Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil

Lavender Essential Oil is one of my personal favorites, but it’s more than just an amazing smelling flower.  It’s health benefits are outlined in this article by Organic Facts.    Health Benefits of Lavender Essential Oil.

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Just Above the Trees……………..

Yesterday was the perfect day to fly.  My husband took my oldest daughter and her friends up in the hot air balloon.  They were just giddy like typical teen girls can be.  They took off from a lot near our house and flew just above the trees for a long time.  After all………….. “The best way of travel, however, if you aren’t in any hurry at all, if you don’t care where you are going, if you don’t like to use your legs, if you don’t want to be annoyed at all by any choice of directions, is in a balloon. In a balloon, you can decide only when to start, and usually when to stop. The rest is left entirely to nature.— William Pene du Bois, The Twenty-one BalloonsImageImageImage


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Guest Post: Gunter Ahrendt on the Importance of Buying Local | Procured Design

Check out this great article about why it’s important to support local businesses.  Gunter Ahrendt has a great website that lists hundreds of businesses, including Serenade Natural Products, that make all their products in the United States.

Guest Post: Gunter Ahrendt on the Importance of Buying Local | Procured Design.

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Mother’s Day is Sunday May 12th

Coming from a family with 6 siblings was always interesting to say the least.  I grew up with 4 sisters and one brother. We sisters were experts in makeup, hair, clothing and boys of course….or so we thought.  We spent half our childhood fighting over clothes and who’s turn it was to clean the bathroom.  My poor brother!!!! He had to put up with all of us! Today, we all have families of our own and some of us are seeing our kids fight over the same old things.  We’ve grown to understand the the sacrifices our mom & dad made for us.   As a mother of 5 myself, I feel truly blessed.  That doesn’t mean my life is easy or my kids don’t fight or my house isn’t a constant mess.  Our life is messy, and we’re not perfect, but we love each other…most days.  As Mother’s Day approaches, spend a minute to appreciate your mom for the life she gave you, for all she does, and for who she is.  I love you mom!


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Spring Has NOT Sprung in Minnesota………

Although Spring officially began March 20th, someone forgot to send the memo to Minnesota.  We’ve had more snow days in the last week than we had all winter.  I look out the window and this is what I see.  Image

We’ve been keeping busy and trying to stay positive because we know Spring will come.  Our garden is off to a great start, thanks to the new green houses my husband built.  Image

And….We’ve even been raising our ducklings for our ponds inside our garage.  Some of the ducks have begun to get their real feathers already.  Wow, ducks sure do make a mess.  Image

The kids have given them silly names like Poppy Potato, Rascal and Tootsie.  Although Spring feels ages away, we know you can’t stop the clock so we’ve started making all our Spring scented soaps, lotions, and soy candles. I’ve started filling my Spring events schedule too and am really looking forward to some fun craft fairs and events.  My fresh    Image

lilac soap is almost ready to package.  I used purple Brazilian Clay to create the beautiful natural purple color. I’ve also made  hand creams and body scrubs that can help you get that winter skin ready for the summer sun.   My new favorite is the Limeade Sugar Scrub made with real lime and lemongrass essential oils.


Summer Flower paraben free hand cream is also a new favorite around here.  It’s a very delicate light floral scent that I just love!Image

Join me in saying goodbye to this never ending Minnesota winter!!!!!!!!  Hopefully, it will be long gone by this time next week! Happy Sunday!

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More 100% natural soap…………….

More 100% natural soap................

Our new Florida Sunrise soap is 100% natural made with pure orange, grapefruit and petitgrain essential oils. I added strawberry seeds as a gentle exfoliate. My cold process soap is made the old fashioned way in small batches by hand.

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I’ve been busy making soap……………

I've been busy making soap...............

Citrus Energy Handmade Soap

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