DIY Earwig Trap for Your Garden

One of the things that bugs me (HAH!)  most about gardening is trying to outsmart the bugs without resorting to chemicals. Sometimes the bugs win but sometimes I win so I keep plugging away at my attempts at organic gardening. My least favorite garden pest is the earwig and having an earwig trap out by my plants is an absolute must.What is an earwig? They are nasty, creeping looking bugs and I will give you more into below. Of course, learning how to make a homemade earwig trap is a great way to save money, right? Since a DIY earwig trap takes … [Read more...]

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 plays a … [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 do … [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 wood … [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 right … [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 place … [Read more...]

DIY Kitchen Sponge Dish and Healthier Housekeeping with Aunt Fannie’s

This week we joined the movement for healthy cleaning with Aunt Fannie's Cleaning products. This DIY kitchen sponge dish is part of a sponsored post for Aunt Fannie’s. All opinions expressed here are my own. #HomeSweetBiome As a mom, homeowner, and generally neat person, I spend a lot of time cleaning my home. Some days I spend WAY too much time, but that's the way of things, right? I have always been cautious about the types of products I use to clean my house. I don't want my family exposed to harsh chemicals, especially in the kitchen. That … [Read more...]

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

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 Halloween crafts, 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 candy corn painted wine bottles would … [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...]

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 use … [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 clearance shelves at the grocery store. You might wonder how this plays into my brown sugar scrub recipe but I found a deal I couldn't pass up. Marked down to a ridiculously cheap price was a TON of organic brown sugar. Seriously. I picked up a dozen bags of organic brown sugar for about $10. Woo-hoo! Of course, now I'm looking for ways to use brown sugar so it doesn't go bad! Sugar scrubs are always a huge hit in my house so I did a little digging … [Read more...]

Easy Rainbow Craft: Bottle Cap Rainbow Magnets

With the beginning of spring comes sunny days, blooming flowers and baby animals. It is one of my favorite times of the year and it inspired me to get crafty and make this easy rainbow craft to share with you all today. My husband has a bucket in the garage where he tosses his bottle caps so bottle cap crafts are easy for me to get supplies for! Since we are heading into Earth Day, I loved the idea of an upcycled craft that was not only pretty but functional as well. We all need more refrigerator magnets, right? If you are looking for an spring … [Read more...]

DIY Mason Bee House to Help Save the Pollinators!

This DIY mason bee house is my attempt at attracting more pollinators to my yard and providing them a save place to feed and reproduce. I had never heard the term 'mason bee' before, but once I checked them out on Wikipedia I knew what they were. They are named from their habit of making compartments of mud in their nests, which are made in hollow reeds or holes in wood made by an assortment of bugs. Basically, instead of hives, like traditional honey bees, mason bees lay their eggs in hollow twigs. This diy mason bee house was incredibly … [Read more...]

Cranberry Sugar Scrub Recipe with Vanilla

This cranberry sugar scrub recipe was inspired by my latest trip into the freezer. I'm one of those people that stocks up on cranberries after the holidays and buys WAY too many of them. Hey, they're on clearance for pennies, right? Why not stock up and find some creative cranberry recipes all the way through June! Well, I still have several bags of cranberries in the freezer so I decided to make this cranberry sugar scrub recipe. I added a little bit of vanilla along with the cranberries and will be enjoying some seriously yummy showers over … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Earring Holder from an Upcycled Cheese Grater!

This homemade earring holder is perfect for dangling earrings that need to be better cared for. My daughter loves earrings and the older she gets, the more she wants to wear the dangly variety. They can get damaged if left in the jewelry box and often get tangled up with the rest of the jewelry in there. I came across a creative upcycled craft idea on Pinterest that used an old cheese grater to create a beautiful homemade earring holder. While I was out and about at the thrift store, I found a cheese grater for only a couple dollars and decided … [Read more...]