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Free Shipping + We want to help the people of Fort McMurray

Coupon code MOMLOVE gets you free shipping for Mother's Day weekend! Whenever we offer free shipping, our sales increase by 4-5X. While we were already planning a Mother's Day weekend Free Shipping event, we figured it would be the perfect time to also donate to some people in need.

For those who are reading this post in other regions, you may not have heard about the devastating fires that have hit Fort McMurray, a town in our neighbouring province. Like most people in our area, we know people who live there as so many have moved there for work over the past several years, and we have lots of customers there. Thousands of families have lost everything and it breaks our hearts to see what people are going through. It's at times like that that we are especially proud to be Canadian. Seeing so many individuals and businesses care and help out is heart warming. Between now and Sunday, $5 from every online order will go directly to the Canadian Red Cross. Our donation will be sent on Monday. Both the Canadian Federal Government and the Alberta Government will be matching all cash donations, so that would mean that $15 will be donated from each order. I also encourage you, whether ordering or not, to make your own contribution. It really feels good to give! Please DO NOT order in place of a contribution. In other words, if you were planning on donating $40, don't order a bib or mocs instead of that donation. Donating directly to the Canadian Red Cross yourself would be far more valuable. Every little bit helps, and this is a way for us to donate more than we could personally afford to donate ourselves. As a business, we do feel a social responsibility and we are thankful to have this platform to enable us to donate more than we could personally afford. I encourage and challenge other businesses to do the same if they can.

We also have contributed items to a wonderful auction on instagram. 100% of the money raised from this auction will be donated to the Red Cross as well. Please, if you're on instagram check it out at @ymmauction

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UPDATE: We made our donation to the Canadian Red Cross on Monday, May 9th. Thank you to everyone who contributed.

Mally Designs 2016 Spring Shows!

2016 Spring ShowsYou have no idea how happy we are to be heading into Spring! The temperature is rising, the cherry blossoms are blooming here on the west coast, and perhaps best of all - sandal season is upon us! We love making our sandal moccasins, and we are busy in the studio stocking up and filling orders as I type this!

This year, we are going to be visiting 3 provinces and 4 cities in 3 months - Ontario, British Columbia and Alberta. We will be brining along our most springy colours in our moccasins, sandal moccasins and our most popular bib designs.  As always, we will also bring along a few surprises! We couldn't be more excited to see all of our lovely customers and visit some of our favourite cities. We hope to see you there, and be sure to follow us on instagram and like our facebook page for the reminders or the chance to win tickets to some of our events! Also, since we will only be bringing a limited supply to each show, pleas be sure to come early for the best selection!

Check out our full show line up below and for more details including show hours and event links, please visit our events page.

The one of a Kind Spring Show, March 23-27, Toronto, ON

Bloom Baby Market, April 2, Fort Langley, BC

Make It Edmonton, April 8-10, Saint Albert, AB

Craft Culture, April 23-24, Kelowna, BC

Bloom Market, May 7-8, Fort Langley, BC

Southwest Beef Sprouted Rice & Quinoa that my husband can't get enough of!

This is a pretty fast, super healthy, crazy easy recipe that my husband claims he could never get enough of. My kids loved it too and wanted seconds and thirds! Ron has been asking me when I will make it again, so tonight is the night! Since it's been on my mind, I thought I'd share it with you. If your taste buds are anything like ours, your whole family will absolutely love it!

RECIPE: Southwest Beef Quinoa with Cilantro and Sour Cream
Serves: 4
Prep / Cook Time: 45 minutes

southwest beef quinoa and wild rice

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup TruRoots Sprouted Rice & Quinoa Blend
  • 1.5 pounds of your preferred cut of steak, cut in bit size pieces (I used stewing beef here)
  • 1 15 oz. can fire-roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn, drained
  • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 cup of beef broth
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • dash of cayenne (it's good for metabolism!)
  • dash of salt
  • dash of fresh ground pepper
  • 1 tablesppon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 lime
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1 avocado cut into cubes
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • tortilla chips (optional)

*alternative protein: chicken breast or thighs, or shrimp

Season beef generously with salt and pepper and spritz with juice half a lime. Heat olive oil in a medium - large sauce pan and add beef and garlic. Cook on medium until fragrant and cooked. Add wild rice and quinoa mix, stir. Add 1 cup of beef broth, can of fire roasted tomatoes, corn and black beans. Add cumin and chili powder. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer on low for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Simmer for an additional 5 minutes, uncovered if still watery. Serve in bowls. Offer your family any combination or all of these toppings: avocados, sour cream, lime juice, cilantro and tortilla chips. Enjoy!

Lemon Pasta - a quick and easy family favourite at our house

Our kids have had something going on every day except Fridays since the new year. Thursdays in particular, have been our crazy day. The chaos schedule starts at 2pm and it goes something like this - pick up daughter from school at west end of town, drop off at home so she can do homework, pick up son at school at the east end of town, drive him to basketball game (most often) in neighbouring town, watch game, drive son to paddle clinic in other neighbouring town directly after basketball game, drive home, make supper, pick up son with daughter in car ready for dance, drive daughter straight to dance from son's paddle clinic, drive son home to do homework, go back and pick up daughter. Thankfully there's 2 of us, but we do only have 1 car, so It's go-go-go from 2-8, after a day of work. Thankfully we have had some help from other parents with the driving some weeks and my Mom when we travel for business, but yes, Thursdays are a little much. I think every family has days like our Thursdays, and I think every family has a go-to meal for those crazy busy days. You know, the kind that you don't have to think much about, just throw it in the oven or in a pot, heat and eat. For us, it's lemon pasta. I call it my version of kraft dinner, because it's that easy, and I feel pretty good about it because I've never really been a fan of bright orange cheese in a powder form... what is that stuff anyways?!

RECIPE - Lemon Parmesan Pasta with Crumbled Pancetta
Serves 4
Prep / Cook Time: 20 mins

lemon pasta

INGREDIENTS

  • spaghetti noodles (enough to serve 4)
  • 2 organic lemons
  • 1/2 cup fresh parmesan
  • about 9 thin slices of pancetta from the deli (optional)
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 3 table spoons butter (or substitute olive oil)
  • dash of salt
  • sprinkle of fresh ground pepper
  • olive oil
  • fresh basil (optional)

I honestly don't even know the original recipe I followed for this. Over the years I'm sure I kind of modified it and it seems to work, so this is what I do.

Directions

Boil spaghetti noodles for about 11-12 minutes or until al dente.

While spaghetti is cooking, fry pancetta in a tiny amount of olive oil in frying pan until crispy, set aside.

While pasta and pancetta is cooking, take a large serving bowl and add 1 tablespoon of butter, slightly melted (or olive oil if you prefer) to the bowl. Peel 2 cloves of garlic, slice and rub the inside of the bowl with the garlic, coating the bowl with butter and garlic. Press those garlic cloves into the bowl. Squeeze 1 organic lemon into the bowl. Organic makes a huge difference with this recipe - they have far less peel, way more flavour and a lot more juice than non organic. Don't be fooled by how good non-organic lemons look! Add a sprinkle of salt and fresh ground pepper to the bowl. Add 1/2 cup of fresh grated paremsan to the bowl

One the pasta is cooked, rinse in cold water briefly and drain thoroughly. Add pasta to the bowl and toss. Add 1 more fresh squeezed lemon and 1 more tablespoon of butter, optional fresh basil, and toss it all thoroughly. Serve in individual bowls or on plates and top with additional parmesan and crumbled pancetta.

Enjoy!

Noodle Salad with a Peanut Satay - no need to hide the veggies!

I have never been one to hide veggies in my meals as I have always felt it was important to teach my kids to love vegetables and to understand the nutritional value behind them. As well, we often discuss the importance of choosing organic, non-GMO, and local whenever possible. They get it. Aside from tomatoes, my Son loves and eats all fruit and veggies, and aside from spicy jalapeño peppers and such, my daughter does as well. Mission accomplished. :)

Over the years, we have definitely nailed down some staples (and through experimentation, many mistakes!) that we have kept to rotate through our family meals. Each week I'm going to try and share one of our favourites here, along with a few tips. My hope is that it will be a resource for other families to prepare healthy, wholesome and delicious meals made (mostly) from scratch that are super easy as well! Now, I'm not a chef, so when I suggest Itallian noodles for a Thai recipe, I know that's 'wrong', but frankly I don't care. This is about making good, easy, healthy family meals, not about following the rules. ;)

This recipe will make enough for a family of 4. We often double it to make enough for lunch the next day.

RECIPE: Vegetarian Noodle Salad with Peanut Satay (not suitable for those with peanut allergies, obviously)
Serves: 4
Prep / Cook Time: 45 mins

easy noodle salad

INGREDIENTS:

noodles, either:

  • ramen (Costco offers a great gluten free ramen option)
  • rice noodles (found in asian section of any grocery store)

OR

  • regular or whole wheat spaghetti or any other pasta noodles will do. I used spaghetti noodles for this one.

sauce:

  • 1/2 cup 100% natural peanut butter < ingredients should just be 'peanuts' - don't get me started about what's in other kinds!
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ground ginger
  • 3-4 cloves fresh pressed garlic
  • 1-2 tablespoons sriracha (depending how spicy you want it)
  • 1-2 tablesppon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons of brown sugar

veggies:

  • 1/2 red pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, thinly sliced
  • 3 medium shredded carrots
  • 1/2 thinly sliced cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup green onions

optional toppings:

  • cilantro
  • roasted, unsalted peanuts
  • fresh squeezed lime
  • extra sriracha

*This is also great with chicken or tofu if you want to add some protein

Directions

Noodles - Cook noodles according to the package. Rinse with cold water, lightly drain and toss with a tablespoon of seasame oil so it doesn't get sticky. Set aside in strainer and allow it to fully drain.

Sauce - Whisk all ingredients and toss half with the noodles and refrigerate

Toppings - Slice up all the veggies as suggested, or how you like, while noodles are chilling.

Assembly - Divide the noodles amongst individual bowl sized servings. Add veggies in sections on top. Ganish with any or all optional toppings. Serve with a side of sauce for each person to add desired amount to the top.

Enjoy! Our whole family loves this recipe, and I hope yours will too!

What's hot right now AND ready to ship

After an insightful 6 weeks of retail shows, we really know what people want. Here's 10 items available at mallydesigns.com right now, ready to ship, that are also top sellers! Shop directly from the images - just click on the image you like, and it will bring you to the shopping page and you're sure to give a gift they will love! 

#1 - lux suede mally mocs

suede mally mocs >

Why it makes a great gift:

These soft sole baby moccasins are extra cozy and machine washable (on gentle with gentle detergent, air dry). They are also made of a beautiful charcoal grey that is popular for boys or girls and they go with absolutely everything. They are truly a gift you can't go wrong with, and they are even softer in person. You have to feel them to see what we mean!

#2 - fox leather bib

fox leather bib >

why it makes a great gift: 

This fox is too cute for words. Just like #1, this has been a top seller that is popular for both boys and girls. It is also one that is on trend and can be personalized with a name, nickname or word on the pocket, making it an extra special gift.

#3 - penguin leather soother clip

penguin soother clip

why it makes a great gift:

We were only half way through our retail show season when we sold out completely of this penguin soother clip. Babies love it because the design slides up and down and parents love it because it doesn't get soggy. We hvae them available at our studio, and ready to ship!

#4 - metallic gold mally mocs

gold mally mocs >

why it makes a great gift:

These blingy moccasins couldn't be better for the holidays - Christmas parties, family get togethers and New Years - it's really the perfect accessory for a little someone special to wear with his or her special outfit. These are most often sold for little girls, but some people (us included!) think they are adorable on little boys as well. Why not?!

#5 - woodland animal art cards set

woodland animal art cards set >

why it makes a great gift:

The current number one baby room decor trend is woodland animals. These woodland animal art cards including a beaver, raccoon and fox, fit perfectly in Ikea's Ribba frames. They also coordinate beautifully with our moosebear, andowl art cards to make a set of 6. They are wall decor perfection over a crib or change table!

#6 - fox leather soother clip

fox soother clip >

why it makes a great gift: 

for all the same reasons as our penguin soother clip in #3. 

#7 - evergreen mally mocs

evergreen mally mocs >

why it makes a great gift:

This is the colour of the season. Our gorgeous evergreen is seen in fashion for all ages and holiday decor alike. We do find most people purchase this colour for little boys, but it's sweet for little girls as well.

#8 - bird leather bib

bird leather bib >

why it makes a great gift:

Although this bib is a little more Spring themed than some of our other designs, it's always such a great seller, no matter the season. I always tell customers it's a design that is loved by all. This is a great design to be given to someone who is expecting, but doesn't know if it's a boy or a girl. Maybe even baby's first present under the tree?

#9 - butterfly leather coin pouch

butterfly coin  pouch >

why it makes a great gift:

This classic flex frame clasp is a timeless design and many people say it reminds them of when they were a kid. It makes a great gift for little people ages 3 and up or big people too, and our customer range at our retail shows is everyone from a preschooler to great grandparents.
shop all leather coin pouches here >

#10 - star leather bookmark

star leather bookmark >

why it makes a great gift:

Can you think of a better gift to slide into a stocking or slip into a greeting card? How about a teachers gift? A student gift? Or a gift for someone who just loves to read?
shop all leather bookmarks here >

 

Mally Designs Fall Markets and Retail Shows Announced!

Mally Designs Fall 2015 MarketsWow, we had an amazing summer, both as a family and as a business! While I am sad to see it go as I write this on the first day of Autumn Equinox, I am also excited. There's something special about fall, and I always feel inspired to go shopping for new boots, sweaters and scarves and I crave cozying up with a cup of tea after a long walk stepping on crunching leaves. The air is crisp and at this moment the sun is shining, and creative ideas are flowing. Maybe it's ingrained in us from the time we were kids, but it's also a time for new beginnings and fresh starts. All of this makes it easier to say 'see you next year' to summer.

For us, it also means we are on the verge of our busy season. We look forward to it every year, and this year is no different! A few weeks ago, we started production in our home studio for all of the amazing shows and markets that we do, and we will continue producing our handmade items until it's time to start travelling.

Here's our 2015 fall show line up:

Etsy Made in Canada Market, September 26th, Sandhill Winery, Kelowna, BC

Whistler Farmer's Market, September 27th, Whistler, BC

Whistler Farmer's Market, October 4th, Whistler, BC

Whistler Farmer's Market, October 10th, Whistler, BC

Whistler Farmer's Market, October 11th, Whistler, BC

Studio Fair, October 30th - November 1st, Prince George, BC

Circle Craft, November 11th - 15th, Vancouver, BC

Art Market, November 19th - 22nd, Calgary, AB

One of a Kind Christmas Show, November 26th - December 6th, Toronto, ON

Got Craft, December 12th - 13th, North Vancouver, BC

NOTE: For advance discounted tickets to the One of a Kind Show in Toronto, purhcase through our discount link here

For complete details including locations and hours, please visit our events page here. That's 30 days of market selling upon us, all while our online shop is doing 2-3 times the business we do other months of the year. It's part of the challenge that goes along with having such a gifty product - and we absolutely love it! We can't wait to see all of our amazing regular customers, and many new ones this year. I don't know how many more years we will be doing all these wonderful holiday shows, but for now, we love it. Be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for the chance to win tickets to these various shows! Also, now is  a great time to subscribe to Mally Mail for reminders and promotions - just head to the Mally Designs homepage for that. We hope to see you at one or more of our fall markets! 

Mally Designs Models - Where are they now? Installment 6

Meet Sydney. She was an absolute happy little bean and she was pegged as Tai's girlfriend right away at our studio shoot. I really don't think she ever cried and as far as I'm concerned, she was the perfect child! Sydney modeled our Strawberry Bib, which has since been discontinued but can still be ordered through our custom bib studio, as well as our Mod Girl Bib, which she modeled along with her boyfriend Tai, who modeled the Mod Boy Bib. Sydney also modeled our Owl Bib, which continues to be a great selling design for us! Photos Credit: Jason of Revival Arts.

THROWBACK TO MALLY BIBS MODEL SYDNEY IN 2009:

RECENT PHOTO OF SYDNEY IN 2015:

AN UPDATE FROM SYDNEY'S MOM: 

Sydney is a talented artist and gifted debator. At 7 years old I am quite certain she will be either a defence lawyer or judge as she has a natural ability to make you think you are guilty or wrong. As in her model shoot with mally bibs, Sydney is not easily amused by jangling keys or cutesy faces, but rather studies your behaviour and stores that information for later. She's not easy to amuse. She is a strong, stubborn, pragmatic fierce girl who has no problem facing the world. She has just informed me she would like creative control over this post so nothing embarrassing is posted about her. I'm a lucky mama.

Mally Designs Models - Where are they now? Installment 4 and 5

Meet Jacob. He was part of our 2011 photo shoot with Bopomo, which at the time had a location in Morgan Crossing in South Surrey. He was so cute and his Mom was a sweetheart too, who has since become quite a regular customer at mallydesigns.com - thank you Shanna! I think he was a little skeptical of us as we danced around to make him smile, but he modeled like a little pro! Jacob modeled our T-Rex Bib which has since had a refresh, our Monkey Bib which now has since become a pocket peeker, and our Tree Bib which has been discontinued and can only be ordered through our custom bib studio. He was also lucky enought to get to wear some Peekaboo Beans duds during the shoot, which he got to keep!

THROWBACK TO JACOB IN 2011

RECENT PHOTO OF JACOB IN 2015

Meet Jacob's little sister Emma, who modeled for us in 2013 at Mill Lake Park in Abbotsford. Like Jacob, she was a little unsure of us. Ashley Martens took our photos that summer, and she managed to get some smiles and excitement out of this shy little sweetie. Emma modeled our Rainbow Bib and Necklace Bib, which have both become top selling designs. She also got a sweet hair clip from Baby Wisp. Thanks to Emma for making them look extra cute! 

THROWBACK TO EMMA IN 2013

RECENT PHOTO OF EMMA IN 2015

AN UPDATE FROM JACOB AND EMMA'S MOM

Jacob is now 5 years old and is in Kindergarten. He plays t-ball and is in swimming lessons and his favourite sport is hockey.

Emma is now 3 years old. She is in dance, gymnastics and swimming lessons and will be going to preschool in September.

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