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!

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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.)

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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.

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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.

seasonal for blog 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!!!

Nirvana is a Heavenly Blend

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I created a heavenly blend of lavender, sweet orange, patchouli and lemongrass and decided to free-form a mica swirl as complex as the scent blend. The results? Nirvana.

This is truly a luxury soap made with coconut milk, olive oil, coconut oil, sustainable organic palm and palm kernel, avocado, castor and mango butter..

Today is World Elephant Day

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From World Elephant Day

So here’s a reminder of how I’m doing my part.

Elephants in Sri Lanka are being killed at an alarming rate. You can help.

Farm produce in Sri Lanka has become a growing and necessary human resource and populations grow. Trees are cut down, shrinking the elephant’s natural grazing grounds. Wild elephants are not favored as neighbors. They destroy the valued crops when they come looking for food, so the farmer often shoot and kill them. But these noble beasts don’t have to be considered threats or pests. They can be economic assets as well. All it took was some innovating thinking.

So how does your Eco Musings soap purchase helps save Elephants in Sri Lanka? The paper I wrap the soap in.

Enter Mr Ellie Pooh.

An eco-friendly Fair Trade company making exotic gifts and paper made partially out of elephant poo!

From Mr Ellie Pooh website:

If the United States cut office paper use by just 10% it would prevent the emission of 1.6 million tons of greenhouse gases the equivalent of taking 280,000 cars off the road. Compared to using virgin wood, paper made with 100% recycled content uses 44% less energy, produces 38% less greenhouse gas emissions, 41% less particulate emissions, 50% less wastewater, 49% less solid waste and — of course — 100% less forest destruction

And after all, my little business IS named Eco Musings! It’s a perfect fit for me.

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Mr. Ellie Pooh’s paper products are 100% recycled. They are made up of 50% fiber from elephant dung and 50% post consumer paper. There are no toxic chemicals used in our paper making process. Natural vegetative binding agents, along with water-soluble salt dyes for coloring are used. Mr. Ellie Pooh’s papers are handmade, acid free and as organic as it gets.

No bleach. No Acids. And no alkaline or acid solutions are introduced during manufacturing. The paper is completely safe to touch and handle. The raw material is completely disinfected as part of a 1 full day boiling process. The final product has been scientifically tested and detailed as “Non harmful” by a Ceylon Institute of Scientific and Industrial Research (CIRIS) report. If you’d like more information about how the paper is made, here’s a good explanation.

The Peace Project difference: Mr Ellie Pooh and its’ partners at Maximus are working to improve the socio – economic situation that currently restricts under privileged people living in rural areas of Sri Lanka while addressing the conflict between humans and wild elephants.

When you purchase Eco Musings soap, you become part of the solution.

The more soap I sell, the more paper I buy. Together we are having a direct impact on the preservation of the Sri Lankan Elephant in helping to protect this magnificent endangered creature.

Scrapbooks, Journals, Stationary, Office Gifts and Exotic Paper (and my Soap Wrappers!) pulped to perfection by the Elephants of Sri Lanka.

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