From The Marketplace: A small business story of self-reliance

Coconut Rain: Open for Business...

"Nothing about running a small business has been easy."

—Lynsi O'Dell, Coconut Rain founder

Lynsi O’Dell collapsed onto her bed—exhausted. Several hours earlier, she’d made it through a particularly stressful session of day-care, but her care-giving duties for the day were far from being complete. Lynsi still had to tend to her 4 children, who—all under the age of 10—were “active” to say the least.

That was before her husband suffered a brain hemorrhage in 2007, which left him unable to work for several months.

“I found a job working as a server in a Bistro to make ends meet,” Lynsi says. “I was five months pregnant with our fifth child.”

Refusing to allow her family to become another depressing statistic, Lynsi drew on values of self-reliance, hard work, and integrity to boldly face her situation.

Lynsi started making her own laundry soap to save money. For nearly a year she tweaked the recipe and tested it until she found the perfect ratio of natural ingredients.

“I enjoyed it and the sense of accomplishment it brought."

A friend Lynsi worked with asked to purchase the finished product. Her business was born!

Since opening her shop, Lynsi’s business—Coconut Rain—has remained debt-free and self-sustaining, growing to meet the ever-increasing demand for her products.

“Nothing about running a small business has been easy,” Lynsi points out. Working 16-hour days and meeting the needs of her large and active family continue to test the limits of her strength, but she is succeeding.

Lynsi’s story is just one of the many examples of success among the shops at The Marketplace by TheBlaze. Thank you for supporting us as we assemble the world’s finest collection of unique small businesses.

To learn more, visit Coconut Rain at The Marketplace

Sen. Ted Cruz: NOBODY should be afraid of Trump's Supreme Court justice pick

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Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to weigh in on President Donald Trump's potential Supreme Court nominees and talk about his timely new book, "One Vote Away: How a Single Supreme Court Seat Can Change History."

Sen. Cruz argued that, while Congressional Democrats are outraged over President Trump's chance at a third court appointment, no one on either side should be afraid of a Supreme Court justice being appointed if it's done according to the founding documents. That's why it's crucial that the GOP fills the vacant seat with a true constitutionalist.

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Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Wednesday to talk about why he believes President Donald Trump will nominate Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the Supreme Court vacancy created by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg's death.

Lee, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee that will consider and vote on the nominee, also weighed in on another Supreme Court contender: Judge Barbara Lagoa. Lee said he would not be comfortable confirming Lagoa without learning more about her history as it pertains to upholding the U.S. Constitution.

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This week on the Glenn Beck Podcast, Glenn spoke with Vox co-founder Matthew Yglesias about his new book, "One Billion Americans: The Case for Thinking Bigger."

Matthew and Glenn agree that, while conservatives and liberals may disagree on a lot, we're not as far apart as some make it seem. If we truly want America to continue doing great things, we must spend less time fighting amongst ourselves.

Watch a clip from the full interview with Matthew Yglesias below:


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'A convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists': Why is the New York Times defending George Soros?

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On the "Glenn Beck Radio Program" Tuesday, Glenn discussed the details of a recent New York Times article that claims left-wing billionaire financier George Soros "has become a convenient boogeyman for misinformation artists who have falsely claimed that he funds spontaneous Black Lives Matter protests as well as antifa, the decentralized and largely online, far-left activist network that opposes President Trump."

The Times article followed last week's bizarre Fox News segment in which former House Speaker Newt Gingrich appeared to be censored for criticizing Soros (read more here). The article also labeled Glenn a "conspiracy theorist" for his tweet supporting Gingrich.

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