Musings from Raspberry Moon – February 2016 Newsletter

Chinese New Year – The Year of the Fire Monkey!

I find Chinese Astrology so interesting and love all the animals and the bright colors. The animal is based on when you were born and for those of us born in January or February, we might have a different animal than our birth year depending on when Chinese New Year fell the year we were born. So for me, I was born in 1973 which would make me an Ox BUT I was born before CNY so I am actually a Rat (1972). The time of day you were born will also show pieces of your character.

Monkey and bananasThe most recent Monkeys have been born in 1932, 1944, 1956, 1968, 1980, 1992, 2004, and 2016.

Monkeys are cheerful, energetic, wise, intelligent, confident, charismatic, loyal, inventive and have leadership. However, Monkeys have a week side and can be egotistical, arrogant, crafty, restless and snobbish.

Lucky Flowers: chrysanthemum
Lucky Colors: white, golden, blue; Avoid: red, black, grey, dark coffee

Since Monkeys are very smart and skilled, they make good leaders.  They are usually in good shape. They are good at saving up money and don’t have to worry about food and clothing.

Monkeys can be quick-tempered so watch out!

Want to know what sign you are and what the year has in store for you? Check out

I’ll be busy getting ready for my next social engagement, working, or being very cautious in certain months!:)

Hóunián jíxiáng

Good luck for Monkey Year!


Nicole, and the two punk cats, Embers and Smokey

Firecracker Flash Sale for Chinese New Year

Firecracker Flash SaleMonday, February 8th starting at 6pm

I wanted to have a Chinese New Year drop in and fun sale but since I am limited in space with Amber the Acupuncturist being in the extra room, I thought I would just have a Firecracker Flash Sale again on Facebook. That seemed to work well with everyone’s crazy schedule and then you can shop from wherever you are!

The Fire Cracker Sale will take place on Monday, February 8th @ 6pm.

I will post a picture and description on our Facebook page every few minutes and the first person to say IT’S MINE! wins the item. There will be 28 items listed – 12 for the number of Zodiac Animals in Chinese Astrology and 16 for the year! And yes they are all different than last time!

All items must be paid for and picked up by Thursday, February 11th. If the first person doesn’t pick up their item by Thursday then the next person wins the item.

Bees and Butterflies Lunch and LearnMark your Calendars for Our Next Lunch and Learn – Saturday, February 27th

Bees and Butterflies in Your Garden, Honey in Your Skincare

Ladies Lunch and Learn Tea
Saturday, February 27th from 11 am – 130 pm

At Bocca Pure Italian, 2660 Poinsett Hwy, Greenville, South Carolina 29609.

The cost is $30, which includes your lunch. Net proceeds will go to the Clemson Master Gardener Program.

We’re continuing our series of Lunch and Learn Teas, and this one is all about Bees and Pollinators. Reserve your spot now (seating is limited!) and learn from several amazing ladies how to encourage bees and pollinators in your yard and help them thrive!

I have been wanting to do this event for a year! Susan with The Carolina Honey Bee came to speak to my ladies group — Women’s Social Business Group — a few years ago and I just loved it! Who knew the bees did all this great work? Anyhow, I decided to do this whole Lunch and Learn on bees, butterflies and other pollinators. Just in time to get ready for spring. So whether you are a gardener, an admirer of nature, have a black thumb (like me) or just want to come hang out with some freaking amazing ladies, please book your space today.

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The Topics

An Intro to Honey Bees

HoneybeeSusan Gardner an avid honey bee enthusiast and owner/ operator of The Carolina Honey Bee Company in Travelers Rest, SC. Susan is going to be talking to us about all different kinds of bees; what honey bees need to thrive and what we can do to help.

In addition to running The Carolina Honey Bee Company, Susan’s beekeeping background includes her personal bee hives which she manages at home on her farm, and her commercial hives located throughout Greenville County. She is proficient in creamed and infused honey varieties as well as byproducts of the bee hive. Susan lives on a farm in Simpsonville, SC raising and showing her dogs and horses with husband, James, and youngest son, Taylor. Her daughter, Morgan, and son, Cutter, are both enrolled in college in Clemson and Columbia.

Monarchs and their Plight

Monarch ButterflyFaye Legros, a Master Gardener from the Clemson Master Gardener Program will tell us all about Monarch Butterflies: How to recognize a monarch, the life cycles of the monarch, attracting monarchs, their migration, their decline and reasons for, and what we can do to help. Faye will also share some of her personal experiences raising monarchs.

Honey for Skincare

Last but not least I will be doing a presentation on using honey in skincare mask preparation and the steps to creating a great at home facial. And I’ll have recipe cards for masks you can do at home.

Lunch Menu from the fabulous Horacio at Bocca Italian

There are 3 options to choose from:

  • Tomato Basil Soup with Caesar Salad, your choice of Grilled Salmon or Chicken
  • Lasagna Bolognese
  • Almond Crusted Basa Fish with sautéed spinach and pasta

All entrees will come with rolls and Tiramisu for dessert. Salad will come with Lasagna and Fish. Please specify your choice when you purchase your ticket.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let me know beforehand to make it easier on the Kitchen.

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Raspberry Moon has the romantic gifts you want for Valentine’s Day

Valentine Gift IdeasStill need a special gift for your sweetie for Valentine’s Day?

We’ve got an array of thoughtful and unique gifts that would be great for Valentine’s Day, such as Tamba Facial Brushes, Poo-Pourri, Art Work from India, Jewelry from India and Tibet, Locally Crafted Candles and various Lotions and Potions.

What about a Raspberry Moon gift certificate? Wrap it up with one of our Seeds of Happiness for an extra touch of love.

Don’t have time to stop by? No problem – simply purchase a Gift Certificate online and your V-day shopping is done!


Service I bet you didn’t know I did – Eco-Fin for Hands or Feet!

Are your hands and feet feeling a little parched? Did you know we did super hydrating Eco-Fin (all natural version of paraffin) for the hands and feet? You can easily add these to any facial.

Get soft feet with our Eco Fin treatmentEco-fin is eco-friendly. It is a biodegradable product with no petroleum products, no synthetic fragrances, no chemical dyes. We have different blends available depending on the season.

Benefits: 100% natural emollients and pure essential oils. It’s Better Than Paraffin to soften dry hands and feet! Eco-fin is a rich blend of palm, soy, jojoba and organic coconut oils, shea butter, vitamin E and essential oils. With heat, it delivers rich moisturizers that leave the skin soft and supple. If you have noticed that your heels and hands are looking a little rough and could use some extra attention, then this is the treatment for you.

For the Hands.   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   $15

For the Feet.  .  .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   .   $15

.   .   .   .   .   .   .  Add one to any facial for $10, or both for $16

Ladies Night at The Istanbul Cultural Center – Saturday February 6th (New date because of the winter storm last month)

We are going to be involved in several events over the next few months, so keep a look out on Facebook for more info and reminders!

Ladies Night at The Istanbul Cultural Center

Nicole at EverestRaspberry Moon is the host of this month’s Ladies Night. I am so excited to be giving a presentation on my 6 week adventure to China, Tibet and India.

“From the Mountains of Tibet to the crazy streets of India with a little bit of China thrown in the mix – 6 weeks of amazing experiences, people, animals, temples, mosques and let’s not forget the driving experiences!

“Join us as we hear from one of our regular participants, Nicole Martin, with Raspberry Moon Skin Therapy about her amazing 6 week journey through India, Tibet and China. Immersed in the cultures, languages and food. We’ve asked her to package up all of her experiences for us to learn from and travel vicariously to all these exciting places through the pictures and things she brought back. “

Raspberry Moon will be providing Masala Chai (Indian Spiced Tea) and Kheer (Indian dessert). There will also be other items to sample, mostly made by the Turkish Ladies that are always delicious.

February 6th at 6pm – Please be sure to RSVP so we know how many people to be prepared for! And please share the Facebook event (but register on the Cultural Center website) so we can get the word out. Thank you.

Istanbul Cultural Center is located inside the Atlantic Institute at 12 Davis Keats Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 (Behind Discount Tire on Woodruff Rd)

Can’t make it but really want to?

I’ll be talking about my trip on Wednesday, February 10th at the Women’s Social Business Group lunchtime meeting. RSVP on the WSBG Facebook page.

Speak for Animals – 10th Annual Spa for Spays Event

Thursday, March 10, 2016 5pm – 930 pm

10th Annual Spa for SpaysSpeak for Animals invites you to enjoy an evening of pampering for people, while raising funds and awareness to reduce dog and cat overpopulation in the Upstate. Come for an hour or join us for the entire evening. We have a great line-up of pampering, wellness, fun and shopping options prepared for you including:

  • Massage & Relaxation Services
  • Hair & Beauty Services
  • Health, Spiritualty & Wellness Sessions
  • Costume Themed Photo “Silly Shots”
  • 2 HUGE Silent Auctions
  • Unique Boutique
  • Great Food, Wine and Friends!

Spa Service Tickets are $40 and include a one 20 minute spa service, food, wine, silent auctions and more! 100% of event proceeds go towards low and no-cost spay and neuter services and aftercare for animals in the Upstate of South Carolina.

Get more details on Spa for Spay’s Facebook event page.

I will be at the event doing a hydrating eco-fin treatment for your hands and feet! Best to wear shoes with socks!

This is going to be a super fun event and for a great cause!

Appointments and Online Booking

Did you know that we now have an online booking system? Check it out at (click the Book Your Appointment button on the right). This system enables us to send appointment confirmations, reminders, and allows you to change your appointment.

I do my best to get everyone in at their preferred times. If for any reason you are unable to make your appointment please let me know a minimum of 2 days beforehand. You will receive an email when you book your appointment and should also receive your appointment reminders via email 2 days beforehand.  Please be sure to check your spam folder and add us to your safe list! Remember this is a courtesy reminder, not reading your emails is not a good reason for missing your appointments. If you do not show up for your appointment you will be charged the full service or if cancel with less than 24 hour notice you will be charged a $25 fee. I understand emergencies happen but we all need to respect each other’s time.

Sundays I will be working the next two months:

  • February 21
  • March 27



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