Why I Smell Like Trash And Pomegranates

19 Jul

So…I have a weird obsession with pump bottles.

I literally dug my mom’s empty, expensive shampoo pump-bottle out of the trash, cleaned it and filled it with my 78-cent pomegranate splash. The day Nutella gets sold in a pump bottle, my life will be complete.

Living the dream, I know.

Well, this company, Farmhouse Fresh, recently caught on to my obsession. They put their body lotion in a pump bottle. I am now wholeheartedly convinced that this lotion is heaven-sent and probably works better than the earlier version in the squeeze tube.

However the pump bottle may be swaying my opinion… 

All of their products make my alter hippie ego happy. (Yeah, most of them are gluten free and all natural).

But seriously, if you haven’t heard of or tried Farmhouse Fresh, you’re missing out. They’re great. Their new scent Pink Moon is…well actually the company described it  better than I could.

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“This Shea Butter whip is a jarful of sunsets! Scented like a dreamy Texas night sky with notes of licorice blossom, powder and spun sugar. Delicate and sleepy.”

How Mint Green Envelopes Cured My Greeting Card Anxiety

29 Jun

A few days ago, we were checking in a pretty large shipment of this new brand of greeting cards.

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While we were making sure everything that was supposed to show up was in that brown corrugated shipping box, we couldn’t help but look at all the pictures and read the captions inside all of the cards. They were well illustrated, modern…and for a greeting card, had a remarkable sense of humor. They managed to be funny in a one or two sentence joke.

THAT combination is unheard of!

Personally, I appreciate cards that already have something awesome on the inside and out. It makes it way less difficult for me to write something in there.

If I’m not feeling especially sentimental that day, then cards get super awkward. I sometimes even go so far as to just sign my name. Or if it’s especially bad, I sign my initials and hope that they won’t be able to figure out who the card is from…

WHAT ARE YOU SUPPOSED TO WRITE IN THERE? It’s not a letter. Letters I can do (see last week’s post.) These are a horse of a different color (did you catch the Wizard of Oz reference? No? That’s cool.) 

In fact, anymore I just buy gift enclosures. They’re so small that there’s no room for a message.

But, when these cards came in, I had to have one. Seriously, a few of them had a mint green envelope…

MINT. GREEN.

So, I bought one for my Dad’s birthday, which I had missed by a couple days. The belated birthday card had the mint envelope too. SCORE! Then I tackled my fear. 

All I did was:

Greeting,

birthday acknowledgement (one sentence)

Closing,

Name

(This looks exactly like the worksheet I got in second grade diagramming how to write a letter.)

The card was a hit. He absolutely loved it. It sat on top of the oven (AKA the card hall of fame) for the world to see for the next couple of weeks.

Moral of the story? When writing a card, keep it simple. You don’t have to talk like Tarzan, but you don’t have to speak as if you were born in the Shakespearean era either.

Have you heard of Ecka & Pecka though? They’re amazing.

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What do you write in greeting cards? Do you write anything at all, or just put some cash in to make up for it? Leave your answer in the comments below!

The Lost Art of Writing Letters…

21 Jun

The strangest thing happened the other day. A customer came in looking for letter sheets. All the employees were shocked at this request. Surely, she wasn’t going to go to a stationery store…to buy letter sheets…to write a note…BY HAND! It’s so rare that someone from the Y-Generation chooses the snail-mail route.

When such a simple request shocked a paper store that’s been in business for more than 20 years, we realized that letter writing has become a lost art. With technology advancing every day, texting and email has become the regular. Actually if I receive an email with full sentences I find it to be a pleasant surprise. A text that includes punctuation is like the Holy Grail. 

With the constant technological updates, it’s easy to see how letters can seem archaic. However, we would argue that it instead shows thoughtfulness. You took the time to sit down…put together your thoughts (hopefully in a coherent way)…and spent your very own money on postage.

We in no way think that technology is evil. We’re not nostalgic for horses and buggies (we very much enjoy cars with AC.) 

We would just like to encourage you to start writing again. It may seem awkward at first. After all, it can be viewed as a higher maintenance version of a text message.

However, to get you started here are some helpful hints on how to write a letter.

Keep it short.

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Ask questions about their life.

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Tell them about your life.

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Now, I know what you’re probably thinking now. What do you write it on? Do you use a sheet off of your finest legal pad and the pen that doesn’t squirt ink? While I’m sure the person you’re writing to would appreciate you using your favorite pen and a non-wrinkled sheet off your legal pad, they might also like to see your personality come through on your stationery.

How about a letter sheet? Familiar with those? They’re pretty…

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So, try writing a note this week. I don’t care if it’s to your mom, your grandma, a friend or even a stranger (careful there creeper.) Let us know how it went…Actually this is an excellent segue into my final little schpeel.  Let us know if there are any etiquette questions, how-to’s or something else you would like us to write about. We want to hear from you! After all, this is all for our amazing customers.

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