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

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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).

1. CREATE OPPORTUNITIES FOR ECONOMICALLY AND SOCIALLY MARGINALIZED PRODUCERS

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.

2. DEVELOP TRANSPARENT AND ACCOUNTABLE RELATIONSHIPS

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.

3. BUILD CAPACITY

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.

4. PROMOTE FAIR TRADE

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.

5. PAY PROMPTLY AND FAIRLY

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.

6. SUPPORT SAFE AND EMPOWERING WORKING CONDITIONS

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.

7. ENSURE THE RIGHTS OF CHILDREN

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.

8. CULTIVATE ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

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.

9. RESPECT CULTURAL IDENTITY

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!
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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.

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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.

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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!!

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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.

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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!

 

THANK YOU JUSTIN AND KAYLA!

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GIVEAWAY INFORMATION

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

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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.
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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).
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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.
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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.
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5.  Fav item?!
Ooohh..  Tough one.  The Apple Fritter.  Or maybe the Nanaimo Bar…  Or Cashew Bar?!
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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!

GIVEAWAY CLOSED— WINNER IS VIA INSTAGRAM TAG

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

Marvelous Mothers Part 2: Karen Johnson

 

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Instagram: @kpurenaturals
Facebook: /kpurenaturals
Website: http://www.kpurenaturals.com

We are both huge fans of Karen’s products. Besides the fact that they are our go to for skin care and bath products for our children, they are also what we rely on to pamper ourselves after a long day of mothering. We love supporting local moms and are so thankful that we have found her.

 Meet : Karen Johnson

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

My husband and I have been together since 2006, and have three sons and a daughter.

Before K’pure I had a fitness studio in Abbotsford for five years.   K’pure evolved from a homemade deodorant into the business it is now, in February 2016.

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

I’ve always had the dream of being an entrepreneur. When our oldest was a baby and my mat leave was about to end, I wanted to find a way to stay home with him, while still bringing in an income.   At that time, my passion was fitness, and with no child-friendly gyms in my area, I decided to become a certified trainer and start a stroller fitness class.  That evolved into the fitness studio, which then evolved into k’pure.  I loved having a service driven business, but the only way to generate income was to trade my own hours.  Now with k’pure, I am able to hire a team which means more time with my family. Which is the ultimate inspiration.

What is your favorite part about running your own business?   

 The new studio is a block away and this gives me the freedom to set my own hours, drop off and pick up the kids from school, and be close enough to work that I can whip down to the studio after the kids are in bed.

 

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

The most productive hours are when the kids are in bed.  There really hasn’t been much balance, but now that I’ve moved the business out of the home, I am able to separate home and work.  This means super late nights, but it means I can wear my ‘mom’ hat when the kids are home.  We don’t have hired childcare help, so being present when the kids are home is super important to me.

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

The best advice is doing what works for you and your family.  Don’t worry about what works for someone else, or beat yourself about ordering take out again or co-sleeping or whatever it is that works for you, works.  Do what makes your family run smoothly.  

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?

Finding that elusive balance.  Feeling like I’m working too much, or not enough.  Feeling spread thin, which is why it’s extra important to find what works for us.

How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)

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I’ve been the world’s worst friend and spouse the last 16 months.  I’m grateful for an amazing husband and friends who support me and who know that once we find a new groove, and I accept more help with k’pure, that I’ll be back on track as a great friend and partner.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

As a child I wanted to be a vet, but after trying my hand as a vet assistant in my twenties, I quickly changed my mind!

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

All of the careers have brought me here, and there have been a lot. Even the ones I hated, have taught me something that I can use today.  Here’s the list:  paper girl, Red Robin hostess, receptionist,  hairdresser, car part sales person, delivery driver, vet assistant, insurance sales, waitress, service writer,  personal trainer, business owner.

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Don’t fall into the trap of doing what everyone else is doing.  Align yourself with people who are more successful than you and ask for advice from successful business people!  Try to stand out in your field by doing things differently than anyone else, and don’t be tempted to take short cuts like buying followers. Staying true to you and your brand will make you stand out and give you a reputation that will want other brands to work with you!

 

 

 

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

Sleeping in past 6am!  A lazy morning with my husband and kids at home!

 

Thank you Karen for taking the time to stop by and give us a little behind the scenes look into your life. We both hope that you have a wonderful mothers day and look forward to finding out who the lucky person will be to win the “Bath Soak Trio”  when we draw the winners name on Mothers day. Check out our instagram @featherandmane for more details on how to enter.

-Jessica and Carla

Winner is—————– Alexis Cloete — congrats mama!

Marvelous Mothers Part 1: Aleena Webber

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We are Are excited to feature Aleena, a Fantastic Mom and the founder of the local shop – Three Corners artisan. We were first attracted to her beautiful pieces of art when we saw them at a local market. We immediately started following her on Instagram. Seeing her pieces pop up in shops around our small town made her more of a local hero. In one of her instagram posts she mentioned being a mother and that was the final piece of the puzzle. We had no choice but to meet this amazing women and ask if she would like to be a part of our Mothers Day Feature. What an honor to now let you in on a little inside feature of what life as Aleena Webber is like.

 

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

“I am the momma to three boys 6,4 and 2 and the wife to one very patient, supportive husband. My husband is the reason I started Three Corners Artisan. He thought I should have a hobby, that was a year and a half ago.”

What was the inspiration behind starting your own business?

“I was on my third maternity leave and felt a little lost. Before I had my boys, I had a successful career in retail management. The draw to stay home with my boys was too strong to stay away the 10-12 hour days. My husband said I should start “throwing” again, so I did. The rest is history.”

What is your favorite part about running your own at home business?

“Oh, that I am in complete control haha! The restraints of retail had always frustrated me. Having to ask someone higher up if this is how they wanted this or that handled. How sales and customer service should be handled. It was always people that were higher up making decisions but it was me looking at the faces of the customer, hearing their stories and wanting to do more. I’m so happy starting at the very beginning of my business. I purchase the supplies, I create the pieces, I photograph (sometimes) the pieces, advertising, shipping everything! The best part is knowing and remembering the customers. The first person who bought my first piece. The first market that accepted my application. It’s so personal, and the best part of having my own business.”

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When do you find time to work? Do you have a Nanny, childcare, or house cleaner? How do you balance it all? Spill the beans!

“I have SO much help! I say I’m the only artisan, and I am when it comes to the creating but I have so much help in other aspects of my business. My parents, in laws and the very best of friends help watch my kiddies and help in my studio. I love them and it means so much to have these people in my lives so I can do what I love.”

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

“The best advice I have received as a parent is that even though you feel like you are in the thickest and deepest, the next day will come. An adventure awaits and it gets better.”

What has been your greatest hurdle when it comes to running your own business and raising your family?

“Separating my family time and my business time. It’s so hard to schedule work days and not give attention to my family. Or give my 100% to my family without thinking or doing something with work.”

How do you balance work and family time? Are you someone who keeps to a schedule or do you just slot time in when you can find it?

“I schedule time on a weekly basis only because things constantly come up. I have a firing schedule for my kiln which makes it a bit easier. Then when I receive orders I can give a more accurate turn around time.”

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How do you balance your other relationships in your life (such as friends, parents, partner?)

“There are many hours my friends and hubs have hung out in my studio just to spend time with me. I’m not sure if that’s balance or not?”

 

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

“Be the truest to yourself and try your very hardest to not compare yourself to others.”

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What did you want to be when you were younger?

“A mom”

What was the greatest Mother’s Day/or birthday gift you have ever received?

“My now husband but boyfriend at the time gave me guitar lessons, so I would believe that I could still learn new things.”

What would your dream Mother’s Day look like?

“My family in Tofino. Just the five of us.”

 

Thank you so much Aleena for taking the time to pop by and letting us get to know you a bit more. You can find Aleena at the Bloom Market in Fort Langley this mothers day weekend. Pop and in and check out her creations for yourself. 

Do not forget to enter our give away on Instagram. Aleena will be giving away a Porcelain gold encrusted pendant to one blessed mama. Draw will be on Mothers day. For entry details go to Instagram and look for Aleenas feature post. 

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Join us tomorrow for our next featured Momprenuer. You wont regret it!

 

-Jessica and Carla

 

WINNER IS———————–Wellness with Joanna – Contact us when you find out!

My Ultimate Wishlist, is your's the same as mine?

Okay, we all have them. The invisible list of “if I was a bit richer I could get” list. Yours probably looks different than mine, but IF I could I would get these items I have been admiring forever.

 

The List for me personally.

Via Apartment Therapy | Bacalis Apartment:

Stendig Wall Calendar. I have googled this calendar multiple times, I would love to put it above my bed, or as a fun large calendar by my computer. Anyways. this one is a long term love relationship for me. (photo via Pinterest)

LetterFolk is also awesome! check them out on instagram!

Short-Sleeved Raglan Dress – Tessa Hughes:

Tessa Hughes Raglan Short Sleeve dress! oh man, I bought her Luxe pants a year or so ago, and I envision wearing these items together. (photo via Pinterest)

 

How about "stressed, blessed and rodeo obsessed":

Be Still Clothing company has some AWESOME shirts that I think my youth would love. Even though I naturally stay away from phrases on shirts. I feel like these ones are pretty awesome. check them out!

The "Babes Supporting Babes" Crew | GREY – BRUNETTE The Label:

Brunette label. I love this sweater! I love going to markets, supporting small businesses and knowing that all these ladies are amazing entrepreneurs!

Stores and other items I stare at Constantly

Montrose and George

Spruce Collective

Borealis Manufactory

Bella and Wren

Nettles Tale swimwear

Camp brand goods

These are just a few items I have been ogling over the past while.

 

 

for kids! oh boy, this could be big….

Stores I support first and constantly look in and hope something I love will be in my price range.

Little Bean and Co

Watermelon Tree

Once Upon a Child

Bella and Wren has some cute items as well for kids

Spruce Collective Market

Minimoc/ borealis manufactory

Jax and Lennon

Little and Lively

tumble and roar

wheat kids clothing

VONBON!!! this one is an ultimate fave

devons drawer

whistle and flute

Padraigs

darling and bandit

Kpurnaturals (good for the whole family, not clothes, but a daily essential)

and the LIST GOES ON! (I will fix the links so all the shops asap!but check them out on Instagram)

 

So now you know how obsessed I am at looking at clothes… hopefully you still like me after this post. ENJOY these awesome stores I shared with you if you are in Abbotsford or Fort Langley.

 

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Featured Female: Carlee

I have been so honoured to be one of the many who have watched this beautiful lady go from a single beautiful girl to a married stunning mama. Now as she stands in the middle of owning her own little business we are proud to help spread the word about this amazing lady and the company she started.

 

Name and Business:

Hi I’m Carlee from Tumble and Roar Apparel, an online based kids apparel company. I design all my products myself and have them either printed or sewn locally in Vancouver. I started my shop in December of last year, so I just passed my 6 month mark!

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How many years have you been pursuing this passion of yours and what brought about this passion?

I am a mom to a 2 year old boy, Luca and he is the inspiration behind Tumble and Roar Apparel. Prior to becoming a mom, I worked in fashion retail management for many years and clothing and dressing people up was one of my passions! When Luca was born, I started to get into shopping locally for him. I loved finding unique pieces for Luca and supporting local shops was much more rewarding than buying from big box stores.

Around the time of my sons 1st birthday, I started to get that feeling like I was losing myself a bit in mommy-hood. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being a stay-at-home mom and I find it so rewarding to spend my days with Luca. I feel extremely lucky that I don’t have to work outside the home right now. But I also felt like I needed something else in my life that was ‘mine,’ that I could work on and use as a creative outlet; this is where the idea of Tumble and Roar Apparel came from.

Tell me about your family

My husband and I met in University, we both were recruited to play for the Trinity Western varsity soccer teams. I grew up on Vancouver island and my hubby Nick grew up in Montreal, so when we met you could say we were quite different; think island girl meets city boy. We became friends fast and by our second year we were officially a couple.

We married in 2010 in Nick’s hometown of Montreal and welcomed our baby boy Luca in 2014.

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How do you balance work and home life?

Oh this is a sticky question! I would love to say that I have dedicated hours for my Tumble and Roar workload and that I have a Pinterest-worthy, beautifully organized workspace…. But that isn’t always the case. Life with a toddler is unpredictable and chaotic, so I try my best to do the majority of my work for Tumble when Luca is napping or asleep for the night. But emails and orders need to be checked and filled and that sometimes happens right in the middle of lunchtime or backyard playtime. It’s a complete juggling act- and sometimes I feel like a super mom and sometimes I feel like a super failure; but in the end, the work gets done and the playtime never stops with a 2 year old!

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What is your goal for you company?

My goals for Tumble and Roar really correspond with my family life. I want to run a successful at-home business that brings me joy and fulfillment, but this business cannot get in the way of my first priority: my family. This business fulfills a passion of mine, but I do and always will put my job as mama bear first!

I love the creative process of designing something from nothing and seeing it come to life! When I receive photos back from customers of their little ones rocking one of my designs, the feeling is indescribable! My goal is to make my customers happy; I want them to love my designs and the quality of the pieces. Being a mom myself, I only create and sell items that I would dress my own child in. I focus on creating unique pieces that are high quality and comfortable.

What is your outlet?

When I need to clear my head- I go for a run or head to the local yoga studio. These two activities are my outlets; they are my therapy.

What motivates you?

I am SO motivated by some of the amazing people in my life; especially my fellow mama friends. I am always so humbled and inspired by how strong and selfless these woman are. Spending time with other moms is so rewarding to me because it is such a community and every family is so different and dynamic, but all these moms are killing it and are rock stars in my eyes. These ladies motivate me to be a better mom, better wife, better friend, and better business person whenever we connect.

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What sucks the life out of you?

There’s a saying we used to use in my old occupation of ‘eat the worm.’ This message relates to your ‘to do’ lists and conquering the thing on there that is most annoying, most bothersome and most difficult. A common habit is to ignore that ‘worm’ and check off all the other items and are more enjoyable. (Isn’t is so satisfying to check items off a list?!?) However, that ‘worm’ will just haunt you and weigh on you until it’s done; hence ‘eat the worm!’ Get rid of it first!

When I don’t ‘eat the worm’ and the same daunting task rolls over on my weekly to do list from week to week…. the life gets sucked out of me! I really should learn from this lesson, but it’s one that repeats itself much too frequently- oops!

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Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

In ten years I see myself being THAT carpool mom, driving kiddos to school and activities and loving the mom-life. I hope I’m sitting on the soccer field sidelines with my other mom friends, with coffee in hand, watching our mini’s play their little hearts out! My hubby will be there on the sidelines too- probably coaching!

What does your dream retirement look like?

I hope it’s filled with family, friends and happiness; whatever that may look like in 30+ years 🙂

Thank you so much Carlee for your honest answers and for sharing your creativity with the world. So inspired by your heart for motherhood and for making something that is your “own”. Keep it up lady.

Also, Thank you for your generous donation of a T-Shirt for one of our very lucky followers.

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Stay tuned tonight at 6pm PST for the announcement of our give away! Check out and follow tumble and roar and you will soon become as in love with their toddler clothes as we are.

Instagram : @tumbleandroar

Facebook: tumbeandroar

Web site:  tumble and roar 

 

-lioness and Carlee!

 

Local treasure: Spruce Collective 

Spruce Collective is located on montrose in downtown Abbotsford. I have loved this shop. On most days off I try to think of some reason why I need something or should go downtown so I can pop in and stare at everything I want and sometimes when I feel the move, I purchase.
spruce has items that are new, vintage, local small business, and they even have some great art pieces that Sydney Toews has painted. Sydney is one of my youth grads this year!

Not only is it cute, it has very friendly staff and it’s a great environment to bring your littles to. My son loves the nook they have with chalk and toys(as seen in the first photo)

This store is filled with every trendy trinket and clothing item you want! They have good husband, minimoc, Fraser valley shirts for all sizes AND chalk paint. This is one store that has never disappointed me ( can you tell).

Yes, like all small, non-chain stores, the prices are not bargain bin. But you can appreciate all the effort they go to in finding those antique items, or even stocking other small business and local items. I have learned to appreciate quality over quantity. This store has never disappointed me in quality.


I love finding wedding gifts, baby gifts, even matching shirts for my husband and son. My husband has a life is rad shirt, I am pretty sure it’s his favourite, I also bought him some nice beard/face lotion and cufflinks.

Needless to say, I love spruce collective! I feel like it helped me fall in love with Abbotsford.
DO NOT GET ME STARTED ON THE MARKET BY SPRUCE COLLECTIVE…… Do not…

-Owl

Working Moms Part 4: Alissa

It is with Great Honour that I get to feature one of my very best friends. Alissa and I met as I was moving in all my belongings to our newly shared basement suit. It was bold of both of us to trust our mutual friend and roommate on this new living arrangement. It was wise of both of us as it ended up being one of the best choices we ever made. (in my humble opinion)
Alissa, along with our friend Michelle, and I lived in our basement suit for just over 2 years. Sharing such close quarters for the first time with two very independent woman made for a lot of life learning experiences. We learned how to negotiate, how to compromise, how to love unconditionally, and how to survive on our own. There were nights of endless tears and weekends full of giggles and late night talks. We grew up and then we moved out. We each used this living situation as a stepping stone from our parents into our lives with our husbands. Being apart of each others big days and now apart of each others every day has been one of the greatest additions to my life.
Alissa is a dedicated Mother, Loyal Wife, Faithful Friend and Outstanding Artist. She brings joy with her wherever she goes and her humble attitude towards her many talents makes my heart soar. She is an artist on so many levels, yet you will never see her flaunt it about. So much talent pours out of her but all that she shoves in your face is love and laughter. That is really what I love about her. She is so real and honest and genuinely cares about the words that are coming out of your mouth. She shares her love for Jesus through her art and music. I always leave her presence feeling restored and inspired.
Meet Alissa
Instagram : @feistandflourish
1. Besides Your leading role as an amazing Mother, what do you do to help provide for you family?
I’m taking a few years off from teaching High School students to be home with my kids, which means I spend my days snuggling and playing pirates.   It’s amazing!  But once nap time or bedtime rolls around, you’ll find me happily creating watercolour calligraphy paintings for people near and far.   I started my calligraphy business, Feist and Flourish Modern Calligraphy, in the Fall of 2015. Having a creative outlet is invaluable in these long days of motherhood, and it’s nice to contribute a little bit to the family budget, too.
2. How many hours a week does it take up? What times of day do you normally take to work?
The amount of time I spend on Feist & Flourish really depends on how many custom orders I get in a given week.  This week I have two custom orders in progress, and I will spend most evenings working on designs, sending sketches to the clients and painting the final pieces. Nap times are when I focus on conversing with my clients as we partner in bringing their ideas to life. I really enjoy this part, but wow, is it time consuming!  At some point I hope to offer prints of my work.  Until then, I like how custom work stretches me creatively, and of course, that final moment when the client tells me they love it!  Social media is one of the main ways I connect with potential clients, and there is a really lovely calligraphy community on Instagram.  I try to find one quiet moment in the day to do a quick update there, but there really are not enough hours in the day for this, and my kids win my attention every time!
3. What has been your outlet amongst all the craziness of motherhood and owning your own small businesses or working outside the home?
Feist &  Flourish really is my outlet.  In the down time between custom orders, you will still find me painting, honing my skills, trying new things.  I often do this with my toddler at my side.  We both take out our paints and brushes and get to work together.  I am always delighted with his work!  Right now he naturally veers towards limited colour palettes and every painting has a very involved and interesting backstory.  His paintings are framed all over our home.  I love learning together with him, and look forward to my daughter being old enough to join in, too!
4. How does your husband support you?
My husband has been incredibly supportive.  He’s an artist as well,  and really values and “gets” the drive to make new things.  He recently cleared out a corner in his (very full!) office so I could have a mini studio space.   I always look forward to the evenings we spend side by side at our desks, each working on our own projects.
5. Do you think your children know you have another job other than being their personal chauffeur, cook, and bed time snuggler?
Nope, to my toddler it’s all just painting together!  
6. What is your favorite day of the week and why?
Sundays!  My husband and I love our little church and are pretty involved in it.  I help lead the singing and always leave inspired.  I believe God is the source of my creativity, and so often I come home from the gathering excited to letter truths from the morning scripture reading, or a special lyric from a worship song. We reserve Sundays for family and friends, rest and renewal, so while I don’t do paid work on Sundays, I always pick up my brushes (or my camera or guitar) and create as a worshipful act.  
7. What has been your greatest asset as a small business owner?
The business side of things doesn’t come naturally to me;  it’s the passion and fun of painting that propels me on.  Feist & Flourish is new, and I have so much to learn.  I’m grateful for the calligraphers that share so honestly about their businesses on Instagram and other places on the web.  I love my #calligrafriends!  
8. What is the hardest part about working as well as raising a family?
The cliche is true: there are not enough hours in the day.  I wish I could have more hours just for being a Mom, nevermind my little business.  My babies are always the main joy and priority of my days.  Any extra time for painting and working on my shop is a bonus!
9. What dreams do you have for your future when your children are not so little anymore?
I’d love to keep painting and growing Feist & Flourish.Working with text as a calligrapher, I feel there is such an opportunity to put positive messages, hope and joy out into the world.  It’s such a personal thing to pick a passage of scripture or quote for your home.  It really is such a joy and an honour to be invited to create for people.
10. How old are your children? Are their anymore children in your family’s future?
I have an almost 3 year-old boy and an almost 1 year-old girl.  Their birthdays are a week apart and we are gearing up for a shared shindig later this month.  I’m not sure if there are more children in our future, but I will say that adoption has always made my heart go pitter-patter.  That may figure into our family’s future!
 
11. What would be the best present to receive on Mother’s day?
A homemade card!  They really are the best, aren’t they?  And I love a good picnic.
12. What was the best present you ever gave your mom?
I have made my mom a homemade card every single Mother’s Day since I was old enough to write.  I know she likes the gifts that come with them, but she has a frame in her kitchen with all the cards her kids have made her.  I think that speaks volumes.
13. Morning or night person?
I feel the most creative late at night, and have to force myself to put the brushes down and head to bed.  
Thank you So much for taking time away from painting and raising those babes to let me interview you. I am in love with how you take on life and love on those children of yours. You are such a great mother and your art is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing both with the world. Happy Mothers Day!
-Lioness