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Our very first virtual trade show was this morning, You Got to Believe in Magic LIVE! I have to say it went very well, quick paced as the action went from booth-to-booth demonstrating our newest products and offering amazing show specials. Good news for attendees: They learned and saved without the expense of traveling to a trade show. Good news for us: We saved all the costs from renting show floor space to drayage to travel, hotel and food. Bottom line: More savings for our customers and no time wasted. All this good stuff while Vegas convention space is dark.

I’m loving the new mini bottles of Luxe lotion in both the EMMA and Ginger Lily Farms Botanticals brands. Incredible stocking stuffers, perfect for purse, car, anywhere. Best of all, we are the only brand of offer this size for the holidays. Candy Cane Crush is my fav!

Amazon Prime Day’s are here and will change holiday shopping like never before. I’m super excited for this event just to see the outcome. For us, we have a ton of best-sellers so it is going to be a great event. The question becomes is Amazon going to move it to an October event or keep it in the summer?

I dropped off my ballot over the weekend. Love the mail-in ballots, no idea why I never did them before. Even better, all the junk mail from the candidates is now worthless. And who has to worry about stealing lawn signs anymore?

I have to watch the movie, Social Dilemma, on Netflix. It is a documentary with ex-key employees from major tech companies telling viewers the inner workings of social media and the affects on us. I don’t know about you, but Amazon’s Alexa is a bit like this. I order a lot of Propel during the summer months, and recently Alexa has been asking me if I need to order it. Just yesterday, Alexa asked me to do a voice recognition test for her to better understand and learn my voice. Voice, eyes, palms, what is next?

I will say this. The smart phone has made us more reliant on social distancing to the point where we don’t even have to leave our home to do what we want to do. I have yet to go back to Equinox as I love Aaptiv and to a point, SoulCycle. The gaming industry is now 4-5X times bigger than the movie business and more games are being played on smart phones than ever before. And what device will be used to order on Amazon’s Prime Day’s? This is only going to get more magnified in years to come. No wonder more people are lonelier than ever.

And speaking of smart phones, Apple’s big 5G event is tomorrow. 5G will help drive economic growth the rest of this decade. While the phone will be available, most of the USA is not yet equipped with 5G, as we are years behind China and the rest of Asia.

Last on my mind is food. I’m thinking about updating my blog and including recipes and hints for cooking since that is all I do on weekends. What do you think? I know everyone loves fish tacos and I just mastered the best way to make the perfect fish for them. The secret? Using a cast iron skillet (if you don’t have one, get one, especially good for steaks too), I like to use wild cod, grouper or snapper, whatever is fresh and looks good. Pat dry the fish filet, season both sides (I like the salt-free fish seasoning in a can you can buy at most stores) and add a little salt. Heat skillet to high and when hot, add a T canola oil and then add fish. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Remove skillet from stove, flip fish and put in a 400F oven for 10-12 minutes depending on thickness of the filet. Remove and fish should be fork tender and perfect for fish tacos. Enjoy!

Happy Monday!