Thursday, May 28, 2009

Welcome to the World Baby William!

I am ecstatic to announce the birth of our newest member of the family! William Michael Griffith was born on Tuesday April 28 at 10:16 am to my beautiful sister-in-law Gina and her husband Andrew. He is a precious little guy and we can't wait to meet him in person! We love you, baby!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

The Saturday Market

I am so thankful to be a part of the Saturday morning farmer's market. It's almost like a family and i love bartering my soap for organic lettuce, herbs and even homeade chocolate for the boys.
My sister came down to visit me with my boys. It's such a nice atmosphere in downtown Greenville. They had fun walking around and getting snacks. Cameron likes to go see Buddy May. He is a bee farmer who brings live bees making honey in a window-type box. It's really neat! Check out Cameron's face in the background of the picture! Priceless!

A lot of my previous customers came out to buy more soap and some dropped by to let me know how much they are enjoying my products, which makes me Happy!

Monday, May 18, 2009

Greening Your Cleaning?

Today I drove up to Asheville to some of my favorite natural food stores. I needed to get some lip balm and bath fizzy ingredients. It was a quiet, beautiful day and I felt good getting some stuff done that had been on my mind for a while. When I got home, I placed a bulk oil order. It's exciting to run out of oils, because it means I'm selling lots of soap!
I just finished refilling my natural cleaners and thought I would post the "recipe" for those of you who are interested in greening your cleaning. I wasn't so sure about this until I tried it and now this is all I use. It's hard to believe how harsh and toxic some everyday household cleaners can be. Best of all, these are simple and affordable ingredients. Just get a 24 oz. all purpose spray bottle and fill it with this:
1.5 cups Water
1/2 cup Distilled Vinegar
1 tsp. Castille Soap
3/4 cup Hydrogen Peroxide
20 drops Tea Tree Oil
20 drops Your favorite essential oil (I like lavender or lemongrass for cleaning!)

Try it and let me know what you think! Happy cleaning!

Sunday, May 17, 2009

The Joys of My Boys!

These top two pictures are on the first day of the market season. I had both of my little helpers with me. Although it was hectic at times, I loved having those little guys around. As you can see in the first pic, they were being bribed with organic lollipops! Works every time! After the market we walked down to Falls Park to see the Ducky Derby, where they released thousands of rubber duckies down the falls. The kids loved it!

These are my little munchkins playing chef with me in the kitchen. They love getting involved with everything I am doing, including my soap. Cameron is thrilled with any little job he can help out with. He also likes to smell the soap and guess which scent it is. Did I mention he knows most of his essential oils? He told me when he grows up he wants to be a soap maker. Christian is my sniff tester. He likes to smell my bars and he says "Mmmm, Momma, soap!" I take that as a compliment. These boys are what makes everything worth it for me. They are my happiness!

Friday, May 15, 2009

Pop Loves Peace, Love & Soap

I had to post this picture of my Pop with his bath fizzy. I was showing him the stuff that I had been making lately and gave him a bath fizzy. Two minutes later he was off to the tub with his fizzy. He is so funny, always making me laugh! These are his new favorites so I left him a few. He said that his skin was so soft after his bath and he loved the strawberry scent. Good advertising, Pop! I love you!

Peace, Love & Soap - News

Right now I am taking a break from making some soap cupcakes and thought I would take a minute to update my blog. I have been so busy trying to keep up with my market that I feel like I'm running a little behind most of the time. However, I welcome the business and realize that I am learning how to balance my crazy life and prepare. Next year I will have a better idea about how to stock my inventory and I (hopefully) will have plenty of soap made when it's time for the market to start. My loofah scrubbies have been a really hot item, lately. I had the pleasure of doing business with a kid named Mitchell Mieszek last week. Mitchell started his own business growing and selling loofahs while living in Florida, not far from where we moved. His mother, Kelly approached me a couple of weeks ago and told me that he still had loofahs that he would be willing to sell me if I was interested. In the spirit of keeping it local and helping out other small businesses, I wanted to find out more. Mitchell has sold his loofahs locally to a couple of boutiques, such as the Pink Azalea on Main, and has even sold them as far as New York. His loofahs are a very high quality and I happily purchased around 25 of them. I am proud of Mitchell for being such a great businessman. Along with the loofahs he also teaches piano and cello. Look out for him, this kid is going to go far!