Last Christmas Feature: Lavender and Mint

It’s crazy that the Christmas Features have come to an end. This year I was able to feature 14 amazing small businesses. I can’t express my gratitude enough to these smalls shops for allowing me to feature them. – Thank you!

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Our last and final Christmas Feature is Lavender and Mint Boutique, this small shop is based in Tsawwassen, BC. Lyndsay is the founder and owner of Lavender and Mint Boutique, but she is also a mother to three beautiful girls, and a wife to a supportive husband. Her business started when they lived in Richmond but it has since moved to Tsawwassen when they moved there.

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From what started out with a 30-year-old sewing machine and a mother deciding to make her own children’s clothing when she had her first daughter, has grown into a small shop in the lower mainland creating beautiful hand-made items. Her shop makes everything from Children’s clothing, accessories and also bedding! They can be found online or at Scout and Co in Richmond, BC.

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As you can imagine the hardest thing for this small shop is Time Management. Imagine 3 girls under 3, a husband, a household and a small shop! I’m pretty sure Lyndsay has super powers to make all that work!! However with hard work comes much reward, Lyndsay’s favorite part of running her small shop is hearing her customers feedback on the items they have purchased, so if you do purchase something be sure to tell Lyndsay what you think. Her advice “Start small, grow organically and enjoy every minute of it”. What Great advice, how often we are tempted to grow our business by inorganic means.

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If you check out their online store you can also find Lyndsay’s blog, where she posts anything from Mommy must haves, recipes to quotes of the day to inspire you! All of their items are machine washable, wash in cold with like fabrics and lay flat to dry! Handle with the same love and care that went into making them.

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Lyndsays family’s favorite tradition is actually the same as mine! They get together on Christmas Eve for a big family dinner and at the end they each open one gift, always Christmas Pjs. The Christmas excitement is overflowing, with the lit Christmas tree and all the kids excitement it makes for very heart warming Christmas Tradition.

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As a Thank you to our blog readers, you can get 15% off all your purchases online, use code CHELSEA15 at checkout to apply the discount to your orders! Happy Shopping! 

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Remember that supporting this small shop, supports Lyndsay dream to stay home with her children and grow her business. Give them some love, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Instagram and shop online!

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xOx Chelsea 

As for the winner of the pants from Mountain Tots Sewing is @rusaw 

And the winner of our fabulous basket totaling a value of $950.00 is @mrscjanderson

 Winners please email: Chasingmyminimonsterblog@outlook.com

Current Discount Codes on the blog:

Evergreen Baby – 15% off till Christmas Day at 11:59pm – Code: Christmas15

Tumble and Roar – 15 % off till Christmas Day at 11:59pm – code: Holidaypromo

A twincess and a frog – 10% off till New years eve at 11:59pm – code Monsterzmama10

Kerry Munro Photography – 15% off till Christmas Day at 11:59pm – Code: blog15
** please note this cannot be combined with any mini sessions or other promotions**

MLG Creations – 20% off to blog readers till Christmas Eve at 11:599pm – Code Monsterz20 

Lavender and Mint Boutique – 15% off to all blog readers until Christmas Day at 11:59pm – Code CHELSEA15

Eggie Baby – 20% off site wide until New Years eve at 11:59pm use code: MiniMonsterz20

 

 

Christmas feature: MountainTots Sewing and Co.

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Our next Christmas Feature comes from Invermere, BC, MountainTots Sewing and Co. A children’s clothing company making items from newborn to 12 years. Kyla Lam is a wife to a supportive husband and a mother to a 2.5 year old little boy. Kyla’s family loves spending time outside doing anything from skiing and snow shoeing to fishing and hunting. Kyla also works part-time while finding time to run this small business.

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Kyla started her business after her son was born was putting her years of sewing to work again creating fun, and functional clothing for their little bambino. It started out with a Facebook page and just grow with me pants, but has since grown to include, shirts, rompers and hats. They supply products to Live Love North, with handmade items to print their designs on and can be found in 2 Brick and Motor locations. Kyla has also added another mom to her team and will be adding another mom soon.

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Kyla’s business started by only doing customer orders but has since created a ready to ship stock line. Custom orders are now done on a opportunity basis. Kyla has watched her business grow a lot, I asked her advice to other businesses “Be realistic, it’s not easy money but it is rewarding.” Like so many others Kyla finds the biggest challenge to be Time balance, setting work hours and sticking to them, but also not losing her vision of the brand. Kyla works as an accountant during the day so creating this business allowed her to have an outlet for her creative side.

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Kyla’s favorite Christmas Tradition is going for a walk on Christmas afternoon and enjoying her family and the outdoors which they love. As a thank you to our blog readers Mountain Tots Sewing and co will be giving away a pair of grow with me pants that fit sizes 6m to 3t! All you have to do is Follow MountainTots Sewing and co. on Instagram and Monsterz Mama on Instagram and Tag a friend in the picture about MountainTots Sewing and co on our Instagram page and you will be entered. Winner will be announced on December 13th Blog.

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Win me – find out how above!

Like always I want to remind you that shopping small and shopping local helps support families in our community to follow their dreams while providing for their family. Give Mountaintots Sewing and Co a Like on Facebook and a Follow on Instagram to show your support or shop her online.

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xOx Chelsea 

 

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Photo Cred: Live Love North

Christmas Mini Feature: Urban Turban Towels

I am really excited about our next Mini Feature, Urban Turban Towels. Meet Sheree owner and creator of this small shop, based out of Prince George, BC. As an outdoorsy person Sheree really fell into this business. Having tried many of these style of towels and never finding that it was really the best fabric or fit. She decided to make her own. Urban turban are made of 100% Cotton Terry Towel – It actually feels like your holding a towel!! She makes them in a ladies size or girls, So you can also purchase them for your little mini’s.

I urbanturbanh better on my head than the ones I had previously tried. If you are in the Prince George area check out her Facebook to see where she can be found this holiday!

 

Remember shopping small is supporting someones dream so give this business some love, Like them on Facebook, Follow them on Instagram and Shop them on Etsy!

You may have also noticed that you can win an Urban Turban towel in our basket give away, so be sure to check out the basket blog to find out how to win!

xOx Chelsea 

Christmas Basket Giveaway!

I have been teasing all of you for weeks about this fabulous basket that I have put together showcasing tons of amazing local vendors. I have teamed up with some that I have worked with or featured previously and a few new ones!! So I am very excited to announce that starting today, and ending on December 11th at 5pm, you can enter to win this basket that is all from local vendors and priced at over $950!!!!

Here are the rules:

1.You must follow the following vendors on instagram (if you click the below links it will take you to their instagrams):

Taylin Threads, Poppy Lane Nests, Rayneography, LoVe Threads, Tumble and Roar, Nancy Grace Creations, Solobaby Designs, Rose Quartz Make up, Wings and Roots Crafts, Twincess and the Frog, Urban Turban Towel, Chrystalized Artz, Eye Candy Clothing Co, Aim High Fitness 

2. You must follow Monsterz Mama Blog on Instagram

3. You must tag at least 1 friend on the picture of the basket on Monsterz Mama’s Instagram page * Just to be generous for each friend you tag I’ll add additional entries!

4.Extra ways to enter: Copy the picture of the basket from Monsterz Mama’s instagram page and post on your instagram feed, tagging MonsterzMama, Share Monsterz Mama’s post on facebook tagging Monsterzmama (every post on instagram and share on facebook counts as an entry!!)

5. Winner will be chosen on December 11th at 5pm – all entries from then and the announcement on December 13th at 10am – will not be included. 

6. Winner must be able to pick up basket in the Fraser Valley or pay for shipping themselves. It should be noted that some of the items in the basket are services provided from the Fraser Valley.

 

Now to a detailed description of all that you can win!!

Vinyl Magic  $10 value
Vinyl Magic is a Surrey based business that specializes in making items personalized out of Vinyl for you. We partnered up to get a 2017 Christmas Bulb for your tree! Check them out on Facebook to place your personalized order for that special person on your list  and see the amazing products they create!

 

Poppy Lane Baby NestsPoppy Lane Nests $88-138 value depending on size purchased
Poppy Lane Nests was part of our Mini Christmas Features this year. This Kelowna based business is 2 women who make hand made baby nests for infants and toddlers! These are great for co-sleeping, traveling with or even just transitioning into the crib, pick yours up today or if you win the basket you get 35% off a personalized or ready to ship baby nest. How amazing is this deal!

23551093_1693865677352927_6636400128955657720_oRayneography $250 value
The talented duo from Rayneography are not only blissfully married but also take absolutely beautiful pictures while working together. Kelsey has been previously featured on our Ladies Page. We have partnered up with them to offer the winner a Portrait Session ($250 retail value) this includes a 2 hour session, location of clients choice, multiple wardrobe changes, and an online gallery for you to view all your pictures.

Barefoot Books By Stacia $10 Value
Barefoot books are amazing books that’s content teaches your child many lessons, from their bilingual books to their recipe and gardening books. Purchase books that are produced while focusing on recycling, producing products in sustainable ways and guess what all the ink is VEGETABLE based! Order your items now from facebook or online! But if you win the basket you get A free book, Alligator ABC’s. You can also check Stacia out on the Ladies Page.

Nancy Grace Creations $48 value
If you’re like me your probably sick of going to an event and people giving the same card as you? Well Nancy makes beautiful hand crafted cards making any card you have from her one of a kind! Purchase from her site or Facebook page. Winner receives 8 beautifully hand crafted cards for many different occasions. Also Check out Nancy Grace Creations blog feature from earlier this season.

soloSolobaby Designs $40 value
Solobaby was previously featured last Christmas and continues to support us by being a member of our Ladies page, as well as taking part this year in our basket!Winner receives a black 4 in 1 nursing scarf, it can work as a scarf, a nursing cover, a carseat canopy, as well as a shopping cart cover all while you wear it throughout the day!

rose quartzRose Quartz Make up $75 value
Maybe your exhausted and have been spending all your money on Christmas and you really need a pamper me day? Or maybe you’d love to have your hair and make up done for some Family photos or your Christmas party, well this is definitely the item for you! Rose Quartz Make up is a Langley based business who travels all over for weddings and other events. Owner and creator Shayla is a member of our Ladies Page, we’ve partnered up to offer the winner $75.00 gift certificate to Rose Quartz Make up!

AtwincessandafrogbasketitemA Twincess and the Frog  $30 value
As part of this years Christmas Mini Feature, we mentioned already that you would have the chance to win an aromatherapy bracelet as well as a baby’s rattle! This business is a great small business specializing in aromatherapy bracelets and childrens rattles and teething toys. Check out their feature for a discount code.

Urban Turban Towel $22 value
Many of you have probably used one of these before, but wait until you try this one. It is made of actual terry cloth cotton – Just so you know it is definitely better than the microfiber once, and feels like a real towel!! We’ve partnered up to offer the winner 1 urban turban towel. Hurry and order before December 8th to get yours before Christmas! They will be feature on our blog on Dec 6th.

Lip Sense by Charming Beauty Betties- Long Wear, Fuss Free Make-up $25 value
If you haven’t tried Lipsense yet you should, it really does last all day long. I have never fussed over lipsticks or lip glosses because I hated how I would eat or drink wine and it would be gone! But I assure you with Lip sense it will last for all of that! We have partnered up with Becky Lewis, Lip sense distributor to offer the winner 1 Sparkly Lipgloss.

LoVe Threads Handmade $22 value
This shop is a small shop based in my home town of Mission, Laura is an extremely talented mother of two. She makes knot head bands, head bands and tuques, from infants to moms and dads you can all match! In our basket we have a Mom and Toddler set for all your twinning needs.

img_2752Tumble and Roar $12 value
This local business is a family favorite. We have featured them on our blog twice – this Christmas and Last and Carlee is also a member of the Ladies Page. From West Coast Best Coast Sweaters to little boxer shorts this brand has great pieces that are sure to make a great gift for that little monster on your list! Check our this years feature for a discount. If you win the basket you get 1 pair of toddler boxer shorts!

aim highAim High Fitness: $120 value
As a member of our Ladies Page we are pleased to be teaming up with the talented Kate Towne, Owner and trainer at Aim high Fitness. We have got 4 – one on one sessions for the winner, just in time to work off all those holiday cookies!!

wingsandroots3Wings and Roots Crafts $30 value
Wings and Roots was previously featured this year on our Christmas Mini Feature, where we learned a little more about this talented Mother, Daughter duo. Their pieces are unique and well made, for the winner we’ve got $30.00 shopping credit so you can pick out your favorite pieces!

1459731_671233989563741_1416410716_nUprise Coffee  $30 value
One of my favorite business here in Mission, BC, Uprise Coffee. We did a feature on them earlier this year after finding them in a the local Shop Mossy Creek and Co. Their hand roasted coffee is exactly what you need to get stuff done this Christmas. They know you need it, so for the lucky winner we have got not 1, not 2 but 3 bags of their hand Roasted coffee just for you!

chrystalized artzChrystalized Artz $50 value
From a local artist in Mission BC, who is also a member of our Ladies Page we have a beautiful painted water color painting of the mountains. Chrystal is an extremely talented artist who paints water colors and also does portraits. Check her out on Facebook for that special gift.

Taylin Threads $26 value
Taylin Threads, who was featured last Christmas on the blog and who is a member of our Ladies Page has teamed up with us again this year to show her continued support. We’ve got a pair of these super cute harem pants that are perfect for the holidays! Check her out online to see all the amazing deals she has to offer this season and order quick to get it for the holidays.
img_2967Eye Candy Clothing Co $55 value
This business is actually not local! They are a small shop from Oshawa, Ontario. But guess what this amazing company is a family business! My mother in law and Uncle Tim run this business and both used to live here in Mission, BC. We absolutely love their hand died tye die pieces and are pleased to say we’ve got one for all the kiddos in your life Winner receives 1 – 12m baby onsie, 1 kid small T-shirt, and 1 Kid size 8 shirt. Check them out on Facebook or online to order yours. Check out Laura on the Ladies Page.

 

Now that I have spilled the beans on everything that is in the basket, head to your instagram, follow the vendors and WIN THIS Amazing basket!!!

Good Luck

xOx Chelsea 

the winner of our fabulous basket totaling a value of $950.00 is @mrscjanderson

Christmas Feature: MLG Creations

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Our next Christmas Feature comes from Langley, BC, MLG Creations is a handmade custom design business. They make everything from Wood Carved home decor to Clothing IE: Candles, Stained Glass, Ornaments, home decor, Car decals, and personalized clothing. Melissa is the Owner and Creator of MLG Creations, who is also a wife and mother of 2 beautiful children.

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MLG Creations makes a large variety of products and Melissa tries to incorporate recycled materials as much as possible, some times these materials are found on family walks by the water or in the woods, anything that can be salvaged she tries to use. Melissa had always dreamt of having her own business, so she started slow doing it in her spare time but has since been able to leave her full time job and just work on her business.

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Owning your own business isn’t without challenges, Melissa describes the hardest part being trying to balance work and home life when the busy season of Weddings and Christmas come around. But being able to create her own schedule and not miss family events, and to be available to anyone who is sick in her family means the most to Melissa. Melissa’s advice to other business owners is to never give up, even it seems like you’ll never be successful keep pushing!

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Melissa’s small business offers pick ups from her home in Langley, or other spots ranging from Mission, BC to Burnaby, BC. You can also find her at Winter Wonderland Christmas Bizarre on December 9th at the Shannon Hall in Surrey, BC from 10-4pm.

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So what is Melissa’s families favorite Christmas tradition takes place on December 1st, when they hall out all the ornaments, and set up the tree enjoy hot cocoa, wine and Christmas carols. Melissa’s business is a caring family run business that takes pride in each item they hand make especially for you, she does her best to bring all your visions to life. So remember when you shop small this season, you are supporting a family in your community, so give this business some love, like them on Facebook, and follow them on Instagram.

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Since most of Melissa’s items are customized she has decided to thank our readers by giving 20% off to our blog readers, just use Monsterz20 when purchasing your items for 20% off code will be good until December 24th 2017, so be sure to check her out.

 

xOx Chelsea