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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Candyland Couture!

Be sure to stop by Green Wedding Shoes and check out this super sweet, beautifully sophisticated Candyland inspired rehearsal dinner.  Here is a sneak peek at the goodies styled by the uber talented Miriam Corona Events and photographed by the keen eye of Lukas VanDyke Photography.  Look closely and you'll see our very own Gingerbread Man Soap favors peeking out from the place settings and the hot cocoa bar!  Cheers!!



* Photo credit:  Lukas VanDyke Photography

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Happy Thursday, Sweets! Just a quick note to let everyone know that we will be closed from December 15th through January 14th to spend the Holidays with family and prep for the New Year ahead. We are so thankful for the blessing that our customers have been to this business and look forward to serving you safe, soothing, luxurious bath and body treats in 2012!!

Friday, November 11, 2011

Have Your Milk & Cookies Too!


Just added to the shopGingerbread Goat Milk Soap (CP)

Available in limited supply,  we've taken freshly ground spices, mixed in a heaping helping of unrefined organic shea butter and skin nourishing oils, and blended it together with fresh, nutrient-rich goat milk...a truly decadent treat for the skin!

Friday, October 28, 2011

15% OFF Today Only!


It's Friday, Baby, so let's have some fun!  From now until 11:59pm EST today enjoy 15% off any Ellia C. Naturals order using discount code:  FRIDAY (no minimum required!).

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Run, Run As Fast As You Can...


...to catch our Holiday Survival Spa Set while you can!  Includes a Gingerbread Man Soap, 4oz Gingerbread Solid Sugar Scrub, 4oz Gingerbread Body Meringue, Natural Fiber Loofah, and reusable Natural Cotton Gift Bag (Fair Trade/Fair Wage).  Stay ahead of the hustle and bustle this Holiday Season and pamper yourself deliciously!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Oh. My. Pumpkin. Sweetness!!


Happy Monday, Lovelies!  I stumbled across this site last month and am love, love, loving it!  Darla of Bakingdom has loads of super sweet recipes, fun tutorials, and fabulous printables to share.  My favorite to date?  This adorable yummy How To for Cinnamon Caramel Apple Pumpkins!  


Scroll down a little further and sink your eyes into this scrumptious play on a salted caramel...Oh my salty sweetness!!  Have a great week...toodles! :)

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Attention FB Fans: **Action Required**

Attention Lather Lovelies:
There are new changes to Facebook!  For those following along with us on other social media sites, FB now controls what shows up on your news feed via their algorithm formula.  This means if you post a comment or like my posts from time to time, then most likely you will see my future posts.  However, if you are a silent reader and do not comment or like any of my posts you will no longer see me in your news feed (a big thanks to the very talented Jessica from Party Box Design for the info contained in this post!).
So don't forget to stop by and "Like" a post or two!  Thank you ♥

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Welcome, Great Pumpkin!


Well, it's official...although our midwestern weather cannot seem to make up it's mind, it seems as though the rest of you are definitely ready for all things Fall!  It also seems as though pumpkin, and all it's goodness, is on the brain for many of you when it comes to bath & body delights.  


Thanks to my incredible customers, I've been deep in the trenches of the soapy studio whipping up sugar scrubs, lip polishes, and loads of meringue.  What?  Did I say meringue?  That's right!  Now you can get your pumpkin fix with our ultra decadent, triple whipped body meringue, as well as our edible lip polish and sugar scrub cubes.  Ohhh, the deliciousness!!



Photo Credit: www.wikipedia.com

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Farewell For Now

We are now officially sold out of Verte until next Spring/Summer. Thanks to all of our incredible customers for making this such a popular blend this year!!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Run, Run As Fast As You Can...


...you won't catch these guys because they are on their way to a super sweet Hansel & Gretel themed birthday party!  BUT, hang onto your sweet tooth because the first 3 orders of the day will each receive one of these sweet & spicy treats for FREE!! 

Happy Shopping!

Update:  Wow, those went fast!  Thank you to everyone who stopped by to visit the shop today and pick up some super sweet bath & body treats.  Those who placed the first 3 orders have been notified via email of their good fortune and extra special treat that will accompany their orders :)

Friday, September 2, 2011

Let the Holiday Shopping Begin!


September is officially here and so is our Fall/Winter line up of deliciously good for you bath & body treats.
 

 New this year, you'll be able to indulge in your favorite products, like edible lip scrub, solid sugar cubes, Fizzypops, and more with real antioxidant rich cranberries and pumpkin!


Stop by today to indulge in the natural goodness your skin has been craving!!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

A Super Sweet Makeover!

Decided to give Orange Ya' Clover a new look this year.  Here's a sneaky peek in the mold before putting it to bed.  Fighting a serious urge to satisfy my sweet tooth right now!

Monday, August 29, 2011

Friday, August 26, 2011

It's Giveaway Time!


That's right, Lovelies...time to win some Ellia C. Naturals goodies!  Erin at SIMPLE Reviews has posted an amazing review of our Fall/Winter Line, as well as some of our year round customer faves.  Be sure to stop by today to check it out and enter to win a $25 gift certificate to Ellia C. Naturals to spend as you wish!  Plus, there's a discount code for 15% off.  Let the shopping begin!!

Saturday, August 20, 2011

School Lunches in a Snap!

Photo Credit:  www.5dollardinners.com

Looking for some time saving tips for back to school lunch prep?  Searching for ways to get your picky eater to engage with new foods?  Need some ideas for adding a punch of fun to school lunch in general?  Check out these clever but simple suggestions from 5DollarDinners!  I've already picked out a few of my faves...I especially love the idea of using an inexpensive towel roll holder (pictured above) for storing all of my sandwich/cookie cutters!

Friday, August 12, 2011

Busy, Busy, Busy!


Well, the vacation is definitely over and we've hit the ground running since our return last week!  This week was filled with meringues, foot scrubs, and FizzyPops out the wazoo, plus, I managed to squeeze in a few batches of CP soap for the fall line (yay!).


Both Festive (above) and Frost (peppermint EO) have received makeovers this year as well as some possible name changes/tweaking (to be revealed...).  I've also been busy blending up loads of fresh pumpkin and coconut milk for our popular Autumn Harvest bar (nom, nom!).  Of course, most of this has taken place in the wee hours of the night, as my days are committed to squeezing in as much remaining summer fun as possible with the kiddos before school starts.  Needless to say, I've been back for almost 2 full weeks and feel as though I'm due for another vacation :)

Have a blessed and beautiful weekend!!

Friday, July 22, 2011

Greeting Cards Already?...Oh Yeah!

Just popping in to say a quick hello and thank all of you for staying with me during this much needed vacation!  There's still 1 more week of my hiatus left, but I wanted to touch base to tell you about an amazing opportunity from Twin Sisters this weekend on QVC. 

I was recently introduced to the Twin Sisters' product line when approached about doing a review of one of their educational workbook/CD combo packs (more on that after next week, including a fabulous giveaway for you!).  This weekend on QVC, Twin Sisters will be hosting a Christmas in July rebate offer through which you can receive a FREE set of 10 holiday greeting cards, 10 holiday CDs, 10 festive holiday seals, and 10 envelopes (valued at $39.99 per set) for each set of holiday cards purchased through QVC (maximum of 3 free sets). 

Tomorrow morning, July 23rd, the company's President, Kim Thompson, will be on air selling Twin Sisters new 2011 holiday greeting card box sets.  However, the greeting cards will be available for purchase all weekend long on QVC's web site.  Each free set of cards will be from a prior year's collection (shown above), giving you even more variety this holiday season.  Why not get your holiday shop on now and save big to boot?

Have a glorious weekend!  We'll be back in full swing at the end of next week :)

* Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored review.  I will receive 1 box set of holiday cards in exchange for my assistance in promoting this sale.  Details regarding the offer were provided by Twin Sisters.  I have not reviewed this particular product to date.  However, I have had the chance to review another Twin Sisters product with which I was genuinely pleased.  I received no additional compensation for this post.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Taking a Break

 
Just a reminder that we'll be taking a break for the next couple of weeks to enjoy time with family and re-energize for the second half of the year.  Ellia C. Naturals will officially be closed during this time, though you can feel free to visit us and make your wish list of goodies for when we re-open in late July!

Wishing everyone loads of sweet and safe summer fun!

Monday, June 20, 2011

All In A Name


Congratulations to LeahGoGreen@gmail.com!  Your (slightly abbreviated) suggestion of "Sweet Tea" fits the smell and feel of this bar perfectly!!  Please forward your preferred mailing address to me at info@elliacnaturals.com, so I can get your prize out ASAP :)

A BIG Thank You to everyone who took the time to post a suggestion.  This was super fun for me (and hopefully you too!)...definitely in need of a repeat sometime.  Perhaps in time for the release of the Fall line??

Have a super sweet day!!

Friday, June 10, 2011

You Name It, You WIN It!!

Ok, Lovelies, I'm in search of the perfect name for my latest bar of cold processed shea butter soap and stuck in a creative block.  So, I'm turning to you, my super fabulous followers, for a bit of inspiration.  Up for grabs, your very own bar of this delightfully fresh blend!  That's right...if your suggested name is chosen, you win some naturally decadent bath time bubbly!!

A bit about the bar:
One of our classic shea butter soaps made with a refreshing essential oil blend of fresh lemongrass, sweet lime, and juicy tangerine, blended with antioxidant rich green tea and skin soothing chamomile.  This blend has an earthy sweetness with VERY subtle hints of citrus...would not necessarily pick out the citrus notes on first sniff :)


The "Name Game" will be open to U.S. residents from now until 8pm EST on June 17th.  Just leave a comment with your suggestion to enter (please include your email if not attached to your profile so that I can contact you if you win!).

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Thank You!

A very warm Thank You to everyone who helped to make yesterday's Deal of the Day such a big success!  This is going to be a very busy week in the Soapy Studio :-)

Monday, May 16, 2011

Amazing Deal of the Day!!



Woot, woot!  It's Monday and we're starting the week with an unbelievable Deal of the Day over at Market Mommies.  Stop by today to find out how you can get $40 worth of our skin-loving, all-natural bath & body goodies for only $20!!  Offer valid Monday, May 16th only.  Receive $20 off orders of $40 or more using special code found HERE :-)

Happy Shopping!
 
* Note:  Offer not valid for purchase of gift certificates.

Art Time with 1-2-3! Textured Products


Art and science projects are favorites in our household.  All of the kids, regardless of age, seem to gravitate to hands on learning projects and love creating new things with even the most basic items.  So, when offered the opportunity to review a textured craft from Preschool Projects' 1-2-3! Textured Products line, I jumped at the chance.  The premise behind these products is to provide children with a simple medium to work on fine motor and tactile skills using a range of textural materials.  Preschool Projects' mission:  to nurture a child's creativity and developmental progress and facilitate a love for learning at an early age.  There's nothing I love more than to find a company that produces a quality product in line with my own teaching philosophies and, even better, chooses to produce it right here in the U.S.A!

The boys are really into reptiles right now...crocodiles, alligators (you know they aren't the same thing, mom), snakes, etc., so Hissy the Alligator was a natural choice for us.  Hissy measures roughly 4.75"x1" and comes with 3 packets of textured medium for decorating.  I chose to do this project with my 3 youngest kiddos ranging in age from 2-5.  I really loved watching the different strategies the kids used as they worked together to make Hissy his scaly best!  My 2 year old took on the task of pasting Hissy onto a half sheet of construction  paper which she had previously decorated with marker scribbles and circles (a mix of fine motor skill levels on par for her developmental level).  My 3 year old decorated the back half of Hissy by first applying paste and then sprinkling various textural materials with a pincer grasp, while my 5 year old decorated the front by carefully placing individual pieces of the textured material where he wanted them (advanced fine motor given the size of the pieces).

The kids had a wonderful time completing this project together and have asked for more to keep in our art cabinet.  One of things I love about this product is that it is compact enough to slip into a purse, diaper bag, or carry-on.  Pair it with a glue stick (less mess) for a perfect activity to occupy idle hands when on-the-go!

Be sure to follow @PreschoolProj on Twitter to stay up to date on all the happenings with 1-2-3! Textured Products.  Another bonus to purchasing from owner, Linda Scanlan, is that she uses some of the proceeds to provide free educational activities to schools and orphanages in Haiti.

* Disclosure:  I received a craft kit, free of charge, from 1-2-3! Textured Products, for the purposes of this review.  All views and opinions are my own and based on the personal experiences of my family.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Friday Food for Thought


If you have a mom,
there is nowhere you are likely to go,
where a prayer
has not already been.

~ Robert Brault


Mothers hold their children's hands for a while,
but their hearts forever.

~ Anonymous


Mother Love is the fuel
that enables a normal human being
to do the impossible.

~ Marion C. Garretty


Thursday, May 5, 2011

Cinco de Mayo Special!

Buy 3 of our yummy, lip-licking Lip Smoothers lip balms, get 1 FREE!  No coupon code required...just note your FREE selection in the Notes To Seller at checkout.  Offer valid today only.
Happy Cinco de Mayo & Happy Anniversary to Vernie & Bart!! 
Love you, guys!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

And The Winner Is...

Woot, woot...Congratulations Lindsey!  You're comment, "GCF follower right here!" was selected as the winner in our Boysterous Boy Sports Action Figure Giveaway :-)

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter.  Be sure to stop by and visit us soon...the next giveaway will be one our very own from Ellia C. Naturals!!

Have a fantabulous weekend!

Friday, April 29, 2011

Pamper Mama with FREE Shipping!


FREE Shipping within the continental U.S. going on now!  No minimum order requirements, no special discount codes...just select MOTHER'S DAY under shipping options :-)

Have you seen our limited edition Mother's Day Gift Sets?  Check them out HERE & be sure to order by Tuesday, May 3rd for guaranteed delivery by Mother's Day!

Friday Food for Thought

Praise God from whom all blessings flow...
~ The Doxology

Photo credit:  hotel-online.com

Singing praises today for the fabulous mini family vacation we were blessed to be able to take with our kiddos this week.  Just getting back from 3 days of non-stop water park fun at the Kalahari indoor water park and resort...and we are exhausted!  We are definitely the parents of 4 little fish, two of whom would much rather control the splashing than be caught in the midst of it :-)  The kids played from sun up to sun down and slept very hard each night!  The wave pool was the hands down fave with a couple of choice water slides in close second for the 2 older boys (this pic doesn't do the magnitude of the park justice by far).  They had fun in the arcade, caught a little mini golf under black lights, and even had the chance to pet a 5 week old baby lion named Mufasa...very cool!

I am so very thankful to be able to share these experiences with my little ones and praise God for his continued blessings!  Have a fabulous weekend!!


Monday, April 25, 2011

Last Day To Enter!

Don't forget to stop by CupcakeMag to get the scoop on all things fashionable and enter to win a $40 Gift Certificate to my shop, Ellia C. Naturals...the perfect way to pamper mom this Mother's Day!!

Giveaway ends 11 pm tonight!!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Earth Day Savings!!

Happy Earth Day!
Celebrate now with some of our luxurious natural bath & body goodies...
Good for you & the environment!! 

Save 15% now through Sunday (4/24) using
coupon code:  EARTHDAY


Thank you, Lord, for loving me, dying for me, and conquering death to free me from my sins!
Wishing everyone a blessed and peaceful Good Friday

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Sweet Fizzy Fun!

Now available on our web site...Fizzypops!  Dressed up in their lollie best, these little treats are perfect for party favors, teacher's gifts, or pampering yourself!

So Sweet Souffles!


I adore these yummy looking Little Lemon Souffles from Martha Stewart...the perfect nibble to round out a fabulous Easter feast!  Super cute, right?  I'm already working on my holiday dinner time management schedule because I definitely want to give these a try this weekend.  Admittedly, the idea of making a souffle always makes me a bit nervous, but these are just too stinkin' cute not to try!  For anyone else who's interested, you can find the entire recipe HERE :)

* Photo credit:  www.marthastewart.com

Monday, April 18, 2011

Goody, Goody Giveaway!

Have you met our friends over at Cupcake Mag yet?  If not, what are you waiting for?  Cupcake Mag and their adorable sister blog, Cupcake Mag for Littles, will keep you in the know about what's hot in the area of all things fashionable for grown ups and their munchkins!

And now, their site is just a little sweeter with an incredible giveaway from yours truly, Ellia C. Naturals!!  Stop by now for your chance to win $40 to get your shop on with our luxurious, natural products for bath and body.  Plus, every reader of Cupcake Mag gets to cash in on a special discount code!!


Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Silly Snake Snacks!

Here is a yummy nummy, super sweet, good-for-you after school or anytime snack that the kiddos will love and you can feel good about serving!  I modified this adorable little guy from a great little book I picked up at Target.  It's called Fun Stuff:  Silly Snacks published by Publications International, Ltd.  As the name suggests, it's filled with fun and silly snack ideas to get the munchkins to nosh on healthier fare.

Mr. Silly Snake is pretty self explanatory from the picture above (which is admittedly not my best work, but I could barely keep him around long enough to snap this pic before the little ones gobbled him up!).  However, for those who learn best by reading, here are some quickie instructions :)

Ingredients:
2 small ripe bananas
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
10-12 medium strawberries, hulled
2 small strawberries
1 slice kiwi (optional) - * the seeds are used for the irises of the eyes in the book...I opted for a dab of decorator's icing instead :)

1.  Cut bananas crosswise into 1/4 inch slices.  Place in a medium bowl and toss gently with the lemon juice (to prevent browning)
2.  Leave 2 medium strawberries whole.  Cut the remaining berries crosswise into 1/4 inch slices. 
3.  Place whole strawberries on serving plates for heads.  Alternate banana and strawberry slices behind the heads to form snakes.  Arrange small strawberries (or the hind ends of one of the sliced berries, as I did) to form the end of the tail.
4.  Cut 4 small pieces of banana for eyes (I cut a 1/8 inch round and quartered it to make eyes for 2 snakes).  Arrange on snake heads.  Use a toothpick to place kiwi seeds in the center of each eye, if desired (or dab with decorators icing, as I did!).  You can also cut a sliver of strawberry to use as a "tongue". 

Makes 2 servings

Personal Notes:
1.  Ideally, you want to find strawberries with a similar diameter to your bananas.  In my case, the berries that were available were mammoth size (as you can see)!  Never fear, I guarantee it did not interfere with the presentation as far as the kids were concerned at all :)
2.  The best part about this project is that the strawberries and bananas naturally have a "sticky" juice, so you do not have to put the slices on a skewer or toothpick (nice to avoid when serving toddlers!).  However, the eyes and the sliver of "tongue" can be slippery suckers, so I recommend a dab of royal icing or decorator's frosting to hold them in place.  If not available, a toothpick cut to size would do nicely, just be sure to remove prior to letting very young ones dig in!
* Recipe courtesy of Fun Stuff: Silly Snacks by Publications International, Ltd

Friday, April 8, 2011

Manhattan Toy: Boysterous Action Figures

With 3 young boys in the 3-7 age range, I find myself getting more and more frustrated with the toy selections on the market today.  We do not encourage or allow weapons play of any kind with our children and I am constantly frustrated by the myriad of toys today that are marketed to very young boys that contain guns, missiles, swords,  machetes, and other such "accessories".  Even classic toys, such as Legos (TM), are filled with them.  That's one of the reasons I was so excited to have my little guys try the Boysterous Action Figures by Manhattan Toy.  This exciting, innovative line of sports action figures is perfect for my fellas, all of whom love sports and physical activity of all types.  The Boysterous line includes 5 sports-themed action figures as well as an awesome activity field that doubles as a carrying case.


We received Boysterous Boy Goalie Gavin and Boysterous Boy Slope Shreddin' Sean.  Both figures are made of cloth but include bendable rods that run through the interior to allow for posing.  They also include magnetized hands and feet that allow them to "hold" and "kick" a number of different accessories.  It also allows each action figure to change between sports activities and share "equipment", which is a great feature.  Gavin comes with a magnetized soccer ball and Sean comes with a metal snowboard.  We also received the Extreme Sports Zone, which the boys love!  It allows them to switch activities from the soccer field to the skate park to the football field and more.  It also zips back together quickly to double as a handy carrying case...perfect for family outings, play dates, or just carting around the house!  Another thing that I can appreciate as a parent is Manhattan Toy's attempt to offer some level of diversity with this action figure line.  i was pleased to see the 5 Boysterous Boys offered in a number of hair colors and at least 2 skin tones, something I find is often overlooked by big toy manufacturers.  Please note that these products are not intended for children under 3 as they contain small parts that can be considered as choking hazards and magnets, which should never be mouthed in any way.

The best part about the Boysterous Boy Action Figures is that Manhattan Toy is generously  offering one lucky  Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby reader a Boysterous Boy of their own!
You can enter to win by doing one or more of the following, just make sure that you leave a separate comment for each entry you select (also be sure to leave your email addy if it is not visible in your user profile, so that I can contact you if you win!):

1.  Stop by Manhattan Toy and let me know which action figure you like best
2.  Follow Manhattan Toy on Twitter
3.  Like Manhattan Toy on Facebook
4.  Follow ElliaCNaturals (that's us!) on Twitter
5.  Like ElliaCNaturals (still us!) on Facebook
6.  Follow Bullfrogs & Butterflies Baby in Google (or let us know that you already do!)

Contest ends April 29th.  Winner will be selected by Random.org.  Open to U.S. residents only.

Have a wonderful weekend!!

* Disclosure:  I received Boysterous Boys Action Figures/toys free of charge for the purpose of this review.  All opinions stated are solely based on my own experiences and those of my children.  No other compensation was received.

Friday Food for Thought

The difference between perseverance and obstinacy
is that one comes from a strong will
and the other from a strong won't.

~Henry Ward Beecher

Friday, April 1, 2011

Tea For Two!

Last weekend we had a faaaabulous tea party to celebrate 2 yrs. with our youngest munchkin, Miss Bean.  The week has flown by filled with other things, but I finally had a chance to edit a couple of shots of the festivities. 
I really love the way the centerpiece turned out (even if the pic is a bit blurry...sorry, I shot this one one handed with Bean on my hip)!  I paired the bright floral arrangement with a classic Victorian-style tea pot and a beautifully ornate dark pink enamel frame, complete with a sweet pic of our happy wee ones (just out of frame...yes, I'm still weird about posting pics of the kiddos online!).
Of course, every girl must have her own signature drink, so here is Bean's...a delicately sweet Pink Palmer made with sweet green tea and tart pink lemonade.  Let me just say it was a total hit, mmmmmm!!
These gorgeous little nibblers came courtesy of Crafted Cookies and were the perfect compliment to our line-up of tea party fare.  Even better, they were yummy nummylicious!!
This time around I decided to keep my cupcake toppers simple but oh so elegant by using fresh edible orchids.  I love how they make these scrumptious cuppies pop!!
We also had loads of delicious finger sandwiches, mini crudites, fresh blueberry scones, extra large pink fluffy marshmallows, and loads of giggles and smiles from the Birthday Girl.  All in all, I'd say it was a tea fit for the Queen herself!
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