Shop Small :: Birdie’s Bubble

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Is there that product that you honestly did not know existed before mommy-hood? For me, it was wet/dry bags and now I am obsessed!! I started with my breast pump bag. I needed something to put my pump supplies in so that they did not get everything else in my bag wet as I traveled for work. Then, as baby Ollie started have blow outs in the car, at the mall, and honestly, everywhere, another wet/dry bag was a must.

As Ollie is getting older, my need for wet/dry bags are even more important. Summer months mean pool time and outdoor fun. With such a messy and smelly boy (which I love), I need multiple wet/dry bags in my car and diaper bag to keep up with his fun! Thankfully, I found Birdie’s Bubble!

Birdie’s Bubble is packed full with handmade, custom gifts and baby items, including all shapes and sizes of adorable wet/dry bags! What I didn’t know prior to mommy-hood is how flexible these wet/dry bags really are. As a family, we travel a lot! Birdie’s Bubble makes the largest wet/dry bag that I have ever seen, which is perfect for all of my shampoo, conditioner, lotions, perfume, etc. (all of those things that explode or leak when you fly)! How perfect. Her larger bags are also ideal for my wet swimsuits and gym clothes when I’m not flying around.

She also carries a great medium sized bag, which is my favorite for all of my liquidy make-up and smaller leak-able items when I fly. It is super easy to fill with snacks and a drink and drop in my purse when I’m running around with Ollie. As well as this is a great bag to stick in my diaper bag to contain a blowout!

One of the things that I love about purchasing from Birdie’s Bubble is that she loves to recycle. She absolutely hates waste, so when you receive an order from the shop owner, Kara, it will probably come in a box or a padded envelope that she is “up-cycling”. She is always trying to reduce her carbon footprint by doing little things like that. How neat! It also allows her to keep her shipping costs low, and pass that savings along to her customers. Perfect!!

The best part about her is that she is giving something away to all of you. One lucky reader will win a $20 store credit to her shop. Head on over to our Facebook page this weekend to learn how to enter!!

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Here is a little bit more about Kara, the owner of Birdie’s Bubble:

How did you get your shop started?
My very best friend called me one day and said, “Hey, you should make wet bags, they are super popular here.” She was living in Portland at the time. I said “Ok, but what is a wet bag?” After she explained them to me, I did some research and figured out how to make them. This took a little while, because it meant that I had to conquer my fear of sewing with zippers! Anyway, she loved them, and called me to say “You have GOT to open an Etsy shop! ” Me again, … “What is Etsy?!” I checked it out and thought, No way, I’m not good enough to sell my stuff, she’s crazy! But, I love to give handmade gifts, and people kept telling me that I needed to sell my stuff. So finally, after many talks with my husband, as my new years resolution, I finally opened my shop on January 6, of 2014.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
For me, right now the hardest part is finding the time, and making the time to sew! As a stay at home mommy of two, my babies come first. But I also have so many ideas! So that can be hard sometimes. I really want to be sewing, but mommy hood comes first. I’d love to have more time to put some more of my ideas into action, but I also know how important these young years are, and I don’t want to miss them.

What is one thing unique about you?
My husband taught me to sew! Yes, Seriously! in 2011 I was pregnant with my first “Birdie” is her nickname, and per my usual pickiness… I wanted the “perfect” baby bedding and decor. I didn’t like anything that was out therefor sale. This was a huge dilemma for me of course! So my husband says “Why don’t you just make your own?” He and I both love to do that kind of stuff. I’m the girl who doesn’t buy that cute thing because I’m always thinking “I could make that” I told him, “I can’t sew” He said, “Ok, so let’s learn.” My great aunt had recently left me a sewing machine when she passed away… and there it sat… all intimidating and stuff. He knows that I won’t sit down and read a manual to learn something like this. I’ll mess with it until I get stuck and frustrated… so while I did that, HE read the manual! He taught me how to thread the machine, how to wind a bobbin, reverse, and how to fix all of my messes. From there, we found some great fabric, a great tutorial, and together we made a ruffled bed skirt, crib bumpers, and receiving blanket for our Birdie girl.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
This shop supports my habit. It allows me to shop for beautiful fabric, sew and make things that I love and have fun making, and then I get to sell them and that gives me the money to make more fun stuff. It also pushes me to learn and try new things. People will request a custom item, and if I don’t already know how to make it, I’ll figure it out.

How did you get your shop name?
1- Birdie is my daughter’s nickname 2- Whenever the girls in my family get together we all end up squished in on one couch and we laugh and giggle until our tummy’s hurt and our eyes are watering- My dad and husband call it cackling .. but we call it “bubbling”… When we are all together we don’t go out and do a lot either, we hang out at the house and stay in our “Bubble” and catch up. … We Bubble. So I put those together and called it BirdiesBubble.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I write everything down! I make a lot of lists!

How do you balance family life and work life?
It’s definitely a work in progress. My family comes first. However, if I just communicate to them that I need some time in “the Bubble” , they always try to help me to work that out.

Shop Small :: Shark’s Bites of Life

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Working from home allows me to be a bit more flexible in my daily style. I have not put on dress pants since my interview and my normal looks more like yoga pants and a tank top than anything. I hop off to Starbucks to grind out some work and sometimes envy the girls in their cute tops and snazzy attire; however, if we are being honest, I love my casual dress code.

My typical day has me doing morning emails in bed once the house is quiet and everybody is gone. I find the shower an hour or so later and then just stare at my closet thinking… I could put jeans on today, but if I do, I’m definitely not going to the gym. So I opt for my favorite style of Fabletics pants and a workout tank or graphic tee, and sometimes make it to the gym.

My absolute new favorite tank is this one by Shark’s Bites of Life. It is absolutely perfect as it is made of the softest material, my favorite color, and screams my life moto — Vitamin Sea is All I Need. Okay, maybe not my life moto, but it reminds me of the Florida sunshine that then makes me think about Disney and honestly… Florida sunshine with a bit of Disney is really all I need.

Shark’s Bites of Life creates fashionable high quality apparel for men and women’s active lifestyles. Owner, Theresa, lives a very active, healthy lifestyle — something that our family believes is super important. Additionally, she believes in a high fat, low carb diet (again, exactly what we try to do every day!). I felt like supporting her shop was just a match for us. I love wearing her shirt out and abut because of how cute the design is and how it just matches my daily attire.

Her shop is perfect as for the active mom or mommy friend when thinking about gifts for Mother’s Day, or an active teenager for their graduation. She has the cutest designs! Here are a few that I am eyeing up!! I may be slightly obsessed. Use the code “ABODE20” for 20% off your purchase of $25 or more. Hurry — it expires at the end of May!!

Mom life, mother's day, pregnant shirt, mom to be top, baby shower gift, new mom, lots of snuggles, messy hair by shark's bites of life

Resting gym face gray racerback tank by wandering type and shark's bites of life

thick thighs, ladies workout apparel, muscle ate thigh gap, thick thighs save lives, women's apparel muscle tank by shark's bites of life

Vacation, vacay mode neon yellow racerback flowy tank top by shark's bites of life

funny workout tank for ladies, donut shirt, racerback burnout tank, ladies workout tank, activewear by shark's bites of life

Here is a little bit more about Theresa, the owner of Shark’s Bites of Life:

How did you get your shop started?
Ever since I was a kid I always dreamed of owning my own clothing line, I would draw out cute ideas for apparel that I would like to wear. After working at a few graphic design jobs for stationary and advertising I knew, I had to find a way to make my longtime dream come true designing apparel.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Hardest thing about owning a shop is managing every single aspect of a small business owner. You spread yourself thin in marketing, sales, designing, bookkeeping, customer service and then also printing the apparel and managing inventory. (It can be really overwhelming at times)

What is one thing unique about you?
One thing unique to me is that I not only design all of my items but I also print them. This makes me extra picky with quality control and overall designs.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Best part of owning your own shop is making whatever you want to wear! I love being able to create a new shirt on the fly and having a whole new wardrobe 😉

How did you get your shop name?
My nick name is Shark. It goes back to an old college story and my then boyfriend, now husband. He started calling me shark and everything followed. Then when I went to make a blog (before I started my shirt business) I wanted something cleaver. So I used play on words SHARK (that’s me) BITES OF LIFE (bits and pieces of my life that I’d share with people). When I started designing shirts I liked that blog name so much I transferred it over!

What is one way that you keep organized?
To do lists keep me organized, and a crazy photographic memory!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I used to be really bad at putting down my phone at night. Anytime I’d hear it go off I’d have to respond right away because I like to be very communicative with people who ask questions in my shop. But I realized that wasn’t helping me recuperate from the day and that I needed to turn it off at 7:00 pm and answer questions the following morning. Having that “dead zone” time helps 1:1 time with my hubby and allows me to fully recharge for a productive morning!

vitamin sea is all i need, summer shirt, marbled blue tank, women's apparel muscle tank by shark's bites of life and wandering type

Shop Small :: Ahmelie

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The Bahorich household is in full spring swing. Although we have had some busy, busy months, summertime is quite possibly always our busiest. We cannot get enough of community, sunshine, summer travels, and the pool. This summer is already packed to the max and I am working on ways to honestly keep my #OLW (one little word), Savor, into the mix. I just do not want for the summer to be gone in a flash. We just love it too much.

One thing we love about the spring, summer, and fall months is being outdoors. Winter is just filled with moments of folks rushing home after work and closing theirselves into their own homes. But these months that are full of nicer weather allows us to see more people, have more parties, and enjoy each other more.

We have tons of get-togethers at our house. People over for church, for birthdays, and for no reason at all. We love having our friends over to grill on the weekends and joke about chasing the ice cream truck down a bit too much. I honestly am most excited about yard games. I was the girl that grew up with a pool in the middle of the country. There was tons to do, so now that we live in suburban life, yard games are my jam. We mastered corn hole last year (or bags), and now this year we get to dominate Yard Yahtzee!!

When I found Ahmelie’s shop, named after her perfectly, I just knew that it would be a perfect addition to our lifestyle. Her life-sized set of Yard Yahtzee can also double as a Farkle game as well. The dice are constructed of premium douglas fir + wood burned dots for long lasting usage and the quality is so nice! The set comes with (6) 3.5″ dice, a galvanized bucket for tossing and storing, a laminated score sheet for Yahtzee + Farkle, dry erase marker and clipboard! It truly is going to be hours of endless fun right in our backyard.

Yard games are perfect to keep the busy moments of summer down to those times that we can savor. Savoring our afternoon with our friends, making memories that will last a lifetime. They are also great because Ollie can stack them, knock them over, and sit on them — all things that this momma has to think about now!

The best part is that they make a perfect gift. I cannot wait to gift these this year for maybe Father’s Day or for an upcoming wedding. How perfect would that be?! Good news is that you really need to have one of your own sets for yourself too. Use the code “JOY10” and it will get you 10% off one item! Ahmelie’s shop is full of other items as well from bibs to blankets and scarves so make sure to check her shop out. She is one talented gal!

Also, be sure to check her out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with all of her new products!


Here is a little bit more about Ahmelie, the owner of Ahmelie:

How did you get your shop started?
I’ve always loved making things with my hands. Whether its a meal, a creative project or a pinterest fail, I mean, come on, who hasn’t had one of these?! I always enjoy getting my hands dirty and being a maker.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Marketing. My husband on the other hand is wonderful at this. 🙂

What is one thing unique about you?
I have a creative design + sewing shop and I also own an accounting practice and work with businesses who run on QuickBooks. This clear line between creative and black and white helps keep me balanced.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love being my own boss and the flexibility and freedom it provides. My husband and I are 100% self employed and it fits our personalities and schedules well. We live off the beaten path out at the lake so we do a fair amount of driving to “civilization”, but its worth every minute of the nature and ambience we get to experience at home. We are true homebodies.

How did you get your shop name?
It’s my name and it means industrious one. I’m well named, I have a hard time sitting still and love to be productive. Whether it’s making handmade treasures or cranking out financial statements, my mom nailed it when she named me.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I use Google Calendar and Evernote to keep me on schedule and keep all my necessary notes at my fingertips. One of my favorite ways to organize fabric is on hanging files, I fold the fabric over the hanging file edges and I have a quick glance of all my fabrics. And the best part, no wrinkles!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I don’t balance. Is this ok to admit? I work hard a both and succeed and fail at both from time to time. I don’t beat myself up when I fail, I get back up and take another run at it. I have a fabulous husband who takes on more of the household duties to keep us running smoothly when its necessary. The key to making it all work is choosing joy no matter what life serves up and having a partner who is in it for the long haul. I have both. I’m a lucky girl.

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Do you ever really think about where your clothing comes from? I remember sitting at a Christian conference in my early college years learning about human trafficking and was appalled. I could not believe that human trafficking was real. As I learn more about the truth and sad reality of our world, I wanted to do something about it.

Flash forward ten years, and I am still a huge human trafficking advocate. I believe that human trafficking will not be stopped without intentional decision making by normal individual like us and without more awareness of the issue. So when I discovered PACT ORGANIC clothing, I was so excited to try out what they had to offer.

At PACT ORGANIC, they are committed to organic cotton to minimize our impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make our clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. They also believe organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. How great is that mission?

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I also learn that PACT ORGANIC is in the business of changing things. Did you know that conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides? In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles? Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… which I already mention.

As I may have said before, working from home allows me to wear whatever I want on a daily basis… so typically, you can find me in some good pair of leggings and a tee. PACT ORGANIC makes everything that you could desire for my attire. I received a pair of long leggings, a racerback bra, shelf bra camisole, crew socks, classic fit bikini underwear, a light weight hoodie, and men’s boxer briefs all to try and oh my goodness! They feel amazing and fit great.


All of my PACT ORGANIC clothing are super soft and are made with organic cotton that gives me just enough stretch for the perfect fit. The best part is that the organic cotton doesn’t pollute the soil or air and uses 71% less water and 62% less energy than conventional cotton. Growing organic cotton keeps farmers and their families safe because they are not exposed to toxic chemicals. Additionally, all of their products are sweatshop-free… meaning no human trafficking! Their clothing feels great and are easy on the environment while they are made. How perfect!

So are you ready to try them out for yourself? Learn more about them on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Right now they are offering you 25% off your entire order! Use the code Adobe25 by August 31, 2017 to try out PACT ORGANIC yourself!!

Shop Small :: Rustic Grace Co

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When I think about small shops, I just adore stories like these. Shop owner of Rustic Grace Co, Kristin, recently was left by her husband after 10 years of marriage with her 3 children. Now she’s a single momma and her family and her faith is what keeps her together. She loves Disney, and Jesus, and has such a positive outlook on life… and keeps moving forward.

So when I had a chance to partner with her (and help her launch her brand new website!), I could not resist. Her designs are adorable ranging from mom life to Disney to faith based tees and tanks. She has such a variety of styles for women and kiddos as well as decals for items like Yetis and your car!

My tee, Spirit Lead Me where My Trust is without Borders, highlights one of my favorite songs. I just love Hillsong United and their music just calms my soul during a bad day (or even a good day). Even though it is a bit of an older song debuting in 2013, I am still in love with the lyrics and the meaning behind it.

The best part of her site is she is offering my readers a very special code to launch with her site! Go to her site today and get your Mother’s Day, Graduation, and summer birthday presents purchase! Use the code “BAHORICHABODE” and get 10% off!!

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Here is a little bit more about Kristin, the owner of Rustic Grace Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I started my shop by originially building wooden stands and making signs to hang on them for your front porch which I will be getting back into:) I branch off of those to just wood signs with vinyl sayings. But all the sayings and quotes so resonated with me and I was like “I want to wear this quote!” So thats what led me taking it to shirts. I love creating new designs with popular designs but with some faith based scriptures, mom sayings, kid sayings and of course, my character vacation shirts which I love.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop would be that I have 3 kids, ages 2, 4, and 7, and I am a single mom. When some days the orders come rolling in, I get so excited and then it never fails a kid gets sick or there is a gymnastics practice or something I need to do but I also need to work.

What is one thing unique about you?
I would say something that is unique about me is that since becoming a single mom recently (2 months ago) my relationship with God has completely changed and has become much deeper. I am understanding this single mom life that is a very difficult road for a lot of women. So I am looking into starting a single mom life shirt line to empower single moms!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is the confidence it gives me to know that my customers love what they receive. They are so sweet and tell me how much it meant to them or how great customer service they received. Sometimes as a mom you feel like you are just not enough and this truly gives me the boost to know my customers are HAPPY!

How did you get your shop name?
Rustic Grace took a few weeks to decide on but once I put the two words together I knew that was it! I am a country girl who loves Jesus. So I had Rustic showing my country roots and Grace because I am so blessed by the overwhelming grace that I am given each day by the Lord.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My tubs keep me organized I have my shirts divided up into tons of tubs but I can go to the tub of the shirt style I am looking for and find the size and Voila there it is!

How do you balance family life and work life?
With me being a single mom, it truly is a very difficult situation. You are responsible for everything in the household and I have 3 little ones. So I try to work early morning, naptime and bedtime and then that gives me time to jump on the trampoline with the kids and take them to their activities.

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Shop Small :: Pine Lettering Co

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I absolutely love to read. I have since I was little. Reading has been my escape. Reading has been my inspiration, my creativity, my calm. In my younger years, I enjoyed reading fiction. Diving myself into another world through the pages of a book was my go-to. As I have gotten older, I have found myself to be more of a self-improvement junkie. Business books. Gospel-centered books. Books on how to find happiness. Books on how to discover organization. Books on how to communication better. The works. My favorite is typically a collection of short essays around a common theme written by a female writer.

And that is why I love Shauna Neiquist. The woman writes directly to my heart and soul. She writes words so eloquently that makes me devour a book like I did when I was little and I always am anticipating her next release.

So when I stumbled upon Pine Lettering Co.‘s print of a quote out of one of her books, I jumped on it. It is perfect for a little one’s play room! Her quote is all about wildness, settledness, and becoming. Perfect for a little boy’s growing world. Shop owner, Brently, does great hand written and designed art for any perfect spot in your home. Check out her Etsy shop as you do a bit of spring decorating this week!

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Here is a little bit more about Brently, the owner of Pine Lettering Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I have always been a doodler when it comes to words. Spending time creating the words I write has always helped them sink in. After awhile, people started asking me to create for them and eventually some close friends and family convinced me to open an Etsy shop.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Putting your work out there is scary! It makes you feel vulnerable. Every time I mail a product there is a part of me that gets nervous that the person it was created for won’t love it.

What is one thing unique about you?
I have taught in a Title I school for 4 years but started my teaching career in a class of over 50 students in Yaounde, Cameroon.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love interacting with people! I also love doing custom orders. It is SO fun to take someone’s vision and make it come to life.

How did you get your shop name?
I love North Carolina-which is often known as the land of the pines. My husband and I use pine wood for projects as well!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Planners!! I love love love handwritten, offline planners.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Right now I’m balancing a full time teaching job and starting up a side Etsy business. Because this season of life is so busy, I try to be as intentional and present as possible wherever I am- home and work.

Shop Small :: Bee Happy Tee

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Is anybody else super excited that it is the weekend!? I spent all day yesterday sporting off my new favorite Bee Happy Tee proudly stating how much I love love love the weekend. We have such a fun-filled weekend with the Easter holiday, family, a baby shower, and so much more. I just am so excited that it is the weekend!

This comfy 3/4-sleeve shirt is SO light and cute! It is breathable so really it can be worn throughout the summer and into the fall as well. I just love shop owner, Erin’s, story. It is really why I adore highlighting these small shops with you. Erin took her story of sadness with her infant son’s death and created an outlet of happiness with her tee shirt shop. Her motto :: there is ALWAYS something to be happy about, and she absolutely loves wearing shirts that make her smile. She love to spread good vibes, hopes that folks remember to always be thankful for today, and stay positive! Why would you not just want to support a shop owner with that message??

Additionally, her shop is filled with screen printed tees (which are done in her hometown — another way that she supports local!). These tees all are full of happiness and such cute designs! I just love her “mom life” tee as well. And something else? Julie has offer you 20% off any of her products in her shop with the code “BEEHAPPY“! The coupon expires soon so don’t wait!

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Here is a little bit more about Julie, the owner of Bee Happy Tee:

How did you get your shop started?
After I lost my four month old son, Gus in June 2016 to SIDS, I knew that my life had totally changed. I had a hard working friend that I worked with at the hair salon named, Erin. I sat down with Erin and told her that I would love to have an Etsy shop that sold Inspirational Tees and Tanks. We put our minds together and came up with Bee Happy Tee. I know that I can speak for the both of us and say that we are SO glad we did it!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Erin and I have different work schedules so sometimes it makes it hard to communicate about things. But we get it done with a lot of text messaging and e-mailing.

What is one thing unique about you?
We are both very goal driven and over achievers.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Being able to use our imagination and having a finished product that WE have created. The creation from start to finish is pretty awesome and we really have fun with it.

How did you get your shop name?
Bee Happy Tee. It truly brings me happiness when I see what we have done with turning the death of my son around. I think of him EVERY time we create something new and get positive feedback from our customers!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Planners, Calendars & Laptops. But Etsy really helps us stay on track with inventory.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Balance – that is something we both have always struggled with. But at the end you just have to get it done. If we want to succeed we have to find a way to make it work. We are extremely grateful to have one another, which makes it easier in the long run. Not all of the work is dropped on one person and we are able to have more family time because of that.

Shop Small :: CoconuTacha

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If you don’t by now, we are a Disney family! We love Disney around here and have officially started counting down to our next trip at the end of the month! The moment I saw these prints, I knew they would be perfect to help complete decorating the walls of Ollie’s playroom. They were fun, added a bit of color, and allowed me to have a bit of subtle-Disney in our home.

I’m not an over-Disney person when it comes to decor. I love it, but I don’t want a Mickey-fied house either. I try and keep my sprinkles of pixie dust to a minimal where really, only a true Disney fan would know what was going on here. One day I’ll show you all of my pixie dust throughout the house, but for now let’s just love on these prints!

Owner, Natasha, thinks of her shop as a product of my life so far. She draws. She paints. She honestly is creating something everyday. Since the age of 3 when she received her first paint set for Christmas, she has been drawn to what can be produced on such materials. Inspired by fiction books, sci-fi films, magic and nature, she has always found something to draw, paint or make in 3D. I love how many Disney-inspired pieces she has in her shop, but she does so much more too. From wedding invitations to cards to prints, her shop is full of great things for your walls or a friends’.

And something else? Natacha has offer you 30% off any of her products in her shop with the code “BAHORICHABODE”! The coupon expires soon so don’t wait!

Also, great news! We are now hosting a giveaway for one of these signs for your house over on Instagram!! Hop on over to the my account to learn more about how you can enter through April 16th!

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Here is a little bit more about Natacha, the owner of CoconuTacha:

How did you get your shop started?
When I was 16, my boyfriend persuaded me to start a blog to showcase my work – I didn’t think much of it but I thought ‘why not?’. So I set up a small blog on Tumblr. After a year or so, I realized that I was getting a lot of interest; people were even asking if they could purchase my artwork! And so I opened my Etsy shop, www.coconutacha.com when I was studying Graphic Design in the University of South Wales.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop (and I guess perhaps any business!) is that you have to have many different job titles. As well as being the artist/designer, you are also the Customer Service Representative, Sales Advisor, Graphic Designer, Marketer, Post Person and the list goes on…. I used to think that owning my own business would mean that I would be drawing and painting all day – that is so far from reality!

What is one thing unique about you?
I would say my style is the thing that is most unique about me and my shop. I love painting in a splashy (almost messy) watercolour style, but still keeping it simple, minimal and subtle.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop for me is definitely the feeling that I get when someone purchases a piece of my artwork! I still get a little shocked and surprised, and I am eternally grateful to everyone that has ever bought something from me. There are also perks such as getting to choose my own working hours. Also there’s no travelling or commuting involved! I used to spend 3 hours a day (sometimes longer) travelling to and from my office job – it was a nightmare!

How did you get your shop name?
Haha, it was more of an ‘under pressure’ thing.. When I first set up my shop on Etsy, I didn’t think of a shop name at all until it asked me! It was a spur of the moment combination of my name and favourite fruit (Natacha and Coconut); and so CoconuTacha was born! I also didn’t want anything too specific, such as ‘Natacha’s Watercolours’, in case I wanted to branch out in the future – which I did! I now sell a range of stationery, from wedding invitations to planners and calendars.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I sell my own weekly planner in my shop which I even use myself to keep on top of my weekly tasks. I write lists and keep a diary of important events and projects coming up. I don’t think I would manage without doing any of these things!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I work from home so I am always surrounded by my friends and family. I tend to schedule my working hours to when everyone else is working as well – and try to stick to it! I also try not to work weekends, but it’s a bit of an unrealistic goal when owning your own business – it’s not a 9-5 thing. But I always make sure I take time to switch off and relax with friends and family – that’s one of the main reasons that I quit my full time office job in the first place.

Shop Small :: Prims and Proper

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Although Easter is later this year, it has really kind of crept up on me. Don’t get me wrong, I bought Ollie’s Easter basket months before he was born (clearance last year) and have been planning and plotting his goodies for months. But now that it is here, I cannot wait to show you all of his goodies!

One of my favorite things this year in his basket are these adorable fabric carrots by Prims and Proper! With the Montessori play in mind, I wanted to make sure that Ollie had some toys that would grow with him into his toddler years. We really want to emphasize the importance of good food and cooking. As I start collecting fabric food for him to play with, my hopes that he will have a variety of strong bright colors to play with. We can later use the food for sorting, pretend baking and gardening, and more!

I also love that they are mutli-purpose! They would also look adorable as a bowl filler or Easter table decoration. So until Ollie is through the everything-goes-in-my-mouth stage, these will be a perfect decoration for the spring months!

Owner of Prims and Proper, Nancy, has filled her shop with tons of homemade goodies from dog collars, placemats, magnetic letters, holiday banners, baby bibs, fabric pumpkins, tooth fairy pillows, and so much more! Each displays the best handmade quality a girl could ask for and each design is just so cute.

And something else? Nancy has offer you 10% off any of her products in her shop with an order over $5 with the code “BAHORICHABODE”! The coupon expires June 15th so don’t wait to order something for Mother’s Day or a housewarming gift for your friends. Personally, I’m thinking ahead to fall and looking at these fabric pumpkins because they are just adorable!

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Here is a little bit more about Nancy, the owner of Prims and Proper:

How did you get your shop started?
A friend of mine told me about Etsy and encouraged me to list one of my pillows. I listed one item and got discouraged because it did not sell immediately. I then read everything I could about listing, selling and making my items easy to find. It was definitely a lot of trial and error, but it was very much worth it.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Balancing filling orders with my job as a Pediatric Nurse as well as having a life. I am very Type A and a perfectionist. I never want to disappoint a customer so I put a lot of pressure on myself to make everything perfect.

What is one thing unique about you?
I am very good with color and putting different fabrics together. I love to decorate and have had my home featured in a local magazine.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Knowing that items I make are being used around the world. How cool would it be to be in a foreign country and see a dog wearing one of my handmade collars!?

How did you get your shop name?
I love primitive decor as well as feminine, french country decor. I felt “Prims and Proper” really reflected that style.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am a list maker. I write everything down and get a lot of satisfaction crossing out items I have finished.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am extremely organized. I will sacrifice sleep to sew and fulfill orders.

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A New Way to Relieve Earaches with ClearPop Earache Rapid Relief

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It’s time to Clear the Ear! Let’s be honest, earaches are terrible. Ollie has only gotten one so far and I would be so excited if we never have to live that sickness again. Coming from a parent who was plagued by ear infections as a kid, I know that Ollie has truly little hope.

Did you actually know that children are more susceptible to earaches than adults because of their shorter, straighter, and more horizontally positioned Eustachian tubes? The journey for bacteria is therefore easier relative to the adult’s fully-developed ear, nose and throat area. A child’s Eustachian tube is also oppier, with a smaller opening that easily clogs. As children grow, the Eustachian tube slants downward, helping uids drain more easily. With my genes and Dusty’s sinus allergies, we are doomed to deal with ear infections throughout his infancy. I cannot wait until the day that Ollie is old enough to try out the newest and coolest solution to earaches on the market, ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief.

So what is ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief?

Unlike other solutions that attempt to mask the pain of an earache, ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief targets the source of the pain. In as little as 20 minutes, kids can find relief from the pain and pressure of an earache thanks to ClearPop’s unique biomechanical design and proprietary blend of ingredients. ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief uses a biomechanically designed shape similar to a lollipop to help the body clear fluid from the ear through the mouth, without medication. It comes in a form of a lollipop which conforms the oral cavity and is designed to maximize the negative pressure generated by the natural motion of the jaw as the child sucks on the pop. This negative pressure helps to drain the blockage into the mouth, leading to fast relief of the pain and pressure felt by the child.

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Does it work?

Thankfully, Ollie has not had an ear infection since we received our ClearPops; however, in a Clinical Study ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief reduced the pain of the earache in 9 of 10 cases and eliminated it in 7 of 10 cases. It is formulated with all-natural Xylitol, shown to reduce occurrence of Acute Ottis Media (AOM) by 25% and is made up of ingredients like isomalt, citric acid, ascorbic acid, Xylitol, water, and lemon oil. ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief does not contain any antibiotics or analgesics. ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief is safe to use with any other medication, including analgesics, which is awesome because now I do not have to worry about mixing medications. It is something I always make sure I am aware of with myself, Dusty, and baby Ollie.

But do kiddos like it?

Personally, Ollie does pretty well taking medications now, but I know this will not last long as we travel into his toddler years. ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief lemon avor tastes great and encourages saliva production which helps drain the Eustachian tube. It is also super safe for little ones to handle. ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief designers sought to eliminate possible choking risks by placing a hole in the plastic base where the consumable portion of the pop joins. This causes the head to stay connected to the stick until it is almost completely dissolved. The spoon-shaped base of the stick cannot be swallowed and the stick itself is shatterproof and flexible.

It also seems really simple to use. First you have your kiddos lie down on their side with the painful ear facing up.

ClearPop step 1

From there, place flat side of ClearPop on tongue of your kiddo and have them suck vigorously until fully dissolved – which typically takes 15-20 minutes.

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Okay, now I want one. Where do I get it?

ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief is available at Amazon.com and in 1100 stores nationwide. To find ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief in your area, visit here for the full list of locations. Another way to get a chance to try ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief is to just enter the giveaway below! One lucky Bahorich Abode reader will win a pack of ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief for themselves! Entry is simple, just follow the prompts below. Open US only, must be 18+ to enter. Good luck!

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To learn more about how ClearPop Rapid Earache Relief works, watch this video!