Our newest NS Fans…

…one from Martha’s Vineyard and the other from Iceland. They reunite every year in New York City and we had the pleasure of meeting them. Thank you for being kind to your body!

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Our Avocado Rose Salve has been getting some wonderful accolades…

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There’s something amazing about our scarf…

pink-green-cowl-scarfThere’s something amazing about our pink and green cowl scarf…it has a story. 

It was Saturday, October 29th, when we met Joede of Black Pearl Creations. We were neighbors at an event. As she was purchasing some of our skin care products, she shared a story with us. A story about her tenacity. A story about her greater appreciation for life. Because eight years ago, she received a grave diagnosis. She was diagnosed with aggressive Stage 3 breast cancer and her situation was dire. 

But now, eight years since that diagnosis, she continues to defy the odds. We recall some of our words to her that day and we repeat it for her and for everyone…”You go girl!” Your passion to continue to live, laugh, and love every moment of life is an inspiration.

We chose this scarf with purpose…it intertwined the colors green that reflects our logo and pink, a symbolic color for breast cancer awareness. Thank you for creating such beautiful work. It was our pleasure to meet you and we look forward to keeping in touch.

 

HEALTH & BEAUTY: The Benefits of Dark Chocolate

The Benefits of Dark ChocolateWhen February arrives, we think of chocolate! Maybe it’s because of Valentine’s Day? Actually…it’s probably because we’re always thinking of chocolate. But not just any type of chocolate. Dark chocolate!

Milk and white chocolate are higher in sugar and fillers, while dark chocolate typically has a higher cacao (cocoa) content that has been touted for its health benefits.

So, how can something that tastes so good be good for us? It’s all in the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant power of flavonoids. Dark chocolate with higher cacao content has been shown to have various health benefits that include the following:

  • reduce stress
  • enhance mood
  • lower cholesterol
  • increase cardiovascular blood flow

The higher cacao content does lend to a more bitter taste. Despite that, we still prefer dark chocolate with 65% to 90% cacao. The higher the better for our tastes. While tempting to start loading up on dark chocolate for its health benefits, remember to consult your medical practitioner to address any specific medical needs.

For us, we’ll continue to toast to our health with more dark chocolate. Cheers!

HEALTH & BEAUTY: The Beauty of Moms

Rebecca / Bexbuckles.Etsy.com

Rebecca / Bexbuckles.Etsy.com

as published on thenewnew.blogspot.com

Did you watch the YouTube video titled the “World’s Toughest Job”? If not, prepare for a spoiler alert.

The video is about Moms. It’s about all the wonderful things Mom’s do for us. Things they do day after day. Unconditionally and selflessly. It’s about the beauty of Moms. And, it went viral.

With all the things that our Moms do for us and with Mother’s Day just around the corner, we wanted to know how to recognize and reward them for their hard work. So, we reached out to some experts…Moms! And, this is what they said…

Yana / YanaRodin.Etsy.com

Yana / YanaRodin.Etsy.com

Overall, gift cards topped the list. This surprised us since gift cards may seem a bit impersonal. Yet, it means that Moms can use the gift cards to purchase whatever they would like or need. So, the Moms we surveyed say gift cards rule!

Assorted gift packages or a day at the spa are greatly appreciated. And, kitchen appliances ranked high on the list. Who knew?! We certainly didn’t, but we agree. Who wouldn’t love a blender, food processor, mixer, or any gadget that makes life easier!

While the majority of Moms said that they enjoy both handmade and store-bought gifts, their favorite and most memorable gifts were those that were handmade. They cherish the handcrafted cards, flowers, and accessories that their kids make especially for them.

We hope that you have the chance to thank your Mom in as many ways as you can and as often as you can. We wish you a wonderful time celebrating the beauty of your Mom!

Jill hiking with her family

Jill hiking with her family

How will you celebrate Mom this coming Mother’s Day?

YouTube Video: “World’s Toughest Job”

~ Susan

Naturally Susan’s

* Photos courtesy of Rebecca Hudek, Yana Rodin, and Jill Morris.

** Our survey does not represent the opinions of all the awesome Moms out there :).