Brick & Mortar Living – Shopping For A Story

Teachers, coaches, and tutors. By December, it feels like my kids are with these people more than me. And when they are strong role models that help shape and define my kids into better humans, I want a gift that says “thank you”.

I have a trick when shopping for teachers gifts that helps keep me enthusiastic in the process; I always support local. I figure if I’m way off base and they don’t like my gift, I’ve at least helped a local store owner or talented person that makes original items. And when it comes to the suburbs in Vancouver, there is a store that never disappoints with locally stocked space called Brick and Mortar Living in New Westminster.

Here are 5 gift selections I found at Brick and Mortar Living that I thought were wonderful ideas for holiday gifts for teachers in particular. All these ideas are unique, handmade, and special because of the story behind how they are made.

If we could all get back to shopping for the best story, rather than the best price, our planet would be in such better shape.

My selections range in dollar value from 1 – 5 and could be sourced further abroad if you are not local to Vancouver.

Scrabble Tile Ornaments:

Displayed in cool vintage baking sheets, Brick and Mortar has saved you the time from buying up thrifted Scrabble boards to find your letters. There are so many great projects on Pinterest to make, but sticking with the holiday theme, why not make your teacher a scrabble tile ornament for their tree? You could include a message or name and it’s a budget friendly, fun DIY project!

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Mason Jar Cozy:

On-the-go convenience is important and when you can make it reusable with knit and glass, the effect is amazing. Brick and Mortar Living put together these great pieces to make transporting your favourite beverage easy. Included in this picture is a mason jar,  Cuppow adaptor, a reusable @onyxcontainers stainless steel straw, and  knit cozy from @onanaknits. I feel like the knit cozy makes this gift so festive.

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A little corner of Brick and Mortar Living has flattened, vintage spoons made into garden markers. These are so cute for a teacher that loves to garden. If you have a group gift you’ve selected from, add a gift certificate to a local garden center and you’ve paired up practical with handmade!  The garden markers featured here are from @andthenagain.

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Living Gift:

Many teachers request gifts to beautify the classroom. By design Nature creates these living frames with plants or all sizes. The frame actually reminds you when it’s time to water. There are also smaller and budget friendly magnetic pots too. Cute to stick against a magnetic board in the classroom.

 

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Here is my showstopper. I just can’t think of a more creative gift than these crib boards made from up-cycled barrel staves. Teachers generally like board games and crib is a classic. The upcycled nature of this gift at Brick & Mortar Living are so unique and there is no better story behind a gift.

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It is really fun to get to the place in gift giving where after your friend, family member or teacher opens a gift and waits for you to tell the back-story of why and how their gift came to life.  Try to include some local love into your holiday shopping this year. It’s not only fabulous for your community’s health, but feels fantastic to give.

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Holiday Glam & Contest with Triple Flip

Sponsored by: Triple Flip

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

From a very early age, one of my twin daughters decided she didn’t want frilly, poofy looking dresses. So at around 4 years old,  she opted out of the holiday dress tradition. We now know she has sensory issues so maybe the itchy fabric with the dressier clothing might have contributed to this decision. I always let my kids lead and never push clothing issues. So imagine my delight when this year, her little voice asked to try on a holiday dress while we were purchasing onesie PJs at Triple Flip. I kept my cool and casually handed her the dresses she liked. Both of my girls selected dresses from Triple Flip this year and I totally understand the excitement that goes along with the tradition of holiday dresses and imagining all the fun places to wear them!

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The above picture is  the holiday dress my daughter Sophia picked. From the minute she put it on, I could tell it was comfortable and none of the dresses in the Triple Flip Holiday Glam Collection scream Christmas, meaning they will get worn many times throughout the year.  Pictured below is the other dress carefully selected by my other daughter (middle blue with pockets called the Brianna dress).  I know, adorable. And I have to say, all the Triple Flip dresses are so classic but hip and modern that 7+ ages are gravitating to. I completely understand the different stages children have when it comes to picking out clothing; being involved in the process, not wanting to participate, etc. …I’m happy to embrace them all. Right now, my daughters want to be involved with shopping and I love teaching them the importance of spending our treasured consumer dollars carefully and with thought. They hear my questions in the store “where does this designer manufacture?” “what is this made from?” “tell me more about this Collection and how it fits”, etc.  I always leave the Coquitlam Centre Triple Flip store feeling like I’ve invested in more than just great clothing. I always have thoughtful discussions about the movement to manufacture clothing locally with store management and I leave a mainstream store feeling good, with incredibly happy children. The entire experience is a pleasure that always ends with happy faces.

 

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About Triple Flip

Triple Flip – flipwear for the modern girl – fun, active, comfy! The Triple Flip stretch line is manufactured in Alberta, Canada proving that the ‘manufacture local’ emphasis is important to this clothing line. Shop online at www.tripleflip.ca!

You all know I love Triple Flip because of their dedication to manufacturing their house line (stretch-ware) locally. This combined with the fabrics that feel like butter next to my daughters’ skin – they are excited to wear the hip, fun fashion at Triple Flip and enjoy the comfort of how and what it’s made from. I have focused on holiday attire for this article, but I must give you the scoop on another Triple Flip product. Triple Flip manufactured their own line of onesies this year, 100% cotton and super comfy. I purchased two pairs for my girls and they LOVE them. It is so difficult to find 100% cotton PJs that don’t have polyester and flame retardants in the fabric, so if you can find any Triple Flip onesies left in a local or online store – pick up a pair!  The company isn’t re-printing these before the holidays and they are a ‘must have’ item.

To help you with your holiday shopping, Triple Flip is generously giving 1 lucky reader a $100 Gift Certificate to their store. This giveaway will be live for 5 days and is open to all Canadian and US residents.

One lucky winner will win a

$100 Triple Flip Gift Card

Giveaway ends 12/8/14 at 11:59 pm ET!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Personalized Leggings with Twiga Clothing

Sponsored by: Twiga Clothing

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

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I love local. And I admire companies that make the decision to manufacture locally in an industry that is mainly produced overseas – like athletic wear. It’s a much harder road but I think the rewards and awareness for these manufacturing standards is changing. Consumers know the value of slow fashion and all the hard work that goes behind making clothing carefully and close to home.

So I can’t wait to share the clothing company called Twiga Clothing. I love the story of owner Chuck making clothing for his niece. She loved the clothing and in recent years, begged him to make more. To make it special, he personalized the waistband with her name and the result was Twiga. Honestly, what little girl (or mom) wouldn’t want their name on both the waistband and leg band of athletic wear? A great idea coupled with a great story!

About Twiga Clothing

Every little girl is special, and every girl should know it. At Twiga, we make customizable, personalized leggings, shorts, yoga pants, and headbands for both you and her – all made from the highest quality materials right here in Canada.

We are excited to bring you the chance to win a comfy pair of Personalized Twiga leggings! They are made from the highest quality materials right here in Canada. The winner can select their leggings and have their name personalized on the waist and leg cuff.

Thank you to our VERY generous sponsor, Twiga Clothing for the chance to win these leggings! So, let’s get on to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

Twiga Clothing Personalized Leggings ($75-$85 value)!

Giveaway ends 11/11/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to US and Canadian residents 18+ and older.

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Contest – Win a Mt Seymour Season Pass!

Sponsored by: Mount Seymour

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

Attention Vancouver mountain lovers! I missed the annual September early bird season pass at Mt Seymour last year (you save 72%!!) so I’m reminding you (and myself) early this year because you need to book by September 30th. With back-to-school and team sports starting up full swing in September, skiing can miss our Fall radar, but this is a wonderful opportunity to make skiing and snowboarding a more affordable activity for Vancouver families. We are also excited to be hosting a contest with the mountain for one lucky family to win a season’s pass!

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 My personal attachment to Mount Seymour is special because some of my happiest parenting moments were discovered there. My sons have turned into great skiers and there is no better way to connect with pre-teens then spending an entire day up a Mountain where there are no electronic devices or distractions. Our favourite Seymour runs are Pete’s Run and Black Unicorn, both intermediate that blow the myth that this mountain is a ‘beginner Mountain’. It’s a fantastic Mountain and close for all Fraser Valley and suburb communities to commute to.

About Mount Seymour

Mt Seymour is a one-stop winter activity centre for the whole family that offers something for everyone: skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, winter education programs, snow tubing, tobogganing, great food, and special events. An easy drive from Greater Vancouver carries you out of the city and into the pristine winter playground where you can take in breathtaking views of Mt Baker, Vancouver Island and beyond. Mt Seymour is a family-run organization guided by a passion for the outdoors and for providing great value and exceptional service. With a long-standing tradition of providing each and every guest with a memorable mountain experience, whether you’re seasoned pro or have never played in snow before, Mt Seymour welcomes you.

We are excited to bring Vancouver and BC families the opportunity to win a Mount Seymour Family Pass! Our VERY generous sponsor, Mount Seymour, wants one of our lucky readers to have that chance. So, let’s get on to the giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

Family Seasons Pass ($800 value)!

Giveaway ends 10/4/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to BC residents 18+ and older.

Enter using the Rafflecopter form below.

Good Luck!

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Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. We are not associated with any of the companies named above. No purchase is necessary to enter. Void where prohibited by law. The odds of winning are based on the number of entries received Open to US and Canada 18+ only. Confirmed Winner(s) (by Random.org) will be contacted by email. Winner(s) have 24 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited by law. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this giveaway. My blog is not responsible for product shipment/delivery. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. This disclosure is done in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission 10 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.

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Bamboletta Doll Magic and Contest

Sponsored by: Bamboletta Dolls

Hosted by: Mommy Footprint

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Many years ago I heard about the doll maker on BC’s West Coast that makes beautiful Waldorf styled dolls. With my journey to discover toys made from organic materials and trying to reduce the number of plastic dolls quickly adding up for my daughters after every celebration, I wanted to learn how Bamboletta’s were different. It only took a minute to get hooked on the beauty and story behind these dolls that were produced with materials I wanted surrounding my girls.

If you are just discovering this business now, it only takes a day following Bamboletta Doll owner Christina on Facebook or Instagram to understand the passion and love she has for her business. She lets us into her magical world of living in a beautiful community and the process that goes into every step of the handcrafted dolls that originated in her living room many year ago.

Christina’s doll making process has stayed the same – with just more hands involved now. The vision to create a succussful business while still feeling connected to family and community is at the core of Bamboletta. They do everything from dyeing the doll’s wool hair, sewing all the bodies, and even making tiny underpants! Materials are sourced close to home, furthering the goal of helping keep a local economy stronger. Keeping this process as true to how it started has kept one thing alive in the dolls, which could never be outsourced, and that is love. ♥

About Bamboletta

Bamboletta creates outstanding natural dolls and doll accessories handcrafted with skill, care and a lot of love. The stories the Bamboletta team share through Instagram and Facebook, showcase the love that is poured into each of these dolls that are then shared around the world. These special natural dolls protect childhood and do not propel little ones into adulthood. Bamboletta is committed to provide a supportive, ethical, fulfilling, and creative environment for women to work in.

We are so excited to work with Christina again and give you the opportunity to win a Classic Bamboletta Doll! These dolls can take upwards of 12 hours to make and after watching the below video of how much love, detail, and people that touch and work on these dolls, you understand why Bamboletta’s business model is so special. This is not a doll that could ever be factory made. These dolls are loved every step of the way during the process to make them:


Do you have a little person that would love to a Bamboletta? We feel VERY lucky that Bamboletta owner Christina wants one of our lucky readers to have that chance! We will definitely want a picture from the winner of this giveaway!

One lucky winner will win this

Classic Bamboletta Doll – $240 value

Giveaway ends 10/1/14 at 11:59 pm ET! Open to Canadian and US residents 18+ and older.

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