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

Marvelous Mothers Part 3 : Vicky Hawkins

 

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Instagram: @twistedmustardseed
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Website: twistedmustardseed.com
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Twitter: @tmsdiaperbags
Amazon: Twisted Mustard Seed

 

 

 

Meet: Vicky Hawkins

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ProductDiaper Bags for both men and women

We pride ourselves in supporting local businesses and promoting shopping where you live, but we had to bend our own rules when we heard about Vicky Hawkins. When I first heard a friend rave about her experience with The twisted mustard seed, I was blown away by the heart behind the business. My friend had won one of the giveaways put on by Vicky and her company and the whole process of receiving her prize touched both our hearts and all who hear her story. Vicky went above and beyond for a client who wasn’t even a paying customer. She included more than was expected in the prize package and found a way to bless someone who was at a point in her own life where she really needed it. We really had no choice but to meet this lady and see if we could feature her and the rest is history. 

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

I’m a mommy of two precious kiddos, ages 5 (my son) and 3 (my daughter) and reside outside of Dallas, Texas. Twisted Mustard Seed began two years ago literally as a dream, and recently celebrated our first year of selling December 17, 2016. What was the inspiration behind starting your own business? As a Mother of two, I’ve questioned my “place” in the world as an individual, and wasn’t sure the professional path God wanted me in. I’ve worked years in Corporate America, but always felt an indescribable emptiness on how I could give and show my unique 1%. With faith and years of prayer, September 2014 I got my answer. With unspeakable and profound love for my two precious angels, I knew I was meant to design something around my greatest happiness. That September the name Twisted Mustard Seed was placed on my heart, but had know clue why. When mentioned to my husband, he then quoted the scripture that had been our guiding light as parents (Matthew 17:20).

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What is your favorite part about running your own business?

My favorite part(s) of owning my own business is having the accessibility to be there when needed for my children. I also enjoy making my own hours, and the overwhelming joy of creating a product that can impact/play a role in someone’s life.

Which household chores do you detest?

As a mom of a little boy, I absolutely DEMISE cleaning toilets…you never know what you’re going to get or find.

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

Thankfully both of my kiddos go to school full-time but when they’re out for the summers, I work during “quiet time” which gives me an hour during the day. Once they go to bed in the evenings, I work an additional 3 hours plus. My day consists of dropping my babies off in the mornings, working out for an hour (always need to take care of yourself! Plus it elevates stress and provides a clear level mind, when I come home to work), work for 4 hours, pick up kiddos and tend to their extracurricular activities, make dinner, put kids down, and provide one on one time with my honey…the most important part of my day. We do not have a house cleaner, but Mondays are my mandated days to clean. I balance everything with my “book of life,” i.e. my calendar that I tote everywhere with me. If it’s not in the “book of life” it doesn’t exist/happen!

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

The best parenting advice that I’ve received was from my mother. She would always say, “That if you’re not the biggest advocate for your child, than no one else will.” The older my kiddos become, the more I realize how true this is. The best business advice that I’ve ever received was to take my time and to never give up on my dream…no matter what people may say or think.

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

Working overseas has definitely been a hurdle due to time frames, shipping costs (crate shipping which is usually done via boat, can take up to 6 weeks or more to receive inventory), and even their holidays which could effect overall production.

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

With work and my personal life sometimes intertwining, I definitely rely on my “book of life” i.e. calendar to keep everything in line. Everything is scheduled, even date nights… that is a MUST! I absolutely LOVE dating my husband.

What did you want to be when you were younger?

For the longest I wanted to be a baton twirler, and do that as a profession!

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

I always tell people that my PMJ (Pre Mommy Job) was in Marketing and PR for Comcast Cable. That has definitely been a huge tool in marketing my own product(s).

What advice would you give someone just starting out?

Just to NEVER give up! A dream is never stupid, unless you allow it to be.

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

The greatest Mother’s Day was when I became a Mother for the first time. Celebrating Mother’s Day as a mom, is surreal and the best thing ever! My best birthday gift had to be when my husband wrote me a poem, on how much I meant to him. WOW, talk about an overflow of tears!

We loved getting to spend a little time getting to know Vicky a little bit more and hope you found some encouragement in her story. Make sure you sign up for her give away for that beautiful bag shown below! Details are on Instagram @featherandmane 

-Jessica and Carla

 

WINNER IS—– LISANNFRANCIS— Congrats soon to be mama!

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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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!

Tea Party Anyone?

Jessica Barr was such a treat to meet at the Abbotsford Bakers Market. Jessica has such a creative business that we would love to share with you.
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My specialty is of course all afternoon tea treats, but I especially enjoy creating desserts. I love to turn anything from mini cakes to cookies into works of art. My favourite aspects of my business are decorating the desserts and laying the table. It’s all about presentation for me, and of course taste! My goal is to incorporate unique and bursting flavours into every afternoon tea. I also want everyone’s tea party to be everything they imagine, so I will help with anything needed to make that happen, from floral arrangements to finding the perfect venue.

Vintage Rose is also dedicated to accommodating all allergies and dietary needs. Having many allergies myself, I believe everyone should be able to enjoy a special treat despite their food restrictions! That is why we have vegan and gluten-free options and take any other requests.

Mention Feather and Mane on your tea party booking and receive 15% off !

Best seller at the Baker’s Market was the salted caramel macarons. The blackberry lavender scones were next in line. To enjoy these flavourful scones even more, add a dollop of clotted cream on top with some blackberry jam!
dsc_0597-1dsc_0579Vintage Rose Afternoon Tea comes from my love of baking and antiques. Why not combine two of my favourite things to provide people with beautiful tea parties that they can host right in their homes. My dream is to one day own and run a tea room, but not quite being able to make that happen at the moment, I wanted to pursue my dream with a first step. Working from home will also allow me to spend more time at home with our baby on the way!
I think everyone should experience a traditional afternoon tea, and I also believe that it should be served on real antique china. It’s just not the same without it!
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Vintage Rose will be at the Handmade for the Holidays market hosted by Loving Local on November 19, the Richard Bulpitt Elementary Annual Craft Fair on November 26, and the Winter Chill Market hosted by Vancity Makers on December 2 and 3.
Check out the vintage rose tea!
-Owl

Shayla's Sweet Treats

We have the pleasure of meeting Shayla at the Abbotsford Bakers Market and she is just one of those fun lively people you remember.

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1. what is your specialty?

My specialty is custom chocolates. I am able to match almost any theme or color. Customers can come to me with an idea and I recreate that using chocolate. I have matched party decor, business logos, or even drawn a child’s favorite monster truck!

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2. best seller?

My best seller would likely be a toss up between Paw Patrol theme and Frozen theme chocolates.

3. how did you get started? what made you passionate about selling your item?

I saw the business for sale on a Facebook mom group! I am a certified event planner and knew that this type of product fit well with what I was already doing in life career wise. It also paired well with my love of art because it is basically painting with chocolate! As a mom, I also know about how difficult it is to find practical party favors for birthdays and my chocolate lollipops are great as giveaways at events of all types!

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Thank you so much Shayla for allowing us to share your business with the rest of the world!

Check out the website and Instagram

SURPRISE: If anyone shares in the comments that they heard of Shayla’s Sweet Treats Via Feather and Mane they will get 15% off the entire order!

-Owl and Lion

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

S & S

Sareah was non-stop busy at the Abbotsford Bakers Market , so we briefly said hello, grabbed a few photos and tasted some DELICIOUS taste testers. 
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1) What is your specialty?
Our specialties are making products that are made with clean ingredients, and are yuck free, as in no chemicals, fillers, hormones etc. We use as many organic ingredients as we can, and/or authentically natural. We specialize in gourmet food and bath/body products. For food our specialty right now is Marshmallows and Candied Pecans.
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2) Best Seller?
My best sellers at the market were: Sweet & Salty Candied Pecans, Mini Pavlova, Original Marshmallows and the Pumpkin Spiced Chocolate Dipped Marshmallows. 🙂
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3)How did this all happen?
The two S’s behind S&S are: Scarlett, my (almost) 3 year old daughter, and I am Sareah. We love to cook, bake and create many different things. When Scarlett was around a year, we started these hobbies as something fun to do and our love for it keeps growing. She loves to help me “make” as she calls it.
We first sold bath products and Candied Pecans at the Plaza Christmas Market at the Ramada last year. We were at my sister’s table. (She is Claire from Clairedy Cat & Co.) We almost completely sold out of the Candied Pecans. Then this last summer I sold homemade popsicles and marshmallows at a garage sale and they were a hit! So when I heard about this food market, it was very exciting to be invited to join the first Abbotsford Baker’s Market. Miranda and Raylene did an amazing job and it was a huge success!
 We are having fun getting ourselves out there, taking custom orders and being at markets. We are very excited to have our own table (instead of sharing one, haha) this November at the Plaza Christmas Market at (what was the Ramada) Quality Hotel, hosted by the amazing Carol Larsen.
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4)anything else you want to share with us?
My cousin Kim, inspired me to make marshmallows from scratch. I loved that it was a healthy alternative to store bought, knowing exactly what would be in the recipe and being able to have fun with flavours, without any junk.
We value you, and want to make it easy for everyone to find products that are enjoyable and guilt free, not having to worry about what you are feeding your kids, or what kind of chemicals or toxins you could be putting on your skin or in your body. We don’t want you to have to sacrifice health for joy. You can have both; and people tell us that they can taste and feel the difference. They don’t get that unpleasant feeling you can get from something like a store bought marshmallow or other sweets.
We are expanding our products and flavours all the time.We are excited to be on this path and share it with you.
And last but not least, a shout out to my Mom, Dad, Teanna, Claire and Scarlett for their support, help, ideas and talents that helped this all come together !
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Thank you so much Sareah for sharing with us! we look forward to seeing you at all our favorite market! make sure you check there page!
– Owl and Lion