the importance of shopping local

The importance of shopping local-and why you should do it!

I’m a local lovin’ lady!

When I can, I buy local produce and meat. I shop at local stores. I support local charities.

“Why?” you ask?

Here’s why:

reasons to shop local


The Christmas season grows my love for shopping local more and more each year. In my search for the perfect item I seem to come across the coolest local artisans on Facebook and Etsy that offer one-of-a-kind goods.

This year is no exception!

Each year we buy a new ornament for our tree. I can’t help but fall in love with these charming dreamcatcher ornaments from Shop Ava to Zoe.  They are handmade with quality leather and lots of love, and would be the perfect addition for you to put up on your tree.

Christmas ornament

Photo credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing

Once our tree is decorated, this optimistic Mama attempts to do the impossible: take a holiday photo. They may not have brushed hair or clean clothes on throughout the year, but I like to give the illusion that they are mostly presentable in our holiday pics:) These adorable hats and headbands are made with eco-friendly and natural materials by Lille Mus , and are a perfect addition to any outdoor activity. How can you not fall in love with these hats-do you see those pom-poms?!

Cool hats and headbands

Photo Credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing

For a warmer, indoor option for a head accessory a sweet bow in a nice choice!

Isn’t She Lovely makes the softest elastic bows that were suitable for all my children , ages 5 months to 9 years. These bows are offered in different styles, colors, and patterns and are a sweet accessory to your little one’s outfit (speaking of outfits-she’s got adorable rompers to go with these charming bows)!

By the way, did you notice how lovely and NOT tired I look in this photo? Organic Makeup Artistry by Stef offers all natural make up and hair done for all occasions, and if I do say so myself, she does a pretty nice job!

Baby wearing a bow

Photo Credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing

You know how it goes–toddlers don’t like to wear clothes. However, mine was convinced that pants were a good idea when she got to wear one of these easy-to-use belts to hold up her britches. Made with top quality materials, Belted Apparel offers a snazzy solution for your naked toddler problem (and are even available in adult sizes)!

Local, handmade belts

Photo Credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing

Shoes are a girls best friend. Trust me. I’ve got 4 girls…I know. These handmade, comfortable shoes from Wild Ones Mocs are a Mom’s best friend! They’re beautiful AND they’ll stay on your little one’s feet. What more could you ask for?

Cutest moccassins for baby

Photo Credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing

My favorite part of Christmas (aside from rum and eggnog, of course) is gift giving. There is nothing better I can think of for little girls and boys than a gorgeous handmade doll from Friends For Keeps. Each doll is created to be as individually special as your child. They are a sure way to bring smiles to your children’s faces on Christmas morning.

beautiful handmade dolls

Photo Credit: Caroline Ross Photography
Styled by: CJ Marketing


Are you inspired to join in on some local lovin’? Maybe you already are a local lovin’ folk? Share with me in the comments!

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