We have some new sponsors this month (scroll down for a discount code for Progressive Pioneer readers...) Little Pink House will make you a custom portrait - in felt! Did you see the one she made for Meg from Sew Liberated? What a treasure. And I love the print "Friends; "It's always good to know a friend is behind you, on good days and bad. Let Abby and Bear remind you of yours."
Firefly Children's Boutique just opened an online shop full of fun things for little ones from ruffly petticoats to onesies and footies in non-traditional colors (does anyone else get a little tired of baby blue and pink?). And you'll find pages and pages of great items on sale.Hometown Seeds, of the survival seeds that I raved about, is another new sponsor this month and their packs are on sale; there's enough to sow 3/4 of an acre of seeds in there!
Eco Lunch Gear, sponsor of last week's great giveaway, has all the snack bags and sandwich wraps you'll need. The great thing about reusable food storage items is that you only have to make the investment once, then you can simply enjoy being green, frugal and healthy! And as a thank you for all the sweet comments in the giveaway, they're offering a 10% discount to Progressive Pioneer readers! Just enter the code "pioneer" at checkout.
I'm really excited about one of our newest sponsors, Horizon Structures. They have some of the coolest chicken coops! They have tiny ones for just a few hens and larger ones for a bigger flock; my favorite is the "Push It" Chicken Coop. My dad built something like this once and moved it around the garden in the off season to fertilize. But this one is way more charming. Now you have absolutely no reason not to get a few hens and have your own fresh and tasty eggs. I really can't stomach the store bought ones anymore, our girls lay the most delicious eggs!
And finally, we just added the Holistic LDS Living Conference as a sponsor and I'm so excited to attend in June! I'll tell you a little more about it in another post; there are some excellent presenters. And it's not just for LDS folks, each hour you have the option of choosing between nine speakers and presentations throughout the day and there are SO many amazing topics and things to learn, from Tai Chi, to do-it-yourself herbal remedies, to the art of peaceful mothering. I wish I could be at all of the presentations at once!
A big thank you to our continuing sponsors; Hypnobabies (I'm starting my class this month!), Hazelnut Kids, Hip Mountain Mama, EC Wear (after a long winter of many layers of clothing, we kind of got lazy about ECing, but I'm all excited to get back into it this spring when running around in a t-shirt and leg warmers is much more do-able. Dare I even hope Sam may start using the potty permanently...?), and Boomerang (loved their great Valentine's Day episode, and they've got a new one out about Math, Power and Magic. With an intro like, "“Imagine, if you can, that magic and mathematics are one and the same… that deep underneath all the gooey times-tables, and long division molasses lies the power to turn invisible, step through time, and do other cool stuff to impress your friends…” how could you not get excited about math?).
I so appreciate the people behind these companies; their ethics and optimism, their positive contributions to the world and their delightful creativity. Please support them and other small businesses; especially in difficult economic times such as these, dollars spent on quality companies make all the difference.