Wednesday, June 30, 2010

NaKee’ Natural Spa@Home Party

Share Your Discovery

Share the NaKee’ Natural experience with your friends and family. After experiencing what NaKee’ Natural has to offer them, they’ll thank you for introducing them to a healthy and natural beauty

Spa Party Theme – Local and Natural! Local products/Local practitioners!
We can take your party to the next level. We know some wonderful practitioners licensed in massage therapy, reflexology, pedicures/manicures/facials. They will use our products to give your guests a truly luxurious spa experience in your home! You choose the experience! Small fee involved for participating guests, and/or we can even use host credit for the experience if you prefer. We will educate and spoil your guests in natural luxury.
Earn Free Stuff, just for having fun -

Not only will you have fun hosting, you’ll also receive free products based on the outcome of your experience. Fun times and free products will be well worth the time it takes to send out a few invitations and plan your party! Don’t want to prepare your house and/or dirty your kitchen? We have access to a local salon/spa, and we can have your party there! Just let us know!

Online/Book Parties -
Online/Book parties are as easy as setting up a time period of 2-3 weeks, sending out emails/postcards to your friends, having them order online and putting your show code in the customer comment box at check-out. If they order $50 Or more, their shipping is free. I will send them a refund of their shipping cost. Every order gets a free sample included. A minimum of $200 In total orders is required to get your host credit for products.

Book parties include a catalog to share; order sheets; testers and sniffies of products(to be returned when show is completed). You take your customer’s orders or direct them to our website to place their order if they are not local. They put in your show code in the customer comment box at check-out. Shipping info is above. If you are local, you may pick up your order at my home to deliver to your guests to avoid shipping costs for your customers.

In addition to the free products, you receive 50% off a qualifying item and receive a free gift when your party is over $200.00

Party Sales Host Credit Your Benefit Half Off Items
$150-700. 15% Up to $105. 1
$701+ 20% Can be $200 + 2

For every $100 In sales over $500. Add $10 credit

For every booking from your party, you’ll experience 1 item at ½ price.
(minimum party orders totaling $200.00 to qualify)

Interested in selling NaKee’ Natural products?
Become a NaKee’ Natural Sales Representative and earn cash based on sales.
ONLY inquire if you have a love for our products and for people. We need passionate, outgoing individuals to share our natural, yummy stuff!
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Sunday, June 27, 2010

Yucky Jello

Need something different to take to that potluck this summer? How 'bout some yucky jello? It only looks yucky, but is actually a refreshingly different dessert! This is a recipe I got from a family member many years ago. I don't make it very often mostly because I forget about it, but whenever I do make it, I wonder why I haven't done so more often.

Yucky Jello
6 oz. Lemon Jello
2 c. Boiling Water
1 c. Cold Water
Dissolve jello and let jello set up about half way, then add:
2 c. Applesauce
5 Peaches cut up
2 c. Blueberries

Friday, June 04, 2010

Our First Farmer's Market!--Ann Arbor Westside Farmer's Market

I have never participated in a farmer's market, so I have been pretty excited about this for awhile now. I had heard about this market, and inquired about it, thinking that it was probably just for producers of food. I was told that the market was full last year, but to fill out an application and see what happens. I got in, and I have been anticipating this first day for the last couple months.

I realized that this would be a much different venue than the regular seasonal shows that I participate in. Being a weekly 'gig', I decided to change up my set-up just a bit so that I don't have to haul my nice big, heavy sign and shelving that I normally would. I scaled down my booth a bit, and am still working on how I want it. It is not as 'elaborate' as at a show, and I am trying to make it easier to haul and set-up, but still complement our products.

I made a list of things I need to bring for next week like clamps and clothespins; and to get my tent weights made. The small amount of wind we had yesterday was enough to make me hold onto the tent poles a few times. My neighbors said that the area there is like a wind tunnel, and last year there were some tents that flew off into the street....ouch! These tents are not cheap, so I will get my weights made to bring next week for sure.

I have been getting ideas about special things I can do at the market, like bring water, basins, and towels and have some scrub and soap demos. Sounds like fun! I am also thinking of having weekly specials on the product I will be demonstrating. So many possibilities.

The market will definitely be a little different than I am accustomed to. I will be setting up a tent with display and tearing it down after four hours every single week. I also understand the sales will typically be lower than a 'show' type event where there are several hundred people who go through in one day. BUT the possibilities of connections and people I will meet over the next several weeks is so exciting.

I also get to be with some very nice farmers and other vendors. I will probably end up doing a large part of my grocery shopping up here too. There is so much offered: greens, veggies, grass fed beef, free-range eggs, flowers, honey, bread, cheese from Zingerman's creamery, and sweets! Neat people and neat stuff!

All in all, this was a good day, and I am looking forward to the next 14 weeks! How about you? Will you be going to any farmer's markets this year? Which ones, and what do you like best about them?

It's all in the journey,

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy Spring!

Can you feel it in the air? Lilac Bouquet is a beautiful lilac scent. This is not a sickly sweet scent like you may have found in other lilac soaps. It is very true scent, and you will swear you are smelling a real bouquet of lilacs! Perfect for Easter, Mother's Day, or a pick-me-up gift for anyone! If you are not the 'floral-scent' type person, we have plenty of other scents you will enjoy...Margarita Lime is one that is sure to please. It is a grown-up citrus scent, and has become extremely popular! Great for wedding showers and other events! We have some new scents that are in the works too.

Look for our new Soap For Hope in Pomegranate for spring/summer! We also have the new all-natural scents of Rain, and Almond Citrus joining the line. We have made The Whip and Stick in these scents, and will be making oils, scrubs, and soaps in these as well depending on interest.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Heating With Wood

This is our new corner of 'heaven'. After much time and labor(mostly on my husband's part), we are heating our home with wood. I never dreamed that I would have a woodstove. The thought of it brought back memories of people at church you couldn't stand to sit by because they smelled like burned wood. That smell is nice when you are sitting by a campfire, roasting marshmallows and singing Kumbaya, but not so much when you are sitting in church singing Kumbaya....thinking no, I don't wanna sitbaya. Yuck. I did not want our home, clothes and hair to smell like that.

When we moved into this house 5 1/2 years ago, we put our furniture from our living room in the finished basement. We decided we would just wait and think about the living room later. Well, circumstances put this project on the bottom of the list, and it has been more of a parlour with just our piano, chair, and our bird's cage. About 2 years ago we decided, after many birthday celebrations with everyone crowding in the kitchen and dining room, we should probably think about doing something with that space. We researched and drew up floor plans, and decided we would put in a gas fireplace(notice the marking on the floor drawn out for the 'fireplace'). We looked at fireplace after fireplace and had come pretty close to choosing the one we wanted.

Then one chilly, February morning, my husband went for a long run with a friend of his. They went back to his house to get warmed up before coming home. He sat by our friends' woodstove after being chilled to the bone, and the rest is history after presenting me with 'Hey, what do you think about getting a woodstove instead of a fireplace?' I had concerns(see above), and he assured me that the new stoves on the market are airtight and efficient, and promised me that I would not smell like Mrs. Grizzly Adams. We purchased our woodstove last March, and finally got it completely installed last month.

We are learning. There is so much more to this than flipping on a switch to turn the fake ambiance on. Jody and the boys have spent the last year helping friends and family chop down trees, hauling wood, splitting it and stacking it. Our youngest had to get in on the action as well, and has his own maul(it's really an axe because they don't make mauls small enough for him). Yes, he is wearing goggles, gloves, and boots. If it were up to me, he would be in full body armour! :) We also have to haul wood into the house 1 or 2x a day, and getting it started every morning can be a challenge for novices. So, you spend the spring/summer chopping, splitting, and hauling what you can get your hands on.

And about that safety thing. When the woodstove was finally installed and we started that first fire, I panicked about all the things that could go wrong. I went out and bought a new fire extinguisher, new smoke alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, and had it professionally inspected. I would panic leaving it going when I left the house for any period of time. Maybe all this is normal. Maybe. At any rate, not only is this a new thing for us, it is something to be respected at all times. I do have much less anxiety now that I feel more comfortable with it. I am actually really enjoying it.

There is a level of pride in knowing we are being self-sustaining in this way. Since we started heating with wood, we have not turned our furnace on one time! It heats our whole upstairs, and because we have a stove made mostly out of soap stone, it heats efficiently and gently and allows us to enjoy being in the same room with it. We do have humidifiers in the kids' rooms, and have not noticed our skin any more dry than usual. Oddly enough, my skin is not as 'itchy' as it usually is this time of year. The big bonus was when we got our last energy bill in the mail. We had only used the woodstove for 2 weeks and we had saved over $100. I never thought I would look forward to my next month's energy bill at this time of year, but I am excited to see how much less it is after using it a whole month! Another bonus is the tax credit we get on top of this.

So, what's next....chickens? If you look closely at the picture above you will see a chicken coop. Yeah, we're thinking about it! :)