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6 Books For A Soulful Summer-Guest Post by Natasha Nurse

6 Books For A Soulful Summer-Guest Post by Natasha Nurse

This week, my friend Natasha of Dressing Room 8 is telling us about some of her favorite summer reads; You Are A Badass has been on my list for awhile and just got moved to the front of the line thanks to Natasha's recommendation! xoxo, Melissa I love to read. No, seriously, I absolutely love to read. Whether it is a funny tweet, a beautiful poem by Maya Angelou, or one of my favorite blogger's recent posts, reading truly makes me happy. Reading is everything to me. Growing up, reading was a must in my household. While other kids were...


How to Help People Affected in The Gulf Area

How to Help People Affected in The Gulf Area

The devastation in the Gulf Area is heartbreaking and I've put together a list of organizations that are helping: Austin Pets Alive! is a wonderful organization that is on the ground helping other shelters as well as pet owners. Houston Food Bank is open again and looking for volunteers; if you are in the area and can spare a few hours, please think about helping out for a few hours. Texas Diaper Bank is a wonderful organization that distributes baby items, diapers, and incontinence supplies. Red Cross makes it very easy to donate, simply text Harvey 10999 (minimum donation is $10). Greater Houston...


Happy National Peach Day

Happy National Peach Day

Today is National Peach Day and what better way to celebrate than with our Summer fragrance? Summer is a blend of juicy peaches, ripe cantaloupe, and sweet freesia; all of the best things about summer.  Since I love all things peach, I thought I would share a few of my favorite peach recipes:  Fresh Peach Margarita from Gimme Some Oven, one of my favorite food blogs ever! Peach Pie from Smitten Kitchen, another favorite food blog for me. Peach Cobbler from Food Network. And last, but definitely not least, Peach Ice Cream from My Recipes.  Do you have a favorite peach recipe?...


A Few Questions With....KidEssence

Melissa Gibson

Tags creative toys, KidEssence, small business, Tricia Lee, women in business

A Few Questions With....KidEssence

Today I'm chatting with Tricia Lee of KidEssence, the owner, and creator of toys that encourage creativity and build self-confidence. Please keep these amazing toys in mind when doing your holiday shopping this year! Does the name KidEssence have a special meaning? Yes, the dictionary defines the word "essence" as the intrinsic nature or indispensable quality of something that determines its character.  Our brand is all about empowering children through creative and pretend play.  Studies show that these two types of play are crucial in a child's development for many reasons- the major being is that it is the way...


Time to escape to the tropics....

Melissa Gibson

Tags fragrance, inspiration, Melee, perfume, willow

Time to escape to the tropics....

I love all the fragrances I create, but some more than others (I'm talking about you, Adele and Willow!) Some don't work with my body chemistry and sometimes I forget how good one smells. Last week, I was spending the day restocking Melee and I thought "it smells so good in here" and at the end of the day, I sprayed a bit on and found myself sniffing my arm over and over again! I fell absolutely in love with Melee again and have been wearing it pretty much every day since rediscovering it! Melee is a blend of lemongrass,...