Monthly Archives: May 2011

Get Your Leprachaun On! Introducing our newest soap…

Heart of Ireland Rustic Soap…Get Your Leprachaun On!

Perfect for your pappa, husband, brother, uncle, cousin, nephew. It’s all Irish, a man’s soap made with Guiness Beer and McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.  The Guiness Brewery was founded in 1759 in Dublin, Ireland.  We love it because it’s all natural {water, barley, hops and yeast} and because….it’s IRISH!  The other secret ingredient is McCan’s Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal… The story of McCann’s dates back to 1800 when John McCann built a mill at Beamond, four miles from Drogheda on the east coast of Ireland.
Here’s why we like it! It’s moisturizing, lathers well and is great for your skin. Hops {the ingredient in beer} are known to soothe irritated skin.  They contains polyphenols (thought to account for its anti-bacterial and preservative effects) and skin-softening amino acids.  Oatmeal soothes the skin and has anti-inflammatory properties, it has been used for treating acne, and other skin conditions {dry, itchy skin, poision ivy, psoriasis, and eczema.
You won’t smell like beer, but you will get clean and moisturized showering with skin-friendly beer soap!

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The growing of bamboo…

I got an encouraging email today…and related it both to raising children and growing a business….both of which I hold close to my heart.  My faith tells me that we are not to lose heart in doing good, for in due time we shall reap if we do not grow weary.

Being granted the gift of motherhood has been a blessing for the last 14 years…being a mother has been an exercise in stretching and growing.  This experience has been a soul-stirring, delightful, difficult, uplifting, exhausting, time-consuming, enchanting, daunting task and a mind-blowing blessing.

As of late, I have experienced weariness to the bone, days have been long and mundane.  Winter has taken it’s toll.  There are times where I feel like I’m spinning my wheels and going nowhere…fast.  I don’t see results and I think that I am stuck in a time warp FOREVER.  I question whether what I’m doing is making a difference, whether I’m on the right path, whether there will EVER been a change.  Then, like a answered prayer, I recieved a story of growing bamboo.  The story goes like this…

When the Chinese plant bamboo, first they plant the seeds, then water, and fertilize them. The first year, nothing happens. The second year they continue to water and fertilize the seeds, and still nothing happens. The farmer continues this process for a third and fourth year with no visual results. Then sometime during the fifth year, in a period of approximately six weeks, the Chinese bamboo grows ninety feet.

The question is, did it grow ninety feet in six weeks or did it grow ninety feet in five years? The obvious answer is that it grew ninety feet in five years. If the grower hadn’t applied water and fertilizer every year, there would be no bamboo.

It is the time to plant seeds, be persistent and consistent and carefully tend the garden.  I must be patient, I must not grow weary.  I must perservere.

Thank you all for supporting and growing my small business – and allowing me to tend to my {family} garden.

Happy and Blessed Mother’s Day to you all!

*Thanks Sharon for the uplifting and encouraing words.

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