Monthly Archives: August 2011

Aug
31

How to Manage Your Time

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manly man fargarnce oil

Alright Ladies, now that I have your attention! 

I think it is safe to say that every woman wants their ideal Manly Man.  We dream of our knight in shining armor that will sweep us off our feet and make all of our fantasies reality, or at least I do.  But, I often wonder if this Perfect Man even exists?

Well, he has to.  My reasoning-Taoism, just like yin and yang, good and evil, opposite factors must exist.  I know for a fact that Womenly Women inhibit the earth.  They are everywhere.  If you need to see proof, just look in the mirror.

We are women; irreplaceable, affectionate, perfect, sexy beings who can do it all.  In today’s society, it has almost become the norm that we are expected to be everyone’s everything; the “Jack-of- all-trades” so to speak.  We’re unpaid CEO’s of the house, chiefs, chauffeurs, maids, doctors, accountants, therapists, landscapers, personal assistants, referees, coordinators, the list is endless.  And I am not even talking about our full time careers in the workforce, this all takes place afterhours.   What a reality check for any woman.  I know in my life, if my days are not filled with a million things to do, then I must still be sleeping.

Honestly, it did take some adjustment in accepting all of these roles as I am sure it does for any woman.  I can look back now, and say as a young girl, playing house with my Cabbage Patch Dolls and cooking desserts in my Easy Bake oven can’t even hold a candle to what is expected of women today.  Well, the blunt truth as painful as it sounds is we have no choice.  I can tell you that at first, I did not lovingly accept my responsibilities.  I did it kicking and screaming, complaining and whining, fighting them tooth and nail all the way.  There was even a short period of time when I went on strike.  The result of all this pouting; double the work load, because no one else was stepping in.  It was at this point that I realized fine, I am going to take these crappy lemons and make the best hot pink lemonade anyone has ever tasted.

I had to be realistic.  There was no way I was going to get everything done I needed to each day without going into overdrive and burning myself out.  Then I realized the secret to success is time management.  My plan of attack was a spiral notebook in which I wrote everything I needed to do down.  I updated it as needed.  No smoke screens here: it is very overwhelming, but with a positive attitude, very attainable.

Once I had my master to do list written down, the next step was to prioritize it.  This involved breaking the list up into three categories: a daily, weekly, and monthly agenda.  From this point, it was easier to breathe.  I also felt more organized and energized to tackle my daily duties.

In fact, the feeling was so inspirational that I thought there has to be others out there that share my main pain as a 2011 Womanly Woman. So, hence this blog and the free super cute to do lists that are also available to help anyone that wants to harmonize their lives too.  We women need to stick together!

super mom to do list

 

 

 

Brief pause for the roaring applause for Womenly Women around the World!

Here are some key tips to remember:

  • Be flexible- you have to readjust matters if need be.  Agendas are not concrete, they’re just guidelines.
  • Work your to do list, don’t let it work you- prioritizing is key, hit the hardest most important items first, then the rest
    is easy breezy and you can go from there.
  • Celebrate when you get to highlight something off your list.  Choose a really fun color highlighter too.
  • Know which days are your power house days.  These are the days that nothing holds you back.  These are also great days to try to get ahead.
  • ***Most Important*** Set aside time everyday just for you.  Call it “My Me Time”.  Do NOT sacrifice this time either.  It is Mandatory!  Spend the time focused on yourself.  Do things that make you happy like crafting and creating your product line!  One of my favorite me time projects is swirly soap.  It is a blast in a bar!

swirl soap

 

The proverbial Great Wall of China was not built overnight, so stay focused, work hard and celebrate the small stuff.  So what if your overall to do list contains 15 pages and is still a work in progress, as long as you can highlight one thing every day, you can chalk it up as a Win.

Hungry for more…

There are some really smart tips out there that help you save time around the house too.
Suggestions are things like:

  • When you put your children’s clothes away, to fold them in outfits.
  • Shop for holiday and birthday gifts year-round. Whenever you see a great gift for someone you love, buy it and set it aside for giving later.
  • Keep disinfecting and glass wipes in the bathroom for quick cleanups around toilets, sinks, and mirrors. You could even do a speedy wipe-down while you bathe the kids.
  • Get rid of one bag of clothes, toys, and books for every bag that comes into the house. It means less stuff to clean up.

To see the list of all 50 ways to save time around the house click on the link below:

http://lifestyle.msn.com/your-life/family-parenting/article.aspx?cp-documentid=8320085

 

Fragrance & Fun for Everyone

Inspire, Create, and Dominate!

Sparkles!!!  Nicole (Corporate Manager of
Natures Garden Candle Supplies)

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Aug
30

Halloween Melt and Pour Soap Favors

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bogeyman fragrance

Halloween Melt and Pour Soap

With the end of summer coming right around the bend, there are many things to bring a smile to your face with the changing of the seasons.  You can almost feel the excitement of pairing up the classic shorts and sweatshirt combo due to the crisp cooler temperatures, the beautiful colors of autumn gracing us with their array of vibrant bold hues, and even better yet, the wonderful world of Halloween.  Yeah!!!

You just got to love the look and feel as all of the shopping stores now change the “Back to School” aisles for the ghoulishly great Halloween extravaganza.  There is nothing like the tradition of this frightfully fun holiday to bring out the kid at heart.  For this is one of the only holidays that is focused around living it up; playing pranks, attending bonfires, going on hayrides, and curling up to watch chilling horror flicks.  This is a great time of year.

From decorating your house for trick-or-treaters to carving out jack-o-lanterns with the family, Halloween in general, is the second most awaited time of the year. This is America’s second largest commercial holiday as well.  As of last year alone, the total estimated spending reached some 5.8 billion dollars in revenue.  Personally, even the frugal part of me does not mind splurging a little for this spooktacular time of the year.

Halloween parties are always fun to attend, and even better to throw, especially when it is an adult Halloween party.  Costumes are a must!  Food can be easily done with a little bit of
planning, and a small note included on the invitation asking guests to go pot luck.  Decorating is a breeze; I mean this is the only time of the year where cobwebs on your ceiling is an added bonus!  A very festive and clever website to check out this time of year for a little creative boost is Marthastewart.com.   You can count on Martha to give you great easy ideas to really take your party up a notch.

Personally, I love Halloween (can’t you tell)!  Last year, my Halloween party was a complete success.  I know that one of the most commented items of my party was the adorable party favors I gave everyone.  If you really want to knock it out of the park, make these easy melt and pour soap Bite Me Fangs that will have your guests dying for more.

Dracula teeth soap

Supplies:

Natures Garden Melt and Pour Natural Shea Butter Soap

• Cutting Board

Natures Garden Bite Me Fragrance Oil

• Measuring Utensils (stainless
steel only)

Natures Garden Soap Paint

• Mixing Spoon (wood or stainless
steel)

• Large Knife

• Rubbing Alcohol in spray bottle

• Large Glass Container

• Paper Towels

• Cornstarch

• Small Paint Brush

• Natures Garden Vampire Teeth mold

 

Now,
the easy part: 

Step 1: Get your soap, cutting board, and knife.  Cut along the perforations so that when you are finished, you will have 40 cubes.  Once all the cubes are cut, transfer 10 into your glass container.

Step 2: Place the container in the microwave and cover it with a paper towel.  Melt the soap in 30 second increments.  Stir with ease until all the soap is liquefied.  Set this aside.

Step 3: Add 1 Tablespoon Bite Me fragrance oil.  Stir gently.

Step 4: Slowly pour the soap mixture into the mold.  Stop when the cavity is full. If you see air bubbles in your soap, lightly mist the cavities with the rubbing alcohol.

Step 5:  Carefully place the molds into the refrigerator.

Step 6:  After 20 minutes, remove the mold and pop out the soaps.  Sprinkle a small amount of cornstarch on the gum part of the mold. Dust the cornstarch all over the soap.  Take the bright red soap paint and small paint brush and paint the gums.  Allow to dry.

Step 7:  Place in a Ziploc bag until you are ready to unveil them.

Check out this link for other Natures Garden fabulously
frightening fragrances for fun favors:

http://www.naturesgardencandles.com/candlemaking-soap-supplies/category/385/Halloween-Scents.html

Fragrance and Fun for Everyone

 

Inspire, Create, and Dominate! Sparkles!!! 

Nicole

Corporate Manager Natures Garden

www.naturesgardencandles.com

Aug
20

FUN New Fragrance Oils

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Many of our store customers are raving about our newest fragrance oils at Natures Garden! What have we created this time?

 

kiss and tell fragrance oilFun New Fragrance Oils


Kiss and Tell Fragrance Oil

a flirty, colorful blend of succulent purple passion fruit, burgundy Tuscan grapes, sun-kissed yellow peonies, fragrant vanilla orchids, and just a hint of fresh greenery. [VIEW]
Magic Potion Fragrance Oil
a magical aromatic blend of Japanese grapefruit and mandarin, full bodied middle notes of Georgia peach, purple plums, Valencia grapes, and soft rose petals; sitting on a wonderful base note of  Nubian musk. [VIEW]

Mango Sorbet Fragrance Oil
an uplifting, energizing blend of ripe mango, juicy lemons, and fabulous, red raspberries. [VIEW]

 


Knock Out Fragrance Oil
A spicy, rich, warm woody fragrance with bright notes of lime, bergamot, and pineapple enhanced with notes of rose, muguet lily, and jasmine; sitting on masculine base notes of green moss, dark musk, cedar, sandalwood, and amber.  Any man wearing this scent is sure to be a KNOCK OUT! [VIEW]

Beach Bum Fragrance Oil
captures the essence of summer like no other fragrance; combining juicy mandarin, sand jasmine, and refreshing oceanic mist. [VIEW]

 

 

Aug
18

The Importance of Social Media for Your Candle or Soap Business

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We asked you…

How important is social media for promoting your products?

“Extemely!!! But word of mouth from loyal customers cant be beat!!!!”
Patti Ann

 

“It will be the biggest promoting concept there could be. I am not up and running yet but I am making contacts already.”
Sheryl

 

“EXTREMELY! The best word of mouth possible because it spreads across the nation, world and not just locally.”
Ashlee

 

“Extremely. Word of mouth and posted recommendations help a lot as well since they help populate your company in different ways and broadly.”
Laura

 

“I agree that it is a part of our culture now and we truly do need it.”
Erin

 

“It’s everything for me right now other than word of mouth which is always best.”
Lynn

 

“In 2011…VEEERRRYYYY! It opens up your market in such a vast way, it’s almost unfathomable. When you promote your business via social networking you go from hometown to international.”
Dava

 

Super duper important!!!! would have never made sales in Sweden, Canada and Australia without it, I am pretty sure!”
Lather Soap Co

 

“In a time of instant gratification, connecting to clients and customers on Facebook/Twitter/Websites is vital. Nearly the first question I get with customers, if not about my products is “Do you have a website?” and then it becomes “Can I find you on Facebook?” soon after. They want to get sales/deals quick, which is why I don’t bother with an email list, they just check Facebook for sales. It also allows the customer to feel more connected to me with fast replies.”
Briana

 

Aug
18

SHOW & TELL THURSDAY!

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Our theme this week is BEVERAGES!

Anything that smells like a beverage or looks like a beverage. You are always welcome to post homemade products that are not theme-related.

Visit our Facebook Page and post photos of your products and any links on the wall tonight at 9:30pm EST.

Aug
14

RECIPE MONDAY!

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It’s Monday! Let’s get the week started with two awesome NEW recipes

Pumpkin Delight Clamshell Tarts

 

 

PUMPKIN DELIGHT CLAMSHELL TARTS

A triple layer of fragrance fun that is super easy to make!

[Download Recipe]

 

 

Monkey Farts Lip Balm

 

 

MONKEY FARTS LIP BALM

With a name like this, who could HELP but try it!!

[Download Recipe]

 

 

Every Monday we’ll post two new recipes in the Recipe Box on our Facebook Fan Page (where over 20,000 friends have joined us!). Check out our pages for tips, testimonials, helpful questions answered and lots more. For more recipe ideas, including candles, soaps, air fresheners, bath & body, and visit our website.

HAPPY MONDAY! Smiles!!

– Deborah

Aug
12

Selling Your Candle & Soap Creations Online

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Some of our customers make candles and soaps simply as a hobby, and others do it for a living.

Regardless of which category you fall into, you might be wondering what the best way is to sell your amazing creations over the Internet.

We’ve outlined below a few websites many of our customers use to retail their products online. If you’re eager to start listing and selling your products, you may want to check them out and see which site is the best fit for you.

eBay
The world’s most popular online auction and shopping website is a great spot to buy and sell many things, including candles and soap products. Signing up for eBay is easy, and the site also helps you register your business online. Once you figure out what you’re going to sell, you can list your products on eBay and set up a Paypal account, which facilitates online payments.

Etsy
This e-commerce website has become very popular over the past few years, particularly with art, vintage items and homemade crafts. It is a great spot to retail candle and soap products! Etsy requires an account, but it offers excellent support along the way if you have questions. Don’t forget to include excellent photos and descriptions of your products to make them appealing to potential customers!

Artfire
A smaller website, but focuses specifically on handmade products, fine art, design and supplies from all over the world. Artfire allows you to create a virtual studio, list your items online and ship them around the world. The website also offers a 30-day risk free trial.

Yardsellr
A fairly new site that offers a unique way of buying and selling products online. The site links to your social networking sites, including Facebook and Twitter, and allows you to join “blocks” of people with similar interests. Yardsellr allows you to use Paypal and major credit cards, and best of all, costs nothing to list or sell! (note: instead, the buyer pays a small fee when they checkout).

Your Own Self-Hosted Site
This is for the advanced customers that want their own website to retail their products. It is possible to host your own website with shopping cart capabilities, but this option is often more expensive to set-up and maintain. We encourage you to do lots of research before deciding on a service, but this is a great option for the serious sellers.

If making candles and soaps is something you love (like us), you might consider turning it into your very own business! Do what you love, right? YEAH!! If you have any questions, just let us know on our Facebook page! Good luck to all of you!

– Deborah
www.naturesgardencandles.com

Aug
08

RECIPE MONDAY!

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It’s Monday! That means we’ve got two brand-new recipes for you. Let’s get right to it!!

Candy Corn Clamshell Tarts

 

 

CANDY CORN CLAMSHELL TARTS

A triple layer of fragrance fun that is super easy to make!

[Download the recipe]

 

 

Raspberry Cream Cupcake Wax Tarts

 

 

RASPBERRY CREAM CUPCAKE WAX TARTS

Try this sweet gourmand treat for your tart burner!

[Download the recipe]

 

 

Remember – these recipes and several others are featured on our Facebook Fan Page (where over 20,000 friends have joined us!) and it’s a great spot to meet new friends and ask questions. For more recipe ideas, including candles, soaps, air fresheners, bath & body, and visit our website.

Hope your week is off to an AMAZING start! Smiles!!

– Deborah

Aug
03

NG Around the World!

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As we celebrate reaching over 20,000 Facebook fans this week, we’ve decided to stop for a moment and try to comprehend it all. All we can say is… THANK YOU!!

While Natures Garden is based in Ohio, we actually have customers that find and order from us from all over the US and all over the world… literally!  How EXCITING!!

Here’s a look at where our customers come to us from in the United States:

And here’s a look at where our customers are around the world! Can you find yourself?

We are so thrilled that Natures Garden has grown over the past decade, and we are SO HAPPY to have you as part of our community. As Natures Garden continues to grow as a company and as your #1 resource for your candle, soap and other creations, we promise to continue providing you with the best individualized service that no one can beat!!

We are honored to be your supplier of choice!

Smiles!!

– Deborah

Aug
01

RECIPE MONDAY!

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Hey friends of NG!

Let’s start the week off right with two new BRAND-NEW recipes!

 

GLAMOUR AROMA BEAD AIR FRESHENER

Scent your room in style with these glamorous scented air fresheners!

[Download the recipe]

And our second recipe this week:

Kiss of Death Lip Butters

 

KISS OF DEATH LIP VENOM

 

A FUN, glittery twist on boring lip balm. You’ll love it!

[Download the recipe]

 

 

 

For more recipe ideas, including candles, soaps, air fresheners, bath & body, and visit our website. Don’t forget to fan us on Facebook (if you haven’t already joined over 19,000 others!) for the latest recipe updates.

Have an AWESOME week! Smiles!!

– Deborah