Wow! We’re back!

The trip to China was incredible. Incredible! The food was amazing and plentiful. We had Peking duck and fell in love. We could not believe the price of such a thing! The whole bird was about $ 8 at a restaurant near our hotel. We had a great time ordering this. Taylor especially loved the Peking Duck and asked for it several times. I suspect she will order it many times over the next year as she is a student at the university there.

The biggest change in our return, aside from the animals being so happy to see us, was the relative humidity. We left Beijing having 92% RH, and our return to Cache Valley met with 9% RH. Yes, you read that right, a single digit of 9. The air is so dry that a bloody nose is likely when sneezing. We sell humidifiers in Utah, all over the place. I can’t think of a store that sells household goods that doesn’t sell them. We can not buy dehumidifiers here. The thought of buying one seems crazy to our residents. So, what did I find that the RH really impacted? My legs and face seem to flake! What is a girl to do? Moisturize! I found my jar of face cream and I slathered it on from head to toe. My skin is not itchy now. Yea!

To gain more room in my luggage I left my face cream with Andee. I left my toothpaste tube, body powder and first aid materials too. She gained an instant cupboard of supplies just by having family go home. I’m sure she would trade those supplies for family in an instant. I must confess, I did bring home something most people discard. If you can guess what it is I have a box of supplies from our blog kitchen for you. If you aren’t sure you want such a box, guess anyway, but read the post about the blog kitchen disaster that Taylor and Andee had a week before we left. The people who gave advice and comment have been sent a box. The boxes aren’t tiny and they contain a wonderful collection of supplies just like the blog kitchen has all the time. We hope those boxes are sources of excitement to experiment. Each day our warehouse packs off a shipment and the blog kitchen gets the extra materials that didn’t fit into a bottle.

So, what item that is generally discarded would someone bring home? Guess away!

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  1. Well, I know that they will not let you bring plants, veggies or meat in from another country, so I am thinking also that you brought back some great empty containers to put soaps in. I’m so glad that you have arrived back in the states safe and sound with the best memories. Having the two girls gone for quiet some time is hard, 2 of mine live far away, one in another country, only Canada, but still far away that I don’t get to see them that often, Skype helps.

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  2. Soap! I think it was the soap you brought back.

    ps. I got my first order from you guys yesterday…it reached me incredibly quickly and contained almost discarded mini lip balm of beloved red (or was it blood) orange. wow! what a cute little surprise, I love the mini balm packaging and am ordering some today! thanks, Marija

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  3. I’m going to guess a couple of things you would normally dispose of but kept, I’m guessing a laundry bag from a Chinese dry cleaners, or a soap box or chopsticks , your trip sounded so exciting for you …Rebecca from Syracuse, UT

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  4. I’m guessisng you brought back all the samples of different soaps, lotions, and shampoos that they leave in hotel rooms. (That’s what I always do!)

    Glad to have you back, safe and sound; and a little lonely, I’m sure. But it won’t be for too long. And what a wonderfu opportunity for your girls!

    Blessings to you and all those dear to you, Carolyn

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  5. Disposable Shower Cap? Or one of those cool tins that Chinesse medicine comes in.

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  6. Soap wrappers, for lack of a better term. I keep all of the soap wrappers (cigar bands, tissue, labels) that come off soaps I received in swaps or purchased myself to try.

    The blog box was a fantastic surprise the other day, too! Much more than I could have asked for.

    ~Robin

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  7. I’m thinking chopsticks and a wrapper listing the ingredients of a soap you found that you are going to try and recreate

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  8. My guess is chopsticks, they work so well for swirling soap

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  9. I think you brought home small samples of toiletrees from China hotels you stayed in.

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  10. Something that most people would discard…hmm that makes me think of the hotel sample sized toiletries such as soap, shampoo, lotion, etc. Of course there are other things, perhaps a newspaper from the area you were in or some packaging that something you purchased came in, I am not really certain. It will be fun to hear what it actually was. I absolutely loved the box of freebies that you sent. I used some of them in lip balm and lotions. Thanks so much for the great gifts. It is certainly good to have you back. I’m sure you’ll miss Andee, but I’m sure she will have a great time with her studies. Welcome back and thanks again for all you do.

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  11. A folding fan? I’ve been thinking about this, but can’t come up with anything else.

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  12. Cool and interesting packaging–probably packaging that would make an interesting soap mold?

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  13. I have to think soap although I’m not sure whether it’s used soap or new soap.

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  14. I didn’t have much time to look at other answers, so these have probably been said, but I have three guesses anyway. Soap, and/or packaging from your hotel, to-go containers from different restaurants that you thought would make cute molds or packaging, or chopsticks to swirl soap.Okay, maybe a 4th guess, a rock from somewhere you went? My hubby ALWAYS brings home at least one rock when he goes out of town!

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