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Small Biz Saturday part 2

Unless you have been living in a cave, you have heard about Small Business Saturday . Dually sponsored by The 3/50 Project and American Express . (I wrote about it on November 11th .) It was such a huge success that AMEX is now extending it to all AMEX card holders until December 31st! To support small business this holiday season, American Express is extending the offer to give $25 back to Cardmembers who register & use their card at a small business ANY day through 12/31. Register now! All small businesses that accept Amex are automatically enrolled . For everyone else, whatever the form of payment, shop small!     Whatcha waiting for? You know AMEX has the best rewards program out there! And again, a HUGE thank you to all of my amazing clients for participating and spending your holiday dollars at my online Spatique and with other small biz's around the country. We cannot thank you enough. Truly!

Friday - Monday Mashup, baby!

We all know the terms. Cyber Monday, Black Friday and now Small Business Saturday . So, whether you're shopping storefronts, online or both, this is the weekend to get rollin', kids! Mash them all up and receive 25% off of your online purchases at StormSister Spatique , as well as our Twin Cities personal delivery service for $5 (regularly $10-$20), this Friday thru Monday. Minimum order is $50 to receive discount. Enter MASHUP upon checkout. Sale is for in-stock merchandise only and cannot be combined with other promotions. Enjoy your holiday and travel safely.

Sing it, Sister!

I was asked by my Crave Momma, Kathy Hanson , to read a Strib article about "buying local" and to let her know what I thought. I didn't find it a terribly well-done article (I believe the online version is now different from the printed version as there has been much banter between Ms. Hanson and Mr. Alexander ) but I am not a huge fan of the Star Tribune. I'm more of a Pioneer Press girl. Below  is a copy, word-for-word, of the discussion between the two. ______________________________ Steve, While I applaud your effort to educate consumers and/or business owners about shopping local with your article today I must tell you I am terribly disappointed in the lack of effort made to substantiate the facts and promote shopping local this holiday season. You missed the mark on all counts if you were trying to help businesses, educate consumers or connect your readers (consumers) to local businesses.  I don't have time to provide you with the links that are

In-fused Chocolate

Excerpt taken from Turby and John. I already sort of  liked it before I tried it. I’m always up for dark chocolate since it’s loaded with antioxidants, and we all know that antioxidants neutralize free radicals. This chocolate bar has fancy ingredients like organic meals from raspberries and cranberries and organic oils from pumpkin seeds, cranberries, and raspberries. It’s also made with organic blueberries and organic lemon essential oil . You can definitely taste the lemon, but it’s just very subtle and very tasty. Check out Intelligent Nutrients Innercalm In-fused Chocolate for yourself, and browse the rest of their products while you’re at it. Read more about the benefits of dark chocolate, and how much you really need to get an antioxidant boost, in this neat Care2 article .

Green Beaute

Taken from the Ultimate Skincare & Beaute Report . Looking for eco-friendly, cruelty-free hair care that is effective enough to cleanse yet gentle enough to for an oncology patient to use? Green Body Green Planet has created such a formula.  I must say, at first I was skeptical due to past experiences that left my hair clumpy and knotty.  As per the instructions, I wet my hair very well and worked the shampoo for Revitalizing into my mane with fingertips and hands, concentrating on the scalp.  Cautious to not over use the shampoo due to its high concentration of essential oils, I shampooed only once and rinsed well before moving into the second phase of this glorious experience- Revitalizing Conditioner ! Common conditions such as dandruff and eczema are no match for this uber natural proprietary blend of rosemary, ylang ylang and geranium essential oils.  Is your hair on the brink of massive chemical over-kill? No problem!  Processed hair is effectively handled w

Anti-Aging Beauty Tips for 40's & 50's

Taken from this article . 1. Stop Showering Yes, that's right - stop getting squeaky clean! One of the hallmark signs of one's 40s is drier skin, which turns into wrinkled skin. While everyone knows to moisturize with face creams and body lotion , why not try to preserve the body's natural oils, too? Unless you are super sweaty or smelly, you probably don't need to shower every day. Baby wipes work wonders to keep your personal areas clean in between shower days. While you might freak out at first, give it a go for a week to see how your body adjusts. You will probably find, like many less-clean converts, that your body and hair looks so much better when you allow your natural oils to stay on your skin! 2. As you age, your skin gets thinner, showing blood vessels and making it fragile and weak. Again, over drying and lack of moisture adds to the thinning. Moisturize , moisturize , moisturize . 3. Sink Your Teeth In Want to know one of the weirdes

Under Cover

Great video . Even I've been doing it wrong! I love this tip. A lip brush is the trick? I know it's considered a "concealer" brush, but it's just a lip brush. I've always used this compact as my cover up.


How jazzed am I to be included in the latest issue of LaunchHer ! LaunchHER provides the boost that women owned brands need by featuring new and fresh companies as well as providing professional public relations, branding, business development and positioning tools to start-ups.


When Wyndmere sent me a sample of each of these Roll-Ons to try, they were a big hit with me as well as with friends and family. The highest quality essential oils mixed with a jojoba carrier oil in a blue glass bottle (protects oil from light), with a handy-dandy roller-ball. Makes for very easy application. I apply mine to temples, back of neck or bottoms of feet. The rolling motion against the skin is very soothing. Peppermint is one of my favorite oils as it is very effective for headaches. The reason I apply to the bottoms of the feet are: The pores on the bottom of the feet are large, the skin is less sensitive and the feet have many nerve endings and reflex points.

Some Nail Salons Are Feeling Green

Positive change is happening in the world of a manicurist. One major step would be to incorporate this polish remover in their routine.

Cool Swag

There's a new kid in town. Swag 52 . And, I'm very excited. Stay tuned! Step into the world of SWAG52 . This is the only place in town to find the best products at the best prices. Every week, one of our contributors will star in a video showcasing a luxury retailer who is sharing special pricing with SWAG52.  Watch the video, buy a product voucher or SWAG52 certificate and find yourself sporting the latest designer trends, traveling with the best gadgets, or crossing off those elusive holiday gifts at significantly reduced prices.  With featured items you'll never find at regular discounts, SWAG52 provides affordable extravagance for the serious shopper .

Free Shipping Day

Mark your calendars for 12.17.10 When shopping on the StormSister Spatique website on the 17th, enter this code upon checkout: FREESHIP All of these retailers are offering complimentary shipping as well.

Make it a NONTOXIQUE Holiday!

Available November 20th-30th.   Please enter this code when shopping on my site : SISTER1 We're talking the only true eco-luxe care for the hands, feet & nails that everyones talking about. Please enter this code when shopping on my site : SISTER2 Give gifts of NONTOXIQUE this year and let others envy how beauty-savvy you are.

Small Biz Saturday by AMEX

  I just love how AMEX continues to support the small business owner!   Make the most of the first-ever Small Business Saturday SM , November 27, 2010. A day to come together in support of small businesses . The businesses that are the heartbeat of our communities and local economies.

White Apricot

NONTOXIQUE 's Parfait Ten™ Cuticle & Nail Balm featured on White Apricot. BEAUTY TIP Helping Hands the Nontoxique Way Ragged cuticles, brittle, peeling nails, rough skin — old man winter is blowing in and taking a toll on our hands and nails. Rather than hide them in gloves, mittens and pockets, we have become addicted to Nontoxique’s Parfait Ten™ Cuticle and Nail Balm. Like a miracle in a jar, this rich, nourishing cream transformed our “man hands,” removing any traces of rough edges. Each application dispenses vital nutrients from avocado to kiwi and myrrh, while leaving behind a thin veil of protection that prevents nails from absorbing harmful excess water. Developed by a manicurist with more than 13 years in the industry, the entire line of Nontoxique products is based on the same principles as skin care for the face. All we know is, since we became addicted to the balm, our hands and feet are perfect tens!  Receive 25% off NONTO

Is Beauty Pain?

Brazilian Blowout is still the topic of conversation . This is a letter I just received from The Campaign for Safe Cosmetics: There is a saying, “beauty is pain,” which we at the Campaign for Safe Cosmetics never much cared for. After a hair salon worker complained about bloody noses and breathing problems after using "formaldehyde free" Brazilian Blowout, Oregon OSHA tested the product and discovered it's up to 10 percent formaldehyde. The search for miraculously smooth hair should not cause acute pain or long-term health problems. Because formaldehyde is a nasty chemical linked to cancer and allergies, the governments of Canada and Ireland issued recalls of Brazilian Blowout in the last few weeks , after their own tests confirmed its presence. But guess what the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has done? Nothing. This is unacceptable. The high levels of formaldehyde in Brazilian Blowout pose a serious threat to salon workers giving the treatment on

Candy Bars

Local bath company, Blissful Bath , has come out with some new bath goodies: Bath Candy , Scrub-A-Licious Bars and Bath Soaks .  And what were once shower steamers are now called Shower Vapours , with a couple of new essential oil blends in the mix.

Holiday Boutique II

When : Friday, November 12th 6:00 - 9:00 P.M. Where : Meegan Butler’s House 703 Ottawa Avenue 651-248-5657 StormSister Spatique will be rockin' some new product!

Holiday Boutique

I've been invited to showcase my products at a holiday boutique in Stacy, MN on Saturday, November 13th. If you live in that area or are looking for something fun to do that day, please stop in. I'll be showcasing some fun new bath and shower care items from a local vendor that day. There will also be prize drawings every 1/2 hour or so! Time: 2-6 PM Here is the address: 6081 - 242nd Ave. NE Stacy, MN 55079 Please call 651 235 3942 if you have any questions. Bring your friends and I'll see ya there!

Small Boxes

I just love what Cinda and her 3/50 Project are doing. Rather than hit the big boxes in search of gifts this year, whaddaya say we pop into the neighborhood shops and boutiques first? After all, they pump the greatest percentage of revenue back into the neighborhoods we live (and celebrate) in.

The Great Unwashed

This is a fascinating article . Though I do agree with the concept of this piece, there are deodorants that are available that don't contain any controversial ingredients.   Essential oils are also great to deodorize and kill bacteria without drying out the skin.

Maiden Minnesota

Maiden Minnesota is this week. Yay! Two of my favorite brands will be there, Greenbody Greenplanet   and  Irely by SaireyG . I am so proud of these two women and their wonderful brands and am honored to call them my friends. Here is some video from Twin Cities Live about the event. Do you have your tickets yet? I'm certainly going to have my product there next year!