Things My Mother Never Told Me

My Mom Was A Hottie

My Mom Was A Hottie (My mom at 23)


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/I remember as a little girl, I used to dream of finally growing boobs and being able to wear my mom’s bra’s, as well as the sparkly, strapless evening gowns at the department store. I used to sit and wait while she would try on clothes for a new outfit, burying myself inside the middle of the rack of opulent evening gowns.
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/I remember waiting and wishing for ‘womanhood’ to catch up with me, as all my friends seemed to be starting their periods before me. Mom told me the 1970’s version of female reproduction, and when my time finally came there was very little surprise.
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/Mom told me about child birth, about being a parent of a large family. How you never really run out of love. She taught me that with each new addition to my family love just multiplies. You never run out of love.
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/I learned from my mom the many stages of womanhood… Child, young girl, teen, young woman, new wife, new mother, mother of several, divorced woman, single motherhood, remarriage and the compromise of blending and building something new.
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/I learned from my mother to turn a blind eye to messy teenagers’ rooms, to tune out the pseudo intellectual stage of each of our young adults as they developed their own sense of their world before they flew my nest. I even learned from my mother the agony of letting a child fail so that they could later own their sense of success.
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/I learned to wear many hats from my mother, and to wear them well. My mom was that guidebook for each phase of womanhood.
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/But, what I did not learn or what my mother did not teach me… and perhaps it is because she had no one to teach her…. was what happens to us as women when our children and/or husbands no longer need or want us in their lives as they embark on their own journey.
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/When my mother was my age, 54, the world was so very, very different. Expectations and barriers were not the same as they are now. I remember looking at 55+ and seeing a world of people that seemed so much older than those that are 55+ today.
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/My mother never told me that I would have the opportunity for a whole second life on my own without the responsibilities associated with raising minor children. My mother never told me how physical intimacy with a partner that I care about could be more meaningful and fulfilling now than it ever was in my earlier life phases. My mother never told me how I would come to be so much stronger than I ever thought I could be. My mother never told me how my confidence would be so much more than it was when I was younger. My mother never told me that I would now become the absolute BEST version of the “me” yet!
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My Mom is Still A Hottie at 70+

My Mom is Still A Hottie at 70+


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/But, she also did not tell me what to expect about menopause, hot flashes, night sweats. My mother did not tell me about that anxiety we feel when we realize our time is now our own, and that our children/husbands do not need us in the way they did when they were younger also.
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/My mother did not tell me about the Withdrawl Effects Of Motherhood. And, there was no way she could have prepared me for being Single & Female at 50. But, luckily in this brave new world, there are so many more options to me than there ever were to my mother when she was my age.
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/I just hope that during the ensuing years, that I can learn from my mother what I still can learn, as she enjoys rocking her robust, active 70’s.
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/There is an exhilarating sense of excitement and mystery at what the future holds. No longer am I am captive to the plague of fear and doubt at that unknown. I know unequivocally that this IS the very best permutation of myself. I see it in the reflection of the mirror, I see it in how I feel about myself and my body. I see it in how I establish and maintain relationships. I see it in the eyes of my adult children. I see it all around me. I am grateful for the abundance of joy in my life. I am grateful for all the people that are part of my life.
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/Yet, I know I am still a work in progress. What the future holds is still a mystery. I’ve learned to plan for the unexpected, to embrace a chance and enjoy the ride. I’ve learned from watching my mother that the best is yet to come!

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New Preservatives Webinar – Get $20 off until Sept 15

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/Understanding Cosmetic Preservatives …. What, How, & Help!
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/Come get the ‘skinny’ on Cosmetic Preservatives for your Bath & Body Products, and how to use them!
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/Location: Webinar based. You just need Skype, Facetime, or phone.
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/Time: 2 1/2 – 3 hour Workshop, Wed’s 6 – 9 pm EST, or Tues’s 9:30 – 12 noon EST
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/Our new Webinar is discounted $20 for those that purchase their webinar dates prior to Sept 15! Hurry, limited student space in each webinar so that we can have a low teacher to student ratio!  Book your date now at this link : Understanding & Using Preservatives in Cosmetics.
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/Learn what cosmetic preservatives are, learn now to decide which one to use for your products, and learn why cosmetic preservatives are an important part of your formulations. Learn the difference between cosmetic preservatives, cosmetic hurdles, and antioxidants used with cosmetics.
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/Are you intimidated or overwhelmed when it comes to deciding what cosmetic preservative to use in your product formulations, if you should even use them, and how to use them?  Are you unsure if cosmetic preservatives are even safe? This workshop will discuss what cosmetic preservatives are, how they differ from cosmetic hurdle technologies, and also discusss what antioxidants are, as well as their role in cosmetic formulations.
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/In this workshop you will also download a PDF of my Cosmetic Preservative Workbook to refer back to when formulating own your own afterward.We will go over each of the preservatives that are available to the indie, or small homecrafted cosmetics business owner. I will discuss the pro’s and con’s of each preservative in relation to the typical formulations it is used for, as well as any limitations such as heat thresholds, secondary uses, and usage level guidelines. I will discuss the pros and cons of each of the preservative families available to us, what they are each best suited for, and based on YOUR business needs, what two to three preservatives will cover your formulating needs the best. No single preservative can effectively meet all formula preservation requirements, and I discuss why this is the case. I will teach you how to convert a product formula so that you can easily do the math needed to work out the extremely small levels of preservative needed in your product formulations.
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/In this Soapalooza Webinar I will also discuss the effects of not using preservaties in cosmetics, as well as the role microbiology plays in formulating safe cosmetics. I will discuss parts of the FD&C Act in relation to adulterated, contaminated, and misbranded cosmetics and the role this plays with our business, our customers, and even our business insurance and product liability insurance coverages.
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/This internet based workshop will educate you on cosmetic preservatives so that you can make informed decisions on how to use them and when to use them. This workshop will remove your fear of using cosmetic preservatives when they are needed in product formulations.
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/Those taking this workshop will be able to email or phone for any follow up clarifications, and I will be directing you to various resource links to get further education also.
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DoorMagnet1We have Soapalooza BOOT CAMP Coupon Offers! These coupons are good for any of the remaining 2014 Soapalooza Boot Camps (2 Day, 3 Day, or 5 Day) You can use a $50 Coupon for any upcoming 3 Day Bath & Body Boot Camp, the 5 Day Fast Track Boot Camp, or a $25 Coupon for our 2 Day Intensive Soap Making Boot Camp. Just in time for Holiday and Fall Soap Making!  We also offer MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLANS!
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/Learn the science behind soapmaking. Learn the basic math skills so that you can troubleshoot your soap and design your own formulas. Learn about soap labeling. Learn to make Milk Soap, Salt Soap, Swirled Soap, Layered Soap, Pine Tar Soap. Learn to use Natural Botanicals for coloration, Learn about Dyes, MIca, Oxide. Learn the Nuts & Bolts of starting your own Soap Making Business. PLUS, all the tricks of the trade from a 25 year veteran Soap maker that used to product over $76,000 of soap a year as well as owner/operator of a Cold Process Soap fragrance supply business.
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/You learn the in and outs, from a veteran Cold Process soap maker, to include How to wholesale, and what you need to have an efficient cold process soap making business. You also get 3 months of email/phone support!  We offer a convenient MONTHLY INSTALLMENT PAYMENT PLAN on each of our Boot Camps to make it easier for you to budget. And don’t forget, your professional education is TAX DEDUCTIBLE!
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/Both Coupons are only valid until Sept 30, 2014… So HURRY and sign up!

Old Soapers Never Die

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/It is true, old soap makers never die, we just saponify.
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/After being a professional soap maker for more than 25 years, I find that I still see my world through a unique set of lenses. I even look at my life now, single and 50+ as an amalgam, or a saponification of the many previous elements of my life. Now all blended into something new and, if I may say so myself, even better.
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/I no longer operate my natural soap business, nor do i operate the full service soap supply company that I used to (Southern Soapers). But, the soap world still beckons me. I still get that itch to make soap, handing them out as gifts to friends. I don’t want the commitment of running a soap company anymore, so sometimes my friends flee when they see me coming with the bag, much as the neighbors flee from the gardener that passes out the zucchini and tomatoes each year!
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/My solution for my creative needs was to develop the Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio. A place where new soap makers, or those hoping to become soap makers, could come to train and learn about the Indie Beauty and Natural Soap industry. I love weaving in the science of what my students are learning, in a way that is easy for them to grasp. Who knew that when I got my Science Education teaching degree, that I would be using it for the purposes that I do?  I adore getting to share soap making secrets, and explaining why they work, to my students.
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/Additionally, since the backbone of Southern Soapers Supply was the cold process compatible fragrance oils I had developed for my own natural soap business, I also still distribute these fragrances oils through the Soapalooza webstore. These are the same cosmetic grade fragrance oils I used to use in BloomWorks Natural Soap Company, but also sold through Southern Soapers, and still use today in our Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio.
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/I am having the time of my life also! I have gotten to teach some amazing people the science, art, and skill of being fabulous soap makers!

Honey Lemon Bath Drizzle

gingerlemonhoneyHoney Lemon Bath Drizzle
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/2.5 oz Turkey Red Castor oil
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/2.5 oz Polysorbate 20
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/2 oz filtered honey
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/8 drops Lemon Essential oil
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/Weigh first three ingredients into a Pyrex measuring pitcher, or other microwave save bowl. Heat in the microwave until liquids are warmed and fluid. Mix well, add your Lemon Essential Oil to the scent level you like (4 – 8 drops for this tiny formula). Pour into a clear PETE bottle with a flip top or disc top cap. This mini formula makes one 8-oz bottle of Honey Lemon Bath Syrup or, as I like to call it, Honey Lemon Bath Drizzle. Instructions for use are simply use as much as desired under running tap of water.
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/Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking!
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/Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
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/PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page
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/We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Make your own Solid Perfume

IMG_0010Make your own Solid Perfume using this basic formula. It is very flexible, you can use it not only for a solid perfume. If you use flavor oil instead of fragrance oil, you can make this be a lip pot. If you you use infused herbs and essential oils, this can become the backbone of a salve. If you add some Titanium Dioxide, this can be a Baby Bottom Cream. This formula will even work for moisturizing Cuticles. Wonderful, huh?
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/The gold lid perfume jar is the Perfume I made for a 2009 Southern Soapers Swap in the old Yahoo forum.
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/ Solid Perfume 
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/2 oz beeswax, bleached or natural
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/1 oz Jojoba oil
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/few drops of your favorite essential or cosmetic grade fragrance oil
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/lavender-lullaby-balm
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/Combine in a small Pyrex pitcher and microwave in 20 second bursts until the beeswax has melted into the jojoba oil. Remove while the beeswax still has tiny unmelted bits and let the hot jojoba oil finish melting the mixture. Do not overheat in the microwave, as beeswax will get hotter than the glass container.  Add fragrance oil or essential oil after your wax & oil is well mixed and begins cooling. For larger portions, use the stove top for melting your beeswax. Pour your cooling mibloominglips2xture into small, 1-oz balm tins.
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/Have fun adapting this formula. Don’t be shy about changing out the oils or the type of wax you use. This is what makes a product your own, as well as teaches you from trial and error what works for you and your business. The orange & pink lip pots are Swinging Stackable pots from Qosmedix . We used oil based FD&C pigments for our lip tints. Soapalooza will be bringing back the lip tints later in 2014 also!
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/Good Luck, and Safe Soapmaking!
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/Kelly, Chief Excitement Officer at Soapalooza!
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/PS: We would LOVE to connect with your at our Facebook Soapalooza Fan Page
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/We also have a Facebook Soapmaking Group called Soapalooza Soap Arts Studio, and we share lots of information there! We would love for you to join us!

Congrats to Colleen Hoitt of Rose Moon Soap

BizInsuranceCongrats to Colleen Hoitt of Rose Moon Soap for renewing their HSCG Membership and obtaining business & product liability insurance through one of our industry trade associations!
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/Soapalooza offers a $20 Gift Certificate when you join or renew your membership with either the HSCG or Indie Business Network (formerly Indie Beauty Network) and obtain your business and product liability insurance through them. Simply send us a copy of your insurance certificate PDF with date issued, and we will issue you a $20 Gift Certificate to shop at Soapalooza.com. More details on our exclusive promotion at the Soapalooza website.