Helping Your Kids Give Great Gifts {Giving Healthy and Thoughtful Presents}

When we realized that Christmas had become commercialized in our home, it inspired us to start helping our kids give great gifts. Here’s our story.

How to Do a Facial Steam with Essential Oils

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve enjoyed giving myself the occasional “spa night.” I would pick a night when I didn’t have any lingering chores–or competition for the bathroom–and set the scene for a relaxing, pampering experience. Spa night usually involved a bath with some special bath salts or sugar scrub I’d received as a birthday gift, plus an edible treat, a good book (usually an Agatha Christie mystery), and perhaps toenail painting afterwards. I also liked to […]

20 Holiday Essential Oil Diffuser Recipes That Will Fill Your Home with Cheer

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer This time of year, the sense of home and holiday cheer is SO tied in with the smells of the season. That pumpkin pie baking in the oven… The smell of hot cocoa rising from your mug after a hike through the snow…. That fresh Christmas tree scent of a tree that was just brought in from outdoors…. Now, despite the fact that I recently compiled and published a printable guide on how to use essential oils safely, the one […]

Nighttime Body Butter for Dry Winter Skin

Guest post by Whitney Cornelison of Beauty In the Mess A chill is in the air. While I love cooler weather, cold weather and I don’t get along. With four children who like to pass germs around, I wash my hands constantly. This leads to dry, cracked, hurting hands. Ouch! I have invested lots of money in lotions and remedies to soothe my poor hands. (And disappointed in most.) I’ve found the best solution is one I can make at home! It’s also great for dry, […]

Peppermint Detox Bath Soak

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer Why don’t I do this more often? That’s what I ask myself on those rare occasions when I decide to take a bath. Baths aren’t the most practical for getting clean quick. Taking one requires us to slow down, to carve out time for ourselves. Even though many of us would say we reserve our evenings for relaxation, we’re still too occupied to consider spending twenty minutes soaking in the tub! For my part, after supper I often attempt to […]

How to Make Garlic Ear Oil to Treat an Ear Infection

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Garlic is well-known for it’s strong antibiotic properties. Useful in treating colds, flus, sore throats, and poor digestion, garlic is also antiseptic, antimicrobial, and antibacterial. As you probably know, garlic appears in many home remedies. It is one of the essential ingredients to have on hand when creating your natural home pharmacy. I especially enjoy using garlic to make a garlic poultice which is helpful in administering garlic to those who can’t stand the flavor or have an upset stomach and can’t swallow much of […]

The Great Pumpkin: 5 Ways to Enjoy the Season with Real Pumpkins

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer This October, you can embrace the fall season with pumpkins – and not just your pumpkin spice latte. Instead of focusing on a spooky Halloween, real pumpkins look great – and they’re the source of a lot of family fun. If you’re ready to enjoy fall with the Great Pumpkin, here are 5 different ideas: Visit a pumpkin patch If pumpkins can be grown in your part of the world, try to find a pumpkin patch to visit. Many pumpkin patches […]

What? You Want a Box of Baking Soda?

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer “Mom, where’s the baking soda?” I got a heartfelt laugh the other night when one of my daughters bounded into my bedroom asking for baking soda. I was a bit confused as she had been getting ready for bed a short while before. “What, are you baking this time of night?” I teased. My little teenager scoffed, “No mom, I’m washing my face! I found this recipe on Pinterest!” Whoa! After a few minutes of recovery from the shock of […]