Favorite small business #1

This is my first post for a category I am really passionate about… Shopping of course! But shopping with purpose. If you put a purpose behind anything that involves spending money, that makes it justifiable right? Well, that’s how it is in my mind anyway.

I’ve spoken a bit in previous posts about how I used to be more materialistic than I am now; however, these days I am materialistic in a different way. If you read my previous post on Fashionista, you will get the gist.

Wanting to support people more is something I’ve come to strive for since my life transformation of having a baby and going through a divorce- be it anything from donating to charities to being a good listener or adviser. People need other people’s support to make the world go round. I learned that during my Dark Ages.

(Furthermore, I’ll never forget one day during a summer internship at a major retail corporate office, listening in on the details of a litigation involving canceling a contract with a small farm, one of those Mom & Pop businesses, in order for the retailer to save some big bucks by buying elsewhere. It ruined this family’s world going round and it broke my heart.)

On any given day of the week I can go to any of these corporate, conglomerate retail stores to get what I need that day since they’re available to me. But, when it comes to personalized ‘things’ like a gift for a girlfriend, a special clothing item for Holden, even drapes for my house, I would much rather invest in the world of small businesses. Maybe it’s those traditional values within me, but I just believe in people working hard. Those people and their small businesses definitely fall into this category. Also, who doesn’t appreciate the quality of something made by someone you appreciate and know the item was created by their own hands? Pretty cool.

So I am going to simultaneously start sharing a few of my favorites. Here’s the first. I hope you enjoy!

Courtney Bock Designs

If you are a friend of mine on Facebook, you may have noticed some recent pictures appearing on my profile with some really adorable t-shirts personalized by this small business, or my dear friend Courtney. Another young mom like myself, Courtney knows how to prioritize and has it all together as much as she may admit she doesn’t on her own personal blog. She is single-handedly running her business while balancing one of the hardest jobs ever, mommyhood. It’s important to her to be able to raise her sweet boy, but at the same time stay focused on being a creative businesswoman. She pretty much rocks my socks off, and I am very grateful to have her as an inspiration. One strong, independent, driven, loving mommy.

Click the following to read more about CBD: http://courtneybockdesigns.bigcartel.com/blog.

Here is a collage of some personalized t-shirts she has put a little love into for Holden. I can’t wait for him to wear these!

Coupon!

Courtney is offering a 20% off discount to any of my readers! Yippy for coupons! Here’s what you have to do to redeem your coupon: Visit the Courtney Bock Designs Etsy shop at http://www.etsy.com/shop/courtneybock. When you check out, enter coupon code AOTSSM20 to get your 20% off. Easy as that! Use it now though, it only lasts for one week starting today!

Contest!

Courtney is so kind as to run a contest for one of my readers- $20 of credit! To enter this contest follow these steps:

1. Visit the Courtney Bock Designs facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/Courtneybockdesigns and “like” it.

2. Leave a comment on her page about which item is your favorite.

3. Return to my blog, and comment under this post which post of mine has been your favorite so far.

4. If you haven’t already, “like” my blog’s facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/AdventuresOfATwentySomethingSingleMom . You are exempt from this step if you already have done this. Thank you!

***The winner of the contest has to go through will all four steps in order to enter the contest drawing. I will post who wins in one week!***

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