Archive | December, 2014

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!


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.

brick4Gardener Gift:

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.


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.



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.


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.



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!


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.



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!

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.

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