24Nov2012 Happy Small Business Saturday! Hello everyone! I hope you all had wonderful Thanksgivings spending time with your family and eating lots of yummy food. I sure did! Did you get any good deals yesterday? I went out for a few choice things at Target and CVS and then I shopped at my favorite local small business, Cocalico Creek Country Store. I’m obsessed with their home decor items that are really reasonably priced for my limited budget. Unfortunately I wasn’t one of the first 25 people in line to get a free gift card (my mom was though!) but they had a really good deal on glass candle holders, perfect for a Christmas gift. I want to encourage you, if you haven’t already, to think about buying gifts from small businesses first this year. We’ve had two awesome advertisers this month on Semi Homemade Mom that I would LOVE for you to check out: Shelf Reliance, hosting consultant Shelli Rasmussen All of us on the East Coast were thrown through a loop with the recent hurricane, I know we were. Put your mind at ease with Shelf Reliance! Shelf Reliance offers both innovative food rotation systems and shelf stable food that tastes great and without many of the additives and preservatives found in most other canned foods. As a casual couponer who stockpiles our favorite items, I’m loving this Pantry Rotator – $18.99 right now during their Black Friday sale (that’s 58% off regular price!) Browsing the site, I was shocked at the wide variety of shelf stable food they offer. How cool would it be to have Thrive’s Ice Cream Sandwiches on your stockpile shelf?? Also on sale this weekend for $21.39! Check out these awesome Black Friday prices at Shelf Reliance, good for a limited time through November 26th. Thanks, Shelli! Lola’s Spices, No Wimpy Flavors No Wimpy Flavors hosted an awesome giveaway last week and I can’t get enough of these fabulous spice blends! My favorite was the Cajun Blend that I shared with Cajun Chicken Alfredo Pasta, a total man pleaser. Amy also offers a Southwest Blend and a Caribbean Blend, all three are packed with flavor you will never get from store bought spices! These make awesome gifts for the spicy food lovers in your life (I know several). We have THREE awesome winners from our giveaway last week. And the drumroll please… Lauren F. Andrea D. AND Shelly I. Congrats! You three have won a set of three spice blends from No Wimpy Flavors! Please respond to my email within 48 hours to claim your prize! Thanks, Amy for hosting such an awesome giveaway. I hope you will check out my awesome small business picks. Are there any small businesses you are in love with? Share it with us in the comments. Happy Christmas shopping, everyone!