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 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 […]

10 DIY Gifts to Make for Kids

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Looking to avoid the commercialism of the holidays? Want to give a gift that is fun yet meaningful? Feeling crafty? I’ve rounded up 10 DIY gifts to make for kids. Some of these will require some basic sewing skills, but all of these are easy to whip up with inexpensive supplies. Games and Activities Handmade Memory Game  This handmade memory game has so many possibilities for personalization! Not to mention, this classic game provides plenty of entertainment for kiddos of all […]

The Wonderful World of Herbs (Herbal Academy Review & Giveaway!)

I’ve loved herbs ever since I first started learning about them. We try to avoid pharmaceuticals as much as possible in our family, and beyond eating real, whole, nourishing foods and avoiding toxins and chemicals as much as possible, we use herbs (and other supplements) to boost our health and treat illnesses, as much as possible. My study and love of herbs began about 5 or 6 years ago, and since that time, I have gradually built a small library of herbal resources, read about […]

Kid DIY Craft Ideas for the Home

By Rachel, Contributing Writer  When you have young children, it’s fun to have them help with decorating the house. And, no, I don’t mean coloring the walls with crayons–but getting them involved with crafts. My kids, 5 and 6, love making things, whether it’s with Legos, creating story books with white paper and pencils or coloring. And they also love when I make the time to make crafts with them. Countless times we have made Christmas or Mother’s Day gifts. Crafts are my go-to gifts […]

Family Craft: Hand-painted Mugs

By Stacy, Contributing Writer When the cold days of winter seem to drag on, a family craft can be a welcome distraction. Yes, crafts can be messy, and even a little chaotic, but the act of working together to create something beautiful is fun and fulfilling (as long as you keep things fairly simple). Besides being simple, the nice thing about making hand-painted mugs is that the end product is useful and not just clutter (which, let’s face it, some crafts are)! How to paint […]