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#GirlBoss - Dana


Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Before I went on maternity leave I helped small businesses to grow and attract
investment into their companies. 6 months ago I had my daughter Adrianna, and
went from being a very driven professional to full on mom mode and I am loving it.
She was the inspiration for starting my small business selling teething products and
is a constant source of happiness for myself and my husband. I’ve been married for
over 6 years, and my awesome hubby is a huge supporter of everything I do, he even
comes to tradeshows with me!


Tell us a little bit about the process that you took to get you to where you are now

One thing I noticed while I was getting ready for Adrianna was that everything baby
related is SO expensive. It felt like planning a wedding all over again, when things
that seemed like they shouldn’t be crazy expensive were being sold at really high
prices, but you needed them, so you just bought it. After my daughter was born I
decided to see what I could make for myself instead of dishing out money for things
that were relatively simple and affordable to make. My first project was going to be
making a teething pacifier clip. I went to buy the beads but the cost of shipping was
quite high. So I went all in and decided to buy a large bulk order and make some for
friends for shower’s etc. From there I realized I could sell them at a reasonable price
to new moms who may not have lots of extra cash for these items. So I made a few
teething clips and necklaces, and the business has grown from there! I now make
teething pacifier clips, rattles, necklaces, bracelets, and am going to be adding
teething toys that can attach to a carrier (perfect for the baby barre mommas!) soon.

Explain how you maintain a work/life balance as an entrepreneur.

My favorite thing about starting this business is that it’s allowed me to stay busy and
get out of the house for tradeshows once in a while. I can make all of my products
while still snuggling or hanging out with my daughter so I feel like it’s been the
perfect balance of keeping busy while also still spending lots of quality time with my


Explain the creative process that you go through to create your work.

I spend a lot of time planning new products, and doing research into the best safety
practices for the items I am making. I’m always looking for new ways to make my
products even safer or more useful, and am having lots of fun learning new
techniques. I am the farthest from crafty that you can get, so this has been a big
change for me and it was a big surprise to find out that I really enjoy doing this, and
lose track of time planning out new designs and styles. I love meeting new mommas
that are happy to be able to pick up cute and useful products for reasonable prices. I
am a major deal hunter so it’s really nice to be able to make a product that’s
affordable but also really useful for other new mommas.

Speak on your connection to the community.

I have met so many new moms since having my daughter, whether it’s through baby
barre classes, tradeshows, or library class and we all have a universal need to soothe
our babe’s teething pain. It’s nice to be able to help customers, including friends and
family in a small way by making the teething process less painful. This business has
helped me to meet so many awesome entrepreneurial moms in the community, and
we’ve formed a great support group for each other and work hard to promote each
other’s business. We’re going to be helping more and more little ones cope with
teething pain at shows up all over Central Alberta, and are also reaching new
mommas all over the world through our Etsy shop, we’ve even sent teething
products to Perth, Australia!  


Contact Information:
Etsy Shop - https://www.etsy.com/ca/shop/ChewelryAndBabe
Instagram - @chewelryandbabe
Facebook - Chewelry & Babe


Barre Beats: February

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Time flies when you're having fun and with February almost all wrapped up, so is our 30 in 45 day challenge! Challengers, you only have just a few more days to finish this one off with a bang. We've put together a list of tracks that we LOVE this month to help you shake your way right to that finish line. Catch ya on the flip side barre babes! 

Call on Me (Ryan Riback Remix) - Starley 

Shape of You (Galantis Remix) - Ed Sheeran 

It Ain't Me - Selena Gomez + Kygo

I Love You (ft. Kid Ink) - Axwell Ingrosso

Love on the Brain (Don Diablo Remix) - Rihanna

Alive - Marshmello 

Honeymoon Phase - Tysm

Anywhere (Luca Lush Remix) - Dillon Francis

Be Mine - Ofenbach

I Don't Wanna Live Forever (Luude Flip Remix) - Zayn & Taylor Swift 

Ignition (Viceroy "Jet Life" Remix) - R. Kelly

Cutting Shapes - Don Diablo

Sexual (Jesse Bloch Bootleg Remix) - Neiked

If you have any requests for track that you want to hear during your sweat sesh, tell your instructor after class or let us know through social media. We want to hear from you! 


Barre Body Studio - Edmonton 


Barre Favs: Words of Encouragement

BarreFavs - Encouragement

The finish line is near, you see it, keep pushing forward. They 45th day of our current BBS challenge is in sight and this means that you challengers are almost there! Are you finding it hard to stay motivated? We all have those days and we know how frustrating this can be! But take a moment to breathe, remember how far you have come and keep up the good work! Your instructors have put together a few works to help you keep on right through to the end! Check it out: 

"Winners never quit and quitters never win!" (Erika)

"“If your dreams do not scare you they aren't big enough”
― Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (Kristin)

"I'm not a quote person, but one of my old coaches used to always say "practice makes progress". To always be progressing makes more sense - when we are perfect there would be nothing left to strive for" (Lindsey)

“If you’ve got it, flaunt it. And if you don’t got it? Flaunt it. ‘Cause what are we even doing here if we’re not flaunting it?” - Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me? (Kendra)

"Here's to the strong women! May we know them, may we raise them, may we be them!" (Jessica)

"Exercise everyday and die healthier." (Emily)

"Toss your hair in a bun, drink some coffee, put on some gangsta rap, and handle it!" (Jaime)

"Just be kind and brave. That's all you ever need to be." (Jill)

"Exercise is a celebration of what your body can do." (Katarina)


Barre Body Studio - Edmonton


BAM Karma Classes


Our BBS YEG team is eager to raise money for the Alberta Cancer Foundation in this years big event, Bust A Move 2017. However, like always, we are stronger together, so we need the bbs tribe to come together to help us kick cancers ass! Here are a few ways that you can help! 
We will be running donation based karma classes right up until the event. These classes will be a minimum donation of $10 to attend and all of the proceeds that we raise will go towards Bust a Move fundraising. Classes are already open for registration, so start signing up now!! (PS. Remember to sign up all participants on MBC.)

BAM karma classes will either be held at BBS Holland Plaza at 1:00 pm on Sundays or BBS Whitemud Crossing at 1:30 pm on Saturday:
February 12th - Bring Your Boy To The Barre - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
February 25th - Mom + Tween Barre - BBS Whitemud Crossing - 1:30pm
February 26th - Bestie Barre - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
March 5th - Mommy + Kid Crew - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
March 12th - Mommy + Kid Crew - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
March 18th - Bestie Barre - BBS Whitemud Crossing - 1:30pm
March 26th - Burn Bounce - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
April 1st - Mom + Tween Barre - BBS Whitemud Crossing - 1:30pm
April 9th - Burn Bounce - BBS Holland Plaza - 1:00pm
April 22nd - Bring Your Boy To The Barre - BBS Whitemud Crossing 1:30pm
If you want to shimmy, shake and sweat with us at Bust A Move Edmonton with us this year in May, all you have to do is register. Click this link to take you to our team page and sign up! We would love to kick it with YOU!


Barre Body Studio Edmonton