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)

Traditional Slovakian Christmas cookies. Very easy and pretty much addictive.

Roasted Root Vegetables

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

Upcycling ideas

I am a big fan of repurposing old items into something new (my office desk), pretty and useful, especially if it keep...

Too much Stuff? Eleven Great Ideas for Experiential Holiday Gifts

Recently, I was feeling frustrated by the clutter in my home and how it made me feel overwhelmed, suffocated, frustra...

My office transformation

Have I mentioned I am disorganized? Illustrative example: I just filed my taxes. In September. One reason, ok excuse,...

It's back to school season!

It feels like the beginning of the school year is a logical time to introduce some much-needed order into my otherwis...

Understanding Soap Making

Soap is a bit like curry. Sure you can buy straight yellow curry powder but most chefs will tell you that the very be...

The trouble with short cuts

I've been making soap a long time. Thirteen or fourteen years to be not very precise. I can't remember exactly becaus...
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