Friday, August 29, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
Perhaps I am, perhaps it is only my over-active imagination, but I don't like the feel of it. Today, I took Olive to a playgroup for her new preschool class (she starts in a couple of weeks) at her teacher's house. It was great fun and nice to meet other parents and kids and the teachers. But during one point, she saw another child take off their shoes and wanted to do the same to jump on the mini trampoline. While she had already gotten on and off of this trampoline about 1000 times, I didn't want her taking her shoes off and tromping around the yard shoeless. Well, she wasn't too happy about that and threw a little fit. I was mortified. I know, I know, she is almost 2 and acts every bit of it, but it's totally embarassing. Especially when you are around people who you don't know. On top of that, Olive is independent. Well, that's putting it midly. She is FIERCELY independent. One of the first comments someone made about her today was, "wow, she's independent". Oh great, we're off to a good start, huh? Anyway, I thought I felt a stare or two at her displays of unhappiness. I am getting really good at not losing my cool and diffusing the situation, but it still takes awhile sometimes. I must admit that I was really happy a bit later when there was a kid who was throwing balls at people's heads over and over again. It made me feel better. I know, it's silly and I know it's not their place to judge - all I can do is do my best and be comfortable with the decisions that I make, but really, why don't kids get it that a temper tantrum in front of strangers is not the best way to make new friends??
Tuesday, August 26, 2008
SUGAR SOUFFLE SCRUB
If you prefer a good, exfoliating sugar scrub that doesn't leave an oil slick deathtrap in your tub after use, you will like these creamy, foaming, sugar souffle scrubs that are moisturizing without leaving oiliness behind. Made with scrubby natural turbinado sugar whipped into a creamy soap and glycerin base with natural essential oils and/or vegan synthetic fragrances.
PUMPKIN PIE & LAVENDER PERFUME
A study by The Smell & Taste Treatment & Research Foundation determined that the combination of pumpkin pie and lavender had more of an arousing effect on men. The fragrance is wonderful-- spicy sweet pumpkin mixed with the warm, distinctive floral of lavender.
MEN'S SHOWER SCRUB GEL
A thick, mildly foaming shower gel with lots of finely ground walnut shell to really scrub off the gunk! Tested on actual men! No parabens, acrylates, or propylene glycol.
ALL-NATURAL VEGAN LIP BALM
This hemp oil-based vegan lip balm is soothing and moisturizing, not too slick and not too hard and waxy! These are flavored with natural essential oils - no artificial flavoring.
LAVENDER BRUSH-ON CUTICLE BALM (VEGAN)
All-natural, soothing cuticle balm in a click-twist brush pen is easy to apply to cuticles. Made with all-natural and vegan apricot, jojoba and sweet almond oils, lavender essential oil, and vitamin e.
REFRESHING BODY SPRAY
These body sprays are made with certified organic aloe vera juice to soothe the skin and are completely alcohol-free.
WHIPPED SHEA BODY BUTTER
Real shea butter is whipped up with apricot kernel oil, coconut oil and meadowfoam oil, vegetable glycerin, fragrance oils, and vitamin e. And, I do mean WHIPPED until it has the consistency of frosting. Melts on contact with skin and is a skin-soothing luxury.
For more information on any of the products, simply click on the picture or click here to see all of our wonderful new products in our spa collection.
Monday, August 25, 2008
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Not much else to report but am looking forward to catching up on life and getting some sleep. Hope all is well with everyone else...
Monday, August 18, 2008
For example, yesterday I was blessed with the opportunity to meet up with an old acquaintance from college. We didn't really know each other that well in school but reconnected recently through a networking site. She is considering the possibility of designing her own line of stationery so we met to catch up but also to discuss this further. After leaving, I felt so incredibly inspired, both personally and professionally. My mind was racing with business ideas for her and for myself. I was so excited. But I was also inspired personally too. It's always great to make new friends, which is what I felt like I did. Too bad she's moving out of state in a few weeks but I'm thrilled to have had the chance to catch up and talk shop.
I've also found all sorts of inspiration elsewhere - from friends, from events, from things I see. I feel optimistic today. The world is really a beautiful place with so many amazing things to offer if we choose to see it and choose to learn from each inconsequential experience. I do a lot of reflection and find I've learned more in the last year or so than in the previous 28. Today, take some time to notice things around you and how they directly or indirectly impact your life. You'll be surprised what you can learn.
Friday, August 15, 2008
I'm currently reading a few books - GRITS Friends are Forevah, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and Remember Me?
Happy Reading and have a great weekend!
Thursday, August 14, 2008
I've been so busy lately. I hate to be bored and love to be out doing things so Olive and I have way overscheduled ourselves recently. I took a day off yesterday to recoup, but seems we didn't really take any time off. We were still busy.
Now seems like things are really picking up with my business too. Have been getting lots of orders, starting new product lines, and preparing for some upcoming shows. This is great news because it's been a very slow summer.
I can't complain - life is good and I much prefer busy to stagnant. Olive starts school in a few weeks and while I'm a little sad, I'm also thrilled - that's 6 hours a week that I can work/run errands/relax without having to constantly be on Mommy status. AAHHH....
Hope the end of your summer is great too!
Wednesday, August 13, 2008
I have been phasing out all of our harsh chemical products and replacing them all with more natural ones. One of my favorites thus far has been a carpet cleaner from Mrs. Meyer's Clean Day. It actually works amazingly well, even on those mysterious carpet discolorations and also on our couch. The one we have is Lemon Verbena scent (quite nice but subtle) Carpet Cleaner. I cannot find this on their website so perhaps they have discontinued it, but I did find this other carpet cleaner that I suspect is very similar. I was quite skeptical of these at first but have been really impressed with the results. You can order online or look up a retailer in your area. I think most Whole Foods stores carry them, as well as many others such as Target.
Some other great product lines are:
Clorox Green Works
I have used all of these except for the Simple Green. The best part about these products (besides being natural and avoiding exposing yourself and your family to harsh chemicals) is that most of them are pretty cost-effective too. For the most part, they cost the same or just a tiny bit more than the regular cleaners. I will also soon be carrying a new line of natural cleaning products at my online shop - little pink pansy - so check back there soon.
Do your small part to help make our lives a little more natural and a little greener. The more we all do, the cheaper and more mainstream these things will become. If nothing else, it makes you feel good and clean to use them!
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 8, 2008
Green Tea Aloe Vera Body Wash - 8.5 oz
Enjoy ultimate gourmet skin pampering with our Aloe Vera Body Wash. This extra thick pH-balanced foaming body wash is SLS-free containing aloe vera extract, vitamin E, and a select blend of natural botanicals. The mild formula is designed to moisturize and lather beautifully in the shower or tub. Enjoy fresh, gentle cleansing with a burst of fragrance. Packaged in a shower-safe plastic squeeze bottle.
**Also available in "Vanilla Vanity" scent
Paraben-Free Foaming Baby & Toddler Wash - 6.6 oz
A gentle, soothing body wash and shampoo mild enough to cleanse delicate baby skin and leave it feeling touchably soft. Includes organic aloe, vegetable glycerin, and botanical extracts for rich lathering that will not dry sensitive skin. Our unique bottle makes it easy to dispense an instant luxurious lather with one hand while you hold onto your little one with the other. Does not contain SLS, parabens, artificial dyes, or icky anesthetizing ingredients.
Hand & Body Lotion for Kids - 8 oz.
Kids get dry hands too. Non-greasy and fast-absorbing so it won't slow them down! NO mineral oil and NO lanolin - so there is no worry with allergies. Comes in a kid-friendly plastic bottle with pump.
Handmade Tutu - fits up to 3T - beautiful embellishment
Enjoy watching your little princess or ballerina dance around in this one-of-a-kind handmade tutu. This one features red and pink tulle with a hot pink daisy embellishment and white streamers. This style is super sassy and fun and makes a wonderful gift or treat for your favorite little girl. Designed with an elastic waistband and will fit from baby to 3T and up.
Handmade Tutu - fits up to 3T - pink & pretty
Enjoy watching your little princess or ballerina dance around in this one-of-a-kind handmade tutu. This one features various shades of pink tulle with pink floral embellishments. This style is sweet and innocent and makes a wonderful gift or treat for your favorite little girl. Designed with an elastic waistband and will fit from baby to 3T and up.
Thursday, August 7, 2008
Wednesday, August 6, 2008
Tuesday, August 5, 2008
In our online world, we are members of a multitude of online groups, both for fun and for work and for school. I know I am personally a member of about 6 or 7 groups through Yahoo and Google, not to mention 2 or 3 other networking sites. This is great and gives me a pulse on the outside world and a fantastic way to relay information to lots of people at once. However, I feel like in our online world, we have lost the sense of intimacy and personal relationships that were once abundant. We have many more "friends" or "contacts" but fewer heart-to-hearts. I love that through the virtual world we can quickly, easily, and freely keep up with our loved ones far away but I think that through this method, in a sense, we keep everyone far away. Don't get me wrong - I love my computer and email - it is a way for me to keep up with all my friends and not have to worry if Olive is screaming in the background or I can write to them at hours I would never dare use the phone. But I do think this adds to the frantic-ness of our lives and not feeling as connected to those around us. I would love for the world to re-establish that sense of personal connections but since it seems lost, I will do what I can to make my virtual connections as meaningful as possible.
Saturday, August 2, 2008
Here are some of my thoughts on dream spots... San Diego (which we almost did a year ago), Arizona, Hawaii, fun to go to Colorado or Maine or Boston or New Hampshire or something for a year or so (but I hate the cold so this would have to be short-term). More realistic for me is anywhere in the South, especially if it is within driving distance to my family and an easy day trip to the beach would be a bonus. Anywhere they have lots of outdoor activities and great year-round weather. That's my ideal spot.
But for now, I'm finally adapting to life here in DC (it has only taken 3 years). It's just always fun to think about the what-ifs. Please post a comment and tell me where you'd like to go!