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Fill Your Easter Basket & Support Small Business At The Same Time

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Fill Your Easter Basket & Support Small Business At The Same Time

Unfortunately, it looks like 2021's Easter is going to be a repeat of 2020: no large gatherings and socially distanced. But that doesn't mean you can't put together a really great Easter basket for your kids! Here are some fabulous products from small businesses that your kids (of all ages) will love.   How about some adorable earring sets or hair clips from Hillside Studio? I remember how excited I was to find barrettes in my Easter basket once.   A headband or scrunchie from Willey Bandz makes a fun and functional gift for all ages. They come in lots of...

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Environmentally Friendly Products I Use In My Home

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Environmentally Friendly Products I Use In My Home

So much has changed about our way of life since early in 2020. We spend more time in our homes now, which means we do more online shopping, order more take out and pick up our groceries instead of shopping in person. I can't be the only one who's noticed all of the additional waste that's created from these new routines. More plastic grocery bags (just when we'd all finally gotten used to bringing our reusable bags), more packing materials, more styrofoam to-go containers...and this is just small scale. Think about all of the restaurants that are installing these plastic outdoor...

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New! Shop Greener With Carbon Neutral Shipping

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New! Shop Greener With Carbon Neutral Shipping

Guess what? We recently found an app called Cloverly which allows us to offer carbon neutral shipping on every order. We're pretty excited to be able to provide this to our customers. What Is Carbon Neutral Shipping? Every time something is shipped, it has an effect on the environment. Cars, trucks and airplanes take that package from point A to point B (and maybe onto point C and D, too). Businesses use electricity and natural gas to produce goods and during everyday activities like printing and packing orders. And with more and more people shopping online, our collective carbon emissions just keep on rising. But...

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Our 2020 Charitable Contributions

Posted by Katie Adams on

Our 2020 Charitable Contributions

At the end of last year, we decided that for 2020 we'd move forward with a different plan for donating to charitable organizations. Up until this point we were donating a percentage of our retail sales to animal rescues, specifically Critter Crusaders of Cedar Rapids most of the time. But this isn't the only cause we feel passionately about and we really wanted to broaden our donation efforts. After experimenting with a couple of fundraiser soaps for other causes, we found that this was not only easier to keep track of, but it was a more effective way of raising money. So this year, we...

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Small Businesses Are Having to Get Creative Over COVID-19

Posted by Katie Adams on

Small Businesses Are Having to Get Creative Over COVID-19

I won't sugar coat it, I'm starting to freak out a little. You see, 2020 was the first year since starting this business I didn't take a part-time job to supplement my income. January was generous, with checks from the holidays still rolling in and a couple of unexpected wholesale orders; I was feeling very pleased with myself. Fast forward to March and one by one, my stockists are temporarily closing their doors and spring markets are being canceled to prevent the spread of infection. Most years, April kicks off market season with one or two shows who's success depends...

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