4-Year Blogaversary & Giveaway: Sandbar Soaps

Happy Four Year Anniversary, baby by the sea!

Here is my very first post click-right-here.

In four years we’ve added two more daughters, another dog, a different home on a different island. This blog has been witness, albeit intermittent at times, to so many new beginnings. Within this space, I’ve added new friendships while documenting our life in a way I couldn’t have done otherwise. I like it here; here, an ongoing conversation stretches its fingers beyond a normal range.

Happy Anniversary to here, to this, to me.

I’m a pleased to offer readers an anniversary gift/giveaway from this month’s Sponsor Sandbar Soaps. In Heather’s own words:

I began making soap for myself in 2008 and I started with soap for the laundry. Frankly, I was just fed up with paying (what I felt was) an arm and a leg for something like laundry detergent. I had a kindergartner and a baby so, lots of laundry. Soap is one of those things that has been around since ancient times and I just thought, “why can’t I make this myself.” I spent months researching before I my first soap making attempt. There are a lot of moving parts to pulling together a batch of soap. You have to be very careful during the process. As you might imagine, the melt and pour soaps aren’t as complicated, but it’s harder than it looks. But once I got started I was using it as a creative outlet. And I couldn’t stop.

baby by the sea: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO START YOUR BUSINESS?

Heather: I had been making my soaps as a hobby and I started to get requests from friends to buy my soap. I wanted to make sure that I had a business license and other basic small business infrastructure in place so that I could take advantage of any opportunities for growth and to get the accounting right from the beginning. I’m really glad I did that.

baby by the sea: HAD YOU BEEN DOING THIS SORT OF WORK BEFORE?

Heather: Not really. Until I moved to the island, I had spent the last twenty or so years supporting small businesses and corporate executives whether it be accounting or administration. So I absolutely feel comfortable with running the business side of things. I find it much easier actually than the output end. So I’m learning a lot at this stage about production and marketing.

baby by the sea: TELL US ABOUT YOUR FAMILY AND HOW THEY FIT INTO YOUR DESIGN LIFE.

When I first started Sandbar Soaps I had decided that I would be “tinkering” until my youngest is in kindergarten. That didn’t stick, so I do my “nuts & bolts” soap making in the mornings when she’s at pre-school. My husband is always super supportive of whatever I’m working on. He loves to use my soap, so I’m always happy to hear about what he likes. He’s also a good sport when I need someone to do heavy lifting.

baby by the sea: WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE WORD? WHEN ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
You ask hard questions. I think my favorite word is “coffee.” But it has to be said like this: “coffee?” Because that’s an invitation to sit, talk and hang out. It’s not the coffee itself. I “love“ to hang out.
I’m the happiest when I am at the beach with my husband & two girls. Especially here because you can have a whole beach to yourself. I’ve attached a picture that is the moment I realized that beach time is important to me.


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baby by the sea: WHAT IS THE EXACT SOAP DESCRIPTION YOU’RE OFFERING FOR A GIVEAWAY?
Gladly! While we’re in the throes of the season of love and chocolate I am pleased to offer a Raspberry Chiffon Heart Duo. The raspberry fragrance makes my mouth water. I made them being in the mindset that I wanted to have a fun and creative day, and not just a “work” day. They have pretty marble-like swirls and textured layers. The ingredients in this bar are vegetable based (vegan friendly) and enriched with Shea Butter (5%.)
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Ingredients: Coconut Oil, Palm Oil, Safflower Oil, Vegetable Glycerin (kosher), Shea Butter (refined naturally crushed), Purified Water, Sodium Hydroxide, Sorbitol , Sorbitan oleate, Soy bean protein, Fragrance Oil, Titanium Dioxide, Red Oxide.
Sandbar Soaps is offering a 10% discount for thirty days with the source code babybythesea2011 [offer valid until March 14, 2011]. Check out her Etsy site here. You can also check out her Facebook page here. She checks in regularly there, so if you have any questions or want to learn a bit more, Facebook is a good place to start. And, hey, Like it if you do.
San Juan Island is a magical place. So many talented people live on our tiny island it’s astounding. My friend Heather’s soaps are delightfully sold around town, in the lovely shops owned by other lovely mama friends. Her blog is great, too. I’m excited to give a lucky reader the opportunity to have a bit of San Juan Island, a bit of super-cool soap.
For this excellent giveaway, Sandbar Soaps is generousy offering the following:
::: Raspberry Chiffon Heart Soap Duo :::
In addition, Sandbar Soaps is offering 10% off all orders through March 14, 2011. Use the coupon code: babybythesea2011 when checking out her Etsy site.
Thank you to Sandbar Soaps!
To enter, please, if you’re not already, become a follower of baby by the sea. Then, leave a comment in this post by 2:14 PM Pacific Standard Time on 2/14/11. One lucky winner will be announced Valentine’s Day evening after I’ve eaten my red velvet cake.
[extra] This last bit is more for fun and not a requirement for fancy, awesome homemade soaps. In your comment, please tell me what you’re singing in the shower these days. When I announce the winner, I’ll let you know what’s been stuck in my head and sung while I shower.

Thanks to those who checkout Sandbar Soaps.  
:::Knitting in the North’s Charity is the lucky winner of the 
Raspberry Chiffon Heart Soap Duo:::
~Charity, please email me your contact information.

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