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...

Behind the scenes at Amani Soaps + a lesson in physics

My soap is made with a combination of liquid oils (olive oil, avocado oil, and castor oil) as well as solid oils/butt...

Love is in the air...and the sink! Creating a custom wedding favor soap

A few months ago I was contacted through my Facebook page by a woman who had the coolest idea for her wedding: a trea...

Kifli (traditional Slovak Christmas cookie)

I think every family has a traditional holiday dessert or cookie. If I did not make these, there surely would be a mu...

Roasted Root Vegetables

Here is our often requested recipe for roasted root vegetables. It's a great Thanksgiving side dish. Truthfully, ther...
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