Monday, December 28, 2009
I've added a pregnancy ticker to this site so you can all see how far along I am. I'm excited now and can't wait to go to the doctor for the first ultrasound - which won't be for a while yet but it's something right?
I pulled out all my old maternity clothes, and who knew that maternity clothes go out of style! That or I totally lost my fashion sense when I was pregnant with my first two kids! Where were my fashion friends then huh?
Oh well maybe I'll go shopping or something soon!
On another note, my Etsy shop and website will be open on however I will be unavailable on Dec. 31st - Jan. 1st due to the holidays. I will answer all questions and process orders on the 2nd. Thanks so much!
Monday, November 16, 2009
Mostly it's because I've had a job and been really tired for the last few weeks! Well, on Thursday I went home from work a little early because I wasn't feeling very well. Then Friday I found out why! SURPRISE I'm pregnant! Before you ask, no we were not planning it, yes we know how to prevent it, yes we tried, but nothing is 100% effective right?! My Daughter is almost 8 and my son (the youngest) is 5 and in kindergarten, we thought we were done! WE WERE WRONG!
Baby #3 will be here sometime in July I think but will know for sure when I go to the doctor. Don't worry - I will not stop making luxurious bath & body products! I will take some time off once the baby gets here, just the normal 4-6 weeks. But that will be scheduled at a later date.
I'll post all the baby news here and anything else that pops up!
Saturday, October 10, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Actually my cousin was helping to and she dug for like 6 hours straight! Bless her little heart!! THANK YOU AMY!!!!
And a big giant humungus THANK YOU to my Dad (your tuckpointing is beautiful), Uncle Ron (hope your knees are feeling better), Uncle Eddie (hope your everything is feeling better :0), and little brother Jake (you'll be back!) for coming out and helping! We are so much further than we would have been without you guys!!!!!!!
Here's a few pics of how it looks so far!! I can't wait until this HUGE project is done!
Wednesday, September 23, 2009
It's amazing! It's perfectly sweetened and with a tiny hint of tartness to make your mouth water! We had a blast making it as it only took about 7 hours! :0)
I can't wait to make pork chops!!
On Sunday, I make another 6 quarts of applesauce and added cinnamon to it and it's tastes like apples pie filling!
Now all I have to do is can my tomatoes! That'll be a later post!
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Through all my crazy quirkiness, you seem to understand what I'm saying and thinking even when I don't. You've stood by me through everything and you've given me the 2 greatest gifts in the world, a daughter and a son.
Our life is never perfect, but it's all ours and we always get through everything, together. There isn't anyone else in the world that I would rather live with, laugh with or love than you!
Here's to another 8 years and more - I Love You ♥
Monday, September 21, 2009
We put an 18 inch tall white fence around the entire bottom of the chicken run and I'm happy to say that it has done the trick of keeping MOST of the chickens in the pen! There are 2-3 that get out every day but at least it's not all of them!
That is one project down = only about 100 more to go! LOL
Monday, September 14, 2009
I'll be sending out a special newsletter later in the week so if you're not signed up yet, go over to the right of this blog and fill out the info!!
I'm also pleased to announce that I'm working on developing a website!!! This is so exciting! You'll be able to purchase from both the Etsy shop and my website and I will combine shipping too!!! The website will carry different products than the Etsy shop so I thought offering combined shipping seemed like the best thing to do!
I'm hoping to have the website up and running before I re-open the Etsy shop in October. In case you want to keep an eye on it, the website is http://ShopRachelRene.com (it currently redirects to my Etsy shop but once I get to working on it, it'll point to the website).
Thanks so much!
More news later!! :0)
Thursday, August 27, 2009
On Monday I started a new part-time job working in the kitchen of one of the local elementary schools. So far I like the job, the people are great and everything is going very well. I left work yesterday at 1:00 and got about 2 miles away when my truck gave a huge lurch and then started clanking, I pulled over and pressed the brakes only to find out they weren't working very well. Finally coasted to a stop and found that my rear brake rotor had apparently rusted through and broke off. Brake fluid is leaking everywhere and I can't get a hold of anyone except my husband who works 2 hours away.
So there I sat on the side of the road playing Suduko on my cell phone for 2 hours waiting for him and all I could think about was, what do I tell my boss when I can't come in tomorrow because I have no car!!! I was so upset!
Finally Larry pulls in and he drives the truck home and I take his car, he had to use the emergency brake the whole way home. He spends the next 5 hours taking off the old rotor, going to the store to get the new one, installing the new rotor and replacing the brake pads. What a miserable time for him!
SO, all is well right? NOT! The truck is fine however the other rotor is looking pretty rusted too, that will be replaced this weekend after payday. This morning I woke up got the kids off to school turned around and my cow is standing in a field on the other side of our electric fence. I'm all alone, unless you count my non cow herding dogs. So to make my life easier, I take apart the electric fence and coax the cow back in using her feed. That only took an hour!
The problem I am having is that ever since I started my new job - I haven't made any soap or anything! I am in desperate need to make new products because I'd like to open in mid-September! So this weekend, I am going to hide in my soap room and avoid everything that will take my mind off making things!
I've got some awesome new fall scents I want to get ready and of course I'll need to take photos!
So what about you? Do you seem to have bad luck or good luck?
Off to work soon - see you all later!!
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Her name was AJ and she was a truly special pet to me. First of all she was a badass cat! She was scared of nothing, when I would train the horses, she would lay in the middle of the round pen while I was lunging them in circles and they would have to go around her - she would not move. She liked to hunt, all cats do, but she liked to hunt rabbits and other large prey. She never bit the kids, she did nip me when the litter box was dirty, her food bowl was empty or when she wanted to be let outside.
Now she is gone and we are all very sad. We wrapped her in white satin and buried her in front of my favorite flower garden. My children were very upset but they got better after a couple hours. I on the other hand woke up thinking it was all a bad dream, then I remembered.
AJ, I will miss you so much! You were the best cat I've ever owned but you were also a very special friend to me! I love you and I'll never forget you..... ♥ goodbye
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
The silage has done a beautiful job keeping the weeds to a minimum, however, the chickens seem to think I've made them new beds/buffets!!!
They have shredded my Hostas from scratching the area around them looking for bugs, thrown the silage every which way but back where it came from, and they have ruined several of my other flowers from scratching, and pecking!
So long story short, I told my husband (Larry) that I wanted to make a pen for them so they couldn't get out and he thought that was a great idea! I drew up plans of how I wanted everything and he agreed. Then I went to the store, DON'T LEAVE YOUR HUSBAND ALONE WHEN YOU ARE BUILDING SOMETHING!!!!!
I got home from the store, and Larry had written up new plans that included room for the dogs, consisted of 8 strands of electric wire instead of chicken wire and still used the old coop instead of the new small one I wanted to build. I wasn't thrilled about it but as long as it kept the chickens out of my gardens who the heck cares what it looks like, right?
Even longer story shorter, we spent this past Saturday & Sunday in the 95+ degree heat building fence and stringing wire. Oh the joy!! Check it out!!!
South West corner looking North
Northwest corner looking South at the existing chicken coop - the yellow brick building behind the trees - not the falling down barn in the back.
Northeast corner looking South
Southeast corner looking West
Southeast corner looking Northwest
We dug 16 posts, nailed in 125 wire insulators, strung a little less than 1 mile of electric wire, fixed gates, and re-arrange the inside of the coop and this is what happens:
They all go right under the wire, some get a small shock but they still go right through, others don't get a shock at all, some get shocked 3 or 4 times before they go to a different area and get through without a shock. It sounds cruel but I assure you it's a very tiny zap! Something like a 9 volt battery on the tongue.
Now we have to figure out what to do to make them stay in their pens!!!
I'll let you know what we come up with!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
I love fragrance suggestions too so if you'd like me to carry something, drop me a convo or an e-mail and let me know! If it's a scent that I can get, I'll test it out and if it's passes, we'll add it! I can also do custom items!
I think the next voting round will be Water Ivy and Honey Almond - looking forward to getting your thoughts on these two!
I'll be closing my shop on August 2nd and will re-open between September 8th and October 1st.
Come back and see what's going on! I'll be posting pics of our "projects" this week! :0)
Thanks everyone -
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Click Here to see the ONLY ONE LEFT section
I've also added a list in my profile page of products that have already sold out and will not be back until I reopen in October.
You can view that list by clicking HERE or looking at my profile on Etsy.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me!!!
Thursday, July 9, 2009
Look at these savings!
Shaving Bars, Glycerin, Olive Oil, and Cold Process Soaps were $4.50-$5.50 each now only $3.15-$3.85 each
Body Mousse was $6.00-$8.50 now it's $4.20-$5.95
Lotion Bars were $4.00 each now only $2.80 each
Lip Butters originally $3.00 each are now only $1.50 each
Souffle Soaps (Whipped Soap in a Jar) was $4.00-$10.00 now $2.80-$7.00
4 packs of Bath Bombs were $7.00 each now only $4.90 each
I'm also offering Unlimited Flat Rate Shipping on just about everything in my shop! And, if you don't qualify for the Flat Rate option, I will refund any shipping charges over $1.00 of the actual shipping!!
This sale will run through the 1st of August or until all remaining inventory is sold.
If you would like multiples of any of the products in my shop please contact me and if I have them in stock I will reserve them for you! But please note that I have a very limited inventory!
Please sign up for the mailing list on the right hand side of the blog to keep up to date with all the goings on here at Rachel Rene Bath & Body!
Thank you so much!!!
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
With all that is taking place here at home, I've decided that I will need to close my shop for at least the next few months. The shop will be closing no later than August 16th. If I run out of in stock items before then, I will close it sooner. I hope to re-open sometime in October but can't give an exact date yet, but I will keep you posted!
I will still be checking e-mail and convos at least once a day and if you find yourself out of something while my shop is closed, please contact me and I'll see if I can get it for you.
I will put my shop on vacation mode when I close my shop and if you visit while I'm closed, you can check the box in my shop announcement that will send you an e-mail to let you know when I re-open. I will also of course send an e-mail to all of you when I re-open as well.
You can always check here or follow me on Twitter to see what I'm up to for the next few months as well!
Be sure to stock up on your favorites now. I'm not sure what I'll have when I close the shop in August but I do promise to have to new and exciting scents when I re-open in October!!
Thank you so much and please let me know if you need anything at all!!!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
The first 2 fragrances that I'm looking for feedback on are Oakmoss and Lavender Basil.
Oakmoss is a clean and fresh scent that is not sweet or musky. It is definitely one for guys and gals alike!
Lavender Basil is a light floral scent with mild tones of basil which gives the lavender a nicely rounded herbal scent.
I've been sending samples of both to everyone who has placed an order since around the 7th of June. I've just made a fresh batch of samples to be sent out with future orders this month. Once these run out I'll leave voting open through the 17th of July.
I'll start sending samples of 2 other fragrances when I am out of the Oakmoss and Lavender Basil samples and open voting on the new scents and post another blog regarding that when the time comes.
If you receive samples of the Lavender Basil and Oakmoss - please let me know what you think by voting on the right hand side of this blog! I value all of your opinions and would love to hear what you think of these scents! If you'd rather leave me a message via the Etsy Conversation feature or my e-mail ShopRachelRene@aol.com that would be fine with me as well!
I look forward to hearing from you and thanks so much for taking the time to let me know what you think!
Rachel Rene Bath & Body
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Quantities are limited and only what is in stock is listed. These sales cannot be combined with any other offers or used on custom or reserved listings.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me!
I will combine shipping on all products offered and refund any shipping charges over $1 of the actual shipping cost via Paypal!
Saturday, June 6, 2009
It's full of awesome info this month! Be sure to check it out!
If you haven't signed up to get our newsletter, you can do so by filling out the info on the right hand side of this blog! You will have to confirm the information through e-mail before the list will add you! And once you're added, I'll send you this months copy of the newsletter via e-mail!
We never, ever, ever, sell or share your information with anyone and we never ever will!!! :0)
Thanks so much everyone!!!!!
Friday, May 22, 2009
I can send a revised invoice or a refund if payment is made through Paypal! Feel free to contact me with any questions!
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the next few weeks I will be analyzing my sales and determining which scents should be kept and which should be removed. I've noticed that with my last fragrance oil purchase I bought several oils that were very similar to scents I already carry in my shop!
Prices for clearance items are as follows:
Shaving Soap Bars $2.50
Bath Bombs 4 Pack $4.00
Lotion Bars $2.00
2oz Body Mousse $4.00
4oz Body Mousse $6.00
As always if you have any questions, feel free to contact me with any questions!!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
This section will contain all items that can be shipped together for one low shipping price. You can choose as many items from this section as you'd like and will not be charged any additional per item shipping charges.
I'll still offer items in the appropriate sections in my shop for those that only want to order 1 or 2 items or for those items like Bath Bombs and 8 oz Souffle Soaps that don't qualify for Flat Rate shipping. These items will still have the current shipping prices in each listing.
Saturday, May 9, 2009
SNS – Saturday Night Special
Receive a Free 2oz Jar of Soufflé Soap with your purchase of $25 or more! Choose the scent from this list below and add it to the “Notes to Seller” box during checkout!
Black Raspberry Vanilla
Creamy Orange Coconut
Oatmeal, Milk & Honey
Strawberry Rhubarb Pie
Limit one per customer, while supplies last. $25 minimum purchase must be after any discounts/promo codes are applied and cannot include the shipping charges.
Thursday, April 30, 2009
They'll be added to my shop through the day on Friday May 1st and if you're on the mailing list don't forget the special code to get 10% off all Souffle's!
If you're not on the mailing list, sign up and I'll send you the code!
Click here to see them all!
Saturday, April 25, 2009
So I thought I would have a BIG sale instead!! I made a lot of stuff to bring to the show and would love to sell some of it this weekend so be sure to check out my shop and pick up your favorites!!!
See my shop announcement for full details of the sale - click here to go to my shop!
Be sure to grab up your favorites quick! I will only be relisting what I actually have made and in stock!!
Tuesday, April 14, 2009
The Swag Bags go on sale in our team Etsy shop http://egcg.etsy.com tomorrow (April 15th) and are a great way to try products from different members or they make a wonderful gift to Mom for Mother's Day!
Check out the EGCG Blog http://egcgswag.blogspot.com for more information on what's in the bags and then be sure to swing by our shop and pick up your very own EGCG Swag Bag!!!
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
It will also be a way for local customers to find out which craft shows I'll be doing this season. I'll be updating this calendar daily if needed to keep you informed of what's going on in my shop!
If you have any questions, please feel free to convo me through Etsy or e-mail me directly at ShopRachelRene@aol.com and don't forget to sign up for my Monthly Newsletter on the right hand side of my blog!
Have a wonderful day everyone!!
Thursday, April 2, 2009
Oatmeal Milk & Honey Body Mousse
Patchouli Body Mousse
Almond Shaving Soap Bar
Winter Grapefruit Shaving Soap Bar
Patchouli Cold Process Handmade Soap - the first of many to be added back into my shop!
Check them out and more at my shop http://RachelRene.etsy.com
Thanks as always!!!
Monday, March 2, 2009
Saturday, February 28, 2009
SNS - Saturday Night Special
Get 20% Off on all Soaps, Bath Bombs, Lip Butters, Lotion Bars and more!
*sale excludes subscriptions*
Prices have already been marked down so there is no need to wait for a revised invoice or a refund!
Sale ends Sunday Morning 3/1/09
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Check them out here!!!
Now available - 4 oz. Jars of Body Mousse for $7.50 each.
These attractive oval shaped jars hold 4 full ounces of my fabulous Body Mousse. So if you thought the 2 oz. jars were not enough but the 16 oz. jars were way too much this is the perfect size for you!
2 oz. jars are still available and 16 oz. jars are available on request just send me an e-mail/convo.
Also, if you would like a Body Mousse (or any products) in a scent that I carry in my shop but not in that particular product, please feel free to convo or e-mail me and I will create a reserved custom listing for you.
The only scents that I cannot create are Limited Edition scented products because I will not have these scents on hand.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Beginning the week of March 1st, I will be adding the following types of Lip Butters to my shop so keep your eyes out for them!
Oranges N Cream
and Strawberry Banana
Be sure to stop by and pick up a few of these wonderful scents when you get the chance!!!! And if you think there is a flavor that I should have because it is so awesome and everyone you know loves it, feel free to contact me and tell me what it is! I'll see what I can do about adding it to my collection!!
Friday, February 20, 2009
This is Strawberry Champagne Olive Oil Soap, which is a sweet and bubbly scent that is really really good!
This is Raspberry Almond Olive Oil Soap, a warm and buttery almond scent blended perfectly with a sweet and slightly tart Raspberry scent.
This is Apple Buttercream! This is a really rich and warm Buttercream scent that is rounded out nicely with fresh and crisp red and green apples!
This is Pearberry Olive Oil Soap which is a very sweet fruity mix of pears and ripe berries!
This is Creme Brulee Sugar Soap which is a very rich and decadent dessert scent that is warm, buttery, rich, creamy, and just plain great!!
And last but not least Black Cherry Shaving Soap Bars - this is extremely good! It is so sweet and rich. Smells exactly like Black Cherries and I just love it!!
I just wanted to let all of my wonderful customers know that I will be creating some more Cold Process soaps next week and they should be ready to list in my shop in late March.
I will continue to make the Glycerin (melt and pour) soaps as well as Olive Oil Soaps and Shaving Soap Bars too so no worries there.
Also, I had mentioned that I will be stopping production of Body Mousse in February but have decided to offer both Body Mousse and Lotion Bars all year long. If the summer months prove to be more than either product can handle during shipment, I may need to stop production at that time and send an e-mail and blog regarding this info, but I am confident that they will hold up well.
As always, if you have any questions or need anything at all, please feel free to contact either at ShopRachelRene@aol.com or convo me through Etsy.
Thanks a bunch!!!
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Our water well broke - $600.00 (OH NO)
Cat to the vet for urinary block - $300.00 (are you serious?)
Daughter asthma attack & meds - $200.00 (and that's with insurance)
Not to mention all the daily things that just never seem to work out as planned!
HOWEVER, because I am an optimist I will also point out all the good things that happened in January:
I got a new wholesale client (Yay me!)
Sales for the month were double what my goal was! (another Yay Me!)
My daughters asthma attack was quickly handled by our doctor and she was fine within a week! (Yay Doctor!)
My Cat seems to have made a full recovery and is now back to being obnoxiously normal. (YAY Vet!)
Our well service people came out the next day and fixed it that day and are allowing us to make payments! (YAY Well GUYS!)
See, when you put things in retrospect, they could have been much worse! So, I guess, January was "rough" but not as bad as it seemed now that we're in February!
But that doesn't mean I can't hope that February goes by without any problems, right?
Monday, January 26, 2009
So I'm encouraging you all to take a little time today and do some dancing! Tap your toes, shake your booty, throw your hands in the air and wave them like you just don't care, just shake something in as much of a rhythmic way as you can (some of us have no rhythm and that's ok) it'll make you feel better! I promise - well I hope anyway!
That's all for now!!! Have a wonderful day everyone!
Saturday, January 24, 2009
January 24th through approx. 7:00AM (CST) January 25th get 20% OFF everything in my shop!
All prices have been reduced already so there is no need to wait for a revised invoice or a Paypal refund. And no code to enter in the notes to seller!
And, if you are a Mailing List Member make sure you check out the January Newsletter so you'll know how to get an extra 5% OFF!
If you're not already a member sign up and I'll send you a copy of the newsletter so you can take advantage of the extra 5% OFF too!!