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Thursday, February 19, 2009

How Time Has Changed



I was reading on another forum about how time has changed since I was a kid growing up. I grew up in the 70's (thats right 70's) lol and how different it was growing up during that time compared to the way kids are brought up today. I wouldn't want to be a kid growing up today. Life was so much simpler back when I was growing up and even when my mom was coming up as well.

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. (not that my mom did this but know of some women that have)

We took aspirin, ate fried chicken all the time, and feasted on sugar like it was going out of style plus ate tuna from a can. Oh no!

We never heard of someone dying from breast cancer, or any of these weird cancers, and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

We were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints. It is amazing we all survived.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. We never wore seat belts. No if you are caught without a seatbelt it is an automatic ticket and you are crucified by others if you child is not in one

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags.

I remember riding in the back of my moms old GMC Gremlin (baby blue) with the glass hatchback up on hot summer days.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle, and NO ONE actually died from this or got any diseases. SHOCKING!

We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank Koolaid made with sugar,but we weren’t overweight because, WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! All the time. Nowadays kids sit in all day playing video games and surfing the net that is why they are so overweight. NO excercise

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day. And we were OK.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. The scar on my knee today proves this was a dumb idea at the time but so fun.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet or chat rooms…….. WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! When we wanted to chat we just call them out or meet outside.

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

we played in mud, sandboxes and playground all day long without worrying about perverts stalking these areas for their next victim.

We had BB guns, toy guns, played cowboys and indians and was never told this was violet for kids to have or to play.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law! hmmm Unheard of today.

Kids got their butts whipped and was never shunned by other parents that it was wrong. And kids did not call the police because the parents whipped their butts to tell them they were abusing them. Gosh parents today can't even raise their kids the way they want.

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever!

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!


Today government has so much control over what we can say and do with how our kids

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn’t it?! If you lived during these times, kind of make you wish things were like this again huh. Life was so much simpler. But we have evolved in technology and many other things have changed.

Monday, February 16, 2009

I Got Mad Love For What I Make :-)


Most of my readers here are very creative people. I admire talent when I see it. I take my business very seriously but others that I know do not feel the same as I do about what I do. I appreciate creative,and talented people that take pride in what they do. People that love what they make do it because they just simply love it. Thats it

For years I have struggled wondering if I am good at anything. Yes I have been good at my jobs over the years but its not a talent. It just paid the bills but I never thought I had any talent for anything that I love to do. I went through many things in my life to try to find something that I may be really good at and something I may have a passion for. I finally found it and it is making soap. It is my true passion and it is not something I just do on the side to make a few bucks or something I am doing just to put myself through school til I graduate. I am passed all that. Making soap is something I found in myself that I really enjoying doing even though it does not make me a millionare. Money isn't everything for me, now would it be nice, sure it would be nice. Why wouldn't it be.


Over the years I have found many of my friends (or shall I say people I know) telling me that I am crazy for getting into this. How can I possibly make any money doing this. All I can say is JEALOUSY!. They pretty much don't take me seriously which is fine. But those very same people that have detered me or made comments about what I do seem to be trying to do the very same thing. hmmm I wonder why. And suddenly they are competition. There is room for everyone in this field of bath and body and I have no problems with competition. At times I have wanted to just give up and said to myself "what was I thinking" but my husband took my hand and said, "I want you to do what makes you happy and if this makes you happy, don't give it up" He always picks me up when I am down. God has really blessed me with a good strong man for me to lean on.

I take pride in researching and coming up with my very own recipes and to just tell everyone how I make my soaps is not something I like to let out. This is my business and a very competitive one at that. I do respect others that sell what I sell and admire their talents. I am not as talented as others and it takes years of trial and error to be as good as the others I have seen. I will get there and I have already come a long way.

My family somewhat accepts what I do,I really don't know and really could care less if they do or don't. I just get sick of hearing comments like "oh are you still doing you soap stuff" Its not just soap stuff. I make my so called products from scratch.

Each order I receive, I take the time to make it when it is ordered. My lotions are premade ahead of time in a large container mainly because it has to thicken overnight and that takes time to do so but I make it from scratch.

So in closing, not everyone will support what you do and there will be times or have been times when many will just tell you that you are wasting your time making your craft. And if you have a shop or small business where you sell your items, don't give up, times are slow now but don't give up, hang in there. Things will get better. Don't listen to them, follow your heart and continue to do what you love to do best and that is create. :-)

Sorry for this post being so long but this has been on my mind for so long and it needed to be said.

~Michelle

Saturday, February 14, 2009

We Are Having A Sale Today!


Come visit us at our WEBSITE for our Valentine's Day Special 15% off. Use code "HEARTS09" in the voucher box at the bottom of the checkout page to receive your discount. This sale is for today ONLY!

Treat yourself to something wonderful :-)

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Happy Valentine's Day


It is that time of the year when love is in full bloom. What does this day mean for you? Is it a time of the year where you feel romantic, and loving to that someone special? Is it the time of the year where you get that special gift you always wanted? Is it that time of year where you just take the time to tell you special someone how much you love them?. I really don't celebrate Valentine's Day that much because I tell my husband every single day how much I love him and I show him how much I love him. He does the same thing.But Valentine's Day is all about the love. :-)

Men feel so much pressure to either to propose, send flowers, buy jewelry or candy for their women. Why is that? Why can't the women feel the pressure to propose, or buy their men nice things for this day. It is always the men that feel the pressure. How many marriages take place during Valentines Day? A lot thats for sure. Sometimes the little things mean a lot. Just letting the moms have her day off to spend with you is good enough or spending the afternoon having lunch or a day at the movies is sometimes all you need to spend that quality time together.

Valentine's Day is not just for women, but for the men too so ladies lets not forget our men in our lives. Kudos to those men that go all out on this day. See, some men can be romantic :-)

My loving husband came home with this beautiful bouquet of roses and carnations. He knows how much I love roses and every year he surprises me with a lovely bouquet. I love you sweety :-)

Did you know that Valentine's Day is named after two among the numerous Early Christian martyrs named Valentine. The day became associated with romantic love in the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the High Middle Ages, when the tradition of courtly love flourished.

Valentine's Day started in the time of the Roman Empire. In ancient Rome, February 14th was a holiday to honor Juno. Juno was the Queen of the Roman Gods and Goddesses. The Romans also knew her as the Goddess of women and marriage. The following day, February 15th, began the Feast of Lupercalia.

So as this special day approaches, grab your love one and tell them how much you love them and make this day a very special day. And not only tell them how much you love them on Valentine's Day but every day.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

New Soap!

Thats right New soap has arrived. Well it has been around for awhile I am just getting around to listing it. I actually forgot it was sitting in my closet curing for like the past 2 months so it is definitely ready. What is it?

Pure Cocoa Butter Soap




This is soap is made with a whole lot of unrefined cocoa butter. It has a light not too heavy cocoa butter scent. No color, no preservatives just pure cocoa butter soap. The lather is soft and rich and I am sure you will be pleased with it as much as I am :-)

You can find this soap listed at:

Our Etsy Shop
Our Website
Our New Bonanzle Booth

Thanks for stopping by

~Michelle

Monday, February 2, 2009

Praying for time

Ok I was in HS during the 80's and there have been so many great song during this era but the one that stood out for me that I will just never forget is Jesus To A Child By George Michael. My all time favorite song by him. The other song by him that I is just amazing is Praying For Time. You may remember this song because he sang it at last years American Idol Final.

Praying For Time reminds me of the tough times we are facing today. We are literally praying for time. Time to get our lives straight, time for us to stop fighting over land and trivial things, praying for time to live before we destroy ourselves. This is a good reminder of the sick, dying and homesless in this country and around the world. Like the song says There will be nothing for God to come back for because he has no children. And we are all holding on to hope and some feel there is no hope to speak of. And it really is hard to love when there is just so much hate and God is wounded by what he sees and we all just need to pray for just more time.



So you scream from behind your door
Say what’s mine is mine and not yours
I may have too much but I’ll take my chances
Because God’s stopped keeping score
And you cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you
That he can’t come back
Because he has no children to come back for
Its hard to love there’s so much to hate
Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say its much too late
So maybe we should all be praying for time



In case you never heard the song Jesus To A Child, here is a video of it. This song is more of how someone can love someone and the love is like they smiled at you with so much love like
Jesus to a child.This song is about losing someone you love. It can be anyone, lover, husband, wife, boyfriend or girlfriend

When you find a love
When you know that it exists
Then the lover that you miss
Will come to you on those cold,
Cold nights
When you've been loved
When you know it holds such bliss
Then the lover that you kissed
Will comfort you when theres
No hope in sight

~Michelle