A place to mix the latest holistic enlightenment with the cutest pair of boho
earrings. Where budget friendly DIY projects sit juxtaposed to glamorous vacation spots and
enlightend retreats. We strive for simplicity but yearn for more and somewhere in the middle
is where you will find Lumiere - The light.
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The Santos dolls take their name from the Spanish word for Saint, and are also known as Santons (French) and Santibelli (Italian). The Santos that started the genre of dolls we currently represent (primarily Spanish Colonial and Western European style), were originally started as copies of 17th century carvings by priests. Originally, Santos were created for use as in-home altars. They were needed in small villages that did not have a priest, as well as for when it was not possible to travel to church, such as during times of war. Their development flourished in Europein the 1700's and 1800's, primarily due to these wars.
Santos dolls are closely related to the Crèche figures, which were implemented in Italy by St Francis of Assisi, during the 13th century. However, the Crèche are primarily associated with Italian and French nativity and crib scenes. Crèche scenes are still elaborately displayed throughout Italy and in parts of France, most notably in Provence.
Discovery of the New World
European Santos dolls were also brought to the Latin Americas during the Colonial age of Spain's settling of The New World. Many of these original dolls, along with the art that inspired them, were destroyed while trying to settle the West. Therefore, antiques in good shape are rare and very expensive. It is not uncommon to see an antique Santos bring 4 and 5 digit figures. In more recent years, fine and folk art has emerged to replace these dolls. Santos dolls are designed and created by "Santeros" or "Santonniers" (loosely 'saint maker'). As the art form has progressed, the Santos has become recognized as a true artistic doll. Some dolls are rustic carvings, while others have magnificent details.
Santos, particularly the females, exhibit a most loving expression that is also complex and thoughtful. Their shape is often rustic in nature, yet with delicate details. The dolls emulate the image of Christ, The Virgin Mary, Patron Saints, as well as other notable figures in biblical history. There are very few original Santos Dolls still around. If found, they run in the thousands of dollar range. Still an art today, very nice reproductions are usually made of wood and resin (for the detailing of the faces and hands) and often hand-made or hand-painted.
*article from the Santos Cage Doll website
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April 11, 2015 by Lisa Wolf
Branded promotional products are a huge part of business but knowing why, when, who, and what is a huge part of making the right impact on your target. T-Shirts and water bottles are great give-aways for most audiences and you can procure them easily from many sources like promo product distributors and online shops. Great options for trade shows, group give-aways, and events, but, not perfect in all situations.
There are key business opportunities where a high quality, designer, or carefully curated gift should be selected. International clientelle, C-Level executives, and Top Performers often require something different from the usual give-ways or something found in your company store. Certain business situations require elegant, understated, and impactful items to achieve desired results. Those results might be to convey the image of the giving company, to thank someone for work well done, or to incent them to continue to purchase from you or be a top seller.
Although everyone can use a cool new plastic pen and the value of the impression from those in high volumes is certainly a plus, there are those occasions where something different, maybe unique, personalized, high quality and thoughtfully selected is the right choice.
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In the world of Direct Sales and Successful Women Entrepreneurs, if we are going to talk about firsts, then we must talk about one of America's most influential women, Mary Kay.
"As an entrepreneur and a philanthropist, she started her business from a tiny store in Dallas, Texas, with five products and one big dream. That dream was to inspire women to transform their lives, and in doing so, help other women achieve success." Today, there are more than 3 million Independent Beauty Consultants, Mary Kay offers more than 200 premium products in more than 35 countries around the world.
Recognized today as America’s greatest woman entrepreneur, Mary Kay Ash stepped out into a man’s world in 1963 to blaze a new path for women. She grew her business based not on the rules of competition but on The Golden Rule. By “praising people to success” and “sandwiching every bit of criticism between two heavy layers of praise,” this energetic Texan opened new opportunities for women around the world and built a multibillion-dollar corporation. And after fifty years, her timeless people-centered philosophies drive her global Company and continue to touch the lives of people worldwide.
My Aunt was a Mary Kay rep in the 80s. A school teacher by day and a beauty consultant in the evenings and weekends. It was a great side job. As a young girl, it was inspiring to watch and help my Aunt with her business and I'm sure is a large part of my entreprenureal spirit. Working as women entrepreneurs or with Direct Sales companies can not only be great jobs for women and especially moms, but, it's also an opportunity to empower young ladies by showing you can be a good mom and a successful professional. It's hard, but, if you love what you do and you love the company you work for (as many Mary Kay reps have said), then it's all worth it.
Today's Selling Tip
"Business referral exchange program. By partnering or teaming up with other businesses or consultants in your area, you not only generate more brand exposure, but increase sales. Create relationships with other businesses that compliment your products/services where you recommend each other’s services/products and may consider offering special promotions for each other’s products/services to your customers."
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Time to thank your clients for a great year and show appreciation to your staff and co-workers. Let us help take the guess work out of Holiday Business Gift Giving with these twelve days of Christmas suggestions. Contact us for more details.
One: Box of Chocolate Truffles
Two: Warm Micro Mink Blanket
Three: Stainless Steel Mug with Hot Chocolate
Four: Ultimate Food Gift Towers
Five: Cozy Touch Screen Gloves
Six: Handy Wine Bottle Opener
Seven: High Tech Power Bank
Eight: Colorful Earbuds
Nine: Trendy Travel Bag
Ten: Delicious Fruit and Cheese Basket
Eleven: Tiffany & Co. Ornament
Twelve: Experience Gift Certificate
Originally Posted on November 4, 2014 for Wolf Marketing VIP Gifts [email protected]
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by Alex Sandra Myles
1.Write a handwritten note and post it to someone you haven’t been in touch with for a while.
2.Make someone a Birthday or celebration cake.
3.Volunteer for the day, a local dog shelter, home for the elderly or at a soup kitchen for the homeless.
4.Take a bus or train to a town, village or city that you’ve never visited. Just go to the station and get on the next one that comes in.
5.Learn meditation, yoga, Pilates or something new that you’ve never tried.
6.Make a scrapbook, print out photographs, emails and attach keepsakes.
7.Go to an outdoor weekend music festival. And sleep under the stars.
8.Learn to play a musical instrument.
9.Spend a whole day in bed watching movies, reading books and snuggling with a loved one.
10.Look up your family tree and find out what you can learn about your ancestors.
11.Sign up for a local community class, learn something new and meet other people who live in your area at the same time.
12.Forgive someone who has hurt you. And maybe let them know.
13.Plant seeds and grow something in a window box or the garden. If possible start a small vegetable garden.
14.Compliment a stranger, it will possibly make their day.
15.Read an old classic. Choose one that’s always caught your attention and be patient if you don’t get into it straight away.
16.Start your own or join a book club.
17.Go to a museum, the cinema or a restaurant alone. Enjoy your own company.
18.Bake cookies and share them at work, when visiting friends or give them to a neighbour that may be on their own.
19.Make your own birthday, anniversary, valentines or celebration cards.
20.Go mountain climbing, hiking, or a long forest walk.
21.Eat lunch outdoors, pack a picnic in a hamper, sit by a lake, the sea, go to a local park or lay out a blanket in the garden.
22.Roller skate. Hire or buy a pair and have fun while toning up.
23.Let someone else order for you in a restaurant. Or cook something you would never normally try.
24.Call someone you haven’t spoken to in a while and make plans to visit.
25.For a period of time, a week, a month or all year, only shop locally. Purchase free-range, ethical and fair-trade goods, buy from independent retailers, at farmer’s markets and give handcrafted creations as presents.
26.Invent your own cocktail, purchase your favourite ingredients and try out something new. Adorn it with umbrellas, fancy stirrers and edible glitter.
27.Play a board game with friends or family. Scrabble, Monopoly and Trivial Pursuit sadly get forgotten due to technology. They are timeless classics and a great way to spend quality time together.
28.Swap the car for a bike for the day. So much more can be absorbed when cycling, plus it’s great exercise.
29.Attend an open mic night. Great entertainment and can be the perfect way to meet new people too.
30.Donate to charity, whether it’s clothes you no longer wear, blankets to the local dog shelter or a sack of carrots to donkeys in India. There are charities everywhere grateful for anything. Even if it’s a $1 donation—it all helps.
31.Make homemade bread. It’s very simple and completely delicious.
32.Switch off all phones, laptops and technology devices. Find different ways to communicate with those close to us and spend quality time with yourself or with others.
33.Have a major clear out. De-clutter, if it’s not pretty, useful or it hasn’t been used in the last 6 months, be ruthless, let it go.
34.Write out a will, a little morbid to think about but it will give you great peace of mind.
35.Take all old books and magazines to a local waiting room, for others to read. Write a note in the front of a book and leave in a public place for others to take on and enjoy and then they can do the same when they’ve finished.
36.Take your camera with you for a whole day and capture everything and anything that takes your interest.
37.Attend a food or wine tasting festival. Most cities hold these events and they are usually free to attend and a great way to try new tastes.
38.Hold a mini movie festival at home. Invite your best friends, tell them to bring a movie they love and spend a whole afternoon and evening together curled up chatting, eating and drinking and sharing old favourites.
39.Organise a clean up with neighbours. Choose a particular hot spot that has turned into an eyesore and get a few people involved to help out. It won’t take long, will be enjoyable working together and you’ll be amazed at the difference a few hours teamwork can make.
40.Get a few friends together and take a ball to the park. Play soccer, rounders, cricket or basketball and ask everyone to bring something to add to a small outdoor snack/picnic afterwards.
41.Make your own soup—nothing tastes better. Especially if you add your homemade bread.
42.Learn a new language, especially if it’s of a country you plan to visit.
43.Go for a swim (if you don’t already.) Or try a brand new water-based activity, water/jet skiing, surfing, canoeing, sailing, kayaking.
44.Skip! It’s free, burns a heap of calories and can be done anywhere.
45.Take a road trip—pack a few necessities, take a map and set out on adventure with no set destination. Explore and investigate different places along the way.
46.Camp out—choose a time when the weather is good, take a barbeque set and sleeping bags and a portable radio. Relax with nature and leave all technology behind.
47.Read the community newsletter or noticeboards. Find out what’s going on locally and get involved in a new activity.
48.Try a new look—choose a new hairstyle or try wearing clothes that you like but wouldn’t normally wear.
49.Write a list of everything we appreciate. Sometimes things can go unnoticed and it’s a great way of becoming more aware and then passing on the gratitude.
50.Watch a sunset, sunrise or both. Find a spot with a good view and settle down with a friend or loved one and enjoy.
51.Write down your life plan. It doesn’t have to be specific, or even achievable. Just a guide for all the things you would like to do and then you can tick and cross off the ones that you want to work towards.
52.Take time out to let those around you know they are loved. Call up, write letters, visit and send the message out strong and clear to those that are most important to you.
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Get ready for an energy, metabolism and detox morning boost with this morning shot recipe.
1 part unsweetened cranberry juice
1 part water
1 tsp or capful of Braggs Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 fresh squeezed lemon
Optional add ons...
1/4 tsp bee pollen (super food plus adds sweetness)
1/2 tsp wheat grass powder
Fresh shaved ginger root (adds some heat)
You can drink it as a full glass but I prefer to make it concentrated and take it as a shot. Get ready to sweat (a little) and pee (a lot). Huge metabolism boost detoxifier and full of natures super foods. You can do it before meals or I just take a shot first thing in the morning to get the day going on a super healthy note.