Let's face it - social distancing is challenging. We're not seeing friends and family, celebrations have been canceled, and we're all beginning to miss face-to-face human connection.
At a recent virtual meetup for mothers in business, there was a discussion about buying small things from each other as a way to offer support and bring some happy mail into our lives.
But why limit it to purchasing just for yourself? This is a wonderful time to spread sunshine by sending a little something to a friend or family member and support a small business at the same time.
We've collected a list of items under $15 (plus shipping) that can be ordered online and sent to anyone you think needs a pick me up!
1) Guatemala Chichen Coban whole bean coffee from Elliot & Murrey Coffee Roasters - $15
This is a medium blend with flavors of milk chocolate, lavender, and hints of brown sugar. Delicious after a meal or as the first cup of the day! Order here.
2) Rosemary Pecan Brittle Bites from How Sweet It is - $10
Don't miss the chance brighten someone's days with award-winning Rosemary Pecan Brittle Bites! These are a perfect blend of sweet and savory and a 2020 Good Food Awards winner! Order here
3) Button Up Earrings from Premier Designs with Cynthia - $14
A timeless staple that brings a classic, feminine look to any occasion, including getting dressed up from the neck up for all those video calls! Order here.
4) Nature Sticker Sets from Super Nature Adventures - $11
Right now even more that usual our kids deserve any chance for joy they can get. These nature themed sticker sets with hand-illustrated drawings are here to brighten spirits. Use for outdoor exploration, home school, or free play. Order here.
5) Custom & Personalized Wooden Easter Eggs from Sudie's Corner - $10
If you're looking to send a little happy mail to someone who seems to have it all, this is a great option! Order here.
6) Clip It from Sparkle with Christie - $14
Know someone who loves jewelry? A Clip It from Premier Designs can make any long necklace short! Order here.
7) Beeswax Lunchbox Sets from Heather's Treasures - $5 to $10
Fun and playful, these reusable beeswax wraps are a fantastic alternative to plastic and perfect for all types of leftovers! Order here.
8) Halisi All Natural Lip Balm - $4
Halisi's Bizzy Lips is a delightful peppermint lip balm that gives lips an invigorating, tingly feeling. Vegan formula (without beeswax or lanolin) also available. Order here.
9) Photo Notecards from Malaina Kinne Photography - $5
Missing the connection with your loved ones and friends? Send them a thoughtful note! Order here.
10) Bad Chrome-ance from Colors and Chaos
Dry nail polish that is mess and smudge free and will get you through your social distancing with a smile on your face! Even if you have acrylic or gel dip nails (cover that grow out until you can get to the salon again). Removes with finger nail polish remover. Order here.
11) Reusable Produce Bags from Stacy Rice, Norwex - $6.99
We all know someone who either forgets their bags or talks about upgrading what they have! Send them a surprise! This sturdy reusable shopping bag is made with food-grade material. Order here.
12) Fragrance-Free Satin Hands® Nourishing Shea Cream - $12
During this time of extra hand washing, sending a friend hand lotion might be the most thoughtful gift of all! Satin Hands Nourishing Shea Cream for those dry hands from the extra hand washing, lip care with SPF 15 for the extra sun while enjoying the outside more. Order here.
13) Rose City Bath Salts from WholeTree - $10
These bath salts will make you feel refreshed & pampered! Made with natural and non-toxic ingredients. Ingredients: Epsom salt, sea salt, baking soda, rose buds, vitamin e, rosehip oil, essential oil. Order here.
We know things are uncertain and nearly everyone is experiencing a lot of stress right now.
Here are a few of ways we're working to keep mothers in business connected:
We've moved all meetups online. Just like our in-person meetups, our virtual meetups have educational speakers, breakout sessions, and a chance to build relationships with other women who are juggling running a business and being a mother. Use code APRIL to save $5 on your ticket.
We've scheduled three weeks of free, educational programming on our Facebook page - The MOB Nation - daily at 11am PST. You can view the lineup and missed talks here.
We've created this resource guide designed to help you find essentials, free resources to keep your kids occupied during school closures, and virtual events that will help you with your business.
This list is growing, so come back to see what has been added! If you have a resource to add please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the direct link and description.
Toiletries and essentials delivered to your door
Toothpaste, shampoo, and cleaning supplies from Pure Haven.
Meal prep kit and recipes from Epicure.
Home cleaning products from h20.
Dish soap and dishwasher detergent from Shaklee.
Freeze dried food and snacks from Thrive Life.
Foaming hand soap from Halisi.
Elderberry Syrup from Wildroots Pantry.
Coffee delivery Elliot & Murrey Coffee, Rose City Coffee Co., and Willamette Coffee.
Tea from Mama Te-a.
Wine from Rose Fern Cellars and Gonzales Wine Company.
Hand soap and bodywash from Arbonne.
Essential oils from Doterra or Young Living
Reusable paper towel replacements from Heather’s Treasures.
Bar soap from Whole Tree.
Domestic Violence Resources
(CLICK HERE to be redirected to Google if you need to leave this page)
The hotline is open 24/7 and staffed by trained advocates.
How COVID-19 can impact domestic abuse survivors.
Creating a safety plan.
Resources for friends and family.
Resources by state.
Computers can be monitored, if this is a concern call the National Domestic Violence Hotline 24/7 at 1−800−799−7233 or TTY 1−800−787−3224. You can also text LOVEIS to 22522 if you don't feel that clicking the link is safe.
Toys and Activities for kids delivered to your door
Educational Games from Simply Fun!
Earring Kits from Purple Girl Beautique.
Cookie decorating kits from Flour by Design.
Toddler activity boxes from Tinkering Toddler Crates.
Super Nature Adventures activity sets & Explore Your Own World downloadable kits for families (benefits World Giving Coronavirus Fund).
Confessions of a Tiny Teacher subscription box.
Little Minds Learning Box subscription box.
Self-care delivered to your door
CBD bath balms and bubble bath from Cherry River.
CBD chewables and tinctures from Whole Tree CBD.
Organic skincare from Ishq Skincare and Bee Bomber.
At home mani-pedi from Color Street.
Juice Plus! Fruit and Veggie Capsules.
Hand lotion and cosmetics from Mary Kay.
Free Parenting and Homeschool Resources
Playdough Recipe from Roya Dedeaux.
Suddenly Homeschooling free download bundle from Mighty Kind Kids.
Free Activity ideas for kids and toddlers from Confessions of a Tiny Teacher.
Craft ideas for kids from Chomp Supply!
Free coloring sheet downloads from Honolulu Baby co.
"Making Music at Home" with Miss Wendy!
Coronavirus Turned Us Into Homeschoolers - Now What? from homeschooling coach Sue Patterson.
List of educational companies offering free subscriptions - including BrainPOP and other great resources.
Grover Reads "Monster at the End of the Book" on YouTube
How to Talk to Your Kids about Coronavirus
Huge List of Educational Resources from the Not Your Average Mom Project (organized by subject)
Fab Lab Digital Day Care with Crazy Aunt Lindsey
Resource list from homeschooling blogger The Mahogany Way
Paint with me live streams from Eva at OffBeat Art Parties daily at 2pm (click videos to see the ones you missed!)
Free Workshops from ifund Women!
Online Yoga Classes with Ready, Set, Grow!
Online Personal Training and Workout Classes from Coburg Fit Club.
FREE Live MOB Talks every weekday at 11am!
Virtual Meetups from The MOB Nation - networking for women business owners.
Pepperlane Online Boosts for service based businesses- claim a free spot here!
FREE Self-care resources
"Why working from home can mean less sleep" by Sleeper Teachers.
Guided Meditation Activate you with Tricia!
Five Day Self Care Journey with Jenelle Woodlief MA LMT
Virtual help for home organizing help with Trista Signe Ainsworth of Love your Home!
Free Coaching Support (Business & Personal)
Free 20 minute strategy calls for time blocking and productivity with Anna De Salvo.
Free meditations and group coaching from Free Spirit Coaching.
Free marketing strategy calls with The Bold Orange.
Discounted/Free Services & Subscriptions
Momentum is waiving fees for listing products and services!
HBO is offering 500 hours of free content
Easy gift certificate options from Kabbage - service is free, but there is a 2.5% processing charge per gift certifcate
Hootsuite is offering its professional plan free until July 1st, 2020.
Extended 90 day trial from Shopify
Free learning modules from LinkedIn
Calendly is offering free Zoom & GoToMeeting integration through June
Canva has made its entire photo and icon library free (60+ million items) at the Canva Pro level and is offering a free 30 day trial, too!
Navigating business during uncertain times by Refreshing Edge Podcast.
10 AMAZING free Marketing resources from MOB CMO, Gwen Montoya!
Free marketing videos from Mary Czarnecki.
Guidance for Businesses & Employers to Plan & Respond to COVID-19 from the Small Business Association.
Time tracker worksheet from Girl on Fire.
Resources for artists & freelancers.
Learn how to take face to face events digital with Edge One Media.
Financial Resources and Information
SBA funding program for disaster assistance.
COVID-19 Economic Injury Disater Loan Application
Find unemployment benefits in your state - Self employed may be able to claim unemployment benefits.
Funding assistance for female founders - collection of resources from Helm
List of Small Business Administration loans and resources
Find a local Small Business Administration office- your local SBA can help connect you with unique local resources.
Quickbooks & Go Fund Me Matching Grant program
Financial support for beauty professionals
Facebook Small Business Grants
Grants and funding for the restaurant industry.
Grants, financial support, and resources for artists and more here.
Round up of resources - national and city/state.
Another list of resources by city/state
Grants for Women Business Owners
iFundWomen List of Grants
7 Funding Resources for Diverse Business Owners
11 Funding Resources for Women Business Owners