As many of you know I own a small body care business called LüSa Organics. As the photos above will attest, we have a pretty good time at it, too.
Named after our kids Lupine and Sage (forgive me for no Sage photos, he's a duck-and-run-for-cover kind of kid when it comes to being photographed), LüSa Organics is what Pete and I both have done for work ever since we took that exciting/risky/crazy leap into self-employment more than eight years ago.
Our little company supports our family and helps support four other families in our community. Countless times during the past eight years Pete and I have looked at each other beaming with fingers crossed and whispered, "The experiment is working!"
Because it is an experiment. To leave the safety of health insurance and pensions and a guaranteed income behind. To take a leap of faith into that dark abyss and believe there will be a net beneath you when you need it.
And so far there has been.
The net that catches our family day after day is there because of customers who love what we make and are loyal to LüSa.
From their baby's first bath and every diaper change, to caring for themselves each day, to nurturing their loved ones.
What an honor to be trusted like that. It's something we'll never take for granted.
I'm not sure how many of you found your way to my blog because of my business or my business because of this blog - or how many of you only read here and have yet to discover LüSa.
Those of you that have found your way to my business I want to thank you. It means so much to have you rooting for our family from wherever you call home.
And literally supporting us. Voting for this one little company and the people behind it with every purchase. We're humbled and oh so grateful.
Today I launched a new line that I've devoted much of the past three months to imagining, testing, and perfecting, a holiday line called Yule.
Creations like fizzing bath truffles made with organic arrowroot and essential oils. An allover body balm in a sturdy - yet biodegradable - paperboard tube. And wooden essential oil diffusers to freshen up your closet or car.
It's been an unbelievable amount of work, and and inordinate amount of fun. My shower is bursting with prototypes of organic body scrubs and oils and soaps! (Hard life. I know.)
And I'm here this morning with two missions: one, to encourage you to support small, family-owned businesses this holiday season (mine or those local to you).
And two, to offer a small token of thanks to you for coming here and reading my words, for leaving your comments, for encouraging me along this journey.
Today I am giving away a Yule Nourish gift collection - a rich organic body oil, decadent sugar scrub, moisturizing soap, and "Peace on Earth" room diffuser to one lucky reader.
Like all of the Yule line, the collection comes in your choice of scent: Clementine & Clove or Frankincense & Myrrh.
To enter simply leave a comment below. If you share this post or a link to our holiday products via Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, other social media - or something more old-school like a phone call or email - you can leave a second comment letting me know how you shared for a second entry.
I'll select a winner later this week.
Comments are now closed. The winner is Tamika A. who said:
I would love to win this! Lusa is on my holiday wish list this year again, hopefully family listens!! Thank you for the opportunity. (I totally have been brushing my teeth with your soap for over a month now...you were right lol, it works great!)
And for everyone here today, simply type "Clean Blog Gift" in the comments field of your next LuSa order (before December 1) and we'll add something special, just for you. With our thanks.
Truly. I thank you.