Why I’m Never Going to a Nail Salon Again

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I read an article in the New York Times about the exploitation of migrant workers in nail salons last week. I shared the article on Facebook immediately because I wanted more people to know about it.  I was pretty shocked and horrified to hear about something I had been such an active participant in. I’ve been getting my nails done pretty regularly ever since I can remember. I’ve always over-tipped, as I felt like the manicurists were probably not receiving an excellent wage, but I had no idea of the extent of the problem.

The article explains how many workers are not paid a daily rate and rely solely on tips. Some of them don’t even get to keep those tips and are living in such terrible living conditions. Others explain how lucky they are to make $30 a day. I was blown away when I read this. Read more

Stationery Entrepreneur Manages Her Life and Business With Lists

unnamedRunning a company and managing a family is not an easy feat. However, our featured list producer for this month does just that. In fact Bonnie Marcus launched her stationary company while she was pregnant with her first child. She has been kind enough to answer a few questions and share some of her productivity tips.

1.  Why do you call yourself a compulsive list producer?

As the owner of a very busy design studio, and mommy to 3 very busy little boys, I wouldn’t be able to last one day without having a “to-do” list of priorities in front of me!  There is always too much to do & too little time to get it all done, but with a list of priorities, it is all much more manageable. Read more

List of DIY Beauty Recipes

raspberryEveryone loves to be pampered every now and then. But I get it, it’s expensive to hit the salon. So how about if you did it yourself?  My friend, Erika Katz, is a beauty expert and author at BondingOverBeauty.com and she’s come up with a bunch of easy DIY beauty recipes for us to try!  That’s my kind of list!

Sample Some Fabulous Finds

sample sizesFree samples are genius. Think about a winery: you go, you sample, you buy bigger quantities. It’s really the smartest marketing a company can do.I love the idea of “try before you buy” and sampling is a great way to expand an interest or try something new! Sites that sell sample subscription services (wow — that’s a lot of alliteration) are all the rage right now. It is also a great way to give gifts.

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Shortlisted: You Smell Lemon Paper Soap

Soap copyWelcome to the second installment of “Shortlisted” where I highlight my favorite most useful things. Because what good are fabulous things if you don’t share them?

Today’s item that makes my shortlist is You Smell Lemon Paper Soap!

I was recently introduced to this amazing soap and I will never leave my house without it in my purse again. I can’t count the number of times I’ve used public bathrooms and discovered they are out of soap. Hand sanitizer was great at keeping my hands clean, but it often left my hands dry and smelling harsh. Now I can just pull a sheet of paper soap out of my bag and my hands are left soft and smelling of lemon and verbena – yum!

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