Ya know, it's funny.. when my husband and I were signing the paperwork to purchase our home in 2014, I told myself I wouldn't get attached to this home built in 1948. I knew this wasn't going to be our permanent location. I didn't even want to buy a house, but my husband didn't want to rent.. so here we were.
We were 1 year into my husband's military career & truly starting our life together. We had been together 5 years at this point and married almost two years. This was going to be the true test of our relationship. We had just spent 1 year apart thanks to the Navy. We had just moved 12 hours away from our family and friends. We didn't know anyone, we had each other.
We spent 5 years in this home. 3 more years than we thought we would. We originally thought my husband was going to get stationed in Italy, but that fell through. We were so thankful that he was able to get attached to a ship here in Norfolk because now we wouldn't have to move. 5 years in this home & we have been talking about selling it. There was a lot of stress surrounding this conversation... but it was time. So we began fixing little things up here and there. One day a man called my husband out of the blue and told him he wanted to buy our home.. before we had even listed it. He was planning to flip the home.. We accepted his offer without blinking an eye. Then a couple days ago he told us he was going to be renting the home out for a bit before they flipped it and sold it. He wanted to show the home to a family who might rent it out. It was in that moment that I suddenly felt attached to this 1948 home that had given me some grief the last few years.
You see I had planned on the home being flipped & basically not recognizable to me.. but the thought of another family living here.. just makes me feel weird inside. These walls.. each room.. it all has a story. So please, before you make this house your home.. before I hand over the rights to this space.. please respect the house that sheltered me as I grew into the woman I am today..
HBC Organics is happy to give you guys the list of candles we will be making this year! In the future we plan to have candles year round, but for lack of space in the small office we have, we have only done them seasonally in the past.
This year, 2018, we will be offering candles starting September 1st!
A little bit about our candles & why our candles are the best!
Our candles are made from Organic Coconut & Soy Waxes. This allows for a clean burn (you don't have to worry about the icky stuff that paraffin wax leaves) and a better scent "throw". They are also perfect for our vegan customers! We also use handmade extracts & essential oils just like in all of our products.
Our wicks this year are hemp wicks that have a low smoke & cleaner burn as well. In the past we used cotton, but we like the hemp wicks better!
Here are the scents you'll find this year! We will be doing our very best to keep up with demand online & at festivals & markets!
Everyone wants to save some money right? We all know when you are living a naturally conscious lifestyle, things can get a little expensive.
WE HAVE HEARD YOUR CRIES!
For a few months now our customers have been telling us that they would love a bulk buying or refill option for their shampoo, conditioner, body washes, and baby washes.
We LOVE this idea! So after some research, we have found a way to do this and make it better for everyone! You can now purchase these items in 1/2 gallon (64 ounce) containers to refill your current bottles (or just let us know you need a new container and we will be happy to send it!).
If you are interested in purchasing for refills-- CLICK HERE.
As always, please find ways to recycle & reuse your containers from us! Keep our earth clean and healthy!
With Mother's Day right around the corner you are bound to see tons of articles, advertisements, and social media posts about spoiling mom on Mother's Day. Some will tell you to make her breakfast in bed while others will put the emphasis on leaving mom alone today. A few people will truly grasp what Mother's Day is really about and the things that should be brought up on Mother's Day.
If you haven't heard the news yet-- We are expecting again! Wow what a surprise this little one was-- & is! My husband and I had decided we were going to wait until he separated from the military and we could move to where there was more support, after all, raising a child should take a village right???
With this baby comes some very exciting news, bittersweet really. My final cookbook. Wow let's take a moment and let that sink in for a second. My FINAL cookbook is set to come out in July. I'm really happy about it but also feeling anxious about it. It is so hard sometimes putting so much of yourself into something. My mini cookbook & Healthy by Choice: The Cookbook, were really big accomplishments for me, even if others didn't see it. I learned a lot with those books and plan to leave you guys with a lifestyle & recipe list in this final cookbook, Healthy by Choice: Living Balanced, Living Well.
Now onto some pregnancy details? Sure why not!
I had a faint line on a pregnancy test on January 17th and took a digital on the 20th and had a positive. I was honestly in shock. I cried for a number of reasons. I was so happy to have this sweet baby growing in my womb, I was terrified realizing how the dates were lining up & how the timing of this pregnancy was, and I realized my beloved Ezra was no longer going to be an only child. About a couple hours after I had a positive on my test, my sweet, darling, beloved cat of 8 years, Roxy, passed away very traumatically in my arms. Its been 14 weeks and I still don't think I'm over it yet, it hurts just as bad at this moment as it did 14 weeks ago. At 13 weeks we found out we are having a boy (by blood test) and that made everything feel so much more real! He is super active and keeps me awake kicking!
But---- to move on from the super emotional stuff.. there are 10 things that have helped me survive pregnancy thus far (and some of those things I used during my pregnancy with Ezra). This pregnancy has been anything but easy. My heart condition has reared it's ugly head, nausea, vomiting, extreme (and I mean extreme) fatigue, leg cramps, you name it.. I've pretty much had a rough time so far. So here are some things that have really helped me through!
10 Pregnancy Must Haves
A few bonus ones??? Sure why not!!
1- We have amazon prime and amazon prime now ! I can have things delivered instead of going to the store.
2- Sleep as often as possible !
Below I'll answer a couple questions
Who am I?
My name is Jessica Kellaway! I am the earth loving, natural parenting, Jesus loving weirdo your mama might have warned you about!