A collection of random thoughts


I haven’t posted lately about stuff I’ve made in an effort to be frugal around my home. I’ve been too busy making body scrub and soaps for my new business, ‘Something Lovely’. However I still am finding new things to try. Today I made homemade deodorant for the first time. The recipe I used called for 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, 2 Tbsp. shea butter (I love that stuff!) and 5 Tbsp. Baking Soda, if you have access to Arrow Root you would use only 3 Tbsp of baking soda and 2 of the arrow root…but I didn’t have any arrow root on hand. You could also use essential oils so I used “Baby Rose”. I haven’t tried it yet so I can’t say yeah or nay…but I figured it was at least worth a try. You melt the oil and butter in a glass mason jar while sitting in some water in a sauce pan on the stove. Then you add the baking soda and essential oil. Mine is sitting in the fridge right now to see if it sets up and becomes a consistency that will feel right.

I’ve also recently used a toilet bowl cleaner that I thought worked great. It was 1/4 cup baking soda, 1/4 cup borax and 1 cup vinegar. Put directly into toilet and let sit for at least 30 minutes then scrub as you would normally do. (I’ll be honest, I forgot about it after I put it in and so it sat for several hours…but hey, no damage done and it worked great!)

I’ve been busy making cold pressed soap lately. So far I’ve made Almond Biscotti and Chocolate Espresso. They both smelled divine. I’ve already cut the bars for the first and they are curing. Just in cleaning up afterwards some of the soap got on my hands and wow, I couldn’t believe how amazing it is. Pure luxury soap!

In the next two weeks I plan to make 13 other varieties.

Pumpkin Spice


Chai Tea

Dark Rich Chocolate

Peppermint Tea

Baby Rose

Cranberry Fig


A basic 4 oil soap with no scent

Grass Stain

Pina Colada

Cucumber Melon


By the end of October they’ll be ready for purchase (It takes 4-6 weeks to cure bars of soap)


Yesterday while biking I was thinking about this blog and my other blog one life well lived and thinking more about combining them. I kept thinking about “The road less traveled”. It’s not an original thought. I realize this. But as I was biking yesterday and traveling a new path that I’ve never traveled before I realized it was highly symbolic of where I am in life right now. I’m still letting the idea percolate in my brain…but I know that’s at least the direction in which I’m heading…if not the exact words.

As I biked yesterday I realized, it’s so important to do new things. It was invigorating to take a different trail and see different scenery. And it’s important to commit far enough that turning back is not an option. By the time I had biked 10 miles in I realized…ok it only makes sense to keep going and not turn around. I was committed. I think the same principle holds true in life. We too easily turn back and give up. We need to burn a few bridges behind us once in awhile to force ourselves to keep moving forward, otherwise it’s too easy to go back.

I honestly believe that one of the best things a newly married couple can do is move away from their parents at least for a year or two. You can still go visit…but daily access is not good. For my husband and I…it forced us to work out our own issues without running to mom and dad. I think it’s the same with the self employment thing I’m trying to do. I’m all in. There is no real turning back. I have a safety net…I can go back to teaching in a year…but I’m extremely motivated to make this work. Nothing in me wants to just turn around and go back to how things were. So I keep pedaling…literally and figuratively.

This is what I’ve discovered with biking…as long as you keep pedaling, even if you go down routes or paths you didn’t plan on, you will eventually reach your destination. Take a break once in awhile, get some water, eat a snack and then get back on and keep pedaling. Yesterday I biked 31 miles and it felt really good.

I’m hoping that in a year’s time I will be able to say the same about my two businesses I’m working on. Going Solo and Something Lovely.


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