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  • Journey to Launch: Yoga by Numbers Part II

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    This is the second installment in Elizabeth’s journey to launch on The Grommet. To read the first, click here.

    During Thanksgiving of 2012, close to a year after her health crisis began, Elizabeth had been practicing yoga diligently as a form of recovery and started to form the idea for Yoga by Numbers in her head. By June of 2013, she had working prototypes and by chance, met the Grommet team at an event held at their offices.

    The rest as they say, is history. When asked to describe her relationship with The Grommet, Elizabeth says “…meeting The Grommet and working with them to bring my product to market was like pouring gasoline on the fire. They provided so much of the expertise that I needed, including guidance, connections and tremendously smart people.” She then went on to tell me that entrepreneurship can be a lonely, isolating thing sometimes and others warned her of that early on. She was able to avoid the bulk of that with The Grommet’s help she says. “There was always someone to talk things through with, or bounce ideas off if I needed. It’s been truly wonderful.”

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    Her journey to launch on The Grommet has been a blessing, but hasn’t been without its challenges. Like most entrepreneurs, Elizabeth experienced roadblocks along the way. Manufacturing, she says was her biggest hurdle. It was her goal from the beginning to make a mat using ethical practices from an environmental and labor perspective and she wasn’t going to compromise her own values (although she was given many opportunities to do so). She needed to figure out a way to manufacture the mat according to her personal standards and then be able to explain why it would be more expensive than some mats out there. “We are on par with high end, brand name mats, even though the YbN mat is wider than most, made of natural rubber, made in the US, and comes printed with our design, which is what facilitates home practice. But we can’t compete with cheap vinyl mats on cost alone.” Getting the message to consumers that they get a big return on their investment has been challenging, says Elizabeth.

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  • Meaningful Gifts Can Come in Really Small Packages

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    I've come to realize that people either dread the idea of purchasing stocking stuffers, or look forward to it. Personally, I adore the idea of finding small treasures that will light up faces on Christmas morning. Growing up, Santa always filled my stocking with the smallest (but most thoughtful)  gifts.  But the truth is, most stocking stuffers are not thoughtful at all.

    How many of us give or receive stocking stuffers that appear to be from the grocery store impulse buy section? Does chapstick, beef jerky, and gum sound like your typical stocking stuffers?  We can do better. Just because a gift is small doesn't mean it has to be from the gas station or impersonal. This year consider filling their stockings with meaningful gifts they will be as thrilled to receive as the gifts they unwrap from under the tree. Giving a meaningful gift of any size will put a smile on their face (and yours as well).

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    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Her

    LOVE Reusable Bags: Perfect for your wife, mom, or college-age daughter. This cute reusable bag is the  perfect space saver that can tuck into a purse or pocket. It folds up to the size of a tennis balls and can be unfolded with she goes to the market or needs a bookbag.

    Toesizes:  Toesizes come in fun colors and are great alternative to barefeet. Toezies are the sock for pilates, yoga & lounging around.

    Unitrex: Flexible silicone rubber pocket-sized pen and stylus tools come in bright colors and are compatible with all touchscreen devices. The perfect size to tuck into a stocking.

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    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Him

    Razor Renew: Leather strap that sharpens and smoothes razors, blades, and knives to last at least 10x longer than normal. Use suede side to sharpen; flip over to smooth side to polish.

    Napa Soap Company:  This handy travel size shaving soap and traditional shaving brush will elevate his shaving experience. The travel tin and brush make it the perfect size for his stocking.

    This is Ground: Easily wrap earbuds, USB cables and other small wires in the convenient envelope-like case leather  case. The Cord Taco comes in a 5-pack so you can stick them in all of your family's stockings.

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    Meaningful Stocking Stuffer Ideas for Kids

    The Dipr: A spoon made just for dunking cookies! You can even eat off the dipper! They come in a pack of four.

    Whooz?:  Whooz? charger stickers are full of personality, and will set their device accessories apart, so they'll always know which ones are theirs.

    Shains: Colorful rubber bracelets feature interchangeable peg charms (letters, and icons) that attach to spell out a message.

    Looking for more meaningful gift ideas? We have an entire Holiday Catalog full of gifts with meaning. Check it out here.

  • 5 Ways our Grommet Partners Make Extraordinary Products

     

    1) They go natural.

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    Sometimes you need to strip down to the basics. So many products these days are pumped, loaded and infused with more additives to make the product bigger, better and last longer. Too often this means that our goods are less natural and often less healthy for us and our environment. Many of our Grommet partners believe in making a more natural world void of harsh chemicals and additives. The founder of S. W. Basics, Adina Grigore , found herself having bad reactions to most skin care lines. She knew there had to be a better way and when she realized that she could create real skin care with less than 5 natural ingredients, she knew she was on to something. The press noticed too. Check out this article  in the New York Daily News.

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  • These Grommets shine on Pinterest

    Our Grommets are showing up all over Pinterest, and it's no wonder. Pinterest is a great place to capture creativity, inspiration and innovation. We get really excited seeing our great Grommets splashing across your Pinterest boards. Here's a look at the Grommets that have been the most pinned (by you!) recently:

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    Home aquaponics kit from AquaFarm.

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    Clog preventor from DrainWig.

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    Ultra-thin utility tool from PocketMonkey.

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    Tabletop camp fire by OneLogFire.

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    Identification labels from Whooz.

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    Holder for hair styling tools by Hot Iron Holdster

     

    If you're pinning, we'd love for you to follow us. Plus, if you spot a product that you think would make a great Grommet,  let us know! We'd love for you to join our group Pinterest board and help us discover the next Grommet idea.

  • Recipes for a perfect 4th of July Cookout

    Do you love grilling as much as we do?  You may have noticed we're big fans of grilled food here at Daily Grommet.  We featured FlameDisk a couple of weeks ago (a super-easy and quick way to start your barbecue fire), and Sherry of Chaos Theory wrote about her favorite summer pastime (guess what -- cookout central!) a couple of days ago.  To help you enjoy the long weekend ahead, we asked Rachel (we love her fabulous blog, A Southern Fairytale) to share some of her primo grilling recipes -- you're gonna love 'em!  Thanks, Rachel!

    By Rachel of A Southern Fairytale

    It's summer time and that means that grills and BBQ pits are heatin' up across the nation.

    One of my favorite things to do when the weather heats up is to fire up the grill and take the heat of the kitchen outside!

    Grillin' Burgers PacketsThese foil packet burgers are one of my family's favorite grillin' treats. The burgers burst with flavor and the veggies are perfectly cooked and seasoned.

    * 2 lbs lean ground beef (or turkey)
    * 7 to 9 garlic cloves, minced
    * 1 bunch green onions, chopped
    * Rachel’s Simple Seasoning (RSS)
    * garlic powder/salt/pepper mix (1 part each)
    * cherry tomatoes
    * mushrooms, sliced
    * about 2 to 3 C shredded cheddar cheese
    * bacon slices, 2 per patty
    * baby carrots
    * 2 medium onions, sliced
    * 5 medium potatoes, sliced about 1/4″ thick
    * tin foil
    * sliced jalapenos, fresh (3, recommended) or pickled
    * ¼ C Worcestershire Sauce

    1. In a large bowl mix the meat, garlic, green onions, RSS, 3 part seasoning mix, cheese, jalapenos and Worcestershire. Use your hands, get dirty... it's part of the fun! Cover with foil or saran wrap and chill for at least an hour.
    2. Thinly slice the potatoes, onions and mushrooms and begin layering them onto the center of your foil packet. Sprinkle with a dash of RSS. Once you have all your foil packets prepped and ready (4 to 5 depending on the size of your burgers), begin shaping your patties.
    3. Choose your size, roll into a ball and begin shaping into a patty. Make sure the center of your burger is thinner than the edges.
    4. Place each patty on top of the potato & onion mixture and then surround them with your mushrooms, carrots and tomatoes. Top each patty with 1 to 2 slices of bacon, sprinkle with RSS and then seal. Leave room in the packet for steam to build, they should resemble little foil tent packets.
    5. Place on your grill or over your campfire and cook about 15 minutes.
    6. Open them, wait a minute or two before you commence to devouring or you will blister your mouth into oblivion.

    To me grilled corn on the cob screams summertime: BBQ's, running through the sprinkler, fireworks, sparklers and chasing bubbles in the backyard.

    There are few things as delicious as biting into sweet grilled corn and having those kernels burst in your mouth delivering a rush of sweet corn, juice and seasonings! I'm drooling just thinking about it!

    Grilled Corn on The CobTo make this easy grilled corn on the cob you'll need:

    * Corn
    * Garlic Powder/Salt/Pepper (equal parts of each)
    * or
    * RSS
    * or if you have younger kids
    * cinnamon and sugar (nutmeg optional)
    * butter
    * foil

    1. Shuck and wash your corn removing all the corn silk.
    2. Butter the entire piece of corn and then sprinkle evenly with your seasoning of choice.
    3. Wrap each piece of corn in foil and grill over medium heat about 5 minutes on each side (yes, it does too have sides... use your imagination)
    4. Remove from heat
    5. Drool and enjoy this wonderful grilled delight!!

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