Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr Day

Image credit: Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial – Washington (DC) March 2012, by Ron Cogswell on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Today is the day we pause to celebrate the life of one of the greatest leaders of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States, Martin Luther King, Jr.

On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, he gave one of the most powerful and well-known speeches of the century during the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom. To understand the man and all he stood for, take a moment today to watch or read his speech, titled, “I Have a Dream…”

Thank your postal carrier with the gift of handmade luxury

How to thank your postal carrier

Your friendly postal carrier has a lot to deal with on a daily basis. From dogs whose mission it is to destroy all of their kind to walking several miles through rain or snow to dodging the bees that love the pretty flowers planted around your mail box (special apologies to my postal carrier for the stand of milkweed around mine), the postal carrier job is one of the toughest jobs out there. This time of year, postal carriers work hard to deliver your holiday packages and cards on time, often working extra hours to make sure your holiday comes off without a hitch.

You may be tempted to give your carrier a monetary tip to thank them for their service. While cash might seem like the easiest way to show your appreciation, did you know that federal employees can’t accept cash tips (or even gifts valued at over $20)? Sure, you could give your postal carrier holiday cookies or candy but imagine if everyone on their route did that?

Instead of giving your postal carrier the extra pounds from all that sugar, why not say thank you by giving him or her something that provides a positive benefit? The gift of a luxurious bar of handmade soap or a bag of soothing bath tea is the perfect solution. Postal carriers are out in the elements all day long and their skin can take a beating. Here are three unique ways you can give them the gift of relief:

  • Cocoa Butter Soap: In colder climates, being exposed to freezing temperatures causes dry and itchy skin. Our handmade cocoa butter soap is full of skin-loving olive and rice bran oils and moisturizing cocoa butter. It’s unscented so it won’t further irritate already sensitive skin.
  • Eucalyptus Lavender and Mint Soap: Walking all day long with a heavy bag of mail can be exhausting. Help your postal carrier wake up and feel invigorated with a bar of this minty fresh soap.
  • Lavender Bath Tea Bags: After a long day of walking several miles, there is no better way to relax achy feet and muscles than a long soak in the tub with the soothing scent of lavender.

Have more people to tip? Handmade soap from the Emmet Street Creations store on Etsy makes the perfect gift for your hairdresser, your kid’s favorite teacher and even your landscaper! 

Cyber Monday sale! Stock up and save!

15% off purchase of $15 or more

Stock your stocking (or Spa Day or Tea Lovers gift basket…) with Emmet Street Creations products and save! Spend $15.00 or more in the Emmet Street Creations Etsy store and save 15%. Simply enter the code CYBER2015 at checkout. The code expires tonight at midnight, so don’t let this opportunity pass you by!

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Happy 4th of July!

American Flag

Image credit: American flag 2 by Lindsay Shaver, on Flickr. CC by 2.0.

OK, technically it’s July 3rd, but we like to start the celebration early here on Emmet Street. We’re taking a long weekend to celebrate the birth of American Independence, watch fireworks and grill up some tasty vegan beet burgers.

The Emmet Street Creations family wishes you and yours a safe and happy holiday!

Monday Musings: Memorial Day

Memorial DayImage credit: Memorial Day Ceremony by US Army Africa, on Flickr. CC BY 2.0.

Instead of posting our regular musings this week, we’re spending time with our families and taking a moment to remember the members of the US Armed Forces–and their families–who were brave and selfless enough to make a great sacrifice in the name of service.