Friday, December 13, 2013
Sunday, December 1, 2013
So I've pulled together...you guessed it!...12 different companies to bring you some really awesome gifts. You can enter each day and encourage your friends to enter so you can split the prize! It's up to you whether you keep them all for yourself, give them all away, or do something in between.
The GiftsMost of the companies you'll see listed below are local in my area and many of the items are hand-crafted! I'm so excited to be able to support their businesses and share their products with you and your family. Be sure to check them out! Cheeks ‘n Bums – a Sanitize Those Hands and a Balm Stick ($17.48 value). Enter coupon code "10FOR12" for 10% off through December 31, 2013. Jessica's Crochet Creations –a medium-sized, pre-lanolized wool soaker in a gender neutral color ($33 value). Mention Growing Up Triplets and receive 10% off of all wool soakers and longies, and 5% off of all other creations through December 31, 2013. Diaper Donks - one-size hybrid fitted diaper ($28 value). Get free shipping with the code "12DAYS" through December 31, 2013. DoTerra with Joy – a doTERRA Introductory Kit which includes a 5 ml bottle of dōTERRA's Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint essential oils as well as an introductory audio CD and booklet, and suggested uses of the included oils ($26.67 value). Receive a FREE 5ml bottle of Wild Orange and a Living Magazine with the purchase of an enrollment kit, through December 31, 2013.
Hoplet House –pick from one of their personalized t-shirts or onesies (custom designed for each order) and one of their personalized, custom-made prints - perfect for a nursery or room decor ($23.99 value).Inspired Simply – an 11x17 personalized "Family Rules" print and an 8x10 Christmas Wall Art - Rejoice in the Hallowed Manger Ground print ($32 value). Enter coupon code SIMPLY10 for 10% off through December 12, 2013.
ItWorks with Emily – a bundle of the defining gel and greens supplement (trial sizes, $15 value).
Lemongrass Spa with Kristen – Lavender Mint Salt Body Polish (8 oz., $16 value).Premier Designs – the beautiful Starlet bracelet ($45 value). Buy 1, get 1 50% off (equal or lesser value) through December 31, 2013 (use access code BLING to shop).
Soaps for Life - 5 hand-crafted soaps made with a variety of goat's milk oatmeal, cedar, orange and more ($15 value).Two Chicks and a Bar – two holiday bar soaps (choose from Cinnamon Balsam, Spruceberry, Apple Cinnamon, Lavender Sparkle ($15 value).
Young Living with Kylene – a 15 ml bottle of Orange (Citrus sinensis) Essential Oil and a Cinnamint Lip Balm ($19.73 value).Receive $10 off the Premium Starter Kit (while supplies last).
The TOTAL VALUE of the 12 Days of Christmas Giveaway is $286.87! Whoa! That's a lot of love, fun, and awesomeness to win!a Rafflecopter giveaway
What are you most excited to win?
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Saturday, October 26, 2013
The promo I am offering is this; For the goat's milk-oatmeal soap bars that are $3.50/bar, I will sell them at $3 a bar. The Fancy Soap that is $3/bar will sell for $2.50/bar. Here is the promo code:
Jesus is the Lamb of God. Either tell me the code or write it on paper and show it to me. Offer good on November 16th at the Arts & Crafts Festival at Metro Life Church. Some of the proceeds from the goat's milk-oatmeal soaps will still go to Sanctuary Ministries, a ministry designed to serve women who have chosen to go through their pregnancies and deliver their babies in spite of the many reasons they could have used to have an abortion.
Other soaps available will be:
Volcano Soaps (4oz., 5oz. and sample sizes)
Lemon Soaps (contains lemon rinds - 4 oz. bars and sample sizes)
Sheep's Milk Oatmeal Soaps - (4 oz. bars and sample sizes)
Glycerin Soaps (last a long, long time- various sizes and shapes)
Other items that will be available are:
Doll House Items
Knitted Christmas Stockings
Cat and Bird Toys
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Friday, October 4, 2013
Some of the money made from the Goat's Milk-Oatmeal Soap goes to Sanctuary Ministries, a ministry that serves pregnant women who refuse to have an abortion.
Friday, September 27, 2013
I have a few options on wrapping soap, but each one has a problem. I usually wrap my Goat's Milk-Oatmeal Soap in wrapping tissue, which provides the air it needs to have around it, but, the soap is completely covered in tissue and you can't see the finished product. To some people, that really doesn't matter though.
In wrapping Fancy Soaps, the goal is to have the customers be able to see the shape of the soap, with all its unique details. If you wrap Fancy Soap with tissue, you can't see it, although the scent might still come through because the tissue is porous.
One thing I have noticed is how some people sell their soaps with just a paper band around the bar of soap. I have been doing that and really like that idea, however, it is hard to put a band around the Fancy Soaps because of all the details that don't fit evenly under the band. Plus, it covers some, of not most, of the design of the soap!
So, another idea is to wrap the Fancy Soaps with cellophane or cling wrap. But, as I already pointed out, covering soap with anything that is not porous will keep the air from circulating around the soap, and it could cause the oils to turn rancid, if left too long in the cellophane. But, I have overcome that problem! Tonight, as I was trying to wrap some odd shaped soaps, and being rather unsuccessful at it, I decided to wrap a rectangular shaped soap, but, I am leaving the sides open. I am not being a cheapskate when I do this, so when you see my soaps with the sides left open, you will know why.
Leaving the sides uncovered helps keep the air around the soap bar more easily, plus, it lets you smell the scent of the soap. Also, if it is covered with cellophane, the design of the soap will show through! It looks very pretty and yet it will not suffocate.
Sunday, September 22, 2013
I am going to receive some sheep's milk this week, and might try using some to make a batch of sheep's milk-oatmeal soap. What do you think? Why I even have a mold for sheep!
The cost of sheep's milk-oatmeal soap would be somewhat higher than goat's milk-oatmeal soap, mainly because of the cost of sheep's milk. If you have never tasted sheep's milk, you should try to find some. It is very sweet and creamy. It is more digestible than cow's milk.
So, if you come to the Arts and Crafts Festival in November, that I am part of, you just might see some bars of sheep's milk-oatmeal soap. Of course, they will be in a bin all to themselves! I will report the results of making sheep's milk-oatmeal soap in a later blog.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
I love the feel of the Volcano soap and it is really made with the product called, Pumice, which comes from volcanoes. It is an ingredient in Lava Soap as well. I have used Volcano Soap on my face, and my face is very sensitive to whatever touches it. However, I would not recommend you do this unless you feel comfortable trying it out. Goat's Milk-Oatmeal Soap does a good job on the face. In fact, I know one man who uses it to shave with!
I finally got around to making the Snow-Globe Soap. It is a clear soap with a round ball inside (the ball has a picture inside it) and is shaped like a snow-globe. Next will come shell soap. It will be clear bar soap with shells (that are made out of soap also) inside that you can see.
Finally, I am very excited to announce my tentative plan on starting a nursery. I will grow plants that will be sold locally. I am looking forward to planting Alpine Strawberries, which come in the colors of red, yellow, and white. They are smaller than regular strawberries, but I'm sure they taste good. They will be good to put into salads. Also, I will plant heirloom tomatoes. Everyone needs tomatoes, whether to make tomato sauce with, or salsa, or just to put into a salad or cut up and eat with mayonnaise! Yum!
Friday, August 23, 2013
I am not going to be able to sell my homemade butter or cream cheese, at least not at this point, but, there are a few things I can legally sell and make some profit from them.
I will be able to sell cinnamon bread. Already, this is a favorite at garage sales. Unfortunately though, making this bread with wholesome ingredients isn't cheap. So, if the consumer is looking for a quick snack without regards to their health, and something cheap, my cinnamon bread might not provide what they want, but, there are many today who will look for something a step above the processed foods you can get at a convenience store. I will recalculate the cost for the loaves of bread, but will be selling them. Also, there is another possibility as well. This one is to make the bread from organic flour. Should I use that option, the price of the bread will be higher. Again, this is a time to recalculate. I want to give people a good deal on a good product. My desire is not to try to rip people off. It isn't wise to make a good product and sell it at a sky rocketing price just to make money from it. Also, I cannot mail the loaves of bread, but, if you live in the Orlando area, you can contact me if you want some. I can also have loaves of cinnamon bread made up if you want to preorder. Just let me know.
But I am also excited about the possibility of selling potted plants! Growing plants has not been a good experience for me in the past, but I have tried again and this time, I am using the plant food that is used in hydroponic gardening and the results are fantastic! So, I am going to experiment with this one and will let you know what is on the horizon with this. Possible plants will be pepperocini peppers, purple jalapenos, German lunchbox tomatoes, and Amish paste tomatoes. Maybe even strawberry plants! I will let you know as soon as I get these things going.
Friday, August 9, 2013
|Goat's Milk-Oatmeal Soap 5 ounce bars|
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
They will still have the oatmeal milk scent and some of the proceeds will still go to Sanctuary Ministries, a ministry that supports moms who do not choose to abort their child.
Friday, July 5, 2013
I got a book that had some primitive ideas on soap making, and I thought I would try to make a recipe for a basic bar of soap. The measurements weren't clear and when I made my first batch and I ended up making a batch of lye heavy soap that my toddler put on her lips. Ouch! I learned to be more careful after that!
After making a couple of batches, and trying to find molds for soap (which was almost impossible), I didn't make too much more, at least for a while. But after the internet came out, I found a soap making emailing list and joined it. I was back to soap making once again, and now I had a place to go with my questions.
I made soap for a while, but, I was too busy to keep up with trying to sell it, so I only made it on occasion. Soap molds at this point, were still hard to find. I was using candle molds, but the soap was either way too large, or too small. Cute shapes though, but not near the right sizes.
As time went on, soap molds began to be made by soap making companies that weren't available prior to the internet. I made soap, but only to give away during Christmas caroling or for presents.
A friend on Facebook saw a picture of the soap that I posted and was interested in the possibility of making goat's milk-oatmeal soap to help support her ministry. I knew there were a lot of people who had made goat's milk-oatmeal soap, but I had never made this myself. I gave it a try, and it turned out nice. I was impressed and decided to start making soap again.
My soap making skills have improved over time, and now there are a lot more options we didn't have available before. I have several new molds and also make some rectangular, round, and oval soaps as well. As time goes on, I will experiment with different soap products. I want to make a shampoo bar, and other types of facial soap bars. Perhaps I will make something for the furred friends in our families too.
Soaps that are available are; Goat's milk-oatmeal, Fancy soaps, Volcano Soap, Glycerin soaps and (contains toys inside). The fancy soap also comes in a variety of shapes, colors, and scents. Everything is made with pure ingredients that are safe for skin. Also, a portion of the income for the goat's milk-oatmeal soaps goes to Sanctuary Ministries, which is a ministry that supports women who are pregnant who have chosen to not go through with an abortion, but have chosen to go through with the pregnancy. Most of these women do not have the finances necessary to go through a pregnancy and childbirth, and there is great need for support for them, during the pregnancy and after the child is born.
Monday, April 15, 2013
Sunday, January 6, 2013
Fancy Soaps: Sodium Hydroxide, rainwater, oils (palm, coconut, olive, peanut, tallow, lard), glycerine, castor oil, fragrance, coloring.
Goat's Milk Oatmeal Soaps: same as above, but no coloring. Also, goat's milk and oatmeal are added.
Volcano Soaps: Sodium Hydroxide, rainwater, oils (palm, coconut, olive, peanut, tallow, lard), pumice, glycerine, castor oil, fragrance, coloring.