Learn how to clean copper mugs with two natural ingredients in this easy cleaning tutorial. Did you know that you can’t leave any moisture in your copper mugs at all, or it will quickly tarnish? You need to very thoroughly dry your copper mugs each and every time you use them. Don’t leave them to […]
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Learn how to make DIY Laundry Crystals scented with essential oils to use as an affordable natural fabric softener alternative. One of the first things we ditched when be began our natural living journey was fabric softener. Not only is it full of all sorts of icky ingredients, but it can really clog up your […]
You clean your home with non-toxic and natural cleaners… what about your jewelry? Learn how to make DIY jewelry cleaners at home using common household ingredients like baking soda, vinegar and olive oil! When buying commercial jewelry cleaner, you will notice that it is full of harsh chemicals intended to make your jewels shine. And […]
Are you searching for a safer mattress for kids that’s also durable and comfortable? Read about our experience with the Essentia Grateful Bed JR mattress. Being a parent is amazing. There are so many bumps and turns and twists and surprises, that you never know what to expect. And it’s different with each child, so […]
Have you ever thought about making a memory quilt from your child’s baby clothes? We’ll show how we stopped putting it off and got our keepsake memory quilts made! My girls aren’t babies anymore. They’re 6 and 8. It’s hard to believe how big they’ve gotten and how fast time has gone by. I’ve been […]
Winter means icy sidewalks and driveways. Learn how to make your very own DIY ice melt using common household ingredients! Winter is coming, and that means soon our driveways, porches and sidewalks will be covered with snow. Soft and fluffy isn’t a problem, but when it turns to ice it can become quite dangerous. […]
I first started brewing kombucha in 2012. It’s hard to believe I started that journey so long ago! Whenever people learn that I brew kombucha at home, they always have a lot of questions about it. The first reaction I get is people wondering how hard it is. One of the best things about brewing […]
Want to learn how to make homemade dishwasher detergent tablets with essential oils? Our DIY dishwasher detergent tabs are natural, easy to make and they work great. Having a dishwasher to clean dishes makes life so much easier. But running out of dishwasher detergent can send you scrambling – because who wants to wash dishes […]
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own. We are officially homeschooling this year! While I’m definitely excited at the flexibility this new journey will bring to our lives, it’s a bit stressful too. F One thing we believe is […]
Tired of toxic air fresheners that cause respiratory issues? You only need 2 ingredients to make these cute DIY air freshener jars! It has been years since we ditched the commercial air fresheners. When you know better, you do better. Fortunately, there are so many safe alternatives these days. Instead of wall plug-ins, we use […]
Learn how to make the best natural Lemon Thyme Carpet Deodorizer in this easy DIY cleaning tutorial. I’m constantly struggling to keep our house feeling fresh and clean. Essential oils make a huge difference in how our home smells overall. I love running a diffuser all of the time to keep the air clean. The […]
Do you have old socks lying around your house and don’t know what to do with them? Check out this list of 12 unique ways to upcycle old socks. If there is one thing you probably have laying around your house right now, it is old socks. I know from experience! I swear the dryer […]
Do you want to know how to use essential oils in your garden? Learn about the best essential oils for gardening and grab some helpful recipes for gardeners. If you are already an essential oil user and a gardener, then this post about the best essential oils for gardening will be just what you’re looking […]
Summer is one of my favorite seasons. School is out and we’re free to live the relaxed lifestyle we enjoy. This means we all stay up later than we do during the school year. I love the quiet of the night, but a lot of family fun can be had at night too. It’s a […]
Lavender is a wonderful beginner gardening herb. Learn how to grow and use lavender in your home. We discuss growing, harvesting, storing and using lavender flowers. Have you ever wanted to learn how to grow and use lavender in your home? It’s easier than you may think. Everyone loves lavender for its refreshing floral scent […]
If you own a Keurig coffee maker and have already purchased their brand solution for cleaning and descaling your machine, then you are aware of two things: The cost for a one-time cleaning is slightly ridiculous. The cleaner smells horrible and definitely isn’t good for you or your family to be drinking any residue from. Many Keurig […]
Whether you’re growing tomatoes in your garden or in pots, one of these seven methods will help you support your growing tomato plants. If you’re new to growing tomatoes, you may not know what to expect. If you have grown tomatoes for years, then you know how heavy the limbs can become once the tomatoes […]
Are your backyard chickens bored, noisy and destructive? Learn how to keep your chickens busy and happy with these tips and tricks. If you have backyard chickens, then you can probably relate to our plight. Every year when Spring rolls around, I forget just how noisy chickens can be when the sun comes up. Our […]
This Garden Journal for kids is a great way to teach your family about gardening. Get the tips for using these free printable pages in your homeschool curriculum. Being able to interact with what they’re learning about makes everything more fun and impactful for children. Since one of the lessons that we try to impart […]
Learn how to make an easy all purpose cleaner with natural ingredients. This simple recipe uses 3 ingredients to create an effective natural cleaning spray. Have you ever made a DIY All Purpose Cleaner with Citrus Peels? If not, you should give it a try! Keeping as many harmful chemicals as possible out of the […]
Is your couch or car upholstery in need of a little TLC? This homemade upholstery cleaner will remove stains and help sterilize the area too! Over the past few years, I’ve worked very hard to switch to all natural cleaners, most of them homemade. Until recently, I had not tried to create a homemade upholstery […]
Do you love making homemade cleaning products? Then you’ll love this DIY natural shower cleaner. It’s easy to make and works great for tubs and tile too. I’m so glad you made it to check out my homemade shower cleaner recipe! You’re going to love the results it gives you! Confession time. I have never been […]
Learn how to make the best DIY toilet bombs to keep your toilet smelling fresh and clean in this easy cleaning tutorial Cleaning the toilet is one of the most dreaded household chores there is – at least for me. Fortunately, I have found a way to keep the toilet smelling fresh even in between […]
Are you looking for the best DIY alternative to Pledge, Liquid Gold or Old English to clean the wood in your home? This easy natural homemade furniture polish recipe with essential oils is easy to make and it works great. When I was a kid, Pledge was a staple in our house. I did a […]
Hi, my name is Chrystal and I have a problem. I hoard tea. My enormous stash of tea was taking up an entire shelf in our pantry. It was throwing madness into our kitchen organization and my husband was starting to get frustrated with how boxes of tea seemed to pour out of the cabinet […]
Are the egg shells of the backyard chickens you’re raising healthy and strong? If not, you may need to start feeding them extra calcium. Follow this easy tutorial to learn how to make this DIY egg shell calcium. A few months back, something dreadful happened with our backyard chickens. I discovered not one, but two […]
Raising backyard chickens is a great idea for most families! Learn the reasons why every home should have a chicken coop and get ideas on how to get started. Have you thought about raising backyard chickens for your family? It has been one of the best decisions we have made for our family! There are […]
Learn how to make the best homemade window cleaner with natural ingredients. This streak free solution works for both indoor and outdoor glass! I love making my own natural homemade cleaners like this homemade window cleaner recipe. Making your own cleaners is so much better for your health than using the store bought stuff, which […]
Are you looking for DIY pest control tips that work? Learn to use essential oils to deter common bugs and insects from your home. Spring and summer are the worst time for pests, when their numbers are high and they begin looking for new sources of food and shelter. It is important to use do […]
Learn how to clean your microfiber cloth, couch and other furniture with our best cleaning tips and tricks. Microfiber cloths are pretty much standard these days. Since microfiber isn’t biodegradable, we do our best to keep ours clean to extend their lives. The same goes for microfiber couches. Every mother’s nightmare is looking at her microfiber […]
Thank you Amazon Kindle for sponsoring this post. Celebrate National Reading Month with your children by signing up for a 30-day free trial of FreeTime Unlimited. Did you know that March is National Reading Month? I have always loved reading, and it’s very important to me that my daughters develop a love of reading too. […]
If you’re planning your next garden, you’re probably thinking about buying seeds. I put together a list of 21 seed companies that will send you a free catalog to help with your gardening plans. It’s time to start planning your garden! Part of planning is deciding what you’re going to grow, and what brand of […]
Wondering what to do with that leftover pickle juice? Check out the many benefits of and uses for pickle brine beyond drinking it. Pickles make for a tasty snack and condiment, but have you ever cringed pouring the leftover pickle juice down the sink? It seems like such a waste, doesn’t it? Pickle juice has […]
Do you usually toss those little silica gel packets that come in shoe boxes and other new products? Learn how to reuse them instead with these 8 little known uses for silica gel packets. Silica Gel packets. You know, those little pouches we find in things like shoe boxes, toys, containers and other items that are purchased […]
If you’re looking for handmade Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas, check out our list of 7 unique ideas. You’ll find simple gifts for her or him, friends, co-workers and teachers. As the Valentine’s Day season approaches, why not consider giving a handmade gift this year? Handmade gifts are more personal, and can really show your friend […]
A fresh flower bouquet can bring so much to the decor of your home! Learn the reasons why you should always have flowers on display at home. Although many people enjoy getting fresh flowers, few take the time to put them in their homes on a regular basis. They pass right by them in the […]
Are you intimidated by growing cauliflower in your garden? Use these tips to hone your gardening skills and, with some work, you’ll have hearty cauliflower plants in no time. Not a lot of gardeners are comfortable with growing cauliflower, partly because it is not commonly found in seed or starter plants and also because they […]
Do you drink Crystal Light, thinking it’s healthier than soda? Find out why you should not drink Crystal Light and learn about a natural alternative. We all care about our health and want to make the best decisions possible, right? One decision people often make when trying to get their health on track is to […]
I delved into baking homemade bread a couple of years ago (you can check out my recipes for honey wheat and pull apart loaves). With everything else that I have going on, I just couldn’t maintain a routine of baking bread every week. While it’s a simple enough process, it’s very time consuming with all of the […]
Learn how to deter snakes from your yard and garden with these tips and tricks. The easiest way to deter snakes from your yard is to move Ireland. The legend is that St. Patrick somehow chased them all away. Since the majority of us don’t live in Ireland, we need some better solutions for those […]
Learn how to get rid of ants in the kitchen with our easy pest control tips and tricks. When you think of household pests, ants are at or near the top of most homeowner’s lists. When you have an ant problem, you learn to deal with new levels of frustration. Getting rid of these ants, […]
Learn how to make compost for your garden soil in this gardening guide for beginners. Grow beautiful produce at home by composting yard and kitchen waste. Building a compost pile is the first step in creating the material you need to keep your garden growing and producing. When you are able to provide garden beds […]
Aluminum foil is something most houses have in the kitchen cabinet. Learn how to use this household staple in unique ways with our tips and life hacks. Aluminum foil is an amazingly useful tool to have in your home. Sure, it is great for covering baked goods and for delivering those delicious casseroles out of […]
Do you want to avoid genetically modified corn and other GMO ingredients? Learn about the 5 best organic and non-GMO alternatives to cornstarch. Growing up, we always had a yellow container of cornstarch in our cabinet (the one with the blue lid). It was used in many dishes and we liked to use it for […]
If you’re growing tomatoes in your garden and you’re getting an early frost, you may be wondering what to do. Learn how to ripen green tomatoes indoors with this easy method. Winter has a tendency to arrive early here in the mountains. Some years, we get snow as early as September and we’re in a […]
Learn how to raise meat chickens, including tips to minimize kids’ attachment, choosing breeds, what to feed them and when to move them to a coop. When we got our first flock of chickens, it was because we wanted to start raising chickens for eggs. We had so much success raising egg-laying chickens that we […]
Apple cider vinegar is such a versatile tool in our home! We use it in the kitchen, in the bathroom, in DIY projects, with our chickens and more! Vinegar has many uses, and my cabinet is always stocked with a variety of different types of vinegar. I love apple cider vinegar for many reasons. It […]
Raising mealworms is an affordable way to have protein packed treats for your backyard chickens. Learn how to breed mealworms for chicken food with this inexpensive DIY project. When we decided to get chickens, I knew I wanted to make it as easy and affordable as possible. The costs of non-GMO feed can really add […]
Kombucha likes warm weather. It does best at around 80° F. When I first started brewing Kombucha, it was still relatively warm out. Now that we have snow on the ground, it’s chillier in my house and I have no plans on keeping it heated to 80° F in here. I have noticed that it […]
One of the best gifts for grandparents is simply time spent with their grandkids. That doesn’t mean they don’t like receiving presents from their granddaughters and grandsons though! If you’re shopping for grandma or grandpa, we’ve put together a list of 20 gift ideas for grandparents to help you out. Whether it’s a cute shirt, […]
Do you know how safe your city’s water is to drink? We always filter our water to be sure it’s as pure as possible. There are many water filters to choose from, but one of the most reputable is Berkey Water Filters. We have the Berkey shower head filter (amazing – my hair has never […]
Tomatoes seem to be a very common thing for people to have on their garden, so I want to provide one more tutorial on canning (see the previous chicken stock tutorial). Tomatoes are relatively easy to can, and you can use them for a variety of things like soups, chili, sauces and more – so […]
Having the right tools for preserving food at home is important. Learn how to choose food canning supplies including storage ideas in this beginner’s guide. Growing up, we never canned our own food even though we had a nice-sized garden. I was actually introduced to the idea of canning our food by my husband, Brian, […]
If you want a non-toxic bathing experience, you need a shower filter! Learn why we use a Berkey Shower Head Filter along with natural beauty products for a chemical free clean. I have been thinking lately about how careful I am about the ingredients used in every skin care, personal care and cosmetic product used […]
If you’re looking to make eco-friendly choices, switch to a reusable water bottle. Learn why glass water bottles are a safer drinking choice than plastic or stainless steel. We try very hard not to use plastic water bottles. Over the last couple years, we have gotten very good about carrying our reusable water bottles with […]
Swiffer pads make cleaning floors so easy and convenient, but they’re disposable and terrible for the environment. Learn about one reusable alternative to Swiffers! I preach living a toxin-free lifestyle, so every time I whipped out my Swiffer to clean the floors, a pang of guilt would engulf me. Not only was I coating my […]