Planning an at Home Spa Day

5 Mar

shutterstock_158316041The other day we were featured on the TODAY SHOW on a segment about planning an at home spa day.  It got me thinking what a great idea that is … especially in winter where we are all feeling a little “blah” and could use a pick me up.  I love taking a Sunday afternoon for a little “me” time where I do some DIY beauty treatments at home.  It helps if you do a little planning ahead of time.

When planning your at home spa day, why not start off with a personalized spa wrap or waffle weave robe?  I know they always make me feel like I am in “spa mode” when I have them on. Ours were featured on the TODAY SHOW for the spa segment.

I love to get ideas from Pinterest for my spa treatments.  For some great facial ideas, I love the ideas on this DIY Facial Treatment site.  My favorite pick-me-up facial from the site is a great way to revive your skin:


  • 4 tbsp coffee grounds (not instant)
  • 1/4 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

(You can substitute the yogurt with whole milk, and substitute the olive oil with honey or lemon juice.)


  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. The result should be a pasty consistency.
  2. Apply to face gently, with a circular motion.
  3. Cover your entire face, excluding the lips and let sit for 20 minutes.
  4. Rinse with warm water and pat face dry.

What are some at home spa treatments you love?  Share your favorites with me in the comments below!




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We Hear You!

2 Mar

feb2015-weHearYou-3Perhaps you’ve noticed?  After an order is placed, a quick online survey is available for you to take and submit your comments.  But did you realize that we really read each and every comment every week?  We care about your answers and, in fact, many of the suggestions we have received have actually been implemented.

Everyone has a different experience when they place an online order – on any website.  For our website, since we offer thousands of items with many options for each product, the ability to customize creates a unique shopping experience depending on the choices made and the manner in which one navigates.

We love to hear your personal experiences and we truly are dedicated to understanding the positives and negatives.  Of course, we want everyone’s experience to be as positive as possible so we are always working on achieving the easiest and most positive work flow at all times.

Some of the questions we ask on the survey include:

How our website experience compares to other websites you might have visited. How ofter you visit our website and how you heard about us?  How you would rank your visit to our website?  How easy it was to find the items you were looking for?   Did you encounter any problems ordering?  And what you would recommend we improve or change?

We get many replies every week and some offer very specific suggestions and comments.  We review each of these comments with our Process Improvement Committee and refer back to the order the client placed to truly understand what was ordered and how the comment or suggestion came about.  Some of the customer suggested changes we have recently implemented was to add more Online Previews to our products and also adding creating a Studio Rewards program as we saw many comments from regular customers who wanted to participate in a rewards program to reward their loyalty.

So, in other words, We Hear You! And we want to hear more from you!  Always feel free to send us a note through our Contact Us section on our website and either I or one of our caring customer service staff members will gladly reach out to you to see how we can be of service.

Best wishes,


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Personalized Books for All Ages

23 Feb

Who doesn’t love seeing their name in print?  A personalized book is that perfect gift that will be enjoyed as a special keepsake.  We have personalized books that would be absolutely perfect for anyone on your list, from toddler to grandparent.

For the young child, a thoughtful present is a kids story book in which they are the star.  They will look forward to hearing this story over and over again.  Our new collection of soft cover story books offer unique personalized stories for all ages.  These books are in full color are beautifully made and bound.  Each is a journey of discovery where the child’s name appears within both the story and images.

feb2015-books-kidsWe especially love the Big Brothers are Great and the Big Sisters are Great books as they are special stories and give the older child a little extra attention when the new baby arrives.  In The Magical Bookcase Story Book the child’s name is featured as everyday he or she goes to visit somewhere new.  They will explore and learn about many interesting locations such as fishing in Alaska on Monday and seeing the hippos and mud baths in Africa on Thursday.  In Your Personalized Letter to Santa and the Tooth Fairy Story, there are many hours of joy to come.

Our Personalized Once Upon a Time Fairy Tales is a beautiful book designed as a premium gift, bound in a luxurious purple hard cover, embossed with gold foil. Each story throughout this collection has been illustrated in a variety of artistic styles. We include your child’s name within each of these and have left the stories themselves in their traditional forms; keeping their authenticity while also creating a truly unique and authentic collection of fairy tales. With a foreword that provides history of the stories themselves this book can be treasured long after the tales have been outgrown.  You can add an optional inscription to the child on title page of the book.

An ideal commemorative gift favorite is our Washington Post and LA Times reproductions in a bound elegant 12.5″ x 15″ burgundy hard cover book keepsake gift.  A favorite gift we love for special birthdays is the Personalized Washington Post Birthday Edition Book and the Personalized Los Angeles Times Birthday Edition Book.  It’s the perfect gift for anyone who’s ever wondered what was making the headlines on each and every one of their birthdays.

These elegantly bound books are personalized with the recipient’s name and the selected date in gold on the front cover of the book.   The inside cover page can also be personalized with a special gift message.   They can, of course, mark any special or memorable date — such as an anniversary or graduation date too.  We offer books of the top Baseball teams and Football teams, too.

feb2015-books-communionAnd, for those interested in a religious keepsake, we now offer a personalized Holy Bible which makes a meaningful gift for milestones in a loved one’s life. Commemorate a Christening, First Communion, Confirmation or Wedding with this King James Bible.  We have covers available in white, red or black with a foil imprint to celebrate the special day. On the inside page, we can print a personal message to express your congratulations or share a meaningful quote.

Books are a wonderful way to let someone know they are special.  They are certainly a present that will be enjoyed and saved for a lifetime and can bring great joy to the recipient.

Best wishes,


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