Friday, February 25, 2011

Facebook February Feature #5


Meet Sonya, owner of Bumblebee Baby



This time last year, Sonya, owner of hopping little online boutique, Bumblebee Baby, ventured far from hometown of Edmonton, Alberta to visit a friend in Australia. She had no idea that this would kickstart the beginning of a new love affair with cloth diapers, as well as a brand new business idea. "My friend in Australia had the largest stash of cloth diapers I had ever seen!" she says, " I was pregnant with my son and decided I was going to give it a try. I researched and purchased my first FuzziBunz and thought, hey, I could do this!" One thing led to another, and now not only has son Owen (8 months) worn cloth diapers since day one, but Bumblebee Baby, a sweet little online boutique for cloth diapers and other earth-friendly products, is now up and thriving.

This darling little online shop carries all the products that eco-minded parents are searching for these days: non-toxic teething bling, eating and drinking gear, and of course tons of great fluff. Sonya also works locally to promote her business through Edmonton's Urban Infant magazine as well as at local trade shows. She has nothing but excitement for what's on the horizon with the business down the road. She hopes to continue bringing in more earth-friendly products as she finds them, and is always looking for suggestions from her customers and fans on what they'd like to see stocked next. She hopes that sometime soon, when someone says the name, Bumblebee Baby, they'll know exactly who she is and what she is all about as a business.

Sonya's philosophy about the world we live in has a large part to do in her promoting such earth-friendly products in her shop. She says, "I truly believe that we are role models to our children. They are the future, and we have borrowed the earth from them, not inherited it from our ancestors. Your children will become what you are so be what you want them to be." She is continuously making healthy lifestyle decisions within her own family, and they hope that some of what they have can rub off on their friends and community, too.

While spending this year on maternity leave from the Alberta Government, Sonya keeps fairly busy with running Bumblebee Baby and spending time with her beautiful family--her husband of 11 years and their three children: Laurel (5), Violet (3), and Owen (8 months). When she does have some extra free time to herself, though, she loves to spend it working out or visiting with her girlfriends, whether for a quick dinner out, or even for a weekend retreat to the nearby mountains. At the end of her maternity leave, she plans on returning to work and continuing her work with Bumblebee Baby on the side, because it--and her cloth diaper advocacy--is so important to her. "It really gets me excited when other moms and dads choose cloth diapers. In this generation, it seems like such a hurdle to convince people, but if they just tried it, they would understand that it really isn't a sacrifice."






This is feature number 5 of 8 for our Facebook February promotion. Read all the features this month and then join us for a Facebook party on Monday, February 28th at 8:00 PM CST, where Sonya and Bumblebee Baby will be giving away a FREE WeeHuggers Hobo Wet Bag to one lucky winner!

99 comments:

The Trophy Wife said...

I too learned about cloth diapering from a friend while I was pregnant! I just wish I had the resources to open my own store too.

obsessionsottw at gmail.com

Amber said...

Sonia is from Edmonton, Alberta.

and_amber420@yahoo.com

Hillary said...

Too true about how it is a huge hurdle to convince people to just TRY cloth diapering!! It's so amazing, and so easy.. Kudos to her!! Beautiful family..

hillbills95 at yahoo dot com

hookskeinandblanky said...

Love how Sonia works with the local magazine to promote her business!

kimberly_guimond@live.com

Becky said...

I learned that she has three kids
rahuss85 at gmail dot com

karissa soetens said...

The intersting thing i learned about sonya is that we share the same philosophy we are only borrowing the earth from our children! And we both started cloth diapering with the same brand fuzzi bunz
karissa.soetens@yahoo.ca

Aimee said...

she gets a year maternity leave in alberta! thats awesome!


aimee murad at gmail dot com

Emmy said...

i like the idea of being a cloth diaper advocate! :-D thanks i now have a new title!

emmyab @ gmail.com

~*~Taya~*~ said...

Sonia likes to work out on her free time :)
tayarmj520@gmail.com

Carrie Phelps said...

Sonja I love the idea that you understand the future of our Earth belongs to our children & every eco-friendly thing we do secures a better future for our Earth & our children!
CarrieDust@yahoo.com

The Clothspring said...

That she found out about cding in Austrailia

cool

theclothspring at htomail

jamiebartley said...

I learned she has three kids aND WAS ON LEAVE FROM HER MAIN JOB THIS YEAR

jamiebartley(at)aol.com

Ashley said...

i find it interesting that she is from my hometown's sister-city! i'm from edmonton, kentucky :)

ashley.garrett1429@yahoo.com

Mama Violet said...

I love the name of the company. Nice logo too.
mamavioleak at gmail dot com

Keri said...

I love that she thinks we are the role models for our children. That's how everyone should raise their families. Oh, and I also love that she learned a lot from fellow CD mom. I love spreading the word about CD's!
keribell89@msn.com

simplyhippie said...

I LOVE that she says we're borrowing the earth from our children and am jealous that she got to spend a year on maternity leave. :P
slumberpartiesbyshai@yahoo dot com

Katie Rose said...

I think it's great that she's going back to work and also going to continue her business on the side

kathrynrose12 at hotmail dot com

sportschic012 said...

I love that she tried CD, I pregnant with my 3rd baby and wanting to try it as well, she is another sucess story pushing me to make the change.

sportschic012@yahoo.com

Christie said...

I learned that she has the same philosophy that I've had since high school. As "she says, "I truly believe that we are role models to our children. They are the future, and we have borrowed the earth from them, not inherited it from our ancestors. Your children will become what you are so be what you want them to be." "

christiedickson@gmail.com

Cass said...

It is cool that she is from Edmonton, but also cool that she is going to go back to work as well as run her business!

vendetta.fiend@gmail.com

Savvy Spending Mommas! said...

She's canadian.


Megan Ward
Coupon.junkie@hotmail.com

Megan said...

I think it's cool that she's running her business while on maternity leave.
ichigooverflow at gmail dot com

dailymom said...

Wow! To think she traveled half way around the world and learned about cloth diapers!
heididaily at gmail dot com

katiepalladino said...

i think it's interesting that she works for the alberta government... and that they give her a full year for maternity leave! mine was suppose to be 10 weeks... but then i quit, so i guess i get that much time too! haha

katiepalladino@hotmail.com

Ashley said...

I thought her philosophy was very interesting and beautiful; that we have borrowed the earth from our children, not inherited it from our ancestors.

ashley_272 @ hotmail.com

Kristina said...

Wow! Planning on going back to work and continuing with bumblebee baby! I give her kudoos!

Thats awesome!

kristina{at}thecoffeycan{dot}com

Anonymous said...

So cool that she cloth diapers with 3 beautiful kids!
Amber Searle
Ampink1226@sbcglobal.net

Elizabeth said...

Sonia got to go to australia!!! I would love to do that some day

adylin.lyla@gmail.com

Lauren said...

I learned that visiting a her friend in Australia kickstarted her love for cloth diapers!
gabrielandlauren@gmail.com

Cynthia24x7 said...

I find it interesting that I also got into cd'ing while pregnant with my daughter. c.hort(at)cox.net

Beth @ Sand To Pearl said...

It's cool that she bought a cloth diaper and decided she could do it herself. (I love it, I'm the same way)
bfcourage at yahoo dot com

Lilly and Tabytha Herin said...

I learned that she has a girl named violet. I have a little girl named Lilly. <3

herintwinsmom@gmailcom

Riggslacey said...

That she learned about it from a friend. I think that rocks, I learned from a friend too

mellorlacey at yahoo dot com

kde423 said...

She traveled from Canada to Australia while pregnant!

kde423@gmail.com

CC said...

I love that she's doing what I want to do.....being a mom with a mommy store!!! Plus we want 3 kids! I enjoyed reading about her!
ccatsoon@yahoo.com

Tiffany said...

Wow a whole year maternity leave! That is amazing! I am a cloth diaper advocate too. :)

etwilkins at gmail dot com

Michelle said...

I learned she manages to still have time to do the things she enjoys... with 3 kids and a business! Hats off!

therrienfamily@sasktel.net

The Bag Lady said...

I learned about her philosophy, and I completely agree!
Emily Blewett
emilyblewett01@gmail.com

Sam said...

I learned that she started CDing with her 3rd. I am hoping to do the same :)
mom_momx2 AT hotmail DOT com

Ashley said...

I learned that she not only sells cloth diapers but lots of other earth friendly things! Yay for helping save the earth! =]

anw1107@aol.com

Rockin' Momma said...

I find interesting that she got to see what kind of diapers they had in Australia! :D

ibbabies(at)gmail.com

Lorni said...

its so interesting that she traveled so far and learned about cloth dipes!

lstanfield10 at gmail dot com

The Pavlik Family said...

She has the energy and ambition to not only care for her family of five but also tend to the wants and needs of parents choosing to live a more eco conscious life and promote her budding business venture! Wow.
us.pavliks@gmail.com

Ashley said...

I wish her continued success with Bumblebee Baby! Love that she is so eco-friendly - we need more businesses like hers and the others featured to make our world a better place!

scrappinpinkpiglet(at)gmail(dot)com

LoveLivesHere said...

Her first diapers were Fuzzibunz :)

loveliveshere2@yahoo.com

beaglenutty said...

So cool that you took a yr for maternity leave! And that you will comtinue your business when going back to work.
beaglenutty at yahoo dot com

Atina said...

That peer pressure convinced most of us to start cloth diapering. :-) I'm sure on her trip (which is awesome) wouldn't have thought it would have started all this!

Atina Roberts
ghost-traveler (at) wdemail.com

Anonymous said...

I love the fact that she is so devoted, she's going back to work after maternity leave!
laura.leathers@yahoo.com

Dede Reneh said...

I learned that she's been married 11 years and has 3 beautiful babies! I love her philosophy!

<3 Dede
WithAllYourHeart@hotmail.com

Leasha said...

LOVE that she is a fellow Canadian!! Hooray for 12 months of Mat leave! I alos think its great that Owen has been in cloth since day one!!

leashae_18 at hotmail dot com

Tiffany said...

She has 3 children
hismrs2010 at aol dot com

Christine said...

I learned that her first CD was a Fuzzibunz!
Christinemcarlson@msn.com

Carrie said...

I learned that she started CDing with her third - just like I did!

carrie_anng@yahoo.com

Jenna said...

I found her thoughtfulness for our children's future interesting. Most people don't care what we are doing to the planet. I find it refreshing that someone looks at it as us borrowing the planet not inheriting it.

jnaves@monsanto.com

Anonymous said...

That she has a son named Owen, which is a family name in our family and I LOVE!

Katie
kdub4@u.washington.edu

morenodaisy said...

love the away Sonya keeps fairly busy with running Bumblebee Baby and spending time with her beautiful family

morenodaisy@yahoo.com

Nicolette May Capuano said...

I love sonya's quote " I truly believe that we are roll models to our children" So very true!

nicoletteamay@yahoo.com

Natasha said...

I'm looking forward to checking out her website and perhaps helping out a fellow Albertan.

K. Camille Stevens said...

I think it's interesting and impressive that she's working a job outside the home (as long as I understood that correctly), running Bumblebee Baby, and raising three kids! Wow!

kat.c.stevens(at)gmail(dot)com

Kelsey said...

The year of leave! I am JEALOUS!!!! I love her logo for her company it is adorable!!!! kelseylynn_05@yahoo.com

beth said...

I thought it was interesting to learn she had a "real" job besides running Bumblebee Baby...here I thought that was all she did and was a SAHM..LOL...just goes to show...lol
goodkarmacan at yahoo dot com

staceybenstroup said...

I love how she runs her own buisness and also plans to return back to work other than her buisness

little_gizmo2004@yahoo.com

Kim McIntosh said...

i like that sonya believes in being a good role model to her kids… if only more people practiced this basic but fundamental philosophy
mcintosh dot kimberley at gmail dot com

pstorme said...

I learned that after her maternity leave she will still do her new business part time...she has worked so hard at it.
pstorme at verizon dot net

greatdeals2010 said...

I learned that she cloth diapered from day one, her first purchase was a fuzzibunz...so was mine :o)
kershuk @ comcast.net

sally zinger said...

i love that she is canadian also!!! and that she also has the same outlook that people should just try things like cloth diapering, to see that it is such a great thing to do for everyone!! sjzinger@rogers.com

claudilia said...

I find interesting that we share the same feelings on being excited when other parents cloth diaper.
claudilia@yahoo.com

jdm2551 said...

I love the names she picked for her kids! If I have another girl ( I have 3 already, no boys) I will be stealing her babys name :o0 I love the name Violet!
lovemyhnk@yahoo.com

Jaimie said...

I like that she lives her life in a way that she hopes will be an example to her kids and community.
jaimiemildred at gmail dot com

Lara + Chris said...

I love her philosophy about children being the future. SOOOO true!

largirl at yahoo dot com

Alex said...

Sonya has 3 kids!

markafisher7@yahoo.com

Reyka said...

I learned her philosophy on life. "I truly believe that we are role models to our children. They are the future, and we have borrowed the earth from them, not inherited it from our ancestors. Your children will become what you are so be what you want them to be." I agree with her 100%. She couldn't have said it anymore perfect!

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Nina said...

Love that she takes suggestions from customers on what to stock!
Nina
arenscm at gmail dot com

Kristen said...

The first cloth diaper I had ever heard about was also a fuzzibunz!! so funny!
husskl at comcast dot net

Elisha said...

I love that she carries so many other eco-friendly, natural products in her store!

elishafrumkin at yahoo dot com

catamo said...

I love that she is promoting earth friendly products and always eager to expand to please her customers

catamorg (at) gmail (dot)com

Shannon said...

I agree with her, children are our future!
skjenkins80@msn.com

stacythemagnificentmommy said...

i think it interesting she is taking a year maternity leave! that is awesome!
hancoci_s at msn dot com

mrsweiss said...

i love that she thinks we borrow the earth from our chldren not inherit it from our ancesters.. awesome way of thinking!!

mrsnaweiss@aol.com

Bri said...

Sonya is from Alberta!
sradke1024 at gmail dot com

Ashley said...

That she is continuously making healthy lifestyle decisions within her own family!

ashleyrwarner@live.com

SondraMama said...

i find it interesting that Sonya will go back to work AND work on her cloth diapers as well! supermom!!

muloove at yahoo dot com

Ryan, Corrie, Max, and Jack said...

I found Sonya's closing comment interesting- and true! There are so many false ideas about cloth diapers out there! I agree that if people just TRIED it, they would realize all the positives!

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Jen said...

I learn that fuzzibunz is the first cloth diapers she tried.

mommygoingreen4@yahoo.com

Anonymous said...

A wonderful article!,

Samhally@sbcglobal.net

boyzrule said...

I like that her online shop is eco-friendly and doesn't just carry diapers
dmoretti1967 at yahoo dot com

Amber said...

I love this quote from her! She seems very passionate about the environment and her children, I can relate.
"I truly believe that we are role models to our children. They are the future, and we have borrowed the earth from them, not inherited it from our ancestors. Your children will become what you are so be what you want them to be."
ambrosia1012@yahoo.com

Manager to Mom said...

I think it's neat that Sonya promotes her business through Edmonton's Urban Infant magazine!

kristy_anstett at yahoo dot com

Meagan said...

she cloth diapers with three kids, awesome!!

Ladybug0700@yahoo.com

Colleen M said...

I like that she is a good example to her children for living "green"!

colljerr at comcast dot net

Cassie Sublett said...

like the cloth diaper advocate term!


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Saph said...

How nice to get a year of maternity leave!!!

Stacey said...

I learned she is from the same city as me.
staceymison@gmail.com

emptyspeculation said...

i like that she is being a role model within her family and wants to be a role models to others by the life she's living!

emptyspeculation at hotmail . com

Mike said...

she learned about cloth diapering from an australian friend
demimo at cox dot net

Sarah M said...

No one around me that I know does cloth diapers, and just happened to discover it, however, like you now that I have discovered it, I am so thinking about turning it into a business, especially in my area, there is nothing around here. Congrats to you and your business and I wish you tons of success! sarahmcelyea@hotmail.com

Anonymous said...

I like that she like me thinks that we have to be great role models for our children and teach them daily!!
trisbog@aol.com

Higgs Happenin's said...

I learned that Sonya's philosophies on life have a big impact on how she created and runs her business. I also learned from the picture that she and her family are freaking gorgeous!

britbakow at gmail dot com

Melissa and Rob said...

She's inspired by a visit to Australia :)

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