gift guide for business ladies


entreleadership book, contigo mug, the influence network founding membership, yeti microphone, photoshop elements, wacom tablet, warby parker specs, kate spade earrings, the $100 startup book

entreleadership:  This was the first and best business book I read in 2012.  I don’t super love Dave’s voice in his personal finance work (I think he can come off as kind of arrogant)…but his business stuff really hit home for me.

mug: This is my very favorite mug.  It keeps my coffee warm when I get distracted and forget about it.  I love it so much, I’ve bought multiple mugs and have listed it on previous wish-lists.

the influence network:  Y’all.  If I could encourage you to do one thing online in 2013, it would be to join The Influence Network in some capacity.  Whether you wait on it and subscribe to a monthly membership or jump in with two feet and become a founding member…I just hope to see you in that growing community.  I’m not even saying that because I’m a co-founder…but because I super super believe in what the women of the community are doing.

yeti microphone:  This is what I use for the Simple Mom podcast.  It’s beautiful, it sounds lovely, and most of all it makes me feel super professional!

photoshop elements:  I use the full-blown version of Photoshop to work with graphics and images, but Photoshop Elements is a very powerful tool to take your online (or print) work to the next level.

wacom bamboo tablet:  You can draw, doodle, sketch, etc with this fun little piece of hardware.

warby parkers:  It’s fun to look like a smarty pants, and fun glasses+red lipstick make me feel like a million bucks during Skype meetings (even when I’m wearing pajama pants on bottom!!).

ta-da earrings:  When I had my first little guy, I had a very wise friend who told me about the concept of the “ta da list”.  I’ve told every woman (new mom or not!) I know since.  Stop looking at your to-do’s so closely and start celebrating your ta-da’s.  Make sure you are listing out the things you are getting done rather than just looking at the looooong list of things still to do.  The to-do’s will never end, so make sure to soak in and celebrate the ta-da’s!

100 dollar startup:  This book gave me a whole new idea about small business.  Get it, read it, read it again, pass it along.









  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Johanna Hanson

    I think I’m getting Photoshop Elements for Christmas! –and I really want to join Influence, but money won’t allow at this point. Hope to still enjoy it in some way, though!

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Natalie @ NS Pottery

    I LOVE this list! I could definitely use a few things on here. #3 & #7 are already taken care of :)

  • Reply December 7, 2012

    Sherri Ohler

    FABULOUS list!!! I think maybe I will print it out and hand it to Santa (i.e., my hubby ;) Lol

  • Reply December 8, 2012

    lindsey kubly

    ….and favorite list yet! you’ve done it again, friend!

  • Reply December 10, 2012


    Ta Da list? Please share more about this!

  • Reply December 11, 2012

    Rebecca Stewart

    I’ve been considering Entreleadership but was hesitant about it for the same reason you mentioned. Thanks for the recommendation! My Founding Membership for the Influence Network was my Christmas gift to myself–I’m thrilled about it!

  • Reply December 14, 2012


    I would really like about 5 of those things. Like, really. They look so awesome!!

    Testing my gravataaaar…. testing, 1 2 3.

  • Reply December 14, 2012


    Crimey, it doesn’t work!! I need help. :/

    • Reply December 14, 2012


      Just kidding. It’s working. Hiatus on, and feel free to ignore these unnecessary comments. :P

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