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Bathhouse Soapery

I love to travel. I love the adventure of discovering new places and meeting new people.  If I had to choose my favorite part of the entire experience it would be keeping it local. When my husband and I travel we seek out locally owned businesses.  We stay, eat and shop local.

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It doesn’t take long to figure out you have met someone who is following the desires of their heart.  All you have to do is ask a simple question about their business.  Their eyes light up and they almost bubble over with enthusiasm over the simplest request.  I understand that big box companies serve a need in communities…but small businesses draw communities together and they are what make America great!

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On a recent trip through the Ozarks we stopped in Hot Springs, Arkansas.  The weather was perfect for a little pedestrian activity. Hot Springs is known for their…well, Hot Springs! In the early 1900’s a beautiful row of stone bath houses were constructed. The remaining structures are now part of a National Historic Landmark District and represent the grandest bath houses in North America.

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After walking through the bath houses we decided to do a little local shopping.  Directly across the street from bathhouse row I discovered the perfectly placed Bathhouse Soapery & Caldarium. The place was buzzing with activity. I was about to get my shopping therapy on….

As I meandered around the displays touching and smelling all of the soaps and lotions I eavesdropped on a few conversations…now before you go judging me…it was only so I could get a feel for how people felt about the product.

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I discovered most of the patrons were regulars…although this business is strategically located to capture the tourist dollar, most of the people in the store on this busy Saturday were repeat customers.

Soap Bars

At first I was drawn in by the simple window display and the activity going on inside.  The soft color palette of the walls, the chandeliers and fixtures were visually appealing.  The depth of the color of the soaps and scrubs reminded me of the display case at my favorite Gelato shop.  Finally, the girls working in the store were genuinely friendly and exceedingly helpful.

Bath Bar

Needless to say, my shopping experience was memorable.  I selected a half-dozen luxurious handmade soaps; cloud, Moroccan vanilla, peppermint rosemary, honey almond and vanilla oatmeal.  They were individually wrapped in pretty paper and hand labeled.   I created my own blend of scrubs, dripping pear and Cleopatra.  They were mixed and packed in sweet little jars and labeled. I love that each item was labeled so I can re-order my favorites. Maybe even join the soap of the month club…well I don’t think they have one but I could start my own.

Soon, I will plan my own personal spa day, complete with luxurious soaps, scrubs, scented candles, a cup of tea and a terry bathrobe.  All purchased on my travels across America, made by true artisans, sold in locally owned shops.

Street ViewHappy Shopping…Keep it Local!

 

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Historic Bathhouse Row…

Hot Springs Arkansas is home to Bathhouse Row. This row of buildings are a beautiful collection of eclectic architecture in the neoclassical, renaissance revival, Spanish and Italianate styles. Bathhouse Row is a National Historic Landmark and part of Hot Springs National Park.

Buckstaff-BathouseAre you thinking about planning a Spa vacation…you might include Hot Springs in your list of potential spa experiences. The hot springs are known for their therapeutic healing minerals.

Quapaw BathsThe Quapaw Baths and Spa offer a unique way to experience the hot springs mineral baths. The name comes from the local Indian Tribe that once resided in Arkansas.

Quapaw 2The architecture of these buildings is stunning…Most of the bath houses began to fall into disrepair in the 1960’s when therapeutic bathing began to decline in popularity. Restoration of the baths began in the 1980’s by the parks service. Currently the renovated buildings are leased out for commercial enterprises.

FordycePeople have been enjoying thermal baths for centuries.  Thermal baths are well-known in Europe but are also found in Hungary, Canada, Mexico, Iceland, England as well as many locations in America.

Superior BathsWishing you safe travels!

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Let Freedom Ring…

Happy 4th of July…

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My country, ’tis of thee,
Sweet land of liberty,
Of thee I sing;
Land where my fathers died,
Land of the pilgrims’ pride,
From ev’ry mountainside
Let freedom ring!
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My native country, thee,
Land of the noble free,
Thy name I love;
I love thy rocks and rills,
Thy woods and templed hills;
My heart with rapture thrills,
Like that above.
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Let music swell the breeze,
And ring from all the trees
Sweet freedom’s song;
Let mortal tongues awake;
Let all that breathe partake;
Let rocks their silence break,
The sound prolong.
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Our fathers’ God to Thee,
Author of liberty,
To Thee we sing.
Long may our land be bright,
With freedom’s holy light,
Protect us by Thy might,
Great God our King.

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Furniture Friday…Certified Organic!

I purchased two chairs on the last day of an Estate Sale…The minute I saw them I knew what I would do with them. 

Then I hit a snag…finding the time to do a seemingly simple project.

My biggest dilemma  was whether or not to paint the chairs…painting a chair is not as easy as it sounds…there are nooks, crannies, spindles and carved legs to deal with…and truth be told my attention span is more suited to painting a box.

This morning I made the decision to move forward with the project…no paint, just recover the seat cushions. 

Here it is an hour later and the project is finished and I am drafting my blog and ready to link up to Miss Mustard Seeds Furniture Friday Blog…

I am really happy that I did not paint the chairs…they look great with the original finish and the certified organic burlap coffee bag seat cover.  New dilemma…keep them or take them to shop?

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Shabby Chic Junktiques

1 girl + 2 cups of coffee + city-wide yard sale = shabby chic junktiques!

shabby chic junktiques

On this particular excursion I did not score a truck load of treasures…but it is not always about the quantity.  Today I was looking for a bit of texture and filler for the booth. 

Today I picked up three vintage door knockers, a paper towel holder, a wire basket, a vintage pestle, a hanging votive holder, a metal stool and a couple of metal buckets. 

The items I picked have great potential for repurposing.  The door knockers would make beautiful pulls for an oversized antique cabinet.  The paper towel holder would make a sweet jewelry holder.  The metal buckets will look great filled with spring flowers or assorted soda bottles. The wire basket would look great filled with jars of homemade preserves. 

Do you enjoy finding new uses for old things? 

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Making a Difference Became a Day to Remember

Making a difference became a day to remember in the life of a family, a business and a community and it all began with an idea. 

One person had an idea.  Which prompted them to take action.  Along the way others were encouraged to join in…Thought + Action = Change!

CHAGRIN FALLS, Ohio (AP) — It began quietly, as an email to 40 friends.

But when a steady stream of customers began coming through the door before the family owned Chagrin Hardware had even opened for the day on Saturday, it was clear that it had turned into much more than that.

The idea started with Jim Black, a resident of Chagrin Falls, a close-knit village in Cleveland’s eastern suburbs that is part artist colony and part bedroom community. Black posted the email to a group of his friends. “Let’s show our support for one of our local businesses,” he wrote. “I challenge everyone to spend AT LEAST $20 at the hardware on the 21st.”

Although his email referred to the idea of a “Cash Mob” or the notion to “Occupy CF Hardware,” he really had no political agenda. And it wasn’t meant as a protest against the big-box stores that have created an ever-tightening circle around the community.

It was just a way to thank Chagrin Hardware’s owners for a beloved shop that has been a fixture in the village since 1857. (read the rest of the story)

My challenge to you…Every week for the remainder of 2o12, choose one locally owned and operated retail or service related establishment in your community and commit to spend $20 with them.  This might mean you purchase your lightbulbs from the locally owned hardware store instead of the big box chain store.  You could pick up your fresh fruits and vegetables from the local farmers market.  You could spend your entertainment $$ with a locally owned restaurant.  You might try out the locally owned coffee shop, bakery or resale shop.  If you’re going to spend the $$ anyway, why not spend them with a locally owned business and support your neighbor and your community. 

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A-Z Archive: G! Challenge…Glass

A-Z Archive: G! Challenge…Glass

This week’s topic for our “A-Z Archive” photo challenge: the “G” archive: introduce one photo of your archive with a “G” Keyword. – I’m sure you’ll find a picture: tag with “A-Z Archive” and put a link on your page to FrizzText, so we’ll get a trackback-list including your post!

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Other Interpretations of the “G”! Challenge…

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http://2e0mca.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/a-z-archive-g-challenge/

http://francineinretirement.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/graffiti-art/

http://withoutstringstied.wordpress.com/2012/02/14/a-z-archive-g-challenge/

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Made in America…Slinky!

Made in America…Slinky!  The Original Slinky…Walking Spring Toy
Made in America…Slinky

Made in America since 1945!

Made in America…Slinky!

Very affordable…under $5

 
Made in America…Slinky!

Hours of fun for Boys and Girls!

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Made in America…Tervis Tumblers

Made In America...Tervis Tumblers

My favorite drinking glass in no longer made of glass.  For as long as I can remember I have always preferred drinking out of a glass.  Of course I would drink out of plastic or paper cups when the situation required it.  Such as a day at the beach or a picnic might call for one of those red Solo Cups.  Of course fast food chains always serve up drinks in plastic cups.  When in Rome…do as the romans do.  When at home…I am drinking out of a glass.  Well that was until about a year ago when I discovered a new drink receptacle.  The Made in America… Tervis Tumbler!!!

Have you heard of this wonderful American manufactured product?  The Tervis Tumbler!  The Tervis company was founded in 1946 in Detroit.  The product rights were sold in the 1950’s and by 1967 the Tervis Tumbler Corporation was Incorporated.  All Tervis products are made in North Venice, Florida.  This family owned and operated company employees over 700 people.  The company celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2011.

The Tervis Tumblers are smart cups that come with a variety of features.  They keep cold drinks cold and hot drinks hot.   They don’t leave drink rings on the furniture.  They are virtually unbreakable and are dishwasher safe.  Also replacing those disposable plastic or paper cups with a Tervis Tumbler is good for our environment. 

The Tervis design department has done a stellar job of adding color and fun to the Tervis brand.  You can choose a tumbler that exudes your personality or the mood of the day.  You can choose from seasonal themes or your favorite sports team.  Your Tervis Tumbler can let people know that you are a dog lover, country girl, deck diva or jersey girl.    The individual designs make it easy for me to remember which glass is mine especially when we have a gathering of friends.  And they are so much cuter than the old red Solo cup.   I personally have replaced all of our plastic drinking glasses with Tervis Tumblers as well as most of our glass drinking glasses.

Here are a few of the Tervis Tumblers that keep our cold drinks cold and our warm drinks warm….

Made In America...Tervis Tumblers

 

I purchased my Tervis products at Bed, Bath and Beyond. You can check out these local retailers in your area to purchase your Tervis products.   One word of warning…Once you try out this incredible Made in America product you may never drink from another glass again.

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Vintage Americana…It’s Who I Am

Vintage Americana...Because I Am

Vintage Americana… It’s who I amLet me just start off by saying that I grew up in the 1960’s.  My Parents were probably 20 years old, that’s really young,  when they built their first house.  Needless to say I grew up in a home with modern furnishings.  I will admit I grew to have a love/hate/hate relationship with avocado green and goldenrod yellow.  Which are two colors I still avoid to this day.

However, I am drawn to so many things vintage.  I love vintage jewelry and vintage coats.  I admire the simple straight lines of vintage furniture.  I love 60’s music; the Mamas and Papas, the Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Byrd’s.  I admire the playful patterns on Pyrex bowls and the exuberant colors of Fiestaware.  My own preference for vintage bowls leans to TexasWare.  TexasWare is made of melamine, a type of hard plastic.  They are light and durable.  They were made in a variety of colors and are highly collectable.  Thanks in part to Rachel Ray’s infamous garbage bowl.

I love the combination of chrome and vinyl dinette sets.  They remind me of the days when our family would stop in for dinner at the Airline Diner on old Hwy 61 just outside of New Orleans.  They also remind me of the many times my Dad would take the family to the Frostop, this is the actual place,  for Root beer Floats and Ice Cream Cones.  I remember they had car hops and the best root beer floats I have ever tasted.  They were served in frosted mugs…and the root beer was creamy and foamy and yummy!

Now I hope I haven’t given you the impression that my house is loaded down with vintage americana like this house or that I drive a Hippie Van.  On the contrary, I like including a single piece of vintage americana where you least expect to see it.  Which was my intent when I asked Mr. Clause for a 1961 light blue AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio for Christmas.  I had my eye on a 1940’s Hippo radio. Very funky and definitely a conversation starter.  But the little voice in my head reminded me that I would also need an alarm clock…the hippo is only a radio…which led me to be more practical.  If you can call buying a 1960’s vintage AM/FM Alarm Clock Radio practical.  Mr. Clause came through with the highly sought after vintage clock radio.

Vintage Americana...Admiral AM/FM Clock Radio

Now I realize that this little beauty isn’t everyone’s taste…but she reminds me of some very sweet memories I have of weekends spent sleeping over at my cousin’s house.  We would spend the days riding our bikes around the neighborhood picking thistles…why, I do not know…swinging as high as we could go on the backyard swingset…watching the late late movie and then crawling into bed and talking and laughing while listening to the radio until we fell asleep.

I am enamored with vintage americana because It’s who I am

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