Boss lady, myself (Amy)
When I started looking deeper into my life a few years ago, I knew I wanted to do something more than I was. I thought about what I love to do and how I could add to Kamloops, instead of directly coming into competition with other entrepreneurs and taking away from their business. I wanted to bring something to the table that was not being done already.
I LOVE party planning and going all out Pintertest style for my 3 kids. I found myself ordering supplies online and crafting for hours to make their parties happen. It finally hit me when I was planning Sofia’s 7th birthday in January 2018, that I wanted to do this for others. I looked at one space only and signed a lease by mid February 2018 and was open June 1, 2018. My motto since then has been “say yes and figure it out later”. I do not shy away from a challenge and I am proud of the work I have accomplished in Kamloops. I love what I do and I am so lucky I have the people I do around me to make it possible.
I have a blended family, with my partner Jason, his 3 kids and my 3 kids. We live in downtown Kamloops and every day feels like a party with 8 of us!
Cass is Taryn’s older sister and my nanny. She keeps my life running smoothly on the home front with my 3 children. When I decided to follow my dreams and open my own store, Cass was a huge reason I felt I could do it. I knew my kids were in the best hands possible. If I could not be with them everyday, I wanted them to be with her. She has babysat for me since my oldest Sofia was born 9 years ago, but took over full time care as soon as Roko was born almost 3 years ago. She has a very strong bond with Rok, he is a strong willed, back talker and he loves his Cassidy so much.
My business would not be possible without Cassidy, I feel so blessed she is in my life as my nanny and as my friend. Cass lives in a cute condo in Kamloops with her boyfriend Viktor and is completing her degree in business finance.
I met Taryn when she was only a year old, and I was 15. She was my next door neighbour and her family and mine quickly became close. I babysat her all through her younger years, her dad gave me my first job as a receptionist at Zimmer Wheaton and now her first job is for me.
Taryn is a hard worker and does not quit until the job is done. She did her first install with me recently, fingers raw from balloon tying all day and the stress of “making it happen” as a business owner, she stayed with me until the bitter end! I feel lucky to have her on my team. Taryn graduates high school in June, she can be found shopping with her mom and I, or spending time with her boyfriend Luke who plays for the Seattle Thunderbirds.
That leads me to J, my heart and soul. I stumbled upon the tallest and most handsome man I ever met by complete accident. He came into my life like the calmest storm and has not left my side since. I finally feel (see blog) like I will not have to face anything alone again.
You will see his model-esk face from time to time, delivering balloons for me, opening the door for pick ups at our home or dropping coffee during a long install. He is my rock and encourages me to follow my dreams on daily. A senior project manager for Houle Electric, J can be found keeping me organized and on budget at all times. He is an amazing person and I have never felt more grateful to have his support as I transform my business. I really hit the husband lottery.
There are a few more people who also need strong mentioning on this page! Of course my mom and dad, always so supportive of my dreams and willing to help whenever I need them. My siblings, Cianna, Tyson and Cara: always willing to take on my 3 babes when I need to balloon! And last but certainly not least, my Auntie Niki/best friend/Taryn and Cassidy’s mom, who is my go-to wine date, my ride or die!
My 3 children, Sofia Jette, Weston Storm and Roko Wilder, you guys have taken mommy starting her own business with such enthusiasm and love! I appreciate your patience and understanding through the long hours and time away. I love you 3 so much.