Make Your Own Kitchen Staples with The DIY Pantry

This post about how to make your own kitchen staples has been sponsored.  I received one copy of The DIY Pantry at no charge to facilitate my review. When I go to the grocery store I have a tendency to check out the ingredient label on a lot of the things I buy.  I am always shocked when something as simple as tartar sauce has 30 ingredients.  I have made it from scratch myself with only 6 so not sure what all those other things are in there!  Probably not stuff I should really be eating.  Now, don't get me wrong....I have been known to come … [Read more...]

Remember Birthdays with a DIY Birthday Calendar and Hallmark #ValueCards

This post about how to remember birthdays  and the Hallmark Value Cards has been sponsored. I am a member of the Collective Bias®  Social Fabric® Community.  This shop has been compensated as part of a social shopper amplification for Collective Bias and its advertiser. Many years ago I had only a few key birthdays I needed to remember.  My parents, my sister, my grandmother....all were fairly well ingrained in my head and people got cards and gifts for each special occasion.  As the years have gone by (and I got married) I have acquired … [Read more...]

Orange and Clove Sugar Scrub Recipe

Love the smell of oranges and cloves?  Make this easy homemade sugar scrub!   This homemade natural orange clove sugar scrub is a frugal way to use up orange peels.  Give it as a homemade gift or keep it to pamper yourself with!     With the advent of a new year comes a renewed determination to get healthier, spend less money and take more time for myself.  In reality I will probably end up just drinking more coffee and buying more frozen pizzas than I should but I like to start the year off on a … [Read more...]

Fall Home Decor Ideas: A Vase Full of Pumpkins!

With summer gone and the cool weather finally here I am starting to pull out the fall home decor.  October and November decorations include lots of browns, orange, green and yellow and I love finding ways to incorporate natural materials into my fall home decor ideas. Just a simple bowl of pine cones spritzed with essential oil bring a touch of added warmth to a room.  I am not the craftiest individual but I am trying to find simple ways to bring a bit of uniqueness to my home.   The following easy fall home decor idea was fairly simple to … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Lip Balm

This homemade lip balm post contains affiliate links.  This means that if you click on the link and make a purchase I will receive a few pennies to contribute to my blogging adventure! There are few things in this world that I believe are worth buying the best quality  possible.  One of those things is food and the other is lip balm.  I seriously think I have a lip balm addiction...you can find it in every room of my house.  I keep it in the car, in my purse and in my pants pockets. This is frequently a problem because I often end up … [Read more...]

Homemade Beauty Products: Kiwi and Yogurt DIY Facial Scrub

This homemade beauty products post was inspired by a product I received to review but all opinions expressed here are my own. Last week I went to the farmer's market and bought a few kiwi...along with about 20 pounds of other assorted fresh fruit.  Yes, I went a little bit overboard and discovered that there really is a limit to the amount of fresh fruit one family can eat in a week!  I still have way too much fruit in the house and am starting to have to find creative ways to use it all before it starts going bad!  Oranges get sliced up and … [Read more...]

How to Make Homemade Ice Packs

As I get older I find that I suffer from more and more aches and pains.  Of course, it would probably help if I stopped doing things like Taekwondo and leaping through 3 foot waves with my children.  But I don't WANT to stop being active so I have learned to deal with middle aged injuries with Ibuprofen and ice packs.  Of course, this means I go through an awful lot of ice packs during any given weeks.  And now my husband is starting to feel a few aches and pains as well and the result is that we are always fighting over the one ice pack that … [Read more...]

How To Make Homemade Almond Butter

This post about How To Make Homemade Almond Butter has been sponsored by Ninja Kitchen Mixers. All opinions are my own. Have you ever wondered how to make homemade almond butter?  If you have looked at the price tag, I bet you have! At my local grocery store, it costs almost $9!  Talk about an expensive snack!  Yes, it's healthy and yes I'm thrilled that my family happily spreads almond butter on apples, bread, and crackers.  But the price tag is breaking my grocery budget! Not long ago I was in Sam's Club and saw a huge bag of almonds for … [Read more...]

Home Made Bath Product for Sore Muscles

I have been seeing a massage therapist for about 6 months to help fix some neck and shoulder issues.  She does a wonderful job at both making me HURT and making me feel better!  Last week I pulled a muscle in my side doing Taekwondo.  Apparently when one hits 40 (and then some...), one should not be kicking and jumping quite as vigorously as I was!  Well, my massage therapist recommended a bath product for sore muscles that is made from mustard powder.  The mustard bath that they have in their store is (of course!) rather pricey but I brought … [Read more...]

How to Dip Dye Your Hair Using Kool Aid

I was forced to learn how to dip dye your hair using Kool aid.  Why?  Because I am the mother of an 11-year-old girl who thinks I am the meanest mom in the entire world. I will not let her go to the salon and get her hair dyed!  Many of her friends are dying their hair...which honestly floors me completely because they are only 11!  Usually, they just get a strip of hair done or just the tips but I am too paranoid about the health risks associated with hair dye to let her get it done.  In an effort to find a 'happy … [Read more...]