8 Ways to Use Essential Oils Without a Diffuser (plus a way to get 3 free bottles!)

By Ann Timm, Contributing Writer Do you love essential oils, but you’re not ready to spend a whole lot of money on them yet? I hear you. When I first started using oils a number of years back, I was really intrigued by the idea of how they worked, but not so keen to fork out $40-$100 on a diffuser to go along with the already somewhat pricey oils. For those who can’t afford to (or don’t want to) buy a diffuser, but still want to experience their […]

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 […]

Save Money with Perennials In Your Flower Garden

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer I love flowers. But if I try to stick to a budget when gardening, I’d rather focus my spending on vegetables that will feed my family instead of flowers. To stretch my flower gardening budget, I choose perennials because they’ll come back year after year – and they’ll multiply. How to save money with perennials This is the perfect time of year to search for perennial sales at your local garden center. Greenhouses want to sell their merchandise before the […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 2

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer Did you miss Part 1 of How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything? Go right on over HERE to read it. It will give you some fantastic information about: Why we preserve food The 7 types of food preservation A note about safety How to choose which method of preparation to use Tips for getting equipped to start preserving But today, I want to share with you just a few of my favorite preserving websites, recipes, tutorials, resources and inspirations! Handy How-To’s […]

How to Preserve {Pretty Much} Anything: Part 1

By Kresha Faber, Contributing Writer It’s nearly August, that time of year when zucchini show up unannounced on your doorstep, peaches are offered for sale by the bushel, and tomatoes proliferate. Needless to say, it’s a time of bounty, when everything is growing great gonzos, so it’s the time of year when every year I feel underprepared for processing and dealing with all the delicious food that is at the height of flavor and nutrition. Thus, about two years ago, I started compiling all of […]

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 […]

The Best Tips for Using Oils on Face and Hair

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer When I was growing up, the advice we received on skin and hair care was to avoid oil as an ingredient at all costs. This advice wasn’t all bad. Many conventional moisturizers contained mineral oil. A non-plant based oil, mineral oil can clog the pores and lead to breakouts.  To counteract the breakouts caused by products containing mineral oil, we used products that were “oil-free.” Unfortunately, products that were oil-free dried out our skin, which then produced more oil, so we ended […]

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 […]