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Valentine's Day Body Care – NEW stuff!

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As an aromatherapy student, I’ve come up with a blend of essential oils formulated to help a woman find balance in the roller coaster of life. The popularity of the Luna Love Bath Salt and Sprays led me to source some rose clay and Rose Centifolia petals to make a really beautiful, luxurious and ultra-lathery bar to complete the package.  You can find many of these items in my #Etsy shop now, or in person at I Made It! Market’s Valentine’s day event in the Southside Works, Pittsburgh on February 7th!

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A Sustainable New Year

Do you constantly make ‪#‎lists‬? Is your ‪#‎NewYearsResolution‬ an opportunity to link your tasks and goals together, for long range planning?

For me, I have tons of daily tasks that include research, sourcing ingredients, making products, creating labels, packaging, listing, marketing and sales. It’s actually a ton of work and I was surprised to find myself working many 12 hour days this year. It paid off by the numbers, but in 2015 I’d like to find more balance and consistency.

Efficiency and satisfaction is hard to gauge with numbers. So, my pursuit will balance ‪#‎Sustainability‬ for my business, environment and consumer. I’ll be scoring myself and how my time ranks towards these goals. Eventually, I hope I may be in a position to provide meaningful work for others, own my own retail store and advocate for sustainable practices in the outdoor retail industry. How’s that for ambitious?

Small and Local Shopping Opportunities!

The holidays are here, so without delay – here’s my current list of Pittsburgh events with opportunities to see, smell and touch the handmade body care products I have honed since taking my hobby into a business.   Small Business Saturday – Pittsburgh! is not only my first business anniversary, but a tradition: I’ve always liked taking the opportunity to seek out local friends and small businesses to support with my dollar. I look back over the last several years and see many of these people are still pursuing their dream careers, and I feel fortunate to have been a part of their journey. As a small (tiny) business owner myself now, I can see that the effort that goes into each product or service can not really be quantified with money, yet we need to keep selling it in order to continue on our path, however attached we might be.  Wherever you are, please support hard-working small business owners this Saturday.

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Saturday, November 29th at the Pittsburgh Public Market from 9 am – 5 pm: 2401 Penn Ave (Strip District) – In addition to loads of new seasonal items, I’ll also have a limited supply of pre-made environmentally-friendly gift bags for sale ONLY available at this market!  Because it’s Small Business Saturday, I’ll have some #shopsmall swag and a bunch of other local vendors will also be sampling stuff until 10:30am.  Click the pic below for more info.

Sunday, November 30th at the Pittsburgh Public Market from 10 am – 4 pm: 2401 Penn Ave (Strip District) – I’ll continue to sell the latest handmade body care products I’ve made.  Check in to see if there are any pre-made gift bags for sale ONLY available at this market!  If not, I can do custom-orders and sustainable gift-wrapping via Etsy.

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Saturday, December 6th with I Made It! Market and Think Shadyside – Shop Small for the Holidays in Shadyside from 11 am – 5 pm above Shady Grove Restaurant 5500 Walnut St at Bellefonte St. Lots of various handmade craft and food vendors will showcase their latest creations!

Sunday, December 7th with Journeys of Life Bookstore – Handmade Holidays & Metaphysical Marketplace 2014  from 11 am – 5 pm, again in Shadyside above Shady Grove Restaurant 5500 Walnut St at Bellefonte St. Jewelry – Soaps – Holiday Gifts – Tarot Ornaments – Incense – Tarot Readings Too! All Handmade in Pittsburgh!!

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