Monday, July 18, 2016

Love + Leche

Hello lovely friends!

As promised, I'm back to tell you a bit about this new lotion that I have fallen in love with.
First, I LOVE the story behind this wonderful product. Love + Leche, originally Milk & Honey, was started by a mom (Daven Lee) and her son and daughter who decided to get some goats and then decided to milk those goats. When Daven realized they had more milk than they could use she had to figure out some sort of product to make with that milk. So she paired another product she had an abundance of on her farm - honey and beeswax - with the milk and made a lovely, wholesome lotion.

Second, I LOVE the fact that all the lotions and soaps are all hand poured by her son Simon and packaged by her daughter, Roan. It's truly a family business! I love family businesses!

You can see the farm and hear a bit more of the story here.

The third thing I LOVE is: when you open the Lotion Bar tin the fresh scent of the outdoors hits you - the scent of honey, wildflowers, lavender and the soothing undertone of mint. The bars are so golden from the beeswax and so rich from the butter milk of the goats. And for this outdoors-loving-soul (who also struggles with dry skin and dry hands) it's a bit of heaven in a tin.

Each of the 5 ingredients in the lotion bar are wholesome and healing - you can read about each one of them and where they are sourced here.

I've been using the lotion bar on my shoulders since they were sunburned (read my last post) and I'm pleased to report the sunburn has disappeared and there is no sign of peeling! Phew! AND my hands are so soft and lovely!

The lovely folks at Love + Leche have given all of you a lovely little coupon to use in their shop!

Coupon Code: christinawall
Coupon: free anywhere balm with purchase of a Lotion Bar (or any other $14 purchase)
Expires: September 30
Shop: here

If you have used and loved a Love + Leche lotion bar, head on over to the Ravelry group and tell us about it! I love to hear what your favorite scent is!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Summer Days

Hello my lovely friends!

Oh, this blissful season of summer is slipping away so fast - it's already mid-July! For some reason I remember summers as long, slow and filled with plenty of time for creating. But as a parent I'm finding them fast and furious with only a few moments to spare for crafting and creating.

I'm beginning to think that is just because I'm a parent and see things differently - the mountain of things to accomplish to run a household smoothly. I realized this week that my kids thinks summer is long and slow and filled with plenty of time. So I breathed a sigh of relief and have determined to try to see summer through their eyes a little more - not my adult eyes.

This past week I took my boys down to our city's reservoir. It's a beautiful quiet place with lovely shady hiking trails and a small body of water. Usually during this hot time of the year we try to stick to the shady paths, but this time we headed down to the water to float our boats. We were looking for adventure and excitement and things to draw in our summer nature journals.

It was the perfect slow summer morning. We made harbors for our boats, decorated our sail boat with a feather, played with the rocks and sand, looked for little fish between our feet, drew in our books and snacked when we were hungry.

Then when it was too hot and our tummies were hungry for lunch we gathered our things and started the hike back. It was then that I noticed I was sun burned. Yep, I had remembered to put sunscreen on the kids but not myself. Sigh.

Back at home, after tummies had been fed and tired heads had been put for a rest time I sat down and remembered I had some lovely new lotions to try that just might help salve my sun burn.

The lovely folks at Love + Leche sent over their Lavender Mint Lotion Bar and their Citrus Rose anywhere balm. I've been soothing my scorched lips with the anywhere balm and rubbing the lotion bar on my shoulders! It's worked like magic! On Monday I'll be back to tell you a little more about Love + Leche but right now you can enjoy this lovely coupon code they sent you:

Coupon Code: christinawall
Coupon gives you: free mini balm with a Lotion Bar purchase (or any other $14 purchase)
Expires: September 30
Shop their Lotion Bars here