Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Little Girls!

My, a lot happens when you are in a family with 2 young children. For one, you let the blog slide! I really must not let that happen! So much has happened in the last few months! Somerset turned 3, My sister and Martin had baby Aria and we are busy with life in general.

Somerset's birthday was a blast. This was probably the last year we were able to keep this an all family affair. Grandma Laurel came to visit and Uncle Aaron came down for the day, so Somerset was surrounded by family! The day was all about her. We took her to the park in the morning where she collected acorns and played, next we took her to the Children's Museum where she ate a cookie the size of her head. In the evening, everyone went to Papa's Pizza, where she felt like princess and thoroughly enjoyed all the rides, pizza and attention. At home, we had a few neighbors over, amongst family and she had ice cream cake (she tried to blow out the candles with her new toy hair dryer...clever girl).

The party was a My Little Pony extravaganza! She has more ponies and pony accessories than she knows what to do with, but even a month later, the ponies still get their fair share of play.

It is wonderful to have a three year old. My Somerset is so sweet and sassy. She is the sunshine that brightens all of our days. She is funny and smart, and just about the prettiest little thing I have ever seen. I am completely in love with my little girl.

Speaking of little girls, another little girl has come into our lives! Aria Reine was born 3 weeks early! She came while me, the kids and my mom were in Vegas visiting with my Grandma and Uncle, so we missed her birth.

She stayed in the NICU 2 weeks, but she is home now and is as cute as can be, an such a good baby too!

Leo is going to be tested for TAG (Talented and Gifted). We knew this would come some day. He is so far beyond his age academically; he amazes Joe and I daily! He started doing square roots and he is practically reading now. He is crazy gifted and we  are so proud of him.

I am fully immersed in holiday bazaar season. I am so busy, but it is fun! I am starting to build some money back into the soap account...yeah! Next year I plan to try to get some wholesale accounts.

Ok, that is the briefest synopsis ever! I will try harder to be more diligent!

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Baby, Vegas and Soap!

Peppermint and Vanilla Cream

Love Spell

Apple Jack N Peel

Getting ready for Bazaars!
Soap Packaging! Handmade tags (ingredients on the back), rustic ribbon wraps the soap, followed by tying jute twine. I also use cello bags to wrap the bars with pretty decorative tape. It's a labor of love!
 Life is busy! Really busy! October has been very wonderful and chaotic!

The kids and I went to Las Vegas with my Mom, where we met my Grandma and Uncle. I really wanted the kids to spend time with Great Grandma, so we tackled Vegas! The kids loved the pool and the fun characters on the strip. I even got to see Donnie and Marie's Vegas show.

As luck would have it, my sister had her baby while we were in Vegas. Little Aria Reine showed up 3 weeks early, much to our surprise, so we missed her birth. We had lots of time to catch up. She has been in the NICU with breathing issues. We are praying that she can come home soon.

In addition to all that life has blessed us with this month, I continue to make soap EVERY SINGLE DAY!!! 18 bars to be exact. In addition to that, I have been packaging about 50 bars a day to get ready for the bazaars. I am so busy, but I love it!

Monday, October 14, 2013

I'm Still Here!

I have added holiday soap bags to my collection.

I started making Wax Tarts!

Santa's Spruce smells amazing!!!

Honestly, I am still here! Actually, I am busier with my soap making than ever! I am so busy, that I don't have time time photohgraph and blog (did I mention I also have 2 young children!). Anyhow, I make soap everyday to prepare for all the holiday bazaars I have going on! My first event is next Sunday and then from there, almost every weekend or so is filled with something soap related. All my money currently is going into supplies, since I am making for more than I sell, but I have tons on great inventory! I probably have almost every scent you could imagine (well, we all know that is impossible!). I am currently making 18 bars a day and I am feeling pretty good about that!!!

Future Events:

St. Anthony's Holiday Bazaar: October 26 and 27 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
9905 SW McKenzie St  Tigard, OR 97223

Elk's Lodge Bazaar: November, 2 from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
21865 NW Quatama Rd  Hillsboro, OR 97124

Pop-Up Bazaar: November 3 from 10 a.m.- 4p.m., & November 7 from 9a.m. - 2 p.m. and 5-8 p.m.
2111 NW Jessamine Way, Portland, OR 97229

Lake Oswego Farmer's Market: November 23, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
Millennium Plaza Park
200 First Street
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Garden Home Bazaar: December 7, from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
7475 SW Oleson Rd  Portland, OR 97223