Friday, November 30, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
I need this in my hand right now. Where is the nearest cupcake shop? Damn, I miss NYC!! There are no cupcake factories or bakeries within miles here! Although, I saw a sign the other day of a new cupcake shop coming soon about 2 miles from my house. I will take my camera on opening day.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
I got so carried away with the uniforms and planes and copters and the sounds of jets blowing past, I inquired about the Navy. Now, I knew I was getting old, but this was the real eye opener- get this... I'm too old to join, even if I wanted to. The cut-off date is 33. I am, sadly, 37 years old.
That didn't help my headache.
The planes were awesome. Honestly, when F16's go by my whole body tuns to gel. An, of course, when they did the Missing Man Formation overhead, I cried as I do EVERY time I see that live.
Friday, November 9, 2007
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Tuesday, November 6, 2007
So you want the juice on me?
1. I'm co-dependent. I have a tendency to make sure the people around me get what they need without thinking too much about how it will effect me. It comes from love, I tell ya!
2. I have a thing for late 60's early 70's muscle cars (mostly mopar) - Love old International Scouts, too! (cars, not the boys)
3. I continually do my own hair - cutting, dying...etc. because I am no good at delayed gratification at ALL. My friend Lola is always shaking her head at me. (She is a hair stylist in Williamsburg, NY).
4. I hate the cold, dark weather.
5. Eating out is one of my guilty pleasures.
6. I talk in my sleep.
7. I destroy common idioms - I can't ever remember them properly.
Example: A few years ago I wanted to say,"you threw a wrench in the works" and it came out "you threw a bone in the fan". My husband loved it so much, it has turned into a common saying around here and we use it all the time... How is it I remember that? (my kids are screwed).
Funny, I was just trying to remember the darn idiom and I asked my husband, Brad,"is it: a monkey in the wrench?" Of course, he laughed at me. I am hopeless.
Okay, I fessed up. So now I tag:
Soap Queen Anne-Marie
Stellar Beauty Jeannie
Playing With Soap Steph
Beauty Addict Kristen
Makeup Bag Erica Valente
Jewel Box Dreams Susanna
Rare Bird Finds Sharla and Mei Lynn
Can't wait to see what confessions/stories they have to share.
Monday, November 5, 2007
2. Pumpkin pie
3. Hot Apple Pie
5. Egg nog
6. Turkey and stuffing (joke)
Please let us know. Polls make for good returns....
Saturday, November 3, 2007
This is reprinted verbatim from Soap & The Finer Things
Bleach manufacturer Clorox is the latest big player to muscle into the naturals market with the acquisition of Burt's Bees for $925m.
Large companies are beginning to pick off small natural and organic personal care firms to capitalize on the growth of the niche market and ultimately boost its top-line growth.
On its current double-digit growth path Burts Bees is set to achieve sales of $170m in 2007, which is around five times less than the price Clorox paid for the company.
Justifying the high price is the sales potential of Burt's Bees. Clorox expects the acquisition to provide an additional two points of sales growth in the fiscal years 2008 and 2009.
Clorox CEO Donald Knauss said: "This acquisition allows us to enter a growing market that's consistent with consumer megatrends."
"The Burt's Bees brand is well-anchored in sustainability and health and wellness, and we believe it will benefit from natural and 'green' tailwinds"
Organic Monitor director Amarjit Sahota told CosmeticsDesign.com that Colorox will also benefit from the green image of Burt's Bees.
As for Burt's Bees, Sahota questioned whether the move would be in the long-term interests of the firm, despite the deal meaning that Burt's Bees products will be sold through mainstream retail channels.
He said: "We expect Burt's Bees to become damaged by the acquisition because of its impact on customer and retailer perceptions of the brand."
In a recent interview with CosmeticsDesign.com Sahato expressed concern that multinationals with strong established retail channels are marginalising smaller brands and selling diluted natural and organic products.
He called for tighter regulation of the naturals market to prevent companies from selling 'natural' cosmetics that contain relatively few natural ingredients.
Burt's Bees, which was previously owned by private equity firm AEA Investors, has been a strong campaigner for greater regulation of natural and organic cosmetics in recent times.
Sahato fears that may not continue after the latest buy-out because of the demands of the mass-market and the fact that Burt's Bees new parent company has no history of selling natural or organic products.
The takeover of Burt's Bees follows two major acquisitions of natural personal care players last year, namely L'Oreal's acquisition of Body Shop and Colgate-Palmolive buy-out of Tom's of Maine.
Posted by Anne-Marie
Thank you, Anne-Marie, friend and guru of all things, soap and biz related.
Friday, November 2, 2007
Yesterday in the attempt to make a more affordable shopping experience for those who are having trouble pulling the trigger on $22.00 for a 9 ounce body scrub, I played around with our Crush On You in Pecan Praline with red sugar sprinkles in a 4.75 ounce jar. I really like the sprinkles. I have gotten into the whole decoration aspect of things lately. ( We made our son's chocolate chip costume with my husband this Halloween).
Looks good enough to eat, I think. When I formulate, sometimes the scents are so appealing and foodie-good, that it takes everything in me not to eat the stuff. I have to say, it doesn't taste very good... I have tried it.
I am continuing to crack the whip on myself. I must make holiday goodies for the (you guessed it) holidays. Fun fun goodies.