Sunday, May 28, 2017

Gratitude Sunday

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}
This week  I am thankful for:

My mom always helping me out when I get in a pinch. (A Pippster was sick and I couldn't get out of the shop to pick up the kids from school, Gaga to the rescue!)

Being able to help out a dear friend and hang with her awesome kid after school!

This community.  It is so nice to feel supported by, friends, customers and other businesses.

Marshall being so generous and loving, (even when I am just a big bundle of stress).

Beautiful sunny days.

Getting to work on the yard.

And...I haven't posted a Gratitude post since mother's day...

I am so grateful to be a mom to these dear kids of mine.

A beautiful Mother's Day, my family was super sweet to me.

Having the time to sit and read with the kids.

Playing card games with my little's before bed...they are so silly we laugh the whole time.

The teachers that are with my kids everyday, they are the best people and I feel lucky every day that we have such amazing teachers.

A wonderful visit with Marshall's parents. 

The great community event, A Day in the Park.  The kids had a blast.

Fun with science experiments. 

Great open house at the school.

Watching Rowan sing with the second grade chorus!

Watching these two lovelies grow.

And eleven years in business at Pippi's!

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Celebrate Eleven Years of Pippi's Longstockings with Us!

All our loyal customers we love you and thank you.
You have supported Pippi's for eleven  years.
You have made it possible for me to have employees, a home, time with my family, swim and karate lessons for my kids, birthday parties, trips and vacations.
Thank you I couldn't do this without you!
In celebration of our 11th year in business...

Please join us for our extra special thank you party with
Donuts and Discounts from 9-10am Friday May 26th.
9-10am 30% off store wide and gifts with purchase. We can't wait to see you!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Spring at Pippi's

It's a real spring in Fort Bragg this year.  We've got rain, we've got wind and we've got beautiful sunny days.

I don't know if the weather will make up it's mind this year but I know I have made up my mind, it is officially spring at Pippi' for a moment of sunshine and rainbows stop in!

We have so many beautiful socks, hats, bags and wallets in stock right now the store is definitely my happy place.

and...I have displays in rainbow order all over the shop.

I must have all the beautiful colors...

Our spring hats have arrived. There are hats for everyone.
Sun hats, gardening hats, truckers, base ball hats and hats for guys too.

Latico leather wallets and bags in unique styles. 
(And of course great vegan leather options too from Pistil and Bungalow.)

Sunglasses for just $12, cause if you are anything like me you'll need at least two pair!

I hope to see you downtown soon.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Gratitude Sunday

{Sunday's heartfelt tradition. A time to slow down, to reflect, to be grateful. A list of gratitudes.}
This week  I am thankful for:

My kids, I am just savoring all the moments. (Well, most of the moments.)

My family, they are so supportive and understanding, I couldn't be luckier.

My dear friends, I am so happy to have such an amazing inspiring group of women to call my friends.

The quiet moments.

Being on the coast, surrounded by beauty and opportunity to enjoy it.

The women in our community, running businesses, being artists and supporting each other.

Being able to see Stefania Richelson in action.  The kids and I had a blast at her photo shoot. She was so amazing and her photography is beautiful, click the link for a peek at her Instagram.

Our amazing community.  I was blown away by the hard work that so many parents put into the 1st annual Fort Bragg Color run, and equally awed by the support from the community.  I am so glad I was able to help and participate!

We had so much fun running as a family in the color run, I can't wait until next year. The pictures are too good not to share!  Here are some of my favorites:

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Lucky to Live Here

"You are so lucky to live here."  Working downtown I hear this nearly every day from people visiting Fort Bragg, and I know it. We are so lucky to live here. It can be easy to forget to stop and appreciate it as we go through our daily lives. Family, work and the stresses of life, can easily interrupt us in being grateful for this place we call home.

Our beautiful, small town, the ocean blocks away, fresh air, trails on the coast and in the woods, and  our gorgeous downtown full of locally owned businesses, no big box stores here!

As a business owner I know of course glass beach and the coastal trail are currently big draws to Fort Bragg, but many of our annual or bi-annual visitors save their shopping trips for Fort Bragg as well.  They appreciate our downtown for its individuality, the customer service they receive and the fact that they don't have to hunt for mom and pop stores to support. Nearly all of our shops are locally owned.

I love my visiting customers and appreciate them deeply, but going on eleven years of business I never would have made it this far without local support. 
So, my dear locals, don't let daily life make you forget to soak in all this beauty we are so lucky to be surrounded by.

(And a little shop keep tip: Spring is the perfect time to enjoy your uncrowded, beautiful downtown.  You get first pick on all of our new merchandise and don't have to worry about parking or feel rushed. You can enjoy a slow walk around town and a conversation with  favorite shop keeps.)

Every day I try to remember why I love living here.  Today I am grateful for the perfect latte from Headlands. Running with friends on the coastal trail the ocean on one side sunrise on the other, and  the silly alert on my phone that says "headed to work, take Pine traffic is light..."  But I am probably most grateful for being surrounded by a community that holds each other up...There are a million more reasons...What are yours? Why do you love Fort Bragg?

Another reason, this is my view.

Another reason, all of our students get to experience this!

Another reason, this every morning.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

SweetHeart Sale and Special Pre-Sale

It's that time again! Pippi's annual Sweetheart Sale.
15% off store wide February 1st-14th.

But guess what?!? We are having a pre-sale this Friday through Monday.
20% off store wide only Friday- Monday.
The first 20 customers to spend $50 will get to customize their own Lenny and Eva jewelry piece!

Get in early and check out all of our new socks; Stance socks for women, kids socks, spring socks from Socksmith,  our new line WIT and more.
Come on in and treat your Sweetheart to cozy feet.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Heart Full of Hope

This weekend I was so proud of our community.  Saturday, 2.500 Fort Bragg citizens joined people all around the country and the world to march. 

We marched to stand against racism, bigotry, misogyny, and hate in our country and  the white house. To demand protection of the rights we have, and the safety, dignity and health of all the people.

I marched to demand equality, for women, for people of color, the LBGTQ community, immigrants, and Muslims.  In the United States, as progressive as many of us are (especially in Northern California) it becomes easy to ignore the injustice that so many Americans deal with every day. 

I took my kids to the march.  They were proud to march for equality for all people. Equality is a pretty simple thing in a child's mind because of course everyone should be treated equal. We walked with my parents , my sister in law,  my niece and so many friends.

I was very glad to see three of our city council members there,  it gave me hope that if it comes down to it our city will stand up to protect the rights of all of its citizens.  I am hopeful that if we continue to stand together that we will be able to protect the rights we all deserve, and hopefully bring awareness to the fact that so many in our country do still face racism, inequality and injustice everyday.

Seeing a hateful, racist, misogynist bigot rise to power in our country has opened many Americans eyes to the fact that the fight is not over. We need to keep demanding better from our neighbors, our government, our elected officials and now our President.

Let's not stop at this march.  We have to continue forward with this momentum.  Write, email or call your representatives.  Pay attention to our local government and participate in it. 
If you are not sure where to start, try starting here.

Every day I am grateful to live in this amazing place, and this weekend was a happy reminder it's not just this place that is beautiful the people in our community are beautiful too, we are so lucky.