#shoplocal Day 16, Tickled Floral

Today is all about a sweet shop in Sherwood Park that I’ve fallen head over heels for.  TickledFloral

One day a few months ago I was cutting hay when I got a ding on my phone, that ding came from Wendy and all she said was she needed to know how to get my jewelry in her shop, she was in love with it.  StorefrontWell, that’s all I need to hear!  I immediately wrote back that I was in the discbine cutting hay but would send her my line sheet that night and the rest is history.

As soon as I set foot in her shop, I was in love.  It’s all exposed, rustic wood with a tall steel countertop and the floral cooler is wide open windows.  Her meeting table is a 5 foot tall upcycled cable spool, there’s two cheeky deer named Sven and Olaf that hang out there (TOTALLY up my alley)Sven and she has antler sheds everywhere.  It is such a welcoming environment and her warm personality made me want to pull up a chair and chat with her for hours while she worked.

When she was a little girl, her mom and aunt started a floral shop in their basement so she grew up playing in petals and greenery.  Of course when she “grew up” she went to University for something practical but ended up back in the flowers shortly afterwards in her own basement and now she’s opened shop on the north side of Sherwood Park.GiftBasket
She obviously does a lot of floral work but also has a retail section in her shop as well.  Farm Wife Style is for sale there, as well as Manitobah Mukluks, Jacek Chocolates, Justine Ma Designs hand lettered cards, Paddywax Candles, Elephant Shoe Teething Co. teething jewelry, and for Christmas she is your one-stop shop for all the decor you love and want, ornaments, christmas balls, fresh wreaths and swags and wooden board Christmas trees that would look awesome on a front porch.WhovilleTree

This Christmas season she is offering three festive workshops so if you want some help with your Christmas decorating but love the idea of a DIY, call, email or drop by and speak to her in person and register for one today.  While you’re there, order a gift basket full of festive cheer for your clients or employees,  she’s open Monday to Friday 10-5 and Saturdays 10-4.

A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way!  I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area. 

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#shoplocal Day 13, Urban Oasis Spa

Today is all about pampering.  There’s not a woman, or man for that matter, that doesn’t love a good relaxing spa service and the best part about Brookelynn is she’s another one of those great gals that offers in-home treatments. … Continue reading

#shoplocal Day 12, Madenu Dolls

Today’s feature is so incredibly amazing I was up late, late last night thinking about it and what I would say to do it justice.  Madenu Dolls is run by a phenomenally brilliant woman named Tanya out of small town Irma, Alberta.

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Anyone that knows me is very aware that there are two toys I despise for my daughters, Bratz dolls and Monster High ANYTHING; they are sleazy looking, overly sexualized, poorly modelled dolls that do absolutely nothing for young girls’ self esteem.  What little girl’s doll should look like it’s had botox injections and had her makeup done to go clubbing?  Such an immature choice for girls to grow up following.  There’s even some Barbie dolls I see that I shake my head at.  Don’t even get me started on the clothes they come with. madenu

What Tanya does is she takes all these insanely unrealistic dolls and transforms them into something beautifully natural and positive.  She takes them from the hot mess they come out of the box looking like and repaints their faces, redoes their hair, makes them new clothes and gives them a whole new image; something I would be PROUD to give my daughters to play with.

Quoted from Tanya in a feature post by Made Urban, “I loved the idea of taking a used little doll and “restoring” the doll. I have a daughter and I want toys for her to play with that depict the values I believe are important for every little girl to have. I want her to not worry about messy hair when she is running around outside playing and I want her to be wearing comfortable, functional clothing. I want her to know that her identity is not tied to either of those things. I want her to experience the wonder of a child’s imagination that can time travel, talk to butterflies and invent other worlds.”  The article is very interesting, swing by and give it a read. Madenu2

Not only does she change these dolls completely, she also donates $10 from every doll sold to aid in the effort against human trafficking.  The SA Foundation develops programs and initiatives for young women between the ages of 16 and 29 that have been or are at risk of human trafficking, and Operation Mobilization is establishing safe houses for girls around the world.  Human trafficking is a $32 billion dollar industry with over 70% of those trafficked being women and HALF BEING CHILDREN.  Sickening statistics.

Tanya’s goal is to sell 100 dolls and donate $1000 to these causes.  I think she’s more than worthy and this Christmas, show your support by ordering a doll from her and setting a positive example for the girls and boys in your life.  Orders can be made through her Facebook page.

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A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way!  I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area. 

#shoplocal Day 10, One More Day

Today’s #shoplocal feature is one that hits close to home for me and for a lot of other friends and family.

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One More Day is a colab campaign initiative between Modern Fort and Arrow House.  Modern Fort is a Vancouver based team of female entrepreneurs that features one company or campaign each month that’s been making a huge difference in their community.  They bring awareness to the campaign and as a token of appreciation, funds from the sales of products that month go towards the cause.  Arrow House is an award-winning interior design firm located on the west coast that merges solid and timeless design with a well-balanced lifestyle.

One More Day all came about when Kelly Schmidt, owner of Arrow House, was diagnosed with cancer for the second time.  Her and her brother, Darren Pedersen (who is also a cancer survivor) began the campaign last year and teamed up with Joanne Ma of Modern Fort to create something incredibly special for so many families battling cancer.

OneMoreDayTo quote their website, “Cancer sucks. Everyone knows it. It’s not pretty. Our goal for this campaign isn’t to make it go away. There are many organizations out there doing great things to raise money for research and state of the art equipment that will truly help transform the way cancer patients are being treated. But that’s not us. We’re taking a more personal approach. When going through cancer, the individual is beaten. Physically, mentally, emotional, and spiritually. Sometimes the last thing you want to hear is more money going to research as you feel it won’t help you right now, right this second when you’re feeling incredibly low. So, our goal is to help change that a little bit. At least try and put a smile back with a little love.

This year’s new designs are on super-soft, eco-friendly and sustainable fabrics. You will love the look and feel of these shirts. Partial proceeds from each of these shirts will help build funds to execute random acts of kindness to families currently battling cancer in their lives. Nomination forms will be available early next week and you’ll be able to fill them out right on our site. Know someone who’s fighting for “One More Day” and is truly deserving of a pick me up? Nominate them and let us know what we can do to help put a smile on their face.

Go shopping and get some One More Day apparel, it’s a beautiful cause and you never know when you’ll be wishing for just one more day.

A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way!  I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area. 

#shoplocal Day 9, Love & Laugh Photography

What better gift to your family than a lasting memory?  Today, you can read all about a local mother and daughter photography team that takes absolutely stunning photos. When you choose Love & Laugh Photography to capture your memories, Ashlee … Continue reading

#shoplocal Day 8, Alberta Flyboard & Canadian Jetpack Adventures

Got a thrill-seeker on your Christmas list this year?  Or have you ever wished you could fly?  To go along with my post yesterday about suntanned skin, lake days and boat rides, today My Husband the Farmer and Alberta Flyboard and Canadian Jetpack Adventures have collaborated to bring you a rad Christmas gift experience.

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One of the most amazing things I have ever done has been flying 30+ feet above water without a care in the world.  It is an experience like no other and Alberta Flyboard and Canadian Jetpack Adventures have teamed up to put together a special deal just for my readers today.

FlyboardingKimBefore I get into the wicked discount you can redeem, I want to tell you a bit about what you’re getting into; this is definitely for the adventurers on your list!

Hooked to your feet is a board which is more like a set of wakeboard boots with a nozzle under each foot.  The hoses you see coming up towards my arms are stabilizers for balance, they can be taken off once you get your bearings and want a bit more freedom to move around.  On one end, the long hose is attached to the centre of the board directly underneath and in-between your feet and, on the other end, it’s hooked up to the back of a jetski; it uses the power of the ski to propel you in the air.  Your feet control the direction that you go and it’s something that could take 5 minutes to learn or 25 minutes to learn but once you get the idea and your body gets its bearings over the board, the sky is literally the limit.

Screen Shot 2015-11-13 at 9.18.03 AMWe’ve been doing this for a few years now and my friends over at Alberta Flyboard were the ones that introduced and trained us, we were one of their first customers.  Since then, their company has grown exponentially and this year Brody and his teammates, Adrian, Curtis and Jordan, are on their way to Dubai, UAE to compete in the XDubai Flyboard World Cup.  Riders from around the world head there to compete, wishing you all the best of luck this year guys!

FlyboardWorldCupWith locations in BC and Manitoba, Canadian Jetpack Adventures services Lake Okanagan, Lake Osoyoos and Lake Winnipeg and they’re slowly growing so if you don’t see an area near you, check back often or send them an email.  Alberta Flyboard has representatives ready to teach you how to fly at Cold Lake, Gull Lake, Jackfish Lake, Sylvan Lake and Lake Wabamun and they truly live for this so drop them a line, they want to teach you how to fly! (Flyboard images courtesy Francois Rigaud).

Now for the deal.  Who doesn’t love discounts!  Just because the guys at Alberta Flyboard and Canadian Jetpack Adventures are so rad, they’ve offered up 30% off on all individual lessons at any of the locations listed above.  To redeem, simply visit their websites based on the location you’d like to redeem at – Alberta Flyboard Bookings or Canadian Jetpack Adventures Bookings – and purchase a voucher.  Use code “farmwifestyle” to receive 30% off your voucher.  As an added bonus, if you share this post around Facebook, I’ll message you a different code that will get you 40% off – an even sweeter deal!  A recommendation from the guys is a 30 minute lesson, it’s a perfect amount of time to learn what you’re doing, get up in the air a bit and get out before your muscles get too tired.  Just released this past year, you can also try the Hoverboard which is more like a skateboard over water.

To see the Fly- and Hoverboarders in action, check out some of their videos, it’s an experience like no other.  Trust me.

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A NOTE TO MY READERS: I want to reiterate that every one of these shops and artists have been selected by me to participate in my #shoplocal campaign.  I am receiving NO GRATUITIES OR FREEBIES for these shout outs and want to keep it that way!  I love all these places and what they offer and am sharing them to make my readers lives easier and promote local shopping in my area.