Wick-edly Sent’s Shaving Oil, Good for the Skin, the Environment and the Budget

Does your Father (Husband, or Significant Other) shave with shaving cream? Consider introducing him to the wonders of Wick-edly Sent’s Shaving Oil if you’re looking for a unique Father’s Day Gift, birthday present or “Just because” surprise. We’re sure he’ll thank you for it! Many men shave with shaving cream, because they don’t know any better. It’s what their fathers did. While shaving cream lathers richly, it’s really just air-filled foam. It does little, if anything to moisturize or protect the skin.  We invite you to introduce your guy to our Mens Shaving Product. At Wick-edly Sent, we’ve developed a Shaving Oil specially formulated to moisturize as it nourishes with a botanical complex of Burdock, Elder Flower, Lavender, Calendula, and Cleavers. We add Vitamin E – great for the skin – which reduces nicks and cuts. The essential oil of spearmint is added for an invigorating and refreshing scent which offers therapeutic benefits such as: For the Skin – It works on acne and dermatitis, it detoxes, relieves itching, softens and degreases skin, removes blackheads, and cools the skin. For the Head: it relieves headache, mental exhaustion, and nervous stress. Although each bottle is only 2 oz., it will give up to 400 shaves, making it much more environmentally conscientious than tins of shaving cream.  Wick-edly Sent’s 2 oz. container of Shaving Oil is $15.95, which comes out to a little less than $.04 per shave, so this is not just any Mens shaving product, it’s one that’s good for the body, the earth, and the...

The History of Fathers Day

Interestingly enough, Father’s Day can be credited to the inspiration and work of two separate women. The first known Father’s Day was celebrated on July 5, 1908.  Grace Golden Clayton, a member of the William Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church in Fairmont, West Virginia proposed the idea after hearing of a mining explosion in nearby Monongah that killed 361 men the previous December.  It was her way of recognizing their sacrifice. The following year, in 1909, a woman name Sonora Smart Dodd listened to a sermon about Mother’s Day at her church in Spokane, Washington.  After her mother had died in childbirth following the delivery of her sixth child, her father Henry Jackson Smart, a Civil War Veteran, raised the six children alone.  The sermon inspired her to work toward the start of Father’s Day as a way to show her father how much she appreciated the loving, courageous and selfless contributions he made toward their family.  She chose June of the following year for the first celebration because her father had been born in that month.  In 1924, President Calvin Coolidge recommended Father’s Day become a national holiday.  The tradition quickly caught on and across the U.S., and people began paying homage to fathers and father-figures on that day. It wasn’t until 1966 that President Lyndon B. Johnson designated the third Sunday in June as the official day to celebrate the event, and in 1972, President Richard Nixon declared Father’s Day a national day of observance.  So on June 21st, we at Wick-edly Sent will join you in recognizing and paying homage and tribute to the men in our lives who are our fathers or who have acted like fathers in...

Canandaigua’s History Comes to Life though Podcast2thePast

Have you ever driven past some of Canandaigua’s beautiful historic sites and thought, “I should go there some time”?  Maybe you’ve even thought, “Canandaigua has such gorgeous architecture…I wish I knew more about that building.” A new program called “Podcast2thepast,” launched by our own Finger Lakes Visitors Connection in collaboration with the Steuben County Tourism Bureau, showcases several of Canandaigua’s treasures in short, 2-3 minute podcasts.   A podcast is a pre-recorded audio program that’s posted to a website and is made available for easy download. Canandaigua’s treasures that are currently showcased on Podcast2thepast are: Granger Homestead & Carriage Museum The Ontario County Courthouse Sonnenberg Gardens & Mansion The podcasts also feature other fascinating destinations of historical and architectural interest in Ontario and Steuben Counties such as several wineries, the town of Clifton Springs, Corning’s Gaffer District and more. One of the innovative features about this program is that the podcasts also “package” a number of different attractions into offerings that would be of interest to visitors, such as the “Stretch Yourself Getaway Experience” that highlights Sonnenberg Gardens, Granger Museum, Historic Clifton Springs and Bully Hill Vineyards.  This will encourage more visitors to take in multiple attractions. Visit the Podcast2thePast website for an interesting photo gallery with some great historic photos, and a calendar of events. So whether you’re looking for someplace interesting to visit, or just trying to bone up on your history, check out Podcast2thePast . Podcast2thepast was underwritten in part by an Explore New York grant from the NYS Division of Tourism. Photo courtesy Ontario County Visitors...

The 3/50 Project: Save the economy 3 stores at a time!

Wick-edly Sent has joined a new intiative called the 3/50 Project to encourage shopping locally. This program got its start when Rieva Lesonsky (Consulting Editor at BizWomen.com), wrote a post titled  “Support Your Local Small Business”. Her article sprang from thinking about her own community and she wrote: “With more and more small businesses on the edge of survival, I’ve been thinking about which three stores I would most hate to see go out of business, and how I can support them with my dollars.” A woman named Cinda Baxter took this idea and spun it into a national campaign called the 3/50 Project.  The premise of this program is: Pick 3 independently owned businesses you would miss if they were to disappear.  Stop in and get to know the owner(s).  Purchase something that you need or that makes you smile.  Your purchase will help keep them in business. Choose to spend at least $50 locally in independently owned businesses each month.  According to Baxter, if half of the employed in the U.S. did this, it would generate $42.6 billion in revenue! For every $100 spent at locally owned independent businesses, $68 stays in the community in the form of taxes, payroll and other expenditures.  If you spend this money at a national chain, only $43 stays here.  Spend it online, and nothing comes back to the community. The most important point about this initiative is that every person counts.  YOU can make a difference! In case you’re wondering what we me by an independently-owned business, we define it as: The majority of the business is owned by one or more individuals or...

Wedding Favors, Customized by Wick-edly Sent

The custom of giving wedding favors started hundreds of years ago in Europe when the nobility gave out gifts at their weddings.  These wedding favors were typically small porcelain, metal or crystal boxes filled with candies, or treats made of sugar, called bonbonierres. Because a wedding was considered to be good luck, this was a way for the noble couple to share their luck with their guests and to show their appreciation for their guests’ attendance.  Remember, in those days, guests may have traveled many days to attend the wedding. Today, the custom of giving favors occurs not only at weddings, but also at showers and bachelorette parties.  Just as the custom has expanded, the array of favors has grown as well.   Now, the favors are often personalized to commemorate the event.  The one thing that hasn’t changed is that guests are always delighted to leave with a favor that is both a token of appreciation and that also marks the special occasion. So if you just volunteered to host your niece’s bridal shower, or your friend’s bachelorette party,  or if you’re a bride looking for a special wedding favor to commemorate your occasion, Wick-edly Sent can create a favor to fit your tastes and budget. We are happy to work with you to create just the right favor.  For example, in the shower favor above, guests at Kate’s bridal shower received lavendar olive oil soap, body wash, body lotion and lip butter customized with “Thanks for Showering with Kate.” You might consider mixing one of our lovely tea size scented soy candles in with several of the items above.  The choice is yours! Our customized wedding favors usually range in price from $3 to $7, depending on your budget and what you’d like to give your guests. All of our products are all natural and...

10 Tips for Comfortable In-Person Networking

We occasionally hear from friends that they’re uncomfortable with networking and that they feel awkward in social situations.  Our friend Carol White Llewellyn offered to write a post about this topic. People who know me now would be surprised to discover that for most of my life, I have been painfully shy.  Throughout my career, I chose positions where I could be “behind the scenes” making things happen.  I became an event planner  – a stage manager no one sees whose job it is to make others look great. One day at a conference, a man introduced himself to me.  He had been watching me at the conference and confronted me, asking why I hid behind my work.  I was shocked.  I had never really thought about it, but I realized he was right.   I also realized I hid it because I’d never really learned how to network, mingle and simply chat with people.  That was an awakening.  I set out to change it. Several years later, I began publishing a travel magazine, and out of necessity, I had to step out from behind the curtain and into the spotlight.  I found that I enjoyed it and that I love networking and meeting new people now.  So, here are some tips I’ve discovered for those who are reading and who dread every event they attend where they’re afraid they’ll be a wall flower: ~ Arrive at the event early.  Pretend  you are hosting the event and that it is your job to make others feel welcome and comfortable. ~ Realize that a lot of the people in the room feel as uncomfortable as you.  Find a...