Sunday, October 13, 2013

New Blog...

Things change...and so do blogs! 

Smelly Times 9
It has been in the works for a while, but it is finally ready! We now have a new blog dedicated to sharing more of our heart with all of you! The hope for this blog is to give a little glimpse of our true passion (our family) and how we coincide this with the realities of running a business while raising a large family. It is possible that some of you may disagree with strategies or issues discussed and all I can say is (as Mr. Bean put it so well...) "Hmmmph." I truly hope to share ideas and hope for young families, the ideas and hope that were shared with us when we first started. Our heart is to make a positive impact on those around us with our family and our products. Enjoy reading, leave comments and pass it on! Oh yeah...go ahead, live life and get smelly!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Kickstarter Project Update!

Jewel RiverKickstarter Project Update - Only 22 Days Left! -

   Well our Kickstarter Project has been live for 8 days now! Hopefully, most of you have had the chance to see the project by now (if not, click here!) Some of you may still have some questions like..."Why are they doing this project, aren't they killin' it and rolling in the dough?" or "What the heck is Kickstarter?" or maybe "Why do they need my money?" , and you might even be thinking..."Well, they'll get close enough and that will be better than nothing!"

     1. While we are having fun, and we have grown tremendously in the last six years...we are definitely not "killin' it", and the only thing we are rolling in is water because it has rained so much here in North Carolina!
     2. Kickstarter is a crowd-funding platform full of creative, ambitious and innovative projects that are brought to life through the direct support of others (people like you!)
     3. We need your money to help speed up the process of getting our ideas out of our heads and into your hands! Self-funding a small business is a slow, tedious process that could use a little kick-start in the pants!
     4. Each project that is allowed (very difficult to even be accepted as a project...) on Kickstarter is "all-or-nothing". This means that if the funding goal listed within each project is not met, then none of the backer pledges will reach the project creator. This also means a lot of sweaty days for the creator! (...we make great soap, so it's ok)

   Hopefully this clarifies any questions you may have had concerning our project. We really do need a little help from each of you! One of our Facebook customers stated that each of our 840+ likers would give about $12, we would be in the green! It doesn't take a lot to make a huge difference in Harmony Acres Soap Co.!

A little Family Time...

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"So...What do you do for a living?"

     I am sure everyone has heard this question. It's one of the most common "icebreaking-get-to-know-someone" question there is. Most people do not even have to think about the answer. That's cool. However, some of us get to have a little fun with that question. For example:   

 Let's say it's Monday, during normal business hours, and somebody asks me that question. During this season of my life I would say "I install security systems for the government." I like to say it like that because it sort of makes you sound like James Bond or something better than what you really do...which is work in dirty warehouses and breathe forklift tire-rubber! 

     Now, if you were to ask me after business hours, like if we were to have a chat at the Starbucks, I would tell you "I am a graphic designer for a natural skin care company." That sounds cool too, and most of the time that part of my job description is fun and the outcome is very rewarding! Now, if by chance we lived in the same neighborhood down here in Florida (my second home...that sounds cool too!), we might bump into each other on a run in the evening, and it would seem that I was just another local runner trying to lose some weight (those of you that know me should be laughing...) and our conversation might lead to the above question, in which I would respond by saying "Well, I oversee all marketing for Harmony Acres Soap Co. in North Carolina." 

     This is fun (is this bragging?)! Anyhow, you may run into me at the Flying J truck stop in St. George South Carolina. That is where I stop most of the time on my 8 hour work commute from North Carolina to Florida (that is my long commute, it's only twice a week...).

     There is the slight possibility that we would cross paths in Boone, North Carolina at the Watauga County Farmers Market on any given Saturday, May-November (quick commercial...) and it would be apparent that I am playing the role (and absolutely loving it!) of a salesman for Harmony Acres Soap Co.. Of course, you would also see most of, if not all of my family there as well, so you strike up conversations with them and get a whole new listing of job titles for each of them! How fun!

     It probably goes unsaid, but it would be completely and totally impossible to fulfill any of these roles without my amazing wife! She plays many more roles than I do, but her number one role is keeping me straight and being a mom/teacher of nine and making soap and delivering packages and being beautiful and ... I could really go on and on. If you are a woman reading this, I am not intending to make you feel bad or jealous, but there can only be one "The Best" so being next up to "The Best" is still open for discussion.

   Of course, each one of my children, all the way down to at least Glory, play a very important part in this hat wearing extravaganza.

Did you know that Skylar can make you a Lemonade (and not just any Lemonade, but one that deserves a capital "L") and carry on a full conversation with you? That is incredible! Keaton has been about 28 since he was born, and although he has a lot of help around the house while I am gone, a good leader is necessary, and that he is! The only reason Cory is able to be super-woman is because Treasure and Journey are right there to fill in the blanks while soap is being made! Amazing! They play a huge part in school having it's part in the day. Wow! 

     Fischer is our next "first-born". And we all know that there is something special about the role of a first-born. He plays that very well. Cedar just gets things done. Doesn't matter what it is, he just does it. Did you know that a 4 year old can do sheet-rock? It's true, Jewel actually helped quite a bit with the Smelly Shop addition. I have pics to prove it! 

     Well, enough about us. We would love to here what hats you wear! (now I am wearing the "interviewer" hat...:) Feel free to post any encouraging story you might have relating to the question "So...what do you do for a living?"

Monday, August 26, 2013

Be a part of the smelliness! We have launched our "much-anticipated" Kickstarter Project, and it is now live! Please feel free ( we are begging you!) to share this with as many people as you know! 

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Thank you for all of your support as we grow! More to come!!!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Soap-Makers Choice Sale

- FREE Lip Balm! -

Have you ever heard of a "blue moon"? Well, there must be one out because deals like this only happen during that very special event! Most of you "smellies" out there already have your favorite soaps picked out, and your not up for changing since you have found your "perfect" bar! Well, we are going to bribe you into trying some of our other great bars; "How?" you might ask...with a FREE Lip Balm! During the next several days, when you add this product to your cart, we are going to pick out three amazing bars that you probably have not branched out to try, AND we are gong to send you a FREE Lip Balm to ease the withdrawal pain until the potentially "new-found-love" kicks in! In the future, this will also be an opportunity to send some test bars out with scents that you all have been requesting for years! Scents such as: "Freshly Mowed Grass" and "New Home Smell" or one of our favorite request "Diap...", just kidding, we wouldn't do that one, or any of those other scents for that matter! Why? Because we only use Essential Oils in our soaps! Check out the "Deal of the Day" tab to get your surprise bars with a FREE Lip Balm today!

Family Time
Doodle is 1 today!

Happy Jewel!

Our production team is growing up...

The girls...

Glory Bug
Skylar is getting good...he loves in new camera. 

Sky's lemonade stand at the market...

Doodle is part of the parking team at the market!

Another one of Sky's creations...

Happy Birthday Liberty "Doodle" Justice!

Friday, June 28, 2013

Firecracker Sale -Day 5- Fandango Friday

Firecracker Sale - Day 5 -
Fandango Friday

I know, I know...this is getting really ridiculous, but have you ever tried to have a name for each day of the week that rhymed with "Mango"? I really liked "Mango Monday", so this is where we ended up. Anyhow, I heard a song once with the word "fandango" in it, you may have heard it; something about doing the fandango and lightning and stuff. Today's sale will definitely make you want to "do the fandango", and send bolts of lightning (firecracker style lightning...). During the summer, we spend way more time outside simply by default: the days are longer! With longer days, comes longer exposure to the sun, which we are big fan of. However, we should take precautions to preserve our baby skin, and it's never too late to get your baby skin back! ReNew Face Oil, and ReNew Day Moisturizer have been created, by us geniuses here at Harmony Acres for such a time as this! These products are so great,  they scored their very own video! That's cool. Check out the video, read about the products, order and be amazed! We get so many great reviews about these products, and the best part is; if you don't like them, we will buy them back and sell them to someone else! (actually, we won't sell them to someone else, that would be kinda gross...I think) The video below is simply for product info, check out our "Deals" tab for the current sale!

ReNew Face Oil

ReNew Face Oil contains an abundance of gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an essential fatty acid that our bodies use to manufacture prostaglandins (hormone-like substances that regulate and balance cellular activity). It has been known to slow the aging process, restore elasticity and reverse damage from ultraviolet rays. 

ReNew Day Moisturizer 

New and improved! We are getting wonderful reviews. "Wow, this is the best face moisturizer I have ever used! Thanks!", "It smells and feels great!" Well, all I have to say is we are very pleased with it. Often referred to as a cream, it is so much more than that! We replaced the Emu oil with Rose hip seed oil and added Clary Sage Essential oil. The scent is very pleasing. We here at Harmony Acres have been using it daily, and our skin loves it! Yours will too! High in GLA, this is a must for everyone!

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Firecracker Sale - Day 4

Firecracker Sale - Day 4
- Thango Thursday -

Thango is one of really neat words that can mean whatever you want it to. If you live near us you might hear it used like: "Get me one of those thangos over there..." or something like that. Speaking of "thangos", we have a really great one on sale, and here is what a valuable customer has to say about it: "I bought this product to help preserve my tattoos  I love this product since it's not greasy, and leaves my skin feeling soft. It has been excellent in preserving the color in my tattoos so they look as good as when I got them!". And another customer says: "This is great for a big belly, but also its fantastic for shoulder rubs after carrying a baby around all day!". Now, you may not be carrying around a tatoo'd baby with a big belly that needs a shoulder rub, but I guarantee you need this product! So what is the mystery product? Sweetgrass Body Butter, and Lavender Belly/Body Butter. These products are made with organic, unrefined shea butter that we add jojoba and essential oils to. It's epic to say the least. This product can be used in many ways, to include a good old-fashioned foot rub. Ahhhhh, a nice foot rub. 20% off, no codes necessary, just click on the "Deals" tab to enjoy your very own Sweetgrass or Lavender Body Butter today (well, the day you get it...)!

Sweetgrass Body Butter

Do you have rough elbows? How about calloused feet? (Is this an Infommercial?) We have been told that Sweetgrass Body Butter is the perfect solution! Of course we already knew that, but unbiased opinions go a lot further!  At first, the butter may seem too thick, but once it touched your skin, it melts right in! Jojoba Oil and true essential oils are added for an experience you will never forget! 

Lavender Belly/Body Butter

Pure, Unrefined Organic Shea Butter. Wow, this thick moisturizing butter is one of the most amazing products in our line. Lavender Belly Butter is specially formulated to help aid in the relief of scarring and other stretchies associated with pregnancy. (you know, the ones that come from little belly becoming big belly in a matter of seconds...well, maybe not seconds.) Use before, during and after pregnancy, or anytime that you feel like having soft skin. We have been told that this also aids in the events leading up to pregnancy... :)

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Firecracker Sale
- Day 3 -

Well I may not be able to make it easier to find 100% cotton shirts at your local discount retail store...but I can make it easier to find a 100% natural Herbal Balm that actually works! Have you ever had a cut? How about a rash? Bug bites (of course not, you use No More Bugzzz!)? How about burns? Well odds are; you have, and the odds are greater that it happened during the summer months (...strictly speculation) and even better odds are that you were wearing a polyester-blend t-shirt, because it's nearly impossible to find 100% cotton these days. Polyester tends to cling in the heat, which can be extremely irritating if you have a cut, scrape or burn that is need of a herbal balm, so we have both of our Herbal Balms on sale! This will not be a rule breaker, so to take advantage of this 20% savings, act now or burn. That didn't come out right, I mean; your burn will continue to hurt. Remember, the 4th of July is coming up, and those sparklers can be pretty dangerous, so plan ahead! No codes necessary, just go to our "Deals" tab

Herbal Big People Balm

Big People get big boo boo's, so we created an action packed herbal balm that helps just in the nick of time (before anyone finds out you got injured...)! Our Herbal Big People Balm is made from 100% natural herbs infused in 100% natural oils. These herbs include: organic comfrey, plantain, calendula, nettle & chamomile. We use local beeswax as a skin-loved carrier, as well as emu oil to give ailments a kick in the butt! Great for cuts, scrapes & rashes. Herbal B.P. Balm applied to any skin ailment has been known to cause relief and skin improvement. Apply to area of injury.

Herbal Baby Balm 

Our Baby Balm is made from 100% natural oils and herbs. Great for diaper rashes, as well as scrapes and stings!  This balm is baby safe, and can be used on big people as well. No need to cross your fingers, the herbs will do all of the work!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Father's Day Sale - Harmony Acres Update

I can "honestly" say (with some bias...) that as a father there is no better gift that I would prefer more than a Natural Deodorant from Harmony Acres. Well, maybe that is not completely true, BUT it very well may be for your dad! Look at it this way; dads get him some deodorant, and make sure it's natural so he doesn't get all clogged up. That would be bad, really bad. Deodorants that are commonly used usually have aluminum as the active ingredient for anti-perspiration. Bad news bears; who in the world thought, "Here is some aluminum, hmmm, what to do...I know...let's smear it under our arms and maybe it will do something!"? Not me, in fact our deodorant is simple: Beeswax, coconut oil, cocoa butter and essential oils. That's clog-you-up-and-kill-your-brain ingredients. Now you may still perspire, and that's okay and it's much better than keeping all those toxins stored up in your body! Love your Dad; get him some All Natural Beeswax Deodorant so he can stop stinking bad and start smelling good! All Natural Beeswax Deodorant are on sale until Sunday night, and so is all the soap! Enter code "fat17" during checkout for 25% off these products!

Now, for an update:  The 2013 Market season is well under way, so come out and visit us at the Watuaga County Farmers Market if you get a chance! It's hard to believe it's already June! Our garden is growing and providing us with some yummy veggies (all for us this year, sorry!).  Lettuce, kale, spring onions all go together for an amazing salad, and since you can purchase some of these items at the "Kids Corner" located at the Watuaga Market, admittedly the above "all for us" nanny-nanny-boo-boo statement was uncalled for, sorry. It brings tears to my daddy eyes as I see them (not me...) sweating with each pull of an onion! They are getting older and catching up to me! Our girls have been learning paper crafting from a dear family friend, and they too can be found selling their handcrafted items at the market on (every other...) Saturday mornings! As far as our Soap Business, well we are growing more and more each day! Be on the look out for our new labels, cool-smelly colors! 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Memorial Day 2013 Sale!

...10% Off Everything!


Memorial Day is a day that we remember those who served and fought for our freedoms. As you celebrate those freedoms with family and friends this year, don't forget to take some time to check out our website that is filled with tons of awesome products, products that will all be 10% off until Tuesday! Thank you, and have a great Memorial Day!   Promo. Code - "mem10"

New: Harmony Acres Jingle...

freedom for your ears!

An ongoing project of ours has finally reached completion (or maybe it's the first step to something even bigger!)! We tasked a good friend of ours to create a Jingle to express Getting Smelly through music, as well as adding more life and toe-tapping fun to your day! Here is a link to this amazing creation of Matthew Keller, we hope you enjoy! HASC-Jingle

In case you haven't had a chance to see our video's, here they are! 

Video 1

Video 2

Video 3

Video 4

Video 5

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

2013 Appalachian Spring Sale!!!

First Day of Appalachian Spring Sale!

...get smelly this spring!

Spring of 2013 has finally arrived! This is definitely my most favorite time of the year! We have the cool nights with the warm days, which in turn temps you to go outside more, which in turn makes you stinky, which is why we have strategically placed 2 specific items on sale (not to mention they have the word "Spring" in the their name...). If you haven't had a chance to try our new Appalachian Spring Bar Soap, or our Appalachian Spring Natural Deodorant, this is the the time! For the whole first day of spring, and some of today, these most awesome-st products will be on sale for over 25% off! Wow, combine that with the March Happiness sale, and well, I might want to double check that, I may be giving stuff hurry before I get a chance to get a chance to check this out further!  

Saturday, March 9, 2013

2 for $10!!!

Ok, since we lose a whole hour this weekend (...tonight at 2 a.m.) we have decided to put our best "morning" bar on sale. We are calling this our: 2/$10 Sale!  This way when Monday rolls around, and you realize "Oh my, now I have to rush because I forgot that the time changed, and I have to take a dull shower, and..." you will be prepared and be able to say "Oh, but wait...I have 2 Lemongrass Summer Bar Soaps!!! Now I am happy!". Lemongrass is the most uplifting essential oil that we use, and there is just the perfect amount in this bar. And now for one whole day (an hour shorter of a day might I remind you...) you can get 2 of these amazing bars for $10! I think that is really cool, and if I were you, I would definitely jump on this opportunity. Remember, Monday will be here faster this week than last week,  so "Make It a Double", but wait until tomorrow to do it! ( won't be a long wait!)

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

March Happiness!

So we were thinking about the "March Madness" thing that companies do this time of the year (hence the name...) and we concluded that we did not like the name. So we have made an executive decision and officially changed it to "March Happiness!" Doesn't that sound much better! So, after we changed it, we realized that there needed to be a deal of a deal in order to convey the "March Happiness!" message to all of our great Harmony Acres soapies.  Here is what we came up with: During the month of March (we decided to use March because it fit the best with the name...clever.) we are going to give stuff away! Doesn't that make you happy just thinking about it? And just wait, if you think you are happy now, wait until that "free" thing gets smelled, and of course, used! So when turn on your computer, and go to your homepage (...which should be:, just go to your favorite items and place them in your basket. If you spend at least $29, you, the soap connoisseur (I googled it...), get an amazing-idea-of-a-product called "Smelly Samplers" which consist of 5, ready to use, soap bar samples.  Because we are the soap experts, we have left the choosing of the samples up to us (you are welcome!) But wait, there's more (ever heard that before?), if you spend $39, you now qualify for free shipping; (which is simply amazing in itself, but since even amazing things get lonely sometimes, we added more amazing things...)so not only do you get a free "Smelly Samplers"  (which...nevermind) but you will also get it shipped to your front door for free! Enter code: "freegift" during your checkout process to take advantage of this awesome deal!

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Video Update...

Just wanted to give a quick link to a video we recently made. It explains our ReNew Facial Kit and how great the oils are! Also, it's that time of the year...Happy New Year! We hope to do many more video's as the days pass, we'll see! Take advantage of this awesome sale - 25% off the ReNew Facial Kit!

ReNew Facial Kit Video

-Lead Soap Crafter-
  real stuff.  real good.