Homemade Blueberry Rhubarb Jam

Two of the easiest crops you can grow in your home garden would be blueberries and rhubarb. They are also perhaps two of the most delicious and they pair really well for desserts and jams. It is just the right combo of sweet and tangy, in fact you may decide you like this pairing better than strawberries and rhubarb. It’s Blubarb! This recipe is lower in sugar than many others (ie 1 cup versus 5-6) and because it doesn’t have a lot of sugar I use Pomona’s pectin powder with calcium water to help it gel. Since it does not require sugar to jell, jams and jellies can be made with less, little, or even no

Fun And Safe Activities For Teens This Summer

Summer is in full swing and it is time to get out there and being having fun. The pools are going to be open and the campgrounds will be full. As a parent, you’ll definitely want to take some time off of work to spend with your children. And you also want your teens to have fun when you are not there to supervise right? You can help them choose fun activities to keep them occupied that are also safe. Within this guide, you will discover fun and safe activities for your teens and tweens this summer

Easy DIY Herbal Deodorant Without Baking Soda

Homemade deodorant in actually one of the easiest home beauty products you can make. The issue is that many homemade deodorant recipes use baking soda as a key ingredient and it can be an irritant to the skin. Even if you don’t notice anything at first, days or even weeks down the road you may start to feel itchy, irritated, and raw from using this harsh ingredient on a daily basis. This goes for many natural store bought brands too…which is often why so many

Vitamin C: 6 Surprising Things for Moms and Kids to Know

Think you know everything there is to know about vitamin C? There is always more to learn! Recent studies and advice from medical professionals show us that not only can it boost your family’s health in some surprising ways. But it is also nature’s natural beautifier for moms (and dads, too)! Here are 6 facts you to know about

Planning a Family Ski Vacation

Don’t let the prospect of going on a ski trip with the family, kids and all, intimidate you. Ski resorts nowadays have tons of amenities and activities to keep your kids busy and entertained. Some of them even offer getaway time for the adults. By offering babysitting and after-hour activities, you can get away for some fun adult time. During the day, you can leave the kids in a camp-like environment or get them skiing at a young age. Most resorts offer professional lessons for

5 Good And Healthy Habits For Kids To Teach As A Parent

Undeniably, a behavior pattern, when repeated over and over again, develops into a habit. Gradually, habits form an individual’s character, which ultimately defines him or her. Though it is not impossible to develop new habits during your adolescence, habits, when practiced during childhood, leaves a huge impact. As we grow up, we find it extremely hard to modify our ways to lead lives or develop good

Why Being a Mom is a Good Reason to Get Fit

Having kids is the most amazing part of life. They enrich your life in so many ways, just by being a daily and an important part of it. One of the things that a lot of moms say is that they decided to go through the wellness and fitness route because it is important to be fit as a mom. It is true that women with children want to look their best to maintain their youth and vigor. However, many moms ultimately feel that trying to get fit for yourself seems like a very selfish reason. This is so not true

Make your garden a haven for wildlife

With summer in full swing, we’re all spending more and more time in our gardens and outdoor spaces. So, if you’re looking for a summer project to enjoy with your children over the summer break then why not give nature a helping hand? Turning your garden into a haven for wildlife is pretty simple and pretty budget friendly too

Natural Ways to Get Rid of Japanese Beetles in the Garden

This is my first year fighting the dreaded Japanese Beetle. They are not quite as bad as the squash vine borer but very, very close. I suppose they have been in my garden all along munching on some kale here or there but I never really noticed. Then this year, I added a young cherry tree and BOOM they migrated to my yard and set up a permanent

3 Ketogenic Diet Health Benefits for the Entire Family

The ketogenic, or keto, diet is a high-fat, moderate protein, low-carb diet that research suggests may benefit both children and adults. When followed consistently, the keto diet leads to the state of ketosis, a condition which allows your body to use fat for energy. Ketosis can trigger weight loss, increase energy levels, and lower blood sugar. Furthermore, research has found that the diet may reduce or eliminate epileptic seizures in some people. Weight Loss Following the keto diet is an excellent way to lose weight. Studies have shown that people on low-carb diets lose weight more quickly

Calling in the Pros When a DIY Fails

Sponsored by Benjamin Franklin Plumbing®. All thoughts and opinions are my own. You may recall last year that my husband and I remodeled our master bath. It turned out beautiful and I am still in love with how fresh and welcoming it is compared to the dark closet it used to be. Of course, transparency requires me to share that one year later the job is still not 100% done. The framing around the door is still missing. One small section of the wall

Frugal Friday – Reselling and Shipt Shopping

Happy Friday all! Here is to another wonderful and frugal week. I have been trying for while now to meet some money goals and I had to admit to myself that I was really half assing it. I think though that I have made a turn around in the past few months and I am now gazelle intense…as Dave Ramsey would say. Sadly and also happily even though my income and savings is way up I have a trip to Vegas on the horizon for my 20th anniversary and I know

Shopping Nature For Free Food – Foraging 101

If you are like me you love to garden and each year you have a lush garden bountiful with fresh produce. I have all the usuals like tomatoes, cukes, carrots, beans, cabbage, strawberries, beets, broccoli, and potatoes. I also have the perennials… elderberries, apples, pears, peaches, nectarines, cherries, blueberries, red and black raspberries, currants, rhubarb, and asparagus. Every year I spend many hours tending to my little patch of paradise and I shop it regularly. But what about the free and wild food that nature provides? Are you shopping that? If not, you should be!  I spend as many hours

DIY Gardener’s Hand Soap and Scrub

As spring and summer come along and we get busy in the garden this often means long afternoons and evenings spent weeding and tending. When you come in at night your fingers and nails are caked in dirt and a simple wash is rarely sufficient to get it all off. Having a scrub brush by the sink is a life saver and so is a do it yourself gardener’s hand scrub with sugar and essential oils! This heavy duty sugar scrub is great at getting dirt out from under your nails, softening tough calluses, exfoliating layers of dry or

Using Stinging Nettle for Allergies and Hives

Stinging nettle is perhaps one of those herbs that you consider to be more of a weed. They grow wild and they hurt when you come into contact with them, hence the name “stinging” nettle. But put aside the potential for stings and rashes and you begin to see that this plant is actually quite useful for a variety of things…acne, eczema, halting hair loss, pms, urinary tract infections, digestion problems, killing intestinal parasites

The importance of child car seats and current challenges with their use

You want your child to stay safe. That’s why you have socket covers at home, stair gates, the best car seat you can find and a comfortable stroller. This is why you read reviews on baby slings and carriers and the correct ergonomic positioning. Keeping your children safe will be your

An Affordable Way to Learn About Herbal Medicine🌱

As you know, I like to take my health into my own hands. When I research possible options, when I feel confident that what I’m choosing is the best option, and when I know all the ingredients going into my body, I feel empowered…and that’s exactly how I want you to feel, too. So when I find something that helps me check off those boxes, I want to tell everyone about it! Well, guess what? I found something :). Actually I found something a few months back when I signed up for an herbal learning and wildcrafting course at the Herbal Academy. If you recall I posted about it here. It set off a

10 Ways to Biohack Your Diet

Dave Asprey, the founder of “Bulletproof Coffee” and the “Bulletproof Diet”, is a proponent of biohacking and a self-proclaimed biohacker. He defines biohacking as, “using science, biology, and self-experimentation to take control of and upgrade your body, your mind, and your life. To become a “superhuman” version of yourself without becoming overwhelmed, stressed or feel like you need to give up”. He created his entire bulletproof program around this mantra.

Could You Foster a Disabled Child?

Children in need of foster care arrive with different needs, something that is true when fostering a child with disabilities. It takes a special kind of love and commitment to foster a child who has specific needs. Is this a quality you have? Disabilities come in many different form and severity. From autism to hyperactivity, to medical conditions and physical disabilities, there are children in need of a loving foster home who can cater to their specific needs. Children with physical disabilities, learning needs or emotional issues need

Thrift Stores Are NOT Your Friend Until They Are

At the risk of sounding like a Scrooge, I’m going to make a bold statement, but don’t write me off just yet. Read on before you decide. It’s not always a good financial practice to give away your old stuff to charity. I can’t believe I just said that in print. But let’s be real here. Charities often run thrift stores

How to Plant and Care for Currants

Currant (Ribes) bushes are often grown solely for their ornamental appeal, but the berries are a highly nutritious and tasty treat that should be enjoyed too. The bushes are thornless and grow best as an understory plant or in any shady location. White berries are sweet and can be eaten as-is. Red, black and pink currants have a

5 Ways in Which Storytime Will Benefit Your Child

There is a very good reason why there are a real wealth of different kids books out there that you can choose from. Reading with your children is incredibly valuable and something that forms a crucial part of their development. But why is this? What makes reading through the pages

Saying No to Consumerism

With today’s invasion of video games, unneeded technology, 300 channels on television and fast-food restaurants, we, as a people, need to stand up and say no to consumerism. We need to think how much rampant consumerism is responsible for unhappiness and greed. Gone are the days of children and stickball or basketball pick up games in our parks. People are too busy with their everyday lives of working to the hilt to give thought to the types of activities their children are involved in. Too much child playtime is not spent on outside, healthy exercise, but on learning how to use their game controllers to kill video characters on their television screens or arcade screens. Parents