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When our friend Danielle asked us if we’d be interested in trying out her cocktail inspired soaps, we said, yes, please! As the mixologist behind The Soap Distillery, Danielle creates slather-worthy, bathtub fun from scratch. Using a blend of shea and cocoa butters, essential oils and mostly vegan friendly ingredients, you’ll find seasonal scents such as Pumpkin IPA, Mulled Wine and Egg Nog – along with those booze-y staples such as Brandy, Bourbon and Scotch. (Is it 5 o’clock yet?)

You’ll want to eat’ em. (But please don’t.)

For the last week, we’ve been lathering up with Coffee and Cream (me) and Absinthe (Scott). Not only does our bathroom smell delicious, but for real, we’re nice and soft. Mmm, must be the coca butter – as if I know. In any case, it’s as if we’ve jumped into our favorite drinks, but without the sticky mess – and, you know, we come out clean.

Right now, the only way to get your hands on these soaps is by visiting The Soap Distillery’s Indiegogo campaign, where you can donate towards Danielle’s craft and pick the scents you’d like delivered right to your mailbox. It’s a win for you, and a well deserved win for her. But hurry – the campaign ends on November 8th, at which point, we’re hoping that Danielle can bring her soaps to a broader audience!

Go right here to get your own, and be sure to follow her sudsy adventures, too! And dare we say, what a spirit-ed gift this would make for those upcoming holidays. (Nah, that was too easy.)

 

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Er, virtual home, that is. Our digs should look a little different around here, so if you’re viewing this in a Reader or via email, click over to see what’s new! I spent a few minutes of Saturday importing the new design, then a few hours fixing all those details lost in translation. Halloweekend night had me calling it “good enough” until Sunday night, when I spent a few more hours tightening all those loose screws. Needless to say, we’re thrilled with our new home.

Sunday morning, however, put a smile on my face when Carrie tweeted us a nice note on our “sassy new redesign” – just what we needed to hear after fussing for so long. Thank you, Carrie!

So, what’s different? (You know, aside from the actual look of it all.) To start, we’ve added a new button for all of our travel photography – including our weekends in town, because our city is too beautiful! – which will take you straight to all our photo-heavy posts. (You know we love those!)

We’ve also included a little round up of our more popular posts, but we snuck in a few of our favorites as well. We’ll rotate them in and out as the mood strikes, so keep an eye out for blasts from the past every now and then. (It’ll help to keep old timey posts from getting too dusty!)

Our project gallery received an overhaul (see it up there on our main menu bar?), which we think will make it much easier to navigate. You’ll find everything broken down into twelve easy categories, which will delve into everything from maintaining our furry kids to our fourth terrarium to hacking Ikea shoe bins.

With our freshly made-over sidebar, we’ve brought in the addition of sponsors and affiliates. We look forward to partnering with businesses whose values and aesthetics align with our own, and whose products or services we would use ourselves. (And if you’re interested in working with us, we’d love to talk!)

Our first sponsor is Kalliart (you may remember her amazing jewelry from here), and she’s offering 10% off orders through December 31st when you use the coupon code YBH12 during checkout. Plus, free gift-wrapping is always included!

We’re also receiving love from another shop we adore (they’re all over our home!): Row Boat Press. And right now, they’re offering 15% off anything using the code YELLOWBRICKHOME.

You’ll also see an updated bio, all those very social places you can find us (you’ll never find a shortage of Jack snaps on Twitter or Instagram!), and a wider content area. And as always, you can reach our Pet Shop from the sidebar, too.

If anything seems funny on your browser or items aren’t loading properly, please let us know. We’ve been learning the bloggy-layout ropes ourselves, so there’s sure to be a kink or two. In any case, we hope you enjoy the new look (what do you think?) and have fun poking around!

Thank you for reading – you make our day.

  • Carrie @DreamGreenDIY - October 29, 2012 - 6:35 AM

    Hahaha – You are so welcome!! It looks fabulous…Come overhaul my site please?? ;)ReplyCancel

  • Jimmy - October 29, 2012 - 7:23 AM

    Nice new digs! Looks greatReplyCancel

  • Shannon - October 29, 2012 - 7:45 AM

    Absolutely LOVE the new look!
    Great job! :)

    ShannonReplyCancel

  • Julia [Chris Loves Julia] - October 29, 2012 - 9:29 AM

    *whistle whistle* Lookin’ goooooood. We have been working on a blog overhaul for..ohhhhh….3 months. And it is going nowhere fast. I told Chris it would be the best Christmas present. hint. hint. I love your new virtual home. I could stay here all day. :)ReplyCancel

  • Zandi @ Radical Possibility - October 29, 2012 - 9:39 AM

    Oh man, this looks AMAZING! totally worth all the work!ReplyCancel

  • Staci @ My Friend Staci - October 29, 2012 - 12:33 PM

    Looks fantastic, guys! Loving how crisp and clean everything is. Bravo on all your hard work!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - October 29, 2012 - 1:13 PM

    Thank you, guys! It means so much to us to “hear” you say this!ReplyCancel

  • Dave - October 29, 2012 - 5:00 PM

    Nice job K&S! Love the new look!
    DaveReplyCancel

  • Jill - October 30, 2012 - 11:01 AM

    I love the redesign! Your OCD is a blessing in disquise. haha xoxoReplyCancel

  • Jess Lively - October 31, 2012 - 8:55 AM

    LOVE the new look! Adore, really. Well done, Kim!ReplyCancel

  • Heather {ModernMealsforTwo} - October 31, 2012 - 2:59 PM

    Yay! Congratulations on the new site! It looks great.ReplyCancel

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It’s been a busy week, and I didn’t get as much done as I would have liked. I’ve been making these insane lists, but I still lay awake at night going over the tick marks – it seems my brain has started to outsmart my list-making type-A self. Scott’s been patient with my, um, let’s call it moodiness, as he’s always at the ready with a glass of wine (what a guy!).

I took this photo of Maddie a few weeks ago. See her? She’d smooshed herself under the “lip” of our just-made bed, creating her own warm pocket. It’s hectic times like these when I think, she knows what she’s doing! Smarty.

All the rush, rush has been for good reason (I think). With our Renegade acceptance (wahoo!), our minds have been buzzing with new ideas, and we’re already looking forward to the packed fest, meeting new people (you guys, too, hopefully!) and displaying all those things that we’ve been working hard on. In addition, our new site for this Yellow Brick Home is thisclose to completion, and we’ll likely be pulling the trigger this weekend. If you see a maintenance message over the next couple of days, you’ll know why! Just imagine me on the other end of your monitor with a CSS and html headache. (I’m kidding! Kind of.)

While I’d like to remember my lessons in learning backwards, it can be tough as the holidays draw near. Do you feel this as well?

In any case, it’s Friday – whoot! – and we do have a few to-dos this weekend (the new site launch included, fingers crossed we don’t jinx ourselves), but we’ll also be celebrating the Halloween weekend around our neighborhood. A midnight viewing of The Exorcist is on the agenda – playing at our local theater, eee! – and we’ll see if we can’t get Jackie Boy to dress up, too.

We wish you a fun, haunting weekend!

  • Rachel H - October 26, 2012 - 1:32 PM

    I’m excited to see the new site!

    I wanted to drop in and let you know about this amazeballs list-making site I use. It’s called Trello (trello.com) and there is a coordinating app that updates instantly whenever changes are made from the website (and vice versa). It’s helped me organize house projects, etsy orders, and shopping lists in one place. It probably sounds like I’m getting paid to tell you about it, but I really just love it that much! And it’s FREE! You should check out the video on their page. We started using it at work, and I made my own board for my hectic life. Maybe it will make lists a little easier for you as well! :) Happy Friday!ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 26, 2012 - 2:35 PM

      Rachel, thank you for the suggestion! I’ll have to look into Trello. My lists are getting a bit out of hand, so I could use a little help!ReplyCancel

  • Ada (new york) - October 31, 2012 - 5:51 AM

    Maddie is such a cutie-pie!!! Oooh, how I wish I could stay in bed snuggled in some times. Instead, I have been up since 4am (eeeek!) … catching up on a few things (inlcuding the blogshere) … which means I may SPLAT (crash by 3pm zzzzz) :)ReplyCancel

    • Kim - October 31, 2012 - 9:04 AM

      Oh, no! Get some sleep and be safe on the east coast!ReplyCancel

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