2015 Audiobook Challenge: Q2 Check-In

I have been in a “book funk” for much of the year. Somehow, I lost my reading mojo and just haven’t found a book that is making me NEED to read it. Thankfully, I’ve had audiobooks to help keep me moving towards my reading/listening goal this year. I set a goal to read 52 books, and as part of that I’ve separately signed up for an 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?

So here we are at the half way point of the year (say what??) and I’ve completed ELEVEN audiobooks!! This is in large part due to falling in love with Sookie Stackhouse (I’m on book #10). You can see what else I’ve listened to on my Goodreads shelf where I’m keeping track for this challenge.

(Note: I am behind in my total goal of 52 books for the year though…having completed only 21 so far (3 books behind). I hope to make that up this summer. :) )

Soap Panel Spots FILLED

Soap Panel

Wow! I’m completely overwhelmed and so appreciative of everyone’s support. In less than 24 hours, all spots in my first Soap Panel have been filled! I’ll be emailing everyone shortly to confirm that you’re in and will try and move up the timeline to get these samples out to you.

THANK YOU!

Soap Panel Sign Ups Now Open

Soap Panel

UPDATE 05/29: You guys are amazing! In less than 24 hours all the spots have been filled! THANK YOU!

 

It’s almost time! I’m looking for volunteers that would be interested in testing out some soap samples to help me finalize the soap recipe for my initial product launch later this year. I’ve been through a BUNCH of recipes (the last set of samples I intended for the soap panel didn’t make the cut!) … I want to bring something to the market that I love and that YOU’LL love too. So here’s how it’ll work:

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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…]