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Wednesday, April 26, 2017
HI ALL!
I wanted to stop here and give you all some critical updates and information regarding exactly WHAT'S GOING ON with Butters-N-Bars at present.
WE ARE NOT OUT OF BUSINESS, NOT GOING OUT OF BUSINESS
So please if you have placed an order, don't be alarmed because we are not presently processing ANY NEW ORDERS while we work on some very important things.
FIRST THING- We're clearing out ALL old orders and it's taking some time as many of you who actually managed to reach us (still having email issues and we'll get to that as well)
Amidst the confusion of the big transition and move we've sustained "technical injuries" and some orders were displaced, some orders were actually labeled as shipped and were not and the only way we have been able to find this out s by you giving us a hand and reaching out to us to let us know you haven't received your order- particularly if it's been a while- so let us here from you please. RELAUNCH IS SCHEDULED FOR EARLY MAY(first week of May and we'll talk about this as well) and all these orders will be shipped before this happens!

SECOND THING- If you've stopped in to try and make an order at present you will get an error message. As stated we have stopped taking in new orders in order to clear out our ledgers of all orders placed and again if you placed an order, didn't hear from us, then first please forgive us for the miscommunication. Secondly please reach out as soon as possible. We are closely monitoring email right now looking to hear from you- especially if you placed an order MONTHS ago and haven't received it- then we need to hear from you.

THIRD THING- Due to some security issues we have had with our previous payment processor and refunds will need to be handled through your financial institution directly. We have parted ways with our previous payment processor (who just happened to be Paypal) due to some MAJOR issues and being frank they are holding a ridiculous sum of money that came from the last several months of transactcions preocessed through them and because the account is no longer active (in the sense that BNB is no longer using them to process new orders) I can not access the funds to give refunds manually. However,it's there and unfortunately refunds will have to be taken through the financial institition you used at time of checkout- whether that was paypal and you have to file a claim- or if you paid with a debit or credit card then you will have to go through the chargeback process.
PLEASE KNOW THAT WE HOPE NOONE NEEDS TO GO THROUGH THIS PROCESS SO PLEASE CONTACT US AS SOON AS YOU READ THIS

FOURTH THING- WE'RE PLANNING A HUGE RELAUNCH OF BUTTERS-N-BARS
Coming away from such a difficult time on personal levels and business levels we feel like it's time to start anew. We aren't going to turn the page, not starting a new chapeter- NOPE! We're throwing that raggedy old book away and getting a whole new one and we're not looking back :-)
This will mean and cleaner look and feel, streamlined product lines as we get rid of some things and bring in new things a better customer experience with a dedicated email support which will be available sunday through thursday.
This means we're FINALLY going back to our old standard of processing times of 1-4 business days for ALL orders!!!YAAYY
AND THIS IS WHY WE SIMPLY CAN NOT TAKE IN ANYTHING NEW BECAUSE IT'S A CLEAN SLATE and we thank you all so much for hanging in here with us.

In addition to changes on the website BNB is adding a local pick up option as well as and looking forward to doing a few "Meet and Greets" this summer and they will be on an RSVP basis. You all know I love to cook, lol , so there'll be free food and product demos and more and all you "Georgia Peaches" we hope to see you here!

 On days when I felt like I'd "fall off the edge" I'd get a virtual hug from one of you via text or email telling me to get up and dust myself off, telling me how strong I really am and I appreciate that you all believe not only in the products that I sell but also my company and me as an individual- that means a lot to me and I honestly don't mind if BNB is never a huge corporate entity as long as I have customers like you all that literally help build the foundation of who we are and what we stand for as a business.
You all are my extended family and I can't thank you enough, through the chaos and the difficulty, through communication breaks and bad reviews from some customers who thought "not so good thoughts" of me due to the aforementioned- thanks for still being here and we're coming back strong to make it all up to you.
WITH ALL THAT BEING SAID- LOOK OUT FOR THE NEXT EMAIL NEWSLETTER LETTING YOU KNOW WHEN THE OFFICIAL RELAUNCH IS AND AGAIN MY FAMILY AND I THANK YOU SO MUCH- your patience and continued support through all of this really does mean the world to us.
From our family to yours- HAVE A BEAUTIFUL DAY and "Be Beautiful- BECAUSE YOU ARE!"
tae entity


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Friday, September 9, 2016
WE ALL LOVE THESE GUYS...I KNOW, I KNOW

And this week we've got a goodie for you all, this week we're giving away to not 3 but SIX- YES 6 of you 2 boxes of Jamila Summercrop and your choice of add-on. Either 100 grams of hibiscus flowers, 100 grams of organic indigo powder or 100 grams of organic cocoa powder- YOU CHOOSE!! 

So you know the rules- get posting for your chance to win it!!

AND WE'RE ALSO BRINGING BACK THE BOGO ON SUMMERCROP 2014
BUY ANY HENNA POWDER AND GET 100 GRAMS OF JAMILA SUMMERCROP ABSOLUTELY FREE JUST PUT BOGO2014 in your order comments.

AND ON TOP OF ALL THAT WE'RE OFFERING 25% OFF YOUR PURCHASES FROM NOW UNTIL MIDNIGHT TOMORROW- SO LETS GET POSTING (and do a little shopping while you're at it)

COUPON CODE FFBOGO


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Thursday, July 21, 2016
You've waited long enough so here it is.
I know some of you may be familiar with hibiscus in one way or another.
 Most commonly used to make tea hibiscus flowers have immense health benefits and make a delicious refreshing drink,

Hibiscus tea with Mint!

 but did you know that hibiscus tea is also good for the hair???
 Hibiscus strengthens the hair strands and actually "piggy backs" when used along with henna to (with multiple applications) give the hair a gorgeous purple hue as opposed to the typical red.

I know you wanna know what to do so here we go.


You'll need about 50 grams of dried hibiscus flowers, to 100 grams of henna
1/4 c lemon juice and water.
First make the tea in a saucepan put about 2- 2 1/2 c water and the hibiscus and bring it to a full rolling boil. Boil for about 2 minutes then turn it off and allow it to cool slightly about 5 minutes.
Strain it and set aside.
In a non reactive bowl put your henna powder and add the lemon juice. Slowly add your hibiscus tea until you get a nice consistency. Remember a few lumps is just fine. Should be about the consistency of yogurt. Cover with plastic wrap and set in a warm place and wait for dye release.
It's just that simple!
If you have tea left over simply put it in a spritzer bottle and sit it in the fridge to use later.

That's the burgundy mix ya'll . You can purchase these items separately or together in our BURGUNDY BUNDLE right here at Butters-N-Bars

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Friday, July 15, 2016



So this recipe is a nod to my big brother who was the first one to reach me how to make caramel icing and while that has been ions ago and I don't use yellow cake mix anymore lol it still stirs up memories of home and warmer greener pastures, I make this cake with palm oil no butter and it makes for a wonderfully light cake



and could be really adapted for vegans by using almond milk and subbing the eggs it for a couple teaspoons of vinegar...enjoy!





My Caramel Cake

The cake:
1 cup organic palm oil softened to room temp
2 cups sugar
3 cups flour (all purpose)
About 1 1/2 c milk
4 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 large eggs slightly whisked
Prepare either 1 13x9" pan or 2 9" cake pans
Put all dry ingredients
 In large mixing bowl, mix on low to combine
Add palm and continue to beat on low until the mixture is in coarse crumb then add one cup of the milk. Beat  well then add eggs one at a time, beating well after each addition.
Add the vanilla and remaining milk. If your batter is too thick add more milk one tablespoon at a time until it's the correct consistency. 
SHOULD LOOK LIKE THIS

Bake at 350° until cake is LIGHTLY golden brown or cake springs back
When touched.
Run a knife around the outside of the pan to loosen and turn onto cooking rack it continue to cool in pan(for rectangle pans)

Caramel frosting

12 oz evaporated milk
1 1/2 c sugar
1 1/2 sticks butter
Vanilla
A pinch of salt

Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and bring to a boil, once boiling you must stir almost constantly to avoid scorching. 

Keep on stirring!


Turn down to medium high and continue to stir until the mixture has reduced and your drop is suspended. Remove mixture from heat and allow it to cool completely. Once cooked whip on high until is spreadable consistency.


 If after about 5 minutes it didn't make peaks add about a quarter cup of powdered sugar and beat on high until desired consistency is reached. Spread on completely cooled cake and enjoy with a big glass of milk :-D


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Thursday, July 14, 2016

IT'S TIME AND WE'RE GIVING YOU A HEAD START THIS WEEK BECAUSE THIS IS ONE OF MY FAVORITES SO FAR!!

WHHHYYYYYY??!!!

Because as some of you know I enjoy baking and so this week I'd like to share a few of the oils that multi-task in the kitchen AND as beauty staples. So 3 of you will get a chance to score 3 of my favorite double duty oils

1/2 lb organic palm oil, 8 oz organic sunflower oil and 8 oz organic virgin olive oil!!!

I'm also going to post some of my favorite recipes to give you some inspiration as well. Like my caramel cake recipe and my pita bread and pizza dough recipes in addition to how to use these oils for your skin and hair as well!!!

Three winners will be randomly chosen but you have to post a comment to be entered, So post, POST, post to be entered to win and stay tuned for more from us

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Welcome back :-)
So here's the deal in order to get henna to 'stain' or achieve 'dye release' you need an acid and you have TONS of options here.
A few commonplace acids are outlined below

Lemon Juice- use lemon juice in the following ratio 1/4 c to 100 grams of henna and enough warm water to make a paste (warm water just makes mixing easier :-)

Honey- 2-4 tablespoons of honey to 100 grams of henna and enough water to make a paste

Coconut Milk or Whole Milk Yogurt- 1/4- 1/2 cup to 100 grams of henna and, you guessed it, enough water to make a paste

Cocoa Powder-2 tablespoons to 100 grams will get you dye release but if you want the henna to be more brown in color then use up to a 1:1 ratio of cocoa powder to henna and water to make a paste

Green Tea- this one you have to steep a strong cup of green tea (8 ounces steeped atleast 10-15 minutes) add to 100 grams of henna and if additional water is needed for consistency then just add enough to make a paste

Amla Powder- 4 tablespoons to 100 grams of henna powder add enough water to make a paste


Now these are some of the basics for your mix and we'll get into other add ins that we use like hibiscus or herbal powders next.
 A few things to remember DO NOT USE COFFEE IN YOUR HENNA PASTE. I'm not exactly sure what the origin is but black coffee shouldn't be your go to for dye release and it makes your henna smelly :-(
ALWAYS USE NON REACTIVE UTENSILS for mixing like plastic forks and bowls or wooden never metals
IF YOU ARE HENNA'ING FOR COLOR the best choices are lemon juice, cocoa powder, honey and amla.
If you are henna'ing more for conditioning then honey is also a good choice, coconut milk and yogurt being the best for moisture, and of course amla is best if your hair is weak, brittle, and/or damaged.

This is the beginnings of the beginning, once you have mixed your henna don't be alarmed if your "paste" is a little lumpy they kinda dissolve as the dye releases
Henna paste before dye release


Mix and cover with plastic wrap as seen below
and put in a warm place like atop the fridge.
Start checking for dye release in about 2-4 hours and use as soon as possible once you have it.
A big mistake we make is letting the henna sit over night. Applying the henna paste at it's peak is best for achieving optimum color and do not leave henna on for more than 4 hours. This is another common mistake but we'll get into those in a trouble-shooting post very soon





 check for dye release by putting a small amount of henna on the heel of your hand. Leave it on for about a minute then wipe of with a paper towel.









 You should see a brownish or orangish spot
- that means you're all set!!







If for some reason you can't use your henna right away stick it in the fridge for later or next day or in the freezer if you can't get to it in the next 24 hours. The longer henna is left out the more dye content it loses so if you want to use it in a week or if you have leftover paste FREEZE IT! That way it remains potent. Henna powder can also be frozen for years at a time.

So this is the beginning of the journey, more to come!!!













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Saturday, June 25, 2016

THANKS ONCE AGAIN FOR ALL YOUR AWESOME COMMENTS AND MAKING FREEBIEFRIDAY SUCH A WONDERFUL FANTABULOUS THING! 


BIG CONGRATS THE WINNERS ARE

(IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER) 
Blogger KenKen
Victoria Wade
Cassia Nelson


Please email me at beauty4u@butters-n-bars.com putting FREEBIEFRIDAY in the subject header.
Please include your full name and shipping address in order to claim your prize
 (this is just so we can ship your goodies :-)

LOOK OUT FOR NEW BLOG POSTS COMING YOUR WAY AND FREEBIE FRIDAY WILL BE AROUND AGAIN BEFORE YOU KNOW IT!!!
Be Beautiful, Because You Are ;-)


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