We're No Stinkin' Outlaws — magic

| Danielle Vincent

The Good, The Bad, and Ugly: Exploring the wild West of Scents

Did you know you can make anything smell like anything? When we first started our handmade soap business, we weren't remotely tied to traditional scents. As long as they didn't smell bad, we were open to anything! We started ordering samples en masse, collecting these single-oz bottles of smelly stuff by the boxload. So we have smelled A LOT of things I thought weren't possible.

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The Hunt for the American Dream: A Scavenger Hunt for my 30th Birthday

In January 2005, 25 or so of my friends agreed to come to Las Vegas, Nevada, to celebrate my 30th birthday. We rented out several rooms in The Stardust, a now-gone hotel on the Strip, conveniently proximate to Circus Circus (see Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas). Our mission: to find The American Dream. Our method: a great scavenger hunt containing all the elements that make up the American Dream (cultural diversity, grandmas asleep at the slots, a margarita served in the largest liquid receptacle available at a bar -- in our case, the coffee pot--,  pic...

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Desert Camping Adventure, Part 2: 2008 (also mostly photos)

You may have read yesterday's post about the last time we went to our 4th of July camping trip. As I said, this camping trip has a long tradition behind it, so here are some photos from my previous excursion in 2008. My first dog, Diva, was still with me and in prime form, as you will see. She was a mighty and wonderful friend, and I still miss her. We had many adventures. She is the dog in my tattoo, which our logo is based on.

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Desert Camping Adventure (mostly pictures)

For many years, my friends and I went camping to a desert in Northern Nevada on a moderately regular basis. Since Russ and I have been working, we haven't been able to enjoy this passtime very often and it has been sad. This year, however, we're shaking off our soap shavings and heading out to the same desert with a couple of our friends. Because these aren't your neighbor's travel slides, I figured I'd share them with you. Hopefully you'll enjoy them...

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