Love, Give, GLOW! Beauty For a Cause

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Check out this lovely company I’ve curated just for you!
Glow For A Cause

They sent me a sample of the Glow For A Cause solid perfume, Inspire, that’s sweet smelling and heavenly! Here’s what their website says:

She saw in the sunrise endless possibilities…inspire

A decidedly young and uplifting scent with a vibrant blend of florals and a dash of sunny citrus.

When you’re thinking about gift giving or just for YOU because you DESERVE it, shop at a company that gives back, and is organic, vegan/vegetarian!

GLOW for a cause is a beauty company unlike any other. What started out as a quest to create the purest and highest quality body care products and soy candles has evolved into a glowing movement.

Founded by artist, teacher, and skincare productista, Johanna Querry Smith, GLOW for a cause is a passion project that makes both people and the world just a little more beautiful. GLOW for a cause products are made from the finest and purest ingredients available.

Every time you buy a GLOW for a cause product, you are not only pampering yourself, you are giving back 5% to our partner non-profit organizations. Now that’s beauty that GLOWS on the inside and out.

Here’s a list of their causes:

Cowgirls vs. Cancer  provides retreat scholarships for women with breast cancer to experience healing with horses and yoga in Montana.  http://cowgirlyoga.com

Boston Firefighter’s Burn Foundation is comprised of Boston firefighters who volunteer their time to provide emotional and financial support to burn victims and their families.  http://bostonfirefightersburnfoundation.com

The Red Sox Foundation provides tutoring, mentoring, enrichment programs and college scholarships to academically talented but economically disadvantaged students through their Red Sox Scholars Program.  http://redsoxfoundation.org

MaxFund Animal Adoption Center is a true no kill animal shelter in Colorado, giving animals, including the injured, abandoned and abused, a second chance at life.  http://maxfund.org

The Gathering Place is Denver’s only drop-in center and community of hope for women, children and transgender individuals who are experiencing homelessness or poverty.  http://tgpdenver.org

Berni’s Journey is a cinematic quest that serves as a mirror for us to reflect on universal themes of happiness, hope, and living authentically.  Answer the call of adventure and become the hero of your own story.  http://www.bernisjourney.com

 

Samples have been provided for review. Opinions are the author’s own. 

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GoMacro Thrive Bars: A Giveaway!!!

When I was went on my solo hike last week and was ALMOST LOST FOREVER, I was smart enough to have the foresight to pack not only a bottle of water, but a couple of delicious and nutritious THRIVE bars.

How lucky am I that GoMacro sent me a box of assorted Thrive bars to sample!

Almond Apricot, Blueberry Lavender, Caramel Coconut, Chocolate Peanut Butter Chip, Chocolate, Nuts & Sea Salt, and Ginger Lemon.

I’m so happy to be able to share some of these yummy treats with my wonderful and loyal readers! 
GoMacro is a family owned vegan company that was started by a mother-daughter team on their organic farm in Southwest Wisconsin.
While you may be familiar with their original MacroBars, they have launched a delicious new line of plant-based bars called Thrive.
Thrive are made up of a superfood ancient grain blend, are all less than 200 calories, and provide plant-based protein, essential fatty acids, and prebiotic fiber to fuel your body and mind.
Like all GoMacro products, Thrive are USDA-Certified Organic, Non-GMO Project Verified, Kosher, Gluten-Free certified, 100% Vegan, and soy-free. Thrive is currently available to purchase online and will become available to Whole Foods in October 2016.
All you have to do to win a box of GoMacro Thrive is to LIKE  them on social media (and of course LIKE this post so I know whom to choose! (US residents only, please.)
Twitter:@gomacro
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/gomacro/
Instagram:@gomacro
(I was provided product for sample and review. Opinions are my own.I have not received any compensation for writing this post.)

WelleCo Super Elixer Nourishing Protein

Can you believe the holidays are fully upon us?

Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and Hannukah, New Year’s Eve…all designed around FOOD. Yummy food, but full of carbs and fats and more caloric indulgence than we usually allow ourselves to have, right?

Maybe we think we don’t have to worry about eating healthy and even losing those extra few pounds until swimsuit season, but I have a different philosophy.
I think that NOW is the time to prepare for those extra cookies and stuffing and pumpkin pies.

And who wouldn’t want to finally, finally get rid of cellulite?

I know I do.

WelleCo sent me some of their YUMMY Super Elixir Nourishing Protein.and it’s so delicious that I’ve had to hide it at the gym, ‘cos my friends try to deplete my container!

This is a new, all-natural, delicious alternative to bulky whey protein.

Their unique formula comes from plants you’d recognize, like peas, dandelions, pomegranates, sprouted brown rice and pea protein.

It’s all organic, and vegan friendly.

And with a delicious Raw Peruvian Cacao chocolate flavor, it’s a treat for your taste buds as well.

Your body will reap the rewards you’d expect from a protein supplement, and so much more. That’s because unlike other all-natural protein options, ours contains 9 essential amino acids.

Other benefits you’ll notice include:

  • Maintains your blood sugar levels as a part of a healthy balanced diet.
  • Contains fibre to keep you feeling full for longer.
  • Acai to help with free radical elimination.
  • B vitamins to fight stress.
  • Its digestive enzymes help to boost your metabolism.

Now let’s talk about the dreaded CELLULITE. I hate it!!

Cellulite affects many women due to hormones and pre-disposition to store fat in thighs and hips.

In SoCal, it’s always swimsuit season; luckily Elle Macpherson’s nutritionist, Dr. Simone Laubscher, is offering her top tips to minimize cellulite and say hello to silky smooth skin with the help of WelleCo.

 1.       Stay Hydrated: The more water you drink, the less water you hold. Drink two liters of water each day infused with cucumber shavings, lemon and mint to help your body let go of water retention.

2.       Balance your Hormones: When your hormones are out of balance, your body tends to hold more water due to excessive estrogen, which can worsen cellulite. Balance your hormones without increasing acidity in the body with the WelleCo Super Elixir Nourishing Protein.

3.       Go Alkaline: The more acidic you are, the more toxins and water you will hold. Add two teaspoons of the WelleCo Super Elixir Alkalzing Greens in 250ml of water to bring your body on the fast-track to living alkaline.

4.       Reduce Caffeine: This can be a tough one, but it’s important to try and limit your caffeine intake to one cup each day. Swap your coffee for herbal teas that contain ingredients such as lemon, ginger and dandelion, which are great for cellulite reduction.

5.       Dehydrate the Cellulite: Use a compress of iced tea, seaweed or mud wraps on areas of your body that have cellulite to dehydrate and improve the appearance of cellulite.

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I was provided product for sample and review. Opinions are my own.I have not received any compensation for writing this post.

Three Back-to-School Morning Routine Tips For the Whole Family

It’s not too late for a back-to-school post, I hope! Everyone’s goes back to school at different times–it’s early days; routines are still being fine tuned.
I haven’t had another furbaby since my darling Bandit and my best friend and Border Collie, Victor, travelled over the Rainbow Bridge, but it’s TIME. I don’t know how I’ve been able to go this long without muddy paws, twice daily vacuuming, and endless unconditional love,  but the day has come. (A rescue, of course.)
All I have to display this cute Milkbone fashion scarf is this cute little stuffed animal wolf.
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But when Milk-Bone sent me an assortment of vitamin treats (and a toy!), I knew that it was a message from the Universe and I hear it loud and clear. See that pic of a Border Collie on the packaging? My absolute FAVORITE dog breed, so you can be sure I’ll be checking out Border Collie Rescues in my area very soon.
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Dogs and their human companions have something very important in common: both are creatures of habit. 
With school about to start—it’s the perfect time to make sure the whole family gets off on the right paw with the right habits at the start of the day. (And it’s so much more fun when the whole family is involved!)
1Get active with your four-legged trainer in the morning.
40% of doggy mommies and daddies do healthy things with their pups at the same time that they do healthy things for their families. By adding doggy exercise to the rest of your family’s morning routine, your dog can actually begin to encourage the rest of your family to stay active!
2. Involve your kids in caring for Fido (and for themselves).
Dogs, just like young kids, need role models. 57% of dog parents who also have human children involve their kids in caring for their pet—instilling responsibility and good daily habits like brushing their teeth and taking their vitamins.
3. Make sure your dog consistently receives the nutrients necessary to live a long and happy life.
1 in 3 pet parents are confused about what’s needed for proper pet nutrition, meaning many pup parents are unaware that their dogs’ diets may be lacking in essential nutrients.  Milk-Bone Good Morning Daily Vitamin Treats were created specifically to promote your dog’s well-being and longevity. So when you’re giving your kids their daily vitamins, remember that your pup needs their nutrient-packed treats too.  Your dog adds so much to the family—make sure to take care of him/her for the long-term!
Learn more about Milk-Bone’s Good Morning Daily Vitamins on their site:
What are your family’s favorite morning routines? Tell us how you and your pooch get ready to take on the day in the comments below!
(I was provided product only; no compensation.)

KAABOO Del Mar: An EXPERIENCE

KAABOO Del Mar is an experience not to be missed!

KAABOO is three days full of fun, with almost forty hours packed with memories and fun.

September 16-17-18

I talked to some friends who went last year and there was 100% agreement: vibes were perfect, food was delicious, and the music was AMAZING.

In addition to a plethora of acts including Aerosmith, Lenny Kravitz, and Jimmy Buffet, there’s Sarah Silverman, Darrel Hammond, and Cheech and Chong!

Plus loads of good food and beverages!

Click here for the schedule and all info: https://www.kaaboodelmar.com/the-experience/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kaabooexperience/
Twitter: @KAABOODELMAR
Download app: bit.ly/kaabooapp

I’ll be there, wearing the latest in trendy concert fashion.You’ll find me roaming around with my camera. Find me and I’ll take your pic!

Get ready for this journey of discovery!

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Wild Times: Sex, Drugs, and Mammoth Mountain

I have a friend who wrote a book, which in and of itself is an amazing accomplishment since my own book is stuck in limbo somewhere between my head and a few notes in this computer, but this isn’t even his first foray into publishing-he authored Zen and the Art of Surfing, too.

Greg Gutierrez is an amazing human for many reasons. He’s an artist, an educator, a vocal supporter of the environment, and a powerful local community activist.

Also a surfer. Also a skier.

When I first started to read Mammoth Mountain, I was immediately transported back to my own college years when I split my time between San Diego State University and Mammoth, where I lived part of the year on Lupin St. For me, those were spectacular days with tons of snow, skiing from first light to dark. If I didn’t have a ride up to the mountain, I’d start walking and someone would always pick me up. It was a great little community before the whole mountain exploded in condos and timeshares and tourism.

I never met Greg back then–our paths never crossed–two ships in the night and all that, and my own experiences in Mammoth were TAME compared to his, that’s for sure!

The subtitle of Mammoth Mountain is “Follow the 1980’s life of Drew, a pot smoking, thieving, womanizer…”

Now I don’t have PROOF that Drew is Greg…but I’m kinda sorta connecting the dots, if you know what I mean.

I don’t want to give away the storyline or the ending, but this is way more than a journal that chronicles one debauchery after another…there’s serious substance here, a coming of age, a rite of passage, painful growth, self examination, and enlightenment.

He lost his way, his life went off course, but what did he find?

He found himself.

There’s love, there’s a lot of love here, and at the end of the day, that’s all we have. That’s all that really matters. To love and be loved.

And if we don’t love ourselves, we can never truly know love.

P.S. Who should read this book? EVERYONE. 

Welcome To The Jungle

Before I was Princess Rosebud, I was Rowdy Rosie, did you know that? Something must have happened over the years to morph RR into PR, but she’s BACK!  (You can read a previous post about RR here: https://enchantedseashells.com/2013/07/02/the-story-of-rowdy-rosie/)

All you need is a little patience, right? Well, to paraphrase my rock and roll crush, Axl Rose, I guess I needed twenty-plus years of patience, ‘cos that’s how long it took between Guns N’ Roses concerts. At least for me.

When my good friend from Cowboys and Crossbones told me their Not In This Lifetime tour was one of the best concerts she’d ever attended, my ears perked up. When I discovered GnR would end their US tour in San Diego, I knew I’d have to something about it.

I dusted off an old Rowdy Rosie sheer lace spandex camisole I’d kept safe (just in case) since the nineties nestled in tissue paper and wore it over a black and white polka dotted push up bra, squirmed into skinny jeans so tight there wasn’t an ounce of space to breathe, added studded moto boots, and the look was complete. gunsandrosesfashion

Not too bad for a grandma, am I right? (DO NOT ANSWER THAT RHETORICAL QUESTION!!)

After a slight mishap at the trolley station where I accidentally fell onto the tracks. No adult beverages nor any mind altering substances could be blamed…the sun was in my eyes and it was SUPER crowded-sometimes the truth is BORING, but the truth is what you get in Confessions of a Tugboat Captain’s Wife…

The opening act was the Cult, do you remember them? They did a great job of holding our attention until Axl hit the stage.

OK, here’s where more truth comes in.

We are all aware of the inexorable march of time; it can’t be stopped, we all get older, look older, feel older–none of us really has a picture in the attic (literary reference to Picture of Dorian Gray)-even Botox and a skilled surgeon can only for a brief moment hold back the tick-tock of aging.

So…when that sweet bad boy child of mine, the now fifty-four-year-old Axl Rose first appeared, I do believe there was a collective GASP from the crowd, or maybe it was just me? I mean, I know it’s been 20+ years, but I really expected him to still look like…

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Side by side comparison…Where did he go?

And it didn’t matter at all. Once he started to sing, I was transported back to that special place where everything was as fresh as the bright blue sky (lyrics to “Sweet Child of Mine”)

He’s still bad boy sexy though, and if I squinted, he kinda sorta-well no, actually not at all.

He’s aged, I’ve aged, we’ve all aged. He’s had some work done, not exactly a total Mickey Rourke, but a bit, and he’s brave to step on stage knowing how the world sees him in reality versus in dreams (oops, my bad, hee hee.)

I screamed like a teenager.

I danced like no one was watching (no one was) and had the BEST TIME OF MY LIFE.concertME

The biggest difference in the two concerts from then and now -except for the cost of the ticket lol-was the ubiquitous presence of cell phones capturing every single moment. I’m guilty of that too.

When the first chords of “Welcome to the Jungle” started up, there was nowhere in the world I would have rather been than experiencing that iconic moment.

They played nonstop for more than 2 1/2 hours and ended with “Paradise City”.

As we ran to grab the trolley back to our vehicle, we saw Slash drive away in his black limo SUV and he waved to us.

BEST NIGHT EVER.

And now I’ll have a forever scar to remember it by…dropmic

 

Normcore is just another word for uh, #normcore…

Do you know what it means?

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About a year ago, my son and DIL pointed to an older gentleman’s white athletic shoes, started giggling and said “normcore” at the same time.

An inside joke?

I asked, “what does that mean?”

They explained it’s like dad jeans, socks with sandals, those ubiquitous white shoes every single older white male sports (and upon observation, they were CORRECT as usual in their elitist snarky way.)

The New York Times said:

Normcore (noun) 1. A fashion movement, c. 2014, in which scruffy young urbanites swear off the tired street-style clichés of the last decade — skinny jeans, wallet chains, flannel shirts — in favor of a less-ironic (but still pretty ironic) embrace of bland, suburban anti-fashion attire. (See Jeans, mom. Sneakers, white.)

2. A sociocultural concept, c. 2013, having nothing to do with fashion, that concerns hipster types learning to get over themselves, sometimes even enough to enjoy mainstream pleasures like football along with the rest of the crowd.

3. An Internet meme that turned into a massive in-joke that the news media keeps falling for. 

…the word “normcore” spread like a brush fire across the fashionable corners of the Internet, giving name to a supposed style trend where dressing like a tourist — non-ironic sweatshirts, white sneakers and Jerry Seinfeld-like dad jeans — is the ultimate fashion statement.

While fashion trends shift constantly, Normcore – a style made of unisex, ageless and time-tested pieces – is here to stay. Now, Normcore has evolved into a lifestyle…from the shows we watch, to the food we eat, and even to the electronics and products we use.

Celebrity Stylist Brad Goreski, who works with Sarah Hyland, Lea Michele and Rashida Jones among others, is obsessed with the trend. To share his obsession, Brad created a list of the hottest and most functional pieces to incorporate into one’s wardrobe and beyond that will last a lifetime.

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What could be more NORMal than Lubriderm?

Lubriderm Daily Moisture Lotion for Normal to Dry Skin has always been a go-to staple in our house. SoCal is mostly desert, especially NOW with this long-term drought, and we all suffer from very thirsty skin! AND you can get it fragrance-free which is great for people like me who can be allergic to so many odors!

I’m never disappointed with Lubriderm’s success rate in maintaining ME — perfectly Princess-y soft, smooth, and moisturized.

(Disclaimer: I was sent a sample of Lubriderm for product review. I was not compensated and opinions are my own.)

 

What do videos, Fergie, Chrissy Teigen, Kim Kardashian, and nursing moms have in common? Image. Message. Intention. Neon.

Huh? What did I say? Have I gone completely BONKERS? The jury is still out on THAT, but hopefully, it’ll all make sense very soon. 

If you use videos in your blogs as much as I love to do, you’ll definitely want to read this post! 

It’s TOTALLY cutting edge…and totally COOL.

And FREE. Yup, FREE!! Read on…

Marshall McLuhan had a lot more to say than his ubiquitous “The medium is the message.” 
How about…
“We shape our tools and thereafter our tools shape us.”
“The new electronic interdependence recreates the world in the image of a global village.”

“Advertising is the greatest art form of the 20th century.”

And this is one of my faves: “Diaper backward spells repaid”. (Think about it.)

Which leads me into this message of MY medium.

I’ve shared a bit about my son we all refer to as Angel Boy, esteemed professor in the Pacific Northwest with a Ph.D. from Yale, and I’ve shared a few stories about Angel Boy 2.0, my one and only amazing and brilliant grandson — but I’ve not talked much about my DIL, other than to tell you that she’s also brilliant and even more spectacular is the fact that she successfully gestated the world’s most beautiful manchild (lol).
After doing something like that, there’s not really anything else she’d need to do to become my favorite daughter-in-law in the whole world, but there’s more to tell
 
I am so VERY proud of her!  
More than 1.8 billion pictures are uploaded to the Internet every day—and she knows exactly which ones you’ll choose to look at.

With a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Brown University, my DIL is co-founder of Neon–a company that uses human neuroscience and machine learning to automatically select images for some of the world’s largest publishers and platforms.

Neon is supported by leading Silicon Valley venture capitalists, the National Science Foundation, and has been recognized by the World Economic Forum, The White House, Fast Company and others.

Get to know a bit more about Sophie HERE where she was chosen one of Fast Company’s most creative people of 2015.

DIL has been working hard juggling start up life, delivering a beautiful baby, AND A BEAUTIFUL APP.

Here’s the cool part for us bloggers and anyone who loves videos– the app is user-friendly for those of us who are less than brainy techies–YAY!!

Neon Pro is FREE and available at https://app.neon-lab.com.

I know you’ll do me a HUGE favor and re-post and share and post on your walls and tweet all about this amazing FREE app

Since the title of this post should contain content that makes SENSE, here’s my breastfeeding connection. Thirty-five years ago, I did it night and day with my Angel Boy. Now DIL feeds precious AB 2.0 the same way. Mothers have been feeding their babies this way FOREVER. Animals do it; whales and dolphins, too. It’s beautiful and natural. Although I was a stay-at-home-mom,  I am in awe of working moms who manage to do it all like my DIL, Fergie, Chrissy Teigen, and even Kim Kardashian.
Have you seen Fergie’s new video?
I processed Fergie’s M.I.L.F.$ video (with her celebrity momfriends) through the Neon app. MILF, anyone?

Here’s another video I processed of the paddleboarder in Half Moon Bay who had an encounter with a whale.
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Now YOU try it! Neon Pro is FREE and available at https://app.neon-lab.com.

 


BREAKING NEWS…San Francisco – July 28, 2016 – Neon Labs (https://neon-lab.com/), the video and image performance company, today announced the availability of Neon Pro, a free web app that makes the company’s deep learning technology, and NeonScoreTM, available to individual content creators. Previously, the technology—which identifies and serves high performing video thumbnails and images—was only available to global image, video, eCommerce and content platforms operating at massive scale, through Neon EnterpriseTM.

Founded on a decade of neurocognitive research at Brown University, Carnegie Mellon University, and Harvard Medical School, Neon technology combines the science of human perception, deep learning, and the world’s largest and most comprehensive dataset of emotional responses to images. Using deep neural nets trained on human visual perception data, rather than just clickstream data, Neon predicts how people will emotionally respond to an image, and how effective the image will be in driving engagement.

Neon’s predictive image technology helps businesses drive significantly higher clicks, likes and shares for videos and images, resulting in increased revenue. The company guarantees that Neon Enterprise customers will increase their overall engagement rate. Depending on the content and context, increases in engagement of 30% and higher are common.

Neon Pro, a free and slimmed-down version of the company’s enterprise offering, now available as a web app, allows individuals and content producers to get NeonScores for their videos and images. Neon Pro identifies the thumbnails and images that are guaranteed to increase engagement over human-selected images and thumbnails.

Neon Pro is free and available at https://app.neon-lab.com.

How NeonScore Works:
The NeonScore is a number from 0 to 99, common to Neon Pro and Neon Enterprise, that measures the predicted emotional impact of an image for a given audience, device or platform. The higher the number, the higher the predicted engagement. NeonScore uses the company’s patent pending methods to analyze every image or video frame for over 1,000 unique and interrelated “valence” features that drive human interest, such as eye gaze, instability, brightness, and incompleteness.

“Unlike the traditional deep neural networks that are trained to identify objects in a scene, Neon uses deep learning in a creative way to predict the emotional response to images at massive scale. This novel approach has helped us identify the features of an image that drive engagement, allowing us to predict the images that will go viral, even before they are published” said Sophie Lebrecht, Neon Chief Science Officer.

#NeonScore #NeonPro #WomeninTech #DeepLearning #AI

Soaking in a bathtub, that’s what I’ve been doing…

It’s been a long while since I’ve blogged; I might not remember how, you know what I mean?

What’s new with me? My first grandchild was born on March 7! His name is Theodore; we all call him Theo — and he’s amazing, brilliant, beautiful (of course!). I’ll post a pic as soon as I’ve been given parental clearance.

Now on to my favorite subject…ME!

I’ve rediscovered bathing.

No, I don’t mean that I had forsaken good hygiene all these months, but I’ve been mostly a shower kind of girl and the kind people at San Francisco Salt Company sent me a lovely sampling of their Epsom Salts.

bath saltsThe lavender is HEAVENLY and the eucalyptus with peppermint essential oils is PERFECT after a day of hiking or gardening.

Now I’ve been looking forward to a relaxing evening soak, replete with fragrant candle and even a glass of wine now and again.

Soaking in an Epsom Salt bath is one of the most effective means of making the magnesium your body needs readily available.

Epsoak Epsom Salt from San Francisco Salt Company; they offer the best quality epsom salt at the best value. Numerous studies have demonstrated the profound and wide-ranging benefits of soaking in an epsom salt bath. Epsom salts help soothe muscle pain, cleanse pores, and detoxify the skin and contain Magnesium and Sulfur, which helps:

  • Ease stress and improve sleep and concentration
  • Muscles and nerves function properly
  • Regulate activity of 325+ enzymes
  • Reduce inflammation to relieve pain and muscle cramps
  • Improve oxygen use
  • Flush toxins
  • Improve absorption of nutrients
  • Form joint proteins, brain tissue and mucin proteins

Scented with Lavender Essential Oil, Epsoak Sleep Formula also promotes a deeper, better night’s sleep. Epsoak Muscle Soak with Eucalyptus and Peppermint Essential Oils are ideal for soothing muscle pain and relieving aching feet—perfect for athletes and those who are physically active.

LOVE this company! San Francisco Salt Company