Some of my small shop favorites…

One of my personal goals for 2015 is to buy more handmade and local items, especially if they are made in America. Not only do I want to support my fellow small shop owner, but I feel like the entire shopping process makes me rethink the way I buy. It’s so easy to walk into a store and buy things that I don’t need, just because they are on sale or cheap. When you buy handmade, while the prices may be slightly higher (not always the case), you really start to rethink about wether or not you need it, and appreciate the gorgeous work that went into it.

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1. CraftyLia heart pouch
My friend, Amelia, makes these adorable pouches. I have a bag for all of my knitting tools, but I had been looking for one to use on the go. Now I can just take the tools I need for my current project. I’m super excited about using it during a trip this weekend!!!! You can find the zipper pouch and lots of other adorable pieces she has made in her shop.

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2. Wemak body scrub
I purchased the ‘Woods’ scented body scrub at the craft fair I was a part of last Saturday. Veronica’s table was right next to mine, and I really got to learn about their process and how their business came about. I went home that night and used the scrub to give myself a pedicure, and I seriously felt like a new person… The scent that I got has cedar wood and lemongrass oil in it. You can check out their shop here.

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3. Me & Ris jewelry
Some jewelry, you can just pick up and feel the quality. The bracelet I got from Me & Ris is one of those pieces. Harlee and Marisa do such a beautiful job creating necklaces and bracelets out of various stone beads.

There are so many amazing local and small shops out there. It takes some effort to find them, but I promise that it’s worth it. I hope to share more products/shops as I discover them throughout the year. 🙂

*I was not compensated in any way for this post. These are all products that I bought and genuinely love.

Mutant bunnies and other edible things…

Today I’m going to be sharing a fun little snack made with something that most people have on hand. The idea is not original with me, but I remember my Japanese grandmother doing this all the time. In fact I remember a lot of people in Japan doing this… If you’re wondering about the mutant bunnies, they will make an appearance at the end of today’s post. (^_^)

1. Get a good apple.IMG_5315-0.JPG You can use just about any sweet crisp apple. I personally prefer Fuji apples but today I only had Red Delicious. *bummer* Wash them thoroughly and dry them with a towel.

2. Quarter and core.IMG_5316-0.JPG Once you are done drying the apples, carefully cut them into fourths and remove the cores. If you are a kid reading my blog… do the smart thing and have a grown-up help you. Everyone knows anyone under the age of 40 shouldn’t be using a knife! Sheesh!

3. Cut in half again.IMG_5317-0.JPG While you can make bunnies out of quartered apples, if you really wanted to… The results aren’t pretty. I’ll show you at the end. (~_~;)

4. Slit for ears.
IMG_5318.JPG At this point we’re going to cut a ‘V’ in each slice of apple. The slit should be no deeper than an eighth of an inch, because we don’t want to end up cutting the bunny in half.

5. Peel
IMG_5321.JPG Now we’re gonna give our bunnies a shave. Peel from the end that is farthest from the point of the ‘V’ incision. (Sounds like an operation doesn’t it?) Peel up until you reach the point of the ‘V’. This will leave you with two little ears. Aren’t they sweet? They look so pretty arranged on a plate!

Now for the good, the bad, and the ugly…
IMG_5322.JPG remember how I said you could make them out of the fourths if you really wanted to? Trust me you don’t… He kinda looks like a mutated apple Godzilla…

IMG_5323.JPG And be really careful when you’re shaving that bunny or he might lose an ear…

Thanks for reading! If you need a good laugh, then I think you will really enjoy ‘What happens in Atlanta, stays in Atlanta’. Be sure to follow my blog for daily hilarities an thoughts to ponder as I wander down the path of mompreneurship.

Friday Favs

I love seeing products & items that other moms love/use in their everyday lives. I figured it’s my turn to share the love. So here it is… *drum roll* Friday Favs!!

I will be introducing a few things each Friday that I am currently crushin’ on. This is not a sponsored post. It’s just an honest to goodness, heart to heart about the amazing things I have discovered, and I hope it’s a help to you.

1. Jamberry Nails

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Ok, so I’ll be the first to admit, that I was pretty skeptical. I had quite a few people contact me about trying them, but it wasn’t till I saw just how much one of my friends was seriously in love with them, that I finally gave them a try.

Let me tell ya! I put them on the week before we moved. By the time we got done moving, the skin on my hands were dry from handling the boxes and cleaning, but my nails still looked amazing.

I have the worst time with nail polish chipping, mostly because of the constant use of my fingers for creating shop product. I kept looking at my fingers, wondering if the Jamberrys would stay on, but they stayed on a solid week and a half before one of then came off, and that was with all the intense, moving craziness!

Jaime is an amazing consultant to work with! She’s so sweet and you will love her online Jamberry Shop.

2. Cheerful Workspaces

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I love scrolling through Pinterest and seeing all the ingenious decor ideas that people have! I was on a shoe string budget, so I had to get creative with what I had.

The desk was on clearance at target for $25. I love it because, I can fold it up and move it myself. It’s light weight, yet very sturdy. I made the paper circles, with the quotes and verses in the middle, out of scrap book paper. Then I used washi tape to hang pictures on the wall.

Different people are inspired by different things. If I were to work at Scott’s desk, I would get very little accomplished, but it works perfectly for him. If he were to work at my desk, all of the girly colors would probably give him a headache. LOL

3. Homemade Cupcakes

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This one seriously needs no explanation… ‘Cause homemade cupcakes are just where it’s at. Lucky for me, the hub’s birthday was this week so I had an excuse to stray from my healthy eating. 🙂

What are you lovin’ this week? Please share it in the comments. You can also tag me @TokyoBlossom on Instagram or Twitter and use #fridayfavs. Have an awesome weekend, and I will be back on Monday!

The story begins…

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So here we are at a new beginning. There’s something special about new beginnings, no matter what the occasion. But today, I’m celebrating the new beginning of this blog.

I want this to be a place where I can record and share my thoughts, dreams, and memories on the road that my husband (Scott) and I are traveling as we grow our own companies.

He is a graphic designer/founder of The Studio Temporary, and I am shop owner/designer @ Tokyo Blossom Boutique creating vintage inspired crocheted and knit accessories.

Two weeks ago, we moved to North Georgia, with our almost three year old son. It’s been a little crazy, as we juggle a full time job, kid, two start ups and everyday life, but I’ve never felt more excited and alive!

Maybe it’s because on the inside I’ve been waiting for this moment. Maybe it’s because I’m never really happy unless I’m continually moving forward. Honestly, I think it’s both. The restlessness motivates me to try a little harder each day and to keep learning, so I can become better at what I do.

So that’s my explanification of why I’m starting this blog. While I enjoy sharing my thoughts, I would love to hear your thoughts and make friends with others in a similar boat as well.

Are you a mompreneur or is your family starting or growing a company? What are some challenges you face each day? Please don’t be shy and share a comment below! ❤️