our new veggie garden

It’s been spring-like in Texas for the last few weeks, and I just couldn’t contain myself. ?I know planting time is not usually until mid-March in DFW, but it was so nice we decided to prepare our beds early. ?We actually made completely new, raised garden beds this year and several new trellises.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

new trellis for melons

We also planted some seeds in the last couple of weeks and already have some sprouts coming up.

pole beans
zucchini
onions planted from sets

Next up for the garden is my favorite – tomatoes and peppers. ?We’ll be buying transplants for those and should have them in the ground in the next 2 weeks.

Happy Planting!

lots of fun stuff going on here

I am once again a blogging delinquent and have seemingly abandoned my blog. ?To my 3 or 4 lonely readers – I’m sorry. ?I have failed you once again. ?But I’m not going to promise it won’t happen again, ’cause the fact of the matter is that it might. ?Turns out I’m just not all that good at blogging on a regular basis. ?Enough of that, and on to the good stuff.

They say it’s my birthday….

First off, today is my birthday. ?I’m 29 today, on the 29th (fancy, I know). ?I usually look forward to my birthday quite a bit, but this year seems bittersweet since next time it will be the big 3-0. ?I also broke my ‘no decorating for Christmas until after my birthday’ rule for the very first time this year. ?Oh well, it was kind of a dumb rule anyway.

buzz buzz, I’ve been a busy bee

I’ve been super busy lately getting ready for my first holiday season, doing tons of shows and beefing up my Etsy shop. ?The time is here, and I’m ready (I hope)! ?I’ll be posting daily and weekly online deals on my blog (and Facebook and Twitter, so feel free to follow me around in which ever way pleases you most) starting NOW.

Deals, Deals Deals

So now you’re wondering what kind of fabulous deals you can get on soap addict products right now, huh? ?Well I’ll tell ya:

  • Today’s daily special is all of my favorite products are on sale (I am the birthday girl, after all). ?that includes lemongrass green tea soap, key lime lip balm and cuticle oil. Each is $1 off for today only.
  • From now through 12/4 you can get 15% off everything in my shop with the coupon code HOLIDAY15
  • AND from now through 12/16 all online orders ship for $5 or less

Free stuff – hooray!

If you’ve read to the end of this blog, you will now be rewarded with an opportunity to win free stuff – yippee! ?Visit the Etsy Fort Worth blog and leave a comment to enter the contest for 2 bars of soap and lotion bar – your choice of scents. ?The giveaway goes until 12/4, so I suggest you head over there now before you forget.

My first YouTube review!

I recently sent some products to?Cathrine (misscathid on youtube)?in Norway who does a YouTube beauty channel about cruelty-free products.? She posted a review this week, and I’m so excited!? It’s a really nice review, and I’m so psyched for it to be on YouTube.? Check it out!

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my weekend market finds

The spring craft show season is winding down, and this was my last busy show weekend for a while.? One of my favorite things about doing different shows is shopping all of the other booths!? I usually try to just look and not buy anything, but I?lacked will power?this weekend.? Here’s what I scored from other local artisans around Fort Worth.

On Saturday I was at Arts Goggle in Fort Worth with several other great artists in my immediate area.? The later it got, the fewer people there were, so what else am I to do but shop?

I love everything that Cindy at Revel Designs?makes, and I got this reusable sandwich wrap for my husband who takes sandwiches for lunch all the time.? It has chalkboard fabric on the front, and she had tons of cute patterns to choose from.? This was the most manly of the bunch, so hopefully hubby won’t be picked on by the other less savvy men at the office.? He’s man enough to take it.

the open sandwich wrap doubles as a place mat - how cute is that?

Soy based hand poured candle, made by Deletia?R. Basden?(drbasden@gmail.com) of SCENTILATING.? I got a fragrance blend of peppermint, rosemary, lavender and grapefruit.? A great candle, and I love the simple, classic packaging.?

peppermint, rosemary, lavender and grapefruit - yum!

Sunday I sold my soap at the new Beach Street Market that takes place the 3rd Sunday of every month.? A food market like this is especially dangerous for me – I’m a bit of a foodie, and a sucker for anything handmade.? I was somewhat contained, and only walked away with 2 items:

Almond Rocca from Cece’s?Citchen?in Fort Worth, Texas.? OMG – this is soooo good.? Chocolate, toffee and almonds.? Need I say more?? I’m staring at the bag right now trying to control myself.? Nope, can’t do it…going for another piece.

Organic, fair trade, fresh roasted?coffee from?AduroBean in Fort Worth.? I’m not really a coffee drinker, but have some big soap plans for this fabulous smelling coffee.? It’s fresh roasted and this variety has a little chocolate smell as well.? I see a mocha soap in my future.? I was parked right next to Rupert from AduroBean at the market and we ended up chatting for much of the market.? Great guy and great coffee.

Wonder what I’ll find next time?

I promise, your hair won't smell like vinegar

I read this article a few years back about all of the uses for vinegar.? It can be used for cleaning, in the garden, in cooking, medicinally and as a beauty product.? I was amazed – I had no idea the stinky substance?had so many uses!??My most recent use for vinegar is as a hair rinse.? Turns out?vinegar is really good for hair and skin.? Vinegar helps balance your hair’s pH and gets rid of residue left by products and heavy shampoos and conditioners.?Since I am?addicted to all things soap, I figured I should try this out.??

?Here’s the breakdown.?

I used an old wine bottle and mixed the following:?

  • 2?tablespoons apple cider vinegar (white vinegar will work too, but apple cider is best for your hair)
  • 2 cups chamomile tea (you can also use water, or I’ve read beer is works too.? Not sure I want my hair to smell like beer though)
  • 5 drops essential oil, your choice (I used lavender and rosemary)
my vinegar hair rinse in an old wine bottle. A squeeze bottle would sure work better, but I can't find one this big.

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After I shampoo my hair, I pour some of the vinegar mixture onto my head and rub in a little.? I usually let it sit for a minute or 2, and then rinse out.? Some people leave it in, but I prefer to rinse.? Rinsing eliminates?the vinegar odor faster, which I have to say was a little hard to get used to at first.? No worries – the smell doesn’t linger….as soon as you rinse it’s gone.? Makes my hair?feels silky and soft, and I don’t use conditioner anymore.??

If you’re wondering what essential oils you should use, here are some suggestions that are all hair friendly:?

  • lavender
  • rosemary
  • mint
  • eucalyptus
  • geranium
  • parsley

You could also make an herbal infusion?and mix that with the vinegar instead of water.? Enjoy!

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