I L O V E love soap making! I also love baking. This being said I have been under extreme stress this past year and it seems to be not letting up. I love to bake and usually have to create something to take my mind away so most times I bake. This is fine when you have someone to share it with but stress and having junk around is not a good combo. Nope DANGER! So I have decided to make soap instead. I am working on some soap that look like food and most are made with food ingredients. I am not a good cook. Only a fair baker but soap, I rock soap. My special thing that gets me going is the challenge of finding all natural ingredients. I do NOT use fragrance oils and because of this I cannot make your favorite bath and body works products but I can make some real fun ones. Tonight I am making Coconut Lime (by request)! For fragrance I used lime zest and coconut milk and extract. I also added coconut oil and Shea butter for moisturizing effects. This seems to be working for my stress relief and excellent on my waistline! I get the aromatherapy effects during the process as well as the cooking/baking effect during the creation. The only down side is no instant gratification as it takes 3-6 weeks for curing but I have got to do this more often! Look for more soap to come and leave a comment if you have any special request you would like to see me try.
Eventually, it happens to every Alamogordo man or woman who has taken a haphazard approach to diet and exercise. The Health Reckoning. The Big Wake-up Call. Harsh Reality. Call it what you may, but eventually us Texas slackers all realize that we have to live a healthy lifestyle to feel good, look good, and stay active.
For many Las Cruses folks, that means improving diet and incorporating more exercise into chaotic schedules. Perhaps Las Cruses teens and Colorado twenty-somethings can function without nutritious food, adequate sleep and regular exercise without noticing any ill-effects. But that lifestyle cannot continue indefinitely without serious consequence.
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Angella M. Trout CNC, RA
As a Nutritional Consultant and Lifestyle Coach I am passionate about teaching others about total balance in health and spirit. As a real life person with real life struggles.