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

5 Ways to Stay Healthy On-The-Go This Summer {Giveaway!}

Learn how to stay healthy on-the-go while still enjoying summer activities, vacations and fun foods…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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

The FRESH ENERGY Cookbook

I’ve been sitting on this for a long time. Natalia Rose is one of the most enlightened nutritionists/food and healthy lifestyle-thinkers out there and I wanted to do her cookbook, THE FRESH ENERGY COOKBOOK, co-authored with Chef Doris Choi, justice. I’ve decided I can’t do it justice–it’s that good.It’s a brand new year and I know a lot of us are looking for ways to spice up our healthy living repertoire. Well here you go, an excellent cookbook and resource book that will help you to achieve clean eating and more energy.I LOVE this book. It’s simple, straighforward, and all the recipes I’ve tried are delicious. It’s full of glossy photos (a must

FLOR Eco Friendly Carpet Squares

FLOR carpet squares are a great rug and carpet option, especially for families and homes with pets. The interchangeable tiles come in hundreds of colors, patterns, and variations, and they’re made from recycled materials. The concept is modern, versatile and easy to maintain. Since the squares are removable, they’re a breeze to clean. You can just pick up the one that is soiled, rinse it off in the sink, and replace it. This also makes FLOR super versatile when you want to change the mood of the room. When you are ready for a change, just swap out a few squares for a different color or design. From bright fuchsia, to bold orange, stripes, organic shapes, all the way

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

Whatever You’ve Got Homemade Granola Recipe

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Non Toxic Lipstick and Lip Gloss Your Lips Will Love

Guide to non toxic lipstick and lip gloss brands made with natural & organic ingredients that…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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

Dyson’s Awesome New Vacuum: DC65

Dyson’s got a new vacuum out, the Animal Complete DC65, and I think it’s their best one yet. Of course it’s beautiful. It has a fucsia top and some bright purple accents, paired with a charcoal gray body, it’s functional art like everything else Dyson makes. So they had me at first glance.Now for the function. I’ve tried several of their vacuums, and this is my new favorite, they just keep getting better and better. They redesigned the airflow and brush bar to be more

Nourish Organic Body Lotion

There’s a new organic lotion that comes in scents appropriate for men. My little man loves his Nourish Organic body lotion in Lavender Mint. Spiced Citrus and Lemon Lime would be two other great options. The tube is great to put in your gym bag or bedside table to help combat wintery dry skin.I love having body products that

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

Get Your Glow On With These Natural Anti-Aging Treatments

Everything you need to know about natural anti-aging treatments including skin peels, serums and…Read the whole entry… » ; ; ; ; ; ; ;

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