Making Mascara at Home

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I have no idea why this is so, but just about every time I get any kind of cold of sinus-related ailment, I end up with pink eye. Not only is it painful and unsightly, but darn conjunctivitis also costs me a bloody fortune on makeup. Every single time I get pink eye, all brushes, […]

Easy DIY Hand Scrub for Tough Skin

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The weather has been dry and my hands are cracked, so working in the garden has not been the best! I was looking for something homemade to clean and soothe my hands and I found this recipe that uses sugar and dish soap – that’s it! I added a few tablespoons of coconut oil and some […]

DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

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We finally moved into our new house, which was BEYOND overdue and BEYOND exciting. Once we got situated, I realized I was faced with a new challenge: how to clean a house with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. I buckled down to research what cleaning ingredients I could and could not use on stainless […]

‘Tis the Season to be Crafty

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Well, the holiday season is upon us! Whether you regard it with enthusiasm and glee or with apprehension and anxiety, the truth is that all the decorating, buying, wrapping, partying and entertaining can be A LOT to handle! On top of the time and energy we devote to the holiday season, the money spent can […]

Getting Fresh, Organic Produce Delivered to Your Door

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A few months ago, we received a great gift from my father: a delivery of fresh, local organic produce to our home. We scheduled it to arrive a few weeks after our new son was born and it was awesome to wake up to healthy, fresh and organic produce on our doorstep, literally (they deliver in […]

DIY Valentine’s Day Ideas

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So, there is A LOT going on in my life right now and money is getting pretty tight. I stuck to the January Money Diet, as we are COMMITTED to moving this spring (play room, play room, play room!) and our dog just had to have a torn ACL repaired to the tune of $4,000. […]

No More Mud-Slinging!

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A few weeks ago I was Facebooking and came across the cutest image of a new celebrity couple happily and lovingly carrying their newborn down a New York sidewalk. Shockingly, the article accompanying this picture was devoted to how selfish, ignorant and basically evil these parents were.  Their crime? Using a forward-facing baby carrier. Gasp. Unfit […]

Keeping Your Baby’s Bottom Clean and Dry

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According to a study in the journal Pediatrics published by the American Academy of Pediatrics, many American families struggle with the cost of diapers. In fact, the average household spends approximately $1000/year on this essential for baby – a significant expense for those families on public assistance or surviving on a low income. Because one […]

The De-Glamorization of Parenthood

Low Section of a Baby (12-18 Months)

I changed my son’s diaper on the ground beside a trampoline today.  Remember when you were pregnant and you thought it mattered where you changed a baby’s diaper?  You put that dark cherry changing table on your registry thinking you couldn’t live without it?  As you go on, modern conveniences like that go out the […]

Safe Packaged Tomatoes: BPA-Free Options

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The debate over the chemical Bisphenol-A began raging about 6 years ago when my first son was an infant. At the time, BPA, as it’s called for short, was found in everything from hard plastic baby bottles to pacifiers, causing major concern. As the debate hit a fever pitch, companies (and even entire countries!) took […]