March 18, 2018.
On this date, exactly two years ago, I made my first posts sharing excitement for my new favorite lip balm, CannaSmack! Three months after our first engagements, CannaSmack launched Pre-Sale for the first ever CannaSmack co-branded flavor “@HappyTokes Peach”. Since then, a whirlwind of humbling experiences have unfolded so quickly!! I feel its important to take time to properly document and honor this journey; if nothing more than to thank the incredible women who have believed in me, in ways no one else ever has. – Maybe, it will also serve as evidence to the absolute magic that manifests when we truly believe in and support one another.
About the CannaSmack Team:
Both brilliant and kind, Suzanne and Kenia are the power-house female team that are the foundation and heart of this brand. They have been best friends for 8 years, but have still yet to physically meet in person. (Yes, I’m determined to see this happen someday soon! They truly deserve it!)
Suzanne @WaxingGurus is a master esthetician – she works so incredibly hard to self-fund CannaSmack; I’ve had the pleasure of being present in her studio while she has clients coming through and its incredible to hear laughter rolling through the walls. (Who knew waxing could be so much fun!?)
Kenia @BrandHypeMedia is a designer, responsible for so much of CannaSmack’s existence that I fear that attempting to list her responsibilities wouldn’t nearly do her efforts justice. Though for sake of summary she does everything from the beautiful designs for the branding of the company, designing and maintaining our website, managing accounts and orders, and everything in between!
This blog post was originally inspired by a recent flashback post, explaining a brief summary of my journey with cannabis & celebrating 4 years as @HappyTokes. After sharing, I took some time to reflect upon the incredible journey that I’ve had with CannaSmack and was overwhelmed with joy as I fully realized how much we’ve accomplished, how many unforgettable experiences I’ve had and how many important people that have come into my world; all because of opportunities that my journey with CannaSmack has bestowed upon me.
So, I invite you to celebrate with me, my official two year journey with CannaSmack, by diving in to this extensive winding tale; beginning chronologically with my first post highlighting CannaSmack all the way to today (and even a plug for a few notable upcoming events). Though it’s quite a collection of stories, I encourage you to read through them all (including the captions to each post) so you can fully understand the serendipitous nature of many of these bonds.
March 18, 2016 – First CannaSmack Posts
Originally, Kenia found me through Instagram via my @HappyTokes platform and inquired via DM about whether I would be interested in sampling their lip balm. I was immediately in love with the vibe of the branding and couldn’t wait to try them out. Upon receiving my first package, Maui Wowie was the first flavor I opened, and I was instantly in love!
March 23, 2016 – Understanding the Brand
Through occasional phone calls, I was being educated about CannaSmack’s core values and truly couldn’t help but fall deeper in love with the company.
May 1, 2016 – HappyTokes Discount Code Activated
Early on in our discussions, I was offered an opportunity to collaborate with CannaSmack; to create a ‘limited edition’ @HappyTokes Lip Balm with my choice of flavor. In this post, where I announce the HappyTokes discount code had been activated, I actually hint to the new flavor in the works.
May 25, 2016 – First intentional meet up with a HappyTokesTribe Member.
Up until this point in time, natural social anxieties caused me to be quite hesitant towards the idea of making plans to meet up with people. I was incredibly open to the idea that we would eventually cross paths naturally, but it wasn’t until Sarah @Sarahflowbeara contacted me that I changed my mind and realized, sometimes I just need to take a chance. Sarah and her boyfriend @SwankGlass had made the trip from Arkansas to get some studio time with @GalileoGlass who’s studio wasn’t too far from me.
While writing this flashback, Sarah reminded me that I came bearing gifts, including…CannaSmack!! (Stay tuned to hear about how our friendship grows and how she makes an impact amongst the tribe.)
June 4, 2016 – CannaSmack Launches HappyTokes Peach Lip Balm Pre-Sale
Pre-Sale launched and I was over-the-moon! Simply oozing with excitement. HappyTokes… on my new favorite LIP BALM! WHAT!? PEACH too! Ahhh. So yummy!
The HappyTokes Peach label was the very first to have a vibrant pattern with characters and such, which Kenia says she designed with me in mind. The labels were already bright & inviting, but this pattern added a whole new happy & bubbly groove. Eventually, all the original flavors got a make-over with their own unique patterns!
I felt quite included in the production of this lip balm, including sneak peeks of the peachy pattern as Kenia developed it. During this process I learned a lot about the kind of humans that were behind this brand. Initially, they weren’t satisfied with the peach flavor, apparently it tasted like “diet peach”, so they were honest with me and told me they were re-doing the whole batch. I was humbled that they cared so much to ensure they were putting out the best product possible.
Though Kenia really kept me in the loop on the production process of the lip balms, there was one thing she surprised me with: HappyTokes Peach merch!
June 15, 2016 HappyTokes Peach Tank
A ‘limited time only’ HappyTokes Peach tank was added to the CannaSmack website. All merch is ‘Made to Order’, meaning that its made just for you, after your order has been placed.
(Please patiently wait 3-5 business days for production before shipment!)
Also, on this day, pre-sale period concluded, as the HappyTokes Peach was now available for shipment!
June 17, 2016 – They’re HERE!!
This was the first day I got to officially experience the magic of the HappyTokes Peach flavor. At this point in time, this flavor was intended to be a limited run, but eventually it became a permanent part of the CannaSmack collection.
June 19, 2016 – @GalleryByPass – (Detroit, MI)
Long story short, once upon a time I had a project where I was exploring self-transformation (@Cambio_ ) which eventually led to me strategically gluing craft fur on my face to become a variety of characters. Sharing photos of these creatures caught the attention of local creatives; I was invited to become one of these creatures via live performance. Eager to represent CannaSmack at every given opportunity, I got permission to set up some lip balms at this event and had a friend assist me, as I realized very quickly I was in over my head with the whole multi-tasking thing. Despite not having CannaSmack as my main focus, we received such positive feedback about the products. I sincerely looked forward to when I could show CannaSmack what my full-attended hustle looked like.
June 23 – 26, 2016 – EF Mishap – (MI)
So this part of the story is a bit embarrassing on my behalf, but its pretty crucial in understanding the roller-coaster we’ve been on as a team, since the very beginning.
I had plans to attend a popular festival in my home state (for the very first time) and was quite over-confident in my ability to bring CannaSmack into the event with me. Having entered through a non-vendor entrance, (unlike my original plan) our RV was thoroughly searched. (Oh CRAP!) When security discovered CannaSmack and asked my how much it cost, I naively answered the question rather than just saying “Free Buddy”!! There was no turning back once they saw the quantity of products I had on me (it was a lot), and how on-point the branding is! (Learning moment for small brands and entrepreneurs: You typically need a permit to distribute products or marketing materials at events!)
Everything was being confiscated and my anxiety went into overdrive; I couldn’t help but cry… okay I sobbed. I was devastated thinking of how I had already let Suzanne & Kenia down. I didn’t know how I was going to find the right words to explain what had happened. (Ultimately I recognized that owning up to the truth is always the best policy. I shared every last detail including how my reaction to this circumstance led to even further confiscation. They respected my honesty and instead of punishing me got me EXCITED about figuring out how to do it right in the future! — This was when I recognized they were really, truly on my team.)
As I was saying, during the initial EF mishap, I began sobbing (unfortunately quite hysterically), over the loss of all these CannaSmack products as it was unfolding, which security said encouraged them to search the RV further. (Ugh!) Unfortunately, this led to the permanent confiscation of a functional glass piece by @JasonGordon315 & a dabber by @EmperialGlass. Though I had just met @EmperialGlass for the first time 4 months prior, I didn’t actually know who made the functional piece we had been using, at this point in time. In utter devastation, I was determined to find the artist and get a replacement piece to make amends for what I felt was a loss I could have prevented, (had I kept my cool when they swiped all the lip balms.) I immediately began my hunt by calling local glass shops and digging through Instagram. (Stay tuned for an incredibly positive outcome to this story!)
Despite not having CannaSmack on me to gift to friends I encountered as planned, I still made the most out of my experience. I was able gift other items & follow up with CannaSmack in HappyMail.
July 22nd – 24th, 2016 – First Pop-Up at @MichiganGlassProject – (Detroit, MI)
This was CannaSmack’s first official pop-up at an event; it felt good to have the opportunity to do things right! We were welcomed with open arms by this insanely talented and generous community.
Attending this event, being stationed behind the CannaSmack booth allowed me the opportunity to officially meet a handful of new friends at this event including:
@EranParkGlass – Eran was all smiles when he came by to gift me these two Illegos pendants (one to keep and one to share). He thanked me for my presence as HappyTokes and I was humbled by the recognition. – Eran has since become a key creator in the HappyTokesTribe community. His Illegos themes dabbers, rigs and pendants are a staple in many TRIBE collections.
@BlairArtGlass – Kenia saw this photo when I shared it and immediately fell in love; upon learning this, I knew it belonged to her! (Stay tuned for when I get to see her wearing it for the first time!)
@GlassByBoots – Gina was hanging out at the booth next to ours, and had heard me enthusiastically pitch the product to so many people that she had to come over and see what it was all about. We got to talking about her artwork and as she was describing her fruit & plant themed borosilicate creations, for a moment, I struggled to connect that I was in fact speaking to a woman whose work I sincerely admired digitally for quite some time. Upon making the connection, I was a bit star-struck, honestly. It was at this event that I scooped one of her Strawberries. Not only did I get it signed but Gina and I got to hang out and chat after the booths shut down, which was really incredible to learn about where the inspiration for creations were rooted. (Stay tuned for more highlights with this creator!)
This sweet mermaid-soul gifted me one of the very first pendants she made. (Stay tuned for the following year when she comes back to paint with me under the CannaSmack booth!)
@BanjoGlass & his family (Wife & kids)
Banjo’s artwork makes waves amongst the glass and cannabis communities alike, for his skill, style, and of course the impressive value t0 his pieces.
August 2, 2016 – #LiveFreeHappyTokes
Since the EF Mishap, I had discovered who Jason Gordon was digitally but it didn’t seem like he was producing a lot of work. When submitting my request to him for a series of commissioned pieces, I felt like he might need some extra convincing which inspired me to create the tribute tag #LiveFreeHappyTokes. I went back through all my old content featuring this piece that was confiscated, and organized it so that he could see how much we cherished his artwork. Jason and his family were touched! — Since, I’ve continued adding to this content when I use one of his pieces.
August 11 – 18, 2016 – Live Free Fields
Immensely proud, and truly a fan of the product, I always have my CannaSmack with me! We stopped at a farm in Pennsylvania on our drive from Michigan to upstate New York, and I couldn’t resist grabbing this picture of our peachy collab in a pile of fresh peaches!
It was so awesome to watch Jason grooving on the torch. His energy emitted confidence and joy. Music was blasting as a few of his friends melted glass alongside him, under a large outdoor covered area.
@Senoih & @GlassbyYani looked familiar, I think the first time we actually crossed paths was Michigan Glass Project, but it was awesome to have this more intimate setting to get to know them. One day, I sat down to teach one of Jason’s nieces how to make flower crowns – #LiveFreeFields was abundant with wildflowers & I simply couldn’t help but collect and create from the moment I arrived. Jessica “Yani” sat down with us and we bonded in sisterhood, while twisting together wildflowers. They can both be seen behind myself and Jason in this photo!
We stayed in upstate NY a bit longer than planned, because Jason so kindly invited me to get behind the torch. I had a semester of experience in soft glass from college, but had never had any-one invite me to really understand the difference between the two. Jason is an incredible teacher, and insisted I was a natural.
During this adventure, I got the opportunity to bond with and learn from Jason’s sister Anesia @anesiag and his wife Jozette, who is the Creatrix of a popular line of clothing intended for performers (@slit_weave) She, herself, is a professional fire dancer and teacher, and also performs as “Luna Hawks”.
More of Jason’s pieces came home with us than we originally planned. How incredible it was to sesh with these pieces in their birthplace. This one, in particular, features a pink fumed dot tubing from @ErinCarteeGlass.
What does all of this have to do with CannaSmack? Had the ‘EF Mishap’ never happened, I wouldn’t have lost the piece and ultimately feeling such a strong urge to track down and bond with this family. They remain to be very important people to me.
(Stay tuned! As this story continues to unfold you’ll discover when we unite again!)
August 26 – 28, 2016 – High Times Country Fair Cup (Clio, MI)
Having attended several HTCannabisCup events prior to this, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to set up and host a CannaSmack booth at one.
Importantly noted, to all aspiring entrepreneurs, things rarely go as planned. It’s important to remain calm and work out all the possible solutions. When in doubt, don’t be afraid to accept the help of friends.
September 2, 2016 – Culture Magazine “Cool Stuff” Feature
The month of September started off on an incredibly high note, as my editor chose to support me by featuring the HappyTokes Peach CannaSmack Lip Balm amongst the “Cool Stuff” section of Culture Magazine. The Cool Stuff section is the same, nationally, so this was extra exciting exposure to receive!
September 6, 2016 – Photoshoot with Amy @AcronymOfficial – (Detroit, MI)
Amy is a local photographer who I had been friends with on Facebook for quite a while. We met up for the first time for a CannaSmack photo shoot on Belle Isle, with goal to document my HappyTokes Peach CannaSmack and vibrant peachy CannaSmack leggings too.
Gallery of photos from this shoot can be seen on my blog.
September 19, 2016 – MerryJane Feature
A photo that Amy @AcronymOfficial took of me, was featured in this article “Who’s Who Amongst Cannabis Industry Movers and Shakers (September Edition)” written by @ZoeWilder for MerryJane. Zoe was responsible for making the connection for many media plugs following this. — MerryJane was an exciting publication to have an interview published with, considering it’s founders are Ted Chung and Snoop Dogg.
September 23, 2016 – Detroit Design Ball, Fashion Show – (Detroit, MI)
I had the pleasure of modeling for an annual local fashion show I had walked in several years prior. On this occasion, I walked on behalf of two designers. You’ll see me wearing a dress boy my talented friend @thebridgetshow in this first image.
Though my experience with this set of locks has been a personal and natural journey, a local loctician Sandy @GratefulDreads_AnnArbor, who I was connected with through social media, invited me to walk with her collection. My hair went up in wild buns with some of their added faux-locks and I got the opportunity to dress myself!
Having lots of experience with modeling type gigs, I actually came prepared with the perfect outfit! I wore a long-sleeve black @slit_weave top, which she made just for me; it has a cannabis leaf slit and woven into the back! I paired Jozette’s top with my HappyTokes Peach CannaSmack leggings… cause DUH!
September 24 – 27, 2016 – Birthday Adventure; Quartz Mining (Arkansas)
The treasure hunter in my soul has always wanted to go on such an adventure. This was my first time. We departed Michigan headed to Arkansas to celebrate my 24th birthday (Sept 21st). Arkansas is abundant with Quartz & we were ablate visit several mining sites to gather treasures from mother earth.
Alongside gifts from tribe friends such as CannaSmack, these Quartz remain to be gifted amongst the tribe in my HappyMail to this day. (See @HappyTokesTribe)
October 8, 2016 – Artist Appreciation Day at local shop – (Ann Arbor, MI)
Some friends were hosting an Artist Appreciation event at a local glass shop, @BongzandThongz. I hosted a little CannaSmack pop-up where customers could sniff the products in all their glory, before they purchased them. This event was extra exciting for me because I knew that @JasonGordon315 and his family members: Wife, Jozette @slit_weave, and sister, Anesia @Anesiag, were making the drive from upstate NY.
You can see Jozette with her hoop in this time-lapse.
This was the first day that I had the pleasure of meeting Danny @Dano.Polo in real life. Just a few months prior, on September 14th, 2016, I received a message from Danny inquiring about my HappyMail program and how he could get involved. That was the first time I had looked at his page. I immediately discovered from his bio that he was “Kicking Cancer’s Ass With Good Vibes” and upon gathering his shipping info I realized that not only did we live in the same state, but we were in the same city at the time too.
Prior to him coming by to meet me for this event, I sneakily collected digital messages filled with good vibes from the TRIBE and hand-wrote them for a fat-stack of HappyMail to get him started, as I could sense Danny truly had a desire to make new friends. – Since early on in our friendship, I admired Danny’s openness about so many aspects of his personal journey with stage 3 colon cancer. Though he was raw and real when things sucked, much of his outlook was positive and humorous, especially revolving around his colostomy bag; I think the poop emoji was his favorite. (Stay tuned to learn about some highlights with Danny.)
October 12, 2016 – @GlassRootsArtShow – (Madison, WI)
Bubble juggling using @Monkey_Os with glass-masters and at this playful CannaSmack booth.
Jozette @Slit_weave can be seen making another cameo appearance in this time lapse where I’m teaching a new little friend how to use his magic powers.
October 28, 2016 – Caught up with Danny
Following the artist appreciation event, Danny @Dano.Polo and I met up at that same location a few more times, and (as you’ll discover) many local events to follow before his passing on Nov 16, 2017. Despite his body betraying him and the chemical treatments he was enduring as he battled cancer, I was beyond impressed with Danny’s drive to connect with the community; he was thrilled to get the opportunity to connect with such incredibly talented people – so proud to know everyone.
The caption from this post gives a glimpse into how much Danny made the most out of this community, from the moment he felt welcomed.
November 7, 2016 – HempAware Radio – Podcast Interview
My first official podcast interview, where I had the pleasure to speak on behalf of CannaSmack regarding our products and HEMP.
November 10, 2013 – @MarijuanaDotCom Feature
They even made this cool video to highlight the HappyTokesTribe!
November 13, 2016 – MerryJane Fashion Feature
November 17, 2016 – HappyTokes Peach CannaSmack Hoodie Launch
More hoodie designs matching popular CannaSmack flavors were released a few days later.
Proudly wearing the new hoodie!
December 1, 2016 – Michigan Glass Project Feature in Culture Magazine
December 7, 2016 – BudTender’s Life Interview
One of my favorite published interviews, featuring photos from Taryn Scalise.
December 9, 2016 – Photoshoot with Heather at Mattheai Botanical Gardens – (Ann Arbor, MI)
The Wild Orange Crush Lotion by CannaSmack just came out. I absolutely loved this entire series of photos; she did such a great job! The “YourHighness” text on shirt I’m wearing is a CannaSmack shirt.
December 17, 2016 – Festivus hosted by MichiganGlassProject – (Detroit, MI)
Shoppers strolled through an open warehouse with vendors displaying their mostly handcrafted goods on sale for the holidays. In attempt to be festive, we were thrilled to set up a tent with lights and a tree. Truthfully, it wasn’t until looking back at photos of our attendance that we realized having a tree at the event was… kind-of the opposite of the intended “Festivus” theme. Oops.
December 30, 2016 – January 2017 HappyTokes 2nd Annual Digital Scavenger Hunt
Annually, I organize a digital scavenger hunt on Instagram that navigates hundreds of participants through 25+ Instagram accounts over the course of a weekend/week. Players are given verbal and visual clues which direct them to dig and engage with old posts on pages of brands and artists featured, where they would eventually discover the answer to their clue. – Ultimately, the grand prize winner receives a slew prizes from each page involved in the hunt, while a plethora of runner up prizes are also given away. The purpose of these digital scavenger hunts is to go beyond rewarding followers for their engagement; the structure of the game set examples for proper navigation and interaction techniques. I receive many thank-you’s post hunt, from participants who “learned how to use Instagram properly” because of the structure of my “game”.
The clue from this year’s hunt announces the HappyTokes Peach Lotion!
January 4, 2017 – Photoshoot with Jessica Robertson @__GirlWithTheTattoos__
This series of photos was taken with aim to pair with an interview I had done with Magnetic Magazine (Stay tuned).
Gallery of images from this shoot is available on my blog.
January 8, 2017 – Lotion has arrived!
I will forever fondly remember the day this package arrived.
January 14, 2016 – @ErinCarteeGlass – (Asheville, NC)
On a road-trip journey to do some treasure hunting (mining gems) we got sidetracked while visiting friends “along the way” and ended up entirely changing the plans for our adventure, on a whim. I originally met Erin at #LiveFreeFields, @JasonGordon315’s family’s property.
I had the pleasure of watching her create, along with a few of her shop-mates as well.
While I was on this trip, I noticed that a musician STACE, who’s music I had been listening to on repeat (during live streams etc), acknowledges that the @HappyTokes playlist on Spotify has contributed to his reach of 11k+ playlist adds. I was so excited to see the @HappyTokesTribe get this recognition. (Stay tuned…there’s MORE!)
January 25, 2017 – Interview with Magnetic Magazine
Featuring a photo by Jessica. In this interview, I was asked to highlight 5 songs from my playlist, and share some stories about them. I brag about a talented friend and mention a cool experience with a famous-musician, that I got to experience because of CannaSmack’s attendance at the HighTimes Country Fair.
February 5, 2017 – Champs Trade Show – Vegas
Holy-moly! CannaSmack in Vegas! I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to host this booth at a popular business-to-business trade show amongst the smoke/canna/glass community. The @ChampsTradeShows crowd is unique; from the buyers to the vendors and the glass artists, there’s a very friendly vibe and sense of family-like camaraderie.
I had experienced this event the year prior, on behalf of @FuturolaUSA; giving me a basic understanding of what to expect. Grateful, as that experience really helped me ensure CannaSmack made a lasting impression on many new friends (and accounts) at our first big trade show.
Though these events look like lots of fun (and truly are), they also require lots of hard work too. Highlights of responsibilities include (but surely are not limited to):
- Registration, locating booth space & shipped materials
- Unpacking boxes
- Setting up the booth
- Memorizing important details about products in the catalog
- Being prepared to pitch sales with understanding of retail, wholesale and distribution pricing
- Properly documenting transactions
- Maintaining positive energy, despite repeating basically the same thing to each perspective account
- & So much more!!
Having cool vendor neighbors, is always a bonus at events. The @KongWraps crew was across the aisle, having a good ol’ time! Yay for offering a 100% HEMP alternative to blunts. Hallelujah!! (Stay tuned for more fun with KongWraps.)
A day before @ChampsTradeShows I got the opportunity to attend @GlassVegasExpo, where I ran into Heidi @Momma.X_Art and her husband @XLBGlass who have been increasingly active amongst the HappyTokesTribe.
This was also the very first time that I met @GibbonsGlass. He has contributed much of his love and talent to the tribe and my HappyMail program since my early days of HappyTokes.
Feb 27, 2017 – Lights!
CannaSmack kindly sent me a lighting/studio kit which I used as an extra excuse to show off the CannaSmack POSH tinted lip balms.
March 3, 2017
Come back to watch this fun FB Live stream where I play with POSH (& my new lighting set-up)!
March 8, 2017 – @SarahFlowBeara sends HappyMail to @Katrina_FlowerGarden
March 8, 2017 – @SarahFlowBeara sends HappyMail to @Katrina_FlowerGarden
Katrina is a 12 year old cannabis warrior who is kicking cancer’s ass.
Sara remains to be such a genuine friend, though I still haven’t seen her again since my trip to Arkansas. We keep in touch pretty regularly via DM; she always knows the perfect content to share to touch my heart and tickle my soul.
Sara is responsible for putting Katrina and her family on my radar. Initially she was collecting goodies to be sent out in HappyMail. But, beyond this packages arrival, Sara kindly continued to keep me updated on highlights of Katrina’s journey, by forwarding posts my way.(Stay tuned to find out how fate led me to crossing paths with Katrina’s dad… twice!!)
March 17, 2017 – HighTimes Interview Published
This article published by HighTimes titled “Happy Tokes: From MMJ Patient to Activist & Ambassador Superstar” covered some details about myself and the HappyTokesTribe, and also explained an upcoming local event I had plans on attending.
Quoting myself from this interview:
“Hash Bash is an annual event that has taken place in Ann Arbor, Michigan, since April 1, 1972. It’s held at high noon on the University of Michigan Diag, a large open space in the middle of campus. Cannabis enthusiasts come from all over the world to gather for a collection of cannabis centered speeches and, of course, to medicate in the company of friends. My plan is to be wandering amongst the crowd, decked out in CannaSmack apparel ,so I can be easily spotted by the tribe! If service allows, I hope to live stream segments of my day via Instagram and Facebook showing off interactions as people experience these hemp-infused skin care products for the first time.” (Stay Tuned!)
March 24, 2017 – Grand Opening Event @Exscape_AnnArbor (Ann Arbor, MI)
I was invited to host a CannaSmack demo at a local glass shop’s grand opening. I had a great time and was even invited back to host another demo for their upcoming 4/20 celebration.
April 1- 20, 2017 – CannaSmack 420 Photo Challenge
Here’s a peek at the details surrounding CannaSmack’s 2017 Photo Challenge.
April 13, 2017 – #CannaSmackApplication (Day 13 of challenge)
This was the official day that the hashtag #CannaSmackApplication surfaced. I shared this video as a part of the 420 challenge, after seeing @cupcake_qu33n granted a wish from one of my live streams where I mentioned how I would love to see slow-mo’s and boomerangs of you all applying CannaSmack. (Stay tuned for when I unite with @CupCake_Qu33n in Colorado.)
Clearly, I got a little silly with mine, which I was thrilled to see became a trend amongst this content. Silly faces are my favorite!
April 1, 2017 – HashBash – (Ann Arbor, MI)
As previously mentioned, this is an annual event that has taken place since 1972. Public cannabis consumption is basically decriminalized for the day, drawing quite a crowd. We introduced CannaSmack to new friends and even ran into people who were fans of the product already!
I was invited back to this new local shop to help them celebrate 4/20 with their customers.
On this day, was also the @ChriscoDesigns @Reebok “Munchies” launch. The @HappyTokesTribe got the opportunity to help build excitement for this launch with a sneaky sticker release, that I distributed through HappyMail, prior to the launch. The inside of each shoe had a character from the stickers everyone received.
My final entry for CannaSmack’s 4/20 photo challenge features a pair of the Munchies Reebok shoes designed by @ChrisCoDesigns paired with Cannasmack leggings.
April 27, 2017 – Plain Mary Jane Vegan Lip Balm Release
The original formula of Plain Mary Jane was released; non-scented/flavored! The original formula had a bit of graininess to it, as the vegan formula was still being perfected. The formula of Plain Mary Jane that is now available has a super silky smooth texture to it.
April 29, 2017 – Friend Like You – Car Version
This was one of many times that CannaSmack went above and beyond to be there for me, as friends. Slightly turbulent life circumstances led me to a car packed to the brim with my belongings. Feeling a bit overwhelmed and not sure where to go, I parked my car and decided to find my happy place by playing something to myself on my baritone ukulele, which just so happened to be in my backseat. My fingers remembered how to play this song, which I truly hadn’t played in years. It brought me a moment of joy, which I eventually decided to take out my phone and record to later share.
“Friend Like You” was originally written to cheer up a friend, about 4 years prior (in 2012). Even in this moment, I wasn’t aware of how this song would lead me to adventure and friendship.
April 30, 2017 – “The Sky Will Never Fall” by STACE
10 days after it’s release, I listen to STACE’s new song for first time and discover shoutout to myself and the HappyTokesTribe at the end of the song!
Lyrics at end of song:
“I’m rolling up with some good vibes & we dabbing it too.
Peace to HappyTokesTribe & Madison too.
Lets light another blunt we got passing to do.”
May 2, 2017 – First time trying CannaSmack Luxe SkinCare
Even though I was all about CannaSmack, I was legitimately nervous to try LUXE because of my prior experiences with skin-care products. Kenia had to do some gentle convincing for the first few days after my package arrived. The first time, I used every product that was sent to me, and I was IN LOVE. No stinging – No Itching – No burning! Hallelujah!!
May 5, 2017 – DabNCarts (MI)
An exciting consumption-friendly event that travels from state to state offering attendees the opportunity to race around an indoor track. A variety of local extract companies had booths set up directly inside the venue with the track; due to my sensory processing issues, I requested to be off the track, away from the smells, sounds and other sensory input (which can be quite bothersome to me).
My brother Dakota and his friends came out to show support and race as team HappyTokes. One of his friends even wore a CannaSmack shirt. (Photos layered on same post)
I had the pleasure of meeting tribe member @Bettina_Kelly for the first time at this event!
May 19, 2017 – Katrina receives HappyMail from BigMamaBlueBear
Katrina, a 12 year old cannabis warrior who is kicking cancer’s ass, continues to receive support from the HappyTokesTribe.
Elena sent Katrina this incredibly thoughtful HappyMail containing a hand crocheted hooded “thnead” and Cannasmack.
June 16 – 23, 2017 – Recording Studio with STACE (Atlanta, GA)
STACE saw my “Friend Like You” car version and invited me out to record in his studio. Since then, this remixed song featuring an original verse from STACE has been released, (available on iTunes and Spotify) but we actually recorded my first EP, which has yet to be released. Myself and a tribe member were flown out for the studio experience & I was able to give the tribe a very vague heads up regarding the first official HappyTokesTribe meet-up.
June 17, 2017 – HappyTokesTribe Meet-up (ATL)
We met up by the only Palm trees in Piedmont Park. @Hannah_Duvall123 and her friend @tyler_tetley were the only locals that found the courage to locate us that day, though @hay_nolan, accompanied by her boyfriend @zackdecarle drove 4 hours each way, and @smokies_bandit & her boyfriend @bavarian.m3 drove 10+ hours each way!!
Want to know more about how this adventure played out? Come back and check out this mini documentary STACE produced.
Emma being super adorable as she opens mail from STACE!
Hayley & Hannah shows off loot they brought home from her adventure. Note the @WokeFace shirts!! These were contributed by @Jay_mmj as gifts for the tribe as I traveled. She was the reason @WokeFace got on my radar to begin with. (Stay tuned for when I meet WokeFace!)
June 24 – 26, 2017 – International Beauty Show (Vegas, NV)
This was a unique trade show experience, where we were amongst a list of vendors in the cosmetic community. Everything from make-up & nail polish to skin care were on our side of the convention, while the other side catered to hair-based cosmetics and tools. Though the wholesale buyers in this market vary from the typical glass and cannabis friendly audiences we’ve been used to in the past, our attendance at this event gave us a great opportunity to see where the products rank in the eyes of estheticians & those who own beauty salons. (Spoiler alert: They loved it!)
After hygienically sampling and thoroughly reading our labels, we even saw people abandoning their staple brands and making an INSTANT switch.
Remember when I mentioned my cool booth neighbors @KongWraps, from our previous show in Vegas? Well, they live in Vegas! They were kind enough to invite me into their studio to work on some content in front of the green screen, and of course, sesh; we opened it up as a meet-up but I don’t think I gave people enough heads up.(Sorry guys!)
Despite the late notice, this tribe member showed up & got to join in on the fun.
July 6 – 10, 2017 – Chalice Festival, CA
LynSweetArt kindly hosted this booth with me. We definitely ran into lots of obstacles along this journey. Simply put, it was incredibly hot. We couldn’t keep inventory outside under the tent as originally planned, and ended up storing it back in our hotel while carrying what we could and using the opportunity to #SmackAttack new friends.
Check out this CannaSmack blog that highlights my experience at Chalice!
It was at this event that I had the pleasure of meeting tribe member @iamgarren and her husband @honorable_scotty for the first time. (Stay tuned to hear about the multiple times we cross paths after this initial meeting!)
I also met @_snow.flake_ and her partner too, but we were all so delirious from heat that I don’t think we got any photos together.
At this event, the universe re-united myself and a soul-sister Arianne @themetanoist. I say “re-united” but his was our first time meeting in this lifetime. We didn’t get a chance to spend much time together but the moments we spent conversing were precious and quite enlightening. I felt a genuine eternal bond and knew we’d be crossing paths again. (Stay tuned!)
For the first time, and totally by chance, I crossed paths with @katrina_flowergarden’s Dad!
I watched Chris Dyer work on a mural and made a new friend with a few simple acts of kindness like checking in to see if he needed food or water while he created. (Stay tuned!)
And yes.. This was the trip that I discovered a lot of dinosaurs and simply couldn’t contain my excitement. (There are multiple clips layered in the same post.)
July 14, 2017 – MassRoots interview
@ZoeWilder personally interviewed me for a piece titled “HappyTokes Helps Families Discuss Medical Marijuana” which was published by MassRoots and presented by @MagicalButter.
Photos from many friends including Heather were included in this piece.
July 21-23, 2017 – @TheMichiganGlassProject
In the spirit of giving back, as @TheMichiganGlassProject crew is known for, we decided to create (do some live painting) and gift CannaSmack to anyone who came by to engage with us.
This CannaSmack blog post highlights the event, including Tribe-friends ad creators who came by to share their love with us such as: @JasonGordon315 (bearing gifts!), @Senoih & @GlassbyYani, @JdMapelsden, @MarcelGlass & @StudioAnonymous, @Dano.Polo, @MedicalPandas, @_HaHolmes, @Delaquary, @NattyDreadsMI, @JakeFromStateTerps & more!
After meeting at MGP the previous year, I was so excited to have the opportunity to invite @GemMarcy to hang out and paint with me!
Unfortunately, this was the last time I saw Danny in person before his passing.
July 29, 2017 – MadeGallery HappyTokesTribe Show – (Chicago, IL)
The renowned MadeGallery invited me to host a HappyTokesTribe themed show in their space. I was beyond thrilled to have the opportunity to curate a collection of artwork from my talented friends for this show.
The show featured artwork from friends such as:
Emperial Glass & EranParkGlass
GlobalGlassWorks & SpookyGirlArt
I painted on this MadeGallery hat the day of the event.
@Rasta_wear came out to show support and grabbed this shot of me live streaming & showing off the glass case.
@Jay_mmj and many other friends came out to show their support for this gallery showing. This was my first time meeting Jay in person, though as I previously mentioned, she had already shared her sincerest of love by introducing myself and the tribe to @WokeFace’s artwork!
Loot from the HappyTokesTribe show hosted by MADE gallery.
The upmost gratitude to all of the creators who contributed their artwork and love to this event. It was my first time organizing anything of this nature and I simply couldn’t have done it without all of their support.
August 8-12, 2017 – BIG Industry Show – (New York, NY)
I had always wanted to go to New York. Yes, visiting #LiveFreeFields in up-state NY was awesome, but experiencing the city of New York itself was a dream since my childhood, yet I hadn’t made it to the city until this very trip. Beyond the awesome work experience, and friends I encountered along the way, I was quite empowered by the moments of my down time spent roaming the streets and discovering the city. Times Square lit my heart on fire; there was something extra special about experiencing it for the first time all by myself.
@Nug_Honey originally came up as I was trying to figure out a solution to some work-related arrangements for the show. She impressed me with her understanding of the fact that she caught me at a bad time; she came back when I was less scrambled and we said proper hellos. The following morning, @Nug_Honey walks up with a giant Pineapple Juice for me! (This act of kindness will forever remain in my heart!)
She also opened up her home to me, on my last day in NY; I had to check out of my hotel and had too much downtime before my flight. Of course, we used the time to make sure I was properly medicated for my travel adventures.