Friday, December 31, 2010

Last Sale of the Year - SAVE BIG!!

Today is the last day to save big on our Year End Sale. We've just made further mark downs up to 75% off some items. Save on select soaps, bath bombs, tart warmers and more. You won't want to miss out on these great savings.

Hedge Witch Creamy Cocoa Butter Bar 60% Off


Rose Vines Tart Warmer 50% Off


So you don't have to go wandering all over, all the sale items can be found HERE

Have a safe and Happy New Year!!


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Snow Magic

I DO NOT like snow. Repeat, I DO NOT LIKE SNOW! It's cold. It's a pain to work and live in. It's a danger and a menace to society (people are idiots when it comes to driving in it).  And it outright makes me grumpy every winter. So, we usually head off to Sedona for a week or two for a break from it's dreariness. But this year there is to be no escape to a warmer haven. 
 
So, here I am, working and into my email box come this little ditty titled "Snow Magic". Intrigued I open and read. Hum...think Mother Goddess is trying to tell me something? Probably. This is usually how she works. So, I thought that I'd share it with you as well. Maybe you too have a "snow 'tude". 


Celebrate the snowy season with magic!


When winter rolls around, in some parts of the world there is an abundance
of wonderful white stuff - snow! If you live in one of those areas, it makes
sense to take advantage of snow's natural properties and work those energies
into your magical endeavors. Think about, for starters, some of snow's
physical characteristics. The most obvious one is that it's cold. It's also
white. Sometimes it's light and powdery, other times it may be heavy and wet
How can you incorporate these into your magical workings?

A.. If you're a fan of candles, make ice candles - they're are a lot of fun
and easy to make during the winter months.
B.. How to Make Ice Candles
Ice candles are a lot of fun and easy to make during the winter months.
Since February is traditionally a snow-filled time, at least in the northern
hemisphere
, why not make some ice candles to celebrate Imbolc, which is a
day of candles and light?

 
 
You'll need the following:

A.. Ice
B.. Paraffin wax
C.. Color and scent (optional)
D.. A taper candle
E.. A cardboard container, like a milk carton
F.. A double boiler, or two pans
Melt the paraffin wax in the double boiler. Make sure that the wax is never
placed directly over the heat, or you could end up with a fire. While the
wax is melting, you can prepare your candle mold. If you want to add color
or scent to your candle, this is the time to add it to the melted wax.

Place the taper candle into the center of the cardboard carton. Fill the
carton with ice, packing them loosely in around the taper candle. Use small
chunks of ice -- if they're too large, your candle will be nothing but big
holes.

Once the wax has melted completely, pour it into the container carefully,
making sure that it goes around the ice evenly. As the hot wax pours in, it
will melt the ice, leaving small holes in the candle. Allow the candle to
cool, and then poke a hole in the bottom of the cardboard carton so the
melted water can drain out (it's a good idea to do this over a sink). Let
the candle sit overnight so the wax can harden completely, and in the
morning, peel back all of the cardboard container. You'll have a complete
ice candle, which you can use in ritual or for decoration.

C.. Build a snowman as a very large magical poppet. Assign a snowman the
magical task of being a guardian at the entrance to your property.

D.. Got a bad habit you need to get rid of? Form that bad habit into
snowballs, and throw them as far away from you as you can.

E.. Snow quartz crystals are often associated with fulfillment of hopes and
dreams. Use actual snow instead of crystals in workings related to wishes
and goals.

F.. If someone is bothering you and won't leave you alone, try this simple
bit of magic. Write their name on a slip of paper, and pack it in snow in a
zip-loc bag. Place the bag in your freezer, and leave it there until the
person "chills out."

G.. Go for a walk in the woods on a day that it's snowing. Enjoy the silence, and the magic of the snowfall - some people report that they have experienced messages from the Divine as they walk on a snowy day. Perhaps it's because we're better able to hear the gods when it's quiet!

Intent is Everything

(I posted this in my notes on Facebook, so some of you may have already read it. But, I thought that it also deserved a place here on my blog because it was just "that" profound and awesome.)

I read this today, and I found it to be not only profoundly enlightening, but very encouraging for the year to come. So I wanted to share it with all the amazing friends that I am so blessed to have. May you all find your hearts desires for the greater good of you higher selves and that of Mother Earth in 2011.



Intent is Everything
Copyright Mellissa Seaman 2004 All Rights Reserved

What do you want?
You can’t take any action at all unless you know what you want.  Every action begins with the intent that drives the action.  Before you take a step forward, you intend it first, even if this is a fleeting unconscious process.  Many of our daily intentions are made unconsciously.  You don’t really think about taking a step before you put out your foot to move.  And many of our actions are done unconsciously as well, and for good reason – no need to consciously consider each step as you walk down the street.  As you walk, as long as you have a general direction, you’re moving in the right direction.  But without at least that direction, you’re lost, wandering, or stopped.   This holds true for your spiritual practice as well.  Without direction or Intent, you are lost, wandering or stopped.  What you want is important.  Knowing what you want is an art.  This is the Art of Intention.

Free Choice
As human beings, we have the gift and burden of Free Choice.   We choose what we do, under our current circumstances.  Sometimes our choices are limited by circumstances, but we do have choice.  Always.  And no one in the heavens or on earth can predict what a human is going to do.  We make some pretty wild and crazy and illogical choices.  Our choices are so unpredictable that even Spirit doesn’t know which way we’ll go next.   This is our divine gift.  Free choice is a primary law of earth.  Our guides can’t come down to help us without us making a choice to let them in.  “Ask and ye shall receive.”  “Turn your life over to your Higher Power.”  The great truths make it clear that it takes human Will to open the door even to God.  God does not come down and meddle and fix everything.  This Earth is our playground to explore and learn. We are the ones in the bodies, so we are the ones in charge down here. If we want help from the cosmos, we must ask.  Asking for help from the angels opens a great big door above me to all of the angels who would love nothing more than to help me, and needed only to be given permission through my asking.
 Directing this power of Free Choice is also called forming and stating an Intention.

What is Intent?
 In shamanic practice, Intent is everything.
 Intent, or intention, is an expression of what you want to happen.  For example, in writing this article my intent is to provide you, the reader, with information and tools that you can take into your life and utilize on your unique spiritual path.  Without this Intent, I would have no motivation to write this.  I would have no help from my Spirit Guides in setting out these words, because I never would have known what to ask them for.  I simply would not take the time to do it.  I wouldn’t be motivated.
 In shamanism and prayer and magical practice and anything else, your Intent is the steering wheel for your work.  It provides the direction for your energy.  The more specific and motivated you are in your Intent, the more power you have in moving forward.
 Intent is comprised of two aspects, the specificity of what you want in accordance with your Highest Good, and how much you want it – your desire.

Specificity
A specific intent gets specific results.  So the first question you must ask yourself is what do you want?  This seems deceptively easy.  You may ask for a loving relationship to come your way.  This is a relatively general request.  Or you may focus your request to ask for a committed loving relationship that leads to the formation of a family with a couple kids and a dog.  This is a bit more specific.  Or you may ask for a red-headed Irish spouse who loves shortbread and playing checkers.
 Picture a broad laser beam searching your world like a roving spotlight.  A general intent is like this wide laser beam that illuminates many things.  A very specific intent is like a narrow laser beam that cuts sharply and distinctly through the Universe, attracting only that very narrow choice or outcome.  At this point, you my hear your Grandma’s voice in your head warning you about the dangers of choosing what you want in life… “Be careful of what you ask for – you jus t m ight get it!”  There is a balance between being specific enough in our choices and intentions that we draw the desired result to us, without being too specific to exclude an unexpected opportunity or surprise gift from the Universe that doesn’t fall within our limited parameters.  This is where it is helpful to understand and utilize the concept of the Highest Good.

Intend the Highest Good
One kind of general Intent is to state your intent for the Highest Good.  This is like praying to God “Thy will be done” – a conscious statement that you are not sure which choice is best, but you want the best result for everyone.  The Highest Good is the perfection of the Divine Plan, leading to peace, love, unity… the good stuff.  Your own Highest Good is that which leads to your personal evolution as guided and directed by your Higher Self – the over-reaching part of your soul that knows all about the lessons you are here to learn, who wants you to learn them in the best way possible resulting in the most good for your spiritual evolution.  Your Higher Self is the one who knows what’s in your Highest Good.  Your conscious self doesn’t always know this, because your conscious self is the one here on Earth with the desires, hungers, passions, and distractions of living a material life in a physical body.  While we’re here on Earth, we can’t see the bigger picture like our Higher Self can.  But we CAN choose what is in our Highest Good, provided we do not restrict the results too much.    For example, “I intend to find the career that serves my Highest Good at this time…. unless i t m akes under 50K, has no benefits package, or is more than 10 miles drive from my house.”  Um, now you’re restricting the access of your angels and helpers to direct you towards the job that is in your highest good if it does no t m eet with all of your demands.
 I recommend that you, right now, state out loud your Intent that everything in your life from this point forward be guided in the direction of the Highest Good – for yourself, and, if you are willing, for Highest Good of the Earth and all of her children.  You may choose to make this an overriding Intent, so that whenever you ask for specific things, there is an agreement between you and Spirit that if what you ask for is not in your Highest Good, you don’t really want it.  I have found this a very useful “catch-all” for when I’m praying and manifesting.  It prevents me from using my shamanic tools to do something that is not in my Highest Good, or that could upset the balance of the Earth and the others I share her with.

Desire
Desire fuels intent.  It is the motivation for creating intent in the first place.  Intent is driven by your wanting.  Intention answers the question “What do you WANT?”   The more you passionately desire your objective, the more power is behind your Intention.  Following with the laser beam analogy, if specificity controls the intensity of the laser beam, your passionate desire for the intended result is the light source for the laser beam.  The burning desire in your heart drives the brightness of your laser beam.  As you see in your day-to-day life, people who are passionate about their projects tend to be more successful than those who piddle around with a hobby.  Passionate desire fuels dedication, and it powers your Intent.
 Faith
Faith removes obstacles and skips over your own self-sabotaging techniques.  Your Faith that all will be well, that all will be according to the Highest Good, is the closest thing to a guarantee you’re likely to get in this world.  Your Faith can move mountains – mostly the mountains your ego has painstakingly created to make sure you’re not too effective in life.
 We sabotage ourselves all the time.  It’s part of our training from early in life.  We are encouraged to fall in line, to do as we are told, and to not shine too bright so as to attract attention.  All of these self-sabotaging energies must be dealt with as you move forward on your path to wholeness.  Your best tools to overcome self-sabotage are Faith and Courage.  Even when your brain is telling you you’re crazy, and your ego is afraid of looking foolish, and your academic mind is complaining about the lack of evidence to back all this up, your Power is in the background with full Faith and Courage pushing you onward into the Great Unknown because it is in your Highest Good to go there.
 
Intent Transmission is Constant & Universal
We are constantly transmitting our Intent out into the Universe.  Each thought we have, all day every day, is sending out a laser beam of Intention.  Each person walking the earth is constantly transmitting lots of laser beams outward, and these are affecting the energy all around them.
 As a woman appraises herself in the mirror and finds herself beautiful, she sends that transmission outward.  Other people resonate with that transmission, and find her attractive.  As she swears in her car at another driver she imagines is purposefully torturing her with inattentive driving, that transmission is sent out, and others who resonate with the judgment against other drivers are drawn to her.  She will likely encounter more frustration on the road that day, since that is the energy she is calling in.
 You can probably feel this in your day-to-day life.  Some people walk into a room with such positive vibrations, that everyone in the room perks up with a smile.  Other people carry such negative transmissions that, without even “doing” or saying anything, they can irritate people in the room.  Some people are so comfortable with money and wealth that they transmit abundance to the Universe, and abundance always finds them.  Some people with the opposite transmission are stuck in Poverty Consciousness – a term that is more & more widely known as people open up to their responsibility to co-create their own lives with the Divine.  Someone stuck in Poverty Consciousness is constantly pinching pennies, living as if they will be destitute tomorrow – regardless of how much money they actually have in the bank.  This attitude transmits lack of abundance into the Universe, and so people, situations, and opportunities that resonate with lack of abundance come back to that person.
 Part of the Shamanic path – or any spiritual path, really – is to take responsibility for the Intent you are transmitting into the Universe on a constant basis.  The challenge is to become conscious of what you are transmitting.  Most of our thoughts are unconscious defense mechanisms.  When we are willing, however, to see our own challenges and difficulties – our “imperfections” – without shying away, then we can dissemble these defense mechanisms, and become more conscious in our thoughts and actions.  From a place of consciousness, we can then choose to change our thought patterns to ones that support the Highest Good.
 Affirmations, positive attitude, meditation to clear the negative thought patterns, prayer, and consciously shifting from negative to positive thoughts are all ways to consciously utilize the truth of transmission.  Because we have Free Choice, we are capable of literally changing our minds, of choosing our thoughts, of choosing which emotions to give energy to.  Through focusing our Intent, we have the power to shape our own Lives.

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Mellissa Seaman is a co-founder of San Diego Circle and founder of Heart Wisdom.  She provides profound energetic healing sessions, teaches workshops, leads rituals, and writes articles on spiritual awakening, healing, and sacred living.  Reach Mellissa at info@heartwisdom.net
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Positivity Cross image from the amazing website Symbolika.com

Year End Thoughts & Sale

 
Once again we face the end of another year. Time to sit back and reflect on the past year. Did things go as you had hoped? Did you stick to the plan decided upon at this time last year? Where you successful with your New Years resolutions? If not, it's okay! Don't fret. Now is the time to set those goals again. Make a list of what worked and what didn't. And your ideas as to why. Maybe re-evaluate those goals that didn't quite meet the mark and make some more realistic ones. Be kind to yourself. And above all, LOVE yourself.

I'm happy to say that because of YOU, our fabulous friends and customers, we were able to meet the goals that we set for this year. For the first time ever we had a very successful year. Accomplishing more than the goals we set and realizing a few dreams that are still coming to fruition. More to come on those at a later date :-) It is very exciting and rewarding to finally see the fruits of our labor finally coming to fruition. However, we are very aware and acknowledge that it would not have happened without the continued  support that you all have provided us over the years. Many of you have been with us since the beginning and that is amazing and humbling to us. Just know that we appreciate you all. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.


Now a quick note about our Year End Sale. We're clearing our the shop to make room for the New Year and new ideas. Plus we don't want to count all this stuff! LOL. So, we've marked down selected items that need to be cleared out. Some are marked down as much as 50%. Some will not be brought back next year. Some are subject to further mark downs if they don't move as fast as we like. We want them gone! ALL sale items are pre-made, in stock items. And quantities are limited. When they are gone, that's it. We will not make more. No rain checks. So grab yourself a cup of your favorite brew (I suggest any tea from SBS Teas), turn on some favorite music (I'm crazy for Adele at the moment), and partake in some post holiday shopping therapy.

We wish you much good health, happiness, peace, joy & prosperity in the New Year.
Blessed Be,
Matt & Donna

Monday, November 22, 2010

#!!$#%@ Spammers!!!

I HATE Spammers!!! They are the lowest of the lowest life form at the very bottom of the food chain. Actually I'm not even sure that they qualify as a life form. Spammer and hackers have cause more trouble for us here at Valhalla in the past 6 months than I even care to go into. That said, we've been hit again by the dirty rotten < BLEEP>.

If you have been to our website (and I hope you have) then you've seen the Tell A Friend button on every product page. These buttons are there so that you can quickly & easily share product information about products you love with a friend. You just type in their email addy and a short note and hit send. Well, a spammer decided to use this feature to send out hundreds of emails from our website with their own spam note attached. 

When we came online this morning this spammer was still at it. We nipped them in the rear mid-stream.  But not before this scumbag sent out over nearly 300 of these "recommend a product" emails with their own spam message in the body. We have found no evidence that any secure areas of website were compromised. After a thorough Admin sweep all appears to be safe and secure. However, if you received a Tell A Friend Email from our website last night/this morning that contained a spam message we sincerely apologize. And recommend that you log-in and change you password settings. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email us. We are always happy to chat with you and will do all in our power to answer your questions and address your concerns to the best interests of all.

Happy Thanksgiving,

Matt & Donna


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Sugar Suicide & New Containers!

I'm very excited about the new scrubs that I worked on today. We're calling them "Sugar Suicide Exfoliating Scrubs". Because they are so decadent that you run the risk of committing suicide by sugar overdose when using one! Though they are basic enough that you can use them 2-3 times per week, they are still very decadent and yummy with rich skin pampering ingredients like hemp and apricot oils. They are a medium consistency scrub and they come in an array of bright, bold colors and fantastic scents. And they come packaged in these great new recyclable containers with a snap tight lid to guard against leakage. Here is a picture of the new container. It's the smallest one on the bottom right. They hold 12 oz. of yummy sugar scrub! I'll be trying to get a few listed tomorrow.















Have you tried our Whipped Cream Soap? If not, your missing out on a really special, super delightful, bath time treat. Stay tuned for a special Blog Post highlighting this amazing Bubbling, Foaming Fluffy Stuff in the next few days.

If you have tried our Whipped Cream Soap, we would love to hear from you. Please jump in here and leave a comment telling us about your experience with it.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

25% OFF! Last Push for Breast Cancer Awareness

This Weekend Only everything in ALL our stores is 25% Off. This is our last big push of the year to raise funds for Breast Cancer Awareness. 10% of all our proceeds for the month of October w
ill be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

If you or someone you know, has been effect by this horrific disease, then you under
stand the importance of not just finding a cure, but also the support that the SGK Foundation helps to provide those who have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer. They are a wealth of education and referral resources in addition to the research for a cure.

This past year, my own mother in law was stricken and underwent a radical mastectomy. This was a very difficult ordeal for her and the family. The year before her sister went through the same thing. For two women in the same family to endure such illness and heartache is tragic.

For any person to endure this disease is Tragic! And we have got to find a cure so we can end this senseless tragedy!  So please join us Today & Tomorrow in raising funds to end this senseless disease.

25% Off in ALL Stores!
Now is a perfect time to start that holiday shopping and know that your shopping dollars are also going towards something really important.

Use the following coupon codes:

ArtFire Studio - Most up to date. No need to be a member to shop.
http://www.artfire.com/users/goddessbath
Coupon Code: THINK-PINK

Valhalla Soap Company (Main Website)
http://www.valhallasoap.com
Coupon Code: THINK-PINK

Etsy Shop - Must be a member to shop. Discount given in the form of a Paypal refund.
http://www.etsy.com/store/valhallasoap
Type the words ' THINK-PINK ' in the customer comment box at check out. We will issue a refund via Paypal.

Thank you all for your generous spirits and your continued support and patronage.
We love you all!! You RAWK!!!

Blessed Be,
Matt & Donna

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Spokane Public Market.....A Dream Come True?


Today I sent in my "Intend to Vend" Form along with my Annual Membership Fee. What this means is that the Spokane Public Market (SMP) is indeed drawing closer to becoming a reality. The acquisition of the property at 22 West Second Street was officially signed Friday Oct 15th !! The SPM finally owns a building to house the many vendors that have been dreaming about this coming to fruition for almost 2 years.

It all started for us when vending at a local farmers market, a kind gentleman approached. He quietly looked over our setup and products and then asked a bit about us; where we lived, that sort of thing. Then he asked if we would be interested in vending at a full-time indoor market. My heart skipped a beat! Was he serious? We have dreamed for years of having a "store front" of sorts. However, the overhead these days is just, well, over our heads. And our goal when we started was to never go into debt via bank or small biz loans. A full-time, year round, indoor market place would be ideal in every way. It didn't take more than a few seconds for me to say, "Absolutely, we would be interested." So, he took down our contact information and said he would be in touch. I can't even tell you how excited we were. And are even more so now since Matt became disabled. Valhalla Farms will become a bigger part of our livelihood than ever before.

And then there was the waiting. And more waiting. But while we waiting, the powers that be were hard at work behind the scenes. Finding property, negotiating with the city, and all the legal stuff that goes into something as grand as this. It is NOT a small undertaking! To really get an idea of just how grand and wonderful this will be not only for the vendors, but for the entire Spokane community, hope on over to the Spokane Public Market website and have a look. See the vision for the Market, how it will benefit the community and the downtown area and YOU! See how you can get involved and support the Market. Sign up for the Mailing List for important updates and Become a Facebook Fan. And lastly, Spread the Word!! Tell you friends, you mother, your brother, your dog! EVERYONE!!!! 

The goal is to have the Spokane Public Market open to the public by mid spring of 2011. To do this, the Market needs support. Support in the way of publicity and fundraising are paramount at the moment. If you'd like to have access to an awesome market such as this in Spokane, I ask that you show your support in any way possible. And if you can swing a few bucks that would be fantastic! Even $10 helps the cause. And it's tax deductible.

Matt & myself thank you for your loyal support of us over the years. And we thank you in advance for your support of the Spokane Public Market. A cause that is very near & dear to our hearts.

See you at the Spokane Public Market!
Donna & Matt

Saturday, October 16, 2010

What the Heck Has Been Going On?

I suppose by now, many of our loyal, long time customers are scratching their heads and saying "what gives?" Wondering why the activity on our website has gone down. Why we haven't stayed on top of updating it. Why we haven't sent out any newsletters lately. Why we have been promoting our Etsy & ArtFire Shops? Well, this Blog Post is a bit overdue, but it will answer your questions.


After our last website update we ran into a few glitches with out main website. We worked hard with our host to correct those glitches and they assured us that everything was "good to go". Then we went down again. And again. Then we notices some security issues and worked on those with our host. Then when we would try to send newsletters we would get errors and they would send to only half of our newsletter list. Part of the reason for this blog post. We can't send out a newsletter. We have tried numerous times through numerous methods to resolve these issues. When we get one issue resolved, another crops up. Suffice to say, something is just "buggy" as hell.

In the meantime, we must use alternate venues to bring you our fabulous skin loving goodies *smile* Loving and caring for you all the way that we do, we would not want your skin to go into shock, or withdrawls from not getting it's daily fix of scrumptious Valhalla treats *grin* So, we have given you two alternate shopping options, because we like variety.

Shop for Valhalla Goodies at Goddess Bath on ArtFire.
Unlike Etsy, you do not need an ArtFire account to shop at ArtFire.

Shop for Valhalla Goddies at ValhallaSoap on Etsy.




Now on to yummier topics! WHIPPED CREAM SOAP! Have you tried it yet? If not then you MUST!!


We have small 2oz. Trial sizes available in either of our above listed stores for only $3.99. I just have to tell you that I'm ADDICTED, yes I said ADDICTED to this stuff!! I sware it's like crack, or what's that other hard to kick drug? Heroine? Whatever! I just know that it's like a freaking drug. I can't get enough of it. And we are getting the same feedback from customers who have already tried.



So don't miss out on the HIGH. Get your's today! I suggest the Sweet Pumpkin.....um delish!!


Until next time...
Love, Laughter & Lather! Lots and Lots of Lather ;-)
GW

5th Annual Black Cat Bash

Yesterday we participated in our first Pagan Packs Faire. These are unique events like I've never seen, but they are fun. They are held in the chat room at the Pagan Packs Forum. Vendors have signed up ahead of time and are offering crazy phenomenal deals usually accompanied by Free Stuff! Everyone visits, gets to know each other, tells jokes, gets a little punchy, lol. We play games for prizes donated by the vendors (we donated a variety pack worth over $20). Attendees bounce in and out of the chat room to shop the great deals offered by the vendors. The games are great fun. I won a round of Witchy Bingo and got a gorgeous Hand Panted Meditation Cloth as my prize. Plus there are two Raffle Give Aways. Though this is a unique event, it is loads of fun. And we will most likely participate as vendors again next month.


I've carried over the deal that we were offering for the event to last through out the weekend. Since I was lax in promoting the event. So if you'd like to partake of this great special, here are the details:

25% off in our ArtFire store (prices are already reduced).


Plus a Free 2 oz. Whipped Cream Soap with all orders over US $25.00


Or


A Free Roll-on Perfume with all orders over US $40.00.


AND


A Free Gift with every order! Includes Custom Listings!


http://www.artfire.com/users/goddessbath


This sale ends Sunday Oct. 17, 2010 at Midnight PST

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Treasuries Galore!!!

My oh my the past two months have been stellar for us when it comes to Etsy Treasuries! We went on and on forever without being featured in any and now we are enjoying the honor of some steady features in some very beautiful treasuries. So, I thought that I would share them with you here and let you see some of the amazing talent and handmade products available to you and just the click of your mouse!


AUGUST TREASURIES
Our Ambrosia Blue Handmade Natural Soap for Men was featured in this "Fresh And Lively" Treasury.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c6d74e796c68eef84d6b20a/fresh-and-lively#4c6d750f96c68eeff2e0b20a

Our ChamOats Handmade Herbal Glycerin Soap was featured in this "Great Etsian Collection of Glycerin Soaps".
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c719c0cfb0d6d9118ba1956/great-etsian-collections-of-glycerin

Our Best Selling Men's soap Thor's Thunder found a place in this great treasury titled "You are the Thunder and I am the Lightning".
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c75c0d55e828eef427ca2ee/you-are-the-thunder-and-i-am-the

SEPTEMBER TREASURIES
Our Handmade Goat Milk Soap was included in this beautiful "Delicious Scent Experiences" treasury.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c64a9bfed3e8eef2bafae7c/delicious-scent-experiences

And lastly a fun treasury of bath & body items titled "Scrub a dub dub" added our Hey Sugar, Sugar Soothing Oatmeal Milk Bath.
http://www.etsy.com/treasury/4c8706ea56b18eefb0879e1e/scrub-a-dub-dub

It has been tons of fun going through all these treasuries and clicking on my fellow artisans items to experience their shops. It is truely amazing the amount of stellar talent we have in the handmade industry. Please do the same and visit the shops of these fine artists. And if you find something that rocks your world (I just know that you will) please purchase it from them. Many of them count on these sales as their main source of income.

Blessed Be!

Monday, September 6, 2010

WOW Contest Sept 1 - 3rd - WINNER ANNOUNCED!!

The winner of last weeks WOW Contest Treasure Hunt is: Staci B. Congrats Staci, You've won a $25 Gift Certificate good towards anything in our Webstore at Valhalla Soap Company!! Below are the results from Random.org.

Here are the pages that all the graphics were found on:
Fall Leaves:
Falling Leaves Handmade Glycerin Soap
http://www.valhallasoap.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=38_4&products_id=321


Pair of Pumpkins:
Ancient Myrrh Handmade Natural Soap Glycerine & Shea 
http://www.valhallasoap.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=38_4&products_id=323

Pumpkins for Sale:
Gourmet Coffee Exfoliating Sugar Scrub
http://www.valhallasoap.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_40&products_id=27

Fall Trees:
Soy Tarts Fall/Winter/Holiday Category
http://www.valhallasoap.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=37_9&products_id=194

White Holiday Pilar Candle:
Wicked Candy Apple Whipped Cream Soap
http://www.valhallasoap.com/store/index.php?main_page=product_info&cPath=5_53&products_id=320

I'd also like to thank Heidi H. for participating in the WOW Treasure Hunt. And since there were only two contestants, Heidi will also receive a Gift Certificate for $15 towards any purchase from our Webstore at Valhalla Soap Company.

Thanks everyone for a fun game!!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

WOW Contest Sept 1 - 3rd

Our Whacked Out Wednesday Contest is a Treasure Hunt of sorts. I've hidden 5 Fall themed graphics on our website within the product pages. Your goal is to find all 5 Fall Graphics (seen below).

























 

Rules:

1). Find ALL 5 Fall Graphics hidden within the product pages at http://valhallasoap.com/

2). Send me a message on Facebook or email me at sales @ valhallasoap.com (remove the spaces), with the name of the products pages that you found the graphics on.

3). The Winner will be chosen Randomly from the First 10 Correct Entries. We will use Random.org

4). Contest Start NOW and ends at Midnight PST Friday Sept. 3rd. (Due to some confusion as to how the contest was played, we are extending the contest through the weekend. It will now end at Midnight PST on Sunday Sept. 5th)

5). Winner will be announced on our Facebook Fanpage and on our Blog on Monday, Sept. 6th.

PRIZE: Winner will receive a $25 Gift Certificate good towards anything of our website. Shipping NOT included.

BONUS: A special Viking cartoon graphic (seen below) has been added to one of our products on our Etsy page at http://www.etsy.com/shop/Valhallasoap . Find it for an extra Bonus Mystery Prize.




Ready......Set.....GO!!!




Wednesday, August 25, 2010

The 44 Pound Hammer!



A dear friend sent this video to me this morning. And while I'm not a huge country music fan (you wouldn't have guessed right? LOL), I give Bryan Glover kudos for having the courage to stand up for what he believes in. Even if it did cost him his job. Yes, that's right folks, Bryan was fired because of this song. Because of freedom of speech.

Now, everyone knows that I'm so NOT a Tea Party supporter of which I'm sure this song is birthed from. However, it really pisses me off that apparently now we American Citizens living in a country "supposedly" governed by the US Constitution can now be fired from our jobs for living according to that same constitution!! Which is exactly what this man did. He lived according to the rule of Free Speech grated u by that Constitution. And now it is called "political Incorrectness"?? WTF??!

As of yesterday, my credit union will no longer allow me to access my account online without "registering" my computer with their main computer. Excuse me!! WTF?! So according to them, it is a new mandatory security rule. To me, it is just another freedom relinquished. Another invasion of privacy mandated by our new government. Just exactly what kind and how much access does this registration give to my credit union? Or to be more exact, the Feds?

If ever we lived under a Stalinist Rule it is now folks!! The US has grown into a Fascist Pig obese from consumerism and corporate rule! Welcome to communist America. Oh! did I say that? You bet your ass I did! If you have a problem with it, take it up with #44!

Fascism, pronounced /ˈfæʃɪzəm/, is a radical and authoritarian nationalist political ideology. Fascists seek to organize a nation according to corporatist perspectives, values, and systems, including the political system and the economy.

As always, this is just my own personal opinion and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of my family, friends or co-workers. 
Blessed Be,
GW

Friday, August 20, 2010

The Bunny Factor

The Bunny Effect of The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010
At Valhalla Soap Co. we have always made it our mission to bring you safe, natural, quality products, while leaving the smallest impact on Mother Earth as possible. Along with that, we have been and will always be opposed to animal testing in any form. Why should a product made for humans, be tested on innocent animals? Many of you have been our testers at some point or another. I find it interesting that the government can sanction animal cruetly, torture and the like in the name of "testing". But the general public is arrested for lesser degrees of cruelty towards animals. What is the difference?? Cruelty is cruelty! Torture is torture!! It's dispicable and disgusting regardless of who the perpetrator is!!

That is why I was stunned when I had read that Anne-Marie of Brambleberry uncovered how the EU Initiative increased the number of animal tests, rather than what I thought the EU was committed to doing, which was decreasing the number of animal tests.







We have always strived to bring you Cruelty Free Products. However, the Safe Cosmetics Act of 2010 will force our industry into even more testing on animals than the EU Inititative has caused. Certified Vegan and Cruelty Free Cosmetics will become virtually non-existent if this bill is passed. And it will not make personal care cosmetics any safer for human topical use with the passage of HR 5786. THAT IS NOT ACCEPTABLE!!!

We urge you to please read the Bunny Factor (below) and then vote to Oppose The Safe Cosmetics Act with these action steps. The testing required by REACH is significantly less than what would be required here in America to comply with HR 5786.

The Bunny Factor
Source Anne-Marie Faiola

When the European Union passed REACH, the proponents of REACH legislation suggested that the testing would use 9 million laboratory animals and the ongoing costs for conducting the tests would amount to €1.3 billion. The study now published by Costanza Rovida and Thomas Hartung suggests that the testing required would involve 54 million vertebrate animals and that the costs would amount to €9.5 billion (20 times more animals and cost 6 times as much as previously stated). Animal testing is the most viable form of testing for many of the allergen, toxicity, reproductive health (etc.) issues that HR 5786 purports to protect against, yet the very bill that is requiring the testing is calling for a decrease in animal testing and in fact is requiring a testing method that is ‘superior in scientific quality’ to animal testing. Unless humans can be used, sadly bunnies and primates are still the ‘gold standard’ for safety substantiation of data.

• C. Rovida & T. Hartung: Re-evaluation of animal numbers and costs for in vivo tests to accomplish REACH legislation requirements for chemicals – a report by the Transatlantic Think Tank for Toxicology. ALTEX 26, 1/09.

• T. Hartung & C. Rovida: Chemical regulators have overreached. Opinion in Nature, vol. 460, 27 August 2009.

• Nwaogu, T. & Vernon, J; European Commission Directorate General Enterprise and Industry: Impact of European Regulation on the EU Cosmetics Industry September 2007

• Source: UK Department of Trade and Industry (2004): Final Regulatory.

• Frost & Sullivan: Active Ingredients – Key Drivers, Constraints and Challenges in the European Markets

**Original Blog post came from Essential U Blog. I've paraphrased, edited and added my own 2 cents :-)

Friday, August 13, 2010

The history behind Friday the 13th

Friday the 13th is widely considered the unluckiest day of the year. But why?


We all have a dose of friggatriskaidekaphobia - or the fear of Friday the 13th. People have for centuries. In fact, the original thought behind why the date is so unlucky can be traced back to 1700 B.C. The number 13 has always been regarded as doomed. The ancient Babylon's Code of Hammurabi omits the number 13 in its list of laws. Many tall buildings still to this day do not have a 13th floor.

The number is not the only thing with a negative connotation. Fridays, in general, have had a heavy cloud hanging over them for decades. Friday has been considered an unlucky day at least since the 14th century's The Canterbury Tales, and many other professions have regarded Friday as an unlucky day to undertake journeys or begin new projects. Black Friday has been associated with stock market crashes and other disasters since the 1800s.
What about the tie to Friday specifically? Another theory given by author Charles Panati, one of the leading authorities on the subject of "Origins," maintains that the superstition can be traced back to ancient myth. In Norse mythology, Friday is named for Frigga, the free-spirited goddess of love and fertility. When Norse and Germanic tribes converted to Christianity, Frigga was banished in shame to a mountaintop and labeled a witch. It was believed that every Friday, the spiteful goddess convened a meeting with eleven other witches, plus the devil — a gathering of thirteen — and plotted ill turns of fate for the coming week. For many centuries in Scandinavia, Friday was known as "Witches' Sabbath."

Another theory as to why Friday the 13th has a bad rap is due to a monastic military order in Jerusalem in 1307. The Knights Templar became extraordinarily powerful and wealthy with their order to protect Christian pilgrims during the Crusades. According to one expert, King Philip was threatened by that power and eager to acquire their wealth, so he secretly ordered the mass arrest of all the Knights Templar in France on Friday, October 13, 1307 - Friday the 13th.
Jesus also died on a Friday and there were 13 people at the Last Supper. That is not the only calamitous event in the Bible that occurred on a Friday. Eve offered a devilish apple to Adam on a Friday. The Great Flood started on a Friday. The confusion at the Tower of Babel also happened on a Friday.

A further theory goes back to a combination of Paganism, Christianity, and the Battle of Hastings. For many, the number 13 was considered a lucky number (such as 13 lunar cycles each year), but with the efforts of Christianity attempting to degrade all things Pagan, they promoted 13 as an unlucky number, with Friday thus also being considered a bad day of the week. However, on Friday the 13th of October 1066, the decision was made by King Harold II to go to battle on Saturday Oct. 14, rather than allow his troops a day of rest (despite his army having made a long and arduous march from a battle near York just 3 weeks earlier).
Thirteen is so unlucky, in fact, that in 1881 an organization called the Thirteen Club attempted to improve the number's reputation. At the first meeting, the members (all 13 of them) walked under ladders to enter a room covered with spilled salt. The club lasted for many years and grew to more than 400 members, including five U.S. Presidents: Chester Arthur, Grover Cleveland, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley and Theodore Roosevelt.

Here are other superstitions that many people observe:
•Don't walk under a ladder

•Don't let a black cat cross your path

•If you break a mirror, you'll have seven years bad luck

•Don't open an umbrella indoors

•Step on a crack and you'll break your mother's back

•It's bad luck to sing or sleep at the table

•A bird that comes in through a window is bad luck

•Don't refuse a kiss under mistletoe

•Don't chase someone with a broom

•Don't drop a dishcloth

•Only get out of bed on the same side that you got in bed

•Don't rock an empty rocking chair

•Don't wear an opal unless it's your birthstone

•Don't smell dandelions, otherwise you'll wet the bed

•Don't give someone a wallet without money in it
 
 
Source: http://www.woodtv.com/dpps/news/strange/the-history-behind-friday-the-13th_3544981

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WOW Contest Winner!

As promised, we have a winner for our first WOW (Whacked Out Wednesday) Contest which was held last Wednesday.

As you can see from the screen shot below from Random.Org, the Winner is Sian O'Brien (#1 on the list) with her whacked out "Call of the Wild" fragrance blend. Which really isn't whacked out at all with its earthy blend of Lavender & Cedar resting on a soft bed of Almond & Shea and sultry notes of Nag Champa & Ambergris. Wild indeed!! We are very anxious to get this blended and see how it performs in the new Limited Edition Products that Sian will be receiving FREE! The rest of you won't want to miss out on this fabulous Limited Time Edition of "Call of the Wild". We will be in production with it for a few weeks, but will alert you all ASAP when it is on the website and ready for purchase.




If anyone has any ideas for another fun WOW game for this week please send them in. You can email us or post it to our Facebook page. Or leave a comment here on our blog. We would LOVE to hear your ideas for any kind of fun games/contests for our Whacked Out Wednesdays!

Oh! And I almost forgot, for the rest of you that played our fun little WOW game, there will be consolation prizes for you all as well. Thanks for participating and making it so much fun!!

Blessed Be,
Donna (GW)

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

New Contest! Whacked Out Wednesdays!! Starts TODAY!!

We've been doing some chatting and came up with what we thought might be a fun little contest/game to play on Wednesdays. Here's how it works:


Whacked Out Wednesdays -
Our Role:

Every Wed. morning we will randomly pick 12 fragrance and/or essential oils from our inventory using Random.org. We will then list them and their descriptions on our Facebook Fan page and our Blog.

Your Role:

1.) Players are to chose 4 (exactly, no more, no less) options from the list.

2.) Formulate a new scent from their choices. For example:

3 parts Ambergris
2 parts Lime
1 part Bay Rum
1 part Ocean

3.) Give your new scent a name.

4). Email us ( sales at valhallasoap dot com ) or message us here on Facebook the formula (recipe) for your new scent and the name you chose for it.

**All entries will be due every Friday at 5:00 pm PST. A winner will be chosen at random using Random.org and announced on the following Manic Monday.

The winning scent will be made into a Limited Edition Gift Set (soap, lotion (4 oz), bath bomb). The winner will receive (1) FREE Limited Edition Gift Set.

We think it will be great fun to see all the Whacked Out Wild & Crazy Scent blends that everyone comes up with, lol. So put on your Mad Scientist coats and get to formulating. Happy mixing!!

This weeks list of 12 random scents and thier descriptions are listed below.

1.Iced Gingerbread - fresh baked gingerbread cookie fragrance with the creamy sweet white icing notes.

2.Ethiopian Myrrh - Ethiopian Myrrh is warm, rich, and spicy. Soothing and calming with its slighly balsamic undertones giving depth and balance to this aromatic fragrance oil. A great blender with other fragrance oils such as Roses, Honey, or Neroli.

3.Coffee Caramel - sweet caramel notes swirl around rich roasted coffee notes with a frothy top. Vanilla and milk add creamy smoothness, enhancing this sweet fragrance.

4.Coconut Lime Verbena - a citrus bouquet with its soft floral undertone on a background of musk and sandalwood

5.Ocean - Cool, clean, ocean air.

6.Lemon Verbena - citrus and flowery springtime all at once. Lemon Verbena is fresh and sharp, but beautifully balanced with crisp herbal notes. A bright clean, bodacious lemon scent.

7.Neroli Blossom - a haunting floral scent of fragrant white orange blossoms, velvety magnolia and just a hint of white musk.

8.Lavender & Cedar - Floral-woody top notes of lavender essential oil open the fragrance, along with natural oils of cedarleaf and rosemary.

9.Black Raspberry Vanilla - blend of fruity notes (including: raspberry, peach, lemon and strawberry) on a bed of florals, with a musk bottom note

10.Almond & Shea - mild notes of almond and botanicals with just a hint of vanilla.

11.Nag Champa - An oriental bouquet of Musk and Patchouli with the sweetness of Sandalwood and Rose on an Orange Blossom background.

12.Ambergris - Deep, rich and exotic. A very heavy, warm, musky scent. A great blender for floral scents.


GOOD LUCK!!

Friday, July 30, 2010

Confirmation is Awesome!

It's always awesome when something comes around to confirm to you that you did the right thing, made the right choice, took that right step. Today was one of those days!

About a month ago, with knees knocking, I humbly walked into a local organic market with product in hand. See this market had asked me over a year ago to bring my products in. They repeated told me how much they loved my products and that customers were asking for them. I had sold previously at their weekly farmer's market. But the idea of putting my products into a store that I had such high respect for sent me into a frenzy of fear and self sabatoge. Add to it that I was laid up for month from a very traumatic surgery. But the truth is that it was mostly the fear and self sabatoge. How could my products possibly "hold their own" and find favor amoung some of the areas most well respected organic icons?

Today I as I was labeling more soaps to take into this awesome store and thinking to myself, "what on earth are they going to do with more soap?" what should arrive in the mail? A check!! My first check from this store!! Imagine my shock. It was the last thing in the world that I was expecting! I was so overjoyed and still am. You see, it proves to me that folks in this area DO want my natural products. The ones that DON'T have scents like you find at Bath & Body Works. the ones that are a little bit more pricey due to the organic ingredients and high quality essential oils that go into them.

This have given me new strength, a new vision, to continue in the vien of a more natural product. What my heart has been screaming for all along. To work with more essential oils! I'm glad that I listen to my intuition and took that fearful step that day a month ago. Because confirmation can be awesome. But it can also be a wonderful beacon to light your way!

Blessed Be!
GW

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

HR 5786 - Hidden Agenda?

A dear friend brought my attention to a video he thought I might be interested in today. As I watched, I could not quite figure out just why he sent it, knowing where I stand on the use of toxic chemicals and the FDA's corruptive ways of getting products approved for use by humans. 

As I watched I was pretty much on the womans side about how bad and toxic the ingredients were and how corrupt the FDA was until the end of the video when she started plugging for HR 5786. I have to give kudos though. She does a great job FOR the feds and the FDA just by appearing to be against them. And the man does just as great job FOR the FDA by attempting to prove that none of the toxic chemical used in OTC cosmetics are dangerous at all.

If the average consumer, not educated in petro-chemicals, preservatives, emulsifiers, sulfides, etc. were to watch this video, they would be left SO completely confused that they mostly likely would go away from the stores not knowing what to do. Which is precicely the intent. To remove the focus from the really glaring negative points of HR 5786. Which can be found HERE.  What a nasty ugly campaign this is.

Last year the feds inacted a similar reading bill that attacked the small businesses that make toys and childrens clothing. Vurtually shutting down hundreds of small mom and pop businesses. Completely erradicating the only source of income for many. Adding even further to our already stressed ecomony.

We; the Cosmetic Formulators that you have come to know. Whose products you have come to love, postponed the the feds from enacting as similar bill that would do the same to us. Remove YOUR freedom to chose which kinds of cosmetics, soaps, lotions, etc. that you buy and WHO you buy them from. Now they are busy back at work with HR 5786 working to shut us down.

And it won't stop here folks. They will continue until they have shut down every small business and cottage industry in the nation. If you own a small business, it could be YOU on the chopping block next year! 

It's about more than safe cosmetics. That is a smoke and mirrors game! It is SO much deeper! It's about the rights and freedoms to free enterprise for the small/micro entreprenuer. It's about your freedom of choice. It's about your rights. Your right to chose products made in the USA. It's about our rights afforded us by the constitution of this United States of America that our fore Fathers fought for. Maybe even your own great-great-great Grand-father. Fighting for the right to keep and work his land. Like the farmers today must do just to grow non-GMO crops! But that is a blog post for another day.

Please stand up for your right to chose! Share this with your friends and encourage them to sign this petition.

Go Here to sign Petition:

http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/oppose-hr-5786-safe-cosmetics-act-of-2010/

Blessed Be!
GW

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Bath Bombs Question

QUESTION: We now have Bath Bombs available. They are shaped like a very large Tablet. We can make them in Medium (2" in dia. x 1.5" tall & 3.5 oz), or large (2" in dia. x 2.25" tall & appox. 5 oz).


Do you like this shape? Or do you prefer the Large Round ones?

Many have said that they prefer round ones because they like to watch them dance around in the water. However, we have tested this shape and find that they also dance around on top of the water.

Or are you the person that says "as long as they are awesome it doesn't matter".  We would love to hear your feedback on this. Please leave a comment for us.


CLICK HERE to see our Bath Bombs.

Monday, July 19, 2010

A Shiny New Look!!


We are very happy to announce the unveiling of our bright and shiny New Web Site! We are very excited about our new look and invite you to take part in our New Web Site Celabration by saving 15% on all web site orders this week (through Sunday July 25th).

Just enter coupon code SHINY at checkout.

In addition we've added lots of new products in the past two weeks. So if you haven't visited lately, stop by and see What's New. Like this great new earthy bar in our Men's Collection. Or this fantastic morning wake up bar in our Valhalla Naturals Line. Those are just a few of the new items added in the past few weeks. Be sure to check them all out. And don't forget to pick up one of these while your there.
Black Raspberry Vanilla Fizz Bang! Bath Bomb

Monday, May 31, 2010

Dark As A Dungeon

A friend of mine's husband put together an incredibly moving video that I feel is very poignant on this Memorial Day.
I know that there is allot of emphasis put on military personnel during Memorial Day and rightfully so. But this year, I encouraged folks to also remember the Blue Collar Worker. The man and woman that has no choice but to toil away the days and nights in a factory under less than desirable conditions and often times less than safe.

Without these ever faithful workers, the white collar man could not read his Wall Street Journal everyday, we moms would not be able to drive our children to school everyday, and some would not be able to heat their homes on those cold winter nights.

So tonight would you please take a moment to watch this amazing video. If it moves you, please rate it. And also take a moment of silence to remember those who have lost life and limb at their jobs while serving the "Man on the Hill", and You.

Happy Memorial Day.

Friday, May 28, 2010

Memorial Day Sale at Valhalla Soap Company - Save 20%

Happy Memorial Day!!

First and foremost let me say THANK YOU!! to all of our military that have gone before and that are presently serving and sacrificing for our country. You are loved and appreciated, honored and respected. You are my Heros!
Happy Memorial Day to you and your Families!

I trust that everyone else has there own plans for this Memorial Weekend. Be it visiting loved ones, camping, boating, bbq'ing, or spending time at home with the family. All of us at Valhalla Soap Company wish you a fun, memorable and safe holiday.

We hope that you will find a moment to check out the new items we've stocked and take part in our Memorial Day Sale* and save 20% off your entire purchase. Everything throught our website is 20% Off. Just use Coupon Code MEM10-20 at Check Out.

Have a great weekend and be safe!
Blessed Be!


*Sale begins May 28, 2010 & Ends at Midnight May 30, 2010

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Pour Some Sugar On Me Handmade Soap

As Promised, here are some pics of yesterdays batch of the LUSH Dupe HIWTK. I call it Pour Some Sugar on Me. And I'm telling you, if I did not know for a fact that this was a dupe, I would not be able to tell the difference. It smell dead on!! And HIWTK is my all time favorite LUSH scent so you can't fool me when it comes to this particular scent.


Pour Some Sugar On Me



Hey! Sugar, Sugar!!
I had a hard time getting any decent photos for this one because it's rainning today and I've been taking most of my shots outside. So, my creativity for this set up was on the pitiful side, lol.

Because this particular soap and scent are in such high demand, we're going to go ahead and make this soap available right away for our Memorial Day Sale starting Friday. It is very much safe to use, but still needs some time (about 8 more days) for some more water to evaporate out of it. That gives you a much harder, longer lasting bar.

You can find this lovely handmade soap for purchase up on the Valhalla Soap Company website HERE. Just remember that when you receive it, unwrap it and let it set in a cool (not cold) dry place for another 5-10 days before using it.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Whats New in the Valhalla Soap Company Work Shop?

Ambrosia Blue
Dark vanilla blended with intoxicating cedar and tonka bean.
Ambrosia Blue is our version of Aquolina's Blue Sugar for Men. 

Caramel Latte' Handmade Soap

Skin loving olive oil, moisturizing cocoa butter, therapudic

wheat germ oil and shea oil. With the mild scubbiness of organic fair trade ground coffee on the bottom. This luxury soap will be available by the end of next week.

"Fruit Bomb" Whipped Soap that Floats

Just like a popular commercial brand but much kinder to your skin.
Lavender Goat's Milk Handmade Soap

Skin soothing goat's milk, moisturizing cocoa butter, therapudic

wheat germ oil. This 100% Natual Soap will be available by the end of this week.

Pour Some Sugar on Me

In the oven cooling as I type. I will update with pictures tomorrow.
Pour Some Sugar on Me is our version of LUSH's Honey I Washed the Kids. It will be ready 10 days from now.
In the meantime, be sure to check out our lucious matching Whipped Body Butter.



Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Since When Does NO TRESPASSING not apply?

We filled out our census. Didn't want to, but there was that whole "punishable by law" statement emblazoned on the envelope. Damn government strong arm bully tactics!! We answered the questions we felt were important and left the others blank. We just didn't feel like the majority of questions were any of their damn business! We mailed it in. A long time ago in fact. Okay, glad to have that over with.

So today, a strange as in unfamiliar blue SUV come down our driveway. Which is some distance off the main road mind you. And posted at the top with several No Trespassing signs. Of which they obviously ignored. THIS irritated me to no end. And I had no problem with expressing the this woman my irritation that she had just trespassed on private property. She said she was an Official Census Taker. That they had not received our census form (which I'm sure is a bunch of B.S.) and that No Trespass signs don't apply to "official government employees. Excuse me!! What makes a freaking census taker so "official", so "governmental". It's not like she was the freaking FBI. Or ATF!!! She was just an average ordinary Jane standing in the unemployment line who got a job going door to door filling out census forms invading everyones privacy!! Hell, we don't even know what her background is. She is a stranger, coming onto MY property. THAT is Trespassing!

She insisted that we answer the questions verbally & she would fill in the form. For all the good it did her. We still refused to answer the same questions as before. So she had to mark the rest of the questions "refused".

I expect a higher ranking census "official" to show up next. This time the driveway cable will be across the driveway & padlocked!! We'll see if THAT applies to them! GRR!!

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Drinking My Breakfast

This is day 2 of drinking my breakfast.
The doctor told my hubby to loose 50 lbs in the next 6 months. He has a bad knee due to a work related injury. Doc wants to take some of the wieght off of it. So, I'm trying to walk this new diet path (lifestyle change) along side my hubby to support and encourage him.

If your interested, here is our breakfast:

4 oz Organic Soy Milk
6 oz Organc Plain Yogurt
1 Scoop (28 gr) Soy or Whey Protein Powder (make sure it is a brand with NO SUGAR)
1 tsp. Wheat Germ
1 tsp. Flax Seed Meal
1 Handful Frozen Mixed Fruit

I place all of this in the large blender container for my Magic Bullet and blend until smooth. However a regular blender works great too. I personally think that this is quite a tasty smoothie. But I've done this sort of thing in the past when I wanted to loose a few pounds. Hubby on the other hand is not as impressed, but still sticking to it :)

To Your Health!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Earth Day Special

Happy Earth Day!!

Today thru Sunday Only!!

All orders over $50.00 receive a $10 Off !!
Good towards Anything in our Home Fragrance Department.


 
Your choice of Environmentally Sustainable Soy Candles and Tarts. Also included in this promotion are our adorable Tart Warmers.

Use Coupon Code: LOVE-MOTHER-EARTH at Check Out.

 

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

I'm Finally Satified.....I think....Maybe....

Yes!
I have changed my blog layout AGAIN! I know, I know. Your probably all sick and tire and tired and sick of coming here only to find yet ANOTHER, whacked out layout with elements all screwed up because they aren't compatible with the new layout. But Hey! It's a girl prerogative to change her mind right? Ok, maybe not so much!

the good news is that I think I've finally found a layout that I'm happy with. It's nice and simple with clean lines. Which is SO not me. However, it does appeal to a certain OCD part of me, lol.

So, I think after about 2 hours of fiddling with I've gotten all the bugs worked out and I'm going to keep it......for now ;-)

New Bath Treats Available


Mixed Fruit Tsunami is mixed up melle' of tropical fruits, hand blended in house. Citrus, mango, starfruit, watermelon, plum, and strawberry to name a few. We've added a helping of skin soothing tropical coconut milk to finish off this delightful bath bomb.


Frolick in a tub full of fun, frothy, silky bubbles. Linger in the silky, soothing water as your skin soaks up the yummy goodness of pure unrefined cocoa butter. All the ingredients in these decadent delights disolve nicely in the water to create a soothing spa of softness for your skin! Each 2 oz cookie will last for two bath by break it in half and using one half per bath. Or use the entire cookie for a really luxurious experience.



Keep a close watch as we will be adding more of these fun Bath Treats in different "flavors" to our website soon. And as always, thank you for your support and continued patronage. We adore you all!!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Price Reductions

I'm happy to be able to share with you that we've been able to reduce the price of a few products after finding a better resource for raw ingredients.
Our Botanical Body Butters have been reduced by almost 50%! These are emulsified butters, not the oil only butters. They glide on like a very heavy cream and they soak in relatively fast leaving no greasy feeling behind. They are fabulous and you really don't want to miss at least trying one. I promise your skin will love you for it :)

And our Sea Witch Foaming Scrub has been reduced by $2.00. Keep an eye on this one as it could drop in price even more as we continue to look at the costs on this particular product.
And just as a side note, our Sea Witch scrub was featured in an Etsy Treasury this morning. As were many other very talented Eastern Washington Street Team members. Please check out the treasury, and show them some love by clicking the photos to visit each shop :)

Sorry, the treasury has expired. But thank you for visiting my blog :)