Jun 4, 2014

O+O improvements

I am excited to announce that there are many changes and improvements happening at O+O! 

First and most importantly, I have replaced the old lids with metal lids that have a heavy duty seal. This will ensure no leakage. This is especially important for these hot summer months! (Remember, O+O blends melt at 76*F.) 

Second, you will see a new heart logo and a new slogan being used. In addition to "Soothe It" you will see "Made with love and 100% organic ingredients" because it's the truth! 
I have also created and will include in each package a five page, color coordinated informational packet that helps you to remember what to use each blend for. 

Another change is that I have ordered product labels! Each jar will now sport both the familiar lid label and a label on your jar complete with my new logo, slogan, and jar size. 

I am working on finding new tape/ tape designs to create a more cohesive line of products. 

I am also brainstorming new blends (as usual) and I would love to hear your input and desires in this area. I have some good ideas flowing but I'm not ready to release yet. ;) 

This weekend I am sending 8 product samples to different people to help me spread the word of O+O. By the time they release their reviews/shout outs, all of these changes will be instated and we will (hopefully!) be welcoming some new customers! 

Along with branding and product improvements comes higher cost. This weekend will be the last few days to order your blends and packages at the current listed price. It's bittersweet to change my prices because I love my customers and the support I've gotten from you all, but it also represents the improvements and strides O+O has made as a company in just a few short months and that is so exciting!!! 

Thank you all for your continued support for my family and love of O+O products!

Apr 24, 2014

Dr. Day's footprint

A long time ago, I worked in a retirement home serving food in the "dependent" dining room. The dining room was small and sat maybe 20 elderly men and women who had a wide array of limitations but could all manage to feed themselves. 

During my serving-the-elderly stint, I saw only a handful of folks come and "go" but they each left a large footprint in my heart. I doubt any of them ever realized that they were helping me more than I was helping them but I remember their names, faces and stories and think of them often. 

Dr. Day was a man who was 101 years old when he passed. I met him when he was 98 when I first volunteered (at the same retirement home) as an activity coordinator. He walked up to the RN desk with his walker and was very confused, looking for something he lost. He was wearing two belts and I remember thinking that was odd. 

It wasn't until 2/3 years later than I got to "know" him better. I say "know" because I mostly just observed him (and the others) because rarely could they, or did they, engage in a two-way relationship. He was a fascinating man. He was smarter than I could ever be. He was a chemist and participated in a study of the effects of flouride in dental hygiene held at IU, resulting in a product called Crest. 

My grandmother (who I am just so overly blessed to be able to still hold so close and dear) told me about him once and I believe she said that my dad and his brothers actually went to the research facility and tested the flouride products. I remember she said they had to spit or else they would throw up. I can't imagine spitting in front of my Nina..

This man, among others (Marriam, Mary Jo, Lily, one lady who hallucinated and saw her mother at dinner the day before she died), hold a very special place in my heart. I don't know why, really, but I think of them so often. I learned lessons from them. They were my favorite people at my most favorite job I've ever had. I remember their faces of confusion and compassion due to my patience with them.

I wonder if any or them knew how they'd help me six years later. I wonder how many impressions I've made on people along the way and what kind of legacy I'm leaving behind. What footprints have I made that I don't know about? Should we let strangers and loved ones know when they leave such impressions even if you can't explain what the impression is? Would you like to know? I think I would. I feel somehow that maybe those "residents" may have felt happy for a moment if I told them that, in some way, I loved them and they really meant something to me.

I think sometimes we forget how important people are. We throw relationships away or push people aside for an electronic device or whatever your current distraction is. Our relationships are fragile and people are what matter. What do we really have if we don't have each other? I hope this can help me (or you) remember to cherish my current relationships and say what needs to be said. Maybe that's what I learned from the Residents. 

(will add photos Saturday.)

Apr 20, 2014

Another "see you later!"

We are moving to Georgia tomorrow. Our fourth stop in the last four years of military life. It's sad to leave friends behind everywhere we go. It feels like there are little pieces of me scattered amungst the world. I've been truly so blessed to gain these friendships with such wonderful people. 

Thank you to everyone who has brought me into your heart and life. Thank you for your help and friendship. Because of you, I am a better person and this life is manageable. Thank you for being my stand-in family when I need it. You are all loved. You are all missed. Until we meet again... ❤️