Saturday, April 18, 2015

Nordic by Nature

Nordic by Nature
A big thank you to Nordic by Nature for the lipstick love in her post about the HAMMS Event.

We are truly grateful for all of the attention and thrilled she loved our lipsticks!

Friday, April 17, 2015

Full Circle

Full Circle Fundraising

We are thrilled to have some of our 3waybeauty products a part of Full Circle Fundraising.

The women of Full Circle Fundraising want to redefine the school fundraising model and we think it is a brilliant concept!

After writing out too many checks for stale chocolates, old cookie dough and plastic kitchen gadgets shipped in from around the country (and mostly manufactured outside the USA), they took their passion for local products and created a smart program that combines supporting non-profits with local business owners.

They are two moms whose passion to improve fundraising marries their personal and professional lives. Pam Hoye, mother of two young boys and sales and event professional and Sara Soli, mother of two young girls and marketing and event professional. Combined, the have more than 39 years of marketing, sales and event experience. They have created products and events in this market for media companies and brought them to life from ideation to implementation.

They are part of very active families and have children that are actively involved in higher learning and athletic programs which require fundraising. Full Circle Fundraising is the perfect blend of their professional expertise combined with our real-life world.

They have a strong belief in supporting local businesses and identifying the financial struggles of non-profits and created a natural marriage of the two.

As soon as Pam told me about this project I wanted to be a part of it. As a mother of two boys myself, who have already left the nest, I have participated in my fair share of school fundraisers.

Don't you want to see new, fresh and LOCAL products available in your children's school fundraiser? Contact Full Circle Fundraising.

Want to be one of the local Makers featured on Full Circle Fundraising? Apply here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Tea Time

Excerpt from American Spa Magazine. Written by Nicole Altavilla - highlighted products contain tea.

 There is no doubt about it, tea is a hot commodity. More than 158 million Americans drink tea—the second most consumed drink in the world—on any given day, according to The Tea Association of the USA. What’s more, total sales of tea have increased 16 percent over the last five years and are expected to continue to grow. This growth is due to an increasing interest in the healthy properties of tea and also the availability of new varieties. And tea isn't just for sipping anymore. It’s also gaining popularity in the beauty industry, as tea-based skincare products and spa treatments steam up treatment menus and retail areas alike.

When ingested, the health benefits of the steeped leaves are just about anyone’s cup of tea. According to various studies, tea is anti-aging and can help prevent allergies, lower blood pressure and the risk of breast cancer, and maintain healthy cholesterol levels. What many spa professionals are now discovering is that tea-based products applied topically to the skin can provide similar benefits and more because of the compounds found in tea leaves, such as alkaloids, minerals, polyphenols like catechins and flavonoids, polysaccharides, purines, vitamins, and essential oils. “Tea delivers soothing, anti-inflammatory, healing, and antioxidant benefits to the skin,” says Rhonda Allison, founder and CEO of Rhonda Allison Clinical Enterprises. Plus, she says, “Natural ingredients and antioxidants are hot right now, and tea-based treatments and products fit into this category.”

Because of its potent and powerful antioxidants, green tea has long been known to offer major skin-protective benefits. That certainly explains why skincare companies are such fans. “As the creators of Mama Mio, the leading skincare line for pregnant women, Mio Skincare is committed to developing products that focus on results and are in line with our no-nasties policy,” says cofounder Jill Dunk. “Green tea fits the bill perfectly. Naturally rich in antioxidants, green tea functions as a cell protector and microcirculation booster that tones and improves the overall health of the skin.” Ideal for treating acne and oily skin, green tea, when taken orally or applied topically to the skin, can also inhibit skin-tumor formation induced by chemical carcinogens or ultraviolet radiation (UVB), says Annet King, director of global education for Dermalogica and the International Dermal Institute. “The extracts also possess anti-inflammatory activity that is owed to the polyphenolic constituents present,” she says. “Research has shown that green tea polyphenols are potent suppressors of carcinogenic activity from UV radiation and can exert broad protection against other UV-mediated responses, such as sunburn, immunosuppression, and photo-aging.” Considered even more powerful than traditional green tea, matcha tea is a very concentrated form of green tea that is gaining popularity due to its many anti-aging skin benefits. The tea, which is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, is grown under shade, which increases the chlorophyll content of the leaf. Matcha helps treat acne, protects skin from UV damage, and improves skin elasticity.

Although a favorite, green tea isn't alone in providing a host of skincare benefits. According to Allison, chamomile tea contains carotenoids, minerals, oils, and vitamins C and E to heal, soothe, and reverse aging, making it ideal for acne, allergic reactions, eczema, hypersensitivity, inflammation, and rashes. Kombucha, a black tea, contains active enzymes, B vitamins, organic acids, and polyphenols, which work together to smooth and provide pro-youth benefits. And rooibos, or red tea, is rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and minerals and helps to inhibit free-radical damage, soothe skin, improve microcirculation, and provide healing support.

Gaining a following, white tea is what King refers to as “the new darling in skincare.” According to her, white tea extract derived from camellia sinensis grown in Southeast Asia is an unfermented tea with the highest concentration of polyphenols compared to black, green, oolong, and red tea. “While other tea leaves are rolled and dried in the sun or dried under oxidizing conditions, white tea leaves are picked at the most tender stage of growth, during a critical phase in flower development,” she says. “The leaves are wilted and slowly air dried, preserving the polyphenol content. White tea is the richest source of antioxidants that have anti-inflammatory properties, as well, and recent studies have shown that white tea also inhibits collagenase and enhances sunscreen performance when formulated in leave-on products.”

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Farm Market

Barns of Lost Creek
Head out of the city and come and visit us at the Barns of Lost Creek Spring Vintage Farm Market

We'll be there with our beauty arsenal on Thursday and Friday, May 7 & 8 from Noon - 6pm.

What you'll find: Vintage Decor and Clothing, Artists, Crafts, Antiques, Painted furniture, Baked goodies, Canned Goods, Local Eggs and Chickens as well as Plants and Seeds.

The lunch counter will also be open!

Mellissa and Don, the owners of Barns of Lost Creek, are good friends of mine and what they have done to this WI farm is just lovely. Such an amazing event or wedding venue and I can't wait for you to see it!

Some featured vendors:
Stormsister Spatique - Stormsisters Lips Accessorized.
3waybeauty - An eco-conscious, multi-functional beauty and grooming brand.
Aisling Acres Farm - Fresh eggs and preserves.
The House Nest - Repainted furniture and accessories.
Elk Heart Design - traveling boutique.
Phoebe's Finds

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Wild Ruffle

Wild Ruffle
I've been so entrenched with the HAMMS Event the last 3 months that I could hardly think of any other popup shops. But, now HAMMS is finished for the year, yay #HAMMS2015! And now it's time to focus on other great shows.

The next pop up where you can find us will be at the  Spring Into Shopping - Wild Ruffle Pop Up Shop.
Thursday, April 23at 5:00pm - 9:00pm
{16220 Main Ave, Prior Lake, MN}

All the handmade goodness you've come to expect from a Wild Ruffle event awaits you. Shop neighbors, TheVintageGypsy, will be joining the fun and hosting many of we Makers. Come hungry and visit the Mexican food truck parked right out front of the Wild Ruffle location: 16220 Main Ave, Prior Lake 55372 - and come thirsty, as they'll have complementary wine on hand for you!

Their's a great giveaway too!

Visit here for more details!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Making Our Mark

Dundry Hill
Thanks to Liz Sawyer at the Minneapolis Star Tribune for the interview and featuring the 3rd annual HAMMS Event.

Crowdfunding event in St. Paul helps entrepreneurs find market for local products.

Crysten Nesseth’s father taught her how to weld when she was 8 years old. It was a skill he passed down from his manufacturing business, and one she failed to pick back up until graduating college in 2012. More here.