The Favorite Things {Black Friday} Edition

Thanksgiving - phew! We ran a Turkey Trot 3 mile run run, we ate, we lounged, we started decorating for Christmas. YAY! Yesterday was awesome. We need more days like that. Yes?

And today, people are going crazy trying to put dents in their Christmas lists and score some of the best deals of the season. Meanwhile, I'm over here coming out of a carb coma. Rather than get up before the sun, fight crowds of tired and cranky people, and then deal with lines at the register, I'm just going to cozy up with my coffee - in my pajamas - and start plucking away at my list, shopping for some of my favorite products, from some of my favorite ladies and independent sales women.

Here are a handful of my favorite small businesses.

1. USBorne Books.
You guys. I honestly had not heard of this book company until not too long ago. How is this possible?! I took part in an online party a few weeks back and snagged some of the coolest books for Marcus and Julia.
Seriously, check out this :09 clip of Marcus and Julia's books. I mean, come on! So! COOL!
Here are just a few other books we scored. And, I'm telling you, I want to  buy them all!
Create your own story! The possibilities are endless with this book!
Moving pieces, bright fun colors. I'll take everyone of these books, please and thank you.
Books with interactive toys? Books where you can create endless stories? Just go ahead and give them all to me. To see all of USBorne's terrific books, head over to Dani's link. If you have any questions I know she'd be happy to answer them.

2. Mary Kay.
I've been using Mary Kay for as long as I can remember. I love the product so much I was even a consultant for a short while (I quickly learned I would much rather be a customer than a consultant, though. Live and learn). The company has an amazing selection of skin care goods, and their make up is my all time favorite. I've got the Skinvigorate Cleansing brush on my Christmas list (Scott, hint hint). Ashley is running a special for Monologue readers only - 20% off when you use the code MACKE20. Click here to start shopping!
3. Stella & Dot.
Just go ahead and give me ALL the sparklies!! Have you seen what's new from S&D this season? I mean, drool. Independent stylist, Alison, has you covered for this season's bling. For orders over $50 Alison will add a FREE Wishing Bracelet to your order.
Is that not the cutest little bracelet you ever did see?!
Go check out the goods, you know you want to. For all the pretties, click here.

4. Rodan + Fields.

I'm pretty new to this company and products, but let me tell you, from what I've tired... AMAZING. R + F is a skin care line created by the same dermatologists that made Proactiv. This time the goal is addressing anti aging and common skin care concerns (think: lines, wrinkles, sun spots, etc.). To figure out your skin care issues head to Jill's page and go to the Solution Tool, it will make a recommendation to address issues indicated by you. Preferred Customers will receive a 10% discount and free shipping! There's a 60-day money back guarantee and undeniable clinical results. The first three people to sign up as Preferred Customers will receive FREE membership enrollment! Pop on over to Jill's page and treat your skin today.

5. Wine.
Because, duh. Next to sparklies, making me look 22 rather than 32, and books, the way to win my heart is with a bottle (or 6) of wine. Wine Shop at home will send bottles directly to you, you can sign up for tastings, and so much more. There are some amazing Black Friday deals going on through the weekend, so be sure to get a bottle - or case! Denise has you covered, be sure to check out her site by clicking here

6. Giveaway!
Last, don't forget to get entered to win the Priddy Books Wipe Clean ABCs and 123s Flash Card Set from Priddy Books!
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Now tell me, who are some of your favorite small businesses and independent sales people? I'm all for shopping small this holiday season and would love to discover some new products!

Have a great weekend, and happy shopping!
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  1. Those wipeable flashcards look awesome!

  2. Umm Wine Shop at Home? Yes please. The only thing I hate more than running out of chocolate is running out of wine. Total woman right here! LOL.

  3. Look at all of those giveaway entries so fun! I saw Stella and Dot on Undercover Boss and have been meaning to check them out ever since.

    Hope you had a relaxing weekend and a great Monday!

  4. Wine! Ye please. And I was just invited to a FB party for those books. I will have to check them out.