Here’s what I said when I started this blog in 2012:
OK. So I don’t actually have four babies… I have three toddlers and a preschooler. Yes, three toddlers. Triplets to be exact! And all of them are girls! And my preschooler is a girl, too. My poor husband!
The mid-2013 update:
My household now has FIVE messy babies! Yep, you heard me right. F.I.V.E. And just as you probably already guessed, our newest addition is another girl! We are now five messy girls (plus mommy, so it’s actually six messy girls). The triplets are now into the terrible terrible twos! My oldest is now in kindergarten, and our precious littlest girl was born in January.
And the latest update as of April, 2015:
We’re now SIX messy babies!!! Our newest addition is………yep, you guessed it. A GIRL OF COURSE! Violet was born in February, Lydia is newly 2, the triplets (Annabelle, Madelynn, and Chloe) are 4 and in preschool now, and Emily just turned 7 and is in first grade.
Are we crazy???!!! Absolutely! But in the best possible way, I like to think! In this post, I explain a little bit about how we got all these babies.
As you can imagine, life gets pretty messy around here! I’m one busy mama chasing, cleaning, feeding, cleaning, changing diapers, cleaning, playing, cleaning, chasing, cleaning… You get the picture, right?!
I first started this blog simply because I wanted to communicate easily with other soap makers, but it’s turned into more than that. I love to talk about our family, all of our messes, and my adventures with crafting, cooking, and soaping, of course!
I decided to start making soap for many reasons:
1. I am constantly cleaning hands, faces, baby bottoms, etc. So why not use a safer, all-natural product that I made?
2. We use cloth diapers, and “cloth-safe” detergent is expensive! Why not find a way to make my own that’s inexpensive and just as good or better? But my girls reacted to the other bar soaps out there commonly used in homemade laundry detergents. So I needed to find a way to make my own better soap!
3. My girls have rather sensitive skin (as evidenced by the detergent reaction mentioned above), and three of them have a bit of eczema. Isn’t there a gentler soap that could help? Yes!
4. I need a creative outlet! All I do is chase after kids (and clean), so when I came across this whole new world of soaping, I was thrilled! Total creativity in every batch AND no kids allowed!
My husband’s response upon seeing my first batch of soap: “Congratulations! You’ve just stepped back in time 200 years!” He has a point. But this endeavor is so much more than just making soap for soap’s sake. It’s about creating beautiful, delectable, artistic masterpieces that help me to have a little escape when I’m showering or doing laundry or wiping baby tushies. And it’s about using my own two hands to create something utterly useful.
1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 tells us “to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.”
Here’s hoping that I can do just that and make my world a little cleaner in the process!
Now that I’m into the soap-making world, I’ve been getting even more creative. I’ve expanded into making other bath products like lotion bars and bath fizzies, and I’ve crocheted, knitted, and created hoards of scarves, tutus, hats, flowers and hair bows. Gotta keep those girlies running around here looking cute, you know?!
People often ask me when I have time to do these things. The answer is simple: I make time (during naps or after the kids go to bed) because I need to keep my sanity! It’s fun to create, and it helps me to “get away” for a little while.
Check out this post on how our babies have changed absolutely everything about our lives!
I love to interact with moms, crafters, and fellow soapers and soap-users alike! Have a question or want to chat with me? Feel free to leave a comment here, or you can contact me privately at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for stopping by!