We were in St Johns today at Uncle John's Cider Mill for the annual craft show. We will also be there tomorrow from 9 am to 5 pm. Thank you to everyone who came out today and who will be coming out tomorrow! This is our first craft show besides doing the farmer's markets! We have a lot of new products to come and check out! All of our items make excellent Christmas gifts and our Aroma Gels make great teacher gifts, office staff gifts, house warming gifts and more!
We will be at the Oak Park YMCA on September 28th from 12 pm to 3 pm for the Spirit Mind and Body Wellness Workshop and Unique Boutique. For more information, visit the Oak Park YMCA's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/OakParkYMCA. We will be registering for other events so look for those to be posted soon.
We are in DeWitt on Tuesdays at the farmers market until the end of October from 5 pm to 8 pm and at the Old Town farmers market on Fridays until the end of October from 3 pm to 7 pm. Our next scheduled day to be at the South Lansing farmers market is October 9th from 3 pm to 7 pm.
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We were at the Old Town Farmer's Market today from 3 pm- 7pm! This was our first booth and it went great! We were filling in for somebody but we were asked to come back through the end of the summer! This is very exciting for us! Please join us on Fridays from 3 pm- 7pm! We have laundry soap, smelly jelly air fresheners, wax tarts, soaps, solid lotion bars, mosquito spray, solid mosquito repelling lotion bars, sunscreen, and diaper cream. We also do custom gift baskets. We are going to be adding new products all of the time! Thank you for all of your continued support as we continue on our journey!
Yay! I am a featured writer in Orlando Family Magazine's March 2014 issue! I will post the link below that takes you to the article. I wrote an article about melt and pour soap, which I have done a few times but my real passion is making cold process soap. With melt and pour soap, you take a pre-made soap base and melt it down using a microwave or double boiler. You then can add any soap colorant, fragrance, herbs, etc and pour into your mold. It is ready to pop out of the mold after a couple of hours and can be used right away. Unlike cold process soap, you make soap from scratch with oils, water (or another liquid like goats milk, buttermilk, tea, etc) and sodium hydroxide. There is a chemical reaction when you mix your oils and liquid with the sodium hydroxide which is called saponification. Once poured into your mold, it has to sit for at least 24 hours. The soap has to sit and cure for at least four weeks before you can use it. I prefer cold process because you can make your own recipe and use whatever oils and liquid that you would like. Making soap to me is almost like baking! It is a lot of fun and I enjoy sharing it with everyone. Here is the link to the article: http://www.orlandofamilymagazine.com/digital/040_Mar2014CEN/HTML/#/8/
I am super excited! My uncle is the creative director for Orlando Family Magazine and asked me to do an article in the magazine about making soap! I will be in the upcoming March issue in the craft section. There will also be a gift basket giveaway with soaps, wax tarts, room spray and whipped body butter all made by me! I am hoping this will help my business out tremendously! Since I am a one person operation, I may have to recruit some help in the upcoming months! When I get the copy of the magazine article, I will share it with you all!
We will be getting up to ten inches of snow tomorrow so I think that is the perfect time for me to make some more soap. I will be snowed in so it is a good excuse! I will be making some Outdoorsman soap this weekend but haven't decided on the other soaps to make just yet. I just received an order today from one of my suppliers with a couple of new scents. I can't wait to get busy!
I was approached last week by my brother in law about doing a fundraiser for the football team that he coaches. The football team is Capital City Stealth and they are minor league here in Lansing, MI. I told him that I would definitely do it! I am excited and glad that he thought of me! We are offering 2 pack melt and pour soaps and also a holiday wax tart sampler pack with 7 scents. I just got the order forms printed yesterday and he has already given me some orders! I know I am definitely going to be super busy over the next couple of weeks. I apologize for not having some of my items in stock. Hopefully after the holidays and after the fundraiser, I will be working on some more cold process soaps. I would also love to start making lip balm. One new soap that I would like to start offering is Loofah soap. I have never made it before but plan to really soon! I will keep you updated on my fundraiser status!
So it is that time of year to start thinking about Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas! I just received a supply order yesterday so I will be busy over the next couple of weeks trying to make my Holiday soaps and tarts! I have decided to add room sprays and whipped body butter to my product line! Look for those to be listed soon on the site and also on my Etsy page. I am super excited to offer new products! I plan on offering a holiday sampler in wax tarts. It will include at least 6 different scents and will probably cost around $4-$5.00. The tarts will be approximately .5 oz each. I am still trying to come up with some other ideas for gift sets for Christmas. I will list some of the scents that I will have available on my next post. Hope everyone has a nice weekend!
These last two weeks have been super busy! The kids went back to school last week and now it is back to packing lunches, getting clothes ready and homework! I am kind of glad they are back in school to be back into a routine but I am also sad. I am sad because I don't get to see them all day and summer has come to an end. I am now home with my youngest daughter who will be 15 months in a week! She has been a handful too! I also just started watching a little boy a few hours a week.
I have managed to make a couple batches of soap with all of this craziness! I made an all natural baby soap that doesn't contain any fragrance. It was made with buttermilk, olive oil, coconut oil, carrots and sodium hydroxide. This soap should be ready by the middle of October. I also made an outdoorsman soap. It is also good in the kitchen for onion and garlic odors. This soap is camoflage and is made with Anise essential oil and I also added in some poppy seeds. This will be ready by Sep 26th so just in time for hunting season! Yesterday I made Apple Jack Peel soap. I tried to use some cut up soap pieces in the batter and thought it would turn out better than it did but that was really my first time using any type of embeds. I am posting some pics so you can see the soaps. Once they are ready, I will add them to the site. I made a Cinnamon Patchouli soap but I am waiting to see how it is once it is cured. I think it started to set up on me before I even poured it into my mold. It smells awesome though!
I am really looking forward to this weekend even though the weather will be cooler. We are having a family weekend which we never get to have! We will be getting some things done around the house and spending some much needed time together!
I can't even believe we are on the last week of summer vacation before school starts! It seemed like summer just began! It was so nice to be home this summer with my kids. We didn't do as much as I would have liked but we still had fun! Summer is my favorite time of year with fall being second. I just wish the summer months could last longer!
I have ordered some fall fragrances and will be adding those within the next week or so. Wax tarts will be available in the following scents: Autumn Woods, Apple Jack Peel, Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti, Pumpkin Crunch Cake, and Mulled Cider. I will be offering soap in Apple Jack Peel and Pumpkin Walnut Biscotti. I also would like to make a "Hunters Soap" for all of those hunters out there! Hunting season is right around the corner too! Another soap that I would like to introduce is Cinnamon Patchouli. I guess I had better get busy! With the kids going back to school next week, that shouldn't be a problem! I will have my 14 month old running around though!
I have added a few pics of the summer.
I was able to get two new soaps made today. The first one is Oatmeal, milk and honey and the second one is Peppermint. They both smell so good! I can't wait until I can un-mold them. I think the hardest part about making soap is having to wait for at least four weeks for it to fully cure! On top of making soap today, I am trying to pack to go to a friends house overnight and pack for camping this weekend! It has been a pretty busy day so far. These aren't the best pics, but here are the soaps in their molds.
So this is my first attempt at a blog! So many people do it so I thought I would give it a try. I canned some pickles today. I haven't canned pickles in probably 6 or 7 years. I hope they turn out! I did the jars different so that all of them weren't the same. Some had garlic, crushed red pepper, jalapenos, and of course sprigs of dill and the dill heads. I can't wait to try them but I need to let them sit at least 3-4 weeks. I also have so much zucchini and am not sure what to do with it. I have already grilled it and made zucchini bread and banana zucchini bread. Any ideas would be appreciated! I am pretty much the only one in my house that eats zucchini.
Mom of three beautiful girls and married to a wonderful husband. I love to try new recipes! I also love the outdoors.