As a small business, Grow depends so much on our local resources, like the natural parenting community and a variety of parent support groups in our geographic area. We love supporting the Work at Home Moms and local vendors who make products that we carry in our brick and mortar store. We would not be the community we are without these very special groups of people behind us every day.
It is our pleasure to premier our Local Vendor blog series. This will include a monthly blog featuring one of our local vendors, as well as….wait for it…..a Giveaway. Who doesn’t love a Giveaway?!
Giveaway details are at the bottom of the post. Can you wait that long?!
If you know someone who you think should be featured here, please let us know!
Thank you for being part of our community, where ever you are!
Now, without any further ado, here is the The Flyin’ Dandelion!
Grow: Tell us a little bit about yourself as an individual and as a parent.
TFD: I am originally from rural NY and moved to the Carolinas 12 years ago. I am active in the community with the Apex Farmers Market, projects supporting refugees, and volunteering at my children's schools. I am a mother of three active children (a boy, age 3 and two girls, ages 5/7).
Grow: What inspired you to start your own business?
TFD: My dad inspired me to start my own business when I hunted for a local product and couldn't find what I was looking for. At the time, investing in a business with 3 children under the age of 5 was impossible. When I won the production equipment from a blog giveaway, I knew I had to give it my best shot.
Grow: What kinds of products or services do you provide?
TFD: I provide local love baby/children's apparel. I also do some custom design work if my schedule allows.
Grow: What is the thing you love most about what you do?
TFD: The thing I love most about what I do is the amazing people who I come in contact with. The stores that I work with are owned by incredibly strong, smart and talented women. They truly inspire me - as mothers and as business owners.
Grow: What is the hardest thing about what you do?
TFD: The hardest thing about my job is definitely time management. I make my best effort to be present and in the moment when my kids are out of school. I try to not use my phone in front of my kids. Is it easy? No! Am I perfect? NO! But I'm trying my best!
Grow: Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years?
TFD: In five years I hope my business will have evolved into a 501c3 nonprofit organization that supports people in our community who need it most. In 5 years my kids will be 8, 10, 12 - I can't believe it!
Grow: What do you like most about being a parent?
TFD: The best part about being a parent is being young with the kids - slip and slide, playground games, zoo trips, bike rides, library story time, etc. I love playing. Seeing them grow is bittersweet - I love watching their personalities develop but sometimes I find myself singing Cher's "If I could turn back TIME".
Grow: What is one issue you are passionate about as a parent? Why?
TFD: As a parent I am incredibly passionate about supporting refugees. In January 2016 I helped to organize a drive on behalf of Carry the Future (http://www.carrythefuture.org/) to support travelling refugees in the bitter cold of Greece. I feel that empathy is so important. When we take a moment to imagine what other people are experiencing - it helps us to open our minds and our hearts and to give in any way that we can. Time, money, uplifting notes, educating children, etc.
Grow: Why did you decide to become involved with Grow, as a community resource and a business?
TFD: I was referred to Grow by a store that I work with in Apex called Stylish Living. Ariana, the store owner, felt so much confidence in Kelly ([the owner] of Grow) and it was easy to see upon meeting Kelly that being a mom is always her number one priority but she can still rock her own business like a champ!
This month we will be giving away a shirt by The Flyin’ Dandelion in whatever size, child or adult, and design you choose!
To enter the giveaway:
1. ‘Like’ this post.
2. ‘Like’ The Flyin’ Dandelion’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/flyindandelion/
3. Like’ Grow’s Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/growthefamily/
4. Comment on our Facebook post about the Local Vendor blog series with what design you would like to receive if you were our lucky winner!
We will choose a winner on April 30.
Thank you for being part of our Grow Family!