How to Make and Use a Bullet Journal

Of all the journaling methods around, the bullet journal is the probably easiest but has the most confusion surrounding it. You may have seen a bullet journal before and loved how they can be customized into your own perfect personalized journal. You may have also seen one of these journal styles and thought “What the heck? It looks like graphing paper.” They do allow you to create a journal perfect for you in every way but the operative word is “create”. They do require you to get the creative

Frugal Friday and Craigslist Love

Whew! It has been a long while since I did one of these posts. Truth be told I don’t feel as though I have been very frugal or smart with my money lately. I never even got around to making a budget for last month, let alone sticking to one. That said I did have some frugal

Kombucha Recipes for Beginners

So you are brand new to kombucha brewing. Or maybe you have tried your own brew and decided you are ready to branch out and be more adventurous with flavors. Either way, here are a few recipes that are good for beginners to try and easy to add to your routine. Basic Kombucha Recipe If you are just trying to make a basic kombucha you will need a few items. Keep in mind

Living and Working Off the Grid

You’ve seen the old movies where there’s a cabin out in the middle of nowhere and the people utilize their talents to live off the land rather than work a 9 to 5 job.  If this appeals to you, even in the modern world this is still possible. You will have to do without some of the

How to Save Money (and the Planet) Through Energy Efficiency

Finding a way to lower your electricity bills is appealing to everyone, but in this day and age we are also very concerned about our environmental impact. People are making greener choices all around. If you would like to make some adjustments at home, and you are keen to remain green, here are some tips on how you can save money and be more energy efficient: Adjust your everyday habits You can achieve great savings through simple adjustments of your daily habits. Get yourself into the habit of turning your lights off when you leave a room, unplugging your devices when they are not being charged and only running the dishwasher and washing machine

Beginner Tips for Fermenting

So, you have decided that probiotic rich, fermented foods may be for you and you want to add more to your diet. You already know the numerous health benefits, the categories of fermented foods, and how you want to use them. The problem is, that you may have some trouble finding all the foods that you want or at the very least finding them within your budget. When a single bottle of Kombucha can run nearly $4, that can make a dent in your food budget fast. If this sounds like you, you may have

Raising Sheep and Goats: A Source For Natural Products

The search for safe, reliable products can be very difficult at times. We can’t always get enough information to know whether the things we buy for our families will satisfy our standards for purity and quality. The natural response many of us have had is to produce these things ourselves, and many of us have started with fruits and

Don’t Diet, Just Focus on Nutrition

This is month two of my 12 month new year health challenge. Last month was all about improving my sleep as the foundation of health and wellness. This month is all about diet and nutrition. I have already made many great strides in this area because improved nutrition also helps with sleep but

New Wellness Products to Fall in Love With

This new year started out with great momentum and motivation and it has been incredible thus far. My 12 month health challenge is rocking and rolling and I feel on top of the world. This is no doubt due to all the new products and life hacks I have introduced. Here are some of my current faves… MegaFood Supplements –  I am loving their Turmeric Strength to help with inflammation, their Balanced B Complex to help sustain energy, and their Blood Builder that I take right after my period.They are whole food supplements for food based nourishment, which is the best kind. Flor Essence 7 Day Purification Program  – Many folks want to detox after the holidays

My Favorite Car of 2016 – The Hyundai Elantra

I usually do a roundup of cars I tested throughout the year and highlight my favorites. This year I did not review as many cars or I simply reviewed newer models of the same cars. In lieu of a roundup I decided to highlight my new favorite…the Hyundai Elantra. I’ve had a fair bit of

Weekend Reading – Magnesium Miracles and Shadow Queens

Here is a run down of what this book lover has been reading… I recently finished four new audio books… The Magnesium Miracle  – I read this book a few years ago and loved it but this is a revised version and I wanted it on audio so I could listen a couple times a year. This book is THAT important. In the previous edition magnesium was linked to over 300 processes within the body, now it has been linked to over 700! Most people are magnesium deficient and do not even realize how badly their body is coping. This book

Creating a Sleep Sanctuary

This article is part of my 12 month new year’s health challenge. I have used one word as a catalyst for my life in the upcoming year: HEALTH. That may seem like a rather broad goal or resolution and it absolutely is. This is why I am breaking down this lofty goal…to reclaim my health, into 12 monthly

Make This Year Your Healthiest Year Ever With a 12 Month Challenge

It is the time of year for resolutions, goals, and promises for the future. I have made them myself and often posted on this blog about plans and resolutions for the upcoming year. I managed to accomplish some of what I wanted and at the same time I lost momentum and gave up on other plans. I think the biggest obstacle is that we write a list of resolutions or goals and then

Driving the Toyota Yaris

I adore small cars. I guess I just don’t buy into that typically American ideal that bigger is better. I prefer a small sleek car that whip in and out of parking spaces in flash and maneuver through traffic easy. Small cars usually have better gas mileage and they are more enjoyable for me to drive. And while I do prefer small and compact, the Toyota Yaris is sporty looking as well. It doesn’t scream ‘small because I couldn’t afford a real car’ it yells ‘small because I love sleek, compact, and sporty’. Oh and the price tag for small and compact cannot be beat. I

Frugal Friday – The Rebate Shopping Game

Last week I started to make some gift purchases. I knew I wanted to maximize every dollar by playing with rebates and cash back offers and so far it has been quite profitable. I started with my Amazon wishlist where I had been keeping the long list of the stuff the kids had mentioned wanting over the past few months. I created a general budget $600 or $200 for each child. I used Amazon to collect the wishlist

I Care About the Ingredients in My Food AND My Deodorant

Giveaway at the bottom of this post!! One of the toughest sells for the more natural, health conscious person is the switch to a better deodorant. It is HARD. Most of us need some sort of odor protection throughout the day and yet it can be really hard to find a good one. That super natural one you made from ingredients in your fridge might be au naturale but if it leaves you stinky after an hour that is a no go. Baking soda may work great for some and others may get a horrendous rash. Our pits can be super sensitive and finding a natural yet effective deodorant is tricky. My own journey to finding the right deodorant has

DIY Pantry Moth Repellent

A few years back and two homes ago we developed a big problem with pantry moths. I am not totally sure how it all began because I never   had a big problem with them before, perhaps a few here and there. This particular year though I could barely keep anything in the pantry that they did not infest within a couple weeks and they found hiding places in closets, under couches, etc. They destroyed cereal, almond flour, rice, dried fruit, and so many other pantry items. When we

Simple Natural Fall Decor with Candles

When the cool weather of fall rolled around I got the itch to decorate for fall like so many women out there. Unlike the masses though I am minimalist and very much inspired by nature. I don’t crazy with decor and I actually prefer that most decor around my home be items I can useÂ

Harvesting and Preserving Swiss Chard

In my experience swiss chard is incredibly easy to grow. It tolerates the cold well so you can start growing it very early in the spring and have fresh greens even when the weather is still chilly. It handles itself well even in the hot temperatures and lasts well into the return of the cold. When the temperatures start

Weekend Reading – Spooky Brit Lit and Pawpaw Trees

Here is a run down of what this book lover has been reading… I recently finished two new audio books… Lost Among the Living – This is a spooky British novel or at least that is the setting. It was only a couple bucks via Audible’s deal of the day and I took a chance. I ended up liking it quite a bit. Essentially it is about a woman widowed in world war two. To make ends meet she becomes a paid companion for her former husband’

Frugal Friday – A Winter Utility Bills Challenge

I am looking for ways to save money this winter on heating costs. Last winter our peak bill was close to $600. That about knocked our socks off. It of course reminded us that we should have looked through a year’s worth of utility bills prior to buying this house. I don’t know for

Organic Meal Delivery with Ion Nutrition

The meals I struggle with the most are actually breakfast and lunch because I eat them away from home. I am great at planning and prepping healthy, organic meals for dinner and all meals on the weekend. The motivation and inspiration kind of runs dry when it comes to packing lunches though. Most of the time I grab a ramekin and some instant organic oatmeal for breakfast and

What Kind of Bird Feeder is the Right Choice for Your Garden?

If you’re hoping to encourage more birds into your garden, it can be hard to know where to start, can’t it? It’s not as simple as just throwing some stale bread on the lawn and watching them flock in (and in fact, bread isn’t good for the birds and should be avoided). Well, don’t worry. There’s lots of advice available on how to encourage birds into your garden, but you’d perhaps be