Thrift Store Treasures and a DIY Washi Tape Picture Frame

I have been spending the last couple of weeks browsing around a few thrift stores and antique shops in my area. I love finding second hand treasures at affordable prices. The first few places I went to were 'antique shops' and I found that the prices were much higher than I was willing to spend. I like old things...I just don't want to spend a fortune on them just because they are OLD. I also don't want to buy things that I am just going to look at. I find that most antique shops have things that you would not actually use...old dolls, delicate … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Avocado Hair Mask for Dry Hair

The weather is finally cooling off and the humidity is dropping. I actually turned the heat on in the house for the first time this morning to get rid of the chill. With the onset of winter and dry air comes dry hair and skin as well. My daughter's very thick and wavy hair is tough to tame and the change in weather means her dry hair starts to frizz out of control. She has a tendency to tame her hair with a pony tail most days of the week but she gets a little tired of that look every once in a while!If you are trying to tackle your own … [Read more...]

Lavender Honey Milk Bath Recipe

If you suffer from dry skin, this lavender honey milk bath recipe is just what you need. As we move from summer into fall I am excited for the temperatures to drop. One thing I am NOT looking forward to is the dry skin that comes with turning the heat on in the house. The minute the air outside starts to cool off and I have to turn my heat on I start getting dry and itchy. Milk baths are a great way to pamper your skin so that MAYBE you won't end up itchy and dry this winter! If you enjoy making your own bath products, check out my oatmeal bath … [Read more...]

Upcycled Craft Ideas: Twine Wrapped Bottle Centerpiece

I'm always looking for upcycled craft ideas and since we have plenty of leftover beer and wine bottles in the house, this one sounded like fun. Upcycled crafts ideas are great because you take something old that no one really needs and turn it into something pretty! I had bought a huge roll of hemp twine a few weeks ago for only $10 at Michael's (even less since I used a coupon!). Toss in the cost of the bottles (FREE!), some glue and a few decorative accessories and you have a DIY centerpiece for very little money out of pocket.When I … [Read more...]

Recycled Craft Idea: Make these easy CD coasters!

Last week my husband came home from work and told me he had brought me home a GIFT! YAY for gifts, right? Was it diamonds? Chocolate? Maybe a trip to a spa? Nope, my husband brought me home a stack of old CDs from work that were about to be thrown in the trash! Well, at least my 'live green' message is getting through to somebody, right? Since I now had a stack of old CDs to use, I started to look through recycled craft ideas on Pinterest to figure out what do do with them. You would be amazed at how many recycled crafts there are on the … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Mojito Foot Scrub Recipe

Things have been very stressful the last couple of weeks as I prepare to head out on vacation. I am running around trying to get the dog's vet records updated, buying food for our trip, and getting the garden squared away the best I can. My feet are tired and I have not painted my pore nails in weeks. Needless to say, before I hit the beach or even think about putting on a pair of sandals my feet need some serious pampering. Nothing helps relax me and get my feet flip flop ready more than a nice foot scrub! When I was trying to come up with a … [Read more...]

Using Ziploc Bags for DIY Oatmeal Packets

I am compensated for the articles I write for SC Johnson but all opinions expressed here are my own.Have you ever gone to the grocery store and seen those boxes of instant oatmeal packets? Next time you are in the cereal isle, I encourage you to check them out. Look at the price compared to a large tub of plain oatmeal. Flip over the package and take a look at the ingredients. Do you know what all of those ingredients really are? Making your own homemade oatmeal packets is a great way to save money and eat healthier. I decided to put … [Read more...]

How to Plant a Teabag Garden

This discussion about how to plant a Teabag Garden has been sponsored. Ever have one of those days where the teenagers are belligerent, the dog escapes from the yard, and your dishwasher decides to start leaking all over your kitchen floor? I seem to have those days an awful lot! At the end of such a day I look forward to a cup of tea, usually accompanied by something in the chocolate family. Using teabags in the garden is a great way for me to reduce the carbon footprint of my teabags!A mug of hot chamomile tea can be the … [Read more...]

Best Natural Remedies for Headaches and Migraines

Looking for the best natural remedies for headaches and migraines?  There are many natural headache remedies that really work, depending on the type of headache you suffer from.  This post has been sponsored.  All opinions are my own.Getting Rid of Headaches Naturally I have always suffered from frequent headaches. Sometimes I feel like I have more headache days in a month than NON headache days! This gets extremely frustrating since I don't get much accomplished when my head is throbbing. It also makes me very irritable … [Read more...]

All Natural DIY Pain Relieving Salve

Spring is finally here and with the warm weather comes lots of planting. Gardening is not always easy work and after a day of turning soil, lugging around bags of compost, and bending over to plant seeds my entire body is usually one gigantic knot of muscle pain. I have been buying Tiger Balm for years but have you seen the size of those tiny containers? Yeah, the stuff works really well but it's expensive if you need more than just a finger full of pain relieving salve on your aching body. I decided to try my hand at making my own DIY pain … [Read more...]

Almond Joy Coffee Creamer Recipe

I received free product samples for use in this almond joy coffee creamer recipe but all opinions expressed here are my own.Once upon a time, I didn't like coffee. Shocking, huh? You can blame my husband for my current java addiction. He got tired of drinking his morning coffee alone and encouraged me to start drinking it with him. Of course, I love adding plenty of cream and sugar to mine and have a serious weakness for flavored coffee creamers. I could go to Starbucks for my caffeine fix but that would have me broke in no time. I decided … [Read more...]

Homemade Vapor Rub Recipe to Clear Congestion Naturally

This homemade vapor rub recipe will help you clear congestion naturally, with no artificial chemicals. With the winter in full swing, cold and flu viruses run rampant through many households. My daughter has had a cough and head congestion off and on for what seems like months. I remember when I was a kid my mom would slather that mentholated petroleum jelly under my nose and on my chest to help clear up congestion. Eucalyptus is great for clearing a stuffy head but I could do without the petroleum based products all over my skin. This simple … [Read more...]

DIY Natural Bath Products: Bathtub Teabags

Time spent in the bathtub is more than just time spent getting clean. For me, taking a bath is usually therapeutic. Sometimes I am trying to clear a stuffy head, sooth sore muscles or just relax with a glass of wine as I attempt to ignore the chaos that is my life. I love natural bath products...in fact I am beginning to think it is an addiction of sorts. Is there a Bath Products Anonymous group I should be joining? "Hello, my name is Diane and I spend way too much money on stuff to put in my bathtub water." I have to be very careful of the … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Lemon and Rosemary Salt Hand Scrub

My hands get abused on a fairly regular basis. Between cooking, cleaning and gardening it is sometimes embarrassing to have people see my hands. Don't get me started on the smell that can linger behind after peeling garlic or crumbling blue cheese! If your hands take just as much of a beating as mine this homemade hand scrub will make a world of difference!I used a coarsely ground Kosher salt for this hand scrub but you could also use Epsom salts if you have those around. The key is to have a relatively large grain and plain table salt … [Read more...]

Eco Friendly Drawer Organizing Ideas

I am probably not the only person in the world who has what I lovingly call 'the junk drawer'. It is filled with everything from elastic bands and loose paper clips to nail files and electrical outlet covers. My children are teenagers and I still have those plastic covers that go over electrical sockets. Yeah, I would say it is way past time to clean out the junk drawer, right? I am always scouring the web for creative organizing ideas and I came across I Heart Organizing. What an awesome source of information and ideas! Surely she had some way … [Read more...]

Easy Mason Jar Craft: Powdered Sugar Dispenser

I tried my hand at canning blueberries a couple months back and while it was fun and relatively easy to do I am not sure I will be doing it again any time soon. Without an inexpensive source of fruit it is rather pricy to do it yourself. My backyard garden rarely produces enough of anything to have extra for canning and there are not a lot of pick your own produce places in metro Atlanta. I now have tons of mason jars and have started looking around at mason jar crafts to see what I can do with them.I love dusting the things I bake with … [Read more...]

Mint Chocolate Chip Homemade Lip Balm

This homemade lip balm post contains affiliate links. This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies to contribute to my blogging adventure!On our journey to living a greener and healthier life we need to consider not only what we put INTO our bodies but what we put ONTO them as well. Traditional beauty products often contain a number of ingredients that I honestly cannot even pronounce...and I have a science degree! If I don't know what it is, I am not sure I want to be slathering it all over my … [Read more...]

DIY Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Scrub

This sugar scrub post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on the link and purchase an item I will receive a few pennies to put towards my blogging adventure!One of the things I enjoy most about fall is the traditional fall scents. Seasonal foods for fall include things like apples, pumpkins and sweet potatoes and spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves go perfectly with them. I like to bring those scents in other parts of the house as well and that includes my beauty routine. This homemade Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Scrub will … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Wooden Bird Feeder

This post has been sponsored by SC Johnson but all opinions expressed are my own.My children’s favorite treats during the summer are ice and yogurt pops. As a result, we end up with an awful lot of wooden sticks by the time September rolls around. In an effort to reuse as much as possible, I give the sticks a good rinse and store them in my art bag for future crafts. One project that caught my eye this month was this easy, DIY wooden bird feeder. Bird watching is a favorite hobby at my house and a great learning experience for kids to help … [Read more...]