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Book Review: Bed & Breakfast & Burglary

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Summary

Libby lost the job that she loved to her now ex-husband‘s girlfriend. In order to rebuild her life, she packed her bags and moved back to her little hometown. She decided to apply to work in the town’s museum, which was similar to her old job in the big city.

She decided to stay at the local bed and breakfast before she could find a place to stay. During her stay, money from the cash register disappeared from the gift shop. Libby decided to help find the burglar!

Conclusion

This was a sweet short story about how after a betrayal and disappointment, one person literally picked herself up and moved on.

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Vendor Feature: Papercrane Co.

I love cute accessories! What about you? Thank you Papercrane Co. for my gift!

Who Is Papercrane Co.?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started Paper Crane Co. in 2019 as a side hustle / passion project. It was initially a stationery and gift store with a focus on supporting other small business and artists. During the Covid-19 pandemic that ensued shortly after launching, I was spending more time at home, and started to dabble in small DIY projects. I tried resin art for the first time and loved it immediately! I also tried decoden, badge making and even crochet.

The name is inspired by the legend of the 1000 paper cranes which I started to fold in 7th grade when my both my Grandpas were battling cancer. I folded over 600 paper cranes during that time period, but unfortunately did not make it to 1000 before they both passed away when I was 15.

The paper crane symbolizes peace, good health and longevity. I wish to spread this positive energy through my handmade creations and hope that they bring joy and happiness to those who cherish them.

2) Next, what was your background
I graduated from UBC in 2017 and I’m currently working towards becoming a CFP (certified financial planner).

3) Some interesting facts about your product?


Everything is done in small batches and most items are one of a kind!
Resin items usually take about 3 days to make with multiple layers / pours in between to create the cool effects.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


You can find Paper Crane Co. in Nooks at Gastown at 38 Water St., Vancouver.

Check her out!

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Vendor Feature: Draffiti

Fashion help promote ideas. I love how Draffiti is working to promote awareness for different issues with their designs! Thank you for my hoodie!

Who is Draffiti?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I have always been passionate about art, but was not great at it. I always wanted to make people more aware about art and its importance.

The idea of Drafitti came to being when my childhood friend, Sultan, who’s a great artist pitched me with his interest of opening a clothing brand which would be centered around street fashion, art and different mediums. Being a college drop out, Sultan had plenty of time to practice his art and explore digital art. He discussed his idea of selling printed clothing with his digital art to create an impact on people’s lives. Being passionate about art and environment, I loved his idea and we decided to execute it.

2) What is our background?

I have always been a business student with the passion of an artist and digital expert. Since I was not really good at art, I decided to become a business mastermind and collaborate with other artists to help them monetize their work. I wanted to help artists build an opportunity for them that would encourage them to practice more art.

Due to my interest in being a digital expert, I explored and acquired various digital skills like digital marketing, designing, etc. So, there are two masterminds behind Drafitti, an artist and a digital expert, trying to make an impact in this world that we live in.

3) Interesting facts about Drafitti

Alright, so I always wanted to get into art, and my friend always wanted to have a clothing brand. Drafitti is about awareness about the society we live in. You might have noticed that things aren’t normal these days.

We live in an era of identity crisis and an age of lost souls that I believe is one of the main reasons for world terror. If we knew who we were and our responsibilities as human beings a-lot of things can be improved such as human behavior towards one another, our climate situation, knowing what to do and what not.

So, hence the paper bag concept represents identity and awareness. The paper bag is about helping people struggling with an identity crisis. We recently started so our main goal is to bring opportunity towards the awareness we create.

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https://instagram.com/drafitti

https://drafitti.com/products/llama-unisex-hoodie

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Book Review: A Whyte Christmas

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Summary

Nothing was going Kate’s way. Her fiancé had cheated and left her before the wedding. Her boss didn’t appreciate her work and even forced her to demote herself. Life was not good at all.

Then, one day, as she fell off the ladder and landed on her back right in front of a very important client, she knew it was over. She truly embarrassed herself and the company. Little did she know, it was her constant chaos that sparked something inside of him.

Conclusion

Kate was definitely a character many could relate to….How many times had you felt that life was disaster and that nothing was going your way? This romance story also mentioned about being overlooked and taken advantage of in one’s career.

This was a sweet story about how one turned their life around by being themselves and not the society norm.

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Vendor Feature: Jocelyn Eloise Designs

Valentine’s Day is coming up! A lovely shirt by Jocelyn Eloise Designs is what I needed! Thank you!

Who is Jocelyn Eloise Designs?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


I started my small craft business while I was on maternity leave with my second daughter (started thinking about it in February 2022 and actually got all my marketing materials ready/started my IG & FB in May). Being so much more isolated during this past maternity leave than I was in my first, I felt I needed a creative outlet. I also noticed that my eldest (3.5 years old) took an interest in my crafting and wanted to help. I decided that the business could be something my daughter’s could grow into helping with, so I centered the foundation around them—naming it Jocelyn Eloise Designs after each of their middle names.

2) Next, what was your background?


My background is in disability consulting, but I’ve always had an artistic side that I never did anything with career-wise.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?


While I can make just about anything requested, I prefer to make apparel. I like the idea of making something that lasts and has a longer use than something like paper products. I’m also very environmentally conscious, so I try to use products that are made from recycled materials and prefer heat transfer vinyls over adhesive (PVC) vinyls.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


I offer unique, thoughtful, but also affordable personalized or custom products. I put my heart into each of my designs and pride myself on a great customer experience.

Check her out!

https://instagram.com/jocelyneloisedesigns

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Vendor Feature: Desi Turka

Have you had any Indian cuisine lately? I was fortunate to receive an invitation to Desi Turka to try out their extensive menu.

Who Is Desi Turka?

1- When and why did you start your business?

We opened in November 2017. Burnaby had many great multicultural and ethnic cuisine. However, we decided to bring something unique to introduce Indian cuisine with many regional dishes of multi regions of India.


2- What was your background?

I was born and raised in India in province called Haryana, where the main profession was farming. So we carried the knowledge of root spices and herbs and how we can use them in different cuisines. Then, in 2013, I moved to Canada and studied my Hotel and Resturant management in Toronto.


3- What is special about your products?

We bring many dishes that are unique in flavour and we have curated them with touch of western and traditional touch.


4- What else do you want to share?

We always like to honor our guests and committed to serve them with best quality food.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/desiturka?

https://desiturka.ca

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Vendor Feature: P3 Products

Sore muscles are a constant reminder that I need to take a break. Thank you P3 Products for your gift!

Who is P3 Products?

1) Why and when did you start your business?


I have been an RMT and Sports medical practitioner since 1992 and after years of only having topical products that were potentially harmful to use in practice I was able to come up with a natural product that wouldn’t contraindicate with other medications or contain harmful drugs like methyl salicylate. Hence P3 was born! I created this company in 2007 but it was only for use in my own clinics. Popularity grew and the demand forced us to start selling wholesale and now retail across North America.


2) Next, what was your background?


I have been an international athlete myself and progressed to becoming a sports therapist (a Vancouver Canucks trainer in 1993, and Olympic athlete therapist for many athletes from 1992- 2018). Afterwards, the producer and owner of P3 Products and clinic owner to two large medical clinics in the Fraser Valley.


3) Any interesting facts about your product?


P3 Cream is a water based cream that does not stain clothes or sheets, it has a pleasant scent, it absorbs within 2 minutes and feels dry to the touch yet the effects are felt for up to an hour and it is made with all natural active ingredients.


4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


Mike, here. I came on board a couple of years ago to run the day-to-day operations of P3. I’ve known John for over 20 years as he was my therapist after a neck injury in high school. I’ve been using P3 since 2007 when John was first starting with it, so I’m a big fan. Working somewhere local, and knowing that we help people with what we do, is what brought me to P3. Now the goal is to help people all over North America remove barriers to living their life how they want to.

Discount Code: P3CHOCOVIV

Check them out!

https://www.p3cream.com/

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Movie Review: Everything Everywhere All At Once

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Summary

Evelyn felt like she was just living a life that she didn’t enjoy. It was all because she married the man that her father objected and moved to the States away from China. It began as a dream where she and Waymond, her husband bought a laundromat and had a baby girl. Life became tedious and very unpleasant. The culture shock and generation gap along with misunderstandings with her daughter, Joy, slowly broke down their relationship.

Then, one day, as she was overwhelmed and stressed out at the IRS office, Waymond was taken over by someone called Alpha-Waymond from another parallel universe. Apparently, the world and all the parallel universes were under attack. The only person who could save everyone was Evelyn!

But, how and why? She was so insignificant and was a nobody….. Or was she?

Conclusion

The storyline was very interesting! There were so many twists and I had to pay attention. It kind of reminded me of the “Matrix”…. I could relate to all the misunderstandings and culture differences growing up Asian in Western culture. Definitely loved it!

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Vendor Feature: Raincouver Art

I absolutely love the painting that Raincouver Art did of my bearded dragon! Thank you!

Who is Raincouver Art?

1) When and why did you start your business?

Raincouver Art started as a little sharing window for my ‘newly’ found passion for blocking printing/ linocut, about 2 years ago. It all started with making a small eraser stamp for my child and evolved into linocut printmaking. One day, I made a dog portrait stamp for my friend. This led me to doing some pet portrait stamps which made me open for pet portrait painting.

The reason I fell in love with pet portrait was because I was fascinated with recreating the fur babies or any animals- someone’s life companion in painting, capturing their personalities, listening and watching their companions happiness, all of that.

(I also have 4 year old Havanese dog who came to me after the previous owner couldn’t take her with him back to his country. She is such a gentle soul…I can go on and on about her…..)

2) What is your background?

Well, education wise, I majored in landscape architecture and worked in the field before came to Canada. All my life, I liked drawing and crafting. Once I started, I couldn’t stop. Everyday, I needed to do create art.

I haven’t been practicing actual fine art painting other than crafting and occasional drawing. All my life, I have been doing all sort of crafting, drawing, studying architecture abour a year etc. However, painting is newly found passion about 2 years ago.

3) What is Interesting about your products?

A portrait is not just copying one’s image. It is communication and understanding. While I paint portrait, I feel like I am talking to them. Trying to feel what they feel. Observing them in such a way that I can capture their personalities through painting details, light, shadow, sparkles in their eyes. I have reviews from customers saying I captured them in painting. Personalities, things that only their companion know about their animals are somehow showing through.

My new Etsy shop had painted custom pet portrait ornament is one of my favorite. Even in small size, I try my best to capture their characters. One customer ordered 6 different golden retrievers she had over the years from Nova Scotia.

She requested the distinction of her 6 Goldens to be shown in paintings and I did. You can see her review as below.

“Yun was a joy to work with – so detail oriented and obviously talented. I ordered 6 ornaments for the six Golden Retrievers we’ve had over the years and she absolutely nailed every single one – she not only captured their likeness but also their personalities. I was eager to ensure the artist I found could capture how different our six Goldens were, and not just capture generic paintings of the Golden Retriever breed.. and Yun totally delivered!!! She is amazing. You will not regret your purchase from her! These are our favourite ornaments and will be for many years to come!”

Check her out!

https://www.etsy.com/shop/raincouverart/

https://instagram.com/raincouverart?

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Movie Review: Glass Onion

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Summary

Five friends receive a mystery puzzle box from their mutual billionaire friend. It was an invite for a pretend murder mystery holiday at the Glass Onion! Interestingly enough, even Detective Benoit Blanc received an invite too….

Miles Bron, the billionaire, invited his friends to play a game of murder investigation, of his own murder, for fun! However, with the Detective among their midsts, what could possibly be go wrong?

Conclusion

At the beginning, I was already perplexed at everyone’s hostile reaction to the arrival of one particular friend. The more I watched, the more intrigued I became…. There were many twists and turns with each of the characters’ back stories.

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Vendor Feature: Chocobouquet

When I brought my chocolate bouquet to share with my family, they couldn’t believe that the beautiful blooms were edible chocolates! Thank you, Chocobouquet!

Who is Chocobouquet?

1) Why did you start your business?

I love flowers and chocolates. But flowers die very fast and I always felt really said. So one day I decided to combine the two and made flowers out of chocolate! They stay fresh for longer and instead of throwing them out you get to enjoy the delicious taste!

2) What is special about your products?

The flowers are made from the highest quality Swiss and Belgian chocolate. Hence, they are not only pretty, but super tasty.

Check them out!

https://www.chocobouquet.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Star Night Creative

The combination a seashell, crystals and resin resulted in my beautiful piece from Star Night Creative.

Who is Star Night Creative?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started my business in spring of last year as an outlet for my creativity and a way to create meaningful art pieces. I love how each person has a unique decor style, is drawn to different elements and has something that speaks to them & brings meaning. As an artist, I am privileged to combine these elements to create something absolutely unique and one-of-a-kind for my clients. It’s a fun process ~ starting with a completely blank canvas and ending up with a stunning statement piece made specifically for somebody. Every piece of art is different, in fact one of the beautiful things about resin is that it is literally impossible to duplicate ~ which I absolutely love!

2) What is your background?

I’ve always been artistic, starting as a young child ~ with a lot of different creative avenues. From painting & sketching, to graphic & architectural designs to jewellery making I’ve always loved to create. I love to be different, original and follow my own artistic path. I used to work in developing countries with a lot of different ngo’s, which I’m extremely passionate about, but as a mom of twin boys it’s important for me to be a part of my boys’ lives as they grow. I’m in the process of partnering with a few organizations (local as well as overseas) so that a portion of every sale goes towards something meaningful. I love having the opportunity as an entrepreneur to give back and to be a part of my community and abroad!

3) What is special about your products?

Every single product I have is one-of-a-kind ~ and is a labour of love. Resin is poured in layers using pigments and different coats to create depth and effects, and needs time to cure in between. I love being challenged with new projects, and I’ve definitely had custom orders that have truly challenged me. The thing is that although the process may be frustrating, I get to learn and expand my skills. I always want to be able to be fluid and adaptable, to test my limits creatively. I specialize in custom orders ~ from giant wall-sized geodes to photo art to charcuterie boards to memorial art where the ashes of loved ones are tastefully preserved in the art ~ and so much more.

4) What else do you want to share?

I love being inspired and find inspiration and joy in the simple things. I adore working with my clients as I get to capture parts of their personalities in art, and to be trusted to do that is a gift. I’m so thankful to love what I do!

Check them out!

https://starnightcreative.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Pearl Addictions

Pearls are so beautiful! I love how they are so elegant. Thank you, Pearl Addictions for my gift!

Who is Pearl Addiction?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I just started this business around October 2022, but I have been working with pearls my whole life.

2) Next, what was your background?

I grew up on my family pearl farm in Japan, I came to Canada in 2000 to study English.

3) Next, some interesting facts about your product?


Most of the pearls I use are from my father’s farm in Japan (akoya pearls) but I also use pearls from family friends such as the golden and white pearl (South Sea), some beautiful black Tahitian pearls
and some Chinese fresh water pearls.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

Most of my products are made with hypoallergenic metals, this helps to keep the costs of owning pearl products at a fantastic price. I am able to use the more expensive materials such as gold and platinum, if the customer so desires.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/pearladdictions2022?

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Book Review: Pumpkin Spice And Pour-Overs

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Summary

Leaving the big city to a small town for a job at a book store would seem a bit odd for many, but not to Becca. Her dream was to run the town’s bookstore and to put it online. The store had potential!

However, things went sideways once she discovered that she had to share a train ride with an annoyingly handsome gentleman. Then she discovered that he was after the same position! Afterwards, she missed the last train and needed a place to stay the night….. The stranger offered to share his suite out of convenience. Becca was suspicious, so he FaceTimed his own sister to convince Becca that he was not a criminal…? Why was he so nice to her?

Conclusion

This was such a sweet and sometimes steamy cozy novella. I really liked it as a quick read that warmed the heart.

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Vendor Feature: Honey Canada

Felting items takes so much care to make and are so delicate too! Thank you Honey Canada for this gift!

Who is Honey Canada?


1) When and why did you start your business?

After I gave birth to twin girls, I decided to stay with them and create my own business instead of sending them to daycare and going back to work. I started making what I love and had my first booth at local small craft shows about 12 years ago. This is how I started my business!

2) What was your background?

I was born and raised in Japan and moved to Canada in 1999.

3) What is special about your products?

I am trying to use natural materials such as wool, felt , cotton and wood to create my own idea and design for everyone.

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Vendor Feature: Mui By Vui

I love floral scents so Peony is a lovely choice for candles. Thanks Mui By Vui for the gift!

Who is Mui By Vui?

  1. When and why did you start your business? It was during the pandemic when I started my business like most people, there wasn’t much to do but to stay in so I was using lots of candles so I thought why not make it myself so I bought a DIY candle kit on Etsy and the rest was history!
  2. What was your background? Before starting my candle business I was working in administration at a car dealership which didn’t fulfill me and was draining on my mental health. Candles grew to become my passion and I look forward to doing it everyday.
  3. What is special about your products? My candles are vegan and non-toxic made with 100% soy wax and I use essential oils and natural fragrance for my scents.
  4. What else do you want to share? I will have diffusers added to my collection in 2023 🤍

Check them out!

https://muibyvui.com/

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Vendor Feature: Aimé Kitchen

As I have family and friends with canine and feline friends, I am constantly looking for the newest pet food in the market. Thank you, Aimé Kitchen for the goodies!

Who is Aimé Kitchen?

1) When and why did you start your business?

We started Aime Kitchen in 2019 because we were cat lovers who found it incredibly difficult to brush our cats’ teeth. We were having to take our cats in for dental scaling which can be a bit risky to older cats, but also stressful for our cats and we knew there must be a better way. We also knew that gum inflammation in cats could lead to stomatitis and the removal of all of their teeth. We had tried several of the other dental products on the market and found that some weren’t easy to use and some didn’t work at all.

2) What is special about your products?

So we decided to partner with a PhD Animal Nutritionist to create an oral health pet formula to design our premium line to provide a solution that not only supported healthy teeth, but the entire digestive tract. When we looked, we found that there was nothing in the market that offered this kind of support for pets. Since we began in 1999, our products have evolved with decades of scientific research in animal nutrition.

We are committed to staying up-to-date and offering cats and dogs the very best quality products, providing them with human grade meats in our products that will not only support optimum health, but that they will also find delicious.

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https://www.aimekitchen.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Drby Pet Co.

I am constantly natural product for canines especially for maintaining hygiene.

Who is Drby Pet Co.?

I started the business in August 2020 because I wanted to create pet care products that are safe to use on pets, as well as being environmentally friendly as much as possible.

All products are all being tested on myself first before being introduced to my dog. That goes with using the fur bar as my shampoo bar, body wash and face wash. The paw balms acts as a remedy for my eczema on my knuckles during the winter and the foaming cleanser as a quick hand wash when there is no sink or fresh water available.

All products are handmade and hand poured! We source raw materials locally as much as possible to support local business and all of our labels and print jobs are local business as well.

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https://linktr.ee/drbypetco

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Vendor Feature: The Lady In 605

Cookies are important during the Christmas holidays! With a warm glass of milk, it’s the best!

Who is The Lady In 605?


1) Why and when did you start your business?


I started out by making treats for coworkers, just because I loved to bake and I wanted to try new recipes. Then I started making birthday cakes for them and it just grew from there.

In 2021, I wanted to learn more about cookie decorating, so I dove into that head first. Since then I have gotten more orders and I’ve started to do it full time.

2) Next, what was your background?


I grew up baking with my nana as a young child, and I’ve always had a passion for being in the kitchen. I worked in the insurance industry before going on Maternity leave. My business grew exponentially in the 18 months that I was off.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?


I make custom sugar cookies, but I also teach classes so anyone can learn to create a beautiful (edible) work of art.

Check her out?

https://linktr.ee/theladyin605

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Vendor Feature: Nuttea

Congratulations on their newest location! This is Nuttea, who uses nut “mylk” instead of dairy! Thanks for the invite!

Who is Nuttea?

1) When and why did you start your business?

NUTTEA Vancouver opened on July 15, 2022.
Me and my husband love animals and really like the concept of NUTTEA. Have tasty bubble tea drinks but without using animal milk or milk powder. It’s a animal friendly, earthy friendly and a much more healthier option for bubble tea drinks. We would also like to use NUTTEA as a platform for find raising for animals and people in needed.


2)What was your background?

I moved to Vancouver from Hong Kong in 2020. I never had any experience with any food-related business. We are new to Vancouver as well as food business.


3) What is special about your products?

The Nut cream can also eat as ice cream after you put it into the freezer. I am surprised so many people are lactose intolerance compare to people who have nut allergies.


4) Finally, what else would you like to share?

Vegan food can be as tasty as non-vegan food!
Please support the fund raising activities in NUTTEA in the future.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/nuttea_canada?

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Vendor Feature: Blink Silver Jewelry

Fine, dainty and very sparkly describes my new bracelet from Blink Silver Jewelry! Thank you!

Who is Blink Jewelry?

  1. When and why did you start your business? Blink Silver started from a revolutionary vision to bring authentic Sterling Silver jewelry to a wider population – at a more affordable price.
  2. What is special about your products? Items we choose to make are inspired by the latest trends, and are hand-crafted to every single details to ensure the finest quality. You can find the hallmark S925 in all of the items in order to fulfill our promise of creating safe and affordable jewelry.
  3. What else do you want to share? Some of our special items include – Personal Engraving & Couple Rings/Couple Bracelets 💕.

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http://blinksilverjewelry.com/

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Vendor Feature: Beth And Olivia Handmade

When I saw the name of the scent, I needed to try it! Thank you, Beth And Olivia Handmade for these lovely products to try!

Who is Beth And Olivia Handmade?


When my daughters were only preschoolers back in 2008, they loved all things sparkly. They were my inspiration to make jewellery for little girls. This passion then turned into a business.
My little tots are now teenagers and I have shifted my focus to making charm jewelry for females of all ages. My necklaces are dainty and minimalistic, making them great for both casual and dress-up looks.

My youngest daughter, Beth, developed eczema at a very young age. It got worse as she grew older which prompted me to look for a natural product to relieve her skin condition. Nothing that I found helped her condition, so I decided to create something myself. The result was my Neem and Tea Tree Body Butter using natural herbs and oils that worked best for Beth. From there, I expanded my collection to include lip butters, body butters, bath bombs, soaps, bath salts and more.

In 2013, I finally decided to start my business combining both jewellery and body care products.

I graduated as a fashion designer and was in the field for 8 years. Everything I create for my company presently was all self taught.

I’m in a positive mindset whenever I make my products. This intention goes into pouring, mixing, measuring, labelling, the whole creation process. This is my way of spreading love and positivity to the world…through my products.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/bethandoliviahandmade

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Vendor Feature: JL Collection

For a long time now, I have been exploring reusable menstrual pads. They help reduce waste, especially plastics. Also, I find reusable ones absorb more.

Who Is JL Collection?

  1. Why and when did you start your business?
    JL collection started in 2021. The whole idea was from Junko, who’s allergic to disposable pads. Also she has been using fabric pads for 8 years and was thinking there might have a lot of women having the same problem as her. Therefore, she would like to share with others the advantage of using fabric pads.
  1. Next, what was your background?
    The whole setup is Junko and Louisa, both are full-time moms living in Richmond. Then Junko talked about the fabric pad to Louisa, who has been in fabric business for years. At the end, the two moms became very excited and that’s where it came up.
  1. Interesting facts about your product?
    I bought all the raw materials from Japan and hand made in Vancouver. The most interesting part is when we were choosing the print patterns. There were a lot of cute and beautiful print fabric, but not all of them fits on “fabric pads”. Although we understood that nobody will see the print that you are wearing, we still wanted to pick the most prettiest print that will make your day.

Check them out!

https://www.jlcollection.ca/

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Vendor Feature: Soufflé Studio

I love Christmas earrings and these ones from Soufflé Studio are festive enough for me. Thank you!

Who is Soufflé Studio?

1) When and why did you start your business?

My name is Jaycika and I’m the owner and maker at Soufflé Studio (est. 2020) where I handcraft jewelry from start to finish. I have a background in graphic design but I’ve always been extremely passionate about hands-on making. So, Soufflé Studio is that passion, that dream turned into my happy reality.

2) What was your background?

On my creative journey, I was introduced to polymer clay through a friend in 2018 and was blown away by it’s form and it’s ability to be a therapeutic art form.

3) What is special about your products?

I believe that clay offers endless creative possibilities in transforming imagination into wearable tangibles and this spurs continuous motivation in the pursuit of my creative dream. If you are buying my jewelry, you are supporting this creative dream.

I’m beyond excited that you’ve taken the time to learn a little about me. I absolutely love what I do and hope that you find something you love, that enhances your individuality and that you can wear with a smile. I truly believe that EVERYBODY deserves to feel amazing and beautiful! I sincerely hope that you’ll appreciate the earrings as much as I enjoy crafting them.

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https://linkpop.com/soufflestudio

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Book Review: Gored Of The Rings

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Summary

Gladie was a newly established matchmaker, who was happily married. She was missing all the excitement of murder cases that she used to encounter. One day, her first wedding planning client came in demanding an axe throwing room and more…. She really didn’t want do wedding planning, but had to….

When the accident happened at the wedding, she was very intrigued. Incidentally, weird things were also happening all over the town. How are these related?

Conclusion

This images I had while reading this story was quite funny!

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Vendor Feature: I Am Guru Kid

I love meeting another mompreneur who loves to share her positive thoughts too!

Who is I Am Guru Kid?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I’ve always done some hustling on the side like publishing books and career coaching.

In 2017, after my son was born and while I was on maternity leave together with one of my friends, we decided to work on this project together. As a new mom, I’ve wanted to provide the best for my child and be a present and self-aware mama. I was looking for fun ways to engage through play with my son while promoting early childhood learning.

2) What is special about your products?

Flashcards are a fabulous tool designed to help develop brain memory, promote color recognition, enrich vocabulary and enhance creativity. They learn and have fun at the same time. We designed the Flashcards in English and Spanish as we know that bilingualism shapes not only language development, but also have cognitive development and long-term benefits.

It’s a great product suitable for babies and toddlers and plays a key role in learning through play while giving parents a chance to mindful engage with their children.

In the same spirit to create products for kids that foster connection and wisdom I’ve published “Shine your Inner Light – A Book of Mindfulness and Self-Confidence for Kids” . In today’s world, children are facing increasing pressures and challenges in their both school and social lives that can lead to stress-related problems such as anxiety and depression. Teaching our kids how to shine from within, believe in themselves, and focus their minds no matter how difficult life becomes can be a lifetime task. 

As the business started to grow, I expanded to nursery wall decor and added lovely wall decorations featuring cute designs accompanied by motivational quotes to inspire little ones. We envisioned a better world with our kids being the leaders of the future!

About Gabriela Medar

Gabriela Medar is a career coach, author, and TEDx speaker who is passionate about education, personal development, and mindfulness. After becoming a mom she started her e-commerce business IAM GURU KID, a Canadian Brand focused on creating products meant to inspire kids by stimulating creativity and encouraging them to shine upon the world.

From Illustrated Flashcards, Educational Books, and Posters to Nursery and Playroom Decor and Inspirational Gifts, our brand aims to grow along with your children and make a great life companion while ensuring their success in life. We believe in promoting early learning through fun and inspiration!

Love,

Gabriela

Email – info@iamgurukid.org

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Website – www.iamgurukid.org

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Book Review: A Moose In A Maple Tree

As a child, I grew up with the traditional Christmas song “The Twelve Days Of Christmas”. This song made me question what a turtle dove was, a French hen, why ladies were dancing….I couldn’t relate these images as a Canadian.

Introducing the new Canadian version, “A Moose In A Maple Tree” by Troy Townsin. With its colourful illustrations and fun lyrics, this book would make a great Christmas gift!

Order yours now!

A Moose In A Maple Tree

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Vendor Feature: Shining Bear Designs

I love designs inspired by nature. Hence, I was intrigued by Shining Bear Designs! Thank you for this lovely sweatshirt!

Who is Shining Bear Designs?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I always wanted something in my life that meant something and gave me fulfillment. I started my business doing something totally different and it evolved into this…finding my culture and discovering how beautiful it is!!!


2) Next, what was your background?

I am an indigenous artist and entrepreneur…I have schooling in both graphic design and some business. Most however of what I currently do has been self taught.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?

My raw products are locally sourced and I design and print them all myself. Every single crew , hoodie , track pants, zip up, and onesie has been made by me.


4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

Each has a message , I call them my wearable teachings.

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https://instagram.com/shiningbeardesigns?

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Vendor Feature: Pokerrito

Imagine a pokebowl and burrito combined into one…. That’s what a “pokeritto”! Thank you, Pokeritto for the invite.

Who is Pokeritto?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

Started in 2017 to deliver a fresh and unique concept of Poke to Vancouver.


2) What was your background?


Our director grew up on Mexico with a background in sushi making. He wanted to immerse cultures together.


3) Finally, any interesting facts about your product?


Try mixing the sauce with veggies and protein for delicious taste!

Check it out!

https://pokerrito.com/

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Vendor Feature: Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry

Unique and sparkly jewelry often caught me attention. Thank you, Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry!

Who is Light’s Rhythm Beaded Jewelry?


1) Why and when did you start your business?

I started my business during covid, at home, and decided to keep going with it as a relaxing side gig.


2) What was your background?


I was a photographer and had learned traditional Native beading as a hobby, I had more time to perfect my own style during covid.


3) Some interesting facts about your product?


I use naturally sourced and recycled materials: leather, fur, birch bark, jewels, and beads, and more.


4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?


I can be creative with this hobby. I also only create my art in a positive state. I do not create when I am dealing with troubled situations in life and am feeling negative, as I know that those feelings can pour that energy into my work.

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https://instagram.com/lightsrhythm?

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Vendor Feature: D’ Lux Bath And Body

Who could resist such cute bath bombs? Thank you, D’ Lux Bath And Body for the gift!

Who is D’ Lux Bath And Body?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I, Kim, made bath and body products for Christmas presents for years with my mom. I tried to start a soap making business back in 2015. However, my mom got sick with Alzheimer’s so my partner, Peeter and I cared for her for years until it was time for her to go into a home. Once she was cared for in the home in 2020, Peeter and I decided to make a go of it and started making a ton of products after much research!

2) What was your background?

Peeter was a ticketed iron worker but injured his back so he was looking for something else to fill the void. I am a Medical Office Assistant part-time. We’ve always had an interest in making high-end bath and body products that are accessible to everyone.

3) What is special about your products?

We use high quality ingredients but make sure we can offer affordable pricing. We try to make bath time fun and relaxing.

4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

We love making products for you to enjoy and it makes our days when we have repeat customers! We also love creating customized gifts for business or pleasure!

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https://dluxbathandbody.com/pages/about-us

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Book Review: The Fiesta Burger Murder

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Summary

Christie Watson was a Boston homicide detective who was forced to take a sabbatical because she had pushed a witness too much… So she decided to go back to her hometown and maybe… look for the murderer who took her mother from her years ago? She wanted to solved this…

Luckily, her best friend that owned the local burger joint invited her to stay at her apartment instead of the motel. In return, Christie had to work at the burger joint. This season, the spicy Fiesta was a hit with the townsfolk and Christie! All, but one overly verbal man….after causing a bit of a ruckus at the restaurant, was found dead at her best friend’s backyard!

Naturally, Christie was on the case! Until the local attractive detective arrived…..

Conclusion

I enjoyed this story of mystery and a bit of romance. A quick read that was entertaining.

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Vendor Feature: Hushd Creations

I love the Grinch! The story ending makes me tear up with emotion…. Thank you, Hushd Creations for my new sweatshirt!

Who is Hushd Creations?

1) Why did you start your business?

Hushd Creations was created from a silent passion. It took a lifequake to ignite the fire that I needed to repurpose my focus. Working a 9-5, you don’t always get to fulfil your inner joy. I was figuring out how to loop all of my passions into something tangible that I could enjoy doing and share with others, seemed like it was taking years. Through a lot of self-realization, hard work and commitment, I was able to redirect my energy, find purpose and focus my passion into a business that I am now so proud to be able to share with all of you!

2) What was your background?

My background is actually in Science, but ever since I was young, I’ve always had a creative/artsy side. Working almost 20 years in the industry, you tend lose touch with creative expression. The more I’ve grown, the more I’ve come to realize that I need to channel my inner child and get back to doing what makes me happy, but in a way that I can also share with others. I feel that my business is the perfect mesh that allows me to do both.

3) What else do you want to share?

I recently launched my business in April of 2022 (after 2 years of struggling with how to make it a reality), and I’m so honoured by all the love and support we’ve been shown in such a short span of time. As they say, “the best gifts are the ones you give”; we hope you love our products as much as we love making them for you, and we hope we can be a part of your gift-giving experience.

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https://www.hushdcreations.com/

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Vendor Feature: Ipse Mandoo

Dumplings are a staple in my kitchen. You can panfry, steam or boil them for a quick meal. Thank you, Ipse Mandoo for the invite!

Who is Ipse Mandoo?

1) Why did you start your business?

As a mother, I did not have time to take care of my two years old son when I operated a Japanese restaurant in Langley. Closing the business, I decided to do a small business which I could work according to my own schedule. While I owned a restaurant, I did not like the taste of factory made gyoza. So I developed my own recipes, which was first used for my first sales in the dumpling manufacturing business. Plus, I like to decorate things, which is the reason why I shaped leaf-shaped dumplings.

2) What was your background?

Before I operated two different Japanese restaurants, I worked as a cook from some Korean restaurants. I was into learning various recipes and developed it as my own ones. This enhanced my understanding in Korean food.

3) What is special about your products?

My effort is revealed in the taste of my dumplings. I have a motto to run my business: I only produce the food that my son can eat without any concern. My dumplings are what my son likes the most. That’s why I am always obsessed with checking the quality of ingredients.

  • our dumplings are 100% handmade.
  • our dumplings are made upon pre-orders. We never make them in advance.
  • The wrappers are also made of our secret recipes.
  • I always buy the ingredients myself to check the quality.
  • My business has grown so fast as my customers instantly noticed the difference between my dumplings and other ones.
  • The lineup for our booth was among the longest ones in the BC Dumpling Festival.

4) What else do you want to share?

We are introducing seasonal menu on a regular basis and running giveaways in the future.

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/ipsemandoo

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Vendor Feature: Thomakis Yogurt

I love Greek yogurt! What about you? Thank you Thomakis for the treat!

Who is Thomakis Yogurt?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

My husband Christos wanted to make something to feel connected to his Greek roots. He came home and said he wanted to make yogurt. So he did and it was amazing! He did this during covid when everyone else was making bread. A friend of ours came by and tried the yogurt and said we should make a business…that people would love it. So Thomakis was born.

2) What was your background?

Christos was a chef professionally for many years but when wanting to start a family chose to change directions for a job that was more oriented to be able to balance a family. He works in food sales and distribution. Though his passion was and always will be good food.

3) What is special about your products?

We strive to make the highest quality product. Clean with no fillers or preservatives. It takes time and lots of love and care to get such a smooth silky product.

4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

We love what we do and the community around us who love our product and make it possible for us to continue to grow and share great food with others!

Check them out!

https://thomakis.com/

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Vendor Feature: Sushi Mura (Richmond)

For beer lovers out there, this Japanese restaurant has beer on tap! Thank you Sushi Mura for the invite!

Who is Sushi Mura?

1.Why and when did you start your business?

Our owner EJ ran this business for 11 years now. He has been in the food industry for over 21 years as a chef and the owner.

2.What is the background?

Sushi Mura is a fast-growing restaurant located in Vancouver since 2012. After receiving so much love and support from our customers, we are dedicated to constantly expanding our restaurant in the future. Our goal is to bring customers joy and satisfaction with the best quality of our customer service with our best fresh ingredients.

Until everyone becomes Sushi lovers “Muran,” we won’t stop serving our immersive dining experiences service and the best quality of taste.

3.Finally, what else would you like to share?

With highly experienced and passionate sushi chefs, we strive to bring the greatest taste and finest experience to our customers. To satisfy your desire for an exceptional Japanese foods experience, we only use best quality of ingredients, which we receive from our suppliers every morning.

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https://sushi-mura.com/

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Vendor Feature: Predator BWear

Do you own a dog and worry when it wanders around during your hikes in the forest…? Thank you Predator BWear for this outfit!

Who is Predator BWear?

1) When and why did you start your business?

We started PredatorBWear about 3 years ago after seeing dogs coming in the Veterinary clinic we both work at, either with life threatening wounds and bites. We knew there had to be some way to help.


2) What is your background?

Alison is a Veterinary Technician and Janice is a Veterinary Assistant. Between both of us, we have about 20 years of Vet experience and knowledge.

3) What is special about your products?

Our PredatorBWear harness is lightweight, breathable, has removable spike strips and is also pretty bad-ass looking. We hope this will eliminate expensive Vet bills and give dog owners a better piece of mind. It can be used anywhere on walks, in the trails, and in your own neighborhood or yard. Predators lurk everywhere!

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Vendor Feature: Spirits With Smoke

These kits are great for making your own infused drinks, both alcoholic and nonalcoholic too!

Who is Spirits With Smoke?

Here are some questions that you can choose to answer:

1) Why and when did you start your business?


Antonio and I are two best friends who started our business because of a great opportunity fueled by a love of whiskey and cocktails.

After working in the hospitality industry for a combined total of 20 years, we saw an opportunity to transform the ordinary cocktail by focusing on creating a complete sensory experience by adding Smoke. While helping a whiskey bar help develop its Old Fashioned program, we recognized that people didn’t just want to enjoy great smoked cocktails; they wanted to craft them at home too!

But now our goal has gone beyond just smoked cocktails. We want bartenders to enjoy various restaurant-quality cocktails at home, whether an Old Fashioned, Margarita or a delicious non-alcoholic creation.

Our goal is for homes across the country to never drink ordinary.

2) Next, what was your background?


Both Antonio and I have backgrounds in Anthropology and Geography. Not exactly directly related to starting a cocktail barware company! However, we met while working at a whiskey bar and fell in love with the hospitality experience.

It is why we are passionate about helping people recreate those experiences at home.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

Spirits with Smoke is about enhancing your drink, whether it be an alcoholic cocktail or mocktail! So much of what we consider to taste comes from our sense of smell. Smoking can influence the flavour, aroma, and appearance of any cocktail, elevating a simple drink to something extraordinary. However, the tricky part with smoke is that humans don’t have the specific receptors to taste Smoke. That’s where the power of aroma comes in.

Smoke transfers phenols, carbonyl compounds, and organic acids, all breaking down into what we detect as distinctive smells. By adding a smokey dimension, you are adding to the aroma of the drink, which in turn pumps up the flavour and adds depth and complexity to an otherwise ordinary cocktail.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

We are passionate about ensuring we leave the planet better than we found it. That’s why for every product sold, we plant a tree! Our “give back, more than we take” philosophy is one of our core principles.

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https://linkpop.com/spiritswithsmoke

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Vendor Feature: Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ

Thank you, Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ for the invite!

Who is Jin Soo Sung Chan Korean BBQ?

Why did you start your business?

We always wanted to introduce our Korean traditional food to everyone. We wanted introduce to all that there is a korean bbq place in Guildford Surrey!

Our food is authentic and we have variety of korean food to choose. We have VIP rooms where family and friends can enjoy time with privacy. We can cater to big events, including birthday parties and family gatherings like wedding or celebration of life.

Check them out!

https://www.jinsoosungchan.ca/

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Thank You For 20K

20K milestone!

Thank you to all my followers and supporters, who engage on my Instagram account!

There has been ups and downs at times. But, I am very grateful to be able to show support to the small businesses and business owners that I meet each day, either in person or online.

My Social Media Platforms Grew!

My social media accounts, including my blogs, really showed their worth during the beginning of pandemic. Everything was on lockdown, businesses were closing and no one could go out…. Small online businesses began to grow all around me. Friends and especially vendors friends also began to reach out to ask if I could just share some posts.

Naturally, I did what I could to share and repost. They would drop of gifts of appreciation as a means of showing gratitude. At time of the pandemic, these kind gestures made my life much better. Being laid off from my long-time job during the pandemic, I had more time to write up more content and to explore my creative side.

Again, I want to thank you each and everyone of my subscribers to my platforms and my blog! Without your support and encouragement through these years, I wouldn’t have discovered this lifetime passion of mine!

To share what you love, please leave a link to your blog in the comments below!

Let’s all show our support to each other!

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Author Feature: Troy Townsin

Growing up, I loved to read about local monster legends!

Meet The Author

1) Why and when did you start your business?

I have always been a writer but I published my first kids book (A Moose in a Maple Tree – The All-Canadian 12 Days if Christmas ) back in 2007. It really took off and we hit #5 on the Canadian best sellers list. So every year since then I have added something new.

2) What was your background?

My background is diverse – I started in kids theatre. I have also worked for the UN and have been a food and wine columnist for CBC radio.

3) Some interesting facts about your product?

My first kids book was written to celebrate me becoming a Canadian citizen. I love to include Canadiana in my books and to celebrate everything Canada. I love writing books that kids WANT to read and enjoy. Reading for kids should be fun.

4) Finally, anything else you would like to share?

My Christmas books all have fun youtube videos that can accompany them. My Canadian monster club series is a collection of fun monster stories and each monster featured is based off of a real Canadian monster legend. These picture books are fun for ages 3-9.

Check him out!

https://amooseinamapletree.com/about-us/

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Vendor Feature: Furbabies

I love how Furbabies also cared about the emotional health of our furry friends!

Who are the Furbabies?

1) Why and when did you start your business?

FurBabies has been around a few years, however the principles of the company have been in the pet food and supplement market for over 30 years . Tami the CEO was the founder of Apawthecary Pets. She built the company to a multi million dollar company before selling and leaving the company . However Her passion for pets and pet health brought her back and when the owners of FurBabies asked her to come on board and join forces she did in 2021. Tami wanted the company to be all about the fur babies and strive for only premium plant past ingredients, so no fur baby would have an issue with allergies and all the products would be non-Gmo, with no fillers or chemical preservatives. FurBabies is a firm believer that plant medicine is the only approach for a healthy life.

2) What were your backgrounds?

We have been in the pet market for over 30 years in manufacturing, sales, development both domestically and internationally. Tami is 2) the principles have been in the pet market for over 30 years in manufacturing, sales, development both domestically and internationally.

Tami is considered one of the foremost authorities on pets and the ECS endocanninoid system. She has been regularly consulted by veterinarians and industry professionals on this topic.

3) What is special about your products?

First, all the ingredients are plant based. Therefore, even if they say beef, bacon or chicken, there is no meat. It is just plant based flavouring. All our products are human grade.
Our mushroom line is from the full fruiting body only no mycelium or fillers. We use our own proprietary extraction method for the mushroom oral drops. They are completely alcohol free.

4) What else would you like to share?

One of the mandates for FurBabies as a company is to support pet rescues. FurBabies gives back to rescues here in Canada and abroad.

Finally, FurBabies was featured in ModernDog magazine in an article about Cancer and Turkey Tail mushrooms.

Check them out!

http://www.furbabiesco.com/

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Vendor Feature: Hallo Carmo

Thank you, Hallo Carmo, for my super cute gift!

Who is Hallo Carmo?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I started this business in July of 2020 when I got laid off. In a way being laid off was a blessing because I always had an entrepreneurial drive and have wanted to start my own business. At the time I’ve been drawing digitally for fun on my iPad since 2018 and had a table once in early 2020. Everything kind of fell together for me and it felt like the right time to dive in.

2) What was your background?

I was born in Hong Kong, and immigrated to canada at 6 years old (first to Calgary then Vancouver ).

I love movies and animation. I always felt rooted in my asian culture via the cute kawaii aesthetic. I used to be a graphic designer (for 9 years) and before that, I was even going be an English teacher! However, I was never happy in any career.

Now I’m a full time self-employed artist and merch designer. Since the pandemic has lessened its grip, I also frequent conventions and love meeting people from all over the place.

3) Some interesting facts?

I draw everything myself and in 2020, I drew almost everyday. A lot of my artwork is influenced by my own life and my journey with mental health. I also like to be a bit silly with some of my work so you will see the occasion swear word or adult humor.

Most importantly for me is that everything that I sell has to go through my testing. If I don’t feel something (laugh, cry, feel happy or sad) when I am drawing it, then I can not sell it. I truly believe that I am using my art as medium to become infectious emotional gifts from me to others.

4) What else would you like to share?

This is one of the things in my life that I have really taken a leap for. I’ve never felt this type of passion and happiness in doing what I’m doing right now.

My logo is my OC named Teddy, is also named after my dog. My other OC Winston the mouse is modeled after my rescue named Winston (who is timid, but smart like a mouse). These furry friends and my nieces are often where I draw that happy cute vibe from.

I’m hoping that in the future I can do more fun things. Some bucket lists are doing something for video games or publishing a children’s book. I have a another style very different from my cute art (and that’s anime girls). The anime, Sailormoon was what got me drawing as a kid. Finally, my dad wanted to be a comic book artist but didn’t because of his generation not valuing art as a career. He was the one who taught me SOME of the things I know!

Check them out!

https://hallocarmo.carrd.co/

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Vendor Feature: ReBinu Nature Living Way

Plastic-free packaging for household cleaning products is a great idea! Thank you, Rebinu Nature Living Way!

Who is ReBinu?

1) When and why did you start your business?

I was interested in all eco-friendly products after I got sick. Over time, I slowly swapped items to sustainable products. Then my daughter suffered from Eczema and it got me to dive deep in researching all natural skin care and house hold cleaners. So I tried making soaps and skincare for her and my family. Hence, that’s how I started this business.

I started selling in November 2021.

2) I majored in Fashion design, got my degree from Kwantlen University. But after that, I worked in a wedding shop as wedding planner and a shop manager. It became my profession. However, for past eleven years, I ran a cafe.

3) Our soaps are all made with Organic Coconut Oil. With our dishwashing bar, you are washing off dirt from dish and not the skin. That is important because our dish soap bar contains a high ratio of coconut oil and so, non-drying. Organic is not only good for your skin, but also for the environment.

Ultimately, you can use non-organic (cheaper), but our products can provide the best for consumers and is at a reasonable price.

Check them out!

https://linktr.ee/rebinu

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Vendor Feature: Nuez Acres

Always looking for the newest lash and brow serum, I was excited to see that there was a natural version in the market! Meet Nuez Acres!

Who is Nuez Acres?

1) Why and when did you start your business?
The idea began in 2019 with Anthony, our co-founder was trying to figure out a way to increase the value of the pecans, so our farmers (Nancy’s family) in Mexico could get a fair value for their crops. After doing research in the properties of pecans, Anthony discovered that most of the nutrients contained in pecans, were nutrients that are widely used in skincare, and thus Nuez Acres products for Skin, Hair, and Body were born! We launched our first products in May 2020.

2) What was your background?
Anthony has a long history of entrepreneurship with business in construction, and product creation.
Nancy was in the field of Interior Design and construction.
Both co-founders have a passion for Customer Service and high quality natural products!

3) Some interesting facts about your product:
-We are a Seed to Skin brand as all the pecans are grown and harvested in our family’s farm in Mexico!
-We are proudly a waterless company. None of our products contain water, and we don’t use any water to manufacture any of the products. We are passionate advocates about the conservation of water in the Beauty Industry.

Finally, ware an Indigenous owned and operated company. Anthony is of Cree Métis background.

Check them out!

https://nuezacres.ca/collections/all

https://instagram.com/nuezacres?

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Vendor Feature: Sentel Beauty

I love Argan oil! It’s great to keep the skin and hair moisturizer. Thank you, Sentel Beauty for your gift!

Who is Sentel Beauty?

1/ When did you start your business?

One year ago


2/ What is your background?

We are the husband and wife team behind the Sentel beauty brand. We are immigrants from Morocco. We desire to share our love of Argan oil and ancient moroccan beauty secrets with novice and expert beauty lovers alike.


3/ What is special about iyour products?

Our products are hand made, organic certified USDA and cosmos, not tested on animals, gluten free imported from Morocco and Bottled in Canada.


4/ Anything else your want to share?

You can use a discount code: CHOCOVIV to get 10% off plus free shipping!

Check them out!

https://www.sentelbeauty.com

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Vendor Feature: Sweetgrass Soap

I am honoured to get to try Sweetgrass Soap! Thank you for this lovely gift!

Who is Sweetgrass Soap?

  1. When and why did you start your business? I started creating soap in 2019 and opened Sweetgrass Soap in summer 2021, my inspiration was my son, he suffered from eczema and every product I tried wasn’t helping. It was then I decided to look into soap making, soon after I made my first batch of soap.
  2. What is special about your products? All my products are handmade by me in small batches. I enjoy incorporating Indigenous elements such as the four sacred medicines used in Indigenous ceremonies, these include sage, cedar, Sweetgrass and tobacco leaves.
  3. What else do you want to share? Sweetgrass Soap is an Indigenous owned and operated business based out of Coquitlam BC. We make soap, body butters, sugar scrubs, Lip Pointing Grease (aka lip balms) and our ever popular Smudge Spray!

Check them out!

https://instagram.com/sweetgrasssoap

https://sweetgrasssoap.com/

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Vendor Feature: Haila Bodycare

Body butters are so soothing during the cold months. Thank you, Haila Bodycare!

Who is Haila Bodycare?

1) When and why did you start your business?

When I went on maternity leave from acute care, I needed a hobby to keep me busy. I started this as a hobby but it quickly turned into a wonderful side hustle!


2) What is your background?

I am 31, I have two beautiful daughters. I am an acute care nurse.


3) What is special about your product?

One interesting fact about the crystal candles is I buy the rough rock in large hunks and break them down myself with my rock hammer and chisel.


Fact about my bath & body care, my youngest has sensitive skin so I wanted to create more natural products she could use safely!


4) Finally, anything else you want to share?

Through my business, I am able to support and donate to the Starfish Pack Program! It’s an incredible program through the Abbotsford Food Bank & Archway. They help supply food packs to children during the school year and summer time!
I have two young children and couldn’t imagine them going hungry! So Starfish is a very important program to me!

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https://instagram.com/haila_bodycare

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Vendor Feature: White Rabbit Candle Co.

I am a big fan of rabbits! Therefore, the name, “White Rabbit Candle Co.” caught my eye! Thank you for this candle!

Who is White Rabbit Candle Co.?


1) When and why did you start your business?

I start making candles in December 2019 as Christmas presents for my friends and family. I fell in love with candle making and started selling candles in May 2020 as Mother’s Day presents. I wanted to turn my hobby into a business when I realized it would allow me to stay home with my two young sons and still make some income on the side.

2) What was your background?

My background had always been customer service. I had worked in retail for years and had even worked for a bakery selling at farmer’s markets before my sons were born. That was when I fell for the markets and the supportive and friendly community I found there.

3) What is special about your products?

My product is unlike any other candle on the market. We use bright colors, pretty florals to top, and biodegradable glitter that allows the wax to sparkle while it melts. They are all natural, vegan, and eco-friendly.

4) Finally, what else would you like to share?

This business means so much more to me than just profit. It has allowed me to feel fulfilled and become creative. Socially it has allowed me to connect with customers and creators alike, more than I ever thought possible. I am so excited to see where this journey will take me!

Check them out!

https://www.whiterabbitcandlecompany.com/

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Book Review: Shopping For A Billionaire

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Summary

Shannon Jacoby was a mystery shopper. When she found herself inside the men’s bathroom, fishing her cellphone out of the toilet, she was horrified to see a tall and handsome guy in an expensive suit watching her. She had to think of the worst explanation to explain her existence in this men’s bathroom. Shannon couldn’t blow her cover like this!

Conclusion

This was a heart warming and fun story! I enjoyed the verbal interactions between the protagonist and her dream guy. Delightful read!

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