Musings from Raspberry Moon – April 2014 Newsletter

Suk san wan Songkran!

Songkran Festival

Even the elephants get in on the action! Image from Molly and the Magic Suitcase.

Happy Songkran Day from the beautiful country of Thailand. April is the hottest month of the year and what better way to celebrate than with a water fight!

Thailand has wonderful holidays to enjoy! Since April is the time of Planting, Renewal and shedding of the Winter blahs, I thought the Songkran — or Water Festival — was very fitting for this month. Songkran marks Thai New Year and is most likely the largest water fight in the world. For 3 days the water guns are loaded and ready for fun. With April being the hottest month of the year in Thailand, I suppose this is the best time to have a water fight.

Songkran is about cleansing, purification and fresh starts. “Houses are cleaned, Buddha statues are gently washed with scented water, and elders are honored by pouring water respectfully over their hands.”

Although religious in background, Songkran is also about fun – “the water signifies the washing away of bad thoughts and actions, and brings them good luck in the new year.” Street dance parties will also commence.


So want to do something fun with the kiddos (big or small)? Celebrate Songkran in your own backyard!

Nicole Martin



10-Day Detox DietWith the thought of renewal and purification, I was thinking it’s time to do a spring detox. My favorite! (Can you hear the sarcasm in my voice?) The other morning I couldn’t sleep and caught some fundraising show on public television. Dr. Hyman was speaking on his 10 Day Detox Program. It sounded interesting and something that I totally needed to do.

So I consulted with the “Queen Bee” – Alison Lively with Creative Living Wellness. I got the “Heck yeah he is awesome” signal so thought  I would try it out. Anyone else want to try it with me?

How Awesome is Your Mom? Tell us and she could win an amazing day of pampering!

How awesome is your mom?We want to celebrate Moms! So we’re having a contest to determine the “Most Awesome Mom” in the  Upstate!

Our winning mom gets a fabulous 90 minutes totally dedicated to her. She’ll enjoy our Over the Moon Facial AND our favorite Glamorous Extras (Luscious Lips, EyeCandy Treatment and Ecofin for the hands and feet).  A $116 value!

Tell us why your Mom is so amazing and why you want her to win our Awesome Mom Pampering Package!

Be creative on our Facebook page – post your picture, video, poem, painting, essay, whatever medium you want to use to tell us why your Mom is the bomb. Our panel of judges will select the winner based on your creativity and your mom’s level of awesomeness.

Entry deadline is April 30th. Find out more on our blog and post your entry at


Learn more about being healthy from Alison Lively on April 23rd

Learn about Face, Tongue, and Nail AnalysisAlison Lively will be teaching the Women’s Social Business Group how to learn to see what our face, fingernails and tongue are telling us about our health.

Wednesday, April 23 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm at Logan’s Roadhouse, 53 Beacon Drive, Greenville SC 29615

Face, Nail and Tongue analyses have developed over thousands of years, resulting in a methodology that is so astutely precise and so natural that it makes for a great way to check in with your body on a deeper level.

We will cover some of the oldest body maps and assessment tools known to man, and empower your ability to utilize self-care for you and your loved ones.

This will be a hands-on lecture and one you are sure to remember. Please share the Facebook event with your friends, and RSVP by April 21st.


New Limited Edition Hemp and Omega 3 Breeze Body Wash

Saucy Chica Hemp and Omega 3 Breeze Body WashSave $10 through the month of April – regularly $25, now $15.

Don’t just wash, nourish your skin. Hemp Oil contains natural vitamins, minerals, essential fatty acids and the benefits of Omega 3 and 6 typically available only from fish. Formulated with mild vegetable based cleansers while including botanical extracts and a high level of aloe, which can assist in alleviating irritation.

How to Use:

Use daily in bath or shower. For best results, use with a net sponge or loofah. Follow with Body Lotion.


Aloe Gel*, Sodium Cocoamphoacetate (Coconut Oil)*, Alkyl Polyglucosides (Corn Starch), Cannabis Sativa Seed Oil*, Cocomidopropyl Betaine (Coconut Oil)*, Sodium Chloride, Vegetable Glycerine*, Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract* (Chamomile), Salix Alba (White Willow) Bark Extract*,  Essential Oils* of Spruce Needle, Pine Needle, Fir Needle, Cedarwood, Omanese Frankincense, Ylang Ylang.

*organic, wild crafted and sustainable sources.


Sunday Appointments, and Possible Schedule Changes

Due to circumstances out of my control, I was not able to go to NYC for the tradeshow in March. Hopefully a trip to another show in the fall will come together.

I will be out of the office from Friday, April 10 until Monday, April 14 for Shoopy’s Birthday Weekend. Thank you to everyone that has asked about my Grandpa. He is old school and really tough. He is doing well. My uncles (Shoopy’s brothers) are all in treatment as well. My Uncle Lee has some kind of cancer in his neck and is having Chemo. Since My Uncle Garnet is not real social and doesn’t talk much, not sure what is going on with him, but the Shoop boys are hanging out in various treatment rooms together. Lord help the nurses with that crew.

My Sunday appointments the next few months are April 6th and 27th, May 4th and 18th, and June 1st and 22nd.



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