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by Rebecca on January 23rd, 2017

Wow, 5 years! If Facebook hadn't reminded me of that first post I published 5 years ago today, I don't know if I would have remembered!

On Monday, January 23, 2012, I started a blog called "Jed & Ivy." Ivy is my daughter and Jed is my best friend's son. That first day I wrote 4 blog posts! Talk about hitting the ground and running! I revealed a "before" image of an awesome Pottery Barn kids' table that we refurbished (and still have), and showed off a "bag of shapes" I made for 2 year old Ivy. I continued to blog about my at-home creations and how we casually educated Ivy during her early years.

Eventually the Jed & Ivy "empire" amicably split into "C is for Cupcake" and "Ivy & Co." (Check out Jed's mom's awesome cupcake business on instagram! We frequently sell at the same events and always request to be placed next to each other, haha.) People began asking me where they could buy my headbands & bunting, and would try to commission me to work on furniture for them. As we shifted to www.theivyandco.com, Ivy & Co. officially came to be.

What I've learned...

, Turning 5 is like starting Kindergarten. (It's also the year you should start making money in a business. insert wide eyed emoji here) There are certain things you need to know to start Kindergarten (if you actually need ideas for this, read this post on ABC's and this post on Numbers.) Here's what 5 years of business has taught me:
  • Opening a brick and mortar isn't always what you think... I sell out of a 10'x10' plywood unit in an old Warehouse on Kauai. So do 7 of my friends. Our hours are limited, and we have 3 awesome food trucks out front. It's unique and about as boho-chic as you get. No shopping malls for us. We are the epitome of "shop small/support local businesses."
  • Work within your gifts... I won't tailor your clothes or try to duplicate a pattern, cause if I tried, we'd both be bummed. I create and figure things out- my way. That's my gift. Sure, there is good reason to learn new skills, (like the time I learned how to sew in a zipper!) but in the thick of running a business, working a second job, and being a wife and mom, you have to be picky about how you use your time. Speaking of which...
  • There's a time for everything... I used to refurbish and sell a lot of furniture. It was a skill I chose to invest in. Then we moved to a place where it rains a lot, the paint won't dry as quick, and my General Contractor/dad isn't next door anymore to help me fix minor imperfections and lift heavy things at a moment's notice. About a month ago I finally admitted to myself, "I'm just going to paint furniture for my own home. Stuff I love. If it makes it into the shop, great, but my focus has shifted into sewing and needing the occasional display piece of furniture. Things change.
  • Delegate... The best thing I ever did was hire an experienced seamstress to help me out. After all, my extensive arts background is in dance, not sewing! Even though I possess the sewing gene, I am not afraid to admit I NEED HELP. Sure, I went through 3 seamstresses before I found the right one, but with my one magical seamstress, it keeps a solid flow of product coming into our shop, and out to the shops we wholesale to. It also allows me to go to bed at a normal time, and keeps the product quality high because two sets of eyes are inspecting each item. I also hire someone to work in the shop at least one day a week, because let's face it, I can't be everywhere at once. Delegating takes a lot of the pressure off me, but it also requires a different kind of work. You have to stay on top of "your people" and develop systems that everyone can easily follow. If they drop the ball, you have to pick up the pieces, and not be devastated about it. I've always been good at delegating. My degree in college was "Organizational Leadership." So awesome. Give everyone a job they love, a job they'll excel at, and everyone keeps working at it until you all get it right. It's fun to have a team, whether it be 2 people or 20.
  • If I don't use it in my own home, I probably won't make it... If I'm going to make and sell it, I have to be passionate about it. For example, everyone asks me to make bibs. Ivy wore a bib for like a month. She was never a very messy eater, so we just had no use for a bib. Thus, I don't have any desire to make bibs, (no matter how cute the fabric!) On the flip side, we have a ton of Ivy & Co. mini wash cloths/cloth coasters floating around our home: on the bathroom sink, on every nightstand, the dining table, in the shower, in my purse, in my car even! I had the idea for that product, and we use them on the daily, therefore I continue to make them.
Ok, enough about us, let's talk about you. In the spirit of celebrating our 5 year birthday, we're giving you $5 off your order. Expires Friday, January 27, 2017. In store, simply mention this blog post to receive your discount. Online, enter the code "5YEARS" at checkout.
Mahalo for being a part of the Ivy & Co. journey!

We are open Tuesday through Friday, 10am-2pm and every 2nd Saturday of the month for a fun evening event.

3540 Koloa Road. Lawai

We look forward to what 'Kindergarten' has in store for us.

Aloha, Rebecca

by Rebecca on January 4th, 2017

In 2016, we used the word PRESERVE to guide Ivy & Co. It was the perfect concept to lead us through, what would turn out to be, a challenging year for society in general. (How many facebook statuses and tweets have you seen that reflect disdain for 2016?) So how exactly did we preserve Ivy & Co.?
We preserved our location, as we marked 1 year in our space at Warehouse 3540 in July.


Practically, we preserved many pieces of vintage & antique fabrics & furniture as we created our collection of repurposed works to sell.
 
We preserved our relationships, adding a seamstress and sales associates to our workforce. We increased and maintained our wholesale accounts.
We saw many new and repeat customers walk through our doors and place orders online. Best of all we accumulated 6 new shop "neighbors" in the Warehouse, putting us in the midst of an amazing creative community.
Lastly, our relationship with you has stood the test of time.
From the bottom of our hearts, we thank you for being a part of Ivy & Co.'s 2016.

We look forward to an amazing 2017.
Aloha,
Rebecca

by Rebecca on August 19th, 2016

Summer is a relative term in Hawaii. Calling summer a time for smoothies is really just a gimmick. Regardless, I'm about to pick #ivystyle up from school and will be bringing her this healthy smoothie treat.

Side note: I really need a new blender. Mine leaks out the bottom, so I stuff paper towels around the underneath area so smoothie doesn't get anywhere. Fun, huh?
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Here's the low-down on ingredients:
  • Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • Honey
  • Steel Cut Oats
  • Chia Seeds*
  • Apple Juice
  • Strawberry Yogurt
  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Pineapple**
  • Frozen Acai
  • A few Chocolate Chips
  • 1/2 a Banana
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I love using chia seeds. I used to just put them in my smoothies dry, but it made my stomach kind of sore as they started to expand throughout the day. Now I put a bunch seeds in a jar, fill it with water, put the lid on it, shake it a bit, and then leave it in the fridge. Then they expand in the water prior to consumption, rather than in my stomach. Whenever I make a smoothie, I pour some in. They're also great on salad, oatmeal, or with rice. It's good to "brew" fresh chia seeds once a week. After that they start to smell. I'm no nutritionist, so I don't know what that's all about!
*Chia Seed Benefits
  • Boosts Energy
  • Strengthens Bones
  • Promotes Weight Loss
  • Reduces the chance of Heart Disease
  • High in Protein
  • Full of Anti-Oxidants (anti-aging!)
  • Low in Calories
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**We had a huge harvest of pineapples this year. So much, that I eventually just had to start cutting them up and freezing them. 2 months later, I'm still using them! They also made for amazing photo shoot props.
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What secret ingredients do you put in your smoothie?
Happy Blending.

Aloha, Rebecca

by Rebecca on July 4th, 2016

Over the past year, I've gotten to know the sweetest family. There's the dad, Jon, who's the owner/barista at Dark Roost Coffee. (Both Ivy & Co. & Dark Roost operate out of Warehouse 3540). There's mom, Stasia (pronounced 'Stah-shah'), who has the best smile and brings her hubby breakfast every morning at the Warehouse. There's 'big' sis, Abel, who, at age 2, thinks my shop is her own little clubhouse, and there's little brother, Willing, who was born last summer and has a smile like his mama's.

Stasia and Jon have had a career in music with their original songs featured in shows such as CBS’s Moonlight, The Ghost Whisperer, The CW’s Plain Jane, the movies Bad Teacher and Dark Horse, commercials for Lego and the Glamour iPad app.  They’ve been featured on Kauai’s local radio station KKCR and have also provided music for Kauai Underground Artists (KUGA), theme music for "Bring Me Hope," a non-profit children’s organization in Bejing, China, and many other projects to date.


Now that she's a mom, Stasia created "Little Hums": a refreshing take on old time lullabies. Soothing to sleepy baby ears, and a relaxing relief for weary mamas. Enough with the cheesy kid songs, here's lullabies even dad will take a nap to. Be sure to listen to the acapella "Row, Row, Row", and the lyrical upside to "Rock-a-Bye Baby."

Photo by Blenda Montoro Photography.
After one of our morning pow-wows in my shop, Stasia and I decided to do this giveaway of a digital copy of her album! Of course, you can purchase a copy right now, on Amazon or on iTunes, or you can try your hand at winning!

It's super simple to enter, just CLICK HEREContest ends Saturday, July 9.

Here's a list of the songs featured on the album:
Good luck! And thank you Stasia, for blessing us with your beautiful vocals and overall artistry.

Follow Little Hums on Facebook, or visit Jon & Stasia's website, Songbird Sounds for more info and to preview their other albums.

Aloha, Rebecca

by Rebecca on July 2nd, 2016

I just finished 5 weeks of Dance Camp, so I am chock full of good music! So rather than the traditional 5 I love to give you, I'm giving you 3 bonus songs as well. Chee!
Get ready to fill your playlist:
  1. No Money - Galantis  (this will be your summer anthem)
  2. Quok Quok - Group 1 Crew  (this is your newest girl power anthem)
  3. Catch & Release - Matt Simons  (this is when you need an ultimate calm & cool vibe... it's on repeat so I can constantly be calm and cool)
  4. Bye Bye Bye - Amy Vachal  (relive the late 90s with this cool twist on the *NSync anthem, as redone by a contestant on The Voice)
  5. Stay - Kygo  (at the press of a button you can feel like you're in Ibiza dancing on the beach)
  6. Stole The Show - Kygo  (the reason I love #5 is because I first loved this song... it makes me want to walk the runway)
  7. All Praise - Seth & Nirva  (satisfy your need for your newest upbeat Christian anthem from this adorable power couple)
  8. This Is What You Came For - Calvin Harris  (Calvin at his best... until his releases his next best track)
Stay tuned for an awesome music giveaway I'll be launching next week! I'm teaming up with a really talented artist, and you'll love her musical vibe. (I can't believe I used the word 'vibe' twice in one post.)
Have you visited our online shop lately?

We just wrapped a really fun shoot (it involved a dog & a tractor) and this pics are so fun!

Oh yeah, and so are the clothes & accessories.

Click the "Shop Now" link up above to browse the collection.
Aloha & Happy 4th of July!
-Rebecca