Changes Coming Soon!

Its been a while since we posted.  We have been busy planning our next adventure.  Back in June we received notice that a spot in our local downtown area is coming open this fall.  We have toyed around with the idea of opening a “Retail Only” shop for sometime but now it looks like it will become a reality.  So this fall check back frequently for more posts like this one on our NEW ADVENTURE IN RETAIL!

Our new store will offer a lot more than Bath and Body products but our theme will stay NATURAL.  My husband has now deemed me “SHOP-ZILLA”.  The beauty about all of this is the time factor.  We have plenty of time to get everything just right.

Scouring the area for pallet wood was a real treat but when I discovered how much work I would be doing to get this “FREE” wood they way we wanted I was exhausted just thinking about it. But by sheer luck we had a close friend looking to sell tongue-in-groove knotty pine boards.  So we decided to purchase them and get to work making them look weathered.

10  I turned to the internet and YouTube for ways to create weathered wood easily.  Then I stumbled on a natural vinegar steel wool stain technique.

Today, I will share photos of how to create your own Natural Weathered Wood Panels.

STEP 1:  Three days prior to staining your wood panels, you will need create your NATURAL vinegar stain.

  • 1 gallon of regular white vinegar
  • 0 grade steel wood pads
  • 3.5 gallon plastic bucket

Start by opening and pulling apart your steel wool pads  (I used the entire packet), place it into the bucket and pour your vinegar directly on top.  Stir.

Wait for 3 days and then it will look like this.


Materials List

  • Purchase regular white latex water based paint
  • 3-4 Med Sized Paint Brushes
  • Wooden Paint Sticks to stir stain mixture
  • Sander or coarse sandpaper
  • Wood

1Step 2:

Paint your wood boards lightly with the white paint, being sure to not cover every inch of the wood.  Creating  un-even paint spots.  The key here is to be sloppy with the paint on the wood.  It helps to create a better design. Let dry for an hour.

2Step 3:

Sand your wood panels with a Sander or some coarse sandpaper.


Step 4:

Apply stain mixture to boards with paint brush.


Step 5:

Let dry and you are finished!


I believe in Holistic Medicine.. Do you?

Holistic Medicine is defined as the art and science of treating the whole body rather than treating conditions and symptoms.  I personally had to venture down this path many years ago when I developed carpal tunnel. It was a dark period in my life but I managed the pain with traditional medicine and then tried acupuncture. What I found comforting was the fact that the Acupuncturist took an entire 2 hours with me to determine the best course of treatment. I felt that this had to be the way over traditional procedures for pain management. I soon began to heal and because of this my entire lifestyle changed. Because my experiences, I believe in Holistic Medicine and Aromatherapy is one of them. Aromatherapy is defined as the practice of applying the healing benefits of essential oils. Have you smelled something and then immediately it brought back a memory attached to it?  Do you know that your sense of smell can detect over 10,000 different odors and many of which can certainly be mood altering!  Check out the for some fun facts and to understand why odor can be mood altering..

Or you can just go see an aromatherapist such as Lilly DelValle K, of Ancient Oils.  She formed the company Ancient Oils back in 2009 and is a master of Metaphysical Sciences from the Metaphysical Science Institute in California.  Her shop on Esty is called Ancient Oils, she carries many Essential Oil blends which you can view here:

She is also a Holistic Life Coach where she can help you focus on integrating mind, body and spirit. And help guide you to overcome self imposed barriers and be the best person you can be.  Some of which includes aromatherapy both to help calm you down and energize you when you need it. On her Etsy Shop she features some of these fabulous blends…..

This one helps to calm and bring peace with Lavender, Chamomile, a hint of Tangerine and Peppermint.  Sounds lovely doesn’t it?  You can view it here:  Peace & Calming Roll-On

Or try this one which will help your sinus and uplift your spirit with peppermint, eucalyptus and rosemary. You can view this one here: Breathe Deep Roll-On 

My personal Favorite Dead Sea Mud~  Do you know that the Dead Sea contains the greatest concentrations of minerals than any other Sea? This mud infuses the skin with minerals providing a better looking and feeling texture.

You can view it here: Dead Sea Mud 9oz

I hope the next time you are not feeling your best and traditional medicine isn’t working for you?  Try going Holistic… It just might help you too.
Thank you once again for stopping by and you can hire Lilly as a 
Holistic Life Coach on her website @
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