Get Juiced with Cranberry Butter Soap

Get Juiced with my Cranberry Butter Soap. Made with a skin-loving, moisturizing combination of Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Cranberry fruit. The scent is ripe for fall with sweet and tart notes of cranberries and citrus. Cranberries are high in antioxidant and loaded with vitamins C, B3, and B5. Cranberries are said to regenerate, moisturize, and brighten…

Memories of “My Grandma’s Garden”

Scents are powerful and they come with memories.  Scents can bring you joy, laughter, and tears. On this day, I laughed and shed a few happy tears as I experienced the power of scent on memory when I received a sample bottle of Pink Peony fragrance oil.  My first and immediate reaction was a smile as the smell of the…

Mother’s Day & Pamper Fest 2017

Last weekend was Mother’s Day and Pamper Fest.  Pamper Fest is hosted at an all suites hotel giving the ladies an opportunity to relax and enjoy spa treatments as they move from room to room.  Thanks to Sue Miller and Miller Products for a great event. Based on my business name, I decided to throw a Luau.  There were Polynesian…

Coconut Milk Shake

Production for spring and summer favorites is in full swing.  I try to stay outside as much as I can when the weather turns hot, so its no problem at all for me to stay in during the  winter and rainy early spring making soap and other skincare goodies.  When the sun comes out and the temperature climbs you’ll find…

First Spring Show

My very first Spring show was last Saturday.  Previously, everything I did was in the Fall, aka holiday season, to capture holiday gift-giving.  Plus its a good way to make a little extra money.  What changed?  I decided and needed to live as the person God made me to be, my authentic self.  Reality, you can’t escape your truth.  Now,…

Welcome Spring

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Aloha Africa

About 10 years ago, I went to Honolulu, Hawaii for six glorious days on business then added a day strictly for pleasure.  I’ve been longing and working towards returning ever since. Honolulu is a lush, green, tropical environment fragrant from the scent of Plumeria, Birds of Paradise, Hibiscus, and Pikake framing the landscape of every street, road, and highway.  Along with an abundance of pineapples,…

Happy 4th of July

I thought writing a blog would be fun and easy.  The ups and downs, twist and turns of life can put a wrench in your plans.  Lately my roller coaster has made me scream and giggle in dismay and pleasure.  But I always recover and move forward. Thanks Jennifer for sharing this graphic and your Inspiration Friday….

Creating My First Soap

Research is an absolute must to become a successful soapmaker.  My first batch was made in a pot held between my legs, stirred with a spoon.  This method can takes hours to trace (combining the oils and lye water to a point they will not separate).  We, or maybe it was just I, had not discovered that stick blending will reduce…

Lemon Pound Cake aka 7Up

When I saw this come over my Twitter feed, I just had to share and make it my first recipe. It is the famous Lemon Pound Cake or 7Up Pound Cake that my mother was so very fond of. The Twitter post from Southern Living also included a brief history of the cake. “This recipe is based on a classic Southern favorite…

For Mommy and Michelle

My mother had to have a piece of sweet potato pie or pound cake for dessert after Sunday dinner.  This was non-negotiable.  She would cook dinner and bake Saturday evening.  You see, when Mommy got home from church, all she wanted to do was heat it up and sit down to her dinner.  This wasn’t quick.  We’re talking pre-microwave….

Following the Voice Within

My journey into to soap making is rather interesting.  As a lifelong crafter and artisan, my dreams and career aspirations were in fashion and music. For a short time I owned a boutique with 30% of fashions and jewelry made by me.  The boutique closed when my Mom succumb to old age and her settlement into a new reality occupied all…