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Exactly what IS in that cosmetic and body product?

Posted by Stacy Thompson on

A lot has been written lately about how the US does not regulate as many additives in cosmetic and personal care products as other countries. Gwyneth Paltrow has been talking about it and has created a new clean cosmetic line. Her website is a fun read (http://goop.com/)   A local blogger in Raleigh, Leigh Hines, has been investigating, using, and represents products on a mission to find companies that manufacture purer products. (beautycounter.com) Because ladies, did you know we use an average of 6-8 products on our faces and bodies every single day?  WOW. Like some of you, we find...

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Sea Salt from Wrightsville Beach - New flavors!

Posted by Stacy Thompson on

Calling all foodies and friends who love to cook!  New flavors of Sea Love Sea Salt  are available in our shop.  Customers have loved our coarse, all natural finishing salts in interesting flavors.  You'll love to try them yourself, or give to someone as a family chef's treat.    Owner, Amanda Jacobs, hand-harvests seawater, by the 5 gallon bucket, from Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina.  She literally dips the buckets in the surf at the beach (what a job, huh?) and loads the buckets into her truck and heads back to the farm.  She filters the water and the salt is...

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Maybe we all need a little Hygge

Posted by John Thompson on

One of Oxford dictionary's 2016 words of the year was "HYGGE".  Pronounced, "hoo-guh", it is a Danish term that is best defined as a feeling of contentment or well-being.   While our country is going through many changes as of this blog post, there's no direct translation of the Danish term "hygge", but it's best associated with the need of a little comfort.  Also, hygge is closely related to relaxation and perhaps gratitude.  A journalist once described the word as a feeling of "taking pleasure in gentle, soothing things, like a freshly brewed cup of coffee and a pair of...

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Local stories are the best stories

Posted by Stacy Thompson on

We are always scouting new products.  It's a constant, yet exciting and fun part of owning a business.  Sometimes products find us.  This is how we came to add Wicked + Woven soy candles to the shop.         Lauren Yarina, owner of Wicked + Woven, has been making soy candles in Raleigh, NC for a couple of years now.  She got into it by making a specially created scented candle for a close friend who was going through a hard time.  He needed encouragement and motivation to be a wolf, or warrior, if you will.  Lauren came up with...

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Downtown Cary Fall Festival was so much fun!

Posted by Stacy Thompson on

John and I attended the Downtown Cary Fall Festival on Oct. 29. Downtown Cary has been going through a revitalization for a couple of years.  Long to be sure, but well worth it.  With most roads open now, our new downtown looks fabulous so far!         Brand new to Cary, Bond Brothers Brewery, partnered with the Heart of Cary Association and the Town of Cary for the Fall Festival.  It was well organized, well attended, and perfect weather, cool and sunny.  Some of our favorite food trucks were there!  The beers we tried...about 7-10 of their own...

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