Tuesday, January 14, 2014

2014 and questions for YOU!

First I want to thank you all for the kind emails, messages and comments about Nora. I have the BEST readers!  Y'all touched my heart and reassured this crazy farm girl that she's not the only one who loves her cows! Thank you for your kindness and your time...I truly appreciated your comments!

This past holiday season was wonderful yet difficult.  Wonderful because we spent much time together as a family and I really enjoy having all of my kids and my grandson together.  We also got some big projects accomplished which has taken some pressure off of me - always a good thing!

Difficult because many people we know and love, experienced the death of a loved one between November and now. Our hearts still grieve with you all, yet we know He is faithful and that all of this will work together for good to those who love Him. It's so hard to see when you are in the middle of it, but take heart and know that even the hard things are gifts from Him.  I believe this is where faith and trust come in...faith that He is a loving Abba and trust that He is in control of all things. We are so grateful to Him!

I almost made my weight loss goal for 2013.  I began August 1st with the goal of 10 pounds a month.  Boy...that first month was e a s y!  The others? not so much.  I came very close though - loosing 46 pounds.  I feel better,  except for the baggy clothes thing going on.  I have more energy and have been blessed to have been healthy through all of it!  I'm setting a new goal...35 lbs. by the end of May.  I know this will be harder but I am determined!  I also hope to spend more time with Rod...my stern and grump taskmaster.  We still have that love/hate relationship!

I am working on some new things in 2014...new for my family which ultimately means it will be something new for y'all too.  Here's the list with questions for you!

1.  Solid lotion bars.  Do you love them? Use them?  What do you like/don't like about them?  I'm working on recipes and would love some feedback from y'all!

2.  Whipped body butter!  Again...what do you like or don't like about whipped body butter.  

3.  Which do you like most - solid lotion bars or whipped body butter?

Can you tell we are needing some moisture in my house?  One of my sons is a carpenter and he is outside all of the time!  His hands tended to get so dry when he was a child, that during the winter they would crack and bleed.  Now that he is outside all the time, I really want to develop something for him to bring relief!

A friend made an innocent comment over the holidays which began me thinking about my salves...she had a baby with a very inflamed bottom and was having trouble getting my healing salve on him - his skin was just to tender.  Ever have one of those "a-ha!" moments?  I really feel like I need to re-formulate my salves so they are a little softer and easier to apply.

4.  How do you feel about softer salves?  Yes, no?

Then one of my lovely daughters talked to me about my Healthy Lips Lip Balm.  I created this for her.  She says it does a wonderful job in warding off a cold sore episode and has greatly reduced her outbreaks.  However, if she does end up with a cold sore, the lip balm is way too painful to apply.  So...we are working on a lip "cream" that will help dry up those cold sores.  This is the same recipe as our lip balm but quite a bit "looser" to make application easier.  We just finished our first round of testing and it was very effective!  We are now working on the softness/hardness ratio so we can get it just right for those tender lips.  This would come in a tin as opposed to a tube. The tube would be used as a preventative and the tin would be used if you had active cold sores.

5.  Would a Healthy Lips Lip cream be of interest to y'all?

And another thought....

6.  Sugar scrubs....yes or no?

And just to keep you happy....and me busy...

7.  What other products would you like to see available at TNfarmgirl?

I look forward to hearing your thoughts!



1 comment:

  1. Congrats on your weight loss! It's the toughest and most rewarding thing you can do for yourself!

    I'm planning on making some whipped body butter and homemade deodorant this weekend! I've been hesitant to try the solid lotion bars, simply because I haven't used them before and don't know anyone personally who has tried them. Sugar scrubs are always positively glorious, but I'm hoping to make some homemade body wash from castile soap and glycerin soon. Last on my "to make" list is toner. I've been searching for a good face moisturizer recipe, but I can't seem to find anything that doesn't sound like it's going to too sticky or thick for faces. Have you seen any?


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