DIY Skin Soothing Salve

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  By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer Living in the Central Oregon high desert, certain things are a given. There’s always, always a week of beautiful spring weather in April that you just can’t get used to because it’s inevitably followed by six weeks of cold. Summer is construction season and any road can be a target, no matter how remote. And as soon as winter hits, the dry climate and cold temperatures mean chapped, irritated skin. For years, I thought dry, irritated skin was inevitable. Click To […]

How to Make Your Own Furniture Polish

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By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Always one to look for safe and simple ways to clean my home, I was really excited to finally discover a homemade recipe for furniture polish. For years I had used aerosol dusting sprays, simply because it was the way I had been taught to dust. Only after I started making healthier choices and greening my cleaning did I search for a recipe for homemade furniture polish. What I found and tweaked is so.very.simple. Really. As you start preparing for holiday get-togethers […]

Simple DIY Hand Sanitizer

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  By Leigh Ann Dutton, Contributing Writer I’m not a germaphobe. I think dirt is good, and I like to keep beneficial bacteria around. I believe these things strengthen the immune system, which is especially helpful as we come upon cold and flu season yet again. Needless to say, I’m not running around wiping everything clean 24/7, rubbing hand sanitizer on my children’s hands at the drop of a hat, or refusing to enter the public domain for the next six months. We can’t avoid every […]

Our Journey to Simple Living (and How to Begin Your Own)

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Guest post by Elsie Callender  “What can I take to Heaven when I die?” I asked my mom, back when I wore dresses and pigtails every day, and my collection of American Girl Doll accessories was small, but precious. “Nothing. You don’t take anything with you when you die,” Mom gave me the truth, straight up. Surely… “What if I have things in my pockets?” “Nope.” “What if I’m holding my blankie?” “No, your blankie will stay here.” I reluctantly accepted this, yet my first […]

How to Pit and Freeze Sweet Cherries & 18 Unique Cherry Recipes

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By Emily McClements, Contributing Writer One of our family’s most favorite things to do in the summer is to visit local U-pick farms and spend the day enjoying the beauty and bounty of God’s creation. We have fun and work together as a family, and we leave with fruit-stained fingers and boxes full of the most delicious fruit to eat and preserve to use throughout the rest of the year. One of our favorite fruits to pick in the summer is cherries. We prefer sweet cherries […]

Top 8 Essential Oils for Home Use

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Guest post by Nina Nelson There are some crazes I steer as far away from as possible. Beanie Baby collections? Nah. Mullets? Shudder. Any comeback of ’90s fashion? No thanks. But essential oils? I’m shouting from the rooftops how much I love them. (OK, so mostly I’m just casually talking about them from my little corner of the web – I am an introvert, after all). Why am I so in love with essential oils? First, they’re a natural alternative to so many synthetic options. […]

25 Pantry Staples for Last Minute Meals

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Image by Larry Hoffman Guest Post by Kate Tietje There’s nothing worse than looking at the clock and realizing you need to have dinner on the table, soon. Only you have no idea what to make.  (Hmm…pantry staples to the rescue!) It happens to all of us.  Some more often than others! With some simple pantry staples, though, you’ll never get caught off guard again.  Sure, dinner may not be fancy.  But it will be healthy, it will be quick, and it will not require […]

Growing and Using Fresh Mint

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photo credit By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer If you are someone who has always believed you’ve got a brown thumb, I’d encourage you to try your hand at growing fresh mint. Mint is a prolific grower and therefore it is hard to screw it up. Mint isn’t picky about sunlight. While it prefers a cool, moist spot in the yard, it will do fine in full sun. When picking out a mint to grow, all varieties do equally well. While I prefer the classic taste of […]