I just wanted to get a quick post out about how I'm loving Friday. Actually, all my friends know how much I look forward to Friday, especially after seeing my Facebook wall! This has turned out to be a decent week also.
We had another ultrasound this week because at the doctor's office the doppler didn't pick up the baby's heartbeat. This happened to me in all my pregnancies. It's nerve wracking to be sure. But the baby is growing just as he/she should and the heart was a pitter pattering away at 160 beats a minute. I'm officially in the second trimester and according to my pregnancy app, the baby is as big as a large navel orange. Next week, an avocado. So great news to end the week on, and in less than 6 weeks, we can find out what baby we are having! Yay!
I hope everyone enjoys their weekend! Happy, hp
The last few months I’ve had to adjust to the changes pregnancy brings more so than I remember having to do when I was having my son. My life is busier now with a full time job and a business to run. I didn’t have a child then either. I could sleep all day then and now I have to get up and get to bed at reasonable times. Ahh, life of an adult…what joys it brings.
Now when it comes to work, I can do all my regular duties. I have a desk job so it isn’t too strenuous. It is deadline orientated but, thankfully, most of the accounts I work on at the moment aren’t too hectic. Although, when it comes to the soap business, there seems to be a bunch of adjustments that we will be making for my part of the production. I won’t be mixing the lye anymore since it’s dangerous to inhale the fumes even when not pregnant. And there’s a long list of essential oils that I won’t be able to work around. I found a list of no-no’s to use for various reasons of them being irritants, toxic, and contraction/emmenagogue producers.
I’m a bit bummed I won’t be making some of my favorite soaps but it is all in the safety of the baby. My darling husband said they’ll just be put on hold for awhile. My apologies ahead of time for that if we sell out of something. It’ll be just until the baby is born! Then we’ll be gearing up for the holidays. We do have a lot of soap that we’ll be making that I can be around not all is lost.
All in all, there will just be a lot of changes in the next few months in all aspects of my life. I’ve really had to think about how a baby is going to change things. We’ll see in about six months!
I find it amusing when people ask me what flavors of soap do you have. Not that you couldn’t eat the soap, I just wouldn’t recommend it. Interestingly enough, taste and scent work together in our brains. Most of what we think we are tasting actually comes from our ability to smell. Our taste buds help perceive flavors. It’s the molecules in smells that reach the olfactory receptor cells in our nose that give us our tasting sensations. I think that’s pretty cool stuff. Anyway, we do have several soaps made for my favorite flavor, chocolate!
For an ingredient recap, our basic soap recipe is olive oil, palm oil, coconut oil, castor oil, sodium hydroxide, and water. Our particular formulation leaves us with a soap that has a thick, creamy lather with a good amount of cleansing and conditioning properties. With these two chocolatey soaps, we included regular cocoa butter for it’s wonderful smell. Cocoa butter also gives some hardness to the bar and some creaminess. Perfect for a chocolate bar! The rich brown color comes from cocoa baking powder. This powder also helps with the chocolate scent.
Our first attempt at the chocolate soap was the Fudgie swirl. I thought it was going to be overpowering with chocolately goodness but it wasn’t. The scent was faint so that’s when we decided to make an entire chocolate soap bar. The swirl did come out so nicely though. This was done by an in-the-pot swirl technique. Most of our swirling we do in the mold however, before we discovered how to swirl like that we would put the colored soap in the bowl with the uncolored part, give it a light stir through and the pour into the mold. The problem with the in-the-pot swirl, is that we tended to overstir and the color mixed too much.
Because we wanted to have a really chocolate bar, we just made the basic batch again this time all colored and boy, it did not disappoint. Upon cutting, I could smell the rich chocolate coming from the soap. Every time I opened up the curing closet, I could smell chocolate. The scent does fade some over curing but in the bath with some water the scent does comes through. Because of the dark coloring of this soap and that it’s not a colorfast dye, I would suggest that you do not use a white or light colored wash cloth; it could stain.
We had some friend’s kids who LOVED this soap. I think they just wanted to eat it! Even at shows, people pick up the bar and say mmm. We also have a chocolate lip balm that’s pretty good. None of our stuff is overpowering in scent and flavor since we don’t use any enhancements or synthetics for color and flavorings for the soap and lip balm. We’ve gotten raves over that aspect surprisingly in the lip balm. People tell us that it keeps them from licking their lips all day and the balm is able to do it’s job of moisturizing! Who would have thought!
Thanks for joining me in telling you about these yummy soaps! If you have tried them, tell us what you think! I’m always up for any comments about our products.
I wanted to share that we had the most amazing holiday season and felt so successful because of friends and family like you all. Not only was the business successful, but our goal for the year was also accomplished! I almost was getting worried that we weren’t going to have this happy news for a while but imagine my surprise when I got the best Christmas gift EVER!
We’re having a baby! Really, really! I’ve been bursting to share this news with everyone! It is by far the most exciting news in my life at the moment! We had shared it with our family and a few of our closest friends, but now everyone can share in the joy. We went to the doctor’s and had our first ultrasound this past week, which was super exciting. This is Donnie’s first biological child so this is a brand new experience with him and I am absolutely enjoying his fascination with this baby growing experience.
According to the estimation, I’ll be due at the end of August and am at the end of my first trimester clocking in at almost 12 weeks now. This is gonna be one long hot summer being pregnant though out but so worth it! It seems as if I’ve been waiting forever to have another child. My son is 11 and when the baby is born, he’ll be coming up on 12! Crazy! We did debate having another child and starting all over again. It’s been a long time since sleepless nights and midnight feedings. This will be an adventure.
In the meantime, I’ve been doing research on what I can and can’t do with the soapmaking, particularly with essential oils. There are several that pregnant women can’t use and be around. Some of them we already have and it puts a little damper on my part of the soapmaking process. I’m bummed in that regard. I’ll let you know along the way though about this whole experience. This is certainly exciting!
We are gearing up for our first Valentine's show at the Pajama Factory this Friday for First Friday! Yay! We'll be there from 6-9. Be sure to come check us out. We also have good friends who will be there so check them out, too! The Graphic Hive has a studio there and my friend, Stacia with her Silpada jewelry. If you have ever seen the honkin' big purple ring on my hand, I got it from her!
I'll be putting together some gift boxes and baskets together for easy gifting for your loved one! I wanted to do some cute heart soaps but there just wasn't enough time with all the packaging we have been doing for the newly cured soap. Wow, nearly 100 bars of soap we wrapped this week!
Also rolling out this week is a new lip balm flavor I'm trying: LIME! Nummy! If you like lime or citrus in general, try this out and let me know what you think. I just thought it would be fun to do. I am thinking of summer flavors already! Fun and fruity!
Speaking of summer, I am so ready for it! We're in the middle of an icy, snow storm right now in PA and it's a mess outside. Snow I can deal with, but ice is just so dangerous. If you are out and about it in, be safe!! I had my wonderful husband drive me and I do like to be driven around.
Anyway, I just wanted to drop a line to you all and let you know what's going on with us. It's been a busy last couple weeks for us and it will still be busy yet with the grand opening of the alpaca store.