Every Tuesday we pack up the kids and head to LüSa Organics. That sentence looks hilarious beneath the photo of packed boxes. Let's try this again, shall we?
Every Tuesday we load the kids in the truck and head to LüSa Organics.
Sometimes they call friends and set up playdates but usually we hang out together, at the office.
Sure, Pete's and my productivity tanks sharing our space with the kids. But we all see the benefit in bringing them in to share this part of our lives.
Today a big storm was blowing in as we packed up our gear for the day.
Lupine asked, "Is it going to rain, mama?"
"Are we still going to town?"
"Mama, you are crazy!" she said.
I am so crazy. Driving a car. In the rain.
It's madness, I tell you.
Because usually we stay home. There is so much to wrap our days in at home. So why go out?
Except on Tuesday.
Famly work day.
And what a lovely place to hang out for a day each week. Especially as a kid. I mean imagine the memories smells will trigger when they grow up! Totally amazing.
As most of you know, my family's income comes from making and selling organic body care. We call it LüSa Organics, named after Lupine and Sage, our kiddos.
It's good stuff I tell you, and we're proud of this little business we've created.
We work with an amazing team of seven other local folks who keep production, labeling, shipping, housekeeping, and books running smoothly.
This week our new 100% recycled soap boxes arrived, and I'm giddy with how fabulous they look. All pink and orange and sass.
While at work, everyone has plenty to do.
Yes, even Sage and Lu.
The kids sometimes do odd jobs for LüSa (packing, labeling, cleaning), or they read or play on their own. Often they chat up the rest of the LüSa team and Lupine is always giving them drawings and other handmade gifts.
This week Sage took on an epic project: sanding – then refinishing – the antique table that serves as our break room table. I've watched how hard he's working and glad I hired him for the job.
The table belonged to my great aunt Lois. I drove to the auction after she died because I so wanted that table for our soap studio. I won, and I think of her every time I see it.
I think I heard the table give a sigh of relief when that old finish came off… It's been waiting for this day for 50 years. At least.
As for Lupine, she took on her own work rather than being hired on by me.
She made dozens tiny roll-on perfumes with sweet orange, lemon, and peppermint essential oils in organic jojoba oil.
They smell amazing (she's got a great nose that girl!) and she's selling them door-to-door around town.
(Okay, mostly she's giving them away to all of her favorite grown-ups, but if she has any left when that's over she's going to sell them.)
And there you have it.
A day in the life of my family, and LüSa Organics.
I can't imagine Tuesdays any other way.
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Oh! I just had a lovely idea.
What do you think about this:
I just purchased a dozen of Lupine's little Citrus-Mint Perfumes – just for you.
The first twelve of you to place an order and type "Lupine's perfume, please!" in the comments field will have one added to your order. When I run out I'll add a sample sized bar of our organic soap instead.
Sound like a deal?
To place your order just pop over to my website and have at it. And hey, thanks for supporting what we do. It means so much.
Edited to add: After selling out this morning, Lupine has agreed to selling me a second batch. Order now and you'll probably get to try one of her travel-sized perfumes. Thanks ya'll! x