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...]

How to Cut a Glass Bottle in Half with String for Upcycled Crafts

I bet you are wondering why in the world you would want to know how to cut a glass bottle in half. Isn't that dangerous? (yes!)  Don't you need special glass cutting tools? (no!)  Maybe you want to start trying your hand at upcycled crafts.  Cutting a glass bottle in half isn't easy but it does come in handy sometimes. Why Are We Cutting Glass Bottles in Half?   Maybe (like me!) you have a 16 year old son who proposes the idea to his Advanced Placement Environmental Sciences teacher as his midterm project. … [Read more...]

15 All Natural Sugar Scrub Recipes

I finally broke down last week and turned the heat on. I hated to do it….I was starting to enjoy those low utility bills! But, seeing as we are actually getting into the 30’s at night it was really starting to get a tad bit chilly in the house. Within days of turning on the heat in my house I was slathering on moisturizer to deal with dry, itchy skin. It always amazes me how fast my skin dries out as soon as the cold weather hits! I find that sugar scrubs are a great way to deal with winter skin. I have made a number of them over the years and … [Read more...]

How to Turn a Regular Lamp into a 3 Way Lamp for Greater Energy Savings

This post about how to turn a regular lamp into a 3 way lamp has been sponsored by Cree but all opinions expressed are my own. This post contains affiliate links. #CreatewithCreeHave you ever woken up early in the morning, turned on the light and been blinded by it's brightness? Or, maybe you want to go out at night and leave a light on for safety but hate the idea of using a lot of electricity when you don't have too. There are many times when you may need just a LITTLE bit of light in a room but your lamp doesn't have a 'low' setting. … [Read more...]

DIY Hand Sanitizer Spray with Aloe and Essential Oils

I am not a huge fan of the over use of hand sanitizer but our society seems to be obsessed with the stuff. Everywhere I go, I see people whipping out little containers of clear goo and squirting it on their kids hands. Did you touch the dog? Better sterilize your hands. Oh, you took out the trash? Here, rub these artificial chemicals all over yourself. SO much better for you than germs, right? Hand sanitizers have become a staple in backpacks and purses all over the country. Most situations do NOT require hand sanitizer. Soap and water work … [Read more...]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap Recipe in an Upcycled CLASSICO Pasta Sauce Jar

Over the last few years, I have become obsessed with reusing and repurposing things I find around my house. Sure, I have been recycling for 20 years now but finding a new way to use your 'trash' is an even better way to reduce your carbon footprint. One of my favorite items to reuse in the kitchen is a large jar. There are just SO many different ways you can repurpose that jar in other areas of the house. Decorate the lids with washi tape or scraps of material and store beans and rice in them in the pantry. Small jars can be used to store diy … [Read more...]

Rose Petal Sugar Scrub is an easy DIY Mothers Day Gift

This weekend I sent my husband an email at work to remind him to buy his mother a card for Mothers Day. It is approaching rather quickly and I need to figure out what to get my own mom for this special day. Mothers Day isn't something I want my family to make a big deal of. I don't need jewelry or fancy trips or any of the other extremely expensive Mothers Day gift ideas I see advertised recently. All I really want is some time to relax and a few hours to do something fun with my family. I am a simple creature. My ideal way to spend the day … [Read more...]

Lavender Aromatherapy Dough for Natural Stress Relief

Ever have one of those days where the stress of life is weighing you down? Like, if you do not get chocolate or wine or a nap some time very soon you are going to totally snap and end up in a padded room? The last two days for me have been like that for me. With bathroom construction going on and my inlaws in town, I am about one crisis away from a nervous breakdown this week. I decided I needed to do something about my unhealthy stress level before mommy got in the car and drove to Tahiti all by herself. If you have ever wanted to just take … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Garden Markers Spoons

A few months ago I went on a bit of a thrift store shopping spree and found a package of about 30 metal spoons for only $3. Who could resist such a deal, right? I could stop worrying about my kids losing the spoons I put in their lunchbox and have plenty of them left over for a few spoon crafts. I decided that with spring coming I would make these DIY garden markers spoons to keep track of the things I plant in the garden. I have a horrible memory and I find that those little plastic markers that come in the pots from the nursery always seem to … [Read more...]

DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board and Easy Steps for Living Green #BringingInnovation

This DIY Upcycled Cookie Sheet Memo Board project has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BringingInnovation #CollectiveBiasI'm sure that all of you avid bakers out there can commiserate with me over the deplorable state of our cookie sheets. I have a serious love of baking and those little sheets of metal get put to work on a regular basis. While I try to scrub them well after each use, there comes a point in every cookie sheet's life when it must be laid to rest! The same can be said … [Read more...]

How to Make a Wine Bottle Lamp

I am a big fan of the occasional glass of wine and I find myself wondering about how to reuse wine bottles. I especially love the cobalt blue wine bottles that my favorite Riesling comes in at the grocery store. While recycling the wine bottles is a great idea, finding a new use for it is even better. I started researching how to make a wine bottle lamp and found that it is really quite a simple process!When I first started looking into how to make a wine bottle lamp, I searched on Amazon for supplies. I found an incredibly simple and … [Read more...]

Herb Gardening: Essential Herbs for your DIY Beauty Products

One of the things I am most looking forward to about spring is getting a few new herbs into the garden. I love having fresh herbs growing in the back yard. It is so easy to just snip off a tiny bit for your recipe whenever you need them. No need to waste money at the grocery store when you only need a tablespoon or two for your meal! While I love herb gardening for my recipes, I am also excited about herb gardening for my DIY beauty products. Fresh herbs not only make your homemade beauty products smell good, they also have a number of … [Read more...]

Pucker Up with this Raspberry Sugar Scrub for Lips!

Winter is harsh on our lips and some days I feel like I am applying lip balm just about every hour. I am the queen of lip balm....I find them in my pants pockets, in the car, and quite often I find them in the dryer. You could say I am a bit of a lip balm addict, especially in the winter! However, lip balm application is not always enough to keep my lips smooth and soft. And with Valentine's Day fast approaching, we all want soft, kissable lips, right? I might be old and married but I do like a nice kiss from my husband on Valentine's Day! I … [Read more...]

Lavender Oatmeal Bath Bombs for Soft Skin and a Good Night Sleep

Georgia isn't exactly known for it's cold winters and dry air but the minute that heat comes on in the fall, I start battling dry skin. It's a good thing I don't live in Minnesota or my skin would seriously resemble alligator scales by the time spring rolled around again! I have decided that the best way to treat dry skin is to moisturize it multiple times a day. Once is NOT enough, at least for me. That means morning lotion and evening lotion and hand lotion about 15 times a day. I get sick of lotion, to be quite honest! Well, there is another … [Read more...]

DIY Decorative Jar Lids for an Upcycled Valentine’s Day Treat Jar

Valentine's Day isn't really a huge deal in my house. I don't have small children and my teenagers think the holiday is a bit cheesy right now. My husband and I are not particularly the 'romantic' sort of couple. There is no flashy jewelry, trips to the spa or exotic vacations in store for us on Valentine's Day. But, I still want to do something simple for my husband to let him know I love him. He is, of course, the guy that kills cockroaches and unclogs drains. He deserves a little something special now and then! These decorative jar lids are … [Read more...]

Chamomile, Honey and Vanilla Sugar Scrub and a Twinings Tea for every moment!

The last month has been very stressful trying to get ready for the holidays. Every spare moment has been spent either working, shopping, or dealing with an unexpected crisis. There has been very little time for making sure my own needs have been met. I barely found time to eat this month, much less relax or pamper myself. Even finding time to shave my legs or enjoy a cup of tea was tough! But, now that the gifts are open, the parties are over and the baking is done, I can once again take care of ME. First thing on my to do list is to enjoy a … [Read more...]

Your DIY Beauty Pantry: 10 Must Have Ingredients

Over the last couple of years I have become very interested in making my own diy beauty creations. I have made everything from sugar scrubs to homemade mouth wash and overall have been very pleased with the results. Some recipes have come out better than others and I have learned quite a bit along the way. As we move into the new year I would like to encourage everyone to try their hand at a few easy diy beauty recipes,  They are incredibly easy to make and cost only a fraction of what those expensive spa products cost you. Not only will you be … [Read more...]

Orange and Pomegranate Sugar Scrub and a Stress Free Holiday with Sams Club #SimplyHealthy

This sugar scrub recipe and Sams Club shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.We all know that Sams Club is a great place to stock up on huge boxes of cereal for hungry kids and giant bags of chocolate chips for holiday baking. You can find frozen pizzas by the dozen or packages of toilet paper so big you practically need a fork lift to carry them. But, have you ever checked out the produce section of Sams Club? With the chaos of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, there … [Read more...]