Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 26th-April 1st)

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This week I thought I’d share a few of my favorites things and products. What I’m watching, products currently I’m using, and other delights I’m crushing on this week. Of course, this video from SNOBLOVE Beauty topped my list. In this video, she shares how she made her stunningly beautiful cold process unicorn queen soap. You can also shop for this fab soap for a limited time while supplies last in The SNOBLOVE bar shop.

In addition to the occasional YouTube video, I’m also watching the series Legion, which is based on the Marvel Comics, Amazon’s Fortitude and Hulu’s Harlots with great anticipation. I’m also very much looking forward to seeing The Handmaid’s Tale on Hulu.

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Products I’m using right now include:

Lotion: Savannah Bee Honey Body Lotion in Unscented
Hand Soap: Raw Sugar Natural Hand Wash in Coconut Mango (bathroom) and Lemon Sugar (kitchen)
Primer: Hourglass Cosmetics Ambient Light Correcting Primer in Luminous Light (This was a freebie via my ipsy rewards!)
CC Cream: Supergoop Daily Correct CC Cream in Fair/Light
Blush: Tarte Amazonian Clay 12-Hour Long-Wearing Blush in Risqué
Lip Crayon: LOC Ultra Gloss Lip Pencil in Punch Line (via my Birchbox subscription.)
Eyeshadow primer: Clinique Touch Base for Eyes in Canvas Light
Powder: bareMinerals Original Mineral Veil Powder
Mascara: stila Huge Extreme Lash Mascara
Eyeshadow: essence How To Make Bright Eyes Make-up Box (They sell this at Target. I also use it to highlight my cheekbones.) Also Doucce Freematic Eyeshadow in Marisa (via my ipsy subscription.)
Hair Care: Eva NYC Mane Magic 10-in-1 Primer (via my ipsy subscription.)
Conditioners: Renpure Solutions Bamboo Green Tea Cleansing Conditioner and Renpure Advanced Extra Strength Biotin & Collagen Thickening Conditioner (They sell these at Target.)
Face Moisturizer: Body Merry’s Retinol Surge Moisturizer
Under Eye Cream: My own Anti-Aging Under Eye Cream with Hyaluronic Acid (Recipe here.)
Deodorant: My own Palmarosa + Lime Natural Deodorant Recipe with Aloe Vera Oil (Recipe here.)

Products I’ve purchased this week to try:

Hempz Herbal Body Moisturizer in Pink Berry Chiffon
Too Faced Peanut Butter and Honey Eyeshadow Palette
OPI Nail Polish in Princesses Rule

Also this week…

Made James and I #dinner tonight with one of the meals from #HelloFresh!

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I cooked this New York Strip Steak with Truffled Mashed Potatoes and Green Beans Amandine for James & I from my Hello Fresh subscription. (James usually cooks.) If you sign up for HelloFresh here as a new subscriber you’ll get $40 off your first delivery.

I also discovered a great new easy non-toxic no scrub shower cleaner. Simply combine ½ cup Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds Biodegradable Cleaner with ½ cup vinegar in a spray bottle & gently mix. Spray on your surface, wait several minutes then rinse! Voila! You can also use a couple tablespoons of Sal Suds for an average load of laundry, dilute with water to sponge down countertops or to mop your floor, or even mix with baking soda to make a powerful scouring agent for bathtubs and sinks. (You can buy Sal Suds here.)

DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess

I also fell in love with these DIY Donut Bath Bombs via A Pumpkin & A Princess blog. They’re made with soap icing and real sprinkles. You can find the recipe to make your own here or repin this DIY here for later. For more DIY’s like this one be sure to follow my DIY Bath & Body Pinterest board. Or, for donut bath bombs you can buy, visit Velvet Moon Studio on Etsy.

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Additionally I also learned about the AirBrush app (available for both the iPhone and Android phones.) This amazing and easy to use app lets you take years off your appearance or simply adds makeup! This photo was retouched using the AirBrush app. I was wearing ZERO makeup in this selfie photo. All of the makeup was added using the app. You can get the app here.

That’s all for this week! I hope everyone has a wonderful weekend filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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Weekend Wrap Up (Week of March 19th-25th)

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Weekend Wrap Up at Soap Deli News blog!

As some of you may or may not know, I recently quit my day job to venture into blogging full time on March 1st. I feel like I overdid it a bit getting started as I took on the big projects I’d always wanted to do but didn’t have the time for first. Those projects included my mermaid soap tutorial, my geode soap tutorial and my both loved & reviled DIY poop emoji bubble bars. In addition to the time it took to complete the projects, taking and processing all of those photos was insane.

During my first week I tackled 12 hour days – which is actually about two hours less per day then when I was working full time and blog as a side gig. (I also updated my about page as well. So if you’re interested about the changes I’ve made and the goal for my blog you can get the skinny right here.)

Why hello, #Paris.

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It all kind of got derailed however while spending a week in Las Vegas with my boyfriend while he was at a conference last week. My to do list of projects took a back burner while I was gone – I was only able to write and schedule one blog post for the week – my anti-aging eye cream recipe – and my instagram profile temporarily took on quite a new look. I also learned that Vegas isn’t much fun solo. And I came home sick.

I’ve been sick this entire week and the last half of the week prior. Due to my job change my new insurance doesn’t kick in until April 1st so I’ve been suffering through it. Today is the first day I mostly think I’ve started to feel a bit better. I take that I’m not sneezing and blowing my nose every two minutes as a good sign. And I’m crossing my fingers I didn’t just jinx myself because I have dinner with my boyfriend’s mom who I’m meeting for the first time this evening. (She flew in from Florida for the weekend.) Meeting parents is not my strong suit so I’m working through the anxiety.

Anyhow, I finally feel like I’m getting back on track and I’m super excited about what the next few months will bring. My goal is to *try* to blog three DIY projects a week and then do a weekly wrap up just like this one so you know what’s going on in my head and I can share all the super fun stuff I discovered during the week that wouldn’t ordinarily get blogged. If you follow me on social media you’ll find that I do share a lot of these things there. I also share a lot of past projects and recipes that you may have missed along with new discoveries on my Tumblr blog so if you’ve not read it, I hope you’ll check it out.

Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY via Handmade Charlotte blog

So diving right in (but not really because that intro was crazy long!) I am hard crushing on this Off the Grid Modern Farm Dollhouse DIY from Handmade Charlotte. As you may have guessed, I was also pretty crafty as a kid. In addition to once throwing a magic show on our back deck when I was around 7? where I jumped out of a me sized mermaid tail crafted from newspaper, tape and aluminum foil to kick off the show, I was also pretty keen on making dollhouse furniture. So when I discovered this DIY for making this farm dollhouse complete with furniture and other cool features, I got kind of giddy.

This is a great weekend project you can do with the kids! There are several parts to this DIY – this is part 5 and the one stumbled across first. It has some really cool tutorials for making kitchen appliances as well as teaching DIY’s for grey water recycling and a composting toilet! (And then you make them!) Seriously, check it out! I’m still excited over it. (Discover more projects like this one on my DIY for Wee Ones Pinterest board.)

DIY Knit Swing via Park & Cube blog!

I’m also super excited that spring is finally here! (Yay!) Today is sunny with a high of 75° and I’m looking forward to more of this weather! And then there’s this swing! Park & Cube blog has a sweet tutorial for making this knit DIY swing here. While I don’t knit, and I doubt I have the patience or the time to learn at present, I’m definitely tempted to learn just for this swing. We have an old wooden swing set A-frame in the backyard that I was considering using to grow upside down tomatoes in buckets to deter critters from eating them. But it’s highly likely those tomatoes could maybe possibly take a backseat and this swing will go up in it’s place. (Discover more projects like this one on my Jonesing for Crafts Pinterest board.)

Tropical Strawberry Hibiscus Rum Smash Recipe via Half Baked Harvest Blog

I’m also really looking forward to using the screened in porch I now have at my new home with my boyfriend, James. He loves to grill and I’m a fan of creating cocktails so put the two together and you have the makings for some great evenings. I recently found this amazing cocktail recipe for making a tropical strawberry hibiscus rum smash over at Half Baked Harvest Blog that I’m dying to try. I’m ordinarily a gin and vodka kind of girl but this is one recipe I can’t pass up! (Find more cocktail recipes on my Cocktail Hour Pinterest board.)

Gut Feelings Podcast on how probiotics can help reduce anxiety!

My son, Cody, who is wrapping up his sophomore year in college as a psych major shared an interesting podcast with me this week called Gut Feelings. This podcast discusses how your gut bacteria (probiotics) can affect your emotions. Specifically, as my son put it, “some French peeps did a clinical trial with humans and the probiotic group reported less anxiety on self-report surveys.”

If don’t currently take probiotics and are interested in taking them for your health, I recommend introducing them to your diet via food rather than a pill. I took probiotic pills while I was in Vegas as the closest Whole Foods was a $25 cab ride away which, incidentally, was less than the probiotics. To put it nicely, it put my system into overdrive. Therefore I recommend starting with something like kombucha (now found in most grocery stores) or apple cider vinegar (with the mother still in it.)

I have a great recipe for my turmeric & ginger apple cider vinegar tonic that I drink everyday here. I also really like Purely Elizabeth’s Chocolate Sea Salt Probiotic Gluten-Free Granola. You can buy it at Fresh Market and it’s also available through Amazon’s Prime Pantry.

Speaking of diet, I recently restarted my subscription to Hello Fresh. Our closest Kroger is a 20 minute drive now that I’m in a small town and the other local grocery stores don’t have the selection I’m accustomed to. Not only does it make it easier not having to plan as many meals, but the convenience also saves me both time and gas money. I’ve tried other similar programs to Hello Fresh, but the menus that Hello Fresh has are more suited to the things I like to eat without going overboard gourmet.

Between my #birchbox and my #ipsy bag and all of my point redemptions via ipsy I got a huge #beauty haul for March!

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When I got back from Vegas I shared my shipments from both Birchbox and ipsy that had arrived while I was gone and someone mentioned Sephora Play. I’d never heard of this program having never shopped at Sephora, but it looked intriguing and at $10 a month – the same price as Birchbox and ipsy – I figured I’d give it a try. My first box comes next month.

Handmade Bath Bombs from Sud Buddy on Etsy!

Daily I’m discovering some really amazing shops and products on Etsy. One such shop is Sud Buddy. Sud Buddy sells a really fun collection of handmade bath bombs, soaps, lip balms, shampoos and more! Pictured here are just a few of the bath bombs available for sale including Sud Buddy’s Margarita Lime Bath Bombs – they come in cute plastic margarita glass so you can enjoy your bath then take the real deal poolside! – For Fox Sake Bath BombStar Wars inspired bath bombs and Just Peachy bath bombs! You can shop the entire line of SudBuddy products here. (Spend $50 and get free shipping with coupon code: MUCHOLOVE.)

A few freshly discovered Etsy favorites!

Other recent favorites include this calendula cleansing oil from Botanical Buddha, these art history hard candy lollipops from LIQ NYC, a super fun poo emoji bath bomb mold from Two Wild Hares Bath & Body, an artisan unicorn cupcake soap from Georgiou Boutique, a Recollections unicorn & llama washi tape set from Chicky Vintage Plus and a fairy garden artisan soap from Pink Sink Luxuries. (You can discover all of my favorite products on by following my Etsy favorites here.)

Free food + still life photography course offered by Christina Greve. Improve your photography skills in just 5 days! Plus there are helpful tips on branding, business, creativity, productivity, and blogging.

Speaking of Etsy, if you sell or are planning to sell your handmade products online, then you may want to check out the free food + still life photography course offered by Christina Greve. This 5-day email course not only can help to improve your photography skills, but there are also helpful tips on branding, business, creativity, productivity, and blogging. (Find more ideas for improving your bath and body business including resources and ideas for packaging and presenting your products as well as other ideas to boost and develop your small business on my Small Business Branding & Packaging Ideas Pinterest board.)

Dinner! Soooo much parmesan!

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I’m also having the most fun creating mini-stop action videos. I really want to try an upcoming DIY video that uses the same technique and see how it works out.

Well, that’s all for this week! I hope everyone enjoys the rest of their weekend and that’s filled with many fun and creative discoveries!

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Sunday Spotlight: A Few of My Favorite Things

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A few of my favorite things! Handmade products for gift giving or a simple everyday luxury for yourself!

A Few of My Favorite Things

This Sunday I wanted to share a few of my favorite things that I’ve discovered recently. From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Favorite Things and Handmade Gift Ideas // From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds!

Sweet Pea & Vanilla Soy Candle via Seventh Tree Soaps // Lavender Hot Chocolate Soap via Leeloo Soap // Satsuma Dog Print Candle via Let’s Put a Bird On It // Luminous Hair Serum via Seventh Tree Soaps

 Favorite Things and Handmade Gift Ideas // From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Beautiful Skin Bundle Organic Starter Skin Care Set via Naked Eye Beauty // Calendula Salve via The BEEKEEPER Shop // Layered Crystal Necklace via Echos Healing Stones // Raw Cacao Facial Mask via Urban Oreganics

Favorite shopping finds to buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Horse Lovers Soap via Sorcery Soap // Mineral Makeup Eyeshadow Primer via Spectrum Cosmetic // Blue Topaz Geode Soap Set via Rock Hound Soap // Black Drawing Salve via The Home Apothecary

From handmade bath and beauty products to soy candles and jewelry, these are just a few of my favorite recent finds! Buy them for yourself as a special treat or a simple everyday luxury or purchase as gifts for your most favorite friends!

Himalayan Salt & Eucalyptus Bath Bomb via Buck Naked Soap Company // Pink Mint Soap Bar via Lovely Body // Forest Fawn Antler Crown via Sweet Mildred // Lovely Tinted Roll on Lip Gloss via Let’s Put a Bird On It

If you enjoyed these favorites, then be sure to check out my past Sunday Spotlight posts here. Or discover even more of my favorite things on Etsy here.

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Sunday Spotlight: Etsy Halloween Favorites

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A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate Halloween! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Etsy Halloween Favorites

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more to get you into the spirit of the season!

A collection of witchy, creepy, crawly, awesome Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday!

Raven Halloween Cupcake Toppers by Wall Decal 76 // Blood Bath Soap by Leeloo Soap // Ghost with the Most Beetlejuice Inspired Soap by Leeloo Soap // Bloody Brains Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Witch’s Broom Scented Halloween Candle by Witch City Wicks // Golden Cauldron Bubble Bar by The big Meltdown // Parting the Veil Halloween Perfume by Traveling Vardo // Halloween Zombie Hand Soap by Soap Rhapsody

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Raven Skull Pendant by Raven Ranch // Black Matte Stiletto Nails by Rave Nailz // Gothic Black Bustle Dress by MGD Clothing // Printable Apothecary Labels for Halloween by Kudzu Monster

A collection of spooktacular Etsy Halloween favorites to help you celebrate this fantastic holiday! Halloween soaps and bubble bars, Halloween decorations and more!

Halloween Spider Candy Corn Bubble Bar by Sink or Swim Bath Treats // Halloween Skull Soaps by Cutie Pie Soaps // Creepy Crawler Insect Soap by AJ Sweet Soap // Spider Patch Halloween Tart Soap by LolliLuscious

Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful and other Halloween bath and body favorites!

And finally, this super cool Bitten Bubble Bar by Whipped Up Wonderful. To discover more of my Etsy Halloween favorites be sure to check out my Halloweenland and Candy Corn Kisses favorites on Etsy here. You can also find my collection of pumpkin spice and chocolate & coffee bath and body favorites.

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Sunday Spotlight: Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

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Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

It’s fall and you know what that means – pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth during autumn! Following are just a few of my pumpkin spice bath and body favorites for fall.

It’s fall and you know what that means - pumpkin spice! And really, how can you resist the spices that combine to bring you exceptional flavor, fragrance and warmth! Following are just a few of my favorite pumpkin spice bath and body products.

Moisturizing Cinnamon & Pumpkin Spice Body Scrub by Sweet Therapy // Pumpkin Pie Scented Kaolin Clay Soap by Perma-Earth // Pumpkin Spice Deer Buck Soap by Lost River Rags & Candlelights // Handmade Pumpkin Spice Soap by Dirty Diva Soaps

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Latte Lip Balm by Siren Soap // Pumpkin Spice Sugar Scrub by The Yellow Mustard Seed Soap Co. // Pumpkin Chai Spice Cocoa Butter Soap by Soapwonderful // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Magick and Macabre

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Perfume Oil by Ollie and Max Soap Co. // Pumpkin Cupcake Goat Milk Soap by Rustic Soap Shoppe // Pumpkin Spice Latte Bath Bomb by Bubble Funtastic // Pumpkin Spice Hair & Body Elixir by Miss Violet Lace

Handmade Pumpkin Spice Bath and Body Favorites

Pumpkin Spice Body Lotion by Etiquettes // Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream Soap Fluff by Love Lee Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Soap by Pink Parchment Soaps // Pumpkin Spice Emulsified Sugar Scrub by Soapaucity

For more pumpkin spice bath and body products, be sure to check out my other pumpkin spice bath and body favorites on Etsy here. Or, you may also enjoy my collection of fabulous favorites for fall or for Halloween!

Sixteen unique bath and body products from four fantastic bath and body shops that offer a fun twist on skin care. Browse for inspiration or shop for unique homemade gifts!

Or for more of my handmade bath and body favorites, be sure to check out my past Sunday Spotlights featuring four unique artisan bath and body shops as well as unicorn poop, rainbow & sparkle themed bath and body products!

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