Goodbye 2019! Hello 2020!

 

Wow, I cannot believe the year is gone, its been a wild one. With 11 months of it on maternity leave I feel so incredibly blessed to have gotten to spend so much quality time with my kids. This year was a big year for my husband and I, he started a new job, we had a new baby and we realized how busy life truly can be!

I think I will always remember this year for how great it was. It brought us so many blessings, and a few bumps but at the end of it all I feel so blessed. I like taking time at the end of the year to look back and talk about some of my favorite memories. So, I put together my top 12 Favorite Memories of 2019! I also reviewed my goals for 2019 – how’d I do? and made some New Goals for 2020! Check it all out and then leave me a comment with your 2020 goals!

Top 12 Moments of 2019

 

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Sasquatch Mountain for my husband’s birthday

This takes the cake for January; my husbands Uncle was in town whom he shares a birthday with. So, we headed to Sasquatch Mountain – his Uncle is a bit of a dare devil. Decided to get lunch and go tubing, it was an amazing day the sun was shinning, and it was truly so much fun!! Pearce loved it and we could barely sneak him away. Brooks had a lot of fun watching but mostly just slept which made things easy! My husband and his Uncle forced me to go down too and I was so glad I did it was so much fun! I see us going back this year, but it will be a little harder to wrangle our busy little Brooks.

SNOW FUN! – Tubing at Nana’s House

My Favourite memory in February was tubing down the hill at my mom’s place in Mission. Growing up we had the best hill for sledding and all the neighborhood kids would come and go sledding. I was so excited for the snow this year and being able to take Pearce to my moms to go sledding. He is such a dare devil that he was running and jumping on the sled. I don’t think I have ever smiled so much! I absolutely love watching him and seeing how brave he is. We also had my best friend who used to be my childhood neighbor come and join and it made me feel young again!

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Family Trip to Gibson’s!

March was a bit of a tough month; our close family friend was in a motorcycle accident and for a few days we weren’t sure what the outcome would be! But we managed to sneak away to Gibson’s to visit our amazing friends and make some memories with the kiddos. My husband even snagged a picture of Brooks and I sleeping with our mouths open! It was a quick little trip with some amazing food, but it was needed!

 

Easter at Maan Farms

This one is an easy one, every year we take Pearce to Maan farms for their amazing Easter Egg Hunt and every year we have the best time! This year Pearce was super into it and it made the experience a lot more fun, we even searched for the golden egg – but we’re not successful at finding it! I had a little scare and lost him for about 10 mins but thanks to my amazing friends I attended the event with they managed to keep me calm and help me find him. We learnt a big lesson that day about not running away from where we are playing!

 

Our Family Trip to Vernon for the Laverman Wedding

It was hard to narrow it down, May was such a good month, but going to Vernon for 5 days and getting away from everyday life was amazing! I got to spend some quality time with my kids and sister and family. We rented the cutest house which made it so amazing to enjoy our stay with 2 kids. The wedding was stunning, and Vernon must be one of the cutest little towns to explore in the Okanagan. Stopping at the Kangaroo Farmwas a highlight for us and made us want to go back and stay in Lake Country next time! We also lucked out and were in Vernon at the same time as my Dad’s annual soccer tournament, so we got to watch 2 of my dad’s soccer games – which I haven’t done since I was a kid. I drove home that weekend feeling so refreshed, and so happy!

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Top Mom Blogger Event

The top Mom Blogger event in downtown Vancouver put on byVancouver Mom was an amazing event. I got to meet so many amazing women who are doing awesome things. I have bonded with many of these women and became friends. The event truly had me step outside of my comfort zone and challenge myself and for that I am forever grateful. The second part of the event was Leading Moms was an incredibly inspiring event where so many wonderful women spoke about just ways, they have bettered life, struggles they have had. For me I walked away from the better feeling better about myself and having a few extra skills to take on life.

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Cultus Lake Adventure Park

July was an amazing Month, we did so much, so many trips to lakes, beaches, water parks. But the best day was when we went to Cultus Lake Adventure Park for their 30th anniversary event and literally put a shift in staying they’re for 8 hours. I only made it through the day because of my waterproof baby wrap that Brooks slept in. But wow it was so much fun! Pearce went on so many water slides, played nonstop and had 0 tantrums! He still talks about it, “Remember when we went to the big water park in Chilliwack, wasn’t that fun mom?” I love that we were so graciously given the experience to make wonderful memories with our kids.

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August Long Weekend/Pearce’s Birthday!

August was another fun month, and I pulled one over on my husband which was super fun! I planned a surprise golf day with him with a ton of his friends and then we had a huge BBQ at our house after with our close friends, and headed to whistler the next morning for some R&R. It was an awesome weekend, and the perfect quick get away.

Pearce’s Birthday started a little stressful for me getting in a tiny accident before the party but after dealing with that it was such a fun day. We had his party at Play Abby as per his request and it was a Life of Pets theme. He played so much and ate so many goodies and was completely spoilt. Gone are the days of Mom’s pinteresting party ideas, because he has already planned what his themes are for the next 4 years and what fun place will be hosting them!

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The Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms

A huge highlight was attending the Sunflower Festival at Maan Farms – What an incredible display they put on! Everything was done so well, and the kids absolutely loved it!! I think my favourite was the blue truck parked in the middle of the sunflowers. I was so impressed! We spent the day running through the sunflowers and enjoying the delicious Mama Maans Butter Chicken. I know you want to know the wine is delicious! We sipped wine and relaxed while the babies napped, and it was one of my favorite memories with a few of my favorite people.

 

Hallowe’en & Brooks is One!

Hallowe’en was my favorite day in October. We had the best day, starting it off nice and early by checking out the events at the Mission Leisure center – CRAZY, but so much fun. Then we went home for a nap and headed to Historical Downtown Mission for trick or treating, which the kids loved. After dinner it was back out Trick or Treating in a nearby neighborhood and after each house the kiddos had to show each other what they got – so genuinely excited for their little treats. Our little baby also turned one and we did a Time Flies theme that was so much fun!

Kaitlyn Bristowe Fall Crawl Tour

One of my highlights of this year was getting to see Birds Papaya and Kaitlyn Bristowe in Vancouver with my gf. I absolutely love Kaitlyn she can always put me in a good mood with her sense of humor, but bird’s papaya aka Sarah is just so inspiring and beautiful and brilliant. I left leaving feeling so motivated to change my mentality.

December all together!

I absolutely loved December, it seriously brought so much joy! From going to glow with the kiddos and getting to spend extra time with my hubby and the kids. It was the best. It was so nice to have extra time with the kids after returning to work last month. But I also got interviewed for a podcast which was HUGE for me, and seriously one of the biggest highlights of my life. If you haven’t listened to it, go check it out, its all about Self love and motherhood.

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My Goals For 2019:

Get myself back – Take time each day doing something for myself – I am more than just a mom 

Wow that statement – I am more than just a mom, I am so glad I made this a goal for myself because I can honestly say that for the most part I totally crushed this goal!

Stop and Enjoy the children – Sometimes I get so caught up in each day, and getting through it, I don’t take time to stop and enjoy how beautiful little boys are

I think every parent wishes they did this more, Hopefully I can continue to take time to enjoy each of my children just a little bit more each year.

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Go on a family trip – Now that we are a family of four, I really want to go on a trip with our little fam and start showing the kids all the cool places this round thing has to offer. 

Well we didn’t go on too many trips, but we did make it on a few that were fun! Hopefully more in the years to come 🙂

Stress Less – This past year did nothing if not show me that all things work out. So, I just want to spend less time stressing myself out and more time just having faith in life. 

This is another goal I can honestly say I have accomplished. I stress so much less about the small stuff. Not only does it make life easier, but it has really helped with my anxiety.

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2020 Goals: 

I have been thinking long and hard about what I want my goals to be for 2020 and what is going to be important for me to accomplish, Here goes:

Spend less time on things that aren’t important to me and more time focusing on the good things around me:

I spent a lot of time this year putting effort and time into things that weren’t important to me and into people that don’t return it. I have so little time that I can put towards things I want, so for 2020, I want it to be about things I care about. I can sometimes get in my head and be a negative Nancy so I am hoping that by focusing more on what’s important to me I can also focus on the good things around me also!

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Learn to Run:

This is something I have wanted to do for a long time, I have always been a sprinter, and I am trying to spend less money next year and be a little more frugal so I want to look at spending less money on fitness, Running outside is free!

Cut debt in half:

So something that has never been huge to me is getting out of debt. Everyone seems to have debt, so it never really seemed important. But something that is the number one cause of divorce is money, so my husband and I want to ensure that money is never a reason for us to divorce. How are we doing that, by getting rid of debt, and spending less on things that are necessary. I’ll be sharing our journey on how to cut costs and reduce debt in the coming months!

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Do more things to the house:

When I first moved into our home, I had a lot of ideas on how to make it be a home I could love. But over the last year I let a lot of things around me really bring me down in this department and I got comfortable with just hating things around my home and doing nothing about it! So, I’ve decided that this year I want to do more projects around the home!

 

Those are my 4 New years goals, I hope that 2020 brings everyone everything that they desire and a lot of happiness, love and health!

I would love to hear what your New Years goals are, feel free to tell me in a comment below.

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xOx Chelsea

The Millennial Basket

I honestly didn’t think I would be able to pull off such a great giveaway that we just pulled off — but with the help of 24 other people I did. I had so much interest in the giveaway, that I decided to keep some items for an ADDITIONAL GIVEAWAY!! I know I know; you are excited!! But wait till you hear what’s in the basket. I have teamed up with 5 new vendors and 2 from the last basket to giveaway a wicked basket, that I want to call the Millennial Basket because I think its perfect for any Millennial!

This basket is worth over $500 and has some amazing items in it – Wish I could keep them all for myself, but unfortunately, I can’t! So here goes!

 

Ace Cams – Canada

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Ace Camera’s is a Canadian Distributor of action, dash, and surveillance cameras and accessories. In our basket we have a 4K Ultra HD Upgraded Wi-Fi Sports Action Camera. 16MP 170 Degree Extreme Wide Angle. It has a Near indestructible design with Solid Shell design that is built for the toughest environments, its waterproof, dust proof and shockproof case is resistant for up to 60M. It comes with 1 Waterproof Case, 1 Helmet Mount, 1 Bike Mount, 1 Charger, 1 USB cable, 1 Battery and 1 lens Cloth. Check them out for Quality cameras, with a full Canadian warranty. You can find them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and online! This makes the perfect gift for the adventurous special someone in your life.

 

Anthrodesk

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Anthrodesk is a Canadian company I have previously partnered with. I love their products and most importantly I love that they are working towards making an office space a healthier place to work and be! Anthrodesk has put a Laptop folded able table in our basket, its perfect for laying in bed and working on your laptop or even using to prop your laptop or tablet up and watch a movie, or show. Based out of Toronto, they have everything that you will need for maintaining a healthy lifestyle while working in an office. Whether you’re looking for the right accessory, desk converter or standing desk they’ve got you covered. You can find them on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Online. This makes the perfect gift for that soon to be college kid in your life!

 

Pouch Couch Canada

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Pouch Couch is a Canadian company that makes Hammocks, Inflatables (Pool Floaties), and Lounging inflatable couches. They have added a Blue Pouch Couch to our basket which are perfect for camping, going to the beach or just hanging out in your backyard. You can find them on Instagram, Facebook and Online. This is seriously the perfect gift for families, friends, and for the camper or beach lover in your life!

 

Wood Wear Sunglasses

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Wood Wear Sunglasses are Proudly Canadian. They make glasses and watches from natural walnut wood, with no plastic. Polarized with 100% UV protection, these sunglasses are clean, simple and socially responsible. Made from North American Walnut which is known for its attractive colors, grain patterns, strength and durability. These are the perfect gift for men or women, their frame is flattering! Check them out online to get this unique gift for that someone special in your life.

 

 

West Coast Alchemist

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he West Coast Alchemist was founded in Abbotsford, BC in October 2019 and is owned by my sister Laken. They are a brand-new company and are still developing but they care strongly about the quality of materials they use only sourcing out the best blends. Laken has dreamt about making products that people love having for as long as she can remember. They make wool blend blanket scarfs, pillows and more and can be found in store at the Blue Dandelion in Agassiz and Harrison. You can also follow them online on FacebookInstagram and Etsy. These blankets are perfect for so many people, men included, with lots of different styles and prints you can find one for everyone on your list!

 

Mason Jar Merchant

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Mason Jar Merchant is a small company that was founded in 2013. They make their tumblers by hand. Their company all started through their love of using glass instead of plastic to reduce the single use plastic. They used jars for eating, drinking, storing and decorating and before they knew it, they were decorating the jars and selling them at local markets. Glass is healthier by containing NO BPA or chemicals, and by its ability to eliminate single use plastic when used. They sell everything from vintage jars, jar labels, toppers, straws, and food storage. You can find their products in 27 stockists all over Canada and the US. They will also be Make it Vancouver on December 11 – 15th. You can also find them Online, on Facebook and Instagram. I absolutely love these pieces and think they are a great gift idea for Teachers, Friends and what I like best is that you can fill them with small gifts inside them.

Young and Free Creations

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Young and Free Creations is a Maple Ridge based small business founded in 2018. They are specializing in sarcastic apparel catering to those who love the outdoors. They make t-shirts, sweatshirts, door signs, and are open to customer orders. If you are looking for the perfect item that is customizable, they are the right company for you. They have donated a size XL unisex t-shirt that says, “Local Legend”, as seen above. Check them out on Instagram and Facebook. Perfect gift for that someone in your life that loves witty apparel.

 

Rules:

  1. Must be 18 years or older
  2. You must follow all vendors in contest on Instagram – Please do not follow to unfollow.
  3. You must have an open profile (you are more than welcome to make it private again after December 15th when the contest is over)
  4. Must be able to pick up the basket (lower mainland) or pay for shipping. Within 5 days or basket will be re-drawn.

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How to Enter:

  1. Follow Monsterzmama on Instagram
  2. Follow all 6 vendors on Instagram – Wood Wear is not on Instagram
  3. Like and Save the picture above on my Instagram page
  4. tag as many friends as you want, each tag is an entry – please make sure to tag each friend separately, any tagged on the same comment will only count as 1 entry.
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Find this picture on Instagram to enter

Bonus Entries:

  1. Like Mini Monsterz Mama on Facebook and all 7 vendors
  2. Share the Basket on Facebook and Instagram
  3. Post the basket on your page and tell me which product you want the most!

 

Contest Ends December 14th at 11:59pm PST. Winner will be announced December 15th at 7pm PST.

 

Please remember that you must be willing to pick up the basket or pay for shipping within 5 days, if you do not do so you will forfeit the basket.

 

As a special gift I have included an ornament in the basket

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xo Chelsea Helm

XMAS GIVE AWAY

It was 2 years ago I did my first basket giveaway, we put together a basket that year that was pretty spectacular and people loved it. Since then my life got crazy, and it felt like too much to do. I decided this year that I wanted to do it again, the funny thing is I don’t think people realize that as a blogger you start thinking about Christmas in August. As a way it felt I was wishing away my summer, but I also knew that with some work I could put together an amazing basket, which is what I have done for you.

This year I have teamed up with 25 amazing brands to put together a great basket, a basket  has over $1000 worth of amazing local product. I am so excited to give this basket away, and was super blessed to have it Kim Norcross Photography & Digital marketer help me take professional photos of the basket for me.

Below are all the products you will find in the basket :

Tumble And Roar Apparel (Delta, BC) – Tuque and boxers – Retail Value $ 34

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Tumble and Roar is a company that I have had the pleasure of partnering with now 4 times. This Delta based company was founded in December 2015 and is a true labor of love for owner and founder Carlee. She enjoys creating fun products that makes the kiddos smile. She absolutely loves seeing all the social media tags from her shoppers. Tumble and Roar employs local embroiderers and seamstresses for all the tuques and most product is sourced locally in North America. The boxer briefs are extremely sentimental to her family and the story behind them can be found here. You can find Tumble and Roar in Scout & Co (Richmond), Citrus Kids Collection (Nanaimo), Looby Doo Children’s Boutique (White Rock). They will also be at the Local Love Holiday Pop up (PItt Meadows) on November 24, Gordon Greenwood Elementary Holiday Market (Langley) on December 1st. If you are looking for adorable pieces of fun boxers to make potty training more fun check them out on Instagram, Facebook and online.

 

The Blue Dandelion Gifts and Collectables (Shop located in Harrison Hot Springs & Aggasiz, BC) Retail Value – $60

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The Blue Dandelion Gifts and Collectables is a small family business who care about their customers. They work hard to get great quality product at a reasonable price, while supporting local artisans. The Agassiz location was established in December 2017, and the Harrison Hot Springs location was established in April 2018. The stores sell everything from gifts for children such as clothing, educational toys, and puzzles, to jewelry, purses, scarves, home decor, and women’s fashion. They can be found on Instagram, Facebook (Agassiz / Harrison Hot Springs) and Online.

 

Carroway Crotchet (Maine Island, BC) – Tuque, Cowl Scarf, Fingerless Mittens – Retail Value – $90

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Carroway Crochet was founded in January 2015 by Pam Carr, a grandmother who lives on Maine Island. Pam loves to complete customer orders or try new patterns. All her items are handmade crochet and knit accessories and can be found online or at the following markets this season: iMade local Christmas Craft Fair (Vancouver) – November 15th, All about Events Christmas Market  (Langley)- December 7th, you can find Carroway Crochet on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, PinterestOnline or on Etsy.

 

Flora Hemp (Abbotsford, BC) 2 bath bombs and a bath bomb in a bag – Retail Value $24

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I am so excited to partner with Flora Hemp, they are a brand new company based in Abbotsford, BC launching on September 16th, 2019. They are a home-based business specializing in making high quality, small batch, natural bath bombs and other products. They recently launched a coffee scrub, and an aloe vera shaving gel. They are currently only selling through Instagram directly, so check them out for the perfect self care gift!

 

The 6th Scent Candles – (Langley, BC) Merry Christmas wood wick candle – Retail Value $21

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The 6th Scent Candle started in 2016 and specializes in soy wax candles with a wood wick. Their goal is to create a natural alternative for you and your home that keeps your space as green as possible, their products are manufactured as eco-friendly as possible by using materials that are easily replenished and recycled. They are currently stocked at 27 stockists from Tofino, BC to Ontario. They will be at the Elemental Trends Winter Market  (Richmond) on November 24th, The Crafty Affair Market (Delta) on November 30, New West Craft Winter Night Market On December 7th, and the Fort Langley Christmas in the Village Market on December 13. You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and online, Check them out for more gift ideas.

 

Oh So Lovely Online – (Parksville, BC) – 2 pairs of earings – Retail Value $28

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Oh So Lovely Online was founded in 2017 and is based on Vancouver Island. Their pieces are made for all ages and are reasonably priced so that you can add sparkle to your every day wardrobe without breaking the bank. Giving bank is extremely important to them, so with every purchase donations are made to their Christmas Hamper Program. Oh So Lovely can be found in Soak Lifestyle Boutique in Parksville, BC, Revived Vintage in Qualicum, BC, Neck of the Woods in Ladysmith, BC, Sugar and Spa in Airdrie, AB, Trends Design Team in Port Alberni, BC, and Spark Art Collective in Mission, BC. They will be attending the Merry Mingle Sip and Shop (Qualicum Beach) on November 19, and Last Stop Market on December 6 and 7th. They can also be found on Instagram, Facebook and online. These are the perfect gift for that special lady who loves to add some sparkle!

 

Mint + Co. – (Mission, BC) – 1 quote picture, 1 Hexagon Shelf – Retail Value $50

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Mint + Co is a Mission based business founded in 2018 by a couple in their back yard. They make hand made wooden pieces while playing fetch with their two dogs. They make everything from labels, wooden signs, coasters, and shelves. They also accept custom orders if you are looking for something specific. They can be found at Spark Art Collective (Mission), Bruce’s Market (Maple Ridge), with more coming soon. As well they can be found at the Walnut Grove Willoughby Christmas Market on November 23rd, the Winter Holiday Market (Richmond) on November 24th, and The Marketplace Pop up Winter Shop (Maple Ridge) on November 30. Or find them online on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy for that perfect custom gift!

Westcoast Alchemist – (Abbotsford, BC) – 1 Blanket/scarf/Shawl – Retail Value $100

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The West Coast Alchemist was founded in Abbotsford, BC in October 2019 and is owned by my sister Laken. They are a brand-new company and are still developing but they care strongly about the quality of materials they use only sourcing out the best blends. Laken has dreamt about making products that people love having for as long as she can remember. They can be found at the Langley Craft Market on November 16, as well as in store at the Blue Dandelion in Agassiz and Harrison. You can also follow them online on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy. They are also currently offering a discount code for Monsterz Mama Readers if you head to the discount page till November 30th.

 

Baby Boos Teethers – (Abbotsford, BC) – 5 bibs, 1 teether, & 1 muslin cotton receiving blanket – Retail Value $80

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Baby Boo Teethers was founded in 2017, by a mother of three boys whom is also a nurse and owns I Luv It Deodorant. Baby Boo Teethers gives back 10% of its profits, 5% to Breakfast Clubs of Canada to ensure that children are fed a nutritious breakfast and help reduce the amount of children going unfed, the other 5% is donated to BC Children’s Hospital, as Kristin and her children have been patients at the hospital. Baby Boo Teethers are CPSC, CPSIA, ASTM Toy Safety and Compliant, BPA Free, Phthalate free, Lead Free, Cadmium Free, and Eco Friendly. Baby Boo Teethers will be at The Olde Farmhouse Market  (Abbotsford) at the tradex on November 23 and November 24th and The Local Love Market (Pitt Meadows) on November 24th in Pitt Meadows. They can also be found in 11 stockists: Once Upon a Child Abbotsford and Chilliwack locations, Scout and Co (Richmond), Latier Sandie Belle, Looby Doo (White Rock), Spark Art Collective (Mission), Coastal Collective Co (Pitt Meadows), This Is It gifts (Langley), Paisley Boutique (Alaska), Tulip Kids (Toronto), and Dlux Home(Langley). Follow Baby Boo Teethers on Instagram, Facebook and Check them out online.

** To be entered to win the basket, you will need to like each vendor on Instagram, Facebook likes are bonus entries**

 

The Vagina Coach – (Port Moody, BC) – Prepare to Push & Your Pelvic Floor Books – Retail Value $60

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I am excited to say this is my second time teaming up with Kim Vopni aka The Vagina Coach. She works extremely hard to spread awareness about Pelvic health. I have personally completed her Kegel Challenge 2x after my second son and seen incredible results. Before completing the program, I didn’t really get how important Kegels were or how many muscles were involved with performing a Kegel correctly. She offers online programs and coaching for women through pregnancy and beyond via her two companies Bellies Inc and The Vagina Coach. Kim can be found on Instagram for (Vagina Coach/Bellies Inc), Twitter (Bellies Inc/ Vagina Coach), Facebook (Bellies Inc/Vagina Coach) and Online (Bellies Inc/Vagina Coach).

 

The Relaxation Hut – (Langley, BC) – 1 neck wrap & 1 Eye pillow – Retail $38

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The Relaxation Hut was founded in 2014 by Tammy a former Canadian Team Gymnast and Cirque du Soleil Acrobat. As a performer Tammy could never find something that worked for her aches and pains, so she started to design her own and that is how The Relaxation Hut Started. All her products are hand crafted with her two hands and made with love. All products made by the relaxation hut contain, Flax Seed, Lavender buds, and lavender essential oils. The Relaxation hut can be found in 25 retail locations throughout western Canada, here is a list. They can also be found at Crafty Affaire Holiday Market (Surrey) on November 16, The Olde Farmhouse Market (Abbotsford) on November 23rd and 24th, Crafty Affaire Holiday Market on November 30, Gordon Greenwood Holiday Craft Market(Langley) on December 1st and Walnut Grove Artisans MarketWalnut Grove Artisans Market on December 7th. You can also find them online, on Facebook and Instagram. These are the perfect gift for that busy person in your life that needs to slow down.

 

I Luv It Natural Deodorant – (Abbotsford, BC) – 2 jars of Deodorant – $43

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I Luv it Natural Deodorant was established in 2016 after struggling to find a chemical free deodorant on the market, she decided to make her own. After a few failed batches she found a recipe that was all natural, chemical free, cruelty free – That Worked! I Luv It Deodorant doesn’t make anything but deodorant, so they are able to focus on making it the best product around. They use only 6 natural, clean and pure ingredients and currently have 6 different scents. They can be found in 35 retailers across Canada and the US and will be at the Olde Farmhouse Market (Abbotsford) on November 23 and November 24 and the Local Love Market (Pitt Meadows) on November 24th. You can also find them online, on Facebook and Instagram. This is the perfect gift for someone who loves natural products.

Uchi – Roberts Creek, BC – 1 cow hide print bib – Retail Value $15

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This is my second time teaming up with Uchi, and I am very excited! This company is based in Roberts Creek, BC and was founded in 2011. They specialize in making easy to use baby carriers (even ones that can be worn in the water), pamper mom ponchos, and to reduce waste make small items out of the scraps, for instance bandana bibs and scarves. Uchi also does its part to give back by donating fabric remnants to local high schools and donating baby carriers and nursing covers to Baby Go Round. They can be found in Peggy Sue’s Gifts Boutique in Gibson’s or online on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Etsy. Their aqua carriers are the perfect gift for a spring or summer expecting mama.

 

Jems Designs – (Merritt, BC) – 1 wine glass – Retail Value $12

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Jem Designs was founded in 2015 but really took shape in early 2017, it started as a business making wooden signs and switch gears when she started to put together cheeky wine glasses for friends. It was always Jewels dream to own a store as a little girl she played shop and it was always called Jem’s Shop, Jem stemming from her initials J. E. M. They’ve slowly started to add other drink ware, spray bottles for cleaning supplies, wall decals and vehicle decals to their line. Jem Designs can be found in store at The Local Store (Langley), Town and Country Vintage Home (Maple Ridge), Coastal Collective (Pitt Meadows), Midtown Main (Vancouver), the Hive home and gifts (Squamish), Home Hardware Merritt, and The Art We Are (Kamloops) . They can also be found online on Facebook, Instagram. If you have someone who loves sassy little remarks these are the perfect gift!

 

Monkey Fly Memories – (Langley, BC) – 1 wine tumbler – Retail Value $15

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This Husband and Wife duo started their business in May 2017, they started off just making things for themselves and friends and then took the leap of faith to make their dream a reality. Both working full time, Monkey Fly Memories is their side hustle where they spread their sense of humour through their hilariously witty pieces. They make anything from door matts, wine glasses, oven mitts, to beer cozies. They can be found at The Local Space in Langley, Spark Art Collective in Mission, Coastal Collective in Pitt Meadows, and Omful Lounge in Chilliwack. They will also be at Belmont Holiday Fair (Langley) November 16th, Katzie Holiday Market (Surrey) November 23, Local Love Holiday Pop up (Pitt Meadows) November 24th, and the Market Place Pop up (Maple Ridge) November 30th. You can also find them online, on Instagram, Facebook, and Etsy. They carry the perfect gift for that special funny friend or family member.

 

Jars by Jodi – (Pitt Meadows, BC) – Jar of Salted caramel cookie mix – $12

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Jars by Jodi was founded in November 2015, to bring people together to bake and enjoy cookies and treats using the jars that they purchase or are given. Jodi is a mom of two little boys who are obsessed with cookies and inspire her to do what she does. She is always open to suggestions for new jar ideas so if you have one feel free to share it with her. Jars by Jodi can be found in 6 retails stores. They will also be at the Fort Langley Christmas Market Fundraiser – November 17th, The local Love Pop- Up Market (Pitt Madows) – November 24th, Market Place Pop-Up (Maple Ridge)- November 30th, Gordon Greenwood Holiday Craft Market (Langley)- December 1st. They can also be found Online, on Instagram, and on Facebook. My family absolutely loved making these cookies and will be gifting these to our friends who we want to share the gift of time together with.

Mason Jar Merchant – (Surrey, BC) – 2 Christmas Jar Tumblers – $50

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Mason Jar Merchant is a small company that was founded in 2013. They make their tumblers by hand. Their company all started through their love of using glass instead of plastic to reduce the single use plastic. They used jars for eating, drinking, storing and decorating and before they knew it, they were decorating the jars and selling them at local markets. Glass is healthier by containing NO BPA or chemicals, and by its ability to eliminate single use plastic when used. They sell everything from vintage jars, jar labels, toppers, straws, and food storage. You can find their products in 27 stockists all over Canada and the US. They will also be The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market (Abbotsford) on November 23rd and Make it Vancouver on December 11 – 15th. You can also find them Online, on Facebook and Instagram. I absolutely love these pieces and think they are a great gift idea for Teachers, Friends and what I like best is that you can fill them with small gifts inside them.

 

Periwinkle Paper Designs – (Vancouver, BC) – 1 – 3 Piece package of Bees wax food Wrap – $20

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Lisa (Mompreneur) and Madison (Kidpreneur) are local makers from Vancouver who 2 years ago founded Periwinkle Paper Designs. They create eco-friendly products, Beeswax food bags, Beeswax food wraps and unpaper towels that are washable, reusable and compostable. They are a passionate duo who care about their products, customers and creating a positive impact on the environment. They can be found this holiday season at Christmas Market at the Farm (Vancouver) – November 16th, Holly Family mas Market (Ladner)- November 16th, Steveston Christmas Craft Fair – November 23rd, Kitsilano Winter Market – November 30th, and Vancouver Holiday Bazaar – December 13, 14, 15. They can also be found in stores at Yoga Buttons (Vancouver), East West Market(Vancouver), Scout and Co(Richmond), Spark art Collective(Mission), and Cloverdale Pharmasave(Surrey). You can also find them online, on Instagram and Facebook. I love these for stocking stuffers!

 

Spark Art Collective – (Mission, BC) – Donated a J.B.&Co Herbal Soak – Retail Value $25

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Spark Art Collective is a beautiful little store in downtown Mission that was established in July 2018. It features all local artists in their gallery as well as a wonderful selection of gifts from local vendors, they also offer art classes. They have added to the basket a Downstairs herbal soak from J.B. and Co. You can find their class schedule here. This is my favorite place to go in Mission for gifts as they have something for everyone on your list! You can find them on Facebook, Instagram and their website.

 

Olivers Creations and Co – (Port Moody, BC) – Swaddle Set – Retail Value $45

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I am so excited to be featuring Oliver Creations and Co, I found them last year at the Whonnock Christmas Market, when I was pregnant with my son and got some little slippers and matching tuque for him. Since we have purchased 4 blankets, that we absolutely love! Everything is designed and hand made in Caitlyn’s home studio, it was originally started in 2016 by her cousin who then turned it over to her in 2017. They offer one of a kind hand made bunnies that are available for purchase locally and seasonally, and also offer personalized blankets, and muslin swaddles. You can find their items in store at Town and Country Vintage Home (Maple Ridge) or at the Collective Winter Market (Pitt Meadows – Sky Hanger) – November 15 and 16th. You can also find these items on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. These pieces are the perfect gift for a fresh new baby or a special little one.

 

Farmstead Naturals – (Dewdney, BC) – Gift Box of 3 hand made items – Retail Value $24

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Farmstead naturals was established in March 2017 on a small farm in Deroche, BC. Their products are a line of hand-crafted bath and beauty products. They are made from natural ingredients. Crystal started Farmstead Naturals after discovering a love for creating all natural, safe skincare and household products while staying home to raise her four children. They can be found this holiday season at Bald Eagle Festival (Deroche) – November 16 & 17, The Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market(Abbotsford) – November 23 & 24, Murrayville Holiday Market (Surrey) – November 29, 30, December 6 & 7,  Make it Vancouver (Vancouver) – December 11 – 15th. You can find the on Etsy, Instagram and Facebook. These are the perfect stocking stuffer or gift for a teacher.

Services Featured in the Basket:

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Sucre By Cass – (Abbotsford, BC) – 1 $50 GC for Sugaring Services, and 1 Loose Bath Bomb – Retail Value $55

 

Sucre by Cass is a home-based natural hair removal business. Sugaring is a natural hair removal method that uses natural ingredients to remove hair and is less painful that waxing. Sucre by Cass offers services from Legs, to Brazilians and offers competitive pricing. Cass has been a certified sugar technician since late 2017. Her home-based business is in Abbotsford, BC and this gift card can be used on any of the services she provides. Keep this gift card or gift it to a friend, its the perfect gift to get New Years Ready! You can find Sucre By Cass on Instagram, and book appointments through Facebook.

 

Dash of Lash – (Mission, BC) – 1 GC for a Eyebrow Tint and Wax Service – Retail Value $21

Dash of Lash was founded in November 2015, Ally originally went to school at Blanche Mac Donald for the complete global make up program and graduated in 2016. After graduating she continued working at a day spa where she learned aesthetics and took her first lash course. She now offers everything from make up to facial waxing, skin care services and lashes. As part of the giveaway she has put in a Eyebrow Tint and Wax service. I highly recommend as she is my eyebrow girl and I wouldn’t trust anyone else!

 

Nikki Lashes (Mission, BC) – 1 GC for Dermaplanning – Retail Value $89

Nikki started working at Bella Beauty Bar in 2016. Since starting she has completed courses on skin care, and lash extensions and tinting. Bella Beauty Bar is in the heart of historical downtown mission. They offer anything from lash extensions, spray tans, dermaplaning and microneedling. Nikki has gifted a dermaplanning service which is the process of removing peach fuzz and dead skin that trap bacteria on the service of your skin and cause break outs and acne. After dermaplanning service your skin is left feeling smooth and glowing! This is the perfect service for someone who needs a little extra love. You can find Nikki on Instagram and Facebook and find a full list of services here.

 

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  1. Because the basket has services in the lower mainland, I am going to put a rule that you have to be able to arrange pick up in the lower mainland to get the basket – it is FAR too heavy to ship! If you aren’t local but have someone who can pick it up for you, that works too – not will only hold basket for 10 days after closing. But please note there are services in the basket that are for the lower mainland so you can gift these services if you win and aren’t local.
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Good Luck Everyone! 

xOx Chelsea