The Uncommon Life

Uncommon Values: Our Guiding Principles

November 6, 2019

What makes a workplace great? Your knee-jerk response might focus on salary and benefits, but we all know it’s more than that. Do you feel challenged? Are you encouraged to grow? Do you have a say in your company’s direction? Do you feel like it’s your company? Do you like your co-workers? We’ve had the goal of being a great place to work for a long time, but that can mean different things to different people. We realized that in order to actually make it happen and in turn become a stronger, more impactful business, we had to figure out what “great place to work” meant to us.

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Through discussions with our leadership, work with our human resources team and a trusted advisor, looking at the practices of businesses we admire, and a lot of feedback from team members across the company, we put who we want to be as an organization into words with our seven Guiding Principles.

Each of our Principles helps us define what we’re working to be as a company, and what we want to mean to the people who work here. In short, they’re a set of guidelines to keep us all moving in the same direction. That doesn’t mean that there won’t be differences of opinion expressed. In fact, the Principles are set up to empower folks around here to do just that.

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Design, Maker Resources

Things You Didn’t Know about Handmade Jewelry

November 6, 2019

Did these five facts put a gemstone-like sparkle in your eye? Read on for the full article to learn more about what makes handmade jewelry shine.


Handmade jewelry has been a sought after closet “staple” for decades. Whether it’s the only kind of jewelry you buy or something you picked up on vacation, you have at least one piece of handmade jewelry. What is it about something that’s made by hand that draws our attention? My theory is that an artisan’s personal connection and love of their craft transforms ordinary objects into jewelry masterpieces. Still, most people don’t understand the true value of handmade jewelry compared to its mass-produced counterparts. There are many reasons why handcrafted jewelry is more of an investment than pieces that are produced in mass quantities, so we thought we’d break it down for you! Below are 11 things you didn’t know about handmade jewelry.

“I get to hatch an idea for a new piece and BOOM! I can make it appear. Feels magical.” — Britta Ambauen

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The Uncommon Life

1 Jar, 4 Overnight Oats Recipes

July 16, 2019

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Gift Guides

The Best Gift Ideas For Kids Ages 1-5

June 11, 2019

Whether it’s a birthday, holiday, or just because, it’s not always easy finding the best gifts for kids ages one to five. Questions like, “What size clothing should I get?” or “What if this toy is too complicated?” can make shopping for kids’ toys a headache.

Thankfully, all you need is a little early child development know-how to make shopping for toddlers a snap. By factoring in baby milestones, you can easily find engaging gifts that inspire play and creativity and boost learning.

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Gift Guides

10 Excellent Father’s Day Gifts You Can Only Get At UncommonGoods

May 24, 2019

Not to brag, but we’re kind of experts when it comes to gifting. From picks that appeal to the most obscure of interests to majorly crowd-pleasing presents, our selection lets you find just the thing for the person you love. Since Dad’s time to shine is coming up fast (ahem, June 16th) peruse this list of finds you can only get at UncommonGoods—each of them perfect for Father’s Day.

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