Got Fat? Get Motivated! Welcomes Kristy S. from & AndLive (&LIVE)

Got Fat? Get Motivated! Welcomes Kristy from &LIVE

Meet Kristy!  A truly inspirational woman.  Kristy is a stay-at-home entrepreneurial spirited mother of two, who developed a great business.  She is truly talented.  I asked her to send me a sample of her soap and it was so beautiful and exquisite I didn't want to take it out of the package. I soaps make a great gifts or favor for any occasion. When I finally did, months later, it smelled delightful.  Let's hear what she has to say. 

First of all, thank you Dana, for having me!  I love what you're doing with Determined Diva!  I can use all the support I can get when it comes to weight loss and overall health. 

I'm Kristy.  I'm a stay at home mom to two beautiful little monsters.  I spend my days changing diapers, playing on the floor with my kids, cooking vegan and vegetarian meals mostly from scratch and creating handmade products for different aspects of life.  I also do a smaller version of extreme couponing to help cut our every day expenses down.  All in all, I'm a little hippie and a little hipster if you had to put a name to it.

Can you tell us a little more about AndLive (&Live)?  What inspired you to do the business?

I started out making soaps because both my son and I have sensitive skin and I wanted to be aware of all the ingredients in our products.  I also don't get very much time to myself, so that bath or shower at the end of the day when the kids are finally in bed is priceless.  Often times, scents are cloyingly sweet and overpowering or just too typical for my taste.  The business started out pretty much to fund my ever growing soap making habit.  I was making both cold and hot process soaps along with glycerin based soaps and it gets quite expensive after a while, not to mention the space all that soap takes up! 

Friends and family raved about them and Sinister Soaps was born.  Over time I decided to branch out and thus changed the name to And Live to incorporate my accessories and (coming soon) home goods.

What makes you feel beautiful?   

I feel most beautiful after a nice long bath, giving myself a mini manicure and getting all dolled up.  If this happens first thing in the morning, it sets the stage for a great day. 

How do you market &LIVE? 

I currently do online marketing through social media sites like FaceBookTwitter and occasionally on my Blog.  I also hand out my business cards at local shows and include them in each order.

Little things like taking bubble baths and relaxing make me feel pampered and comfortable.  What product do you suggest?  Do you make bubble bath?  If not, would you consider making it in the future?

While I love bubble baths, I enjoy a good soak even more.  My fizzing cocoa butter Bath melts (shown above) are perfect for this.  They're the perfect combination of bath bomb and luxurious lotion and most women don't even require soap or shaving cream to shave when they have a nice soak with one. 

I have looked into making bubble bath, but what I find is that most formulas contain SLS, which is something I like to avoid.  My soaps are all natural, except for some of the scents and coloring.  No SLS or detergents are added.  When I can make an affordable bubble bath that doesn't use these ingredients, I will surely add them to the line up.

Yesterday, I noticed that you have a soap of the month club.  This is a cute idea, can you tell us what your favorite soaps are? 

I love getting goodies in the mail.  Even more so when I don't expect them!  My current favorite soap (as it changes constantly) is December's Sugared Spruce .  It's a lightly sweet, green scent filled with orange, pine and strawberry.  I can't get enough of it, especially this time of year.  Customer favorites are Absinthe and Urban Hippie.   

What is the best way to contact you if anyone is interested in &LIVE products and or have questions for you?  

I can be contacted through my Etsy Shop or direct e-mail at for questions or custom orders.  I'm also available to do home sales parties where my host can earn free products or cash.  You can e-mail me to set up a date and iron out all of the details.

Thank you so much Kristy.  I reviewed your shop and I am definitely getting some Bath melts and maybe some presents for my family and friends.  You are really talented!  Keep up the great work! 

Best Wishes!
Stay Determined!
Determined D. xo

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