Homemade Steamer Vacuum Solution


If you’re anything like me, you don’t like keeping a lot of chemical cleaners in the house. Not only can it be dangerous to keep a ton of harsh cleaners in a house with two young – and very curious – boys, but handling and breathing in those toxins can be harmful and very unpleasant. […]

Eat More Ugly Food!

Fruits and vegetables on a supermarket shelf.

We sit here and talk about food and recipes every week, and every now and then I’m struck by how lucky we are. The fact that we can run up to the grocery store at a moment’s notice to grab a gallon of milk or a bag of apples can often be taken for granted. […]

DIY Hand Sanitzer

Little girl showing her hands to mother outdoors

It is with a heavy heart that I begin preparing for the start of the school year. The kids and I have really had an incredible summer together and it breaks my heart to think about all the busyness and time away from each other. As with most teachers, the last few weeks of August […]

DIY Blush and Bronzer


With all of the chemicals, preservatives, and additives in cosmetics today, it’s horrifying to think about all of those toxins being applied to our bodies and our faces each day. Aside from all the chemicals, how much we spend on finding the “right shade” or blush and bronzer can be truly ridiculous. I have an […]

Diffusing the Situation

wellness products

I hate to keep griping about the New England weather, but this long, hard winter has given us grounds to gripe. We all thought April would bring warmth and sunshine, but Easter bonnets and sandals were replaced with winter hats and tights. Lame. I am longing for the days when I can open the windows […]

Homemade Wood Cleaner


A house with old, dingy wooden furniture can really bring you down. Don’t get me wrong – wooden furniture is beautiful and that old feel can bring a lovely antique kinda vibe to a house, even turn it into a home, but if your pieces are just screaming for a little polish – look no further! This […]

Making Mascara at Home


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


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

Contemporary Custom Kitchen

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


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 […]