Thursday, March 19, 2015

The 5 Best Oils For Your Hair, Skin, and Nails

Good afternoon! I am so excited to tell you some good news: I just hit 'Publish' on my first eBook!

Since starting this business, I have been searching for more natural skin and body care products. This search led me to discover the benefits of using oils in my beauty routine. I have enjoyed the results so much that I want to share the information with you! Here is a sneak peek:

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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

The Sweet Life: February 2015

February was such a busy month for us! The month included my favorite holiday and my birthday!!!

We spent a very rainy afternoon at the circus! I may have been more excited than the kids (once they figured out where we were going!!). I haven't been to the circus since I was a child and I was SO EXCITED!! See our favorite parts in this vlog:

I really want to get back into vlogging, so subscribe to my YouTube channel so you can watch! We tend to be out and about every weekend, so I will start there. :)

We also visited my family in Ohio....during a snow storm! Why did I think it was a good idea to go north in the winter? haha Oh definitely reminded me why we moved south!

Do you wanna build a snowman? *In my Frozen voice.*
I have really been in awe of how grown my children are getting. It makes me happy and sad all at the same time. Sigh. I am really enjoying seeing them grow up, though! This little man of mine is going to be very popular with the ladies...

And just look at this beautiful girl...

Olivia's school had a Father-Daughter Dance, so Daddy had to do it up right!! Olivia felt like Cinderella at the ball!! She smiled the entire night!!!


My day job schedule has changed, so all Sweet Olivia orders will be processed on the following Sunday. Orders will be shipped out via USPS the next day! 

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Types of Handmade Soap

I get asked this question a lot: "How do you make soap?!" This is both an easy and a hard question to answer! There are several types of soap that can be made at home. Cold Process, Hot Process, and Melt and Pour.

Cold Process soap making requires a chemical reaction called saponification. This happens when lye is mixed with fats (lard, oils, and butters are all used in soap making). The combination of oils and butters is completely up to the soap maker! The many different combinations yield many different results such as bigger bubbles, creamier lather, or a harder bar of soap. Once the soap is ready, it is poured into a mold to harden, cut, and left to cure. As it cures, the excess water evaporates, creating a harder bar of soap that lasts longer. To see many examples of Cold Process soap, visit this page on Soap Queen's blog!

In order to speed up the cure process, a soapmaker can choose to use heat! This is known as Hot Process soap. The final look of the soap is more rustic.

The type of soap I make currently is known as Melt and Pour. I use a soap base and design a bar using color, fragrance, and embedded objects. Soap bases can vary greatly depending on added oils and butters, which make the soap more moisturizing. My favorite is added shea butter! It makes for a very creamy lather!

So, how is Melt and Pour soap base made? There are varying recipes, but it is essentially a Hot Process soap with added liquid glycerin or alcohols to lower the soap's melting temperature. The resulting soap hardens into a solid at room temperature, but can be melted down in order to add color and fragrance. Melt and pour bases can also be purchased already made from a supplier.

Here are some examples of soaps I have made! You can check out my current inventory in my Etsy Shop!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Schedule Your Personal Consultation Today!

One of my favorite things to do is create custom products for my clients! In order to learn your preferences and style, we will conduct a personal consultation. This can be on the phone or through email, whichever is easier for you! 

Here are some questions we will answer during your consultation:

1. What type of product are you interested in? In the past, I have made body scrubs, lip scrubs, soap, bath bombs, bath fizzies, and bubble bars. I am always willing to try something new, as well! (Next on the list is lip balm!)

2. What style are you looking for? You can use my standard product labels at no additional charge, if you'd like. I am also available to custom design a label for your event! Once I get the basic information you want to include, I will email you a few choices for you to consider. We will go back and forth, making changes, until you are completely satisfied with your design!

3. What scents appeal to you? Scent is a huge part of my business! Honestly, it's the first thing my clients notice and gush about! (I've even had clients use their products as an air freshener! haha) Do you want a scent that matches the theme of your event? Caribbean Escape for a tropical, beach wedding...Lavender Fields for a french themed wedding...Frosty Wintergreen for a Frozen themed birthday party... or we can go crazy, off-the-wall with Monkey Farts or Sexy Beast fragrances. It is up to you! 

4. What other customizations are you interested in? In addition to the labeling, we can add ribbon or wooden spoons to your product.

5. Final Date and Delivery Method. When do you need your items? I suggest we plan on having your items done a couple weeks before your event. If you are local to the Atlanta area, we can schedule a delivery. If not, I use FedEx to ship large orders. I have had very good experiences with them in the past! They also seem to the be most cost efficient shipping method for heavy orders. Shipping will be included in your price quote so there are no surprises!

After our consultation, I will create a custom listing for you in my Etsy store. Half of the total is due upon finalizing the order. This is a nonrefundable deposit, as I will use it to buy the materials needed to make your order. The balance is due when your order is complete. Once the final payment is made, I will ship or deliver your order.

I cherish being a part of your event! Whether it's your wedding or your child's birthday party, I know how important these events are and how much planning is involved! If you would like additional help in setting up your party favors on the big day, I am available for that, as well. 

To see examples, visit this blog post: Past Custom Orders

I would LOVE to add your event to my portfolio! Email me at to start your personal consultation today!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

The Sweet Life: January 2015

How did 2015 start out for you? Are you on your way to accomplishing the goals you set for yourself? How about your family? Are they on board? Around here, we are hyper-focused on achieving more in 2015 than we ever have before!! Sometimes, though, I get too caught up in the planning aspects of things instead of actually doing what it takes to get things done. (Please tell me I'm not the only one!) There were a few things I had to do in order to take Sweet Olivia to the next level.

New business cards-Check!
Brand new product brochure-Check!

In fact, the tracking number says these items are scheduled for deliver today. Hooray!! I absolutely cannot wait to see them....and then give them away!! I am going to use these items, in conjunction with sample boxes, to pitch to some local boutiques and shops. I am super excited (and a tad nervous) about the possibility of my products being sold in an actual brick and mortar store.

I am using my new Day Designer by Whitney English to track my goals. I am going to use it a bit longer before sharing my thoughts, but will definitely do an updated "How I use my planner" video. (See last year's video!)

Day Designer by Whitney English

We have been trying to spend more quality time as a family, in addition to our business aspirations! One great way to spend time together, is in the kitchen and at the dinner table. We rang in the new year with our favorite roast recipe! It is very simple to make, too. The crock pot does all the work!

Quick Crock Pot Roast

It was very warm here in Georgia for about a week this month. We took advantage and got outside for some yard work and play time!

Lovely Georgia January
Well, it's cold outside again, but spring is right around the corner! I absolutely cannot wait for warmer temps and longer, sunnier days. Do you like the cold? Or are you ready for spring already?

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