Hellloooo Friday!

What I’ve learned is this….Chasing a dream is just that…it’s a chase. You have to constantly push yourself…

Hello Lovelies!

We did it…we made it to another Friday <3 Lots of fun things in store this weekend!

As several of you noticed I’ve been a little quiet lately. Y’all there has been so much going on…..

Just to catch you up….

#1 -The Final Countdown has begun!

I’m in my last – L_A_S_T – LAAAAAASSSSTTTT fall semester of graduate school! Thank you, thank you, no applause necessary really…actually clap your hearts out. It’s been a challenge. I’ve grown, I’ve cried, I’ve learned economics is kind of interesting, and I’ve been inspired to leap. This semester is taking some serious work and studying. So I’ve been nose in a book most nights.

#2 – I started another company.

Yeah, I know. I already have one. But after doing some market research this summer and really reviewing my company, the results told me that I needed to split it and re-brand my handmade items.

SOOOOOOO……ta da! May I introduce Southern Fields Soap Company to you :) We’re a small (as in my mom and I run the show) little company. Our mission? To bring you 90% organic and vegan body products with no harmful chemicals, toxins, colorants, or junk that hurts your skin. We grow or source our ingredients from right here in the Carolinas.

When you buy a soap from us, not only do you support our farm but other local farmers too! Our scrub sugar comes from a sweet family in North Carolina, our basil from Ovis Hill Farms, our Peppermint…grown right here on the farm, and our essential oils are 100% pure (more about that in another post!).

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β€’ A Bar of Our Lavender Soap β€’
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End pieces for the scrap basket at the Market
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Eucalyptus Mint Relaxing Soak

So I’ve literally been pouring every waking hour into making products, pouring soaps, cutting soaps, working the Farmers Market, and thinking of new products for winter.

It’s been awesome! And exhausting lol. I think I’ve been running off of four hours of sleep for the last three months.

But! I love it. People are using our soaps and realizing the difference! I love hearing people say they’ve been using them for two weeks and already see a difference. <3

We’ve been going to the City Center Farmers Market in Downtown Florence on Saturdays. I love the comradeship of the merchants. They’ve been nothing but encouraging and supportive. I look forward to seeing them each weekend :)

Being a small business owner is a lot of work. It’s hard. There are nights you want to throw your hands up and quit. But hang in there! I promise it’s worth it.

#3 – Boy Dahhhhhrrraaahhhhmaaaa

So I started dating this boy in September. He was the dream ladies…lively conversationalist, proper grammar, educated, successful, loved Jesus….ahhh. I was blown away.

He was so encouraging of my little soap business and giving me ideas of how to grow it and expand it.

We went on amazing dinner dates….he brought me roses….

And then as quickly as Hurricane Matthew rolled through, he was through. No goodbye, no phone call…just ghosted me as if I didn’t exist at all.

Now y’all know I’m not one to sit around and look at my phone waiting on a boy to call. Ain’t nobody got time for that, am I right?

Well this one just got my goat. . . So after getting frustrated and worked up about it, I did what you should never do…I texted him and told him exactly what I thought of his childish, immature rude 30 yr old behavior.

His response…You’re too tall to date.

Go ahead…bust out and laugh. I did. Lol. Called my mother and told her…and she laughed then said well someone’s got a complex. Can’t momma call it?

#4 – Charley Tango

Ever look at your vehicle and wonder why you haven’t traded the dag-gum thing in yet? Oh right it’s paid off…

So far this year, Charley’s gotten new tires, new brakes, new filters, new headlights x2, new blinkers, new flashers……just keep going and you’ll get there.

He’s eaten up my truck fund and most of my savings account.

And then today I get up to go to work and he won’t start. Nope. Just sat there like I need a day off mom. Momma ain’t got time for that boo boo.

Thank goodness my dad was off work today and could work on him.

So pray the Lord drops a new to me vehicle in price range around here soon. ‘Cause the old boy is a ticking time bomb.

#5 – Exhaustion

It’s a thing. I’m well versed in it at the moment. I knew going into grad school that I wouldn’t have much of a life until it was through. But they don’t tell you how rough running two small businesses, grad school, being VP of Com for Junior League and working a 40+ hour job each week is. …. it’s sheer insanity.

So what I’ve learned is this….sleep when you can…truck naps are awesome…hammock naps are better…you can listen to grad school lectures in the shower to save time and on the way to work…you can make products while watching grey’s anatomy #multitaskingfreakingqueenbee…you will cry a lot….drink hot tea….take immupro tablets 3x a day or you will get sick….

Basically, my life is a huge ball of craziness at the moment :) But that’s what being me entails right now. Chasing a dream is just that…it’s a chase. You have to constantly push yourself. You will fall, you will fail, you will falter along the way. But you will also get back up, dust off, and succeed :)

So here’s to you my lovelies! May you chase that big scary dream, may you dust that bootie off and may you be the best most bad bootie #GirlBoss ever!

XoXo!

One Exhausted – Bootie Dustin’ #GirlBoss Lemon

Happy Fall Y’all!

Hello My Lovelies!

I am currently in Denver, Colorado for a conference and y’all! It is blissfully like fall here <3 I am slightly dreading going back to hot old SC tonight.

With fall comes a few of my favorite things…Pumpkin Cranberry Bread (thank you momma!), Spiced Tea, Vests (I’m a complete vest addict) and crunchy leaves.

We always know it’s fall when my mom makes the first batch of her famous Spiced Tea. When you walk into her house, it smells deliciously of orange & clove and you instantly want to grab a blanket and snuggle with a mug. She’s been making Spiced Tea since we were little kids. I remember grabbing my mug and standing by the stove anxiously waiting until she would deem it the perfect time to dip us out a scoop.

It’s one of her signature recipes and my absolute favorite to make for a fall party or Christmas event!

Spiced Tea

Momma’s Spiced Tea

2 Cinnamon sticks
2 TBSP WHOLE cloves (about 16)
3 cups sugar (can sub 1/2 Splenda & 1/2 sugar)
1 qt. boiling water
1 qt. strong tea (Like REALLY STRONG y’all!)
Juice 3 lemons (Or lemon juice)
1 cup pineapple juice (I prefer Dole’s)
1 cup orange juice
3 quarts boiling water (Or sub 1/2 apple cider!)

Directions:

Bring 1 qt water (or cider/water blend) to a boil, add cinnamon sticks, cloves, and sugar (Mom throws in a dash of nutmeg). Boil for 5 minutes, then add tea and remaining ingredients. Keep on low for about an hour to encourage the flavors to blend. Serve hot or cold!

I will tell you a little secret about the spices. Momma splits them into two large tea balls and puts one on each side of the pot.

It’s good right after she makes it….but it’s AHHHHHMAZING the day after. All of the flavors and blended into this synergy of taste that I’ve yet to find anywhere else.

So go home, dig your favorite mug out and make a batch!

You can find more of my fall party favorites here!

XoXo!

One vest wearing, mug huggin’ Lemon

 

PS: Reply to this and I’ll send you my mom’s Cranberry Pumpkin Bread recipe! It pairs beautifully with Spiced Tea!

 

 

 

Achoooo…

Well Lovelies…

It’s here. Cold season. Fall allergies…woohoo. I’ve been running full out the last several weeks and I confess I’m behind on my sleep. 

Which one only knows means my immune system probably doesn’t have its A game on. 

A day or two ago I got the tickle in my throat and I thought ughh ohhh. 

The next day sneezing and coughing…

Yesterday, runny nose and tired. Tea pot came out…


Today…nose on the run all day and tired. Sooo we’ve been chugging hot tea and local honey with oils. 


Why not take medicine? Well first of all…I just don’t like it. Second of all…God made all of these wonderful plants that treat everything. 

So here’s what I like to use when I feel a cold a brewing :) 

RC on my chest ~ it’s a great blend oil. It contains several Eucalyptus plants which is a super strong antiviral // Myrtle helps decongest the mucus // Pine helps improve circulation in the lungs // Marjoram relieves and calms the muscles to help release headache tension // Tsuga helps open the respiratory system. 

I love to diffuse Thieves or Pine. I’ve been diffusing Thieves to help boost my immune system. I also roll it on the bottom of my feet before I go to sleep. 

Orange to give me a bit more vitamin C. 

Peppermint to help attack the fever and help with inflammation. 

Clove is a handy little immune stimulant.

With all of these guys in my corner, what more do I need? 

I may feel like I have a cold, but I don’t feel groggy or sluggish like I do if I take cold medicine. Usually, when I use my oils I can knock this out in a day or two. With meds it takes me over two weeks…

So, I’m sipping my tea and letting my body rest πŸ’• 

XoXo, 

One Tea Cup Pinky Up Lemon 

Herbs…

The smell of my herb garden was wafting through my house…and I wondered how I could use them?

I love summer! As I sit here curled up in my big yellow chair, the smell of my herb garden is flowing through my house. I keep my herbs by the bay windows in my sun room and I love to fiddle with them. I have loved watching my tiny little seedlings grow and flourish this summer. Some of them I grew from seeds and others were tiny seedlings when I rescued them from Lowe’s (they were severely dehydrated…it was a close call).

This year I grew a few new herbs… Lavender, Parsley, Citronella; along with a few of my favorites: Lemon Balm, Basil, Purple Basil, Sweet Mint and Rosemary.

South Carolina heat can be a beast in the summer..and my poor little purple basil got fried. Whoops…

But! I had three full harvests of my regular basil so plenty stored for winter this year. My citronella plant took off! I highly recommend planting that bad boy in a planter…he took over the box.

One afternoon, I was looking around the internet for a fun way to use my fresh herbs and stumbled upon this recipe by SARA MOULTON. I had several events to go to the past few weeks and hosted a few get togethers at my house, so I tried it out! It was so easy to make and everyone loves chatting over cheese and crackers!

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FRESH HERBED YOGURT CHEESE

Start to finish: 2 1/2 days plus 20 minutes (20 active)

17.6 ounce container (about 2 cups) Greek yogurt, full-fat or low-fat, your choice

3 tablespoons minced shallot

2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley

1 tablespoon minced fresh chives

2 teaspoons minced fresh tarragon

1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic

1 teaspoon minced fresh rosemary

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2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil

Salt and black pepper

Toasted baguette slices or crackers

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Line a large strainer with a triple layer of rinsed and squeezed cheesecloth and set the strainer over a larger bowl. Pile the yogurt into the strainer, spreading it out. Cover with plastic wrap, top with a plate and a weight such as a can of tomatoes and let the yogurt drain in the refrigerator for 48 hours.

Transfer the drained yogurt to a bowl and stir in the next 7 ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste. If time permits, cover and chill the cheese for up to 8 hours (to develop the flavor). Shape the cheese into logs or rounds and serve with toasted baguette slices or crackers. Makes a little over 2 cups.

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Nutrition information per 2-ounce serving: 76 calories; 43 calories from fat; 5 g fat (1 g saturated; 0 g trans fats); 4 mg cholesterol; 56 mg sodium; 3 g carbohydrate; 0 g fiber; 3 g sugar; 5 g protein.

— recipe by SARA MOULTON —

 

I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did!

XoXo,

One Cheese Loving Lemon