Thank you, Portland!

For the past few days we've been mixing business with pleasure in the wonderful city of Portland, Oregon.  From its warm, friendly residents to its ridiculously awesome food options, Portland seems to have it all.  We can totally relate to the city's do-it-yourself mentality.  The countless innovative, thriving grassroots businesses here will inspire any prospective entrepreneur to immediately start a company.  Large amounts of yummy goodness were consumed on our visits to the world-famous Voodoo Doughnut, Pine State Biscuits, Salt & Straw Ice Cream, and Tasty & Sons.  We capped off our stay with an amazing bicycle tour along the historic Columbia River Highway, where we admired the powerful, stunning falls of Multnomah and Wahkeena.

Thank you, Portland.  You wowed us with your mouth-watering food, your lush, green hills and valleys, and your nurturing community of ambitious self-starters.  We'll be back.

Historic Columbia River Highway

Erin's Sweet Biscuits with warm blueberry compote

A scoop of pear with blue cheese ice cream at Salt & Straw

Portland's white stag sign


Happy Earth Day 2012!

Happy Earth Day!  To help make the world a little greener, we're planting Spanish lavender in the garden.  This stunning drought tolerant plant should fare well in warm, sunny Southern California.  Visit the Earth Day Network to find out how you can give back to our planet.


Caulfield's Counter: My Skin Care Site to Help Men with Their Skin

For a little over a year now I've been maintaining Caulfield's Counter, a site dedicated to "helping dudes with their skin."  Because skin care has been a lifelong passion of mine, I enjoy sharing my experiences of using a variety of grooming products with people who are curious about skin care but don't know where to begin when it comes to choosing the right products.  Just because I created Beta Naturals doesn't mean that I can't try other skin care brands.  In fact, I use Caulfield's Counter to help Beta Naturals develop better products.  Caulfield's Counter is simple, straightforward, and easy to navigate.  The site features product reviews, grooming advice, and how-to videos for the visual learner.  I review everything from facial moisturizers to deodorants.  The reviews are honest and not paid for.  Men, I established Caulfield's Counter to help you build confidence and age more gracefully.  Ladies, please visit Caulfield's Counter if you want to get your guys started on a proper skin care routine using better products.


An Honest Review of Beta Naturals Pure Organic Argan Oil

We're happy whenever we hear about someone enjoying the benefits of using our products for the first time.  Rather than rely on over-hyped marketing to get the word out on Beta Naturals skin care, we prefer to take more of a grassroots approach, letting everyday people like you share your thoughts via word-of-mouth channels such as YouTube, Facebook, beauty blogs, and everyday conversation.  So we felt humbled to receive a mention for Beta Naturals Pure Organic Argan Oil by one of our favorite YouTube beauty bloggers Brunette Beauty Blogger in her most recent video March Beauty Favorites 2012.  Watch the video in its entirety or skip to the 5:45 mark to view the portion featuring our product.


Just Another Day at the Office with Beta the Pup and Schatzi the Gentle Giant

With our busy schedules and countless distractions, we often forget to sit back and appreciate what we have - whether it be family, friends, good health, or a place to sleep.  At Beta Naturals, we strive to be in a perpetual state of appreciation.  The above photo of Beta and his friend Schatzi reminds us of how rewarding an afternoon spent with an old pal can be.  What are you grateful for today?