenty. From our first home to first year married, we have them all. I just love these glass hand painted ornaments and they look so great on our tree this year! Owner, Jenny’s prices are just right for those holiday gifts for the sitter, teacher, mailman, whomever, and her designs are just great. Jenny makes custom ones for each state and paints on wooden slices also. Her shop is just full of adorable hand designed prints and other neat gift ideas. One of my favorite things is her wooden gather wall hanging also!

This is a set of four red glass bulb ornaments that Jenny sent me, each measuring 2.5″. They are all hand-lettered and embossed in gold. All four ornaments arrive tied with a cloth ribbon, and are packaged safely in their shipping container with lots of love! (Please note – the pictures above show the ornaments in our premium keepsake box, which you can add on at checkout. This does not come standard with each order.) They are made with such love and look how adorable they are!!

Jenny also offered a special code just for Bahorich Abode reader. Use the coupon code “BAHORICH15” so you can get 15% off their purchase now through January 31st, 2018!

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Here is a little bit more about Jenny, the owner of Salty Pine Paper Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I started Salty Pine Paper Co. in the spring of last year, after I took an interest in calligraphy and started lettering things for around our own home. I loved the idea of making personal pieces that will bless and brighten someone else’s space, and I think there’s something SO special about having hand-made items as part of a home’s decor!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Hmmm…I would say the thing that’s been most challenging for me is actually pricing. First, it can be nerve wracking to assign what you think is a fair value to your pieces, while hoping that others also see that value and then are willing to use their hard-earned money to acknowledge it. Second, I haven’t always been diligent about intentional pricing, where I collect the cost of every single material needed for a certain product and then price the final piece in such a way as to cover materials and make a profit. My engineer hubby, Luke, is very good at numbers and at keeping emotions out of decision making when it’s needed, and he has helped me grow tremendously in this area, so that now, I’m confident about charging what is actually reasonable and necessary, instead of essentially giving my pieces away.

What is one thing unique about you?
I’ve lived in all four corners of the US… California, Alaska, Vermont, and now, Florida!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
There are so many things that I love about owning my own shop, but I think one of the top ones is the community of other small business owners that I’ve met. There are so many incredible entrepreneurs with kind, generous hearts, who want to cheer you on in your own business, support you, and come alongside you when you need a little help. That has been a HUGE blessing to me in my business, and I hope that I can be that person for others as they step out into their own adventures!

How did you get your shop name?
Deciding on a name for the shop took me a good bit of time, because I really wanted it to represent “me” somehow, without having to use my actual name. The “paper co.” part came about because I felt like it captured more of the “small town feel” I want my business to embody. The “salty pine” part represents the places and things that I hold dear – “salty” for my since-I-was-little love of the sea + Florida, the first place Luke and I moved to *together*, and “pine” for my growing up years in woodsy places, namely Alaska and Vermont + my love of outdoor exploring. All combined, I really loved the way Salty Pine Paper Co. sounded, and I feel like it carries personal, intentional meaning, which was important to me.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I LOVE my planner and a good ol’ fashioned to-do list! Luke teases me all the time for still using a real-life planner when I could store all the same information on my phone/computer, but there’s just something I love having things written out in front of me.

How do you balance family life and work life?
One thing that helps me to balance family life and work is setting boundaries on my time. So for example, I’m not usually in the office after Luke is done work for the day, or on Sundays, etc. That boundary gives me the margin to really enjoy and maximize work days, but also the freedom to not feel guilty when I’m soaking up “free time” with my favorite people!

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Salty Pine Paper Co.

Bump Date :: 20 weeks

Week 20 Bumpdate

size of the baby :: Banana

total weight gain :: 4 pounds

gender :: Little gal

maternity clothes :: I keep wanting to buy clothes… but let’s be honest. I have plenty. It is just getting cold outside and really my maternity tops still feel too big and my regular sweater make me look more chubby than pregnant. It’s just a phase, I know.

movement :: Every night like clockwork she is kicking up a storm.

sleep :: This week has been okay. Sleep is still not great, but it’s better than last week.

missing :: Not really anything this week!

craving :: Nothing really.

symptoms :: Not true symptoms… however, the stomach flu has made it through our house this week and caused a few hiccups in our normal routine. We canceled a holiday trunk show at our house and moved our small group to another house. I ended up getting it twice and it hit me far harder than the rest of the house because of the pregnancy.

duston is :: Still recovering from the flu himself!

looking forward to :: Getting back to normal. A few days of laying around this house and I feel like we have been cooped in too long. We needed the rest but I just do not sit still very well.

best moments :: We had a great family day on Saturday before the flu storm. We had some good quality times with friends, neighbors, and time just for ourselves as well!

Soft Sole Shoes with Sweet ‘n Swag Moccasins

Thank you, Sweet ‘n Swag, for sponsoring this post, Soft Sole Shoes with Sweet ‘n Swag Moccasins. I was selected for this opportunity by Sweet ‘n Swag; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Sweet 'n Swag

Having a roaming toddler in the colder months means finding creative ways to keep their feet warm since they are notorious for pulling off their socks and kicking off their shoes! Ollie never wants anything on his feet. Not to mention, he is sometimes a bull in a china shop and a little boy would love to run, so it has been important that I find footwear that would stay on to keep him warm but also look cute and stylish!

Ever since I was introduced to how important soft sole shoes were for little feet, I have been a lover of baby moccasins. I know there are a ton of companies out there on the market; however, I have tried many of them and want to take a second and introduce you to Sweet ‘n Swag.

They stay put, period. Since Ollie was an infant, I have tried and tested several brands of soft sole shoes and now that we are running and walking, I still swear by them! Many soft sole are slippery for walkers on hard wood and laminate floors and wear out fast outdoors! However, Sweet ‘n Swag are handmade, super soft, and flexible. They come in a huge selection of colors and prints to suit everyone’s taste and style! There are so many other companies out there who make baby moccasins, but what I love about Sweet ‘n Swag is that they’re affordable, but high-quality.

But why soft sole shoes in general?

Well, for starters, hard sole shoes are honestly difficult for younger ones to learn to walk because they are typically pretty heavy. Ollie started taking his first steps at eight months and really walking at ten. With having lightweight soft soles, he was able to learn to walk by extending his toes and grip the floor similar to as if he was walking barefoot. It also helped him continue to improve his balance and coordination as he grew. Soft sole shoes are typically roomier than hard sole shoes as well, allowing Ollie’s feet to be unrestricted without wedges, inserts, high backs, reinforced heels, special arches, or other feature that are typical to hard sole shoes. This continues to help develop their little feet in such a more natural way!

So whether you have a newborn or a walking toddler, Sweet ‘n Swag soft sole moccasins are the way to go. They can also come lined, so for these upcoming winter months, their little feet will stay dry and warm.

Also, a special just for you! Use the code “heathersweetnswag” for a 15% off your entire order, excluding sale items! How perfect is that just in time for the holidays!

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Sweet 'n Swag

Here is a little bit more about Sweet ‘n Swag:

How Sweet N Swag started: A life-changing event happened when Shannon’s good friend lost a baby at seven months to a septic infection. The couple were devastated, not only by the loss of their baby son, but the mounting hospital bills and subsequent funeral. Shannon felt compelled to try and help her friend in the only way she could—making hair bows to sell. For two days and two nights she made bows without thought of food or sleep. She had 250 bows to sell.

She put a notice on Facebook and went door to door in her condominium neighborhood peddling her bows. She sold about 150 and gave the money to her friends. She had a hundred left! What she did with them started her on a journey that took her to a place she couldn’t have imagined. She sold her bows on the craft-focused website “Etsy” and they sold quickly. Customers wanted more accessories so she expanded her ideas to include shoes for infants. The uniquely designed and hand-made vegan leather moccasins were best-sellers.

As Shannon’s hobby turned into a full-time endeavor, Brett sold his law firm and turned his attention to helping expand the brand, “Sweet N Swag.” The couple are now completing a new office in Lindon to accommodate the ever-expanding line of shoes and accessories. The latest shoe design is a special designed leather oxford called a “Moxford.” The marketing catch phrase is “We design shoes that stay on baby’s feet.”

Shop Small Holiday Series

Thank you to all of the small shops that helped create this post, part of Bahorich Abode’s Shop Small Holiday series. I was selected for this opportunity by each individual small shop; however, the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Shop Small Spring Series

One of my favorite things each year is to be able to partner with small shops throughout the country, and honestly the world, to showcase their artwork, talents, passions, and designs. I cannot express to you my love for small shops. As a blogger, I like to think of this space as my own “small shop”, but truthfully, I know that none of my work compares to some of these entrepreneurs that I am going to share with you this season.

Their joy and passion and pursuit for their love labor and more importantly, the “why” behind their shop brings me to tears. Some shops are just made of working moms struggling to stay home with their little ones during the years that they can never get back. Others are retirees working for a little travel money or helping out medical bills of a loved one. Another shop may be somebody saving for their wedding, or supporting their entire family!!

Each small shop has such a personal story, and starting tomorrow, I will start sharing with you some of my new favorite entrepreneurs and allowing you to enter their stories about their shops, their journey and tips for success, and how they manage to balance a small business with family, friends, and everyday life.

The best part? You can also help support them as we explore their great products together by purchasing one of their items for all of these great gift giving events this holiday season! Most shops that will be highlighted over the next few weeks have offered up a special code or giveaway just for you!

Are you ready?! Stay tuned!!

Want to check out the shops from last year’s Shop Small series? Click here to see other small shops that you can start supporting today with your holiday shopping!