Simple Living

Simple Living


Discover how to live simply. I’ll share with you some of my favorite crafts, do-it-yourself projects, simple solutions, and fun holiday activities. Everyone can homestead in their home whether they live in a studio apartment or a large farmhouse.

Crafts & DIYs  |  Green Cleaning  |  Homemade Alternatives  |  Simple Living  |  Holidays

Crafts & DIYs

Are you like me? Do you see something in a store and think to yourself I could make that myself for less. Here are some great crafts and do-it-yourself activities to get you started.

Not only will you stop throwing away your daily/weekly milk jug, you'll probably be asking friends and family to save them for you as well.
It's vacation week and kids need stimulation. Here are some great activities (tested by kids and given a thumbs up by mom) to keep all ages busy.
A harvest aprons is great for gathering up the produce you collect in your garden. I'll show you how to make one with just simple sewing. Add egg pockets to collect eggs.
I love decorating for St. Patrick's Day. What I don't love is spending lots of money, having the same decor as everyone else, or worst yet, tacky decor.
Learn how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients like onion skins, instant coffee, blueberries, beets and more. You'll be amazed with the results.
I love the simplicity of these crochet Christmas ornaments. It’s perfect to add a little something extra to your tree. Enjoy DIYing your holiday season.
Kid's Holiday Craft: T-shirt painting is super fun and super easy. Make a handprint turkey t-shirt for your little one to wear for Thanksgiving.
Christmas decorating and crafting. Two of my favorite things. You'll love these budget-friendly ideas for decorating for the holiday season.
10 fun ways to upcycle, repurpose, and give new life to the holiday and greeting cards lovingly sent to you. These ideas work great for Valentines and birthday cards as well.
As being crunchy gains popularity, more people are coming up with creative ways to go green. Here are some great reusable bags for your crafting pleasure.
Learn how to make your own unpaper towels, even if you have limited sewing abilities. This tutorial for DIY unpaper towels doesn't even require sewing in a straight line!
Chalkboard paint is amazing stuff. I found out that you can actually make your own in any color you want. The sky is the limit.
Do you love crafting with mason jars? Here are ten quick and inexpensive DIYs you'll absolutely love.
Bed sheets are free or inexpensive fabric sources. Instead of hauling old sheets away in boxes, figure out if there is some way you can give them new life.
Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the homesteading articles you want to be reading.
Make a nice, homemade, fruity-scented potpourri for pennies that is natural and family-friendly. You don't need chemicals to make your house smell nice.

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Green Cleaning

Household cleaners are one of the most hazardous things we expose ourselves to on a day to day basis. Here are healthier alternatives that will work just as hard.

Are you ready for my secret to making your own natural cleaning products? These are my tried and true go-to recipes make of things I already have on hand.
Nothing is harder than washing stuffed animals, faux wool slippers and tweed chairs, but I've got a great recipe to help you wash almost all of your unwashables.
Washing soda is great for DIY cleaners, but it's sometimes hard to find locally. Did you know that you can make your own washing soda using baking soda and an oven?
Soap nuts have the ability to serve your home from the moment they arrive in their recyclable cardboard box to the moment they're compost for your gardens.
Why spend dollars on commercial laundry detergent when you can make your own for only pennies? Laundry detergent is easy to make and only requires a few ingredients.
So toothpaste for dental care... not safe. Toothpaste for other uses around the house... totally okay. Twelves ways to use it to clean around the home.
Clean pans that have been stained with cooking spray naturally and discover how to avoid getting stains again with homemade cooking spray.
Carpet cleaners contain nephthalene. Nephthalene is made from crude oil or coal tar. It's found in cigarette smoke, car exhaust fumes and is used for carpet cleaners.
It's the worst-of-the-worst when it comes to cleaning. The baked on goop in your oven and the residue that is stuck to your stove top. Clean it naturally!


Homemade Alternatives

Making your own home remedies and personal care products is fun and rewarding.

Kids get hurt a lot. Make sure you are equipped for injuries that go beyond the scope of mommy kisses. Check out this Natural First Aid Kit
Melt & Pour soap bases are premixed bases that have all the scary work done already. All you do is melt, mix, and pour into molds. You get the joy of homemade soap with the ability to customize it as you see fit.
You many have heard the term salve bouncing around the crunchy community and not know what it was. A salve is something applied topically to heal the skin.
If you’re feeling bloated and you’re looking for a way to detox your body, these healthy hot drinks and herbal teas may be the solution.
I am excited to share this awesome natural deodorant recipe with you. Not only because it works when you're perspiring, but it also cuts back on the amount of perspiration over time.
A list of natural repellents that work on a wide array of insects in a variety of situations. Also included are great natural "after bite" solutions.
Just another new-age hippie thing? Ask your grandmother what was recommended to her. Cabbage leaves have been used for suppressing lactation for eons.
I really, really don’t like ants. That being said, as a lover of bees and other beneficial insects, I am always incredibly reluctant to use pesticides.
Coconut Oil is like heaven in a jar. I use it for everything, not only for it's healing properties, moisturizing abilities and healthy fats, but because I love that smell.
Gardeners and farmers have hard-working hands that need TLC. This homemade hand cream helps moisturize and soothe rough, achy hands.
After the initial shock at such a powerful taste, I was shocked by how quickly the Fire Cider went to work. By the next morning, I felt better than I had in days.
Today's post is on homemade men's products. Men have to stay clean and well-groomed. They are often just as opposed to harmful ingredients as women.
Making a facial mask at home is really easy. Enjoy a homemade spa experience for less than $1. I bet most of the ingredients are right in your kitchen.
Traditional shampoos can be harsh and dry out your hair. Learn why you should use dry shampoo and get some recipes so you can easily make it yourself.
Lots of people have resorted to making their own herbal remedies because the list of side effects for prescription and over the counter medications is overwhelming.
Natural DIY Recipes for adult toothpaste, kids toothpaste, whitening paste, tooth powder and mouthwash. A healthy dental care alternative.
Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the homesteading articles you want to be reading.

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General Simple Living

Are you looking for ways to simplify your life. Here are some general simple living skills you can practice on your homestead.

Sprouts, herbs and shallow-root vegetables can be part of your garden indoors. If you have the space you can plant pretty much anything. Here's 10 reasons to start.
Water conservation has a great number of benefits. The homestead is ripe for opportunities to save water. Here are a just a few to get you started!
While everyone has their own list of fall chores, homesteaders in particular have an insane amount to get done before winter arrives.
Hurricanes aren’t just powerful gusts of wind – they can produce dangerous amounts of rain & flooding, too. Learn how to protect your yourself in an emergency.
Cloth diapering has been talked about to death online. In fact, if you are considering cloth diapering, I'm sure you are sufficiently overwhelmed already.
Homesteading is all about self-sufficiency – but what do we do when we become injured or ill? It's important to have a self-sufficient first aid kit on hand.
A short story of how I got into homesteading and the dream I had for first "real" year. Find out how I created attainable and manageable homestead goals.
Whether you are a backyard hobby homesteader or an avid homesteader on your journey to live off-grid, these are the homesteading articles you want to be reading.
If you have even a single solar panel working on your homestead, you may be as frustrated as I am by the general image of solar presented in the mainstream media.
I'm not sure why, but we as a society have this need to label ourselves and others. Sometimes these labels are innocent. They describe to others where we stand.
Winter Line Drying: Did you know that heat is not required when drying your clothes outdoors? In fact, your clothes may actually dry faster when it's 32F or less!
I had such a great time chatting with Tammy Trayer of Trayer Wilderness on her podcast, Mountain Woman Radio. I wanted to share all the things we talked about.
How does the modern homesteader manage to balance everything that needs to be done? Amazing organization. Simple living doesn't have to be hard.
Many products are now compostable, keeping them out of the landfill. Some companies are taking it to the next level with things you plant after using
A humorous look into why the FDA has decided to crack down on mama cloth manufacturers. They must have a good reason for regulating these items, right?
I'm an outdoor garden person. It's where my thumb shines the greenest. These five tips have helped me keep my houseplants happy and healthy.

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Holidays

It’s time to celebrate the holiday season homestead-style.

10 fun ways to upcycle, repurpose, and give new life to the holiday and greeting cards lovingly sent to you. These ideas work great for Valentines and birthday cards as well.
With so many holiday DIYs floating around, decking the halls has never been easier (or cheaper)! Here's a few of my favorite DIY Christmas decor ideas!
Earth Day is a reminder of where we were and where we are choosing to go. Every day we make choices that impact the earth. Make sure they are good choices.
Christmas decorating and crafting. Two of my favorite things. You'll love these budget-friendly ideas for decorating for the holiday season.
Kid's Holiday Craft: T-shirt painting is super fun and super easy. Make a handprint turkey t-shirt for your little one to wear for Thanksgiving.
I love decorating for St. Patrick's Day. What I don't love is spending lots of money, having the same decor as everyone else, or worst yet, tacky decor.
A simple decision for some becomes a challenging decision for someone who considers the environmental implications of their choice. Real Christmas tree or fake?
Learn how to dye Easter eggs using natural ingredients like onion skins, instant coffee, blueberries, beets and more. You'll be amazed with the results.
I love the simplicity of these crochet Christmas ornaments. It’s perfect to add a little something extra to your tree. Enjoy DIYing your holiday season.

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