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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!

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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 :: Little Lunch Maker

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

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Who does not just love some new decor!? As we are finished up Ollie’s playroom these past few months, I stumbled upon this print from Little Lunch Maker and have not hardly been able to wait to show it to you!! The story behind this piece of art is perfect for our home…

The Story Behind the Art (taken from Little Lunch Maker):

I have a WILD child.

Several, actually… but one in particular has wild pumping through her veins to a beat that is other-worldly.

From infancy she has been fierce and fearless — a tornado wearing a tutu. I promise you, we thought the movie The Croods crafted their little cave-baby character after her.

She tries to free-climb pillars in grocery stores. The only volume she has is roar.

Here eyes light up with excitement at deep water, fast rides, ridiculous heights, and unknown creatures and experiences.

She is wildly beautiful. And daily reminds me of this side of Jesus that I’ve forgotten because I live such a padded, air-conditioned life.

He is the Creator of lots of wild. He loves and values wild. He is wild.

Wild is wonderful — and so welcome here.

Goodness, how perfect is that!? I remember thinking about Ollie before he was hear and what was I going to do with a little wild boy. One that plays in the mud, runs around with balls of energy, giggling and playing. What was I going to do? But this story behind this art is perfect. Jesus is the Creator of lots of wild. He loves and values wild. He is wild. Wild is wonderful.

God made the wild animals according to their kinds… And God saw that it was good.”
― Genesis 1:25

“Then one of the elders said to me, “Do not weep! See, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has triumphed.”
― Revelation 5:5

“He’ll be coming and going” he had said. “One day you’ll see him and another you won’t. He doesn’t like being tied down–and of course he has other countries to attend to. It’s quite all right. He’ll often drop in. Only you mustn’t press him. He’s wild, you know. Not like a tame lion.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

“Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Paired with her magnetic wooden frames! Perfection! I honestly cannot tell you how I love each piece separately and even more together.

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Here is a little bit more about Elise, the owner of Little Lunch Maker:

How did you get your shop started?
My father-in-law has severe Alzheimer’s disease. He’s been declining for about 10 years. In the winter of 2014 there was a significant downturn in his dementia. After much prayer, planning, and life-rearranging my husband, Jason, quit his full-time job to care for his dad to enable him to remain in his home.

Jason calls this time with his dad a gift, and “a long goodbye”.

One of the gifts from this time was the need to feed our family of 7 and meet our bills. This need was the push I needed to pray fervently about how I could help support my husband, and the rest of my family during this time.

The Little Lunch Maker shop is the outworking of those prayers.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Remembering that true success is obedience to God. Obedience = Success. And that success won’t always look like the result I think I want and need.

It’s easy for me to prioritize specific, outward results and appearances – which need attention and intentionality, and it’s definitely necessary to have plans and goals. But. And this is a big “but”.

Like in every other area of life, God wants to grant me the greatest success. Greater than anything I can hope for, plan for, or imagine. He wants me to be the best steward of owning this shop that I can possibly be. And realistically speaking? That’s going to taking some deep character work. That’s the rub. That’s the hardest part. The character work God is doing in this never-ending journey of stewardship and co-creating with Him.

Sometimes that looks like growing in patience while learning some technical aspect that makes my eye twitch with frustration. Sometimes that looks like intentionality and accountability with my finances and the back-end-numbers-side of the business… which is my least favorite part of owning a shop at this point. Sometimes that looks like learning to rest, instead of giving into the desire to quit altogether.

Whatever is the hardest for me is always about some character trait God is building into me.

What is one thing unique about you?
I view everything through the lens of life being an unfolding of His story (or I try to keep this perspective!). When God is the Main Character in the story of life, and not me or my loved ones, everything shifts in a good way.

This is why my art has “The Story Behind the Art”. Because each piece is only a tiny bit of the bigger story we always need to remember: He loves us, and the story isn’t over yet! The Best is still coming our way. I hope the Story Behind the Art always lifts our eyes back to Him.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Being able to work from home, doing something I L O V E that encourages people to remember who God is, and how loved they are by Him.

How did you get your shop name?
I was reading about the story of the the five loaves and two fish that Jesus broke and gave to satisfy and nourish thousands of people. I’d read the story many times, but this day it hit me in a fresh way — someone made that little lunch.

It was just ordinary faithfulness for them, you know? A daily act. A small act. A consumable act. They had no idea at the time what their hands had made would end up in the hands of The Maker of the heavens and the earth.

And I was encouraged. I could do that. I could bring my smallness to Him — even if my offering was laughably minuscule in the face of all the need and lack.

Because in the hands of God? Ordinary faithfulness is the stuff of miracles.

We are all “little lunch makers”. And I believe if we offer our all to Him – we will see the glory of God and experience the joy that comes with co-laboring with Him.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I am loving the workbook from Emily Ley’s Masterclass – The Well-Loved Brand. It helps keep so many aspects of my business organized!

How do you balance family life and work life?
Lots of prayer, planning, and outside help!

I pay one of my sisters to watch my kiddos from 8am-12noon 4 days a week. My husband watches our 6-month-old for a couple of hours after the kids are in bed each night so I can work. The hours before and after and in-between are for meal-making, homeschooling, house cleaning, taking care of my father-in-law, and kissing my baby’s chubby cheeks.

My 11-year-old daughter (who wants to be an American missionary/teacher someday) helps a TON with homeschooling my 7 and 4-year-old daughters. My mom and several sisters (I have 5 sisters) volunteer for childcare for one 4-hr time block each month.

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 :: 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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Shop Small :: Rosebud Birdie

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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 :: Terrie’s Tee Shop

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Terrie's Tee Shop

Welcome to the next post in my Shop Small for Christmas Series. We love Terrie’s Tee Shop! Terrie’s Tee Shop has not only adorable workout tanks, but also fun and trendy crop tops (for you none pregnant folks and tees)! The owner, Terrie, lives in the great state of Texas. She has always loved the cute designs that she sees on graphic tees everywhere and one day, she decided to adventure in the world of tee design on her own. Everything in her shop is designed and screen printed by her. And man, does she have some adorable designs!

I am currently loving these two tanks from her shop to workout in. They are super flowy (I sized up a bit for the pregnancy) so I can feel comfortable in them all day long while working from home to hopping over to the gym for a midday walk or stretch. They are really soft and I absolutely love the phrases on them.

My favorite is the “Don’t Eat Watermelon Seeds”. Honestly, I laughed so hard when I saw it… and laughed even harder when it took my husband, Dusty, a few solid hours to “get it”. It has been perfect to run around town in and have a lighter heart about this pregnancy.

Terrie's Tee Shop

Terrie's Tee Shop

Additionally, the “After This We’re Getting Tacos” should be my theme for every day. If I was able to choose, we would have some form of Mexican meal every day of the week. A non-pregnant “me” would choose margaritas and chips and gauc for any date night, and salsa is incorporated in many of my lunches as a staple.

Terrie’s Tee Shop is perfect to shop from for the girl that truly “has everything” but needs a good graphic tee or tank. Terrie has designs that are perfect for the workout junkie to the newly married. She also has some great beach vacation tanks that I am eyeing up for next summer.

As we wrap up closer to those last days to ship for this holiday season, Terrie’s Tee Shop is offering y’all a great 15% discount code to her shop through December 4th! Use the code ABODE10 at the checkout for your great savings! Also, go follow her over on Instagram for more tee design options for your feed!

Terrie's Tee Shop

Here is a little bit more about Terrie, the owner of Terrie’s Tee Shop:

How did you get your shop started?
I ordered a shirt for my husband for Christmas from Etsy a few years ago. He loved it, and asked me where I got it as he had never seen something like it. We thought “we can do this too” and the rest is history.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Balancing family life and work life. I work from home so its hard to stick to schedules.

What is one thing unique about you?
When I set my mind on something, I get it done.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I can work from home while still watching over my children.

How did you get your shop name?
Thinking, thinking, thinking.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I love using my smartphone, I can reply to customers from it, I can use it to take pictures of my products and post on social media.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I am not sure really, I just get stuff done.

Shop Small :: FUNKtional Wearables

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FUNKtional Wearables

Guys, I am in love with my Fitbit. It has been a long road for me and wearables when it comes to my fitness, and if I am being honest with you, it took me a long time to get to where I am at. My journey started with the Jawbone UP! years and years ago; however, even though I loved it, a few months after their first generation release… Jawbone recalled the whole fleet of them.

At the time, my husband, myself, and a solid group of friends were still working at a big blue box known as Best Buy. We all had the Jawbone UP! and we all loved them. However, shortly after the recall, ours all stopped working bit by bit. Fitbit was still new to the wearable solution; can you even imagine that now? And so, we all patiently waited until the next release that Jawbone promised. Month later, Jawbone was still at the top of their game. Folks were loving their bluetooth devices for their ears and the quickly came out with another version of the UP! Sadly, a few months later, another recall occurred. Even so, I continued to wear mine for up to two more years until mine finally died and I was refunded.

Round three happened right before Ollie was born. I had used a few different women-focused wearable solutions, but still really wanted something that focused more on my sleep and had a great functioning app. The updated app and new design of the UP! was wonderful, great even. It helped me stay active in my pregnancy and justified my poor sleep in those last weeks of pregnancy. As Ollie was born though, I found that my wearable was snagging on this little newborn’s skin. I safety placed my wearable in a drawer and returned to it a few months later to find not only a dead-as-a-doornail device, but also a company that was nonexistent and looking like bankruptcy.

Flash forward to this past summer, and by happenstance, I realized that I had purchased a replacement plan on my UP! and quickly bounced back into Best Buy for a solution — a new wearable. I did all the research and ended up with a Fitbit Alta.

I love my Alta and everything that comes with it. It has been reliable, dependent, and even tells me the time and my incoming texts. So now that I have the “best new wearable” out there, I hit another dilemma… I want to wear my fitness tracker 24/7 but it doesn’t always look nice. It doesn’t always look presentable. And thankfully I discovered FUNKtional Wearables.

FUNKtional Wearables

FUNKtional Wearables offers a versatile and affordable line of jewelry with pieces for both men and women just for your fitness tracker. These high quality accessories offer an additional benefit as each has a special handmade compartment that securely conceals Fitbit Flex, Fitbit Charge, Fitbit Alta, Charge HR, Charge 2, Garmin Vivofit, Vivosmart, Vivosmart HR, Jawbone and so many more activity trackers. These compartments were designed by Cornell-educated ergonomics expert and master quilter, Christina Blais, and her niece, Cynthia, who was tired of losing her Fitbit Flex due to the wristband falling off. She also felt a little silly trying to cover up the wristband with bangles whenever she dressed up.

FUNKtional Wearables designs just the perfect solution for fashion to meet my fitness goals. No longer do I have to slip off my Fitbit when heading to a work party or holiday outing this season. I can continue to manage my steps and not worry about looking down and seeing a fitness tracker glaring at me! FUNKtional Wearables makes bangles, wraps, covers, and more just for you.

I have been so excited to shared with you some of my favorites out there. Additionally, they are offering you 20% off their entire store. Use the code “20OFF” at the checkout to get the extra savings for yourself or somebody on your shopping list this season.

Here is a little bit more about the owners of FUNKtional Wearables:

How did you get your shop started?
I have made jewelry as a hobby since I was a kid, and I finally put my first piece on Etsy in 2014.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Not having a steady income. You never know when sales are going to go well, and when they are going to be slower.

What is one thing unique about you?
We dedicate a portion of sales to the Best Friends Animal Society. I am a huge animal lover and own 2 rescue dogs. I also foster dogs until they can get placed into a forever home.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
Making your own hours, and not having a boss.

What is one way that you keep organized?
Calendar! I put everything in my phone calendar and use it to keep myself and my business organized.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I make it a point to take every Sunday off, but it is definitely hard to maintain that balance!

Shop Small :: Colour Blocks

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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.