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Natural Garbage Disposal Cleaner and Deodorizer

I recently created this natural garbage disposal cleaner and deodorizer recipe to freshen my stinky garbage disposal. It is all-natural and it works really well. Enjoy!


I have never lived in a home with a garbage disposal until recently.

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Learn to Grow Fennel for Food, Health, and Pleasure

Growing fennel is easy! Whether you’re growing it for bulb, leaf, or both, it can be direct seeded into your garden after your last frost. You can even grow it in a pot if you are short on space.


We’re planting a lot of fennel this year. I’ve been … Read the rest

Natural Treatments for Tinnitus (Ringing in the Ears)

If you are searching for a natural treatment for tinnitus, you’re in the right place. Several causes for tinnitus mean several approaches to natural treatment.


Does the spring mean an increase in ringing in your ears? For many, the time of year that others enjoy the arrival of green … Read the rest

Five Essential Oils Great For Springtime DIY Projects

In Spring I use cedarwood essential oil for my scalp and breathing problems. Lavender, geranium, and these other essential oils are also great this time of year.


Spring is just around the corner!

At least that’s what I tell myself when I see another week of snow in the … Read the rest

Relaxing Detox Bath with Red Clay and Epsom Salt

After a long day, there is nothing I love more than a relaxing detox bath. I enjoy taking plain baths but I really love the luxury of taking an aromatic detox bath!


I use the term “aromatic” to refer to any bath that imparts an aroma. Whether relaxing, … Read the rest

How To Make The Best Fizzing & Spinning Bath Bombs

One of the best parts of using spinning bath bombs is watching how it spins and colors the water. The secret to making them spin is simple. Here’s a great recipe!


I’ve made (and sold) more bath bombs in the past six months than in the past 10 years. … Read the rest

Energizing Mocha Latte Aromatherapy Roller Bottle Blend

I love cold-pressed coffee essential oil. It smells warm and energizing, just like a fresh brewed cup of coffee. So I made this mocha latte aromatherapy blend. Enjoy!


Anyone feel like you just can’t get enough caffeine these days?

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DIY Drawer Fresheners for Naturally Fresh Clothes

I love pulling fresh and clean smelling clothes out of the drawer. So I came up with this DIY Eucalyptus drawer freshener recipe that delivers fresh smelling clothes without any synthetic, chemical fragrances.


Drawer Freshener Done DIY and Natural

I know I’m not the only person who loves freshly … Read the rest

Grow Microgreens: A Treat for Frustrated Gardeners

I’ve been growing microgreens here for a few weeks to keep myself sane. The songbirds have returned to Ohio and the fishing worms are popping up on the driveway. It won’t be long now before I’m back outside, but until then I’ll have something fresh and green to eat.

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Soothing Homemade Rose & Oatmeal Bath Soak Recipe


One of my favorite ways to pamper myself is with a long soak in the bath. Since Valentine’s Day is coming up, I wanted to make myself an extra special recipe.

I like to make custom bath soaks based on my mood and skin needs. It is so easy … Read the rest

Learn How To Make Your Own Essential Oils


If you’ve ever used essential oils you know they can be expensive. And sometimes it can be difficult to find the ones you want.

Did you know you can make your own?

Essential oils are the volatile oils extracted from plants (or other sources), typically through steam distillation. You … Read the rest

5 Toxic Cleaning Products & 5 DIY Natural Substitutes


Every new year, I resolve to live a more natural lifestyle. In some years that means watching what I eat, in other years I try to be more active, but every year I make January my “whole house detox” month.

Basically I go through my closets, cabinets, cleaners, bathroom … Read the rest

10 Foods to Boost Immunity During Cold & Flu Season


Winter brings cold and flu season, and we’re all doing everything we can to stay healthy and keep the sniffles as far away as possible.

Our bodies have incredible natural defenses against harmful germs that may lead to colds, but there are also things we can do to help Read the rest

Five Lesser Known Carrier Oils and How to Use Them


Carrier oils are often the unsung heroes of DIY recipes.

Recently I’ve noticed that people really focus on the healing properties of essential oils and tend to downplay the role of carrier oils in DIY products like salves, body butters, creams, soaps, and lotions.

While essential oils are wonderful,

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Delicious Recipe for Hot Chocolate On a Spoon


Hot chocolate on a spoon is a simple winter project/gift that the entire family can enjoy making and using! They’re delicious, fun to make, and fun to use!

Hot Chocolate On A Spoon Recipe

Ingredients & Supplies

Here’s a list of things you’ll need to assemble your spoons:

  • Spoons
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Make DIY Aromatherapy Christmas Tree Ornaments


Christmas seems to bring out the “crafty” in us all! From Christmas cards to DIY decorations, there is no shortage of crafting this season.

Making Simple Scented Christmas Ornaments

One of my favorite crafts this year are my DIY Scented Christmas Ornaments. Made with natural terracotta clay, they are

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A Simple and Natural DIY Bubble Bath Bar Recipe


I love to take baths!

Most of the time I take a shower, just for convenience and saving water, but every now and then I like to indulge in a long soak. I’ve used bath salts, scrubs, bar soap and liquid soap, but I’ve come across a solid soap

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DIY Lip Balm for Kids, Also Great on Chapped Cheeks!


How to Make Lip Balm for Kids

There is nothing worse than a three year old with chapped lips and cheeks.

Especially when that three year old will lick off anything you try to put on them. That has been my winter so far.

The colder it gets, the

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Herbs For Depression, Anxiety, and General Sadness


The holiday season is upon us, and for many this means happy memories and time with friends. For some, the holiday season is not so happy. It can be a strong reminder of those who are no longer with us. It is often a time that amplifies feelings of

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DIY Winter Wonderland Toilet Bowl Cleaner Bombs


I never fully appreciated the need for toilet deodorizers, until I moved into a home with one bathroom.

Did I mention that I also have three boys? Yeah.

Having just one bathroom means that toilet deodorizers have become my best friend. They are easy and affordable to make, plus

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A Conditioning DIY Beard Oil Recipe Men Will Love


Our Other DIY Beard Oil Recipe

In addition to the recipe below, we also have this DIY Beard Oil recipe. Enjoy!


About a year ago, my husband started growing his beard.

I’m not sure if it started because of hockey season or just because he was tired

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How to Clean Stainless Steel with Homemade Cleaners


Cleaning Stainless Steel

When our old refrigerator developed a leak in the gasket, our landlords decided to get a new one that was more energy efficient. This new one has a stainless steel front that I thought looked really cool… until the fingerprints and water stains started showing up.

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A DIY Whipped Hot Chocolate Body Butter Recipe


There is nothing better than a hot chocolate on a cold, snowy day. Something about the depth and sweetness of the aroma makes me feel warm and cozy.

That is exactly why I created this easy, four ingredient Whipped Hot Chocolate Body butter recipe. Originally I was attempting to

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Learn to Make Homemade Hand And Foot Warmers


It’s fall, and the mornings are getting cooler. More than once I’ve gone to the car in the pre-dawn morning and discovered the steering wheel or car seat was sooo cold! This simple project can help solve the problem. Almost anyone can make a hand or foot warmer in

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5 Reasons You Should Be Growing Herbs Indoors


Indoor Herb Garden

I’ve wanted to start my own indoor herb garden for years. Time, inexperience, and lack of opportunity prevented me from trying.

However, a few weeks ago I was at my local health food store and found organic, non-GMO herbs. I had to buy them!

I brought

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Learn to Grow, Make, and Use DIY Stevia Sweetener


Learn how to use stevia as a sugar substitute. Grow it, harvest it, use it, love it!

I’ve just come in from working in my garden. As I was trimming, pulling weeds and watering, I finally got to my stevia tree! I have several, but this one is about

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4 Natural Beauty Tips For a Healthier Beauty Routine


Natural Beauty Tips

Every day we are exposed to chemicals through the products we use.  From toothpaste to shampoo, the average person is exposed to at least 126 chemicals each day (source). The Environmental Working group reports that 1 out of every 5 adults is exposed to

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Purify your Indoor Air with A DIY Succulent Garden


Having an indoor succulent garden is all the rage, and for good reason.

From simple plants to elaborate gardens, this trend is skyrocketing and it’s easy to see why.

Reasons for a DIY Indoor Succulent Garden

Succulent plants are easy to grow, require little attention, and look adorable. With

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12 Ways To Lighten and Highlight Your Hair Naturally


Last year I wrote an article on how to color hair naturally with homemade herbal hair dyes. My sister Karyn, who naturally colors her hair frequently, recently asked if I could do natural highlights. I got to work right away coming up with several interesting and simple options.

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Pain Relieving Massage Oil for Menstrual Cramps


For many women, including myself, painful menstrual cramps are a monthly reality.

Sometimes the pain just won’t go away no matter what I try. I’ve tried drinking more water, over-the-counter medications, changing my diet, exercising, and still no relief.

Before having children, I could take it easy on the

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A Natural Homemade Tick Repellent That Works!


Homemade Tick Repellent Naturally

For months I have been searching for a natural homemade tick repellent. I’ve come across a lot of recipes for at-home tick repellents, but very few that cite ingredients and research. I’m always hesitant to try something if there is not enough research to prove

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A Simple Homemade Whole Grain Mustard Recipe


When we first started making our own condiments, a mustard recipe was one of the first we tackled.

It is incredible how easy it is to make homemade mustard. And once you have the technique down you can vary it however you like!

One of our favorite varieties is

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Aloe Vera for Natural Summer Skin Care


Home Remedies for Sunburn and More

Most of us can agree that aloe vera is one of the best home remedies for sunburn, and summer skin care in general. It soothes sunburns, moisturizes chapped skin, and provides cooling relief whenever needed.

The commercial sunscreen industry knows this too. Many

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Natural Homemade Mosquito/Insect/Bug Repellent


Homemade Mosquito Repellent

If you are heading outside for picnics, sporting events, yard work, or relaxing on the patio, chances are you’ve seen a bug or two already. While covering up is the best option for decreasing bug bites, it’s not always realistic. After all… summer can be HOT!

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DIY Shaving Soap Recipe: Better than Shaving Cream


The Trouble With DIY Shaving Cream

Don’t get me wrong, I like shaving cream, but most DIY recipes are just different oils and butters whipped together. And yes, oil can cleanse your skin, but oil treats the hair on your legs, under your arms, and on your face differently

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How To Stop Your Cat From Destroying All Your Furniture

Here are some tips to keep your healthily-clawed cat from totally destroying your house:

1. If your cat has already selected a piece of furniture for scratching, cover it with a sheet, aluminum foil or even double-sided tape. This will help them learn that their “scratching post” is actually something … Read the rest

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