Do you like your soap?

SFR website, Summer BOGO

Do you like your soap?

Several years ago, our favorite soap, Pure and Natural, began disappearing from grocery store shelves. We bought up every bar we could find for a while, and then we just couldn’t find any more. We tried countless bars of soap over several months, trying to find a soap that would clean without over-drying our skin or leaving an oily residue behind.

We couldn’t find one. So, we enlisted a nearby soap maker to make one for us!

Pure Olive Oil Soap is an all-natural hand, face and body bar made from pure olive oil and natural glycerin. It’s basically unscented, so it just smells clean, and it leaves skin clean and moisturized without oily residue.

This is now our family’s bath bar, hand soap, and facial bar. I personally like it better than any other soap I’ve ever used, including Pure and Natural. Why not try it for yourself? Purchase one 4-ounce bar for $4 or three bars for $10. To make it even better, this summer we’re throwing in an extra bar for every bar you order.

There’s no better time to try this soap. Buy one, get one free. No catch. No limit. No coupon needed. Stock up for yourself, or get some for friends and share the goodness!

Click here to order yours now!

BOGO offer good through August 15, 2017, while supplies last.

P. S. We’ve had some people with oily skin tell us they’re not interested in a soap made from olive oil. I know it’s hard to believe, but it really isn’t oily! If you have oily skin and you want to try it risk-free, email us. Let us know that you have oily skin and you want to put the Pure Olive Oil Soap to the test.  Place your order. Use the soap daily for 1 week. If you aren’t convinced that the soap cleanses without making your skin more oily, let us know and you’ll receive a full refund. You must email us before placing your order to take advantage of the refund offer. But I’m pretty sure you won’t be asking for a refund!

What I Learned Last Week

This is my cat 48 hours after peppermint oil.img_91121-e1496264279669.jpgI know that essential oils should always be used with care, especially when dealing with children and animals. But in spite of that, I applied a few drops to a tick on his left shoulder and THEN checked my oil books. If I had done my reading FIRST as I should have done, I would have learned that peppermint oil can be toxic to cats and I would have tried a different remedy to get rid of the tick. Thankfully, my kitty was unharmed, but I spent a very uneasy 48 hours, watching for signs of lethargy and loss of appetite. I am happy to report that Mr. Blue is still alive and well! Whew!

And speaking of toxicity, I also learned something interesting about Magic Erasers. I learned that the pad itself is made of melamine, so it is its basic structure that makes it such a great cleaner. It works like a gentle sandpaper on sinks and showers, thoroughly removing soap scum and dirt. There’s no true cleaning agent in the pad, but it does include formaldehyde- an ingredient not noted on the container. The makers of Magic Erasers claim that the small amount of formaldehyde in the pad is not a concern.

Last week, I tried Norwex Micro-Cleaning Hand Pads. The Norwex pads are also made of melamine but have no added formaldehyde. The pad worked the same magic on my bathroom surfaces and even held up better than the Magic Eraser usually does. The Norwex pads are more expensive, but they last longer, so maybe they don’t cost that much more over time. I think I’ll opt for the more expensive pads without toxic residue. By the way, I don’t sell Norwex, and I’m not being paid for this blog post. This is just my unsolicited review of my newest discovery.

So there you have it: two unrelated lessons I learned last week. What are YOU learning?

Medicine Cabinet Challenge

Medicine Cabinet

Choose one product in your medicine cabinet,
preferably something that you take often.

Now for the challenge…

Visit our store and find a comparable product. How do we stack up?
Compare ingredients, quality and cost. Let us know what you find out.

If you don’t see a comparable product,
or if you see one but it doesn’t have a full ingredient list with nutrition facts, email us.

We want to help you stock your medicine cabinet
with reasonably priced quality products
made of safe and effective ingredients.
Challenge us!

Countdown to Christmas Market!

Come see us at Classical Conversations’ Christmas Market next Saturday!
The fun begins at 9:00 a.m. and continues until 3:00 p.m.
at First Baptist Church, Helena
(815 Highway 52 E, Helena, AL  35080).

We’re counting down on Facebook

and placing one new stocking stuffer under our tree every day.

So far, we’ve added Pure Olive Oil Soap,

and BeeyoutifulSkin Mineral Makeup catalogs.

Stop by Saturday and browse our stocking stuffers and Christmas gifts

and pick up a free BeeyoutifulSkin Mineral Makeup catalog!

Christmas Market will feature more than 60 vendors-

a great opportunity to shop for Christmas,
support local business owners, and

support the Helena campus of Classical Conversations!

Follow us on Facebook for the rest of the countdown!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Here are the answers to Monday’s Thanksgiving Quiz.  Don’t look if you haven’t taken it yet!  Click here to take the quiz.

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

False.  The national holiday did not begin with the Pilgrims. In 1777 the Continental Congress declared the first national day of Thanksgiving, following the American victory at Saratoga.

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

False.  In the year 1621, the Pilgrims celebrated a feast near Plymouth, Massachusetts, following their first harvest.  But the feast commonly referred to as “the first Thanksgiving” was never repeated.  According to most historians, the pilgrims never observed an annual Thanksgiving feast in autumn.

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

False.  George Washington became the first president to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday, when in 1789 he set aside November 26, a Tuesday, as a day of thanksgiving for the adoption of the U.S. Constitution.

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims’ feast?

In 1846, Sarah Josepha Hale, editor of a popular 19th century woman’s magazine called Godey’s Lady’s Book, began an editorial campaign to make Thanksgiving a national holiday.  She hoped that a national Thanksgiving would bring strengthen family ties and bring unity and moral strength to the country.

 5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln proclaimed a national day of thanksgiving to be celebrated on November 26, a Thursday that year.  In his proclamation, Lincoln named the last Thursday in the month as the day to celebrate.

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

With a few exceptions, Lincoln’s precedent was followed by every subsequent president – until 1939.  That year Franklin D. Roosevelt, who thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas, mandated the third Thursday in November instead.

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

Canada

8.  Who said this?  “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”

George Washington said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on October 3, 1789.  Click here to read the entire proclamation.

9.  Who said this?  “Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”

Ronald Reagan said this in his Thanksgiving Proclamation on November 12, 1981.

10. Who said this?  “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

Paul said this in his letter to Timothy.  See 1 Timothy 2:1-3.

Give thanks- whether you knew all the answers or not!

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Happy Thanksgiving from Smith Family Resources!

A Thanksgiving Quiz

How much do you know about Thanksgiving?  See if you can answer these ten questions.  Check back later this week for the answers!

1.  Thanksgiving as a national holiday began with the Pilgrims.  True or False

2.  The Pilgrims observed an annual Thanksgiving feast beginning in 1621.  True or False

3.  Abraham Lincoln was the first U. S. President to proclaim a Thanksgiving holiday.  True or False

4.  Who started a campaign in 1846 to make Thanksgiving a holiday celebrating harvests going back to the Pilgrims’ feast?
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5.  Which U. S. President named the last Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?

6.  Which U. S. President thought the last Thursday was too close to Christmas and mandated the third Thursday in November as the day to celebrate Thanksgiving?thanksgiving-indians

7.  What country celebrates Thanksgiving on the second Monday in October?

8.  Who said this?  “Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor, and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their Joint Committee requested me ‘to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanks-giving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.’”

9.  Who said this?  “Let us recommit ourselves to that devotion to God and family that has played such an important role in making this a great Nation, and which will be needed as a source of strength if we are to remain a great people.”

10. Who said this?  “First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity.  This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior.”

Happy Thanksgiving from Smith Family Resources!