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Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Happy Thanksgiving!

It is that time of year again. Where did the year go?  It was just Summer and now it is Thanksgiving. This is one of my favorite holidays because family and friends come together and celebrate being thankful. My husband and I will be spending it alone this year as we didn't want to travel but my family and some of his family are not that far away but having to deal with traffic and congestion is not one of my husband strong points. He has to deal with a lot of traffic here in Northern VA on a daily basis so having to deal with traffic on his day off is annoying. I don't like to drive long distance and I hate driving. I am not very good at it LOL so I leave most of the driving to him. 

Then you have Black Friday. I just don't get it. Every year they push back Black Friday times earlier and earlier. Now Black Friday sales start on Thanksgiving! WTH? I see people camping out in front of stores with tents. Its a bit pathetic if you ask me. 1. It shows that these people have no jobs if they can sit outside 24 hours a day just to wait for a store to open , and 2. if they don't have jobs, how can they afford to buy all these items with no jobs? I just don't get it. Here you got people still suffering without homes and or food to eat after  Sandy and people are worrying about getting in line to get Black Friday Deals. I have never shopped on Black Friday and I never will. Most stores will be having sales all the way up til December 24th. So I am sort of a late shopper.  This year though I think gift cards are in order. :-)

So with that being said, I do have a few new items ready. First is my Cherry Almond Oatmeal Soap. A loyal customer had asked for me to bring this back and it is. One of my favorites. It smells amazing!  This can be purchased at all of our venues.. Etsy, Website, and Luulla. 

I know this soap may not be fancy and maybe a bit plain jane but it takes a lot of work to do alot of the fancy stuff to soap. I don't have the patience so I like to keep it simple and I am not very good at but my soaps are awesome. The more work I would have to make them look fancy the more I would have to charge and I want customers to use them and not buy them because they are pretty and appealing. I don't want my soaps to wind up just sitting on someones bathroom sink just for decorations because they are too pretty to use.


I am working on getting my Leave In Detangler which I am very excited about. This should be ready to list within the next week or so. Plus I have a few soaps that will be listed by Christmas which are 

Tuscan Herb
Bamboo Grapefruit.

Now the sales!!! 

You can save 10% off at our Etsy shop til November 24th
Use coupon code "THANKS12"

Save 15% off at our Luulla and Website 
Use Coupon Code  "THANKS12"

This code will expire at November 30th

Plus!!! Spend 75.00 or more at our website and receive FREE SHIPPING!
Cart will automatically calculate the free shipping.



Happy Thanksgiving!!
Thanks for stopping by
Michelle

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Formula 1 in Austin TX!!



Some of you may  not know but I am a HUGE Formula One fan. My husband starting watching it and asked if I wanted to sit down and watch with him and just like that, I became hooked.

Well this weekend Formula One Is Back to the U.S. After a Five-year Hiatus and I am so pleased to see it return to the US. Unfortunately Formula One currently does not have an American driver but all the same I am so excited that they are making their way back here.




Circuit of Americas

Circuit of Americas is the name of the brand new track in Austin TX. Every single driver in Formula One will be new for them. The track looks awesome!



                          Here is a look at the Circuit of America Track in Austin TX.


 

We originally had plans to go to Austin TX this year for the Formula One race but decided to hold off on it. It was very costly for the 2 of us to go and especially since Thanksgiving is next week. A three day weekend would have cost a small fortune with a 3 day ticket for one person is about 499.00 yes you read that right. That does not include airfare, hotel, rental car and food.  So we are hoping we can make it there next year. 

Go Fernando Alonso!!! 

UPDATE:  Lewis Hamilton won the Circuit of Americas race!!! Congrats to you as you do deserve that win!!!

Monday, November 12, 2012

Wonderful Rice Pudding.



I found this recipe for Rice Pudding that I am dying to try.  I love rice pudding and if you decide to use it, please let me know how it turned out..  I would modify it a little and but overall I think I can do this one.


1 loaf round cinnamon bread cut into large pieces
4 Tbsp butter cut into pieces
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp grated orange peel
8 large eggs
5 1/2 cups milk (may use 1/2 cream)
2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 325. Place cut up bread into a large 9 to 10 cup oven-safe bowl, lightly toss with cut up pieces of butter and cranberries; set aside. In a medium bowl mix sugars, salt and cinnamon; add grated orange peel. In a large bowl whisk eggs until frothy; add milk/cream mixture and vanilla; whisk until blended and frothy. Add sugar mixture and blend well. Pour liquid over the bread mixture; lightly push bread into liquid to moisten. Let stand about 5 minutes.
Place the oven-safe bowl with the bread pudding into a deep 9 x 13 baking dish filled with 1 inch of hot water (glass baking dish works best as aluminum may discolor or darken from the water). Bake 2 to 2 1/2 hours, until knife comes out clean (pudding should be set but not dry).

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

New Soap!

New arrival for the Fall.

New Sweet Almond Cold Process Soap


This Sweet Almond fragrance is strong yet very nice. It reminds you of Maraschino Cherries. We added some apricot seeds for a nice light exfoliating feel. Beautiful for gift giving around the holidays or for yourself and the family. Great for men too.


If you love the scent of fresh cut roses, then this is the right soap for you. It smells clean and fresh and made just for those that love the fresh scent of roses

More soaps are on the way!!

Mango Tango
Cherry Almond Oatmeal
Tuscan Herb
Dragon Blood
Dead Sea Mud 
Australian Bamboo 

These soap are available at our Etsy, Luulla, and website locations :-)

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you all got out and voted today because your vote DOES count 

Michelle