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11 Simple, Homemade Giftsby  

 As 2011 comes to an end, we’re sharing helpful lists to help you save money, stay healthy, get organized, creatively repurpose, frugally gift-give, intentionally celebrate and more in our “11 Things for 2011” series throughout these holiday months. Written by... Read More

Save Money by Culturing Foods with DIY Starters (and Cultures for Health Giveaway!)by  

Many of us know the health benefits of eating cultured and fermented foods, but buying pre-made yogurt, kefir, sourdough breads, kombucha and the like can cost a pretty penny. Did you know that these health-boosting cultured foods can be easily... Read More

Frugal and Homemade Mother’s Day Giftsby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Mothers work hard for many, many years. Because of how hard our mothers work, it is natural to want to break the budget and spend a small fortune, just to show we care. Thankfully,... Read More

Making Homemade Yogurtby  

Written by Emily, Contributing Writer I've been making homemade yogurt for just about two years now, and I love the convenience, quality, and savings of making yogurt at home. Yogurt is one of the most basic traditional foods, and even... Read More

How to Make Water Kefirby  

Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer What is water kefir? Water kefir is a lacto-fermented beverage made with water kefir grains and sugar water. It is easy (and relatively quick) to make, and provides an abundance of probiotics to improve... Read More

Making Homemade Hard Lotion with a DIY Lotion and Lip Balm Kitby  

Last summer, I told you how a hard lotion bar helped my eczema, and gave me back my dry hands. More than 6 months later, I still loving using my hard lotion bars. My only problem is that I'm really... Read More

Non-Toxic Cleaners You Can Make at Homeby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Advertisers everywhere proclaim the germ fighting power of chemical-filled cleaners. Many would have us believe that there is no way to clean and disinfect without a chemical product. And doesn’t every good mother want... Read More

Finding Freedom with Flexible Routinesby  

Written by Stacey T, Contributing Writer Does a “flexible routine” sound like an oxymoron?  Should “freedom” and “routine” exist in the same sentence? Routines can be pegged as being boring, rigid and stiff.  But a little planning and creative thinking... Read More

Starting Traditions as a Young Familyby  

When you first get married and have children, the holidays take on new meaning. Maybe you have memories of awesome traditions you had growing up (opening a present the night before Christmas, going caroling, having a big dinner with Grandma... Read More

Homemade and Frugal Christmas Ideasby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer Christmas is coming…soon!  It’s a huge, commercial, and expensive holiday. Many families spend well over $1000, and some far more than that, on Christmas presents and paraphernalia every year.  For families who are trying... Read More

Holiday Card Making with Kids Using Recycled and Re-Purposed Materialsby  

Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer It never ceases to amaze me just how much joy a simple act of kindness can bring. A thoughtful card often takes very little effort, yet provides so much encouragement. Taking the time to... Read More

Preserving Summer’s Bounty: Making and Canning Applesauce with Kidsby  

Written by Kate Tietje, Contributing Writer In the last couple of weeks, the temperatures have gotten cooler. Fall is definitely on its way. One of our favorite family activities in the fall is apple picking, which leaves us with tons... Read More

Safe & All Natural Beauty Products You Can Make at Homeby  

By Angela Beery, Contributing Writer Have you ever wondered exactly what ingredients your beauty products are made of? Are you sure that the ingredients in your beauty products are safe? Many of us have never stopped to consider the ingredients... Read More

29 Ways to Reduce Waste in Your Home (and Save Money While You’re At It)by  

Image by rezlab 1. Cloth diaper your baby. 2. Buy in bulk whenever possible. 3. Shop with an eye for packaging, and try to buy only products with minimal or recyclable packaging. 4. Compost your kitchen scraps. (Or try worm... Read More

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