Because we use goat's milk and honey in our recipe, we need to keep the temperature of all of our ingredients considerably cooler than usual. Milk and honey add sugar to the mixtures, which increases the heat. If we're not careful, the oils and lye can become too hot to pour into molds. Watch and listen to understand our trick for keeping our soap solution cool.
If you're anything like me, then you find making meals to be both a chore and a challenge. Please don't misunderstand me, I do enjoy the act of eating itself. It's the preparation of meals that I find a distraction. I have a million other things I'd rather be (and need to be) doing, and making meals takes time away from those preferences and priorities. However, I do realize that food and fueling the body are essential, so I have found a few recipes that enable me to refuel quickly without a lot of time spent on preparation.
One of my go-to favorites is a pre-made potato latke (pancake) with a fried egg and fresh avocado on top. The latkes can be found in the frozen section of Trader Joe's. They are awesome and take less than 10 minutes to make. I use cage free organic eggs, and organic avocado as well. The result is a powerhouse of beneficial nutrients.
Eggs-Eggs are considered a 'complete' source of protein because they contain all eight essential amino acids; the ones we cannot produce in our bodies, but must obtain from our diet. More than half the protein of an egg is found in the egg white, along with vitamin B2. The whites are rich sources of selenium, vitamin D, B6, B12 and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Egg yolks are the source of cholesterol, fat soluble vitamins A, D, E and K.
Avocado-Health benefits of avocados include a lower risk of cancers, including breast cancer and prostate cancer. Avocado contains carotenoids and monounsaturated fat, which both contribute to the significant reduction of cancer. Avocado also contains Glutathione, an antioxidant that protects the cells from cancer and the dangerous effects of free radicals. The list of antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds in avocados is impressive. The organic compounds in avocados cause cancerous cells to undergo apoptosis (automatic cell death). In addition, avocado contains both vitamin C and E, which help to enhance antioxidant properties of the human body. Vitamin C recycles Vitamin E, and helps to reduce the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
Potatoes-Potatoes are a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, copper, vitamin C, manganese, phosphorus, niacin, dietary fiber, and pantothenic acid. Potatoes also contain a variety of phytonutrients that have antioxidant activity. Among these important health-promoting compounds are carotenoids, flavonoids, and caffeic acid, as well as unique tuber storage proteins, such as patatin, which act against free radicals. Potatoes are primarily made of carbohydrates and contain very little protein. This makes it an ideal diet for those excessively lean or thin people who want to put on weight. Potatoes are also very effective for reducing inflammation. Since it is soft, easily digested and has a lot of vitamin-C (a very good antioxidant that repairs tissue wear and tear), potassium and vitamin-B6, it can relieve any inflammation of the intestines and the digestive system.
With all of the demands placed on your time these days, it's easy to get overwhelmed. Which activities should get priority over others, when they all seem important? Here's a quick way to categorize your to-do list to effectively and efficiently meet your goals.
Write down 2 things you spent time doing in the last four days. If the task or activity didn't really have a deadline, but it helped you work toward a longer-term goal, mark it as "important." Examples include studying for an assignment, spending time on a rewarding hobby, or time with family. Mark the activity as "urgent" if it involved something like scheduling an eye exam or fixing a broken item in your house.
Oftentimes, we spend our days dealing with pressing tasks, and what really matters to us is put on the back burner. You may end each day feeling distracted and unfulfilled. When you separate “urgent” activities from the “important” ones, you become more aware of the time you need to carve out in order to achieve your goals.
Ever find yourself stuck and unable to take a step forward after a loss or disappointment? The following five step process can help you shift from the paralysis caused by fear or self-doubt, toward acceptance and taking forward action.
You’ve likely heard of the five stages of grief—denial, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance. Most experience the grief process after a significant loss such as a death. However, any loss can cause grief. Take a job loss for example, or a significant life change like retirement. Regardless of the cause of the grief, the process can be debilitating and paralyzing. Fear and self-doubt can creep in and keep you from moving forward in your life. In order to move through the negative feelings of loss and despair, and reconnect to your creativity and intuition, you must move from the reptilian brain response, through the emotional response, and then on to a higher, more intuitive response as quickly as possible. Tapping into your intuition and inner guidance allows you to move beyond the pain and disappointment toward joy and the realm of infinite opportunities and possibilities.
Begin by imagining that you are stepping onto a five-step ladder. Each step leads you away from the loss, despair, and disappointment toward the higher experiences of joy and acceptance.
Close your eyes and take the first step, saying either to yourself or out loud:
Step 1. “Why me?” This is the instinctive fight or flight response. Then take two deep breaths and mentally step up, with the loss/disappointment in mind, to:
Step 2. “How could this happen?” Again take two deep breaths. This step moves you past your emotional victim response.
Step 3. Next, move up to the third step and say: “There must be a reason!” Then take two deep breaths. This step takes you beyond the negative energy that accompanies victim thinking or being consumed by anger.
Step 4. Continuing, move up to step 4 and say: “How can I help myself?” Then take two deep breaths. This step walks you out of denial and into acceptance and a detached response. It also allows you to nurture, comfort, and heal yourself.
Step 5. Continuing, move up to the top step and say: “What can I learn from this experience?” Then take two deep breaths. This step walks you out of the pain and opens you up to growth, expansion, and opportunity. There is freedom and joy in finding acceptance. This final step allows full acceptance of the situation and now gives you access to a higher, more positive response.
It may take time for these five steps to stick. However, if you practice them—moving more and more quickly through them each time you face an upset—the more quickly you will connect to your intuitive self, beyond the pain, and toward acceptance and joy.
Sometimes, nothing quite sums up exactly how you feel better than a four letter word. You know the kind I’m talking about.
Or do you?
No, I’m not referring to the charged expletives you may find yourself shouting while stuck in traffic and you’re late for a meeting, or when your dog eats your fresh-out-of-the-oven chicken dinner. I’m talking about a different kind of four letter word. But, it still packs a powerful punch and can actually debilitate and sabotage you.
Can you guess what it is?
It’s often referred to as F E A R.
Fear can stop you in your tracks and fill you with self-doubt. It can rob you of your confidence and prevent your progress. It can undermine your dreams and steal your thunder. When it comes to moving forward in your life, fear is rarely your friend.
Now obviously, I’m not talking about the fear you experience when a car suddenly cuts you off on the highway or you lose your kid in the grocery store. That kind of “fight or flight” fear in certain situations makes sense and is perfectly normal. I’m talking about the kind of fear that keeps you from reaching your full potential. It’s that voice in your head that keeps you from taking action to create the life you want.
It’s critical not to downplay the power of this kind of fear. Although the emotions attached to it may not be as immediate or have the same intensity of the kind of fear driven by the “fight or flight” response, its effects are equally, if not more impactful.
How many times have you found yourself shying away from exciting opportunities, ignoring your passions or hobbies, or stuffing down and dismissing your deepest desires? What was the base cause that led you to do that?
F E A R--Fear of failure, fear of not being good enough, fear of being judged or criticized, fear of standing out, fear of success, fear of rejection. Regardless of what you fear, it’s holding you back. It’s preventing you from reaching your highest goals, whatever they may be.
So enough is enough! It’s time to take back your power. It’s time to regain control of your life, point yourself in the direction you really want to go, and then kick it into high gear. Here’s the 4-step guide for how:
1. Acknowledge it: Awareness is the first step toward action. Simply recognizing that fear is behind whatever is holding you back, is great progress. Once you have identified the fear, and understand why you feel it in the first place, you can confront it head-on. Suddenly, you’ll experience a kind of role reversal, and the fear that once controlled you, you will control.
2. Label it: Say it out loud. Give it a name. Call it what it is. For example: that voice in your head that screams don’t apply for the new position because you won’t get it anyway, you likely won’t succeed at the interview, you can’t compete against the other candidates, and on and on is: “Fear of Failure”. Getting your fear out into the open takes it out of you and puts it “out there”, where it can no longer harm you or hold you back. By labeling it, you disarm and weaken it. This can be incredibly empowering the next time you face that particular fear. Once you recognize it for what it is, you can confront it much faster and move on to bigger and better things.
3. Challenge it: Just because you have allowed fear to overcome you in the past, doesn’t mean history has to repeat itself. You do have a choice. You can challenge it. What’s the worst thing that can happen? Literally create that scenario in your mind. Imagine what the absolute worst case would be if you decided NOT to listen to your fear. Then do whatever it is you’re afraid to do. I’d be willing to bet that whatever you imagined is far worse than what will actually happen.
4. Just do it: The ironic thing about fear is, once you confront it, it tapers away. So just do it. Take action and confront your fear. Infinite opportunities and possibilities wait on the other side.
What is your biggest fear? Don’t let whatever it is stop you. Challenge it, and then commit to taking the action to reach and fulfill your highest goals. I assure you, you won’t regret it.
Love is at the core of what we do.
Love is what powers our purpose, which is to serve others in such a way that they are reminded of their own value.
Because I know how hard it is to struggle with life. I know how hard it is—when the odds are stacked against you—to become the kind of person that you know you are, and not become barren and bitter because of adversity.
As a single mom and sole parent, there were times when I had to make some desperate choices. Do I call in sick to work, or order takeout? I couldn’t do both. My car was on empty. To get to work, I’d have to fill up my gas tank. If I filled up my gas tank, I wouldn’t have enough money to buy food to feed my kids.
My choice—work, or feed my kids?
You likely already know the answer.
I didn’t want to live paycheck to paycheck. I hated that at the end of every month I had less than $20 in my bank account. I resented that I wasn’t getting consistent child support. I was angry that my job was so demanding that I wasn’t a particularly playful or fun-loving parent, nor could I be as attentive to my kids as I wanted to be. Every day was a battle between guilt and duty. I hated that Christmases and birthdays were skimpy. It made my heart hurt to see my kids feel slighted and judged because they didn’t have the latest and greatest gadget. It was hard to explain to them in ways they could understand, that it wasn’t that I didn’t want to give them the things that would make them feel equal to their peers. It was that I couldn’t. We had to have some raw and hard conversations that exposed the grim reality of our circumstances.
I wanted to be a focused and an “in-the-moment” mom, but my attention was always divided between what I needed to get done and what might happen if I didn’t. Work was my priority at times, because work was what paid my bills, kept my children fed, and enabled them to have the best life I could provide at that time. My kids suffered. We struggled. But we also overcame. And that’s the point behind Glory B’s.
I made a promise to myself and God, that if I ever got out from under my circumstances, I would find a way to give back and help others who were in a similar struggle.
During some of my darkest moments, I didn’t have a lot of support. I can’t explain to you why. I really don’t understand it or know myself. I have a very loving family, but at that time in my life, they were not available. I am sure they have their reasons. We have never really talked about it. Regardless, I was alone in my struggle, and it was entirely on me to figure it out. I didn’t have a strong faith or religious foundation. I felt it was all on me to fix our situation. The weight of it all was almost unbearable. The only way I can describe it to you is to ask you to imagine that you’re dragging a heavy tarp that’s filled with rocks. The weight bends your body forward to such an extent that you can’t look up. You are almost parallel with the ground. Each step is a fight to stay upright. You wobble, you stumble, and sometimes you fall. Now imagine you’re doing it all in the pouring rain. Each blinding drop obscures your path even more, and feels like it’s puncturing your skin like a needle.
Endure that, day in and day out for years.
You’ll want to give up.
You’ll beg for it be over.
You’ll imagine how to make it all end.
But somehow, miraculously (and I truly believe it was a miracle), I was slowly able to dig us out. It took over seven years. But it did happen. And in looking back, I do not believe for one minute it was only because of me and my self-effort.
At that time, I had little faith. But, God was most definitely involved in our ability to beat the odds. He knew me. He knew my circumstances. He knew my past. He understood why I didn’t believe.
I couldn’t believe God would help if I didn’t believe I was worth his help.
I needed to believe in my own value first. I had to understand and buy-in to my own worth. Because I didn’t think I was worthy of support, or love, or compassion (and because life was validating that belief) why would I think God would help me? Everyone else had abandoned me, so why wouldn’t He? That was my mindset, and because of it, I never really turned to God for that support. I began looking for other ways to build myself up. I read a wide variety of self-help books. I went online and found resources that offered free seminars and free workshops around self-esteem, self-care, and self-development. I bought workbooks, and handbooks, and resource guides. I started doing some real work on myself. I started to take responsibility for my life. And I began to realize that I was accountable for my choices. As I started to understand the role I played in my own circumstances, I began to realize that God isn’t going to just sweep in and solve our problems.
As I have grown in my own journey, I see the value in building people up until they can believe in Someone bigger than themselves.
And that is the real goal of Glory B’s—to be a source of encouragement for those who most need it.
So it’s okay if you never buy a thing from us. It’s not about the money. It’s about the impact. It’s about making a difference. It’s about making sure you understand you matter. It’s about making sure others know that they matter. We want to be more than just a business that makes products to make money. We want to be a business that encourages love, hope, compassion, service, and unity.
And if that’s all we ever do, well, we can live with that.
Glory B's unifies all of what I love most—the earth and its natural elements like stone and wood; the creative arts, whether through the written word, or photography, or paint; and helping others to make the world a better place.