|By Lisa VanWilliams|
It's a great time to get out and explore either alone or with family. There are tons to do at these fairs for a cheap price and there's something there for everyone. One of my favorite things to do is explore the local artisans, farmers, and crafty finds. Today I picked out two local Connecticut businesses to show you what unique items they make and where you can get them.
Did you know if you hang a horseshoe over your door it's suppose to bring good luck and ward off the evil eye?
Jack's Fancy Shoes (Orange, Connecticut) - does custom beaded horse shoes from recycled shoes and they are beautiful.You can pick your favorite glass or stone bead colors, send them a charm you would like added, or add your horses names for over a stall. They start around $25 and over depending on how fancy you want to get. You can order and view their website from here:
Guardians Farm (Southbury, Connecticut) - it's a Nigerian Dwarf Goat farm and they sell goat milk soaps, lotions, sugar & salt scrubs, and lip balms "handmade in small batches". I took a liking to the soaps which are cured for 7-8 weeks after they make them. They have a nice variety of scents and the price was $6. You can order and view their website from here:
Did you ever consider using Goat's milk soap as a healthier alternative than store brand soaps? There are a few reasons why.
- It's loaded with essential oils and nutrients and it has incredible moisturizing abilities because there is a high content of alpha hydroxy. It naturally makes your skin appear smoother and more youthful without harsh chemical additives.
- It has a high fat content so it's a great anti-inflammatory for damaged skin.
- It is great for treating acne because goat's milk has anti-bacterial properties that delay the growth of microbial organisms.
- It can help relieve eczema and psoriasis