Shopping Small Business Saturday

Does anyone else dread Black Friday? Seriously, I only need to read one of those stories of two parents duking it out while shopping for Christmas before I vow never to leave my house again. The girls somehow convinced me to brave the mall and I’m still not convinced it was the wisest choice. Big crowds, lots of noise and shoving, and just not my jam!

But we survived!

So maybe you decided to skip out on Black Friday this year- I get it. But, if there is one shopping day you don’t skip out on, it should be Small Business Saturday (SBS).

Why?

Supporting Small Businesses Builds Communities

Held annually the Saturday after Thanksgiving since 2010, SBS is an awesome way to support small businesses. Not just in your community, but all over the United States.

There are 30.2 million small businesses in the United States, accounting for 99.9% of U.S. businesses. I love that our economy is built by businesses that are created and operated by my friends and neighbors. I often think about being a small business at Poppy & Dot and I’m so grateful that our local community supported Layla and me when we opened our doors. The local support has been so meaningful and inspiring to see!

Shopping Small Business Saturday is a way to support budding entrepreneurs, family-run businesses, and many sustainable practices grow, hire within their community, and the upside is that you’re typically getting really well-made, handcrafted product. Layla and I have been able to hire young mothers who want to help their families financially while still having the time to support their households!

But that isn’t the only reason to shop small. As an owner of Poppy & Dot and my other small business, Car Litter Bags, I can’t begin to express to you the difficulties of striking out on your own. It takes courage, gumption, money, and so much more to start a side-hustle, grow it, and turn it into the main gig.

When you shop small, you’re not just supporting someone else’s big dreams, but a family as well. As a business owner myself, I can’t even express my level of gratitude adequately for the many women who have support Layla and me over the years and shopped Poppy & Dot.

Get Out Today & Shop Small

This year, step out of your comfort zone and stop by your local bakery, restaurant, coffee shop, or boutique and support your neighborhood store rather than shopping a national chain. The community wins as a whole, but the individuals that took a chance and made their dream a reality win as well.

I also wanted to share with you 8 businesses local to me that I absolutely love. They make a killer product, change lives, create things my family uses daily, and they’re changing their communities through positive initiatives! These are items that will make great Christmas presents, great stocking stuffers, and that the whole family can enjoy!

So check out my list below as I introduce you to 8 of my favorite small businesses. Some of the discount codes are the lowest discount they do all year and it’s exclusive to you! So enjoy – and let me know in the comments what you end up getting!

SMALL BUSINESS SATURDAY
1.
LITTLE STATEMENTS
use code TARA30 for 30% OFF Sitewide
Lindsey and Brittney, Sisters and Owners of Little Statements, started their business over 12 years ago in a little town home with tiny toddlers running around. Both are super moms doing it all while making dresses, rompers, bows...everything little (and big) girls love. Everything they make is available in sizes ranging from 3m to 14/16, and they have something for everyone. Emery and Anisten both love these dresses and rompers and wear them everywhere! They also make jewelry which my girls refuse to take off. And make sure you grab some of their velvet options! Both girls are in love with this new rose gold velvet dress http://bit.ly/33CAUvU. So great for the holidays and keeping little bodies warm in the cold!
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2.
FLEKK COSMETICS
25% OFF + free shipping with code BFCM. Spend $50+ and get 30% OFF + free shipping with the code MOREMAKEUP
As a firm believer that makeup helps women feel confident and pretty and that that's something that every woman needs, Lindsey has spent the majority of her career doing makeup for major red carpet events like the Oscars, Emmy's, New York Fashion Week, and the Golden Globes. While she loved being in the big leagues, Lindsey was drawn to women like her. Real women, moms, grandmothers, teens, who wanted the art of makeup demystified. And out of the need for a simple done-for-you, paint-by-numbers makeup, was born Flekk Cosmetics. She wanted to make applying eyeshadow simple for women so everyone could do it. And worked to individualize the process so it would be easy for women to find a palette that was right for their specific needs. Lindsey's palettes are designed for your specific eye shape and skin tone! And the Flekk Cosmetics website allows women to take a quiz and send in selfies to easily understand what palette is best for their eyes! Each color in the palette is numbered so you know exactly where to apply it! Not only are each of her palettes beautiful, but they aso go on like a dream and don't have fallout! And at up to 30% off, Lindsey is extending us her LARGEST discount of the year! This BYU grad is a mom to 2 boys and lives in AZ!
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3.
NESTING OLIVE
Use code TARA for 10% OFF Sitewide
You guys have seen me at my worst, admittedly. But you've also seen me looking pretty glam in my NESTING OLIVE housedresses, courtesy of Alexis! After having her little boy, she struggled to find a housedress that didn’t look like her grandma’s (amen) or wasn’t a one size fits all. She started this company a few years ago with the intention to help women feel beautiful and comfortable in their own skin. Nesting Olive is more than a company, it is a community of women helping families in need. And she's got a HUGE heart! Nesting Olive gives 10% of its proceeds to local charities. In her own words: "I am grateful every day for the amazing women I have been connected with through this venture. I have grown in more ways than I can count as I have pushed myself out of my comfort zone and taken risks." Alexis also hit a big milestone this year and launched at Nordstrom! I love these dresses and I love the message and passion behind them even more. Alexis has built something truly unique!
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4.
BATHPACK
use code TARA for 10% OFF your entire purchase
When your wife is a hair celebrity and your husband is a savvy businessman, you end up with a company like Bathpack! Husband and wife team, Joe and Allie, have absolutely transformed the hair at my household and hundreds of thousands of other's! They studied the industry and saw where there was a need: quality hair tools and products that help maintain incredible hair health while getting the job done. From their signature silver brush that cuts out the pain that causes the tears to the hair serum that has transformed my and Emery's hair, these two are unstoppable. This is the one gift I buy every year and stick it in neighbor gifts, stockings, replace the one in my car (it always go missing!), etc. Starting at only $5 Bathpack sets out to brush aside the competition with its customer-centric approach to providing high-end personal care products and tools. 
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5.
FRANK & BUCK
use code TARA to Buy One Get One FREE!
I was introduced to Frank and Buck a little over 3 years ago and Braun hasn't worn a tie from anywhere else since! And because Jett and Dash have to be just like their dad, they too, wear Frank & Buck every Sunday. They've got a little bit of everything from skinny ties to XL, and bandanas that double as holiday napkins, head wraps, and the perfect neck kerchief for dogs! (Pennie and Goldie wear them all the time!) And it's not just for the boys - they've got matching hair ties that can be worn as neck scarves or bag ties. They've been in business for a little over 4 years and are growing rapidly! But their favorite part is keeping things personal, so each package comes with a hand-painted thank you note and root beer barrels as a nod to Buck’s dad handing them out during church. What I love about working with them and their owner Emily is that all six of their kids are involved in some aspect of the business. If you need a perfect match, email or DM your dress/suiting and they'll send suggestions! If you're an AZ local, you can stop by their shop in Mesa Arizona. 
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6.
CORAL REEF SWIM
use code TARA for 30% OFF Sitewide
If I'm honest, finding a swimsuit that’s flattering, comfortable, and doesn’t give you (too) weird tan lines is a tough task. The right swimsuit hugs your curves without gaps or wrinkles and accentuates the good bits without drawing attention to the not-so-good. And then I met Melanie. And not only did I find an incredible friend, but she was absolutely CALLED to design swimwear. I think I have the Traveler Top (the cropped swim top with the knot) in every single color she has ever made and she even came out with a pink one just because I asked! WHAT?!? Seriously, these swimsuits are so versatile, are cut SO WELL, and hold everything where it's supposed to go. In fact, Melanie is launching the Pink Traveler Top, Black Traveler Top, Pink & White Stripe Sun Baked Bottoms, and Black & White Stripe Sun Baked Bottoms TODAY just for you guys! And Melanie is a girl who designs swimsuits for girls - she knows EXACTLY what we want! And she's so real. She and her husband Steven run Coral Reef Swim together but this has been Melanie's brainchild from day 1. She started designing the suits in her second year and now, in year 5, not only does she design each collection, but she and her husband have also developed an incredible wholesale business as well. In her own words Melanie says, "All in all, I love to look at this business that I started honestly thinking I would be having a baby within the first year of owning it and running it when I had time, to a company that has so many roles it plays in my life and my husband's life.  It now supports us financially.  It gives both of us the chance to develop skills we didn't know we had to create content and product and so much more.  It gives us the chance to work together side by side, which I know most people would hate but we absolutely LOVE it!"
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7.
CAPTAIN SILLY PANTS
use code Tara for 40% OFF everything
I tried getting these away from my kids long enough to take pictures of them and it was like taking food from starving, rabid dogs. They love these things as evident as the very real photo of Emery passed out in hers. We love the triple layer blankets and the swaddles come packaged so cute and make THE BEST gifts for newborns and toddlers. (Great time to stock up - these would make awesome Christmas gifts!) And the price can't be beaten! They come to a little over $11 dollars plus free shipping. Aubrie is one of the co-owners and has four little kids under the age of 6, two of which are twins that are a year and a half! Aubrie started this business from her basement and now has a warehouse where they do fulfillment! As a mom of 6, you better believe she uses these products EVERY. SINGLE. DAY! The thing Aubrie loves most is that this business has given her more time to spend with her kids. One day, she'll focus on world-domination. Until then, she's enjoying the steady growth of Captain Silly Pants and the extra time with her family!
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8.
BETSY & LACE
use code TARA for 25% OFF
I feel like these nightgowns were made with my girls in mind! They're so incredibly soft and they're the type of nightgown that makes you feel so special. I love gifting these to my girls and I love that they've come out with red, green, and white ones this holiday season! I love giving my kids pajamas for Christmas and these nightgowns are what I have picked out this year! They have them in adult sizes all the way down to sizes that fit American Girl dolls so your girls can match! They also carry scrunchies that match, blankets, and a few styles of nightgowns! This is their biggest sale of the year!
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