Scrub Everything

Making Scrub Everything

Making Scrub Everything

Hey Yall I have another DIY for ya today.  Are you tired of using all those toxic cleaners in your home?  Well how about a Scrub Everything?  Yep, you read that right everything…this stuff is like soft scrub.  It can be used on sinks, toilets, ice chests, on boats, you name it!  Anything that is greasy or grimy and yep, it’s non-toxic to everything.

So here’s what you will need:

Scrub Everything

2 cups baking soda

1 to 1 ½ cups distilled water

¼ cup Sal Suds (Dr. Bronners Sal Suds)

10 drops of Peppermint Essential Oil

2 tbl vinegar

Large squeeze bottle

2 or 3 marbles (and not I don’t have any extra to give you…that would leave me with no marbles at all, lol)

Get you a nice size bowl, medium to large, and place all of the above ingredients into the bowl in the order listed (baking soda thru Peppermint Essential Oil).  You will need to stir this well.  I usually have on rubber gloves and just use my hands.  You want to make sure it is placed in the bowl in this order.  With the Vinegar being very LAST.  Slowly add the vinegar as it will start to foam…and if you are not careful it will foam over.  Stir until it settles down.  Add the marbles to the squeeze bottle, then add the scrub everything into a squeeze bottle.  When ready to use, shake well and get cleaning.  If you have any left over, you will want to keep this in an air tight container, otherwise it will dry out.  If it does, just revive with water and a few more drops of Peppermint Essential Oil.  #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

 

Interview with Wandering Thistle

Wandering Thistle Peacock Swirl

Wandering Thistle Peacock Swirl

Hey Yall, once again I have had the opportunity to interview a very wonderfully creative entrepreneur.  Please come along and get to know Theresa Mendez with Wandering Thistle.

TPS: Theresa, what is the name of your company and how did you come up with it?

Theresa:  You know it is an interesting journey into my psyche. I absolutely love wildflowers, they just grow where they land, taking root in some of the craggiest places. I have always admired these tall, strong, resilient, but prickly purple thistles. It seems they could withstand anything. The flowering top is always welcoming to butterflies to be nourished or to sit a spell and rest. But if someone tries to destroy it through mishandling, grabbing, etc it has a built in protective barrier of tiny, prickly thorns that leaves the aggressor thinking better of those actions.  The Scottish revere a Thistle as a sign of loyalty; having a wee bit in my ancestral pool made it more endearing to me. Tagging on the Wandering part is the heart of who I am.  I have an insatiable desire to learn, to create, to explore.  It just seemed appropriate to me to put those together.

TPS:  Is this a family owned company?

Theresa:  Yes, I am the CEO and my family puts in a lot of hours helping me when they can or when there is a large wholesale order that needs to get delivered.

TPS:  How long have you been making soap and or soap products?  And how long in business?

Theresa:  Hmmm…many years ago a good friend of mine & I decided we wanted to make soap. I bought a wood mould, a book and a kit with a few supplies. It was seriously a Lucy & Ethel moment!  Many more years past and on a weekend getaway to Fredericksburg, I encountered Goat Milk Soap. That was 5 years ago, I haven’t looked back. I taught myself how to make GM soap, made a lot of mistakes along the way, but the desire to conquer soap making was a driving force for me.

TPS:  What attracted you to this field?

Theresa:  I am driven by challenges, the desire to learn and create. I saw many individuals in my Home Health career as an Occupational Therapist that were suffering from skin issues and applying massive amounts of topical ointments for relief. After discussing their bathing rituals many of them just needed a good handcrafted soap without all of the detergents that were stripping their skin of their natural oils. I saw a need beyond myself.

TPS:  Do you have a favorite technique?

Theresa:  Very good question, I enjoy a hanger swirl. But I really love a Peacock Swirl!

TPS:  Do you have a favorite type of soap to make?

Wandering Thistle  Texas Thistle Beer Soap

Wandering Thistle
Texas Thistle Beer Soap

Theresa:  I make all kinds of soap, from my Texas Beer Soap Co. line to fancy swirls.

TPS:  What prompted you to open a studio?

Theresa:  I retired from Occupational Therapy February 2014. We were growing with added wholesale accounts and just needed the space. I found I could not work as productive as I needed to at home, even though I had a designated studio space. I always felt distracted.

TPS:  What all do you offer at your studio?  Classes and products?

Theresa:  We have a variety of Spa Bath & Body products, salts, scrubs, souffles, etc as well as our GM Soap line, and Texas Beer Soap & Beard Balms for the guys.  We will be offering all types of classes; there are a lot people out there that want to be creative, but are fearful of trying something new by themselves and need a fun place to explore. For example, we have classes scheduled for making kombucha, terrariums, and other creative DIY’s, as well as intensive soap making and aromatherapy classes.

TPS:  Do you continue to hone your skill?

Theresa:  Having completed an Aromatherapy Certification program, I will continue to study the science of Essential Oils and Herbs. I love blending essential oils, the possibilities are endless, but definitely something that requires safety & respect.

TPS:  Will you continue to do shows or festivals?

Theresa:  I will definitely cut back on shows, but will leave my options open.

TPS:  If you have any advice to offer someone starting out…what would that be?  Either dos or don’ts.

Theresa:  Take your time to learn and but don’t be afraid to explore. Keep a balance in your life as much as possible. It is easy to escape into the soapy world. Perfect a product or technique before moving on.

TPS:  What do you love or hate about being an entrepreneur?

Theresa:  Sandy, this is such a powerful question, Let’s do love first: Independence, creativity, decision making, freedom to explore, to grow, to give. To challenge myself to be better each day.   Not Love: decision making (self doubt), exhaustion, it can be lonely at times, growing pains, sleepless nights, I have to put my big girl panties on every day. :0

TPS:  And lastly how has Wandering Thistle taken you where you wanted to go as a career or job?

Theresa:  Oh, I am just beginning. Having the studio is a new chapter to explore. A new challenge that brings me closer to my community. Not as a taker, but to give; to give the joy of creativity, friendship, learning, & exploring. Want to wander with me?  #IBM30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

 

An Oh Sh#%t Moment

Martin

Martin

Hey y’all, ever have an Oh Sh#%t moment? Well, I did this morning. Now if you have been following along, you probably know I’m at the beach for a few days.

We start this day like any of the past few days. But this morning is different….someone’s ringing the doorbell. Amanda goes to see who it is, I’m still in my jammies…and it is housekeeping…they were coming to clean the condo…what the heck? I mean we are not leaving till tomorrow. Oh, and this was 2 hours before “check out time”, which is 10am.

We finish our breakfast, and still sipping on the coffee Amanda and I are just chatting…one of my other “adopted” daughters is on here way here to spend some time with us…she will be here, shortly. And then we wonder why they wanted to clean. It’s about 9:30, and I pull out my copy of my reservation….and it’s OH SH#%T!!!! My reservation says we were supposed to leave today….surely they have it wrong…I mean I KNEW what days I was staying and when I was going home…or so I thought.

Thank goodness I already had my make up on and was dressed…I grab my phone and key and head down to the lobby. If I’m wrong….and we know thats not possible, we have less than 30 minutes to get packed and get out of here…might I remind you with a 22 month old toddler…and we have a guest just about here…oh sh#%t!

As it turns out…I um, well, um, I messed up. Ok, I said it…I messed up. Well, the lady behind the counter politely tells me, we are scheduled to leave today…in less than 30 mins…with a guest on the way. Ok what to do…can we just stay where we are for another night? Sure for a hefty fee…hmmm, then the other lady comes out from the back and offers the room for 50% off…well heck yeah. So crisis has been averted…now to get back into relax mode…and back onto the beach with the girls and Martin.   #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,
Sandy

My Beach Buddy

Martin Beach Buddy

Martin Beach Buddy

Hey Y’all, I’m in the process of creating/making my very own beach buddy. Can we say woohoo?

Day 2 on the beach…yestarday my little Monkey, was getting into the hang of the beach in the afternoon. He was playing at waters edge, having a ball. Lol, even had a wave or 2 knock him down…now that was funny, so we laughed to keep him from getting scared…and yes he came up laughing…whew…didn’t want y’all to think I was a mean MeMaw. Martin was playing in the sand…something he had hated earlier in the morning…what a change in attitude lunch and a nap make.

We are on day 2, of making me a beach buddy…and, well, so far so good. As most of you know by now, I love the beach…sun, sea…and sand. So to have a little one that’s loves it as much as I do…well that’s priceless. It was another good day to be on the beach, to be a Mama….but most of all to be a MeMaw.

Do you have a favorite place that you love to go? Do you have a special buddy to enjoy it with? If so, I’d love to hear about it…just post in the comments below. #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,
Sandy

On the Beach

Amanda and Martin

Amanda and Martin

Hey Y’all! Day 1 on the beach…it takes a moving van to get 2 little boys, 2 Mamas and Me to the beach. So much stuff to carry…I’m def getting my workout walking to the beach.  Oh my, I forgot what it takes to get little ones to the beach.

Martin so hates the sand…he just stood there in the sand and would not move…but you pick him up and carry him and he’s fine….guess who carried the little Monkey…MeMaw of course. Funny ya put him down and he does not move…so I took him to the water and let him stand with his feet getting wet…well, that was ok. So Martin and MeMaw go walking down the beach hand in hand. You could see in his face, ok, this may not be so bad after all…just stay away from the sand.

Martin is starting to get the hang of this, he even starts picking up some shells to collect and bring back to his Mama…what a sweetheart. I helped him wash off the first shell and then as he sees shells, he goes further into the water to wash them off. Yep, we lost a few in the tide…but not to worry, there were plenty more to pick from.

So Amanda picks him up and carries him into the water…now he’s really a happy camper…he loves water.  He’s such a sweet boy, my heart is so full.  #IBN30

Until next time, Blessing and Bubbles,

Sandy

Mama and Me x 3

Rain and beach

Rain and beach

Hey Y’all!  It’s a road trip to the beach with Mama and Me x3. Let’s star with a bit of background. Mama, that’s Me, Me is my daughter(Amanda) and my “adopted” daughter(Cheryl), x3 is my grandson(Martin) and my “adopted” grandson(Deagan)…3 generations.

We got up early, finished packing and get loaded into the car, give hubby a good bye kiss. I said to Amanda, ya ready, let’s geaux…and Martin yells Geaux! So we geaux…

We have to travel thru Mississippi. While in Mississippi, we stop at the Outlet Mall…everybody needs a little retail therapy. And a good time to let the boys out to stretch their legs and burn off some energy…after all these handsome young gents are not even 2 yet. After a bit to eat, we are back on the road….beach here we come…

Alabama was a wild ride, and what should have been the shortest part of the trip turned into the longest part. Can we say rain….OMGosh we ran into some of the worst rain I have had to drive in, in a long time…but we did make it to the condo…and the beach. I am a happy camper…

Stay tuned for our beach adventures. #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,
Sandy

Gratitude

Gratitude

Gratitude

Hey Yall!  I have been thinking about what it means to have gratitude.  Gratitude is defined as the quality of being thankful.  Gratitude is an emotion expressing appreciation for what one has, as opposed to what one wants.  I have been working slowly, but surely to create a gratitude journal.  Some days it’s easy to write in the journal.  And well some days, not so much.

I have so much to be thankful for…and not just on Thanksgiving…but every day.  I am grateful to live in the country, out away from the hustle and bustle of the city.  I am grateful to be a wife, a mama, a memaw (too young to be a granny or mawmaw), a daughter, a sister, an aunt and a friend.  Those are the things no one can take from me…this is my gratitude.

I am so very thankful that I have a husband that supports what I love to do.  I am very thankful to have you, my loyal clients that love the products I make.  This is what continues to drive me on some days.  Lol, like when a batch of soap goes terribly wrong…yeah, I’ve had my share of those this year…but it’s all good.

With so much turmoil and bad news in the world today, I’m happy to be right here with you.  I am grateful and I am content. I hope you feel the same way about your life. Maybe after reading this blog, it will remind you of the many blessings you have.  If you stop and look around, I think you will agree.  And if you do, please share what you are grateful for.  #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Hey Yall, I have made this Cauliflower Crust Pizza, and it is great.  Pretty easy to do and you get a real crust feel to the crust.  Hope that makes sense.

Cauliflower Crust Hawaiian Pizza

Yield: One 9 to 12-inch pizza (feeds 2 to 3 people)

Prep Time: 25 min

Cook Time: 18 min

Ingredients:

CRUST:
1/2 LARGE head cauliflower (or 2+ cups shredded cauliflower)
1 large egg
1 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese (or try another kind!)
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon dried minced garlic (or fresh garlic)
1/2 teaspoon onion salt

TOPPINGS:
1/2 cup tomato-basil marinara sauce (or pizza sauce)
1/2 cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
3 slices Canadian bacon, cut into strips
1/2 cup pineapple tidbits

Directions:

1. Shred the cauliflower into small crumbles. You can use the food processor if you’d like, but you just want crumbles, not puree. You’ll need a total of about 2 cups or so of cauliflower crumbles (which is about half a large head of cauliflower. Place the cauliflower crumbles in a large bowl and microwave them (dry) for 8 minutes (see Tips below if you do not have a microwave). Give the cauliflower a chance to cool.

2. Prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Spray a cookie sheet or pizza pan with nonstick spray (or use a nonstick surface). In a medium bowl, mix the cauliflower crumbles (about 1 1/2 cups since they shrink after cooking) with the remaining crust ingredients. Pat the “crust” into a 9 to 12-inch round on the prepared pan. Spray the crust lightly with nonstick spray and bake for 15 minutes (or until golden). Remove the crust from the oven and turn the heat up to broil.

3. Prepare the pizza: Spread the sauce on top of the baked crust, leaving a 1/2-inch border around the edge. Sprinkle 1/4 cup cheese on top. Add the bacon and pineapple, spreading it out around the pizza. Sprinkle the remaining cheese on top. Broil the pizza 3 to 4 minutes, or until the toppings are hot and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Cut into 6 slices and serve immediately.

Tips:

For those who don’ t have a microwave: You can steam the florets just until they are tender (not mushy) on the stove and then let them cool before grating them. The texture/consistency won’t be the same (It will be more like a puree) but it still works fine once you mix all the ingredients together.

Other topping ideas:
Marinara or pizza sauce with your favorite toppings
Pesto with thin sliced tomato and fresh mozzarella
Alfredo with sausage, mushrooms, Provolone & Asiago cheese
Barbecue sauce with shredded chicken, green onions and smoked gouda
*This pizza is best served on a plate with a fork.

Nutritional Information per serving FOR THE WHOLE PIZZA- per slice:
Serving size: 1 slice
Calories per serving: 151
Fat per serving: 7.2g
Saturated Fat per serving: 4.1g
Sugar per serving: 3g
Fiber per serving: 2.2g
Protein per serving: 12.6g
Cholesterol per serving: 53mg
Carbohydrates per serving: 9.2g

Nutritional info per serving for JUST THE CRUST- per slice (if you want to do your own toppings):
Serving Size: 1 slice (pizza cut into 6 slices)
Calories 84, Fat 4.3g, Sat Fat 2.6g, Cholesterol 40.8mg, Sodium 166mg, Carbohydrates 4.6g, Fiber 1.9g, Sugar 0g, Protein 7.1g

Source: RecipeGirl.com (inspired by and adapted from Eat, Drink Smile)    #IBN30

Until next times, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

When a Door Closes, Another Door Opens

Girly Cute Boutique

Girly Cute Boutique

Hey yall!  We have all heard most of our lives that when one door closes, another door opens.  I know this to be factual and believe it with all my heart.

As a small business owner, we have to make decisions, and live with those decisions.  Yep, sometimes we don’t make the best decisions, but ya gotta do what ya gotta do.  And then other times, you breathe a sigh of relief that you made the right decision.

Recently, I chose to remove my products from a local boutique.  I truly struggled with making this decision.  Can we say sleepless nights?  Um, yep!  Rather than continue to lose sleep, since I really need my beauty sleep, heck don’t you?  I got out my pen and paper and just started making a list of pros and cons.  And well, I think you can guess that the cons outweighed the pros.  So the decision was made.  After all that, I knew it just was not a good fit for me and my products.  Scary as hell…but that door closed.

Shortly after this decision, just as we have heard, another door opened.  And I am happy to report, that you can now find our luxurious handcrafted soaps, creams and such now in Baton Rouge.  As of today, we are now officially in Girly Cute Boutique.  You can check us and them out at 3617 Perkins Road, Suite 2C, Baton Rouge, LA.   #IBN30

Until next times, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy

 

Emu Oil Shea Butter Lotion Bar

 

Emu Oil Shea Butter Lotion Bar

Emu Oil Shea Butter Lotion Bar

Hey Yall, since I have been on an Emu oil kick, can you tell I love this stuff?  I thought I would highlight our Emu Oil Shea Butter Lotion Bar.  Have you tried this stuff?

What is a lotion bar you ask?  A lotion bar is made without water.  Beeswax is added to some skin loving oils and butter to produce a solid lotion.  Our lotion bar is formulated with lots of Emu Oil and Shea Butter, to which we added natural Beeswax, Avocado Oil, Jojoba Oil, Vitamin E and a splash of Lavender Essential Oil.

We suggest rubbing the lotion bar on the palm of your hand or on your fingers to soften it and then apply.  Heck some folks just apply the bar directly.  This is a really concentrated formula, so a little goes a long way.

This is the product that we recommend to our clients who really need help with dry, rough hands.  It’s also great on elbows, knees and those nasty alligator heels too!  We have had pregnant woman use it to ease stretch marks.  Scrub nurses, beauticians, gardeners, postal workers and folks with hard working hands are among our repeat clients.  This product is great year round.  Our lotion bar is great during the summer months, when you wear sandals a lot, since you want your heels to look nice and smooth.  Our lotion bar is also especially wonderful during the winter months when cold weather really dries out your skin.

For those with really dry cracked hands or heels, we suggest to use at night after showering.  Apply a nice even layer of the lotion bar and put on an old pair of socks.  The longer you can leave those socks on the better.  You can reapply as often as you need.

So what are you waiting for?  Check this stuff out!   #IBN30

Until next time, Blessings and Bubbles,

Sandy