Q&A: Recently diagnosed with AS. What has help you with your AS?

question for battyHi Batty,

My friend is a long time customer of yours and actually bought it for her because she has sensitive skin. She actually just sent me your youtube video about Ankylosing Spondylitis(AS) tonight because I was just diagnosed with it last year. I have to say you’re a huge inspiration and you should be so proud of all you have achieved while battling this often sucky disease.  Are there any products of yours you could recommend I try to help with achey joints for baths and what not? I assume you know better than anyone else what may help.

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Hi There!

I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve been diagnosed with AS too! One of the things that helped me the most was seeing a naturopath (she has AS too so she totally knew what I was dealing with).

She had me on a bunch of supplements and whatnot but the thing that was most helpful was she narrowed down food triggers of my pain. I only have one (that I know of) and that’s processed sugar. I can have a little bit but if I over do it I feel like garbage! Cleaning my diet of excess sugar has made a huge difference!

Another big trigger for me is stress.. good or bad stress (so excited about something = good stress… and you know what bad stress is lol).. my body reads and reacts to them the same way.. so keeping my life balanced and keeping out stress inducing people is huge!!! In fact the whole time I was married I was constantly in a flare up (he wasn’t goods for me but I’ll leave it at that cus I could write a novel on all the reasons why lol). Since getting out of that toxic relationship over a year ago, I’m almost always flare free!And the flares that do come along are short and not nearly as intense.

Something else that helps is of course medication. . It took years to get mine right but it was worth all the trial and error. I take enbrel (which gives me peace of mind cus it stops the progression of my AS in its tracks) and tramadol (which covers of the pain of previous permanent damage). Finding the right strength of tramadol took a while though, 24 h pills would wear off then spike throughout the day! I’m on the 12 h ones now but they wear off after 7 h. So as far as baths and products for pain, I soak in the tub a few times a week and add lots of Epsom salt plus my own blend of oils (check my blog for specifics). The best product you can buy? A stellar mattress!!! Seriously! It’s an investment but worth every penny! When I sleep anywhere but on my amazing mattress, I feel it the next day!

I hope that helps!

lovebatty purple

Mineral Concealer

Customer Review: Really helps cover the redness of new and old pimples

Thanks so much to Larissa, for taking the time to submit a review of my Mineral Cream Concealer over at ShopBattysBath.com! I’m also smiling ear to ear because of that last sentence; That seriously made my day… week.. maybe even month! When I get feedback like this, it reminds me of those days when AS or fibro is kicking my butt that it’s worth it to kick right back, so I can continue to do what I do! Thank you so much Larissa for reminding me that what I do does matter!

Mineral ConcealerHave been using the concealer for a few days now, and it seems to really help cover the redness of new and old pimples, as well as the darkness under my eyes. It’s a little on the lighter side, but maybe I was just using my old concealer for too long; I never tried anything different. I think in natural light, and when using Batty’s mineral foundation over top, it creates smooth, balanced coverage! I apply with a small flat brush, then smooth the edges with a clean sponge. A little definitely goes a long way, and it’s long lasting! Love it :)

Batty, I hope you continue to make your products for a long time to come! Your research, and kind heart, really shows in all your products! Thank you :)” – Larissa (mineral cream concealer)

If you’d like to submit a review (or read feedback from awesome folks like Larissa), head over to ShopBattysBath.com

Have a great day, and may you also have someone encourage you to keep doing the awesome thing it is that you do!

Batty's Bath map

Weekly Photo Recap ( June 9 – 15)

Here’s this week’s photo recap! Check out what I’ve been up to (or have at least documented ) since the last recap post!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my Instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week and then recap them here on the blog once a week. (This is a relatively new feature on the blog but to see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag).

Little Man going for a check-up

Little man and I are visiting the vet today to see how he’s healing up (via x-rays). I’m waiting right now for the results. Fingers (and paws) crossed. (June 9 ) 

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backyard yoga

Looks like the doggies are ready to join me for some backyard yoga. Hehe. (June 9 )

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in the studio

Neem, meet your new friend, rosehip. (June 10 ) 

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studio dishes

Doing the studio dishes couldn’t be put off any longer – LOL. Thankfully I had a helpful elf tackle them with me. (June 11) 

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kindle quote

How true that seems to be – LOL. (June 11 ) 

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shampoo and conditioner

Feeling fairly well stocked with shampoo and conditioner at the moment. (June 11 ) 

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Batty's Bath map

Want to know where Batty’s Bath products traveled to last year? Well now you can! I’m so excited about this! VA Karla put a Google map together of all the cities we shipped online orders to in 2013! I’m a very visual person, so things like this totally make me giddy –  LOL. VA Karla will be adding the 2014 cities in the near future and updating the map on an ongoing basis – I can’t wait to see the map fill up! Also a big thanks to Momma Batty for helping to compile all the info to make this happen! If you’d like to check the map out, click here or head over to the Facebook fan page for the link: facebook.com/battysbath (June 11 ) 

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Batty's Bath studio

With the exception of a couple moisturizers, the Batty’s Bath shelves are fairly well stocked at the moment. (June 12 ) 

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more studio stock

Yup, all stocked up here too! (June 12 ) 

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The grapefruit layer of my Patchouli & Grapefruit Facial Soap bars has been poured. Now to pack orders while I wait for this layer to set up. (June 13 ) 

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Batty's Bath deodorant

Packing, packing, packing. This order has 3 cucumber deodorants in it – I love the way they look all lined up together. Speaking of deodorants, I have one more huge batch on the production schedule for 2014 (it will just be tiny batches after that). I hope to make the huge batch next week (June 13 ) 

skin support tea

Rewind to last Friday – Getting ready to put Skin Support Tea in our pretty purple bags. (June 13 ) 

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Hortons Farmers Market

All set up and ready to go at the Horton Farmers Market in St Thomas. The market runs until noon. See you soon! (June 14 ) 

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allergic to aspertame

Just say no. ;) ( June 15 ) 

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Little man relaxing

Could this guy get any cuter? I think not. ( June 15 ) 

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The extras…

I’m currently watching/listening to:

It was another light week for tv/movie watching!

  • Orange is the New Black - just started watching the second season
  • Hell on Wheels - finished watching the second season

What I’m reading (non-work related):

  • I’m still reading All Hallows Night by Marie Hall. It’s the second book in the Night Series. I read the first book in a collection of books that I mentioned here.
Me and this handsome man are off to see a special doggie surgeon about his leg today. Wish us luck! (April 4th)

Studio Update and Weekly Photo Recap

Here’s the weekly recap of my instagram pix! Usually I try to post the recap on Tuesday’s but this week I was so busy with little man’s sale that I didn’t get to the recap until now!

Actually, posting this is a little break from filling orders from little man’s sale. Thankfully I had back up yesterday (thanks momma batty!), and I’ll have more back up on Sunday – momma batty and VA lauryn are coming over! If we get all the orders packed up from little man’s sale before the end of the day we’re going to switch gears and start restocking products! I’ve got a long list of products that either sold out during the sale or are now in very short supply.

I’m hoping to have the majority of the products that are low in stock made (and packaged AND added to the online shop inventory) by the end of next week. That’s the goal but it might be a pretty far reaching goal since next week little man goes in for his surgery. I’ve also had a mighty big (yet thankfully short lived) flareup this week that knocked me out for almost a full two days.. and if I know my body like I think I do, the stress of little man going under the knife will throw me into another flare (stress affects my symptoms just as much as lack of sleep, working too much, etc).

Next week during the days following little man’s surgery will likely warrant a few days off to care for him anyways… so I’m thinking, whether it’s a flare up, or little man’s first days of recovery, I’ll be taking some time off next week.

So in a nutshell?

  • little man’s surgery is next week
  • i’ll be taking part of the week off to care for my man and get him situated
  • extra help has been called in to get orders out as fast as possible AND get products restocked
  • reading between the lines: it’s pretty safe to say that my 2-3 day email reply turn around time won’t be getting any shorter any time soon BUT i’ll be working hard behind the scenes… as usual ;)

 

Now on with the photo recap!

Pictures are displayed from the oldest to the most recent (dates are included in the description of the picture). If you’d prefer to see my picture updates as they are posted, follow my instagram feed – that’s where I post these pictures during the week and then recap them here on the blog once a week. (This is a relatively new feature on the blog but to see previous photo recaps, check out the “My Week So Far” tag).

 

Soaking in the tub and watching Jem and the holograms ! Yup, this makes me happy! (April 2)

Soaking in the tub and watching Jem and the holograms ! Yup, this makes me happy! (April 2)

 

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Just a quick pic. The pastels didn't turn out as vibrant as I'd hope but they did turn out exactly like I expected from this brand and the shade I dyed over. I'll take some better pix when I get a few extra minutes. Ps I just left my hair air dry with only leave in conditioner in it. Hence the messy "in need of some help" look lol (April 3rd)

Just a quick pic. The pastels didn’t turn out as vibrant as I’d hope but they did turn out exactly like I expected from this brand and the shade I dyed over. I’ll take some better pix when I get a few extra minutes. Ps I just left my hair air dry with only leave in conditioner in it. Hence the messy “in need of some help” look lol (April 3rd)

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Previously in the studio. ….. packaging mild jojoba facial scrub :) (April 3rd)

Previously in the studio. ….. packaging mild jojoba facial scrub :) (April 3rd)

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First pic - yelling at sassy. Second pic - oh crap. I've been caught (and sassy still confused about what just happened). Reality? I caught him yawning in the first pic. In the second pic his ears are back because he was all excited that I was looking at him lol. (April 3rd)

First pic – yelling at sassy. Second pic – oh crap. I’ve been caught (and sassy still confused about what just happened). Reality? I caught him yawning in the first pic. In the second pic his ears are back because he was all excited that I was looking at him lol. (April 3rd)

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This week's cosmo inspired nails plus a new soap I just added to the online shop - cherrylicious - smells like black cherries. Mmm.  (April 3rd)

This week’s cosmo inspired nails plus a new soap I just added to the online shop – cherrylicious – smells like black cherries. Mmm. (April 3rd)

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This happened in the studio earlier today… made skin support tea :) (April 4th)

This happened in the studio earlier today… made skin support tea :) (April 4th)

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Me and this handsome man are off to see a special doggie surgeon about his leg today. Wish us luck! (April 4th)

Me and this handsome man are off to see a special doggie surgeon about his leg today. Wish us luck! (April 4th)

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It was a bit of a wait to see the surgeon and little man was nervous to be in a strange place without sassy by his side, but he did great! He may have even stole a few hearts ..what can I say, he has that effect on people lol. The downside? He definitely needs surgery. He'll be going for the procedure in a week and a half. I'm going to be one nervous doggie mommy that day! He's going to have a bit of a long recover too. But he's a trooper and I'm sure he'll meet this challenge with his tail wagging! (April 4th)

It was a bit of a wait to see the surgeon and little man was nervous to be in a strange place without sassy by his side, but he did great! He may have even stole a few hearts ..what can I say, he has that effect on people lol. The downside? He definitely needs surgery. He’ll be going for the procedure in a week and a half. I’m going to be one nervous doggie mommy that day! He’s going to have a bit of a long recover too. But he’s a trooper and I’m sure he’ll meet this challenge with his tail wagging! (April 4th)

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Little man is helping (by mostly supervising) me prep all the orders that have come in for his sale! Thank you so much for the huge outpouring of support! We're well over half way to covering his surgery! (April 5th)

Little man is helping (by mostly supervising) me prep all the orders that have come in for his sale! Thank you so much for the huge outpouring of support! We’re well over half way to covering his surgery! (April 5th)

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Got just over half of the orders that came in before noon today (for little man's sale) packed up! The rest? They will be tackled after some serious shut eye! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped out by participating in little man's sale!! (April 5th)

Got just over half of the orders that came in before noon today (for little man’s sale) packed up! The rest? They will be tackled after some serious shut eye! Thanks so much to everyone who has helped out by participating in little man’s sale!! (April 5th)

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Pic from yesterday. While momma batty and I packed orders, I had one of my mixers working hard too (it's making my primer & daily detox moisturizer). (April 6th)

Pic from yesterday. While momma batty and I packed orders, I had one of my mixers working hard too (it’s making my primer & daily detox moisturizer). (April 6th)

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Little Man and I are updating order status. If your order was dropped off at the post office (actually at a store with a postal outlet in it that's open on Sundays hehe) today, you'll soon know :) (April 6th)

Little Man and I are updating order status. If your order was dropped off at the post office (actually at a store with a postal outlet in it that’s open on Sundays hehe) today, you’ll soon know :) (April 6th)

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Happy feet! (April 6th)

Happy feet! (April 6th)

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Sassy the houndy hound is doing what I'd like to be doing right now lol. Instead I'm making more headway on orders that have come in for little man's sale! All the support that has come in has been overwhelming (in a good way!) Thanks to everyone who's placed an order during little man's sale and has sent well wishes for our fur man! Do you see your order in the ones I just picked? ;) Another big batch of orders (including the ones in the picture) will be dropped off at the post office on Thursday. (April 8th)

Sassy the houndy hound is doing what I’d like to be doing right now lol. Instead I’m making more headway on orders that have come in for little man’s sale! All the support that has come in has been overwhelming (in a good way!) Thanks to everyone who’s placed an order during little man’s sale and has sent well wishes for our fur man! Do you see your order in the ones I just picked? ;) Another big batch of orders (including the ones in the picture) will be dropped off at the post office on Thursday. (April 8th)

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In my office (April 8th)

In my office (April 8th)

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What's up in the studio this morning: Patchouli & grapefruit facial soap setting up in its molds. (April 9th)

What’s up in the studio this morning: Patchouli & grapefruit facial soap setting up in its molds. (April 9th)

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This handsome man will be going in for surgery next week! Eek! Cross those paws! Today he's just doing his usual: looking cute, being sweet, and stealing my heart! Thank you to everyone who has made a purchase during the surprise sale to help with the medical costs!!! (April 9th)

This handsome man will be going in for surgery next week! Eek! Cross those paws! Today he’s just doing his usual: looking cute, being sweet, and stealing my heart! Thank you to everyone who has made a purchase during the surprise sale to help with the medical costs!!! (April 9th)

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Tub time (March 27th)

The Last Week in Pictures

I’m documenting my day-to-day more often now (like I mentioned in this post and this post). Here’s my picture recap of the last week. If you want to keep up with my daily pictures, check out my instagram feed. If you’re interested in more of these types of posts, check out the tags (at the bottom of the post) – each tag links to a list of similar blog posts. You can also find a recap of the most popular tags on my blog in the sidebar.

Pictures are displayed starting with the oldest (about a week ago) to the most recent.

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Made more mild jojoba facial scrub today (March 26th)

Made more mild jojoba facial scrub today (March 26th)

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Making skin support tea: prepping the mint. This is the last bundle of mint from my garden! Good thing I'll have lots of it growing out of control when the weather warms up (I can always count on my mint to come up every year and grow wild - which is great!). It can't be too much longer now :) (March 26th)

Making skin support tea: prepping the mint. This is the last bundle of mint from my garden! Good thing I’ll have lots of it growing out of control when the weather warms up (I can always count on my mint to come up every year and grow wild – which is great!). It can’t be too much longer now :) (March 26th)

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A pic from this fun day.  When I posted this pic on instagram a friend mentioned how much she likes purple hair on me. That sparked me to reply with my thoughts on my hair colour right now: I've been missing blue for a few months tho. But I have a few more tubes of purple to use up first lol. I got some pastels that I'm going to work in soon - I'm not only missing blue but I'm missing some lighter colors too. Been rocking this purple (with bits of pink and teal) for over six months now. Time to change it up a bit.

A pic from this fun day. When I posted this pic on instagram a friend mentioned how much she likes purple hair on me. That sparked me to reply with my thoughts on my hair colour right now: I’ve been missing blue for a few months tho. But I have a few more tubes of purple to use up first lol. I got some pastels that I’m going to work in soon – I’m not only missing blue but I’m missing some lighter colours too. Been rocking this purple (with bits of pink and teal) for over six months now. Time to change it up a bit.  [[Update: I plan to spruce up my hair this week! Bring on splashes of light, fun, spring – inspired colour!]]

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When I'm not working in the studio making products, or in the office packing orders, and I'm feeling well enough to be up and about, this is where I work. (March 27th)

When I’m not working in the studio making products, or in the office packing orders, and I’m feeling well enough to be up and about, this is where I work. (March 27th)

 

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Wearing my fav socks today (March 27th)

Wearing my fav socks today (March 27th)

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Tub time (March 27th)

Tub time (March 27th)

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I rarely change my jewelry so when I pick out a new piece, it's either something that I just plan on wearing with special outfits/occasions, or, it's a piece I plan on wearing day in day out. This flower ring is definitely a day in day out piece. I'm absolutely in love that it contains real flowers. (March 27th)

I rarely change my jewelry so when I pick out a new piece, it’s either something that I just plan on wearing with special outfits/occasions, or, it’s a piece I plan on wearing day in day out. This flower ring is definitely a day in day out piece. I’m absolutely in love with the fact it contains real flowers. Since getting this ring, it’s only left my finger to wash dog paws and soak in the tub! (March 27th)

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Go check out @adellejackman for the full pic of her soap sculpture ;) (using #battysbath soap! Booya!). And the lovely blog post she wrote about what changed her beauty junkie ways! Truly inspiring! (March 27th)

Go check out @adellejackman for the full pic of her soap sculpture ;) (using #battysbath soap! Booya!). And the lovely blog post she wrote about what changed her beauty junkie ways! Truly inspiring! (March 27th)

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My signature line of handmade soaps #battysbath @adellejackman your #battysbath soap inukshuk reminded me of these pix my sister in law took last weekend ;) (March 27th)  --- P.s. when I posted this on instagram, a customer - a fire breathing customer (seriously!) - shared how he used my charcoal soap to take care of a burn! Crazy eh? Check out our conversion where I included some suggestions should a burn happen again - and he let me know that burns come with the job lol.

My signature line of handmade soaps #battysbath @adellejackman your #battysbath soap inukshuk reminded me of these pix my sister in law took last weekend ;) (March 27th) — P.s. when I posted this on instagram, a customer – a fire breathing customer (seriously!) – shared how he used my charcoal soap to take care of a burn! Crazy eh? Check out our conversion where I included some suggestions should a burn happen again – and he let me know that burns come with the job lol.

 

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What I wore (March 28th)

What I wore (March 28th)

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Last Saturday: my sister, my mom (momma batty), and me working in the studio. Thanks to my sister in law for taking the pic! More pix and a bit of a back story will be posted on the blog later today :) (March 28th) [[Update: the rest of the pictures can be found here]]

Last Saturday: my sister, my mom (momma batty), and me working in the studio. Thanks to my sister in law for taking the pic! More pix and a bit of a back story will be posted on the blog later today :) (March 28th) [[Update: the rest of the pictures can be found here]]

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Little man and my make shift office during sick days (flare ups). I've had several in a row again this week - as you can tell by the top right pic (after several days my Halloween body pillow accumulates more and more notebooks, etc)  (March 28th) -- when I posted this, a great conversation started about doggies. I shared some of Sassy's and Little Man's story. Plus talked about my thoughts on adding another member to our pack. You can check out that convo here.

Little man and my make shift office during sick days (flare ups). I’ve had several in a row again this week – as you can tell by the top right pic (after several days my Halloween body pillow accumulates more and more notebooks, etc) (March 28th) — when I posted this on instagram, a great conversation started about doggies. I shared some of Sassy’s and Little Man’s story. Plus talked about my thoughts on adding another member to our pack. You can check out that convo here.

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March 29th - when working in my make shift office (shown above), doggie ears occasionally work their way onto my keyboard

March 29th – when working in my make shift office (shown above), doggie ears occasionally work their way on to my keyboard

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The "need to label" table (March 30th)

The “need to label” table (March 30th)

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Phew. Just finished packing orders with momma batty. We had way too many orders to pack in her car (she takes them to the post office on Monday mornings), so we had to load them up in the truck instead! Crappy pic, but I just had to document this Lol. It's full right to the back! (March 30th)

Phew. Just finished packing orders with momma batty. We had way too many orders to pack in her car (she takes them to the post office on Monday mornings), so we had to load them up in the truck instead! Crappy pic, but I just had to document this Lol. It’s full right to the back! (March 30th)

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Earlier today in the studio. On the left: hydra healing skin rescue gel (Top: still mixing. Bottom: ready to package). On the right: tea tree facial nut scrub. (March 30th)

Earlier today in the studio. On the left: hydra healing skin rescue gel (Top: still mixing. Bottom: ready to package). On the right: tea tree facial nut scrub. (March 30th)

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Some how days when momma batty comes over to help in the office and studio tire the dogs out as much as me lol. They are both sawing logs already. (March 30th)

Some how days when momma batty comes over to help in the office and studio tire the dogs out as much as me lol. They are both sawing logs already. (March 30th)

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My current hair colour(s)... my purple on top looks really muted and dark but that's because my hair is still pretty damp (the teal also looks more green in this pic). This week I'm hoping to lighten a lot of this mop up. I'm thinking pastels. I always crave pastel coloured hair around this time of year :) (March 30th)

My current hair colour(s)… my purple on top looks really muted and dark but that’s because my hair is still pretty damp (the teal also looks more green in this pic). This week I’m hoping to lighten a lot of this mop up. I’m thinking pastels. I always crave pastel coloured hair around this time of year :) (March 30th)

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My view beyond my laptop today (working in my living room - yup, already a step up from late last week when I was still having to work in bed - see previous pix). It's a light work day for me though. Besides updating order statuses, I generally take Mondays off (because I work all weekend to get orders out the door!). Most people hate Mondays but I like them because they are my one scheduled day off (minus those order status updates ). Being able to set your own hours? A perk of working for yourself / running your own biz. (p.s. I can't wait until all that winter gear isn't clogging up the coat rack!) (March 31)

My view beyond my laptop today (working in my living room – yup, already a step up from late last week when I was still having to work in bed – see previous pix). It’s a light work day for me though. Besides updating order statuses, I generally take Mondays off (because I work all weekend to get orders out the door!). Most people hate Mondays but I like them because they are my one scheduled day off (minus those order status updates ). Being able to set your own hours? A perk of working for yourself / running your own biz. (p.s. I can’t wait until all that winter gear isn’t clogging up the coat rack!) (March 31)

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Dye time! I've used this brand of color (color brilliance) before but they aren't my go to brand and this will be my first time trying their pastel ("brights") line. My go to brand doesn't have pastels (at least not pastels that are accessible to me) so I'm settling for these - this brand lasts a lot longer than manic panic but not as long as my go to brand (which holds the color just like a permanent dye - and I don't have the desire to touch up my color every few weeks anymore so the longer the hold the better! ). Oh and I was at the hair dressers for the first time in over a year and she made me feel amazing! She let me know that not only is my hair amazingly healthy (which i contribute to my natural @battysbath hair care products, but also because I rarely heat style it anymore - thanks to being too tired or sick to do my hair most days! Silver lining lol - and because I use stains to color my hair rather than true dyes).... but also that I'm the only one of her clients that can keep color so well with no fading or weird color changes throughout the life of the color. She even asked me for my process! I felt pretty dang special to be asked a hair question from my hair dresser lol. (She knew she had to get all the info she could out of me then too cus i rarely get my hair cut lol - which turns out to being ok cus she said my ends looked great too!) Chalk up another point for natural hair care + gentle hair care (cus the stains I use aren't natural!) + hippy waves :) if anyone wants me to do a blog post with any tips, tricks, or routines I've picked up along the way just let me know :) (March 31st) -- Update: A couple people (on instagram and FB) said that YES! They do want me to write a blog post on how I do my hair. A close friend of mine also wants me talk about how to grow your hair out. I'll work on a hair blog post over the next few weeks :) …. oh, and I'll share how the pastels turned out soon too!

Dye time! I’ve used this brand of color (color brilliance) before but they aren’t my go to brand and this will be my first time trying their pastel (“brights”) line. My go to brand doesn’t have pastels (at least not pastels that are accessible to me) so I’m settling for these – this brand lasts a lot longer than manic panic but not as long as my go to brand (which holds the color just like a permanent dye – and I don’t have the desire to touch up my color every few weeks anymore so the longer the hold the better! ). Oh and I was at the hair dressers for the first time in over a year and she made me feel amazing! She let me know that not only is my hair amazingly healthy (which i contribute to my natural @battysbath hair care products, but also because I rarely heat style it anymore – thanks to being too tired or sick to do my hair most days! Silver lining lol – and because I use stains to color my hair rather than true dyes)…. but also that I’m the only one of her clients that can keep color so well with no fading or weird color changes throughout the life of the color. She even asked me for my process! I felt pretty dang special to be asked a hair question from my hair dresser lol. (She knew she had to get all the info she could out of me then too cus i rarely get my hair cut lol – which turns out to being ok cus she said my ends looked great too!) Chalk up another point for natural hair care + gentle hair care (cus the stains I use aren’t natural!) + hippy waves :) if anyone wants me to do a blog post with any tips, tricks, or routines I’ve picked up along the way just let me know :) (March 31st) — Update: A couple people (on instagram and FB) said that YES! They do want me to write a blog post on how I do my hair. A close friend of mine also wants me talk about how to grow your hair out. I’ll work on a hair blog post over the next few weeks :) …. oh, and I’ll share how the pastels turned out soon too!

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Thanks to @spondymom for continuing to spread the word about Ankylosing Spondylitis ! For those of you who don't know, I have AS (I was diagnosed with it first -in my early 20's - then about 5 years later, I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia ).

Thanks to @spondymom for continuing to spread the word about Ankylosing Spondylitis ! For those of you who don’t know, I have AS (I was diagnosed with it first -in my early 20’s – then about 5 years later, I was also diagnosed with Fibromyalgia).

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Ever wonder how i store all my soaps? In a dresser of course ;) lol (April 1st)

Ever wonder how i store all my soaps? In a dresser of course ;) lol (April 1st)

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Today's smoothie. Banana, spinach, kale, raspberries, spouted chia & flaxseed powder, green superfood powder, brown rice protein powder and water. (April 1st)

Today’s smoothie. Banana, spinach, kale, raspberries, spouted chia & flaxseed powder, green superfood powder, brown rice protein powder and water. (April 1st)

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