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June 3, 2016

Petal Fresh products, as featured on…

Petal Fresh products as seen on Sonoran Living TV, SC today with Val Lodato.

Petal Fresh on Sonoran Living

Petal Fresh as featured on Sonoran Living

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June 2, 2016

Women Survivors in Nashville and Rwanda Create Successful Bug Free Natural Repellent

Women Survivors in Nashville and Rwanda Create Successful Bug Free Natural Repellent
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Newly improved natural repellent scores higher than leading natural spray in lab testing.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — June 2, 2016Thistle Farms, a social enterprise of women healing from trafficking, prostitution and addiction, launches its improved natural insect repellent for spring on the news of independent testing confirming its efficacy.
“Last year we sold over 8,000 bottles – each bottle bringing opportunities and jobs to women survivors of violence, trafficking and trauma in Nashville and Rwanda,” said Founder and President, Becca Stevens, who was named a CNN Hero earlier today.
“Our Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent has become a remarkable success story for us,” Stevens said. “We know it’s a favorite of moms and nature-lovers, but we wanted to take the next step and confirm its effectiveness in the lab. We spent time fine-tuning and retooling this winter, and then had it tested this spring at an independent lab. It not only held up against the leading natural brand in the U.S., it surpassed it!”
Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent utilizes organic rose geranium oil, grown and pressed by the farmers of Ikirezi, survivors of the Rwandan genocide. “When we visited Rwanda in 2008, we weren’t familiar with rose geranium and that it has been used as an anti-malarial in Africa for centuries. We decided then to partner with them – with the women of Ikirezi growing and harvesting the geranium and the women of Thistle Farms blending it with other natural ingredients and preparing it for the U.S. market. The product empowers women in both communities to become economically independent and gives consumers everywhere an earth-friendly solution for mosquitoes.”
Testing was provided by Snell Scientifics LLC. of Meansville, GA, an independent research lab specializing in scientific development and efficacy testing for pesticides and repellents. Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent was tested against skin that was untreated as well as skin sprayed with the leading natural brand, proving to be 100% effective after 15 minutes, and performing 2% above the leading brand.
Thistle Farms Bug Free Repellent is available in 2 oz and 4 oz sizes, $8.99 and $14.99 respectively. A companion product, the Bug Free Outdoor Candle, retails for $28.99. Products are available and at participating Thistle Farms retailers.
About Thistle Farms
Thistle Farms is a community of women who have survived prostitution, trafficking and addiction. It includes a two-year residential program, called Magdalene, a Home & Body line, Thistle Stop Café and Thistle Farms Global. Thistle Farms stands as a witness to the truth that in the end love is the most powerful force for change.
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June 1, 2016

Gifts TO Congradulate Your Graduate

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Today, I shared some of my favorite gift ideas for you to congradulate the graduate in your life on the Good Things Utah morning show. We had a blast and I think everything was a huge hit! To help save you time searching for the perfect gift here’s a list of my favorite gift giving ideas!

1. Yogibo-Although it’s exciting to go off to college a dorm room bed isn’t the same as your comfortable bed back home. I have just the solution! Yogibo Max. It’s furniture that conforms to your body using special microbeads. The MAX stretches out to 7 feet and becomes a chair, recliner, sofa or bed. You can stand it up in the corner so it is out of the way or use it as a gamer chair, a couch for two, and a comfy place to study or just hang out with your friends. And as if that’s enough there’s also the Traybo. It’s the ultimate lap top tray made of the same special hi-grade beads and stretchy fabric used in the big Yogibo’s, with a bio-friendly bamboo top creating the perfect carry and go solution to study comfortably virtually anywhere. These are both practical and useful gifts for the graduate on your list. Yogibo Max is available in fifteen fabulous colors to choose from. Price $239.00 The Traybo is available in three colors to choose from for $39.00.
2. WeMontage-What is WeMontage? WeMontage is a large photo collage on removable wallpaper. The wallpaper is a premium, fabric-based material that adheres to textured and non-textured surfaces. Now you can create the perfect removable photo wall sticker using photos of family, friends or pets for your college bound student to stick on their dorm room wall. When your graduate is feeling homesick WeMontage allows them to have photos of all those that matter most close by to comfort them and it makes a great conversation piece at the same time. Prices range from $59.99 to $119.99

3. Kites & Ivy-What could be better than receiving an unexpected subscription care package at college? It’s a fun surprise that every college girl will enjoy. Each box will include a variety of carefully selected bath and beauty products, accessories, and other fun essentials. Items could range from face and body lotions, hair products, nail polish, makeup, a headband, a scarf or a tumbler – and so much more! Our boxes are ALWAYS worth substantially more than the retail price! Whatever the surprise, you can be assured that we seek only the BEST for our boxes. Each care package is mailed
out four times a year. Two times each semester according to each universities calendar so you can be sure your care package will be delivered at the right time. I think this is such a fun gift to give to graduates and Kites & Ivy makes it easy by offering several options to choose from such as sending a Single box for $32.99, a box Two times a year for $61.98 or a box Four times a year for $115.96.
4. Bamboo Spark by Wacom-Take notes, draw out your ideas and take them from paper, to the cloud, to bringing them to life. Your paper notebook has brought you this far. Now take your ideas even further. The Bamboo Spark is a smart folio with a smart ballpoint pen, and a spot for your favorite paper. It lets you write by hand, and saves your handwritten notes locally or within the cloud for editing, archiving and accessing anywhere. Next just press a button and that’s it! The Bamboo Spark is simple to use, and makes it easy to bridge your paper notes with the digital world. As an artist, designer and product developer I am so excited about the Bamboo Spark and this cutting edge technology. If you have an engineer, fashion or interior designer, product designer, graphic or  ine artist and so much more this makes the perfect gift for the graduate on your list! Price $159.95
5. Moshi-Aerio Messenger Bag and Helios Lite Backpack are perfect for graduates! Moshi prides itself in creating innovative and extraordinary products to enhance the mobile lifestyle with an emphasis on aesthetics, durability and reusability. Whenever possible, they use recycled and/or naturally bio-degradable materials for packaging and boxing which I appreciate. What I love most about the Aerio messenger bag and the Helio lite backpack is that they are ergonomically designed so that they are lightweight and water-resistant. I also love the leatherette and aluminum accents,
which to me has an air of simple sophistication. It’s all grown up and perfect for graduates as they enter into this new exciting phase in their lives. The Aerio holds up to a 15” laptop or tablet and the Helios Lite Backpack has a fully padded compartment for laptops or tablets up to 13”. $119.95 and $149.95.

I hope these gifts bring joy to a most joyous occasion!

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