Mom’s Time-Out with Miss Moonmaker

Mom’s Time-Out Mother’s Day Giveaway with Missmoonmaker

How do you do a Mom’s Time-Out? Miss Moonmaker has you covered. She offers NATURAL bath fizzies wrapped in packaging with a little SASS to get your SMILE on!   It’s no secret Mom’s love the little things in life but, a hot, steamy, relaxing bath with Miss Moonmaker’s “Moms Time-out” bath fizz is a little bit of heaven.  It is most luxuriously scented with vanilla extract. This fizz is truly a warm, comforting scent with skin softening properties, it feels like liquid silk in the bath tub with the addition of powdered milk and honey to soften and soothe. Chamomile flowers are packed into this fizz along with Epsom salts for a truly healing, relaxing experience. This giveaway comes with 3 of Miss Moonmaker’s Mom’s Time-Out Bath Fizzies and Lulu’s Garden Happy Place Lip Balm Tube.

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Miss Moonmaker also offers other fun products to help you destress with a little chuckle. Like her Blonde Moment & my personal favorite, the F-Bomb

 

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Hi! I’m Lilli.

Meet Lilli, Lulu’s Newest Gardener!

Lilli is from Friendswood, Texas. She loves to spend time reading and watching movies with her two sons. She has always been interested in soap making and feels that it would be interesting and fun and to teach others the skill as well. A perfect day for Lilli is spending it with her family. Her friends would describe her as giving and a good listener.  We’re thrilled to have Lilli as part of our lulu’s garden family!   Feel free to reach out to Lilli at lilli_benavides@sbcglobal.net 


Welcome, Lilli!

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Lilli Benavides Lulu’s Gardener

Check back often for a list of shows and festivals in and around Texas where you can find Lilli selling lulu’s garden™ natural products.

 

 

Ready to buy Lulu’s Garden™ Natural Products?  Tell ’em Lilli sent you. “Apply Coupon” at checkout with “Lilli”!  Shop with Lilli. 

 

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Hi! I’m Lulu.

A peek behind the scenes, creator & founder to take lulu’s garden™ in a new direction.

Hi! I’m Lulu. This is me 5 years ago, my first press photo from a local newspaper on the launch of my natural product business, Lulu’s Garden™.

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My inspiration for Lulu’s Garden? My Mom! My mother Helen has been my inspiration for so many things; I watched my mother grow her own company from scratch with oodles of persistence, diligence, and perseverance. As I am coming up on the 3rd year anniversary of my mom leaving this earth after 13 years of living with dementia. I reflect on all that she has taught me in sound mind and in sickness. I have always dreamed of being an Entrepreneur, I’ve dreamt up ideas for as long as I can remember. They say that your best ideas come at the point in time of adversity; I believe this is true. My foray into natural products began as a distraction while taking care of my mother, Helen, who was diagnosed with dementia. I was consumed by worry. Armed with a jar of beeswax and an arsenal of oil-blending knowledge, I decided to whip up a batch of lip balm and hand balm on a whim. I immediately surprised myself; it was good! I then tested it out on friends and coworkers – It was a hit! Inspired by my own drive and my mother’s entrepreneurial spirit, I decided to pursue it as a business.

Next stop, I knew I needed to take my business to the next level with professional marketing. I worked with a local company for almost a year to design my marketing materials and Point of Purchase Display. In 2013, I won the American Package Design Award for my Point of Purchase display, a huge honor to be in the company of big names like Coors, Dove, Rubbermaid, Sharpie, AutoZone & ATT&T. With my new marketing materials and award-winning display, I sought out product reps around the country to launch Lulu’s Garden™ into retail stores & boutiques. Since, 2013, that has been my focus, retail stores, boutiques, and reps. All very good, but I felt like I was missing something. Ah, I know. Alpaca’s. That’s what I need. They say that solopreneurs can benefit from animals for company. So that is what I did.

Meet my boys: Gussy, Fleecy, Marty, and Willie!

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Gussy.

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Lulu & Her Boys.

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Will, Fleecy & Marty

Things are rolling along, I personally continue to manufacture lulu’s garden ™ for retail stores & boutiques and yet, I am still feeling like I am missing something! How can I give back? How can I make a difference other than being just another product on a shelf? (I’m an Aquarius. If you are one, you’ll know how I feel. It’s about giving to others. When you can give back, that is when you start to feel fulfilled). Yes! I know… I can offer the opportunity to others a means to bring in extra income to their own families in a fun and relaxed way. That is what I have set out to do. I am offering folks the chance to buy Lulu’s Garden™ Natural Product business-in-a-box for a minimal start up cost and the possibility to earn a commission on top of profits. You can work full time, part time or sometimes. This is not a direct sales company, all profits are yours to keep. This is just a mompreneur’s ambition to be unique, creative, passionate, thoughtful, giving and to keep her undeniable obsession strong. Let’s build community together. Let’s get social. Let me share what I have learned along the way to help you give back to your family and community. I can’t wait to hear from you!

 

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Treat Your Chapped Lips with Lulu’s Garden

Treat your chapped lips with Lulu’s Garden

Winter brings chapped lips and dry skin. This nuisance shouldn’t impair you any longer. Lulu’s Garden  can help combat those wintry irritations.

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Winter Blend Natural Lip Balm

Lulu knew there was a need for fresh, functional and fabulous lip balm. Long gone are the days of standing in line at a convenient store to find the best option for your chapped lips. Each one of Lulu’s creations combines beeswax, jojoba oil, almond oil and cocoa butter, as well as many more all-natural ingredients. Nurturing body and mind is a non-negotiable when considering Lulu’s Garden. The custom blends are handmade and bring luscious results with aromatherapy added in, too!

Lulu’s Garden provides lip balms in tubes and smudge pots, and they also produce hand balms. Choose from 15 unique scents of lip smudge pots, including coffee, lemon and grapefruit, peppermint and many more.

Seven glorious options are included in the tube line of lip balms. Grapefruit and peppermint are carried over from the smudge pot line, but be sure to check out the myrrh in a tube! The line of hand balms heals and restores the most neglected part of your body with essential oils and aromatherapy.

Lulu garnered inspiration from her mother, Helen. Helen was an entrepreneur herself and passed on the persistence, diligence, and perseverance to Lulu. A lasting legacy was formed when Lulu’s Garden took off. Every one of their balms will melt across your lips and leave your pout perfectly moisturized for hours.

Guest column by author, Murray Watts, FG Market

The Blessing Basket Project Giveaway with Lulu’s Garden

The Blessing Basket Project Giveaway with Lulu’s Garden

I love bags, they are so useful, functional and fun!  What is better than a bag that gives back in a huge way? Lulu’s Garden is proud to partner with The Blessing Basket Project and consultant Kate Huntress.  The mission behind the Blessings Basket Project is to empower the artisans out of poverty by offering them a wage that is significantly higher than fair trade.  This allows the artists to pay for needs as they wish and gives them permanent financial independence.

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The blessing basket from Uganda is handcrafted from stalks of Ugandan banana plant and wrapped in raffia palm.

Can’t wait for the giveaway to end? No worries, Kate is having an open house Saturday, December 5 from 2 – 4.

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Almonds Galore

Benefits of Almonds

Almond is an edible seed, which appears to have originated in the Middle East. From there it spread across the world, and it came to Spain, to California in the USA, and various other parts of the world. Perhaps, the most interesting fact about it is that the cultivated varieties are descended from the wild ones. The wild ones even today, are actually poisonous, especially when eaten in abundance and can even lead to death. If a seed is injured, it releases prussic acid, also known as hydrogen cyanide. This compound has also been considered the precursor to Amino Acids, which in turn are thought to have played a part in the origins of life. But, this is more recent and almonds have been cultivated for a long period of time.

Is it a bit too much to digest? But how does this possibly harmful seed lay claim to be one of the most beneficial seeds eaten by humans today? The thing is that the current domesticated varieties are not the same as the ones found in the wild. How did this bitter seed become sweet – no one knows, for sure? But here are a couple benefits that it can have in store for you, both when eaten or in the form of oil:

 

Health:

This, along with various other nuts, is considered as a health food. It contains many essential oils required by the body’s immune system. It is a rich source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E, and many minerals such as Calcium, Iron, Zinc, Magnesium, and Potassium. It has also been found to lower LDL, hence Cholesterol, which is responsible for clogging up your arteries and leads to CHD (Coronary Heart Disease). It has many other health benefits as well.

It’s oil, works like a miracle on skin. This is why you will find that most beauty products contain almond oil in them. This is because of its rich Vitamin base, which can help your skin to retain moisture for a longer period of time. Furthermore, it is loaded with antioxidants, which help you in retaining your freshness, as you age.

They are also considered as a brain food. The main reason behind this is that it contains lean protein which not only provides energy but also plays a vital role in repairing brain cells. The magnesium in the almonds helps with strengthening the nerves and the omega fatty acids can contribute to raising intellectual levels.

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Almond oil is also used to protect hair. Chances are if you pick up your shampoo and go to the ingredients, you will find almond oil listed in there. Its major benefits for your hair includes repairing split ends, making the hair shine, strengthen hair ends, and it also treats dandruff. It is also preferable to other heavier oils such as the castor oil, or mustard oil. Ideally, you may want to thoroughly apply it one hour before taking a shower.

Culinary Delights

If you are like us, you are probably wondering, okay, it is good for health, but so is medicine and you do not partake of it unless it is absolutely necessary. Fear not readers, for this, is used in a lot of culinary delights. From your biscuits, cakes, toffees, pastries and bread to being drunk as a substitute for milk. However, here is something which few people know here in this continent. Traditional wrestlers from the Eastern Continent of Asia, drink almond milk as a health drink to increase strength. It is a practice that they have carried on for centuries, with recipes being kept secret from rival factions. Now, if this puts you in a mood to try some yourself, we advise you to visit Groupon to find the culinary deals in your locality.

These were just some of the benefits of Almond oil; if you have something to add to we will be happy to hear you out. In the end, we wish you to keep safe and stay healthy.

Seawicks Candle Company Giveaway

Seawicks Candle Company Giveaway

Seawicks candle company is known for their Maine inspired candle scents. Created to evoke memories of life on the coast.  All of Seawicks candles are hand poured in small batches from US farm raised 100% soy.  Seawicks has been featured in Martha Stewart American Made as a 2014 crafts finalist.  As well as various Maine inspired magazines like DownEast Magazine, Maine Home and Design & Maine Magazine just to name a few.

They also offer a Weathered Sailor Collection with scents such as Tabacco leaf, Smokey Bourbon & Salty Sea Moss.

seawicks candle company lulus garden giveawayFor this giveaway, Seawicks Candle Company is offering (2) 9 oz glass candles with a burn time approx. 60-65 Hours! That 130 hours of glorious Maine inspired scents which include Coastal Storm and The Lodge. This giveaway ends 11/26/2015. Good luck!

 

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The Evolved Dog Natural Treats and Toys Giveaway

The Evolved Dog Natural Treats and Toys agreed to partner up with us for this week’s Freebie Friday giveaway.

We couldn’t be more excited!  As a rescue dog owner myself I believe in natural treats and toys for dogs.  My lucy, a Great Pyrenees cross, only eats homemade human food and I would have to say that as a middle-aged gal she has plenty of get-up and go and her fur is alpaca soft!

In this giveaway, The Evolved Dog is offering a package of all natural dried cod skin treats. They provide a healthy and satisfying snack that is high in protein and low in carbs.  Locally sourced, made in Boston, and best of all, there’s only one ingredient: Cod Skin.

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Next, one nautical Bayline dog leash. These are made in Maine by Cappy the lobsterman! The sailing line comes from Massachusetts.

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Third, A Wag Rag recycled T- Shirt toy for your dog. Wag Rags are created from natural up-cycled T-shirts! Right here in our home state of Maine, an ingenious entrepreneur has created something from nothing: Natural T-shirts that would normally be considered almost worthless are being turned into a totally unique, hand-knotted “Wag Rag” that may just become your dog’s next favorite toy.Wag Rags: Recycled T-Shirt Toys for dogs, Made in the USA

A word from Leah, the owner of The Evolved Dog. “Because dogs have played such an integral part in my life, helped shape my views on the world, and been my main anchor–keeping me grounded in good times and bad–I have opened a store dedicated to bringing the very best pet supplies to the market. While there is a wide array of foods, toys, training gear, and accessories available on the market today, it is my policy to sell only the highest quality, natural eco-conscious, made-in-America products for your dogs. My mission is to keep our dogs healthy and happy while making it easy-as-pie for us humans to be conscious consumers. You can read a detailed list of the values that guide The Evolved Dog here: About The Evolved Dog. We also donate 5% of all sales to our local shelter: the Kennebec Valley Humane Society. So you can feel good about shopping for a cause, supporting an ethical retailer, and getting the very best quality products to enrich the life of your dog. It’s a win-win, feel-good type of deal. Happy shopping!”

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Cortney Rector Handmade Holiday Folk Art

Cortney Rector DESIGNS would like every day to be a holiday! She spends much of her time in her studio covered in clay, paint and glue. Cortney is thrilled to have been published in over 20 magazines including Brides, Holiday’s & Celebrations, Parenting, Folk and Holiday Crafts. Her websites are cortneyrector.com & cortneyrectorFOLKART.etsy.com and you can find her on facebook and Instagram. Her pieces are all handmade using no molds from white polymer clay. It’s then baked, hand painted and antiqued. All pieces are original, one of a kind designs.

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2014 Fall issue of “Prims” magazine
2013 issue of “Holiday’s & Celebrations” magazine
Winter 2012 issue of “Art Doll Quarterly”
2012 issue of “Holiday’s & Celebrations” magazine
Fall 2012 issue of “Prims” magazine
Summer 2012 issue of “Prims” magazine
Feb 2012 issue of “Parenting” magazine
Winter 2011 issue of “Celebrate 365” magazine
November 2011 issue of “Folk” magazine
Summer/Fall 2011 issue of “Celebrate 365” magazine
October 2011 issue of “Prims” magazine
2011 issue of “Holiday’s & Celebrations” magazine
2011 issue of Better Homes and Garden’s “Holiday Crafts” magazine
April 2011 issue of “Prims” magazine

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Take A Strand with the Grand Strand Co.

I couldn’t be more excited about this #freebieFriday’s giveaway with The Grand Strand co.  They are 3 women.  Daughters, sisters and mothers.  (All related). With separate careers and paths but, joyfully, come together to create Grand Strands.  Each strand of beads are inspirational. They hand make strands of beads with gems, wood, stones & metals that may come from a well-traveled bead repurposed for the strand. The giveaway ends November 5, 2015

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Why I Walk

My name is Lee Bodmer

I walk because my mother, my inspiration, my best friend, lived 13 years with Dementia.

Tomorrow, August 13th, 2015 will be the second anniversary of my mom passing.  I was blessed to be able to share in her journey.  We started to notice changes in my mother's cognitive behavior when my mom was in her early 60's.  Of course, who could have imagined that she was on the early stages of Dementia/Alzheimer's.

Within that 13 years, we did do a bunch of fun things together.  We went on a cruise, went to Disney and mom came to visit as often as she was able to, mentally.  My mom Helen, lived in Upstate New York with my dad, both Maine natives.  When my dad passed from cancer in 2011 we made the trip to New York to move my mom back to her beloved Maine so that we could take care of her with the help of an assisted living facility.  The hardest thing I have ever had to do was admit my mother into assisted living.  She couldn't understand why she needed to be there, she was too deep in her disease to comprehend what was being said to her.  After some time, we developed our routine together.  I would visit her almost every day, take her out for her "walk and a ride" as she called it, we always stopped to get some "white ice-cream" as she didn't eat solid food.  For two years, this was my life.  It gave me purpose, it gave me understanding, it made me a better person.  My mother was so tough - her mantra to herself up until the end is "I'm a tough old bitch!" and man, she was.  She didn't let that disease beat her.  She decided that it was time to leave this earth before dementia made her a lump of mush.  Together mom and I sat for 3 days straight held each others hand, she would motion her head for kisses ( I gave her lots and lots of kisses) and then she left this earth. I know she is with me, I can feel it.

My Mom, my inspiration

My mother Helen has been my inspiration for so many things; I watched my mother grow her own company from scratch with oodles of persistence, diligence, and perseverance.

As I am coming up on the 2nd year anniversary of my mom leaving this earth after 13 years of living with dementia. I reflect on all that she has taught me in sound mind and in sickness. In honor of the positive influence she has had on my life, I offer you these products today; she has taught me to believe in myself and that anything is possible when you put your mind to it.

With "Helen" Inspiration, I bring to you my new Alzheimer's Awareness Gift Set.  I'm so thrilled that I can use something that my mom inspired to give back and help others. ♥

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Celebrate Mom!

Mom’s inspire us.

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Share the Lulu Love

Thanks to the warriors of female liberation, motherhood has seen big changes over the last 70 years. Moms are no longer limited to domestic duties. They now have the freedom to do it all. They wipe noses, cook dinners, pursue careers, kiss boo-boos, run businesses, bake cupcakes, manage finances, schedule appointments, fold laundry and still find time to cheer you on from the sidelines. Moms are constantly moving, striving and loving. Their roles may shift as their children age, but being a mother is a job without end. There will always be advice to give, love to share, hearts to mend or grandchildren to spoil.

Let’s face it, while motherhood comes with huge rewards, it isn’t always easy. Moms work hard, laboring tirelessly. Looking at the data provided by the latest U.S. Census it becomes clear that moms are doing more and more with less support than ever before. Household units are now smaller and more independent, which means fewer older siblings or live-in grandparents to help with chores or entertain younger children.

Moms are important. Research recently published in the Child Development journal suggests that a mother’s genes, choices, and love have a profound and direct impact on her children’s personalities, relationships, and overall health. Take this opportunity to thank your mom for shaping you into the fun, healthy, lovable person you are. Sure, dads do a lot too. They will get their well-deserved day in June, but May 10th, 2015 is all about mom.

Don’t waste this opportunity to show her how much you appreciate her role in your life. Are you searching for the perfect way to show your mom how much you respect, love and admire her? Here are a few simple tips:

  1. Share some love. It starts with a hug and leads to “I love you”.
  2. Say thank you. It doesn’t matter how the message is delivered as long as the words are sincere. Pick up the phone, say it in person, or write it down.
  3. Give her a day off. Tell mom to kick her shoes off and rest her tired feet while you tackle her chores.
  4. Spend some quality time. Make plans for brunch, a trip to the spa, or a picnic in the park.
  5. End with a thoughtful gift to perk up her day. Flowers, candles or bath salts are great choices and you can never go wrong with homemade crafts. Don’t forget to include some Lulu’s hand therapy or lip balm.

Make your mom happy with Lulu’s uplifting blends like Stressaholic, Tiredness, Revive or Happy Place. The beautiful, artsy packaging hides handcrafted magic made with love. Beeswax and essential oils will moisturize her overworked, dishpan-hands or nourish her chapped lips while providing a surge of soothing aromatherapy. Gift your mom the calm, healing moment she deserves.

Lulu’s Garden was founded on the Love of Mom. Celebrate mom this Mother’s day by sharing the Lulu Love. For every Mother’s Day order, Lulu’s Garden™ will donate 5% to the Alzheimer’s Association.

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Keep the Cheer Here

Spreading Holiday Cheer with Every Purchase

While racing to fulfill holiday lists and purchase last minute stocking fillers, we often overlook the bounty of products available at small, independent, locally-owned businesses. It seems so much easier and more convenient to hit up a big-box store and do all of the Christmas shopping at once. You may save time that way, but you also miss out on an opportunity for so much more.

For me, no discount can match the experience of meeting a local artisan or shopkeeper, to see the face behind a product, and watch eyes light-up with passion as they describe their product. That genuine, friendly customer service is all too often lacking at the end of the conveyor belt. Because your business means so much, they will often go the extra mile to make you feel welcome. When they thank you for your purchase and wish you a happy holiday, you that know they mean every word. For me, it is absolutely worth a few extra trips through the ice and snow.

These types of transactions, no matter how small, connect us to one another and allow our neighbors to survive. Choosing to purchase local products strengthens our communities. According to the American Independent Business Alliance & The 3/50 Project  money spent at smaller, more independent businesses will recirculate more times in the local economy than that spent at national chains. On average, this money will change hands seven times before leaving the community. As a result, each dollar spent locally is actually worth more.

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Keep the Cheer Here

When you narrow your search to small, independently owned businesses you will find that your choices become more meaningful. Narrow really isn’t the right word. I am constantly surprised by the wide array of handmade products I never knew existed. When I shop locally, I find that the gifts I purchase are more thoughtful and are met with greater appreciation from the receiver. It’s funny how looking closer can actually broaden your horizon.

Lulu’s Garden is committed to sourcing as many local ingredients as possible, not just at Christmas time, but year-round. It is better for the environment, and for integrity of our products. Similar products might be found at a lower price from overseas merchants or national mega-stores, but the quality is never as good.

By purchasing directly from a small producer, we know exactly where an ingredient is coming from, who has touched it, and what processes it has undergone. Knowing the source of our ingredients is the key to honoring Lulu’s Garden’s commitment to using only 100% real, natural, pure ingredients. The only way to truly know that our beeswax does not contain added chemicals is to purchase as close to the source as possible.

Spread some holiday cheer by keeping your dollars close to home. Lulu’s products are all handmade in Maine. American made products like our Lulu’s Tubes and lip balms are the key to a solid economy and a successful, joyful community.

Why not make a commitment to purchase your holiday gifts locally this year?

Happy Holiday’s from your friend,

Lulu

Winter in Maine

Winter in Maine

It is getting cold again, here in Maine. While the pine trees cling to their needles, the rest of the forest is bare, each trunk anchored in the frozen ground. The calendar may not declare winter for a few more weeks, but here in Maine it is clear that fall has peaked and passed on. An early winter has sauntered in, leaving surplus pumpkins rotting in the fields. The table has been set for the deer to feast.

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A major snowstorm has already come and gone. A multitude of glistening snowflakes gathered on the grounds. Wind and ice brought down trees and power lines, forcing travelers to stand still. While most of that snow has since melted, more is gradually taking its place. The coves are newly skimmed with ice. Freezing conditions mean slowing down is no longer luxury, but a necessity.

Early winter is an opportunity to appreciate blessings and evaluate mistakes. It means time to take in enchanting views while leisurely sipping herbal tea. It is a well-deserved break from the busyness of summer and fall. We are still moving forward, but the race-walking pace is slowed to a stroll.

Now there is time to bake pies, catch up with friends, and respond to previously neglected emails. The freezing of time also provides an opportunity to thank our neighbors, near and far, for the bounty they have shared through the harvest season.

With the busywork done, the mind shift to new ideas. There is planning what comes next and brainstorming unique combinations of essential oils and other natural ingredients.

This is a popular time for knitters to break out the needles and begin crafting scarves, hats, mittens, and wool socks. These treasured gifts, though made with love, aren’t always easy on the hands. Did you know that Lulu’s Garden sells Knitter’s Balm? Our blend of cocoa butter, almond oil, lavender, comfrey and rosemary revives and moisturizes overworked hands.

It is also time to start making Christmas lists again, embracing the fun and whimsy of the holiday season. With plenty of time left to plan, there is no need to rush, stress, or hurry. There is even time to stock up on Lulu’s limited edition Stressaholic Lip Balm. With premium ingredients like grapeseed oil, cocoa butter, and vitamin e, this blend soothes and protects your lips while delivering a calming jolt of aromatherapy. It is the ideal antidote for holiday madness.

Stress has no place here in the midst calm before the next snowstorm. This is the time slow down and enjoy family members, attend to the alpacas, and reflect on all that is right in our early winter wonderland.

What do you do to relish the winter months?

Fall in Maine

We are well into autumn here in Maine. Leaves are floating in the wind, the air feels cooler, pumpkins and corn stalks are appearing on doorsteps. The mums are in full bloom. There is excitement in the air as we prepare to welcome the next season.

Fall is a time of productivity. Farmers are bringing in the last of the harvest. There is wood to split and stack and vegetables to can or freeze for the bitter months ahead. Everyone is busy storing goods and unpacking warmer clothing. It is easy to become distracted as we pull on old familiar sweaters, sip from steaming mugs, and watch the beauty unfolding around us. Morning frost gives way to sunshine, which reflects a multitude of colors on the trees. It beckons us to run outside and play.

Surviving fall in Maine requires two invaluable natural ingredients. We need rosemary essential oils to keep us focused and lanolin to protect hands and lips from the drying air. Despite the splendor outside our doors, there is still work to be done. The shortening days can leave us tired and steal our motivation, especially with so many welcome distractions.

Aromatherapy with rosemary essential oils is the perfect remedy to help shake off the sleepiness and stimulate our minds. Rosemary is an easy and eye catching herb to grow. Potted plants can come inside, before the first autumn frost, where they will continue to grow year-round. If you can’t grow your own rosemary, check out Lulu’s Garden’s Revive Blend.

Wild turkeys are roaming through fields and backyards in search of food. Noisy geese are beginning to fly south. The carefree days of summer have gone and taken the humidity with them. As the fall air cools, it also dries and cracks our skin. Lanolin provides the right protection to keep skin healthy and full of moisturize. We borrow it from wooly animal friends. The lanolin they naturally produce makes their coats waterproof.

Smoothing lanolin on your skin locks in essential moisture. It can also encourage speedy healing of small cuts and scrapes. Many of Lulu’s Garden’s products contain this wonder ingredient. The Almanac is calling for another harsh winter. There is much preparing to be done. Thanks to lanolin, even the busiest hands can stay soft and beautiful.

 

Musician’s Blend Lip Balm and Hand Balm

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Musician’s Blend Lulu’s Garden

Coffee’s sweet aroma in Musician’s Blend Lip Balm and Hand Balm captivates your senses. It is warm, comforting and alluring, welcoming you to a safe and groovy place. Applying Musician’s Blend transports you to a quiet coffee house, there is the scent of a steaming mug of freshly brewed coffee as the mug hovers just below your nose, there are distant notes of calming music of Max Ater, a gentle melody with a bit of jazz with its comfortable beat of the upright bass. Below the soft serenade you hear the tapping of laptop keys and the turnings of pages, a symphony of polite voices discuss the latest novels, creating an endearing buzz. The song gradually gains volume and momentum, lifting your spirits with a single inhalation. You exhale deeply, releasing tension and pent up stress.  Your stomach settles as the blues and butterflies melt away. This is your moment of calm. You feel warm and invigorated, you are ready to roll. Coffee essential oils carry more than a sent they carry a vibe which calms nerves and boosts energy. It is the perfect pick me up for any moment, particularly the few minutes of nerves right before a big performance (or date, or office meeting). You’ll feel warm, invigorated, and ready to rock.