Christmas Basket #2

I am so happy to see so many of you are loving the Christmas Giveaways this year. It has been amazing to partner with so many local brands and businesses to bring you these amazing baskets. This second basket like the first will be available to a lower mainland resident, and is worth over $625.

I would love to give you more information about the items in the basket as well as tell you a bit more about the business behind them. Should you be looking to shop local this year, these business are sure to have something for someone on your list!

Spinco Abbotsford1 Month Unlimited $170 Value

If you have never been to SPINCO Abbotsford you are truly missing out. Spinco offers a structured, full body spin class designed to strengthen your body, energize the mind, and feed the soul. Located in the Central Park Village in Abbotsford they are centrally located in town, just 15 mins from Mission. If you are ever interested in trying it out, use discount code HELLOABBOTSFORD for a FREE ride. You can also follow them on Instagram for online classes, live weight classes and much more or head to their website and book your first ride.

Jars By Jodi – Smartie Mix Cookies $13 value

Jars By Jodi began 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 also always open to new flavors if you have ideas let her know! You can find Jars by Jodi online, on InstagramFacebook and in store at  Artisan Gifts and Flowers in Coquitlam, BC, Coastal Collective and Co in Pitt Meadows, BC, Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows, BC, Midtown Main in Vancouver BC, The Local Space in Langley BC, Two Trees Tofino in Tofino BC. Jars by Jodi is our families favorite treat, we absolutely love the Unicorn Poop Flavor

K’pure Naturals Clean up Mask + Application Brush $42 Value

Karen the creator of K’pure Naturals is the queen of small shops in Canada. Starting out her business on accident when she found out that her youngest son had a large amount of aluminum and plastic in his system all while she was breastfeeding – turned out it was from her deodorant. From that point on Karen started to research natural ingredients that could be used to create skin and body care products we use everyday. From testing out natural deodorants, to growing a massively successful business in her home town, that now provides products to countries as far as Italy, Dubai, Australia, and Taiwan, Karen paved the way for small businesses to grow and become successful. K’pure natural products are leaping bunny certified. Every product is made with the strictest attention to quality and control. You can find them in hundreds of stores and websites, the full list here. You can also follow them along on Facebook, Instagram and their website to see their amazing gift boxes they put together every season.

Vagina Coach28 Day Buff Muff Challenge $35 value

I am excited to say this is my third 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 The Vagina Coach. Kim can be found on Instagram, Twitter (Vagina Coach), Facebook (Vagina Coach) and Online (Vagina Coach). I can say with absolute certainty that the Kim’s physical do it yourself fitness programs work extremely well and can be done from the comfort of your home, check them out!

Bella Beauty BarHemp Lotion, Frankie and Finnigan Tuque & Free Spray tan

This absolutely stunning salon is located in the heart of Mission on first avenue. Is the perfect oasis to spend your afternoon getting pampered. Offering Dental Whitening, Lash Extensions, Lash Lift and Tint, Spray Tans, Oxygeneo Facials, Dermaplaning, micro needling and eyebrow services. All services offered by 5 highly trained and experienced technicians. Their most recent addition to the salon is an eye brow technicians, who offers tint and wax, henna and wax as well as powder brows. This Salon is a one stop shop for any of your pampering needs or getting a friend a gift this holiday season from their beautiful retail selection offering a large selection of items such as Flora Hemp, Truly brand, Luna Bronze, So Luxury, The 6th scent candle Co, and much more. Be Sure to check them out on Instagram, Facebook and online.

Tumble and Roar – $20 shop Credit

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). If you are looking for adorable pieces of fun boxers to make potty training more fun check them out on Instagram, Facebook and online.

Jems Designs – Mug Tumbler $23

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. Jewels has always had a love for crafting, DIYs, holiday decorating and home deocor. 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 and a Christmas Collection to their line. Jem Designs can be found in store at The Local Store (Langley & Chilliwack), Town and Country Vintage Home (Maple Ridge), Coastal Collective (Pitt Meadows), Rosemarie’s Treasures (Coquitlam), Oak and Ivory Collective (Maple Ridge), Artisans Gifts & Flowers (Coquitlam), Miss Vicki’s Petals & Plants (Merritt) Home Hardware Merritt, and The Art We Are (Kamloops) . They can also be found online on FacebookInstagram. If you have someone who loves sassy little remarks these are the perfect gift! Be sure to order by December 14th to be sure you receive your order.

Farmstead Naturals – Bathbomb, Body Butter, & Chapstick $15

I discovered Farmstead Naturals over a year ago, when I was shopping for a gift for my girlfriend. I stumbled upon one of the bath bombs in the baskets, and my girlfriend loved it. It has quickly become one of my favorite brands to gift to friends. Farmstead Naturals is owned and operated by Crystal, a farm wife and mother of four, who has discovered a love for creating all-natural safe skincare, and household products. They are made on a small farm in Deroche, BC. It all started when Crystal had her baby and she opted for cloth diapers, finding a diaper cream that was safe for cloth diapers was hard to find, so she decided to make her own, and from their it has snowballed into Farmstead Naturals and that was 3 years ago. You can find Farmstead Naturals in This is it Gifts in Langley BC, Unika in Chilliwack, BC, Gallery 202 in Mission, BC, Mission Information Center, as well as online on Etsy, Lovely Finds Market, Lets Go Eco, and Farm Stead Naturals Website. Be sure to Follow Farmstead Naturals on Instagram and Facebook.

Bizou + Yukon / Okanagan Crush Pad – BEE-zoo Bubbles 2018 $25

Bizou + Yukon is a lively wine brand offered by Okanagan Crush Pad (OCP). A joyful wine project that pays homage to the winery’s beloved Great Pyrenees, keeper of the sheep and guardians of the property in Summerland. The wine making is serious, but the brand and wines are fun, approachable and a tribute to the winery staff and BC Wine Industry. This particular bottle BEE-zoo Bubbles is mouth watering and delicious, and makes the perfect gift for the wine lover in your family. OCP is a unique purpose-built customer crush winery that specializes in small lot, terroir expressive wines. From its ponderosa-surrounded location in beautiful Summerland, BC, OCP is home to Haywire, Narrative, Free Form, and Bizou + Yukon wines. Owners Christine Colette and Steve Lornie have amassed a talented team that is focused on organic viticulture and low intervention wine making for more information head to their site. This season Bizou + Yukon’s home winery Okanagan Crush Pad is offering exclusive virtual guided tastings over the holiday season if you wish to learn more head to their online store. Their online store is open year round, and ships orders Monday to Friday and take 1-2 business days to deliver if shipping within BC. Delivery times can change due to holiday closures and courier delays, so be sure to check online for updates. If you love this fun and playful brand you will definitely want to check out their Savvy Girls, Savvy Franc and Rose. To learn more about Bizou + Yukon, and their home winery follow them along on on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.

Shop Lily DawnMorse Code Mama Bracelet – $30

Shop Lily Dawn is owned and operated by Eleni, and the name pays tribute to her late grandmother Lily and a very close friend Dawn. The collection includes an assortment of jewelry, and Cozy apparel which is launching November 21st. Eleni worked retail for 15 years and always dreamt of having her own store front. When her daughter was born in 2018, her husband her made the decision for her to become a stay at home mom. At that moment Eleni knew it was time to follow her dreams of opening the store. Currently Shop Lily Dawn has a beaded facemask lanyard for $25, donating $5 from each sale to Covid Relief Funds in the Fraser Valley. You can find Shop Lily dawn on Etsy, as well their site. Please ensure to buy no later than November 21st if shipping out of province, or if Local pick up December 23rd will be the last day to pick up. Follow Shop Lily Dawn on Instagram to be sure to get your hands on their new apparel line as soon as it launches.

Lettuce Dress it Up – $25 shop Credit

Cassie a mother of one has always loved to make salad dressings and dips from scratch. But it wasn’t until she started to make them and all her friends wanted some that she decided to make a business out of her passion. If you are anything like me – you absolutely love Salads, Buddha bowls, tacos – or maybe just food in general. Lettuce dress it up is a local Company that specializes in making Salad Dressings, and dips from fresh, whole ingredients. Currently accepting orders through Instagram only you can find they have Dairy Free Caesar, Caesar Dressing, Greek Dressing, Cilantro lime Dressing (picture above on a buddha bowl), Balsamic Dressing, Dill Dip and Jalapeno Ranch Dip. Follow them on Instagram to learn more.

Sunrae PhotosFamily Session (max 8 people) $150 **

Sam started her photography journey in High School, and put it on hold as she made her way through the corporate world. It wasn’t until she was on maternity leave with her daughter that she made the decision to pursue her passion. As a family photographer in the fraser valley she is always up for tagging along on a family passion whether it be hiking up a mountain or grabbing a shot of your family jumping in a freezing cold lake – She wants to capture your dream perfect shot. She loves to make you laugh and move while your being photographed. If you are wanting to get photos done before Christmas it is best to book before December 15th. She is also offering 25% off regular priced session to anyone that books their session in January – March. Follow Sunrae Studios on Instagram and Facebook to learn more.

** 30-45 min Session 15 Digital Images (ability to purchase more) Max 8 people Location: Surrey, Langley, Aldergrove, Maple Ridge, Pitt Meadows Must be booked before October 31st 2021**

Basket worth over $625

How to Win: Go to Instagram to find out

  1. Follow All the above vendors on Instagram (all links above)
  2. Like this photo on Instagram
  3. tag 3 friends on the photo in separate comments

Rules:

  1. Must be able to pick up the basket in person in the Fraser Valley
  2. Must be 19 years or older – due to basket contents
  3. Must be following all vendors when winner drawn.
  4. Contest ends November 22nd at 7pm. Winner will be announced following.
  5. This basket giveaway is NOT associated with Facebook or Instagram

Bonus Entries

  1. 1 bonus entry for each additional person you tag after 3
  2. 3 Bonus entry if you share on Instagram Story – remember to tag @monsterzmama
  3. 5 bonus Entries if you post on your Instagram feed
  4. 10 bonus entries if you subscribe to my blog – please comment on photo an advise me you’ve subscribed. If you already subscribe, comment and let me know for 5 additional entries

Remember that we know that shopping small is a luxury, that some of all may not be able to do. But if you cannot shop small, support small, like them on social media, share them on social media, and give them comments – All of this helps to advertise their business for free!

xOx Chelsea

The Middle Market Place

The Middle Market place is a online market place bringing a collection of small Canadian businesses to one place. The idea of opening The Middle Market Place came from an idea of opening a small boutique, with Canadian small businesses inside – But then Covid hit, and everyone had to realign their plans. Online Shopping became the way of the times, and alas The Middle Market Place was formed.

The Middle Market was founded by the owner and operator of Flora Hemp, a natural bath/body and hand dyed textile company. Kara is a mother to her daughter Nova and 4 step Children, Logan, Grace, Carter and Bayleigh. Something I love to ask Mothers is: What is your favorite thing about being a Mom? Kara’s answer was so authentic and it really just shows you the kind of person standing behind this brand, “Becoming a Mom has challenged me in so many ways, its pushed me to my breaking point on many occasions – its been humbling. I realized that my kids have this amazing unconditional love for me, even when I loose my patience, or feel like I’ve completely mom-failed that day. I want to be more like them – They show me Grace. We spend so much time trying to teach our kids to be good humans, but my kids have also taught me a thing or two, and I love learning from them”. These words really sunk in with me, because it is so true. I love talking to Kara and getting to know her, because she is just such a genuine, loving soul.

After getting pregnant with her daughter in 2017, she had the opportunity to evaluate her passions, after 12 long years of being a hairdresser, and never really loving what she did. Kara knew she loved to work with her hands, and that is how Flora Hemp was born, in 2019. After attending many local markets as a vendor for Flora Hemp, she realized how great it would be if their was an online market, where people could go and find exclusive items, find brands they had never seen, and support local all from the comfort of their home.

But how do you open an online shop when so many companies already offer online sales? You create exclusive items that can’t be found anywhere but the Middle Market Place, that way the brands themselves are not competing with themselves. It was extremely important to Kara to be able to offer companies a space where their business would never be in competition with itself and that the Middle Marketplace would always be a place to support, embrace, and bring together Canadian Small businesses.

So now you are probably wondering how does one pick these products, and brand. Well the truth is it takes a lot of time and care. When choosing a brand Kara always takes into considering the business and the brand of Middle Market Place, and asking herself “Does our visions align?”. The Middle Market Place is always on the look out for high quality, natural products that are priced with the consumer in mind. Kara loves finding small businesses that don’t have a large following yet, or that are just starting out to help them grow. The Middle Marketplace wants to partner with business on creating as many online exclusive pieces as possible. Always keeping in mind to support the business and never compete with them. It allows you to shop many small brands, and not pay multiple shipping for ordering on separate sites.

Now to introduce the brands currently selling on The Middle Marketplace – Hold tight cause there is so many amazing brands involved.

Lanna And Co

Pebble To Peak Calgary, AB

Pebble to Peak is a small shop that sells Pacifier Clips, Teethers and Silicone Bibs. They are safety certified for the materials used (chemical certification), and for the way they make them (physical and mechanical certification) – something that a lot of brands making similar items are not! Follow Pebble to Peak on Instagram, check them out on The Middle Market Place for online exclusives.

Flora Hemp – Abbotsford, BC

Flora Hemp is a natural skin care line that also carries, soy candles, and hand dyed textiles. All of their products are made by hand in small batches, with all natural ingredients. All their products can be found on The Middle Marketplace and you can also follow them on Instagram.

Heart & Hope IncSpruce Grove, AB

Heart & Hope Inc is a small pottery company that started out as a love of handmade goods especially pottery. They aimed to create the perfect microwave, dishwasher safe hand made item, making pieces that were truly family friendly. Each item is hand crafted, making each item special and unique. Follow them on Instagram, and find their Mugs and Tumblers on the Middle Marketplace.

Flora Hemp

Oh So Lovely Parksville, BC

Oh So Lovely is a jewelry company that creates beautiful pieces that are priced to not break the bank for the consumer. Oh So Lovely also gives back with each purchase, they put money towards a Christmas Hamper. You can find their beautiful pieces on The Middle Marketplace, and Follow them on Instagram.

Namaste JewelryRegina, Saskatchewan

Namaste Jewelry offers high quality Stainless steel and sterling silver pieces for minimal style everyday wear. They also donate 5% of their profit to improve education in developing countries. You can find their Necklaces, rings and hair clips on the Middle Market place, and follow them on Instagram.

Namaste Jewelry

Westcoast AlchemistAbbotsford, BC

Westcoast Alchemist is a textile brand that offers, wool blended blankets, pillows, scarves, as well as natural, hand dyed textiles. Each clothing item has an uplifted saying meant to support and encourage the consumer. You can find their crewnecks, blankets and pillows on the Middle Market place and follow them on Instagram.

Morse Code Love PrintsEdmonton, AB

Morse Code Love Prints or as they like to call themselves the funny, attention seeking youngest child of the stationary world, brings beautiful hand crafted cards that are designed to make the consumer laugh. All of the cards are printed with rich bold color on a super thick paper, You can find many exclusive cards, and pins on the Middle Market Place and follow them on Instagram.

SealuxeCrescent Beach, BC

Sealuxe is a skin care line specializing in Thalassotherapy: Seaweed, Salt and Canadian glacial marine clay. Their products help to restore your bodys natural chemical balance. The elements in their products work synergistically to stimulate circulate and increase blood flow to the surface of your skin, allowing more oxygen to reach and noursih your skin. All of their products bring these benefits right to your door step. You can find them on Middle Place Market and follow them on Instagram.

Jack59

Apt. 6 Skin Co Calgary, AB

All of Apt. 6 Skin products are designed for everyone to know exactly what is in them, by bringing the Essential oil and Gem Stones into their products. These natural ingredients have been used for centuries but have been dismissed by a lot of modern day people. After finding relief in their own family by these products they have since started to create self care items with these products, and only use natural, safe, non toxic ingredients that are safe for all ages. Find them at Middle Market Place and follow them here.

Soak and Sea Gibsons, BC

Soak and Sea is a small business that pride themselves on using an all natural approach. Only using therapeutic grade essential oils, their brand consists of only the most luxurious ingredients for a safe experience for everyone. The Middle Market Place carries a wide variety of their products, from their SOUL bath bombs, children’s line and some of their essentials line. Check them out at the Middle Market Place, and give them a follow here.

Oliver and Co Port Moody, BC

Oliver and Co is a small business that makes everything by hand in a small home studio. They make a wide variety of items from Handmade bunnies, to personalized blankets and swaddles. It was originally started by Caitlyn’s cousin, but she took it over in 2017. Head to the Middle Market Place to get their minky blankets and swaddles and follow them on instagram.

Clover and Coast

Macrame by Kae Surrey BC

Macrame by Kae designs stunning modern bohemian art pieces by hand, each piece is uniquely one of a kind. Created from local driftwood sourced on the beaches of White Rock. You can find their popular leaf wall hangs, and dangly car charms at the Middle Market Place and give them a follow here.

Paper Connections Port Coquitlam, BC

Paper Connections by Demi are hand crafted greeting cards designed to help you pass along a keepsake for years to come. Greeting cards are made on premium quality paper and packaged with eco-friendly packaging. Find exclusive pieces at The Middle Market Place and follow them on Instagram.

BLK Customs Brampton, ON

BLK Customs specializes in digital stickers, prints and stationary, showcasing the beauty and culture of black lives. They create beautiful digital art stickers, birthday cards, book marks, and you can also reach out to have custom digital art create for you. The Middle Market carries their stickers, and book marks. Find them on Instagram and shop their products on the Middle Market Place.

Oliver + co

Essentials by Nature Edmonton, AB

Essentials by Nature says so much in just their name. All of their products are natural, plant-based, and chemical free. They only create small batch items and everything is handcrafted in Edmonton, AB. They make Handcream, hand cleansing gel, Magnesium spray, Bubble bath and a Linen Spray. You can find their items at the Middle Marketplace as well as follow them on Instagram.

NH DesignsThunderbay, ON

Nh Designs is a small business that makes handmade aromatherapy jewelry and accessories. The owner is a full time registered nurse who makes these pieces on the side. The Middle Marketplace is carrying their diffuser bracelets, checked them out here, and follow them on Instagram.

Harvest CreationsOttawa, ON

Harvest Creations are handmade jewelry for the modern woman. Each item is handmade by one person from start to finish in small batches from their home studio. Made from only Gold plated or stainless steel posts and hooks, ensuring that their products are suitable for sensitive ears. Check out their exclusive pieces on Middle Market Place and follow them here.

Paper Connections

Bean and Boo Company Burnaby, BC

Bean and Boo’s screen printed apparel is designed with parents and minis in mind with twinning options available. Many of their designs include sayings in both english and french. The Middle Marketplace will be carrying a selection of their sweatshirts and tee’s check out the selection here, and follow them along here.

Parkside HomeLangley, BC

Parkside home was designed by a mom who loved letter boards but hated the lint and fluff always getting stuck to the felt letter board. She solved that by designing a hardwood letterboard, it is a timeless, premium piece that maintains its versatility – without any dog fur getting stuck to it. You can find their beautiful boards on The Middle Market Place, and follow them on Instagram.

Arrow it forwardGananoque, ON

Arrow it forward is a small business that specializes in making soy wax candles. Soy wax is a renewable source that is biodegradable and cleans up very easily with soap and water. It also has a lower melting point which makes their candles last longer. You can find their candles at the Middle Market place here, and follow along with them on Instagram.

Mint + Co

Royce and Oak – Edmonton, AB

Royce and Oak’s jewelry will take you from simple to sparkle and can be worn daily. They specialize in making fun geometric shaped jewelry by combining different elements to finalize the look. The middle market place carries some of these fun earrings you can find them here, follow them on Instagram.

Jem DesignsMerritt, BC

Jem designs specializes in making sassy drinkware that is the perfect gift for you or someone you care about. Jem designs owner Jewel had always dreamed about having her own store since she was a little girl and is now living that dream. You can find their tumblers and insulated mugs at the Middle Marketplace here, and follow them on Instagram here.

Misiyo Candle Co Edmonton, AB

Misiyo Candle Co makes their candles with a custom blend of local beeswax and sustainable coconut wax, pouring them into reusable, recyclable tins in our their home studio. Their candles are clean burning and air purifying, as well as each candle gives back by providing health insurance to someone in Rwanda. Find their candles on Middle Market Place and on Instagram here.

Parkside Home

Gaia Smiles Tooth Powder Kelowna, BC

Gaia Smiles Tooth Powder crafts wholesome products designed to brighten your smile and freshen your breath while sustaining your mouths ideal ecosystem. The Middle Marketplace is carrying their Peppermint tooth powder, you can find it here, and follow them on Instagram.

Envirobags100 mile house, BC

Envirobags offer silicone bags, as a brilliant replacement to plastic and containers, their product line has something for every stage of life, from the busy family to the retiree. The Middle Market Place carries their Mason Jar Bags, Peva Bags and Silicone Bags. Check them out here, and follow them on Instagram.

New Moon Tea CoBritish Columbia

New Moon Tea co is inspired by the earth and plants around us, and the ancient traditions which were used for prevention, maintenance and restoration. They believe that good herbal tea should come from the land around us, just as our food does. You can find their exclusive products on The Middle Market place and follow them on Instagram.

Liola Luxuries

Monkey fly Memories Langley, BC

Monkey Fly Memories are a husband and wife duo who both work day jobs and do this hustle on the side. They love to make people laugh with humor which is why they have all the catchy items. The Middle Market Place carries their famous door matts, find them here. You can also follow along with them on Instagram.

Jack59Edmonton, AB

Jack59 hand crafts pH balanced shampoo and conditioner bars. Their bars are sulfate free making them salon quality and gentle on your hair and scalp. They offer 11 different varieties ensuring they have the right bar for every hair type. They are vegan, plant based, silicone free and they have gluten free options. Check out the selection at the Middle Marketplace here and follow along on Instagram.

Osprey Village Soap Company Pitt Meadows, BC

Osprey Village Soap Company makes all their products in small batches with 100% toxin free, chemical free, perservative free, cruelty free, all natural ingredients. They use absolutely no fillers, perservatives, or artifical fragrances. Every single one of thier ingredients has a purpose and benefit for your skin. You can find their make up remover, deodorant, hair serum, and soap bars at The Middle Market Place and follow them on Instagram.

Misiyo Candle Co

Lanna and CoCloverdale, BC

Lanna and Co creates high quality, hand crafted scrunchies in her home studio, by Megan. Megan is a stay at home mom of 2 girls who keep her on her toes and our what made Lanna and Co happen. Check out their exclusive scrunchies at the Middle Market Place and follow them on Instagram.

The Rose Company Vancouver, BC

The Rose Company create vegan, all natural, products that come in sustainable packaging and are made in small batches. Their company is named after their mother Rose, and they produce dry shampoo, lip gloss and toner. Find their products on The Middle Market Place and follow them on Instagram here.

Lovely Paper DesignsLangley, BC

These beautifully hand crafted cards are made by a mom who is an accountant by day, crafting small business owner by night — hopefully one day the other way around! All of their cards are made by hand, cutting out each piece and assembling it all together. You can find cards for every occasion. Find these beautiful pieces on The Middle Market, and follow them on Instagram.

Isabelle and Pistachio

The Fifty Fifty Workshop – Langley, BC (Coming online soon)

The Fifty Fifty Workshop is a company that pours concrete and pours candles. They create high quality products all while helping to give back, fifty percent of all profits are donated to organizations providing clean water to communities who do not have clean water. So when you support the Fifty Fifty Workshop you support a local maker and make a truly lasting impact around the world. Check out the Middle Market Place to see their exclusive pieces here, and follow them on Instagram.

Handmade by Amber Akre Surrey, BC

Handmade by Amber Akre makes everything herself, from start to finish, everything from the pom pom to the tags on some products. They have also started making face masks. Check out the Middle Marketplace’s exclusive pieces here, and follow them on Instagram.

Isabelle and PistachioWhitby, ON

Isabelle and Pistachio is a new small startup that offers handmade gifts for women. They offer functional products that are made from fabric with romantic, soft colored hues. The Middle Marketplace will be carrying their make up bags and wristlets exclusively. Check them out here, and follow along with them on Instagram.

Can you believe this is just a few of the vendors currently available on The Middle Marketplace. They are adding new vendors daily so you need to go online and check them out. Especially since they are adding exclusive items that can only be found on The Middle Marketplace. Please be sure to subscribe to their emails so you can get exclusive discounts only for subscribers.

In honor of our partnership, The Middle Marketplace has put together an amazing basket worth over $100 that we will be giving to one lucky winner.

Basket worth over $100 enter to win on Instagram

All you have to do is go to Monsterz Mama’s Instagram and find out how to win! Please note that you must be 18 years or older to win, a Canadian Resident and if you are out of the lower mainland you will be required to pay for shipping of the basket.

items found in basket

Here’s To 32!

Here’s to 32! I have always loved celebrating birthdays for as long as I can remember, mine, my kids, my hubs – I just love Birthdays! Since this year I knew my birthday would be a little bit different than my usual Birthdays I decided I wanted to spend it by giving one of my amazing followers a basket filled with all my favorite things! I have teamed up with 10 of my favorite local businesses to give 1 lucky winner a basket worth over $400. This is an incredible opportunity for me to offer and I am so excited to tell you about what’s inside!

Farmstead Naturals – Bath bomb, Soap, Chap-stick

I discovered Farmstead Naturals over a year ago, when I was shopping for a gift for my girlfriend. I stumbled upon one of the bath bombs in the baskets, and my girlfriend loved it. It has quickly become one of my favorite brands to gift to friends. Farmstead Naturals is owned and operated by Crystal, a farm wife and mother of four, who has discovered a love for creating all-natural safe skincare, and household products. They are made on a small farm in Deroche, BC. It all started when Crystal had her baby and she opted for cloth diapers, finding a diaper cream that was safe for cloth diapers was hard to find, so she decided to make her own, and from their it has snowballed into Farmstead Naturals and that was 3 years ago. You can find Farmstead Naturals in This is it Gifts in Langley BC, Unika in Chilliwack, BC, Gallery 202 in Mission, BC, Mission Information Center, as well as online on Etsy, Lovely Finds Market, Lets Go Eco, and Farm Stead Naturals Website. Be sure to Follow Farmstead Naturals on Instagram and Facebook.

Lanna and Co – 3 full size Scrunchies

If you know me you know I love scrunchies almost as much as I love shopping local, so it isn’t much of a surprise to see these here. Lanna and Co is owned and operated by Megan a stay at home mom of 2 beautiful little girls. The business started when Megan was looking for something to do that, she could enjoy for herself. Her eldest daughter is obsessed with bows and hair accessories so she started with scrunchies and has moved onto add matching bows. You can find Lanna and Co in Willow and Wallflower in Port Moody BC, Oak and Ivory Collection in Maple Ridge BC, The Local Space in Langley BC, BluEnvy Boutique in White Horse YT, Cultured Coast in Nanaimo BC, Wildflower Style Co in Langley BC, Shop Meadow Market Online Shop in Ontario BC, and Etsy. Make sure to Follow Lanna and Co on Facebook and Instagram.

Shady Hat Company – Sweat Shirt

So, if you’ve seen me this summer you’ve seen me in Tie-Die and one of my favorite Local Small Shops is Shady Hat Company. Shady Hat Company was started two years ago by Amber a born and raised Missionite who has found a passion in making clothes we all love. Amber is a dog mom who loves reading Stephen king and spending times with friends. Shady Hat Co all started by making hats and toques with catchy sayings and has quickly expended into sweaters, and t shirts. Right now, Shady Hat Company is available only through Instagram by Direct Message. Amber loves that by keeping the business run this way she gets to have a personal interaction with every customer. She is hoping to have shipping soon but right now it is Pick Up in Mission, BC only! Make sure to Follow Shady Hat Company on Instagram, and if you’d like to get one of the super cute t-shirts make sure to msg and get on the waitlist!

Chrystalized Artz – Painted Haitian Girl & Card

Chrystalized Artz has made me a special piece for each of my children and one for even my husband and I this year, nothing is quite as good as a timeless piece of art of someone you love. Chrystal is a stay at home mother of two and freelance artist who specializes in watercolor portraits. She loves to be able to capture special moments and memories on canvas. She is based in Mission BC and started her business 5 years ago after rediscovering her passion for art. Chrystal has often traveled to other communities to participate in art festivals. You can commission a painting from Chrystalized Artz by sending her an email or a DM, you can also view her paintings at Hotties Italian Food Emporio. You can also view her site and if there is a painting you like prints are available. Be sure to follow Chrystal on Instagram and Facebook and check out her website for more info.

Jars by Jodi – Shop Credit

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 in Coquitlam, BC ,Coastal Collective and Co in Pitt Meadows, BC, Hopcott Meats in Pitt Meadows, BC, Midtown Main in Vancouver BC, The Local Space in Langley BC, Two Trees Tofino in Tofino BC. Jars by Jodi is our families favorite treat, we absolutely love the Unicorn Poop Flavor. We also highly recommend Jars by Jodi’s Petite size for birthday goodie bags.

West Coast Alchemist – Shop Credit

Here is to another one of my favorite Brands, this brand has grown and brought out a ton of new products since it was last featured. With a wicked Tie-Dye line, they have pieces that were a collab of West Coast Wild Child and West Coast Alchemist made to support and lift up their customers. Their Blankets are the perfect beach blanket for all your summer beach days. West Coast Alchemist was founded in Abbotsford BC, in October 2019. It is owned by my sister Laken. Lake has dreamt about making products that people will love for as long as I can remember. You can find them online on FacebookInstagram and Etsy. As well as in a new stockist very soon.

Singletree Winery – 2 Bottles of their Flagship Siegerrebe wine Sieggie

Singletree Winery is a family owned winery based here in the Fraser valley (Abbotsford), as well as in the Okanagan in Naramata. Their winery is a family run winery who have deep roots in the agricultural community. As huge advocates for the Fraser Valley and The Farming Community it is a wonderful addition that they have added grapes to their Mt Lehman Farm and expanded to the Okanagan. When you visit their winery in Abbotsford, you will enter a safe picturesque tasting room. You can view their fields of grapes while hanging in the grass enjoying their delicious cheese and wine. The new tasting area is by reservation only as a limited number of guests are allowed on site. For Reservations please call 604-381-1788. If you aren’t able to make it to the winery this season, pick up a bottle of the delicious Singletree Flagship Siegerrebe wine Sieggie at BC Liquor Stores. Fruity and floral this slightly off dry, Fraser Valley Grown Siegerrebe is a fruit salad of peaches, pears, apricots and limes with a slightly spritzy palate. Perfect for the patio, be sure to grab a bottle before their gone. Book your visit today in Abbotsford at abbotsford@singletreewinery.com or 604-381-1788. Be sure to follow Single tree wine on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter.

West Coast Wild Child – T-Shirt

If you are like me and love having sassy t-shirts than this is the brand for you! From my “Fresh Milk Made Here shirt to my drop the f-bomb mom sweater” I am all about it! West Coast Wild Child is currently run by Tanya based in Abbotsford BC. The business has been operational for 3 years however Tanya took over the business last summer. Tanya had always dreamt of owning a brand, so she was lucky to find West Coast Wild Child – Knowing the right people at the right time! You can currently find West Coast Wild Child in The Local Space and Oak and Ivory Collective, as well as the full line at www.westcoastwildchildco.com. Be sure to follow them on Instagram and Facebook.

The Blue House on the Corner – Phone Grip & Diffuser

I stumbled across The Blue House on the Corner when my love for wicker and all things plants and boho started and I have slowly started to add many pieces to my home. They offer an array of home decor, plants, candles and much more. The Blue House on the Corner is a small business in Mission BC, owned and operated by the passionate Carey a mother of 2. Her business started when she was on maternity leave with her first baby and has been operating for 5 years. She is always creating new special one of a kind pieces. You can currently only find Blue house on the corner products on Instagram, but stay tuned because they will be launching a full website soon and be dropping into stores near you! She is also hosting a pop-up market this weekend in Mission, BC check out her Instagram page for more information. Be sure to follow The blue house on the corner on Facebook and Instagram.

Flora Hemp – Facial Toner, Face Mask, Aloe Beach Hair Spray

I came across Flora Hemp last year when one of my friends pointed me to them. Their friend had just started a small business and I was putting together a big Christmas Giveaway. I have slowly accumulated over half of their products and they remain my main skin care line, my go to candles, and one of my favorite brands to work with. Flora Hemp is run by Kara a mother, living in Abbotsford, BC. Flora Hemp was started when Kara went on maternity leave and didn’t want to return to working as a Hairdresser anymore, 12 years was too long to do a job that she didn’t love. Flora Hemp has been Kara’s passion project from day 1. They make small batch bath and body products, soy candles, and hand dyed textiles. You can purchase Flora hemp online or DM on Instagram. They are also in Bella Beauty Salon in Mission BC. Be sure to follow Flora Hemp on Instagram and Facebook.

Enter to win on Instagram:


Step 1:

To enter to win this amazing basket worth over $400 all you must do is follow the following Instagram Pages:

  1. Town Hall Brands
  2. Shady Hat Company
  3. West Coast Wild Child
  4. Farmstead Naturals
  5. Jars by Jodi
  6. The Blue house on the Corner
  7. Lana and Co
  8. Chrystalized Artz
  9. Flora Hemp
  10. West Coast Alchemist
  11. Single Tree Winery
  12. Monsterz Mama

Step 2:

Like this Photo on Instagram

Step 3:

Tag a friend – each tag is an entry – only separate comments will be counted.

BONUS ENTRIES:

1 bonus entry for sharing on your stories – be sure to tag @monsterzmama

5 bonus entries for posting on your feed – again be sure to tag @monsterzmama

Rules:

Must be 19 years or older to win

If you are not able to pick up in the Fraser Valley, you will have to pay for shipping

Open to Canadian Residents Only

Not associated with Facebook or Instagram

Thank you all for your continued support over the years and I hope that given the circumstances of the times you are still finding ways to enjoy this beautiful summer. Good Luck Everyone!

xOx Chelsea.