Musings from Raspberry Moon – June 2014 Newsletter

June 12th is International Cachaça Day

In my search for a cool holiday for June, I came across International Cachaça Day, on June 12th! YUM! Sold, done, this is our holiday for the month.

Cachaça is from Brazil and is made from leftover pure sugarcane juice. Rum is a close cousin and is made out of molasses, a by-product of sugarcane. Once known as the poor man’s drink, cachaça is now big business and super yummy!

And my favorite drink (to date) made with cachaça, Caipirinha!

http://www.thenibble.com/reviews/main/cocktails/cachaca.asp

Strawberry  Caipirinha

Ingredients:

  • 2 whole strawberries (or any berry will do)
  • 2 lime wedges
  • 2 teaspoons raw sugar
  • 2 ounces cachaça (I like Boca Loca and you can get it at the ABC store on Augusta Rd near McAlister Deli)
Caipirinha time with Brandy and Juan

Caipirinha time with Brandy and Juan

Directions:

Muddle strawberries, lime wedges and raw sugar. Add cachaça and ice. Shake and serve.

Want to try it out first before buying the ingredients? Head down to the Lazy Goat for dinner with my friend, Juan! Tell him the crazy purple-haired girl sent you and you want to try my favorite drink! He will totally take care of you – he knows all the foods I like too! He or Cesar are the only two waiters I will sit with.

Yes, I know I am a spoiled brat but is there any other way to be? Jk!

Enjoy,

Nicole


New Product: COOLA Organic Sunscreen!

I have been asked about a great sunscreen to use since Colorescience no longer makes the body applicator. Well here it is! COOLA products are made with up to 97% certified organic ingredients, sourced with a Farm to Face® philosophy. Formulated with Plant Protection® and plant phyto-protectors, COOLA sunscreens contain up to 85% fewer actives than competitors.

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Try any of these new products in June for 25% off!

One note: Unlike Colorescience mineral sunscreen that provides instant SPF protection, COOLA sunscreens need to be applied 30 MINUTES before you go outside (15 minutes for the spray) and reapplied every 2 hours (80 minutes if you’ve been swimming).

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*I will also have available in SPF30. Each version is $32 for 6 oz.

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For active, long days in the sun. Good for all skin types.

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First Look at our New Saucy Chica Skincare Logo

New Saucy Chica Skincare LogoCheck out our new Saucy Chica Logo! We are SO excited to have this new look.

You will see a change to the website and all the product packaging over the next few months.

And to help facilitate the new logo domination, all items with the old logo will be 50% off!

Offer only valid while supplies last, on in-stock items, and only on items that have the old logo on the packaging!


Father’s Day Musings

Father’s Day is on Sunday, June 15th and the best man in my life is my Grandpa  – aka Shoopy.

Shoopy is not just my Grandpa, he is my best friend.

Shoopy, 2 great grands, neighbor girl of family friends, 2 grand nephews and me

Shoopy, 2 great grands, neighbor girl of family friends, 2 grand nephews and me

He taught me how to drive a stick shift (you know you learn fast when you are getting knocked across the head).

He taught me how to change a tire – in PA, in January, in the snow!

When my brothers were glued to the TV on Saturday mornings, I would be hanging out with Shoopy. I chopped wood with him, worked in the garden, cut grass, or really whatever he was doing, I was there too.

My Grandparents and I would go to church and then go out to eat every Sunday. Shoopy used to fly down the back roads where there were a lot of hills just so we could make my Nana yell and threaten us. We would just laugh at her.

She eventually refused to go grocery shopping with us as well. One time Shoopy and I accidentally knocked over a few dog food bags from a display and tipped the cart over and almost broke Nana’s eggs.  We used to do wheelies with the cart or slam our foot down on the wheel and whip it around in a 180 or maybe 360 depending on how good we were! Lol Good times.

Shoop in UniformI am so proud of him. He was a Marine in WWII serving on the Midway Islands. He later joined the Army and retired as a Sgt Major after going to Vietnam. He has all sorts of medals for his service.

Shoopy is old school and doesn’t say much. But mostly he’s always there. He will listen to me ramble on and then maybe give me a few words of wisdom. He doesn’t really ever say I Love You but always tells me to Watch the Ice. That’s kind of our own special code.

I know the day will come when all I will have are these memories and I am so thankful that I got to know him and my Grandmother. So many people miss out on having time with their Grandparents.

Shoopy was diagnosed with a blood cancer in the fall. Mostly he has been doing really well but the last few weeks have been tough. I will be spending Father’s Day with the best man I know – hope you enjoy your celebration as well.


An Important Summer Reminder and Sunday Appointments

Reminder: The weather is hot, hot hot – be sure to NOT leave your skincare or make-up items in the car. This breaks down and destroys your products! If you have to leave them in the car use a cooler or freezer bag with an ice pack in it. Or bring your items inside!

Out of the office:

  • June 25-June 30 – My Mom is here and we will hopefully be renovating the shop or moving me into a new house. Either way I will be closed.
  • July 1-3 – Mom is still here and I will be working a limited schedule.
  • July 4th – closed
  • July 19-23 OR 23-28 – I will be in PA visiting with the Fam and celebrating my niece’s 8th birthday! (trying to narrow these dates down with Mom now)
  • Aug 2-4 – getting to visit with old friends who I haven’t seen in almost 20 years in Myrtle Beach! How crazy is that? He was like my brother growing up – his Mom and my Mom were best friends.  Random email out of the blue on Facebook from my friend’s wife and wham – reunion time!

Other than that, work is on like usual!

Sundays I will be working:

  • June 1 & 22
  • July 13 & 20 OR 27
  • August 10 & 17

 

 

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