If making herbal remedies is new to you, this is a great starter salve. This vapor rub goes together quickly and easily, so you can be using it just a couple hours after starting. Even faster if you put the finished product in the refrigerator to harden it up faster. Is your nose stuffy? Feeling a little phlemgy? Do your… Read More
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Is it just me or is window washing the worst thing ever? It’s not even just the laborious task. It’s also a matter of getting the whole thing done and sitting to relax only to realize there are streaks all over the place. I swear, I put my face inches from the glass to search for streaks before moving on… Read More
Many of us are really beginning to question the rational of reaching for a bottle for every ache, pain, or physical problem. That’s why recipes like Feverfew Tincture for migraines and Hyssop Tea for coughs and colds are becoming increasingly popular. Herbs are becoming very common remedies for common ailments. If internal herbalism is new to you, you might be wondering… Read More
These goat milk shampoo bars have a generous helping of castor oil to promote a great lathering experience, along with a full amount of goat’s milk for an added creamy and luxurious feel. Shea (or mango) butter helps to slightly harden the finished bars while providing moisturizing properties for scalp and hair. This recipe is one from Jan Berry’s new… Read More
I was all ready to make my cleaners for the month and I realized I was out of Washing Soda. After checking out shelves throughout the county I realized I may no longer be able to purchase my Washing Soda locally. After a frantic Google search I discovered you can make your own!
I am a huge fan of making my own green cleaners, but let’s be honest here. There are only so many hours in a day. Sometimes you just want to grab a bottle of cleaner off a shelf. Are all green cleaners created equally? Heck no! I’ve tried a lot of brands and it’s not as simple as saying choose… Read More
Feverfew (Tanacetum parthenium) is a member of the daisy family and it makes a wonderful addition to your herbal garden. Not only is is a beautiful plant with tiny white petals and a great big yellow center, it’s great for migraine sufferers. Migraine and headache relief is it’s most common medicinal use, but if offers so much more. Medicinal Uses… Read More
Dry shampoo is all the rage right now. It not only helps you get out the door looking fab, but it’s good for you as well. Traditional shampoos are really harsh on hair. So what’s a girl (or guy) to do? Use dry shampoo to lengthen out the time between “regular” shampooing!
As joyous as this time of year is, it can be incredibly expensive. Between the gifts and the parties, it’s far too easy to empty your bank account without even trying. However, you can give your wallet a break when it comes to Christmas decor. With so many wonderful holiday DIYs floating around, decking the halls has never been easier (or cheaper)!
I love Christmas. It’s my favorite holiday by a long shot. Doing anything DIY around Christmas is also one of my favorite things to do. Gingerbread houses. Ornaments. Food. Candy. Hot Chocolate. Presents. Basically anything I can make myself, I do.
I love the simplicity of this crochet Christmas ornament. It’s perfect to add a little something extra to your tree.
Christmas decorating and crafting. Two of my favorite things. In fact, around here I pretty much decorate for any holiday that we celebrate. It might actually be a part of my family’s DNA. My sister and I often compare notes about treasures we have found or ways we can save a buck while decorating our homes for our families.
It’s that time of year! The harvest is almost over, the first freeze isn’t far off, and we’re just weeks away from snow. While everyone has their own list of fall chores, homesteaders in particular have an insane amount to get done before the snow starts flying.
If you’re feeling overwhelmed and aren’t sure where to start, here are the tasks that you’ll want to check off the list first.
Since getting goats, milk jugs are few and far between in my home. As much as I enjoy pouring farm fresh milk from a 1/2 gallon mason jar, I long for having a milk jug (or twenty) in my life. Thankfully many people still use them and dispose of them daily. That might not be so hot for the environment, but it comes in handy for upcyclers like myself. With these ideas, 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.
Summer, along with its oppressive heat and humidity, has arrived. Some of the best stuff on the homestead happens in summer (like the arrival of ducklings and a garden that’s starting to produce), but summer comes with struggles as well. Get summer tips for the garden, your livestock, and even tips for staying cool while you cook.
I don’t care much for traditional mosquito sprays. Part of it is that I have fairly sensitive skin, and the other part is they are chalk full of chemicals! However, I also don’t want mosquitoes all over me, all the time. I’ve been experimenting with natural ways to keep mosquitoes away for a few years, and I’ve found a few things that work for me. Hopefully, they’ll help you out as well.