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...]

Summer Skin Care Tips and DIY Rosemary Mint Facial Toner

The temperature this week is supposed to be in the upper 70's.  Spring is in full force and summer will be here before you know it!  That means out with the winter skin products and in with the summer skin care routine! There are a lot of things that I enjoy about summer.  I love the sun coming up early to motivate me to wake up and get moving.  I love summer evenings spent at our local ice cream shop.  Days at the pool, weekend camping trips, and Popsicles rate pretty high up there, too.  What do I DISLIKE about summer?  That's pretty … [Read more...]

DIY Terra Cotta Coasters Give Your Table a Fresh Look for Spring!

If you are looking for a fun spring craft, these DIY terra cotta coasters are a great choice! Now that the weather is starting to warm up, I getting my patio ready for spring.  I spent some time scrubbing the patio furniture and bought a few  new plants to add a pop of color.  Next on my 'to do list' for spring entertaining is to start finding inexpensive ways to spruce up my patio table.  Occasionally, we like to have guests over to enjoy the fire pit and having tableware I am not embarrassed to seen using is always a plus.  Of course, I don't … [Read more...]

Home Improvement Safety Tips for Safer House Repair!

My husband and I bought a house that didn't require too many repair projects.  However, that was 15 years ago!  Now that things are starting to break regularly, knowing a few key home improvement safety tips if vital.  Last weekend, we tackled an electrical project (which always makes me a bit nervous!) and we still have a long list of home repair projects to tackle.  If you are planning on grabbing your tools this weekend, check out my post on common home repair fails and keep reading for important home repair safety tips! Home … [Read more...]

Lemon Thyme Infused Sea Salt is Perfect for Your Seafood Recipe

Having grown up in New England, right on Long Island Sound, I can honestly say there are very few varieties of seafood that I don't like.  And seafood is delicious when flavored with fresh herbs like those in this lemon sea salt recipe.  Thyme is one herb that I actually grow in my own herb garden and it comes back year after year.  By combining fresh herbs, a little bit of citrus, and some coarse sea salt, you have the perfect herb infused sea salt recipe to really bring out the flavor of your fish. And by making this thyme salt recipe up in … [Read more...]

Need Dry Skin Remedies? Try a Home Made Oatmeal Scrub Recipe!

Did you know that January was National Oatmeal Month?  Yep, this oh so useful grain has it's own month! It was the perfect excuse to put together this home made oatmeal scrub recipe.  If you are looking for dry skin remedies, this one is simple and inexpensive.  We always have a huge container of oatmeal in the pantry and no, I do not buy those little flavored packets that try to pass as actual oatmeal.  They are way too expensive and loaded with too much junk.  I buy regular oatmeal in a huge container and it lasts quite a while.  While … [Read more...]

How to Make Eucalyptus Oil and Save a Ton of Money!

If you are a lover of aromatherapy, essential oils or just suffer from a lot of congestion, you need to learn how to make eucalyptus oil at home.  It is really quite simple once you find a good source of eucalyptus leaves.  Ideally, you should make eucalyptus oil from fresh eucalyptus leaves because the resulting oil will be stronger than if you use dried ones.  I will share a few links with you for more information as well as a few affiliate links for things you might need.  Making eucalyptus oil is a very simple project and can be done a … [Read more...]

20 Fun DIY IKEA Hacks with Paint to Turn Your Home from Drab to Fab!

While the morning temps might still be chilly, spring is on the way. And with spring comes a renewed determination to put my house in order!  These fun DIY IKEA hacks with paint  are the perfect way to add a unique element to your home without spending a fortune.  I had a lot of fun last spring painting a wooden chest I found at a neighbor's garage sale.  Over the years I have painted my art closet, a bathroom, and even tried painting coasters for my patio!  Painting can be both fun AND frustrating depending on how you go about it! These DIY … [Read more...]

This is the Easiest Way to Clean the Microwave!

Over the years, I have found the easiest way to clean the microwave and I wanted to share it with you.  Am I the only person who lives with an individual that is incapable of covering a dish prior to putting it in the microwave?  Is it too much to ask that you put a piece of parchment paper or a lid of some sort over your plate of spaghetti before cooking it?  Why is it that I am the only person who apparently has this much-needed skill yet *I* am the one stuck having to clean the microwave week after week? It annoys me to no end!  I think … [Read more...]

Common Home Repair Fails to Consider Before Grabbing Your Tools

The do-it-yourself  trend is on the rise as more people try to tackle home-improvement projects.  Some people are trying to save money and others just want the thrill of knowing they accomplished something on their own.  However, the increase in do it yourself projects means that home repair fails are also on the rise.  This can lead to serious injury as well as huge chunks of money wasted that wasn't in the budget.  Home accidents and trips to the emergency room are never fun!   Common Home Repair Fails Even the most experienced … [Read more...]