I like to think I’m crafty, but that really just means I’m good at using the Pinterest app. I have two friends, however, who are ridiculously talented and put my creative endeavors to shame. I love their work and the fact that purchases from their shops support small, women-owned businesses (can I get an amen?). I’m happy to feature their shops today, along with discount codes and a giveaway, listed below.
Bella Mia Design Co. – I met Nissania on a bus in Israel in 2003. Normal, I know. We clicked immediately and I’ve always loved the random origin of our friendship. She lived in Wisconsin and I was in Arizona, but we stayed in touch through email and Facebook (which, at the time, was still The Facebook). And wanna hear something crazy? She ended up marrying a guy who we also met on this trip! They now live in NY with two beautiful little girls. I am grateful to Nissania, as I am to so many momma friends, for endless advice, sympathy and humor as I entered motherhood.
These days, Niss runs Bella Mia Design Co., creating amazing customized baby and home-decor items. She sent me a receiving blanket and hooded towel for Lila when she was born and I’m obsessed with them both. The blanket is super soft and stretchy and completely unique. And the towel is the BEST! Bigger and fluffier than others we received and so cute on baby after her baths. Everything in her shop is available in all sorts of colors and styles and makes awesome gifts, especially for kiddos with names you can’t exactly find on key chains at gas stations (…like, um, Lila). Check out her website and ***get 15% off any purchase using code FRIENDS15.
Bee Gifted Boutique – My friend Melissa and I met in high school in a terrible class that those of us who eschewed calculus were forced into. “Contemporary Math” involved a lot of videos and worksheets and general nonsense, yet was great for facilitating new friendships. Melissa and I bonded quickly and ended up double dating to another high school’s prom one year, among other shenanigans.
Melissa runs an incredible Etsy shop called Bee Gifted Boutique and creates thoughtful and personalized baby clothes and gifts. After my recent letter to Sophie, she created some hilarious giraffe-inspired designs and sent a few my way. Her stuff is just awesome; every time I see a new design I want it immediately. I love finding one-of-a-kind items for Lila and get
mildly irritated when she has the same outfit on as another kiddo in daycare. I’m always scouring websites and stores for unique stuff, and Melissa’s shop never disappoints. ***Get 15% off any purchase of $15+ with code SOPHIECREEP15 (between now and 3/15/15).
***GIVEAWAY: Win one free Sophie onesie! To enter: 1) Share this blog post on your Facebook page, and 2) Comment below to let me know when you’ve done so. Winner will be selected at random on 2/15/15.