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There’s Just Something about a Palm Tree

Friday, August 19th, 2011

When I was 4 years old, I watched an episode of “Full House” where the Tanner family vacationed in Hawaii. I was mesmerized by the hula dancers and tropical location. The abundance of palm trees especially caught my eye as they seemed so much more exotic than the towering evergreen trees that surrounded my Washington home.

More than two decades later, I’ve still yet to visit the Hawaiian islands (it’s a goal for the next year) but my obsession with palm trees has continued. When I decided to move to San Diego last year, one of the big selling points was the gorgeous palms that lined the streets and decorated the yards. It may not be a tropical destination like Hawaii but at least I had daily access to my favorite tree!

Over the years, I’ve collected random shots of palm trees in California, Florida and Nevada. Here are a few of my favorites:

A hammock, a palm tree and fluffy white clouds against a bright blue sky...can't get much better than that! - Orlando, Florida

I love my beach lined with palm trees. - Oceanside, California

I'll even take my palm trees in the desert. - Las Vegas, Nevada

Morning, afternoon or night, palm trees are always lovely. - Orlando, Florida

Indoor palm trees will do too. - Las Vegas Airport

Finally, how adorable are mini palm trees? - Disney World

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Obviously, my favorite thing about the tropics are the palm trees. What’s your favorite? Tell us about your love for tropical fruits, flowers, animals, food, whatever your heart desires.

Simply share your thoughts in a blog comment to be entered in our August gift card giveaway! Giveaway ends August 31 and the winner of the $25 gift card will be chosen randomly.

 

 

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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.

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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!

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Catching a Wave in Tahiti

Friday, August 5th, 2011

In 2010, I traveled to French Polynesia for my honeymoon. While on the island of Tahiti, I went to see Teahupoo, the largest – and definitely most dangerous – surf wave in the world. My husband and I hoped to see what all the fuss was about surrounding this infamous wave and perhaps see a few local surfers.

Teahupoo is located at a reef about a mile offshore from a small, remote fishing village. After a mile-long hike off the main road and a trip to sea aboard a small charter boat, we arrived at a break in the reef. The deeper water creates an area for the boat to sit and watch this massive wave as it passes by. The boat gently passes over a small hump as the water is too deep for the large wave to continue.  We saw straight into the tunnel of the wave without ever getting wet. It was amazing and like nothing I had ever seen. It’s said that the power of this wave can power New York City for 10 minutes.  It draws so much water in from the reef to create the wave that the water at the bottom of the wave may only be ankle deep. This is why it’s so dangerous and only masters and locals are daring enough to take on Teahupoo.

We met our captain, a retired member of the French military at his “office” on the beach, which was really just a wood sign on a tree.  He asked if it was OK for some surfers to come along on the ride to see what the waves were like. It’s too far and exhausting for surfers to paddle out so they often try to hitch a ride on the chartered boats.  We agreed to let them tag along and the surfers jumped in to head off to the reef.  As we started talking to these incredibly friendly surfers, we found out that two of them, Kalani Chapman and Flynn Novak, were sponsored pros hoping to grab some practice runs during their time off from tours!  The third was a friend that they grew up with in Hawaii.

The waves were majestic and starting to come in good sets so the guys grabbed their boards and gave us an unforgettable private surfing performance!  For two hours, my camera didn’t stop shooting these magazine-quality shots!

Not only are these guys incredible surfers, but also kind, modest and humble.  It’s amazing to see these seasoned professionals truly enjoying their dream.  We couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day and start to our honeymoon!

–Ashley

Have you gone surfing before? Do you know anyone who surfs? What’s the most awesome wave that you’ve seen?

Share your thoughts about surfing in a blog comment and you could win a $25 gift card to SJ Creations. We’ll add an entry for each comment in our August Blog Comment giveaway. A winner will be selected on September 1.

 

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Beach Photo Contest – Win a $25 Gift Card!

Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011

Pier at sunset in Ocean Beach, San Diego

Here at SJ Creations, we’re lucky enough to live and work near the gorgeous beaches of San Diego. But we’re also aware that there are wonderful beaches all over the world and we’re inviting you to share photos of your favorite coastal landscape with us. It may be palm trees on the shore of Hawaii or a rocky seaside cliff in Maine. It could be an everyday place in your town or an exotic vacation destination. Any beach setting that you personally photographed will qualify you to enter our contest and you could win a great prize from SJ Creations!

Submit your photo and a short description, including when and where the photo was taken, by email to awalker@sjcreationsinc.com by August 15. 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!

The winner will be the photo with the most “likes” on September 1. The grand prize is a $25 gift card to SJ Creations, second place will receive a $15 gift card and third place a $10 gift card.

Please email your photo to awalker@sjcreationsinc.com to submit.

 

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SJ Creations Captures the Scents of Summer

Friday, June 17th, 2011

With summer less than one week away, it’s the perfect time to embrace and explore the wonderful scents that accompany this season of fun in the sun.

The lazy days spent lounging by the pool practically beg for the aroma of tropical fruits. Coconut, banana, papaya, pineapple, mango and passion fruit are all delicious-smelling aromas that mix perfectly with the summer heat. SJ Creations has hand washes, lotions, bath salts, room mists and more available in tropical fragrances. Here’s a sample of some of the island-inspired bath and body products you can find at SJ Creations.

Clockwise from Top Left: 17.4 oz. Papaya Mango Cleansing Hand Wash ($7), 12 oz. Passion Fruit Hand Lotion & Wash in Ceramic Caddy ($20), 17.5 oz. Coconut Lime Cleansing Hand Wash ($7), 16 oz. Honey Mango Delightful Duo with Exfoliating Body Polish ($8), 23 oz. Island Banana Cleansing Hand Wash ($10) and 8.4 oz. Pineapple Pear Refreshing Room Mist ($4).

There are few scents that capture the allure of summer as much as the aroma of the beach. The ocean air has a refreshing quality that’s perfect for summer and SJ Creations has a variety of ocean and sea inspired fragrances to help you enjoy a day at the beach without leaving your home. Take a peek at this selection and visit SJ Creations for more!

 

Clockwise from Top Left: 12 oz. Sea Mist Hand Lotion & Wash Caddy Set ($20), 16.9 oz. Sandy Beaches Hand Wash ($7), 12 oz. Ocean Mist Ceramic Row Boat Caddy ($20), 8.4 oz. Sea Breeze Room Mist ($4), 500 g Ocean Breeze Soothing Bath Salts ($6) and 26 oz. Ocean Waves Hand Wash ($10).

The sweet yet tangy scent of citrus is a perfect complement to the long days of summer. Whether you prefer lemon, lime or orange, we’ve got an array of hand washes and other bath and body products to enhance your summer glow. Even better, all of our lemon-scented products are 25% off during the month of June!

Clockwise from Top Left: 16 oz. Orange Shaped Hand Wash ($10), 25 oz. Lemon Verbena Elegant Creamy Hand Wash (on sale for $7.50), 12 oz. Key Lime Hand Lotion and Wash in Metal Caddy ($15), 8.4 oz. Mandarin Orange 3 Piece Caddy ($18), Bergamont Lime Cleansing Hand Wash ($7), and 16 oz. Lemon Verbena Room Mist (On sale $5.25).

What’s your favorite summer scent? Leave us a comment and tell us why!

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