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A Tale of Two Births

A Tale of Two Births

My baby is now just over a month old, and I am always awed by how fast time really does fly by.  While it's still fresh on my mind, I wanted to take a moment to share his beautiful beginning in life. I'll start by reflecting on my the birth of my firstborn son, Talmadge.  I was surprised by pregnancy, even having been married to my husband for just over 4 years.  He had always wanted children, and I was undecided.  Even though that was the case, I started doing everything I could to prepare myself.  I read countless books,...

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You put coffee in what?

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You put coffee in what?

Most people have some sort of relationship with coffee.  Mine goes something like this:  I wake up after the little sleep I was able to get due to my 22 month old son and being 7 months pregnant, and stumble my way to the espresso machine.  I tediously whip up either a dirty chai latte or a vanilla cappuccino.  Hard work?  Maybe.  Worth it?  Absolutely yes.  I then sit down and watch the news and hope for 15 minutes of quiet time before my adorably rambunctious toddler decides to join me. While that is a very significant party of mine...

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Shaving Soap - My New Best Friend

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Shaving Soap - My New Best Friend

This year we have decidedly focused our business on festivals in the local and surrounding areas.  This has given me an opportunity to come face to face with customers that I might not ordinarily meet.  It has been a great opportunity for me to see what you guys really want when all the options are available, and to see what you want that I have not been doing.  The single most requested item these past few months has been shaving soap.  This surprised me on some levels as I didn't know that shaving soap was such a big deal.  ...

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Tallow - Nature's Perfect Ingredient for Skin Care

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Tallow - Nature's Perfect Ingredient for Skin Care

How many times have you heard that tallow is a no-no in beauty products?  I have read this several times on company websites that continue to promote their own products that contain known carcinogens, harmful chemicals and preservatives.  The two main reasons that commercial companies choose not to use tallow in their products is because first, and most importantly to them, it is not patentable.  Another reason is that it can be costly and time intensive to render the fat. Why would you want to slather up with beef fat?  Interestingly enough, there are verifiable similarities between human cell membranes...

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The Hype About Vegan Soaps

The Hype About Vegan Soaps

Let me start by saying that I do have vegan soaps available and will always keep a few types for those customers that demand it.  Vegan soaps are where I got my start in the soapmaking world, as do many others.  As I immerse myself more into soapmaking and continue to educate myself on the ingredients I use, I am drifting more into using good, old-fashioned lard.  The vegan lifestyle (whether human or soap) is intended to create a smaller footstep on Earth, but is that what's really happening when it comes to soap?  Here are a few reasons why...

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