Summers around here are not nearly as lazy as I'd like them to be. For us it means two-a-day swim practices for my daughter, work and tennis tournaments for my son, and rolling out the next product for me. We've had a major upheaval around here, but I try to live by this quote, "Seek laughter when your heart is broken, so you can travel through life with a heart mended by joy." I try to seek and find joy every day, even in the smallest things.
My newest lip balm making kit is simply called SUMMER and is available on our website now! This mini kit flavor profile includes: Organic Coconut, Organic Lime and All Natural Mint. Additionally we include a packet of zinc oxide powder so you can add a little sun protection if you desire. These kits are available now for $14.99
Additionally, with my new life circumstances, I am rebranding and will no longer be associated with Classic Distributing Company / ContempoHome. "Who am I now?" I kept asking myself as I searched for the perfect new name? The answer was so simple. I am who I have always been. I have been @juliewithgemis since MySpace days, and you'll still find me on social media this way. These days it's all about simplifying life and this could not be more simple.
I hope you all enjoy a glorious summer!
If I thought February was crazy, you should have seen March! My family's whole world turned upside down with my husband's decision to depart from our home. (Yes, you read that correctly.) It's not usual for one to talk family tragedy in a business forum. But this is not your normal business, and I am not your normal business owner. If you've been following my newly launched business and blog, then you know that this business's foundation is our family. The home that is our logo was built together with my wasband. (I like that term better than EX, don't you?) So what does one do when everything is in a state of flux and you aren't sure where all the cards will land? Well -- you turn to shiny beautiful things that make you happy. You turn to scents and flavors that make you feel healthy and whole. And you bring it to the people and hope they'll like it. Because never, in the history of a lip balm making kit, has one been designed with so much good intention.
Introducing our newest Mini Kit - Spring Bling. This kit includes organic flavors from Nature's Flavors. As usual, all the flavors complement each other and are delightful to mix and match. Lemon is known to promote happiness, Honey cures what ails you, and Violets have been known to heal the heart. Here's to that!
And if these wonderful flavors weren't enough, we're introducing something really fun --- BALM BLING!! Each kit will arrive with adhesive jewels to brighten your balm and bring a smile to those you share it with.
Every kit arrives with 3 oz of our fabulous All Natural lip balm base; 8 lip balm tubes; 3 flavors, labels, bling, and all the supplies you need to create the perfect lip balm. This kit will retail for $15.99 (though if you use promocode URDABALM20, you'll get a discount.) It is currently available only on our website, but will be on Amazon soon.
It's a perfect kit for Mother's Day fun and I hope you enjoy it!
Ideally, when you launch a product, you hope to gain enough momentum that you don't have to second guess yourself, or do things twice and just get a nice flow of product shipments going. Ideally. But in the real world, you have house guests, and the flu, and your teenagers' activities, and you have an awesome holiday planned with your bff from college. And the lip balm tubes don't arrive on time; and the orange flavor that previously seemed to do ok in the plastic dropper bottle decided to disintegrate after all. So sometimes life gets in the way of a successful business. And sometimes things go wrong. But considering I like the smell of oranges, February was a pretty glorious month (aside from the flu) and I appreciate all of you customers, old and new, who helped to make it so.
I had the pleasure of stomping around the UK for a week, so I'll leave you with this photo of the beautiful Edinburgh.
Next week I'll be launching my latest product, but in the meantime, I just wanted to say, hey. :)
Several months ago, my friend and I launched a line of lip balm kits on Amazon. We designed, launched and sold all our inventory in less than 3 months. In that time, we decided that we value our friendship over our business ...so here I go again on my own.
Now we are competitors and I'm either brave or stupid. Business is funny that way. But it is JUST business. It's not the time we spent bouy-ing each other up during those identity-crisis college years. It's not standing next to each other at our weddings. It's not watching each other become grown-ass adults, mothers and strong successful women. It's not the hours spent on Marco Polo or holidays to foreign places with countless laughs and really bad carpool karaoke. It's just business. Sometimes people forget that. But we have not. And I'm really proud of that. And I'm excited to see where it leads us both.
I'm also really proud of this line of lip balm kits I'm about to launch. They have taken on a life of their own and as I rolled around in the re-branding I kept saying this is Totally rad...because I do live San Fernando Valley adjacent, after all. So of COURSE the brand HAD to be called TOTALLY Balm. Because it is, totally.
For now, I am launching some kits aimed at all you cupid's out there. A little Valentine's Day joy. A mini-kit to bring to your favorite DIY'er and a Classroom Kit to give to friends and fellow classmates in lieu of un-sanctioned candy. The products will be available on Amazon as soon as I can figure out how to launch the listing (learning curve). So stay tuned...there will be specials for all you friends and family.
Classic Distributing Company has been our family business for over 35 years now. I've watched my father-in-law grow this business with his sons. In addition to a lot of blessings and good luck, I believe they have been successful in business because they diversify with the things they love. Their joy of automobiles is evident when you visit their garages. 18 years ago, Mike and I ventured beyond the garage to create our home from scratch. We've built our life here and feel that we have developed something unique. I'm excited to invite you to the launch of our Contemporary Home product line. Our dream is to bring you products we love to use in our home. Products that enhance our health, bring us joy and make our life the very best it can be. We're just getting started, so please join us on this new journey, and welcome to our home! Wishing you good health, good times and a very good life!