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A Few Questions With....KidEssence

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Today I'm chatting with Tricia Lee of KidEssence, the owner, and creator of toys that encourage creativity and build self-confidence. Please keep these amazing toys in mind when doing your holiday shopping this year! Does the name KidEssence have a special meaning? Yes, the dictionary defines the word "essence" as the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something that determines its character.  Our brand is all about empowering children through creative and pretend play.  Studies show that these two types of play are crucial in a child's development for many reasons- the major being is that it is the way...

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A few questions with....The Pursuit of Cocktails

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Today I'm chatting with Jamie Fowler of The Pursuit of Cocktails, a company that makes some of my very favorite party goods; they are perfect for girls weekends, bachelorette parties, honestly, I think they are perfect for every day!  How did you come up with name, The Pursuit of Cocktails?   I actually came up with the name at 3 am on a sleepless night. I had been deep into the idea of rebranding my current side hustle/business for several weeks and my brain just couldn't take it anymore. I grabbed my phone and started Googling domains and social media handles for all the...

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A few questions with...Janery

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Today I'm chatting with Jane Pearson of Janery, a company that designs fabulous pet beds and home accessories. I am in love with the Catnip Cuddlers and will be purchasing one for her royal highness, Ms. Callie, soon.  Does the name Janery have a special meaning? The name Janery was a completely random one, driven solely from a desire to find a unique business name - and a nice, short URL. But after I launched Janery, I realized it sort of combined my first name with that of my husband, Ryan.  I love that because we’re a total team:  he’s an...

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A Few Questions With...Stansberry Design

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Today I'm featuring another one of my Instagram favorites, Natalie of Stansberry Design. I am in love with her ponchos, scarves, and wraps; I believe they are timeless pieces that belong in every woman's wardrobe. Today, Natalie shares her story and introduces us to her new home collection (I'm so excited about this!). Does the name Stansberry Design have any special meaning? Why yes it does! I named my business "Stansberry" in honor of my mother Doris Stansberry and Grandmother Edna Stansberry. Both women were such a great inspiration to me. My grandmother was a master seamstress who sewed nearly all...

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Mother's Day 2017

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Mother's Day will be here before you know it; I've put together a few things that might make all the mom's in your life happy on May 14th. 1. How gorgeous is this recipe box from Rifle Paper? It's perfect for the ladies in your life who love to cook. 2. These earrings from Megan Auman are also a fav; perfect for every day! 3. Of course, I might know of a fragrance your mother might love...Kiele is our most popular scent, a blend of jasmine, gardenia, and tuberose. 4. Does your mom love candles? If the answer is yes,...

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