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Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving with love and gratitude…

I couldn’t think of a better time to share with you what GRATITUDE means to me.

GIVE
RELATE
APPRECIATE
THOUGHTFULNESS
INSPIRE
TIME
UNDERSTANDING
DANCE
EMPATHY

Give – no matter what, give what you have, give of yourself, give of your time, give your love, give your forgiveness.

Relate – remember to put yourself in someone else’s shoes. Patience & understanding are priceless.

Appreciate – even the littlest thing! Waking up in the morning, the ability to feel, to breathe, to touch, to smile, to choose happiness.

Thoughtfulness – we are all experiencing our own “realities” as we saunter through this journey of life. Think about someone else’s experience before you react.

Inspire – do the right things for the right reasons. Encourage, empower and embrace those around you to be the best they can be by giving your best.

Time – it goes so fast! Experience, love, forgive, be present in this very moment because this very moment is all you have! Respect & cherish TIME.

Understand – we are all different, headed down different paths but in the end we come together. Understanding is a gift we give!

Dance – celebrate the moment that is least expected. With your friends, you family, your co-workers, strangers find time to celebrate a present moment & DANCE!

Empathy – to steal a quote from the movie Avatar, “I SEE YOU” says it all!

I am GRATEFUL for YOU! I hope you are creating a space for gratitude in your heart today and everyday.

Much Love ♥ and Light ☼,

~Dawn

Carved Solutions & Vermont Teddy Bear Company | How Our Businesses Make Gifting Personal!

Co-Written By: Carved Solutions CEO/Owner Dawn Lancaster & Vermont Teddy Bear‘s Chief Bear Bill Shouldice

Our world has become anonymous in so many ways. People are so busy and involved in their electronics, technology and work, we often miss those moments of real connection. When is the last time that you were in a public place and caught the eye of a stranger and started a conversation?  Our heads are down and we are missing these opportunities to connect. Missing that connection causes many folks to spend time on social media every day, seeking ♥’s, likes, RTs, follows and friends in hopes of being acknowledged, noticed, and seen.

The one thing in life we all respond to is our name. When someone calls it, or we see it written, we identify it with ourselves immediately. A high quality, Vermont-made gift with the added value of personalization creates validation! The recipient has tangible proof that they are noticed and seen; tangible proof that they are important to someone. Recipients feel cared about, special and appreciated when someone takes the time to create a truly personal gift for them. In some cases, the gift becomes an heirloom passed down and loved through generations – a truly meaningful, unique gift.

From announcing a new baby, celebrating birthdays, weddings, and anniversaries to commemorating life’s moments like graduation, retirement, and memorials, the personalized gift-giving occasions and opportunities are endless! “A fine gentleman took his beloved on a hike. When they reached their destination, there was a burning Carved Solutions candle awaiting the lovely woman. Upon closer inspection she discovered the candle said, ‘Will you marry me?’. She said, ‘Yes!’” Dawn recalls. People are always shocked and pleased to find their name on very unique and luxurious made in Vermont gifts. At Carved Solutions, they refer to it as the “WOW” factor because of the reactions when they shared a prototype bar of soap with their recipient’s name on it. “WOW!” is something they hear time and time again, from individuals trying to celebrate their loved ones to event décor at Vermont Governor Phil Scott’s Inaugural Gala.

Using techniques like carving, engraving, printing, embossing, embroidering, sublimating, and sandblasting, Carved Solutions offers initials, monograms, names, logos, custom motifs, holiday and seasonal designs as well as themed designs. People also identify themselves by things they love, whether it be collections, sports, hobbies, horoscopes, professions, lifestyle, religion, heritage, or even politics. They also offer many different gift mediums – soaps, candles, jewelry, cutting boards, glassware, unbreakable beverageware, ornaments, signage, engraved accessories and more!

Being concierge-minded, Carved Solutions’ staff is remarkably accommodating. Not only do they take the time to give each and every client their undivided attention, they ask thought-provoking questions to determine the best gift and the best type of personalization for the gift-giver’s recipient. Serving the personalization market for over a decade has given them quite a bit of experience in learning how to best touch someone’s heart with a personalized gift, how to make someone feel truly special.

From choosing the Teddy Bear’s size, fur, eyes, and paw pad messaging to choosing its outfit, embroidery, or photo-realistic artwork, a Vermont Teddy Bear gifter can create a gift that is guaranteed to “WOW!” the recipient. Our Bear Crew has been lucky to see numerous children and adults receive a personalized gift within our Retail Store. Bill recalls a child exclaiming aloud, “this is the best day of my life” after receiving a personalized new best friend – it’s hard to beat that! We show personalization on our products both in our catalog and on our website, in addition to making it part of the checkout process. If you don’t add personalization after all the reminders, it can feel like you’re not giving the complete gift. If anyone is unsure about the process or their options, they can contact a friendly Bear Counselor at 1-800-829-BEAR (2327).

Carved Solutions’ tag line says it all — “Gift giving is personal”. Personalization makes both our quality Vermont-made gifts stand out from the crowd, ensuring guaranteed gift-giving success. The special experience of the giver and recipient keeps folks returning to our businesses again and again. It grows our fan base because the excited recipient wants to share the feeling too! Both of our companies have the ability to personalize gifts in 24-48 hours, allowing us to make “gifting personal” easy – yes, you can wait until the last minute, and we your gift will still arrive in time!

Carved Solutions concierge-minded staff can be reached at 1-802-872-0047 or orders@carvedsolutions.com 

What’s your favorite personalized gift you have ever given or received?

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With Love…

Valentine’s Day is special at Carved Solutions!

Well, LOVE is  special at Carved Solutions.  It’s the key component behind everything that we do.

From our clients, to our staff, to our vendors and our community we’ve got nothing but love and helping you spread the love is something we are honored to be a part of.

Valentine’s Day is such a great excuse to spread the love!

Maybe it’s romantic love

Our fine, Vermont made triple-milled soaps, paired with a romantic Ruby Red Gem Collection candle paired with complimenting His & Hers flutes.  Special requests for flute engravings are always welcome, love is love in our world.

Maybe it’s appreciating your mom, grandma, aunt or special adopted aunt …

 

 

 

There is so much that these remarkably strong, loving women have done for all of us! Leading our tribe and always holding our best interests at heart, truly deserving of our love and appreciation.  Our heirloom quality jewelry and Vermont craftsmen designed & handcrafted wooden spoons are just the tip of the iceberg for spoiling these lovely ladies!

How about a care provider or an unsung hero…

 

 

 

 

No one cares for our loved ones, parents, children and pets like they do!  Our hand-poured candles and lovely Vermont made soaps will not only spoil them but will also show them that you really do appreciate and care about them!

Your best girlfriends…they always deserve the love!

Those best friends are always there to toast your successes and to lift you up when you need it most.  Celebrate their unconditional love with your love!  Our fine stemware and even unbreakable Tritan wine glasses are the perfect addition to their ladies’ lounge and a great reminder of the powerful friendship you share!

What about your child…

There is no love like the love we have for our children; it truly is infinite.  Remind your daughter, or granddaughter of your love daily with our heirloom quality Forever Charms and Bangles.  That thoughtful reminder that you are ALWAYS there for them can be the power that helps her move mountains.

Your co-workers…

Work gets busy and we often forget to show our appreciation for those who we spend most of our waking hours with!  Ease their stress, lighten their mood, or energize their mind with our pure essential oil diffusers!  Perfect for desk or home!

Maybe your thinking about February birthdays, weddings, or anniversaries or spoiling someone just because.  No matter who it is in your life, Carved Solutions has the perfect gift to show you care!

FEBRUARY GIFT! SUBMIT YOUR LOVE STORY TO REGISTER!

It’s the perfect time of year to share our tales of love!  Tell us your love story (concierge@carvedsolutions.com) and during the month of February when we secretly draw the staff choice you may be the Carved Solutions February Gift of LOVE!

Smiles always,

☼♥ Dawn

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Vermont Candle Manufacturer Announces Custom Candles with Logo, Private Label and Custom Packaging, responsibly made in the USA

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 2016
Contact Person: Dawn Lancaster
Email: DLancaster@CarvedSolutions.com
Phone: 802-872-0047
Website: http://www.carvedsolutions.com

Vermont Candle Manufacturer Announces Custom Candles with Logo, Private Label and Custom Packaging, responsibly made in the USA

Vermont manufacturer offers easy access minimums for private label & logo candles

Carved Solutions is one of the leading private label, personalized gift manufacturers in the United States.  Over the last decade, folks have enjoyed giving personalized gifts to each other worldwide.  Corporate clients have easily upgraded their client gifting, corporate décor, event favors and give-aways with Carved Solutions’ Vermont made, people and planet friendly products.  Carved Solutions’ made in the USA focus combined with thoughtfully sourced, sustainable raw materials allows the private label client has the ability to feel good about what they are putting their brand on and what they are bringing to the marketplace.

Private label and custom formulated candles can be the perfect extension for any brand.  Many industries can enjoy the benefit of offering their own brand to consumers.  Historically, Carved Solutions has served catalog houses, stationery brands, home goods, décor, kitchen & bath, fashion, cosmetics, fundraising, corporate premium, promotional, and natural foods to mention a few.

Private label with Carved Solutions is completely turn-key.  With the client’s vision in mind, from custom vessels, formulations to custom logos and designs, including theme-driven, seasonal and holiday offerings it’s easy to offer your own brand with Carved Solutions easy to access minimum quantities.

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Carved Solutions, CEO/Owner, Dawn Lancaster shares, “It’s always been important to us to produce stateside products, with people and planet friendly materials and methods. Staying made in the USA allows us the opportunity to create local employment opportunities and to support other made in the USA companies, such as designers, gift box manufacturers, and printers.  Creating an opportunity for brands to easily grow their offering, with made in the USA goods, is a win-win situation for all.  Being stateside allows us to decrease the overall carbon footprint, offer expedited turnarounds, and have a solid control on project timing; no waiting for an overseas container or being held by importing red tape.  Carved Solutions unique ability to offer minimums that are attainable allows businesses to expand their brands easily and compete in today’s ever-growing candle marketplace.  Over the last decade, Carved Solutions has become known as “the brand you can trust your brand with”.  Needless to say, we are all remarkably proud of the work we do for the brands we serve”.

Working with Carved Solutions allows a brand to produce a beautiful and functional candle collection.  The partnership with Carved Solutions allows the brand to carry a positive environmental story with people friendly production, air-quality minded essential oils, unbleached, all-cotton wicks, and sustainable, plant-based waxes.

About Carved Solutions

Carved Solutions is a woman-owned, Vermont manufacturer and added-value product producer.  Their made in the USA products include Vermont made luxury soaps, candles, cutting boards and wooden gifts, Argentium silver pendants and charms, certified organic, Vermont maple syrup gifts, as well as a full line of natural body care (Pure|Energy Apothecary).  Other US made products include glassware, unbreakable beverageware, melamine free dinnerware and custom packaging.

Let us know how we can serve you best!

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International Yoga Day

Namaste!

Today, June 21st is  International Yoga Day. Yoga is a 5,000 year old practice that is intricately connected to the Indian culture. It is a practice that embodies unity of mind and body, and is a holistic approach to health and well being. Yoga is not only a form of exercise, but is used to discover connection between oneself, the world, and nature.

‘Om’, an ancient mantra associated with yoga, is the entire universe coalesced into a single word. ‘Om’ represents the unity of mind, body, and spirit, an idea that is at the heart of yoga.

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Carved Solutions makes it easy for yoga lovers to artistically represent their passion. Our Pure|Energy {vt} Forever  ‘Om’ Charm and Bangle represents everything from the awoken physical world, to deep sleep, to dreams connecting us to the infinite, to the higher power, to God, to the oneness of all which rules the whole, to the absolute consciousness and the symbolic infinite. Each charm is individually handcrafted by our in-house jewelers using only the finest materials. Argentium .935 Sterling Silver is eco-source certified, nickel free and shines with the brilliance of platinum. Paired with our adjustable .925 sterling silver bangle, it creates an heirloom keepsake meant to last.

Be sure to celebrate yoga today and every day with Carved Solutions!

Summer Solstice

Today, June 20th is the summer solstice in the Northern Hemisphere. The term solstice comes from the Latin word solstium, meaning “sun stands still.” On this day, the sun appears to stand still as it reaches its highest point in the sky. This illusion occurs because the earth is tilted as far as it can go towards the sun.  The solstice signifies the official start of summer and has been celebrated for its symbolic importance since ancient times.

In England, people travel to Stonehenge to observe the sun rising over the stones. Sweden ties the occasion to a celebration of midsummer. In New York City, the occasion is celebrated with a day-long yoga event in the middle of Times Square! And in Williston, Vermont, Bikram Yoga celebrates the day with a Solstice Yoga Class honoring the fertility of earth and the sun’s blessing of warmth and light.  Whether you watch the sunrise, feast, drink, or do yoga, make sure to enjoy the day! Allow Carved Solutions to help you celebrate this year’s summer solstice with our Unbreakable Pitcher and High Ball Set:

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Perfect for a Solstice-themed dinner, party, cookout, etc. Durable, clear, safe, by Carved Solutions!

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Sweetest Day: A Day to Give Back

Sweetest Day, celebrated the third Saturday in October, was originally created by Herbert Birch Kingston, a Cleveland, Ohio philanthropist and candy company employee. His motivation was to purely bring happiness to those that were less fortunate, specifically orphans, and shut-ins. With an intent to show people that they were not forgotten, in 1922, he started this holiday by giving out candy and small gifts. To create more awareness and excitement he used movie stars to distribute his gifts such as: Theda Bara and Ann Pennington, along with himself.

The popularity of this holiday quickly spread. Today, it is celebrated with loved ones and friends. However, we encourage you to follow the intent of the original holiday, and find ways to give small gifts to those in need whether with your time, service or donation.

Giving back with inspiration is easy with a Carved Solutions’ Dawn of a New Day Single Bar. There are five different scents with their respective inspiring messages; Verbena, Wild Blue Lupin, Satsuma, Green Tea & Bergamot, and Lavender. The carving of “Dawn’s Sun” is captured on the front of each bar; a timeless reminder of the gift of a new day and eternal hope.

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Consider Satsuma in sensual pink a light, zesty citrus that lifts your spirits & heals your soul.

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Inspiring Message: Found on back of bar packaging

“Each day is a fresh start – start something now.”

Each Vermont made bar is a generous 5 ounces, vegetable based and triple-milled for long lasting lather. Our bars are individually addressed & intricately carved with Dawn’s sun.

Our carving style, beyond engraving, is uniquely definitive with each bar elegantly presented. 

Refresh, rejuvenate, and spoil with only the finest personalized soap deserving of your discerning taste. Our Signature Spa Collection is a gorgeous blend of today’s most intriguing and sought after colors & fragrances all in one! A complete sensory experience.

Soap Description: 100% Vegetable Based (Non-GMO), Triple-Milled for Luxurious Lather, Freshest Personalized Soap in the Marketplace, all presented in scent complimenting colors, with gentle yet intoxicating scents (all oils are balance-infused with no over-powering perfume fragrances). Paraben Free, Phosphorus Free, Phthalate Free, Sulfate Free and Cruelty Free!

All of the board is 100% recycled chip board material. The paper wrap (what gives the box color, about 15% of the total product) is made from 100% recyclable virgin materials. For your safety our boxes are MADE IN AMERICA. Soap is a very personal product and though it costs more, your safety is important to us. Our boxes will not expose you to any risk of contamination. At Carved Solutions we make every effort to support MINIMAL PACKAGING, RECYCLING, and creating simple packaging that is elegant yet leaves little footprint on our environment.

Boss’s Day!

My CS Family most certainly outdid themselves.  There aren’t even words to express how they humble me, how I am completely filled with gratitude for each and everyone of them.  I wouldn’t be doing this post justice if I didn’t expose that tears of appreciation are streaming down my face from having just read the blog below that our beloved Sierra gave to me to post.  There is a big part of me that just wants to keep all this love to myself.  I’m almost embarrassed to share the beautiful things they have written.  However, I know I wouldn’t be true to the guidance I offer, “receive a compliment, allow it to settle within and say thank you”.  My dear CS Family I am overwhelmed with thank you’s as I prepare to publish this post you have offered me.

I believe that every single day my value on this earth is measured by how positively I touch another’s life.  I believe in sharing love every moment I can. Whether that love comes via my words or my actions; ultimately it’s that love that matters.  I know many believe that love has no place in the workplace; wholeheartedly I happily disagree with them!

There have been a few bosses in my life too.  Some who have shown me who I never want to become and others who continue to inspire me today.  Marshall Learned will always hold a special place in my heart.  His ability to guide with humility and reverence will always inspire me.  To my own husband, Mike, who I know would never see himself as my boss,  has held a great leadership role in my life for 30 years!  He has always given 100% of himself to guide, support and lift up my crazy dreams!

With immense gratitude for those who choose to spend their days with me I offer you Sierra’s creation for Boss’s Day!

Smiles always,

Dawn

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Boss’s Day is a US recognized holiday that is annually held on October 16th. Traditionally, the day is dedicated to appreciating your boss for their compassion and leadership throughout the year.

Carved Solutions is officially recognized as a woman-owned company, with our lovely servant leader being Dawn Lancaster. Today, the Carved Solutions’ Family has taken the moment to write down stories, poems, and thoughtful notes to express with Dawn just how much we love her and are grateful for her guidance and compassion.

You Inspire Us

You inspire us, encourage us
And protect us from harm
You know when to turn up the heat
And when to stay calm
You direct us and praise us
And keep us on track
Consider this message
A hearty slap on the back
We really appreciate

All that you do and say
This comes with big thanks
To you, Dawn, on your Boss’s Day

-Clare Urban

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I would like to congratulate Dawn Lancaster on this holiday and express my deepest gratitude to her for all the support, creativeness, inspiration and guidance she has always helped me with, in order to achieve great results. And this is not only related strictly to the job, but she is always there, always super helpful and caring, less like a boss, but more like a mother, or like a best friend.

She was the first person I told that my wife and I were expecting our first baby. She was very understanding when I couldn’t fulfill my tasks at work as well because of a broken wrist; she helped us when my wife was pick pocketed; she spent several hours, even days, in order to help find the right house for my family; and she is kind with me even when I make mistakes. I could go on and on with numerous examples and situations because basically she helped making my life here in the USA so easy and helpful!

I have never had any other jobs in the past where I could feel at home. But at CS—Dawn made this happen! I am happy that I have my CS family here!

Dawn always encouraged me never to give up and helped me solve many of my problems, things and situations I would never forget.

Thank you Dawn!

-Sasha

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Ever since I started working for Dawn last summer, I realized that she would be one of my biggest inspirations and role models. Not only does Dawn always put her best foot forward, but she can handle every situation thrown at her, with grace. I am so thankful to have such a kind and caring employer who is concerned with my happiness and well being before work. Her methods only make me want to work as hard as I can and give her my best results. I will always be grateful for the opportunity she has given me at Carved Solutions as it has been the best job and work environment I could imagine.

Love, Emily

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A True Friend

It’s the way that you carry yourself
and all those little things you do,
the way your hugs reach out
shedding light upon the doubts…
that proves true worth in you.
A friend some say, is always near
to catch us when we fall;
to hold our hands, when all those plans…
come crashing down like walls.
The best of friends bring laughter,
the best of friends bring warmth,
they join us in the trying times
and show us how to love.
In case you ever wonder,
just how much you mean to me…
take the time to read these words
or remember… just to breathe.
What time may bring before to pass
or the words we never seek…
when I think of you, these words speak the truth…
Mentor, Mother, Sister, Friend
Pure of heart, generous of spirit, loving beyond words.
I am blessed to have you in my life.

E Mark Wolf wrote this poem for you, knowing how much you mean to me and in recognition of all you have done for me. You are one of God’s Earth Angels, blessing all who know you.  Your selflessness is beyond compare & your strength is awe inspiring.  I love and admire you dear friend.

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for being… my true friend!

-Heather Luck

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There is an amazing, talented, positive, beautiful, supportive woman in my life.  Her name is Dawn Lancaster and I am blessed to know her and enjoy her company.  I recollect a story that sums up how deeply she loves and how deeply she is aware of her surroundings.  One day, as we were playing (I was beautifying her nails) the lights all of a sudden went out.  I couldn’t see a thing.  Upon looking up she caught my startled gaze and she calmly said, “Oh, meet my father.  He does this sometimes when he wants to say hi.”  He is not of this world anymore, but graced us with his presence that day.  So, I greeted him and then Dawn said, “Ok, dad time to turn the lights back o,n Cheryl has to get back to work.” Guess what??!! Just as soon as she said that, POOF the lights came RIGHT back on.  Immediately!!  It gave us both chills.  Dawn is a deeply caring woman on many levels and it enlightens me.  She says when I’m around she feels like I am holding her up.  I am, on a pedestal.  Thank you Dawn for giving everyone around you positive energy. 

 It’s so rare to find a woman who builds up and supports other woman.  That’s what I’m all about and that’s why I’m proud to have her in my circle.

-Cheryl Forsyth

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Dawn is an opportunist, but never selfishly, she only gives. She knows nothing else. She innately knows what one needs, seeks a way to help, and wants nothing more but to fulfill what is missing. In my own experience, she has brought me opportunity within my professional endeavors, she has brought me peace and forgiveness against others, and she has brought me support and guidance when I did not know where to turn. When I describe Dawn to others I often start with, ‘you just love her’. A mentor to me and so many others, her passion for people is contagious; the work place here at Carved Solutions has been the most blessing and rewarding experience I have ever had.

Dawn, I love you more than words can say, thank you from the bottom of my heart for how you encourage me everyday. Your life lessons you share with me are truly sacred and I continue to aspire to them and live by them each day.

-Sierra Thompson

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Here at Carved Solutions we wish all those who dedicate themselves to guiding their employees to success a happy Boss’s Day! And we hope you relay your positive reception to your supervisors, managers and bosses. Surprise them with a personal token of your gratitude!

OCTOBER is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

My Mom is a Breast Cancer SURVIVOR…twice. She’s been free from Breast Cancer for almost two decades now!  Imagine my humble honor when I heard from O, The Oprah Magazine  that they wanted to feature a Carved Solutions’ product yet again AND they wanted part of our Breast Cancer Awareness Collection.

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To say I was overwhelmed with gratitude doesn’t even come close!  Then to learn they wanted to share that Carved Solutions entire Breast Cancer Awareness Collection donates 50% of all SALES (not proceeds – 50% of GROSS SALES) to the S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund just blew me away.

S.D. Ireland Cancer Research Fund is a remarkable organization that uses 100% of all donations for research only.  Administrative and other costs are paid for privately by the Ireland family so when you give you know your dollars are making a real difference.  

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You’ve heard it said before, Breast Cancer knows no boundaries. It affects anyone regardless of age, gender, socio-economic status or geographic location. 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. I would love to say that my Mom was my one in 8 but I now have a dear Aunt and a sister-friend fighting the battle. Breast Cancer touches all of us.  So what can we do?  STOP THE ONE IN EIGHT. GET A MAMMOGRAM! Give to cancer research, eat healthy, stay active, and keep a positive outlook on life!  

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Life is so busy these days and we all need to be reminded to check our breasts and what better way than to spoil yourself, family and friends with a little luxury.  Each one of our Signature Spa Endless Lather – All Months gives you that quick reminder: New Soap = New Month = take a shower, lather and check!

I also wanted to make sure those battling cancer knew they are WARRIORS and we their family and friends are their tribe dedicated to their fight.  With two very special WARRIORS in mind, I came to the office one day and described what I was hoping for, something heirloom quality, something special, something WARRIOR.  Between our Emily and Mike they created exactly what I was envisioning and more.  Now you can arm your WARRIOR with their very own .935 Argentium Sterling Silver pendant too!

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Looking to celebrate someone special?  We’ve got a way for you to do that!  We love celebrating with Cocktails Curing Cancer every October too!  Renee Dall is an inspiration for all of us to be dedicated for the cure – and she makes it fun too!

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My Dad always said you only have one mother, take care of her, and protect her with your life.  Because hugs from Grandma are priceless!

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It’s with great gratitude that I share this above picture was taken 10 years ago and the love that little blond girl has for her grandma just continues to grow (just like her – now towering over grandma!).

Smiles always!

Dawn

Light the Night!

A Beloved Friend and a Survivor

On March 13th, 2011, Augustus Conmy at the age of 16 got into a minor snowboarding accident.  His father encouraged a visit to the hospital to check for a possible concussion.  Fortunately, Augustus did not have a concussion.  However, what the doctors did find was not only shocking it was much more severe.   After many tests, and four months later, Augustus was diagnosed with a neuroendocrine tumor. This unfortunately would only be his first taste of cancer.

Fast forward two years later to 2013.  Having undergone treatment, Augustus was recovering very well and was about to embark on a new journey by transferring his sophomore year to the University of Vermont from Vermont Technical College, where he was studying business.  That August, Augustus went in for his routine check-up to track his progress. To his dismay, he was only given more unfortunate news and was later diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia.  After realizing the severity of his diagnoses, Augustus had to temporarily put his college career on hold and admit himself in NYC’s Sloan Kettering. There he would he spend the next 11 months fighting for his health and his life. 

“Augustus is an incredible person; he gives me strength when I feel weak.  I cannot imagine a harder uphill battle to endure.  Augustus carried himself with so much determination and grace. He is the MOST positive person I know and I love him so much for those reasons and more”, Sierra Thompson, Carved Solutions Social Media Marketing Specialist and a dear friend of Augustus.

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On June 5th, 2014, Augustus was unofficially cured of his cancer! “Cancer had a dramatic impact on my life, but it taught me so much about myself. If I could go back, I’d do it all again”. Now recovered from surgery and healthy, Augustus gets to go back to the things in his life that mean the most. “Hopefully I will be riding dirt bikes and playing soccer soon. My greatest passion is motorcycles. You can’t keep me away from them”. Augustus has also resumed school back at Vermont Technical College.  There he is pursuing a carrier as a diesel technician, and aspiring to be a successful business owner. “I hope something with a performance application. Enjoying what I do is most important to me. So whatever it is, it has to have wheels and a motor”.

Augustus would say that his fight has only made him stronger and more prepared for anything to come his way in life. “Stay Positive! The more positive the better. It makes everything much more manageable. It’s really easy to become frustrated, but there is no point in dragging it out. Make the best out of the situation and I promise you it won’t seem so bad.”

It’s experiences and stories like this that reminds us all to always believe in ourselves. No matter the challenge, to always hold on to hope, belief and faith that although these times are hard, they too, will pass and you will be able to rejoice and celebrate life’s beautiful moments once again.

“We are living in an extraordinary moment. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is on the brink of incredible breakthroughs that have already begun to change the lives of thousands of patients; treatments that can manage a person’s condition with a daily pill, therapies that seek out cancer cells and kill them, and the use of a patient’s own immune system to eradicate cancer not someday, but today.  The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light The Night Walk funds those treatments.”

Carved Solutions is a proud supporter of The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Light the Night Walk.  Giving and walking makes a difference!