Magnesium Oil: How To Make It and Why You Need It!

If you learn how to make magnesium oil, you can save yourself a ton of money as you soothe your aches and pains.  Over the last several years, I have suffered from an assortment of physical problems, all of which are muscular in some way.  Muscle knots that won't go away, a bad back, aching feet and a host of other issues.  I have spent countess hours and dollars on doctors, therapists and nutritional supplements for inflammation.  Like most humans, I have Googled my health issues extensively.  Everything I have read indicates that magnesium … [Read more...]

How To Get Aloe Vera Gel From Your Aloe Plant

Learning how to get aloe vera gel from your aloe plant is a handy skill to have! My son recently had a bad experience with a chemical hand sanitizer.  We rarely use them but we were out and about and I didn't have any other option.  After the rash cleared up,  I decided to make homemade hand sanitizing spray for those times when we couldn't get to soap and water. I searched around on Pinterest and Googled a few things to find out how to do this. Most articles seemed to say "combine alcohol with aloe vera gel and add essential oils'.  I could … [Read more...]

Natural DIY Wood Butter and Tips for Cleaning Cutting Boards

This DIY wood butter recipe is a must have item for anyone who does a lot of cooking from scratch. I have about 10 cutting boards in all shapes and sizes and they are looking their age!  There are gigantic ones for rolling out pie crusts (which I HATE doing!).  I have tiny ones for chopping up a jalapeno from the garden to put on our pizza.  When you wash wood cutting boards multiple times a day, they get dried out fairly quickly.  What happens when your cutting board gets dried out?  They split in half and you are left with very expensive fire … [Read more...]

Ginger Detox Bath Recipe to Help You Sweat Those Toxins Out!

If you are looking for a ginger bath recipe, the one I use is incredibly easy to make at home. Over the last few years I have had to deal with chronic pain that is incredibly frustrating.  According to the dozens of doctors I have seen there is nothing 'technically' wrong with me.  Except that I hurt.  All. The. Time.  My neck hurts, I get random muscle spasms, my feet ache...it is incredibly frustrating.  They just tell me to take Advil and a muscle relaxer and get used to it. While I do have to use traditional medicine for my pain … [Read more...]

Manuka Honey Lip Scrub Recipe for Smooth Healthy Lips

Every winter, my lips get horribly chapped and dry.  I admit, I am a lip balm addict and never go anywhere without it in my purse.  This Manuka honey lip scrub recipe is an easy homemade lip treatment if you suffer from the same winter lip problems that I do. Adding this homemade lip scrub to my shower routine will (hopefully!) give me smooth, healthy lips that are totally kissable before Valentine's Day rolls around next week! Check out my other sugar scrub recipes if you need moisturizing and exfoliating on the rest of your body as well! … [Read more...]

DIY Moisturizing Body Wash for Dry Skin

Having grown up in New England, I can honestly say that I really enjoy fall and winter weather.  I love the smell of leaves and the feel of a crisp breeze.  What I don't love, however, is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in my house.  This DIY moisturizing body wash for dry skin is an easy way to restore the moisture to your skin that the dry air just sucks right out of your body.  If you love homemade beauty products, you could also try my Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe. Castile Soap is a Must Have Item for Natural … [Read more...]

Upcycled DIY Ribbon Organizer You Can Make for Only Pennies!

I was recently digging around in what I call my 'bag of ribbon' when I realized that I needed to find a DIY ribbon organizer to make my art closet a tad bit neater. Since I had no desire to spend a lot of money on a ribbon organizer, I hit Pinterest to see what inspired me.  I came across several creative people who had taken household objects and upcycled them into a homemade ribbon organizer that is perfect for Christmas ribbon or any type of thin ribbon that you find in craft stores. There are power tools involved in turning a tin can into a … [Read more...]

Easy Candy Cane Sugar Scrub Recipe

Tis the season for candy canes and my family could not be any happier.  Not only do I love the TASTE of candy canes, but I love the smell of them as well.  This easy candy cane sugar scrub recipe requires no actual candy canes, although you could crush some up and put them in there if you would like.  During the winter, I probably make a sugar scrub recipe just about every month.  The exfoliating and moisturizing properties of homemade sugar scrubs help keep skin smooth and silky during the dry winter months.  My whole house smells wonderful … [Read more...]

Need Dinner Place Setting Ideas? Make Cranberry Wreath DIY Place Cards!

Despite the stress and the added burden to my credit card, this is my all-time favorite part of the year.  I love the holiday season, from cookie baking to the smell of wet leaves in the air.  Thanksgiving and Christmas mean spending time with family, plenty of cookies to bake, and fires in the fireplace.  If you are having company over this month, you may be looking for simple dinner place setting ideas to decorate your holiday table. Well, you don't have to look farther than your grocery store and the very versatile cranberry! Making DIY … [Read more...]

Easy Terra Cotta Pumpkin Craft

I have just started pulling out the fall decorations and getting into the spirit of all things pumpkin.  I decided to get out my glue gun this afternoon and tackle an easy terra cotta pumpkin craft that I came across on Pinterest. This would make an easy teacher's gift if you have young kids.  It'also a cute way to keep the dog from eating the candy I like to leave on the entertainment center.  Thankfully, for her anyhow, out of sight means out of mind and she ignores them!  Leave an open dish of candy corn out there and she will eat the whole … [Read more...]

Need DIY Halloween Centerpieces? Make Upcycled Wine Bottle Candy Corn!

If you are frugal and crafty, DIY Halloween centerpieces are a great way to add a bit of holiday spirit into your home. While I was searching through Pinterest for DIY Halloween centerpieces, I found upcycled wine bottles that were painted to look like candy corn!   I am going to let you in on a small secret...I LOVE candy corn.  Yup, I can't lie..for some reason, that stuff just calls to me!  It's not healthy, natural or organic but every year I buy a bag or two and holler at my teens when they eat it all. I thought it would be the perfect … [Read more...]

All Natural Crock Pot Air Freshener Recipe

Fall is my all time favorite season and this all natural crock pot air freshener will make your home smell festive as the days get shorter and colder.  While I have a weakness for candles, they definitely aren't cheap.  Particularly the really nice soy wax ones with essential oils.  I really love those!  Of course, burning a candle all day pretty much means the I  am spending about $15 a day in candles which really doesn't work for my budget.  I decided to put together a few of my favorite fall foods and let them simmer in my crock pot all day. … [Read more...]

DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Tom’s of Maine for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. With Earth Day coming up soon, I hope that everyone is taking a few minutes to think about ways to reduce their carbon footprint.  How many times have you purchased wrapping paper or a fancy gift bag to give someone a gift in?  Is that really necessary?  Is it possible that you could save yourself some money and repurpose something you have at home instead? DIY Gift Box Ideas that Save Money and Reduce Waste Do you have any idea how … [Read more...]

Easy Lavender DIY Oatmeal Milk Bath Recipe

The last few weeks have been fairly stressful.  I finally got the taxes finished (YAY!) and the check has been sent off to the IRS (BOO for no refund this year!)  I spent the weekend teaching a 17-year-old how to drive and volunteering at my daughter's Girl Scout cookie booth sale. Between paying the bills and dealing with housework, there wasn't a lot of 'me time' and I am determined to change that this week.  My need of stress reduction led me to today's project.  This lavender DIY oatmeal milk bath recipe serves multiple purposes and is … [Read more...]

Try this Eco Friendly Christmas Craft: Bottle Cap Snowmen!

I absolutely love the mishmash of Christmas ornaments that make up our tree every year and these bottle cap snowmen are the perfect addition!   There are handprint Santas, popsicle stick snowflakes and an assortment of other creative homemade decorations.  Absolutely nothing matches and there is no color scheme at all but the Christmas tree is a collection of memories that go back as far as my own childhood.  Now that my kids are teens, they aren't really into making crafty Christmas ornaments anymore but I decided to get out my glue gun this … [Read more...]

Make DIY Decorative Candle Holders from Old Coffee Mugs

Chilly weather is the perfect time for getting crafty! It's incredibly easy to make these DIY decorative candle holders from all those old coffee mugs in your kitchen. Don't try and tell me you don't have too many coffee mugs!  Do you ever open up your coffee mug cabinet only to find dozens of unused mugs crammed in there? I bet you do! I am a regular tea and coffee drinker, however, I have my favorite one or two mugs that I choose from every day.  And unless I invite 37 people over for coffee at one time, there is absolutely no reason for me … [Read more...]

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 projects.  From oatmeal containers to empty cereal boxes, it's sort of a hodge-podge of stray things I find that I may be able to include in upcycled … [Read more...]

Magnesium Body Butter Recipe Soothes Muscles and Improves Sleep

If you suffer from chronic pain, restless leg syndrome or insomnia, this magnesium body butter recipe may be just the thing you need.  After several years of dealing with chronic pain, I have come to realize that there are a number of ways to tackle it.  Lots of exercise, a healthy diet and a few key supplements have done wonders for improving my pain levels.  One of the things that has been recommended to me for chronic pain is magnesium. There are a ton of health benefits of magnesium including calming nerves, soothing anxiety, and relief … [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 bedding storage system at the foot of her bed that was solid wood and absolutely gorgeous.  It was made out of cedar and I'm pretty sure it was an antique that cost a whole heck of a lot of money.  I have wanted my own linen chest bedding storage space for  years but the prices I have seen online are just way too expensive for my budget.  I came across an old pine chest at my neighbor's garage sale a few weeks ago and decided to try to renovate it and … [Read more...]