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DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner

We eat a lot of citrus fruit in this house and my kids (and every other kid I know!) go crazy for clementines! These little delights, and many other citrus favorites like lemons, limes, and grapefruits can be costly. Their taste and nutrition were already worth every penny. But since my motto is waste not, I even found a way to save the essence of the peels! This DIY Citrus Peel Cleaner combines two of my homesteading ideals: green cleaning...

Why I Babywear

Holding my babies close makes my heart sing, puts a smile on my face, and brings me great comfort. I am sure my baby feels the same way! That warm squishy nugget is snuggled on my chest. Nice and safe, just where he should be.   Baby wraps and carriers are a mother’s gift that provides that warm embrace while still allowing us to have our hands free to do things. Everyone who knows me will say that I am...

Matisse Goldfish Collages

I recently had the opportunity to teach one of my favorite art lessons, Matisse Goldfish Collages, at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. This class was taught to children aged 4-6, but this lesson would be appropriate for older kids as well. To begin this lesson, we discussed the French painter and collage artist, Henri Matisse. The paper cutting, overlapping, and layering techniques of collage were reviewed. Then we looked at Matisse’s painting, Goldfish, which represents one of his reoccurring subjects.  We...

Detoxing Bath Salts Recipe

A relaxing bath is a real treat as a mother. Make your bath work double duty by detoxing and promoting a calming mood at the same time. The Epsom salts, baking soda, and sea salts in this recipe work to naturally draw the toxins out of your skin. The magnesium sulfate of the Epsom salts is also easily absorbed by your skin, which reduces magnesium deficiency, thus increasing mood, reducing fatigue, and minimizing muscle cramps. Detoxing bath salts are a...

Rolling Over Baby Wrap Review

  I always jump on board at the chance to try out new baby gear, especially products that fuel my love for babywearing. If you read Why I Use Stretchy Wraps, you learned that stretchy wraps are fantastic for keeping your baby safe and comfortable on your chest. He will be so at peace hearing your heart beat, and you will love having your hands free, even if it’s just to grab a snack! I recently got the opportunity to...

My Deviled Eggs Secrets

With springtime finally on the horizon and Easter knocking at your door, egg recipes and crafts are everywhere. This deviled egg recipe is one you’ll definitely want to try out this season—or anytime! Please, raise your hands if one of the following describes you: A) You, like countless others I’ve spoken to, have always felt your deviled eggs were missing something. Or, B) Your recipe far surpasses the copious amounts of dumpy, distasteful deviled eggs you’ve come across. Confident, are...

Why I Use Stretchy Baby Wraps

There are many benefits to babywearing, as you learned if you read Why I Babywear. Stretchy wraps are widely available in big box stores, often making them a parent’s first experience with babywearing. They are perfect for newborns, as they provide an easy and comfortable way to offer lots of skin to skin contact. New moms often ask me how it can be possible to nurse a newborn around the clock while still feeding themselves and having their hands free...

How to Dye Eggs Using Silk Ties

Spring is a fabulous time of the year to try new things. It’s also time for spring cleaning, whether you like it or not, including cleaning out your closet.   It’s time to transform those silk ties collecting dust into charming eggs with unique patterns.  I’ll show you how to combine a lot of my favorite things–repurposing, hollow eggs, making home decor, and happy surprises into some amazing art!   Repurposing Ties For this project, gather up any unused, gaudy,...