When we decided to finally enter the domestic adoption process, I felt an urgency to start making as much money as possible. So I started doing all sorts of things that I was terrible at, with the hopes to make money. Examples: sewing pillows and painting. Finally I ended up writing and building a photography business.
As I built my photography business in Corvallis and then rebuilt it into something bigger here in Portland, I realized even more how important supporting small businesses is.
When we were in Utah meeting our son and waiting for the states to clear us to head home, we had many small shops donate days of their profits to us! I have never seen such a beautiful community like small shops and small businesses. These small shops have real live human beings behind them, working their butts off to support their family and or their adoptions.
I know a few of them wake up early before their kiddos rise so they have time to sew, craft, create. Running a small shop is a lot of work, but to them? It's worth it. They get to do what they love.
I do my best to purchase the boys's clothes from small shops, even if it's a little more expensive. I know who is making it, I know it's not child/abusive/free labor, I know that it is made with love, and I know the money is going to things that matter. I hope you'll find a few small shops that you love too!
I have been adding some favorites to my sidebar over the past month and decided a post with my favorite shops/small businesses was in order. Non of this is sponsored. None of these shops asked me to do this or pay me to throw them on my side bar. I simply love them a lot. Most of these shops have gifted us, you my tribe, a promo code that will be live for just a short amount of time. Be sure to check them out and take advantage of that code!
I hope you'll love these shops as much as me, and continue supporting them, their families, their adoptions.
HAZEL + HOLLY
Holly is based out of Seattle, Washington. Her shop's proceeds go to their adoptions. She makes modern baby + toddler clothes. Below is a picture of my boys in some of her leggings + harems. Find her on Instagram or Etsy. Holly is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time! Use the promo " natalieloves " for 20% off today.
ELI & RYN
Naomi is based out of Chicago, Illinois. She makes and sells hand stamped swaddles + baby/toddler tees. She also partners with me and my shop! All proceeds go towards their third adoption. You can find her on Etsy and Instagram. Naomi is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time! Use the promo " natalieloves " for 20% off today.
WILD BLOOM THREADS
Stephanie is based out of Terra Bella, California. She makes and sells hoodies, joggers, raglans, and leggings (sizes NB to 6T). All proceeds goes to their second adoption. You can find her on Etsy and Instagram. Stephanie is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time! Use the promo " natalieloves " for 20% off today.
WILDFLOWER LIBERTY LEAGUE
Maria started Wildflower Liberty League a nonprofit focused on diverse, huggable, lovable, and classic dolls. She believes that all children should have dolls that reflect their own unique beauty and that every child should have a future filled with hope, equality, peace, and love. Maria is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time. Use the promo " natalieloves " for 20% off today. Find her shop HERE and on Instagram.
UPPER LEFT CO.
Caitlin is based out of Tacoma, Washington. She specializes in hand lettering and wood signs. You can find her shop on Etsy and Instagram. Caitlin is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time. Use the promo " natalieloves " for 13% off any item available in the shop, in lieu of Friday the 13th!
MANDA JULAINE DESIGNS
Amanda is based out of Wausau, Wisconsin. She is gifted in graphic design! If you've seen a lot of the prints in my posts, those are from her! They are all over our home. She specializes in announcement cards, blog + web design, business branding, social media management + consulting, home decor + wall art, and wedding stationary. Amanda is offering a promo code JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time! Use the promo " natalieloves " for 35% off prints, minimum purchase of $10, today. You can find her on Instagram and her website HERE.
A SEALED SMOOCH: LIPSENSE
Emily is based out of Silverton, Oregon. She's my sister in-law! She is passionate about her new business selling the amazing product of lipsense: up to 18 hours of wear, smudge proof, water proof, kiss proof. You can find her on her and order through her FB group and Instagram. Emily is offering a discount JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time. Tell her the promo " natalie10 " for 10% off today!
mary kay with Hannah
Hannah is based in Monmouth, Oregon. She's my sister! She has been selling Mary Kay for years and loves what she does. She has donated so much of her proceeds to our adoption. You can order (she ships, too!) through her FB, just shoot her a message. Hannah is offering a discount JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time. Tell her the promo " natalieloves " for 15% off today!
FIGHTING FOR ELI
Keely is based out of Washington and hand makes wood signs + clocks to raise funds for their adoption. You can find her and order through her Instagram. The image below is one of the signs she has made! Order today, mention this post + " natalieloves" and receive $10 off any one purchase or $15 off two!
WILD BLACKBERRY MOCCS
Kayla is based in Springfield, Oregon. She makes and sells baby/toddler leather moccasins. They are amazing and we have now had 4 pairs! Find her on Etsy or Instagram. Kayla is offering a discount JUST FOR YOU and for a limited time. Tell her the promo " natalieloves " for 20% off today!
NB'S SHOP : LIVE OUT LOVE + LOVE MAKES A FAMILY
Of course, my shop! We use all proceeds to add to our adoption fund for when the time is right again. We hope to continually build our adoption fund so we are ready. Be sure you tag me on Instagram @nataliekbrenner or on my FB Community Page!
Did you make it to the end?! I have so many small shops + businesses I love and those are the few that I use consistently. I hope you found a few that you love, too! Please share with me, what are your favorite shops and why?