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Easy Pumpkin Craft Idea Using Juice Can Lids

As I was rummaging through my art closet looking for inspiration, I came across a pile of frozen juice can lids.  I don’t buy frozen juice very often but the metal lids were perfect for this easy pumpkin craft idea.  If you don’t have an art closet (or an art box or corner or desk drawer), I seriously recommend you make one!  I tuck all sorts of things in there that can be upcycled into craft … [Read More…]

How to Make Nature Walks with Kids More Educational

Are you considering nature walks with kids this weekend? When my children were younger, we spent a lot of time outside.  Mainly because I was a stay at home mom and any mess they made outside was one that I didn’t have to clean up.  They could also be loud, run around like maniacs and tire themselves out so they would take a good nap.  Outside time every day kept us all sane!  I was also very … [Read More…]

How to Find the Best All Natural Beauty Products

Every time I need to shop for makeup or skincare products, I remember how hard it is to find the best all natural beauty products. Over the past few years I have tried to make the switch from conventional products to natural ones.  Sometimes I find a product that I really like and it’s easy to ditch the chemical laden, artificial stuff.  Other times, I buy one brand after another with pitiful … [Read More…]

Trigger Point Therapy Tools for Muscle Pain Relief

Several years ago, I had a persistent muscle spasm in my shoulder.  I went through the Doctor’s general treatment guidelines.  Heat, ibuprofen and muscle relaxers.  It wouldn’t go away.  We moved on to physical therapy for a year, steroid injections and more muscle relaxers.  They called it a trigger point.  Basically, a muscle spasm that won’t go away.  I started investing in trigger point … [Read More…]

Whipped Pumpkin Butter with Honey and Cinnamon

I firmly believe that there is no crime greater than using any type of artificial butter substitute.  Light this or low fat that or margarine or anything that isn’t real, honest to God butter is just all sorts of wrong.  Now, you can make butter even BETTER by beating in a few delicious ingredients like I did with this whipped pumpkin butter.  This stuff is butter, only even more awesome!  Since I … [Read More…]

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

As you read this, are you listening to the sound of your neighbor’s leaf blower? Does it sound like a hoard of angry mosquitoes descending on your home? I absolutely love this time of year.  Growing up in New England, Fall was always my favorite season.  The brilliant reds and oranges of the maple leaves, the crisp, cool mornings, and the earthy smell of the air as the leaves started to drop to … [Read More…]

Recipes

How to Make Golden Milk and What the Heck is it Anyhow?

Wondering how to make golden milk?  Or maybe you have never even heard of this growing health trend?  For the last several years, I have been tackling … [Read More…]

Healthy Homemade Peanut Butter Fudge Recipe

I decided to make this homemade peanut butter fudge recipe because I have about 8 jars of peanut butter in my pantry.  Why? Because I am the type of … [Read More…]

Cold Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe with a Rainbow of Veggies

This week marks the second week back to school for my teenagers.  They are less than thrilled (of course) and when asked what their favorite part of … [Read More…]

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Green Living

The Leaf Blower: A lazy person’s lawn manicure

As you read this, are you listening to the sound of your neighbor’s leaf blower? Does it sound like … [Read More…]

Best Ways to Winterize Your Home to Save Money and Go Green

With the weather finally starting to cool off, are you looking for the best ways to winterize your … [Read More…]

Eco-friendly or Eco-crazy? Where Do You Draw the Line?

Where do you draw the line when it comes to reducing your carbon footprint? I like to think that I … [Read More…]

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Health

Why Stress Makes You Sick and My Plan to Fight Back

This post about why stress makes you sick is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola Herb Drops … [Read More…]

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering … [Read More…]

How to Increase Immunity Naturally and Visit Your Doctor Less!

This post about how to increase immunity naturally is part of a sponsored conversation with Ricola … [Read More…]

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House, Home and Family

5 Ways to Preserve Hot Peppers for Spicy Meals All Year Long!

As we move into late August, the heat loving plants are thriving and I am looking for ways to preserve hot peppers.  In late spring I planted many … [Read More…]

How to hike with kids and actually enjoy it!

Summer is drawing to a close and Fall will be sneaking in soon.  Once the days start to cool off, my husband and I enjoy finding time to head out into … [Read More…]

Eco Friendly Children: They only learn what their parents teach them!

Eco friendly children are not born, they’re made.  My husband and I are avid outdoor lovers and some of the best times we have had as a family have … [Read More…]

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DIY and Crafts

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter … [Read More…]

Our Renovated Linen Chest Bedding Storage Project

When I was growing up, my mom had tons of my grandmother’s old quilts.  She had a linen chest … [Read More…]

Honey and Almond Brown Sugar Scrub Recipe

One of the habits I acquired during our years of poor graduate student life is always hitting the … [Read More…]

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Gardening

Creative Uses for Eucalyptus Leaves for Home and Health

I have a serious problem.  One that has me looking for uses for eucalyptus leaves and considering … [Read More…]

How to Attract Toads to the Garden and Why You Want Them There!

I bet you are asking yourself why in the world you want to attract toads to the garden, right?  If … [Read More…]

Tips for Using Diatomaceous Earth in the Garden

Have you ever tried using diatomaceous earth in the garden? This weekend I spent hours out in the … [Read More…]

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Travel

Car Traveling Tips for Long Distance Road Trips

Since my family will be off on a long distance road trip in the coming weeks, I have been brushing … [Read More…]

Green Road Trip Ideas for Frugal Family Fun!

I learned many years ago that a green road trip can be both frugal and a ton of fun. We travel by … [Read More…]

Hiking in Georgia: Exploring the Chenocetah Fire Tower and Lake Russell in Cornelia

Hiking in Georgia can be an amazing way to spend an afternoon.  You get to escape the chaos of … [Read More…]

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