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New Year’s Day – Looking Forward

Mountain Ash berries covered in fresh snow.
Mountain Ash berries covered in fresh snow.
I love the quiet of New Year’s Day! My family has always treated New Year’s Day as a lounge-about-the-house, low key day. While the first day of the New Year is coming to a close, I hope that I can make the remaining 364 days worth it. I saw a quote on Facebook this morning that made me smile. It not only appealed to me as a writer, but as a person who is wanting to make life fun. This quote was attributed to Brad Paisley. “Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365 page book. Write a good one.” If this is true, I’ve made page one a good one!

Join me for this year for a series of unique resolutions!

  • Be happy with the imperfectly unique person that I am.
  • I’m imperfect and I do have moments where I am less than I think others think I should be. I’m giving myself permission to be happy this year with ALL of me. Lumps, curves, scars, beauty marks, smiles, failures, successes, weaknesses, strengths, inabilities and talents. I have permission to be happy and love it all!

  • Get my photo taken in five interesting places.
  • I’m found behind the camera more often than in front of it. I have the opportunity to live in a beautiful area and I have so much to show to family and friends. The best way to say, “I’ve been there,” is to have a picture of me there! This year I’m going to not just take pictures of the beautiful places I go, but be in those pictures.

  • Pay it forward!
  • When I think of this goal, the first thing that comes to mind is the movie released in 2000. I don’t mean for this to be a tear-jerker moment, I want this to be very fun! I want to make someone’s day. I want to give random people the gift of an amazing day.

  • Set boundaries.
  • This may sound like an odd resolution. I need to say “no” more when I don’t want to do something when I know I’ll end up resenting an event or a person. It is worth 5 minutes of discomfort to say “no” rather than hours or days of resentment. Life is too short to be miserable over “volunteering” for something I didn’t want to do. This is not a blanket permission to avoid everything. This is permission to take care of myself by saying “no” when it would otherwise interfere with other plans, arrangements or severely exceeds my abilities or skills.

  • Pursue real interaction.
  • I’m going to put my phone/tablet/computer down more and talk to my family and friends face to face. Like those who have been in the news and our Facebook feeds for their goals to meet all of their Facebook friends face to face, I want to meet up with my family and friends and have real life conversations with them.

I hope you join me with these resolutions! May 2015 be a fun, happy and amazing year for you!

Andee

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New Year’s Eve – oh the silliness!

Ha! I'm goofy and lovable.
Ha! I’m goofy and lovable.
Read to the bottom. It’s important!

Today is New Year’s eve. I know so many of you have a long list of things to do today. The crazy hustle and bustle is just not for me. Today is a time for putting on a roast to slow cook for the day. It makes the house smell of warmth and love. Soup does the same thing! Onions, carrots, potatoes and more can go into a handsome soup that feeds the soul as much as it feeds the body. This is a new week for me as I make a journal about the important things in my life.

A few things I have learned this year (and other years – but right now I am trying to focus on learning for keeps and not needing to relearn) is that in our list of what is most important are things like friendship and love. There are details in my life that are down right not-beautiful, details that don’t make up who I am but are the result of life hiccups that every single one of us goes through. Yet while I am not able to change every event in my life to be beautiful, I can see that the dirty details aren’t the final say about my life. Details are hiccups. Details are soap batches that don’t turn out. Details are lotions that are too thick to pump correctly and I learned this after filling the bottles and attaching the pumps. Details are also lip balms that are perfectly colored and flavored and I am so happy to share. The whole picture of my life is my desire to cultivate relationships that have profound meaning. That life picture is beautiful. That life picture is full of imperfect details and lots of imperfect events but that life picture is nothing but beautiful.

Here is my recommended reading (no, there is not an Amazon link, get this book locally if you can), The Gifts of Imperfection by Brene Brown. I would love to put that cute little accent on the last e in Brene’s name but the code of HTML breaks with accents. Darn. Imperfect. Still beautiful!

All of us have imperfect lives. We make mistakes and there is no shame in making mistakes. Enjoy the book. Enjoy life.

Photo note: this photo is of a dog who was rejected by his new family. He didn’t fit. The family and this dog were incompatible. Minor detail. This dog displays actions of gratitude and thankfulness. Dogs are like people, the hiccups make us stronger and the challenges make us appreciative. The complete silliness he shows is part of his appreciation of where he is today – goofy, loved, hugged, fed, brushed, played and snuggled. He fits where he is now. Forgive the minor distracting details of a dirty lens, an un-staged photo, and an unclean house. All of these things are what makes the photo so real. They are imperfections. The photo is real joy.

If you have an Audible.com account, or are interested in creating an Audible.com account, and would like to be in our drawing for a copy of this book then please comment on this blog. Entries on the blog will be put in for a drawing that is exclusive to MMS customers. From all the entries I will randomly assign numbers to each entry then randomly draw 3 names to receive a gift of an Audible.com version of The Gifts of Imperfection. This is an audio book. You will need a computer or MP3 player to listen. The book is about 4 hours long and worth every minute. You will be required to use an Audible.com account to redeem this offer. I will check the randomly chosen entries to verify there is an MMS customer account that corresponds to the commentator. If there is not an account then I will choose an alternate winner. Do not post your personal information in the comments area. Just tell me you are here and want to be part of the drawing. If your blog comment profile uses an alternate email than the one you use for placing orders, then send me a note through the Contact Us tab on our website.

I will give 3 people a gift credit for purchase of this book only on Audible.com. These books can not be resold, transferred to another person/account and are subject to the other Terms and Conditions at Audible.com. Since the gifts will come through my personal Audible account please comment on our site blog.thesage.com to be entered. I have never had a Facebook account and I don’t use their service, that is a part of this company that is done by others who are “in to” social media. Go ahead and “like” the post on Facebook but make your entry official by commenting on our site. Thank you for understanding that I can’t be in all places. The drawing will take place on January 6, 2015. Winners will be emailed and announced on the blog. If you want to check out Audible.com before submitting your official entry into this drawing, you have time to do so. Knowing their rules is important because you must have their service to use this gift. If you are not interested in an audio version but think we should offer this hard copy book in our catalog let us know that as well. Comments on this blog entry are not restricted to drawing entries.

Happy New Year!
Tina

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What a week! What a month!

Taylor and Obie. He is exhausted!
Taylor and Obie. He is exhausted!
WOW! In the last week we have had some major milestones (at least for me). On December 21st we celebrated Winter Solstice. This day represents a new awakening for me because the amount of light we receive each day will now increase! It is such a tough ride to work in the dark and to go home in the dark. WHERE IS THE SUN?

The Earth has been going through a shedding of sorts with plants dying, animals hibernating and all becoming slower and cold. January will turn completely white for us in snow country. It can be bitter cold and we do the phone update thing to make sure the MMS crew has a network of people to call and contact if we get hit with a severe storm and the weather is unsafe for travel. When we can’t get to work we will update the web and let you know we are not able to process orders because of our severe weather. When we get updates from UPS that they are not able to safely travel we post those notices too.

Christmas happened on the 25th of December which is always a family day for me. There is nothing like cultivating relationships. If you celebrate Christmas I hope you enjoyed the season and cultivating your own relationships.

Boxing Day is on US calendars but it is not an official holiday or event. I love this day! It is such a nice way to spend my house cleaning hours (if one can enjoy house cleaning). 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. If you are into such record keeping please remember to pass on donation slips to your accountant for deductions on your taxes. It is far better to save tax dollars because we are better at spending money wisely than our government, especially when it comes to social programs.

The photo in today’s post is one of our family dogs. He expresses the sentiment of all the MMS Crew when it comes to working at break neck speed to get orders out the door. Please forgive the dirty phone camera lens and out of focus picture. This shot was one of those get-it-or-lose-it-forever moments. It makes me laugh a deep down belly laugh. Not only are the dogs a great addition to our family but they also remind us of the benefit of daily play.

Today is winter wonderland for me. I need a new cream for my purse and some facial scrubs to clear away the dead skin that dry winter weather seems to produce so easily. What are your plans for the week as we approach New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day?

Tina

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Required By Dates

Sometimes we need to RUSH!
Sometimes we need to RUSH!
When ordering your products on our website do you ever wonder how the REQUIRED BY DATE box works? Our dialog with Rebecca helped us learn that some of you may have questions about this service. Rebecca wrote to us “I will mention that the ‘required by date’ field made me really nervous, it read like a blank check option.”

We don’t like writing blank checks and we imagine you don’t either! So, let me explain a few things you should know about our REQUIRED BY DATE box.

Choosing a required by date helps us get your order to you on time!
Choosing a required by date helps us get your order to you on time!
1) This box is a calendar and not a free text option. You choose the date and it is specific. Why not a text box? Because we have had people enter the date they are placing their order when the order is submitted at 11PM. Umm, sorry folks, we are not pizza delivery and while we think we can perform magic, we can’t perform this kind of magic.

2) The REQUIRED BY DATE box does not allow weekends. Since the majority of everything we ship goes UPS we honor their practice of delivery on Monday through Friday. UPS has so few delivery holidays that service is really pretty smooth. USPS has far more holidays but they also deliver Saturday. Consider Saturday USPS delivery a bonus day.

3) How will you know the costs of upgrade? Look at the costs with each delivery method. If you need Next Day Air then the costs will be shown to you during checkout. Costs associated with all delivery options (except freight truck) are shown in the Choose a Shipping Method step of checkout.

4) If we can get your order there without any upgrade (and no additional costs) we will. We try to spend your money as though it were our own. If you live in a area that has delivery in two days using ground shipping and you tell us to upgrade to 2nd Day Air, we won’t. We send it Ground. It gets there the same day.

5) UPS has a time in transit guarantee, USPS does not. USPS has a * and then a disclaimer stating that the average delivery is in 2-3 days. It is a rare package that leaves our facility going USPS Expedited Guaranteed. Most of you don’t live in these areas and if you do we find you aren’t happy with shipping rates anyway and are more likely to plan ahead. Why is it that folks who live in rural areas tend to be less stressed about time and those of us who live in dense cities live by a “New York minute”? If anyone has a cure for instant-itis I would love to hear it.

6) If your date is 2 weeks out, tell us that too. If UPS damages the package and we must reship then we ask for expedited services because you ordered in advance AND told us your requirements. We always get UPS to pay these charges when damages happen (which is rare) but by telling us of any requirements you open our options to replace your order faster.

7) We never hold orders to wait for your required by date, we just ship. If you need one held because you are traveling and you want it to arrive on the same day you get home then we can do that. Use the comments field to request a specific delivery date for when you are available. Remember, delaying a shipment for appropriate receiving dates is a far different service than having a REQUIRED BY DATE.

So, now you have 7 helpful hints to get your orders to you on specific days. We do understand RUSH shipments but we also know they eat up profits faster than anything else you can do. We try to choose wisely and make this a reliable, yet cost efficient, process.

Happy holidays!
Andee

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Thanksgiving Shopping

Ready to shop!
Ready to shop!

Here in the United States we have so much to be thankful for. We are blessed to have many things that we consider to be basic – like clean water flowing from our taps. At MMS, we are grateful to all of our amazing customers who both inspire us and support us when we give to the community. Thank you for your support.

OchoBa helps select the best toys. Durability is a must!
OchoBa helps select the best toys. Durability is a must!

Every year the MMS staff does fun events to give to the community. We go shopping for a local organization in need. Right before Thanksgiving, we generally shop for the local food pantry. Unfortunately they were hosting a huge fundraiser the only day we were able to go shopping. So we elected to shop at PetSmart for our local pet shelter!

Bob thinks collars are great.
Bob thinks collars are great.

We grouped up into teams of two. Every team had fifty dollars to spend for items for the Cache Humane Society Animal Shelter. The challenge? Spend as close to fifty dollars with the least change back and not going over budget. Boy, talk about everyone using a calculator.

 

Watson doesn't want to pause in his treat selecting.
Watson doesn’t want to pause in his treat selecting.

We had such a great time. Every team got to take a dog through the store. Our canine friends were great helpers. (They were also on their best behavior. Talk about great dogs.)They helped choose the most stylish collars, sturdiest leashes and sniff out the best brands of dog food. We even had help selecting grooming products! What fun!

 

Gracie looks at vitamins while the humans look at shampoo.
Gracie looks at vitamins while the humans look at shampoo.

As Christmas approaches, we ask that you join us in giving back. It can be time, money or things, but it should be for a cause that makes you feel good. The day after Christmas is known as Boxing Day. This is the day were we collect things that we no longer use or need then donate it. Whether it is donating to a shelter, church group or non-profit thrift store. Big or small, YOU make a difference.

Team Finished

 

Finished with our shopping adventure!
Finished with our shopping adventure!
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Meet the Crew!

Felted_Slippers

Have you ever wondered who does all the running to get orders out our door so quickly? I know I am sometimes curious about companies and how they operate. Well….. I have a new photo for you. Unfortunately it does not include all of our staff, someone has to hold the camera you know!

We are missing the Beijing crew, our Salt Lake correspondent, our purchasing manager and our graphics dude. This photo comes about because I have knitted these felted slippers for my family for years. I have knit clogs for extended family as well. At times my schedule was so overwhelming that I paid someone else to knit for me. Egad! Anyway, our current crew was curious about the sheep shearing happening this spring so we started a knitting night to teach those who wanted to learn. Our project was felted slippers! We met on one evening each week and as we progressed we had a few non-knitters want slippers too. I’ve spent my evenings and weekends chewing up my yarn stash to make slippers for everyone on staff. I’ve had some great help. I have new knitters – my hobby away from my job – or as my husband calls them “Cohorts in Crime!”

You have a family photo now with most of our crew. You have our best foot forward to make your order fly through this place and on its way to you.

Cheers!
Tina

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Our Sage is Blooming!

I just had to share how lovely our sage is looking at the moment. It is blooming right now! I love looking at it as I head into work each day. I got thinking about what I could use it in. If you had sage available to you, what would you make? I was thinking of a tea for a soap. Tell me what you would make if you had sage right now!

Taylor

Our sage is blooming!

Look at the flowers!
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Home Sweet … Sage?

Over the weekend, I spent some time digging holes and planting some plants in the beds on the north side of our building. This took some time and LOTS of energy, but I’m excited to say I’m finished planting all of these plants!

Now, you may be wondering what was planted, so I decideded to share a picture of the new plants. (At least one of them!) I planted 6 individual sage plants and quite the collection of chrysanthemums. The sage is just Common Garden Sage (Salvia officinalis). Right now the plants are still small, but eventually we will have wonderfully large sage plants!

The sage plants are right outside our front door. Won’t these plants be perfect for welcoming visitors to our facility?

Tomorrow … The new blog kitchen!

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New Paint!

Today when I came into work, the smell of paint was fresh in the air. Our painter had been in last night painting the walls. I had to take this comparison picture of both the new and old paint so you can see our beautiful walls.

What do you think of this new color? Personally, I find it very appealing.

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Finding MMS in Nibley Utah

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Since we have just moved, I have a new map to our new location

Directions from Salt Lake City:
Follow 1-15 North to Brigham City. Take Exit 362 (1100 South) into Brigham City and take the right fork of the exit. This will put you on Highway 89. After you get off I-15 you will see a Wal-Mart on the right side of the road. You are on the correct road.

Follow Highway 89 into Logan. You will go through a small canyon, but the road is four lanes. Be careful going through Mantua – this is a “COP TRAP.”

As you come down out of the canyon (called Sardine Canyon) you will see the whole valley and it is a beautiful view. Stay on Highway 89/91 and you will pass a Burger King in Wellsville on the left side of the road. Along the Highway 89/91, between mile markers 20 and 21, you will pass a small gas station and a small repair shop called Ted’s. At this point, you will want to be in the right lane of Highway 89/91. In Nibley, you will pass a sign that drops the speed limit down to 55 miles per hour. The next available road to turn right onto will be 2300 South. It is also called Nibley Heritage Drive. Take this right and the road will curve and you will pass some condominium style warehouses. The road will curve back toward the east and you will see 1350 West to your right. This is a Private Road, so you will not find it on Google Maps. If you look to the South, you will see two big brown buildings. We are in the building on the east side of the road.

If you are coming from Idaho, we recommend using Airport Road to drop down to 1000 West to escape downtown traffic, but if you are only familiar with Main Street, use it and you won’t get lost.

Our address is 2490 South 1350 West. This address is actually easy to find, even though the instructions make it seem harder!

If you would rather have our latitude and longitude for a GPS unit, we are at latitude: 41.687826 longitude: -111.865160.

I’m hoping we can get signs up on the outside of our building quickly. As soon as we have signs, I’ll post a picture for everyone to see.

I have also included a PDF map for you to print when you come visit us! Click here to download the map.

MMS_Map

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