Mar 29, 2009

Going Green and Staying Busy *long post*

I completely missed Earth Hour last night! I would have participated if I'd have been paying more attention. My recycling efforts show me that the largest majority of our trash is recyclable (big surprise there, huh? LOL). I'd like to add a vermi-composting bin in my kitchen, even as small as my apartment is.

I'm going to order more cloth diapers for the baby and have been looking into greener feminine hygiene products. Add the fact that organic and/or cloth versions are more comfortable, healthier (same with diapers) and it's a no-brainer. I found a large selection that would please even the least eco-savvy consumer...and came across some interesting facts along the way, some I already knew.

Your average commercial brand contains as many chemicals (such as the highly toxic carcinigen, Dioxin) as your average commercial brand diapers do and have been linked to things like heavier, more painful periods and even endemetriosis.

I froze after reading that one...I was diagnosed with endemetriosis at 18; it was the cause for the second surgery I had that year. Now I'm wondering if those products could've had a hand in my having developed it. Scary. Kind of makes you wonder what else is going on in the foods we eat, prodcts we use, etc...etc...

On another note, I've halted adding catagories to my Simply Ambrosia site for now. I'm having trouble getting my Entrecard widget up due to the layout and lack of options on my blog. I have a few up and thousands more products to add later, but I'm in the process of working on a permanent site for my shop. Without the EC widget, traffic would be extremely hard to come by...I simply have no time to market it at this time.

I'm also spending a lot of my time on getting together everything I need to start my all-natural product business. Most of the products are vegan certified and all are made with only natural ingredients. I'm very excited about this but it will take lots more planning. I'm working on my logo now and trademarking it when it's finished, the specific recipes for each line, labeling, packaging and my business model (which I won't go into at this time, but I promise, you guys will LOVE it!).

My goal is to find a company that will not only offer eco-conscious packaging to suit my needs, but also labeling that uses recycled paper/materials and earth-friendly inks. Another criteria is that the labels are made to "keep" in a bathroom environment and not bleed, rub off, etc. A lot of my products are for bath and body.

I want to make sure I do this thing right. It's been my dream to run this type of business since I was a young teenager in my kitchen making my own face masks, herb teas and performing tarot readings and healings for friends. I feel like I've become out of touch with that side of me in recent years and this shop is almost like my re-awakening. I'm loving it, having lots of fun.

It's easy to see why I've been so busy lately. My scorpio nature doesn't know how to do anything half-way and my one-track mind keeps me running like a woman posessed, LOL. I've jumped in head over feet and there's no stopping the train. Nothing to do but enjoy the ride!

I certainly hope all the rest of you are having as much fun with your endeavors!

Mar 5, 2009

Another Great Giveaway!

I tend not to participate, due to my lack of time for, well...anything!, but I may just get hooked on these, lol.

Momstart is hosting an eco giveaway, courtesy of Ecostore. You all know me, I love scoping out earth-friendly products and companies...this one's new to me!

So, check out her post for how to enter! Giveaway ends Monday, March 23.

I finally have product up!

It's not a full-fledged professional website...yet...but it's a start. I figured out how to add a shopping cart to my new Wordpress blog, Simply Ambrosia (finally, right?).

I've only added one catagory so far, Outdoor Enjoyment, with 3 sub-catagories. The idea is to add as I go, with a goal of at least 3 catagories a week. Next up is candles and candle accessories, which I'm hoping to have up by later today.

As always, I'm willing to give a great deal, so the Choose your Own Sale special that I offer with my Avon business will apply to this one as well.

So, check it out and let me know how it navigates, etc. Any and all suggestions are welcome.

Mar 4, 2009

Check Out This Giveaway!

My friend, Duni, over at Lovely Purses is hosting a giveaway in honor of her 100th post! She's making available some of her handmade items for the winner of the drawing. To be a part of this event, check out her announcement post for more information!

The drawing is this Saturday, March 7, so the giveaway expires then. Well, what are you waiting for?