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Oh Yeah it’s my Birthday!

Oh Yeah it’s my Birthday!

Birthday month anyway! It is no secret if you’ve followed me for any amount of time that i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE red velvet cupcakes and while  I’m not indulging until my actual birthday later this month doesn’t mean that my cupcake love can’t inspire your savings.  So go ahead shop away and SAVE 25% off with code REDVELVET. In addition to your savings I will be donating 10% of all sales to Rory Loves to help my 9-year-old fulfill his dream of raising money to help others and to go to Uganda. 

How do you like to celebrate your birthday?
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Making a Life

Making a Life

So much of what I thought I wanted has changed so drastically in the past few months. I had a very wise friend not to long ago tell me honestly I didn’t need to hate money or dealing with the financial aspects of my business because I could do so much with it if I would just allow myself to. She was right and it has changed my perspective so much.

I used to want to make more money with both my soap business and with my Beachbody business so I could do more, have more, be more, but, now I realize I want to be financially independent so I am free to GIVE more, more time, more money, more hope.

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I want more than to worry about making a living, or even having to budget down to every last penny with the absolute fear of a big car repair bill, or medical emergency could wipe out everything. I want when my 8yo says he wants to go to Uganda to help kids be able to say “ok let’s do it and plan that trip and go”. I’m feeling called more and more to give, to help, to LIVE, to love.

I’m more concerned these days about making a life. With my husband mere months from eligibility of military retirement I feel more and more stress about how I have failed to live as frugal of a life as I should have so we would be in a better position for him to retire. I feel like because I didn’t get my thyroid taken care of earlier so I could be a product of the product I have failed. I feel like my fear of working out after we discovered it was my thyroid for fear that I would still be obese and none of it would matter anyway I have failed. Most of all I fear like I have failed my kids with my poor money management skills and not having an adequate savings, or not being able to “say sure let’s do” it more often or sometimes even at all.

It changes now. I understand it now. I want to make my life, not just a living now. Here is how I’m starting to give more, but, I need YOUR help. This year I will be launching 2 new soaps. The first HOPE and every time you buy a bar of Hope I will set aside another bar to send to Restore International for them to send to their Orphanages. Heck if you are feeling very generous you can even send your bar too it will be an option during checkout. Additionally $1 of each sale is going into “Rory’s Africa Fund” to help make his dream a reality. The second DREAM and dream will work similarly except the extra bar will be going in donation to my local food pantry and homeless shelters. I envision the extra $1 going into a fund where we can just do random acts of kindness for people, I love seeing how just paying for the coffee or meal of the car behind you can snowball into something so much bigger.

I had thought to end it there. I thought those two would be enough but while I was typing that all out I thought of a third way to give. The third  LOVE and with that YOU can tell me where you want your extra bar to go. I’ll split the $1 into the two above funds.

If you are local to me in Port Angeles, WA I’m sure you have noticed the fingerless gloves, hats, and other knit items made by me and let you know that the sales of these items has also been going into Rory’s Africa Fund. Non locals if you see me posting such items on social media and you want them please speak up and we can make arrangements.

In the meantime so I can clear out stock and space for these as well as the new soaps I’ve got up my sleeves for you I’ll be offering all of my INSTOCK items in my shop at 25% off using code NOURISH expires January 30, 2015 so I have time to get all the new goodies listed for you for February 1! Valid in my SHOP  and on ETSY.

Once again I THANK you for your continued support.

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Hello Holidays!!

Hello Holidays!!

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‘Tis The Giving Season

Happy Holidays!

I know some of you may be groaning and mentioning that its barely November that there is still plenty of time but what you might not be aware of is how early Hanukkah is this year. I know I’m still shocked that it starts BEFORE Thanksgiving. Thats right while most of you will be doing your Thanksgiving Prep we will be sitting down to Brisket (maybe) knowing my kids I’ll just make 2 small turkeys this year vs one large one, and lighting the candles of the first night. My personal favorite part is that Breakfast will easily be taken care of with some leftover Latkes, I hope the kids will save me one!

SHIPPING CUT OFF DATES to ensure delivery in time for the holidays to receive gifts in time for the 1st Night of HanukkahNovember 27 please place your order by November 18 and use coupon code BRIGHTLIGHTS (expires December 5, 2013)

For Delivery in time for Saint Nicholas Day December 6 please place you order by November 25 and use code STNICK (expires December 6, 2013)

For Christmas Eve December 24 please place your order by December 13and use coupon code HOLYNIGHT (expires January 6, 2014)

NOTE these cut off dates apply to domestic (United States) shipping only and NOT international shipping for international shipping cut off please use your country’s average shipping time and plan accordingly. 

The coupon codes are all for exactly the same 30% discount it will just help me keep track for the future! I won’t be offering any big Black Friday Deals because I’ll be spending the time with my children and making their gifts I hope you understand only so many hours in the day and all. I am however hoping to get some of the knit items I’ve been making for my children this year ready for you. If you are interested in a custom knit item please message me ASAP CONTACT ME

 Frankincense & Myrrh Soap

Rory Wants to be an Elf Soap 

ButterBeer Soap

Santa’s Forest Soap 

 

Thank you all so much for your ongoing support I wish you the very Merriest Everything!!

 

 

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

Black Friday, Small Business Saturday & Cyber Monday

Sale Starts NOW

Ends Tuesday 11/27/2012

That’s right because I’m in Birthday/Thanksgiving/Family Visiting Mode I’ve already added the coupon code PECANPIE30 for 30% OFF as active and they won’t expire until next 12:01 AM EST on Tuesday Novemeber 27. There are limited quantities of things like the Harvest Moon, Pumpkin Spice Latte, Cranberry Orange, Cranberry Fig, Frankincense & Myrrh and Candy Cane, so shop early if you want to make sure you get those items.Remember there are now two places to shop directly at Lana Bella and also on Etsy. Also in light of some of Etsy’s recent policy changes some items (like the Elderberry Syrup) will no longer be listed there.
From my family to your we wish you Merry Everything, for a wonderful Holiday Season.
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Happy Anniversary. To me.

Happy Anniversary. To me.

Today is my 10th Anniversary. Its been 10 years since that morning my husband and I got in my car (running late because I couldn’t get my hair just right) and drove from my apartment in Springfield, MA up to Brattleboro, VT to get married. In jeans and a grey sweater and a thumb ring to make it official and keep it a secret while we planned a wedding. Along the way I also got pulled over for speeding. When I was asked what my hurry was by the police officer I excitedly said I was late for my own wedding. If you know me it was fairly typical that I’d be running late for my own wedding. So with my husband in the coast guard it isn’t often that we are together for our Anniversary I have big plans of dinners in the future though!

We got married before either of our cell phones had cameras and didn’t even own a digital camera at the time so sadly there are no pictures of when we actually got married so this picture from our wedding we had seven months later.

My gift to you is FREE SHIPPING just use code Anniversary12 at checkout for the next 10 days. What are you waiting for go shop now! 

What special things do you do for your anniversary?

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