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Thursday, May 29, 2008

June Is Fast Approaching!!!


As some of you may know that we are moving the end of the June and so much needs to be done. It is very hard to keep track of orders and prepare to move at the same time. As of June 1st, both the website and the Etsy shop will only have the soaps available for purchase. Why is this so? Well I make most of the other products from scratch, the lotions, Bath Bombs, Silky Body Powder, Perfume Spray, the scrubs etc etc. The ingredients to make these items need to be put away for the move and it will be hard to make the other products and try to pack them at the same time. I will of course have a huge soap sale during the month of June. The last week in June I will be closing til the second week in July so we can prepare for the closing date, moving and trying to get settled in our new home. So much has to be done between then and now. We are moving from one house to the another large house. The weeks seem to be moving so fast and there is just never enough time for anything. :-)

~Michelle

Friday, May 23, 2008

What Does Memorial Day Mean For You?



What does Memorial Day mean for you? A 3 day weekend to relax and barbeque and be with family and friends? Especially since the gas prices are at a all time high, who wants to go anywhere. Do you hang out in the malls, do a little shopping that day? Perhaps see a movie like Indiana Jones that is out this weekend? It always feels great to enjoy that extra day off to relax and do what you want, but for some people, this holiday is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. A day to reflect how their lives have impacted our lives today. Freedom isn't free and someone had to die to have the freedoms we have today.

Many Americans nowadays have forgotten the meaning and traditions of Memorial Day. At many cemeteries, the graves of the fallen are increasingly ignored, neglected. Most people no longer remember the proper flag etiquette for the day. While there are towns and cities that still hold Memorial Day parades, many have not held a parade in decades. Some people think the day is for honoring any and all dead, and not just those fallen in service to our country.

My father served in the Korean War and every time I try to ask questions about him serving, he never really liked talking about it. He was a young adult at the time, and seen horrible things and seen many of his fellow soldiers die. I have a uncle that received the Silver Star during Vietnam and to this day, that war has still affects him.

Did you know:


That Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on 5 May 1868 by General John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic, in his General Order No. 11, and was first observed on 30 May 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Did you know :


The first state to officially recognize the holiday was New York in 1873. By 1890 it was recognized by all of the northern states. The South refused to acknowledge the day, honoring their dead on separate days until after World War I (when the holiday changed from honoring just those who died fighting in the Civil War to honoring Americans who died fighting in any war).

So take some time out and remember the fallen soldiers that have given their lives for this country.



Happy Memorial Day
~Michelle

New Choices for Deodorants


I have been selling my naturally made deodorants now since the beginning of Sept 07 and they have done very well. Because of the natural ingredients in the deodorants, they have done very well for some and not so well for others so they have been a hit or miss. Some really like the natural ingredients in the deodorants as for some they don't work that great. Some of my customers have preferred to use fragrance oils as a scent as others have chosen essential oils which in my opinion are more effective than the body safe fragrance oils. So I have said before that they work wonders for some customers and are very pleased with this type of deodorants. I have specified before that not EVERYONE will have the same body chemistry for these deodorants. It is the same with store bought deodorants. I noticed that I have tried many over the counter deodorants and have always come back to using Secret. I myself started to use these deodorants and have worked very well for me in cutting odor but not sweatness. I use baking soda in these to cut back on the odor and essential oils for bacteria fighting.

Our natural deodorants base was made specifically for people who have had problems using commercial deodorants due to skin reactions, or those of whom normal deodorants just stop working half way into the day.

I now have available new Vegetable Protein deodorants. I want my customers to have the option of using one or the other. I do have small sampler deodorant sizes in my shop so customers can have the choice to try either or. What is vegetable protein deodorants? Well these deodorants has a vegetable protein that converts the enzymes of odor into a simple salt.

A vegetable protein neutralizes the enzymes that causes odor to a simple salt. Free of aluminum or bacteriacides that have been a concern with long term use. This vegetable based deodorant is both effective and an alternative to those commercial products.

So I will have both the Natural based deodorants still available for customers that have had no problems using the natural based deodorants which contain the following ingredients:

Coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax, cocoabutter, arrowroot powder, baking soda, vitamin E and essential oils.

And well also carry the vegetable based protein deodorants which contain the following ingredients:

Propylene Glycol, De-Ionized Water, Sodium Stearate, Vegetable Protein, PEG-200/Hydroginated Castor Oil, Isosteareth-2, Salicylic Acid, Steareth-100 Chamomilla Recutita (Matricaria) Flower Extract (Chamomile), Aloe Barbadensis ( Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, EDTA

Preservatives: Citrus Grandis (Grapefruit) Seed Extract, Diazolidinyl Urea, Iodopropynyl Butylcarbamate @ 0.3%

PLEASE NOTE: The Vegetable Protein deodorants has Salicylic Acid which is asprin. If you are allergic to asprin, please do not use or it will cause a rash.

Thanks for stopping by
~Michelle

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Update On The House


Well everything is pretty much finished. We got our mortgage straightened out and we are all set. We have spent the last two weeks trying to decide on which mortgage lender to go with and we needed to get that straight before settlement. So everything is good to go. Now being that our home is only 6 months old and new we have to do a walk through on June 9th where we get to go over the house with a fine tooth comb and check everything. Even if there is a crack here or there they have to fix it because the home is never been occupied so the builder has to fix whatever is wrong with it. Plus we have a 2yr warranty on the little things and a 10 yr warranty on the large things (such as roof, plumbing, electrical etc) so that gives us some peace of mind. So June is right around the corner and I am no where near getting my current home ready. I told my husband that I hope we don't plan on moving again no time soon because I think I aged 5yrs from all the stress. LOL

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

SUPER SOAP SALE !!!



Thats right we are having our Super Soap Sale again this week at our Etsy shop. We like to do this from time to time for those who haven't tried our soaps, or for past customers to stock up on their favorites. Don't pass up your opportunity to catch a great deal. If you haven't tried our soaps yet, then here is your chance. Sales ends Saturday May 17th Midnight EST.

If you haven't subscribe to our newsletter, you may have known we are having a similar soap sale at our website. Buy 2 or more soaps and take $1.00 off. Buy 4-6 soaps and your shipping will be Flat Rate of $4.90

~Michelle

Monday, May 12, 2008

Great News!!!!!



Wow words can not express how I am feeling right now. Yesterday was Mother's Day and a very memorable one at that. My husband and I have been looking at homes for about 2 weeks and we really only been to maybe two locations. One here in our town and one about 2 miles outside our town. Well last Saturday (May 3, 2008) we stumbled upon a community of homes called Victory Lakes. It is about 2 miles west of my town so very close by. And we looked at 3 homes that they only had left for sale. Well after seeing the first 2 we were like WOW and then we finally got to the last of the three and said " this is it". We were in awe over how large this house was and the high ceilings it had. The kitchen took up the majority of the first floor. The house is a 3 story townhome with 3 bedrooms, a office, and 2 1/2 baths, 2 detached car garage, gas fireplace in the kitchen a separate laundry room on the second level near the master bedroom, a huge family room on the third level and lots and lots of closet space. It was perfect for up. It is about 2,600 sq ft so twice the size of what we currently own.

Well during all of last week we gave them a deposit to hold the house so we can look for a mortgage lender and we finally found one on Saturday May 10, 2008 and we were prequalified for the loan. Sunday Mother's Day which was yesterday, we signed the purchase agreement contract and we have been on cloud nine since. Our sales manager gave us the key again so we can go look at it again. We are so sure we made this choice. It did seem like it came out of no where and it really did actually. We really weren't prepared to buy a house being that we still haven't put our current home up for sale but if we didn't get this house now, we would be regretting it later. And I don't want any regrets.

We go to settlement on June 27, 2008 and will be in our new house the next day.

I will have some photos our our new home soon!

~Michelle

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Happy Mother's Day May 11, 2008



I would first like to wish all the wonderful moms a Happy Mother's Day. What does Mother's Day mean to me? I am very proud that I am a mother to a wonderful hard working young man. He had many struggles in his life growing up as a child with learning disabilities and he still struggles everyday but he manages to surprise me every single day. I have said to myself "I did good raising him" despite raising him alone as a single parent. He is so very independent, bright and cheerful young man and so dedicated to proving everyone wrong that he can make it on his own and he has. It makes me swell with pride to know that I raised my son to not to depend on anyone and he has to make his own way in life no matter how hard the struggle is. He is the best and many hugs to you Joe.

My mom is the best too. Although my mom has raised us literally by herself I have learned from the best. She did the best she could with what she had and we have had some great childhood memories as a result. Great wonderful family times, Christmas's, birthdays, vacations we all took. Great great memories that I am so proud to share with my husband and son.

Mom words can not express how grateful I am that you taught me the things I needed to know without getting the knowledge herself from her your own mom.

Thank you for being there in helping me raise my son and being there for your advice in parenting and being there to let me make my own mistakes as a new parent when Joey was growing up.

Thank you for the shoulder to lean on when I needed you most.

Thank you for the long talks, lunches and good laughs we shared over the years.

Thank you for your inspiration and guidance through some of the toughest decisions I have made.

Thank you for being there in the delivery room coaching and holding me and feeding me those ice chips when I was giving birth.

Thank you for all the great childhood memories that will last a life time.


Thank you for letting me make huge mistakes and not chastising me for them, but now I have learned from those mistakes.

In closing, Thank you for just being my MOM

~Michelle

Thursday, May 8, 2008

What Do People Expect?


I just received a convo from a potential customer from Brazil today asking me about a few product and the shipping cost to ship to Brazil. I kindly sent her a response telling her how much it will cost for these items to be shipped to their country. Well I was basically asked if I can lower the price of the shipping because they thought it was TOO high. I was like "what"? She basically told me that I raised my prices because she is in Brazil. Ok I have NEVER been accused of jacking up my prices to my international buyers. I don't ship to some countries many because of the high shipping cost. I have never been called a liar and I treat all my customer (no matter where they are from) with the same respect and courtesy. I mean come on Brazil is not exactly next door and will cost a little more. This is one of the reasons I do not list other international countries in my Etsy shop because of the high shipping rates, except for Canada which is pretty cheap to ship.

As much as I try to be nice to people it is really hard sometimes especially when someone flat out calls me a liar. I don't like being called a liar and I did not appreciate this person calling me one either. I know that my products will not please everyone and I don't expect them to. I do the best I can to satisfy everyone that I do business with and bend over backwards to satisfy everyone, but there is just no satisfying everyone. I am not a miracle worker and there will be times when something you buy from me you may not like and some things you will like. I myself have bought items that I thought would be nice and turned out to be not what I expected but I don't blame the seller for that. I have even had people complain to me that the scent that THEY chose, they didn't like. And this is my fault. I try to satisfy them but correctly the problem but no matter what I do, there is just no satisfying everyone. I try but I can't. I am the nicest person you will ever meet and I will do any and everything to make sure you (the customer) is pleased with what you bought. That is just the way I do things. I just don't know what people expect sometimes. I don't walk on water.

~Michelle

An update on the customer that called me a liar, well she check the shipping cost for the samples that she wanted sent to Brazil for herself on our USPS shipping website and realized that a 7 oz package of anything (no matter what size or shape it is) cost 6.30 to ship. So I wasn't lying after all and she then sent me a convo apologizing because she thought I was adding extra handling fees to the cost. NOPE WRONG!!! She was flat out wrong

Saturday, May 3, 2008

New To The Shop In May

First I like to say that although April was a bit slow for me in sales I still had some wonderful repeat customer that are my best and loyal customers and thank you to all of my new found customers that took the chance on my shop and liked my products. :-)

Feature of the Month

Foaming Milk Baths


Now what did we change and what did we bring into the shop for May. Ok first we did change the packaging for the Milk Baths. These are one of my best items that I have in my shop that I truly love and they weren't getting the attention they deserve. So my husband thought that maybe they needed a little makeover and I agreed. So I wanted to put them in something that would stand out. So I saw these bottles on a website that I frequent often but they had them in glass. I am not a glass person and I know these would not last long if they were shipped or used by the customer. So glass was pretty much out of the question. So I look around for these and didn't find the size bottles I wanted but thought the 8 oz would be more than enough. So here they are in their with their new look. They have been selling like hot cakes and not only do they look good but they are awesome milk baths that you just can't find anywhere equal to them. For these awesome milk baths stop past our website or our Etsy shop for these milk baths

I said they were coming and they are here. My new soaps for May. I am committed to bring you at least 3 great soaps each month. This way you will have a large variety of soaps to choose from. Buy more and save. Buy 4-6 bars of soap and shipping will only be 4.90 for US customers. That is a big savings especially if you live on the West coast when shipping up to 6 bars of soap can cost about 7.50 if it is over 1lb so that is a big savings. So what is first on the list,


MMMM yes chocolate for all you chocolate lovers. No you just can't eat this but it smells fantastic. I am not one for making my soaps look like food because I don't want my customers to be only tempeted because they look good enough to eat, I want my customers to want my soaps because they will treat their skin with care not because they want to eat it. Once they realize they can't eat it, they don't want to waste it by using it. But this soaps does look good enough to eat because of the color. It was made with real chocolate. I also added cocoa butter which is awesome for the skin. Don't just look at it and say OMG it looks good enough to eat, think of it as how it will smell to you and how it will be good for your skin.

Next on the list is the Sweet Pink Sugar Soap. Oh gosh you have no idea the troubles I have had making this kind of soap with this scent. This is actually my third attempt at making it. The first time I made this soap, it turned completely brown. This is due to the vanilla that is in the fragrance oil. Any type of vanilla turns cold process soap a tan or dark brown depending on how much vanilla is present in the fragrance oil. The colors didn't come out exactly the way I wanted it to but this is what happens when you use the cold process method of making soap. You never know how the end result will look til it is finished unlike with melt and pour soaps you can see the results right away. So even though this did not turn out quite the way I wanted it, it still has a unique look about it and the lather is fabulous. I am currently using this soap now and my skin is absolutely baby soft. Pink Sugar is one of my all time favorite scents and I am happy how this is now available for sale. I have a lot of customers that have been asking me many times about this soap and I hate disappointing them. So finally a Pink Sugar Soa that I can be proud of. :-)