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

Natural Living – What it Means and How to Make Impactful Changes

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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

How to Make a DIY Leave in Conditioner for Damaged Hair

If you are struggling with brittle, dry and damaged hair, the problem may be your conditioner. Store bought conditioners are often loaded with synthetic ingredients and preservatives that can make your hair feel worse over time. Try this DIY hair conditioner to craft the perfect product for your hair’s specific needs. It is fast and easy to make. As an added benefit, it uses common household ingredients. Gather Your Supplies Before you can move on to making your DIY leave in conditioner, you will need a few supplies first. For starters,

Tips for Decluttering Your Life – Not Just Your Home

Clutter and organization are hot topics. There are hundreds of books out there dedicated to helping you master the clutter, organize your home and workspace, and let go of household items that you don’t need. I am all for decluttering your home and making it a liveable place that sparks joy, filled with

Tips for Assigning Chores To Your Children

Chores are an important part of growing up. They teach kids important skills that they’ll need when they are adults. They help balance the workload. They fortify a kid with self esteem because they feel needed and have pride in a job well done. In a large family, training kids to do chores is especially important so that mom isn’t overwhelmed! Some people believe in chores without any kind of compensation or payment. Others believe in a commission system

Natural Remedies for Common Aches and Pains

Everyone has had to deal with aches and pain at one time or another. It can be from exercise, work, stress, or an accidental injury. No matter the source, muscle pain can be “a pain” to deal with. Back pain especially is a problem because our back, combined with our abdominal muscles, makes up

The Benefits of Playing Games Together As a Family

The family is the very foundation of an individual’s personality development. Psychologists believe that children who grow up with a family that has a sound background with strong family ties are the ones who are happier and positive towards life. Playing together as a family during childhood days is one of the factors that

Stop using plastic wrap! (product review Orblue Silicone Stretch Lids)

If there is anything in the kitchen more wasteful than covering a dish or wrapping food in plastic wrap, we cannot imagine what it is. Our Daily Green is committed to reducing the use of plastic, and hoping to altogether eliminate it in our homes where possible. We were delighted to discover Orblue Silicone Stretch Lids in a list of must have green products. We contacted the company

Learning About Botany and Wildcrafting

This journey we call life is a truly, truly amazing thing. Years ago, as I entered adulthood, I never would have imagined the person I would become and the interests and hobbies I would have. My younger self would probably look at me and think I was “hippy dippy”. Even my California surfer dude husband is now a converted hippy dippy. We live quiet lives on an urban

Tips for Saving Water and Money At Home

Water is essential for the survival of all species, including humans. When the water supply depletes, industries will collapse; chaos will erupt, and many people will die. It’s no longer a far abstract concept that can be ignored now. By 2025, 25 percent of the world’s population will be living in places where water supply is completely scarce. Even today in the United States, some cities and states, like Los Angeles in California, Salt Lake City in Utah, and Miami are facing severe water crisis. In two years, countries like Botswana, Chile, Estonia, and Namibia

8 Alternatives to Plastic Wrap for a Zero Waste Win

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The Health Benefits of Organic Safflower Oil

Organic safflower oil is a very healthy and nutrient-rich oil that continues to increase in popularity. Safflower oil is derived from the safflower plant. It has a very rich history of being used for many things over the centuries. But with all of the Safflower Oil hype, is this a supplement that’s actually worth trying? It turns out, its versatility is what makes safflower oil among the most widely used plant-based oils in the world. In this article, we will be discussing the numerous health benefits provided by organic safflower oil Safflower is an annual plant that is mainly grown in India, Mexico, and the United States but is native to most

A GUIDE to Morel Mushroom Hunting

Hunting and foraging for wild edible mushrooms can be the most fun. You get out in nature, getting great exercise and lots of fresh air and sunshine. Then you hopefully come home with the makings of some very good meals. And when it comes to morel mushrooms you are coming home with some of the tastiest and priciest morsels you can buy. I