February 2019

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Galentine’s Day

By: Dressed in Blessings

Instagram: @dressedinblessings

 

In a perfect world, everyone would be completely happy & content on Valentine’s Day; however, sadly, some people are not so happy about their “single” life.

I am here to tell you not to worry! Valentine’s Day can still be amazing even if you don’t have a special someone because here is a secret: YOU are a special someone & YOU better treat yourself.

 Whoever said that you needed an S.O. (significant other) to have a successful Valentine’s Day anyway?

The way I look at it, this is a great day for you to treat yourself and be your own biggest cheerleader – here are 5 tips to make the most of your Valentine’s Day!

 

  1. Dress it Up

Just because you aren’t in a relationship doesn’t mean you can’t hit the fanciest restaurant in town this valentines day. Grab a friend and make some reservations. Dress to the nines and make it a feel like a grand occasion. If you love to go out and get all glamorous, one holiday should not make you feel like you can’t – because you definitely should.

 

2.Dress it Down

I know, I seem like a hypocrite right? Well, not everyone loves to go out and get all dressed up. So, if you fall under that category than you can Dress it Down this Valentine’s Day! Put on your favorite pair of sweats and the comfiest tee you own and binge watch your fav show on Netflix. Maybe even make yourself a nice dinner – but ordering from your favorite take out place is also a very viable option! (Chick-Fil-A run anyone?)

 

  1. Send Yourself Flowers

Isn’t there just something about flowers that can put you in a good mood? All of the colors & beautiful scents can just really relax you. If you love flowers make sure to treat yourself to some this Valentine’s Day. Self love & care is very important and a stroll to the local market to buy some fresh florals can be very therapeutic.

 

  1. Run Yourself a Bath

Nothing says self love more than running yourself a warm bath at the end of a long day. Don’t just make this any ordinary bath though! Go to the store & pick up some bubble bath, scrubs & maybe even a face mask. Take the time to make a relaxing playlist for your bath or watch your favorite shows on Netflix – make sure not to forget the candles either.

 

  1. Plan a Party!

Just because you don’t have an S.O. doesn’t mean you have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Get some of your best friends together and throw a party! Order your favorite foods, play games, and watch some great tv – I could not think of a better night! Just because you don’t have an S.O. doesn’t mean you have to spend Valentine’s Day alone. Get some of your best friends together and throw a party! Order your favorite foods, play games, and watch some great tv – I could not think of a better night!

Artist of the Month

Diane Greenstein

Owner of The Bath Witch

  1. Tell us about your work

I have created my own handcrafted line of bath and body products. I take the time to infuse most of my products with herbs and botanicals. I do not use synthetic dyes, or fragrances in my products. I use therapeutic grade essential oils for scenting. Most of my products are made with 8 ingredients or less. Also, I work hard to keep my prices affordable.

 

  1. Is there a story behind the name of your business?

My name, The Bath Witch, is a play on the term “Kitchen witchery”. As I mentioned, I incorporate herbs and botanicals into most of my products. I often feel like I am using kitchen witchery in creating my products, just for the bath!

 

  1. How did you come to be a professional artist/crafter/designer?

2 major life events brought me to creating and selling my own line of bath and body products.

First, we lost my Mom to pancreatic cancer in 2009. During her illness we investigated alternative therapies. Through this process, we were exposed to some documentaries discussing the many toxins and chemicals that can be in our food supply and personal care products. I could not un-see that information. I started making most of the food for my own family from scratch to avoid processed foods, and toxins. I stumbled on some bath and body recipes. I decided if I could make bread from scratch I could make lotion from scratch. Therefore, I started experimenting with recipes for my family’s personal use. Quickly, I discovered there was a real interest from my friends and family to what I was doing.

Secondly, at this time my father decided to close his commercial General Contracting firm he owned for 25 years, which I had helped him run for 12 years. Once he closed the doors, I decided to try my hand at selling my products to the public in 2012. Since then, I’ve been lucky to have had a lot of positive feedback and interest in my products.I retired 3 years ago and branched out into designing my own lines of jewelry boxes.

 

  1. Where do you draw your inspiration?

I really strive to make quality products that mimic commercial products that most people use and are used to using every day. I think if you can easily switch out one commercial product with a natural version that you are able to use in the same fashion you already do, and that item works as well – You will be much more likely to stick with going natural. Also, I have a real interest in using ingredients straight from Mother Earth. I just believe everything we need to live healthy is already here for us. There is no need to go looking for it in a laboratory.

 

  1. What’s your favorite item to create?

My favorite items to create are facial products. I love blending ingredients to create a product that leaves you with noticeable results to the look and feel of your skin. I enjoy researching new ingredients to create new products. Also, since I do not use any synthetic dyes, I find it rewarding to be able to achieve colors and patterns in the soaps I make only using clays, spices, or botanicals.

 

  1. What’s your best seller?

My 2 bestselling products are my Pure Magic Face cream, and my Green tea herb infused liquid face wash. The cream is a great everyday cream that soaks in quickly and can be worn right under your make up without clogging your pores. The face wash is a super gentle wash that can be used every day leaving your skin clean, and nourished.

 

  1. How long have you been in Rhode Island?

I have lived in RI my whole life. I love RI.

 

  1. What do you {heart} about Rhode Island?

What I love most about RI is being near the ocean and I love the change of seasons.

 

  1. Favorite place to take out-of-towners?

I like to take out of towners to Providence water fires, Newport or to the various wineries we have.

 

  1. Any advice for new/wannabe makers?

Advice I would give to someone to start creating their own bath and body products would be DO IT and do it well. Take the time to perfect your craft, do the research, take some classes if you can and definitely join the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic Guild.

 

  1. Please include anything else you’d like to add:

I am a one woman show, creating, packaging and selling my products. I am always available to answer questions and provide top notch customer service. I stand behind every product I make.

 

Drink Ideas for Valentine’s Day

Hosting Your Best Valentine’s (or Galentine’s) Celebration Ever!

By: Colin Carlton

 There are essentially two camps when it comes to Valentine’s Day. Either you’re a traditionalist or you organize a one person protest every February 14th. Either way, treating yourself to a proper day is important. And Rhode Island is rich with ways to do that.

If you are looking for an intimate evening at home with someone near and dear, try some local favorites. Nickle Creek Vineyard has an ideal taste and look for an intimate evening. Their Pinot Noir is a diverse red that pairs well with most meals. That being said, you could move the slider one way or the other to find that perfect fit. Their Riesling is light, sweet, flowery, and works with lighter meal like fish or salad. For a post dinner drink, try Nickle Creek’s Foster Nights, Decadence, or my personal favorite, Twilight.

Looking to show off some of your mad mixing skills? Well, just don’t let it backfire. A perfectly mixed drink can be impressive, but if your YouTube skills aren’t up to spec, you could leave your audience wanting more. For an easy win, go for a whiskey sour. It has a refreshing silky taste with a rye whiskey base. Combine 2 oz of rye whiskey (try Whistlepig), oz of simple syrup (1:1 ratio of sugar and water, dissolved), oz of fresh lemon juice, 1 egg white (don’t worry, the alcohol will kill anything that could make you sick from a raw egg). Without ice, shake lightly to froth the egg, add ice and shake again. I like it on the rocks, but that’s just a preference. Add an orange slice for garnish.

Valentine’s is just a day, but it does say something about us that we’ve set aside a day to tell someone you love them. So take a breath from this crazy world, and give someone a treat. And if you’re alone on Feb 14th don’t despair, just take it as an opportunity to give yourself a treat! Although I wouldn’t Google how the holiday started if I were you… It’s less romantic than Hallmark has made it.

Thanks for reading!

The Beauty of Dating Yourself

By: Jessica of the Heart Stuff Blog

Lately, I’ve been discovering the beauty and simplicity of spending time with myself. I’ve always been an introvert, so I fully know and understand the significance of taking some time every day to be by myself, but typically, this means watching Netflix, reading, writing, or listening to music. What I’ve been realizing recently is the joy of dating myself, meaning taking myself out, and not just on errands.

I was recently in Savannah, Georgia on an impromptu weekend solo trip. Usually, I fall into the stigma of eating alone at a restaurant. I feel awkward saying “Party of one” to the host and then I feel self-conscious eating alone, constantly wondering if other people are judging or pitying me for being by myself. But on this trip, I gave myself permission to just enjoy the restaurant experience alone for once. I ordered a delicious pomegranate rose sangria to start, indulged in an amazing cheese board with goat cheese and brie (seriously, best cheese board EVER), and was pleasantly surprised by my more adventurous (for me) selection of shrimp and grits (when in Savannah, am I right?).

Not only was this meal everything I could have hoped for and more, but I really just enjoyed my own company! After taking a few Snapchats of my meal (as one does), I put my phone away and took the time to soak in the atmosphere. I savored the perfectly blue sky, the cobblestoned street, the horses and carriages rolling by, and the adorable pups strolling past.

Free to ponder, I was able to reflect on everything and anything I desired. I allowed my thoughts to just wander while I had my own personal quiet time, which is a practice I realized doesn’t happen very often anymore with the ever-present beeping and ringing of all our devices.

I also chatted with friendly passersby as well as the people at surrounding dining tables, and it was completely lovely! Typically, I shy away from having full-blown conversations with strangers, but this experience reminded me how wonderful it can be! I got to know about a little slice of these peoples’ lives, which is something I wouldn’t have gotten to see, had I been dining with my friends or family. I even bonded with my server over his precious puppy, and I walked away from the restaurant with my heart so full.

This was such a simple yet sweet and eye-opening experience for me! After that trip, I vowed to apply this principle of dating myself more to my everyday life in Florida, and it’s been bringing me so much joy.

Taking time to date myself is helping me love and care for myself more. It’s making me appreciate my own company and giving me time to take inventory of my own thoughts and emotions. Think about it, we all carve out time to spend with our friends and family in order to maintain those relationships, so why not carve out special time to maintain your relationship with yourself too?