I have many talented friends and family. They make masterpieces out of raw materials, with their hands, into beautiful things! I am amazed by them and have 2 amazing friends to introduce you to this week. I am doing the 2 giveaways back-to-back so you can check out their sites for Christmas shopping if you want, and plus I am dying to introduce you to them:)
Who is this super beautiful lady you ask?! She was my super beautiful college roomate and my amazing friend.
She is also the creator and mastermind behind Giggle Forever Naturals.
Ashley with her 4th baby at the weekly Farmers Market sharing her amazing products
College fun: do you see me on the far left?! And Ashley in the red shirt in the middle?
Ashley and I met on a college orientation day, she already lived in Texas and I was moving from Colorado. This was before facebook, so she sent me a letter or maybe an email after the weekend asking me to be her roommate-isn’t that sweet? I was beyond excited, I could not believe such a beautiful, kind girl wanted to be my friend and roommate! We quickly became known at the “messy room”, as you could never walk through our room from all the clothes and dishes, and we barely passed inspection every week. But we were two peas in a pod in our messiness and our personalities, so we never cared and we had so much fun. She was my roommate until I married Jarrett my Junior year:)
She has since married a Marine, had 4 babies, and started her own home business! Her passion is her family and raising them naturally. Even though I could go on and on about how much I love her and how amazing she is, I decided to just interview her and let her talk for herself.
Chelsea: Can you tell us a little bit about your family?
Ashley: I met my husband in college while living with the greatest roommates ever! Now, almost 10 years later, we have 4 super fun, crazy awesome children. Nathan is a US Marine. Braelynn (7) is the family’s second mother. We call Brody (4) the blonde bomber because he has an explosive amount of energy. Adalynn (2) is the family’s third mother, and sweet baby Daxton (1) will forever be the baby.
The Blocker family reunited after Nathan’s latest deployment overseas
Chelsea: What made you start Giggle Forever Naturals?
Ashley: Just like every parent, I want to provide “the best” for my children. From extreme sensitive skin, to asthma, to lactose intolerance, every time I encountered an obstacle I would research and read about every option available. I started making all of our soaps, skin salves, and household cleaners. These proved to be “the best” products that I was searching for! The sensitive skin was soothed, and the asthma symptoms subsided. Then, I made my first batch of comfrey salve. I had seen so many recipes for lavender salve, plantain salve, chamomile salve, calendula salve, and comfrey salve. I wondered if each ingredient had such diversely wonderful healing properties, why not put them all into one salve? The results were mind blowing. I started sharing my comfrey salve with anyone who would take it and try it. A few years later, I was consumed by Chelsea’s courage to embrace and live life, and she gave me the self-confidence to to start making my products for re-sale. In March 2013, business was open, and my weekly set up at the farmer’s market was an instant success!
Chelsea: How is it being a stay-at-home mom with 4 children and a home business?
Ashley: C-R-A-Z-Y No one in their right mind would start a business while their husband was deployed! Then add in the simple tasks of a mother: laundry, cooking, cleaning, teaching kids to ride bikes with no training wheels, training kids to help you clean the house (because you truly have no time of energy to actually keep up with it yourself!), AND homeschooling. Completely out of your mind crazy…but no one said I was in my right mind, hehehe! I had an overwhelming guilt knowing that I had so many products that could help so many people, and somehow I found a way to make it work. It’s crazy, but it’s crazy fun!
Chelsea: What makes Giggle Forever Natural products so wonderful?
Ashley: They work. They work without jeopardizing the health of your family! For years I tried the “all-natural” way of cleaning the house with some form of vinegar solution mixed with different essential oils. The truth is, it just didn’t get it clean enough. You can say my cleaners are kid and pet safe, but don’t you want something safe for the adults too? Is it good enough to make sure that the cleaners are only safe for children? What about the ethoxylates in our adult cleaners that are linked to sterility and cancer, or the synthetic fragrances in our body wash (yes, even baby wash) that depress the central nervous system, irritate the skin and respiratory system? My cleaners are wonderful because they work. The same goes for our body products. They are wonderful because they work! I have had unbelievable reviews on the diaper salve, comfrey salve and muscle balm. I have customers who have been plagued by pain for years, and felt relief with the comfrey salve or muscle balm just after 20 minutes, and babies with the most horrible diaper rashes, miraculously healed with herbal diaper salve in less than 24 hours. The stories I hear from customers are humbling to say the least.
Chelsea: You started a wonderful project with Giggle Forever Naturals helping terminally ill infants, like our sweet Trek, have a wonderful life. Can you tell us about Trek’s body wash and the adorable t-shirts you had made?
Ashley: Babies are supposed to smell like lavender. They just are! Chelsea and I only lived together for a few short years, but we are so similar even down to the scent of our babies body washes. When I read Chelsea’s post about using lavender wash on Trek I knew, right that very second, that I was going to send the profits for all of the Trek’s Lavender Baby Wash to Chelsea to help with the Embrace Life Campaign. I do not make products that are second best, so I use a very expensive, medical grade, lavender oil in all my baby products. This oil is not only good for aroma therapy uses, but it is excellent at soothing irritated skin. It also antibacterial, antiviral, and antifungal! The sweet baby t-shirts I have had made are 100% organic cotton. They say “Help terminally ill infants embrace life” then a QR code that people can scan and they will be instantly take to the website where they can purchase Trek’s Baby Wash.
Chelsea: Can you tell us firsthand why it’s so important to buy local and handmade?
Ashley: While touring a lighthouse museum this past summer I saw a 100 year old bottle of Squibb Epsom Salts and the label said, “The Priceless ingredient of every product is the honor and integrity of it’s maker.” That is why we must support our small artisans and our local businesses! You aren’t just buying a tub of muscle balm for your neighbor with the bad back. You are buying a piece of who I am! You are not just buying a cute crocheted beanie for your child’s Christmas stocking. You are buying into a crocheted lesson from a young mother who’s skill may have come from countless hours sitting at a grandmothers side learning the art and skill of love.
Wow, isn’t she just lovely? This is my favorite thing she wrote about herself on her website, this is exactly how I know her to be:
“I have a Biology degree with Chemistry minor from East Texas Baptist University; yes, a nerd with an undying love for scientific research! My science background fuels my understanding of why all natural living “works”. I am not a business woman. I am a mother with the heart to share these gifts with anyone who could benefit from them.” -Ashley, Giggle Forever Naturals
Ashley is one of the most giving people I know. She sends me the profits from Trek’s body wash and then I in turn use them to help a terminally ill baby do something special. I will be sharing more about that on the blog coming up soon:)
Ashley also wanted to giveaway 2 gift baskets of her products to two readers!!!
The first is this amazing baby gift box! It comes with the Embrace Life infant t-shirt and baby hat, Trek’s Lavender Baby Wash, a wooden teething ring, Baby Salve, and Honey Mint Lip Balm for mom!
And the 2nd giveaway is Ashley’s new Coffee Scrub Bar and Coffee and Cream Lip Cream-it’s brand new-not even on her website yet! update: Ashley added the coffee products and the baby t-shirts today to the website!
I have used all of the products on Ashley’s website and have loved them all. We use the Evergreen Multisurface Cleaner for all our house cleaning, the body washes (I have the Stress-Less, but end up using Trek’s Lavender Baby Wash for obvious reasons:), and the salves-oh my! If you can buy just one thing, get a salve. You will never buy another cream or baby ointment again! The Comfrey Salve is our family’s favorite, I put it on bug bites, scrapes, dry skin, cracked lips. Its the only thing Conner will let me put on his dry skin, he freaks out if I ever use anything else (he knows the good stuff:).
hehe-I have a problem-I have a huge stash of Giggle Forever Naturals in the RV:)
I also ordered some body washes for party favors at my sister’s baby shower!
To enter to win one of the amazing gifts all you have to do is leave a comment below!
If you want to have your name entered twice just go “like” Giggle Forever Naturals on Facebook and let me know you did in the comments.
Giggle Forever Naturals Facebook Page
If you want your name entered 3 times!!! Just “share” this giveaway on facebook, so more people can find out about Ashley’s amazing products and let me know in the comments.
If you want to read more about Giggle Forever Naturals and maybe even get some Christmas shopping done, here is the website!
Giggle Forever Naturals
and Ashley is having a Cyber-Monday sale today!!!
Have an amazing day and good luck!!!