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  • Tina




Yesterday, my bib overall wearing buddy and I traveled to Columbiana, OH. Columbiana is the small town where the big Shaker Woods Festival is held. To say we are excited about The Shaker Woods Festival is an understatement. My bean ditched us and decided to go with GramBarb because she was offered an opportunity to swim. If I were thirteen, I would also dump us to go swimming. This gave my bib overall wearing wonder buns and me a very rare extended amount of alone time. Eric often teases and says we don’t know what to do when The Bean isn’t around to act as a buffer, but we enjoyed our day together.


The drive to Columbiana, OH, is easy and lovely. We travel Route 422 most of the way. The drive is scenic, the roads are good, and there is very little traffic. I made the drive with GramBarb and The Bean two years ago, but I feel confident I could make it alone without issue. It took almost two hours to get there, and Eric and I laughed and conversed the whole time. The purpose of our visit was to prepare our little building for the upcoming show in August. A local gentleman was scheduled to pressure wash our building, and we were required to be there when it was done. This allowed us to familiarize ourselves with the grounds, clean up the leaves and debris, and assess what we thought we wanted to do to prepare for the show.


Following the advice of a good friend and experienced Shaker Woods attendee, we decided against any significant changes to the building until after we had a show under our belts. Not renovating our building goes against every fiber of my creative and Type A being, but I implicitly trust my dear friend Trish and follow her advice. Trish told us that we needed to experience the crowd and the building and assess our needs before we put any money into our building. She advised us that what we think we will need and what we genuinely need may be very different. I am also pleased that The Bibbed Wonder got to look closely at many of the other buildings, and my requests for paint, trim, flooring, and doors do not seem so outrageous now.


Although I would love to do a major overhaul before the big show, I believe I can work with what is already there, make it my own, and make it cute and eye-catching. I will finally have an opportunity to use my antique baby bath tubs! Also, once the shelves are filled with our products, we add some plants, decorations, and a few small touches. It will look lovely.


We spent the entire day in Ohio, we feel excited about the upcoming show, and my head is filled with a ton of ideas for our cute little building in the woods. Eric is being surprisingly complacent and accommodating. When he doesn’t protest, argue with me, and tell me, “No,” I fear I have broken him for good. I’m unsure if it’s a good or bad thing. Perhaps he was just too tired to protest…insert wink.


Our summer has been filled with a lot of excitement. We are always excited about the market season. Our new body wash is set to be released online today. The Shaker Woods Festival will be a huge undertaking and exhausting, but we are reasonably well prepared for it. Also, Morgan and I will hang out with our favorite farm family this Saturday at Lone Oak Farms. The Bibbed Wonder and Jenna, the Wonder Girl, will be at The Ligonier Country Market. We have a lot going on, and it’s all good things.


I hope, dear reader, your summer is filled with good things too. I hope life is filled with opportunities that excite you and fill your head with energy and positivity. As always, stay safe, be smart, may you look forward to the future, and keep washing your hands. If you are local, come to say hello to us on the porch at Lone Oak Farm this Saturday. If you go to the Ligonier Country Market, make sure to stop in and meet our Jenna the Wonder Girl and give The Bibbed Wonder a hard time. He’s earned it…insert wink.


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  • Tina



Have you ever laughed so hard for so long that your face hurts? Sunday, we had a small celebration for our friend Jenna’s birthday. It wasn’t a big celebration or anything fancy. It was just a small gathering of friends who appreciate and adore Miss Jenna. Among those in attendance was our dear friend and neighbor Jess. Eric stated it best, “If you aren’t laughing when Jess is around, there is something wrong with you!”


Jess has an endless library of true account stories that usually begin with the phrase, “So, this one time I was dating a guy….” Anything can happen after that phrase is spoken, but you can guarantee it is hilarious. We spent the afternoon listening to “Jess stories,” eating good food, and laughing so hard our faces hurt. I love days like that; they are too few and far between. I can’t remember the last time I laughed so hard my face hurt.


Why don’t we spend more time doing things we enjoy with the people we enjoy? Jess literally lives down the hill from me, but I haven’t spent time with her in a year or so. That is criminal. It took nothing for me to put together a simple meal, and we all sat around our dining room table, sharing quality time. I felt so happy at the end of the day. I don’t know why I don’t host a gathering like that every week.


Most of the time, I get so caught up in daily life that I feel I don’t have the energy or time to entertain. Eric and I focus so much of our energy on the soap, the animals, the farm, and work that we rarely make the time to hang out with people we genuinely enjoy. After a day like Sunday, I realize what I am missing. It makes me want to prioritize the people I care about and put more effort into getting together. I want more days that I laugh so hard my face hurts.


I have spent quite a bit of time reflecting on my life as of late. Turning fifty in October is looming ahead, making me feel…I don’t know how to describe it…maybe like my time is limited. I don’t feel depressed or sad; I just realize that I am on the downward slope of this thing we call life. It kind of freaks me out that my dad passed away at fifty-six. If I follow the trajectory of his life, I only have six more years. That’s not very long. I realize I want more days like Sunday with the people who make me happy and laugh so hard my face hurts. I guess, at this stage of the game, I am beginning to understand what is important.


I love what we do here on our farm. I love the soap, working with my husband, and building something I am proud to call my own. I adore our animals and the life we share. However, I think I am missing a significant and essential piece of a fulfilling life by not spending time with the people I care about and enjoy. I believe I need to remedy that.


I hope, dear reader, you have more days that you laugh so hard your face hurts. Those days are very important. As always, stay safe, be smart, make time for those who make you laugh, and keep washing your hands.

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Today, dear reader, our Tuesday Spotlight is on our Lemongrass Grapefruit soap and moisturizer. If you are a lover of citrus scents, Lemongrass Grapefruit is for you. With cold process soap, it is challenging to get citrus scents such as orange or lemon, to “stick” or last through the high temperatures of the saponification process. When the soap is saponifying or turning all the fats and oils into soap, temperatures can reach 250 degrees or slightly higher. Many citrus essential oils have a flashpoint of 185-195 degrees. This means that the oils will hold up to temperatures of 185 degrees or lower. For this reason, I don’t make a true citrus-scented soap.


Lemongrass essential oil smells wonderful. It’s fresh and citrusy and absolutely lovely. It has a beautiful lasting scent when blended with red grapefruit essential oil. This soap not only smells amazing, but it is also great for your skin as well. It is believed that lemongrass essential oil helps to fight bacteria, fight fungal infections and reduce inflammation. Although I make no medical claims, I know this soap and moisturizer have a bright, uplifting scent that brightens my day. Of course, we use our custom soap recipe, and all the goodness of the milk from my lovely ladies makes a rich, nourishing soap that is excellent for cleansing.


As always, our Tuesday Spotlight is half off on the website for the week. No promo code is needed, and savings will be applied at checkout. This is a good time to try something new, stock up on a fresh summery scent, or treat someone special to a bit of a surprise.


Remember, dear reader, stay safe, be smart, enjoy the savings, and keep washing your hands.

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