Soapy News

I haven’t made an “official” announcement about this yet – but some people have asked, and I’ve started talking about it more and more. I’m so in love with soap making, that I’m working hard to launch a little soap business later this year! I will just never be able to use all the soap I’m making (and that I want to make) so I need to find a way to pay for this new hobby and put that soap to good use. :-)

I’ve been busy testing many soap recipes, trying to find “the one” that I want to use for at least the initial product launch. And I also know that I’ll be looking for volunteers who’ll be willing to help test the final variations to give me outside feedback. I had hoped that I was nearly ready for that first “Soap Panel”. My husband and I have started initial testing of the batches, and alas…these aren’t cutting it for me. I think I’ve finally got the bubbles/lather feeling pretty creamy, but they just aren’t as moisturizing as I wanted.

FailedSoapTest

I have two other formulations that are much closer to what I’m looking for, so I’m back to the drawing board this weekend making up the new set of batches to test. And this is where cold process soap making challenges my patience. It’ll be another 4-5 weeks before that batch will be cured and ready to go. So…

If you have expressed interest in the past about being on my Soap Panel, rest assured the time is coming! It will just take a little longer for me to be ready to take full advantage of your help. And if this is news to you? Don’t worry! I’ll be looking for more participants and I’ll be posting a sign up form when I feel confident I have the right product to send you. I am working VERY HARD to make sure I’ll be able to offer something I love and want to share!

I am thankful for all the support and encouragement I’ve already received before even being CLOSE to ready! It’s making all the hard work so worth it!

I’ll post updates as I have more to share – and will let you know when the new company name has been registered and social media addresses secured, where I’ll post much more about the entire process of getting things going. :-)

April Update: Sewing, Soaping, and Sand

I can’t believe April is almost over! Time just keep whizzing by and I keep filling it up with good stuff – but don’t always get around to blogging about it. Sorry! I thought I’d do a single post to try and get you caught up and see if I can’t get to a more regular posting schedule. [Read more…]

Dramatic Spare Room Re-Do

It’s been a busy weekend in our house! We spent all day yesterday making the most dramatic overhaul of our spare room. Here is what it looked like when we started.

GuestRoomBefore

And now?

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Spring Planters

Today was a great fingers-in-the-dirt kind of day. Spring is fully here in East Texas and the bugs are already out! We planted eight new planters for our back porch with plants to help keep bugs away: lavender, peppermint, citronella, and marigolds. Let’s hope these help!

Spring Planters

2015 Audiobook Challenge: Q1 Check-In

This year, in addition to setting a goal to read 52 books, I signed up for my first Audiobook Challenge, which is being hosted by The Book Nympho and Hot Listens. I set a goal for 15-20 of my books this year to be audiobooks, which they call the “Socially Awkward (Don’t Talk to Me)” Level. Cute, right?

Tomorrow is their first quarter check in – so let’s see how I’ve done!

I created a separate Goodreads shelf so I can easily tag my completed audiobooks this year. And so far…(drumroll, please!)…I have completed FOUR of my books on audio! I’m right on track with my goal! Yay, me!

Side note: I’ve been in a reading funk lately – nothing has grabbed my attention and made me want to curl up non-stop with a book, so I hope to find something SOON that sucks me back in. If you have a must-read, my-favorite-book-of-all-time recommendation, I’d love to hear it! Even with my reading funk, I’ve read/listened to 12 books total so far this year, and Goodreads says that means I’m right.on.track.