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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.

Shop Small Spring Series

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!!

Shop Small Spring Series

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

Shop Small :: Ahmelie

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


The Bahorich household is in full spring swing. Although we have had some busy, busy months, summertime is quite possibly always our busiest. We cannot get enough of community, sunshine, summer travels, and the pool. This summer is already packed to the max and I am working on ways to honestly keep my #OLW (one little word), Savor, into the mix. I just do not want for the summer to be gone in a flash. We just love it too much.

One thing we love about the spring, summer, and fall months is being outdoors. Winter is just filled with moments of folks rushing home after work and closing theirselves into their own homes. But these months that are full of nicer weather allows us to see more people, have more parties, and enjoy each other more.

We have tons of get-togethers at our house. People over for church, for birthdays, and for no reason at all. We love having our friends over to grill on the weekends and joke about chasing the ice cream truck down a bit too much. I honestly am most excited about yard games. I was the girl that grew up with a pool in the middle of the country. There was tons to do, so now that we live in suburban life, yard games are my jam. We mastered corn hole last year (or bags), and now this year we get to dominate Yard Yahtzee!!

When I found Ahmelie’s shop, named after her perfectly, I just knew that it would be a perfect addition to our lifestyle. Her life-sized set of Yard Yahtzee can also double as a Farkle game as well. The dice are constructed of premium douglas fir + wood burned dots for long lasting usage and the quality is so nice! The set comes with (6) 3.5″ dice, a galvanized bucket for tossing and storing, a laminated score sheet for Yahtzee + Farkle, dry erase marker and clipboard! It truly is going to be hours of endless fun right in our backyard.

Yard games are perfect to keep the busy moments of summer down to those times that we can savor. Savoring our afternoon with our friends, making memories that will last a lifetime. They are also great because Ollie can stack them, knock them over, and sit on them — all things that this momma has to think about now!

The best part is that they make a perfect gift. I cannot wait to gift these this year for maybe Father’s Day or for an upcoming wedding. How perfect would that be?! Good news is that you really need to have one of your own sets for yourself too. Use the code “JOY10” and it will get you 10% off one item! Ahmelie’s shop is full of other items as well from bibs to blankets and scarves so make sure to check her shop out. She is one talented gal!

Also, be sure to check her out on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter to keep up with all of her new products!


Here is a little bit more about Ahmelie, the owner of Ahmelie:

How did you get your shop started?
I’ve always loved making things with my hands. Whether its a meal, a creative project or a pinterest fail, I mean, come on, who hasn’t had one of these?! I always enjoy getting my hands dirty and being a maker.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Marketing. My husband on the other hand is wonderful at this. 🙂

What is one thing unique about you?
I have a creative design + sewing shop and I also own an accounting practice and work with businesses who run on QuickBooks. This clear line between creative and black and white helps keep me balanced.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love being my own boss and the flexibility and freedom it provides. My husband and I are 100% self employed and it fits our personalities and schedules well. We live off the beaten path out at the lake so we do a fair amount of driving to “civilization”, but its worth every minute of the nature and ambience we get to experience at home. We are true homebodies.

How did you get your shop name?
It’s my name and it means industrious one. I’m well named, I have a hard time sitting still and love to be productive. Whether it’s making handmade treasures or cranking out financial statements, my mom nailed it when she named me.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I use Google Calendar and Evernote to keep me on schedule and keep all my necessary notes at my fingertips. One of my favorite ways to organize fabric is on hanging files, I fold the fabric over the hanging file edges and I have a quick glance of all my fabrics. And the best part, no wrinkles!

How do you balance family life and work life?
I don’t balance. Is this ok to admit? I work hard a both and succeed and fail at both from time to time. I don’t beat myself up when I fail, I get back up and take another run at it. I have a fabulous husband who takes on more of the household duties to keep us running smoothly when its necessary. The key to making it all work is choosing joy no matter what life serves up and having a partner who is in it for the long haul. I have both. I’m a lucky girl.

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Do you ever really think about where your clothing comes from? I remember sitting at a Christian conference in my early college years learning about human trafficking and was appalled. I could not believe that human trafficking was real. As I learn more about the truth and sad reality of our world, I wanted to do something about it.

Flash forward ten years, and I am still a huge human trafficking advocate. I believe that human trafficking will not be stopped without intentional decision making by normal individual like us and without more awareness of the issue. So when I discovered PACT ORGANIC clothing, I was so excited to try out what they had to offer.

At PACT ORGANIC, they are committed to organic cotton to minimize our impact on the environment and improve the conditions and quality of life for the people who make our clothing. PACT ORGANIC unites the collective vision of organic cotton farming, responsible manufacturing, sustainable and ethical certifications, and values-based shopping. They also believe organic cotton is the foundation for addressing labor and environmental challenges that surround clothing. How great is that mission?

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I also learn that PACT ORGANIC is in the business of changing things. Did you know that conventional cotton uses about 16% of the world’s insecticides and 7% of pesticides? In addition, the World Bank estimates that around 20% of industrial water pollution in the world comes from the treatment and dyeing of textiles? Not to mention the issues around forced labor, child labor, and factory collapses… which I already mention.

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So are you ready to try them out for yourself? Learn more about them on their website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Right now they are offering you 25% off your entire order! Use the code Adobe25 by August 31, 2017 to try out PACT ORGANIC yourself!!

Shop Small :: Rustic Grace Co

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

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When I think about small shops, I just adore stories like these. Shop owner of Rustic Grace Co, Kristin, recently was left by her husband after 10 years of marriage with her 3 children. Now she’s a single momma and her family and her faith is what keeps her together. She loves Disney, and Jesus, and has such a positive outlook on life… and keeps moving forward.

So when I had a chance to partner with her (and help her launch her brand new website!), I could not resist. Her designs are adorable ranging from mom life to Disney to faith based tees and tanks. She has such a variety of styles for women and kiddos as well as decals for items like Yetis and your car!

My tee, Spirit Lead Me where My Trust is without Borders, highlights one of my favorite songs. I just love Hillsong United and their music just calms my soul during a bad day (or even a good day). Even though it is a bit of an older song debuting in 2013, I am still in love with the lyrics and the meaning behind it.

The best part of her site is she is offering my readers a very special code to launch with her site! Go to her site today and get your Mother’s Day, Graduation, and summer birthday presents purchase! Use the code “BAHORICHABODE” and get 10% off!!

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Here is a little bit more about Kristin, the owner of Rustic Grace Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I started my shop by originially building wooden stands and making signs to hang on them for your front porch which I will be getting back into:) I branch off of those to just wood signs with vinyl sayings. But all the sayings and quotes so resonated with me and I was like “I want to wear this quote!” So thats what led me taking it to shirts. I love creating new designs with popular designs but with some faith based scriptures, mom sayings, kid sayings and of course, my character vacation shirts which I love.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owning a shop would be that I have 3 kids, ages 2, 4, and 7, and I am a single mom. When some days the orders come rolling in, I get so excited and then it never fails a kid gets sick or there is a gymnastics practice or something I need to do but I also need to work.

What is one thing unique about you?
I would say something that is unique about me is that since becoming a single mom recently (2 months ago) my relationship with God has completely changed and has become much deeper. I am understanding this single mom life that is a very difficult road for a lot of women. So I am looking into starting a single mom life shirt line to empower single moms!

What is the best part of owning a shop?
The best part of owning a shop is the confidence it gives me to know that my customers love what they receive. They are so sweet and tell me how much it meant to them or how great customer service they received. Sometimes as a mom you feel like you are just not enough and this truly gives me the boost to know my customers are HAPPY!

How did you get your shop name?
Rustic Grace took a few weeks to decide on but once I put the two words together I knew that was it! I am a country girl who loves Jesus. So I had Rustic showing my country roots and Grace because I am so blessed by the overwhelming grace that I am given each day by the Lord.

What is one way that you keep organized?
My tubs keep me organized I have my shirts divided up into tons of tubs but I can go to the tub of the shirt style I am looking for and find the size and Voila there it is!

How do you balance family life and work life?
With me being a single mom, it truly is a very difficult situation. You are responsible for everything in the household and I have 3 little ones. So I try to work early morning, naptime and bedtime and then that gives me time to jump on the trampoline with the kids and take them to their activities.

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Shop Small :: Pine Lettering Co

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

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I absolutely love to read. I have since I was little. Reading has been my escape. Reading has been my inspiration, my creativity, my calm. In my younger years, I enjoyed reading fiction. Diving myself into another world through the pages of a book was my go-to. As I have gotten older, I have found myself to be more of a self-improvement junkie. Business books. Gospel-centered books. Books on how to find happiness. Books on how to discover organization. Books on how to communication better. The works. My favorite is typically a collection of short essays around a common theme written by a female writer.

And that is why I love Shauna Neiquist. The woman writes directly to my heart and soul. She writes words so eloquently that makes me devour a book like I did when I was little and I always am anticipating her next release.

So when I stumbled upon Pine Lettering Co.‘s print of a quote out of one of her books, I jumped on it. It is perfect for a little one’s play room! Her quote is all about wildness, settledness, and becoming. Perfect for a little boy’s growing world. Shop owner, Brently, does great hand written and designed art for any perfect spot in your home. Check out her Etsy shop as you do a bit of spring decorating this week!

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Here is a little bit more about Brently, the owner of Pine Lettering Co:

How did you get your shop started?
I have always been a doodler when it comes to words. Spending time creating the words I write has always helped them sink in. After awhile, people started asking me to create for them and eventually some close friends and family convinced me to open an Etsy shop.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
Putting your work out there is scary! It makes you feel vulnerable. Every time I mail a product there is a part of me that gets nervous that the person it was created for won’t love it.

What is one thing unique about you?
I have taught in a Title I school for 4 years but started my teaching career in a class of over 50 students in Yaounde, Cameroon.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
I love interacting with people! I also love doing custom orders. It is SO fun to take someone’s vision and make it come to life.

How did you get your shop name?
I love North Carolina-which is often known as the land of the pines. My husband and I use pine wood for projects as well!

What is one way that you keep organized?
Planners!! I love love love handwritten, offline planners.

How do you balance family life and work life?
Right now I’m balancing a full time teaching job and starting up a side Etsy business. Because this season of life is so busy, I try to be as intentional and present as possible wherever I am- home and work.