Friday, November 5, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #2 WINNER!!!

Ok, since I can't refuse and feel very much in the holiday spirit I have decided to have 2 winners! Kathryn and Milly you are this week's winners!!! Woo Hoo!! Congratulations! When you have a chance send me your mailing address to info@naturallygoodsoaps.com.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #2

Good Morning!
I can't believe it is already November and the holidays are amongst us. I guess I should start planning Thanksgiving dinner! The hardest part for me during this time of year is the fact that the sun goes early and the nights just seem longer. I enjoy the sun and the warmth it brings. On this night, it was summer time and the warmth with slight breeze was perfect for a July day.

I do love sunsets and think they are magnificent.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday #1

I decided to start a weekly contest for my followers on Wednesdays and it will be called Wordless Wednesday. Why Wordless Wednesday? Well I am going to post a picture for you to describe to me what you think or feel about it. For your participation, one winner will be chosen via the good old fashion method - name in a hat! So for those who participate, your name will be added to a hat and picked out by my son. I will video tape him doing so and your name will be announced and posted on my YouTube channel. So let the games begin!

I love the simple pleasures in life..

Contest valid on Wed October 27, 2010 up to 11:59 pm.
Drawing will be made on Thursday October 28, 2010.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Day of Glam

On Sunday, September 26, 2010 I participated in a Day of Glam that my friend, Annette was sponsoring. She had asked me a few weeks back if I wanted to come by her house and set up a table of my soapy goods since she is a sales rep for Stella and Dot. It was fun having the girls come over for some amazing wine and cheese and sharing my products with them. Actually one of the husbands was very excited that I had an Oats N' Honey soap. He loves oats and when I told him there is a touch of honey he immediately said "I will take one!" LOL

This was my first house party and I am excited to do some more. It is a great way of getting my products out there and having the experience of planning an event.
XOXO
Melissa

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Oh My - My New Obsession...Silicone Molds!

Now that I am growing in my soap making company, Naturally Good Soaps, I have developed a new obsession...Silicone Molds!! Oh my there are so many and they are so fun! I also think I like them because I don't have to line them with freezer paper like you have to do with wooden log molds. I just looked at Whole Sale Supplies Plus and they have so many cute silicone molds, that I think I hear my fingers typing my credit card number in their shopping cart real soon!

The molds in this picture are some of my new ones. The metal one I purchased at a cake supply store in NYC for only $5.00! I figured when I start making bath fizzies, this may make a great mold. The silicone molds I bought at Michael's using my 50% off coupon, so they were both $5.00 each as well! Woo Hoo...love discounts! I thought the circle mold would be great for my new sugar scrubs.

In Production this Saturday

Today I had plans to work on the website and get it done. Of course there are always glitch in my weekends that my son is supposed to be with his dad so this plan was nixed. To work on the photos and descriptions would have taken too long and my son would not be happy that I wasn't paying any attention to him. So I just decided to weigh out my oils to get ready for some late night production. Here I have my olive oil, almond and castor oil for the Detox Soap and the calendula infused oil olive, almond and castor oil for the Baby So Gentle Soap. I have a pot already with the shea butter, cocoa butter and coconut oil to be melted down in the kitchen. At least the day wasn't completely wasted!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

A Day to Never Be Forgotten - 9/11

Today is a sad day in history. Many lives have been changed forever because of attacks to our country. I will never forget the day when I too was supposed to be in the area for a meeting that was canceled the night prior. My office phone rang at 4:50 pm.  I never pick up the phone a few minutes before I am supposed to leave because I don't want to deal with last minute issues. For some reason I picked up the phone and the voice on the other end was one that was familiar. She told me she apologized for calling at the last minute but that the meeting we had scheduled was canceled and not to show up. I thought oh great, no worries then! Instead that morning I decided to head to the post office to send a care package to one of my clients who was in college. As I stood on the line I watched NY1 and saw the planes crashing into the towers. At first I thought to myself "Geez, whoever thinks this  makes a great movie sure has poor taste!" Of course it took me minutes to realize it wasn't a movie, but it was real. My life has never been the same again..

I dedicate this to a high school friend Francisco Munoz who died in the towers that day. I recently found out that he wasn't even living in NY at that time but was here on that day for a work related event. RIP...May your wife and family find the peace they need in heal.

XOXO
Melissa

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

New Web Host - Host Papa!!

I finally changed web hosts!! I know you are probably asking why I am excited about this and the answer is that I have been wanting to do it for some time and finally made the move. I had my domain name and website hosted with a trusted company here in NYC. They were wonderful to work with and I never had any problems with them. However I wanted to switch to a host that was "green" to go more in line with my business and personal lifestyle.
After some research and asking fellow colleagues what they use, I decided to switch to Host Papa. Host Papa is a powered by 100% certified green renewable energy sources. This means that their data centers, web servers, office computers, laptops and office space is managed by wind and solar power energy. How cool is that? The transition will be a learning curve for me since I have a lot of work to do on website as far as updating products and information. However the life of a small business owner is never a dull moment.

XOXO
Melissa

Monday, September 6, 2010

Lavender by The Bay - East Marion, NY


This summer I had visited Greenport Long Island and feel in love with this quaint little town. A while back I had googled lavender in NY and came across the farm of Lavender by the Bay in East Marion, NY. I didn't realize how close it was to Greenport so on my second visit out on the island, I decided to pay them a visit.

The second I drove up to the location, I was pulled back to 2004 when I visited Provence, France. The lavender aroma was incredible and I was in heaven. The lavender field is incredible and the barn is filled with Lavender goodies. There was satchels, lavender by the pound, prints of lavender, custom made cards, honey, herbs, linens and a beautiful portrait of a lavender field that retailed for $1,000.00.

I had bought a bunch of freshly picked lavender. I was instructed to separate it into 3 bunches and tie them together to be dried upside down. Within 5 days the lavender dried beautifully and I have them all throughout the house. I love the way they look and smell and wish I had bought more.

Friday, September 3, 2010

Name That Berry!!


Walking home from the health food store I came across this beautiful bush of berries. I immediately thought it was elderberries but then looked it up when I got home and realized they weren't. The berries are a beautiful purple and are strong to the touch. They hang in a beautiful cluster and I was so tempted to pick it but decided it was best to leave it.
Ever since I took classes with Robin Rose Bennett at the Open Center, I have looked at trees, shrubs, weeds, leaves, flowers and all plant life with a different eye. I am amazed as the variety of plant life that exists all around us, even in the city!
So if you can help me identify this beautiful berry I would be grateful..
XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Natural Bed Bug Spray

I am here in sunny Florida and I am enjoying my time! However prior to getting here I was in panic mode over the bed bug issue going on in several states, one including my own, NY.

I came a cross a recipe I found online and decided to make it and share it with you. I don't remember where I found it from however I will look again for it and give credit to the author.

All you need is 2 8 oz blue or amber glass spray bottles or you can do 4 4oz I also suggest using distilled or spring water vs. tap water.

Natural Bed Bug Spray
1 cup of distilled or spring water
10 drops of Lavender Essential Oil
10 drops of Eucalyptus Essential Oil
5 drops of Clove Essential Oil

Mix well and before each use shake the spray bottle.

This recipe smells divine for you bad bad for the bed bugs!!

Enjoy!
XOXO
Melissa

Friday, August 27, 2010

Hellloooo!!!

Oh my I didn't realize I have been away from blog since the beginning of June! I am so very sorry that I have been a bad blogger!! I hope you can forgive me and know that I have been really busy and productive.

Let's see the first great thing to happen was I had received my first wholesale order from Greeny's Natural Market from Shelter Island NY. The owner Jen is fantastic and her market is just the cutest! I am proud to be on Greeny's shelves and look forward to our growing relationship.

The second has been my growing interest and love for herbs. I always was fascinated by herbs but was also intimidated by them. I took a 3 day course at the New York Open Center , with herbalist and Wise Woman Traditionalist Robin Rose Bennett. She was amazing and I left each class with a new found respect, love and admiration. I am hoping to take the online courses with Susan Weed who is based in Woodstock NY.

I just can't begin to explain the internal excitement I am feeling and experiencing. I feel like a kid in candy store when I order my herbs from Mountain Rose Herbs and I just want to order the whole website! LOL Silly I know but that is how I feel.

I will be on vacation next week and my plan is to plan for my new products and new website design. I know I am supposed to be on vacation but I feel like this will be the best time to be productive in the sun!

Until next time..be safe and be well!

XOXO
Melissa

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Paradise City Herbal




On May 14, 2010 I blogged about my Rosecea and my struggle with the havoc it is causing on my face. I mentioned briefly about a wonderful woman named Sheri Pearce who is the owner of Paradise City Herbal. I decided to write more about Sheri and the products I have purchased from her because I don't feel I did her justice. Just for the record, Sheri by no means has paid me or begged me to write about her company. I am doing this because I really believe in her as a person, herbalist, formulator and soapy friend. I also believe in her products since I have been using them for about 2 months now.

I had purchased the Sunshine collection because of the infusion of Calendula in her cream, toner and mask. I chose it to be unscented because of my Rosecea I wanted it as simple as possible and wanted the powers of the Calendula to come through on its own.

Let me start with the Facial Toner. I have used toners in the past but they always left my skin feeling stung, tingly and raw. The Sunshine Toner doesn't do that at all. Could it be because it contains all natural ingredients that are soft on the skin? In my opinion YES. I follow it up with the Moisturizing Cream and this cream doesn't sit heavy on the skin. A little of this goes a long way. It soaks into the skin and my face feels so soft. What I also like is that my skin has regained some of it's glow despite the Rosecea. I am sure the little Rosecea bugs in my skin are screaming as they see my finger with a bit of cream on the tip coming its way! "No please don't smother us in that natural, chemical free, skin friendly, skin loving cream!!!!!"

So for the Mask, today I used it for the first time. Of course whenever I put a mask on, I always ask my son if I look sexy. See he is 5 and he is just too honest for himself! So he did tell me I looked like Shrek, because the mask had a green tone to it due to the clay that is used. However once it was off, he did tell me I looked like Princess Fiona! Oh did I feel super special! Although I only used the mask once, it does feel nice.

I look forward to being a lifelong customer of Sheri's. Please visit her site and follow her Twitter and become a fan on Facebook.

Soapy Goodness!
Melissa

Saturday, May 15, 2010

My Time in Tampa Florida

I am writing this blog from the Tampa International Airport. It is 4 something in the morning and I should be home back in NY sleeping in my bed. However as they say make lemonade out of lemons? Or at least something like that.

I arrived to Tampa on Wednesday to attend a conference for my day job, or at least how I like to label it, the job that pays the bills. It was held at the beautiful Hilton Clearwater Beach Resort and yes it was beautiful. The days were clear and warm and the conference was informative. I didn't sneak out of workshops to hang out on the beach, I was a good paid employee who took in all the information and took good notes.

Friday comes and I don't have a flight out until 6:55 pm. Enough time for me to make it over to see Trista at Indigo Bee Soap in South Tampa. I love meeting up with other soapers and learning form them. Trista was gracious and welcomed me as if we were old high school buddies. I was glad to make the detour but also glad that I would be going home soon.

Now back to why I am still sitting at the airport. Long story short, flight was delayed until 9:30 then it was canceled because the crew was over 4 minutes on their time and it was deemed "unsafe" for them to continue to work. I don't think they thought it was deemed unsafe to strand a plane full of passengers. I will give props were props are due. The crew did supply us with drinks and snacks and tried to get us on the next flight or help accommodate. They were able to get me on a flight back to NY on Saturday at 11:50 am. I took it. I wasn't going to fight and for sure I wasn't going to cause a scene that would end me up in county jail.

Soon I will be home hugging and kissing my 5 year old who has been eagerly awaiting my presence. In the midst of all of this I have been thinking about the soaps I have to make when I get home..Ahhh the life of a soaper!! LOL

XOXO
Melissa

Friday, May 14, 2010

My Least Favorite Subject: Rosecea

This time last year, I woke up one morning with pimples and redness in my face. I really didn't think anything of it and figured it would just go away. Time had gone by and I noticed my face becoming red, shiny, tight, pimply, dry and at times oily. I realized something was wrong but for some reason I just really thought it would go away.

Jump forward to January 2010 - the skin problem didn't go away and I knew I needed to do something. I began to accept the fact that I had Rosecea. Rosecea is a chronic disease which appears as usually first appears as subtle reddening on the face. Over time this may develop into some inflammation and be accompanied by skin eruptions. This skin condition usually appears in people between the ages of 30-60 and although the reasons as to why rosecea happens it it thought to be due to lifestyle, diet and stress. Stress, CHECK! However I do admit to having an addiction to pasta, carbs and bread.

I started seeing Dr Cori from the Healthpoint Nutrition Center for the chance to change my body in a holistic way. Dr Cori inquired about my skin and stated that she can help me with that.
I began to cut flour and sugar out of my diet, a difficult task but manageable. I learned to live with the fact that my ex-husband is who he is and I couldn't allow him to stress me in the way he has. Besides the reality is I am stuck with him since we have a son together. So I better learn how to manage or I will be one big pimple head for another 13 years!!

I also do not like using chemicals on my face or body, externally or internally so I contacted Sheri from Paradise City Herbal in Northampton, MA. Sheri makes amazing skin loving products using the herbs she grows organically in her garden. I thought her Sunshine Cream could help ease my discomfort and tightness that I was experiencing. About 3 weeks have gone by and I can honestly say that I haven't felt better. I still have pimples and experience shyness and fear about going outdoors with this "stuff" on my face but the feel of my skin is incredible. It isn't tight, dry or irritated. A little of this cream does go a long way so I know I will have this product for a while. I thank Sheri for being an incredible formulator and lover of nature. I hope to visit her one day on one of my many excursions. Please check out her website and tell her I said HELLO!

XOXO
Melissa

The Soap Studio

As some of you know I have been wanting to have a space where I can call my own. I live in a 2 bedroom railroad apartment in Astoria, NY and so space is difficult to come by. I started feeling less productive since I had my raw products all over the place. I decided that I needed to create a space that I can work, be productive, and be happy. So you are wondering what I did right? Well I gave up my bedroom. Yes, you heard me correctly, I gave up my bedroom! I gave my bedroom to my son, since he is getting big and needed more space and I took his room.

My son sweetly asked where was I going to sleep and I told him that I could sleep on the sofa bed. I explained that sometimes we needed to make sacrifices in order to achieve our goals and dreams. He told me that I could always sleep with him which really is sweet but couldn't happen since he has a twin bed and sleeps like a hot mess!

So for now I only have a picture of the color of the wall and soon I will post more pics of the complete studio, shelves and all. Please note my good luck charms. The middle one is my son's first place winnings at Olympic Day at school. That one is my favorite - for obvious reasons.

XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Poor Racoon!



Today I decided to go take a walk and enjoy a bit of the sun on my lunch break. As a co-worker and I were walking on Lexington Ave between 79th and 80th St, we noticed people were looking into the sky. Of course we looked and didn't understand what the hoopla was all about. A woman walking behind us stated that there was a racoon in the tree. A racoon on Lexington Ave? Oh boy this little guy or girl was far from home. Of course I decided to call 311 for assistance. 311 is the NYC's phone line for non emergency related information. 311 is also a way for city agencies to monitor complaints or issues for better quaility service. My cousin was trained as a 311 operator when he was in college and he even stated it was a joke. They have a database of all the city, state and federal agencies and if someone calls to inform the city of garbage strewn all over a street or a fowl odor is coming through walls, then the approriate agency is notified and the situation is (hopefully) resolved.


So that brings me back to the racoon. I called 311 and the woman who answered the call pretty much chuckled on the phone and asked me what I wanted her to do about the racoon. I stated that I was concerned because the racoon is in the tree and I would like someone to come and rescue it and release it to its natural surroundings. This operator proceeded to read to me a scripted piece about how racoons like to hide in trees, how they are known to be seen in urban communities and yada yada yada. I was perplexed because it sounded like a story I would read to my 5 yr old and the fact that she considered Lexington Ave and 79th St an urban community. This is the Upper East Side lady, there is nothing urban about this area!


Needless to say I learned a thing or two about NYC 311:

1 - only call if you are concerned about what side of the street you need to park on

2 - only call if you have an issue with a parking violation

3 - only call if you need to locate a towed vehicle


May I note, that this is the second time I called in regards to an animal and the city just brushed me off, I guess NYC isn't animal friendly.


XOXO
Melissa

Tuesday, March 2, 2010




Well I have been working hard on trying to make Naturally Good Soaps as eco-friendly as possible. The details are tremendous and at times overwhelming. It is not just about the products that are made but the packaging, the materials used for shipping, storing, and the web hosting. I am committed to making NGS, an eco-friendly, skin friendly, soul friendly company. I also think about when the time comes and I relocate to a production/warehouse site, I want to use as much natural sun as possible, solar paneling, the works. When I go for something I go big time, no holding back!

Well I am off to my son's school for Parent Appreciation Day! Until then..Much soapy happiness!

XOXO
Melissa

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

I Am Walking Through the Door



Sometimes one doesn't know where life will take you. We can dream, we can hope, we can pray. Other times we need to hold our breath and take the leap of faith. This leap, I have taken and there is no turning back.

In 2004 I had taken an Entrepreneurial Assistance Program out of the Queens Borough President's Office in Queens, NY. Here is where I started my journey into small business ownership under the tutelage of Rev. Nigel Pearce (he wasn't a Reverend when I met him but since has become one). I always told Rev. Nigel that I was fearful of succeeding and so with that he allowed me to grow at my own pace. Life as well became overwhelming and so I put my soapy dreams on hold. However, I never stopped learning, studying, played around with recipes for soap and bath products.

Here comes 2009 and like a baby who is crawling one day and walking the next, I decided it was time to get this going. I started making soap, participated in indie craft fairs, starting selling to family and friends, created a website, started getting connected to other soapermakers and there was no stopping me. I knew that I needed to make the call that would change my life forever. I always kept in touch with Rev. Nigel via email and always felt his support via his words. I finally asked to see him so I can bounce some ideas off of him and share with him what I have been doing. I prepared for 2 weeks as if I was studying for some state exam and had a 6 page "report" I was going to share with him. He was excited and elated to see and hear my excitement. He kept saying, "you had it in 2004 and you still have it now". I knew from this moment on I was going to open doors that I kept closed for so many years.

Rev. Nigel has given me some homework to do and also set up a meeting for meet another local woman business owner, Lisa from Robbie Dawg, Inc.(www.robbiedawg.com). Lisa has her manufacturing plant in Red Hook (Brooklyn), NY and I am so excited about this meeting. I have loads of questions for Lisa, some probably naive others out of curiosity.

My journey has begun, I am no longer peaking from behind the door but I am standing in front of it. I hope in a few months from now I am sharing with you my journey in securing a warehouse, ordering drums of oils, setting up accounts and probably sharing some of my fears.

From the words of Rev. Nigel Pearce "It is my desire to see you succeed beyond your wildest imagination, because you are a beacon of hope for so many people."

Soapy dreams do come true..

XOXO
Melissa

Thursday, February 18, 2010

I Am the WINNER!!




I am not one to play the lotto or to enter contests because I always think I am not going to win. However on Wednesday February 10th my luck changed. I entered a contest given by Honey Bee Soaps (http://www.honeybeesoaps.com/) on her Wordless Wednesday blog entry. I commented on her picture and not because I thought I could win but because I really liked her Valentine's Day soaps.


To my surprise, I was the winner!! Woo Hoo how exciting it was to receive the email that I WON!


I received my package at work and my co-workers were laughing at me because I was ripping the box open as if the Hope Diamond was awaiting me. I was so giddy like a kid in a candy store when I saw the soap samples, lotion and lip balm. I LOVE getting soaps from fellow soapmakers. I love to see their creativity in the final product.


So please feel free to shop at Stephanie's website and show her some Honey Soapy Love!


XOXO

Happy Day of Love

I apologize this post comes 4 days after Valentine's Day however I was striken with the stomach bug and so I spent the day on my sofa under a huge blanket. I wanted to share with you my son's contribution for his school's Valentine's Day party via the picture I have posted.

My son couldn't be at school that day because he had an eye appointment that couldn't be missed. However I had him make bags for his friends and we filled it with candy delights. I brought the bag to school and made arrangements for him to come back at dismissal time to get his bag of goodies. How cute was it to see the girls skretch "Juan, Juan we missed you"!! How funny is that to hear 4 and 5 year olds screaming as if they just saw one of stars of Twilight! LOL


I may not have a Valentine's husband or boyfriend, but I have an amazing little boy who is all I need. As a single mom I try hard to teach him at his sweet age to be respectful of girls, although they are icky at this time. I always tell him that you think they are icky now but wait another 10 years, you are going to be mesmorized by them.


XOXO

Soapy Love

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

NYC Snowy Forecast

It has been reported throughout the week that NYC is to expect a snow storm like no other. I normally don't get too excited because our snow storms do not compare to those of when I was a child in the 70's. However, the Dept of Education and my son's school St Joseph's have posted on their websites "SCHOOL IS CLOSED TOMORROW DUE TO THE INCLEMENT WEATHER". I chuckled because as a child I was always sent to school no matter what and of course I was planning the same for my son. I will say that I will report to work tomorrow and my son will stay home with his great grandma. My 87 year old grandmother, bless her heart, is packing up her stuff from her home in Riverdale to spend the next few days in my home to care for my son. It is times like this I appreciate family and appreciate the days we have with her.
I wish all my readers much luck tomorrow and be safe. Oh by the way, how ironic, it was this same woman who would send me to school with a 103 fever and she is the first to call me to tell me to keep my son home!
XOXO

Sunday, February 7, 2010

My Presentation at the HealthPoint Nutrition Center

Part of what I have been doing to get exposure for my budding business, Naturally Good Soaps, I partake in events in the community and try to keep up with Twitter and Facebook. I am aware that this is just one of a few ways to get my mission accomplished. When my HealthCare Nutritionist, Dr Cori Stern-Torres asked that I speak about my business at a workshop she was having on Skin and Beauty, I was elated and jumped on it.

I spent about a week putting ideas together and samples and was excited about the prospects. I even wrote out a little speech like one would do when they are up for a Grammy award.

I have attended a few of Dr Cori's workshops so I understood that she uses the angle of you are what you eat to speak about the specific topic at hand. I also took that approach and started with "Dr Cori is here to get your insides healthy and I am here to get your outsides healthy!" I don't know how I come up with this!! LOL

I really just shared how when we work hard to get our health to a point where we are healthy, not dependant on high blood pressure medication etc, we need to do the same for our skin. Our skin is the protector of our inside organs so why would we want to detroy it? I talked a bit about how when you read a food label, you need to start making this a practice in reading a cosmetic label. I explained how I started my business and for what reasons. I shared that you don't have to spend millions and buy that .5 oz cream that has whale sperm in it for $999.99 to obtain healthy beauty. They laughed, they nodded, they smiled. I welcomed them to their new journey and wished them so much luck.

I will say, I do presentations professionally however this was different. I am not sure it was because I am now feeling like a small business owner with the potential to be successful. All I know is that I liked it and I am ready for more.

XOXO
Soapy Thanks!!

Have Been MIA but For Good Reason

Happy Super Bowl Sunday!

I apologize for being gone since my last blog but I have been busy with good things happening for me and Naturally Good Soaps. However, before I begin, I have taken an oath and will make a committment to blog at least once a week.

Since my last blog I wrote about my ventures with my new approach to my health. I have been seeing Dr Cori Sterns-Torres from the HealthPoint Nutritional Center and in 5 weeks so much has happened. I went in for typical issues, like stress, anxiety, poor body image, Rosecea and insomnia. Boy it seems like a lot when you write it out and read it! In my time with Dr Cori, I have averaged about 1 lb a week of weight loss, sleeping has improved tremendously, energy level is high, stress is manageable, anxiety - what is that? LOL Most importantly, I am liking ME!! As part of my individual plan I had to cut out sugar and flour and that has been difficult but well worth it. Oh yeah how can I forget, my Rosecea seems to be going away slowly. I no longer have glowing red cheeks!

I will continue on this plan for about a year but with a life long of changes and results.

Saturday, January 2, 2010

Happy New Year! Welcome 2010


I begin this blog with an apology for not writing in some time. I have been so caught up with the holidays and taking a week off from work to stay home with my son.


Needless to say I was looking forward to beginning the new year because of all the possibilities that lie ahead of me. I ended 2009 a bit more confident and self assured in my soap business. I also had many sales that just confirmed that I am making the right decision in pursuing my passion. I also was beginning the new year with a visit to Dr. Cori Stern-Torres, at the HealthPoint Nutrition and Chiropractic Center (http://www.healthpointnutrition.com/).


I met Dr. Cori back in May 2008 at a Craft Event where she was talking to people about Nutrition Response Therapy. I went over to her table and she performed a 5 minute analysis and was able to confirm what I thought. She asked that I come in for an evaluation and begin treatment. As with many things I encounter in my life, when something is good for me and it produces positive change for some reason, I back off until I am really ready.


This brings me to November 2009, I was feeling sluggish, fatigued, couldn't lose a pound, horrible cravings for chocolate or any type of sweets. I decided it was time to call Dr. Cori; the best decision I could have made for myself. January 2, 2010 at 11 am I was finally in the office of Dr. Cori and I am glad I was there! After an evaluation and a discussion, the culprit to my blah feelings were SUGAR! Dr. Cori said I had to cut sugar out of my diet and the journey to my health recovery will begin. I didn't know if I should be elated because now I had an answer or if I had to grieve my sweet tooth and my love for cake! In reality, I know it is the best thing for me and I am now more determined than ever to follow through and live a much more sugar free happy life.


I mentioned earlier, that I tend to run from things that are positive because of my insecurities. I can say with confidence that I am so very much looking forward to 2010 for a number of reasons:

1- a healthier lifestyle

2- nurturing my soap business

3- smiling more and feeling better

4- finally taking control of my life and my happiness!


So I say adios to sugar and hello to feeling free!!
Again, I wish you much happiness and success in 2010!!
XOXO
Melissa