“When women support each other, incredible things happen.”
When I started this blog, I asked myself a few questions: who am I trying to reach with my words and what is it that I’m trying to say? I’m an uplifting person by nature, so my message and mission has always been to brace each other up in life, work, and family. Celebrating women in their daily walk and shining the light on those that have done both the ordinary and amazing. Listen, we are all trying to do great things–in the office and at home. As women, sometimes all we want is to feel appreciated and have someone notice our hard work. And, by golly, we work hard, y’all.
So, I’ve decided to shine a little light on women who are balancing the incredible: a messy, loud family and their own business. Mothers that have scrambled during nap time to work on their art. Wives who have stayed up long after their husband have gone to bed in order to learn just a little bit more about their industry. Ladies who have held their breathe while they signed on the dotted line to invest their money on themselves and their dream. Mama Makers who are making their dreams work.
**Each month, I’ll be spotlighting a different lady that is excelling in her Mama Maker role. If you have someone you’d like to nominate, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.**
Tubtonics is owned and operated by Andrea Long, a mama of four kiddos, aged nine, eight, two and four months. Time out: the fact that this gal has four(!) kids AND is running her own business is really enough to encourage us all to patron her art.
Anyway, based in Northwest Arkansas, Andrea began selling her organic and environmentally friendly soaps in January of 2016. Tubtonics is constantly producing new and unique products to be used for your daily routine.
As a self-taught Mama Maker, Andrea creates custom soaps and body products made specifically to make your skin feel clean and nourished. Using supplies purchased at Ozark Natural Foods in Fayetteville, AR, Andrea can often be found there doing product demonstrations and tutorials on how to make your own soaps at home.
When pressed to name a favorite product, she calls it a tie between Up the Anti and Astringent C soaps. Designed to assist in relieving inflammation and itchy skin, Up the Anti is Tubtonics’ top seller. Astringent C deep cleans and heals blemishes while firming skin. Along with purchasing online at Tubtonics.com, their organics soap can also be found at Ozark Natural Foods.
To Be Honest
I sat down with Andrea recently to learn more about her products and what inspired her to start her own business. When I met Andrea, she had her two youngest kiddos with her and, to be honest, that made me like her right off the bat. Real life means juggling your babies with your business, am I right? Sometimes you just have to toss the kid in an Ergo and get to work. So, with the youngest on her hip and an eye on the other, Andrea proceeded to educate me on the importance of palm-oil free products and using only natural fragrances. Now, her passion and dedication to the environment was endearing, but the minute I opened the bottle of her Lavender & Honeysuckle Salt Soak, I stopped listening. You guys. I wish scratch and sniff screens were a thing. All I wanted to do was get home, toss the stuff in the tub, and never get out. So I proceeded to do just that (until my own kiddo got her whole hand stuck under the locked bathroom door and lost her ever loving mind. Relaxation was over at that point.).
Before the stuck hand debacle, I dozed pleasantly and pretended I was swinging on the wooden rocker out in my grandmother’s yard, right next to her back fence. The one that honeysuckle takes over ever summer and smells strongest at night when the air is so thick you can practically cup it in your hand. There’s a little breeze so I could smell the flowers from her garden she keeps by the porch. Lavender with just a hint of her hydrangeas. Sure, I’m just floating on sensory happiness in my bathtub, but the scent is so uniquely Southern summer night, it feels like I’m there if I close my eyes (and ears so I don’t hear the insistent knocking on the door). Seriously, this Salt Soak really does make me feel like I’m surrounded by those huge summer honeysuckle vines and I love it. Afterwards, my skin felt so smooth without any of that sticky residue stuff you get with some salt scrubs and soaks.
I don’t know about you, but when I find a new product that rings all my bells, I have to tell every single person I know. I’ve tried her tooth whitening paste and after 2 uses I’ve already noticed a difference. And bless Andrea’s heart, when she heard we had the tummy bug at our casa, she sent over her anti-viral, anti-bacterial soap. When I asked her how she finds time to make all of her products, she credits the grace of God and a dedication to her schedule she’s made for her family and business. As an obsessive planner myself, this is a gal after my own heart. So, as much as I like promoting a great product to my tribe, I’m even more passionate about introducing you to people you really should know.
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