The HomeAcre Hop #15….and a fun giveaway!


Good morning! And welcome back to the HomeAcre Hop! Hosted by:

Carol from Everything Home with Carol,

Lisa Lynn from The Self Sufficient HomeAcre

and me!

We have several things lined up for you this morning: a new giveaway, the winners of the lip balm, and our little get together! But first…

I recently enjoyed the privilege of being able to sample some handcrafted soap from Green Circle Grove, and I’d like to tell you about it.

"Hearth and Home" scent with oatmeal for texture

“Hearth and Home” scent with oatmeal for texture

My soap arrived in my post office box on a Saturday morning and before I even took it out of the package I could smell the homey scent of cinnamon in the “Hearth and Home” bar that was almost too pretty to use.

Use it I did though, and enjoyed the soothing texture of oatmeal as well as the knowledge that what I was using was made up of all natural ingredients.

Green Circle Grove is the joint venture of Meredith and Kristen, a small home industry that produces tote bags (made by Meredith) as well as beautifully crafted natural soaps (made by Kristen).

According to Meredith, green symbolizes balance and harmony; circle: family and unity; and grove: constant growth. The two then began showing their wares at local craft fairs ten years ago as well as providing soap making demonstrations.

Their line of soaps now includes 74 different scents.

Meredith and Kristen are attentive to every detail, carefully planning and analyzing each component from the natural ingredients to the scent that goes into every bar. Each is crafted the old fashioned way from lye, vegetable oils such as olive and coconut, and essential oils. Herbs, poppyseeds, coffee grounds, or oatmeal are used for texture.

Green Circle Grove now limits their craft fair showings to just one per season but they’ve expanded their venture to include an Etsy store and have graciously offered three bars to give away to one of you!

One lucky winner will receive one each of the following:

“Faerie Princess”—Is a delicate pink glittery soap lightly scented with vanilla, violets, apple and berries–suitable for any princess

“Easter”- Produces a hyacinth scent that according to Meredith “Smells just like we remember the church smelling on Easter morning when we were young…”

“Etta’s Dream”- Is the sun-kissed scent of summer fields: grasses, strawberries and mint, all swirled together and tied up with a bow.

Faerie Princess,  Easter, and Etta's Dream

Faerie Princess, Easter, and Etta’s Dream

To read more about Green Circle Grove and their hand crafted products click HERE. Meredith blogs HERE about her ventures with chickens, shares recipes, and simple living ideas; she is also a contributor for Community Chickens. Visit their Etsy site HERE to take a look at some of her beautiful bags as well as their soap.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

We have a winner!

Two actually! Congratulations to Katherine and Debra Ann  for winning the Vegan Triple Play Lip Balm Assortments!

Katherine and Debra Ann have been contacted and will be receiving their prize shortly.

Thank you Mary from Mary’s Basics for sponsoring the giveaway and sending these to our lucky winners!

Mary’s Basics Vegan Triple Play Lip Balm! Coco Delight, Peppermint, and Sweet Orange

Follow Mary’s blogs  for some great recipes and gardening tips: Mary’s Kitchen and Back to the Basics. And don’t forget to check out her environmentally friendly products on Mary’s Heirloom Seeds!

Now on to the hop! Here are this week’s featured posts:

Two from Lisa (she had a difficult time deciding so she chose both)

Eight Acres: Training a House Cow

Look at that sweet little face!

Apriori Farms: The Spokesbee and the Swarm Traps

Carol’s Pick! Carol picked this feature because her DIL almost burned down the house with a burn barrel…

Feathers in the Woods – The Burn Cage, My Love/ Hate Relationship

…and I chose this one having suffered a recent bout of kennel cough with one of the doggies:

Jo’s Health Corner: Essential Oils and Pets

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The HomeAcre Hop #15….and a fun giveaway! — 24 Comments

  1. All the soaps in the giveaway sound great. The one that sticks out the most to me is the Easter one. Love the smell of Easter flowers at Sunday morning church services.

  2. Thank you for the blog hop hostessing – I love reading other blogs and I love when others read mine! The amount of information out there is amazing! I would love to win the soap. I hope to learn how to make my own some day.

  3. Easter sounds great hyacinth always makes me melancholy!
    Thanks for the opportunity ;)

  4. Thanks for hosting and for featuring my post Jenny! I really appreciate it.
    This week I’m sharing my daughter’s products she made for a fundraiser to raise money for camp this summer, body butter, bug off bars and solid perfume. I’m also sharing a horse care post and an emergency preparedness post on alternatives to heartburn medications..

    Have a great day and weekend!

  5. I think Etta’s Dream soap sounds wonderful! I’ve always wanted to learn how to make homemade soap, but for now I have my hands full with raising new chicks! Loved this post and love your blog!

  6. I love homemade soap! I’ve already favorited Green Circle Grove Shop on Etsy! I think the Faerie Princess soap sounds perfect for a Mothers Day gift!

  7. I think etta”s dream sounds like the kind of scent I like. thank you for the giveaway love homemade soaps.

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