What a week! What a month! 2

Taylor and Obie. He is exhausted!

Taylor and Obie. He is exhausted!

WOW! In the last week we have had some major milestones (at least for me). On December 21st we celebrated Winter Solstice. This day represents a new awakening for me because the amount of light we receive each day will now increase! It is such a tough ride to work in the dark and to go home in the dark. WHERE IS THE SUN?

The Earth has been going through a shedding of sorts with plants dying, animals hibernating and all becoming slower and cold. January will turn completely white for us in snow country. It can be bitter cold and we do the phone update thing to make sure the MMS crew has a network of people to call and contact if we get hit with a severe storm and the weather is unsafe for travel. When we can’t get to work we will update the web and let you know we are not able to process orders because of our severe weather. When we get updates from UPS that they are not able to safely travel we post those notices too.

Christmas happened on the 25th of December which is always a family day for me. There is nothing like cultivating relationships. If you celebrate Christmas I hope you enjoyed the season and cultivating your own relationships.

Boxing Day is on US calendars but it is not an official holiday or event. I love this day! It is such a nice way to spend my house cleaning hours (if one can enjoy house cleaning). Boxing Day is an opportunity to box up items that no longer warrant counter space or storage space in the home and give it to a charitable group who cares for the homeless, those in poverty and those down on their luck. Boxing Day welcomes coats, gloves, boots, gently used clothing, bedding, kitchen appliances, and more. If you are burdened by stuff in your life Boxing Day is a great way to get your life back. Boxing Day can be your excuse to live a more simple and happy life all year. If you are into such record keeping please remember to pass on donation slips to your accountant for deductions on your taxes. It is far better to save tax dollars because we are better at spending money wisely than our government, especially when it comes to social programs.

The photo in today’s post is one of our family dogs. He expresses the sentiment of all the MMS Crew when it comes to working at break neck speed to get orders out the door. Please forgive the dirty phone camera lens and out of focus picture. This shot was one of those get-it-or-lose-it-forever moments. It makes me laugh a deep down belly laugh. Not only are the dogs a great addition to our family but they also remind us of the benefit of daily play.

Today is winter wonderland for me. I need a new cream for my purse and some facial scrubs to clear away the dead skin that dry winter weather seems to produce so easily. What are your plans for the week as we approach New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day?


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About Tina

I started thesage.com in 1996 with the help of my husband. Now I get to help people make all kinds of soaps and bath and body products. I think my favorite things to make are lip balms and lotions/creams. Of course I get most of the soap technical support questions because that is my strong knowledge area. Glad this blog is here!

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2 thoughts on “What a week! What a month!

  • Anna-Marie Sibon

    Hi Tina,
    I have a question. I have read a few recipes for slow cooker soap. What are the pros and cons of both the cold process and slow cooker methods. Why would I use one over the other?
    Glad you had a good Christmas and I hope your New Year will be fabulous!!!!!

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    • Tina Post author


      I am not a fan of any type of hot process soap. Cold process soap has a smoother texture and more gentle feeling left on the skin. It is difficult to describe because the true understanding comes from using the soap. Hot process has a spongy texture and it just doesn’t feel right to me. I happen to feel that in our self-styled chaotic lives we don’t really have time to babysit a Crock-Pot or other type of cooking vessel. I think it is best to get in, get dirty, go on. I can make a batch of soap in less than 30 minutes and have my kitchen cleaned up as well. Hot process means I must be home, I must pay attention, I must monitor and get the soap when it is ready to go in the mold. Then I have to clean up and those items can’t be machine washed, they are hand wash only. And the goopy soap is difficult to wash right off. The finished soap mixture from a batch of cold process flows smoothly into the mold, it has no need to continue monitoring the soap and it cuts smoothly and cleanly when removed from the mold.

      No comparison. I wish everyone loved the joys of cold process soap because it makes us more time efficient, causes fewer problems in the mold and results in a soap that has a longer shelf life. This means benefit to time, supplies and pocketbook. Three wins, major wins, for cold process soap.


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