Category Archives: Women in Business

Proud mom of a Mermaid! <3

I don’t share a lot of mushy stuff here, but I *just have* to share this- I am really proud of my daughter Bella.
She is 11, and even though just a kid, she is willing to work hard for what she wants out of life!

bellas shellsShe has taken the entrepreneurial spirit to heart and makes her own products (Mermaid inspired headbands and barrettes) and sells them on her website and ETSY store.   She also has a Facebook page- Please stop by and say hello, she would love your support!  I love to see kids work hard for what they want and place value on their dreams.

Thank you!!!
Love, Laughter & Candlelight!

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The BIG tooth!

Did you know that the Megalodon was the biggest prehistoric shark that ever lived?!  It was the biggest predatory marine creature in the history of the planet.

Megalodon Jaws Museum of Natural History

The Megalodon shark earned its name “giant tooth” for their monstrously large choppers!  Over half a foot long, serrated, and heart-shaped (by comparison, the biggest teeth of a Great White Shark are only about three inches long).

Sharks are constantly shedding their teeth over the course of a lifetime–Megalodon teeth have been found all over the world, from antiquity to modern times.

In 2008, a joint research team from Australia and the U.S. used computer simulations to calculate Megalodon’s biting power. The results can only be described as terrifying: whereas a modern Great White Shark chomps with about 1.8 tons of force, Megalodon chomped down on its prey with a force of between 10.8 and 18.2 tons–enough to crush the skull of a prehistoric whale as easily as a grape.

Megalodon’s size has been a matter of debate. Over the past century, paleontologists have come up with estimates ranging from 40 to 100 feet, but the consensus today is that adults were 55 to 60 feet long and weighed as much as 100 tons!

Shark fossils are extremely rare because sharks have no bones, only cartilage, which does not fossilize well. Their teeth, however, are very hard. Their teeth are made of a bone-like material coated with hard enamel and they fossilize very well. Megalodon teeth are similar to those of the Great White Shark, but are much bigger, thicker, and with finer serrations.

Scott & Bella were sent this Megalodon tooth from their friend Teresa Shaw at Aquatic Pleasures Dive Center in North Carolina.  It was discovered during their dive at Meg Ledge off the coast in Wilmington North Carolina about 24-40 miles off shore in 100-110 foot deep water.  The day of the dive Aquatic Pleasures Dive Center recovered hundreds.  You can contact them direct at their website www.DiveNowWorkLater.com to purchase one, or better yet-Dive with them to find one yourself!  They have another dive scheduled June 16th and 17th-book your spot TODAY and create your own adventure!

For every inch of tooth (tip at gum line point to tip of end of tooth) is approximately 10-12 ft of shark. This tooth is about 5 inches so this came from a massive shark.

It is awe inspiring to me that you can hold a bit of pre historic history in your hand.  Part of a savage beast that lurked in the deep and terrorized the seas all those years ago, the perfect gift for any Sea lover.

The cure for anything is salt water – sweat, tears, or the sea.  ~Isak Dinesen

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Doing the Right thing…

Although this post has nothing to do with Candles, it touched my soul and reminds me of the extremes some people will go to, to do the Right thing.  I thought I would share it in the hopes that it would stir your soul as well.

Let us never forget! The world hasn’t just become wicked…it’s always been wicked.. The prize doesn’t always go to the most deserving.

Irena Sendler

12 May 2008 (aged 98)
Warsaw, Poland

During WWII, Irena, got permission to work in the Warsaw ghetto, as a Plumbing/Sewer specialist.. She had an ‘ulterior motive’.
She KNEW what the Nazi’s plans were for the Jews (being German).  Irena smuggled infants out in the bottom of the tool box she carried and she carried in the back of her truck a burlap sack, (for larger
kids)…She also had a dog in the back that she trained to bark when the Nazi soldiers let her in and out of the ghetto. The soldiers of course wanted nothing to do with the dog and the barking covered the kids/infants noises.

During her time of doing this, she managed to smuggle out and save 2500 kids/infants.

She was caught, and the Nazi’s broke both her legs, arms and beat her
severely. Irena kept a record of the names of all the kids she smuggled out and kept them in a glass jar, buried under a tree in her back yard.  After the war, she tried to locate any parents that may have survived it and reunited the family. Most had been gassed. Those kids she helped got placed into foster family homes or adopted.

In 2007 Irena was up for the Nobel Peace Prize. She was not selected.
Al Gore won — for a slide show on Global Warming.
Later another politician, Barack Hussein Obama, won for his work as a community organizer for ACORN.
Now, more than ever, with Iran , and others, claiming the HOLOCAUST to be ‘a myth’.  It’s imperative to make sure the world never forgets, because there are others who would like to do it again.  Remember….

Would you take a stand at your own risk if the need arose?  Words for thought…

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


A great example of a positive outlook and facing in the direction you want to move.

I read something this morning that grabbed my attention.  Did you know that Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy believed so certainly in his teams victory that he had all of his players fitted for their championship rings on Saturday night?!  A bold move that will surely go down in Superbowl legend.

It made me realize we should all have that kind of belief in things we undertake.

It’s easy to have faith in yourself when you’re a winner, when
you’re number one.  What you’ve got to have is faith in
yourself when you’re not a winner.
– Vince Lombardi

Confidence is contagious. So is lack of confidence.
Vince Lombardi

If you aren’t fired with enthusiasm, you will be fired with enthusiasm.
Vince Lombardi

Dictionary is the only place that success comes before work. Hard work is the price we must pay for success. I think you can accomplish anything if you’re willing to pay the price.
Vince Lombardi


We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised
as insoluble problems.

It’s not whether you get knocked down, it’s whether you get up.

Here’s to Planning for Success! ★

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Get off your rich ass and help somebody

My friend and mentor Donna Maria shared this video, and I couldn’t wait to share it with you. The title contains the first (and probably last) piece of profanity I have ever used at this blog. I assure you, it’s justified. Watch this video, by Ron and Tasra Dawson, and you’ll see what I mean.

I agree with dM, “If you are among my regular blog readers, and you watched this video, and can now think of a single thing to complain about, then shame on you. And shame on me too, if I start feeling sorry for myself.”

While not every assumption applies to us all, the general premise does! A grateful heart coupled with hands that help is a VERY powerful combo indeed!

Follow Donna Maria on twitter and read her blog here.   Learn more about Ron at his Twitter page and his blog, and also at their Teen Identity Project.

Now get off your rich ass and go help somebody …

What will you do to make a difference for someone else???

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!



Oprah’s OWN Show

Join us here at Blue Moon Candles in voting for Donna Maria (@IndieBusiness) to be the Star of Oprah’s OWN show!

If you know Donna Maria at all, you know she can keep you interested and on the edge of your seat!  What better way to keep all of America entertained AND fill them in on the literally hundreds of Independent Small Business owners working for themselves, making great handmade products and history?!

Join us in voting and commenting on her video on Oprah’s site!

Thanks you guys!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!


Gothic Hollywood Glamour

To me Maila Nurmi is an icon-one of the world’s most beautiful women.

In the early 1950s, Malia was close friends with James Dean, and they hung out together at Googie’s coffee shop on the corner of Crescent Heights and Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood. Her explanation for their friendship: “We have the same neuroses.”

Malia knew Marilyn Monroe, Elvis Presley, and briefly dated both Marlon Brando and Orson Welles.

She was the Original Elvira.  Nurmi made television history as the first horror movie hostess.

Nurmi was featured in Life Magazine June 14, 1954


Nurmi was an Indie Business owner and opened “Vampira’s Attic”, an antiques store in her home on Melrose Avenue. She also sold handmade jewelry and clothing. She made items for several celebrities including Grace Slick of the music group Jefferson Airplane and the Zappa family.

She was ahead of her time, an innovator, icon, inspiration and cult classic glamor girl.

I have her picture on the wall in my Candle Shop, inspiring me every day as we create our Gothic Candles and Bathworks! ♥

Vampira on the wall at Blue Moon Candles!

I don’t like standard beauty – there is no beauty without strangeness.  ~Karl Lagerfeld

Viva Vampira!

Love, Laughter & Candlelight!