Spring is in full swing! Last week temperatures in Bellingham hit the high 70s, which is a delightful treat for a city that has a reputation for being one of the rainiest in all of Washington state. April showers definitely bring May flowers, and we’re also smack dab in the middle of floral-fueled promotion. It features lots of light scents, rose water, delicate colors and of course, specials deals and promotions. We’re releasing special deals next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Follow us on social media and subscribe to the newsletter to not miss anything.
Annnnd, speaking of social media, take a look at my favorite social media goodies from the past two weeks:
From top left, clockwise:
- I love all things citrus, but I tend to forget about the greatness of blood oranges. They’re somewhat uncommon in grocery stores, but I might make an effort to find them for this delicious looking Kale and Blood Orange Salad. Kale and oranges — my two favorite things!
- The ombre trend continues, and I for one am not complaining! The votives by themselves are cute enough, but adding a little ombre spray paint make them even better.
- I’m always on the hunt for fun spring nail polish colors, and this Lavender polish from RGB is just gorgeous. It’s a soft and subtle color that still makes a statement.
- This lovely assortment of soaps is from James at London Suds. I never get tired of seeing beautiful swirls, and he does them exceptionally well.
- The name of this Almond Joy Smoothie is just about the only thing it shares in common with the famous candy bar. Packed with chia seeds, tofu and protein powder, this is a treat that packs a nutrient-filled punch.
If you ever need to throw together a quick batch of oils, a simple 33/33/33 will do the trick: 33% Palm Oil, 33% Coconut Oil, 33% Olive Oil (yes, I know that doesn’t add up to 100. Add 1% to one of the oils. But you get my drift, right?). This video was taken during the live Soap Crafting session in April. The next live Soap Crafting question and answer session for class participants is Wednesday, May 14 at noon.
- We all know social media is valuable, but there is endless conversation, theories and arguments about exactly how valuable. This infographic from Shopify breaks it down in terms of which social media outlets drive the most sales. Perhaps not surprisingly, Facebook takes the cake.
- If you’re curious about the ‘#BringBackOurGirls’ hashtag on Twitter and other social media outlets like I was, here is a great explanation about what’s going on. On April 15, a Muslim group called Boko Haram kidnapped more than 200 girls from a Nigerian boarding school to be auctioned off as “wives” of militants. The U.S. has pledged support to help find the girls.
- You’d be surprised how easy it is to make your own ketchup. All it takes is a little garlic, peppers, tomatoes, yeast and vinegar. Jamisen and I experimented with it earlier this week and it turned out wonderfully. It’s lacto-fermented. We’re trying mustard tomorrow!
Have a great weekend! To keep up with the latest soapy social media throughout the week, you can follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, Instagram, Pinterest, Vine and YouTube.
I’m with you on kale as a favorite thing.
It’s such a versatile green. The leaves work great raw as an addition in salads. Plus you can saute them or just cook them to death like people do turnip greens and mustard greens around here.
The plants are very long-lived here in the South. We plant them in September and they usually survive the winters, even with low temps in the teens, and keep doing well on into May when the plants bolt in the heat.
Kale is very valuable and fun to eat.
I love kale as well! You’re so right, you can prepare it so many ways, and all of them are very tasty! That’s awesome that it is able to survive cold winters 🙂
-Amanda with Bramble Berry
I think whole food stores have all the good stuff, check for Blood Oranges in there. Happy hunting, have a beautiful Mothers Day!!!
Oh that’s a good idea, I wish that Bellingham had a Whole Foods! Although maybe it’s a good thing, I would spend a lot of money there, haha 🙂
-Amanda with Bramble Berry