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Hello Primate Readers,

I know that Jo and I have been on hiatus, and most of you know that it’s because we’ve been building and opening a yoga studio in Spring TX (or Houston for those who like to think in Metro-area terms). Well, I just wanted to let everyone know that we are NOW OPEN and ready to share the wonderful experience of yoga with you! Now, for a little shameless self-plugging πŸ™‚

We have a NEW STUDENT SPECIAL! All students new to the studio (which, right now is everyone) can get your first month of unlimited classes for $50! Anyone who knows yoga studios, knows that is a steal! So come in NOW!!!

We are also offering a GRAND OPENING REFERRAL BONUS! For all current members of the studio (see the above New Student Special in order to become a member of the studio), we’re offering a referral bonus of $25 for everyone you refer into the studio which purchases a New Student Special! Of course, you must remind your friend to list YOU as ‘how they heard about Cherry Blossom Yoga’ on their liability waiver so we know who to give the credit to πŸ˜‰ This offer is valid from now until May 1, 2010 – so get your friends in now!

And to entice you a little further, you’ve all seen the pics of the build-out…but here’s some of the final product πŸ™‚

A few shots of our Vegan, Handmade, and Fair Trade boutique items…

And for an overall view..

After the boutique, you walk down the hallway into Studio A. The front studio is slightly smaller, enough room for maybe 10-12 students…

Then, either choosing to walk through the flower doors, or continue down the hallway into Studio B (cool names for the studios to come). The back studio is slightly larger, accommodating up to perhaps 15-18 students…

As you enter the back of the space, you can pick up any props you may need for class, change clothes in the dressing area, leave your bags and such in a cubbie to keep the studio space free and clear, or use the facilities.

So pop into the studio, take a class..a tour..or treat yourself to some handmade soaps or candles from the boutique – 100% vegan & 100% cruelty-free. And if you’re looking for something for yourself or your significant other..a pair of Fair Trade earrings, and a 100% recycled glass jewelry dish to hold said earrings would be a sweet treat for your sweetie πŸ˜‰

Thanks for your patience, and I promise…we will be back to recipes soon πŸ™‚

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Apologies and News

Hello Primate followers!!! So so so sorry for the long hiatus. I can’t apologize enough… But it’ll all be worth it when you hear the news. Jo and I are opening a yoga studio in Houston (well, technically Spring TX, but seriously for those who know, there’s really no distinction when using ‘the google’). Our studio is called Cherry Blossom Yoga πŸ™‚

Right now, we’re in the build-out/construction phase – and not only is our posting suffering, but my diet is suffering as well. I haven’t cooked anything in almost a month. The other night I made some rice and beans, but Dad and I have been living on burritos and sandwiches for the last few weeks. Ugh, I can hear my body screaming for veggies..but there just isn’t any time. The construction crew consists of me the whole week and Dad Thursday through Sunday, and then mom comes in on the weekends to help out. So needless to say, it’s slow going with a crew of 3! It’s exhausting but fun and exciting… hopefully the build-out will be complete in a couple weeks and then I can get back to posting deliciousness for everyone out there πŸ™‚

So to keep you appeased until I can post again, here are the photos of progress on the studio. With a fresh coat of paint and some new walls, it seems like a whole new place! And I apologize for the graininess of some of the photos – these were all taken on my iPhone..and sometimes it’s not the greatest of quality.

Dad begins putting up the front wall that’ll distinguish the boutique from the studios.

This paint (which is going in the back dressing rooms as an accent wall, and in the bathroom), when I opened it looked just like a melted bar of Dagoba…and when I stirred it, it stirred just like melted ganache – can you say food/chocolate on the brain?! This was about a week and a half in (meaning it had been about 2-3 weeks since I’d had a home-cooked meal). And looking at the photo of the paint in the tray makes me think of a giant peanut butter cup….

The front boutique area is all painted and ready to be trimmed out with baseboards and window trim. It’ll be a completely vegan and fair-trade artisan boutique that’ll feature items such as Soy Candles by Phebes and various items from NOVICA!The last wall that’s going up is going to be finished 100% this morning (2/19/10)!! All the heavy lifting will be complete and Dad can move on to fun stuff like light fixtures and then flooring (oh wait, I’m in charge of flooring…but first I must tape and float the last wall. wohoo…)

If you want to follow day to day progress, check us out on Facebook – Cherry Blossom Yoga! And if you’re in the NW Houston area, we’re looking to open by mid-March (when we get closer, I’ll have a better idea of exact date)…tell your friends, and join us for the opening. (now for additional shameless self-plugging) We’re offering a new student special: $50 unlimited classes for your first month! Come as much as you want, any time, any class! Check out our website for more updates. And as I interview more teachers and we get the schedule filled out, I’ll be posting the schedule.

Thanks again for your patience…

-Sara and Jo (new entrepreneurs)

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Liz’s Little Helper

I’ve signed the Primate up to be a little elf – and the benefit is two-fold! You guys get a coupon code, and I get credit towards free cookies!! hehee πŸ˜€ Of course, you can either direct your friends to this coupon code, or you can sign up for your own to work towards your own free Liz Lovely cookies. Let’s help make the world a happier, merrier place this holiday season by feasting on the most Liz Lovely cookies of them all (you like how I used the name as an adjective at how delicious the cookies are, I’m still working on getting that picked up in the parlance of our times as a description for something so delicious it’s unfathomable by one who hasn’t experienced it themselves…that’s “Liz Lovely”). Ok..so here’s the code and spiel Cowboy Dan sent me:

So, as Primate followers know Jo and I are huge fans of Liz Lovely Cookies.Β  They’re this awesome little bakery in Vermont that β€œbakes a difference” with organic, vegan & gluten free cookies.Β  I’m not sure how they do it, but these cookies are the best.Β  And they ship them all over the country!Β  (Hint hint)Β  Anyway, I’m on their Fan Club, and I signed up to be one of β€œLiz’s Little Helpers.”  If you go buy some cookies online, I’ll get you 20% off your order! And, I earn a little credit towards free cookies.Β  What could be wrong about cookies for the holidays?

OK, so go to www.lizlovely.com

At checkout, use this promo code for 20% off: SARATURK

Happy Holidays,

-Sara

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Houston Workshop Photos

Well, the first ever workshop was so much fun!!! Here’s some photos of the food and such… I made peanut butter cookies for the attendees to nibble on, handed out copies of the apple-cranberry pocket pie recipe, and gave out a big goodie bag filled with more cookies, a couple brownies, and a handful of my personal favorite recipes – congrats to Rachel for winning that delicious prize! Thank you to all who came, and we missed those who couldn’t make it..

I’m making some yummy refashioned peanut butter cookies

The ingredients are ready and waiting to head down to the Falls at Copper Lake Reception Center…

Now the peanut butter cookies are taunting me…is it almost time to start with the pies???

Nom nom…pie filling before it’s cooked down…

The final mini pies….For the recipe, you’ll just have to make it to the next workshop….bwah, haha..I’m so evil πŸ˜‰

Happy Baking!

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Announcing the first ever, Innocent Primate baking workshop. We’ll be baking up some delicious vegan pastries…then eating them! Learning how to make a successful, flaky vegan pastry is key when showing just how delicious a cruelty-free lifestyle can taste. I’m thinking Apple-Cranberry Pocket Pies….

If you get lost or if you have any questions – you can call/text me. No registration fee, but donations will be greatly appreciated to help pay for the groceries.

Date: Friday, November 27, 2009

Time: 2:00pm – 4:00pm

Location: Falls at Copper Lake – Clubhouse

Street: 9140 Highway 6 N.

City/Town: Houston, TX

If you’re on Facebook, RSVP here! If you’re not on FB, just leave a note in the comments of this post that you (and any guests) are planning on coming! Hope to see (and meet) some Primate fans and followers!

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Primate Makes Top 75 Veg Blogs

Hey there Primate readers! I’ve just been informed that the Innocent Primate has been included in a list consisting of the top 75 Vegan/Vegetarian Blogs on the Pharmacy Technician Certification website. It’s a “site dedicated to serving the prospective distance education student as well as the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries.” This website also attempts to “serve the pharmaceutical and healthcare industries more generally by maintaining our Pharmacy Technician Certification Blog, upon which we regularly publish articles which highlight interesting blogs, resources, tips and information.”

Anytime we can get more vegan information out to the healthcare industry, I’m all for it! So check out their list of the Top 75 Blogs for Vegans and Vegetarians. They have broken them down into awesome categories such as Cooking & Recipes, News & Politics, Health & Nutrition, Animal Rights, Lifestyle – under which the Primate falls πŸ™‚ , a favorite subject among these two Primates – Beauty & Fashion, sites for those Thinking of Vegan and Vegetarian, and Family! Thanks Ashley for including the Innocent Primate among your Top 75!

On This Day In History: Apple Streusel Ice Cream

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Innocent Primate Workshop – Houston

It’s been suggested on our Facebook page by one of our fans, the lovely Mary Houston, that while I’m in the Houston area to hold a workshop. Jo and I have been thinking about this, and we agree it’s a wonderful idea! Since this would be our first one (Jo wouldn’t actually be here, just me), there are some questions I would like to pose to you, our fans!

1. How many of you would be interested in attending?
2. Would you be willing to chip in a little for groceries – I’m just a poor college student, and $5 or $10 would be helpful in paying for supplies? of which you’d get to eat πŸ˜‰
3. Would you like to learn a particular dish, a particular technique, etc? What would you want to get out of it?
4. Would you prefer before or after Thanksgiving (i.e. the 20 or 21st, or the 27 or 28th)? And would you prefer a Friday or Saturday afternoon?

Depending on what it is you’re wanting from the workshop will determine how long it’ll be. But I would anticipate average about 2 hours.

Let me know what you think…

Thanks,
Sara

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