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Shop Small :: Baggage and Co

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

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If you have been around Bahorich Abode long enough, you know that we love our oils. We have been on a long oily road and honestly, it has been almost two years to get us to where I am proud to call ourselves an “oily family”. There are many reasons that essential oils have benefited our lives here at the Bahorich household, but at the root of it, it is truly about pursing a lifestyle of wellness without all of the chemicals and junk that we find in our world.

The more and more I use oils these days, I have noticed that we really cannot live on the road without them. We use them to support our sleep, our anxieties, and our overall wellbeing during flu season; however, since our oils come in glass containers, they are really hard to travel with. Thankful I found Baggage and Co to help me with traveling with my oils this holiday season.

Baggage and Co is a great small shop in the big Etsy world that carries handmade bags and cases for your essential oils and diffusers. Every bag is hand sewn and owner, Tracey, only uses quality fabrics and supplies. They give back to the “local” Etsy community by purchasing their supplies (zippers, tassels, etc.) from local Etsy shops and have such wonderful fabrics, including my favorite — Rifle Paper Co. inspired prints.

My new Baggage and Co bottle bag is traveling everywhere with me this season. I also have found a few to gift to others that I am super excited about. Tracey’s hand sewn quality is wonderful and the bags are so cute! She also makes roller ball bottles with labels, diffuser traveling cases, wallets, and more! It is definitely one of my favorite shops this season!

Here is a little bit more about Tracey, the owner of Baggage and Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I opened my Etsy shop in October 2014 and first, I started selling jewelry bags. I purchased a Young Living starter kit that same year and started making bags for the oils and diffuser and adding them to my shop as well. I sold my first diffuser bag in January of the following year. Being a stay-at-home mom, I was looking for a creative outlook for me to pour my energy into and sewing is something I’ve always loved to do.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop is the balance between home life and work life.

What is one thing unique about you?
If entrepreneurship is something that runs in the family, then I definitely have it! 🙂 My grandparents, aunts and uncles, and parents all work for themselves. My siblings as well!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning an online storefront is all the people you can reach out and meet.

How did you get your shop name?
My sister named my shop. We wanted it to reflect the bags but to keep it open to other avenues as well which we started venturing into this year with roller bottles and labels.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Organized? Ha! I have a team of 3 and my one coworker is definitely the one that keeps me on track and organized!

How do you balance family life and work life?
My husband works alongside with me and we help each other with balancing our businesses (he owns a law practice) and our kids. It is a team effort for sure.

Tell me about your workspace.
The space that I work in is an old factory building on the lake I grew up on. It is within walking distance to my house and is actually where my great grandpa started his business and my grandpa and dad started theirs as well!

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Shop Small :: Rosebud Birdie

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

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One thing that helps me stay sane throughout my holidays (and really, all year) is organization. My life can get crazy and I wear many hats that all seem to come to the surface during the holidays. As many of you know, I work from home. There are a lot of benefits that come with this but one thing that also falls into lap with this is taking the ownership of being our household manager.

To me, a household manager is one that manages the aspects of the home. I do the majority of our grocery shopping, our cooking, our cleaning, our laundry, the scheduling of our calendars and finances, etc. With a blooming toddler, a pregnant belly, and helping out with the ins and outs of a church plant, on top of working, managing a blog, and managing a household… like I said, things are busy! To keep organized, I love using systems — especially bags to help me stay organized with our things.

From holiday travel to the normal day-to-day packing of a diaper, purse, and more, bags help me keep organized and ensuring that I grab everything that I need for our adventures big and small. From comestic bags, pencil bags, project bags, essential oil bags, and so much more, Rosebud Birdie has been my go-to this season.

Rosebud Birdie is yet another small shop that I encourage you to shop at this holiday season and make the impact for a small family shop compared to the larger corporations. Beyond bags, Rosebud Birdie creates items like cute little dolls to checkbooks and kitchen towels. Each item is handmade and super good quality.

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I have been toting around my makeup bag for several weeks now and it was perfect to travel with during the Thanksgiving weekend. As holiday parties are starting to ramp up, I can also imagine me grabbing my essentials to put on my makeup on-the-go as we are always running late these days. It is the perfect size for what I need, not too big, and fits well in both my diaper bag and purse! The most exciting thing is that the shop owner, Carol, is offering our readers 10% off of any order over $18 using the code “BAHORIC10” on her small shop on Etsy! The code is good until Dec. 31st!

Rose Bud Birdie

Rose Bud Birdie

Here is a little bit more about Carol, the owner of Rosebud Birdie:

How did you get your shop started?
I love to sew and create and always wanted an outlet for my items. When I heard of Etsy, I knew that was the place for me to start selling my items.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owing a shop is balancing home, family and sewing or working. I am an early riser, so I do a lot very early in the morning.

What is one thing unique about you?
I think the thing that is unique about me is that I I love making my own patterns and love that I have a fair amount of time for doing what I love.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
One of the best things about owning a shop is being my own boss and choosing my own hours to work.

How did you get your shop name?
The name just popped into my mind one day when I was getting ready to start the shop. I wanted a name that was sweet and cute.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I try to keep organized by using a lot of totes and shelves for my growing stash of fabrics. My sewing room can really get messy with certain projects, but I see mess as creativity.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I balance work and family by using every minute. I can get a lot done in 30-45 minutes, even 15 if I stay focused and have a goal, like cutting out 10 bags in a small amount of time. Or having only 30 minutes can be enough for a walk with my husband or walking over to see my grand kids.

Shop Small :: Three Sweet Petites

Thank you, Three Sweet Petites, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Three Sweet Petites; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


I said just this just a few weeks ago, but I do not share the benefits of essential oils to y’all enough. We have been tackling the flu in our home over the past week and our essential oils have came in such handy! I was laying on what felt like my death bed last weekend just thinking about all of the ways I could be spreading the love to y’all through this blog.

Now enter this lovely and adorable Small Shop into my life, Three Sweet Petites! Owner, Darlene, began creating bath products after learning about the numerous benefits of essential oils. Knowledge is power, she thought, especially when we consider what we put into and onto our bodies. So all of her beauty products are handmade to order with pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, organic herbs, salts, oils, flowers, and items you can find in any kitchen pantry. She also does not use any artificial fragrances, chemicals, or dyes! Her jewelry is hand-crafted with love and intention to promote the benefits of essential oil use. Darlene uses precious gemstones along with lava beads to allow for hours of aromatherapy.

During my family’s attempt to not share the flu with one another (thankfully Ollie stayed clear of it all), I wore my essential oil diffusing necklace throughout the week. It’s so adorable and cute anytime of the day; however, it was a necessity to keep enjoying the benefits of the aromatherapy so close at hand.

It is the perfect gift to a new momma in need of some good relaxation (with some lavender oils) or any gal really and you should definitely check out her shop over on Etsy. Use the code “SPRING10” will get you 10% off any purchase!

Here is a little bit more about Darlene, the owner of Three Sweet Petites:

How did you get your shop started?
When I had my first daughter, I had a difficult time finding natural products I trusted to use on her sensitive skin. I began whipping up soaps and skin care products using essential oils and bath bombs were a special treat. I have always been an avid crafter and have been making jewelry for my friends and family for many years. Oil diffusing jewelry was a natural progression and the perfect compliment to my oily life! After a few nudges from my husband, I took the plunge and opened my shop.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop is making everyone happy: My family, my customers, my friends, and most of all, me! I have learned it is ok to make mistakes and to allow myself to take a break when needed. Every mistake is an opportunity for growth- as a shop owner and as a mom!

What is one thing unique about you?
One unique thing about me is I am also a licensed clinical social worker. I am always encouraging my clients to incorporate self-care into their daily routine- it is so important for a healthy state of mind. My products are all made with relaxation as the ultimate goal.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is delivering happiness in a box! I love knowing whoever opens my package will be happy and be taking a little time for themselves.

How did you get your shop name?
My shop is named after my three, sweet daughters- although they are not all petite anymore! They inspire everything I do and naming my shop after them was the least I could do!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Spreadsheets are my life!! I also clean my workspace before leaving it- every time!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am blessed to have a very supportive husband and kids who sleep late in the mornings! I do not think any of us have it all figured out though… I look like a wind swept animal most days, but who doesn’t?

Shop Small :: Pure and Simple Charm

Thank you, Pure and Simple Charm, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Pure and Simple Charm; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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I probably do not share the benefits of essential oils to y’all enough but the Bahorich household is in love! We use them daily and have for several years. We use them for everything from stomach aches to sore muscles and a better night’s sleep. If it is allergy season, we are diffusing eucalyptus, lavender, and peppermint. All through the winter, we diffuse Thieves. We rub PanAway on our aches and pains. We rest with lavender. We clean with lemon and cut out odors with Purification.

As spring buds and blossoms, the pains and itches of mosquitos also start to appear. Living so close to the country and farmland, our yard is just swarming with the pesky little bugs! Thankfully, I discovered Pure and Simple Charm and her Bug Away Spray bug spray! I cannot wait to try it out! It smells so good. It is made with wholesome ingredients and many oils! I am so excited to have something to help with our summer issue without continuing to expose my family to harsh chemicals.

Pure and Simple Charm‘s Bug Away Spray is a unique blend of essential oils that they have spent the last year perfecting. It works on flies, mosquitoes, horse flies, midges and ticks. This insect spray contains the following essential oils : citronella, sweet orange, lavender, lemongrass, cedar wood, juniper, spearmint, tea tree, sweet marjoram , and cinnamon leaf. Bugs really despise the citrus and mint component to this spray. Just by testing it a bit, it has a pleasing citrus mint scent and also has a cooling effect on your skin thanks to the spearmint oil.

I am such a proponent of gifting useful gifts and this one definitely makes the list! Check out her shop over on Etsy and use the code “springtimelove” will get you 25% off any purchase! The coupon code is good through June 30th!!

Here is a little bit more about Ashley, the owner of Pure and Simple Charm:

How did you get your shop started?
My shop originally started with fused glass jewelry design. I took a class in 2013 and I was hooked! I had so much fun making jewelry that I became over run with jewelry and so I decided that I needed to downsize. I had heard about Etsy and decided to give it a try.

I opened my shop in 2014. Th jewelry left slowly, mostly because Etsy is overrun with jewelry makers and also because I hadn’t quite gotten the hang of SEO in order to get a lot of notice on Etsy. Then my interests turned into skincare products. I was tired of buying overpriced products from places like Bath and Body Works and The Body Shop. So, I looked into making my own. And the best part about that is I control what goes into my skincare products so that means no harmful chemicals, unlike most of the products you purchase from big box stores.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop is trying to find time working on my shop, creating new products and being a stay-at-home mom! It’s hard to fully focus on your business when you are caring for and entertaining a 4 year old and doing the daily household chores that need doing. As a result, I have very late nights and early mornings!

What is one thing unique about you?
I am stubborn. Very, very stubborn. This is good and bad. I don’t give up easily on things that truly matter. It took my Etsy shop a long time to take off and several times I wanted to throw in the towel out of frustration, but I kept plugging along. I am so glad that I did!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part about owning a shop is that I can make my own hours, and work from the comfort of home. Also, I have an outlet for my creativity!

How did you get your shop name?
I had a hard time thinking of a shop name. I was trying to find a name that incorporated a variety of things that I make. I figured a name like Pure and Simple Charm was straightforward, had a rustic, homey feel and could be a big umbrella for a variety of products!

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am a firm believer in to-do lists. And I’m old fashioned in that I like them to be done with a pen and paper!

How do you balance family life and work life?
It’s so hard! I still don’t fully have a good balance. It’s a work in progress. Usually, someone is getting left out and it ends up being my husband a lot of the time. Luckily, he is an understanding man!