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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I am not alone

We have our first blogger sharing a time in their life. please read, love the raw beauty of her soul and encourage her!

changing names for anonymity

Wife- Julia

Husband- Henry

Ring, Ring, Ring “Hey babe, what sup? I just left, why are you calling me?” says Henry casually driving to practice.

” Who is Scarlett red lips?” Julia asks as she is casually searching on google and happens to have google’s best guesses and most recent search history up on the computer. She innocently goes on to find out why this one actress in a tv show looks so familiar only to be bombarded with googles dirty little secrets.

“I am going to watch her until you get home” she calmly reacts to this not so new idea that her husband might have an addiction to pornography.

” NO, I AM COMING HOME NOW, IM SORRY, IM SORRY, IM SORRY! Stop watching Julia, PLEASE!” as Henry pleads in embarrassment and shame in being found out.

“nope. I will watch till you get here so I know exactly why you need this over me.” click. Julia hangs up in shock, disgust, trying so hard to keep watching but with no desire whatsoever to get caught in this trap so many people pine over.

What do I do? Why am I not good enough? I thought this would be over when we got married. yes, I knew that he struggled, we have many conversations, I ran over his computer while we were dating in sadness. I am constantly getting to this point again where I need to add more filters, more passwords, less time apart in times where he could struggle or look, or be tempted into thinking for one small moment that it’s okay. When I share that we have struggled with pornography in our marriage,80% of the time, the person I share with also is going through something oh so familiar. YET we still don’t talk about it openly and without guilt and shame and darkness.

Henry rushes home in tears. which to be honest I only have seen him cry MAYBE 2 times before this.

“I don’t know why I even do this”, he shares ” I can’t help it, I look, feel guilty, can’t bring myself to tell you, and then look again in shame and being stressed out with lying”… It is a constant cycle so far in our 4 years of marriage. Couple months go by, I come home early, he looks sheepish, I instantly guess what’s been happening. deny, deny, FINALLY, he shares and I look at him and say “WHY DO YOU LIE!” I am honestly more upset with the lying than actually looking at pornography. Why am I so easy to lie too, even though I KNOW, with my gut that he is lying. But you don’t want to call him out every time it happens.

the thief comes to kill, steal and destroy…. well it is killing our marriage, it’s stealing joy and memories, and it is destroying a man who could be doing amazing things without the crippling effect of addiction.

please share with me that I am not alone in this story.

This is Part of a Story…..Only one part.

Featured Female : Danielle

We are so excited to have Danielle as our first Featured Female of 2017.  We are wanting to start our year off with a “BANG” and getting ready to launch our secret project that we have been working on for the past few months. So, it just seemed fitting that Danielle would be our first featured female.

We are excited to share each month a female entrepreneur. Someone who is inspiring and hard working and making her dreams come true. Danielle is setting the bar high and we are so blessed to share this little snippet into her life with all of you. Not only is she a goal setter and an inspiration she is also someone we are proud to call a friend.

Introducing Danielle the founder of:


Web pageVancitybusinessbabes.com

Instagram – @vancitybusinessbabes

Facebook – Vancity Business Babes


Picture by @amberleighphotog

1. Why did you decide to start your own business? What inspired this dream and idea to take flight? and What do you do?
I spend some time working for other people in traditional jobs and I found out very quickly that it wasn’t for me. I wanted more freedom and flexibility with my schedule!
I first started partnering with a health & wellness company and started my own home based business with them. I loved diving into entrepreneurship and learning about marketing, social media, and also all the personal development that came along with it.
I Later launched a women’s networking organization that brings like minded ladies together to share their success, strategies and it is also a space to connect both for business but also to create community and friendships. I wanted to create events that were educational, fun and gave people an opportunity to connect in an authentic way.
2. What has been the hardest part of your journey so far?
I think the hardest thing about building your own business is believing in yourself and getting over “what will people think?” There is a lot of fear surrounding this. I think that is why it’s SO important to surround yourself with people that are going to lift you up and encourage you!
3. What Advice would you give someone who has a dream to start their own business, but doesn’t know how to go about making it become reality?
Connect with someone who has created a business for themselves, talk to them about your dreams and bounce around Ideas. Ask for advice and start to research what will be needed in order to build that business. Start with very small steps (30 min or less) per day but work on it every single day. You’ll be shocked at how much you can get done!
4. How do you gain new inspiration to keep your business fresh and appealing?
Asking people what they want! 🙂 The best thing you can do as a business is to connect with your clients and community you have built and ask them what they would like to see. The main reason you are in business is to serve them, so ask them how you can do that!
5. Who has been an inspirational person in your journey thus far?
That s a very hard question. I have many local connections who have been extremely inspiring to me! But I also have many, what i like to call “virtual” mentors. I listen to their podcasts and videos! One of my favorite podcasts at the moment is “Goal Diggers” by Jenna KutcherJenna Kutcher
6. What is your favorite part of your day?
When I first wake up! I do about a 10-15 min workout, then I make myself coffee and I sit and read for about 20 min. I am currently waking up extremely early: 4:30/5 am- But I am also going to bed around 9:30 pm
7. How do you relax?
A bath is one of my favorite ways to relax, with bath salts, or a good hot tub! (I would love to have a hot tub in my own backyard someday! )
8. What brings you joy?
Time with family and close friends, and my Faith- I love spending my Sundays at church and going for breakfast after with Family! Favorite time of the week!
9. what would you hope to be known for one day? What do you want your legacy to be?
I want to be known as someone who was authentic, someone who made others feel comfortable enough to be vulnerable. I want to be known as someone who was encouraging and inspiring! 🙂


Thank you so much Danielle for taking the time to share with us a little from your journey. Looking forward to following you as you continue to change the world around you. 


How to buy presents without going bankrupt.

Sometimes we get caught up in the Christmas spirit,and think “YOLO” and buy everyone you can think of a gift. You go home thinking to yourself, “wow, I am such a nice person”. In actuality, you just fed your purchase dopamine . I know that when Christmas comes we automatically see our finances and for myself feel poopy because I want to spoil my kids and my family, and I feel like this is the real excuse to spend money. But I am here to help you (and myself) a way to survive the holidays with enough money for the mortgage come January 1st.

1.Here are some great ideas! I love the painted glassware idea.

2. have a gift exchange with everyone! (including the parentals) make it a smaller gift price (instead of 60-100 per person, maybe go to $30 and have it either handmade or local sourced), I purchased an Abby shirt from Montrose and George. a few items from Spruce Collective.

3. Do your kids really need presents from you? I know, I know we all love giving our kids gifts. They will be getting gifts from cousins, grandparents, aunts, uncles, and the list goes on. I also know, for us we decided to be super simple and I know the things my kids really want is time playing with them and baking cookies together.

4. Go sentimental for those who you can go for. We found some amazing pinterest ideas for grandparent gifts, and search your siblings instagram accounts for ideas and who they follow (I know sounds super creepy).

5. Create memories over things. Its so great to see your kids excited about Christmas lights, reindeer, Baby Jesus and all the fun things that happen with this season.


What kind of advice do you have for the holidays and staying on budget?!

  • Owl

Getting to know my daughter

My daughter is 14 months old. In the past few weeks she has really opened up and shown us who she is. Let me tell you–  she is sassy, opinionated, ridiculous, mischievous, hilarious, so cute and pretty much the best thing I could of hoped for in a daughter.

I was thinking about her today, and as I was watching her play, she looked up at me and just started babbling about something super interesting, and as I just listened and did the occasional “oh yeah”, she just smiled and went back to reading her book and playing.  I couldn’t stop feeling oodles of love for her!

I would just say, I love this stage. She can walk, feed herself, play by herself, climb, smile, sleep well, and I am IN LOVE with her. She also gives the best hugs.


Just thought I would share.

What is your favorite stage in kids? What has been your favorite memory?


  • Owl

I love my siblings.

I remember spending hours and days playing with my 2 brothers and sister. We were home schooled and sometimes when we got into a large imaginative zone of hot wheels, barbies, k-nex and lego/duplo, our mom would let us go until we got bored. Sometimes it would last a few hours, and other times, it felt like it was days long.

When I started realizing the concept of time, I soon realized how privileged i was to not know what days school happened and how many hours they were. I never complained about Saturday homeschooling, or the hours it took to go over reading and writing. I was able to have a flexible schedule until I absolutely needed to start learning the “normal” way.

I have been so thankful for the years I experienced playing with my siblings, and I truly feel the reason I am connected to them on any level is because we have so many memories as children being together and playing outside, or learning and growing together. Now we are all in completely different avenues of life, we have grown into strong men and women of this world and I feel have truly thrived in wherever we have worked or lived. I always hear of how amazing my siblings are in the life they are in, and that they don’t give up or crush dreams. They drive forward and bring people with them on the journey to whatever success they are reaching to.

Sometimes I catch myself almost boasting in one paragraph of all three of my siblings and what they are doing, and how I feel that I will never be as cool as any of them. I am so thankful for my siblings. We are so different, but yet the same. We are strong, motivated, idea makers, idea completer,empathetic, good listeners, relate able, social, funny,driven, somewhat extroverted and I would say we can all carry conversations well. We are also very sensitive ( especially when you say ” don’t be so sensitive”), sarcastic, honest, distant at times, keep to ourselves, only share what is needed to be shared, and I would say pretty competitive.

Though we have lots in common, we each have so many things that make us unique. I would make a list of each person but that would take forever.

I pray every day that my kids will love each other the way I love my sister and brothers. I would literally do anything for them!


what kind of relationship do you have with your siblings? love? distant? admire? I would love to hear your thoughts!

Quality over Quantity

This year I challenged myself to make sure I bought Quality over Quantity. Sometimes we  get so caught up in buying because of sales, or that my kids NEED to have so many extra pairs of clothes so I should make sure I am equipped. This year, for the kids I decided to make sure my “extra clothing” were hand me downs for daycare and preschool, and that I only purchased the a few extras for those other times where I might want to support local, or have them wear a little special item that matches my style.

P doesn’t like haircuts, so hats and toques or sometimes a pony tail happens for him.
She wears this dress every Sunday haha.
I can’t believe she turned one in October, all items were hand me down besides the “1” shirt.
This is P’s Once upon a child outfit.
Again, mostly hand me downs and Buy-Sell- Swap 
Hunter boots, Once upon a child and hand me downs
This toque is from Old Navy, sweater is from Montrose and George purchased last February, plaid shirt was a present and grey pants were Once upon a child
Jacket- TNA purchased 4 years ago and comes with a down insert ( I wear this jacket 50% of the time), Shirt- Montrose and George . Jeans- MCC (below the belt brand) and Blundstone shoes that were a gift last christmas (and I wear on the daily)

R’s outfit is all once upon a child HandM Brands. and you can’t see but Minimoc moccs purchased at there storefront after selling her last pair for $30 on buy sell swap. ( PHOTOCREDIT #kimnorcrossphotography)


R’s Padraigs purchased after selling her last pair for 70% of what I orginally paid. P is wearing Jax and Lennon pants, and puddle jumper sweater. Black Vans that were purchased for $20 at outlet store.
My daughter literally wears that dress on the daily. If I can these are the outfits I would choose them to wear as much as possible.

If you know me well, you would know I have about 20 articles of clothing and 3 pairs of shoes. Yes, I have Blundstones, and Tessa Hughes pants, a TNA winter Jacket (that I have owned for 4 years now), American Apparel Sweatshirt and a pair of Second Yoga Jeans that I found At MCC for 5$.

I often feel like people are judging me because my kids don’t wear no name brands, or I don’t shop at Wal-Mart or Superstore for the cheap items. I know I will get in trouble for this, but I am feeling like this is something that is needed to be said. I am buying Quality over Quantity. My oldest has Hunter boots which are gender neutral so that my younger Daughter can wear them and they will most likely get passed to nieces or nephews that would like to use. I paid $40 for Hunter boots for my kids (GASP), but I have had such bad experiences buying $6 carters rubber boots only to have them break in the same season as buying them. my children both have maybe 2-3 pairs of shoes, we rotate and sell them after on facebook for sometimes just as much as i paid for them.


Where I shop:

I try my best to save up for local business items, because I really value Supporting Local and showing that my town can thrive on small shops. So for myself, I live in Abbotsford. So Spruce collective, Borealis Manufactory, Once upon  a child, MCC , Hidden Treasures thrift, Value Village, Spruce Market, Montrose and George, and all those lovely shops downtown abbotsford. I also love ladyfern at highstreet. I love online shops that you can find at pop up shops or markets. I really find Jax and Lennon as one of my favorite kids clothing companies, Locomotive Clothing Co., Whistle and Flute, numpher, and a few more that I can share with you if you ever want to know my favorite shops.

How often do I shop:

I probably attend 50% of the markets that happen, and with being a youth pastor, I tend to look around downtown shops 2-3 times a month. but I am very intentional on purchases. I allow myself to look but make sure that I really think, Do I need this? how often would I wear this? Is this something I can justify buying at this price?

When I purchase something I literally wear it ALL THE TIME, because a. I only have a few articles of clothing, b. I do not keep items if i don’t wear them c. I only look for items that I replace from my original wardrobe (ex. 1 plaid shirt replaces another plaid shirt).

With all of this said. yes, I don’t have huge incoming expenses to pay for large wardrobes and fancy items. So I figure if i am intentionally buying for longevity, diverse easy pieces to pair with others, and something i could potentially resell or reuse for multiple people, than that is why I purchase an Item.

So I purchased in November a 2 pairs of pants for 12$ (because i found pristine condition pants from MCC that are high quality and I had no jeans) and a ABBY shirt from Montrose and George.

This Christmas, I really want to sway you in thinking quality over quantity. We are actually not doing Christmas presents as a family because i know relatives will give to our kids and we are doing a few gift exchanges. Instead we will be getting a few books as a family from Hemingways to read and share some of our older books with friends who want them.

So i guess the answer is yes, I have expensive taste, but i don’t have excessive spending habits so it actually is saving me money vs going over budgets for clothing.


  • OWL

LET ME KNOW IF THIS WAS HELPFUL! I would love to hear some feedback, I know this isn’t for everyone, this is just my opinion and how I approach shopping.

life gets crazy, but we love you!

We have some things brewing here at feather and mane, and we are excited! But its distracting us from writing posts, so please be patient as we will slowly (but surely) be sharing about the other awesome vendors we met at the abbotsford bakers market.


ALSO, thanks for being a part of our lives! We feel so loved by all the extra followers on instagram and sharing the posts on facebook.


We love you all!


  • Lion and Owl

Scondalous Scones

We had the privilege of interviewing Tonia (and Jessa) at the Abbotsford Bakers Market.

Tonia makes delicious scones! I feel like if someone isn’t even into baked goods, they always love scones. The classic, sweet and savory that hits everyone’s tastebuds.20161002_120541



Scondalous scones debut was at the Abbotsford Bakers Market, and we are so glad they shared with us! “The salted caramel scone was a best seller at the market” Tonia said. With a lot of the same reason’s as the other vendors, Tonia started Scondalous Scones through the push from her biggest fans, her family. ” My kids love my scones, and after eating them the common phrase is, why are we not rich?

Tonia came in with more than she felt was enough for the market, and went home with a small box!

Miranda from The Cookie Canister also asked Tonia to join the market, and we are all thankful for that nudge.

what is your favorite scone to make?

“Salted caramel is fun because it is a completely different recipe than the other scones.”


So there you have it, Scondalous Scones check them out!


  • Owl and Lion

Punch me out!!!

My hubby and I are as different as two people could possibly be. Or at least that is what I tell people when they want to know what my husband is like. I say: “picture the opposite of me. bam, meet my hubster.” We just think so completely different. He is logical, level headed, non-emotional, super clever, and calm. I am emotional, hot headed, creative, and high energy (compared to him). Those differences in us are what makes our relationship work so well. It is our similarities that keep us together. We both Love Jesus, family is so important to us, sarcasm is our language, Adventure is a must and working hard for what we want is the only way to earn it.

When my logical husband and I got married we immediately moved to Windsor, Ontario where he was in the middle of obtaining his dual law degree. Dual, as in he has both his Canadian and American Law degree. (I told you he was clever). As we were setting up house and learning to live with each other a few certain things came up that our 5 years of dating never touched on. It became obvious that I am a dreamer. I am the person who loves to think up amazing new ideas or adventures and verbally plan how to proceed. My sweet man, is more the type to think logically about an idea and not get his hopes up and has very low expectations for dreams (lucky for me… lol.. I think?) He hates the feeling of disappointment so in return he spends a lot of time enjoying the moment he is in instead of dreaming about the moments to come. He truly enjoys life, I would say more than I do. He just soaks in each memory as I lay beside him conjuring up our next one.

Our first home didn’t have a dishwasher. It did not have in-suite laundry and it had only one washroom. When we moved back to Beautiful British Columbia, those were the 3 things we knew we wanted to look for in our next place of residence. Those three things would make life just a little more delightful and would also cause a few less arguments in our marriage. (sink full of dirty dishes overnight, mildew, and hair clippings everywhere… need I say more?)

So my sweet husband, with out list in hand, went and found us the perfect first BC apartment. As we soaked in the fresh clean air that we missed so much and enjoyed the view of our gorgeous mountains on a daily basis, we also enjoyed loading the dishwasher, washing and drying our clothes in our underwear, and the wonderful elbow room of our own washrooms:) As our lives continued and the novelty of our new convenient living place wore off, we noticed that the list we had once had,  now seemed to come back from the dead. Now, our list seemed longer. The three things on our list, although answered, were not enough to satisfy our lives. We had now come up with new things that were important and would in return make our lives so much easier.

On our 3 year wedding anniversary I took a test that would change our lives forever. We found out we were going to become parents and a whole new adventure was about to begin. The list took on a whole new life of its own, as now it was all about our baby and what would make life easier. Moving out of our 3rd floor apartment in the ghetto area that we lived in seemed like a must. Elevators, stairs, long hallways, no back yard, safe sidewalks, clean parks, walking distance to shopping, extra bedroom, all these became our priority when it came to looking for a new place.

We found our “list perfect” place and happily brought our baby boy home to it safe and sound. The list turned from house hold “must haves” to what would make my life easier as a mother. Things like; sleep, coffee, jogging stroller, precooked meals, wanted advice, sleep, wrinkle free clothes for the husband, did I mention sleep. As our life changed so did our list. The one thing that did not change was I was still the dreamer and my husband was still the man who soaked up each moment, not worrying about the next.

A few weeks ago, I stood in front of my sons Kindergarten class waiting for the doors to open. His first day of School was right there in front of us. That little boy whom I had dreamed about and spent the past 4 years, 10 months and 2 days praying over and pouring my every ounce of energy into raising. He was about to go to school for the first time. I know that I am not the first mother to have felt these emotions. I was not the first mother to realize that time goes by quickly when it comes to raising children. I know I am not the first mother who sat there with her little baby in the middle of the night and dreamt about all his firsts and what they would be like. I have had a lot of conversations with my mommy friends that started with “can you even imagine what it will be like when……. he takes his first step…. he can play nicely in the next room…. he sleeps through the night….. he goes to school all day long…”

Well, now I am there. All my dreaming and planning is here. Now my dreams are getting bigger and I can not believe I am blessed enough to be living them out. Call me crazy, but one of my dreams I have had was to wake up and make my kids their school lunches. I always felt that if you are a mom who has the blessing of making their kids lunches you have made it in the world. That is what I thought before having children. That is what I thought before I knew how picky kids could be and how much work goes into raising children. But I still feel strongly about this one particular chore. So my list that I had so strongly felt about, had now taken a whole new turn.

I realized that I will never be satisfied, because life is always changing. This, in my opinion, is not a bad thing. This just means that I will always be setting new goals and hopefully reaching them. The list has taken on a whole new purpose tho. Those things on the very first list my husband and I wrote our have not migrated onto a new list with the very impressive name of “punch me out if…” list. Now, I know that name sounds a little violent and crazy but remember at the beginning of this post when I mentioned we are very sarcastic. So, I hope it makes sense now. With this new list it has caused there to be a lot less complaining and it has created a more peaceful and grateful atmosphere at our house. The lists new purpose it to ensure that we do not complain about the things that we had dreamed about and prayed for. Those blessings will not be taken for granted. Not in our house, at least not twice.

Here is what our list looks like:

Punch Me Out if…

  1. we complain about unloading the dishwasher
  2. we complain about washing our 3 bathrooms
  3. we complain about doing laundry (eeekkk.. i may have been “punched” for this one a few times)
  4. we complain about taking care of our kids
  5. we complain about making kids lunches
  6. we complain about mowing our large lawn
  7. we complain about a family dinner
  8. we complain about working late

These are all things that were on our dream and prayer list

These were all things we stayed up late talking about how amazing it would be to have in our lives. From living in a small apartment with no yard, to living far away from family. We wanted all these things and each one represents hard work and blessing for both our family and ourselves. Having a Grateful heart helps to create a thankful life and a thankful life is one full of love and joy. We are trying our best to make sure our children know that we wanted them and dreamed of who they would be and there were nights when I yearned to be a mother staying up late cleaning after my children and packing their lunches.

Remembering where you were and how far you’ve come puts perspective on those hard days of mothering, parenting, and marriage.

What would you add to your “Punch me out” list?