Gearing Up for RENEWAL in 2015 with Homemade SHRUBS & SCRUBS!!!

Posted on December 30, 2014 by Erika Davies | 1 Comment

     January is just days away and we're positively giddy!  We promise its not just all the delicious raw chocolate we eat- but anticipation and excitement in looking forward to the freedom of renewal that comes with the turn of a brand new year!  This month we're taking this crisp opportunity to focus on self care, detoxification and shedding what no longer serves us.  Re-assessment, re-alignment, and re-setting of intentions that reflect our most current state of well-being, allow for a major mind/body update.  New goals provide momentum, enthusiasm, and confidence in an active pursuit of our highest ideals in 2015.
     January is a fantastic time to dig deep.  Patience and compassionate self inquiry can provide us with so much clarity and insight, and, help to identify opportunities for growth and personal development.  With some light house cleaning, organization, and heart-based internal dialogue, its amazing how much space we can find in old familiar environments.  A little consolidation goes a L O N G way!  Once we're aware of what we've got to work with- reclaiming the space and filling it with love and fresh perspective is a joy in itself.
     Our mixologist Nathalie prepared to kick off her new year by sauntering into the kitchen and indulging in a little soul-food plant-medicine and DIY body care!  Below you'll find recipes to slough off what is no longer useful from the inside out.  Whether you're drawn to the warm and satisfying or fresh and invigorating, she's got you covered. So here's to you in 2015! Get mixing, keep breathing.  Countdown to renewal starts N O W! 
winter shrubs
     Shrubs, aka 'drinking vinegars', are sweetened, vinegar-based syrups originating from medicinal cordials of the 15th century. This American version has its origins in 17th century England where vinegar was used instead of citrus juice to preserve berries and other fruit for the off-season. Because of their acidity, shrubs are well-suited as an apertif or used in cocktails as an alternative to bitters.  Our favorite way to enjoy them is simply mixed with a splash of sparking water!
     In her recipes, Nathalie used apple cider vinegar- rich in enzymes and potassium, it supports a healthy immune system by promoting digestion and balancing pH.
Ingredients:
2 C Strawberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
6 Star Anise
1/2 C Water
and 1 C Apple Cider Vinegar (reserved)

To Make: Combine all ingredients except apple cider vinegar in a medium saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat.  Once a simmer is reached, lower heat and continue to simmer for an additional 10 mins.  Remove from heat and let cool.  Pour mixture into a quart-sized glass jar and add 1 C of cider vinegar.  Shake and let sit at room temperature for 2 days.  To use, simply strain the mixture and enjoy!

 

Ingredients:
Juice of 2 Lemons (rinds reserved for later use)
1 large knob of Ginger, sliced thinly
3/4 C Honey
1 C Apple Cider Vinegar
To make: No simmering necessary for these next two recipes!  Simply mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
Ingredients:
4 small Apples, cored and puled in a food processor
1 C Cranberries, fresh or frozen
3/4 C Honey
1 C Honey
To make: Again, no simmering necessary!  Mix all ingredients in a quart-sized glass jar.  Let sit at room temperature for two days, strain and enjoy.
     What cleansing initiative would be complete without a daily self massage?  Many of us already know that our skin is the largest organ of our body, but did you know that our skin and lymph system are responsible for removing up to one pound of waste material from our bodies per day!?!!  As part of your daily or weekly self-care routine- use these scrubs to slough off dead skin cells, promote circulation and lymphatic drainage, and increase your appreciation and acceptance of your innately perfect and beautiful body!  Your tissues will respond to your love and affection.
     Winter is notorious for drying out the skin, dulling it and weighing you down. New year-new you! Now is the perfect time to nurture your Self inside and out, and reveal the warmth and brilliance of your natural complexion!
Mix together the following ingredients and slather on!
INVIGORATING PEPPERMINT MOCHA BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1/2 C Coffee Grounds
3 T Raw Cacao
1/2 tsp. Peppermint Essential Oil
1/2 C Almond Oil
WARMING CINNAMON CLOVE BODY SCRUB:
1 C Coconut Palm Sugar
1 T Ground Cinnamon
1/2 T Ground Cloves
1/2 C Almond Oil

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Big News! Packaging Improvements & new look!

Posted on July 29, 2014 by Not Your Sugar Mamas | 6 Comments

We've had a lot of exciting things happening over her over the passed few months and are so excited to finally be sharing it with you!!

First, Ky is having a baby! Nicknamed the "Sugar Baby" she is 7.5 months pregnant and due in September!

 

Second, we've revamped our packaging and logo and much more! This change has come for many reasons. First, it is way more efficient on the production end, way more eco-friendly, and much easier to understand! A big thanks goes out to all the Grocery Buyers and Customers who have helped us with this improvement through surveys and direct feedback. So many have helped us get to this stage, and we are SO GRATEFUL! So here we go - giving birth to the NEW and IMPROVED NYSM packaging! 

 

5 REFRIGERATED BARS + 3 SHELF STABLE BARS  = 6 SHELF STABLE BARS ONLY: We understand it has been confusing with our line of refrigerated chocolate bars and then our shelf stable bars. Our most loyal customers even called us to tell us that our bars had accidently been put on the shelf, hehe. It was just too confusing for both buyers and store owners. So what we did, is we took our 3 most popular refrigerated flavors, and turned them into shelf stable bars (We took out the coconut butter, which made them need refrigeration).  They have been taste tested and approved by our most dedicated fans, and ourselves (our biggest critics) and they are DELICIOUS. Can’t wait for you to try the “new” flavors. The three original shelf stable bars (Be Rich, Be Crunchy, Be Sappy) remain unchanged and Lavender Sea Salt, Rose & Maca, and Pure & Simple are based off of the refrigerated bars Be Local, Be Sexy, and Be Original. 

BE RICH –> SALTED CARAMEL: With the new packaging, we clearly define what the flavor is. Some customers were confused by what the flavor profile was, and our most common question at in-store demos was, what’s the flavor? Be Rich is what we called it, but Salted Caramel is really what it is. So we made that change! All recipes from Sappy, Rich, and Crunchy have stayed the same! Rose & Maca, Lavender Sea Salt, and Pure & Simple are recreations of our refrigerated bars Be Sexy, Be Local, and Be Original. Our feedback so far has told us that this change makes it easier to read and choose the flavor profile they are looking for!

 

SQUARE –>  RECTANGLE: We went from Square to Rectangle. The second most popular question we got was, “what is it?" The shape is a little deceiving. Plus, this bar is SO much easier to wrap and uses half the packaging as our old packaging.

 

OVERALL DESIGN: reflects what our bar is – A SUPERFOOD chocolate bar, handmade with so much love on Martha’s Vineyard. This isn’t your average run of the line “candy” bar. Its packed with the most nutrient dense, high quality ingredients on the planet. There are HEALTH BENEFITS in EVERY SINGLE INGREDIENT, and we preserve these in our low temperature production process. So we hope the new packaging helps convey the powers of this immune boosting, antioxidant rich, treat yourself GOOD bar. This information cannot be saved for the back, so we put it on the front!

 

IN-STORE CASES: Haven’t we all been waiting for these? We will actually have beautiful boxes that come with twelve bars neatly packed. We are getting it together, I know... EXCITING!!

Its a BOX!   Or an in-store display case?? 

Its Both!!

WEIGHT: Has actually stayed the same. However, we found out that the bars we were selling at two.two ounces were in fact 3.0 ounces. So we’ve been giving away .08 ounces of chocolate per bar (and more in the BE RICH bar). So we’ve corrected this and will have all bars weigh the actual weight of two.two. If you think its smaller, it may seem that way, but its actually just the correct weight.

 

PRICE: Will stay the same until further notice! Our goal is to get our price down with these new processes, but for the time being, all prices remain the same, and they will probably go down, not up! Thanks to efficiency.

 

THANK YOU: To so many of our customers who have been patient with us through our growing pains, and have given us many of these suggestions throughout the years. You also helped us extremely by taking our survey and just being awesome. So thank you thank you thank you thank you thank you!

 

FAQ:

 

Q: Will you still have the refrigerated bars?

A: We have a few left in stock - and in our stores. But we have officially discontinued the Refrigerated Bars!

Q: What about the other products?

A: We will sell our Smoothie Mixes and Energy Balls until we are out of stock - then they will be discontinued! One day we might bring them back but right now we are becoming really efficient with our chocolate bars! Don't worry though, we love you guys so much, that when they are officially done - we will release the recipes :)

Q: The cookies?

A: Will remain until further notice!

 

 

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