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Trip to Raven Haven Bed and Breakfast

Recently, my husband and I had our 31st anniversary.  We decided to go to a Bed and Breakfast that was not too far away.  We chose Raven Haven in Mentone, Alabama.  I’m so glad we did!

Raven Haven is a traditional Bed and Breakfast in that the guests have their own rooms, but share the dining and kitchen area.  We happened to be the only guests there that day (possibly because the SEC Championship game was that same day! #footballinAlabama).  We picked the Prairie Room to stay in.  Here’s a picture of the mantel in that room, all decorated for Christmas –

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Prairie Room Mantel

Here are some more pictures from the room –

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Prairie Room Christmas Tree

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Prairie Room Painted Door

We had such a good time!  Everything was decorated for Christmas and there was so much wonderful decor.  The weather was nice and we were able to walk around the grounds a bit.  I took these pictures of a few sights around the house.  The gardens are beautiful and in the Spring and Summer would be bursting with blooms.

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Raven Haven Grounds

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Raven Haven Bridge

Raven Haven Gnomes

Gnome Habitat

The Gnome village may have been my favorite thing there!

The breakfast they served was superb.  In fact, everything about it was great.  We went shopping in town, ate at a local restaurant and stayed in the Prairie Room.

Maybe next year, we can go back for another visit!

7 Household uses for Goat Milk Soap

(Also, read all the way to bottom for a special!)

Goat Milk Soap

Oatmeal, Milk and Honey Goat Milk Soap

1. Makeup Brush Cleaner

2. White Band Shoe Cleaner

3. Spot Remover on Clothing

4. Clarifying Shampoo Bar (If you have soft water, can use as shampoo bar)

5. Laundry Detergent Booster (a little bit grated into a really grimy load will boost cleaning power, or you can make your own but beware of hard water)

6. Drawer/Closet Fresheners (use a really fragrant bar or an enclosed area)

7. Sachet (grated soap in a drawstring bag)

 

Now for some extra good news!  I have new soap coming soon! Yea!  I have

had zero time during football season to do anything but run around in

circles.  Sometimes, I think if I literally did that, I might laugh myself into a

good mood.  Football here will go all the way into December!  Our team is

undeafeated!  My son is in the band and it is getting cold here for Friday

night football.  So, from now until Monday, October 30th, you may receive 

15% off any order.  Just enter the code football during checkout to receive

this discount. High School Band

Another year has gone by and it is once again Father’s Day!  I hope everyone and all the father’s, dad’s, granddads, and great granddad’s, uncles, brothers, sons, all have a great day tomorrow.  

Focusing on What Needs to be Done

Lately with school starting and all of my young men going in different directions, I’ve been a bit distracted.  I do not always sleep well and sometimes I feel so stressed out, it’s alarming.  I’ve got some tips for anyone else who is in that boat.

Tip No. 1 (possibly the most important) – Have a routine in place for mornings, evenings and after school.  Stick to that until it becomes a habit and when things go awry, you can always make it back to your routine.  This keeps everything and everyone running smoothly.

Tip No. 2 – If you get upset or harried, frazzled, crazy, etc., take some deep breaths and get yourself moving, back to your routines.

Tip No. 3 – Have something that calms you and when nothing helps, do that for a while until you feel better, such as music, reading, or a craft.  Of course, soap is my grounding activity that keeps me in touch with beauty in the world and nature.  Go outside and admire the beauty there as well.

Tip No. 4 – Talk to someone and also be prepared to listen.  Many times other people have some of the same problems.

Tip No. 5 – Make lists and plan meals in advance.  I have recently made some checklists for what to pack for a school day, band practice, trips, as well as groceries for an entire week of meals.  Sometimes, you just have to get fast food though.

Those are some of my survival tips for busy moms mainly who keep everything going smoothly and hold the fort down for our families.

Finding Inspiration

I find inspiration from many things.  There was a time when I even dreamed about soap, but that was when things were out of balance and soap was all I thought about.  Thankfully, I find that having my priorities arranged makes life easier.

I admit that each day is different and sometimes, one priority is over another when need be.  When my priorities are in order, I am free to draw inspiration from multiple sources.  Lately, my creativity seems to go beyond just soap making.  I have always loved to write, I would love to paint the walls of my home, and more.  I am interested in colors lately, and soap may become the first victim. Some of you may have noticed this lately!