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

Best in Beauty & Makeup – May 2018

Here are my top picks for beauty, makeup, and personal care for the past month. My love of the Peter Thomas Roth Firmx Peeling Gel lead me down the path of Peter Thomas Roth products in general. I can now say I am a die hard fan of the brand. I especially love the Water Drench Hyaluronic Cloud Cream. It is 30% Hyaluronic Acid and it really helps to hydrate my dry skin. A recent Sephora box had a really lovely treat for me in the Buxom Plumpline Lip Liner in Hush Hush. I love muted, nude-ish colors and this one is perfect

All You Have to Know about Drinking Herbal Teas during Pregnancy

There is usually so much talk that goes around about herbal teas and there is lots of speculation out there with regards to their ability to cure just about anything. Herbal teas are rich in beneficial antioxidants and compounds that help to detoxify the body thus leaving the body healthy. Now with all the health

6 Tips for Choosing the Right Baby Care Products

When you are expecting, you realize that you have tons of things to plan. Until the baby comes, you need to find the right baby care products to provide them with the best care. It is not easy to shop for the little things your newborn will need. Besides the nursery bags, dummies and diapers, you

Easy Instant Pot Steamed Artichokes

I absolutely adore artichokes. I used to grow them myself when I lived in the Southwest and I greatly miss being able to harvest these delicious globes myself. During the peak of the season I can rarely find them here in the Midwest for less than $2.50 an artichoke. They are worth the price of course but alas spending $12.50 just for an artichoke appetizer for the whole family is a rarity. I do have to ring in

3 Plants for Your Garden That Are Highly Economical

Gardening can actually be kind of expensive if you let it get away with you. This is why I always suggest to new gardeners and homesteaders that they start with what they eat. This means that you sit down and figure out where your produce money goes all year long. Yes, it might be fun to grow heirloom pumpkins but if your family doesn’t really eat a lot of pumpkin then this plant becomes an expense

16 Beautiful Do It Yourself Countertops

Countertops can be one of the most expensive parts of a kitchen, laundry, or bathroom remodel. Just price out that sparkly quartz or veiny granite and see how much it sets you back. Lots! I may have champagne taste but I have a two buck chuck budget. Luckily there are many DIY countertop projects that fit within even the meagerest of budgets. This article highlights some stunning diy countertop makeovers that you may want to consider before you drop a bunch of money on custom countertops. Enjoy! 16 Beautiful Do It Yourself Countertops 1. DIY Plywood Countertop – Ugly Duckling House This upscale, straight out of Fixer Upper wood countertop is lovely!It

Easy Ways to Manage Bill Time

Paying bills can be a chore to many. Other more nerdy folks, like myself, rather enjoy the process. Either way they are one of life’s necessary evils. While I can’t give a tried and true method to make bill paying a pain-free experience, especially if you have more month than money…I can help you make the actual mechanisms of