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Belly Bags: The Perfect Gift for Preggos

I might be gift box obsessed.

Is there any occasion that isn’t suitable to give a cute, perfectly arranged gift box of goodies? I really don’t think so. The options are absolutely endless, and I just adore a beautifully curated gift basket put together by a local company… with products from local companies!

Well,I’ve found a local company that doesn’t just do “gift baskets”. They do a very special, very specific type of gift basket.

Belly Bags, right here in the Fraser Valley, curates these special gifts for expecting mums – saving the hassle of purchasing and packing necessities for the hospital bag, and also making a super cute baby shower gift!

Chilliwack Market Mamas Offer Great Shopping To Support Local Makers & A Good Cause

Artisan markets are popping up everywhere, but the Chilliwack Market Mamas have quite the knack for planning amazing markets to support small local shops and charities around town.

Handmade items are my favorite to purchase. I love the fact that buying handmade products support the families who live in my community. Lucky for me, the Chilliwack Market Mamas have me covered with lots of pop-up artisan markets for me to attend! Last weekend, they hosted over 80 local vendors at a market on Promontory Road. Admission was FREE… which is always a good motivator to get me to spend more money at the booths! There was a charity raffle at the front door, and all proceeds raised were donated to the Starfish Pack program.

A Small Chilliwack Business is Accomplishing Big Global Goals to Celebrate One Year In Business

Refinery House in Chilliwack hosted their one-year birthday bash last weekend. To celebrate, they partnered with Himalayan Life to bring the community together for a good cause: to raise enough money to build a school in Nepal.

Have you heard of the Refinery House on Vedder Road?  At first glance, I thought it was just a hair salon. Upon closer inspection, however, I realized this studio is actually a health & beauty haven. From hair and makeup, to physiotherapy and midwifery, they’ve got a girl covered head to toe, inside and out.

Bringing the Community Together One FREE Downward Dog At a Time

Saturdays are host to free community yoga classes at Studio B Yoga in Garrison Crossing. I picked the perfect rainy Saturday to check it out.

It was grey, rainy, wet, and cold outside. But the warmth of Studio B Yoga in Garrison Crossing had me feeling right at home. Such a perfect day to peel off a cozy cardigan and get comfy on your yoga mat. Inhaling the scent of lavender, pine and patchouli from my mat, I sat in the quiet studio listening to the murmur of other students and the rain trickling down outside.

Getting Cultured: Exploring Royals’ Kombucha in Downtown Chilliwack

From mason jars to bottles to their very own brewhouse offering locally made ‘booch on tap – Royals Kombucha has really come a long way in offering tasty health beverages to the community.

So what is kombucha?

Kombucha is basically fermented tea. Something called a SCOBY (symbiotic culture of bacteria and yeast) makes all the magic happen. A SCOBY holds the (healthy) bacteria and yeast that help transform tea and fruit into a fizzy, delicious, healthy drink that does wonders for your gut health!

Check out Loving Local: Made in the Valley Pop-up Artisan Market in the Park

Supporting small businesses can literally be a walk in the park. The 2nd annual Made in the Valley artisan market in the park was held on Saturday, September 16th outside in Watson Glen Park. I’m pretty sure it was also the last sunny, summer day before fall really made its’ appearance!

Loving Local is a business that supports small shops and local makers, and puts together local markets like the Made in the Valley market. Admission to this awesome array of local small shops was a donation to the Salvation Army in support of the recent wildfires tearing across the province.

11 Reasons To Add Greendale, Chilliwack To Your Bucket List

The Greendale Sampler tour rounds up the must-stop visits in this little community. From fresh produce and locally made cheese and honey, to all-natural soaps and handmade pottery, the Sampler tour had a little something in store for everyone.

August 19th was a picturesque summer day in Greendale: blue skies, corn stalks blowing in the wind, red barns on the horizon, peace and quiet… the little community between Number 3 Road and Lickman Road in Chilliwack is not only a gorgeous backdrop for a summer drive, it’s also bursting with farms, artists, and an array of locally made products.