Hello my name is Maureen and I am a lip balm junkie. There, I said it! If you are like me you can't get enough of the stuff, and like a fine wine are always looking for "the one". Well, what better way to find that perfect lip balm then to just make one yourself. After quite a bit of tinkering our lip balm has been perfected and is up for sale in our shop.
A good lip balm shouldn't coat your lips with a waxy feel, but shouldn't grease them all up either. We think our blend of shea butter, coconut oil, almond oil and beeswax are just the right ratio. The rich oils penetrate deep into your lips and the beeswax helps set it just right, so you don't feel like you're wearing halloween wax lips! We use only the highest grade oils, butters and essential oils. Nothing bad is going on these lips!
Here are some reasons why you need this:
1.) We tend to drink less water in the winter which can cause you to become dehydrated, resulting in the dreaded "snake lips." Solution: Drink water and use our lip balm daily.
2.) If you are the outdoorsy type, the sun and wind will chap your lips up pretty good. Heading to the slopes this winter? Keep a tube of our lip balm in your parka and go shred some mountain powder!
3.) Are you a mouth breather? Well, we hope not, but if you get all clogged up this season with that horrible winter cold you could become one. Slap some of our shea butter-infused lip balm on your kisser, rub a little on/in your sore nose and take some Nyquil. Sweet dreams!
We hope you love our lip balm as much as we do. We would slather some on right now and give you a big kiss if we could!
PS : Soon will be adding more products to our red cross apothecary line. Our next up is a hand lotion that will accompany our hand sanitizer. After that we will be working on muscle/joint ache salve, therapeutic bath salts, and a multi-purpose wound healing salve.
A few pics from the Portland Bazaar today. Really amazing stuff... I think I need to go back tomorrow!
We have a really nice lemongrass aloe hand sanitizer, a yummy orange and mint lip balm and a luscious whipped hand lotion. (still working on the ingredients for this one) We use high grade essential oils and all natural ingredients in all of our products, no synthetic fragrances or harsh chemicals. Each of these items will be for sale individually, or sold as a set in a cute muslin bag carrying case.
On Sunday my husband and I finally made it to the horse races over at The Portland Meadows. This summer you couldn't turn a corner in Portland without seeing a building or billboard covered in ads for The Portland Meadows.
I'm a sucker for a good ad campaign, and this one was brilliant. The people over at The Official Manufacturing Company are the brains behind it.
The artwork they used to create the campaign is all from actual paintings from the Portland Meadows' vintage art collection located in the entrance. Seeing all of this great vintage art as you walk in really got me excited for the races—of course I really wanted to have a few of the pieces to hang at home!
It was a lot of fun betting on the horses, but I think we need to do a little homework on how to properly wager, as we only won $2.35! I personally like the dollar bets based on how cool the horses names are, rather then factoring in any of the odds—yep, a sure fire way to win!
I feel kind of bummed that it took me this long to make it out to the racetrack, and now the season will be over in a few weeks. I'm probably going to try and make it back before the season ends, but I can't wait until next summer when the weather is nicer. Then it will be off to the races with friends, hot dogs and a few beers.
Photos by Norton & Co
Hostess going bankrupt?! Never fear, Boke Bowl has you covered with their butterscotch miso and chocolate coconut cream twinkies . If you live in Portland or ever get a chance to head this way, you gotta try them!
I'm pretty certain that the Twinkie brand will live on in some sort of reinvented fashion, but i'm sure they will still be made with this crap:
Enriched wheat flour, sugar, corn syrup, niacin, water, high fructose corn syrup, vegetable and/or animal shortening – containing one or more of partially hydrogenated soybean, cottonseed and canola oil, and beef fat, dextrose, whole eggs, modified corn starch, cellulose gum, whey, leavenings (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, monocalcium phosphate), salt, cornstarch, corn flour, corn syrup, solids, mono and diglycerides, soy lecithin, polysorbate 60, dextrin,calcium caseinate, sodium stearoyl lactylate, wheat gluten, calcium sulphate, natural and artificial flavors, caramel color, yellow #5, red #40.
Beef fat? Corn syrup? Caseinate? Wheat Gluten? Yikes! Well hopefully if they do reivent the Twinkie they will work on changing/eliminating some of these ingredients. I'm 100% certain that you can make a delicious Twinkee without them.
Photo by Victor Nguyen-Long
As a child I always wanted to polish my mom's silver pieces. It seemed so magical that underneath the tarnished black exterior something could be so bright and shiny. I've always loved silver, and lately have been enjoying putting traditional silver pieces to use in not-so-traditional ways.
I got married a few months ago, and wanted to incorporate some silver pieces into our wedding decor. I decided to arrange all of the flowers in mix-match silver vessels of varying heights. I scoured antique shops and came across quite a few inexpensive pieces (many not even real silver), but I needed more—a lot more! Lucky for me, my mother and father-in-law had just left on their annual drive-across-the-country antique buying trip from Oregon to Michigan, stopping at antique malls and estate sales all along the way for their eBay shop. I asked them to keep an eye out for some silver pieces, and let's just say they came back with quite the booty for us!
Photos by Beccablevins
There was something so special about these used and mismatched little silver pieces. I wondered: Who had they belonged to? Where did they travel from? Were they a poor family's treasure? Or perhaps a rich family's everyday wares? The pieces surely had many untold stories; and here they are now, on our most special day. Maybe one day we'll pass them on to another antique shop for someone else to discover, and they will use them to make new memories. I like the thought of that.
Rather then packing them up and storing them in our attic to never be seen again, I thought I would try and use them in our everyday life. When I see them scattered about our house they make me smile. Not only do they remind me of our wedding day, but they remind me of my mom, my childhood, my sweet in-laws who hand picked them, and all of the untold stories they hold.
So next time you go to put candy in a glass bowl or flowers in a boring vase, think about instead using an old worn silver piece. Here are a few pictures of how I am using mine:
I’m always on the lookout for some new gemstone pieces…
I would die for this chandelier!
Photo by kellywearstler
This is a gorgeous rose quartz with brass wine stopper by Kelly Wearstler. She takes rock and metal to a whole other level. Her stuff may be pricey but it is amazingly crafted.
Debra Baxter is an incredible artist who sculpts using minerals and metals. One day I will have one of her pieces, they are so spectacular!
Photos by debrabaxter
This piece is too cool. I would totally rock it. Ha!
I'm an LA film exec turned wanna be blogger/shop owner living in wonderful Portland Oregon. I love posting about good design, amazing food & drinks, gardening, decorating, and everything in between. If I don't have 20 projects going on at once it must be an off day!