Saturday, June 28, 2008

Great American Backyard Campout Day

I have such fond memories of sleeping in tents in my backyard. I wish I still enjoyed sleeping in tents as much as I did when I was 10. Alas, some of the magic is gone! But my kids are the right ages to be excited about this and if it wasn't so rainy here we'd probably be tenting. Usually I start the night out there with them and move inside when one or both of them hear something in the night! We have a friendly neighborhood skunk who frequents our yard, so this could complicate the backyard campout. But the danger is what makes it exciting, right?

Do any of you remember camping out when you were kids? How about your kids--do they still enjoy it?

Thursday, June 26, 2008

FDA Globalization Act of 2008

This is an important issue not only to small cosmetics/personal products companies like ours, but also to consumers who appreciate the variety and quality of products we produce. If this Act passes as it is currently drafted, hundreds of small businesses will be out of business. Please, if you appreciate the kind of products we produce, if you enjoy the products of other small cosmetic companies, watch the video below and sign the petition at Donna Maria's blog. Help us to stop the FDA Globalization Act of 2008!




Monday, June 23, 2008

George Carlin


I can't believe that George Carlin is gone. When I was reading about him, I found it interesting that it took him such a long time to find the thing that he was supposed to do with his life. I thought this was a great insight:

"I finally did the right thing, which was to get in touch with my own real voice, and that made me happy for the first time."

Lots of us are really going to miss that voice.



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Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Enthusiasm

As probably everyone knows by now, Tim Russert, the host of Meet the Press and the NBC News Washington Bureau Chief, passed away last Friday. At his memorial service, Mario Cuomo said the following about him:

"He regarded a day greeted without real enthusiasm as a sadly lost opportunity."

Monday, June 16, 2008

Apples

Apples are here! Apple flavors, apple colors, apple designs. They're similar to Perfect Pear/Pair (think celadon, citrus green, espresso, mocha) but they're sassy! Just think--you can have it spicy, sweet, or tart. Appletini, green apple, apple spice, apple of my eye. Something for everyone!

Theme ideas: Apple of My Eye baby shower. Apples and Oranges couples shower. The Big Apple. Don't sit under the apple tree.

How do you like them apples? Let us know! Please leave comments!

Friday, June 13, 2008

Ladybug, ladybug...

Coming oh-so-soon...the designs are done, the photos taken, but the page isn't finished yet...let us know if you're interested in ladybugs, dragonflies, or butterflies! They are too cool!

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They're here! They're here! Finally the ladybug favors are posted, with lots of designs to choose from. Please let us know how we can help you put together butterfly or ladybug favors for your event! These are our new favorites.

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

The Rose is a Rose...


"The rose is a rose,
And was always a rose."
That was Frost--but who knows
Is that just how it goes?

Or maybe it's true
That the rose is a scent
For a June birthday gift
Or a June theme event?

A rose design tag
Bows in pink, green or red,
Make a special gift bag
For June couples who wed.

It's National Rose Month
And June's Birthday Flower
So order some now
Before I have to come up with another rhyme!

Monday, June 09, 2008

Signature Cocktail Favors

I was just reading this article at MSN about Bridezilla and Groomzilla and their "extreme wedding planning" and a few things caught my eye.

First of all, I tend to find these stories sort of shocking. I can understand folks wanting to have their day be special and as perfect as possible, but seriously--asking your bridesmaids to sign contracts about how much weight they will gain? Come on! I have shared my opinion about some of these things before, and a few people questioned the wisdom of posting this on my blog. "Don't you work with a lot of brides and bridesmaids?" they asked. I do! And I love working with them! And I truly respect their opinions about the big events surrounding their big day. It's precisely because I care about my customers and their events that I want to help them. I think there are SO many other options--in fact, I know there are because I have spent the past few years coming up with lots of pretty simple, fairly inexpensive ways to help people to feel special.

Of course it really is all about feeling special, isn't it? That "princess for a day" feeling that comes with deciding all the details yourself and having all eyes on you is intoxicating! It also seems like it would require a big budget--just like the celebrity weddings and events we read about constantly. The stars can afford anything, but what about the rest of us? There are ways to add custom details to your events to make you and your guests feel special without breaking the bank!

Let's just take an example: according to the article, people are hiring "mixologists" to come up with Signature Cocktails for weddings and wedding events. We've all seen this in wedding magazines, too...unique mixed drinks that fit the theme or style of the wedding. What about sharing a signature cocktail favor, instead? We'll mix them up to your specifications, with custom flavors and colors, and you can even choose the name of the flavor! Choose special label and tag designs, select from dozens of bow colors for embellishments, or go with a standard label and add them to your own favors. The point is, these favors are utterly unique, all about you, and ridiculously INexpensive. Doesn't that make you feel special?!

(Incidentally, if you want to find an interesting cocktail for your event, why not take a look at Drinksmixer? You can search by ingredients or drink names or type of drink, such as cocktail or punch. They even have non-alcoholic drink options.)

Just following what the celebs do for their nuptials may be the easiest way, but it can also be unnecessarily expensive. Use their ideas as inspiration and get creative for some unique wedding touches that will make your day feel special! Please share your ideas in the comments below!

Saturday, June 07, 2008

June Bug

Here's June's Flavor of the Month...June Bug! This is such a good summer flavor. Imagine melon, coconut, banana, pineapple, and citrus all blended in a tall, cool glass and you'll have a pretty good idea of how yummy this is.

Flavor of the Month customers, I'd love to hear how you liked this...please let me know! You can leave your comments below!

Friday, June 06, 2008

National Doughnut Day


I ran across this web site some time ago and I fell in love with the story. Doughnut Plant made the top 10 of America's Best Doughnuts in MSN City Guides. The web site is very cool...check out the History section, which has family photos and the story of the owner's family. He started his company using his grandfather's doughnut recipe, and lots of other aspects of his business grew out of his relationship with his family--their life experiences, financial support, and inspiration.

Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Choco-Lick

This past weekend we were putting together a grocery list, and Tristan (see at left, age 8) reminded his dad that we needed "chocolick." From the time he was little, he's always pronounced chocolate this way. Kids have their own words for things that they slowly abandon as they grow and learn, but as my husband corrected him, I found myself protesting!

I feel like I spend all of my time correcting my kids--don't go there, put on your helmet, eat your vegetables, finish your homework, etc., etc. Most of these are about safety or health, of course, or things that are "for their own good." I know they should know how to say words properly, but then I miss the kid words! I think it's interesting how kids start to use words, and the little mistakes can be so endearing. And it's pretty harmless, right? It's not something that has to be fixed right away...

Soon enough they'll be all grown up and know how to say everything just right, but I'll probably always find myself craving "chocolick" candy.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Married Where??

Back when I was planning my own wedding, I got a lot of suggestions for interesting ceremony locations. "On a beach" wasn't too bizarre...I do live near coastal Maine. "On a mountaintop" also wasn't impossible, as Cadillac Mountain is only a few short hours away. "In a hot air balloon"? Well....

I'm happy to say that we were married on solid ground, though not on a beach or a mountain (or in a box with a fox). I just ran across this article, though, which talks about some of the less traditional wedding locations that couples are choosing, and discusses ways to use their ideas in your own celebration. (I was amused by the cemetery wedding, since my husband proposed in a cemetery...okay, not his fault, but that's another story...)

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