Merry Christmas from Eco-Musings

Merry Christmas from Eco-MusingsIt’s been very busy around here this holiday season and I haven’t had much time to blog, even about cats!  So here’s a quick twofer post! (Christmas post AND cat post!)

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Diwali, Las Posadas, Bohdi Day, Eid el Adha, Festiva or whatever you and you loved ones celebrate this season.

I hope you find love, health and happiness in the coming year!

 

Honoring Our Veterans on Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day.

I don’t usually post anything political on this blog, but I make an exception for veterans.  Today I honor their service and sacrifice. But I find it a challenge to say “Happy Veterans Day.”

The words “Happy…and Veterans” together just seems too incongruous right now.  Too many of our heroes still don’t have access to the healthcare they need. Or a good job. Or even a place to sleep. And while all of these things are improving, the pace is unforgivably slow.

Lieutenant Colonel Theodore Roosevelt once said:

“A man who is good enough to shed his blood for his country is good enough to be given a square deal afterwards. More than that no man is entitled to, and less than that no man shall have.” ~

There are articles all over the internet and TV news about the freebies being offered to veterans today. That’s a generous gesture. But don’t we owe them so much more than that? If we can’t afford to take care of our veterans, then we really shouldn’t be planning on making more.

If you have been following this blog, you know that I am a major Dave Matthews fan, so I offer this video as my reflection on Veterans Day.

“Of all the people that we should honor, it’s the people who gave themselves so completely to us, because they believe. […]

And we all have to think about what we can DO about it.”  ~Dave Matthews

We should be honoring them with ACTION, 365 days a year, not just “Happy Veterans Day Thank You” words printed on a flag GIF and shared on social media once a year.

Christmas Under the Oaks

November 9 is the 38th annual Christmas Under the Oaks!

Christmas Under the Oaks

North Pinellas Woman’s Club and the City of Clearwater are sponsoring the annual Christmas Under the Oaks Arts & Crafts Show at the beautiful waterfront Coachman Park in downtown Clearwater this Sunday November 9 from 9 AM to 4 PM.

The show will feature over 150 artists, handcrafters and food vendors at the scenic waterfront venue. Eco-Musings will be “Under the Oaks” at booth #105 with lots of goodies for your holiday list such as my luxury Coconut Milk Soap for her, or an old fashioned Wet Shaving KIt for him..

Or you can start a new holiday tradition with my Swarovski Crystal Christmas Spider Ornament or Rhinestone Starfish Ornament!

Check out the Facebook page here for details!

The show proceeds benefit community scholarships, grants, and projects. What a wonderful way to shop local, support artists and handcrafters while supporting the local community!

So put it on your calender now!

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween from the Beach!

I hear there may be snow in the Midwest tonight, but in South Florida we have to wait until the last minute to carve pumpkins because the heat and humidity take their toll. So last night was BIG FUN!

Last year’s “Breaking Bad Cheap Pumpkin Carving Tools” is hard to beat. This year we decided to go classic. (That’s not to say we didn’t break some more cheap carving tools.)

happy halloween

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I think I need to ask Santa for some “Pumpkin Power Tools.”

Like last year’s Walter White pattern, the “Grinning Jack”, “Puking  Pumpkin” and “Boo Ghost” patterns came from Zombie Pumpkins. That “puking pumpkin” should look great when Casey adds the “Glow-in-the-Dark Slime” he and China made. It’s charging in the Florida sun all day.

glow in the dark slime

Muawahahaaaaaaaaaaaa!

Oktoberfest Indian Rocks Beach

I made these Seasonal Soap Bundles for the upcoming Oktoberfest Indian Rocks Beach this Saturday, Oct 11.

Fall is here, so it’s time to turn to turn up some heat! As we move into the autumn, there is a natural shift toward fragrances that evoke a sense of warmth and comfort.

Oktoberfest Indian Rocks BeachWhen the fall air turns brisk, nothing warms up a home quite like the autumn scent blends; spicy and tart! Fragrance blends of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pumpkin, orange and ginger just to name a few! And berries! A true autumnal ingredient, dark, rich, plump and juicy berries add depth to fall fragrances.

The seasonal soap bundles that I’ll feature at Oktoberfest Indian Rocks Beach this weekend include three 5.5 oz bars of artisan crafted coconut milk soap scented with Pumpkin Spice, Cranberry Spice and Island Spice. Each bundle also includes a handcrafted beechwood soap dish.

If you’re in the Tampa Bay area, what better way to spend a nice Saturday afternoon at “this beachy version of this German tradition?” The weather is supposed to be great!

In addition to my luxury soap line, I will also be selling my Swarovski Crystal Christmas Spider Ornament and my Rhinestone Star Thrower Ornament.

Stop by my booth and say hi!

I will have over 15 scents in soap available! Smells are FREE!!!

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