Monday, August 30, 2010

Fresh, Sudsy, Gorgeous, Homemade Soap GIVEAWAY!

***UPDATE: This giveaway has closed. The winner selected by is....

MamaHall! Congratulations.
I hope you enjoy your homemade suds!***

Hey Lovelies,
I have the sweetest little giveaway just because I think you each are super cool! To enter, simply leave a comment and you're IN!

It's all about HOMEMADE SOAP...soap brings out the true girly girl in us. We can lather up with scented goodness, and erase all the mad rush of the day. It makes us feel soft and smell fresh so we can get adored with little kisses and love every minute of it.

Cuddles are MUCH better after we use soap
to bubble
and sud
and lather
our girly skin.

I'm an etsy lover,
fully addicted.
Handmade and Homemade.
There is no better option.

Sarah Lee Soaps is an etsy shop that my friend started. She creates homemade soaps and uses MUCH tender loving care with every step of the process.

I am very excited about this giveaway because Sarah is a beautiful friend from my childhood. This little blonde sweetheart can REALLY make SOAP! She generously sent me a box of her homemade cold process soaps and I was amazed {completely impressed!} at the quality and perfection. Sarah is precise and each bar is simply perfect. My favorite part about her soap is the smell: fresh and gentle. I am giddy over this homemade soap discovery! I wish I lived closer to Sarah so I can see how she does this. I want to learn it all.

Sarah answers...Why is Homemade Soap BETTER for You?

"Handmade soap is made with a chemical, sodium hydroxide. Most people do not know that once the sodium hydroxide is mixed with all of the skin loving oils, the mixture goes through a chemical process called saponification. The saponification process creates glycerine, and sodium hydroxide is no longer present. The glycerine is what makes handmade soap better than commercial products. Commercial manufactures know that glycerine is amazing for your skin, so they remove it from their soaps to make lotions and moisturizers...sneaky. Manufactures of commercial soap products add chemicals to the soap to replace the glycerine feeling on your skin. These chemicals are absorbed into your body through your skin. Avoiding chemical additives also leaves a greener footprint on our earth.
Leaving the glycerine in your soap means less moisturizers needed after shower time, since your skin was left moisturized with the soap not stripped of its oils. Handmade soaps are extremely mild and gentle enough to shave with. You'll get big lather and a more natural skin cleanser."

We can treat our bodies gently
and be kinder to our earth too.

The soap types that came to my door were:

1. Relaxing Lavender and Chamomile

2. Cool Water (for men)

3. Sweet Orange with Strawberry Seeds

The Cool Water for men is my favorite!
It smells A.M.A.Z.I.N.G.
and makes me want to go snuggle my man!

And...there are many more to choose from! I SO enjoyed looking at the different varieties in her etsy shop. Each one is artistically created too.

For more photos and details on the individual soap types,
visit Sarah's etsy shop.

Soap has never been more beautiful...

It makes a special and unique gift too...

Sarah is giving away a $20 Gift Certificate to her shop. She will generously ship the winner's soap for FREE so the entire credit will go for these beautiful soaps!

Sarah also sends free samples with EVERY order! Please visit her etsy shop and her blog to learn more.

To enter, easily leave a comment below and you're entered for the $20 gift certificate. If you don't have a blog, just leave your email address and you're done. AND that is it! You're in for the win.

if you want extra entries...
1) follow my blog, MooreMinutes
2) tweet about it, share on facebook, or post on your blog (sidebars work!)

If you do any of the extra things above for extra entries, leave a separate comment for EACH way you spread the word.
Each extra way you enter, will increase your chances of winning by putting your name in again for every way you enter.

This giveaway will close September 13th and the winner will be selected via winner JUST may be YOU!

Decide to FEEL like a girl...
and give some lovin
to your skin.

The fine print goodies:
The new FTC government laws require me to share that this post is a sponsored post that I am being compensated for. Fun stuff!

This post is linked to: Making the World Cuter, Motivate Me Mondays, Market Yourself Mondays, It's So Very Creative, Tip Me Tuesday, Tasty Tuesday, Topsy Turvy Tuesday, Tuesdays Unwrapped, Toot Your Horn Tuesday, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday, Show and Tell, Whatever Goes Wednesday, Spotlight Yourself, Show off Your Stuff, Strut Your Stuff, Giveaway Linky Love, Friday Favorites, Show and Share Day, Foodie Friday, I'm Lovin It, Funky Junk Interiors, Inspired By

Friday, August 27, 2010

Blissful Encouragement

(this is one of my FAVORITE photos *of thousands lol* that I captured this year)


The encouragement we each give to one another is far more important than all the ribbons, parties, and flowers. It is what fuels our souls to create more, live richer, and think deeper. I so appreciate the sincere words of my friends who have shared my excitement in my little life and pushed me forward. To those of you who have showed your love, thank you. You have taught me to rejoice in others' happiness in all situations because it makes people just FEEL GOOD!

I was hopeful...but now I'm shocked, amazed, surprised, excited, giddy, humbled, honored, blown away, overwhelmed, but basically just blissfully happy over the attention that some of my projects received this summer. Thank you to everyone that made me feel like a million dollars.

I want a way to recognize the lovely places who showed my work. The following sites are AMAZING, full of motivational ideas and beauty. I admire each one and am absolutely HAPPY that I discovered your websites.

A really super big THANK YOU to you all!!

Please visit these incredible websites:

HomeOwnersInsurance top 52 blogs
Half Baked Blog
and again:

Crash This Party
Creative Blog Designs

Hip Hostess
Hip Weddings
Hip Weddings
Amy Atlas
Kara's Party Ideas
EdibleCrafts at Craft Gossip
Gordan Gossip
Blue Cricket Design
BCD 125
Suenos encantados
SueƱos Encantados Blog
Craft Cave
Peas and Thank You
Celebration Shoppe
Party Like a Kid

Someday Crafts (Pencil Cookies)

Tip Junkie

Catch My Party
Catch My Party
Create My Event
~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~ ~

And blogs who host link ups where I was featured:

Friday Favorites
Its So Very Cheri

Someday Crafts
Fireflies and Jellybeans

Topsy Turvy
Birthday Wedding cakes crafts parties
Making the World Cuter
Room to Inspire

I will be adding these to the As Seen On page of my blog soon!

ALSO...I realize I haven't included every site and I SO apologize! Will you {pretty} please let me know if your website isn't on here so I can quickly add it? I can be disorganized BUT every single feature made me SMILE and truly blesses me.
Your encouragement is priceless.

Next time your friend is excited, join in. Hug them, be giddy together, let them know you're their biggest cheerleader. And you'll leave them with a forever smile.
This is the biggest lesson I've learned in blogging.