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Doggy Dozen Products for January 2016!

PawPrintMonday we told you all about our new Doggy Dozen Program. Remember for each product purchased, 20% of the purchase price is donated to Four Paws. That really adds up! Now for the awaited list of products that will be part of January’s Doggy Dozen. Are you ready?

Soy Wax
Cetyl Alchol
Bentonite Clay
Glycerin Scrub Base
Lemon Herb Fragrance Oil
Ginger Milk Fragrance Oil
Dog Bone Mold
Peach Flavor Oil
Strawberry Swirl Flavor Oil
Shaker Bottles
Daisy Pots
Soy Lip Solution Base

This is your chance to stock up on things you need and help out cats and dogs too! Towards the end of January I will announce the Doggy Dozen products for the month of February. Watch your favorite products for our paw print icon.

Taylor

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Unveiling the Doggy Dozen Program!

PawPrintIt is the hardest thing to keep mum about new projects waiting to be released. Well, I can finally tell you about something I have been dying to spill the beans on. We are introducing the Doggy Dozen Program. Before I tell any more, let me give you a little back story.

Every year the MMS staff does fun events to give to the community. We go shopping for a local organization in need. This year we decided to shop for Four Paws Rescue of Utah! Four Paws Rescue is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization that is dedicated to helping homeless dogs and cats. They rescue stray and abandoned cats, dogs, puppies and kittens from high-kill shelters. Their goal in life is to find a good home for each animal where they can be loved and cared for.

Four Paws Rescue only fosters animals, making sure that each rescue is put into a home where they will receive warm beds, excellent medical care and lots of love. They believe that fostering is a much better option than housing these lovable animals in the cold, bleakness of a shelter. As a result, they are better able to evaluate temperament and the animal’s needs, resulting in a shockingly low return rate. As animal lovers here at MMS, we felt that was a cause worthy of being supported.

Around Thanksgiving, we donated two pallets of quality dog food, cat food, litter, leashes, and treats. We were all so excited and thought that the pile of food would go a great way to helping Four Paws. While it certainly did ease their burden, it broke our hearts to hear that the stacks of food would only last 2 to 3 weeks. We had no idea there were that many fostered animals in need. So we sat down and brainstormed various ways we could continue to offer our support.

For the year 2016 we have come up with a great way to continue donating to Four Paws. Each month there will be twelve spotlight items with a paw print icon on the product. With each product purchased, 20% of the purchase price is donated to Four Paws. So if you buy a $5 item, $1 will go directly to Four Paws. It is that simple. So please help us, help them by purchasing one or more of the items with your order. Watch for the spotlight items each month on the blog and Facebook. Thank you for your support in helping out a great organization.

Tomorrow we will tell you what the spotlight items will be for the month of January.  This way we can work together: planning and helping our delightful furry friends.

Team Finished

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Boxing Day

boxToday is Boxing Day! While Boxing Day is not an official event here in the United States, I think it is very worth while. Boxing Day is an opportunity to box up items that no longer warrant counter space or storage space in the home and give it to a charitable group who cares for the homeless, those in poverty and those down on their luck. Boxing Day welcomes coats, gloves, boots, gently used clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, and more. If you are burdened by stuff in your life Boxing Day is a great way to get your life back. Boxing Day can be your excuse to live a more simple and happy life all year.

This is a great way to get started on some of your New Year resolutions. Living more simply means we can focus on the important things in life, rather than the material things. Feeling bogged down with stuff? I had a friend tell me once for every item I took into the house, I had to take one out. While that doesn’t seem like a big deal, I found it really made a difference. I was more selective of what I took home and a lot more liberal when it came to donating, recycling or disposing of things I no longer needed.

Another bonus to Boxing Day saving money! “How so?” you ask. Saving your donation slips means that you can get deductions on your taxes! Please remember to pass on donation slips to your accountant. It is far better to save tax dollars because we have better ability to help people in need. Isn’t that awesome?

I love Boxing Day. It allows us to care for ourselves, our homes, for our communities and for our world. Won’t you join me today?

Taylor

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Easy Breezy Room Sprays

Fragrance Samples!
It is easier than ever to make a room spray or body splash!

It is always nice to have plenty of stocking stuffers on hand but sometimes you only have so much time on hand to makes those stocking stuffers happen. Room and body sprays just happen to be ultra simple to make. I love how I can make 64 or more room sprays in less than 30 minutes. Let me share my little secret!

Remember that using this room spray over hard surface floors may make them slippery.  Just keep that in mind and you shall be fine!

Ingredients
Cyclomethicone
Wild Mint & Ivy Fragrance Oil
Equipment
Scale
Microwave Safe Container
Spoons
Pipettes

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Planning for Christmas!

Planning for Christmas!
Planning for Christmas!

Today I wanted to share some things you need to know for the remainder of 2015. Christmas is right around the corner and packages are shipping all around the United States and around the world. If you are waiting for a package to arrive, may I suggest signing up for UPS MyChoice? It is a free service offered by UPS. Any time a package is shipped to your address they will let you know via email giving you a tracking number and a estimated time of delivery. This is a perfect way to outsmart those porch package thieves. You know when to expect your UPS man. Should you not be home, talk with a neighbor. Cookies are often great bribery for the neighborhoods kids to make sure your package arrives safely. wink2

Also be aware that Friday is the last day to pick up a Will Call order. It is also the last day our phones will be available. If you need to place an order over the phone, Friday is the last day to do it. Everything after Friday will need to be done online.

Next week on December 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, we will have a partial crew on hand to process and ship orders that have come in. Want your order in time for Christmas? December 18th is the last day to ship 3 Day Select packages. December 22nd is the last day for 2nd Day Air packages and December 23 is the last day for packages shipped Next Day Air.

We will also have a partial crew December 28th, 29th and 30th. We will spend those days processing and shipping online orders. Our phones and full staff will be back January 4th ready to serve all your needs! We hope you have wonderful holidays and an awesome break!

Taylor

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Awesome Shipping Samples

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New Shipping Samples!

I’m so excited to tell you about some lotion samples going to shipping!

Just as Taylor mentioned in her blog post for Tina’s Lanolin Butter, body lotions are a must this time of year, especially here in Utah. Very dry and arid climates make it hard to keep the skin hydrated so we decided to whip up some samples that will help you give your skin the love it needs.

We decided to use our Goat Milk Cream base. The cream is very viscous and luxurious on the skin. It is great for anywhere you need some serious moisturizing power for the skin, perfect for this time of year. The fragrances we chose to use are Frankincense, Myrrh and Marrakesh. These scents are very popular with both men and women. We mixed 1 fl oz of each fragrance into it’s own gallon of the Goat Milk Cream and then stirred until fully mixed, then we filled samples size jars to ship in every order placed with TheSage.com. I promise it really is that easy!

Enjoy!

Shayla Signature

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Simply Peppermint Lip Balm

Gorgeous Label Designed By Our Graphics Department
Gorgeous Label Designed By Our Graphics Department

We have featured a number of peppermint flavored lip balms but when I went looking, I was shocked to discover that we didn’t have a simple peppermint lip balm. It has always been Cocoa Mint, Vanilla Mint and even Peppermint Toffee Bark! I was stunned to find that such a staple recipe was missing from our recipe collection. Today I want to remedy that.

Capped Lip Balm Tubes.
Capped Lip Balm Tubes.

While today I want the only flavor to be peppermint, I wanted to add little sweetener to the mix. I think the sweetener makes the peppermint more delightful and gives it some oomph to the peppermint taste.

Collect Needed Items:

Ingredients
Shea Lip Solutions
Peppermint Essential Oil
Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Equipment
Spoon
Lip Balm Tubes
Lip Balm Filling Tray
Pipettes

Recipe:

Recipe in Ounces
10.08 ounces Shea Lip Solutions
.05 ounces Peppermint Essential Oil
.1 ounces Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Grams
285 grams Shea Lip Solutions
1.42 grams Peppermint Essential Oil
2.84 grams Sugar Baby Flavor Oil
Recipe in Percentages
97.5% Shea Lip Solutions
.5% Peppermint Essential Oil
1% Sugar Baby Flavor Oil

 

Melted Lip Solution
Melted Lip Solution

Heat the Shea Lip Solutions Base gently in the microwave until melted. Once the base has completely melted, add the Sugar Baby Flavor Oil and Peppermint Essential Oil. Stir well.

 

Using my highly technical temperature indicator to check to see if the lip balm is ready to be poured.
Adding Flavor

From here, you can either pipette the mixture into your tubes or you can use a filling tray. I will be using a filling tray because they are a simple and fast method of filling a lot of tubes at one time. If you are using a filling tray, insert your tubes into your tray. Flood the tray with your melted lip balm. Allow the mixture to cool. Scrape off the excess. I like to use a plastic putty knife. Remove the tubes from the tray and cap.

Filled Lip balm Tray
Filled Lip balm Tray

If you are going to pipette the lip balm into the tubes, fill the tube until you get a dome of liquid material at the top. Wax shrinks when it cools and doing this helps insure that you get a very pretty top. Fill all of your tubes making sure they are domed on the top before they cool. (You may need to reheat your jar of lip solutions during this process. This is normal and to be expected.) Allow the tubes to cool and cap.

Cooled tray scraped off with a plastic putty knife.
Cooled tray scraped off with a plastic putty knife.

Now you can give your lip balm a pretty label or put it into a cute bag. Enjoy this great lip balm or give as gifts! I think one will have a permanent home in my pocket this winter season. Happy holidays!

 

Taylor

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Shipping and A Sweet Comment

Our UPS guy can't believe how many boxes there are!
Our UPS guy can’t believe how many boxes there are! We can barely see him!

So Christmas is bearing down on us all like a speeding freight train. There is much to do before then. Here at MMS, we are scrambling to get orders out the door they same day they are processed. This fast turn around time is amazing considering the loads of boxes that get shipped in a day. Rest assured that we are working hard to get your order to you as fast as possible.

I also wanted to share a delightful comment that came into our support team from Vanessa at DreamPolish.com.

Hey there, I just wanted to let you know that I have been a customer for a year and a half. You guys have always been amazing with the speed in which you process my order and ship. It means a great deal to me. Sometimes I cut it too close when I need supplies, but I rarely have to worry about MMS!! Thanks so much and Happy Holidays of all sorts to your whole team.

Thank you, Vanessa. Comments like this just ignite smiles on our team member’s faces. We appreciate it when our hard work is noticed and enjoyed.

Cheers!

Taylor

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15 Days ‘Til Christmas!

Maya AngelouAs a little girl, I never could have imagined all the preparation that goes into Christmas. There are gifts to prepare, decorations waiting to be hung and gingerbread houses waiting to be made. While there are only 15 days left until Christmas and many preparations waiting to be made, I just wanted to remind you, dear reader, that there are many things that make the holidays special.

While gifts are often appreciated and enjoyed, sending a handwritten note can be just as special. See if you can share a hot drink with those important to you. As the temperatures drop, chatting over steaming mugs can be more special than anything else you can do. I personally have only a few gifts I remember as a little girl. But I do remember planning for Christmas breakfast. I remember my father walking over to the Christmas tree, reaching deep inside the branches and removing an errant kitten. I remember my mother bringing home a large box of oranges, their pebbly skins enticingly fragrant.

Some of my favorite quotes can be applied to family. In the movie “Lilo and Stitch” there is a line where they say “Ohana means family. Family means no one gets left behind or forgotten.” My other favorite quote is by Maya Angelou and is a good reminder that the gifts of time and knowledge are the greatest things you can bestow on another individual. “I’ve learned that people forget what you said, people forget what you did, but people never forget how you made them feel.” That is a powerful statement and also very true.

If the impending holiday has you stressed and worried, don’t worry. As we say around here, fake it ’till you make it. If you need help making a lotion, lip balm or salve with the materials you have on hand, let us know. We would be glad to be of assistance.

Taylor

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Working Smarter, Not Harder

Work smarter, not harder!
Work smarter, not harder!

At one point or another we have all wished for a magic wand that would give us a few more hours in a day, a perfectly clean work-space or a storage cupboard that never runs out supplies. Alas, I have yet to come across such a magical item. Should I do so, I’ll be sure to let you know!

Rather than trying to weigh everything you need, make your product, scent and color, package your material and label the finished product ALL in one day, I recommend splitting it up. It makes production days far easier and more manageable .

Try spending one day making production kits. Weigh out the oils for a lotion, lip balm, salve, or soap. Make several kits and label them so you know what they are. The next time you are ready for production, use these pre-measured kits rather than weighing out your materials each time. This allows you to get right to the crafting part with minimal set up.

These pre-made kits can also help when you only have a few hours to work but need production to happen to restock shelves, gift baskets or fill an urgent custom order. They are both a blessing and a time saver for when you really need them. Remember, you can even save jars when your butters are all gone and use those as your kits. Just another way to upcycle and reuse!

How else can you work smarter? I want to hear!

Taylor

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