German fun :)

218Don’t get me started on how much I LOVE this beautiful country! I have been three times (twice as a soldier), and had the wonderful pleasure of taking my son with me this fourth time to see my Deutsche Freundin (German gal friend!). We visited Dresden and Frankfurt. Dresden was particularly exciting, as I have never been able to visit the eastern part of Germany before this. Like every other place in Germany, Dresden is amazing and requires a week to see everything!!

The food..just everything is wonderful. In our favorite town of Oberursel, my son even got to play Magic the Gathering one night with a great gang of boys at the local Computer Store. Really miss it there always. ❤


Hummingbirds and Old English..back to school!


Summer time is fun time..also some school time…which we make as fun as possible. Really, anything is a learning experience, right? 😀

We have these old, really old books from Piccolos in Belmont, an awesome antique store. $20.00 for all those red books on children’s classics. Dated 1912.  Really, not THAT old. I love old books! Dated similar is that smaller brown book; it belonged to my grandfather. It was his elementary math book! Now it’s Taliesin’s, and he uses it!  The larger brown book on the left there is from England (also from Piccolos) and it is dated 1806. Title, The Guardian, from London. The book is old to the point where the ‘s’ are ‘f’. Pretty cool! I love old books!! I think (or hope) Tali appreciates, too.

I’ve been trying to take photos of birds, particularly, hummingbirds at the feeder. I’ll be out on the deck, and not have my camera at the best moments!!  So here are a couple for you!  I took the one of the hummingbird hanging out on the clothing line today. Hurricane Hermine is around here but we are only getting the tail-end of it. Some wind, some rain here near Charlotte, NC. I really hope everyone else is alright.



Soap Revamped!

This year I haven’t added any new soaps to my line, not including my temporary summer soap, Bora Bora.  However, I have noticed my Charcoal Aloe soap, with skin loving activated bamboo charcoal, is a low seller. It has a few die-hard fans though; and there is no way I wanted to dismiss a soap with charcoal ! !

Bamboo charcoal: Make pores smaller and cleaner, Take care of oily skin, Deep clean your skin, Soothe and heal bites, cuts and skin irritations,  Rid your hair and skin of toxins. Yes, try this in your hair!  (from Best Health magazine)

I gave the soap a new look (no more green-it always looked odd to me) and ADDED HEMP OIL.

Some hemp oil benefits – Regenerates & Energizes The Skin’s Protective Layer: Due to its high content of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, hemp oil has a composition similar to skin lipids, which makes it an excellent natural emollient and moisturizer. It is especially useful for dry, tired or dehydrated skin and nails. It increases the skin elasticity and water retention capacity in tissues. Also, known to help against varicose veins and psoriasis. Great for luscious hair!

13502574_1025092007587396_984157333479945158_oNew name: Activated Charcoal & Hemp soap.  Same wonderful, fresh scent!  Smells a bit like Irish Spring soap to me.  **I’ll add photo once I get my Gmail working correctly!!**  Here it is!! ^^^

I heart lemongrass

lemongrassI was washing the floor with the best mixture of floor soap in the world: baking soda, white vinegar and a squirt of dish soap with plenty of hot water in the bucket, and I wanted to add a little something.

I have many essential oils, but especially own a huge (too huge) freakin bottle of lemongrass I use for lip balm. I added a capful, like a tsp. in the bucket and what a great scent it added to the home! 🙂

Here’s great website for oils, and some excellent info on lemongrass:

Isn’t that amazing?  Have a great weekend!

DIY liquid soap

Making liquid soap
Making liquid soap

I love a large bar of soap.  I rarely get asked about making a liquid soap to sell, but many people prefer a liquid soap by the kitchen sink. I agree. There are ways to make it by scratch. Liquid soap is made with potassium hydroxide instead of sodium hydroxide normally.  Now is not the time in my life to bother with two types of soap (no time!), but I have made liquid soap with my bar soap which is working out nicely for us!

Try this: 

Using a grater on a smaller side, shred your bar of soap (use homemade soap for nice, homemade liquid!). Bring to a boil on the stove with 6 cups of water then turn to low for about a half hour. Keep watch on it, mine boils over sometimes! Cleans the stove nicely though!  Stir frequently with a whisk. Turn off the heat and let rest and cool. Pour into soap dispensers.  I did this today with my Beeswax Honey soap and have done it in the past with my Lavender soap. Scent keeps nicely! Water and oils naturally separate, so every so often (twice a week at least) you need to shake it up in the dispenser. Will immediately become a nice consistency, and will thicken over time.

 I really love doing this as I don’t need to be dependent on the grocery store.  You can also pour into a plastic shampoo type bottle and use as a body wash in the shower..but I save my bar soaps for that. Recipe will fill at least two dispensers and I keep leftovers in a glass jar for future use. You could make this and give as a gift in a mason jar with a bow. Pretty and sincere! Make sure you use homemade soap for a true all-natural gift.

Click here for making a mason glass jar soap dispenser. I think it adds some down home whimsy whether you live in a mansion or a shack. 🙂  As you can see below I don’t have one of that type at the moment.  Ciao for now!