Saturday, August 31, 2013

Small Business Spotlight: IHN Greeting Cards & IHN Hair Bows!

Hello ladies and gentleman and welcome to our Small Business Spotlight.  This time we are bringing you not just one but two small businesses owned by a lovely couple whom we met a few years ago when they first moved to Savannah, Georgia. 



We thank you for wanting to be featured in our Small Business Spotlight. Can you tells us a little bit about yourselves?

Jeremy:  Greetings everyone, we are Carmelita and Jeremy Watson, a married couple of 10 years with 4 small children that range in age from 9 to 2. We are high school sweethearts that met in a Home ED class in 1998 and have yet to stop learning and growing together. We are both Saint Louis, MO natives, we relocated to Savannah, GA a few years back to be closer to the water and further away from family (joking).

Carmelita:  Jeremy works full time as General Manager of a popular Inn while I work full-time as a stay at home mother of four children. The debate of whose job is more difficult rages on!   Our small business was birthed out of a hobby, faith and love. While we wanted success, the sheer accomplishment felt in the follow- through of the process to obtain a business was so very rewarding for us both. We are excited to grow our business and network with others who are also looking to do the same. 

Now, these are two very different businesses. What are the names of the businesses?

Jeremy:  The first business, "In His Name," an Inspirational Greeting Card Company, was created October 2012 with IHN Hair Bows being an extension of that business added in May 2013.

Where are your businesses located?

Carmelita:  Believe it or not, with four children, we manage to operate each business out of our home in Savannah, GA.

Wow, managing two businesses with four young children, that is amazing.  Where can we find your products?

Carmelita:  Our Business' Website is www.inhisnamecards.com, but you can also find us on
 Twitter: @inhisnamecards
 Pinterest: In His Name Cards & Bows

Jeremy, can you briefly tell us about your business, "In His Name Greeting Cards."

Jeremy: In His Name Greeting Cards offers a steady growing selection of Christian based greeting cards that offer heartfelt messages that highlight their uniqueness. Each greeting card is made from hand, be it a simple embellishment or a photo. We believe the purchasers as well as the recipients will see the heart in each card. The experience in each sentence and the life within the message. Somebody lived these word, be it love or lost, friendship or a simple thank you. These words are our story in one shape or form.




Carmelita, can you briefly tell us about your business, "In His Name Hair Bows." 

Carmelita: IHN Hair Bows, like IHN Greeting Cards, was born out of a hobby. I started making hair bows for my two daughters because I found really nice bows to be too expensive. Therefore being a stay at home mom, I was able to do a little research (during the kids nap time, lol) and learn how to make hair bows myself. From there, we showed them to a few moms who were excited about the idea of having well structured, beautiful bows for prices they could afford.



Based on what I have seen so far, it is evident that the two of you enjoy what you are doing. 

How did you come to be in this line of work?  At what point did you realize this is what you wanted to do?

Jeremy: Yes, I love it! I have written poetry for years and thought how I could put all these words to use. I literally woke up one morning and looked at my wife and said “By the end of the month, this dream will be reality!” We sat down and wasted card after card trying to get the right look, the right picture, the right message until we had our first seven cards. That was good enough for me, so I started a website, registered our business and the rest is history.

Carmelita: For me, it was the satisfaction I received when making that first bow. It was floppy and I wouldn’t dare sell it, but I was surprised at my ability to create something I saw as beautiful. I thank God for the opportunity to be a stay at home mom because that opened the door for me to have that conversation with myself as to what I can do outside of motherhood, to contribute to my household. So for me, it wasn’t something I have always done, it was a hobby that I got good at with a lot of practice and time.

Both works are master pieces to me. I have read and seen the cards which I believe they are amazing and the message can bring tears of joy and comfort to the recipient.  The bows and headbands are beautiful and Ms Bree is loving her new headbands.




Tell us, what inspires you or where do you get the inspiration to do what you do? 
           
Carmelita: Our daughters inspire us to continue with IHN Hair Bows. My girls love to be dolled up, love to have their hair done up, love the bows and love diving into their collection of bows and picking out one for the day. So wanting that for mothers and daughters is a motivation as well. We have had many moms say that they don’t buy bows because they are too expensive and to have them purchase ours and send us pictures of their daughters in them is inspiration and confirmation that we are on the right path.

Jeremy: Amen to that! To have people celebrate our work is a form of confirmation and assurance that we have made the right decision in pursuing our dreams. To have strangers testify that they have not received a more personal card and that they will keep them as keepsakes is a testament to us that our hard work is not in vain.




How long have you been doing this?
           
Jeremy: Gosh, I have been writing poetry, short stories and such since I knew how to hold a pen! In His Name, an Inspirational Greeting Card Company was birthed less than a year ago in October 2012.

Carmelita: IHN Hair Bows was created only a few short months ago in May. I have been making bows since about then.




Carmelita, you previously mentioned that you are a stay at home, how do you manage to have time to do your products while caring for three little ones?   
           
Carmelita: Mostly at night, or during naptime during the day. Heck, any time there is quiet, lol!!

Carmelita, who do think would benefit from your product?

Carmelita: Mothers, sisters, aunts or daughters….basically, anyone who is looking for affordable hair bows and not willing to compromise on the look and style. A lot of women out there are just like me, don’t want to buy the cheap bows because they lack style, quality and originality, yet don’t buy the nice one because of the price. IHN Hair bows is the bridge were great quality and affordability meet.




Jeremy, what makes your cards so unique and special?

Jeremy: What makes In His Name Cards unique are the experiences you find in the messages. They are more than words on paper, they are truth to help motivate, encourage and inspire. One of the greatest compliments we received about our greeting cards is that the heart is exposed. What better way to deliver a message than to have your heart exposed to the recipient, therefore, they receive more than the card, they receive the message too.  That is what defines IHN Greeting Cards…the exposure of our hearts and the ability to relate to the message.



How can our fans place their order or contact you?

Log on to www.inhisnamecards.com, there they will find all you need concerning our companies. Feel free to contact us via email at jwatson@inhisnamecards.com or cwatson@inhisnamecards.com


Any current specials or events you want to share with our fans?
           
Please visit our website periodically for updates. New greeting cards and blogs are coming soon with a new fall line of hair bows in the works as well.

There you have it ladies and gentlemen, what an amazing couple!  We truly enjoyed them and their beautiful four children.  We had a great time putting this article together for all of you to read.  

I encourage all of you to visit their site and take a look at their items.  You can see all of Carmelita's handcrafted bows, headbands and other items on her Facebook Page as well.





If you want to be part of our Small Business Spotlight, please contact us at caramelcurlznswirls@yahoo.com.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Tiny Prints DEAL OF THE DAY!!

Tiny Prints is having an awesome one day sale on business cards - 50% off! 

You don't have a business? This deal is still for you. They are great for moms and dads (i.e. mommy cards or contact cards), too.

No one does business or contact cards better than Tiny Prints. They have tons of templates and you can completely customize them. 

And for one day only, they are half off.



Creating custom business cards is easy:

1. Visit their Deal of the Day Page. Click through to the business cards. Make sure to do so before 7:30 AM PT Friday August 30 to allow yourself time to finish your order by 8:00 AM PT.

2. Choose from hundreds of designs. Pick the one that best fits your personality.

3. Customize the cards. Pick your own fonts, add pictures to some designs, choose your favorite colors, and play with the design. Make it scream "you."

4. Double check your design. Make sure it looks like you want it to.

5. Checkout. When you checkout, use the promo code DEAL0829 for 50% off. 

That's it! Super simple, but you have to act fast. 

They'll be to your door in about a week. Then you just need to start handing them out!

Monday, August 26, 2013

A FoxyMango Giveaway: MyHoneyChild Gifts!

Hello Ladies and Gentlemen!!

Welcome to the Foxy Mango and Caramel Curlz & Swirls Giveaway!





We are so happy to have partnered with Foxy Mango (f.k.a. Strands & CO.) in this amazing giveaway.  

The retail value of the prize is $77.50 and includes the following:

Items:   MyHoneyChild Scalp Cleanser;
                MyHoneyChild Olive You Light Conditioner;
                MyHoneyChild Buttery Soy Hair Crème;
                MyHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner and
                Dirty Laundry Cinnamon Sugar Bath Fizzie.



 My Honey Child Olive Your Scalp Cleanser:



(8 oz.) MyHoneyChild Olive You Scalp Cleanser gently cleanses and moisturize curly hair to make it stronger and less prone to breakage. Moisturize and conditions hair without weighing it down. Olive oil nourishes and fortifies. Great for heat-styled hair.
Shake well. Apply cleanser to wet hair, lather and rinse. Repeat as needed. Store in a cool dry place.

* Smells like: olive oil

*Product Ingredients: pure olive oil, castile (vegetable), fresh lemoninfusion, seaweed infusion, fresh lime juice, coconut oil, neroli oil, mandarinoil, vanilla absolute, orris absolute, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol/optiphen



My HoneyChild Olive You Light Conditioner:



(8 oz.) MyHoneyChild Olive You Light Conditioner naturally restores hairs natural beauty and overrides chemical and environmental damage. It is formulated to deeply penetrate, nourish and condition dry, damaged, chemically-processed hair. Provides intense conditioning and strengthens and moisturizes.

Shake well. Apply to towel dried hair. Generously apply to hair and scalp. Cover with a plastic cap for 15 minutes. Remove cap and rinse. Store in a cool dry place.

*Product Ingredients: purified water, olive oil, olive butter base, honey,gelatin, coconut milk, cocoa butter oil, coconut water, lemon essential oil, fragrance, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol/optiphen


 My  HoneyChild Buttery Soy Hair Crème:




(8 oz.) The Buttery Soy Hair Creme from MyHoneyChild is non-greasy luxurious formula that will revitalize, re-moisturize and re-energize even the most damaged hair. Contains vitamins A & E, ultra-moisturizing, soothes and repairs natural curly hair.
Part clean hair into workable sections. 

Apply a generous amount to sections until fully saturated and style as desired. For more definition, twist, coil or braid hair. Air dry, diffuse, or sit under a hooded dryer until dry. Store in a cool dry place.
Smells like: marshmallows, sweet scent

*Product Ingredients: soy butter, soya bean oil, raw honey, vitamin A,vitamin E,  de-ionized water, phenoxyethanol, caprylyl glycol/optiphen


 MyHoneyChild Olive You Deep Conditioner:


(8 oz.) Restore moisture to the most dehydrated hair with this rich formula from MyHoneyChild, containing avocado oil and olive leaf extract. It's ideal for those with dry, over-processed hair or those who frequently use heat styling tools. It's light enough for daily use - it won't weigh hair down but will add much-needed hydration for the healthy, soft curls you crave.

Shampoo and towel dry hair. Apply a generous amount of the deep conditioner and massage into hair and scalp. Leave on for 30 minutes or longer, depending on damage. Rinse thoroughly and style. Store in a cool dry place.

·     Restores your hair’s elasticity, resilience, and crucial moisture balance and Detangles

Check out this product review from NaturalSelectionBlog. This product is the first product she reviews. She also does a follow-up review on her day 2 hair with this product.


Dirty Laundry Cinnamon Sugar Bath Frizzie:


It doesn't get much more sugary-sweet than a Cinnamon Sugar Bath Fizzie from Dirty Laundry. Maybe if you just poured sugar right into your bath water but we wouldn't recommend that. Just stick with the fizzies. (One fizzie


o    *Simply drop in bathtub under running water and the cupcake will fizz and dissolve. You can even spruce up your home pedicure by dropping a fizzie in your foot soak.



HOW TO ENTER

Giveaway STARTS August 26, 2013 and ENDS August 30, 2013 at 11:59 p.m. 

      Go to our facebook page, click on the "Rafflecopter" Icon and follow the required steps to enter and LISTO!

     And if this is not enough, FOXY MANGO has also a SALES CODE for all you... It is CCS10 and you will save 10% off all orders from August 26th through September 8th.

GOOD LUCK EVERYONE!!



Thursday, August 15, 2013

ZULILY- Back to School Sale


Our friends at Zulily Boutique are also having a back to school sale!

Details: 
This is a 72hr Back to School Sale, which begins at 6am PST August 15th and 
ends at 6am PST August 18th, 2013.

 They have Classroom Collection up to 55% off !!

Get an additional 10% off with exclusive code SCRTSALE54. 

*Code can only be used for this event, with products only from this event, and a minimum purchase of $60 is required. 

So head over to their site by clicking on: Zulily Back to School Sale and see all their fashionable items for girls and boys. 

Bee Mine Natural Hair Products: Back to School Sale!


Bee Mine is having another sale, a Back To School Sale!!

Is no secret that Bee Mine Luscious Moisturizer, Curly Butter and Deja's Hair Milk are my all time favorite hair products. 

Bee Mine products are all natural and are handmade.  All of their hair care products can be used on all naturally curly, relaxed, texlaxed and color treated hair.

Bee Mine has amazing scents available: Coconut Cream and Island Mango and 
NOW INTRODUCING STRAWBERRY-KIWI Scent (Curly Butter).

If you have not tried any of their products, we highly recommend that you do and take advantage of this great sale! 

So go on, head over to Bee Mine Natural & Organic website and place your order.  

Sale beings on Friday August 16th at 12am EST through Sunday August 18th at 11:59p.m.      




Tuesday, August 13, 2013

First Day of School & Mommy's Blues!

Yesterday was our children's first day of School.

Ms. Bree started Pre-Kindergartner and Lil Man started First grade. I can honestly say that the children were excited and they promptly got out of bed, okay, it was not that easy, but it was not the usual struggle either. 


Do you remember your first day of school? I personally can't remember any of them. If we are being honest here, my first day in first grade was about thirty years ago… phewwww that was a long time ago.




This school year, both children are attending a new school. When I realized the kids were no longer going to be attending a private school, I had a thousand questions and no answer. 
As most of us know, the Public School System class size range from at least 22-24 children and it can be intimidating for someone who is used to attending a private school where the class sizes are of 8-10 students.

As the date approached, the kids were counting the days, hours and minutes because they were ready to go to their new school.  I was not as ready as they were.  Thankfully, one of Ms. Bree's friends from the private school is in the same class, and Lil Man's best friend is in his class as well.  Part of me knew that the transition was going to be smooth for them. 

I walked out of my daughter's classroom and when I looked back, she was so at ease, at peace, in her new class that she didn't even think about the fact she was on new school grounds, new teacher, and 22 new classmates and prospective friends. 

Ms. Bree is my youngest child but has always been a social butterfly.  I constantly worry about her because of her carefree nature and how petite she is.  I literally spent all day thinking, "Is she okay? will the teachers be watching them closely during play time?, Will she eat her lunch?" 



Lil Man's class is on the other side of the school, a long way from Ms. Bree's, and to my surprise Lil Man walked into his class room with his chin up, greeted his teacher and found his seat and promptly went to work completing the worksheet that was placed on his desk. 
He gave me a kiss good bye, and whispered "I love you mama, but I will give you more kisses after school".  



My son, the one who was never too shy to give his mama good kisses, has finally told me those words no mother wants to hear… "no more kisses in front of his classmates". Although it made me sad, it was just another sign that he is growing up. 



I found the above poem and I thought, "wow, how true", I then realized that while my kids were probably having a good time, I was the one having the hardest time with this transition. 
While there are plenty of tips, guidelines, and books on how to prepare our children for their first day of school. As I parent, I need a guide too!  A "How to Cope with The First Day of School- For Parents".  

After all, I'm entrusting the safety of my children to a new school, and new teachers.  Can we get a guide too?

How do we prepare for this day as parents?  

#1: Be honest with yourself:  I often have panic/anxiety attacks when it comes to my children.  My tension levels are always high and I get so stressed that it really drains my energy and patience!   Knowing your feelings and your reaction to those feelings will help you plan ahead for the big day.

#2: Plan Accordingly:  I am known to be a planner, but that doesn’t truly alleviate me from the stress of the big event, but it minimizes the running around, and the screaming in my head.
      a.  Get uniforms ready for the week;   I actually had the children helped me with this task.  We selected a uniform for each day including shoes, socks and undergarments. 
      b. Plan Lunches/Snack for the week:  The children and I made a list of meals and snacks they were interested in taking to school.  This can be very helpful when you do your grocery shopping as well.  Print a calendar, have each child personalized their calendar by coloring the page or by placing their favorite stickers. 
     c.  Breakfast:  While my son is really good about eating breakfast, Ms. Bree has developed my bad habit of not wanting to eat breakfast.  We all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day.  Therefore I try to give her a light but healthy breakfast but she sees it as a "snack".  Instead of preparing a heavy breakfast full of protein which most likely is going to make her sleepy, I give her a snack bag with ten to twelve blueberries, a small "Dora" yogurt and a glass of juice.  Our other options are a granola bar, toast, cereal and/or oatmeal. 


All of the above did help me getting them ready for their first day of school and will continue to make my mornings somewhat easy.  The steps made certain that I didn't forget anything and sent the children to school unprepared. But in no way did the steps minimize my fear. 

Emotionally I was unprepared and did experience the "blues". But after discussing this with all of you, my loyal readers on our facebook wall, I came to understand that it is perfectly normal to have all these conflicting emotions, sad, fear, happiness, pride and a million other feelings parents experience when their children are reaching a milestone in their lives.
The key is to take time to acknowledge those feelings, understand that it is very common to experience them and that as parents, we must take the time to prepare ourselves for what is to come. 


Once the children arrived home from school, they had so many stories to tell.  They told me from how much fun they had during recess and how many friends they made.  After reviewing their folders, the teachers have given them happy/green faces for listening and good behavior.  They came home with empty lunches, dirty uniforms and very big smiles on their faces.  I automatically wanted to kick myself for worrying so much, but the truth is and one of our lovely readers pointed out, if I didn't worry about my children then I wouldn't be a good parent.  Yeah, I'm a bit in the over protective borderline obsessive line but I love my kids, and their happiness and safety are always before my own.

Sunday, August 4, 2013

1K Fans/1 Year Blogging Anniversary Celebration!!


Welcome to our 1K Fans/ 1 Year Blogging Anniversary Celebration!!  



I can't believe it has been a year since I made the decision to start my blog.  

I want to thank every one who follows the blog and our other  social media like Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, YouTube Channel & Facebook.   

We have grown so much in the past year, our Facebook Page Caramel Curlz N Swirls has reached  over 1,000 fans in just six months and I am so thankful for all the support!

AND what a better way to say thank you than to have a mega giveaway!  A giveaway that has a little something for the "mommies" too!

I have made this giveaway very simple too!!  Just click on Rafflecopter and follow the steps to enter.  

Again, thank you and GOOD LUCK!!  


Thursday, August 1, 2013

New Code: BEE MINE NATURAL HAIR PRODUCTS



To all my wonderful readers!! 

I'm so excited to share this news, we have a new discount code from Bee Mine Hair Products for all of you.  

The one product I cannot be without is their Luscious Moisturizer although I love every single one of their products.  

I highly recommend that you try them.  Bee Mine also has travel sizes available that you can purchase if you are not sure if this product is for you.

The coupon will save 10% off your purchase.  

Please visit their website at www.beemineproducts.com and look at all their wonderful products they have available.