Yesterday was all about being thankful for what we have. One way that we show our thanks to those that we love is by giving thoughtful gifts given at Christmas. Today is called Black Friday and is traditionally the start of the holiday shopping season. While I’ve been sharing gift guides over the past week and will share more in the coming days, today I want to take a chance to share some special businesses to me that can be found in Mama’s Black Book. (PS: I created Mama’s Black Book and want it to succeed so these businesses are all ones included in the magazine. There are also a few affiliate links in this list that are denoted by a *. Thanks!)
Mama’s Black Book is a free, online magazine that I launched in early November. It is for moms who want to shop small and shop online and want to choose from some of the best mama-owned businesses that are out there. And they want to do it all as quickly as possible by using the directory listings in the magazine that are grouped by the types of products each shop sells to only visit the shops that sell items that they are looking for. Everyone can read the magazine online or download it today! It will become your essential resource for encouragement, inspiration, and shopping small throughout the year. Let’s look through the categories included in the magazine and the wonderful shops in each section.
*Looksies, LLC is a shop that sells stick on attachments for your phone that will get your kids not only looking while you take pictures but giggling with true smiles. Looksies attach to your phone with reusable tape and you can purchase a carrying case and come in a variety of themes, shapes, and colors. They make my kids crack up so they are a winner for sure and a great stocking stuffer if you have adult children!
Little Bow Fish sells quality, hand-sewn bows for your children and even furry family members.
Little Lang’s offers personalized heat press clothing for kids of all ages.
Meredith Collie Paper creates personalized placemats and gifts for children. [SPECIAL: Free shipping with code FREESHIP16 through Monday.]
miniPeanuts sells plates and placemats that children and parents alike will love. [Store is closing after the holidays so this is your last chance to purchase these products. [SPECIAL: Use code THANKSFS for free shipping through Monday.]
Paradigm Behavior uses applied behavior analysis (ABA) to educate families, including those touched by special needs, to make positive behavior changes in the home. [SPECIAL: Parent Guides on sale for Small Business Saturday.]
The Ivory Pony creates beautifully made, fine children’s clothing.
Health and Beauty
Kristin Jones, an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields is passionate about helping women use the highest quality anti-aging skincare in their lives. The R+F products are dermatology based and are backed by clinically proven results. When you purchase and become a preferred customer you save 10% and get free shipping on all orders over $80! [SPECIAL: Gift packages with no tax and flat $5 shipping!]
Clean Beauty with Susi helps women find the best health and beauty products in her Facebook group and become a Clean Beauty.
Little Bow Fish creates quality bows to match any outfit.
Angela Inabinett, an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields helps women with sensitive skin, skin damage, adult acne, wrinkles, melasma, firmness, scarring, and can introduce women to an incredible job opportunity. [SPECIAL: 25% off all orders of $80 or more! This weekend only.]
DePriest Robbins sells engagement rings and day of jewelry for the bride and her mother who desire heirloom and designer pieces.
Grace and Serendipity designs bespoke wedding collections that encompass all the details of your day. [SPECIAL: 30% off with code SHOPSMALL2016 through Monday. Receive 100 complimentary thank you cards when you book a Bespoke Wedding Collection and have inquired by Monday.]
J.Lynn Designery and Ribbon Events sells the WedLove Wedding Planner that was designed with one goal in mind: to create a stunning, portable solution to wedding planning. [SPECIAL: Use code 4DAYSFREE for free shipping for orders over $20 through Monday.]
Kristin Jones, an independent consultant for Rodan + Fields provides free PC PERKS and mini-facials for the bridal party and moms. [SPECIAL: Gift packages with no tax and flat $5 shipping!]
Journals and Planners
Little Journal Co. helps women and families shift their focus from what life may lack to the abundance that is already present. My Little Gratitude Journal is full of things to do like record special moments, coloring, doodling, and simple questionnaires. I love using mine and these are perfect for gifts for friends and teachers!
J.Lynn Designery brings beauty and function to your everyday life with planners and organizational products. [SPECIAL: Use code 4DAYSFREE for free shipping for orders over $20 through Monday.]
Tales of a Peanut creates dry erase planners for the Mastermind Mamapreneur. [SPECIAL: Use code THANKSFS for free shipping through Monday.]
Meredith Collie Paper designs monogram journals in multiple sizes, styles, colors, and patterns. [SPECIAL: Free shipping with code FREESHIP16 through Monday.]
Paper + Oats creates printable and editable planners to keep you organized in every area of your life. [SPECIALS: Friday – $50 off the The InDesign Field Guide, Saturday – Etsy on Autopilot, Sunday & Monday – printable planners.]
Home Decor and Stationery
Grace and Serendipity designs prints in color and in gold foil to grace the walls of your home as well as uniquely designed mugs to sip with. Her designs are for celebrating life’s moments including the once-in-a-lifetime and the everyday. I have a gold foil mug from Grace and Serendipity (it was actually shown on the cover of Mama’s Black Book!) and it is gorgeous and adds just the right touch of shine to my morning routine. [SPECIAL: 30% off with code SHOPSMALL2016 through Monday. Receive 100 complimentary thank you cards when you book a Bespoke Wedding Collection and have inquired by Monday.]
Ace & Bear designs stationery and prints that are dedicated to the magical art of letter writing. [SPECIAL: All in stock pens $50+ are 40% off.]
Hello World Paper Co creates custom rubber stamps and stamps with a mission to build a school for children in need. [SPECIAL: Use code HELLOFS for free shipping and free gift with purchase for orders through Monday.]
Graced Letters hand letters stationery and prints that are thoughtfully designed to build relationships and encourage hearts.
Little Bird Paperie designs clean, simple, and sophisticated cards, prints, and mugs.
Meredith Collie Paper designs modern and classic stationery and gifts for all your friends and family. [SPECIAL: Free shipping with code FREESHIP16 through Monday.]
Polka Dot Paper Company helps busy women celebrate today, cherish yesterday, and plan for tomorrow with useful stationery, paper goods, printables, and more. [SPECIAL: 30% off through Monday with code HOLIDAY30.]
Tales of a Peanut creates Christmas cards, stationery, and gifts for those who value the written word and gifts given from the heart. [SPECIAL: Use code FREEFOIL for a free foil upgrade on Christmas cards through Sunday. Other sales reflected in shop prices.]
Nogginhed specializes in direct-to-garment printing that’s perfect for smaller quantities. They work with businesses that range from start-ups to multi-national corporations and provide excellent service either way. Nogginhed is who I work with for all of my shirt, bag, and other textile needs for both my business and my corporate clients. Their quality is unsurpassed and by working with a small company they are often able to match or beat pricing that I have received from larger printers.
Hello World Paper Co provides custom logo and packaging stamps to businesses while pursuing their mission of building a school for children in need. [SPECIAL: Use code HELLOFS for free shipping and free gift with purchase for orders through Monday.]
Paper + Oats is a design resource and online shop helping businesses navigate the world of design & digital products. [SPECIALS: Friday – $50 off the The InDesign Field Guide, Saturday – Etsy on Autopilot, Sunday & Monday – printable planners.]
Rustic Barn Media Marketing has a team of marketing strategists and social media managers to help businesses achieve big goals. [SPECIAL: Fresh and new marketing plan consultations starting at $99 and social media audits starting at $79.]
As you shop today and over the next few weeks I encourage you to do your best to support local and small businesses. Your purchase with a small, mama-owned business directly supports families and women who are using their talents and God-given gifts to pursue their passions. In Mama’s Black Book you can find more information on all of these shops including direct links to their social media profiles, email, websites, and more. Mama’s Black Book also includes an exclusive art print hand lettered by Graced Letters that is free for you to print, frame, and enjoy. And in addition to these shops shown here there are also companies in the magazine who cater exclusively to businesses and coaches and consultants who can work with you on a variety of topics.
To thank you for shopping small this holiday season I’ve got a special gift for the first five to comment on this post with their favorite find from one of these shops! I’ll mail a printed copy of Mama’s Black Book as well as an art print, collection of greeting cards, or another fun surprise to the first five to comment. Enjoy Black Friday shopping and don’t forget to comment on this post to tell me your favorite find from these shops to win a special gift!