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Shop Small :: Rosebud Birdie

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

Rose Bud Birdie

One thing that helps me stay sane throughout my holidays (and really, all year) is organization. My life can get crazy and I wear many hats that all seem to come to the surface during the holidays. As many of you know, I work from home. There are a lot of benefits that come with this but one thing that also falls into lap with this is taking the ownership of being our household manager.

To me, a household manager is one that manages the aspects of the home. I do the majority of our grocery shopping, our cooking, our cleaning, our laundry, the scheduling of our calendars and finances, etc. With a blooming toddler, a pregnant belly, and helping out with the ins and outs of a church plant, on top of working, managing a blog, and managing a household… like I said, things are busy! To keep organized, I love using systems — especially bags to help me stay organized with our things.

From holiday travel to the normal day-to-day packing of a diaper, purse, and more, bags help me keep organized and ensuring that I grab everything that I need for our adventures big and small. From comestic bags, pencil bags, project bags, essential oil bags, and so much more, Rosebud Birdie has been my go-to this season.

Rosebud Birdie is yet another small shop that I encourage you to shop at this holiday season and make the impact for a small family shop compared to the larger corporations. Beyond bags, Rosebud Birdie creates items like cute little dolls to checkbooks and kitchen towels. Each item is handmade and super good quality.

Rose Bud Birdie

I have been toting around my makeup bag for several weeks now and it was perfect to travel with during the Thanksgiving weekend. As holiday parties are starting to ramp up, I can also imagine me grabbing my essentials to put on my makeup on-the-go as we are always running late these days. It is the perfect size for what I need, not too big, and fits well in both my diaper bag and purse! The most exciting thing is that the shop owner, Carol, is offering our readers 10% off of any order over $18 using the code “BAHORIC10” on her small shop on Etsy! The code is good until Dec. 31st!

Rose Bud Birdie

Rose Bud Birdie

Here is a little bit more about Carol, the owner of Rosebud Birdie:

How did you get your shop started?
I love to sew and create and always wanted an outlet for my items. When I heard of Etsy, I knew that was the place for me to start selling my items.

What is the hardest part of owning a shop?
The hardest part of owing a shop is balancing home, family and sewing or working. I am an early riser, so I do a lot very early in the morning.

What is one thing unique about you?
I think the thing that is unique about me is that I I love making my own patterns and love that I have a fair amount of time for doing what I love.

What is the best part of owning a shop?
One of the best things about owning a shop is being my own boss and choosing my own hours to work.

How did you get your shop name?
The name just popped into my mind one day when I was getting ready to start the shop. I wanted a name that was sweet and cute.

What is one way that you keep organized?
I try to keep organized by using a lot of totes and shelves for my growing stash of fabrics. My sewing room can really get messy with certain projects, but I see mess as creativity.

How do you balance family life and work life?
I balance work and family by using every minute. I can get a lot done in 30-45 minutes, even 15 if I stay focused and have a goal, like cutting out 10 bags in a small amount of time. Or having only 30 minutes can be enough for a walk with my husband or walking over to see my grand kids.

Preparing for Disney with Toddlers: Tips and Tricks from Real Moms and Bloggers

Preparing for Disney with Toddlers

We are headed to Florida soon for a much needed family vacation! With my work, I get the privilege of traveling here and there, and Dusty joins me a few times a year as well; however, it has been over a year since we have taken a full family vacation including baby Ollie. If you have been around for awhile, you know that the Bahorich clan loves everything Disney and we cannot be more excited to take Ollie on his first Disney adventure. We are also extremely blessed to have planned this at the perfect time before we were too far along in our pregnancy. This will be a great trip for us before turning into a family of four in the spring. It is going to be so much fun!

Since we frequent Disney World and the Orlando area a lot, I have a good idea about what spending a day at the parks looks like but this will be my first trip with a toddler on board. My husband, Dusty, and I was able to have this trip in the back of our minds when we spent a week there back in May for my birthday and we were able to take lots of mental notes as we observed families.

However, being that we have not necessarily traveled with a toddler on our own, I reached out to some of my favorite bloggers and friends to gather their tips, tricks, insights, and everything else in between.

Some of the top things that I heard:

  • Start out early. If your child is an earlier riser anyways, leverage that with being at the parks at rope drop. Then head back to the hotel around lunchtime for a break at the pool or nap time. Round out your day back in the parks. This will assure there are no mid-afternoon meltdowns and a more enjoyable time overall.
  • Download the Disney Parks App. It will be your lifeline through your planning and during your trip. It has all your reservations, ride wait times, hotel information, and more. You can now order at some restaurants through this app as well as preview menus and make dining reservations. It is a must.
  • Pack your own snacks. You can take in your own snacks into the parks! Of course, you do not necessarily want some chocolate in your bag that may melt; however, granola bars, food pouches, Cheerios, and other grain-based foods are great for snacks along the way and help keep your daily food cost down for not only your little ones but also the whole entire family!
  • Thorough packing lists. Research a few packing lists out there. They are easily found on Pinterest throughout (and one that I made below). They are helpful for me to collect items that I would have never thought of and even forgotten from trip to trip!
    Because I found so many good resources on this topic, I have broken down some of my favorite posts that I discovered while researching for our trip to help make planning for Disney with a toddler easier! Enjoy!

Tips for doing Disney with a Baby or Toddler

“I would recommend going to Disney World during the Winter rather than the Summer but if you do go during the Summer avoid 4th of July weekend. It is so packed that lines for even baby rides are ridiculously long and it won’t be enjoyable to wait 2+ hours for a 5 minute ride.” – Sandra’s Studio in Disney World with a Toddler | Must-Haves & Tips

“This is a lovely relaxed whimsical indoor boat ride [It’s a Small World] that takes you past a collection of singing children from around the globe – there’s so much for the little ones to see on this one!” – Bump to Baby in What toddlers love at Walt Disney World

“Most people don’t know, but the Mickey at Town Square talks. It was really awesome and he even sang the Hot Dog song to Ricki. (If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry, you soon will.) I would 100% recommend doing this, it is more personal than breakfast and also free! One of the less crowded spots to meet Daisy, Donald, Minnie, and Goofy is at Pete’s Sideshow Circus. I have never seen a wait longer than 20-30 minutes (you can get fast passes for this also, if needed).” – The Crispy Mama in How To Take Your Toddler To Disney World (And Not Go Insane!)

“Any ride that a toddler can go on a baby can go on as well. You just can’t bring a stroller onto any ride or have one while standing in line. That’s where you’ll want to wear the baby. This will make your life at Disney World so much easier and free up some hands for toddler wrangling.” – Casual Claire in Disney with a Baby and a Toddler

“Basically everything in Magic Kingdom is toddler friendly, so your tiny human will have a blast no matter what.” – A Monkey and His Momma in Disney with Toddlers, What Not to Miss.

“If you are going to be using a stroller, find a way to make it your own because if you have a common stroller (especially Baby Jogger or BOB), it might be difficult to find yours in the sea of strollers after rides and shows.” – Simply Darring in Prepping for Disney

Park Secrets & Helpful Information on the Go

If you don’t have loads of time to weed through blog post after blog post, I highly suggest checking out a few of these resources to help you along your way!

Disney Every Week with the PassPorter Moms! is one of my favorite podcasts! They provide tips and tricks for all types of Disney trips. I love hearing their opinions on hotels, food options, transportation and more! They have episodes specifically on special events, must see’s and do’s at each park, traveling with kids with special needs, and so much more! Each episode is around 30 minutes and so easy to listen to while cooking dinner or on your commute!

The Bucket List Family is one of my newest obsessions. They are the most adorable family that sold everything (plus an app for a huge profit) and now is adventuring the world. They most recently spent 30 nights at 30 different resorts are Walt Disney World. Each resort has such unique and magical features and they really did a great job at capturing them all! I linked to their first video but make sure you watch them all to get the full recap of their adventures!

Disney Parks Moms Panel is the ultimate digital resource for you provided by Disney to receive helpful tips and heartfelt advice about Disney vacation destinations from real moms, dads and in the know family members. They have a search each year for new contributors and it is really hard to be accepted and approved to the group. This is a great place to go if you have a question about a theme park, restaurant, service, shop, hotel or activity!

San Antonio Weekend

Weekend in San Antonio 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

This weekend we are headed to San Antonio! Dusty and I have an entire weekend to spend together and enjoy each other’s time without Ollie. Of course, we will miss our little one, but in between my travel schedule at work and some upcoming travel for Dusty as well, one of us will be riding solo each week through mid-March. It will be so nice to just hang out with one another and take some time to connect in the warmer weather. These were just a few things that made my suitcase for the weekend.

Any suggestions for our weekend in San Antonio? Right now we have minimal plans but would love to hear your recommendations. Please shoot them over to us. We’ll be updating our trip on Instagram!