World's Greatest Pie

Pecan Pumpkin Pie This pie is insanely good. And easy too. Do not leave out the orange zest. Credit to AllRecipes.co...

Tips for handmade soap

People frequently ask me about the best way to get the most life out of their handmade soap. In the interest of folks...

Wick Tips for Candles

Wick Tips for Candles To get the best performance from your wood wick candle, be sure to trim the wick after every us...

Ingredient Spotlight: Castor Oil

Castor oil is a common ingredient in most handcrafted soaps. It is pressed from the seed of the castor plant (Ricinus...

A Mediocre Life

Recently, I read the article "What if All I Want is a Mediocre Life?" at No Side Bar, a website dedicated to living a...

What's for Dinner Wednesday?

I've said many times that one of the most annoying chores I face on a regular basis is figuring out what to make for ...

Fun Project Idea: DIY Sugar Cube Scrub

One of the suppliers I work with sent this really easy tutorial for a sugar cube scrub. This would be a fun project w...

Behind the scenes at Amani

Having your own soap making business might seem like fun, especially making beautiful swirly soaps, but the truth is ...

Sneak peek of Amani's rebrand

I have been working for months with a design team to create a new logo and packaging. Lesson #1--it will take twice a...

Pisto: Spanish Ratatouille

We had a wonderful Spanish college student stay with us for three months this spring. The whole family loves her; she...

Fast Company Article: Four Daily Habits That Will Make You Happier

I love Fast Company magazine. It is so much more than a business magazine. If you don't have a subscription, you can ...

5 DIY Gift Basket Tips and Tricks

Recently I stopped carrying gift baskets on my store because they were cost prohibitive to ship. It was a difficult d...
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