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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.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Thank you, Fox Family Boutique, for sponsoring this post, Montessori Learning with a Toddler. I was selected for this opportunity by Fox Family Boutique; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

If you have been around Bahorich Abode long, you know that we love anything that is truly intentional in nature. One area of our lives that strive to be intentional is our love of learning around the home. In a previous career, I taught middle school English literature and now I spend my days motivating employees to continue their love of learning throughout their careers. It is obvious that exploring, adventuring, and continuing to learn new and exciting things is important to us.

Because of this, we are continually searching for ideas that interest our little Ollie, capture his attentions, and meet his individual needs and curiosities. There are many reasons why we are encouraging Montessori learning in our homes, but the love of learning is definitely one of them. Montessori creates such a flexible learning environment with a child-centered learning environment and reality oriented through science, math, and things like daily chores. Although Ollie won’t start traditional Montessori schooling for another year, we are definitely allowing him to learn through Montessori-like activities at home.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Toddlers love to tinker and we have become big advocates for open-ended play, developing gross-motor skills, and providing ample opportunities to explore their surroundings. This is why I have fallen in love with busy board. Busy boards help develop your child’s logic and fine motor skills, and not to mention, they captivate them for a long time. Busy boards help with color perception, coordination of movement, imagination, perseverance, exhibiting own activity, and skills using simple locks, velcro, and zippers.

“It follows that at the beginning of his life the individual can accomplish wonders – without effort and quite unconsciously.” Maria Montessori

The unfortunate thing about busy board is either they are expensive, massive, or take time to build on your own. So I knew when I found Fox Family Boutique, her design was perfect.

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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LOVE: Beyond the Montessori learning that is happening when Ollie plays with it, it is so compact! It fits perfectly in his on-the-road bag and we plan on toting it with us when we fly to Disney World in a few weeks. It is a great size for him to pick up and it does not have to be mounted anywhere like the larger ones do.

LIKE: The quality is amazing. The handcrafted wooden piece is so sturdy and well designed. I love the different colors and activities that Fox Family Boutique was able to include in such a compact busy board.

BUMMER: Some of the locks are still hard to open for Ollie. All busy boards are definitely to be used with adult supervision; however, these locks are still a bit tricky for our 14 month old and if we are not careful, I could see a pinched little finger. It hasn’t happened yet, so maybe I am just a bit cautious. I do like that the locks are a bit difficult because this means it will grow with him a bit. So maybe the bummer is more of a growth opportunity for us.

Fox Family Boutique is one of two shops that owner Tatiana has. Her and her husband’s shops are their family business. Tatiana focuses on her busy boards over at Fox Family Boutique, and her husband’s focuses on puzzles and crafts made of wood over at Master Wooden. They have three small children, twins boys who are 4 years old and a girl who is 3! They implement their ideas together with their children. Their children help decide what they need for development, what they like to play, and what interests them, which helps with the designs in the shop. How neat!

Residing in Ukraine, it is very difficult to make a living for many folks, especially for those that have such a big family. Tatiana works at home with my husband. They have assistants, as the business is developing and growing and they are not always able to keep up with the volumes, which is amazing for them! All their work is handmade which limits their volumes. In every board or puzzle, they put their souls into, and they love their shops and their customers.

Beyond the intentionality of their shop and why they work each and every day, it is such an honor to help support them from around the world! Their busy boards and puzzles (which Ollie loves as well) are so well priced and well-made.

I am so excited to share with you a 10% off coupon for their shop. This is a great gift for those looking for a different and unique gift for their little ones for the holidays and beyond. We cannot get enough of ours. Use the coupon code BLOG10 for a discount to either of their shops!

Ollie loves his wooden puzzle as well. It allows for spacial learning and it is so colorful and cute. My favorite is the little elephant inside the elephant puzzle. I think it is so perfect!

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

Montessori Learning with a Toddler

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Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie’s Playroom

Thank you, Whimsical Imaginings, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Whimsical Imaginings; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Over the next few months, I am slowly going to start showing you all of the great things that we have done in our home! Our very own fixer upper has taken way longer than I could have ever imagined; however, it is finally starting to be pieced together in perfection.

Today I wanted to highlight Ollie’s Playroom. When we first bought our home, I just knew that this would be a nook just for me. I pictured a beautiful white long desk with a Circuit and a reading chair. It was going to be the spot for me in the house. Of course, none of that happened. Before we even managed to begin remodeling our upper floor, we were blessed with a pregnancy and this space quickly became the place where our little would play for years to come.

BEFORE ::

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

AFTER ::

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Square Organizer | Square Storage Cubes | Height Ruler | Photo Frames | Happy Camper Sign | Essential Oil Diffuser | Soft Building Blocks | Shape Sorter | Other Odds ‘n Ends came from Target Dollar Spot

We have always been firm in the thought that our house did not need to be overran by toys. We are fairly minimalist parents in an American-abundance-of-things culture. We have struggle with how many toys, what type of toys, and where to they all go. I honestly think that this space is ideal for a solution to that struggle.

The space itself is a bonus landing-like area at the top of our stairs. It is surrounded by entrances to all of our bedrooms and a full bathroom. In similar homes in our neighborhood, this space is closed off with a wall and is a very small 4th bedroom for the homes; however, I am so glad it is merely an open space in our house. It is currently perfect for morning routines. We wake in the morning and shut our baby gate at the top of the stairs. We close all of the extra bedroom doors and bathroom door, which allows baby Ollie to run free in between our master bedroom and his play area. After we are done, it is the easiest place to tidy up quickly in the entire house. All of the toys are limited to the small area and find their way back into the bins.

Some of my favorite things about this room is the wall decor. I wanted to be so intentional around making sure that the decor in this space meshed well with our whole home feel but allowed a bit of whimsy, education, and childish factor. One of my favorite pieces is our family portrait that was designed by Whimsical Imaginings. I discovered Serina’s shop on Etsy a few months back and knew that her designs would fit perfectly to what we already had selected for these walls. I could not have imagined it any better.

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

She worked with me to make sure that aspects of our family was highlighted in the photo that she painted for us. Note the Mickey in Ollie’s arms? So ideal for us and our Disney loving home! I truly will treasure this piece for many years to come!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Whimsical Imaginings is giving you a 20% off coupon to anything in her shop! Use TAKE20 at checkout to gain your discount!

Here is a little bit more about Serina, the owners of Whimsical Imaginings:

How did you get your shop started?
I actually didn’t have any plans to start a small business. I was approached by a friend who knew I was a painter when she was unable to find paintings that suited the vision she had for her nursery. So I painted her some custom canvases, and it sort of snowballed from there. I had many other people approach me afterward, so I started with just local orders. I set up my etsy shop after a year or so, and didn’t really have anything listed for the first year. I eventually went back to it, and now it is what it is!

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I think most of the hard part is over now that my shop is more established. At first it’s just a bit of a learning process trying to figure out shipping and pricing, and it’s a lot of time to get things listed.

What is one thing unique about you?
This is a hard one! I guess maybe that I’m most happy when I’m home and painting. I love being alone, and I have to paint. It’s my stress reliever and I just feel most myself when I’m creating.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Right now it’s that it allows me to be home with my three babies. I’m just so thankful for my shop because I’m able to spend my time with them while they’re little.

How did you get your shop name?
I actually came up with it because my oil paintings (which is my most favourite medium) are super whimsical. I’ve always been told that I have quite the imagination, and so the two things sort of just came together to make the name whimsical imaginings.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists! I have people contacting me through instagram, through Facebook, and through Etsy, so it’s necessary. I have to write down what I need to do and when, otherwise it’s so easy to forget things.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I actually feel like they sort of blend together. They’re not really separate. My kids are involved in a lot of what I do. They often paint beside me, and tag along when I make post office runs!

Our Fixer Upper :: Ollie's Playroom

Intentional Home Decor

Thank you, Grace for Grace, for sponsoring this post, Intentional Home Decor. I was selected for this opportunity by Grace for Grace; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

GraceforGrace

Although it feels like we have been in our home forever, honestly, it’s only been two short years. In those two years, we have remodeled 85% of our home from top to bottom. We have travelled a lot. Oh, and we welcomed baby Ollie in our lives. It has been a busy two years to be frank.

Now that we are settling a bit, I am still trying to get our decor under control in our home. I have managed to create quite a collection in our spare bedroom of great items that I have found on clearance over the past 24 months, but have not found a perfect place for each item just yet. I have most recently been taking each room bit by bit and seeing what needs to be done to make sure they are “completed”.

One thing that’s been consistent throughout our home is the intentionality of our decor. Yes, it is a bit Hobby Lobby-inspired. Yes, the majority of it came from a clearance end cap at Target. And yes, I would love it if Joanna Gaines walked in my front door and adored my style (since I feel like she’s my inspiration for everything). However, as I am placing things around our home, I want it tell a great story of our family, what we believe in, and where we would like to go. I want the essence of our walls to tell our guests who the Bahorich’s are.

GraceforGrace

GraceforGrace

So when I stumbled upon these adorable hand-lettered wooden hymn signs by Grace for Grace, I knew that their work would be ideal for our home. Each sign is personally designed by couple, Tyler and Jordan, who love God and people. They love showing their love through their beautiful handmade crafts to brighten homes all over the country. They initially started their business to help pay for their wedding and are loving every second of it.

We chose “Bind My Wandering Heart to Thee” as it is one of my favorite hymns. If you know me well enough, I have a deep love for David Crowder and his music. I am so thankful for his commitment to sharing the Gospel through his songs. I was introduced to this hymn through his music (not a traditional hymnal at church like one would think) and have loved it ever since.

It’s a great reminder to us as we try to be intentional in our lives and live out the Gospel that we may (and probably will stray); however, our prayer has to be to bind our wandering hearts to our Lord. This piece of decor is so important for me to see on a daily basis, as well as a great reminder to our guests that we host often. I just love it.

Tyler and Jordan can design any hymn, which is great for you to be intentional with your home decor. They hand write the portion of the hymn that you love over the piece of music it belong to. How cool!

I cannot wait to share an opportunity with you to get one of these for your own home. Hop over to my Instagram page in the next few days to find out more about our giveaway with Grace for Grace!

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Here is a little bit more about Tyler and Jordan, the owners of Grace for Grace:

How did you get your shop started?
Tyler and I have been together for almost 2 years, and we actually started our shop by making each other crafts for holidays/anniversaries. We both love crafting and noticed that our friends and families were interested in the things we were making, and it has turned into a really fun way to raise money for our wedding.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Since Tyler and I are both very involved in church, work, and school, it’s really hard for us to find time to work on these crafts together. Tyler feels bad if I do most of the work and vice versa, so we try to do as many of them together as we can.

What is one thing unique about you?
All of our skills are completely self-taught, so we are constantly growing and improving.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
We have a lot of fun creating these crafts, so it’s awesome to be able to raise money for our wedding by spending time together and doing what we love.

How did you get your shop name?
We knew that we wanted our shop name to reflect our love for God, and Tyler suggested GraceforGraceShop based on John 1:16. God loves us SO much that He shows us continuous grace, and we like to try to share His love with others.

What is one way that you keep organized?
It’s a little tricky sometimes since we receive through a few different platforms, but we keep all of them on a Google Doc that we update frequently.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Thankfully, our family life overlaps with our work life because we craft together and often employ the help of our family members.

Shop Small :: CinderEllie Designs

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

CinderEllie Designs

It has officially been one week since we have returned home from Disney. Life hits us, of course, the moment we got back. Ollie has gone from baby steps to running, literally. We had our anniversary to celebrate as well as Mother’s Day. And our refrigerator went out! I know life is full of ups and downs but this week we were just full!

Thankfully, I have a ton of Disney things still on my mind to keep the magic in the air. One is our final shop in our Shop Small Spring series, CinderEllie Designs. Her flowy tank was just perfect for our waterpark day at Typhoon Lagoon! I absolutely adore it. The color is something that I don’t have a lot of so I keep finding myself grabbing it from my closet as a top that’s a bit different than my normal routine. I love the glitter print as well!

If you are heading down to Disney, use the code “springfling17” for 20% off at her shop through the end of the month! Also, head on over to our Instagram page today for a special giveaway with her and Ellie ‘n Ollie, our new magically inspired tee shop!

CinderEllie Designs

Here is a little bit more about Ashly, the owner of Cinder Ellie Designs:

How did you get your shop started?
After leaving the classroom in January 2016, I found myself a little flustered. I’m a creative person, and my house was always cluttered with projects that I couldn’t wait to start. I am truly blessed with a patient man for a husband because he is always supportive and must have known I NEEDED a creative outlet. I started making my daughter shirts with the machine I had once used to make bulletin boards and activities for my students.

In August, my former student and babysitter asked me if I had thought about selling shirts. I laughed at her and asked her what she wanted me to make her. I made her a few shirts, and her comment sparked my interest into researching the possibility of opening my own shop. It was kind of a snowball effect of me making things for her and her family which turned into more requests from more people. I quickly needed a way for my friends and family to easily reimburse me for the things I made. At the end of the month, I jokingly created an Etsy page.

In September 2016, I launched my Facebook page and uploaded a few designs to my shop. I feel incredibly blessed to have done so well in such a short amount of time. CinderEllie Designs has been an incredible creative outlet while also helping me stick to our budget (most of the time) and helping out with a little income.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop is the fact that I want everyone I reply to via message on Etsy to be absolutely ecstatic about their experience with CinderEllie Designs–regardless of if they order a product from me or not.

I have said yes to rush orders I probably should have said no to because I empathize with my fellow procrastinators. My husband gets asked countless times each week for approval of each order I ship out. We once spent 30 minutes on a shirt that had an odd layout- scrutinizing it to ensure it was absolutely centered. I just want to make sure everyone has a great experience with CinderEllie Designs, and the perfectionist side of me comes out in full force with each order.

What is one thing unique about you?
I am great at making little-bitty pieces of paper. That was actually what my dad warned my husband about before we got married. Since I was little, I have always loved crafting. With crafting comes messes. And tiny pieces of paper. I got in trouble in Kindergarten because I thought the grass we were cutting out of construction paper for a picture we were making would look better cut a different way. I stayed in from recess that day. Give me a pair of scissors and a hot glue gun, and I can conquer the world.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The absolute best part of owning CinderEllie Designs is making someone’s event even more special. I have helped announce pregnancies, celebrate birthdays, and coordinate outfits for magical vacations. I love that I am a part of so many happy milestones in complete stranger’s lives. That probably makes me weird. Or creepy. But it’s true. I also love that CinderEllie Designs gives me a creative outlet, and I have complete ownership of what I do in my small business.

How did you get your shop name?
My daughter’s name is Ellie. When we are being silly, I’ve always called her CinderEllie. Her favorite Disney princess was Cinderella for a time, and she went through a period where she would hide her left shoes (only her left shoes). When I opened the Etsy shop, I knew most of my designs would be inspired by her loves and interests. I immediately knew CinderEllie Designs would be my Etsy shops name for this reason. She’s a strong-willed, spunky little girl. Could there be better inspiration?

What is one way that you keep organized?
Organization something I am still working on. Like I said, I literally opened this shop almost as a joke. I have envelopes for each month of the year. I also use Etsy to keep my current orders organized. My husband is also amazing at creating spreadsheets, so he helps me keep up with inventory and numbers.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Sometimes I completely fail at the balancing act, but I try to keep designated days/nights for CinderEllie Designs. I also have pulled many late nights so I didn’t miss out on anything in Ellie or my husband’s life. Other times they go on Daddy-Daughter dates so I can focus on getting orders out. I travel for work part-time, so I’ve had to get a lot better at using the Google Calendar app on my phone to keep track of where I’ll be each day and what days I will be fulfilling orders. I also recently moved my workspace to a room that is not directly attached to my house. Having a designated, separate space for home and CinderEllie Designs has helped with my family/work/CinderEllie Designs balancing act immensely.

Animal Kingdom Photo Shoot with Cherry Blossoms by KC

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

Cherry Blossoms by KC

We are still enjoying the Florida sun this week at Disney! It has been just a perfect glorious week! We spent Monday at one of our favorite parks, Animal Kingdom. Did you know how perfect Animal Kingdom is for a photo shoot?! We took so many pictures!! I personally love mini-photo shoots at Disney but I typically think of Magic Kingdom for these types of things. Not anymore! Animal Kingdom is starting to become one of my favorite parks and this is just another reason why!

I will do a complete list of all of my favorite places to take photos on property soon… but until then I am loving my 101 Dalmatians mouse ears from Cherry Blossoms by KC! They were the perfect “animal” ears for a day at Animal Kingdom without going all safari on everyone — not that anything is wrong with that either. The ears are made out of white with black spot fabric. The headband is hand covered with black ribbon and the center is adorned with a red sequin bow. They are so lightweight and great for a full day at the parks! They also stayed in place on my head on all of the rides. I did take them off for Expedition Everest, but I would hold on to all of my valuables on this ride regardless!

If you are heading down to Disney or have a little one who just loves puppies (I’m thinking puppy-themed birthdays as well!), use the code “BAHORICHABODE” for 10% off at her shop! Also, head on over to our Instagram page today for a special giveaway with her and Ellie ‘n Ollie, our new magically inspired tee shop!

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Cherry Blossoms by KC

Here is a little bit more about Kristen, the owner of Cherry Blossoms by KC:

How did you get your shop started?
It all started with a trip to Disney World in November 2016, where my best friend and I had created several pairs of ears for our trip. We had so many cast members and other people from around the parks asking about our ears and even had a guy try and buy a pair I was wearing one day. Once we came back from our trip I had multiple people asking me to make ears for their next trip to Disney. With all the interest people were showing in the ears, I decided why not create an Etsy shop. On February 2017, I opened my shop and have been loving every second of it.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
I would have to say trying to do to much. Since I am a new shop and love to craft, I have so many ideas of different ears that I want to make and sometimes I put to much on myself at one time. My husband is great at helping me stay on track so I don’t get to overwhelmed.

What is one thing unique about you?
Well, when I say that I’m a Disney nut, I am not just saying that. I have been going to the parks since I was born, my parent’s honeymoon was there, I got married at the Polynesian and have been a pass holder since 2004. Disney is in my veins and I want to help create everlasting memories for my customers.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Being able to create something that can make someone, whether older or younger, have an even more magical trip to Disney. I have so many memories of going to the parks and to help someone else have wonderful memories is such an amazing thing for a Disney nut like me.

How did you get your shop name?
Well, I didn’t want to limit my shop to only Disney products so I wanted a name that was unique and said something about me. I am a lover of nature and beauty and the Cherry Blossom tree is so beautiful and so my name was created.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My favorite organization tool in my craft room is my pegboard my husband made for me. Everything is right there in arms reach from my scissors to my thread and glue.

How do you balance family life and work life?
It’s not an easy thing to do sometimes but I have a great family that is understanding. I try and not make any ears on the weekends and leave that time for the family. I also try and fill all my orders while my step daughters are at school and my husband is at work. It doesn’t always work out that way but I do my best to always have my family come first.

A Birthday Celebration with Princess Powers

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

Princess Powers

As I mentioned yesterday, we are living the dream in Disney this week! We are staying at Animal Kingdom Lodge for the first time and I am loving every minute of it. So far we have explored so many great shops at Disney Springs, headed over to Typhoon Lagoon for my 31st birthday and then ended the evening at Boma!

My birthday was just darn perfect. We didn’t really get to celebrate a big 30th birthday for me last year as we were super pregnant with our little Ollie, so here we are solo parents kidless for the week for my 31st! If you have never been able to check out Animal Kingdom Lodge or Boma, you are definitely missing out! I will have a complete review of both super soon.

But until then, let’s talk about this super adorable mouse ear shop — Princess Powers. I just loved wearing her ears for my birthday celebration dinner! It was so perfect. Her ears are a bit different than others, more lightweight and floral gorgeousness (is that a word?)! I absolutely knew that her Jasmine Wire ears would work best for me because I wear so much darn aqua colored clothing! I was slightly concerned about packing these in my suitcase, but good news! They travelled so well and held up great even in checked luggage!

If you are traveling to the parks soon, or just need something to make your day feel extra special, I would definitely check out Princess Powers! Also, head on over to our Instagram page today for a special giveaway with her and Ellie ‘n Ollie, our new magically inspired tee shop!

Princess Powers

Princess Powers

Princess Powers

Princess Powers

Here is a little bit more about Jen, the owner of Princess Powers:

How did you get your shop started?
I started my shop after wanting a pair of lightweight, floral ears to wear to the park. I thought I wanted to wear a Rapunzel pair, but after making them I changed my mind and decided to Disneybound as Cinderella and ended up making her too. Eventually, my girlfriends saw them and thought they were so cute so I made a lot of the iconic princesses to share with them. Once I realized I had a lot of extra flowers, I made an Etsy shop to get rid of all the leftover supplies in my house. They became more popular than I could have imagined, so I decided to continue making them.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Everything involving inventory has been the most difficult part for me. I always under or overestimate the amount of different flowers I need, so a lot of times I’ll have a certain princess-inspired pair of ears that will be out of stock until I am able to get the needed flowers.

What is one thing unique about you?
I am a licensed educator, but I currently work in the education department at a zoo and I absolutely love it! I’m trained to handle exotic mammals and reptiles.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love seeing people love and wear my creations! It’s so crazy to me that someone chose my ears to wear on their trip to Disney!

How did you get your shop name?
A lot of people wonder why our shop name is ‘Princess Powers’. Well, here’s the answer: Since I was young I always wished I was a princess. After all, I grew up watching all the fairytales in the form of movies and dreamed about beautiful gowns, castles, and of course, Prince Charming. But as I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized that all of those things are not what being a princess is all about. Being a princess means standing up for what you believe in, and it means having courage, while also showing kindness even when things don’t seem to be fair. Therefore, ‘Princess Powers’ means nothing more than having the abilities to be a princess in real, everyday life and using those abilities to make the world a little bit better.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My husband bought me these bins from Home Depot (I’m pretty sure they’re for tools–haha!) to keep all of the flowers, headbands, ribbon, etc… organized! They have been a lifesaver. Also, I keep a planner book and write down when orders are due to be made, shipped, and delivered.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Has anyone figured out this answer yet? …. 🙂 When you do, let me know!

Shop Small :: Mouse Apparel

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

Mouse Apparel

Goodness gracious and all of the magic feels! We are hanging out at Disney this week and let me tell you… We are loving it! We left our little man at home and are enjoying some great adult Disney time!! As I prepped for this Disney trip, I managed to find some amazing small shops that I cannot wait to share with you this week!

First thing’s first, let’s talk about the awesomeness of the small shop, Mouse Apparel! Her tees are incredibly magical and I honestly could not choose… so of course, I went with my gut and eyed up a perfect Dole Whip lovers tank.

We love Dole Whip around here and honestly, I cannot believe it took me all these years to discover its magic. I have only been a Dole Whip lover for a few years, and considering all of my years of loving Disney — I’m not sure why it took me so long!

So check out Mouse Apparel for your next trip! I’m loving her newest design, “Happy with a 100% Chance of Disney,” tee. It’s a little play off a weather forecast, and the weather is always good in both California and Florida. How cute!! And use the code “BAHORICHANDMOUSE” for free shipping on all orders until 5/31/2017. Yes please…

Also, a side note that I’ll talk more about later… but we opened our own magically inspired tee shop yesterday! Head on over to our Instagram account for a giveaway opportunity for your own shirts from Mouse Apparel and our shop, Ellie ‘n Ollie!! Hurry, it’s only for 48 hours!!

Mouse Apparel

Mouse Apparel

Mouse Apparel

Here is a little bit more about Adrienne, the owner of Mouse Apparel:

How did you get your shop started?
My husband and I have always had the entrepreneurial spirit. In 2015, both of us were working corporate jobs, caring for our first baby, and trying to keep it all together. We needed a business I could do from home, that we were passionate about, and that would afford us the time for me to be home with our daughter.

Like a light bulb, one morning John said, “What are the two things Adrienne knows best… Disney and Christmas!” and the idea to create shirts inspired from the parks and movies I’d always loved was born. It seemed so simple, how did we not think of this before?!

Immediately we went to work on researching how to start a home based t-shirt shop, and though no path to success is smooth, every challenge we faced was only a speed bump in our path to reach those goals. Now I work on Mouse Apparel full time and spend every day with our little girl! We may be a little shop, but the time I have with her is more valuable than the work I did in the corporate world.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
It’s all on YOU. You manage every aspect of the business; from customer service, production, accounting, investing in equipment and technology, marketing, promotions, everything! There is freedom in asking a boss what to do when you’re in a new or uncertain situation, but when YOU’RE the boss, you have to rely on your research, advice from those you trust, and your gut. But I’ve found as long as you ask, “What is the right thing to do for my shoppers,” those answers come easy.

What is one thing unique about you?
One thing that is unique about me is I still haven’t grown up. I will always be a Disney kid and believe in magic. I cry during World of Color and Fireworks shows, skip through the streets of New Orleans square, and will always have room for a Dole Whip. Being at Disney reminds me of all the good spirit people have within them.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
My FAVORITE part is the positive response from my shoppers. Seeing photos, reading great reviews, and knowing something I created helped make their Disney memories even better is so fulfilling. It’s what makes creating a business inspired by your passion so worthwhile. Also, my husband and I are a phenomenal team, in both work and parenting, so working with him has been one of the best parts too.

How did you get your shop name?
This one is pretty simple 🙂 Apparel was necessary so everyone knows we sell clothing. Mouse was a nod to the big guy… Mickey!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Lists, lists, and more lists. This helps me sleep better and I feel accomplished when I complete a to-do list (which motivates me into wanting to create more accomplishments!)

Goal setting is so important to organization. You can’t reach your finish line until you hang it up! So no matter what I’m working on (a daily schedule, or a monthly prep meeting for the shop) I always have a written goal to reach.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am a stickler for schedules – especially my toddler’s. She sleeps at the same times every day, so I get right to work as soon as she is down. Having a home based business allows me the freedom to work whenever so I get most of my work done after she goes to bed. We plan on having another baby, so I’ll have to revisit this answer when I’m managing two nap schedules!

When you own your own business or any creative passion, you never turn it off. We are always thinking of new designs, or where we’ll take this shop next. For us, that balance works, because even though we are always talking about the shop, we do so while spending time with our daughter.

Shop Small :: Birdie’s Bubble

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

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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

Thank you, Shark’s Bites of Life, for sponsoring this post, part of the 2017 Shop Small Spring series. I was selected for this opportunity by Shark’s Bites of Life; the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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