Spotlight Friday: Soap

“Honey, my shaving soap is gone. Can you get me a new one?”

We love using hand crafted soap, they smell so much better and don’t have all those unwanted ingredients in them.

A formula for soap consisting of water, alkali, and cassia oil was written on a Babylonian clay tablet around 2200 BC. The Ebers papyrus (Egypt, 1550 BC) indicates the ancient Egyptians bathed regularly and combined animal and vegetable oils with alkaline salts to create a soap-like substance.

In chemistry, soap is a salt of a fatty acid.[1] Consumers mainly use soaps as surfactants for washing, bathing, and cleaning.

When used for cleaning, soap allows insoluble particles to become soluble in water, so they can then be rinsed away. For example: oil/fat is insoluble in water, but when a couple of drops of dish soap are added to the mixture, the oil/fat solubilizes into the water.

Handmade soap from the cold process also differs from industrially made soap in that an excess of fat is used, beyond that needed to consume the alkali (in a cold-pour process, this excess fat is called “superfatting”), and the glycerine left in acts as a moisturizing agent. However, the glycerine also makes the soap softer and less resistant to becoming “mushy” if left wet. Since it is better to add too much oil and have left-over fat, than to add too much lye and have left-over lye, soap produced from the hot process also contains left-over glycerine and its concomitant pros and cons.

Even in the cold soap making process, some heat is usually required; the temperature is usually raised to a point sufficient to ensure complete melting of the fat being used.

Homemade soap will be kind, even healing, to troubled skin.

There are a lot of books out there to make your own soap. You have to be very precise when measuring the ingredients. You can have a peek at how soap is made in this video.


I don’t like sticking to ingredients down to a gram and not patient enough to get to a certain temperature. So I stick to buying my soap from people who come up with wonderful herbs, beers, oils etc combinations.

So I went to ArtYah to see what kind of fun smelling soaps I would find there.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Natural oatmeal soap
by obsoaps

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Pure Castile Guest Soaps, Package of Four by SmallbonesStudio

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Lavender Oatmeal Goat Milk Soap,Goat Milk Soap,Vegan Soap,Avani Earth Scents
by AvaniEarthScents

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
soap samples, bath, beauty, handmade soap, samplers, bath and body, soaps
by normasbathandbody

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sunflower Soap, Glycerin Soap, Melt and Pour Soap, Novelty Soap, Poppy Seed Soap
by CutiePieSoaps

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Blood Orange Handmade Artisan Soap 4oz
by BeautifulGiftsShop

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sumptuous Swimmer’s Shampoo All Natural Handcrafted Seaweed Soap Bar
by lanmomoriginals

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Peppermint Soap

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Orange Soap, Market Fresh round soap, Handmade bath body soap
by CoquetteBath

and you can find many more delicious soap.

I would like to try them all, I wish there would be smelly screen right now.


You can find my Etsy collection right here! (just click on it)


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Get Clean with ‘Dirty Soap’. For very dirty people. Unisex scent by Naturalana

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Dairyland handmade soap
by tenthavenuesoapworks

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Oh Baby! English Rose Olive Oil Soap
by Juicybath

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Cranberry & Fig Soap
by Ralph and Ruby

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Bay Rum Lime Handmade Soap
by GingersGarden

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Bakery Box Cupcake Soaps
by ajsweetsoap

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Hello Handsome
by Tip Top Soaps and Gifts

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sweet Pineapple Soap by beachbabiesbath

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Patchouli Spearmint Soap
by HandcraftedbyErikka

Don’t they all look yummy? I found these all on Zibbet. Click on the picture and it will take you directly to the shop.

Often I stick the soap in between my clothes in the closet or drawers. And then when we run out of soap in the bathroom fish it out and get ready to use it.

Like this every soap gets “used” twice and my clothes or linen get to smell good as well.

What is your favorite soap? sig


Spotlight Friday: pharmacy

Yes, I didn’t write a Spotlight last week. The reason…..well nobody really wants to talk about some pain in the butt. But it struck me Wednesday afternoon. I thought it was one of the “normal” ones I have and it will be over in a few days. Boy was I wrong. By Thursday afternoon I was in agonizing pain. I went online to see if my Doctor had an appointment available for Friday. She did, I claimed the spot and had another sleepless and tossing and turning night.

By the time I got to my appointment my “pile” was pretty large and didn’t want to stay inside anymore.

I was hoping that something could be done, because this grape between my butt cheeks was driving my bonkers. But I walked out with a prescription for cream and suppositories.  And a referral.

Well it was Friday, nothing was going to happen over the weekend. “Start calling the insurance late Monday or Tuesday to see where your referral is.” my Doc said on the way out, “you know it can take up to 10 days until you get it” I was ready to get physical. My butt was in pain and every step hurt. I am usually very pain tolerant but this…. I have not felt that much pain since the birth of my first kid. That’s where those hemorrhoids stemmed from.

So I spent another night not sleeping, trying to find the right position that would cause the least pain.  I spent a few hours surfing the internet, trying to occupy my mind with something else. Went through different forums to see what is the latest on the medical side of how to handle this “pain in the butt”. There I learned that:

A hemorrhoid is a cushion of blood vessels in the lining of the anal canal. All people have hemorrhoids; we are all born with hemorrhoids. Not everyone, however, has hemorrhoid causing symptoms. When these hemorrhoids become enlarged, you may have painless rectal bleeding. Swelling of hemorrhoids may cause them to prolapse (slide out) during a bowel movement. (

I didn’t know that everyone was born with them. I thought they developed.

Also I found out that a lot of treatments that where done before are not used anymore because they seem to be to risky for infection or are not really effective because they tend to come back after a while.

Believe me this was the longest weekend I had in a long time. The minutes turned into hours. My kids enjoyed it, the didn’t have to get out of their jammies and slouched around just as much as I did.

Come Monday I was online to check my referral status…nothing…. later in the afternoon…. nothing. Ok let me call the insurance and see if they have gotten anything. “well Mam, I don’t see anything here but if you went off Post then it has to be sent to post first and then we get it, but you can call the referral center on Post. Usually once we get it you should see it within 3 -5 days.” It was too late to call there, it was after hours. So I would try Tuesday.

I did and their answer was “oh it went out to the insurance on Monday, but you know they have 7- 10 days to process this.” I was ready to scream. It has been nearly 7 days since this ordeal has started and I am not one step closer to getting any relief. Tuesday night I did see the referral online. What a relief, I can make an appointment tomorrow  with the specialist. I called first thing in the morning, got an opening on the other side of town, because the office closer to me was booked till half way through September, for Thursday, yeah.

So Thursday off I go, in the afternoon hoping for some relief of my pain. I have been taking tylenol because that is all I can take, which just took the edge off, sometimes. As well as the baths and ointments and oils and which hazel etc.

Well, she told me everything that I had read on the internet the last few days what is done now and what is not done anymore. She didn’t even look at my cute “little Jewel” that is housing at the end of my tailbone.  She gave me a prescription for some stronger meds that would shrink the blood vessels and numb the pain.

The first pharmacy I stopped in to fill my prescription on base, “sorry, no we don’t carry this, you will have to get this off base”

Sigh- ok, will stop on the way home in another pharmacy and get it there. But the next pharmacy said the same thing “sorry we don’t carry this” I asked the lady where she though I could get this kit. She told me to go to an independent pharmacy and try there. So I did.                                                      a-pharmacist-helping-a-sick-customer_71728564

I walked in and said ” I really hope you have this because you are my 3rd stop.” and handed over my paper.  I saw her eyebrows move up and said “oh oh” First she couldn’t even figure out what was in the kit and if there was a generic (but there wasn’t)  Price check $400. And I was, oh no, I don’t need a bill like that on top of my pain in the butt, just for my but.

So she tried to call the doctor to see if they could change it to something else, but of course the office was already close.

“well we don’t have it here, but there are 2 in stock, we could have one tomorrow” , ” let’s see if your insurance would cover it and then make the decision”  “sure let’s do that” was my answer and she did check. I was going to be out of $24, I can stomach that if it’s going to give me some relieve and healing. So tomorrow I will go and get my kit and fix my behind. I love using herbal and natural things, which I did, but they only go so far. Nothing really helps when you feel like you have a knife up your rear end.

So now you know why I wasn’t in the mood to write last week. I wasn’t really up to it this week either. But after this nice Lady in the last pharmacy was so helpful and went above and beyond. I thought I would give all the people that work in a pharmacy a round of applause, appreciating their work.

This is the treasury I created on Etsy 


I love those vintage pill and medicine bottles and containers. I remember when I was around 7 years old we used to have one of those old toy store furniture to play with, it looked like a pharmacy with all it’s little drawers. It had a counter in front of me and big shelves behind me. I used to be the pharmacist and my brother the shopper. I can still see us playing with all those little bottles and boxes.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
McCoy Schering Coricidin Medical Pharmaceutical Advertising Mug by VintageIntent

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Mustache Pharmacist Retractable Name Badge Holder Reel
by Badges and Beyond

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
by Funnybanana

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage Bayer Childrens Aspirin in Original Box
by ZiLvintage

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Tape Measure Medical Theme Retractable Measuring Tape by AllAboutTheButtons

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur) by AzVintageVariety

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
EpiPen Case, 8″ x 5″, Insulated, Zipper Top, Snack Bag, Made To Order by SewProDesigns

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Leather medicine bag with wolf totem and fringe , Fringed neck pouch
by thunderrose

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Organic Rose Water Hydrosol
by ApothOtopiA

This week I did a mixture of items I found on Zibbet and Artyah in this treasury. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the corresponding shop.

I hope everyone had a wonderful week so far and is going to enjoy a wonderful weekend.

We are planning to have a fish fry with our neighbors and some friends.  I am really looking forward to that and hope that my  behind will be in a better condition then it is today.


Spotlight Friday: Sisters

South Carolina is “aiming” for a record this week, the weather is trying to beat 8 days in a row over 100 F (nearly 38 C). This has a consequence. You spend a lot of time indoors, because it is just not bearable to stay outside too long.

It has been a fairly quiet week here in our house. We did not go anywhere for the 4th of July celebrations, because on of my kids came down with something last Friday. Over the weekend her fever hovered around 102 F. She slept a lot.

The fever finally broke Sunday afternoon but then she lost her voice. Not even a peep. She tried, but nothing but a very low whisper.

It has been fairly quiet in this house since then. No arguing, no bickering, no yelling….. sisters…. The younger one even made sure her older sister would stay hydrated, brought her ice cream to sooth her throat. Went into her room to check if she was covered.

It was good to see that after all they do care about each other. You wouldn’t think that if you would peek into our home when everyone is well. Typical sister rivalry going on.


The other day, my youngest said : ” I miss my sister, well her talking, it is so quiet in the house.” That made me smile.

She even made sure we brought another tub of coconut ice cream home, so her older sister would recover faster. Of course she made sure first that she could get some of her own ice cream as well.

So as you can see it was a rather quiet week for us. I enjoyed the relaxing times, the extra cuddles and no pressure to be anywhere or to taxi anybody around.

I don’t have that sister bond to either of my sisters, sadly. I am the oldest of 4 kids, three girls and one boy. My youngest sister is 37 years younger than I am. Living in Germany.(That would be a whole different story to tell.) We do occasionally skype or exchange letters.

And my other sister is 7 years younger. I didn’t get to spend the first 5 years of her life together with her, due to me being in boarding School in Papua New Guinea.I did see her a few times a year, but that was always brief and the age gap just didn’t help.

I was 12 when we met again. We where strangers and that kind of didn’t change  for the remaining time I lived at home.

I moved out when I was 18. I tried to rekindle the relationship with my sister in my mid twenties, but we never really clicked. It’s sad, but maybe one day it will change again. We do keep in contact, not regularly though.

I did see her when we went for a visit to Germany, but only a few words besides “hello” where spoken. There was just no connection.

So seeing how my two kids care about each other, warms my heart.

Here is my Sister collection from Etsy. If you want a closer look at some items you will have to click on the link and it will take you there.



A lot of interesting sister items that I found on Zibbet. Just click on the picture or the link under the picture and it will take you to the individual shop.

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
To My Sister on My Wedding Day Gift Card – 1 Card with Envelope – Gift For My Sister
by SewCraftey

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Witchcraft primitive witch Black hat Sisterhood sign Primitives Witches Wiccan Pagan Halloween decoration coven wicca magic sister
by SleepyHollowPrims

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Boy’s Sister for Sale Bib
by Mally’s

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Daisy Molly’s Sister fabric doll wall hanging
by barbiesewandsew

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Big Sister Hair Clip Set
by NannyGoatsCloset

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sister pillow, statement for a sister, cross stitch pillow, home decor, gift for a sister, decorative pillow, embellished pillow with wool by CreationbyDJ

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
End of the Day Digital Collage Greeting Card
by Cards by Colette

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
The Two Sisters Standing Stones – Gothic Windowscape Vinyl Wall Decal
by WilsonGraphics

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Hand stamped necklace, gift for sister , a couple of nuts off the family tree stainless steel gift for her
by cmkreations


I also did a search for Sisters on Artyah and this is what I found. I think quite stunning pieces.


Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Colorful running horse fine art print by Nancy Quiaoit at Nancyqart by NancyQart

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Twin lambs with Ewe Farm Animal Photography Blank Note Card by TheOldBarnDoor

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Big Sister Middle Sister Little Sister Infinity Necklaces Jewelry Gift by AccentCreations

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Baby Girl Lil sister Bodysuit & Shoes, Embroidered Baby shower Gift , #7 by Barb

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
32 Peg Dolls – DIY Chess Set – Game Pieces – Unfinished Wooden Peg Dolls by WooWeeble

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Custom pet portrait cushion / pillow / cover by RagstoStitchesDesign

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Cute rainbow robot earrings, fun gift for girl, geeky jewelry by oceanalien

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Sparrows, male and female sparrow birds family by Lola

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
IN STOCK and ready to ship – Handmade Wooden Jigsaw Puzzle – Migrating Elephants by gainespuzzles


I will keep trying to reach out to my sisters and see where it will take me. At the same time I hope my girls never loose their bond.


I wish you a wonderful weekend!


Spotlight Friday: nurses

After spending a good chunk of my day in the Urgent Care I just want to give all the nurses a big shout out.  I think they more than deserve it. Our Urgent Care on Post opens up at 11 am. I got there with my oldest around 10:40 am and was immediately signed in and then had to wait a few minutes to have my vitals taken.  A little while later we where taken to our rooms. After a little waiting, the nurse came in and said “I am so sorry but you might have to settle in for a longer wait. Usually we have three Doctors, but for some reason only one showed up so far. Good thing you are second in line.” Then she told us we could change the channel on the TV and get some water outside if we needed. And apologized.

I told her that it wasn’t her fault, but thanks for letting us know and we are prepared we brought books and drinks and some snacks.

They had to take quite amount of my blood and I felt sorry for the nurse when I told her that I bruise easily and sometimes when my numbers are low won’t stop bleeding for a bit. Oh and by the way the vein on my right arm tends to roll a lot. Which it did. She had to try 4 times before she hit. Both of my arms look like I got beat up, do to my ITP and “happy” busing.

The nurse was really friendly and displayed a happy mood, even though they where missing two Doctors and the patients started to pile up outside.

this is what I found on Wikipedia about the first nurses:

  • 1–500 AD (approximately)– Nursing care mostly included hygiene and comfort needs of persons and families. Religious organizations were the care providers.(Craven & Hirnle)
  • 55 AD – Phoebe was nursing history’s Christian first nurse and most noted deaconess.[1]
  • 300 – Entry of Christian women into nursing.(Crisp & Taylor)
  • ca. 390 AD – The first general hospital was established in Rome by Saint Fabiola.[1]
  • ca. 620 AD – Rufaidah bint Sa’ad became the first Muslim nurse.

nurse at hospital setting up iv drip

What is nursing?

Nursing is the protection, promotion, and optimization of health and abilities, prevention of illness and injury, facilitation of healing, alleviation of suffering through the diagnosis and treatment of human response, and advocacy in the care of individuals, families, groups, communities, and population


And often it is a tough job. The nurses are all only humans as we are, they have families, they have problems and issues just as everyone else has. But they put on a smile and make sure you and your family are taken care off. I don’t know if I could do this day in day out. Hats off to all you hard working nurses.



Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Nurse Case – iPhone – Samsung Galaxy by GenReyGifts

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Little Traveller – Lovely Little Nurse
by UntilOrg

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Keep Calm Coffee Mug
by Badges and Beyond

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
OB Nurse Retractable Name Badge by Badges and Beyond

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Nurse, hand knitted mouse CUSTOM ORDER by handmadefuzzy

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Nurse/ Doctor Large Chocolate Dipped Pretzel Rods (12)
by CrazyBrainChocolates

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Teddy Bear Nurse Tote
by ETC

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Registered Nurse Medical Charm Bracelet – Beautiful – LVN or LPN
by Kipaji Praise Jewelry

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Trust Me I’m A Nurse – T-Shirt by MintyTees

this was the Zibbet Nurse tribute. Just click on the picture and it will take you to the shop.

And here are the treasures I found on Etsy: 


And ArtYah has some fun nurse items on their pages as well:

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Heartbeat Earrings – Sterling Silver by OffbeatMelody

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Nurse graduation gift, She BELIEVED she could so she did
by circlesoflove

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Radiology Tech Gift, Radiology Tech, Tote Bags by Cre8ivGifts

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
by Anna

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Listing Image
HAND X-Ray Tiebar / Xray tie clip
by gift for radiologist / gift boxed

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Vintage Ceramic Diet Angel – St Andews Abbey – Signed Maur (Father Maur)
by AzVintageVariety

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
RN Nurse Caduceus JJ Nursing Hospital pin New Graduation Gift Pinning Ceremony
by Dollherup

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
pure stripes in purple , hand knitted Stethoscope cover
by HandmadeFuzzy

Item Title by Shop Name on Zibbet
Dragonfly Badge Holder FREE US Shipping
by AllAboutTheButtons



So here is my big fat       7345ty-graduate-nurse-invitations  to all the hard working nurses out there!!

Have a wonderful weekend, even though it it’s in the ER room or where ever you do your duty. Enjoy it with your coworkers.

And everyone else party, have fun, but stay away from injury so the ER will not be overcrowded!

Happy 4th of July to all !