All of the snow has melted in Bellingham. It’s (finally) starting to feel like spring has sprung! The whole family took a quick trip to Hawaii with my parents for a little surf and sand. It was wonderful to enjoy the sun rays and sand. Back at the office, we are busy clearing room for the latest round of Soap Swaps. There are a record breaking number of soapers (205, to be exact) participating this year. If you couldn’t get in on this round of swapping fun, keep your eyes on the blog because you can bet we’ll announce another swap soon.
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- Oatmeal is a staple breakfast food, and this baked blueberry oatmeal crisp makes it easy to take on the go. This recipe is simple, quick and can adapt to suit anyone’s taste.
- Striped soap designs are always eye-catching, but this soap from Pipestone Soap stands above the rest. So many clean, beautiful layers and a wonderful color palette make these bars great sources of inspiration.
- Green beans aren’t just a side dish for a meatloaf and potato dinner. Oven bake a few and add some spices and you’ve got a healthy snack too.
- These Coconut Coffee Scrub Cubes are a simple bath & body project. Combine coconut oil and coffee grounds and pour into something like the Round Silicone Mold for a skin-loving treat.
When it comes to cleaning off soda ash quickly and easily, a steamer really is a soaper’s best friend. It’s even effective for soaps with delicate tops, such as this mica topped black & white cold process soap. To achieve the embellished top, mix 1 teaspoon of mica with 1 tablespoon of liquid oil and delicately pour it over the raw soap. Use a chopstick or dowel to swirl the mica on top of the soap.
New tool time: this project demonstrates the Multi-Pour Sectioning Tool, which easily divides the 5 lb. Wood Log Mold into 3 or 4 sections for a variety of soaping designs. It’s great for mantra and Taiwan swirl designs.
- This is the ultimate quick guide filled with social media tips. Try adding fun symbols to tweets, creative emoticons to Facebook updates and formatting photos and text for maximum eye-catchiness.
- Lipstick wearers everywhere, this is something to think about: lipstick is one cosmetic known for containing lead. The Beauty Brains blog breaks down how harmful lead in lipstick can actually be. Their verdict? You’d need to eat 15 full tubes of lipstick in a single day to raise your blood lead level to dangerous concentrations.
- A good quote to keep in mind on your Saturday afternoon. Always seek opportunistic situations and if they aren’t there, make them for yourself =)
Happy weekend! =)