Tuesday, October 29, 2013


About a month ago we got another rescue animal at the Humane Society. It was difficult to make a choice out of all the wonderful animals looking for a home.
But we picked this big beautiful black cat, and what a treasure and pleasure he is to have around. Nick, my son named him Grimm (as in grim reaper) A perfect name for him he`s shiny black, and so big and heavy, but one solid cat, not an ounce of fat on this cat, just solid muscle. I`ve taken some pictures of him that I`d love to share.

He is the perfect Halloween cat too isn`t he? I tried to get him to stand on the scale for me, so I would say he is roughly in the 12 to 14 pound range, and when he lays himself completely stretched out he is 3 feet long, at least. What a personality too, they all have their own now don`t they?

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Making All Natural Products For A Better You And A Better Planet

I started by making all natural soap the old fashioned way (cold process) when I realized what was actually in the soaps for sale in the stores.

As my research progressed, I realized just how laden with chemicals all products that we use daily on our faces and bodies are. I researched more and more to find that I could create safe, all natural products to use for facial and body cleansing using essential oils, natural oils and butters. Many oils are natural preservatives, so no need for artificial preservatives. Bees wax and olive oil are basic ingredients in many of my products. 

I have introduced essential oil scented soy candles to my line of products. Scented using only essential oils, no fragrant oils. I also have soy candles fragranced with fragrant oils too for more of a variety in scents.

I hope by offering a safer, all natural way to cleanse your face and body and scent your home, I help to create a cleaner, safer world for all of us to enjoy.

You can now purchase some of my products at these fine locations the Flying A NYC, Niche Urban Garden Supply in

Boston, and a private spa in Los Angeles, California. I am also very proud to have been chosen as one of five top editor`s choice shops on Etsy In Womens Health Magazine`s April Issue.
Be sure and check out the shop for some new and wonderful products.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Au Naturelle - Bag It And Tag It

I`ve made some changes to my shop Au Naturelle on Etsy. I have opened up a new shop with just gift bags and gift tags, its called Bag It And Tag It! Check it out if you have time, here is the link; http://www.etsy.com/shop/BagItAndTagIt

My Au Naturelle shop now contains only all natural skincare, body care and natural scented soy candles. I felt that being more specialized would pay off in the long run.
You can visit Au Naturelle using this link;

I also have new products available, a new facial serum, also two new lip balms available in one ounce tins.

If you`re looking for a wonderful facial cleansing trio check out my honey cleansing regimen.
Thats all for now, as always
Keep It Clean!

Saturday, August 31, 2013

Back To Campus

Tuesday was move in day for everyone but freshmen at Brandeis University. Nick`s classes started on Thursday. It didn`t seem as stressful getting Nick ready to go this year. The first year is always the hardest. He`s into iced coffee, sports drinks and energy bars, so getting the food end of things together was easy.
He has himself a single room this year, if you put in for one early enough you usually have a better chance of getting one. 
Its hard saying good bye any time to your side kick. Nick is my sunshine, and he is definitely a shining star. He has a bright future ahead of him. 
He works continually on math. It seems if I`m looking for him,I will find him in the mist of a calculus book usually when he`s at home here.
This year we set up google hangout to keep in touch while he`s at school, its like Skype but more fun to use. Its like having him back in the same room and vice a versa. So we keep in touch every day.My problem is when he starts talking about a calculus problem to me, I listen intently,(but seriously I have no clue), I took algebra in high school and thats as far as my math skills go.
Anyways I took some pictures of Nick and his room to share. So following are the pics.

On the end of the room that you don`t see is his bed, refrigerator and the windows next to his bed. Quite a large space,with plenty of room.
He`s extremely happy to have a single room of his own, as I`m sure you can tell by the smile on his face. And if you don`t know Nick, while he`s very academic and studious.
He`s taken up weigh training over the summer and he`s following through at the school by going to the gym and weight room to work out while on campus.
I miss him, I especially miss our walks every day, we had reached walking 2 1/2 miles a day. We were walking right in Voluntown on a field owned by the town for soccer with a gravel pathway running around the perimeter of the field. But when he`s home on weekends we`ll resume our walks.
Anyways that`s all for now, I`m very proud of him and miss him dearly when he`s gone. but he knows, he will always have a home here as long as he likes. We are very close, so I know we will always be.

Monday, August 19, 2013

New Products And New Shop Web Site

Lots of new and exciting things going on here at Au Naturelle!

I have a few new products in my line of Au Naturelle bath and body and facial care.

Exfoliating Organic Rose Clay Mask - Two Ounce - Organic - All Natural - Exfoliating - Herbal

I use red Rose clay as it’s suitable for all skin types. Rose Clay is a mild kaolin clay that can be used on normal to dry skin to gently cleanse and exfoliate the skin while improving the skin's circulation. Mineral rich, cleansing and detoxifying, Rose clay helps to rebalance dry flaky or mature skin, improve texture and elasticity and can help those suffering from eczema or psoriasis. It can also help to reduce those under eye bags. I combined the clay with botanical ingredients and natural essential oils as well as soothing colloidal oatmeal for the perfect mask for just about everyone.

Use once or twice weekly according to your skin type. This two ounce container will give you 6 to 8 facial mask applications if used according to directions on mixing your mask.

All natural ingredients of;
Rose Clay
Colloidal Oatmeal
Dried Finely Ground Chamomile Flowers
Dried Finely Ground Rose Buds And Petals
Rose Damescena Essential Oil
Frankincense Essential Oil
Chamomile Essential Oil

To Apply One Mask Use;
2 tsp. clay mask mix
2 tsp. water or other liquid (milk, aloe vera juice, herbal tea)

Mix the dry mask formula and liquid to reach the desired consistency. Pull your hair back and apply evenly to your face. Let it dry for 5 minutes for sensitive skin up to 15 minutes for oily skin. Rinse off with warm water and a washcloth. Apply a homemade moisturizer.

Also new in bath and body is the

Balancing Seaweed Bath Salts - Four Ounce - All Natural Organic

My balancing seaweed bath salts contains extract of seaweed in the form of kelp powder, to tone, refresh and soften the skin. Seaweed is also rich in minerals and has been used for centuries to benefit the body, stimulate circulation and promote a feeling of well-being.

The benefits of my seaweed bath may include relaxation, detoxification, nutrient absorption, healthier skin, weight loss and improved circulation. Seaweed baths can infuse high levels of antioxidants through the skin that might counter the cell damage done by free radicals and boost energy levels.

Ancient Greeks valued seaweed baths to promote health, and seaweed baths have been popular for a long time in Ireland for similar reasons.

Kelp contains acids that can bind to toxins in your body and when combined with heat, kelp or seaweed penetrates your skin and draws out impurities. Natural health proponents maintain that high levels of toxins in the environment overwhelm various systems in the body, including metabolic processes and the immune system.

Ingredients include;
Kelp Powder
Dead Sea Salt
Baking Soda
Essential Oils Of Geranium, Palmarosa, Rosewood And Lavender

Dissolve 1/4 cup in a warm bath and soak for 20 minutes.
Without rinsing, pat dry and relax warmly wrapped for
20 more minutes to reap the full seaweed benefit.

Both items are available in the shop;https://www.etsy.com/shop/aunaturelle

Also, I am trying out a shop on the Big Cartel. This website offers small business's the opportunity to branch out, spread their wings and try a website of our own. The free website only gives you five items to list. But I figured its a chance to see how much visibility I will get. So here is the link;http://aunaturelle.bigcartel.com/ Check it out!

Well, thats about it for now, if you visit the shop and make a purchase, be sure and use the August coupon code for extra savings, the coupon code is DOGDAYS.
As always, keep it clean!

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Happy 19th Birthday Nick

Yesterday was my son, Nicholas`s 19th birthday, we had a great day! The day started off with making Nick his favorite breakfast of scrambled eggs. We went to Burger King for his favorite lunch, a double whopper. And finished the day with chinese food (his favorite sweet and sour chicken) and a birthday cake. Nothing wrong with being spoiled on your birthday!

All in all it was a nice day. We spent his birthday his way, just the way it should be. We will top it off with a viewing of the new movie, World War Z, with Brad Pitt on Monday afternoon.

Its hard to believe he is another year older. Time goes by so quickly. He will be entering his second year of college at Brandeis U in the Fall. We are spending the Summer just having lots of fun, when not working.

It seem like not so long ago I was changing his diaper,  feeding him or rocking him to sleep. Always such a good kid and now a fine young man. He has a great personality, wonderful good values and is he ever smart. Not because I`m his Mom but he is the smartest guy I know. and I`m so proud of him and his accomplishments in 19 years. And he`s not done yet he`s got the smarts to become someone special in this world, and I am his biggest fan.

Thought I`d share some fun birthday pics too!

Nick with his cake!

Nick laying on his dog Cocoa!

Nick goofing around up in a tree!

He knows it any way but I`m writing it too!
Happy Birthday Nick!
You are the best son a Mom could have and I`m glad we spent your special day together.
Love, Mom

Sunday, May 19, 2013

Sunday Afternoon

Finally getting some much needed rain this afternoon. But before the rain started I gathered some of my beautiful lilacs from my bush in the back yard.
Some things such as beautiful flowers make every thing bad, sad or unnecessary, seem so trivial and unimportant.
I had a customer at work the other day, when asked how they were, they said if the sun is shining and I can see it, then its gonna be a good day! I liked that so much, that I think the next time someone asks me how my day is going, I`m going to say the same thing.

   Nothing better then the smell of lilacs permeating through the air from the moment you rise to the minute you go to bed at night.
Each blossom is at least a foot long and a gorgeous deep purple. A vase in every room I say. The blossoms just don`t last long enough, short lived but oh so fragrant!
Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Valentines Day

Every February 14, across the United States and in other places around the world, candy, flowers and gifts are exchanged between loved ones, all in the name of St. Valentine. But who is this mysterious saint, and where did these traditions come from? Find out about the history of this centuries-old holiday, from ancient Roman rituals to the customs of Victorian England

The Legend of St. Valentine

The history of Valentine's Day--and the story of its patron saint--is shrouded in mystery. We do know that February has long been celebrated as a month of romance, and that St. Valentine's Day, as we know it today, contains vestiges of both Christian and ancient Roman tradition. But who was Saint Valentine, and how did he become associated with this ancient rite?

The Catholic Church recognizes at least three different saints named Valentine or Valentinus, all of whom were martyred. One legend contends that Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. When Emperor Claudius II decided that single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Valentine, realizing the injustice of the decree, defied Claudius and continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When Valentine's actions were discovered, Claudius ordered that he be put to death.

Other stories suggest that Valentine may have been killed for attempting to help Christians escape harsh Roman prisons, where they were often beaten and tortured. According to one legend, an imprisoned Valentine actually sent the first "valentine" greeting himself after he fell in love with a young girl--possibly his jailor's daughter--who visited him during his confinement. Before his death, it is alleged that he wrote her a letter signed "From your Valentine," an expression that is still in use today. Although the truth behind the Valentine legends is murky, the stories all emphasize his appeal as a sympathetic, heroic and--most importantly--romantic figure. By the Middle Ages, perhaps thanks to this reputation, Valentine would become one of the most popular saints in England and France.

Origins of Valentine's Day: A Pagan Festival in February

While some believe that Valentine's Day is celebrated in the middle of February to commemorate the anniversary of Valentine's death or burial--which probably occurred around A.D. 270--others claim that the Christian church may have decided to place St. Valentine's feast day in the middle of February in an effort to "Christianize" the pagan celebration of Lupercalia. Celebrated at the ides of February, or February 15, Lupercalia was a fertility festival dedicated to Faunus, the Roman god of agriculture, as well as to the Roman founders Romulus and Remus.

To begin the festival, members of the Luperci, an order of Roman priests, would gather at a sacred cave where the infants Romulus and Remus, the founders of Rome, were believed to have been cared for by a she-wolf or lupa. The priests would sacrifice a goat, for fertility, and a dog, for purification. They would then strip the goat's hide into strips, dip them into the sacrificial blood and take to the streets, gently slapping both women and crop fields with the goat hide. Far from being fearful, Roman women welcomed the touch of the hides because it was believed to make them more fertile in the coming year. Later in the day, according to legend, all the young women in the city would place their names in a big urn. The city's bachelors would each choose a name and become paired for the year with his chosen woman. These matches often ended in marriage.

Valentine's Day: A Day of Romance

Lupercalia survived the initial rise of Christianity and but was outlawed—as it was deemed “un-Christian”--at the end of the 5th century, when Pope Gelasius declared February 14 St. Valentine's Day. It was not until much later, however, that the day became definitively associated with love. During the Middle Ages, it was commonly believed in France and England that February 14 was the beginning of birds' mating season, which added to the idea that the middle of Valentine's Day should be a day for romance.

Valentine greetings were popular as far back as the Middle Ages, though written Valentine's didn't begin to appear until after 1400. The oldest known valentine still in existence today was a poem written in 1415 by Charles, Duke of Orleans, to his wife while he was imprisoned in the Tower of London following his capture at the Battle of Agincourt. (The greeting is now part of the manuscript collection of the British Library in London, England.) Several years later, it is believed that King Henry V hired a writer named John Lydgate to compose a valentine note to Catherine of Valois.

Typical Valentine's Day Greetings

In addition to the United States, Valentine's Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom, France and Australia. In Great Britain, Valentine's Day began to be popularly celebrated around the 17th century. By the middle of the 18th, it was common for friends and lovers of all social classes to exchange small tokens of affection or handwritten notes, and by 1900 printed cards began to replace written letters due to improvements in printing technology. Ready-made cards were an easy way for people to express their emotions in a time when direct expression of one's feelings was discouraged. Cheaper postage rates also contributed to an increase in the popularity of sending Valentine's Day greetings.

Americans probably began exchanging hand-made valentines in the early 1700s. In the 1840s, Esther A. Howland began selling the first mass-produced valentines in America. Howland, known as the “Mother of the Valentine,” made elaborate creations with real lace, ribbons and colorful pictures known as "scrap." Today, according to the Greeting Card Association, an estimated 1 billion Valentine’s Day cards are sent each year, making Valentine's Day the second largest card-sending holiday of the year. (An estimated 2.6 billion cards are sent for Christmas.) Women purchase approximately 85 percent of all valentines.

I did a bit of Valentine decorating around the house, a touch here and a touch there. All in all it looked very festive in the middle of winter and especially during the blizzard.
I kept a couple of my small Christmas trees out and decorated one with heart tinsel garland, white lights and glittery heart ornaments. The tree stands in a bed of faux snow with an eiffel tower ornament below it. The other tree is an evergreen tree in a red velvet bag tied with golden cording.  Decorated with glittering pink puffy hearts dangling from pink ribbon ties.

Happy Valentine`s Day 

Thursday, January 3, 2013


I`m not a fan of disrespectful people, rude people, ignorant people, close minded people & people who think their always right.
Now I`m not being judgemental, but in our daily lifes we find more and more people who act rude, obnoxious and down-right disrespectful.
Does the amount of money one has play a part in this behavior? I tend to think so sometimes, but then again other times I`m not sure.
Disrespectful people, rude people and people who think they know everything are down right obnoxious. Ask around no one wants to be around a know-it-all. And usually these type of people really don`t know much at all. 
Rudeness is widely perceived to be a common moral failing; moreover, it is generally thought to be on the rise. According to recent opinion polls, 79% of Americans say that lack of respect and courtesy should be regarded as a serious national problem,and 73% believe that people treated each other with more respect in the past.
Precisely because rudeness is quite common, it is not a trivial issue. Indeed, in our day-to-day lives it is possibly responsible for more pain than any other moral failing.We while away countless hours mentally replaying slights we have—or believe we have—suffered, inventing wittier, sharper, more dignified or more hurtful responses. Or,if we are prone to moral anxiety, we worry about whether something we did or said was rude or perceived to be so by others. That is what a decent good person does.

This becomes even more obvious if we try to distinguish between rudeness and other closely related concepts such as impoliteness, discourteousness, vulgarity,irreverence, disrespect, impertinence, insolence, uncouthness, or inconsiderateness.Clearly, these do not all mean the same thing. Each carries its own particular emphasis connotations, and implications. Insolence implies a scornful attitude to someone or something thought worthy of respect. To be uncouth is to offend the sensibilities of others by a display of crudeness or vulgarity. To be impertinent is to assume some sort of entitlement beyond what one may legitimately claim. Nevertheless, the terms listed do form a dense cluster of interrelated and overlapping meanings.

As I work with the public on a day to day basis, I have always treated people with respect and kindness. sometimes its a difficult thing to do but I get through.
I believe some people are losing site of just being respectful to people in general. Maybe these people and you know who you are should work on this in the New Year. Maybe just maybe, it would make our world a better place.