Joy Lane Happenings

Courtyard Complete!

Courtyard Complete!

One of the hardest parts of owning a business and raising young girls is the daily grind of being home. I have rosy eyed memories of sipping a cappuccino in Istanbul or strolling past street performers in Mallory Square or shopping for paintings on Andreevsky Spusk in Kyiv. We haven’t traveled in years. Whenever we think about it, the logistics and investment quickly outweigh the benefits, but the memories are there of living overseas before Joy Lane Farm and our daughters were born, and someday, we’re looking forward to traveling again. I know this season is worth it. We love...

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Makayla's Monster Goal

Makayla's Monster Goal

At the beginning of the summer, Makayla set the monster goal of buying her first mountain bike. She’s never had a summer job or even more than a little spending money from birthdays, but she kept asking if she could wrap our little hotel goat milk soaps for us, and finally, we relented. We said if she could wrap them as well as we did, they were hers to wrap, and we’d pay her a decent wage.

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Dopey Bug!

Dopey Bug!

Dopey Bug spray is flying off the shelves! We're thrilled at the thought of all the hikes, beach trips, and picnics Melvin gets to go on! Oh! We forgot to tell you! We named our little mosquito Melvin T-shirts are available in the shop again AND they now have a little Melvin on the back too If you're new to Dopey Bug, it's our 100% natural, DEET-FREE bug spray formulated against mosquitoes, flies, and ticks with Citronella, Geranium, Lemongrass, Cedar, Peppermint, and Wintergreen essential oils. We make the patio candles with the same essential oil blend with a double wick...

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Cardboard Lip Balm Tubes!

Cardboard Lip Balm Tubes!

On September 8th, 2021, I posted a photo of one of our lip balms, and one of our customers, @alyssaaduncan , commented that she wished it was in a cardboard container instead of a plastic one. I began looking at cardboard lip balm tubes that afternoon. After months of ordering samples, doing design work, and changing our manufacturing equipment to accommodate the larger size, they. are. finally. finished!! We’ve been using them ourselves, and like the switch to shampoo bars, we’ve found the change entirely pleasant. A huge thank you to Alyssa for putting this idea in our heads and...

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Lilacs

Lilacs

Makayla spent an evening writing this haiku, filling a page with rough drafts until the wording was just what she wanted. I had to share (with the author's permission):"Lilacs bursting outwith little purple flowersclose to the green woods."-Makayla, age 8My goodness. I love words, and I love that she loves them.Happy lilac season, Joel and Katy#LiveJoyfullyDoGreatThingsCelebrateFamily 

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