THE Puzzle Game

Win a Sakura Bloom Ring Sling

Play our Puzzle Game and you could win a BabyHawk Oh Snap Soft Structured Baby Carrier.

Here’s how to win:

  • We have put a 500 piece puzzle into a bowl at the register and will be giving out the pieces.
  • Come in to the shoppe and get your puzzle piece.   No purchase necessary. Don’t lose it!  Put it somewhere safe.
  • Once we have given out all the puzzle pieces, we will assemble a second copy of the puzzle.  We will have pulled out a RANDOM piece.  And that piece will be missing from the puzzle.
  • Make sure you are in our Facebook Chat group or subscribe to our email newsletter, so you know when we are putting the puzzle together.
  • You will have two weeks to come in and see if your puzzle piece is the missing piece.  If it is, YOU WIN the carrier.
  • If no one comes forward with the missing piece, we will JACKPOT the prize, and do another puzzle.

Limit of one puzzle piece per rewards card customer per day.  You can collect more pieces by coming in other days while we are giving out the pieces.

The BabyHawk to be won is on display at the shoppe.  No exchanges.

Buy USA – Leslies Boutique

Leslies boutique makes a line of wet bags.  These wet bags are a staff favourite, especially the wet dry bag.  Unlike many other wet dry bags on the market, Leslies has a little gusset sewn into the dry bag, so it can hold so much more.

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Leslies bags come in a great range of prints too, making them a fashion accessory and fun to carry.

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Leslies is owned by Emily and John Murray.  Emily and John also own Modern Natural Baby in Michigan.  Their 5000 sq ft baby store is worth a visit if you are in that area.  I have had the pleasure of spending face to face time with Emily and John at trade shows, and have gotten to know Emily very well via retailer Facebook groups of which we are both members of.

Emily & John and their two beautiful boys.

Emily & John and their two beautiful boys.

Emily and John have 2 boys, ages 6 and 3.  They bought Leslies Boutique from its previous owner in January 2012, when they found out it was for sale.  The bags were a popular item in their Modern Natural Baby store.

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When they bought the business, sewing was being done in West Michigan.  Emily and John live in Ferndale, just north of Detroit in South East Michigan, and they wanted their sewers closer by.    When they went on the hunt for a new sewing house, they were continuously told it would be cheaper to produce in China.  Finally they found a good company right in their tiny city of Ferndale.  So all of their products are made right there where they live.  All of their sewers are paid a fair wage.  Emily says one of the best things about what she does is the fact she can manufacture her line of wet bags right here in the USA.

BUY USA – Blueberry Diapers

blueberrybannerBlueberry diapers is one of the brands we have had at the store the longest, and the company is wonderful to work with.  The diapers are high quality, as are the accessories.  And they always have the cutest print choices!

When I listen to the story of how the business was started, I can identify so closely with them, because it is similar to how Nappy Shoppe started.

Casey & Margarita McClure, owners of Blueberry Diapers

Casey & Margarita McClure, owners of Blueberry Diapers

Margarita, when she was pregnant with her first baby, wanted to cloth diaper.  She brought the idea to her husband, Casey, who was very skeptical of the whole concept, but being the wonderful loving husband that he is, said, “Whatever you want my dear”.  He thought cloth diapering would mean that their clothes would “marinate in poop in the washer”.  Once Margarita showed Casey the diapers she wanted to use, he was soon won over.  Margarita, being a sewer, figured she could save money and make her own stash.  Then her husband said to her, why don’t you make a business doing this?  So she put up a few diapers on eBay and they sold for over $20 each, more than the average cost of a diaper back then.

Braden, sporting a Blueberry trainer back in 2010.

Braden, sporting a Blueberry trainer back in 2010.

After a year in business as Swaddlebee Diapers, and growth, Margarita decided that she wanted to do for cloth diapers, what Victoria’s Secret did for underwear.  She wanted to glamorize cloth diapers beyond the then current boring choices available.  She wanted mom’s to be crazy excited about changing poopy diapers.  And in 2007 Blueberry diapers was born.  Now both Casey and Margarita work full time in the business with 7 employees.

Blueberry diapers use high quality materials, even if they cost more.  I can count on one hand the defects we have had with blueberry diapers since we started stocking them in 2009.  Not many of our lines, that we sell a lot of can claim that.  And every defect, was dealt with efficiently by Casey and Margarita.

Their main factory is in a remote location in Arkansas.  The factory employs local people, contributing to the local small community there.

At one point Casey and Margarita thought they might be able to save costs by moving production to China.  Not so much they found.  When they tried that route they actually LOST $30000 trying move production.  They thought it would cut costs by two thirds, but quality dropped dramatically.  Bad press resulted from customers being dissatisfied with inferior products, and new designed were knocked off.  And now they realize, now more than ever, keeping production in the United States is important.

All of the super cute prints that Blueberry has are designed in house.  They are exclusive to them, because they designed them.  And I must say Margarita has a great eye when it comes to super cute and fun prints.  Loved them all.

For our Shop USA event, Blueberry has given us three prize packages to give away.  You can get your ticket to enter to win any of these by shopping at the store and buying a product made in the USA.  Blue rewards card holders get two tickets when they purchase USA made.

Each package includes a bag and a diaper.

Buy USA – Planetwise & Best Bottom

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Best Bottom’s is our most popular all in two system that we have in the store.  It is a one size option that will last through to potty training.  We love the cute prints & colour combinations as well!  Planetwise diapers are a two size system, and have a unique two co-coordinating print style that is popular.

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Planet Wise Inc.™ is a privately owned family corporation; founded by Nicki Maynard and later joined by husband Jesse.  As a husband and wife team, they are working together to ensure the highest quality products while following responsible environmental and social business practices.

How Does Planet Wise Inc™ Help the Environment?
To reduce their environmental impact, all products have been thoroughly researched and are all PVC-free and lead-free (a surprising fact is that many zippers have been painted using paint that contains lead).  All the products we have developed are reusable and have been designed to replace disposable items which help to reduce waste that ends up in the landfills.  Planet Wise Wet Bags™ have been designed to be useful for every age – from young children in diapers to the mature adult -and for transporting shoes, cosmetics, swimwear, or gym wear.  Planet Wise Snack Bags™, their newest addition, are made with environmentally friendly FDA food safe material.  Also, their packaging is printed on recycled/recyclable paper using soy-based ink.

How Is Planet Wise Inc™ Socially Conscious?
Community and family has always been a leading value for Planet Wise Inc.™.   Multi-generations are employed as well as fellow neighbors.  Employees are given the opportunity for flexible schedules allowing them to work around family time and school schedules.   To further promote family values, employees are welcome to bring their young children to work with them.

How Does Planet Wise Inc.™ Do It?
During development we carefully researched raw materials and chose as many USA-made materials as possible.  While abiding by this high standard of quality, they also continually strive to keep the price affordable for all families.  All products are manufactured in a locally women-owned facility helping to support the local economy and reduce our environmental impact.  All business decisions, either big or small, are evaluated with the planet’s health and social harmony in mind.

And a little about their products:

Best Bottom Diaper

Created to use the pros of all the different cloth diapering systems and eliminate the cons. The Best Bottom cloth diaper system is trim fitting, highly absorbent and not overwhelming. Just adjust the snaps on the shell to fit your baby, snap an insert into the diaper, put the diaper on your baby and go. Best Bottoms are easy to use and easy to clean. Simply lay the shell flat and snap in insert into place. When it’s time for a change just unsnap the insert and wipe the shell clean. Three sizes of inserts are available in stay dry and organic cotton/hemp.

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The highest quality of materials available have been selected with as much of the raw materials made in the USA as we could find. The entire Shell is made with USA-made materials! ALL of our products are proudly handcrafted in the USA at local factories helping to support the local economy and reduce our environmental impact. We use durable snaps and hook & loop, double layer of waterproof PUL creating a perfect no-leak sturdy shell with a wipe-able inside lasting for many washes.

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Planet Wise Snack and Sandwich Bags

With many different colorful prints Planet Wise Snack and Sandwich Bags are great for the entire family. No more plastic baggies, plastic wrap or aluminum foil.  The seams are sealed using the Planet Wise Patent Pending No Leak Design, so you won’t need to worry about messes. You can even put a wet washcloth in one for easy clean up on the go! When you are home, just wash, rinse and reuse these great bags! They can be hand washed in warm/hot water with dish soap, or machine wash them in cold water. They are also top-rack dishwasher safe! You can air or towel dry them. Use in the microwave is not recommended.

All of the Planet Wise Reusable Sandwich and Snack Bags are made with FDA Food Safe Materials. They are PVC, BPA, Phthalate, Latex and Lead FREE! There are even angled corners for easy cleaning. One of the best features are that they are made right here in the USA!

Wet/Dry Bag

The Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag is a truly innovative bag that allows you to carry your wet and dry items in the same bag.  Each Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag contains a “wet” section that is sewn and sealed for no wicking or leaking AND a zippered dry section along with a clever snap handle for easy carrying.  Carry all your items in the Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bag while keeping your dry items dry and your wet or soiled items separate, sealing in moisture and odors.  Truly an all in one bag!

Planet Wise Wet/Dry Bags are made in the USA with a high quality poly urethane laminate (PUL) that is anti-microbial and inhibits the growth of bacteria and fungi.

These bags are not only perfect for cloth diapering on the go, but for going to the pool or the gym.

 

During our Buy USA event we will be giving away a Best Bottom Cover and a Planet Wise wet bag/snack bag gift set.  To enter in, when you shop with us between 5/25/15 and 7/4/15 and purchase a USA made product we will give you a ticket to place into the drawing.  If you are a blue card VIP rewards member you will get two tickets.  All prizes will be drawn Monday July 6th.

BUY USA – Sakura Bloom

winsakurasilkWe started selling Sakura Bloom Ring Slings after Cheyenne talked me into it at our first ABC trade expo event in 2011.  She had one in her personal stash and swore to me that people would love them.  I had hired her for her babywearing expertise, so we placed our first order.  I let her choose the colors and styles.  She included one silk in with the rest being linen in our first order.  The linen slings sold well from the beginning.  Here in Texas, linen is a nice light weight cool option in the heat of our brutal summers.  They are quick to use.  And affordable.  That poor silk sat for so long.

Nappy Shoppe customers sporting their Sakura Bloom Ring Slings.  Photo by Kindred Photographer.

Nappy Shoppe customers sporting their Sakura Bloom Ring Slings. Photo by Kindred Photographer.

In 2013, Sakura Bloom had a booth at Dallas Market.  It was a quiet market that year, and we got to spend a lot of quality time with the owners, Lynne and Eric.  And we complained to them that while we had no trouble selling linen slings, we could not see the benefit of the more expensive silks.  Lynne pointed out to us that silk was actually cooler than linen to wear in the heat.  That it would breath better and was far more supportive.  Armed with new knowledge, we came back and were able to tell our customers the benefits of silk.  And that is why you see so many glorious silk ring slings in the Nappy Shoppe community.  We also came back having formed a new friendship.  One of the high lights of our trips to the ABC trade each year is visiting with Lynne and Eric.    They are a fun friendly, down to earth couple.  They care about their business and their retailers.  Unlike some manufacturers, they care about the value of their brand.  Sakura Bloom is one of the best selling brands in our store.  It is not hard for this to be the case with a quality product, and a manufacturer who we consider a friend.

History of Sakura Bloom Ring Slings.

Lynne’s sister, Carole, is an anthropologist.   She was studying South east Asia traveling to India and Nepal a lot. As Carole was pregnant at the time, she was fascinated with how babies were carried in these countries.  They used carriers out of necessity, something that back in 2005 she did not see happen here much.  She joined thebabywearer.com, which at the time was a small community of women wearing and many making their own carriers.  There were virtually no stores.

Lynne and her baby daughter Teja in one of the original ring slings.

Lynne and her baby daughter Teja in one of the original ring slings.

When Lynne got pregnant with her daughter Teja in 2005, Carole gave her 5 different carriers to try.  First off she started with a pouch style.  Lynne says she cringes to think of how she wore Teja back then.  She is not alone, I was the same with Braden.  Little did we know.  It was all a learning time. At 6 months of age, Teja did want to be cradled any more, she wanted to be upright and sit.  So Lynne pulled out the silk ring sling that her sister had given her.  She fell in love with this carrier. When a friend of Lynne’s in London got pregnant, she asked her sister where to buy a ring sling the same as what she was using.  The answer was, no one makes these! Lynne enlisted the aid of her seamstress mother, and with different colored silks, made another ring sling.  Lynne continued to sew the ring slings.  Have fun with different colored fabrics.  She sent one to her sister.  Her sister was wearing her baby in it, when she visited a baby boutique in Colorado.  The owner wanted them for her store.  So Lynne was asked to make more ring slings.  So she made 10.  It was 2006.  At this point there was no plans for a business, but it soon became obvious that was to become one, so in 2007 Sakura Bloom was born.

From the beginning, Lynne knew she wanted her business to be sustainable.  She watched women start carrier businesses and go out of business soon after when they did not price their products high enough to cover costs etc.  So Lynne did her research on pricing, and priced her slings for her business to survive.  She also learned the importance of keeping brand value, and as such rarely discounts.

Eric and baby Jai 2008.

Eric and baby Jai 2008.

At first Lynne did all the sewing.  But soon it was obvious that she could not do it alone.  She was introduced to a bridal shop seamstress called Amelia. Amelia was from Italy, and after critiquing Lynne’s sewing technique came up with a higher quality product.  For the first three years of business, Amelia did it all from her basement, including shipping. In 2010, it was too much, and Amelia needed to move on.  So Lynne found a factory in the small industrial town of Fall River, in Massachusetts.  And that is where Sakura Bloom is still manufactured.

Lynne with Eric and the kids.

Lynne with Eric and the kids.

In 2012 Lynne could not continue to administrate the business alone, so her husband Eric, came on board full time.  Lynne found that they did not need to live near where the slings were produced.  As long as they had their laptops, and internet access, they could run their business.  They now have three employees.  Leigh in market (and so much more), Jill who does social media (she is the pregnant voice behind Instagram), and Tiffany in customer service and manages wholesale.

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Lynne, with her friend Robyn from BabyHawk

Lynne lives in California with her husband Eric, and two children, Teja 9 and Jai 7.  And here is a little tidbit for you, Lynne and Robyn of BabyHawk are very close friends, and Robyn lives in California too.

 

For our BUY USA event, we are giving away a Simple Silk Sakura Bloom ring sling in Shadow.  To enter, just come in between Memorial day and Independence Day 2015, and when your purchase includes a product made in the USA we will give you a ticket to enter into the drawing.  If you are a VIP blue rewards card holder you will get two tickets.

A pinch me moment, for sure. 9 years ago these were my fingers pushing layers of gorgeous, vibrant silks under the foot of my grandmother’s old tabletop singer sewing machine. When my daughter, Teja, was born in 2005, babywearing wasn’t a household term and it was next to impossible to find unique, different styles of baby carriers in local stores. Big box stores were the only option for most people, and they offered pretty much one style of carrier and definitely nothing made locally. I didn’t shop in big box stores for myself and I didn’t want to start with my baby. I wanted to support small, local, family run businesses like ours. So, I made it my mission to try and bring the amazingness of babywearing to the boutiques dotting our downtowns. When I was pregnant I would drive over an hour from our house in MA to the cutest little boutique in CT that sold cloth diapers just to see the colors and be able to talk with someone about what we would need or want. I knew I wanted people to be able to do the same with our slings. Feel the textiles. Try the sling on. Shop Locally. That boutique became one of our very first retailers ❤️ Papaya Patch in West Hartford, CT. Today we have 300 small, local, independent retailers (mostly women owned! 💪👭💪) around the world helping new parents get comfy in their Sakura Blooms! 🌸🌸🌸 So much ❤️ for all of our amazing retailers lovingly representing Sakura Bloom each and every day and for each and every one of you, our amazing customers, out there shopping locally with them 🙌❤️🙌. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. 😘xo @lynnebanach ✨🌸✨ #allthehugsandkisses #liveyourdream #beoriginal #stayfocused #blazeyourowntrail #riseandgrind #madeintheusa #shoplocal #smallbusiness #womeninbusiness #mompreneur

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Buy USA Event

buyuseabanner1Nappy Shoppe wants to reward you between Memorial Day and Independence Day for shopping local and buying USA made.

Buying USA made where possible is important.  Why?

From www.madeintheusa.com:

American people spending American dollars on American products equals American jobs. These jobs are the foundation of a thriving economy.

If every American spent an extra $3.33 on U.S.-made products, it would create almost 10,000 new jobs.

And there is many more benefits than that simple one alone.

So over the 6 weeks between Memorial Day and Independence day we are going to introduce you to some of our favorite USA companies that we buy product from for the store. And when you buy USA made products we will give you a ticket to put into drawing for some of our favorite USA products.  (Two tickets if you are VIP blue card holders).

Every few days we will be featuring a blog article and newsletter about one of our favorite manufacturers.  So be sure to check back frequently!

Check out our awesome prize listing!  And there is more to come!  Check back to see what other prizes we will be offering.

Sakura Bloom Simple Silk Ring Sling in Shadow

Best Bottoms Cover

Planetwise Wet Bag & Snack Bag Set

Leslies Boutique Medium Wet Bag & Pail Liner

Two Thirsties One Size All in One Diapers

Blueberry Wet bag and One Size Simplex

Blueberry Laundry bag and Newborn Simplex

Blueberry Wet/Dry Totes and Freestyle Swim Diaper

BellaCheeks Trainers

BellaCheeks Fitted Diaper

BellaCheeks Pants

Baby Hawk Carrier

So come in and BUY USA and get your ticket to win one of these great prizes. 

One ticket per day per customer.  Customer needs to have purchased a product MADE in the USA to recieve ticket.  VIP Blue Reward Card holders get two tickets per day. Not valid on past purchases.  Valid in store only.

 

 

Disposable Diaper Buy Back 2015

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We are doing it again!  Buying back UNUSED disposable diapers.

If you have been thinking of trying cloth diapers, this is a great chance to get some store credit towards your cloth diaper purchase, or if you have that half open pack of disposables that the grocery store cant take back, we will.

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What are we going to do with these disposable diapers you ask?  We will use them for a window display for a short time, and then we will donate them to Custer Road Church PISD School Age Parent program.  This program helps out teen parents in need.

Terms and Conditions

  • We will pay 20 cents per disposable diaper.
  • We will pay for a maximum of 50 diapers per family.
  • Payment will be in the form of store credit to Nappy Shoppe.  Total amount paid out per family is $10 ONE TIME in store credit.
  • Store credit to be used in the month of April 2015.
  • You are welcome to drop off more than 50 diapers in order to donate to the cause.
  • Offer valid from April 6th 2015 to April 30th 2015.
  • Offer valid in store only.
  • Diapers must be in a usable condition.  Open packets are fine.
  • We reserve the right to refuse unusable, dirty, mangled, etc. diapers.

This promotion is a one time payout per family of $10 maximum.  If you wish to donate more than the 50 diapers to the program, you may do so at your own cost.

Small Business Saturday Sales Event

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Join us Saturday, Nov. 29 for Small Business Saturday! We’ll have refreshments and specials all day long. When you choose to shop small, you give back to YOUR community!  #ShopSmallDFWWhen you shop at Nappy Shoppe, you are helping to support 14 different families!  And you are helping to support the many free services that we offer to our community, including breastfeeding and post partum support.

Every time you shop with us on Small Business Saturday, you earn a ticket towards winning a gift certificate to one of our favourite businesses.  We have certificates for Massage Source in Plano, photo sessions with Kindred Photographer and Mountainpony Photography, and Convinos Pizza and Pasta.

Door Buster Deals – Get them while they last!

  • Sweet Pea Newborn Covers in select colours $4 each (normally $9.99). Limit of 3 per customer.
  • Fair Trade Diaper Clutch $7 each (normally $19.99). In store only. Limit 2 per customer.
  • Sweet Pea Wet Bag in select colours* $4 each (normally $9.99). Limit 2 per customer.

Deals – Online and In store
Please note, that discounts will not show up until you add the items to your cart. In store, prices will be taken off at the register.

Sweet Pea Wet Bag Colours eligible for door buster include: Butter, Indigo Blue, Purple, Bright Yellow, Sapphire and Baby Pink.
Sweet Pea Newborn Cover Colours eligible for door buster include: Black, Chocolate, Sapphire, Baby Pink and Indigo Blue.

Black Friday Sales Event 2014

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Nappy Shoppe will be open from 10-8pm on Black Friday 2014.  Come join us for some great discounts.

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We will also have cookies and hot drinks in our classroom.  So if you need to chill between shopping expeditions, come and relax in our warm classroom.  Let the little ones play with blocks, nurse the baby, or just chat with others.

Cannot make it in to see us because you are out of town for Thanksgiving?  Then please shop the website.  Unless stated otherwise, these deals will be online.  Note that the sale price will not show up until the items are in your cart.  Also the Door Buster deals have a limit per customer.  Online customers, if you try to put an extra door buster deals in your cart, it will remove the discount totally.

Sorry we will not be processing any returns or pre-loved cloth diaper buy backs on Black Friday.

Our deals will be as follows:

Door Buster Deals – Get them while they last!

  • Sweet Pea Newborn Covers in select colours $4 each (normally $9.99).   Limit of 3 per customer.
  • Fair Trade Diaper Clutch $7 each (normally $19.99).  In store only.  Limit 2 per customer.
  • Sweet Pea Wet Bag in select colours* $4 each (normally $9.99).   Limit 2 per customer.

Black Friday Deals – Online and In store

Please note, that discounts will not show up until you add the items to your cart.  In store, prices will be taken off at the register.

Sweet Pea Wet Bag Colours eligible for door buster include: Butter, Indigo Blue, Purple, Bright Yellow, Sapphire and Baby Pink.

Sweet Pea Newborn Cover Colours eligible for door buster include: Black, Chocolate, Sapphire, Baby Pink and Indigo Blue.

Please be sure to support small business this black friday.  #ShopSmallDFW

Thank you.

Small Business Bazaar

Join us this Small Business Saturday for our Small Business Bazaar at the Nappy Shoppe.  Being a small business we want to show our support for other small businesses and we do so with our bazaar.  On Saturday November 29th from 1-4pm, these small businesses will have tables set up throughout our store and in our classroom.  We hope you will come and join us and #ShopSmallDFW.  I have linked the businesses Facebook pages (if they have one), be sure to go and like them.

The businesses joining us are:

  • Kindred Photographer – Brandi is a talented photographer who focuses on breastfeeding and babywearing shoots.  You will start to see more of her work on our own marketing materials.
  • Britany Quick Cakes by Britany for You – Come and enjoy some home baked goodness by Britany.  Rumour has it she will be bringing some gluten free goodies, as well as lactation cookies.
  • Wholemade by Jen – Jennifer has a line of organic, handmade skin care products, including a diaper rash balm.
  • OoDeLally Crystals – Zachary has the most divine one of a kind jewelry.  I have watched this man from the start of his business, and his work is phenomenal.
  • Baby Boot Camp – Come and find out about this great way to get fit with your baby!  Amanda will be on hand to answer any questions.
  • Mountain Hideout – Ashley, from this family owned local business, will be on hand to share their outdoor products for families and children.
  • Hippy Owl Freak – Amy, is a local watercolor artist, who’s work would make great unique holiday gifts.
  •  Mia Belles – Lauren makes the cutest hairbows and barefoot sandals.
  • Remade Hart – Angela makes upcycled jewelry and scarves.  Angela has done our bazaar in the past, and I grabbed her jewelry as gifts for my nieces.
  • LH Executive Services – Shaila is a lifestyle manager and professional organizer, who helps families get organized and alleviate the feeling of being overwhelmed.
  • Mini Hippy Boutique – Kimberly sells a range of cute leggings, dresses and tops.
  • Bountiful Blessings – Shannon sells a range of Christmas children’s clothing and accessories.

Be sure to tell your friends about this great event.

#ShopSmallDFW

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