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Alegna Soap® Soap making on Long Island


I think that this exact week every year I’m grateful for the same thing. Working a school calendar. I love summer. (more…)

Alegna Soap® Soap Visor or No More Foggy Goggles Long Island soap making class Alegna Soap


Soap Visor

What seems like a lifetime ago, I was working as a Medical Technologist in a physician office lab. Since I was working with body fluids, I wore gloves to protect my hands and goggles to protect my eyes.  The joke in the office was that since I was always singing or talking while I worked, I needed a mask to protect my mouth. (more…)

Alegna Soap® Handmade Conference June 2017


Handmade Conference June 2017.  I’m so grateful I had the opportunity to speak. Thank you to everyone who took a picture and sent it to me! (more…)



Next Friday I fly to Cleveland to speak at the Handmade Conference 2017.  This will be the second time I speak in public, the first time was a month ago at the HSCG Conference. (more…)


My day job is in a public school system. I work with teachers and help them incorporate science in their classrooms. I asked one of the teachers if I could share her lesson because I thought it was a great example of showing gratitude for things you never give a second thought to. Her question to them was “Consider one way your life would be different without screws”




Alegna Soap® rose molds


I love rose soap molds.  In fact, I love rose soap molds so much I bought two of them. (more…)


Brian and I try to go to see grandson #2 in Virginia as often as we can. Brian forgets about Vengo, I forget about Alegna Soap® and we take a road trip. In May, our monthly road trip fell on Mother’s Day weekend and my mom and sisters came too. (more…)

Alegna Soap® HSCG 2017 presentation


I like to push myself out of my comfort zone every once in a while. So I did it. I spoke in public for the first time last weekend at the 2017 HSCG Conference in Las Vegas. I prepared for months, practiced for weeks and although I was nervous, it wasn’t as uncomfortable as I’d imagined.



I spent some time going through my old blogs and came up with my 5 most popular posts. I enjoyed re-reading them and thought you might too. After you read them, tell me which one is your favorite.  Here they are, in no particular order.


My Favorite 10 Essential Oils for Soap Making

One of the first soap making blogs I read was Marla Bosworth’s Top 5 Essential Oils for Soap Making. When I realized I wanted to write my own list, I knew I was comfortable with my knowledge base and wanted to offer it up.


Alegna Soap® Lavender Lemongrass soap


I was practicing my presentation for the Handcrafted Soap and Cosmetic conference and my phone rang. The woman who called said her name was Deborah and she purchased my soaps at a garage sale. She wanted to know if I still made them. I had a split second to choose. Be upset or be grateful. (more…)