Snow Angels in Lavender

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Lavender Lumps
Lavender Lumps

After a bit of work filling orders for the post lady to pick-up, I dressed warmly for a walk outside in our “Winter Wonderland”. Oh how serene, quiet and peaceful it is, looking around at the white puffs covering the fruit trees, tall firs, and puffs piled on top our sleepy Lavender plants. I think the quiet beauty calms me inside; as I take deep breaths and look around; I smile. I know, I’ll make some “Snow Angels”, 7 in all, one for each person that I have on my heart. A dear lady who lost her husband, a husband who lost his wife; 2 people fighting cancer, my dear daughter and son, and one of our friends. I hope they find peace in this season, and may joy and love surround them each day. Peace  {{:){

Christmas Day Sunrise on the Lavender

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Sunrise on the lavender farm-Christmas Day
Sunrise on the lavender farm-Christmas Day

I went for a walk this morning around our Lavender Farm. Watching the sunrise, I was in awe by the serene beauty of this season, and how different it is from the full bloom that we have in July. Enjoy your Christmas Day. Celebrate the goodness in your life.

Merry Christmas & Stollen Bread!

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Christmas Stollen Bread
Christmas Stollen Bread

One of my favorite things at Christmas time is Christmas “Stollen” German Bread, and Christmas “Panettone” Italian Bread, shaped in a folded oval, then curved into a crescent shape. It is filled with candied fruit, raisins, nuts, Anise, and Vanilla. It is a tradition that I love to do for the family. But this year I got all caught up in the busyness of the season, and almost forgot, until Joe, my husband, reminded me that I hadn’t made any for him!!!!! So last night, I baked some Christmas “Stollen”. Oh the smell of it baking in the oven, and then warm with butter, and Soy Nog!!!  Enjoy your family, and special friends, and have a Merry Christmas!! Live simply and peaceful!!! Oh Holy Night!!

Winter wonderland

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Now, it is winter for sure, as I look out my window and see 16-18″ of a beautiful white blanket of fresh falling snow. I’ve packed enough web orders to go out just in time for Christmas, now I’ve got to get outside and play a little!! Thankfully the temp. has risen to 32′, from 8′ last week. I think I’ll get on my cross-country skiis,(I don’t need to drive to the ski slope

x-country skiing on our road
x-country skiing on our road

s, I have it here) and ski around our snow covered Lavender Farm, through the pear orchard, and down the road to visit, and deliver a Christmas card to a dear widow who lives alone, with her 5 cats that she rescued. She is a delight to be around, at 84 years old, she still has a wonderful sense of humor.

The ski trip has invigorated me a lot. Wherever you live, get outside to enjoy the beauty around you, and share wonderful moments with family and friends. Have a wonderful holiday.

Gorgeously Green

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Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano
Gorgeously Green, by Sophie Uliano

Our thanks to Sophie Uliano for writing about us in her wonderful book, “Gorgeously Green“. You’ve inspired and connected people and businesses with super green, eco-friendly living, for the good of everyone!! You’ve helped us consider other alternative ways of living, that will benefit our health, and our beautiful earth. As each one of us takes a little time and energy to give back, and share with one another in our community where we live, each of us will benefit. May we all learn to be content and circumspect with what we have and how we live!!!!

Sulfate Free Shampoo & Conditioner

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We are excited to announce that our Lavender Shampoo and Conditioner is Ammonium Laurel Sulfate FREE!!!! It has taken a while to find a supplier, but the wait was worth it.  Thick and Gentle Shampoo with Organic Aloe: A sulfate free, shampoo base for gentle and luxurious pampering and moisturizing. We blend our Lavender Essential Oil, for a wonderfully eco-friendly and decadent shampoo.
  Organic Amino Conditioner: Wheat protein nourishes and strengthens the hair shaft while silk amino acids restructure and fortify the hair. Hydrating active ingredients and herbal infusions give this conditioner superior comb out and full, bouncy, shiny hair, and organic Lavender  Essential Oil helps bring back the PH balance.

Beautiful and Healing Hot Bath

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Today I decided to relax and pamper myself!!!! This means that I treated myself to a hot bath in “the morning”! It is especially comforting to me, because this is an extremely busy time of the year.  When I stop, and take the time to run a hot bath with some Lavender bath salts,Lavender Essential Oil, Lavender Hydrosol, and Helichrysum Hydrosol to the water, it makes the most wonderful soothing spa experience for me. Then I lie down and relax for 20 minutes or more, before I start my day. That isn’t a lot of time, but it says, I’m special, and I need this “relax time” too!! Inhale, close your eyes and imagine yourself there too. Take time for yourself this holiday season, and you will be able to be in the present moment, enjoying your loved ones. Happy Holiday to you and yours.

Last Chance Christmas Bazaar

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We are preparing for a Christmas show this weekend in Odell. I am busy, as some say,  in Santa’s workshop, making products for the show , and filling web orders, so they will arrive in time for Christmas. We are in full swing for Christmas, and it gets intense, but not tense, well not too much………….The Last Chance Christmas Bazaar is the very first show we did 4 years ago. I can still remember, and I wish I had a photo to show you!!! Oh you would howl!!!!  Now we have upgraded a bit since that day,  thanks to my awesome sister, for her tips. What a difference a Black table skirt, and rosemary green tablecloths will make.

 This year we decided to participate in this show only because, we wanted to donate a percent of all our sales to a fellow Lavender farmer that passes away this August with Breast Cancer. It is so very painful for her husband and her young, 9 years old, son. And if we can do even a little to help, toward research of this painful disease, we will be humbled to do it!!!! I pause . . . . Peace, calming, peace to Treva’s family….Strength, understanding, peace..wrap them in peace. …We look forward to seeing you at the show. Come support this cause.

Another Wrap up!

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Today I worked on several of our small body Wraps,  our Tummy Warmer, and our Neck Wraps. These are soothing body comfort wraps designed to soothe sore muscles, ease pain and relieve tension and stress. The Tummy Warmer can be warmed in the microwave and placed on any sore body part. It could even be folded over to use as a neckwrap. To experience the most soothing relief and comfort with your warmed wrap, relax in a comfortable chair or bed, close your eyes, and let go! . . .Breath deeply. . .   Take the time this holiday, to slow down, even if only a  few moments, it will help you achieve a more calm relaxed spirit.   

I want to take this time also, to thank my two wonderful ladies that sew these wraps. I appreciate them immensely, because we sell a lot of these particular body wraps. Big thanks!! My arms are wrapped around you, saying thank you!!!!! Be wrapped in blessings!

The Ultimate Neck-wrap
The Ultimate Neck-wrap

Lavender Talk

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Today Joe & I went to a business downtown called “Renisance Learning Center”, and spoke about our Lavender Farms. We spoke about how long we’ve been in business. (5 years) And about the beneficial properties of Lavender. It was a casual talk. A “brown bag lunch” talk, in their conference room. I baked my favorite “Lavender Shortbread” recipe to share with them, and talk about using our Culinary Lavender. We also brought samples of our Lavender Essential Oils to inhale, and tell about the qualities of lavender to calm stress, anxiety, and releive insomnia. It was a wonderful apportunity to share about this beautiful flower we love. Everyone seems quite calm by the time we left. 🙂