How to Make Homemade Extracts for Baking

Learn how to make homemade extracts and you will be able to add an amazing amount of flavor into your kitchen creations! Making your own extracts is easy to do, although you will have to be patient.  Vanilla extract, mint extract, or citrus extracts are a great way to add natural flavorings to your homemade baked goods.  How are extracts made? So, what is an extract exactly?  As opposed to a flavoring?  Homemade extracts use a solvent (the liquid itself) to 'extract' the flavor from something else (your flavoring … [Read more...]

DIY Face Cleaning Pads for Clear Skin On a Budget

Want to save money on your skincare routine?  These DIY face cleaning pads are a great way to get clear skin on a budget! Homemade acne pads are simple to make and a very frugal skincare product for clear skin.  They also use very natural ingredients, which means less chance of irritation.  If you have sensitive skin, making your own homemade face products is a must! If you love homemade skincare products, check out my Gingerbread sugar scrub, too! Why should you make homemade face wipes? Over the years, I have spent a lot … [Read more...]

Herbal Sore Muscle Bath Soak for Soothing Muscle Pain Relief

One of the joys of getting old (ish!) is that I tend to hurt myself a lot easier than I did when I was young.  Being an active, middle aged woman, that means I am nursing sore muscles on a regular basis.  What is the best bath soak for sore muscles? Well, this herbal sore muscle bath soak certainly helped provide muscle pain relief this week. Muscle Pain Relief and Middle Aged Workouts Staying healthy as you age can be challenging.  A slowing metabolism means you need to work out more to maintain your weight.  But, … [Read more...]

Spray Painting Plastic Outdoor Furniture for a Frugal Patio Upgrade

Looking for a frugal patio upgrade?  Try spray painting plastic outdoor furniture for a clean new look for your old lawn chairs and tables! This easy outdoor DIY project took less than an hour and most of that was waiting for paint to dry.   It's not perfect, mainly because I am not an artistic person.  But, cheap plastic patio furniture is easy to clean and paint so no need to spend a lot of money on new outdoor furniture!  Frugal Patio Upgrade Desperately Needed! When my husband and I moved into our home 15 … [Read more...]

Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe

Looking for a unique sugar scrub recipe for spring and summer? I am a huge fan of combining fruit with herbs.  Something about the earthiness of the herbs mingled with the sweetness of the fruit just really provides a wonderful aroma. Lemon and Rosemary... Cilantro and Lime...and this Sage and Blackberry Sugar Scrub Recipe!  All of these are wonderful sugar scrubs that really just scream 'summer'. I am thinking I need to turn this blackberry sage combination into a drink somehow. That would be a refreshing beverage to sip on the patio … [Read more...]

DIY Cuticle Butter and Tips for Healthy Cuticles

Tired of hiding your hands from people because of ugly nails and cuticles?  This DIY cuticle butter is just what you need! My nails take a beating just about every day. Whether it's washing the dishes or gardening, I'm busy and have very little time to deal with keeping my nails pretty.  I don't tend to wear nail polish except on my toes but I still want healthy fingernails.  The trick to keeping your nails and cuticles healthy is to pamper them with moisture rich ingredients. Cuticle Care Tips Before you start rubbing in … [Read more...]

Sinus Bath Salts for Congestion Relief

Whether you have fall allergies or a horrible head cold, congestion relief is sometimes difficult.  These sinus bath salts for congestion relief may just help you breathe easier in the next couple of months.    When I was growing up in Connecticut, my allergies only bothered me in the spring.  Things would bloom, I would sneeze for a couple of weeks, and that was it. Then I moved south. All of a sudden, my allergies were year round and the worst time of year was fall.   Throw in the random head cold or … [Read more...]

DIY Home Decor Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank

Have you tallied up your bills recently? Don’t just cheapen your house in light of a tight budget. Instead of hitting the mall, consider some DIY home decor ideas that allow you to pocket more and personalize the room. This is your sanctuary, and the interior should be styled as such. Unlike kings and queens, however, most homeowners don’t have a royal budget. Frugal home decor is one way to LOOK like you live a royal life without going broke! Seven DIY Home Decor Ideas That Won’t Break the Bank It’s easy to get carried away when … [Read more...]

DIY Tic Tac Toe Game Board: A Simple Gift for Only Pennies!

Many years ago, I was in charge of the environmental club at my kid's elementary school.  When Earth Day rolled around, we wanted to give each of them a small token to celebrate a day we all worked so hard to support.  But, of course, we had no budget for gifts and didn't want to get useless plastic stuff that would totally go against the 'green and eco friendly' message we were trying to spread.  We finally found a seed company to donate packages of seeds to us but boy do I wish I had come across this DIY tic tac toe game board back … [Read more...]

DIY Beard Oil for Soft and Healthy Facial Hair

Have a man with facial hair in your life? Looking for an easy Father's Day gift for your scruffy mate? Make DIY beard oil to keep it soft and healthy! Scratchy beards are no fun at all!    My husband has always had a beard.  Depending on his mood and the season, his facial hair ranges from a neat and trim little goatee to a full, bushy, Grizzly Adams style beard.  Just like the hair on top of your head, a beard needs to be cared for in a certain way.  Shampooing, trimming, combing and conditioning it with beard oil are all important steps in … [Read more...]