Sunday, January 18, 2009

OUR TIME IN HAWAII (OAHU)

SOAP FACTORY





SOME SCENIC PHOTOS





MY LITTLE TRIBE



THE FAMOUS HAWAIIN RAINBOW



GEKO'S, CRABS, OH MY!





MY HUBBY'S POLYNESIAN TATTOO WITH KEONE NUNES




DOLPHIN RIDING




BYODO-IN BUDDHIST TEMPLE




HAWAIIAN SUNSET




MACADAMIA NUT FARM




Saturday, January 17, 2009

BACK FROM OAHU!!

As expected, we had an absolutely glorious time on the island. When we arrived it was a bit cloudy and rainy but through the rain there was sunshine and the best part... lots of warmth. I missed the 27 below zero temps we reached here in Minnesota (THANKFULLY!). Didn't manage to connect with the Oils of Aloha people but that didn't stop me from buying their wonderful products. So for those of you who have not tried their kukui nut oil I am having my first blog giveaway. I did manage to slip in a Soap Factory tour and so I will be adding one of their products to the blog giveaway, a lipbalm and wooden turtle. The lipbalm is made with both kukui and macadamia nut oils. Another great place on the island is Island Soap & Candle Works. I arrived as they were setting some of their soaps out to cure and it smelled so wonderful so I picked up the pikake scented soap with matching scented candle. For those of you who have not used pikake fragrance in your products, it is a must!

BTW/I learned a little something about Kukui while on Oahu. If you apply it before going into the sun and after being in the sun, you don't burn, at least I didn't and I'm fair skinned. My husband didn't apply it beforehand but did immediately after his upper shoulders and back burned and he said that the kukui kept his back from feeling like it was on fire and it also turned the burn to tan quite fast. Another plus... NO PEELING!

I will post the blog giveaway midweek. I still need to clear space on my digital camera for product photos and of course... I can't post the blog giveaway without first showing some pictures of my trip.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

HEADING OUT FOR A MUCH NEEDED VACATION

The family and I are headed out of town for a 14 day vacation. We will be visiting the island of Oahu. We are very much looking forward to it. The last couple times we visited the island I had intended to visit the THE SOAP FACTORY. A family set up shop in an old historic sugar mill and have a very successful soapmaking business on the island. I've passed by but never stopped for a tour and this year I do not intend to miss it. I have lots of goodies in mind that I'd like to buy and hopefully they will let me take pictures.

Years ago, while vacationing, I asked a native Hawaiian woman why all the ladies on the island had such beautiful skin, she told me that it was customary for mothers to bathe their babies in kukui nut oil and that it was continually used throughout their lives and excellent to use after being out in the sun because it prevented aging. After asking 1000 questions about kukui I was eventually invited to visit the Oils of Aloha location. I had an address and a phone number but couldn't manage to find it. This year I'd also like to include them in some of my site seeing. I know they don't allow for the purchase of Kukui oil directly but their product is plentiful all over the island. I can honestly say this, I've tried kukui nut oil from several soap supply companies and the oil sold by Oils of Aloha is by far the BEST.

Hawaii is a dream for anyone who makes their own body products because there are natural soaps, lotions, perfumes, etc... EVERYWHERE. Last time I was there I needed a separate suitcase for all that I brought back. LOL! I'm sure I'll have lots of products to talk about when I get home and I'm also planning on doing my first BLOG GIVEAWAY :)

Aloha &
Hau`oli makahiki hou

Saturday, December 27, 2008

MY NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

1. I promise not to wake up before 11 am.
2. I promise not to work out more than 1x a week.
3. I promise not to avoid chocolate.
4. I promise not to skip a snickers cooler each day from caribou.
5. I promise only to walk the dog if she barks uncontrollably and whines a little.
6. I promise to be extra late dropping my kids at school so I can sleep later.
7. I promise to spend extra money on soapmaking supplies and cardmaking supplies.
8. I promise not to give my husband too much alone time.
9. I promise to eat out and not cook at least 4x's a week.
10. I promise to give my kids unhealthy food daily.
11. I promise to do laundry only once a month
12. I promise to clean house every six months.
13. I promise not to read or write too much.
14. I promise not to help my kids with homework.
15. I promise not to have long talks with my children when they have inquisitive questions about life.

Now at least if I break one of these I won't feel guilty :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

RECENT UPDATE ON PHTHALATES & MORE!!

The Environmental Working Group "Skin Deep" Cosmetic Safety has released a new report on the use of phthalates, plus a safe cosmetics party kit.

CLICK HERE TO READ ARTICLE This is a pdf so you will need ADOBE to read

CLICK HERE FOR HOUSE PARTY INFO
CLICK HERE FOR PARTY KIT

Monday, December 8, 2008



The soap swap has been postponed until after the holidays. If you would like to participate please check out the details here > CLICK HERE