Looking Back at 2017

Now that the dust has settled from the hectic holiday season and we are one month into the New Year, I thought it would be fun to look back at some of the highlights from 2017 that we shared.

In April we made Renew Botanicals organic and vegan skin care line available in our online shop, right here at our website.  Up until that point it was only possible to get these handcrafted organic and vegan products at my skin care studio.  But with so many requests we added this to our Aging With Attitude Line that has been available in our online shop since 2016.

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June 2017 marked 65 years that I have been on this planet.  I had so much fun sharing this day not only with friends and family but my extended Renew family.  There were gifts, specials and give-a-ways both at the studio and to those of you who shop with us online.

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Just a few short weeks later we moved the skin care studio.  It has been a positive move.  Those who have come here love it.  I know I do.

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I love our clients and serving you. I hope you enjoyed this little look back at 2017 and have enjoyed being our customer as much as we have enjoyed serving you. We look forward to serving you even better in 2018.  A few things we are considering  for 2018 is to add some retail mask for you to purchase as well as make our products available to spas and more brick and mortar stores.

If there is something you would love to see us add please let us know in the comments below.

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When Life Hands you Lemons

Life constantly brings changes and sometimes when least expected.  Recently due to circumstances that were beyond my control I had to move my skin care studio.  Not only did I have to move but I had two weeks to find new digs and that is no easy feat.

I would be lying if I didn't say I was worried.  A Massage Therapist associate of mine had downsized some time ago to a one room studio that she shared with an Acupuncturist and Esthetician.  Luckily, I remembered that the Esthetician recently left and I contacted her regarding the space....and the rest as they say is history.

I am back working with a fabulous massage therapist that I worked with  for many years. The space is lovely and very convenient for my clients.  So as you can see, life handed me some lemons but I made lemonade.  So what does this mean for my clients?  Well, except for different hours nothing will change.  Same facial services, same handcrafted organic skin care products. So if your are in Baltimore, come in for an appointment and share a glass of lemonade with me...seriously.
 

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Milestones

The definition of a milestone is a significant event in your life.  I certainly am experiencing that.  In a few days I turn 65.  Wow, that is mind boggling to me. But it has been a great and interesting 65 years and I look forward to more experiences on my journey.

While not technically considered milestones, I cannot help but reflect that this year marks 26 years practicing esthetics, 12 of those years as a solo Esthetician, 10 as an Aromatherapist and Herbalist, and 9 as a formulator of organic skin care products.

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Certainly I am more than just my career as an Esthetician.  I am a strong, passionate woman that is a wife, daughter, sister, a gardener, a foodie, avid reader, and so much more.

And since most milestones are celebrated, I will be celebrating mine with my husband, family and friends but I also want to celebrate and give something to my clients, many who have been with me a very long time.  So while I rarely discount my services or put my products on sale I decided this was the time.  Each of my regular clients coming in for a facial this month will receive a goody bag.  In addition they will be automatically entered into a drawing for a prize.  There will also be a drawing for anyone who purchases products in house.  A surprise discount on a facial to be announced and last but not least on June 3, there will be a BOGO Sale for all online purchases.

From 12:01 am until 11:59 pm June 3 purchase any Renew Botanicals Organic and Vegan moisturizer and you will get a free cleanser of your choice.  Simply choose your moisturizer and cleanser and use the code sixtyfive at checkout 

or choose the special BOGO for Aging With Attitude by purchasing the Aging With Attitude Facial Serum and Elixir and receive of free Oil Cleanser.  Use code birthday at checkout

I look forward to many more years or bringing you healthy radiant skin.  And I wish you all a happy journey and enjoy your milestones.

A Cup of Cheer

The holidays are upon us.  You may be hosting parties or small gatherings for friends and/or family.  Over the past few years I have been serving my version of Mulled Cider, using my Chai spice mix, at my Holiday Shopping Events and to my friends at small gatherings at home.  It has become so popular with my friends and customers that they ask if I will be serving it again this year.   So I decided to share it with you all.  There are no exact proportions since I tend to cook to taste and rarely follow a recipe.  So use this as a guide and have fun with it

So first assemble your favorite chai spices.  I use 1-2 Cinnamon sticks, about 1 tsp dried Ginger (you can use fresh),  2 -4 Cardamom pods, 1 Clove (I don't care for too much clove).  I don't use Black Pepper but you can certainly add some Peppercorns. You can also add Star Anise, Allspice or any other spice you like.   I tie all the spices in cheese cloth or a muslin bag, this makes it much easier to clean up.

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½ gallon of organic unpasteurized cider

Orange peel (optional)

Rum to taste (optional)

Whipped Cream and nutmeg (optional)

I place all the ingredients except the Rum in a slow cooker and let simmer for 2-3 hours.  Add Rum to taste.  Pour into glasses and top with a dollop of whipped cream and sprinkle with nutmeg or a simple cinnamon stick.  If you want to get really festive serve in martini glasses with a sugar and cinnamon rim.

Wishing you all a very Happy Holiday Season and Cheers!

Tea Time

Let me start off by saying I am a coffee lover.  It is part of my morning ritual.  The aroma fills the house and gets me going.  I love that first sip.  BUT as fall approaches I think about cocooning in the evening with a cup of hot tea.  Through the dark winter months there is nothing more soothing, warming and nourishing to my soul than a cup of herbal tea. Of course herbal teas are so much more than that.  I will discuss different herbs and there healing properties in future posts.  Last fall I started experimenting with different blends.  My husband who has never been a tea drinker accepted a cup one evening of my Night Repose blend that I created using Chamomile, California Poppy, Oatstraw, Skullcap and with a touch of Rooibos.  He told me the next morning it was the best nights sleep he had in a long time.

We also love to drink a chai spice with astragalus, cocoa and turmeric.  Not only is it delicious, it is a great for your immune system. So I am now making my Night Repose tea blend and Chai Spice available at my studio.  I will be adding other tea blends in the very near future and don't forget my elderberry syrup kit to fight cold and flu.

 

So make yourself a nice cup of tea, sit back and relax!

New York State of Mind

I was born and raised in New York City, The Bronx to be exact.  As an adult I lived in Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Catskill Mountains.  I moved to Maryland in 1987, but my heart is and will always be in New York.  There are reasons I have stayed in Maryland and perhaps I will discuss these in a future blog post.

This past weekend my husband and I went to visit my sister and brother-in-law in NY State.  I love spending time with my family.  My sister and I have always been close. They have a lovely home and are the excellent hosts.   It was an ideal weekend. Unlike the high humidity of Baltimore, Saturday was picture perfect, reminding me of summer days in the Catskill Mountains.  Until moving to Baltimore, summer was a favorite time for me.  While Sunday was a little more humid it was still lovely.

We went swimming, grilled dinner, and enjoyed the evening on the deck around the fire pit, listening to my husband play guitar. At first the sky was a little overcast but as the evening progressed the sky cleared and the stars twinkled with a beautiful half moon.

 

Sunday morning we went to the Farmers Market.  I don't know if it is just me, but boy everything I bought was the sweetest and the absolute best I had in years.  A repeat of Saturday left me feeling more relaxed and rejuvenated than I have felt in quite a while.

As I sit here, back home, I just finished eating some corn we brought back, putting me in the New York State of mind.


Memories

So many different things can trigger memories.  A song comes on the radio and brings you back to a certain day and time.  The same can be said for smells and tastes.

This past weekend my hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary.  My husband being an ex-chef decided he wanted to cook us a special meal instead of going out this year.  As he described some of his menu ideas I knew I was in for a treat.  I am the baker in the family but since we both love ice cream, and hardly ever have it any more, we decided instead of baking we would buy some good quality ice cream.   We chose a raspberry ice cream with chocolate chunks.

When I took my first bite I was transported back in time to my childhood days at day camp.  Every afternoon we would have a snack break.  One of my favorites was an ice cream pop of raspberry ice cream covered in chocolate.  As I sat there eating the ice cream I was that little kid again back at camp.

Oh and just in case you are interested the rest of the menu was:

  • Olive tapenade
  • Mushroom pate
  • French Bread
  • Shrimp with arugula pesto, capers and olives served over pasta

Here's to making new memories!