Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Maple Syrup, Raw Honey, 100% Beeswax Candles – 2014 Holiday Giveaway from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company

It’s week two of my 2014 Holiday Giveaway series and it’s brought to you by the wonderful people at the Mohawk Valley Trading Company. I’ve held giveaways with them before and always love to have them back!

This giveaway includes a variety of their products that would make a great gift bundle for someone you love this Christmas, or maybe parcel them out to a few friends. Or treat-yo-self! And keep these just for you! Hey I’m not judging – I wouldn’t blame you if you did. 🙂

One winner will receive:

  • One 16 oz glass bottle of Grade A, Pure, Dark Maple Syrup. . . $15.00

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  • One 1lb glass jar of Raw American Bamboo Honey. . . $10.00

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  • A trio of 100% Pure Beeswax Evergreen Tree Candles. . . $28.50
    (small evergreen: 3.5”. . .$5.50, medium evergreen 4.5”. . . $8.00, and large evergreen 5.75”. . . $15.00)

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Total giveaway valued at $67.00 (including s/h)

In addition to this awesome giveaway, the Mohawk Valley Trading Company is also offering a 20% discount on all of their maple syrup, honey, beeswax candles and handmade soap from 11/18/28 through 11/28/14 with the Coupon Code: The Kerrminator’s 2014 Holiday Giveaway!

Just be sure to mention the coupon code to receive your 20% discount! 😉

All of the items at The Mohawk Valley Trading Company would make great christmas gifts! I paired their honey and taper candles with some local teas and a jar of homemade jam for a gift last year. Do you know anyone who recently moved into a new place? Make them a house-warming gift basket! Find a nice local wine, embellish it with one of Corky Friendz’ Wine Bottle Charms, throw in a set of Mohawk Valley Trading Company tealight candles, and some all natural soap and BAM! #cuteandcustom

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% Pure Beeswax Candles:

Mohawk Valley Trading Company 100% pure beeswax candles are hand poured, hand dipped and made with 100% cotton wicks and 100% pure, all natural, unbleached, yellow beeswax produced by their bees in the USA. In addition to the taper candles, they also make Pillar Candles, Votive Candles, Birthday Candles, Menorah Candles and Tea Light Candles as well as some unique decorative candles.

Beeswax is one of the oldest sources of artificial light and today is still the most natural candle material. The lovely fresh scent, a long burn time and the natural origins of beeswax make it the preferred candle for many types of people from the Catholic Church to environmentalists.

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company Raw Honey:

Raw honey from the Mohawk Valley Trading Company has not been heated, filtered, blended or processed. All of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, minerals and aromatics are in the same condition as they were in the hive.

If you are planning to buy honey for its health-benefits, it must be raw honey. Heating honey (pasteurization) destroys the all of the pollen, enzymes, propolis, vitamins, amino acids, antioxidants, and aromatics. Honey that has been heated and filtered is called commercial, liquid or regular honey.

To order MVTC products, please email info@tenonanatche.com
or Call – Tel 315-519-2640
7:00am – 7:00pm – 7 Days a Week

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Giveaway Terms and Conditions:

-Winners must reside in one of the 48 contiguous states
-Must be 18 years or older to enter
-No PO Boxes for Shipping. If address is undeliverable or prize is unclaimed and sent back, winner is responsible for re-shipping charges.
-Prizes will be shipped within 30 days of giveaway end
-All entries will be verified
-Winner has 48 hours to reply to email notification or another winner will be selectedCorky Friendz reindeer ornament

Also, make sure you enter into last week’s Holiday Giveaway with Corky Friendz ending this Friday! And don’t forget to check back each week for new giveaways! 😉

Handmade Soap Review and Giveaway: The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

I want to kick off my up-coming post about the next steps in making Calcei with a giveaway of an ancient cleansing product. I originally believed Ancient Romans used olive oil based soaps to cleanse themselves, but after some research I learned many things I didn’t know about our ancestors’ bathing habits and the evolution of soap.

Castile Soap

For the most part the Romans didn’t use soap to clean their bodies – it was used for cleaning clothes. Instead, they would rub olive oil on their skin, sometimes mixed with sand, then scrape it off with a curved tool called a strigil. Soap’s use in personal care increased as people discovered the benefits of using it.

At any rate, I feel like a handmade, olive oil based soap is as close to ancient roman cleansing as I’d like to get – no oil, sand, and scraping for me, thanks! I promised more giveaways for 2014 and what better way to start off the new year than with natural handmade soap?! You know. . . wash away the old grime of twenty-thirteen and start fresh and clean in twenty-fourteen.

I had the privilege of working with the Mohawk Valley Trading Company over the past several years and I was given the opportunity to sample a few of their soap varieties. I especially like the castile soap because it has no animal products in it whatsoever – I’m not a vegan, I just like that it uses an alternative to tallow because personally, it just seems more natural to wash myself with plants than it does animal fat.

Handmade Soaps From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

I was able to try the castile, goat’s milk lavender, tea tree oil, sage, pine, and rose soaps. The sage and pine seemed like they’d be good for clearing your sinuses if you use them in a hot shower. I was surprised at how much I liked the rose scent because I don’t typically like floral fragrances and rose tends to be overpowering. Most of the time rose scented soaps smell like old lady, but this one is mild – probably because it’s natural and not some manufactured “rose-like” scent.

All the soaps left my skin feeling smooth and not dried out like a lot of “beauty bars” and “moisturizing bars.” My favorite was definitely the castile; I love the smell, and the way my skin feels after I use it; soft and smooth.

Castile Soap From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

About Mohawk Valley Trading Company Soaps

Mohawk Valley Trading Company Natural Handmade Soaps are made without parabens, phthalates, sulfates, petrochemicals, synthetic or artificial fragrances, dyes, detergents, preservatives or any other toxic or harmful surfactants, degreasers, plasticizers, reproductive toxins, pesticides, carcinogens, industrial chemicals or hormone disruptors.

Instead, they are made with:

Goat’s milk, shea butter, natural plant oils including; olive oil, avocado oil, jojoba oil, coconut oil, hemp seed oil, palm oil, castor bean oil, wheat germ oil, sunflower oil and other botanical sources such as fruits, vegetables, spices, herbs and nuts.

• 100% natural plant-based essential oils distilled or pressed from fresh citrus peels, flower petals, spices, leaves, herbs and other naturally fragrant botanical materials.

• Beeswax and raw honey.

I know what you’re thinking; “Enough about soap already! What’s the giveaway?!!” Enter below for your chance to receive one bar each of goat’s milk lavender, castile, sage, rose, and pine soaps. See the terms and conditions for more details.

Handmade Soap From The Mohawk Valley Trading Company

Terms and conditions:

  • You must be 18 years or older to enter.
  • The Mohawk Valley Trading Company will ship the prize to the winner within 30 days of contest end.
  • Physical address required for shipping; no PO boxes, US recipients only residing in one of the 48 contiguous states.


Click here to enter the Soap Giveaway

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The Elixer of Creativity!

Wine? Coffee? Tea? What’s your drink of choice when you sit down to be engulfed by your creativity? Personally, I’m a tea drinker. I tend to stick to a couple varieties depending on the type of work I’m doing. Chamomile for relaxing work, english breakfast for “art-on-a-deadline,” orange pekoe cut black for rainy, cozy, coma-inducing days, and iced chai for summer heat to cut through the thought-muddling humidity.

It’s the feeling I get knowing I’m drinking a flavored liquid made from nature that attracts me to tea – organic tea leaves, organic honey and maybe a little dairy-free creamer or coconut milk, but nothing more. I use honey because sugar just doesn’t flavor tea the way honey does. Not to mention extra sugar is unhealthy while the health benefits of honey are numerous.

Tea puts me in a mellow, thoughtful, self-exploring mood that I desire when I’m creating my art. Bad tea is an unwanted distraction and breaks my focus. I’ve tried lots of sources for my honey – the good old “honey bear” variety, creamed honey, over-priced, low-quality “raw” honey at the supermarket. . . They just don’t have that “BAM” flavor. Where’s the BAM?! I’ll tell you where! At tenonanatche.com! They have quite a few varieties, but my favorite so far is definitely their Raw Apple Blossom Honey. It has a sweet, subtle apple flavor and a pleasant, fruity aroma.

The flavor and aroma emitted from this apple blossom honey is a lot more pure than the normal liquid “sshtuff” you get at the store because those store varieties come from multiple hives all OVER the place! How do you think they get so much of it? It’s mass produced, mass collected, and blended not to mention processed; removing a lot of the good nutrients you find in raw honey. This particular apple blossom honey is harvested from specific orchards so you know exactly what type of apple blossoms the bees have visited. That’s how you get the apple blossom honey variety and the distinct flavor and aroma.

I absolutely love the foam that is often forming on top of the honey. Sometimes it has little bits of pollen, propolis, and wax in it. I try to only scoop a section of the foam at a time to stretch it out to as many wonderful cups as I can. Maybe I’m weird, but I like it when my honey is super thick and foamy at the top – it’s a sense of freshness and ripeness. I have the same feeling about bread that gets moldy really quick because that usually means it doesn’t have added preservatives.

Some people might be repelled by the idea of consuming unprocessed honey, but I’m a nature kid! I grew up in the woods and I. ate. dirt. I once ate a bit of tree because it looked good. Besides, honey is actually regurgitated nectar. You are eating bee vomit. And it’s fucking delicious! Sometimes raw, natural, unprocessed things are better for you. I’m not advising you go out and shovel tree bark and dirt down your gullet, but you should definitely try this honey. It might just make your art-making more enjoyable and relaxing.

It’s pure, flavorful, amazing, and good for you. ‘nough said.