Thursday, January 22, 2015

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With Monday being a holiday, we decided to get out and enjoy the fresh air! There were lots of others at the park enjoying the day as well!

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Each day we have to remember to be grateful for the time we have together to be outside enjoying God's creation.

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I am thankful for the warmth of the sun on our chilly rides, and the sparkle that it gives to the water it shines over!

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I am thankful for a husband who WANTS to ride with me at my pace. He is always patient, kind, and supportive of me. He lifts me up!

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When we get to the dam we always stop and stare in awe of its beauty. Dynamo mentioned the sunlight in the background just over the top! It still amazes me everytime we ride up and see the rushing waters!

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We enjoy being with one another. We enjoy the time away from the rest of the world, away from the phones and the internet. It's a time to ride and reflect and just be together. And, there's always time to stop and just look at the world around you and admire it's beauty. Every single leaf, acorn, mossy tree trunk and creature is God's work.

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And, silly me just had to make Dynamo give me a mooch! But, the park is a special place for us. It's just full of peace and beauty. There's no noise of the world around, just the two of us together!

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Sure, the trails can be tough. It's just like life. But, we can make it. Together, with those we love we can make it. Without Dynamo's love, support, and encouragement I wouldn't be where I am today on the bike (and in life). He takes the time to help me and love me. He patiently waits for me at each of the peaks and turns during our ride, knowing just when to push me along. He encourages me out of the tough valleys and together we have both grown as people and bikers. We have to support one another and encourage each other to be the best we can be. There's a Tim McGraw song called "Shotgun Rider." I always want to be Dynamo's shotgun rider! I want to always be with him and by his side through the good times and the bad. He is a blessing and a gift from God.

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I pray that each of you will stop and take a moment to think about all you have to be thankful for and show those you love how much you love them. Protect them and love them with all you have. But, mostly, be thankful to God for each and every blessing you have.



Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Amanda Adams Photography's Specialty Soaps

We were very excited when Amanda of Amanda Adams Photography contacted us about doing a new line of specialty soaps for her brand. It's always such a compliment when customers return for more soaps! And, we were honored to be asked.

Amanda and I corresponded about her style and slightly redesigned brand/logo with the focus being on her gold colors. I just love the anchor!

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I always take time to visit client's websites, blogs, and facebook pages to get a feel for their personality and business style before making suggestions. And, after doing so I felt that our soft oatmeal, milk, & honey soap with natural gold colored soap curls, oats, and yellow Brazilian clay was a great compliment to her brand and client packaging. Of course, we added some gold mica dust to the top of the bar too! Because shiny things are always extra pretty!

Ta da!

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We will be sure to share more once Amanda takes some of her super awesome professional pictures of her client packages! We appreciate the opportunity to work with such an amazing photographer. We are excited to see Amanda's business grow and prosper! Thank you, Amanda, for shopping local and handmade!! Go check out her website and facebook page!



Monday, January 12, 2015

Chilly Willy

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Saturday was a day to be together and take a stab at the mini Monster Cross route at Pocahontas State Park! Dynamo and I bundled up for the 21 mile ride and it was a good thing we did! The temperature was a chilly 34 at the start and registered in at around 28 degrees by the finish. Let's just say it was so cold that we didn't stop much to take our hands out to snap pics! So, we only got this one from the start!

This new year we are grateful for our health and for one another! Even though the temperatures were quite cold, it was still refreshing and good for our bodies and minds to get out and smell the air! It was a great ride and we just barely made it back to the Jeep in time before dark!



Wednesday, January 7, 2015

New Year, New Adventures - Appomattox River Heritage Trail

Sunday's 60+ degree weather was serious motivation to get out and enjoy the day! Even though it was a bit overcast and very windy, it still was a beautiful day to get out and get some exercise and fresh air! We began by parking at the Petersburg National Battlefield and biked into Old Towne.

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You don't get many of these warm days in the middle of winter. Even though it was cloudy we still enjoyed riding around looking at homes, churches, buildings, etc.

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We headed over near the VSU campus and biked along the river a short while on the Appomattox Heritage Trail.

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Next, we continued on the trail after riding over what locals call the Petersburg/Colonial Heights Bridge (MLK Jr. Bridge).

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This is a brand new trail running from the river over to the Southpark Mall area of Colonial Heights.

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It's a nice paved pathway following along the river with a few places to stop and learn along the way...

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A little uphill climb to overlook a former railroad crossing/bridge...

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History is amazing! You see remnants of times before, but often don't know the history behind it!

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Once you get to the mall area you arrive at a parking area and small put in/pier area, and it's there we stopped to snap a selfie!

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And, Dynamo got a smooch!

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What a lovely trail for anyone in the area looking for a scenic ride, walk, or run!

On our return trip, we biked more through the streets of Petersburg before heading back to the Battlefield. We finished up with around 19 miles. What a great feeling to be back on the bike again...TOGETHER!



Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Gingerbread Man...

We usually only have one beer soap on hand at a time, and for the Christmas season it was most appropriate to choose the ever-so-popular Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout.

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer

Dynamo actually came up with the idea for this batch, which incorporates these adorable gingerbread men into each bar! He's quite clever don't you think?

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer

When Dynamo went to pick up the beer, the guy in the store said that making soap with this awesome beer wasn't so strange after all. Apparently people have been making cakes with it too!! I know to many of you die hard beer drinkers it's quite the sin to use perfectly wonderfully delicious beer for soap, but I promise you, it's awesome!

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer

We used all beer instead of water in our traditional recipe that you all know and love; added some coffee grounds for exfoliation, and worked our magic to make it smell like hazelnuts and toffee. It really is yummy! Good enough to eat!

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer

Did I mention this soap is non-alcoholic too?!?!?


Also...many people pick up our beer soaps and expect them to smell like beer. Guess what? They don't. Each one has a very unique smell and we try to make them appeal to everyone.

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer

You can find our G-Men Beer soap at The Bucket Trade in Chester!

Beer soap made with Hardywood Park Craft Brewery's Gingerbread Stout Beer



Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Everyone loves handmade!

Talk about an awesome show last Saturday!! It was a GREAT day at the Richmond Craft Mafia's Handmade Holiday event at Hardywood Park Craft Brewery!

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We were so excited to be a part of this annual show. People came from near and far to shop, socialize, and taste some awesome brews! And, we are so grateful to each of you who came out and supported us! We wouldn't be here without you, our loyal customers!



One of our cutest little customers below is just full of too much cuteness...

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And, check out the cute bag I got from Anykind, our neighbor for the day!

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Oh, and the super awesome cards from our new-to-town friends at Manka!

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I just had to have these handmade lace-pressed ornaments for our natural tree from our friends at Life Ware!

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Lots of great locally made goods! It was a great day!! This crowd agrees!

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Monday, December 1, 2014

A tree hunting we will go!

Saturday was a special day! It was Dynamo's birthday and tree hunting day! So, we loaded up the car and headed to Fox Hill Tree Farm in Roseland, Virginia, to get our Christmas Tree!

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We arrived and quickly got to searching!

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We have been looking for a concolor fir since last year and we knew there was one here waiting for us! We just knew it!

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The scenery was beautiful! There were four small fields to choose trees from!

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There was even snow on top of the mountain in the distance...

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We walked around all four fields to find just the right tree...

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It was a little chilly, but that made it feel more like Christmas!

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Charlie was just excited to be in a new place!

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He rolled and rolled...

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The cars looked like they were straight out of the movies with their trees strapped on top!

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And, after looking at all of our options, we made our decision...

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And Dynamo started work...

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Charlie was his helper...

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Ta da!

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We loaded her up inside and off we went! Next stop was the Greenwood Grocery in Crozet for sandwiches!

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Delicious fresh sandwiches and lots of local craft beers and other goodies!

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It was a lovely day together celebrating Dynamo's birthday! I'm so grateful that we can share these special memories together. We are so blessed!


The tree is up and in the process of being decorated!

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