Monday, December 7, 2009

Randi Gallant is amazing

We recently had the great pleasure of the visit of a magnificent photographer by the name of Randi Gallant. She came to our shop to give Mrs SudsMuffin a few photography pointers. We had the chance to peruse her portfolio. Her wedding shots were just amazing. Any bride would be well served by hiring her, at least that is our opinion. Randi was kind enough to take a few shots of the shop and product. Take a visit to her website: www.rgallantphotography.com. The photos are incredible!



Friday, November 20, 2009

Uptown Sparkles

Wow! What a great weekend. The Uptown Sparkles Open House event was a great success for us, with lots of scented Christmas cards being made by visitors to our shop. I love the Christmas lights strung all around the store and the fresh evergreen boughs that are our center piece.

Thanks to the awesome customers old and new who walked through our doors. The party room is ready to host our first MiniMuffin Kids Birthday Party on the 5th of Dec. It is going to be great fun.

Good news for all the lotion lovers out there, my raw ingredients have arrived and new lotion will be on the shelf again very soon! First on the way will be Chocolate. Stay tuned!

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Sorry folks

Sorry folks, due to a minor technical glitch this week's video log is slightly postponed. With any luck I will be able to do it Monday.

So instead, I would like to get your opinion on something. What kind of things would you like to see me film? Drop me comment and I will see what I can do.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Why Poppies

Why Poppies

We did not see the child all of sixteen years old,
with his jammed rifle still in hand.
We did not see the child's father lying in the crater.
We did not hear the yell of the commander
Advance! Retreat! Advance!

These were the men, who where brave and bold.
These were the men who had gone to the grave
fighting for a home far away.
Please be silent for the moment to remember
Flanders.

Look upon the crosses of those who have died.
Won't you you listen to their desperate cries!
Please! Oh please! Give us no reason
for bright red poppies.

Can those of us who had not been there
understand the pain?
Most of us take for granted that we have our liberty.
Please take a moment in prayer
to thank those who kept us free.

Remember the long ago soldier who died
upon the field.
Fighting in a senseless war
he did not understand.
So he could bring freedom
for his fellow man.

Always remember their final questions.
Why us? Why war? Why the need for poppies?
How come we can't have peace?


I.A.McCullough

I wrote this in 1985 in high school, after having a conversation with a very old fellow at the bus stop uptown. He was selling poppies and looked cold so I got him a tea. His story was sad and inspiring at the same time. I wish I had gotten his name. To this man and all the vetren before and after him thank you.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

SudsMuffin Video Log -episode 6-deodorant

Hi folks here is Episode 6 of the SudsMuffin Vlog enjoy. Any feed back would be appreciated. I welcome all comments.

Saturday, November 7, 2009

On the Menu today

In order to promote the use of reusable shopping bags, SudsMuffin is giving the first 20 customers today a free organic cloth shopping bag with every purchase. The bag features artwork by Nate Guimond. Come and get yours today!

We are open 10 - 5 today and have lots of yummy fall soaps in stock, like Pear Compote, Sugarplum, Coffee Cake, and Spiced Pumpkin Souffle. Just the thing to make you feel delicious!

There are 4 new scents of incense percolating in the back room, which means they should be available in a week or so.

Also, we have a handful of Body Shot microspray perfumes still available at 50% off. As a special bonus, we are also including a cool Sauza Tequila shot glass with the purchase of our Body Shot perfumes. A great deal at only $3.50 but they are going fast.

Be sure to look out for our weekly video again after the weekend. We hope you have a fantastic Saturday.

The SudsMuffins

Friday, November 6, 2009

Trying out the Thai fare

I recently had supper at a restaurant that I had never been to in the city before, and before you get smart, there are still a few I haven't been to.

It was my brother in law's birthday so we went to Lemongrass in Market Square. I truly enjoyed the sweet & sour pork that I ordered. Everyone else seemed to greatly enjoy their food especially MiniMuffin, who had a plate of various appetizers that included firecracker shrimp, money bags, chicken satay, spring rolls and a big bowl of super yummy coconut rice that she absolutely loved. She even sampled bits of other peoples fare. You've got to love a kid with adventurous taste buds. There was also red curry and green curry, stir fried beef, garlic & mushrooms, and an awesome pad thai.

So a thanks to the staff at Lemongrass on a job well done. I am sure I'll be back some time for another wonderful meal. To all the folks out there, trust that when SudsMuffin says "it's good," then it's good.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Monday, November 2, 2009

Put the good feeling back in Christmas!

Now that the ghosts and goblins have filled their bellies for another year, it's time to gear up for the holiday season. I, for one, want to have a Christmas that is about spending time with family having some laughs, good food and presents. Oh yes, you gotta love the presents. I'm not talking about the mass manufactured gobbledygook of the malls. I love the feeling of getting something that someone else took the time and effort to craft with their own hands.

There is just something so very special in knowing that someone's talent, skill and imagination have gone into the making of a wonderful gift. There is also something to be said for the person who thought enough of me to take the time to go the extra mile to purchase a piece of someone's art for my enjoyment.

So when you're doing your shopping this year, keep in mind the hard working artisans who put their hearts and souls into their work.

As makers of fine products, we here at SudsMuffin are also proud supporters of our fellow artisans and encourage you to be as well. It will help you put the good feeling back into Christmas and the rest of the holiday season. I thank you in advance and wish you all a happy holiday.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

You wanted it. You got it.

For all of those who have been asking, I am pleased to report that we will now have available our own room for classes, MiniMuffin Kids Parties, and it can even be used as the host spot for a SudsMuffin Spa Party. The site has a washroom and a kitchen which will make it easy to prepare or store party goodies. There will be tables and chairs provided for all the activities.

There is no charge for using the space for parties. For classes, the cost of the space will be part of the class fee. As soon as I am able, I will post a tentative class schedule. Depending on the degree of interest, classes could include soap crafting, bath bomb making, lip balm making and more... In most cases, all materials will be included in the cost of the classes.

This is exciting for us and we can't wait to start holding classes and parties with you. Stay tuned!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Episode 4 -Vlog

Hi folks! I was unable to do the vlog this week but my wonderful MiniMuffin filled in for me. Please let her know what you think of her video. We think she did a great job. Enjoy!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Love to excite!

It has been another week of wonderful customers, many of whom were first time visitors. A couple of local ladies who had never been in before, came in to pick up a co-worker's order and fell in love with the store. I love to see new people share the joy that I get from the products I make. One of the ladies came back the next day eager to purchase a bevy of wonderful things. One of the things that we live for is the expression of total joy when a customer is tickled pink by their SudMuffin Products.

I am getting ready for the EMS Symposium at the Saint John Regional Hospital on Saturday and Sunday. Mrs SudsMuffin will be at the store all day Saturday so feel free to drop in and say HI.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Episode 3-SudsMuffin Vlog

Hey everybody, here is episode 3 of the SudsMuffin vlog. I hope you enjoy it. It is all about our fabulous Nectar of Isis and even includes a surprise presenter.

Friday, October 9, 2009

New to the Shelves!

Today I have two new soaps fresh from the mold. I have a delightful, fragrant and colorful Pumpkin Pie soap cake and a totally awesome Coffee Cake kitchen soap, with real ground coffee and topped with real cocoa. Both of these will be ready in a few weeks.

I have just cut and frosted two other cakes: Maple Sugar and Spiced Plum, Both are ready now. I am also offering my soap cakes slices in store for $5.00 instead of the regular $6.00 but only until end of day Saturday Oct 10th.

I also have made a new Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub that is just fantastic. This will be ready around noon on Saturday after labeling. Did I mention the Spiced Pumpkin Souffle room and linen spray too?

Hope to see you soon to try out the new scents. There are still a few spaces available for October and November for MiniMuffin Kids Parties. Call 672-9248 to book.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Urban Deli makes another winner!

If you have been reading this blog for some time, you know by now that one of my favorite places to eat in Saint John is the Urban Deli on King Street.

This past Saturday, Mrs SudsMuffin and I were once again treated to first rate gastronomic delights. I indulged in an Urban Burger and Mrs Suds enjoyed a superior Seafood Chowder. This chowder was prepared just for her and I have never, and I mean never, seen a chowder (except one I made) so loaded with seafood (3/4 of a lobster claw for starters). The broth was perfectly seasoned and was rich and thick without being gloppy.

The Urban Burger! Wow, this was an amazing burger. The double patties, cooked to absolute perfection, on a delicious bun topped with truly scrumptious caramelized onions and a tantalizing garlic aoli. Of course, I had to have my serving of their amazing Urban Deli fries. Check them out. Thanks to Elizabeth and crew for another lunch well done.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Episode 2 - Sugar Scrubs

Here is episode 2 of the SudsMuffin Video blog. I hope you enjoy it. It is about our wonderful Foaming Sugar Scrubs.
If you want to purchase a jar of our awesome sugar scrub you can get them here.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Brides Brides and more Brides

Tuesday was the start of one of the busiest weeks we have ever had at SudsMuffin. That same day, I received a call from Mark Hovey, in charge of the upcoming Bridal Show at the Trade and Convention Center. I had turned down a chance not too long ago to attend this event thinking that it was too expensive. After a conversation with the organizer, I realized that this was an awesome opportunity to showcase my products to my target audience and so I agreed to go.

I quickly realized that I did not have anything ready to take to such a show. Thus was the beginning of a frantic week. Mrs SudsMuffin and I had to locate appropriate packaging and decorative materials and make plans as to what we where going to produce for this show.


After some late night deliberations, we came up with a list of great products and scents to use. The next day I started production at the shop, on top of my regular production schedule. That night everyone stayed later at the store. We then had to figure out how to appropriately display our products so they would be attractive and eye-catching.

We also realized that we did not have any good signage to use in our booth. We knew it was very short notice but we contacted Robynn at Super Cheap Signs and she was able to give us exactly what we wanted, at a really good price and right on time for the show.


Thursday night, Mrs SudsMuffin created a bevy of new label designs. She is so awesome! Friday (Show day) I made final preparations on all the favor boxes such as ribbons, filling, attaching tags, and packing the other products for the show. I picked up our new sign from Super Cheap Signs just before noon and I was extremely happy with the results. Thanks to Robynn and her crew for coming through for us.

Many thanks to Laura for covering at the shop for us and doing such a great job on such short notice. By 2:30, I loaded up the car and was off to the show. Once there, setting up was a breeze because I was given access to the loading dock. Special thanks to Dave the DJ for letting me use his extension cord. The table would have been lacking without the light.


At 4pm, the doors opened and initial slowness turned to organized chaos! My table was quickly swarmed with oodles of brides, bridesmaids, moms and moms in law. Everybody was oohing and ahhing over my favors, with many MANY saying that they would be in touch and that they had never seen some of the things that we had.

Overall, it was a very well organized and professionally run show. One of the best I've ever been to. The quality of the vendors and the location and booth setup was great! I look forward to the next one.

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Amazing review of SudsMuffin

Today we received the most amazing review on Listen to Lena. Take a moment to check it out and feel free to leave comments and enter her contest.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Rainy day Monday got me soaked

Good evening all you wonderful SudsMuffinites! I don't know about all of you, but I have never been a fan of Mondays at the best of times. When it's raining, it's a double let down.

Well, it used to be a let down, until this morning. I was unloading the SudsMuffin Mobile and getting quite drenched in the process. I looked like a lost waif and felt like a drowned rodent. As I set the last box down, I caught the slightest drifting scent from the Kiss a Koala soap (Spearmint & Eucalyptus). It was at that moment, that splinter of time that I realized I was unloading from one of the most successful SudsMuffin Spa Parties ever.

I was also going to be making a new batch of Foot Cream to fill orders from the party. I was finding myself to be somewhat giddy because everyone had had so much fun. I also remembered how much I enjoy what I do.

I (we) strive to make people "feel delicious" and I get a huge amount of satisfaction from a smile or the laugh of a happy customer. Just on a side note I myself was a very happy Customer today to get our revamped sign back from Plasticraft today I love the new support brackets , I feel much more comfortable with the design and its built in safety bolts. Now back to the story at hand, I realize that I will not be able to please everybody every time, yet I look forward to the smiles and laughs that we can help create. Rainy day Monday or not.

Sunday, September 27, 2009

Our new Video Blog

Hey SudsMuffinites, here is a brand new thing that I am trying. It's my first ever video blog. Now keep in mind, this is just the first. They will get better and better, at least that is the plan. Leave a comment and tell me what you think!

Saturday, September 26, 2009

What an Incredible day

Incredible! That is the best way that I can describe today. To start, we saw the most amazing sight on the way in to the shop, a young lady was walking her boxer pup and her raccoon pup. The raccoon was rescued after the mother was hit by a car.

At the shop, we restocked the shelves and made a wonderful new lavender orange deodorant. We finished wrapping bath bombs and made soy wax votive candles in a fantastic Spiced Coffee Cake scent. Our shop saw a bevy of delighted customers all day long.

To top off the day, we had a extremely delicious SudsMuffin Spa Party. The hostess was incredible and even prepared an amazing array of scrumptious pink goodies including, get this: a PINK CHOCOLATE fountain.

The ladies enjoyed themselves. Quite a few indulged in a foot massage and scrub given by the SudsMuffin himself (Me!). I want to thank everyone for attending and hope to see you in the shop in the near future so you can experience all the things that will make you "feel delicious".

Monday, September 21, 2009

Enviro Fair and Amazing Chase Update

What a great day for the SudsMuffin clan. I spent the day at the Hampton Enviro Fair. It was a great time. I was able to speak to lots of people and received scads of information about a whole variety of super interesting things, from solar hot water to Reiki (which was awesome). Thanks Patty. (Check her out here.)

I had lots of new customers and even won a water filter for tap water. Kevin and the rest of the organizers did a wonderful job. The food was delicious and the whole event was done in an excellent professional manner. I was not able to attend any of the guest speaker talks but I did hear that they were all very good and informative. I think the town of Hampton and Hampton High School should be congratulated on a job very well done.


Meanwhile, back at the shop Mrs SudsMuffin and MiniMuffin were holding down the fort for the Amazing Chase. Other than a few issues with our hanging sign again, here is their report:

What a fun and busy day at the shop today. MiniMuffin was a great help with the Amazing Chase. She ran the whole challenge herself with all the teams that came in. She told them the rules and had them all participate in the challenge we had set up for them. The teams and organizers and helpers (including *my* little helper) did a great job and everybody seemed to have lots of fun!!

If you attended this wonderful event don't forget to fill out the survey.

And the winner is

Satsuma! Thanks for all your votes for your favourite deodorant scents.

Thanks to Random.org, the winner of the Satsuma Deodorant is our Twitter friend boygirlboygirl. Check out her cute shop on Etsy. I LOVE her little hand painted high-top sneakers with ghosts on them.

Runner up scents were Pashmina, and Lavender so we will be making those as well.

So boygirlboygirl, I will be in touch with you for your address. Congratulations!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Radio ad

I just want to thank all the people who left comments and called with congratulations on our radio ad today! I had a blast hearing myself on the radio.

I also want to let everyone know that SudsMuffin is sponsoring the Wave Winning Weekend on 97.3 The Wave this Saturday and Sunday. I will also be selling at the Hampton Enviro Fair and our shop is a challenge spot for The Amazing Chase, both this Saturday, September 19th.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Newsletter launched

Headline: September 14, 2009 SudsMuffin launches revamped newsletter, called "Delicious Diaries".

Well all you SudsMuffinites, you have waited and waited for this newsletter and now it is available. It is super easy to receive the newsletter. Just join our facebook group at http://www.facebook.com/groups/edit.php?members&gid=4513575663. Sign up to start receiving our Delicious Diaries for news and special list member offers today.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Day Uptown

Saturday turned out to be a wonderful sunny day! It was the perfect day for the Harvesting the Arts event in King's Square. MiniMuffin and I took time to explore and hand out SudsMuffin menus and party pamphlets. There were many things going on, from musicians and belly dancers, to karate and catered food. MiniMuffin had a great time in the hammocks and getting her face painted. For those who have checked out our party pamphlets, October is filling up so make sure you book soon.

Here are some pics of the day and of course I had to take a picture of the SudsMuffin pink hat.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Win a cool new SudsMuffin deodorant!

Leave a comment here to let us know you voted for the fragrance we should make our new SudsMuffin deodorant in, and we'll enter your name in for a draw. You'll win a deodorant scented with the most voted-for fragrance, and that's nothing to turn your nose up at! We might even throw in a few extra surprises!

It's so simple to win:
  1. Vote in our Deodorant scent poll on the right
  2. Leave a comment on this blog post telling us that you voted
That's all there is to it! Good luck!

(contest closed when the poll does)

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

A long beautiful day

We attended Art in the Park in St Martin's on Sunday. It was a wonderfully gorgeous day where we met new people and made new contacts. There was a good sized crowd with a lot of interest in the entertainment but not as much in the vendors.

On the way to St Martins, we took the Fundy Drive route and passed a tiny, old fashioned church that had been converted to a gift shop. The place was adorable. It was called "The Old Fashioned Steeple". If you're out that way for a drive, stop on by and say hello. Tell them the SudsMuffins sent you. By the way, the prices where very good on their merchandise.

Here are some of the photos Mrs SudsMuffin took of the Art in the Park event. The Fundy Trail Parkway is just breathtaking! Enjoy.

Monday, September 7, 2009

More re-labelling work

Mrs SudsMuffin has now started to tackle all our soaps and what a job that is! She finished ALL the natural soaps today and a fair bit of the nearly naturals too.

Here's a glimpse of what's been done:


Sunday, September 6, 2009

Art in Park today

Having a quick breakfast then heading out to Art in the Park in Lot 6 of the Fundy Trail Parkway just after St Martin's. There will be artists and artisans and entertainment and food, all on a bluff overlooking the Bay of Fundy. The views are breathtaking! It's 1 to 5 pm today. Come on out!

Saturday, September 5, 2009

What an awesome day

Wow! I cannot believe the incredible day all of the SudsMuffins had today. To start off we got to sleep in. Even just a little while is nice ever now and then. We had a super breakfast and as we stepped out to go to the shop we were greeted to an incredibly warm and sunny day.

At the shop, the customers where plentiful and extremely excited. They purchased everything from soap to body frostings and were full of great conversations. Everyone from the young couple from Ontario to the family from New York (the dad traded bad jokes with MiniMuffin, much to her delight) enjoyed the shop and products.

We had an other incredible lunch from our new favorite eatery the Urban Deli. Mrs SudsMuffin had a delightful quiche and I had the best corned beef sandwich I have EVER had. The flavor was not overwhelming nor was it too subtle. It made my taste buds dance. The quiche was excellent in texture and flavor and the crust... the crust was simply amazing. Thank you once again Urban Deli for a great meal.

Work at the shop is progressing at a great rate. We have just about changed all of our old labeling out for our great new logo. Let me tell you it is a whole bunch of work and Mrs SudsMuffin is absolutely the best getting the old labels off, not to mention how awesome her new label designs are.

Well we are all packed up for another great day in St Martins at the Fundy Trail Parkway (lot 6), for Art in The Park. Hope to see you there tomorrow between 1 and 5pm.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Warning: It's a scam

I had an interesting thing happen today at the shop. I received a call early in the morning from 1-800-931-1026 which displayed "goc-gdc" on the caller id screen. I answered and the caller hung up. This got me curious so I did a search and found the following information: this a legitimate Revenue Canada phone number!

The kicker is that someone seems to ghosting this number to gain information from the people they contact. The surest way to protect yourself is take a callback number and verify it with the number in the phone book or website. Also NEVER, EVER, EVER give your SIN # to anyone over the phone, unless you are doing the calling to a number that you have verified as being legitimate. Revenue Canada already has your info on file. If in doubt, check on 800notes.com or Canada 411.

Should you suspect a call is fraudulent, get what info you can, then call the police right away. Better safe than sorry.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

A good time had by all

Tonight was a blast. The party was a great rousing success. The ladies had fun sniffing and touching all the great SudsMuffin products and several brave souls received a wonderful foot treatment which they just loved. The foaming sugar scrub and peppermint tea tree foot cream combo left their feet like silk.

I am very glad that everyone had a great time. Any time you ladies need more pampering, just book your own spa party. I'll post pictures once the hostess sends them to me.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Suds just wanna have fun!

I can't wait till tonight! A wonderful lady I know very well, is hosting a SudsMuffin spa party! It is going to be such a blast! I love our spa parties. I get the chance to show my awesome customers and their friends a myriad of bombastically brilliant products. I will be introducing a couple of new products but I'm not telling what!

Today will also be the day for our sign to be reinstalled and Plasticraft seems to have gone out of their way to ensure that it will not come loose again. I will be so glad to see our lovely pink muffin flying again.

A special thanks to all the people who are helping to spread the word about SudsMuffin. That includes Leanne, Sheila, Courtney, Darlene, Leisa and many more. We really truly appreciate all of your efforts on our behalf.

I also will be doing another fall scent soap cake today. I think it will be Maple Syrup! I know, I'm evil, but I wear pink so I can get away with it.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Taking care of those cracked summer heels

Cracked Heels (ouch!)

Summer time will soon be gone and with the warm air came sandals and flip-flops. To go along with this style of footwear came the dreaded cracked heels. This is a malady that is both preventable and readily treatable. We will first look at how to prevent the problem, and then if you're reading this too late, we'll help you treat the problem.

Preventing Cracked Heels
  1. Try to avoid open heeled shoes (sandals, flip-flops)
  2. Daily preventative moisturizing with a moisturizing cream or for more intensive moisturizing use pure Shea Butter)
  3. Exfoliate (pumice stones on wet skin, foot files and Ped-Eggs on dry skin)
  4. Limit hot showers and sauna or hot tubs (hot hot water is your enemy)
  5. Protect your feet in public swimming areas (wear water shoes or aqua socks)
Treating Cracked Heels

Moisture, Moisture, Moisture
The main cause of dry, cracked heels is the loss of moisture.

Here are the steps to take to relieve your discomfort:
  1. Soak your feet in warm water (never HOT water as this will dry your skin further)
    Soak your feet for at least 10 minutes each day in plain water or with a foot soak solution
  2. After soaking, towel dry your feet
  3. While feet are still damp, use a natural pumice stone on the cracked areas, only going in one direction. Do this over a towel to catch falling dry skin.
  4. Moisturize with a pure Shea Butter liberally all over the affected area and pop on some cotton socks for a few hours.
  5. Daily treatments may be required for several days.
  6. Once the skin is back to normal, a daily application of moisturizing cream should be used.
  7. A once a week treatment of the heels in the shower using a pumice stone will help maintain your touchably soft feet.
NOTE- If your heels are flaky, burning, itchy and not just dry and cracked, this may be a sign of a fungal infection. See a doctor for treatment.

SudsMuffin products to help your feet and heels:
Spa Fresh Foot Soak with Peppermint Tea Tree
Peppermint Tea Tree Foot Cream with Jojoba Micro-Beads
Whipped Shea Butter

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Re-labeling is a lot of work

Now that we have our new logo all done, Mrs SudsMuffin has been working hard at changing out the labels on all our products. This ensure a unified look throughout the whole store. And let's face it, that bubbly muffin looks awesome! Here's a look at some of the products with their new faces on.



I don't know about you, but I love the look! Let me know what you think.

Monday, August 24, 2009

My Sign is Back and has a BooBoo

Well our SudsMuffin sign was found and rescued and returned to us. It's a bit beat up from the obvious fall from the remnants of Hurricane Bill, but we'll see what Plasticraft have to say about it when they come by to check it out tomorrow. Overall though, I'm glad we have it back. I was a bit stressed about it today, to say the least. Welcome back home my beautiful bubbly sign!

**Aug 26- Update: We've turned the sign back over to Plasticraft and they are going to see if they can fix it. Stay tuned!