Friday, August 29, 2008

Who is the Creator-Extraordinaire of Cactus & Ivy

Hey Y’all!

Remember when I did the Introduction for my first post? I indicated that some days would be completely useless but full of fun and energizing filler? Ding…ding…ding… guessed it! Today is that day, although none of what I am about to tell you is useless to me, it's the fun and energizing filler part.

First, on a serious note, congratulations go out to the Twindie of the Week winners, Dusty Warren of Jorren Co., Kelly Bloom of Southern Soapers Fragrances and Lela Barker of Bella Lucce. I met these incredible ladies on Twitter. Donna Maria Coles Johnson, CEO of Indie Beauty Network runs a Twindie
of the Week contest for “tweets” to figure out who the IBN member is. Indies ROCK!!

Now, today I am sharing with you a little about me, the Creator-Extraordinarie of Cactus & Ivy. I’m a proud Navy brat and an Army wife. Imagine my conflict during the Army-Navy game? Growing up in the military has totally defined me as an individual. We never lived in one place long so I had to perfect the art of making new friends and finding a way to keep up with the ones I left behind. The kids that were picked on in school always had a friend in me. I am a champion for the underdog but yet, I am a very emotional person. Not weepy all the time emotional but I care deeply about others and how they are treated. My parents, two phenomenal individuals, are completely responsible for the person I have become and I thank them!

For 12 years, I have been hitched to the same man, Prevo, the love of my life! We turned his proposal and how we got married into a song. And believe me, that’s a whole other post saved for later! Prevo is creative in his own right. He has been writing and singing music since the age of 16. When he returned home from Iraq in 2006, he wrote a song about his experiences and feelings while abroad. December, 2007, To The Fallen Records chose his song to be on a Country Compilation album. I am so proud of him! Presently, Prevo is recovering from vocal cord paralysis and I will never give up hope that I will hear beautiful music from him again. |

Prevo and I are supported and surrounded by awesome family and friends. Cactus & Ivy is honored to have such a great group of “Guinea Chicks & Bucks” to test out our products before making them available to the general public. I can always count on detailed and a "no holds barred" feedback.

The walls in our home are decorated by various metal signs that pretty much describe the feeling of the atmosphere. Here are a few that adorn our home:

- Kiss My Grits
You gotta have this living in the South!

- I’m not sure if life is passing me by or trying to run me over
Some days move by so quickly, so this just seemed appropriate!

- All stressed out and no one to choke
Do I really need to explain this one?

- We had to get rid of the kid, the cat was allergic
Just kidding! We are just huge cat people and my sign is Leo.

And, my two favorites are:

- Hot Beer, Lousy Food, Bad Service - Welcome - Have a nice Day
I don’t drink hot beer, the food is always good because I love to eat and we always have impeccable service

- There’s a skinny girl who lives inside of me that’s trying to get out but I can usually shut her up with cookies!
Oh….so true. I had Oreo’s & milk just last night!

So, now you know a little about me. I am living the life I was meant to live and continue to aspire to become a better person each day. To some, I may seem too casual and not take life seriously. Oh contraire, I say. Everyone needs a break from the day to day of life. As a creator of natural spa and body products, I take my responsibility very seriously. Creating safe and quality products for all consumers is my number one priority. A favorite goal of mine is to one day have Cactus & Ivy products on Oprah’s Favorite Things show. Oprah is a true inspiration and I am living my best life. Woo-hoo…….can you hear me Oprah?

Until next time, I bid you farewell. I hope you and your family has a safe and fun Labor Day weekend!

Lisa M. Rodgers
Cactus & Ivy
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