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This week my products were included in 2 lovely new fall treasuries, so I thought I would share them here with you, my faithful blog readers.

This one titled ‘Southernmost Autumn’ is a warm weather fall treasury.  It certainly doesn’t fee like fall yet at my house, so this one is right up my alley.  This treasury includes my key lime lip balm.

‘Fall is in the Air‘ includes all Etsy Fort Worth members and lots of lovely fall colors that I wish I was experiencing.  2 falls ago Joey and I took a trip to New England to see what fall is really supposed to be like.  It was beautiful, hot cider drinking, sweater wearing weather that I wish we had here in Texas.  This treasury includes my soap chunks grab bag.

I came across a link to the Clean The World site today while reading another soapy blog (Great Cakes Soapworks), and immediately decided I needed to be a part of this program.  They collect soap (from hotels, soapmakers, whoever can donate), re-batch the soap to make sure everything is sanitary, and send it off to impoverished countries all over the world and to homeless shelters here in the US.  They explain on their website that simply having access to supplies to properly wash your hands can help kill germs and reduce the spread of illnesses, like acute respiratory infection and diarrhea, illnesses that people die of everyday.  It seems like such a simple thing, to have access to soap to cleanse yourself and keep yourself healthy, and something that I clearly take for granted.

Here’s the big box of soap I packed up today to send off to Clean the World.  It weighed in at about 15 pounds, and after I taped it up I found more to send.  I’m planning to send a box once every few months, or whenever I’ve collected a bunch of unsellable soap.  Most of these bars (and pieces of bars) where early test batches that I ended up changing in some way, so I won’t be selling them.  Some of them have been sitting on my shelf for months, and now they have a place to go!  I’m so excited I found this site and am happy I’m able to contribute to a great cause.

You can donate soap or shampoo by mailing it to:

Clean The World
8026 Sunport Drive, Ste 306
Orlando, FL. 32809

Or visit their website to learn how else you can help.

Yesterday we drove home from the beautiful mountains in Colorado to super hot Texas – a 13 hour drive.  We were somewhere in West Texas in the middle of corn fields on a 2 lane highway when we came upon a huge thunderstorm.  At first we thought it was kinda cool and I started snapping pics of the crazy looking clouds, sheets of rain and sky-to-ground lightning we were seeing in the distance.

Then we realized this giant cloud that looked like it could drop a funnel down at any moment was headed in our direction.  Joey picked up the pace and we sped right out of there.  It was a little intense for a minute, especially when we saw what may or may not have been the beginnings of a tornado.  Not sure if it ever developed, we didn’t stick around long enough to see.  This was definitely the most exciting part of our all day driving extravaganza.

Tomorrow Joey and I leave for a week of vacation.  Many moons ago (6 months) when I had a corporate job, I counted down the weeks, days, hours, minutes and seconds until I got to leave the ‘real world’ behind and do something fun on vacation.  If we did not have our next vacation planned, I would get kinda freaked out.  Having a vacation planned helped me ‘survive’ the job I didn’t much care for.  If I was having an awful day, I could tell myself, ‘only 6 more weeks until vacation – you can do it.’  Sounds kinda pathetic, huh?  Well, that’s how I felt – vacation kept me sane.

Lake Dillon, CO

These days we don’t go on as many vacations as we used to, but I don’t mind.  I love my new ‘job’ making soap and other goodies.  I’m not making much money yet (the reason for fewer vacations), but I really enjoy what I’m doing every day.  I still look forward to vacation (who doesn’t?), but fortunately it’s not critical to my mental health like it used to be.

Now to the good stuff – where we’re headed.  We’ll be spending the week in Summit County, Colorado – more specifically, Lake Dillon.  This place is almost like a home away from home for us.  My parents have a wonderful condo up there, so we are fortunate enough to get to visit these beautiful mountains often.  We try to go at least twice a year, once for ski season and once in the summer (my favorite).   We have a list of ‘regular’ spots we have to hit, and already know where the best happy hour deals are.

One of the best parts is that we will get to escape the brutal heat we’ve been having.  I believe at my house we’re going on 10 days in a row above 100 degrees, and the 5 day forecast doesn’t look much better.  It will be such a wonderful change to be in a place where we can enjoy summer outside!  We’re planning to go rafting and do lots of hiking – am I making you jealous yet?  We leave bright and early tomorrow morning for our 14 hour drive.  A small price to pay for what I know will be a wonderful week.

me and Joey on a hike in Summit County

I’ve been using ‘natural’ deodorant for several years now, and have tried lots of different brands.  For a year or so I have been using Lush’s aromaco deodorant – it smells like patchouli.  I’m getting a little tired of people telling me I smell like patchouli because of my deodorant (true story – LOTS of people have commented on how I smell like patchouli since I started using this).  It’s time for a change, and since I like to think I can make my own personal care products just a well as any of the major brands, I thought I’d try my hand at making my own deodorant. 

After reading several blogs, and watching lots of YouTube videos, by other peeps who make their own deo (it’s aluminum and preservative free, thank-you-very-much), I came up with my own recipe.  And here it is:

equal parts of the following:

  • beeswax
  • cocoa butter
  • baking soda
  • corn starch

2 parts coconut oil

Melt the oils together, blend in the baking soda and cornstarch, then add:

an antibacterial essential oil blend equal to about .15 oz.  I used the following, but there are LOTS of other EO’s that are antibacterial and could be used.  Next time I’m going to try a tea tree blend…this one I used smells like my lemongrass soap:

  • lemongrass
  • eucalyptus
  • lemon
  • bergamot
  • lavender

I tried to make this not too girly so that Joey could use it too.  I made 3 mini tubes (they each hold about 1 ounce) and we’ve each been using it for about a week now.  So far, so good, and it has been HOT here.  I mean, heat advisory, triple digit, don’t-go-outside-from-9am-9pm hot.  And my new deo is standing up pretty well to the heat.  And I like the way it feels on my skin better than the Lush deo I used to use…the cocoa butter makes it nice and soft.

You should give it a try 🙂

Tomorrow is the first Saturday of the month, which means it’s New Public Market Day in Fort Worth.  This is my favorite monthly market – I wish it were more often.  For all you Fort Worth locals that haven’t checked it out yet, it’s at the corner of Hulen and Camp Bowie in the parking lot of the ‘Into the Garden’ store.  Everything at this market is locally produced within 150 miles of Fort Worth.  There are usually at least 10 different vendors, plus lots of other local stuff on hand.  A great selection of local produce, baked goods, tamales (my favorite!!), meat, cheese, homemade pasta, olive oil, honey and lots of other goodies. 

I’ll be there with the other local vendors braving the heat from 8-1, or until sell-out.  Would love to see you there!

I’ve been busy sending samples to ‘YouTube Beauty Gurus’ lately.  Here’s another fabulous review of my stuff, this time by Kate on her YouTube channel about beauty products.  Isn’t she cute? (I’m not just saying that because she’s gushing about my products, promise).

I have a cat named Jett who is very cuddly and quite talkative.  He is also a little (ok, a lot) high maintenance and makes sure to let me know exactly when he wants something.  Like, for example, when he wants me to shake his food bowl.  Yes, that’s correct, shake the bowl (I told you he was high-maintenance). 

We have one of those bowls where you can fill it with lots of food and as the cat eats from it, more food is supposed to fall down.  A clever (or assertive) cat could stick their little kitty paw into the bowl where the food is and make more come out.  That’s just not Jett’s style.  He prefers to meow very loudly and constantly at me until I go to his food bowl and shake the food out of the top for him.  We have this conversation every day about his food bowl, typically between 11 and 1 (lunch time – he’s on a tight schedule, you know).

Jett:   meow, meow

Me:  Hi Jett! ( I reach down to pet him hoping to appease)

Jett:  meow, meow, meow, meow, meow, meow    (this is also when he jumps in front of the computer or aggressively rubs against my leg)

Me:  What is it Jett!  I’m busy!

Jett:  meow, meow, MEOW, MEOW, MEOW, MEOWWWWWWW, MEOWWWWWWWWWW

Me:  Fine!  I’ll  stop what I’m doing to shake your stupid food bowl!  (I stomp into the room where his food bowl is, give it a good shake and stomp out)

(2 minutes later)

Jett:  MEOW, meow (I pretend this means thank you)

I let Jett get away with this bratty behaviour because he is just so darn cute and loves to cuddle.

I am a blog posting delinquent.  It has been 3 weeks since my last blog post.  I was doing pretty good there for a while and posting more regularly, and then, I just don’t know what happened.  I guess I haven’t had anything interesting to say.  Or maybe it’s because I always forget to take pictures of the interesting things I am doing and I feel like a blog post without a picture is not worthy.  Either way, I’m back from hiatus and have some fun new posts planned.  I’m putting that out there to hold myself accountable.  I feel better now.

Now, on to the body scrubs.  I’ve been making these salt and sugar scrubs for a few months now, but have just now posted them on Etsy.  These scrubs are, of course, all natural with no preservatives or artificial anything and are scented with essential oils.  They are really popular at craft shows and markets, and I have several customers who are already hooked on them.  They tell me they don’t need moisturizer after they use them in the shower – they’re that good.  I’m just sayin’.   Check them out on Etsy (shameless plug).

sweet orange brown sugar body scrub

margarita sea salt body scrub - yum!

lavender brown sugar body scrub

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