When you support our small business, you are saying you believe in us, and that means a lot. There are so many amazing small businesses out there that we love and believe in, so we compiled a list to share with you incase you need help in finding a new small business to support in this 2020 holiday season! Plus, we even have discount codes for some of them to help spread the cheer. Happy Holidays! Thank you for shopping small! - Danielle & Gino


LOTUS TROLLEY BAG


You shouldn’t have to sacrifice convenience for sustainability. The Lotus Trolley Bag is a must-have for every grocery shopper who loves saving time, staying organized, and helping the environment.


HONEST REVIEW:

Holy Moly! I never knew I could be SO obsessed with a set of grocery bags. These things are genius. Even Gino couldn't believe how simple, fun, and helpful these bags are. We won't go shopping without them. I can promise you, if you gift these this holiday season, you'll get a message after their first time using it, to tell you how amazing they are!

Use promo code: ShopSmall30

November 23rd through December 26th.

Shop Lotus Trolley Bag Here.

VELVET LAMB


Contemporary casual wear designed for comfort, that inspires creativity and generates awareness.

Velvet Lamb's unisex collection of versatile designs are meant to be worn in multiple ways, inviting you to get creative and playful with your style.

Slip it on and convert it to your look as you go about your day or on to the next adventure.


HONEST REVIEW:

We all know I love when things are versatile, and these comfortable pieces are definitely that! I adore how all of them can be styled in different ways, giving versatility and making sustainability look good! Plus I love that they are sustainably and responsibly made in Los Angeles, using ethical production practices, zero-waste cuts and a short supply chain!


Shop Velvet Lamb here.

They are having a 50% off their entire collection from Wednesday 25th- Monday November 30th

with promo code: VLAMB50


WAFFLEYE


Introducing the first Cannabis Leaf-Shaped Waffle Maker. But yep you guessed right this Waffle maker can also be used for Grilled cheese!


Get 20% Off when you use promo code: SHANTICREATIONSNYC


Shop now because we all know someone who needs this under the tree this year! Shop here.





ZERO WASTE KIT

Created out of the mind of Marina Qutab, also known as EcoGoddess. Zero Waste Kit as a streamlined take-with-you-and-go-everywhere kit to help make daily choices such as ditching plastic spoons, straws, food containers, grocery bags, and other single-use plastic products, easy and convenient. The thoughtfully designed starter kit includes custom made and hand-crafted daily essentials beautifully housed and measured-to-fit in a multi-purpose glass container, which are all ethically and sustainably sourced.



Shop Zero Waste Kit Here.

Take 15% OFF with promo code: SHANTI









AYA PAPER CO.


Aya Paper Co. is a sustainable stationery brand that creates greeting cards and gifts to celebrate the people and moments that matter most.

All paper products are made with 100% recycled material, and sourcing information can be found on each product page.

I'm obsessed with this Intention Journal. 100% recycled with crisp lines and a minimal design, this journal is the perfect place for you to write down your intentions, organize plans for your business, or as a daily journal.

And recycled newspaper pencils?! How cool! We love everything about this brand and their products. If you are gifting anyone journals, cards, or other paper products- Shop Aya Paper Co. here.




MYBUDVASE


MyBud Vase is elegantly crafted to bring art, expression, and discretion to your cannabis lifestyle. Make it a focal point or hide it in plain sight, the choice is yours.

HONEST REVIEW:

Yes I am obsessed with My Bud Vase, how can you not be? Decorative Vases than can hide your bong, or make you feel fancy as you smoke the herb. For now, I have the Coyote in my bedroom. It's about time that our smoking pieces resembled some style and fun.


(The coyote is pictured here) -- but I haven't been able to stop thinking about their new ZuZu piece.


10% off with promo code: SHANTINYC10

Shop My Bud Vase here.

LOOMINARIUM FIBER ART


Hand woven fiber art from upstate New York. I have been blown away by the talented Alison Altafi and her beautiful artwork as I have been stalking her on social media for a while now.


She is restocking her shop on Saturday November 28th! and is offering FREE SHIPPING!


Shop her work here.








PLENTY OF YELLOW


Alison the creative behind plenty of yellow, is from a small town outside of Baltimore where she lives with her husband and six adopted animals -- four cats and two dogs, both of which are oddly cat-like. With a history of being interested in numerous art forms, she finally found herself as a painter and maker. Her work is moody, from snarky to supporting mental health, there' s something for everyone.


I had the pleasure of working with Alison this year, and am so thankful. She is the artist who created our Mental Illness is Not A Crime Sticker <3 This keychain has gotten me through some pretty tough days, I absolutely love it. But honestly she is so talented and has amazing work. I can guarantee you that she will have a piece of work that you will fall in love with!


Shop Plenty Of Yellow here.


20% OFF of $40 or more! with promo code: SHOPSMALL


Shanti Creations


Yes, I know this is our small business gift guide, but why not one shameless plug about us?! Because I just couldn't leave our Notorious RBG Candle out!


Make sure to use promo code: SHOPSMALL at checkout for 20% off!


Shop this candle here.


Shop our holiday sale here.


THANK YOU FOR SHOPPING SMALL!


HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Calling all Office Fans!! After working a bit with beet root in other cocktails, I knew when I saw this Light Bulb Container that I needed to create the Shrute Idea. Learn how to make this fun mocktail below!



THE INGREDIENTS

1 oz Silk Tree Non Alcoholic Liquor

.75 oz lemon honey

2 tablespoons of Aquafaba

.75 beet root infused Swoon

.5 oz lemon juice

Rosemary Grapefruit Aurora Elixir


MAKING OF LEMON HONEY:

Incase you missed it, we went over how to make lemon honey here.


HOW TO MAKE THE MINDFUL COCKTAIL:

Get your mason jar cocktail shaker, and pour Silk Tree, lemon honey, aquafaba, Beet RootSwoon, & Lemon Juice in. Fill with ice and Shake! Grab a fun glass like. this LightBulb Drink Holder I found at my local discount store and pour from the cocktail shaker. Top with Aurora Elixir's Grapefruit & Rosemary. Garnish with a Rosemary Twig and you are ready to enjoy this refreshing Shrute Idea mocktail. Learn more about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker kit here.

ABOUT THE MINDFUL INGREDIENTS:


AQUAFABA | For those of you who are VEGAN, and miss having egg whites in your cocktails, there is an alternative. I've heard about Aquafaba it, but never got to experiment with it. Aquafaba is the slightly vicous liquid found in canned garbanzo beans and it’s a magical ingredient that can be used as a vegan egg replacer in baking. "Aqua" and "faba" literally translate to "water" and "bean".

BEET ROOT| Beetroots, commonly known as beets, are a popular root vegetable used in many cuisines around the world.

Beets are packed with essential vitamins, minerals and plant compounds, some of which have medicinal properties. Learn the 9 benefits of beet root here.


BRAND FEATURE: SWOON


Swoon creates beverages that reflect your favorite flavors by combining a love for the classics with a commitment to plant-based ingredients, delivering delicious, refreshing drinks that always taste great. Unlike other zero sugar drinks, Swoon doesn’t use artificial sweeteners or ingredients to achieve great taste. It actually comes from Monk Fruit. Monk fruit is a melon native to Southeast Asia that has natural sweetness, but doesn’t contain any of the calories or carbs that sugar does. Monk fruit was originally cultivated by monks in China hundreds of years ago. It grows on a vine (Swoon's is hand picked) and is high in antioxidants. The monk fruit they use is GMO-free, too.

The process is simple: crush the monk fruit to release its juice, infuse it in hot water and filter it to create a clear, sweet juice.


Learn more about Swoon here.


Thanks so much for checking out this mocktail. Learn about more mindful cocktail recipes here.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Our mindful cocktails are not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Disclaimer

This information in our Mindful Cocktail Blog is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

Fall cocktails make me just as happy as the season does. I am so excited to bring you this Hibiscus Hops Mocktail as our newest Mindful Cocktail. Click the video to see this cocktail come to life, and keep reading for ingredients and how to!


THE INGREDIENTS


1.75 oz Lyres Whiskey Malt

.75 Hibiscus Maple Syrup by Runamok Maple

.75 lemon juice

Hops Ginger Ale by New Creations Soda


HOW TO MAKE THE MINDFUL COCKTAIL:

Get your mason jar cocktail shaker, and pour whiskey, maple syrup, and lemon juice in. Fill with ice and Shake! Fill a new mason jar with ice and pour from the cocktail shaker. Top with Hops Ginger Ale by New Creations Soda Works. Grab your Stainless Steel Straw and you are ready to enjoy this refreshing summer mocktail. Learn more about our Zero Waste Candle to Cocktail Shaker kit here.

ABOUT THE MINDFUL INGREDIENTS:


HOPS | Yes, hops that thing best known for by its aspect in beer, it is actually a plant. The dried, flowering part of the plant is used to make medicine. Hops is used for anxiety, inability to sleep (insomnia) and other sleep disorders, restlessness, tension, excitability, attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), nervousness, and irritability. When we heard that New Creations Soda Works had a HOPS GingerAle, we knew we had to try it. All the benefits but not getting intoxicated, yes please!

BRAND FEATURE: LYRES

Lyre’s exquisite range of lovingly crafted non-alcoholic spirits was borne from a quest to make the impossible possible – giving the freedom to drink your drink, your way. Not just provide an alternative to those who don’t wish to imbibe alcohol, but ensure everyone can enjoy the mirth and merriment of a soiree or shindig.


With Lyre’s it’s up to you – replace some of the alcohol in your drink to make a low alcohol Lyre’s or make your classic favorites as a no-alcohol option simply by selecting from the many Lyre’s variants in our extensive range.

We craft our spirits to taste just like the classics they pay homage to. We source the finest all natural essences, extracts and distillates from the four corners of the globe.

At the risk of blowing our own bugle, this is quite simply the finest range of non-alcoholic classic spirits the world has ever seen.

Learn more about this brand here.


Thanks so much for checking out this mocktail. Learn about more mindful cocktail recipes here.

* These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Our mindful cocktails are not for use during pregnancy or lactation. If you have a medical condition or take pharmaceutical drugs please consult your doctor prior to use.

Disclaimer

This information in our Mindful Cocktail Blog is intended only as a general reference for further exploration, and is not a replacement for professional health advice. This content does not provide dosage information, format recommendations, toxicity levels, or possible interactions with prescription drugs. Accordingly, this information should be used only under the direct supervision of a qualified health practitioner such as a naturopathic physician.

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