Gearing up for the Holiday Season we have made a ton of neat changes at Mabel. To start with, Member's can now insert their Member code right in our Shopping Cart and get their 10% off without waiting for us to rebate. This discount does include clearance and on sale items. How cool is that? And there are lots of items listed as we upgrade to cooler packaging and lower prices.
Our Fragrance Menu now allows for 2 ounce and 8 ounce purchases of every item in the 16 ounce line. Customer's made it clear they wanted to get any of the 16 ounce sizes in 2 ounce and they had a good point. The Buy Four 16 ounce Fragrance Oils and Get One Free offer is still an active offer.
We are now able to offer Gift Certificates, with a code the customer can enter right from the cart! The first Mabel White Gift Certificate item we decided to do is $10 off on a customers first purchase buying our new 30 page catalog. See offer here http://www.mabelwhite.com/Subscribe.htm In fact here is a FREE head start unrelated to buying the Catalog! For $5 off any purchase use this code: GIFT (It is Valid until Sunday, September 29th.) It can only be used on time per customer.
"We hate sales, Sale." If you have ever noticed, Mabel has not ever e-mailed a "Sale" or "Clearance" page. If we do want to spice up business we need to be more clever than that. So, when thinking about doing a "sales" page after all of these years, to promote and move product, we decided to do other neat things instead. Things that would really be of value and aside from the norm. A Treasure Hunt then came to mind! In this Treasure Hunt you already got started on a $5 Gift Certificate, code above. We have a lot of things on Clearance which does apply to all purchases. It is really a sale of popular items we bought way too much of. That is your second head start to this hunt. But the next venture is up to you and I will give you a few clues. I love a good mystery and a worthy goal! HANDICAP: There is now a Handicap on this Treasure Hunt to make it fair for the two other zones beyond EST. GMT and PST complained they have up to a three hour set back from the time they even get to read this. We never thought about this. So, there will be three categories of winners for the same prizes. EST, GMT and PST. POST NOTE: This was cancelled due to Katrina and Rita. Business increased but no one had time to hunt.
Refer a Friend. Referral is the heart of any good business and after 6 years we can say we have our act together in every division. If you refer a friend who has never ordered from us before, whether it be via Catalog or a purchase from our Web Site, they can use the $5 gift coupon above with their order as well as mention any order number you have placed. That way we know exactly who to send a one time $10 Gift certificate on any order or we may opt to Pay Pal you $10. The number would be on your header such as this one: Mabel White Shopping Cart Order #004380. So, you would tell your friend to include #004380 in the comment section of the order form. Again, that is how we know you. Refer as many people as you like with your number and get paid each time!
The last three things I need to announce is the Shopping Cart is more understandable and navigable. Items such as 2 ounce fragrance oils are now more accessible, we have brought the air gel crystal back with more clear instructions. All bags for like pet treats are now fully back in stock. Sponsors & Deals We now have a slew of sponsors we carefully screened who are offering great deals to our Readers. However Readers need to go through this page to buy items at a great rate. http://www.mabelwhite.com/SuppliersLinks.htm
Lastly, SoyWax™ is on sale due to a great arrangement with our Naturewax/Cargill relationship. We were able to reduce the prices of shipping 50 pounds as well as the price of the product we love so much. Shipping turn is three business days. Click here to see our new Soy Wax prices.
The main theme of this issue is "Simple is Better" and "Less is More."
"A man is rich in proportion to the number of things
which he can afford to let alone."
Outrageous Basil by Deborah R. Dolen
You just cannot kill a good Basil. When you plant herbs, this one will grow like crazy to such a point you could never consume enough of just one stem. It typically grows so tall, so fast, I will use Basil as the main green in any floral arrangement I making for my home. I also grab a sprig to freshen my breath before company arrives.
Growing herbs such as Basil also help the air in your rooms. Do some research on plants. Do you really need expensive air filtration systems? So, consider buying a terra cotta bowl and growing Basil and other herbs, in home, or wherever you can. Click thumbnail for a better look.
"Eliminate physical clutter. More importantly, eliminate spiritual clutter."
They actually never went out of style. We felt they would, but the need for non-candle and non-burning room scents just grows and grows. Church and school fund raisers seem to love making these the most. Great for dorms, retirement homes and places that do not allow candles. Even near the kitty litter box. Air gel cystals absorb up to 400 times their weight in water, and expand to make beautiful clear gel-like crystals. These look great in a glass bowl as a bed for floating candles and fresh cut flowers. Click here for the newest Air Gel Instructions!
"Love is of all passions the strongest, for it attacks simultaneously the head, the heart and the senses"
Chocolate Gift Idea's
We are really in love with our new chocolate melt and pour supplies. Last week we made tons of mocha stirrer spoons, wedding stir spoons, and a Big Bass one pound chocolate fish to name a few. The Big Bass is the top feature photo if you could actually miss that. All we did was put three bags out in the sun. Dark, milk and white. We then cut the corner to push like you would a cake decorating tool, into the mold. We used a spatula to ensure any air bubbles were out of it and let the fish cool over night in a room under 70 degrees in temperature. Now who says we cannot clean a fish?
The spoons, they are totally chocolate spoons. It only took a few minutes to make a ton of them. We put cake decorations inside the molds first and used ribbon to tie the neck when cooled. Very cool! We are also working on fast things to add such as Green Tea, Lavender, Rose, Pepper, and other gourmet inspired recipes. Click here to see more about chocolate.
"The heart is forever inexperienced" ~Henry David Thoreau
Lip Plumpers: They Suck D.R. Dolen
Yes, I will take credit and heat for this one. I am not normally vain, and perhaps check the mirror once a day if I am lucky. But when I film I must look my best. I pay a lady $8 to do my eyebrows, trust me, they CAN give you a better form than you can on your own. I typically wax my own and I find I just cannot be objective as another person. Worth the $8 twice a month BY FAR. I also have to do my hair, and nails and hope it does not rain for two days. That does not count merciless dieting that I JUST perfected to painless as discussed in this issue.
But I was thinking of fatter lips. I am already blessed, so what is my point? For more fuller lips? I felt it did not hurt to TRY to look like Pamela Anderson. I debated a $29.95 lip plumper for two months that I had seen on the internet. There are a few brands of lip plumpers, actually, and they all work the same way. Most claim to give you fuller lips for about 8 hours. When it arrived I hid it well and felt it was like porn or something. In fact, the box even looked like it could be! I was so embarrassed I waited a few weeks before I pulled the "Deluxe Lip Plumper" apparatus out...JUST BEFORE I WAS GOING TO FILM! I tugged and sucked away about ten times before I found out the results:
Ladies, (or gents) if you want to appear like someone punched you in the mouth with tons of black and blue spots all over your mouth--be my guest. Also, if you have any aging lines, also be prepared for them to really be more noticeable. That is what I get for messing with what God gave me. Then I had everyone asking me if someone hit me? Because I was needing serious make up to cover those black and blue marks for a period of five days. It took five days to heal. I figure the breast enhancers work the same way, so I feel for anyone thinking to buy anything like this.
As I said, all of the lip plumpers work the same way--they suck.
"Manifest plainness, Embrace simplicity, Reduce selfishness, Have few desires"
The above article about lip plumpers brings me to this other epiphany. Do not use make up unless you MUST. I recall in high school a vicious cycle of pimples, breaking them and using tons of make up to conceal the issue. I did not realize the make up was the main issue to start with.
I have not used much make up over the last 20 years, and have generally great skin. I get a lot of comments about how nice my skin is. Usually. Now that I am filming, I must use facial powder. If I do not, I look like an oil slick with the lights and no one can focus on what I am even talking about. After we are done filming, I notice I go through a week of bad skin. I mean BAAAAAD. Black heads, pimples, and just very poor skin in general.
I learned after I am done filming to really clean my face and steam all of that garbage out. The face powder. If I do not, I go through the teen cycle again. All make up does is CLOG YOUR PORES and encourage bad skin and then you need of their other products to "cure" the situation. If you can get a facial and go without make up for a good six weeks, you may notice you never need it again expect for special functions. I wish I could explain this to every teen out there who torments over this issue. BTW, I love Retin-A and wish I had that available as a teen. Normally prescribed, Retin-A, a derivative of vitamin A, does work to keep pores clean and heal damaged skin back to normal. My kids love it because when they do get a pimple, it helps bring that pimple out over a night or two and not a week or two. So, my daughters learned well from that, and never had to experience the make up issue I did as a kid. I typically get mine over seas from www.inhousepharmacy.com I am not sure they still sell it--because I bought a ton with no script a few years ago--but here is the site again.
I did find it hard to believe you really can get some "scripts" without a "script" from over seas. Why? Because the rich lawyers write all of our laws and they build in stuff they know we will never have time to read and because we are working nine to five everyday. And if that is not enough--we do not have the money to "do Europe" once a year on the tab of a pharmaceutical company. This law is convenient for them, (as are most laws,) and is something like this: You can order a three month supply from over seas and it is legal. What is a three month supply in the mind of some people? Geez. That is MY interpretation, more so when I really did get my orders of Retin-A within 3 days from that company out of New Zeland. LeAnn is in Missouri and told me that is the only state she knows that will not allow packages. Since I need not step on toes, you can do your own home work.
What does this have to do with good skin? Uh, not sure, but I find Retin-A great and I do not have time to go to a $300 dermatologist whose brother is a lawyer in DC. I just do the best research I can.
Another item the "elite" people know as we sit and wait for our Mr. Cafe Ole to do something. I like my coffee right away when I get up--but fresh, not instant. When friends come over they are amazed at how I make it. I use a French Press. You simply put your fresh grinds in the 2 or 4 cup French press and angle the top (strainer) in. Then I pour hot water over it (from my bottled water hot spout.) You would need a bottle water system with a hot spout-but sure as heck worth it. I then just push the press down and there is my morning coffee with some to spare. You can find them on line ranging from $12 to $60. The one I found on the net can give you an idea, although an 8 cup may not be necessary at all. Click thumbnail for that vendor.
Over all a French press is seconds to great coffee! My French Press is designed for four cups, although I use it to make two cups. You can also use the French Press for tea and other infusions as I have been known to do. I use "Stevia" to flavor my coffee. The zero calorie herb is discussed in my Diet Article below.
"Life is really
simple, but we insist on making it complicated." ~Confucius
Mabel's Diet That Works! by Deborah R. Dolen
I think the point of this entire issue. Simple is better and less is more. Everything has an exception, chocolate would be mine. Even seeing the tons of chocolate arrive at Mabel did get old fast. I was concerned I would go back wards in my efforts to loose weight. Not true. I actually gleen satisfaction knowing 100 pounds of dark chocolate are near by and I do not want it. Here and there, fine.
With hindsight, I wish I never endorsed the bread and soup diet. Even Atkins. I am not a diet buff. However, I did need to loose some 40 pounds I gained last year. Yep, that is why I was not filming a no new photos of me came out. I gained a lot being in and out of the hospital and bed ridden most of the year. Cured now, I did find it harder to loose such weight at age 42. Since I am an author--my "phenomenological" world does not promote weight loss. That is a big word I learned in Psychology that every person is very unique and to look at every factor in their life.
What I learned about dieting is all to simple and does sting another billion dollar market. It started with the "Birmingham Diet." A one page diet my daughter brought back from college that we both went on. We did loose ten pounds in three days. It was purported to be from Birmingham Hospital and designed for pre-opt persons who needed to loose weight prior to surgery. I was going to write an article about it--until I researched the web and found out the Birmingham Hospital denies issuing such a fad diet. I respect that. They did mention the fad diet simply reverts back to careful calorie intake and that is why it appears to work. Below IS the diet I use. People are asking me for my diet. It is below and the important parts marked in purple.
Returning to the notion of just reducing your calorie intake sounds hard. But it is not. Take it from the WORST self disciplined person on Earth. Moi. From this diet I learned to just have a cup of tea around at all times. Any kind of tea. I think the ritual of making tea helps keep you busy and this is one psychological component of why this works. Fluids are also excellent when trying to diet. So, for breakfast, lunch and dinner at minimum, I have a cup of tea. I make sure to drink decaf teas after lunch.
They key to this diet--is if you can get past the first three days, you will be dancing a jig. You will feel you can do anything, finally. The first three days are a little hard, but just DO IT. After that, your stomach does not really think it needs anymore. It does adjust. Pay hundreds of dollars for "support" system and gimmicks for no good reason. I do not care. OK, I do care.
For breakfast I have two eggs over easy made in olive oil, and maybe two slices of bacon. Better to cook bacon ahead if you are busy like me. Boiled eggs are great if you are on the run. For lunch I have a bowl of Grape Nuts. Yep! Even the box says it is great for diets. I read the box. I use Stevia to "flavor" my cereal. (More on that below.) A bowl of Grape Nuts will fill you up and it is good to have some fiber in your diet. For dinner, no later than 6:00 PM I have a six ounce grilled breast of chicken. I cheat here and there--no big deal if you stay true to the main theme. I have lost a true pound a day, if not more, and a total of 20 pounds in 20 days on my regimen. If I "cheat" it usually is 1/3 cup of Grape Nuts with Stevia. The main component of this diet is having lots of "teas" around and staying busy with chores and tasks. So, I am on a basic plan that allows me to vary from time to time--but at least I am on some kind of a plan. And it does work. This is just an easy way to list out a low calorie diet encouraging lots of fluid to eliminate the toxins in my body. I am to such a point now, food is no "big" deal and does not rule me. Exchange bad habits for good ones.
In no manner am I a Doctor nor do I purport to know any of your health conditions. I am simply noting what works for me and you are reading my notes. Ready to raise some hell? Read below re Stevia.
Stevia. Stevia is a fine white powder that comes from a natural herb. Stevia powder is something like 300 times sweeter than sugar, no calories and all natural. Stevia is highly used in Japan and the Orient, Stevia is "banned" from the US as a sweetener and anyone who even writes a recipe book around this herb will see the Feds show up and actually burn the books. No kidding! It is all over the web as "Stevia" Too good to be approved?" Why? Because artificial sweetener companies freaked out to think they spent years of research and billions of dollars of marketing against a simple herb. Their lobby money makes damn sure you will never hear about it. Under pressure from the public, the FDA finally allowed Stevia to be sold ONLY as a nutritional supplement. Whatever the heck that is supposed to mean. So, as not to have Mabel's site knocked down or burned, I will leave you with those facts. Personally I love the stuff and just a pinch is all I use in my tea and such. I can tell no difference from sugar at all. Stevia can be purchased at most health food stores under what? Of course, the nutritional supplement section.
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