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Spring is in the…Warehouse


I was on my way to lunch and took a shortcut out the back door through the warehouse. It sure smells good out there…wonder why?

Another shipment of SPAZAZZ has arrived!

If you’ve never tried spa aromatherapy, treat yourself this year to some great smelling and soothing spa salts.


What is this Plant Called?



These shrubs have grown along the entrance to our building. The flowers are a creamy yellow and they smell just like orange blossoms! Just another perk of working at in spring. My office window looks out behind the shrubs and I can see little birds and the occasional rabbit hanging out underneath. I am glad to see some warmer weather finally!!

If you know what kind of bush this is – leave a comment below!

Enjoy your Hot Tub!

– Julie

Getting Ready for Summer!


It would seem that spring has finally sprung here. The blue skies and warmer weather woke me from my winter coma and I realize it’s almost ‘shorts and bathing suit’ season. You know that feeling when you wake up from a deep sleep and realize you have overslept? That instantaneous panic that hits before you are fully awake? That’s how I felt.

So I decided to begin (again…) an exercise and diet program. I am 2 days in and my legs are so sore – let’s just say I am very thankful that there is a ‘handicap’ rail in the ladies room here at Hot Tub Works. I’m hopeful to look like the lovely lady below, very soon!


Speaking of summer coming, I want to share with you two of my favorite products that we carry. The Outdoor Solar Shower and Towel Rack are awesome. I do not have a spa, but I do live near the beach. These items are a life-saver when it comes to keeping sand out of the house. The kids rinse off outside, towel off with clean towels, then hang the beach towels up to dry. And most of the time, the system works. Teenagers, you know?

Hmmm….I wonder if I could get someone from shipping to help me out of my chair?

– Julie

Single Mom Seeks Full Time Work – and Spa Relaxation!


single mom seeks relaxation - in a spa

Oh how I wish I had a hot tub! This has been a long week…a week that finally saw the completion of my transition to full time status here at Hot Tub Works. It’s been two years in the making and I couldn’t be more excited – but, it has been more than a few years since this old gal has worked a ‘9 to 5’ schedule!

Oh sure, there is an in-ground Jacuzzi in the apartment complex where I live with my 3 kids. After listening to some of the stories from our customers, I don’t think a soak in community ‘germ soup’ would be very relaxing.

(Note to customers: here at Hot Tub Works, we are your ‘spa therapists’ in every sense of the word – know that your stories are all safe under our cone of silence. But do keep them coming. We love when you share with us!).

aromatherapy for spas and hot tubs


I doubt that the nice folks who operate my community are as vigilant about water quality as we are here. So, how do those of us without a personal spa experience relax?

I am a big advocate of making a restful, retreat like environment in my own bedroom and bathroom. Nice sheets, pillows – the whole ‘blissful bed’ experience. Candles are a must, along with other aromatherapies. Just because I don’t have a spa in my backyard (okay fine – I don’t even have a backyard. I am learning to deal with it!) doesn’t mean I can’t use some of the amazing hot tub aromatherapy products we sell here. I can put some of the crystals in a small cloth bag and place them in the shower, or a tiny amount of the liquid product in a sink filled with hot water turns my bathroom into a restful, scented space.

Check out the entire selection of spa scents. How about some Mood Crystals in my car? That sounds like an awesome idea!

Now all I need is some smooth blues guitar from my iPod and a glass of wine. Ummm, is it 5 o’clock yet??

~ Julie

My Bike was Stolen Last Night


my-stolen-bikeMy bike was stolen last night. Who Stole My Bike?!?

It was an awesome bike, a black and pink beach cruiser that was gifted to me by a good friend. It was not new, but I didn’t care. It had a cool basket with a black and pink zebra print liner that was the perfect size to hold a bag of groceries. I rode it to the beach every week, and some days that was a 20 mile round trip if I went all the way to the Wedge in Newport. I even rode it to work quite often! I’ll never forget to looks on the faces of the warehouse guys when I rolled up that first day. One day I left it in the hallway and Jerry almost tripped over it.

I could ride from my house along the river trail (which is actually a flood control channel – only here in the ‘asphalt jungle’ would we refer to it as a river) and get to our office in about 30 minutes. What a great way to start the day! I was getting exercise and saving on gas money. The time on my bike to and from work was sacred. It really helped me to forget about my stuff for awhile, and just enjoy the fresh air and cool scenery along the way. I rode that bike almost every day, even if it was just around the block.

My favorite ‘bike adventure’ memory was just last Thursday. It might have been the hottest day of the year. I got home from work and my daughter and I jumped on our bikes and rode to the beach for some relief. What started off as a way to cool off ended up being a great bonding experience for the two of us. Soon she will be a teenager and won’t have time to ride bikes with mom!

Maybe whoever stole my bike needed it more than me. I only know they won’t enjoy it as much as I did.

A Simple Matter of Perspective



Jareck and I are off and blogging with the subject “We Care”. Now, Jareck has been here a few years – and being in the warehouse has “hands on” contact with the packages as they wing their way to our customers. I, on the other hand, have only been here a few months and have almost no interaction with customers unless someone wanders in off the street looking for accounting. Being a bookkeeper, I deal with vendors, payroll, and banking – the business end. Jareck & Julie….blog buddies? Talk about different points of view…


Jareck has a very ‘Zen’ perspective to his job in the warehouse. He truly cares about each package and wants it to be special. He thinks ‘How does this look to the customer? Does this package represent the company and the service we provide? Will the customer be excited to come home from work and see a neat box outside their door – and, so quickly received?’. To him, each package is a reflection of who we are and what we stand for – and the tangible evidence to our customers of the care and respect we have for them.


I may not deal with customers every day, but I do see first hand how we as co-workers care about each other. Excited for Alea’s trip to Vegas – rallying around Carla & Aaron when he had his motorcycle accident – proud of Jim and his band – everyone taking time for a smile, a hug, a laugh, whichever is needed at that moment. And the birthday cake here? It needs to be a line item in the budget! The love here is palpable.


So, the moral to our story? It’s easy to care about our customers, because we first care about each other. What a great place to work!