Today I am very excited to share an up and coming online market with you, Lovely Finds Market. This market was established in February 2020 – What a time to come to life! But even through Covid 19, Tabitha is growing her brand. She brings Quality, natural Canadian products to you, in one place. I know for me it’s always annoying having to go to 1 website for soap, another website for candles, and another website for my bath bombs. But what if they were all in 1 place? Well now they are!
Tabitha started her business 5 months ago with the hopes of bringing quality brands to one place, to make shopping and finding these products easier for us the consumers. The best part, all products in Lovely Finds Market are made in Canada. I don’t know about you, but that has become super important for me to support local – especially with everything going on in the world.
A little about the women behind the brand, Tabitha Hobbs resides in the Fraser Valley with her husband Bryan and 2 senior chihuahuas, and 1 medium sized Thailand Street dog. She is a huge animal lover, who adopts from shelters -as she grows, she will donate portions of sales to animal rescues. She started this business to bring her love of nature and her passion for using natural products to others.
All of the products in Lovely Finds Market are Canadian made, from a small business, 100% natural ingredients derived from nature or plants. 80% of the current inventory are vegan for those who prefer them. They have Eco Friendly packaging, none of the products are tested on animals, and the best prices our sourced for the consumer.
I recently have started to move towards reducing our waste – 1 piece of garbage at a time. In doing this we tried the Goldilocks reusable beeswax food wraps. I absolutely love these wraps; I have never found plastic wrap to be easy to work with and always found it incredibly wasteful. But Goldilocks Wraps are so easy to use and look super pretty in your fridge. Not to mention that they keep food fresh longer than plastic wrap. I highly recommend checking them out – These can be found online at Lovely Finds Market.
Another product that is carried on Lovely Finds Market is Farmstead Naturals Handmade Baby Soap. We have been using this product and only this product on the boys for almost 10 months now. And I absolutely love it, it smells great and it is so gentle on their skin. We use it to wash their skin and their hair and they come out smelling so good and so soft! The best part it’s made of olive oil, Calendula Flowers and Chamomile Flowers, so its super gentle.
I was very excited to try Lily and Ollie Designs Microwavable Heat Pack – I don’t know about you but there is nothing more satisfying than curling up with your favorite candy the heat pack and good chick flick when you’ve got cramps. I found this to be so helpful for my bad cramps, I also love that it is lavender scented as I have had microwave packs in the past that are not scented, and they become very smelly with time. They are also very easy to use and care for!
Last but certainly not least I also tried my first Shower Steamer from Zombear Writes, of course I tried Eucalyptus Flavor as it smells amazing. It was so easy to use, and I got 2 showers out of it. I had an extra-long shower and found the aroma to be extremely relaxing. As someone who suffers from mental health issues the aroma really relaxed me and made me less anxious. I highly recommend checking them out online as Lovely Finds Markets has many different options.
It wouldn’t be fair to end the introduction of this amazing up and coming business without giving a little something back to the readers am I right? Well I have partnered up with Tabitha from Lovely Finds Market to give 1 lucky winner a 9 oz Madeleine and Minou Soy Candle (100% soy, and phthalate free fragrance and essential oils), the candles are handcrafted in Brandon Manitoba, The scents are so fresh and really set the summer mood and a $50 shop credit to use on Lovely Finds Market. Head over my Instagram to Enter to win.
Winner will get to choose the Scent of their choice, and it will be shipped directly to you.
Scents to choose from:
All Summer Long – Sweet Grass & Summer blooms the right amount of summer flowers & fresh Grass
Summer of George – Starfruit & Aloe – gives off a cozy warm vibe and inspired by one man’s ambition to make this summer the best one yet
South Beach Crush – Kiwi, Coconut & Mango – smooth and fruity that will have you dreaming of beaches and cocktails
Tropical Splash – Melon, Mango & Mint – Cucumber melon with a kick of mint that will freshen up any room!
As always I urge you to head over to Lovely Finds Market on Instagram, Facebook and check out this amazing up and coming business, where great things come together to give you more!
Initially this blog post was going to be launching to discuss some tips for things to do in Downtown Langley over spring break. Since writing this blog the situation of COVID-19 has changed drastically and it became apparent to me that it didn’t seem right to post the same blog I had originally written. Therefor I decided to re-write this blog post, to be more relevant for the current situation we find ourselves in.
In the past few days, we have watched so many things we love be cancelled – its easy to get sucked into a negative head space in a time like this. But its extremely important that we think positive and continue to support one another in this time, it is not only a hardship for you, but for many others.
I want to talk about a few things that aren’t cancelled. Getting outside isn’t cancelled, and you can do it anywhere – especially if you aren’t showing any symptoms, haven’t been in contact with anyone who is, or haven’t traveled in the last 3 weeks.
A few weeks ago, Pearce and I enjoyed a special day together, we went with friends down to Downtown Langley, a historical part of Langley made up of over 500 unique shops, services and restaurants. The area offers free parking, so you can stop for a minute or a few hours and wonder around.
I realize for some of you, you may not want to venture for a walk, but you can also go for a drive, and if you’re going to do that, downtown Langley is the right stop, it has over 20 beautiful murals (14 of which can be seen without even getting of your car). Not to mention several amazing restaurants that you can order food and pick up from (or skip the dishes) if you are not up for eating in. There is also a ton of amazing shops downtown, some of which are still open with reduced hours, and others that are just doing online orders.
When Pearce and I visited a few weeks ago I wanted to make it a fun day for us, so I turned the mural walk into a treasure hunt (Pearce currently loves treasure hunts). I made special clues for us to read that would lead us to each mural and we picked up a mural walk map from Discover Downtown Langley Business Association (these can be found here). We loved that the mural walk took us weaving through all the stores, and even to Douglas Park for a break with some much-needed play time. Then it was back on the hunt for the next mural. As the day went on Pearce got very creative with his poses, and a bit of a sugar high as we enjoyed a few treats along the way. Pearce absolutely loved his treasure hunt day which ended with $20 dollars to spend in Sticky’s Candy Store. You can use the clues below to go on the same hunt we went on.
After we finished our mural walk – It was time for me to shop! I am so glad we did the mural walk as I had no idea downtown Langley had so many amazing stores – stores I would not have even known about if I didn’t do the walk. I got a huge haul – a new door mat (Whalecome) and an adorable mustard t-shirt from The Passionate home. A MAMA Sweater, a Hot dog T-shirt for Pearce, a ceramic soap dish, and a kitchen floor mat from This is It Gifts, and A Smash and Tess Romper, a Stitch Please Scrunchie, a jar of Jars by Jodi Cookie Mix, a Sushi t-shirt for Brooks from The Local Space. Oh and of course I also got a bag of Candy from Sticky’s.
I realize that at this time, you may not feel comfortable going out and doing the mural walk but I want to share with you the many ways in which you can support the Downtown Langley Businesses in other ways:
You can support them by liking them on social media:
(go to their page and like it, like their post, share their post, share an old post of when you were last there.)
Jump online and give them a yelp review, a google review, or even a Facebook review.
Buy gift cards from local restaurants and stores to use at a later time
Reschedule appointments for a few weeks from now instead of cancelling.
I know that we are a strong community and we will get through this and I want to give us all something to look forward to for when that happens or to help you support these local businesses now. which is why I have teamed up with Discover Downtown Langley to give away $50 downtown Dollars to 1 lucky follower. See below to find out how you can win!
I am so excited to announce an awesome giveaway I have teamed up with some amazing Canadian brands to give you a great basket that you and your special someone can enjoy this valentine’s day! Whether you are staying in or going out this basket gives you and your loved one something for each of you!! This amazing basket is worth $250.00 and comes to you from all Canadian Companies.
Here is a little something to know about each brand:
Young and Free Creations:
Young and Free Creations is a Maple Ridge based business founded in 2018. They specialize in sarcastic apparel catering to those who love BC Life. They have men and women’s t-shirts, sweatshirts, door signs, aprons, and are open to customer orders. If you know a sarcastic person who loves a good gift, this is the place to be. Tennessee and her family will be spending a quiet Valentines day in with her two beautiful boys. You can find them on Facebook and Instagram, send a message for personalization’s. IN the basket we have a red apron from Young and Free Creations.
I am very pleased to be partnering with Flora Hemp for the second time. They are a new company that began in September 2019. They are a home-based business specializing in making high quality, small batch, natural goods. Everything from Clay bead keychains, bath bombs, bath salts, beard oil, lotion bars, shaving gel, lip balm, shower steamers, magnesium oil and so much more. In our basket we have a mini lotion bar, Pretty in pink bath salts with mini bath bombs, a large coffee and cream bath bomb and a coco vanilla lip balm. You can find them on Instagram and facebook where they share upcoming local markets, as well as current deals. Kara and her family will be spending their thanksgiving together enjoying dinner and a movie in.
JEM Designs was founded in 2015 but really took shape in early 2017, it started out as a business making wooden signs and switched 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 always incorporated “JEM” into the shop name, JEM stemming from her initials J. E. M. They then started adding 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! Jewels will be celebrating Valentine’s Day with her 2 daughters and husband. Ordering pizza for dinner and once the girls go to bed mom and dad will pop a bottle of wine and some popcorn and sink into the couch to watch a good movie. In our basket we have 2 wine glasses to share with your partner.
Jars By Jodi:
Jars by Jodi was beginning in November 2015, with the goal of bringing people together to bake and enjoy cookies and treats using the jars they purchase or are given. Jars by Jodi sells cookie and dessert mixes layer in a mason jar. They make the perfect gift or part favor and are easy way to make treats at home. From what started as a budget friendly Christmas gift for her family her business has quickly grown into a home-based business, with 5 retailers and various markets each year, they also offer local pick up in Pitt Meadows, BC. Jodi is the sole owner and operator of this business; she does get support from friends and family. Jars by Jodi is the reason that she can stay home Monday-Friday with her 2 boys, which she is incredibly thankful for. Jodi is also always open to new flavors if you have ideas let her know! You can find Jars by Jodi online, on Instagram, Facebook and in store at Artisan Gifts and Flowers (Coquitlam, BC) ,Coastal Collective and Co (Pitt Meadows, BC), Hopcott Meats (Pitt Meadows, BC), Midtown Main (Vancouver, BC), The Local Space (Langley, BC), Two Trees Tofino (Tofino, BC). This Year for Valentines Day Jody and Her husband are taking a kid free weekend away. In our basket we have 1 delicious Spicy Hot Chocolate mix.
I am excited to be partnering with one of my favorite local business’s, I use their products daily in my home. Farmstead Naturals is a line of hand-crafted beauty and bath products made by Crystal herself on her farm in Deroche, BC. She is a famers wife and a mother of four who started this business when her Mother in Law taught her how to make soap, she would give it out as a gift, and then people started to ask for more, and she began to make more products. The kids would get sick, so she would make a vapour rub, she hurt her back, so she made a muscle salve, etc. In our basket we have 1 handmade lavender soap, 1 handmade charcoal soap, 1 vanilla lip balm, 1 peppermint lip balm, and 1 Vanilla whipped body butter. You can find Farmstead Naturals on Etsy, Instagram, and Facebook or in store at This is it! Gifts (Langley), Gallery 202 (Mission), Pacific Arts Market(Vancouver), Unika (Chilliwack, and Langley). They will also be at the Olde Farmhouse Vintage Market April 4-5 at Tradex in Abbotsford. On Valentines day Crystal and her husband plan to put the kids to bed early and enjoy each others company.
Nancy Grace Creations:
I partnered with Nancy a few years back for a Christmas giveaway, so I am super excited to be partnering with her again. Nancy Grace Creations are home made greeting cards for every occasion. Nancy is the owner and maker of all the produces they sell. She is also a mother of 2 who has always been artistic. Making business cards happened by happy accident, Nancy loved making keepsakes and scrapbooking and cards for her family, who started to request she make them hand made cards for them to gift. From there she started to attend markets and the business was started. Nancy will be spending Valentines day in enjoying a home cooked meal with her family. They Can be found Online, on Facebook, or Instagram. In our basket we have 4 hand made Valentine’s day cards from Nancy Grace creations.
Third Spoon Honey:
I am very excited to be working with Third Spoon Honeyin this basket. They are a family run apiary (bee farm) located in Mission, B.C. Mandy, and her parents Ron and Karen, her husband Adam and their 2 older children take care of the bees as a team. Taking care of the bees is a lot of work it requires, weekly health checks, feeding before and after nectar flow, and maintaining colony size, extracting and filtering honey, and they also filter wax which they then make lots of products out of. Currently their farm has 37 hives, but they hope to expand to 100 hives this spring! This business started as a hobby of Mandy’s father Ron’s but has since grown to be a busy bee business! All their honey is unpasteurized, making it taste very different from store bought honey. It’s not recommended for anyone who is pregnant or under the age of 1. Raw honey will eventually crystallize but is still okay to eat! You can find Third Spoon Honey on Instagram and Facebook, they currently just do farm to gate style pick up and meet customers locally in Abbotsford, Mission and Maple Ridge. We have 1 large jar of their unpasteurized honey in our basket for you and your partner to share this Valentines day! Mandy and her family will be sharing some sushi with their kids and enjoy a low-key Valentines day this year!
I am excited to be able to partner with my long-time friend Chrystal, a local artist and poet from the Fraser Valley. Her artwork focuses on landscape, florals, and portraits, I have 2 of her pieces in my home that I absolutely love. After Chrystal’s first baby she found herself with Post Partum Depression and no outlet but her poetry to release her feelings. It was through this she began to write how she really felt about this phase of her life and her poetry journey began. She has since self published her first Poetry Chapbook “Love Me and Die”. This Chapbook is a string of poems, musings, and prose that she has written over the last 5 years. These poems can be described as charged, provocative and for adult eyes. Chrystal has done custom portraits, as well as been involved in many art shows in the Fraser Valley. She also has her pieces for sale at Hottie’s Italian Food Emporium,a family run eatery in Stave Falls, BC. You can find Chrystal online, on Facebook, Instagram or email her to purchase your own copy of her book, or to get your one of a kind portrait for that special someone. This valentine’s day Chrystal and her family will enjoy a hot home cooked meal and some chocolate and once the kids go to bed, some important mom and dad time. In our basket we have a copy of Chrystal’s book along with a double side water print card she painted.
Black Fly Beverage Company:
Black Fly Beverage Company was Ontario’s first microdistilery in 2005, opened by husband and wife Rob Kelly and Cathy Siskind-Kelly. Their vision was to create more natural and less sweet premium spirit beverages using quality ingredients and innovative packaging. Like the iconic Canadian Insect after which the company is named Black fly started small with determination to fly under the radar and deliver a mighty bite. All black fly beverages are made with Real juices, Real cane sugar (not high fructose corn syrup), Real CANADIAN vodka, real Mexican tequila, and all beverages are gluten free. They can be found online, on Instagram, Facebook and and in stores near you all over Canada. In our basket we have 1 four pack of vodka cranberry, 1 four pack of long island iced tea, and 2 singles.
How to Enter:
Like @monsterzmama on Instagram and the brands @xjemdesigns @jarsbyjodi @chrystalizedartz @nancy_grace_creations, @farmsteadnaturals, @thirdspoonhoney, @Blackflybooze
Comment on the basket picture on my page – tag a friend (separate comments), each tag is an entry
Share on Instagram – make sure to tag us so we see
Post on your Instagram – make sure to tag us so we can see
Must be 19 years or older
If you win the basket and are unable to pick up, you are in charge of the cost of shipping and communicating with me after draw to ship.
Basket must be picked up by February 14th the latest otherwise it will be re-drawn.
This basket is in no way associated with facebook or instagram.