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Blog-keeping

Just a few notes today:

1. I’m working on my website, https://subearthancottage.com. You can find my about page, blog and shop all in one place. Currently the shop is still through Etsy, so you need an Etsy account to shop there. If you have problems or concerns with that, please contact me so I can help you out.

2. Please, subscribe to my newsletter. I hate clogged inboxes as much as everyone else, so I send emails very sparingly. When I do, there’s usually a sale or coupon for my shop involved. Sign ups are to the right on Blogger and bottom on my website.

3. Usually when people talk about no-poo, they’re referring to the baking soda and acv variety. I finally found someone who goes the natural bar soap route like I do. Here’s her method:
http://dontwastethecrumbs.com/2016/04/how-to-wash-your-hair-without-shampoo/. She has more awesome information for frugal, healthy living, so I encourage you to browse around.

4. In case you haven’t seen my take on soap as shampoo, here it is: https://subearthancottage.com/2012/11/shampoo-bar-101-revisited.html. I totally forgot about taking a break from it after B was born. Apparently that’s normal for me, because I’ve done it again since Thadd was born and now I’m paying the price. At least I know the transition period doesn’t last forever and I’ll be able to ditch the pony tail soon. Not that I’m going to want to. Summers are HOT!

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Back.

After successfully posting something every day in November, I gave myself a long weekend, lol. December tends to be busy, so I’m being a little less ambitious with a 2-3 times a week goal.

Random news: Beckett is fine. The weirdness in the first blood test was totally gone in the second one other than the slight anemia. So yay! I’m on the fence again about giving an iron supplement because he’s in the range where it depends on who you ask whether he really needs it. Plus the only infant supplement I can find is the Poly-Vi-Sol smells like vomit made by Enfamil crap. Even Mr. Everything Goes in My Mouth seals his lips the second I open the bottle because it’s that bad. His doctor did suggest that I see if I can get some of the flavoring stuff from a pharmacy to mask it. Really, though, it seems like there should be a better way to go about it.

Beckett claps now, and will clap for almost anything, except when I have the video camera running. He also started doing the Itsy Bitsy Spider last night.

Finnian is supposed to be reading at a level 8 by Christmas and a level 18 by the end of the year in order to be promoted to second grade. The teacher sent out reading progress reports with their second six weeks report card. Finnian is already reading at a level 18. ­čÖé

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Fun with Shiner: Shiner Bock Beer Soap

I finally made a batch of Shiner Bock Beer Soap last night. I love making beer soap. It goes together beautifully. It’s uncomplicated. It traces quickly, but not too quickly. It cooks up exactly the way soap is supposed to cook. If I were going to teach a soap making class, it’s the soap recipe I would use.

Beer Soap Cooking
Beer Soap Cooking
Pretty soap waves.

My hot process soap takes about a week to cure. Look for more Beer Soap at SubEarthan Cottage at the end of next week. It makes a great gift, especially for men. It is my most popular soap, so expect it to go fast.

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Jasmine Incense Handmade Soap

I love using handmade soap as shampoo. If you’ve never tried or even considered it, you might be interested in reading my Shampoo Bar 101. I’m running low on my preferred Shiner Bock Beer soap, so I decided to try my new Jasmine Incense soap instead. It left my hair just as soft and fluffy as the beer soap. I did use some conditioner on the ends because my hair is about to the middle of my back and I’m hoping to let it grow even longer.

For more information on my Jasmine Incense soap, visit https://www.etsy.com/listing/76387907/jasmine-incense-scented-handmade-soap

Jasmine Incense Soap

 

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~my early morning~ by twirlaway on Etsy

~my early morning~ by twirlaway on Etsy

‘~my early morning~’ by twirlaway

Enjoy!


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