28 Places to Shop for Gifts That Give Back

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Since our theme this month is Give Back and it’s holiday shopping season, we thought we’d make a list of some websites where you can find gifts for this holiday season that give back in some way. If you know of other great sites to shop for gifts that give back, please leave a link to them in the comments!

Find Gifts that Give Back from these websites this holiday season:

West Elm / St. Judes

Stone & Cloth


31 Bits

Bird & Stone

United by Blue

Out of Print Clothing

One Hope Wine



Warby Parker


Far & Wide Collective


Shopping For Change


Across Africa


The Brave Collection


Hand in Hand

Project 7

LUSH Charity Pot

Raven + Lily

Human Rights Campaign


Smile Squared

Faucet Face


HAPPY HOUR // Early Cyber Monday Sale!


Happy Thanksgiving week! Here at The B Bar, we’re celebrating early by bringing you a week long Black Friday/Cyber Monday deal. Yep, you read that right — our Black Friday sale starts today, and will go through next Monday, 12/1.  As a way to say “Thanks!” for your readership and participation in our community, all this week you can take 20% off your entire purchase at The B Bar. Yes, you read that right.

Now through 12/1, you can take 20% off your entire purchase at The B Bar with the code THANKS20. Shop here >>

Whether you’re downloading a single shot or every book on our “menu,” everything is 20% off! To apply this discount to your purchase, don’t forget to use the code THANKS20 at checkout. Hop on over and shop the full bar menu here.

The code will be active from today, November 24, 2014 through Monday, December 1, 2014. Please feel free to share this on your social networks, blogs, or with your blog colleagues!

*clink* Cheers!

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How to be organized every week — My Monday rule

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If you don’t read my main blog (no pressure) you are missing out on my most popular column called GSD — Get Shit Done. I either interview a blogger, entrepreneur, or just someone awesome about how they get shit done, or I’ll write about my GSD tips and tricks (and of course, there’s an ebook on the way!).

This particular trick I’m sharing with you today has been hugely successful for me, so I wanted to share it here on The Well and spread the love. It has really changed how my weeks start and helped me to be super organized and productive every week.

A very wise women once told me — Mandy of Waiting on Martha — that she keeps Mondays completely clear.

No meetings, no lunch dates with friends, no appointments.

Mandy uses Mondays to get a ton of work done so she can set herself up for success each week. As soon as she told me this, I adopted it immediately. I protect my Mondays as much as I can. Sometimes there is a call or meeting that is important enough for me to break my Monday rule, but it’s rare. I love the feeling on Sunday night not worrying that I forgot about something for Monday, because there isn’t anything scheduled except things I need & want to work on — whether that’s blog posts for the week, writing and editing ebooks or blog posts for The B Bar, strategic thinking, creative work, or painting. I use Monday to take a fresh look at the things I need to focus on that week, figure out how I’m going to get them done, and get down to work.

One of the hardest things about being an entrepreneur is organizing your time. You learn over time what works best for you, but it’s a continual evolution. I’m constantly analyzing how I spend my time and how long things take me to accomplish and if the things that take me so much time are worth doing, or could have have someone else do them (the answer is often, yes).

Do you have one thing that really works for you when organizing yourself or helps you be productive?


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Photo by Abby Jiu for MegBiram.com, mug from Shop by Monika

COCKTAIL HOUR // Links from around the web

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How to Crack the Facebook Algorithm and Grow Your Business // Inc.

Inside Rent the Runway’s Secret Dry Cleaning Empire // Fast Company

Do I Need a Blog? // Breanna Rose

I Came Undone: One Woman’s Horrifyingly Real Experience With Burnout // Elle

10 Great Fonts on Sale // Zoe Rooney

In Praise of Zoning Out // Science of Us

 Lightroom Workflow for Landscape Photos // Blogging Behind the Scenes

Malcolm Gladwell on Why You Need Adversity to Succeed // Inc.

Image: Victoria McGinley

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A Thank You + Please Share The B Bar

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Victoria and I have been creating content here on The B Bar’s blog The Well since August 2013. So far we’ve published 152 posts! We’ve written & edited 19 ebooks (one for free!) and have more free content, more ebooks, and a new type of content on the way. We’ve done 3 twitter chats — and have enjoyed every tweet, every comment, and every email from all of you.

Thank you so much for being such involved readers, we truly appreciate it and hope that you’ve found useful content while here with us.

In the theme of giving back and Thanksgiving this month, we wanted to ask you a little favor … will you share The B Bar & The Well with someone you know that would benefit from it? If you want to help us get the word out, please do so however you please — email, twitter, Facebook, blogging, pinning our posts to Pinterest — doesn’t matter! We just want anyone who could benefit from all of the content here to know about it.

You may have read in my post the other day on getting creative about giving back and how Diane von Furstenberg once said that every morning she sends one email that doesn’t benefit her at all. Maybe today you send an email like that to someone who could benefit from the content here on The B Bar and The Well.

Thanks again for all of your support, comments, tweets, and emails. We can’t wait to share all of the new things we’ve got in the works with you!