Hot Springs: Remodeled

Downtown Hot Springs Earthbound: Remodeled & Beautiful!

Our store in downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas just finished their remodel and my oh my, it’s looking beautiful! We have to say, “Great job!” to our construction and merchandising teams, as well as a big thank you to the local Hot Springs team and customers for bearing with us through the remodel. It’s worth it in the end!

The store reopened for business this morning, so come in and check out the fancy like-new digs! If you’ve never visited before, we’re at 350 Central Avenue in Hot Springs. A new Earthbound Trading Company awning will go up outside next week, completing the store’s transition from its old name of “Romancing the Stone” to match the rest of the Earthbound family.

DIY: Bath Bombs

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We love to track the change of seasons with our DIY projects, and this is the perfect winter to spring transitional project. Make lovely spring colors and scents and then go soak out the winter chills in a hot, deliciously scented bath!

This recipe makes 1-2 bath bombs. Double or triple to make more for friends!

 

ingredients

Kitchen Supplies:
– Medium mixing bowl
– Measuring spoons
– Whisk
– Sealable jar (like a clean jam jar)
– Soap or candle mold, or other items to function as mold. You can use plastic Easter eggs, muffin trays, cookie cutters, ice cube trays, etc.

Dry Ingredients:
– 4 TBSP Baking Soda
– 2 TBSP Epsom Salt
– 2 TBSP Citric Acid – This can be tricky to find, but check your local health food store. We found it at our local Sprouts, but other people have found it at Whole Foods.
– 2 TBSP Cornstarch

Wet Ingredients:
– ½ TSP Canola or Coconut Oil
– 1 ½ TSP Essential Oil or other scent – strongly brewed peppermint tea, almond food flavoring, or other concentrated liquids also work. Since you’re not using your essential oil for food or medicinal purposes, you don’t need large quantities or expensive oils.
– A few drops of food coloring

Try out some of these simple scent combination ideas:

-lavender + rosemary, lemongrass, or peppermint
-orange + clove, peppermint, or cinnamon
-grapefruit + rose or ginger
-almond + vanilla or orange
-basil + lime or rosemary
-tea tree + peppermint or eucalyptus
-lemon + juniper or lavender
-patchouli + rose
Procedure:

1- Put all of the dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Break up any lumps and whisk together.

2- Put all of the wet ingredients into a jar. Close the jar and shake it to mix the ingredients. Whisking in a deep cup would probably work just as well.

3- Pour the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk it all together. It may fizz some, but stir and break up any clumps.

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4- You may need to add a few more drops of liquid if your mixture won’t hold together briefly when squeezed. However, if you add too much liquid, your bombs may pre-bomb and spill out of your mold. Your bombs will harden as they dry, so don’t worry if your bombs feel crumbly at first when wet.

5- Spoon your mixture into your mold and press it in tightly. If you use Easter eggs, clean the edges carefully so they don’t dry and get stuck. We needed the edge of a knife to open ours.

6- Let the bath bombs dry overnight, then pop them out of their molds, and voila! They may leave an oily residue if left on paper or fabric, so take precautions! You may want to let them dry a few days before wrapping or sealing them.

Troubleshooting your bombs:

1- Pre-bombing – If your bath bombs are expanding out of your molds (popping open the Easter eggs!) or overflowing, you may be adding too much water. Trying using a little less water, and a little more oil. Food coloring and flavoring (like vanilla extract) count as water, not oil.

2- Too crumbly – If your bombs are crumbling apart when they dry, or breaking up as soon as they are out of their mold, you may be adding too little water. Try using a little less oil, and a few more drops of water.

And what does it look like when it bombs? Let’s test them out!

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Try these out, and share your scent combinations with us! Instagram photos of your process and your results! Be sure to tag us @earthboundtrading so we can see your creations.

EB Team Spotlight: Rick in Fort Smith, AR

Today, we’re talking with Rick, the stellar Store Manager of our location at Central Mall in Fort Smith, Arkansas. A fan of Texas football, a loving father and husband, a seasoned retail professional, and a fella’ with aspirations of winning the lottery… all in all, he’s one cool dude, and we’re so glad he’s part of our team! Read on to learn more about Rick!

EB Team Spotlight: Rick at Central Mall

Q: Describe yourself in ten words or less:
A: Truly blessed and grateful for all that I have.

Q: What do you love about working for Earthbound?
A: We have the best group of employees (family) and the coolest customers on the planet! I have worked in retail for many years and I have never felt more at home than with Earthbound. I love my team, I love my customers and I love what Earthbound stands for!

Q: What’s your favorite thing to do when you’re not at work?
A: I enjoy painting, going to the lake, watching the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Longhorns with my three boys, discussing the woes of being a teenage girl with my daughter, and any moment I get to spend with my beautiful wife.

Q: What song have you been jamming out to lately?
A: I checked my most played list and apparently I listen to everything from George Strait to Harlem Shake. However, my most played song is Stellar by Incubus.

Q: What’s your greatest dream in life?
A: My dream is simple: winning the Powerball!! Just kidding; as nice as that would be, my greatest dream in life is to travel the world and simply live every moment of every single day.

Q: You’re stranded on a desert island. Excluding food, water and means of escape, what three items (one being an Earthbound product) would you take?
A: I’m assuming that my desert island has wifi, so I’ll obviously bring my cell phone so I can keep up with the NFL season. Also, a picture of my family so I am never really alone and last but not least, an Earthbound rice hat so I can keep cool and look awesome at the same time!

Buyer Adventures: FOOD!

Food can be quite an adventure for our buyers as they travel the globe. Our buyers hail from the Midwest and the South (plus one fellow from Brazil), so the cuisine they encounter in Asia is quite a stretch from what they were raised on at home. But hey, adventure is half of what the buyers’ job is about! Here’s Shannon, our Jewelry Buyer, with her most memorable food experiences!

Here are some of my favorite buying trip food moments:

Buyer Adventures: Thai Street Soup

Buyer Adventures: Hong Kong Carrot Soup
The best Thai street soup ever! Yum!! /// The tastiest carrot soup in Hong Kong. I was ready for trend shopping after that one!

Buyer Adventures: Indian Food in Agra

Buyer Adventures: Indian Appetizers in Jaipur
Yummy Indian food in Agra. /// Delicious Indian appetizers atop a massive fort in Jaipur!

Buyer Adventures: Thai Salad

Buyer Adventures: A Thailand Feast
The best Thai salad I’ve ever had! /// A huge feast in Thailand.

Buyer Adventures: Bali Street Stew

Buyer Adventures: Chicken Feet!
Street stew in Bali? Not sure what it’s really called… /// Mmm, fried chicken feet!

Buyer Adventures: NYC Deli Food

Buyer Adventures: Bangkok Dried Squid
NYC deli food rules! /// I admit I didn’t eat this, but it’s memorable! I think it’s dried squid; it was in a Bangkok market.

Buyer Adventures: Fried Scorpions in China

Buyer Adventures: Kathmandu Butcher
Fried scorpions in China. Yuck. /// Butcher on the streets of Kathmandu. No thanks!

I’ve had some great food over the years traveling around the globe. I cannot wait to hit up Vietnam for some REAL PHO!

Peace out! -Shannon

Earthbound in Fredericksburg, TX

Fredericksburg is one of those cute little Texas Hill Country towns that everyone should visit at least once. The beauty of natural landforms, tasty beer and sausage at German Biergartens, country music and dancing, Texas wildflowers at their finest, festivals galore, and great military history museums all collide in this small town. One of our store locations is in the Fredericksburg mix as well, right on Main Street. Read on to learn about Fredericksburg from a long-time resident and EB Team Member, Marissa. Plan your visit, and don’t forget to stop in at the Fredericksburg Earthbound!

"Enchanted Rock Views while Hiking" by Mark Stevens, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License

Q: Is there any cuisine your city is known for? Where’s the best place to get it?
A: The best food in town is the German food and we have a few wonderful German restaurants on Main Street. If you want good German beer, you should find your way to the Fredericksburg Brewing Company. If you want traditional style German sausage plates in a beer garden, go over to Silver Creek, which is also located on Main Street. We have a wonderful place where the servers are dressed in traditional German clothes; just head toward the end of town and you will find Friedhelm’s Bavarian Inn.

Fredericksburg Brewing Co by Sean Mason, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

"Friedhelm's" by Charles Wagner, used under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives License

Q: What’s the music scene like? Where do you go to catch a concert or go dancing?
A: If music is your thing, many of the restaurants have bands that play during dinner hours. But if dancing is your thing and country sounds good, head out to Luckenbach. It’s about 13 miles outside of Fredericksburg. Luckenbach has a dance hall and pickers that play in the bar of the General Store. The Rockbox is another good place to take in some music. The Rockbox is a musical theater, where performers transport you back in time through music. The musicians are wonderful and the talent is in plenty. We also have the Fredericksburg Theater Company that takes members of the community and makes them stars on the stage. They perform wonderful musicals and plays. If you have a love for the theater, check these shows out.

"Jan 14 Luckenbach Welcome" by Mobilus In Mobili, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

"Luckenbach Music Festival" by Kyle Martin, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License

Q: What’s something fun to do with children in your town?
A: Families love hiking Enchanted Rock, which is in a State Natural Area about 20 miles outside of town heading toward Llano. The Texas Hill Country is graced with nothing less than a monumental granite dome. This place was one of my childhood favorite spots to explore nature. Fredericksburg Trade Days is another fun adventure. It’s a large outdoor market where many vendors come and sell their merchandise. You can find almost anything imaginable out there, from cow skins to jewelry to old records. Of course there are also bands that play and a dance floor. Trade days happen on the third weekend of the month in May through September. Just down the road, there’s a wildflower farm named Wildseed Farms. They have flowers for miles and a butterfly trail you can walk through and hope to have a butterfly land on you.

"Enchanted Rock" by Corey Leopold, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

"Wildseed Farms" by Amy the Nurse, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License

Q: What museums, theatres, galleries or other cultural activities do you recommend?
A: Fredericksburg is known for Admiral Chester William Nimitz. Some of you like me who are not history bufffs might not know that Admiral Nimitz was in command of the United States Pacific Fleet during WWII. Fredericksburg was the childhood home of the Admiral and hosts the Admiral Nimitz Museum. Fredericksburg also has the National Museum of the Pacific War and the George H. W. Bush Gallery.

"Nimitz Museum" by Brian Bennett, used under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives License

"B-25" by John W. Schulze, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Q: Where’s the best place to be after midnight in your city?
A: I personally love the view of the city from Cross Mountain. Right past the city limit sign, there is a little paved road that takes you to the bottom of a hill that is positioned perfectly by mother nature. The first German settlers of Fredericksburg found a timber cross on top of the hill, likely left as a landmark by Spanish missionaries passing through. Several crosses have been erected in the same spot since and the current metal and concrete cross was built in 1946. Climb the hill and take a seat on one of the benches. As the sun goes down and the lights of the town come up, you can see the town from above.

"Lighted Cross" by Tom Haymes, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License

"Cross Mountain" by mirsasha, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License

Q: What’s the best time of year to visit? Why?
A: The best time to visit Fredericksburg is during the Fall. The weather is not too hot and not too cold. The leaves on the trees are turning and the Christmas lights are going up. During this time of year we have manyfestivals going on at our Market Square. We have Oktoberfest and Night in Old Fredericksburg. The town is busy and beautiful during this time of year.

If you love flowers and don’t mind the heat, come visit in April and May. To see the Texas State Flower, I would suggest going about 13 miles out of town to Willow City Loop. The Loop is a beautiful country back road where you can see field after field of bluebonnets. If you stop on the side of the road to take pictures, don’t wander too far into the pastures. All of the land is private property and a very nice state trooper might ask you to come back to the side of the road.

"Fredericksburg Texas Christmas Pyramid" by Charlie Kellogg, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License

"10.02.11 Oktoberfest" by Adam Delezenne, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License

"And you thought Texas was all tumbleweeds..." by Vicki Gibson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License

"Texas Bluebonnets" by Theodore Scott, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Photo Credits:
“Enchanted Rock Views while Hiking” ©2013 Mark Stevens, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License
“Untitled” (Fredericksburg Brewing Co) ©2007 Sean Mason, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“Friedhelm’s” ©2008 Charles Wagner, used under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives License
“Jan 14 Luckenbach Welcome” ©2014 Mobilus In Mobili, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“Luckenbach Music Festival” ©2009 Kyle Martin, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License
“Enchanted Rock” ©2008 Corey Leopold, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“H Smelling the Daisies” (Wildseed Farms) ©2009 Amy the Nurse, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
“Nimitz Museum” ©2011 Brian Bennett, used under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivatives License
“B-25” ©2010 John W. Schulze, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License
“Lighted Cross” ©2008 Tom Haymes, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License
“Cross Mountain” ©2012 mirsasha (Beth), used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
“Fredericksburg Texas Christmas Pyramid” ©2010 Charlie Kellogg, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License
“10.02.11_Oktoberfest_10” ©2011 Adam Delezenne, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
“And, you thought Texas was all tumbleweeds…” ©2011 Vicki Gibson, used under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial No-Derivatives License
“Texas Bluebonnets” ©2010 Theodore Scott, used under a Creative Commons Attribution License

Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses

Spice up your next get-together with these extraordinary Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses! They have the finely veined, translucent appearance of rose quartz, but they are actually carved from the highest quality, food grade, Himalayan pink salt. Perfect for tequila, our shot glass will bring a salty twinge to  your taste buds, but with a more nuanced flavor than ordinary table salt. Salt is naturally antibacterial, so these glasses require little maintenance. Also, don’t worry; unlike table salt, these long-lasting mineral salt glasses won’t simply dissolve away after one shot. They’ll bring their unique zest to many a party, making tequila shots easier and even more fun!

Set of 4 Himalayan Salt Stone Shot Glasses from Earthbound

Gemstone Sets

Gemstones are believed to naturally possess their own energy levels, which can be attuned with your own to bring about certain outcomes in your life. We carry gemstone sets that have been selected for relaxation, protection, good luck, wealth, or good dreams. Each set comes with its own velvet pouch. Carry the whole set or different combinations for the outcome you desire. Just $3.95 per gemstone set.

Relaxation Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Relaxation Gemstone Set: Amethyst, Moonstone, Rock Quartz, Rose Quartz & Smoky Quartz

Amethyst quietens the mind and attunes it to a higher level. Moonstone helps calm and balance mood swings. Rock Quartz draws in soothing, healing energy around you. Rose Quartz calms the heart, mind and body. Smoky Quartz helps to draw negative energy away from you.

Protection Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Protection Gemstone Set: Grey Agate, Red Jasper, Lapis Lazuli, Gold Tiger Eye & Amethyst

Grey Agate is a protective stone for everyday stress. Red Jasper is useful for travelling and protects against the dangers of the night. Lapis Lazuli is used to protect against environmental pollution. Gold Tiger Eye protects against evil influences. Amethyst attracts loving energy and protects against stressful job situations.

Wealth Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Wealth Gemstone Set: Gold Tiger Eye, Garnet, Moss Agate, Green Aventurine, & New Jade

Gold Tiger Eye attracts helpful people and material things toward you. Garnet is used for business success. Moss Agate is a stone of wealth, attracting riches and abundance. Green Aventurine is a stone for good luck, and is believed to stimulate money energy. New Jade is for wealth, prosperity, and good fortune.

Dream Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Dream Gemstone Set: Amethyst, Black Tourmaline & Turqurenite

Amethyst brings a calming influence and helps you get better sleep. Black Tourmaline is an excellent absorber of negative energy, and is useful for keeping nightmares at bay. Turqurenite combats insomnia and creates peaceful dreams.

Good Luck Gemstone Set from Earthbound
Good Luck Gemstone Set: Moonstone, Gold Tiger Eye, Black Tourmaline, Turquentine & Green Aventurine

Moonstone is for luck with love. Gold Tiger Eye attracts helpful people and material things toward you. Black Tourmaline is a powerful stone for luck and happiness. Green Aventurine is also associated with luck, and is believed to stimulate money energy. Turquentine is for success and ambition, bringing luck in your career and motivating you to take action.

Please note that the gemstones’ properties are drawn from various references and are given for informative purposes only. This information should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice.