Wednesday, May 27, 2009

May's Jovia Soap Contest Winner

Congratulations to Anh Nguyen of Halifax on winning 2 bars of Jovia Handmade Soap. Anh picked these two bars for her prize.


Peach Mango

Thank you everyone for participating in May's contest. Stay tuned for June's contest coming soon!

Monday, May 25, 2009

Jovia Soaps in Treasuries

Yeah!! White Sands Jovia Soap made it to Etsy's front page.

Lately my shop felt like it was floating out in the great big beyond....far, far away from anywhere and anyone. Just when you start to wonder if it's all worth the effort, something comes along to give you a boost and keep you going.

For me it was a couple of things.

One was having a customer come to one of the markets I do and purchase 25 bars of soap for the ladies in her office. It's such an uplifting feeling to have things like that happen.

The second thing was having my soaps featured in a few treasuries during the last week.....and such beautiful treasuries as well!

I'm so happy, I think I'll go make soap!

This one is featuring my Tropical Green Tea soap.
And this one is showing off my Red Current and Champagne soap.

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Tasty Gluten-Free Granola Bars

Over the past month I've been finding it rather hard to eat breakfast. Three to five days a week I'm up at 4:30 - 5:00 in the morning, I pack my truck with my soapy goodies and I'm on the road headed to a farmers' market by 6:00 - 6:30. About the only thing I can stomach at that time of the morning is a cup of coffee or tea.

Being on a gluten-free diet seriously reduces my choices in snack-like breakfast fare. All the breakfast bars available at the grocery stores seem to contain wheat (like most packaged foods) and the GF versions....yeah, complete cardboard in terms of taste...sorry but I'd rather starve.

Last year I came across this granola bar recipe and have been baking them weekly for my snack and breakfast fare. They taste great, are easy to carry with me, and they are good for me too! My only problem is keeping them in the house. My son and husband, who can eat anything wheat filled, are quite enjoying my gluten-free granola bars and they disappear far too quickly.

Here's my version of the recipe...I double it every time!

Gluten Free Granola Bars

1 Cup Oats, GF
2 Cups Gluten-Free Cereal (rice crisp or high fiber)
1 Cup Nut mixture, chopped (pecans, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds)
1 Cup Dried Fruit (berries, raisins, cranberries, apricots, apples)
1/4 Cup Sesame Seeds
1/4 Cup Flax Seeds (must be ground since your body won't digest them whole)
1/2 Cup Coconut (sweet or not...your choice)
1 - 2 tsp Cinnamon
1/2 Cup Chocolate Chips (totally optional...this just satisfies my extreme sweet tooth)

Blend all ingredients well and set aside.

1/3 Cup Olive Oil
1/2 - 2/3 Cup Sugar (honey, rice syrup, raw sugar...whatever type you like)

Combine the above two ingredients in a small pot and bring to a boil. Simmer for a couple of minutes. Pour over granola mixture and blend until the granola is completely covered in the sugar mix.

Press firmly into a 9 x 13 greased cookie sheet and bake at 350 degrees F for 10 - 15 minutes or until golden. Careful not to burn it. Let it cool completely (overnight) and then cut into bars with a sharp knife. Enjoy!!

Joanna from Product Body recently posted about loosing weight eating specific foods and this recipe actually covers 4 out of the 7 listed. My recipe might be a little too high in the sugar department but you can fix that if you like :)....or not!

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Calendula Topped Herbaceous Soap

Herbaceous Calendula Jovia Soap in the moldI've always wanted to do some 'topped' soaps' know, the ones with oats, flowers, coffee beans, dried orange slices, etc. on the top. It can be hard to try new things sometimes since experimenting can take quite a bit of time.

Well, this experiment didn't take anymore time than usual and I'm quite happy with the results. The green is coloured using parsley powder and calendula powder. Such a lovely green it is too! I've added some unscented bits to the green as well.

Herbaceous Calendula Jovia SoapThe scent of this bar is sooo fresh and wonderful too! Of course it's one of those one's that can't be repeated....I've had quite a few very small bottles of herbaceous essential and fragrance oils lying around and decided to use them all up in one soap. I just madly mixed them all up willy nilly and now I'm really, really sad that I didn't take notes!'ll take me forever to figure this scent out again. Learn from my matter what...take notes!

On another note, my daughter and I are going to play hookie today. We're having a Mother Daughter day and I'm taking her down to Vernon so we can check out the Thursday Farmer's Market and go out to lunch.

So far I'm doing great at the Armstrong Market but the Salmon Arm Market (especially on Tuesday) is extremely slow yet. There's quite a few vendors...just not too many customers. I'm thinking of attending Vernon on Monday and Thursday, Salmon Arm on Friday and Armstrong on Saturday. Four days too much do you think? I figure you make hay when the sun is shining and markets are only for a few months of the year. Might as well take advantage of it....after all, I can always sleep all winter, right?

Friday, May 8, 2009

Finally!! Another Contest!

I apologize....I've been very slack in keeping the monthly contests going! Here's May's contest and it's really simple. Visit my Etsy shop and check out the different "Definitely for Him"

Do you love foody scents like the coconut, vanilla, and buttercreams? Or do you prefer floral scents like lavender and rose? Perhaps fruity is more your style.

Whatever your preference is, just add it to the contest ballot and you're entered for a chance to win your choice of two Jovia Handmade Soaps from my Etsy shop.

Good luck!!

Contest closes at 11:00 pm EDT on May 24, 2009.

Monthly Jovia Newsletter

Have you signed up for the Jovia Monthly Newsletter yet? If not, you could be missing out on some great specials, discounts and contests that are exclusive to Newsletter recipients.

Take a peek at this months edition by clicking on the picture below. If this is something you would like to receive every one or two months, the sign up form is in the right hand column.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Whoa!!! Soap Overload!!!

Just a couple more soaps that are currently curing on the Jovia Soap racks right now. Thought you might like a peek.

Shea Butter Coconut Milk Jovia Soap
Shea Butter Coconut Milk

White Sands Jovia Soap
White Sands

Seagrass Jovia Soap

Ruby Grapefruit Jovia Soap
Ruby Grapefruit

Red Current and Champagne Jovia Soap
Red Current and Champagne

Powder Puff Jovia Soap
Powder Puff

Patchouli Lavender Jovia Soap
Patchouli Lavender

Orange Creamsicle Jovia Soap
Orange Creamsicle

Margarita Jovia Soap

Lumberjack Jovia Soap

Java Jumpstart Jovia Soap
Java Jumpstart

Camellia Coconut Milk Jovia Soap
Camellia Coconut Milk

Bamboo and Teak Jovia Soap
Bamboo and Teak

Aphrodite Jovia Soap

Lots, huh? Alas, there's no rest for the wicked...and I must be very bad indeed since I have sooooo much more work to do!!

HI HO, HI's off to work I go!

Ya know how much I love it!! :)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Smart Cookie

Just a quick note....Nick's had his Medieval Castle graded and the teacher gave him an 'A'. But not just an 'A'....he got 100% on it!!! How cool is that?

I wonder who's kid he is?? Who cares since I've no intension of giving him back!