Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Meet Stacie // Ahoy Amigo

Before I reached out to her, Stacie and I were kinda following each other and were already friends basically even though we didn't know it. Ok, that doesn't make sense really. But what does make sense, is that she's pretty cool and super creative when it comes to brainstorming new designs for your littles to wear! I love that I've gotten in touch with so many "take charge" kinda gals! Especially those stay-at-home mommy types who have loads of laundry, dishes, butt wiping, kid chasing, carpooling, and feeding mouths on the agenda.... and yet somewhere in there they fit running a business. Yup, pretty mind blowing. Definitely not something to look past or down play. It's a big deal. And what many of you don't know is how hard it is to make that jump! It's a daily test and yet, I'm so encouraged by women like Stacie  who are making it happen and plowing forward!

Her designs are super playful and really speak a kids language. As soon as I saw her creative juices on tees I just knew she had a good thing goin' over there and that at some point I just HAD to share with all of you! Here's some pics of my boys in the cute raglans she sent us. They are super soft of course (American Apparel) and unique. I don't know a single person who has these tees and don't know any store around that would create something this cute. So there :)

"always hungry" and "down home american kid" tees. LOVE

you'll start to notice a pattern of "I'm not in the mood to smile and I'm hungry in real life" face from Ryder






wanna see more styles... hop over to her website www.ahoyamigo.com (there's a discount at the bottom of my post duh bc Stacie and I like to share the love)

Now that you've gotten a feel for what Stacie's all about, Read the short Q&A I did with her on how she got started and what advice she'd pass on when it comes to starting your own business!

the beautiful Stacie with her little family

Where did the name Ahoy Amigo come from?  
I wanted something that showcased the innocence that kids have.  Kids don't judge you by your race, gender, or anything like adults do.  I wanted something that combined two different cultures but was still fun! Ahoy Amigo emerged.  And yes, pirates are people too ;)


What inspired/motivated you to start your own business?  
After having soo many people ask me to make things for them, I decided that maybe the rest of the world would also like me to make them things!! I actually started an Etsy shop called "PolkadotFluff" first (its still around for now) making probably the most random collection of things ever.  At the beginning of this year I set a goal of learning new things.  One of those things was to learn to screen print tees from home.  As most of us tee shops owners claim, there seriously was a lack of hip, modern, rad tees available for little kids in the toddler age range (which both my kids are in).  So I set forth to change that, one eye patch at a time.


What's something most people wouldn't guess about you?   
I'm super shy.  Like, I bring a book with me everywhere to use as a buffer in new situations.  well, now I bring a kid, they are such great ice breakers for real! I will avoid calling for a pizza because its a new situation that I've never encountered before and I'm scared!! This business is def changing all that though!!


What is something quirky about you?  
AHH!!! I hate these questions!! Um, I've never sang in the shower.  It sounds weird to me!! haha! That's the best I have!!


What does a typical day in the life of Stacie look like?  
With two littles under five, there is no typical day!! They are early risers so I usually throw the tv on in my room so I can catch a few more zzzz's while they bicker, I mean, watch tv.  Then its breakfast, chores (we make our beds and put away the dishes, jk I do all that while wishing they helped), then it depends on our moods.  Today we played with homemade slime!! It was pretty gross! haha! I try to get some work done at nap time but I'm usually sucked into the internet thus making my working hours after bedtime (a strict 7:30pm as they usually don't nap).  I work on masterpieces usually until 1:00am, then hit the hay!! 


What's one of your biggest dreams/goals for your business?  
To have a brick and mortar shop, preferably somewhere near an ocean!!


What advice would you share with someone starting their own business?  
Don't be too hard on yourself!! Everyone is at a different place in their business even if they started the exact same time!! Don't get down on yourself just because you didn't make a sale, or someone didn't like your Instagram post!! As long as you believe and don't give up, it will come!!


Thanks so much for sharing Stacie! I love love the advice you gave! I for one am super hard on myself and I think we can all relate to staying away from comparing! Such a tempting thing to do, but what you said is so true and we should def be able to encourage each other along when it comes to successes. And I agree! Kids are excellent ice breakers! I've met some of my best friends through my kids :)

Thanks to all of you for reading my little blog and not only supporting me, but ultimately supporting all of the rad people who put out some real great product that are more than worthy of sharing! Make sure to visit www.ahoyamigo.com and use the code "littleslife15" to receive 15% off your entire order, now till September 28th! Thanks ahead for shopping small friends!!

2 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh!! All the heart eyes!! I love the photos!! You are so sweet! Thanks again!!

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  2. thank YOU! It was a pleasure getting to know you and repping your adorable brand! Love what you're doing!

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