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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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BaggageandCO

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.

Lavender Body Cream

Lavender Body Cream

Since finding out that I was pregnant, I have been on a mission to find the best skin care products for my skin. I am beyond thrilled and honored to be a mom, but stretch marks are something that I want to make sure I try my hardest not to obtain.

I have been using Young Living products for quite some time now and love the overall benefits that they are having for my family. After reading many of skin care lotion labels, I decided that the best solution of all was to make my own body cream to ensure what I was putting on my body was healthy and moisturizing.

The best thing about making this lotion is that it makes a lot! This DIY gift could also be great for moms, grandmas, or anybody that loves an extra moisturizing cream for the winter season for Christmas presents or just normal moisturizing needs! And all of the ingredients (except the Lavender, of course) can be found at any Walmart around your neighborhood corner!

Essential Ingredients:

Directions:
Step 1: Mix together 1 tsp. or approximately 5-6 drops of Bio-Oil into one 4 oz. container of Vitamin E cream.
Step 2: Add 5 drops of lavender essential oil.
Step 3: Shake until fully mixed.

I know that they say stretch marks are mostly hereditary and even though my momma never had any stretch marks, I have been thrilled with the results. 34 weeks, no stretch marks, and a super moisturized belly!

Lavender Body Cream

Citrus Soarin’ Diffuser Blend

Citrus Soarin' Diffuser Blend

Although I do not say it much, we love essential oils in our house. Combine that with my love for Disney and insert Ashley… Ashley and I met via the web on a Disney site specifically for those that had completed the Disney College Program. I fell in love with her ride-specific oil blend that she shared with the group and asked her to share it with you! Who could resist a Disney-inspired essential oil blend? Enjoy!

Meet Ashley

Hello! My name is Ashley and I am the Social Media Marketing Manager for My Oil Gear. We provide diffusers, glassware and accessories for people who use essential oils.

Needless to say, essential oils are a HUGE part of our daily lives. I am also a Disney girl, through and through. I participated in the Disney College Program in 2008 and it solidified my love for Disney.

So what could be better than combining 2 of my biggest passions by creating a Disney inspired essential oil diffuser blend? It is amazing to me how scents not only can take you to another place and fully impact your mood.

In February, we were gearing up for a big event in Orlando which also included a team building day at Disney. I had been experimenting trying to recreate some of my favorite Disney scents for the diffuser. I knew that the woodsy and citrus scent of Soarin’ at EPCOT would probably be the easiest one to recreate. But I had to find the right balance of citrus oils and a few days before our trip I finally felt like I hit the jackpot.

Citrus Soarin' Diffuser Blend

If you have never been on Soarin’, it is an attraction at EPCOT at Walt Disney World. You load up into chairs and they lift you up in front of a huge screen that takes you “soaring” through different scenes and places in California. They heighten your senses by coordinating scents with some of the different fly-through scenes. The 2 most noticeable scents are a woodsy scent are you fly through a river scene over trees. You also fly over an Orange Grove and the ride is filled with a wonderful orange scent.

I hope this diffuser blend allows you to close your eyes and soar away!

Citrus Soarin' Diffuser Blend