Monthly Archives: March 2010

Giddy on a Spring day….

One of my favorite things EVER is to ride around with the windows down, stereo cranked up, sunglasses on, wind in my hair! Today is one of those delicious first days of spring where the sun is warm and the world looks totally different, bright and full of possibilities.  I made my deliveries and picked up supplies this a.m. – and it was a slice of heaven.

I’m thinking today that my ordinary life, is really quite extraordinary when looked at thru the lens of a fresh green spring sunshiny day.  It is the kind of day that I cherish, because I can get out, because I hear birds, and because everyone at our house is happy to breathe the fresh air and play outside till dark.  Soon we will be at the baseball fields and the racetrack…I simply can’t wait!

Wish I had a pic to post today…but I don’t….perhaps i should take my camera out and do a little shooting…

A blessed Easter to you all.

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What a week!

Good News!  I feel like we made a giant leap forward this week.  

Our soaps are now available at the Dark Horse Depot here in Beresford, I met with the small business development corp. and got some great feedback and lots of ideas, ordered new labels today for our Lavender Laundry Concentrate and Lime Kitchen and Bath Scrub, and made some headway on our new website.   Feels like we’re coming out of winter hibernation and turning it on full-blast!  We also got a new header for our blog!  Thanks so much Christine – it’s beautiful!

Made a batch of Rainforest (rustic) and a batch of Lavender…house is smelling great and I am ready for the weekend with the family.  Have a blessed weekend!

Rustic Lavender Soap

 

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An Spring Update…

 Thanks so much to those of you who came to visit our booth in Sioux City this past weekend.  So nice to get out and meet so many friendly people with such kind words.   Lots of folks out poking around for the first day of Spring.   Met a store owner who will be stocking our soaps when she opens in June in Merrill, Iowa. More on that later….

The more I’m out meeting people, the more I realize how many people have allergies to chemicals and toxins in the products that we deem “safe” for ourselves and our families.  I have had several people tell me that they cannot find products without toxins, and are glad to have a natural alternative….I am feeling blessed to be able to offer a safe alternative.

I am working on re-building our website, although our current site is beautiful, I think our customers can be better served with an easier layout, and a more functional shopping cart.  We’re working on getting more shipping and payment options as well.  I’m am tweaking everyday and will be meeting with a programmer friend to work her “code” magic on our site…..Look for it to be up in the coming weeks.

 Looking forward to more sunny days!

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A bit about Bergamot…

After my cup of Earl Gray tea this a.m., I’ve been thinking about Bergamot.  Bergamot is a very distinctive flavor, and a essential oil that we use in our handmade soaps. 

 The scent and the therapeutic properties of bergamot oil make it a favorite of mine. We use it blended with grapefruit in our  Bergamot grapefruit soap and blended in hemp soap with patchouli and lime.  Bergamot is an analgesic, antidepressant, antiseptic, and antibiotic.  It is a very effective deodorant.  Bergamot essential oil can be used for depression, stress, tension, fear, hysteria, and all types of skin conditions including psoriasis, and eczema, oily skin, cold sores, chicken pox and wounds….

Irish Twins Grapefruit Bergamot Soap

Bergamot Grapefruit Soap – $5.95 each or 4 for $21.  visit us at www.irishtwinssoaps.com

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Spring Cleaning with Natural Products

I’m spring cleaning today…went from the kitchen to the bathroom, to the laundry room….I know that I should stick in one place instead of going from place to place, but it’s spring and I’m giddy for the warmer weather.  I can actually see grass in my yard this morning….still waiting for the first robin.

At our house we like to clean using eco-friendly natural products…I like to make my own.  Again, these things are basic and simple and work great…and I feel like I’m taking good care of my family because there is no toxic residue.

So between making soap, blogging,  painting my living room, and running with my family… I have big ambitions to clean this old farm house from top to bottom. I decided to make myself a list…and stick to it.  At least for a while…I’m going to recruit my boys to clean the clutter, then I’ll do the deep cleaning.

 Somehow cleaning the house in the Spring feels like a mental cleaning and dismissing of winter as well….

 So here’s my list:

 General:

  • Wipe down windowsills and baseboards
  • Dust ceiling fans
  • Remove marks from walls- touch up with paint if needed
  • Wipe down doors, clean handles & mouldings
  • Wash, iron and re-hang curtains.
  • Dust picture frames and wall hangings
  • Dust lamp shades
  • Dust plants
  • Steam clean carpets
  • Wash out wastebaskets
  • Change batteries in smoke detectors
  • Wipe down and clean under, between and tops of washer and dryer

 Kitchen:

  • Clean and wipe down refrigerator
  • Clean inside and outside of stove
  • Clean Microwave (I head vinegar water for 1 minute – let it sit and wipe it out).
  • Clean and defrost freezer
  • Wipe down cupboards inside and out

Bedrooms:

  • Wash or dryclean quilts/comforters
  • Organize closets – sort and take some clothes to charity

Outside:

  • Cleann up the Grill
  • Clean up the flower beds
  • Rake the remaining leaves
  • Power wash the driveway
  • Power wash the garbage cans
  • Clean windows outside
  • Straighten and sweep the garage

 Vehicles:

  • Clean out, wipe down and vacuum
  • Take to the car wash

 Now that I have a list, the task seems almost impossible…but once the sun somes out I seem to get a burst of energy that keeps me going.  The reward from a neat and tidy, fresh smelling home is motivating as well. 

A few other thoughts….tuck lavender sachets in drawers and closets…I like to keep on in my kitchen towel drawer.  Scent your vacuum bag with a little essential oil (keeps the dirty, dusty smell at bay)…and put out a bouquet of fresh flowers.  Nothing says spring like daffodils or tulips!

Our lavender laundry sachets come in

Lavender Laundry Sachets, 2-pack $6 http://www.irishtwinssoaps.com

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HaNDmade soAp! It’s basic…it’s simple…it’s a luxury.

Patchouli and Madagascar Rustic Soaps

I started making soap because I wanted to know exactly what was in it….and I wanted to know that what was in it was the “good stuff.”  So many of the commercial soaps, the perfumed ones, dried out my skin and caused inflammation…and left a ring in my tub.  I wanted something better…something natural.

With research, trial and error, and a little perserverence, I have found that a handmade soap is an affordable luxury.  It’s simple, it’s basic, and it makes you feel pampered and special.  It’s moisturizing, smells amazing and looks great. And because it’s handcrafted  with all-natural ingredients, herbs, botanicals and essential oils – I know that it is good for my skin.

The process of making soap is ancient…it’s old school.  Although the tradition was not passed down to me by my family….it is a process that I find facinating, creative and, well, practical.  Soap is used by everyone, which makes it universal.  And so…I continue to make it…batch by batch, and enjoying the process…and the results! 

If you are interested in learning more about handmade soap visit our website at www.irishtwinssoaps.com.

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