About MZL

Howdy! My name is Robyn Clark and this is my Zesty life. I am a wife, mother, soap maker, and nature lover living in Austin, TX. Did I mention that I love to cook? I hope you enjoy this website. Here I bring you my passion for living life, making soap and my never ending desire to cook & eat yummy food.

I moved to Austin, Texas two years ago from Sonoma County, a quaint area in Northern California. Bet you didn’t know I was born and raised in a very small town and have never lived anywhere else until now?! (If you do know this and are my family member, you are excused from reading this; because you already know everything there is to possibly know about me.) Pretty amazing huh?

I have two very special dudes in my life – my husband Blue and my son Chance. We packed our Ford F-350 long bed and my Chrysler Sebring with our dog Echo, rabbit Cody, two cockatiels B.B. and Squaw, and our three cats Smooshie (a.k.a. Mama), Sasha, W.B. (a.k.a. White Bitch) and the rest of our stuff to start a new and exciting adventure here in Austin, TX. Two years later and a few animals less (we lost our dear birdies to raccoons and our rabbit passed from old age) we are now settled in and love livin’ in Texas. Our most recent family addition of the friendly furry doggy variety is Izzy (a.k.a. Gremlin). Warning: You will probably see way to many pictures of my adorable animal friends so I will spare you pictures at this time.

Here is a picture of my dudes:


Aren’t they something?

And Zesty me


In case you were wondering, I am in no way a professional photographer, nor am I a “real” chef. (Want to know more?) However, I am a graduate of Sonoma State University, earning my Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a concentration in Botany. Pretty zesty huh? I love plants and plants love me. I enjoy the biological sciences, chemistry and nature and even worked as a formulation chemist in the pharmaceutical industry. I started my business, The Herb Room, here in Austin and have been making my own natural products for ten years. I love everything about formulating skin care products. Currently, I am offering my natural handmade soaps using only the purest essential oils and herbs. It gives me so much pleasure to share my soaps with you. I hope you enjoy them as much as I enjoy making them and using them. My Zesty Life truly encompasses all the things that I have a zest for doing in my daily life!

Myzestylife.com website is where you will find me in my zesty kitchen (where else?) cooking, cooking, and more cooking, taking pictures, and making and offering my natural handmade soaps from The Herb Room. I will share zesty tidbits of my daily life from spending time with my dudes, my critters, to being out and about enjoying the beauty of Austin. There is so much nature here which is surprising in such a big city! Remember - Austin is a big city for this small town girl!

I really enjoy the great outdoors – hiking, boating, fishing and camping. Yep folks, you heard it right, and in a real tent, no RV for this lady. I am fascinated with nature – plants, herbs, gardens, gardening, and taxonomy (I know completely nerdy right? and one of the reasons why I am a Botanist.) I will strive for a future category in this area for all you plant nerds out there. Currently, I am in love with my scrabble game on my iPhone (a.k.a. iBrain), LOVE to read, watch movies (am no movie snob), like fashion, (what girl doesn’t like shopping?) love laughing, and eating, of course. I also do some volunteering, am a homework helper, and a domestic goddess of sorts. In my spare time I also juggle and work for the circus…Seriously folks, I live a crazy, beautiful, colorful, and zesty life.

I hope you enjoy a slice of my zesty life!

Zestfully yours,


Howdy! Have questions? A joke to tell? Funny story? -Or- Just want to drop me a line?
If you would like to contact me I can be reached via email at: robyn@myzestylife.com

I would love to hear from y’all and really appreciate your support and emails.

Joke: What’s the plural of y’all?
Answer: All’s y’all

All’s y’all make my life more zesty! I sure enjoy reading your thoughts, comments and emails. You make me smile. So thanks for sharing and keep ‘em coming…

Zestfully yours,


Welcome to my Zesty life website! This has been a journey of love and lots of hard work. Quite frankly, my zesty life is only as zesty as my partner in crime and in life Blue, my handsome dude of a son Chance, and my furry animal friends. This website was made possible by the support of my family and the computer expertise of my brilliant husband Blue. He is a downright genius and my BFF, (thank you, thank you, thank you) spending countless hours designing my vision to share with y’all.

Bet you’re all wondering what the heck? I just wanna buy a bar of your wonderful soap? Guess what? Now you can!

MyZestyLife.com is what I call a “slice of life” website. Originally, the concept was based around the soaps that I create for my business, The Herb Room. I have been making handmade body products with an emphasis on all natural soaps using pure essential oils and herbs for 10 years (want to know more…click here) I have been constantly bombarded from y’all to join the 21st century and have a website for purchasing my products. This has been particularly the case since I live in Austin and most of my family and friends live in California. Thus, the journey began into the idea of giving The Herb Room a home and my zesty life website was born. My zesty life is my home for The Herb Room, Zesty Kitchen, and Zesty Tidbits encompassing my passions for cooking, nature, family, animals and living life in Austin, TX. If you don’t know me and want to, visit about me.

Here you will see my zesty life through my lame attempt at photography. Just to let everyone know I am in no way a professional photographer. Duh…can’t you tell? I use (for now) an Olympus C-725, sometimes a Canon PowerShot SD1100 IS and on occasion my iPhone. I call my photography “organic” photography. I do not enhance or edit any of my photos, except for cropping them from time to time. This is also known as poor lazy (wo)man photography; due to the fact that I don’t have a state-of-the-art camera or Photoshop and I only know the bare minimum using the GIMP. To that effect, I enjoy taking pictures and am learning a lot about photography in the process. So enjoy the “organic” experience of my photos and don your rose colored glasses. My photos may get zestier as time goes on (Dear Santa, Christmas is coming and I have been eyeing a Nikon Canon Rebel…)

Zesty Tidbits is where I share life happenings; yep, here it all is, my life and happenings here in Austin. You can now come visit me – yippee! You will also find my associated ramblings, stories, action packed adventures, plus more “organic” photos and the many characters that occupy my life. So stay tuned – it will be exciting.

In my Zesty Kitchen you will find one of my greatest pleasures – cooking! I try to create the most budget friendly, nutritious, full flavored delicious meals. “Try” is the key word when it comes to nutrition because as any home cooker knows, butter is the bomb! But for all of you at home chefs and avid home kitchen freaks I do really try to find a balance. Expect to find my flavorful recipes and kitchen concoctions with pictures here.

The Herb Room is where I will be offering all of my handmade soaps and goodies for the Body, Bath and Home. I will offer my products as fast as I can make them. For now I will be featuring my handmade soaps and will be adding more natural products when I develop my other set of hands and grow my other brain. Be sure to visit often as my offerings will change frequently. Also, be sure to check out my specials and closeouts.

I am so glad that you have stopped by. I invite you to check out my zesty life through the pages of my site. It has variety, it’s quirky, and yummy. Did I mention it smells good too? Take some time to explore a zesty slice my life, and delve into the offerings from The Herb Room store. Thanks for being a part of my zesty life!

Zesty love,