Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Disgustingly Delicious Monster Party Treats

"Trick or treat?"
"Trick. If you can say 'ogre boogers' five times, I'll give you some."

Okay, they might actually be pear-flavored jelly beans, but isn't it more fun to think of them as boogers? And really, ogre boogers make a much better monster theme party treat

What if you don't have green jelly beans? We have tags for candy corn (which are clearly Jack-o-lantern teeth) and mini marshmallows (aka ghost poop). Yes, I know that's disgusting. And kids will love it. 

Monster Candy Tags
Click here to download a PDF that includes all three tag designs. The PDF includes three pages, each with three fold-over tags of the same design (for personal use only, please). Print the design of your choice onto card stock and then use the dotted line guides on the sides to create the creases for folding. Cut along the guide lines above and below, then trim the sides of each tag to fit your bags.

Fill a ziploc bag with treats (we used the snack size bags) and seal, then fold a tag over the top and staple to cover the zip.

Which do you like better: ogre boogers, ghost poop, or jack-o-lantern teeth?

Friday, October 24, 2014

Don't Be Afraid To Keep Blooming

Every weekend I've gone outside, prepared to put away my garden for the winter. And every weekend I've seen something like this:

Who could possibly pull up blooming morning glories (or cosmos or zinnias or marigolds)? They continue to open against a palette of bright orange and gold leaves falling slowly in the yard.

I came across an article last week that talked about "late bloomers"--people throughout history who didn't make their great discovery, create their best art, write their best-selling novel until they were much older. When I went back to find the link, I found dozens of articles about people like actor Brian Cranston, KFC founder Colonel Sanders, authors Sue Monk Kidd, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, even Dr.Seuss. Don't worry if you haven't hit your stride in your 30s (or 40s or even 50s), these articles reassure. There's always time to do your big thing.

What I wonder is why we don't talk more about the ever-bloomers: those people who find success of a kind early in life, then switch things up when life changes require it. I see examples of this all the time. 

Like my neighbor, who announced last week that she'd passed the boards and was interviewing for her first job as a nurse. She's 59 and only recently finished several years of serious studying and practical work. Or the colleague who shared that she had overcome her fear of taking a new direction and decided to go back to school with a plan of "reinventing" herself. Everywhere I look I see other small businesses rethinking and rebranding; I'm in good company as I work to do the same with my own business this fall. 

How about you? Are you finding that you can "bloom where you're planted" (like my morning glory)? Or do you need a change of scenery in your life to thrive (like the begonias I brought inside to protect from the frost)? What would it take to be able to keep blooming?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Flavor of the Month October 2014

What's your favorite Halloween candy?

Lots of people mention the usual brands: Reese's, m&m's, Snickers, Hershey's. In fact, the top-selling Halloween candies are all chocolate. 

Even though I know this, I still find myself buying Candy Corn every year. There's just something about its bright colors and syrupy sweetness that remind me of tricks and treats of the past. (Now that my kids are both teens, those days of costumes and sugar overdoses are nearing an end!) 

While most people either love or hate Candy Corn, the lip balm flavor has been a universal favorite every fall. This year we poured in layers, just like the orange and yellow layers of those sweet kernels, and topped it off with a white cap. A sweet caramel flavor with a hint of October's Flavor of the Month:

Candy Corn is available at 15% off through the end of the month. 

We've also been including a Candy Corn lip balm in orders placed by our favorite customers. Remember to look for that check box at checkout this month. 

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Customer Feature: The Perfect Pair


My daughter's maid of honor showed me your website, and when I saw the Perfect Pear lip balm, I more or less came up for a theme for the shower around it.

I thought you'd enjoy seeing the bridal shower favors we put together with your lip balm. I wrapped each one up in tulle along with some "juicy pear" jelly beans and tied them with cute ribbon. I love them and know that my daughter will too! 

Thanks so much for your help! 
Sarah D.

Thanks, Sarah! I love seeing the fun favors you created with our lip balms.
How about you? Have you recently shared our lip balms or favors at your event? We'd love to hear about it. Contact us and let us know the details so we can share them here!

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Flavor of the Month September 2014

September's Flavor of the Month is based on a Prohibition-era gin cocktail called The Bee's Knees. Apparently some of the gin of the time was the story goes that honey syrup was added to make the drink more palatable. It must have worked: "the bee's knees" is a phrase (from the Roaring '20s) used to describe excellent things.

Even though no part of our Bee's Knees lip balm is malodorous (or contains alcohol at all, for that matter), we also include the flavors of honey syrup and lemon, just like the original cocktail. We think it's an "excellent thing," and we hope you do, too. 

The Bee's Knees is available at 15% off through the end of the month like all of our Flavor of the Month balms. We still have a few of August's Watermelon lip balms available, too. (Make sure to order soon!)

We'll also be including a Bee's Knees lip balm in orders placed by our favorite customers. Remember to look for that check box at checkout this month.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Please Take Care

"I just feel like everyone wants a piece of me."

"I know I need time for myself, but that seems so selfish."

"I feel invisible."

These were the conversations I had yesterday. Yesterday, which started with my own less-than-kind self-talk (Why aren't you working out today? You shouldn't have eaten that brownie with breakfast) and ended with news of Robin Williams' death.

You don't have to look too far to see people who are hurting, who are stressed and worn out. Family taking care of elderly parents or sick siblings. Friends trying to meet the expectations of bosses and boyfriends, clients and customers. People who are stretched too thin.

We hear a lot about our chronic money problems in the U.S., about how we borrow too much and get too far in debt. I think it's more than our bank accounts that are overdrawn. 

The simple truth is that you cannot give what you don't have—not for long, and not without going bankrupt. If it isn't selfish to put away money before we need to spend it, how can it be selfish to invest in our own personal resources? How can it be selfish to get enough sleep, to pause in the daily grind to prepare and eat good food, to set aside time for a walk or a trip to the gym?

Here's what I've learned: the only way to quiet my own negative thinking is to make a deposit. It doesn't always have to be big...sometimes all I need is a quick walk around my neighborhood. But I need to add something every day or very quickly I feel overwhelmed.

Is there something that makes you feel calm and relaxed? Someone who makes you laugh and brings you joy? An activity that lowers your stress and your blood pressure? This week, make time for that thing, that activity, that person. Make time to enjoy yourself, to invest in yourself and your well-being. It's the only way to be the best version of yourself.

And if you need extra help, please find it. Talk to a friend or to your doctor. To get more information about mental health services, you can call the SAMHSA Treatment Referral Helpline at 1-877-726-4727.

Please take care.

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Why We Make (Mostly) Clean Bachelorette Favors

Well, it finally happened. 

After nine years of making bachelorette party favors, someone asked me to make a favor design featuring male anatomy.

I'm a little surprised it didn't happen before now. If you've thrown a bachelorette party (or attended one), you know that much of the popular decor, accessories, and favors include phallic designs. From lollipops to cakes, chocolates, drinking straws, and even pasta, naughty is the norm for bachelorette parties. 

In fact, it's so common that you're probably wondering why I don't do more of them. Sure, I have done favors like these, with risqué wording:

Kiss Bachelorette Favors | Label Design #308

I've created other favors with raunchy sayings. But why do I advertise and create mostly "clean" bachelorette favors?

A few years ago I went to a bridal shower that felt more like a bachelorette party. Mixed in with the traditional games were a few that were...well, lewd. While I often have a vulgar sense of humor, I could tell that some of the grandmothers present were very uncomfortable, and that made me feel awkward, too. While most bachelorette parties don't include grandmothers, I figured there had to be other groups who might not appreciate having genitalia designs on everything. I discovered that many of you agree.

"I have to say it was nice finding a place to get favors that did not include the male genitalia anywhere for my friend's bachelorette party," customer V. Raval shared. "The Bride is really happy I found your site as well. When you are in your 30's you want something a little more classy."

Leslie H., a customer from Tennessee, also appreciated having the option: "Thanks for offering something that's not crass and embarrassing for a bachelorette party!!" Leslie said.

When your guests (or the bride) are a little older, or come from different cultures or religious traditions, it might not be appropriate to share naughty novelties. Since most bachelorette shops are offering adult-themed items, it can be harder to find bachelorette favors and gifts personalized for the tame themes, which is why I love offering those options. 

Sheila L. from New York shared what she liked best about the "clean" favors she ordered: "I just received my shipment of bachelorette favor lip balms and I have to say they are more beautiful than I ever could have imagined...I really and truly appreciate the time you took to personalize your patterns to the bride's colors."

Sometimes it's about personalizing to the bride's theme colors, and sometimes it's about the naughty designs. To us, it's always about options, so meet our newest design (I've been calling them Phun Phallus Phavors): 

"To Have and To Hold" | Phun Phallus Bachelorette Favors
Label design #366, matching tag #1382 (tag pictured is #1035 on hot pink)

Well, what did you expect? This is a family site! (If you're interested, I promise we'll send you the uncensored version for your approval.) 

What do you think? Do you prefer the tame, classy bachelorette favor, or the naughty novelty? Or a combination of naughty and nice? What's your favorite bachelorette party theme?


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