March 2013


"Bird - Brain"

Posted on Sunday, March 31, 2013

My husband is the "bird - brain" in our house...
Well, he is actually a bird enthusiast, but its fun to call him a "bird - brain"!
Last winter, my family and I started feeding the birds during the winter. (We've always had one bird feeder in our back yard, but last year, that one bird feeder was joined by 3 more and we had tons of birds visiting our back yard.)
This year was no different.  We've added another bird feeder and two suet feeders for the wood peckers, that started visiting our house.
Watching the birds has become a family hobby, even my son enjoys looking at the birds and finding them in our "Birds of Michigan" book. (Our cats love it too, but for a whole different reason!)
I try to take pictures of the birds whenever I can, especially when it is a new bird that has decided to visit.
I haven't had much luck this year, but a couple weeks ago I finally managed to get some decent photos of a female Pine Grosbeak.  She was actually sitting in my neighbor's crab apple tree, but I bet she came by, because of all the feeders! (That's my theory at least!)
So, I thought a would share a few of the photos...

I was really surprised how long she sat in the tree eating berries, especially with me walking around, snapping pictures. 

A few fun facts about the Pine Grosbeak:
1.)  They usually have 4 - 5 eggs, that are a bluish green. (They don't have any special markings.)
2.) They like to eat seeds, fruits and insects. (They will come to feeders.)
3.)  They are very tame and approachable.
4.)  They eat tiny grains of sand and dirt to aid in digestion.
5.)  They like to "bathe" in the fluffy snow.

Anyway, hope everyone enjoyed the pictures!
Have a great weekend!


Scents for Spring...

Posted on Thursday, March 28, 2013

Over the last couple of weeks, I've been reading through forums and whatnot, trying to determine what fragrances are going to be "hot" this spring.
I have put together a small list of the scents that have gotten the most mention and ones that I've personally noticed as being really popular...
Thought I would share the list and I would love hear what others think!
1.) Blackberry Sage
2.) Wild Rose
3.) Black Amber and Lavender
4.) Cool Citrus Basil
5.) Grass Stain (I really want to try this one out!  It just sounds fun!)
6.) Country Clothesline
7.) Narcissus II
8.) Moonlight Path
9.) English Ivy
10.) Eucalyptus and Spearmint (I honestly had no idea this fragrance would be "popular" for spring when I purchased it, but I am very happy that it is!  I even have candles available all ready: Eucalyptus Spearmint Votive Candles )

My own personal observations (these are fragrances that I've noticed as being popular):
1.) Cotton Candy (I only have one Cotton Candy candle left in my shop!)
2.) Blue Raspberry
3.) Vanilla Mint

Of course, I just have fun working with all sorts of fragrances!  So, there will always be interesting and fun candles floating around my shop!


Exciting news...

Posted on Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wow, I can't believe it is March 23rd all ready! This month really got away from me. I do have some very exciting news to share... I was recently interviewed by the lovely people at Nature's Garden...
Today, they published my interview on their blog!
To check out the article, you can find it here:

Nature's Garden is such a wonderful company and I really love their products, so its a huge honor to be featured on their blog.

Anyway, I hope everyone is having a great weekend!


March (is Lupus month)...

Posted on Saturday, March 2, 2013

Well, a new month is upon us...
The month of March is always a bitter sweet month for me.  It has been a month filled with great joy, with the birth of my son, happening near the end of the month.  It is also a month filled with great sadness, since I lost both my parents in the month of March.
The reason I am writing this entry, is so I can discuss the illness that claimed my mother's life.
My mother was a wonderful person, caring and kind, hard working, creative and always worried about others before her self.  She also suffered from Lupus.
Lupus may be a disease that you haven't heard of or it might be one that has touched your own life or someone you care about.  In my house, Lupus was one disease that my family and I knew intimately well.  I am certainly not a doctor, nor a researcher, I am simply the daughter of a woman that suffered with it daily.

Lupus is an autoimmune disease, that can damage any part of the body.  This disease is chronic, which simply means signs and symptoms last longer than six weeks and often for many years. (My mother had Lupus for 18 years, with only a 3 year remission.)  With Lupus, something goes wrong with the patient's immune system, instead of the body attacking "invaders" or the viruses, bacteria and germs that can make us sick...a patient's body begins attacking healthy tissues.
One of the most difficult parts of the disease, is that it affects people very differently.  Some people with Lupus have problems with their kidneys, other have issues with their joints...
My mother's Lupus affected her blood counts.  She had very low blood counts and was often left unable to fight off common colds or flu. (She would also bruise very easily, especially when her platelets were low.)

I do want to make it clear that a diagnosis of Lupus is NOT a death sentence.
Yes, my mother did pass away, but she died 13 years ago.  There have been advancements in Lupus research, since she passed away.  Plus, what ultimately claimed my mother's life, was an experimental treatment. (Her disease had gotten to a point where "normal" treatments weren't providing results, so she underwent a new treatment and unfortunately, it didn't work.)

So, some may be asking..."Why are you writing this entry?"
I'm writing this entry to start to tell my mother's story and share my family's experience with this disease.  I also want to expose Lupus to as many people as I can.  The more that know, the better!

There are some wonderful resources for people with Lupus or for those that just want some more information...
Please visit the Lupus Foundation of America.
Thanks so much for visiting and reading!  For my household, March is Lupus month, so I will be sharing information about Lupus all month long.