Tis the Season…

23 12 2011

Tis the season to give thanks, give back, and wish merry to all.  This has been a very exciting past 6 months for me and I wanted to say thank you to all my loyal readers, clients, friends and family for your support, encouragement, love and for finding something interesting here and on the web site.

Starting a new business is breathtaking, scary, fraught with possibilities.  Frustrations with computer things, and figuring out supply and demand, financing and the legal maneuvering needed to be on the right track.  I believe we have successfully navigated the first few months with grace and success.  The next few years will tell the tale.

I would like to give a shout out to those that tested and commented and tried and loved or hated all the new products and creations.  My sincerest thanks to Ruth G., Danielle P., and Rhonda D. for your patience and honest input for all the different concoctions I asked you to try.  I hope you will continue to be my “guinea pigs” in the coming years.

I would like to further thank a few others who encouraged me and supported me in my quest to discover this new business and do it right.  Bryce M. for pushing me to be “legal”, Ronnie L. for his support and encouragement and ideas, and Richard G. the first person I told about my idea who took me to task over the web site.

These people are not the only supporters I have had in the least but those that had the biggest impact on my decisions and motivation.  My thanks and love go out to each of you and to everyone else who has been a part of these first few months.

2012 promises to be an even more exciting and creative year.  We hope to branch out more into ParOils (oil based perfumes) and Lip Gloss.  I even have some hope of maybe trying a hair conditioner or mask or maybe some bath soaks.  One never knows what will come into my mind.  LOL.  We hope to branch out onto Etsy, EBay, MomAudience, and maybe even dare I say it “retail” and “wholesale”.  But, I don’t want to get ahead of myself here.  Slow and steady wins the race and afterall this is mostly a hobby.

So stay in touch, keep reading, check the site frequently, give me input and feedback, comment and criticism.  I welcome it all.  Wish us luck and BUY, BUY, BUY.  OK …that was not to subtle was it?  But, hey if I don’t ask for the sale no one will, right?

Thank you to all and wishing everyone love, peace, happiness, a full belly.


A Departure….

19 12 2011

The below article is a deprarture from what this blog is normally about, but I found this so compelling I thought I should share with others.  As the mother of a 7 year old little girl who is very “adult friendly” i.e. not shy around new people, I worry about her interactions with new adults if I am not around. 

I hope you find this as intersting as I did.  It is located on the website www.PediatricSafety.net .

Erin’s Law: Teaching Children to Recognize & Avoid Sexual Abuse

Posted by Jill Starishevsky on December 16, 2011 · 3 Comments

In October, New York State announced it would join the ranks of those states to introduce a bill entitled Erin Merryn’s Law. The measure would require schools to make a change to their existing curriculum for child abduction to include child sexual abuse prevention. This alteration would give critically important information to victims – many of whom do not know there is a way out of their horrific situation. As a child, Merryn was abused by both a neighbor and a family member. She says she stayed silent due to a combination of threats from her abusers, and the lack of knowledge about available help. If passed, New York would become the third state to enact Erin Merryn’s law, following Missouri and Merryn’s home state of Illinois.

In light of recent events at our nation’s universities, parents should continue to be vigilant about teaching child sexual abuse prevention in the home. By age three, children should be taught that their bodies have private parts and no one is to touch those parts (with the necessary medical and hygiene exceptions). Of course children should be taught the correct terminology for their body as nicknames can be confusing and delay a disclosure. The following are some tips that are often overlooked:

  1. When someone tickles a child, if the child says No, all tickling should cease. Children need to know that their words have power and No means No.
  2. Teach children that it is OK to say No to an adult. Without permission from you, many children may be reluctant to do so even if the adult is doing something that makes them feel uncomfortable.
  3. Teach children that all of these lessons apply to other children as well. If another child is touching your child in a way that makes him or her uncomfortable, teach your child to say No, get away and tell someone.
  4. Be careful with the language you use when speaking with children. Avoid saying things such as “Have a good day and do everything your teacher tells you to do.” Children are very literal and need to be told that they should not listen to someone who is telling them to do something that might be harmful to them or to someone else.
  5. Let your child decide how they want to express affection. If they do not want to hug or kiss Grandpa goodbye or sit on Santa’s lap, do not force them. You take away their power over their own body if you force them to be demonstrative in their affection. Children need to be taught their body belongs to them.
  6. Teach children to respect the privacy of others. They should learn to knock on doors that are shut before opening them and close the door to the bathroom when they are using it. If they learn to respect the privacy of others, they may be more likely to recognize that an invasion of their privacy could be a red flag meaning danger.
  7. Use your poker face. Encourage your child to come you if they have questions about anything. Avoid looking shocked or embarrassed by the question. Children who sense their parents’ discomfort will be less inclined to approach the parent next time he or she has a question.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys is sexually abused by age 18 in the United States. 93% of the abuse happens at the hands of those entrusted with the care and protection of the child. With the passage of Erin Merryn’s Law, critical information will reach every child in New York State.

Is your state advocating for the welfare of children?





About the Author

Jill Starishevsky

Jill Starishevsky is an Assistant District Attorney in New York City where she has prosecuted hundreds of sex offenders and dedicated her career to seeking justice for victims of child abuse and sex crimes. Outside the courtroom, Jill’s fondness for writing led her to create thepoemlady.com, where she pens personalized pieces for all occasions. Her mission to protect children, along with her penchant for poetry, inspired My Body Belongs to Me, a children’s book intended to prevent child sexual abuse by teaching 3-8 year olds their bodies are private. Jill also manages a discussion group on LinkedIn called Child Safety Network. In October 2006, Jill launched HowsMyNanny.com, an online nanny reporting service that works to keep children safe by enabling parents to receive positive and negative feedback on their child’s caregiver.


15 12 2011

Good morning! In looking at inventory for the end of the year I will have overstock of Orange Spyce Foaming Body Butter. So for a limited time I will be giving away 4 ounces of Orange Spyce Foaming Body Butter with every 4 ounce or higher order of any product. It is a fresh and homey scent. Foaming Body Butter serves as a soap and moiturizer in one without the oily tub when you get out. Free giveway is good for any order received between now and December 19, 2011.

New Stuff to Share

12 12 2011

Just finished up two new products. Champagne Dreams Body Scrub as a special order and CocoMynt Body Butter made with pure Coco Butter and Shea Butter and a little Hemp Seed Butter. Should turn out much softer than straight Coco Butter.

How to avoid winter dry skin

6 12 2011

Well winter is here!  Today in Colorado Springs it is currently -3 and the furnace is running at full tilt.  This situation will continue now for at least another 3 months or so and it is not just in Colorado.  Even in the deep south, it is cold and furnaces are running.

All of this dry heat inside and cold dry air outside has a negative impact on your skin.  You can combat these effects with just a few simple skin care changes.

  • Our bodies are primarily water.  In the winter the dry heat in the house and the cold dry weather outside suck the moisture from your body.  We all have heard that you should drink at least 8 eight ounce glasses of water a day.  In the winter it is important to increase that amount.  Many people don’t drink enough water as it is, and soda, coffee, and alcohol do not count.  In fact these drinks will further dehydrate your body and your skin.  So drink at least two more glasses of water each day than you normally do and it will significantly help ward off dry winter skin.
  • Nothing feels better than a hot bath right?  A soak in a hot tub is fabulous after a cold day.  Well hot water strips your skin of moisture.  So a better option in the bath is to use warm water instead.  This will limit the stripping effects.  No hope to correct a hot tub soak, but, well…that just can’t be helped.  So a warm bath instead of a hot shower.  And adding some Essential Oils or a Carrier Oil such as Hemp Seed Oil or Grapeseed Oil can be beneficial.  But be careful if adding the Carrier Oils as they will leave the bath oily and slippery.  Better add a little Baking Soda with the Essential Oil and you will be highly surprised how soft your skin feels.  Also do not rub to dry off but pat and that will keep the skin from being stretched and creating small fissures in the skin that can eventually become flaky.
  • Exfoliate at least weekly.  If you are prone to dry skin you may want to exfoliate all over twice a week.  Be sure to use a gentle product like Sweet Sunshine Sugar Scrub or CranberrySpyce Sugar Scrub (www.MBABodyEssential.com ).  I exfoliate face, arms, and legs daily during the winter with my products because they are gentle, foaming and moisturizing all in one.  I have doing this since I started in May 2011 and have no flaking or dryness at all.  It is wonderful!
  • Use a high moisture content body wash and not a bar soap.  Bar soaps generally will dry out your skin due to the high lye content necessary to create the bar style soap.
  • Finally moisturize extensively.  A heavier product is necessary during the winter months to offset all of the negative impacts your skin receives from dry and cold air and the continued temperature changes you expose your skin too.  Be careful to not just add more of a light weight moisturizer which could potentially clog pores and create a whole new problem to deal with.  The more natural, quick absorbing and thick the product the better.  It will also provide a barrier to help seal in the moisture.  The best time to apply is directly after a bath or shower (warm of course).   Many moisturizers do not provide additional moisture but only seal in the moisture already in the skin.  Our Body Butters being pure butter and oils do add moisture to the skin, are thick and soothing without leaving your skin greasy.  We use light oils and Shea and Hemp Seed Butters so the combination gives quick penetration, you don’t have to wait 30 minutes to dress, and leaves a well moisturized barrier to the weather.  Try a citrus scent like Sun Glow Body butter that smells light and fresh going on and fades quickly so it does not compete with your perfume or other scents.  Or try one that has a lasting scent like Champagne Dreams or Haunting Meadow.  These scents fade leaving just a trace that you will notice and those closest to you will as well.

I hope that these suggestions will give you some ideas of how to combat the dry skin problems we all encounter in the winter months.   Give yourself the sinfully angelic skin you deserve or give it to a loved one.  Christmas is almost here order soon before stock runs out.  www.MBABodyEssential.com

Until next time.

Ann Jagitsch