What is Fair Trade?

We have recently been working closely with The Intersection: Fair Trade. I am so excited to share a giveaway soon with them and would love for you to be aware of their brick and mortar that just opened last week! check them out in Clayton heights


So before we go into who they are and what they do, here is the answers towards what is fair trade 🙂


What is Fair Trade?

Fair Trade is a term and a movement that has been growing in popularity and prominence around the world for a while. However, many of us are still a little bit hazy on what fair trade really means, and why we should buy fair trade products over other products. The following are nine principles set out by the Fair Trade Federation that must be adhered to for products and businesses and cooperatives to be considered “fair trade” (used with the permission of the Fair Trade Federation).


Fair Trade is a strategy for poverty alleviation and sustainable development. Members create social and economic opportunities through trading partnerships with marginalized producers. Members place the interests of producers and their communities as the primary concern of their enterprise.


Fair Trade involves relationships that are open, fair, consistent, and respectful. Members show consideration for both customers and producers by sharing information about the entire trading chain through honest and proactive communication. They create mechanisms to help customers and producers feel actively involved in the trading chain. If problems arise, members work cooperatively with fair trade partners and other organizations to implement solutions.


Fair Trade is a means to develop producers’ independence. Members maintain long-term relationships based on solidarity, trust, and mutual respect, so that producers can improve their skills and their access to markets. Members help producers to build capacity through proactive communication, financial and technical assistance, market information, and dialogue. They seek to share lessons learned, to spread best practices, and to strengthen the connections between communities, including among producer groups.


Fair Trade encourages an understanding by all participants of their role in world trade. Members actively raise awareness about Fair Trade and the possibility of greater justice in the global economic system. They encourage customers and producers to ask questions about conventional and alternative supply chains and to make informed choices. Members demonstrate that trade can be a positive force for improving living standards, health, education, the distribution of power, and the environment in the communities with which they work.


Fair Trade empowers producers to set prices within the framework of the true costs of labor, time, materials, sustainable growth, and related factors. Members take steps to ensure that producers have the capacity to manage this process. Members comply with or exceed international, national, local, and, where applicable, Fair Trade Minimum standards for their employees and producers. Members seek to ensure that income is distributed equitably at all times, particularly equal pay for equal work by women and men. Members ensure prompt payment to all of their partners. Producers are offered access to interest-free advance payment for handmade goods, or pre-finance of agricultural harvest with favorable terms.


Fair Trade means a safe and healthy working environment free of forced labor. Throughout the trading chain, Members cultivate workplaces that empower people to participate in the decisions that affect them. Members seek to eliminate discrimination based on race, caste, national origin, religion, disability, gender, sexual orientation, union membership, political affiliation, age, marital, or health status. Members support workplaces free from physical, sexual, psychological, or verbal harassment or abuse.


Fair Trade means that all children have the right to security, education, and play. Throughout the trading chain, Members respect and support the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child, as well as local laws and social norms. Members disclose the involvement of children in production. Members do not support child trafficking and exploitative child labor.


Fair Trade seeks to offer current generations the ability to meet their needs without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. Members actively consider the implications of their decisions on the environment and promote the responsible stewardship of resources. Members reduce, reuse, reclaim, and recycle materials wherever possible. They encourage environmentally sustainable practices throughout the entire trading chain.


Fair Trade celebrates the cultural diversity of communities while seeking to create positive and equitable change. Members respect the development of products, practices, and organizational models based on indigenous traditions and techniques to sustain cultures and revitalize traditions. Members balance market needs with producers’ cultural heritage.

 Fair Trade Federation. “Fair Trade Federation Principles”. Fair Trade Federation. Digital Eye Web Design. 2015. Website. 11 November 2015.

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Haak WoodWorks

 Kayla and Justin have such a fun attitude towards Haak Woodworks. Get to know them behind the scenes and don’t forget to enter our contest!
 Kayla and Justin

1. How did Haak Woodworks Start?

Haak Woodworks started when I asked Justin to make a few hexagon shelves for our living room. After he questioned me on if they were in style haha, he agreed to make some. He’s seriously the best. A few friends who came by and asked where we had bought them, saying they had been looking for similar shelves and hadn’t been able to find any. We made a few shelves for friends and they loved them. A while later, when I was on a de-cluttering kick and selling stuff I didn’t need on Abbotsford Bidding Wars, I had the idea to try selling shelves there. I was surprised by how quickly they sold each time, but it was a little annoying to have to repost and watch the bids etc (also some people on Abby Bidding Wars can be a little crazy). My sister in law suggested we start an Instagram page to get the word out on what we had been making. Justin and I both didn’t have Instagram and we felt a little hesitant about joining that world… We’re quite private (him more than me) and not super techy or trendy or instagrammy (if that’s a word). But after some more thought decided why not? And here we are.


2. What is the most life-giving aspect of your company to you?

The most life-giving aspect of our company to us… there are 2 things I think. The first is that it doesn’t take away any time from our family, in fact, it helps us spend more time together. We have fun with this! Justin builds the pieces (hexagons, tables, headboards etc) and I sand them and stain them and connect with the customers. We do this together in our garage with country music playing while the kids scoot around on their bikes or “help” sweep up the sawdust (which ends up being more of a mess but keeps them involved and they love it). It feels like a hobby we can all share together and it feels good to spend time doing something fun together instead of doing something like watch TV.

The second is that we’ve had opportunities to connect with some awesome people and local companies including Duft and Co, Spruce Collective, and Oldhand. These guys have just blazed the trail for local companies and they are so inspiring. We’ve also had the opportunity to donate some of our products for AMAZING causes including Casa De Luz, I Get To Legacy Chain and the Abbotsford Hospice. I think we sometimes underestimate the gifts we have and forget that collectively, small changes make a big difference. (Ok, let me stop myself here before I get on an inspirational rant. But seriously these guys are worth checking out if you haven’t already!)


3. What is the hardest part of starting your company?

The hardest part of starting our company also turned out to be the best and most freeing. Figuring out for ourselves that we could make this whole thing look the way we want and not having to copy a certain model to get there. At first, I thought we would need a Facebook page, an Etsy account, and “oh do I need to now add a blog about my family and post pictures of us making our products while wearing cute local clothing so people feel connected to us?” (Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against family blogs by any means or sharing day to day life. It’s just not me.) It feels good to be authentic and relaxed about it all and to just enjoy it for what it is.


4. What words of advice would you give someone looking into or starting a small business?

Words of advice for someone looking into starting a business: Be inspired by other companies but don’t compare yourself to them. You have something completely unique to offer!!


5. What is your favorite item you make?!

My favorite item is the crib we made when I was pregnant with our first baby and is now being used by our second. It’s big and sturdy and holds a lot of special memories. But other than that I LOVE the plant stands we make. I think a plant adds so much to a room, and the stand just shows it off a little better in a nice clean way. We also like doing new projects and hearing ideas from different people. Right now we are making a “house bed” for a friend’s little boy and I think it’s going to turn out amazing!!


6.Most popular item?

most popular item is definitely the hexagon shelf. People just can’t seem to get enough haha.


7. How can we support you well?

Man, we have felt nothing but support from the beginning. We’ve had great encouragement and feedback, some cool collaborations and we’re excited for what is ahead!





Enter to win a Two Shelves OR a Plant Stand (winner’s choice)

how to enter

  1. comment below about what you are looking forward to this summer
  2. like and share (for extra entries)
  3. tag friends in Instagram that would like this prize (one per comment)
  4. make sure you are following us if you have Instagram (Haak and F&M)

Must be 13 + years old to win. This is not a WordPress, Facebook, Instagram endorsed giveaway. Local Pick up only. We do not have shipping. Item will be from Abbotsford, BC. So if you have a way of grabbing it please enter!


contest closes Wednesday, June 27th at 11:59 PM.

Love Your Local – The Polly Fox

1.  How did The Polly Fox start?
In a big ol’ nutshell, The Polly Fox came out of necessity.
Kelsey has a multitude of food allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances, including being Celiac for 15-ish years.  In moving back to Abbotsford from living in Vancouver, there still wasn’t an outlet for those facing the same dietary challenges.  After planning (so much planning), second-guessing its existence, saving, more planning and finally just committing, The Polly Fox came to be.
The shop grew quickly.  A lot faster than ever dreamed – which was both so wonderful and terrifying.
After an exhausting start, Kaitlin joined forces with Kelsey, and for lack of better words, completely saved the day.
Small fun fact: Kelsey and Kaitlin are sisters-in-law.
2.  What is the most life-giving aspect of your company to you?
Helping people.
Talking to people.
Learning that we are actually serving a purpose outside of donuts and sandwiches – that we’ve become a staple and a go-to for safe food.  And a go-to for delicious food.
That we have accomplished the number one goal of The Polly Fox: crush the stigma of gluten-free.
(The majority of our guests aren’t Celiac or gluten-sensitive).
3.  What is the hardest part of starting The Polly Fox?
Mentally and emotionally? Taking the leap of entrepreneurship.  It brings a lot of self-uncertainty, and a huge case of the always-fun “What Ifs?”
What if I fail?
What if no one is interested?
What if the market just isn’t there?
What if I’m just not cut out to own a business?
…what if lack of sleep just destroys me?
In reality?  Putting all of the pieces together.
Funding.  Finding a location.  Staffing.  Just, the logistics of a new business!  It’s difficult, it’s draining – but, so incredibly worth it.
4.  Words of advice for someone starting out?
The very first thing that comes to mind…get yourself a bookkeeper.
It will save you massive amounts of mental anguish.  Let someone else deal with the dollar signs so you can focus on everything else.
Also, be kind to yourself.
All of the pieces aren’t going to be there right from day one.  You’ll grow into your biz – which is the best part.  Start simple and go from there.
5.  Fav item?!
Ooohh..  Tough one.  The Apple Fritter.  Or maybe the Nanaimo Bar…  Or Cashew Bar?!
6.  Most popular item?
By far, the Apple Fritter.
Huge demand!  We cannot seem to make enough.  They’ve had a following since day one!
7.  How can we support you as well?
Help us spread the word!
We are still reaching new people every day, and seeing new faces in the shop each day.
Support local, shop local – we live in a great little city, with new small businesses continually popping up.  Take advantage of that!


Enter to win $50 gift card to The Polly Fox (located in Abbotsford, BC)

How to enter:

  1. Like and Comment on this blog post (share your favorite treat if you have one from The Polly Fox)
  2. Check out The Polly Fox’s Instagram and Facebook Page and Feather & Mane Instagram and Facebook
  3. Must be 13+ years old to enter and able to be at the Polly Fox in person (not an online gift card)

GOOD LUCK enter now till Monday, June 4th 11:59 PM.


PHOTO CREDIT- Kim Norcross Photography

Friend Feature– Taylor Aller

Meet Taylor Aller (and her great husband Jake). They are a couple with many hats, animal lovers, relationship growers and local to the Fraser Valley! Today we want to honor Taylor in all the amazing spaces she has created for us to follow along and glean wisdom from. We actually met Taylor through a great website connecting business babes and now have had the pleasure of growing our Instagrams together, seeing each other at photo shoots, business events and of course in the online world.  Grab a coffee, sit down and enjoy our interview with Taylor Aller! 


  • What do you do? (job, hobbies, lifestyle)

A SMALL TOWN GIRL WITH HUGE HEART DREAMS and all about that multipotentialite life. Hi! I’m Taylor Aller (Oomen) and I serve the Lower Mainland as an RMT, Educator, Speaker, and Mentor. I’m also obsessed with all things relationship-related and Co-Founder of The Relationship Project with my kick-butt husband. On most days you can find me balancing 5 different things, snuggling my handful-of-a-rescue pup, volunteering as a Facilitator with Free to Be Talks, or trying my darndest to go to bed early!


  • What would you like to share with us?

Ooh. So many things. And I guess that’s it. I love and am passionate about SO MANY THINGS! Relationships, health, mental health, volunteering, my marriage, my rescue pup, dancing, food, sleep. Fellow multi-passionate peeps unite! I’d love to share that living your life with no single passion and many curiosities is a-okay.

I have struggled in the past thinking that there is something wrong with me, that I am the only person who doesn’t have a single passion. I was told “You’re just confused” so much that I really did start to feel that way. I felt so suffocated, stifled, and joyless.

In this world of “finding your passion,” it can make us multi-pods feel like we are jumping around with no vision, no goal, and worst of all–alone. Hear me roar: We are not! There are so many people in the world like us that have multiple passions. Who pursue them, enjoy them, and carve out a life enjoying them all. That means you can, too.


  • Something that keeps you going?

Ah. Sleep. Now I know this may sound like a weird answer, but for my mental health, my full life, sleep is non-negotiable. I am an exponentially better person with sleep. I go to bed early as much as I can (usually between 9:30-10:30 every night!) and although I’ll joke about it–It’s no joking matter. (Ask my husband.)

  • Something that you want to inspire others with,

You can absolutely do it all, you just can’t do it all at once or by yourself.


  • Why did you say yes to being interviewed? What do you appreciate about Feather & Mane?

Firstly I love Feather and Mane! These two ladies have a mission that I think is so on point. Secondly, I love being able to share about my “what-I-think-is-normal-but-others-think-is-not” life. Secondly, their mission comes to mind. Living with purpose. They aren’t tutti-frutti about it. Jessica and Carla make it easy for folks to live the life they want with purpose. What else I love? They celebrate local businesses, their communities, other women. And most importantly, their wicked sense of humor.

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  • What keeps your life full?

I like to look at my life as the weather. There are many facets and no one takes over the other. They each have different seasons! Things that make up my weather-life are my practice as an RMT, The Relationship Project with my husband, Digital Calligraphy, mentoring, volunteering, my family, my rescue pup, dance, and many more!

We are excited to partner with Taylor in a GIVEAWAY!  You can enter to win a custom digital design created by Taylor as well as a $30 gift card to Saba Cafe and bistro in fort Langley. 

To enter

  1. Like and Comment on this blog and share one thing you appreciate about Taylor’s answers
  2. like and tag friends on our Instagram accounts
  3. make sure you are following us on Instagram if you have Instagram


Entries must be 13+ years old and a Canadian resident. this is not a partnership with Instagram or WordPress.

Contest Ends thursday may 24th at 11:59PM









Union Swimwear Giveaway!

We are excited to team up with Union Swimwear, put a spotlight on this great bathing suit company locally to Vancouver and shares the same heart we have for being socially conscious and living purposefully.  here are some of their answers to the why’s and who they are! check it out and see the giveaway at the bottom!

What do you do? 

  • Professional Accountant by day, swimsuit aficionado by night, I’m a Vancouver local hoping to inspire others in their careers.  I obtained her Business Degree in 2007 and started her professional accounting career at a large international accounting firm (PricewaterhouseCoopers) downtown Vancouver.  In 2009, I managed to obtain her Master’s degree in Accounting from the University of Saskatchewan and successfully pass the Chartered Accountant’s exam that fall.  In 2010, I accepted a work opportunity in Melbourne, Australia where she spent two and a half years auditing large-scale public mining companies for PricewaterhouseCoopers Melbourne.  2015 was an exciting year when I got the opportunity to work in lululemon’s finance department as the Manager of Financial Reporting.  These days, I live my life outside the box (or outside the office) working full-time from home for TELUS’s finance department.  The lack of commute and efficiency in her day-to-day allows me to pursue all the side hustles, from real estate to financial consulting to starting a Swimwear company!

 What is something you are motivated by?

  • I am a big believer in the concept of Kaizen.  It’s the Japanese word for improvement or change for better.  It’s all about continuous improvement and is a long-term approach to work that systematically seeks to achieve small, incremental changes in processes in order to improve efficiency and quality.  If I can improve my life, my work, my habits, my friendships by a small amount each and every day – I truly believe this will make a lasting impact on the world.
  • I also think a lot about my legacy – what are people going to remember me by when I’m gone.  This is where UNION swimwear comes into play.  UNION Swimwear is socially responsible and the reversible one-piece swimsuits are cute AF.  A portion of our profits is donated to HOPE International Development Agency (HOPE International) – specifically to provide clean water to communities in need. HOPE International exists to improve the supply of basic human necessities for the neediest of the developing world through self-help activities and to challenge, educate, and involve North Americans regarding development issues.  UNION Swimwear has recently donated enough to purchase our first well in Cambodia. You can look at the coordinates here.

 Something that you want to inspire others with, 

  • I am a huge fan of Tony Robbins, Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay, etc.  I’d like to pass the inspiration that I’ve gotten from these role models to everyone.  My favorite quotes/teachings from each:
  • Tony Robbins: Trade your expectations for appreciation and your whole world changes in an instant.
  • Wayne Dyer: If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
  • Louise Hay: Create a practice of daily affirmations.  I have an app called think up where I’ve recorded positive affirmations.  You choose background music and I play these affirmations while I’m getting ready in the morning or when I’m working.

Why did you say yes to being interviewed?

  • I love meeting new people, experiencing new things, and creating new connections.  I got a great vibe from Carla.  I’m all about good vibes.

What is your side hustle? Brand rep? Hobby?

  • I have a few:
    • As mentioned in #3 under passions – UNION Swimwear my newest side hustle.
    • I do financial consulting on the side for small publically traded companies that don’t have in-house accounting departments.  I prepare the financial statements and MD&A’s that are listed quarterly on the TSX for a few companies at the moment.  I would love to get into more consulting involving start-ups and small businesses.
    • I also own a few properties that I rent out currently.  I’d like to get more into the air bnb space or corporate rentals with my place downtown this summer.
    • I also love the endorphins and serotonin that I get from working out. I work out 6 times a week (2 times with a trainer).
    • I have a love for cooking/baking!  On Sundays, I try to meal prep for the week – do a big grocery shop and make all my breakfasts and lunches so that I don’t make bad decisions during the week.

what is something you appreciate about Feather & Mane

  • What I’ve learned over the past 10 or so years since starting my professional career as an accountant – nothing else matters than the people you surround yourself with and the relationships you make.  So the people of feather and mane is the one thing I appreciate most.  Carla was so amazing when we first connected – figuring out how we can help each other.  Putting her hand up for UNION ask I was putting out through Vancity Business Babes – takes a lot of courage and I truly appreciate it.  Also, the event they’re hosting next weekend on Living with Purpose – I respect and appreciate anyone that’s trying to make a positive impact in their community.


  Let’s do a suit giveaway!  Follow @union.swimwear  and Feather & Mane + tag a friend and let us know how you’re living with purpose?  

Places you can find this giveaway!



this is a private contest endorsed by Union Swimwear and Feather & Mane. Must be Canadian Resident, in order to win you must be following at least one of our handles (both feather and mane and union swimwear), comment on a platform, and like the post. extra entries for sharing and commenting on multiple union swimwear and feather & mane platforms. the contest will run from  Friday, April 20th- Monday  April 24th 9PM. Winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 25th.

Good Luck!

Feather & Mane

Maan Farms Country Experience


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We had the privilege of joining Maan farms this past Easter weekend in a delightful crepe breakfast and a tour of all the fun spaces this country experience had in store.

If you are looking for a great Abbotsford local item that you can get a VERY reasonable yearly membership to, I would highly recommend Maan Farms.

Maan Farms has a corn maze, an air jumper pillow, a peddle kart track, zip line, petting zoo, delicious raspberry wine, and during berry picking season they are the place to go!

Top 3 items our kids enjoyed

  1. The Air Jumper Pillow, they could have been on that thing all day.
  2. Zipline. Seriously, who doesn’t love a good zip line 🙂
  3. Petting zoo. It was so fun watching them look for bunnies, say hi to chickens and watch the goats and kids.

Next time your unsure of what to do, or want to plan a good play date with a friend. Head on over to Maan Farms Country Experience!

Feature Friends— Jarris Neufeld

I had the honour and privilege of having the first time on feather and mane history of sharing a feature friend that is a male! thats right folks, branching out, putting our big girl pants on and talking with Jarris was definitely a highlight of my 2017 blogging life.

Jarris and I know each other through my husband, but with the help of social media I feel like I never lost touch of what he was up to.

He has graciously shared what keeps him going and what his life lessons have been in the past few years. You do not want to stop reading! Also Did I mention we have a giveaway?!check this out.

What do you do to earn money to live?

I Work for VSSL, but I love building custom tables (find me on Instagram for more details)

What would you like to share on the blog?

When Carla shared these questions, I really wanted to share what its like to be an authentic parent during this transition into single parenthood.  It is interesting to say the least. Grace is needed, patience gets stretched constantly. But overall I want to constantly remind myself that I want to be present in my kids lives. I want to keep looking towards the end goal of being in an authentic relationship with my kids. Sometimes its hard to see that during the short term stressors, the long term is way more important!

What is your heartbeat, life giving moments?

The quiet moments with my kids. Bedtime is such a fun time, we can connect cause we are in such close proximity. We get to look back on the day together, and set the tone for the dreaming phase of the day.
Other days, the hectic morning drives are key. We get ready together, rush, sing in the car and embrace this stage of life together.

Something that you want to inspire others with

I want to share with you about “graceful exits”. This has been hitting me Huge lately, with even as small as changing jobs, relationships, daily tasks. Graceful exits are key to a lot of life situations. Something I try to remind myself when I am transitioning, maybe for example leaving a job, I am very excited for the next stage but I want to make sure I am being smart with how I am acting in my setting while exiting a situation. How I respond, how much I share, how I need to stay in the present even though whatever comes next might be thrilling.  You need to always finish well, be present, and make sure you are honouring those around you.

How do I move to the next phase of anything.

1. step back and take a broader perspective of what is old, present and new.
2. Being present in the moment. Currently where your at. Being able to be there. ie. Switching jobs, Finish strong, don’t be so caught up on what is happening next, what is happening next will still happen.
3. Patience… just patience.
4. BE HUMBLE! Keep your head down and keep working hard. Honour those who are staying.
5. TIMING- share with the right people. Be respectful of everyones feelings as much as possible.

Why did you say yes to being interviewed?

Its super fun, I like the community of Abbotsford and the connections. I am A Huge Connection guy! I love the connection of Human beings.

What other things are you passionate about?

I loveWater-skiing, cross fit, ( they are like a family to me!,) My goal is to be a part of Worlds in 2019


  1. like this post!

  2. you can also enter to win on our instagram and facebook page!

  3. Comment and maybe share what kind of outdoorsy things you like to do and how this would be helpful or just plain awesome to have!

Contest closes March 8th, and winner will be ANNOUNCE HERE! on March 9th.


This contest is for EVERYONE.

The best is yet to come…

We have been silent on this blogging platform, BUT we have been busy working behind the scenes to bring you something great come January (hopefully mid month Launch).  You have all been such faithful followers and friends and we are very thankful for all your comments, likes, shares and support.

With that, we are just beginning this awesome journey of moving forward in this blogging world.

Our main goal is to make sure we are sharing, blogging, using this platform and social media with Purpose.

the content is intentional

the Blog will be rich in words, stories and truths

the sisters will be present (not just on instastories if you haven’t started watching those yet)


I will leave you with this. The best is yet to come.

Jessica (left in both photos) and Carla (right in both photos and in life)

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4 tips to get you outdoors, did you guess number 3?

A few weeks ago,we left the hustle and bustle of our regular day and met up with the two beautiful ladies behind Namaste Hiking Co.we spent a magical evening going on a brisk hike up Mt.Thom and while enjoying some quiet moments at the viewpoint, we sipped some amazing tea and had some delicious snacks. It was so calming to engage as a group in yoga ( despite Carla’s giggles and special poses). Here are some ways to get outside more often,

1. Find like minded friends – it’s so important to have one or two friends who are interested to get you going. Maybe similar lifestyles to be able to work around schedules or bring kids into it.sometimes this is hard, so maybe try social media platforms to see if there are any interests in your “friend” circles (facebook, instagram, bloggers,twitter,pinterest,linkdin?)

2. Start small– you don’t need to do the Grouse or Abby grind as soon as you have the motivational explore the outdoors. Just try out something close to your place,even a nice walk like the fort-to-fort trail.

3.find something that is organizedNamaste Hiking Co. was such a great intro to organized yoga as well as hiking.they have multiple types of explorations and you should check them out ! Let us know and we can be your new hiking buddies.

4.It’s all in your head- you need to understand every time you tell yourself you can’t, it really means you won’t. You need to start with your mentality and go from there. Believe you me, I am not perfect and constantly set ridiculous like,it’s to what I can and can’t do. You won’t become an outdoorsy person if you don’t try and say you can! Or find someone to keep you accountable.

We really enjoyed going on this little excursion and look forward to the many social media meet-ups! please check out Namaste Hiking Co!


Carla and Jessica

Mother's Day Feature #5- Lena Shaw

Tell us a little bit about your family and how long you have had your business up and running?

My husband and I have two little girls, Monroe (4) and Selma (2). We met on our first day of going to University in Victoria and the rest is history. I started Mosie’s Cozies 4 years ago when I was on maternity leave with Monroe.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

As soon as Monroe was born, I immediately started making her headbands. She got lots of compliments when we were out and about each day, so I decided to start selling them out of my stroller when we were at the park, at the grocery store, etc.

What is your favorite part about running your own business?

Running my own business has allowed me to be home with my girls. It’s been so nice to be with them during these precious times of being little. It certainly goes by quick!

When do you find time to fit in work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all?

I am lucky to have both my parents, as well as my husband’s parents who each help at least one day a week. I also have an amazing friend (who also is a nurse, who also is my headband seamstress) who watches the girls once a week. I also try to fill orders during naptime, as well as on weekends when my husband is home to help. I don’t usually work when I have the kids myself during the days where it is just me because I can’t give myself fully to my kids, or my work. It’s a tough one to balance.

What was the greatest advice you have received since becoming a parent or since starting your own business that has helped you?

With parenting, I’ve found that you can read all of the books, and articles there are out there but until you are in it and are experiencing it yourself, you don’t fully know how it will all go. There are so many different parenting styles, and all babies and kids are unique. Do things the way you feel are right, and all will work out. With the business, it’s definitely a learn as you go experience. I have connected with so many other small business owners, who give advice and share what works and what doesn’t. I think the best way to keep going is asking for help when you need it.

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family? Definitely finding the balance and trying to figure out the most efficient way to get things done. How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?) If there is anything, I make time for my relationships. It has always been important to me and I’ve always kept it a priority to keep these up. I work really hard when it’s my “work” day, and try to turn it off when I’m “off”.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

I always wanted to be a cleaning lady when I was young. I remember staying at hotels with my family and desperately wanted one of those cleaning carts!

What careers have you had I the past that led to where you are today?

I’m actually a school teacher in the Surrey School District and recently have gone back to subbing. I’ve taken an extended (2 year leave) to focus on my business and am excited to be going back once a week in the fall.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Take it day by day, week by week, and month by month. Don’t allow yourself to get caught up in the world of social media, however, allow yourself to grow by using it. Make connections, ask for help, and find those friends who pick you up and support you.

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

Sleeping in and waking up to sunshine! Spending time with my little family and eating delicious food together without any distractions (from work haha).


WINNER IS—— SANDRA NEMETH!- congrats mama