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Photo Contest Winner!!!

Monday, October 17th, 2011

Thank you so much to everyone who entered the contest!  Congratulations, Adrienne Zedella!!! [Insert loud cheering noises]. You’ve won a $25 gift card to SJ Creations! You will receive an email shortly in regards of what the next step is.

“This is my favorite Halloween Picture – my son’s first Halloween. His grin is bigger than the pumpkins!!!” says Adrienne.

Remember, it’s not too late to be entered in our monthly giveaway. Simply leave a comment on one of your favorite SJ emPAWee blog posts and you will be automatically entered to win.


Halloween Photo Contest – Win a $25 gift card to SJ Creations!

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Are you crazy for Halloween? Do you love spooky decorations, silly costumes and more? We want to see your best Halloween photos. The photo can be a favorite costume from your childhood, last year’s pumpkin carving or this year’s scary Halloween decor. Anything in the realm of Halloween!

Send your photos with a short description to by Sunday, October 16, 2011. Once we finish accepting submissions, we’ll post all the photos in a Facebook album and open up voting to the public. We encourage you to get your friends and family to stop by and vote for your photo too!Voting will open on our Facebook page on Monday, October 17 and close on Monday, October 31. The winning photo (as decided by photo likes) will win a $25 gift card to SJ Creations. Second place will receive a $15 gift card and third place will receive a $10 gift card.

We look forward to seeing your photos!


Kiwi: A Love/Hate Relationship

Friday, August 12th, 2011

I’ll admit it. I’m a picky eater.

I have never been adventurous with food. I know what I like and like what I know, and if a food so much as looks, feels or smells funny, I won’t even consider putting it near my mouth. I’m not just talking about an aversion to the more exotic foods, like frog legs or liver. I’m talking about everyday food, such as ground meat (I don’t trust what’s in there), smelly broccoli and slimy mushrooms. And you can’t trick me either. If I feel that I have any reason to doubt a food, I won’t eat it. If a sneaky onion somehow makes it into my bite, my “stranger danger” alarms start going off at first crunch.

Not too long ago, kiwi would have made my list of scary food. Between the fuzzy skin and the gooey green center, this tropical fruit made me wary for many years. I remember my dad eating kiwi when I was little and I didn’t want any part of it. That strange looking fruit might as well have been from Mars and Martian food wasn’t on my approved food list.

Many years passed and I found myself enjoying Easter dinner at the home of my boyfriend’s aunt and uncle this past spring. For dessert, his aunt served shortcake with a medley for fruit, including the dreaded kiwi. I scooted it across my plate as I snacked on the strawberries when I remembered how much I enjoy strawberry kiwi Italian sodas. I figured that if I liked those, then kiwi couldn’t be so bad. I started tentatively at first with just a teeny tiny bite. Hmmm…it wasn’t too bad. So I tried a second bite and found that I actually enjoyed the tart taste. Maybe I had been wrong all these years about the harmless kiwi.

Although I’ve yet to eat another kiwi, I’m no longer afraid. But I am still a self-proclaimed picky eater, and at 26 years old, I don’t see that changing anytime soon.

While we don’t have any actual fruit to offer you, we can give you 25% off a bottle of our delicious Strawberry Kiwi hand wash during August as part of our Tropical Fruit Sale. The sale also includes an array of other delightful tropical scents, including Papaya Mango, Coconut, Island Banana and Kiwi Lime. Stock up on hand washes, bath salts, exfoliating scrubs and more! Sale ends on August 31, 2011.


Do you have a food that you swore for years that you didn’t like because it looked, smelled or felt funny? Did you finally try it and discover that it’s not nearly as scary or gross as you thought? Tell us about how your overcame your food fear in a blog comment for a chance to win a $25 gift card to SJ Creations.

All blog comments will be compiled at the end of August and a winner will be randomly selected. One entry per blog but feel free to comment on the other August blogs for extra entries!


Create a Decorative and Sweet Smelling Coastal Bathroom

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Who says that bathrooms have to be dull and simple? While it may not top your list of favorite rooms, you spend enough time daily in the bathroom – whether it’s primping to start the day or relaxing in a nice bubble bath to end it – to warrant sprucing it up a bit. Simply adding a splash of color or creating a theme to tie the whole bathroom together can make a difference. And don’t forget about the extra touches to help you indulge in some of life’s little pleasures, like a great smelling soap or an aromatic bath salt.

One of our favorite decorative ideas for transforming a plain bathroom into a comforting and relaxing oasis is to add a touch of the seaside. There’s no denying that there’s something calming about listening to the waves crash against the shore but there’s also something about the sounds and sights of a day at the beach that create a peaceful atmosphere.

Any bathroom counter will instantly look uplifted with one of these hand wash and hand lotion caddy sets. Available in a variety of designs, including sea shells and a row boat, there’s something for everyone! Even better, they’re all on sale for 25% off during July! Consider treating yourself to one and adding a second as a lovely touch to the guest bathroom.

From top left: Sea Breeze, Driftwood and Sand, Ocean Breeze and Sea Mist, $15 each through July 31, $20 each regular price.

Don’t forget to treat yourself to a bit of pampering too. After a long day, there’s few things better than a nice, relaxing soak in the bathtub. Up the enjoyment of your bath with one of these fragrant bath salts.

From left: Ocean Breeze, Island Guava and Sea Breeze, each $4.75 through July 31, $6 after.


If you haven’t already browsed our Ocean Fragrance of the Month sale, hurry because time is running out! Sale ends on July 31. Don’t miss your chance to save 25% on all these great beach-scented hand washes, lotions, bath salts, room mists and more!

Also, this weekend is your last chance to sign up for the July Giveaway!


Is your bathroom themed? What’s your favorite bath time scents? Tell us about it in a comment and you could win a $25 gift card to SJ Creations. All comments from now through the end of August will be entered in the giveaway. A winner will be selected on September 1.


Vacationing on the Oregon coast

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Growing up, my family would drive five hours southwest from Seattle to spend a hand full of days each year at the coast in Lincoln City, Oregon. For many years, we stayed at the same hotel, visited the local outlet malls and indulged at our favorite pizza joint. We would wait for low tide, then peruse the beach for seashells, build sand castles or investigate the tide pools looking for starfish and anemones.

Walking on the beach with Grandma in summer 1989.

Exploring the tide pools with the family in summer 1994.

Although we often visited in the middle of summer, the coastal breeze typically kept it in the 60s. However, I remember one trip when I was about nine years old that the winds shifted and the temperature spiked well into the 80s.  As an aspiring California girl, the unexpected heat wave made me practically giddy!  The feel of the hot sand between my toes may have been slightly scalding but it also felt amazing.

A gorgeous sunny day at the Oregon coast during Lincoln City's annual kite show.

In the past few years, we’ve transitioned from spending a week in the summer at the coast to taking a few days after Christmas to getaway. While there is definitely never a chance of having hot weather in the Pacific Northwest in December, the coast is surprisingly mild. Jackets are necessary and we’ve had days that require a thick ski coat, but it’s not unheard of to only need a lightweight fleece either.

The gorgeous winter sunset at the beach in Lincoln City in December 2009.

Another beautiful winter sunset in Lincoln City in 2008.

With Lincoln City being such a big part of my life over the years, I was beyond surprised this past winter to find out that it has been a destination for my boyfriend’s family for years as well. Although he’s originally from Oregon, we met in San Diego and yet somehow, out of all the small coastal towns, we both grew up spending part of our childhood summers in the same one. After flying home for the holidays, we brought our families together to meet for the first time in Lincoln City.

To capture your very own Ocean Breeze, enter our July giveaway for your chance to win a selection of bath and body products in the relaxing scent of a day at the beach or shop our 25% Ocean Breeze sale. Both end July 31.

Do you have a special coastal town or beach that you fondly remember from your childhood? Do you still visit it or have you found a new seaside spot to adore?

Tell us about your best memories of childhood at the beach or visit our other blog entry to leave a comment about your favorite beach for a chance to win a $10 gift card to SJ Creations. Share your thoughts by Thursday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST for your chance to win! The winner will be announced on Friday, July 29.


From Seattle to San Diego: A Tale of Two Beaches

Thursday, July 21st, 2011

I grew up in Seattle and moved to San Diego about a year ago. Prior to my decision to move, I had never visited a California beach – or any beach for that matter that wasn’t in the Pacific Northwest. Seattle may be known for a lot of things – coffee, Bill Gates, evergreen trees and, of course, rain – but beaches are not one of the Emerald City’s strong points. Not only is it often too wet and cold to truly enjoy a day at the beach but a Washington beach is composed primarily of pointy rocks and is often battered by brisk winds under grey skies.

While this is a typical look for a Washington beach throughout much of the year, it's not necessarily the norm in summer. My mom, who lives just north of Seattle, took this photo earlier this week.


There's no denying that Seattle can have gorgeous weather on occasion during the summer. However, there's still those pesky rocks in place of soft sand and the water still feels glacial.


On my first trip to scout out  San Diego last year, I visited a true beach on my first day. There was warm sunshine, soft sand and people relaxing outside. It was the first week of March and the scene I had just witnessed could never have occurred in Seattle, where people were still bundling up in winter coats and dreaming about the elusive sunshine. My mind was made up right away; San Diego’s beaches had won me over and I started making plans to head down the West Coast!

Once I officially moved to San Diego last August, I made visiting the beach a regular occurrence. I frolicked in the waves in the middle of October,  took a walk on the beach on New Year’s Day and spent several spring days exploring the piers. Needless to say, this Seattlite feels right at home with the warm sunshine and gentle ocean breeze of San Diego.


The Cardiff State Park near San Diego in October 2010 on a beautiful "autumn" day.


The view Pacific Beach at sunset from the pier near San Diego in January 2011.

To capture your very own Ocean Breeze, enter our July giveaway for your chance to win a selection of bath and body products in the relaxing scent of a day at the beach or shop our 25% Ocean Breeze sale. Both end July 31.

We would love to hear from you to find out more about what makes your favorite beach so special! Share your beach experience in a blog comment to enter to win a $10 gift card to SJ Creations.  The comment contest ends on Thursday, July 28 at 11:59 p.m. PST. Winner will be chosen by random drawing.


Fancy Nancy Giveaway – Ends July 15, 2011

Tuesday, July 12th, 2011

Did you know that SJ Creations has an entire line of Fancy Nancy products created especially for preschoolers? It’s full of pinks, purples and glitters – everything that a young girl loves! Choose from lotions, powders, body mists and much more!

We’ve partnered with Little One Books, an online children’s bookstore, to offer a one-of-a-kind prize pack of Fancy Nancy products.  Your little princess will be ecstatic to receive not only a set of sparkly beauty products from SJ Creations but also two fabulous books from Little One Books. This is a giveaway that is not to be missed!

Click the photo to enter the Fancy Nancy giveaway!

Here’s some information from Little One Books on the giveaway:

“Treat your fantastically fabulous princess to an abundance (that’s a fancy word for a lot) of sparkles, shimmer and more with this collection of Fancy Nancy beauty products from SJ Creations. From the glittery body mist to the silky body lotion, these glamorous products create the perfect balance between childhood fun and pretending to be a fancy grown-up. Have an at-home spa day with your preschooler. Indulge in your choice of Strawberry Parfait or Glamorous Grape body lotion, and then dust your skin with Shimmering Body Powder. Add some glitter to your nails with the pink nail polish in the Tres Fancy Fun Set or spray the body mist for sparkling skin and a strawberry parfait scent! The Strawberry Parfait lip balm and Glamorous Grape antibacterial hand gel are perfect for everyday use. All of these exquisite (that’s a fancy word for amazing) body products are intended for children four years and up.

And while you and your child are having a blast trying out these fancy products, you can read all about the adventures of this young diva. In Fancy Nancy, she is determined to teach her family a thing or two about being fancy. And your child will be thrilled with the most fabulous, gorgeous, and fancy words in Fancy Nancy’s Favorite Words: From Accessories to Zany.”


Hurry, giveaway closes July 15, 2011.

All you need is an email address to enter the Little One Books-SJ Creations Fancy Nancy Giveaway.

Visit both sites on Facebook and Twitter to get extra entries! SJ Creations: Facebook and Twitter. Little One Books: Facebook and Twitter.


Soak Up the Scent of Lemon During our June Fragrance Sale

Friday, June 10th, 2011

Few things capture the essence of summer like sipping a cold glass of lemonade on the front porch. While we can’t offer you lemonade, we can recreate a similar refreshing feeling with our sale on all lemon-scented bath and body products during the month of June. Choose from a variety of hand washes, room mists and other bath and body products in the summery scents of lemon and lemongrass! It’s hard to find a better aroma to usher in the season of sunshine.

If the aroma of Lemon Verbena tops your list of favorite scents, now is the time to stock up. SJ Creations has a selection of cleansing hand washes in a variety of bottle shapes and colors to fit with your home decor.

Choose from these five Lemon Verbena hand wash designs or select a room mist for only $5.25 each (regular price $7) during our Lemon Sale.

We also have a selection of Lemon Zest scented foaming hand wash for those who prefer antibacterial soap.

Select your favorite Lemon Zest antibacterial foaming hand wash from three 17.5 fl.oz. designs for only $7.25 each (regular $10)!

Although it’s not technically related to lemons, we’re also including all of our lemongrass fragrances in our June sale too!

If you prefer straight Lemongrass, choose this 23 fl.oz. bottle for $7.50 (regular $10), or if you like Lemongrass and White Tea, select from these two 17.4 fl.oz. designs for $5.25 each (regular $7).

Find all of these products and more at the Fragrance of the Month – Lemon sale at SJ Creations through June 30.

Don’t forget to enter our Lovely Lemon Giveaway too for your chance to win $80 worth of bath and body products including:

  • Lemon Verbena Cleansing Hand Wash – $10 Value
  • Lemongrass Room Mist – $4 Value
  • Lemongrass Delightful Duo – $8 Value
  • Lemon Zest Antibacterial Foaming Hand Wash – $10 Value
  • $40 SJ Creations Gift Certificate!


The Scent of Honey is in the Air

Friday, May 13th, 2011

With such a deliciously sweet aroma, it’s hard to resist the temptation of honey.  During the month of May, we’re making it easy for you to indulge with 25 percent off our entire stock of honey-scented bath and body products.

Lather up with a variety of honey-infused hand washes, including Honey Peach or Honey Mango.

Enjoy the sweet scents of mango or peach infused with the aroma of honey for only $5.25 each (regular price $7) through May 31.

Or select a set with a combination of lotions, soaps and more! Browse our Fragrance of the Month sale for these and other honey options.

These honey-scented sets make the perfect gift! Clockwise from top left: Honey Almond 3 piece caddy set ($13.50; $18 reg.); Apricot Honey 12 oz Oval Ceramic Caddy ($15, reg. $20); Honeysuckle 16 oz Caddy Set ($13.50; reg. $18); and Honey Mango Travel Box Set ($6; reg. $8).

Don’t forget to enter our May giveaway for your chance to win a variety of aromatic honey-scented products too. With a total value of $70, this is a not-to-be-missed opportunity!

Win all these great honey-scented products!

Included in the prize are:

  • Honey Mango Travel Set – $8 Value
  • Honey Mango Delightful Duo – $8 Value
  • Honey Almond 3 Piece Caddy Set – $18 Value
  • Honeysuckle 16 oz Home Accent Caddy Set – $18 Value
  • Teddy Bear Shaped Honey Vanilla Hand Wash – $10 Value
  • Honey Peach Cleansing Hand Wash – $7 Value
  • Signing up for the giveaway is simple! Just enter your email address here. Good luck!


    Wednesday, December 22nd, 2010

    Happy Wednesday :)

    Christmas and New Years are right around the corner, I really cannot believe how fast the time has gone by this year. We would love to hear your favorite stories from the year.  What made 2010 a year to remember for you, maybe a Fancy Nancy party, a new baby, a new pet, a trip you took with the family!  We’d love to hear your stories about this year, before we all begin thinking about the new year and all that it will bring.

    We also have a review and a giveaway that we’d like to share with you before 2010 comes to close.  The first is of our Organic Face Serum, written by Tami over at Fête à Fête.  She gives a great review of the product if you’re looking for a new Organic line to try out.  The other is a review and giveaway by Winter Witch over at Networking Witches of our Mistletoe & Mint travel kit.  If you travel a lot and you need something that gets the job done and is easy to carry, this is the product for you.

    We hope that you enjoy our products as much as we do and if you do, we’d love to hear from you!  Leave us your holiday memories and some of your favorite products in the comment box below.

    From all of us at SJ Creations we would like to wish you a very Happy Holiday season and a Happy New Year.