Tell me your favorite.
Honestly, it’s only been two months since the wedding, but I feel immense guilt that I haven’t gotten thank you cards out yet. And I don’t even have that many to do! (Spur of the moment wedding after dating seven years!)
Here they are… drum roll please.
Now, first, I have to give a shout out to Kristina Werner. I don’t know if I officially CASEd this card from her, but I know that I was completely inspired by one of her cards. I watched this a few weeks back and then two nights ago, bam!, this idea came to mind. Thanks Kristina! Oh, I should warn you; she’s super adorable/talented and you’ll be addicted to her blog. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!
Now, here’s a link to our wedding announcement, so that you can see that there is a common theme going here.
Now, I’m off to finish writing these out, I just wanted to share. Hope you like them. Please leave a comment.
Oh, and for those with an eye for detail… yes, that is a can of San Marzano tomatoes in the background. I made tomato sauce a few weeks back and saved the cans. Figured I’d do something really cool with them. So far I have made two pen cups.
I was tested tonight. I will go 1.52 miles or 2.446 kilometers. I got an email tonight at 8:38, from my SU Demo (aka “Dealer”). She said our order was in from Stamp Club, which was last Saturday. I immediately called her and asked if I could come over now to pick up my new items. She said yes. I had to get ready:
It is presently 57 degrees Fahrenheit, which for us, in Arizona, means COLD. Now, it has been much colder than that lately. I’ve been here eight years and really, I must be a native now, because I had to go get a hat and gloves! These haven’t seen action since I lived in Chicago. Why did I need these items? I was going to walk to my dealer’s house.
I also got Tucker, my golden retriever. Not for protection, for entertainment. He could use the exercise, we don’t walk him enough. So why not bring him along? Plus, my dealer has 3 dogs, and Tucker loves to make new friends.
Is anyone wondering why I didn’t drive? Robert & I share a car, we just don’t need two cars. And he’s out right now. I couldn’t let that stop me from getting my new stamps though. What’s a little walk in the cold weather? :O)
It was great. Tucker is passed out by my feet, and I’m about to go get my new Stampin’ Up! Valentine’s Day Special dirty. Yay!
Oh, and I also got to show off my reusable grocery bag to Jan, my dealer. I carried one over with some wood blocks. I had extra, she needed some. Great way to reuse something, and I got to carry my new stuff back in my bag. Yay!
Here’s a link to a news story on Fox News. It’s about exfoliating your skin, and how once these ingredients go down the drain, the aquatic world suffers.
This morning I hear Robert reading my blog. Oh shoot! How do I hear him reading? Well, he comments aloud about the algae bloom link. I’m sitting at my desk waiting. Waiting. Here it comes.
Ha ha ha ha ha. Yes, he got to my "shout-out" to him on the post about organic skin care. I may as well come clean now. Pun intended.
Last night I used my new Jurlique Facial soap. Loved it. A bit scented for me, but it’s all natural, I’ll get used to it, I’m sure. Jurlique is a line of cosmetics from Australia. It seems when we were there last January that we saw it EVERYWHERE we went. Literally, there are stores throughout the country. They’re in malls, on the streets, I think I might have even seen a cart on the street corner. I’m joking. Sort of. Then, we leave hotels and cities, and go to my friend Jenny’s house for a long weekend. What’s in her shower? Jurlique.
What was nice at Verde Maison was that they had me try this in the bathroom, to wash my hands, to see if I was happy with the amount of lather and how my hands felt afterward. That made me happy in itself. I know it’s silly, but I like my lather. I know that the milky stuff is better for your skin, but I like bubbles. That’s just me.
After cleansing I used my Logona night cream. What’s nice about this boutique is that they give you a sample of what you buy, so you can use the sample to try the product. They won’t take returns on opened products and this way you get to try it, and make sure there aren’t any negative reactions.
I also washed and conditioned my hair with Giovanni Tea Tree Triple Treat Shampoo and Conditioner. For those that don’t know me, I never spend money on myself. I may buy some craft supplies, but not toiletries, cosmetics, etc. It’s just not me. My dog gets groomed more than I do. It’s true!
Here in Arizona we have super dry air, and especially during the winter, I just need a bit of a extra moisture boost. Don’t worry, Robert uses my products too. We’re an equal opportunity household.
Last, but certainly not least… hand cream. I have to have hand cream and lip balm by my keyboard at all times. And my bedside. I got a hand cream that I can not find a US link to, sorry. It’s called Oleanat Organic gentle hand cream. I LOVE how they capitalize Organic, but don’t care about the rest of the title. :O)
This stuff is great. It’s heavier than what would normally come out of a pump hand cream, but it’s still loose and easy to rub into your hands. It has a very light scent, and most of all… it stays on your hands. I can still feel the softness of it hours later. Not in a greasy way at all, just in a "wow, it’s been hours since I’ve applied hand cream and I don’t feel like my fingers are going to crack and fall off at any moment." I’m not the only one that feels that, am I?
So, that’s it. Call Roxana at Verde Maison, she’ll send you this stuff. It’s great. Really. And not expensive. I know that is a relative thing. An example is this night cream. I paid $21, and had been paying $64 for something I loved at Nordstrom. I switched for Organic reasons, in case anyone is wondering. We get enough chemicals second-hand, we don’t need to apply them ourselves.
I was lucky enough to finally find the time to visit a local store today, one that I’ve been meaning to get to for about a month. It’s called Verde Maison, which means Green House, I think.
First, it’s a boutique located a few miles from my house. I am often in the area but never have the time to go in, really. And to be honest, I’m not much of a boutique kind of girl. I don’t like shopping, I like neither being hounded while shopping, nor being ignored. I’m picky.
The tagline of this store is: "Because sometimes the most important ingredient is not what you put in but what you leave out". This is the first brick & mortar natural organic body retailer in the USA to carry only lines free of parabens, propylene glycol, sls (sodium laurel/laureth sulfates) and petrolatum. That is my kind of skin care.
I walk in covered in Tucker hair. I had just come from the Vet, he was waiting patiently in the car. He loves his doggy spa days, so he understands why Momma needs one too! Even if mine is "to-go". The place is gorgeous. It looks just like it’s name, but not snooty. It’s warm and inviting. I am greeted by someone behind the counter and I immediately like her. Thank G-d! Seriously, there is nothing worse that walking into a fishbowl retail location and having to ‘browse’ so you can escape as soon as possible!
I tell her that I need a night time moisturizer. She tells me to have a seat and brings me a few to try. I eventually figure out which one I want. One of the nicest things is that it’s a no pressure environment. It’s "figure out which one you like, it’s not necessarily going to be the most expensive, but that’s okay." I ended up with some Logona Night Cream. Super organic stuff from Germany. $21 for 50ml. Not too bad.
I also got a few other things. Won’t go into too many details since Robert reads this. Hi Honey! :O)
I’ll post more once I use everything and fall in love. This place is uber cool. (Did I just use "uber" because I purchased a German product? Hmm.) They have an online store, and they ship for free if you spend $150. Sounds like a lot, but I’m just saying that’s an achievable goal.