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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Photo Cred: Live Love North

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