Making Your Own Gel Candles

I guess I’m on a quest to scent my home this month, as I finally decided to try making wickless gel candles. If your kids are anything like mine, then my days of burning a plethora of candles are on hold for a few years, at least until the risk of burning fingers or the […]

Making Your Own Organic Wood Block Air Fresheners

While I am shamelessly attached to my electric essential oil air diffuser, the truth is that sometimes the process of getting it going is just too much effort — go ahead and judge. So, from the candle-lit diffusers and ceramic figures, to lavender sachets and nasal inhalers, I love easy ways to incorporate the air […]

Making Your Own Tomato Sauce

This is the time of year when gardeners can happily find themselves up to their ears in tomatoes. As an Italian, I don’t ever have a problem making those bad boys disappear. However, sometimes we find ourselves needing a change from fresh caprese and bruschetta or desiring to save some of our tomatoes to enjoy […]

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. […]

DIY Hand Sanitzer

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 […]

Home to Roost

So, after ten years of pining for chickens, two weeks ago, three generations piled into the van and took a drive to a chicken farm in Connecticut to pick up four new family members, whom we have affectionately dubbed “the girlies.” And the girlies are just awesome in every way. Not yet old enough to […]

Lettuce Bombs

So, I got a little ahead of myself when I took a jaunt to Tractor Supply Company with my son a few weeks ago. Winter was long, the sun was shining, my son had just picked out the most perfect windmill birdfeeder, and the organic seed display was freshly stocked. That being said, I went […]

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 […]

How to Restore Your Plants from Stems and Trimmings

Recently, we were at the local gardening center browsing and I couldn’t help but admire their large pots of coleus plants. They were gorgeous! I thought, if only I could just snip a branch or two to grow my own, but no… that would be stealing, and stealing is bad. Even if it is to grow something beautiful […]

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, […]