Monday, March 23, 2015

Moms on Mondays - Samantha from Green + Lovely {and a Giveaway!}

{The giveaway featured in this post has ended.}

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This week I am proud to feature Samantha from Green + Lovely!  She makes organic, all natural skin care products in her shop and features so many things you used on a daily basis like baby soaps, lip balm, etc.  I haven't tried her products myself, but I love shops like this who are making their own health and beauty products instead of us all having to buy the awful, synthetic stuff at the grocery store.

She has also offered to give away a Pampering Mom Basket that includes:  A 4 ounce Green Tea + Bergamot Face Lotion (anti-oxidant blend), Nature's Silk Lip Balm and Lip Scrub duo and Pampering Lavender Passion Bath Salts (8 ounces).  View our giveaway image (and rules) on Instagram to enter, or leave a comment below telling us why you would like to win this set!  Giveaway ends on Saturday, March 28th at 12pm MST.



What is the name of your shop and how can we find you?

My shop on Etsy is Green + Lovely and I also have a website and some of my products are also on Amazon.  I am on Instagram and Twitter as well.   

Tell us about what you make/sell in your shop.  

Green + Lovely is a premium skin-care line created with natural and organic ingredients, handcrafted just for you.  Green + Lovely launched in 2012 with the formulation of our signature Better-than-Butter Belly (Pregnancy) Oil. Since, our product line has expanded to include the best selling Nature's Herbal Calendula (Healing) Salve, nourishing lotions, lip balms, lip tints, baby soaps, diaper creams, hydrating body scrubs, botanical bath salts, and more. 











How/why did you start making these products and open this shop? 

I've always had a love and knack for creating things. It runs in the family, as my grandfather opened and operated a restaurant in Tulsa, Oklahoma. (We still cherish those recipes!)  I received my Bachelor's of Science in Nutrition in 2005.  I began my career in product development (culinary realm) in 2006 at FOCUS Brands, the parent company of Carvel Ice Cream, Cinnabon, Seattle's Best Coffee International, Moe's Southwest Grill, and Schlotzsky's Deli. I worked under almost all of the brands, creating new seasonal and promotional products in their test kitchen. I also completed the nutrition analysis for consumer and legal purposes on these menu items.

I got married in 2009 and moved to Raleigh, NC. I picked right back up in product development and took a job at Golden Corral. When we moved again in 2011, I got pregnant with my son, Zachary. This is when the Better than Belly Butter Oil was created.  I remember searching the shelves, looking for the best product out there to nourish my skin, naturally, and help me not get any stretch marks.  I didn't find anything. So, I made different batches of my own concoction and gave some to friends and they had the same result.  I opened a shop on Etsy and have been flooded with customers who love this product. Then, the shop expanded from there.  I love it and it's become my passion to extend my product development experience to creating skin care products for our home, to yours.



How long have you been in business?

We opened our shop at the end of 2012.

Tell us a little bit about your family.

I got married in 2009. We gave birth to a beautiful baby boy in 2011. Since, we began the adoption journey and adopted our son, Jonah, in November of this past year.  He is 3 months old and such a sweet baby and blessing to our family. 


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How does this company help your family?  Or you?

Running a business WHILE being a stay at home mom is very challenging, but I love it.  I like to think that my creativity runs wild at nap time. It gives me an outlet and now my 3 year old likes to 'help' me make lotion. Some days I am just purely exhausted, but what I love is that you wake up renewed and want to conquer the world. Some days you do, and some you are just 'mom'. I am okay with that.

Did you ever think you'd be doing this?  What did you think you'd be doing instead?

I didn't think I would start working again until my kids went to grade school.  I didn't think I would be tackling something like this.  Green + Lovely has great potential and my work has a purpose.  I realize this.

Does anyone help you with your shop?

No, not the day to day business and filling orders.  My husband is part accountant, whether he chose to be or not.  My friend does my product photography (Hi Brooke!), but she is not local.  And, my sister-in-law designed my labels - she is amazing!

How do you find time to run your shop and create products? 

That's the tricky part.  I create products in my sleep just thinking about what can be next.  But, I have a hard time finding time some days, as I don't have family local. My son goes to a wonderful "mom's morning out" school and that gives me a few hours.  Nap time is the best time, and I stay up later than I should on occasion. 

Where do you see your shop in the future?

My next step is getting my products in front of Whole Foods.  That is a big step and venture for me.  I've been trying to prepare for it for some time, but I am about there.

Tell us your favorite product or your most favorite thing you've created?

It probably has to be the Better than Butter Belly Oil.  I love hearing from customers after they have had their babies and their stories. I also love reviews in general. I have the best customers. 

Do you have any advice for future mom-entrepreneurs?

If you think you have something, run with it. I wish I had a lot of the business sense in the beginning, but I am learning more every day. I wish I was better at marketing, but I am learning that every day too.  If you are passionate about the product or idea, then that passion will show in your work. Don't stop!

What are some of YOUR favorite shops/products, besides your own?

Some other favorite shops are Sweeties by Kim (BIG chocolate lover), Hawkins Creations (I love her signs and have a few), and Marley's Monsterswe just partnered with them to offer organic bamboo cloth wipes, wet bags, and organic bamboo diaper inserts in our shop.

Thanks Samantha for being here and don't forget to enter our giveaway!  Leave a comment below!


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37 comments:

  1. I would love to try these products, especially the lip balm and baby lotion. I love that her products are organic and that she makes them. That is so cool!

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  2. I would be thrilled to try your products! I am impressed that you have two kids and run a business. I have a hard time getting day to day tasks completed with 3 kids six and under.

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  3. Would love to try the face lotion. My daughter's skin has been so dry lately!

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  4. I would really love to try these!_)

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  5. I would really like to try the face lotion. So dry :(

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  6. My cousin is about to have a baby and this would be the PERFECT gift

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  7. The face lotion sounds great and just what I need. My lips stay chapped all the time due to invisalign braces so would love to try that also. Thank you!

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  8. Thank you. CHapped stick for sure after this winter

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  9. Being a mom with four boys who have sensative skin and Excema. We would be so blessed to be able to try the baby lotion as well as the lip balm! I love that they are all natural and we have heard such amazing things about her amazing products! We would be forever grateful and so very very blessed to win!

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  10. I live in Green Bay Wi where one day i can be 50 and the next it is 20.. I am finding my skin is so chapped and rough looking.. I could really use this

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  11. Thank you for the interview. It is always nice to read behind the product. It makes it real. For me I look for products that are pretty much natural. I have sensitive skin and a lot of times drugstore items are too harsh on my skin.

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  12. As a single working Mom with 3 kids, I am always looking for safe, healthy and effective products to bring into my home. I would love to try the baby lotion as well as the lip balm! Nicol Bowers @Nicoleschoice1 on Twitter

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  13. Marnie G (Derrick Todd)March 26, 2015 at 8:58 PM

    I would love to win this for my sister. She is expecting her first child soon. She is a 7th grade teacher and works long hours and could use a little pampering! email: marnieguffey@gmail.com

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  14. I love trying new organic skin products! Also, I'm almost 34 weeks pregnant and could use a little pampering :)

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  15. What great products. These sound fantastic. Thanks!
    pjames330 at aol dot com

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  16. Along with "cleaning" our diet, we are also on the lookout for better body and household products. I'd love to try these.
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

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  17. These products sound fabulous! I'd like to try the skin cleanser and the lip balm.

    Nancy
    allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

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  18. These All look like Great Products Everyone should be using!
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  19. I am a working mom of three busy children. They always come first- with my time and money! I hardly ever get to pamper myself, and these products look heavenly. I'd love to enjoy me time without the guilt. The email I check most often is fossil316@aol.com

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  20. All of the products look like they would be fantastic! I would love to try and pamper myself!!

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  21. These look like such great products!
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  22. some very amazing products i love to hear and read about products like this thanks very much for this amazing chance

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  23. this would be great for my sister in law

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  24. I would definitely share this with my mom for mothers day! I love lip products and she loves bath products! the perfect mix ;)
    amandajoyrauch at yahoo dot com

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  25. I love to try new products! I have 3 grown daughters, who love to try scents and make-up. As usual they always count on mom. masongirl1127@yahoo.com

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  26. I would love to try the lip balm. I'm addicted to the stuff.

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  27. These would be perfect for a nice relaxing day in, especially the lotion.

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  28. I would love to win the bath salts, I love to take a nice long bath occasionally.

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  29. I enjoy trying new products that are natural and organic.

    p_halligan@yahoo.com

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  30. I love trying (and finding) new good products. I want to win to give these a whirl.

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  31. I would love to win this set for my daughter. She is pregnant and really deserves something to help her relax.

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  32. These products look wonderful. I am always on the lookout for natural products that can help my skin.

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  33. Nice products. I would love to try the lip balm as the air is always dry where I live and my lips needs something at all times.

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  34. these products look great! after this winter my skin NEEDS tlc!!!

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  35. I would love to try these products! My skin is so dry in the winter time!

    andysavi.mom@gmail.com

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  36. I would like to win this - it would make a great gift for the baby shower that I need to go to next month.....

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  37. I don't have a shop. I like bath products.

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