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, […]

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 […]

17 Awesome Ways to Use Castile Soap

As a busy wife and mom, I’m a pretty big fan of multi-use products and that makes liquid castile soap a staple in my house. I started using it many years ago. First, I tried it as body wash and liked it. Then I used it for my kids skin and hair, and was more won over. Eventually I learned to use it for household cleaning and was completely sold. Since then, I just keep finding more and more uses for this versatile soap. Castile soap originated […]

Natural First Aid for Summer Ailments

By Elsie Callender, Contributing Writer It’s pretty much impossible to go through a summer and not come out the other end with a colorful array of scrapes, scars, burns, and bites. These things are just as much a part of the season as ice cream and paperback books. The welts on your legs from jellyfish stings mark the long days you spent at the beach; the rash crawling up your arm is the badge you earned picking fresh berries. But while these injuries and ailments blend […]

How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

This post was originally published in June of 2008, but this topic is always an important one as the days grow longer and the summer sun returns each year! I have a small list of things I never thought I would make myself, and sunscreen happens to be on that list. It feels good to prove myself wrong, and realize that yet another product that felt so elusive and out-of-reach to me is actually dead easy to make. Last week, a friend and I gathered in my […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer If you were to search my Pinterest boards, you’d see a lot of DIY  recipes for healthy living. Homemade soap, salves, cleaners, beauty products – you name it, I’ve pinned it. But I’ll let you in on a little secret … I don’t make most of the recipes I pin. At one point, that would have stressed me out so much. I would have viewed it as one big, overwhelming, never-ending to-do list. Now, I do DIY a lot of stuff. Pretty […]