Tag Archives: holiday

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 :: 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 🙂

Happy Fall Y’all

Thank you, The Rustic Nest, for sponsoring this post, Happy Fall Y’All. I was selected for this opportunity by The Rustic Nest; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Happy Fall Y'All

Happy Fall Y’All Sign | Pumpkin Lantern

As we headed home today from our travels this past weekend, I cannot be more ready for fall. It is finally starting to feel and look like the seasons are changing. I anticipate seasons a lot, but typically fall and winter are not as highly anticipated in this house. We do not like the cold all that much; however, this season has been different. I could not wait for our upcoming weeks, and the activities that they hold. Quickly we will be surrounded by our neighborhood with our annual yard sale, trick-or-treating, chili cook offs, and more. Fall is so great for us to be outside with our neighborhood and loving on each other well.

So today I am embracing the fall season. I have a few key essential oils in my diffuser and the whole house smells like Apple Pie. I am giddy with my fall decor this season as well. My newest addition is this lovely sign from The Rustic Nest.

We have a “landing spot” in our kitchen. I think everybody does; however, our landing spot drives me nuts. The only thing that lives there, or suppose to live there, is our coffee pot. But when the area is cleaned up, it looks so empty. My goal was to find the perfect decor to place there so that it would no longer be a landing spot for pantry groceries that never made it to the shelves, mail, keys, and other mismatched things. I knew that my new sign from The Rustic Nest would be perfect.

We live in our kitchen. I am cooking something up constantly and beyond that, it is a place for us to chill in the evening. It easily flows into our living room where Ollie plays after he gets home from daycare and it is open to our dining room as well. I will show you the before and after on Friday; however, let’s just sit in how perfect our “landing spot” looks for now.

I found the pumpkins in the empty lantern for $7 at WalMart and matched with the wood grain of my Rustic Nest “Happy Fall Y’All” sign, it is adorable. We have been keeping a good effort to keep this spot clutter free and I cannot thank Niki from The Rustic Nest enough for helping with this.

Her shop is filled with adorable simple decor items for fall this season. I love the Pumpkin Patch sign and the quote from Anne of Green Gables. The best part about it all is that you have a chance to win a sign from her shop! Head on over to our Instagram in the next 48 hours to find out more. Keep it for yourself or gift it to a neighbor that needs a bit of happiness in their life. You will definitely enjoy it either way!

Today I had to go shopping with all 3 of my kids and my husband. ??? It was awful but we survived and let's just say I'll never do it again. On a happier note, this sign is listed in the shop, link in bio @therusticnest13 or www.therusticnest13.com #falldecor #fallsigns #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

It's Friday Eve guys! I'm celebrating with a little ??????‍♀️ It's been a baaaaaaaad week. 1st I took my kids to the dentist only to find out they no longer accept our insurance. SERIOUSLY?! I think that deserves a little phone call BEFORE the appointment don't you ?? Then Max - my Kindergartener - decided he didn't want to go to school anymore. I had to force him to go...like peel him off me kicking and screaming. Just rip my heart out and stomp on it okay?! So with all of that being said, I'm celebrating big time that this week from hell is just about over ???? Who's with me ??••• On to more exciting things like this sign, it's listed in my shop, the link is in my bio or head to www.therusticnest13.com #fallsign #falldecor #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables

NEW SIGN ALERT!!! I just listed this beauty in the shop ??????•www.therusticnest13.com• #pumpkinpatch #thepumpkinpatch #pumpkinsign #falldecor #fallsigns

It's October already?! Time flies. Sign is listed in the shop! ?www.therusticnest13.com? or click the link in my bio. #imsogladiliveinaworldwherethereareoctobers #anneofgreengables #fallsigns #falldecor

Here is a little bit more about Niki, the owner of The Rustic Nest:

How did you get your shop started?
I bought a Silhouette Machine in 2013 to make various things for my own home. I started putting sayings on vintage windows that I had found at flea markets to give as wedding & housewarming gifts for friends & family. That turned into signs for my own home as well as gifts for others. Everyone always said “wow, you should sell those” so I decided to open up a shop!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part about owning a shop is all the “business” stuff like taxes and legal stuff. Not my strong suit because I just want to do the fun stuff like create the signs!!

What is one thing unique about you?
This is such a hard question! All of our signs are handmade from real wood! We do all of the work here from our home. My husband cuts and occasionally sands and from that point its all me! I design the signs, stain, cut stencils, paint, distress, wax and package up signs! I am also slightly obsessed with crochet lace and love to incorporate it into my signs whenever I can.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part is that I get to be here at home when my kids get home from school, on their days off and when they are sick. I love being here for them whenever they need me.

How did you get your shop name?
When I was trying to come up with a shop name my best friend said she thought it just HAD to have the word “Nest” in the name because it made her think of home. I loved that idea so my husband and I brainstormed over dinner one night and it just came to us! All of our signs are rustic in nature so it fit perfectly!!

What is one way that you keep organized?
I have a list for everything! I am a total freak about being organized because I can’t function without it!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Up to this point I haven’t been very good at it! My youngest just started Kindergarten this year so I’m trying really hard to work all day while they’re in school so I’m not working as much while they’re home.

Ollie’s First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Another milestone for our little boy over with in a flash, Ollie’s first halloween! I cannot be thankful enough for the community that we live in and how awesome our neighborhood is. From meeting new neighbors and passing out candy to roaming the streets to see the decorated houses and walking the local firehouse throw candy from the back of the truck, each moment was a bit of magic. Halloween has never really been a holiday that I look forward to; however, I cannot wait to experience it again next year!

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Ollie's First Halloween

Thanksgiving Day Fashion with Oliver & Otis

Thank you, Oliver & Otis, for sponsoring this post, Thanksgiving Day Fashion. I was selected for this opportunity by Oliver & Otis; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Gobble til ya Wobble

Gobble til ya Wobble

Gobble til ya Wobble

I know that everybody is already gearing up for Christmas and all, but let’s talk about one thing first: Thanksgiving fashion. Thanksgiving fashion should be two things, fashionable and extremely comfortable. There are two types of people – one that dresses all fancy and whatnot, but is miserable for that post-turkey nap and one that like more like me.

Thou shalt gobble till I wobble…

In between traveling, napping, and now juggling an infant, I know I needed something that would help me find my inner-turkey and still be adorable for all of baby Ollie’s first Thanksgiving pictures. Luckily, with Oliver & Otis, you don’t have to choose. Oliver & Otis has such adorable tees for your Thanksgiving fashion needs and beyond! The tees are so soft and comfy; I cannot wait to rock it this upcoming holiday season. I’ve also been even eyeing this “Go Jesus (it’s your birthday)” tee for Christmas.

So, my Monday advice, grab that adorable Thanksgiving top from Oliver & Otis to pair with leggings or favorite stretchy jeans for Turkey Day. After all of that delicious food, you will love that you gave yourself some room!

Because Oliver & Otis is such an awesome online boutique, they are giving you 10% off anything in their shop when you use the code “BLOGLOVE”! The coupon expires on Thanksgiving though so you better hurry up and buy your tees for yourself and your favorite people for holidays!

Gobble til ya Wobble

We’ve Been Booed!

We've Been Booed!

Keeping connected to our community is super important to us. We are always looking for ways to make new friendships with those in our neighborhood. Lately, I have also been thinking a lot about traditions that we start this year during the holidays for family now that baby Ollie is with us. Many of my favorite memories from when I was little was simple traditions that we could look forward to during special times of year.

I originally was only thinking about ‘what could we do this Christmas season’; however, my sister sent me this last week and isn’t it the cutest! I did not grow up in a neighborhood when I was little, but more in the middle of cornfields, so the idea of “boo-ing” our neighbor was new. Once I read through the directions on the Happiness is Homemade blog, I knew it was a great way to start the holiday traditions early.

We've Been Booed!

The rules are simple. First, you place a “We’ve Been Booed” sign in your front window so to alert your neighbors that you have already been booed. Next, pack up two baskets of goodies along with a copy of the sign and deliver them secretly to two other neighbors who hadn’t been booed yet. It’s that easy.

Dusty, Ollie, and I have been going on nightly walks this week with the gorgeous weather and since our neighborhood hasn’t “booed” before, we are spreading the candy cheer each night. It is simple especially with this great printable from Happiness is Homemade. I can’t wait to see her signs up on everyone’s windows and doors, and I thought I might share the fun with you too!

Does your neighborhood do anything like “We’ve Been Booed”? I would love to see some pictures!

We've Been Booed!

We've Been Booed!