Meet Gina, a mother of 5 and the creator and owner of A Twincess and a Frog. When Gina had her first child and wanted to follow in her heritages tradition and give her child jewels. Since Gina was not working at the time they did not have a lot of money, everything she found was much out of her price range. It wasn’t until having her 4 other children that Gina decided to start her own business in making children jewelry. Her business specializes in silicone toys, pram garlands, birthstone bracelets, aromatherapy diffuser bracelets, gemstone bracelets and soon sterling silver bracelets; all for baby, Mom, Dad or get one for everyone to match! Gina can also do custom orders, so if you are looking for something specific or would like a necklace she can also create those for you as well.
If you are wondering where you can get a Twincess and a Frog, you can buy them online or you can visit them at The Christmas Craft Fair at Lynn Fripps Elementary School in Langley on Dec 2/17 @ 10 am to 3pm, as well as Winter Fair at the Pitt Meadows Heritage Hall on December 3/17 10:30am to 4:30pm.
You can also use our special promo code Monsterzmama10 to get 10% off everything on a Twincess and a Frog’s Facebook page as well as on their custom orders, Code is good until December 31st/2017!! They will also have a mommy aromatherapy bracelet made with White howlite and Volcanic lava beads and a rattle in our basket that we are giving away from December 3rd – December 13th so be sure to check back on the blog to see how you can win these beautiful pieces.
Give this small shop some love and follow them on instagram or give a quick like on Facebook!
Meet husband and wife duo who are the team behind this Surrey, BC based business, Parkside Home and Co Kellie and Mike, pictured above with their 2 beautiful children. Kellie and Mike started their business after having their first child. Kellie had a vision to have a beautiful nursery with hand crafted pieces. Their first piece was a growth ruler, which they then made some for friends, and eventually decided to sell them. Kellie the creative vision and Mike the handy man. As they both work demanding full-time jobs, this business is ran on a few hours a night that they describe as “Date Night”.
Parkside home and co is a rustic modern farmhouse design company that makes hand-made wood pieces for your home. Each piece is custom, just like the wood it was made with, each stain takes differently to the product because of how different each piece of wood is, so every customer receives a completely original piece. Although their business is based in Surrey, BC, they also offer a local pick up in East Vancouver. They make anything from Growth Rules, farm door baby gates, coffee tables, benches and blanket ladders. They have in stock pieces you can buy as well as they can make customer pieces for you as well. You will also be able to find Parkside and Co at their first Christmas fair this year, Steveston Community Centre Craft Fair from 10-4 on Saturday November 25th.
Kellie and Mike describe the most challenging part of running their business is time management. Fitting in time for the business, and family while continuing to work full-time jobs. After starting their business a year ago, the best part they say is all the incredible people they meet – Customers, fellow business owners and the friends they have made. Their inspiration for their decor comes from HGTV’s Fixer Upper .
I think it is really nice to hear what other small business owners have for advice to people just starting out or who may be thinking about starting out. Here is theirs: You are not alone, you are going to meet so many fellow entrepreneurs, be open to discussing your struggles with them and building a tribe of fellow business owners. Be unapologetically you, and charge what you are worth (you know what your worth!) if you do that you will attract the right kind of people and be successful. Never stop being creative. – I love the idea of creating a tribe of people who can support your business in the business!! Small Shops supporting small shops!!
This Christmas Parkside Home and Co our looking for a new Christmas Tradition surrounded around the Christmas Tree so if you’ve got a good tradition they should try comment below!! We’d love to hear your ideas, and your family traditions!Parkside home and Co is in the middle of creating their new website, so head over to their website and leave your email, you never know what it might give you in the future.
As a thank you to blog readers, Parkside home and Co will be giving away 1 Alphabet I love you sign with the name of your choice put on it. They will ship this piece to anywhere in CANADA free of charge. All you have to do is follow Parkside Home and coon instagram and the Mini Monsterz Mama blog’s Instagram page and tag a friend in the picture of Parkside home and co. winner will be announced on November 25th at 10am, Good luck!
Remember that when you support local small shops you are supporting families in your community as they follow their dreams. So shop small this Christmas, and give this local shop some love, like them on facebook, follow them on instagram, and drop your email on their website!
The next Christmas feature comes from Kelowna, BC. Poppy Lane Baby Nestsis a home based business that came to fruition in July, 2017. Poppy Lane is a team of two who wanted to make life more comfortable for families, parents, and most importantly, little ones! They make beautifully handcrafted Baby Nests made of premium, and organic cotton fabrics, all of which are lightweight, reversible, and machine washable! Their baby nests are extremely versatile and can be used for co-sleeping, transitioning little ones to a crib, travelling, sleepovers at the grandparents, and camping! “We have a selection of Baby Nests that are ready to ship, and we love to make custom Baby Nests to fulfill our customer’s visions! Our Nests truly reflect our style, and each one is made with love!” You can find Poppy Lane Baby nests on Facebook,Instagram and their website to shop online, see their ready to ship products, or share with friends! You can also contact the Shayla or Maggie at:firstname.lastname@example.org or 250.826.2763
Also They may have a special gift for the winner of the basket we will be giving away from December 3 – 13th – so stay tuned!!
This weeks Christmas Feature is Moda Bella Baby Boutique, a Cloverdale based business specializing in headbands, bows, clips, flower crowns and extra absorbent bibs for children of all ages and mommies. Moda Bella Baby Boutique was founded by Sylvia, a mother of a beautiful one year old and wife to her extremely supportive husband Jay. Sylvia started this business when her little one was about 6 months and she wanted to find the right accessories that would be functional – It all started with finding a bib that could absorb all the drool, and grew into creating a head band for a baby that would not dent her daughters head. Knowing that her daughter would wear the head band for an extended period of time it was important to Sylvia that it was comfortable, stretchy and soft. Her business now offers 3 different head bands – most popular being the nude band because it is so thin and lightweight that most toddlers don’t even know it is on.
When Sylvia’s daughter discovered that she was able to take things off of her head Sylvia had the solution. She created hair clips made from grip clips, much stronger and harder for her child to remove. The clips are awesome because they stay in all on their own without an elastic and are good for all ages! With over 40 designs of hair clips you are sure to find a cute design for all your little ones outfits.
Sylvia isn’t just a baby accessory maker, she is also a lifestyle photographer : Moda Bella Photography. If your thinking what I am thinking you’re probably wondering, where does she find time to run 2 business, be a wife and a mom! Well she succeeds in her business and life, by setting goals daily, weekly and monthly that need to be completed, and running on mommy fuel: coffee in the morning and wine in the evening!
As a business owner there are ups, and there are downs. Sylvia’s favorite thing about running her business is being able to be creative and getting feedback from customers who love her products! When you look at what Moda Bella Baby Boutique offers the products really do sell themselves, they are absolutely beautiful and truly made with quality and durability in mind.
Sylvia’s family is very multi-cultural, she is from Polish and her husband is Chinese. So at Christmas time she makes sure to bring the Polish tradition to their family by having Wigilia – The Polish Christmas Dinner on Christmas Eve. Each time she celebrates Wigilia it brings back lots of precious childhood memories for her, that she can’t wait to share with her beautiful daughter, Emma. She hopes to one day pass this tradition on to Emma.
I am super excited to announce that Sylvia will be giving away either 2 free bows, or 2 free bibs – it will be the winners choice!These items can be shipped anywhere in Canada!! Winner will be announced on November 18th Blog post. All you have to do to be entered is follow Moda Bella Baby Boutique on Instagram, Follow the blog on Instagram and click on the pictureof Moda Bella Baby on Monsterz Mama’s instagram page and tag a friend!! Good Luck! ** Winner chooses between bibs or bows**
Be sure to give this small shop some love, Remember shopping local and shopping small helps families in our communities! Be sure to check Moda Bella Baby Boutique out on Facebook, Instagram and Etsy to purchase!
PS: Winner of Evergreen Baby’s Bloggiveaway on Instagram is : Tellysawyer : Please email: Chasingmyminimonsterblog@outlook.com to claim your prize!!! Prize below:
Our second mini blog feature is one of our absolute favorite Fraser Valley small shops! The only hat my child will wear is one of theirs and we may or may not have the best play dates with this brand’s mini’s. Tumble and Roar was part of our Christmas feature’s last year and we have partnered up once again to show off their great products and give you the readers a special treat!! Carlee and I worked together a few years ago and stayed close once we both left that company. Now Carlee has a successful small shop specializing in pieces for our mini’s.
Some of our favorite items are definitely the red roar hats, the little boxer briefs, the tuques and the new crew neck sweaters. This year Tumble and Roar is going to be at a TON of Christmas Markets all over the lower mainland so if you want to check the items out in person I highly recommend going to one and seeing them or buy online and ship it right to your door. You can find them at: Crafty Affaire Holiday Market– November 18th (South Surrey), Local Love Pop UpMarket – December 3rd (Port Moody), Handmade At Highstreet Artisan Market – December 8-9th (Abbotsford), Crafty Affaire Holiday Market – December 16th(Vancouver).
If you want to shop online use promo code HOLIDAYPROMO for 15% off. You can also win a pair of boxers in our Christmas Vendor Basket giveaway running from December 3 – 13th so be sure to check back for your chance to win!
Also Check out last years feature on Tumble and Roar here.Follow Tumble and Roar on Instagram & Facebook for more information.