Hot Springs Bathhouse Soap

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We make our Hot Springs Bathhouse soap with Hot Springs thermal spring water from Hot Springs, Arkansas! This water is taken from natural thermal waters which flow from springs of Hot Springs Mountain. The spring water reaches the surface from a watershed 4,400 years earlier.

 This soap is sweetly and refreshingly scented with ylang ylang essential oil with a dash of fir and peppermint for refreshment. It’s made with sustainable organic palm kernel oil which makes a hard bar of soap that lasts longer and a luxurious silky lather.


Avocado Oil

Avocado Oil

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Lavender is one of the oldest scents in the fragrance world. Amazingly, it is used in more men’s products than women’s and has maintained the status as most popular soap scent for centuries.

Queen Elisabeth loved lavender and encouraged lavender farms in England (oh, and thank you!).


Hot Springs, Arkansas

September 2014

Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas

Most of the bathhouses in Hot Springs were built around the turn of the last century at the height of spa popularity.  Situated in the Ouachita mountains, the bathhouses are sitting above hot springs that were known for their healing spring waters.  Today, many of the bathhouses have been transformed into restaurants and visitor centers.

Buckstaff Bathhouse - Bathhouse Row - Hot Springs, ArkansasBuckstaff Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas – The Buckstaff Bathhouse which originally opened in 1912, is the only remaining operational bathhouse in Hot Springs.

  Bath HouseThe Quapaw Bathhouse – Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas. The Quapaw was originally opened in 1922.  It was named after a local Indian tribe.

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Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas


Bath House

Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas

2014.09.22- Bath House Row - Hot Springs 011 Superior Bathhouse on Bathhouse Row – Hot Springs, Arkansas.  This one is now a restaurant and Brewery. Only root beer is brewed here at this time.  Nice place to grab a bite or have a drink while people watching.

Downtown - Bath House Row - Shopping and places to eat - Hot Springs, Arkansas

Downtown – Bathhouse Row – Shopping and places to eat – Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Spring by the walking trail – Hot Springs, Arkansas

It was actually a good workout just to get up the hill to the walking path.  Gravity is very noticeable on the way up.  I need to do that about 10 times a day.

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Spring running down the hill into a pool – Hot Springs, Arkansas

The hot springs in this area are still very much active in downtown Hot Springs.  There is a public fountain were you can fill your cup or your jugs with the springs water.  We met a couple filling gallon jugs with spring water to take back home declaring it is the best water you could ever drink.  The water is directed to underground tanks to cool before it is sent to the public fountain.  We were told that the water comes out of the ground hot enough to burn your skin so it must be cooled before it is ready for the public fountain. Next trip I will be sure to take a picture of the public fountain.

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Walking Trails – Hot Springs, Arkansas


Lake Ouachita near Hot Springs, Arkansas

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Lake Ouachita – Hot Springs, Arkansas


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River Below Lake Ouachita (runs into Lake Hamilton) Hot Springs, Arkansas



Beautiful old watermill from the 1920’s near Hot Springs, Arkansas




Natural Woman: Natural and Organic Makeup – See How It Looks

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Reasons that top the list for using natural and organic makeup are that they are better for your skin as well as being better for the environment. Nontoxic skin care products are a healthier choice for your skin and allow you to look and feel your best.

Using top-quality makeup is key to achieving a great look. Here, Lisa is modeling some of our products so that you can get an idea of what the cosmetics will look like on.

Natural and Organic Makeup

She starts by cleansing and moisturizing her face with Exactly Organics face cleanser and moisturizer. She then gives her skin a bit of a boost by applying Miessence Organic Balancing Skin Conditioner.


For foundation, Lisa begins with applying Miessence Honey Translucent Foundation (liquid) which offers sheer coverage. For concealer around the eyes she uses Ecco Bella FlowerColor Cover Up in Beige. Next, she applies Ecco Bella FlowerColor Face Powder in the color Fair which offers a medium coverage and smoothes the look. To contour, she uses a little darker shade of Face Powder in Light. You can also use a bronzer to contour.

For the colors Lisa is wearing:

Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in Ivy applied with a wet liner brush


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Eye Shadow in Deep Taupe in the crease and blended

 +eccobella_shimmer_dust_120Ecco Bella FlowerColor Shimmer Dust in Star to highlight


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Powder Eyeliner in brown to fill in the brows


Ecco Bella Burgundy Rose


Ecco Bella FlowerColor Lipstick in Peach Frost


Finished off with Ecco Bella Botanicals Flower Color Natural Mascara in black

 Lisa commented that she likes the Ecco Bella blush, eye shadows, and powder liners better than other mineral/natural makeups. The color pigments are richer and take less to put on. They also hold their color throughout the day.

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Be Inspired. Create a color pallet to fit your own unique style.

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If All Else Fails

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Beach Colors – Makeup Inspired by Island Sands

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This collection produces a clean, fresh look. The Ecco Bella colors suggest blends inspired by the islands. Ecco Bella has taken the guess work out color blends for you with eyeshadow colors of Vanilla, Heather and Deep Taupe. Vanilla is perfect for under the brow and corners of your eyes. Heather is a warm shade that looks great all over the eyelid. Deep Taupe is a warm tan that looks superb in the outer V and crease.



Create a sleek outline with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Brown Powder Eyeliner Refill. Brown liner powder is perfect for adding definition to your upper and lower lashes.




Brighten up with color  with Ecco Bella FlowerColor Blush Coral Rose Refill




Ecco Bella’s eco-friendly FlowerColor Paperback Duo Compact fits 4 eye shadows/powder eye liner refills or 2 eye shadows + blush color refill.





Complete your natural look with Peach Frost lipstick and Peace gloss or smooth on Ecco Bella’s Spice Vitamin E Lip Smoother.




Our Favorite Organic Sweet Cornbread Recipe


Fall is in the air and if your house is anything like ours, so is the aroma of a pot of soup simmering in the kitchen.  What goes better with a bowl of heartwarming soup than a good wholesome slice of organic cornbread?  We thought we would share our recipe which we have fine-tuned over the years until we think it’s just perfect.

We use our old Griswold iron skillet for this one so that the bottom crust browns nicely.  The trick for this is to heat the oil in the skillet on the range top before pouring in the batter.

Our Favorite Organic Sweet Cornbread Recipe:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

1 Cup Organic Corn Meal
1 Cup Organic Flour
1/3 Cup Organic Sugar
1 Tablespoon Aluminum Free Baking Powder
1 Teaspoon Real Salt
2 Eggs (cage free or free range, whatever you prefer)
1 Cup Organic Milk
1/3 Cup Oil (we use organic olive oil, sunflower oil, coconut oil or whatever we have)
+ Additional 1/3 Cup oil for pan (see below)

Pour the 1/3 Cup oil for the pan into an iron skillet.  You’ll want your skillet to be medium hot when you pour the batter in so place the skillet on a burner on medium heat while preparing the batter.  Keep an eye on the skillet while you are mixing and remove from heat when it is medium hot so that it doesn’t become too hot.

In a large bowl combine all dry ingredients. Make a well in the middle and add eggs, milk and oil.  Beat the eggs into the liquid and then mix all ingredients together. Batter will be a little lumpy.

Pour batter in the skillet and transfer to the oven.  The skillet will be hot so use a pot holder.

Bake for 20-25 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the middle comes out clean.

Server with butter and honey, if desired.


Okay, I’ve got to take a minute to show you the tablet cover that my granddaughter made for me.  It’s made from recycled materials and covered with Duck tape!  Now, isn’t that the most awesome tablet case you have ever seen?  But then again, she is an awesome granddaughter : )

Duck Tape Tablet Case

Duck Tape Tablet Case

Is it Duck tape or duct tape?

How to Grow an Organic Garden with Limited Space

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by Ginny Chandoah

I’ve been an organic gardener for most of my life, whether it was my childhood sandbox converted to a flower garden, a small patch of backyard lawn tilled up to grow vegetables, growing vegetables on a sunny patio and deck, growing vegetables in a closet, and larger scale organic vegetable gardening. Even with limited space, as long as there is a sunny spot, vegetables will grow.

Select seed packets that are USDA Certified Organic. It’s best to choose seeds that are open pollinated and heirloom varieties. Avoid those that are hybrid since they’ve been genetically modified, and also avoid those whose seeds have been chemically treated. There are many online retailers selling organic untreated heirloom variety seeds, such as Peacevine, Grow Organic, High Mowing, Wood Prairie, and more. Personally I like to choose seeds from small sellers within my growing area.

Vegetables that adapt very well to container growing include tomatoes, cucumbers, yellow squash (avoid crook neck yellow squash since that variety has been genetically modified), zucchini, lettuce, spinach, celery, even melons.

The next step to creating an organic garden is to select the containers in which to start your seeds. Any local nursery or store such as Lowes or Home Depot will carry splant containerseed starter trays and pots. Fill the pots with soil, create a hole and plant 2 seeds. This will ensure that at least one seed germinates. If both seeds germinate, when the seedlings have two leaves, remove the weakest looking seedling so there is only one seedling per pot. Another option is to use a small pot and space out 3-4 seeds. There are pros and cons to both methods. A single seedling per plant makes transplanting very easy. With multiple seedlings per pot, the roots need to be untangled when transplanting. I have used both methods and either one works. Transplant seedlings when they have at least two true leaves. The first “leaves” to appear after the seed germinates are not true leaves.

gardening_2For transplanting seedlings into growing pots, choose pots that will hold at least 10 pounds of soil. Vegetable plants need a large pot for establishing a good root system. In larger pots that hold 20 pounds or more of soil will be able to handle 3-4 plants in each large pot. I like to place drip catchers under the pots, but some pots are either too large for a drip catcher, or are an odd shape.

If you want to skip the process of sowing your own seeds, nurseries, stores like Lowes or Home Depot, food coops, or local organic farms may carry organic and/or heirloom seedlings that you can purchase and transplant.

The type of soil used is also important. If you want truly organic vegetables, avoid all-in-one bagged soils that contain chemical fertilizers. Instead, choose soils that are marked as approved for organic gardening. Also look for organic compost from local farms or nurseries. I like to mix my soil in a wheelbarrow and add a shovel full of lobster meal in with my composted soil for added nutrients. Peat can also be added to help lighten the soil and retain moisture, but a little goes a long way. You don’t want the soil to be soggy or your vegetable plants will suffer root rot.

Potted plants on a sunny deck or patio will be subject to intense heat and will dry out quickly. After potting my seedlings, I like to place on top of the soil an inch or two of wood chips (not cedar). These can be purchased at nurseries or stores such as Agway. Some people wrap foil around the pots to reflect the sun, and some people place bricks around the pots to absorb the sun’s heat and it also serves to release warmth around the pots during the cooler evening temperatures. Personally I do neither of these things and always make sure there is water in my drip catchers, and always thoroughly water my potted vegetables late in the afternoon or early evening so the plants have all night to soak up the water and nutrients in the soil.

Even though I have a large ground organic garden, I still like to grow certain vegetables in containers on my deck, including tomatoes, cucumbers, and squashes. Potted gardening 3 tomatoes grown on a deck or patio seem to avoid the leaf fungus that ground planted tomatoes are often subject to. That’s because potted tomatoes with wood chip mulch on top avoid the rain splash that throws soil on the undersides of the leaves.

Another reason I like deck or patio container gardening is because wildlife and pests don’t seem to bother the plants. However, I use regular fence material that I cut and wrap around the entire pot and plant. Not only does this keep foragers away, but it helps support the plants during strong wind and storms.

Placement of potted vegetable plants is also important as some require maximum sun while others do better with a little shade. I like to mix potted tomato plants with the potted lettuce and cucumber plants because tomatoes need maximum sun, and the lettuce and cucumbers receive dappled sun.

pic4Growing potted vegetables on a sunny deck or patio makes organic gardening easy. You don’t have to weed, most pests seem to avoid potted vegetables, and they are easy to harvest.

If you have a sunny area in the house, the growing season can be extended by moving potted plants inside when the weather turns too cold. I live in a northern area where nights start to turn cold in September. I’ve moved potted tomato plants into an unheated sunroom and harvested ripe tomatoes well into December.

After the growing season I empty the pot contents (plants and soil) into a composter and add to it my kitchen vegetable scraps. In a year or two I can reuse that soil instead of buying new soil. I wash out and store all of my seedling starter pots and the growing pots and reuse them the following year. With a little initial investment, every summer you can have fresh organic vegetables you grew yourself.

About the Author
Ginny Chandoha is a published writer whose short stories have appeared in The Staying Sane book series by DeCapo Press.