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Shop Small :: Gracefull Stitches

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

I’m sad to say that our holiday shop small series has came to a close; however, we cannot end it without mentioning one more of my favorite shops – Gracefull Stitches!

I mentioned earlier this week how much I love graphic tees and cannot get enough of them. This year I was on the hunt to find something perfect to go visit Santa in. We are starting a tradition to go eat “Breakfast with Santa (for Dinner)” at an amazing local farm near our home. This farm is the perfect place to pick apples and pumpkins in the fall, cut down your own Christmas tree in the winter time, and hand select your buckets and buckets of strawberries in the summer. We love to make it down there and support the local farm whenever we can.

I cannot wait to visit Santa next weekend in our specially made tees from Gracefull Stitches. Owner, Jessica, surprised me with the design and it could not be more perfect for our family to have a lovely night out together creating traditions and memories with baby Ollie.

Her shop is honestly full of these designs to help make memories for your littles. She has these adorable onesies for the holidays as well as designs for back-to-school, sports, and more. She also crochets a ton and has some really pretty pieces in her shop!

Use the code either ABODE10 for 10% off or FREESHIPPING for free shipping at her shop for yourself! You have until December 31 to place your orders and get the discount, so don’t delay!

♦ WIN IT ♦
Head on over to our Instagram page today for a chance to win a copy for your own home. Hurry! Our contest runs through December 12th!

Here is a little bit more about Jessica, the owner of Gracefull Stitches:

How did you get your shop started?
I wanted to go into to business for myself and be in charge of my own schedule. I was tired of working for others and then having to juggle being a mom in the process. Knowing that I had a knack for crotchet and shirt design, I decided to open my own Etsy shop. It has been one of my best choices and I am constantly improving my skill to make each piece better.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The influx of orders. I thought I would open my own shop and do it as a hobby, but it has become a fulltime job. All of my crotchet items are hand stitched one by one, plus the shipping and responding to customers messages with in a timely manner. I want to do the job right and make my customers happy, so I have to put the work into making that happen.

What is one thing unique about you?
I am a perfectionist, I try to make every order the best that I can. I have even been known to be half done a crotchet project and rip it all out because the rows didn’t line up perfectly and re-do it all over again. My husband says not to do that because I am wasting time, but I really what to provide a good product to my customers. I take pride in my work.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The Thank You’s. When someone receives my product either for themselves or as a gift and they tell me how happy they are to have it. Knowing that the time I spent, with constant messages back and forth and personalizing the item has all been worthwhile for a simple thank you. Then in turn they would recommend me to one of their friends.

How did you get your shop name?
GraceFull Stitches is two things, God’s Grace is full of Stitches, symbolizing when God died on the Cross for our Sins and we as (humans) are never perfect and God is constantly putting us back together. Also Grace is a family name and it helps remind me that family always comes first and that I run this business for them.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Thank goodness for my Mac! I use my Mac for everything when it comes to orders. I normally right orders down on scrap paper and then transcribe it into a Pages format document that I use to keep track of all my orders.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Part of the reason why I opened my own shop was to make family and work life “easier” but it’s never easy. My daughter is involved in every sport under the sun and my son does dance. So in between being a Basketball-, Cross-Country-, Dance-, JROTC-, Tae-Kwon-Doe- and Soccer-Mom by day, I am Master-Crotchet-Specialist by night. So it’s difficult to manage everything, especially since I want to give all my customers instant responses to messages and make positive suggestions but I manage and I love what I do.

Shop Small :: Shop at Bash

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

Okay, I admit it. I am weak for some graphic tees. I love them and have far too many… but really, is that a thing?

We are wrapping up our small shop holiday series this week but before we do, I wanted to introduce to you an adorable little shop — Shop at Bash over on Etsy. Owner, Kari, started off doing tees and tanks for bashes (like bachelorette outings) and her site and designs have just grew and grew from there. She sent me over this “It’s Not a Food Baby” tee and it has been perfect for the holiday season. I just love it. It’s a little flowy but so ideal for my growing belly.

Her shop is filled with so many designs, over 1,000 to be exact! From the holidays to bachelorette apparel, her shop also includes birthday designs, motherhood styles, kindness lines, and more. I picked out some of my favorite below.

I feel like I have an ideal spot for each and every one of them in my closet! There really is something for everybody in Kari’s shop, especially those hard-to-buy for folks that are still on your holiday shopping list. Good news though!

Use code “HOLIDAY15” for 15% off at checkout for Shop at Bash’s Etsy shop! This code is good until 12/31/17 and truly will fit any need that you may have left for the holiday season!

Here is a little bit more about Kari, the owner of Shop at Bash:

How did you get your shop started?
When I was getting married, I decided to try some DIY projects for my wedding decor and it was a huge success! So, I started out selling wedding decor on Etsy but eventually started making graphic apparel for brides for their bachelorette parties. Now we are strictly graphic apparel and we love it!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part is definitely not being able to turn myself off since I work from my home. I work around the clock when I’m not with my family.

What is one thing unique about you?
Going back to my wedding – one unique thing is that I met husband on eHarmony!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is seeing all of the tiny details of the business come together and at the end of the day those tiny details make our business a success. We also love helping out people with graphic apparel for their special events.

How did you get your shop name?
We work with customers that are attending a bachelorette bash, a birthday bash, etc so we decided to name the store Bash.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I stay organized by keeping lists of the tasks I need to accomplish. This greatly helps me stay on track with everything I need to do each day, because there are so many steps to running a business!

How do you balance family life and work life?
We really strive to spend time with our families. It is super important to us, so we literally make the time on nights and weekends. Family is first in our book!

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.

Rose Bud Birdie

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.

Rose Bud Birdie

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 :: Colour Blocks

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

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Bahorich Abode is all about intentionality over here. We try to make good decisions every day as we know that even the little decisions that we make can have a larger ripple effect in not only our own lives, but others and the environment. Whether it is purchasing small this holiday season or ensuring that you have dinner each night around the table with your family, the decisions that you make can have a larger meaning to someone else.

I love that all of our small shops know this. Each small shop that we partnered with this season has such great meaning behind them. Today’s small shop, Colour Blocks, does just that. They solely exist to make something out of what most would think is nothing… old crayons.

Made in the USA, these crayons are safe, non-toxic, and 100% recycled. Owner, Spramani Elaun uses eco-friendly packaging and has designed the crayons so that children can color with them easily and the crayons, themselves, won’t roll off the table. They are designed in two different sized blocks which forms to little hands to hold so easily!

We are loving teaching Ollie the gift of art and creativity with our new Colour Blocks. He is just learning the concept of coloring in general and these are a great way to introduce art to him at such a young age. He can grip the crayons easily because of their design and owner, Spramani, is offering you some amazing discounts this holiday season as well.

Buy a 6 pack of the regular sized block crayons and get a small christmas tree crayon for free, plus free shipping, for just $14.00. Buy a 12 pack and get a gingerbread man crayon for free, plus free shipping, for just $24.00. Or buy a 6 pack of jumbo crayons, and get the gingerbread man crayon free, plus free shipping for just $24.00! Just click on pictures below for the direct links to buy!

Also, just head on over to her Etsy shop today and use the code OLLIE6 for $5 off any set! Finally, we are partnering with Colour Blocks for an amazing giveaway this morning. Check out our Instagram in the next 48 hours to enter!

Colour Blocks

6 Crayon Pack (Free Christmas Crayon)

Colour Blocks

12 Crayon Pack (Free Ginderbread Man)

Colour Blocks

6 JUMBO Large Crayon Pack (Gingerbread Man Crayon)

Here is a little bit more about Spramani, author of Colour Blocks:

How did you get your shop started?
I started making and selling Colour Blocks – square stackable block crayons at a cute hip farmers market in Encinitas, San Diego near the beach in 2008. I’m an earth-friendly art teacher for kids. My product came from me trying to walk my talk about being sustainable in every way. All my art students families, local teachers and restaurants were donating crayons to me, which became a whole lot! I had so many and didn’t have the heart to throw them away. I was quite accident that my cool recycle design came about. I was playing around with different shapes and watched little kids start stacking and counting my crayons like toy blocks, Colour Blocks was born. Then I soon discovered how functional the crayons really were for little hands. I’ve been making Colour Blocks now for 10 years, they come in pure beeswax, recycle and soy wax. I ship them out all over the world now, it’s really fun.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning my shop is organization for me, I’m the creative messy type! I like being creative and making stuff, not keeping good records or a well organized stockroom. Both my teens have been taking over that part of my shop, thankfully! Making crayons is also a very messy job, my family jokes I should have been on the show Messy Jobs.

What is one thing unique about you?
I have a natural gift in teaching kids how to paint and draw, and I’ve written 5 education books about it.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
When customers return and tell me how much their children loved their art supplies, it’s also fun to see the kids growing up. I have the cutest customers!

How did you get your shop name?
Colour Blocks is the name of my Etsy shop, Nature of Art® is the actual name of my business. It came from my passion loving nature and art making. Colour Blocks – square stackable block crayons, is just the name of my crayon products, and of course it came from the shape of my product and the 12 unique custom colors they come in. My kids named all my colors when they were little. Colour is spelled this way because of it’s link to classical color theory from the beginning of antiquity.

Sea Glass
Summer Sunset
Lemon Yellow
Fire Red
Violet Blossom
Grassy Green
Hippie (my multicolor crayon)
Cloudy Day
Multi Cultural Skin Tone
Midnight Black
Bubble Gum
and Harvest Brown

What is one way that you keep organized?
Get help from my sweet heart and teens, they run that part of the business.

How do you balance family life and work life?
My business started with the necessity to stay home and homeschool both my kids first. I invented a way to make money, raise and home education my kids together. I used to stay home during the week, make crayons and sell on the weekends only with my kids. Being a close family is important to me. My own teen life was isolated because my single mom had to work all the time. My father passed away when I was very young. I always knew I wanted a real close relationship with both of kids. My kids are a big part of my business, in fact both just traveled with me internationally for business. I ask a lot of input from all family members to keep us close and involved. It took many years to figure out my work must support the family eco system. I don’t’ sell much any more at the farmers market, I just sell online now, and bigger retail shows, which helps me stay more connected with my teens busy social life. This business aways allows me to adjust yearly my schedule to what the family really needs.

Shop Small :: Generation Claimed

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

Generation Claimed

Have you ever discovered something that you literally feel like you could give away to every new mom that you meet in the next five years (or more)? Guys, Generation Claimed has designed and developed my new favorite book… and it’s a baby board book.

“You Are” is a 9 page board book filled with Biblical affirmations.

Dearest one, you are a child and an heir of the most high God.

It designed to speak life over the youngest of our generation. Author, Emily’s, prayer is that this book will imprint the Lord’s promises and truths on our little’s hearts and call them forth in their lives. Many of us parents seek to “wrap them (our children) in victory, joy, and praise. (Isaiah 61:3 VOICE);” that from a young age they will be claimed for the Lord and His Kingdom, and this book is such a great way to fill your home with Godly-center holiness.

Precious child, you are the start of something new.

I was sitting chatting in the midst of a mommy Facebook group just earlier this week and one of the mommas asked how to incorporate more Jesus, and less of the world, in her home and I instantly thought of this book. The book is beautifully illustrated and written. Each page is short and sweet, which is perfect for our little Ollie, who loves flipping the pages. It is a simple way to tell him truths each night and a reminder for us with the scripture below where the truth originated from.

Sweetheart, you are for signs and wonders.

I know that many of my girlfriends give away a Jesus Storybook Bible or something similar at each baby shower; however, this is my new go-to. First, it’s a board book so the new mommas can use this without fearing that the pages will rip. Second, it is a great book to sit down and read each night in addition to a short story in the Bible to your little. Like I said, Ollie is really more about flipping the pages, so accomplishing the “end” of the book is just as important to him. We can sit down and read together at bedtime and slow our hearts and focus on the new meaning of not only Christmas, but our entire lives.

I just love it! Use the coupon code “Etsy20” to receive 20% off of the You Are book for your own little one. Also, head on over to our Instagram page today to enter to win a book for yourself! Hurry though… it’s just up for 48 hours!

Generation Claimed

Generation Claimed

Here is a little bit more about Emily, author of You Are:

How did you get your shop started?
We actually opened our website before we started on Etsy. We appreciated Etsy’s clients and how good they are to their sellers and decided to open a shop on Etsy, as well as our website.
As far as our business, the to make a long story less long 🙂 My infant daughter didn’t sleep well; so I was laying down to take a nap when the Lord put the idea for this book in my head. Needless to say, I didn’t get to sleep, but I kept thinking it was an idea that I would do “someday.” But the Lord was continuing to speak to me about it, and at the beginning of every year our church does a fast. During the fast my husband and I were praying for direction in our life; where did the Lord want us to go next. He will tell you that he can remember the exact spot he was standing in in our house when he heard the Lord. He looked at me and said, “The Lord told me you are supposed to write.” I took it as the push from the Lord that it was, and the rest is a lot of hard work and as they say, “history.”

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I have 3 kids, and they are our top priority right now. So it is hard to find the time and energy to work on our business while being “mom.”

What is one thing unique about you?
I married my high school sweetheart. Super cheesy, right:)

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love knowing that we are impacting littles and their families for the Lord. It’s so humbling and exciting to be able to be a part of how children are hearing about God through us; that we in a small way get to speak into their lives.

How did you get your shop name?
The first night I sat down to write; I wrote in entirety the passage on the back of our book. It literally has not changed one bit since I sat down and wrote it that first night. After, I wrote it I read it and thought “hmm, generation claimed, I like the way that sounds.” And it really just represented what we desired the Lord to do through our company.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am a big believer in lists, because I am not naturally organized. I write down a list at the beginning of everyday of what I need to get done. I look at the list and pray that the Lord would “order my steps for the day” and help me prioritize what is most important. And then, I literally rank/prioritize what needs to get done the most. What will give me the most bang for my buck. I heard a speaker once who prioritized her lists of “to do” by need to do, nice to do, and nuts to do. I do my best to be ruthless with my time; so that I can be so gracious with those I spend it with.

How do you balance family life and work life?
My husband is a nurse who works 3 days a week. The days that he works, he doesn’t get home until 10:30. So I use that time, after the kids go to bed, to be creative, and get things done for our business. I definitely have had to learn to be disciplined, and turn the TV off. The Lord asked me one night, “what do you really want?” I remind myself of this on those nights when it’s tempting to just veg out instead of be disciplined. I so believe in rest, but I also believe in hard work.

One of the Bible verses that I go to for encouragement in our business is: Galatians 6:1-5 MSG Live creatively, friends… Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that… Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.

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 🙂