in memory of nina - my “bunny”

by admin on February 14, 2017

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bunny bar

people often ask, where do i get my inspiration from? well, it comes from all sorts of places, but sometimes, its from emotions that i need to channel somewhere - sort of like an artist does with a canvas…. my soap is my escape, and my canvas. i can put all of my energy into it - and feel i have brought it to life.

the bunny bar, is a very special bar to me. it was created in loving memory of my special special girl, nina. the ingredient list on this bar should only say one thing : love. because that is surely what went into making it. i thought about my nina the entire time i was making it.

my nina

my nina

i think animals are special … and for some reason, some are brought into our lives that form a bond that is so strong, and so unlike any other - no matter how many animals we’ve had in our life.. one just makes a mark you cannot deny, will never forget, and can never be replaced. nina was my special one.

our bond was instant. she fastened herself to my side from day one and my side didnt feel right without her there. she was so so smart, so funny, so intuitive. its like she was on her own little mission to be the best thing in my life, at least, i think thats what she thought, because thats certainly how she acted. i didnt even have to train her - i always said, its like she trained herself, just by observing and knowing me so well. all she ever wanted to do was make me happy … she never needed a leash, she never destroyed a toy, or any of our personal belongings, she didnt have accidents in the house, i mean this girl would let her bladder burst before she would ever. she was amazing. she listened to everything, knew everything, she was simply the best.dog.ever.

oh my gosh and did she make me laugh. she made up her own little games and had so many of her own funny little unique to her things - i seriously think she thought she was human. she would sit at the table with us, and talk to us… she talked a lot actually :) she hopped on her hind legs as if to walk side by side with her humans, like they do. one of my favorite things she did, was play hide and seek. eeeeeevery day when i would come home… she would run and hide behind a WHITE curtain.. lol and i could see her tail wagging moving the curtain.. but until i said ” where is mmmmmy little doggie aaaaaaaatttt’ she would stay there as if i didnt see her :D  then she would come darting out and flop onto her back at my feet and wait for a high five and a belly rub.

nina playing hide and seek

nina playing hide and seek

human nina - updating the website having a coffee...

human nina - updating the website having a coffee...

she loved walks, car rides were her favorite….she yipped and squealed the whole way.. no matter where were were going or how long it took to get there. this past summer she spent a lot of time on a farm with me - doing things shed never done before, she would do anything….and she did them as if shed been doing it her whole life…. and she was so happy doing it.. as long as she was with me. riding in a kubota over acres of fields picking rocks, ride on a4wheeler,pick pumpkins with me and ride on the big pumpkin wagon, long muddy walks in the woods..( although not new to her, she always loved loved doing that) she would run all around and then look back as if to say ” hey, you ok back there? c’mon… look at all this stuff!!!!”  …….she would never get far enough away to be out of sight, she always had to make sure we were ok.

nina loves walks in the woods!

nina loves walks in the woods!

she established herself as my protector very early on, too - i loved that about her. she would be nasty if she felt i was in any harm… and i was ok with that. she was so loyal, so obedient, so intelligent. im telling you, it was all her. she came into my life that way and only got better. literally until her last moments. even just two days before she passed, she woke me by nudging me over and over until i woke…as i was having a nightmare and she knew it. if i left home without her - my daughter would often call ” mom, please come home… nina is just laying at the door whining.. waiting for you, she wont move”  part of me thinks its because she just wanted me home with her, but part of me thinks she worried who would protect me without her there…. thats kinda how i feel now, like i cant move….. like im just waiting for her to be back. but i bet you my life, she is sat at the gates and will not move until i get there.

favorite time - cuddle time!

favorite time - cuddle time!

always by my side

always by my side

she fell very ill this past november, very suddenly. it was up and down for months, until her suffering came to an end mid-january. although i knew she was very sick, and tried hard to prepare myself for life without her, i still just cannot believe it. it is not the same. it will never be the same. nina grew my heart when she came into my life. She made a huge space for herself in it that will never be filled with anything but her. its her space. and it will forever belong to her. im so so lucky to have been her human.

my bunny

my bunny

smiling - always!

smiling - always!

so why grapefruit for the bunny bar? it just so happened to be one of her favorite treats. she and i - would sit and eat pink grapefruit together. i know, right? what dog likes pink grapefruit? im telling you….. she was special.  she was far from just any other ” dog”. she was everything good, she was SO SO happy.  she was amazing. she was awesome. she was mine.

my nina, my girl.

until next,

-h.

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whats up for 2017?

by admin on January 10, 2017

2107 Hi guys!

hope youre all having a great start to the new year! - enjoying some goodies gifted to you for xmas, hopefully ;) new years resolution? well, ive given up completely on the ” be more organized one” ive tried that i think every year for the last 10 and its never been a success. my ” be organized” note to self just gets lost somewhere and nothing changes. HA.. so this year, my resolution is to create a tiny little sliver of time for myself. each week. whether its to go for a drive, go to the gym without a time pressure to get to work,  paint my nails, do nothing, create art,  or sit here and blog. just quiet time for me and my thoughts, i need that.

my new best friend, amazon alexa. is keeping me quite happy and helping me manage life way more than my “be organized note to self resolutions” ever have! i checked my to-do list on her this morning and was told i need to do a blog post on our plans for 2017 - so here we go! thanks alexa!

last year i played around quite a bit with all the new ” healthy” fragrance oils that have recently become available - and i definitely enjoyed using them, feeling confident i could bring out some really unique blends and yet still keep you all free from harmful ingredients. so, that was fun for me, and hopefully you too. for whatever reason - 2016 had me using a lot of florals and a lot of sweet stuff. I do however, really really miss my essential oil only blends. im craving them. just as the mood i was in during the holidays was a lot of sweet scents - im craving earthy deep blends, and clean fresh herbacious blends and maybe a mix of the two. you can expect some mash up scents of two different bars combined (the first one is currently out - dig+joost) literally its half dig, half joost. also some flashback bars from somewhere in the past ( currently accepting suggestions) ;) and some new scents and bars that youve never before had.as always, as you know i get bored easily. heh.

ok so…our annual release of ” sweeties garden” is underway,  .. and some of the other seasonal soaps that pop in every year might become annual as well. one of my favorite floral bars from the past is going to be making an appearance this year as well. i havent made it in years and i am really excited to bring a batch of it out. dont ask me what it is - its a secret ;)

speaking of secrets - everyone wants to know - are the meltdowns staying?? yes, yes they are. thats no secret. and its no secret that they have become one of my favorite things ive ever created. im one of those people that seem unable to take my time in the morning.. i am rushing from the minute my eyes pop open at 5:30 until they close at night ( very late night typically  lol) , so the meltdowns have become such a great thing to me - as i can put my lotion on while in the shower and not feel that i am spending all sorts of time on myself getting ready to leave the house .. as i am always in a hurry to get on with my day. plus, im killing like three birds with one stone! im exfoliating - im applying lotion - and i smell amazing after! ha. so if you havent checked out the meltdowns.. please take the chance and do so. i love them so much i have decided to keep them around this year - even though they were initially brought out to be a ltd holiday product, i just cant imagine my shower without them now.

the meltdowns were born out of a desire i had -to create a shower lotion. I was messing around with it last year, some of you even received samples to try, and the feedback on it was awesome. so i was going to do that this year for the holidays… but the idea of having more packaging to mess with was making me crazy. i already felt we used too much plastic at bg, so i was looking for a way to  to cut back on the footprintt i felt bg was leaving too heavy on the planet. we had so many different scrubs and lotions and such, and of course holiday time always meant more - and the packaging for those just seems so bulky and wasteful.  i was determined to find a way to get a lotion/scrub out - that required minimal packaging. hence, the meltdowns. and to kickoff their launch to the line officially, they are on special this week for 5.50 … yep. in fact, speaking of price, im hoping since ive decided to bring them to the line, that i can knock down the price permanently,  since i will be ordering larger qty of the stuff i need to get them made. i will keep you posted on that as soon as i get pricing worked out with the new order coming in.

You also may have noticed the packaging on the soaps changing. we did away with the rubber band, although reusable, at the end of the day - eventually that thing is going to wind up in a dump site somewhere, and  id rather see a piece of paper go there than a rubber band.  i might even switch up the soap packaging once more. ive got an idea im currently working on. we will see. ive also got a few things ill be switching around as far as seasonal soaps - so many soaps have come out as the years have gone on …. so many are so loved, but i cant possibly keep up with production on all of them, all year round - keeping on top of that many ingredients and that many different things to squeeze into production, on top of all of the different products we make now, it would be incredibly difficult. so bear with me as the line may change somewhat - but rest assured, the staple bars will always be here (crud, rooibos, frenchy, monster chunk mint, bar none, low tide, fij… and…. bar 21) , thats right - im happy to announce bar 21 has made its comeback to the line as a staple soap. so for all of you missing the shampoo bar - get your hands on bar 21 and give it a whirl. it really does a fantastic job as being a shampoo bar.

ok, i think that about wraps things up here - oh and just a heads up  -  ive already started cracking away at the new stuff coming out - if you stop in the shop youll see 4 new ltd soaps and a few different sorts of meltdowns. Oh, and the signature scent that everyone fell in love with over the holidays is back in a solid lotion form. oooh….and i almost forgot…we have some  patchouli + vanilla wax tarts currently out! which are currently making my house smell AMAZING btw. its making the work from home day i am having, an evenwayawesomer one. sitting here with my pup, my coffee, and filling you all in on what to expect this year at bg. If you have any suggestions, of course id love to hear them. so feel free to comment on the Facebook post - maybe some long lost soaps we havent made in a while? favorite scents that have come and gone? etc… im all ears!

until next,

-heidi

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