Easy Fall Craft: Tin Can Pumpkins!

Fall is almost here!  Despite the God awful heat and humidity, we have been experiencing here in Georgia this week the calendar says fall is on the way.  I am starting to see leaves drop off from the trees and it is darker in the evenings earlier that it was last month.  Soon we will have crisp, cool mornings and piles of leaves in the yard to rake up.  Okay, that part of fall I am not looking forward to! I decided to try my hand at an easy fall craft and turn some leftover tin cans into decorative pumpkins to adorn my table.  If you are … [Read more...]

DIY Pumpkin Pie Sugar Scrub Recipe

Last week my son was complaining because he thought his feet were ugly.  He's 14 and has reached that awkward phase of adolescence where he's self conscious of every single part of his body.  In an effort to improve his foot image and have a little mother/son bonding time I suggested a pedicure.  He tried to convince me that feet really did not NEED regular maintenance.  I assured him that everyone should be putting a little effort into their feet now and then even if they weren't going around sporting hot pink polish and toenail art. Hopefully … [Read more...]

How to Make a Beer Bottle Flower Vase

This beer bottle flower vase was inspired by two things...my husband's love of good beer and my need to find a new purpose for all of the empty bottles!  We are passionate recyclers but every once in a while I get inspired to check out the internet in search of a few recycled craft ideas.  Recycling things is great but finding new uses for old things is even better.  If you are entertaining and don't want to spend a lot of money on vases for flowers just ask friends and neighbors to start saving their old beer bottles.  The only other thing you … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Mouthwash

About 3 days into my family's 2 week vacation my son got a sinus infection.  Guess his body just wasn't used to those  Kentucky allergens because his allergies went absolutely haywire as soon as we left Georgia. By the time we got back home to see his doctor he had been living on decongestants, allergy meds and Advil for almost 2 weeks.  The amount of snot that boy can produce is baffling!  The doctor confirmed our sinus infection theory and even showed us something we had never seen before:  Tonsil stones!  That … [Read more...]

DIY Beauty Tip: Easy Herbal Steam Facial

I have never been blessed with small pores.  As a teen I suffered from an average amount of acne but even when my skin was 'clear' I could easily see the pores and blackheads in my Tzone.  I used to use an assortment of scrubs, peels and facials to try and get my skin to look like all those models in magazines.  Recently, I have started using more and more natural products on my skin than I did as a teen.  DIY beauty products are usually easy to make, inexpensive and less irritating to sensitive skin.  Another great thing about DIY beauty … [Read more...]

Easy DIY Rosemary Hair Mask for Dry Hair

My daughter has incredibly thick hair that is also very dry.  The combination of the two means that some days she practically looks like a lion with her hair poofed up around her head!  Now that summer is here and she is in and out of the pool every day, the problem is even worse.  Nothing like chlorine to strip the oils from your hair completely.  We have tried different shampoos and conditioners.  We have tried leave in conditioning lotions, sprays, and oils.  Nothing has helped much so far but wow are we going … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Linen Spray

Linen spray can elevate your going to bed experience from 'blah' to 'WOW' but it is not cheap to buy.  I have also found that most of the linen spray I find in stores is a touch too strong and perfumy for my liking.  I want to be able to detect just a hint of scent on my pillow, not drown in a cloud of fake chemical smells.  Homemade linen spray is incredibly easy to make and amazingly inexpensive.  You can choose the scents you like from whatever essential oils you have on hand.  I found a  (affiliate link--->>> ) Misto Olive Oil … [Read more...]

How to Make Flavored Vodka

Flavored vodka can make the difference between a good summer cocktail recipe and a GREAT summer cocktail recipe.  It is also incredibly easy to make flavored vodka at home with just a few simple ingredients.  I am always amazed to see how much more expensive flavored vodka is than plain vodka when I make a run to the liquor store.  For very little effort on your part you can easily make flavored vodka at home and save yourself some money!  Here are a few tips to get you started and once my vodka is done 'incubating' I will share a recipe with … [Read more...]

All Natural DIY Acne Scrub Recipe

A lot of things have changed since I was a teenager.  Teens today are much more knowledgeable about sex, drugs, and a lot of other things I would prefer they stay ignorant of.  They are plugged in, much more aware of current events, and for the most part a lot 'older' than I was at their age.  One thing that has NOT changed since I was a teen is the constant battle with acne.  No matter how many times they wash their face or how many times I tell them to eat less fatty foods they still struggle with acne on a regular basis.  I am spending a … [Read more...]

Homemade Taco Seasoning Recipe and Paleo Diet Approved Taco Wraps

I received a copy of The DIY Pantry: 30 Minutes to Healthy, Homemade Food to facilitate my homemade taco seasoning recipe creation but all opinions expressed are my own.  This post contains affiliate links. The seasoning isle in the grocery store is one of my favorite isles to shop in.  I have a weakness for spices, sauces, and rubs to help spice up my meals and bring a little excitement to our food.  You can totally change a meal just by switching the types of seasoning you use!  One thing you have to be careful of when buying sauces and … [Read more...]