Feb
15

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How To Save Money – Hand Soap



Did you know that liquid hand soap is a luxury, not a necessity?  I know, it came as a shock to me too.  I can’t remember ever not having it.  Until a few months ago it never would have even crossed my mind to not buy liquid hand soap for my bathrooms.  I was in the grocery store when I saw an end cap sale for hand soap.  That giddy little joy at getting a “good” deal took over and I wheeled my cart over. ” Wow, 89 cents for liquid hand soap… oooh cinnamon.”  I bought multiples and proudly put one out in the bathroom.

A few days later my hands started to look really weird… like poison ivy weird.  But this wasn’t summer so I couldn’t figure out how I’d gotten poison ivy.  It got worse and worse and I tried anti itch creams and all sorts of stuff.  Then I realized that this had all started happening when I got that soap!

I was having an allergic reaction to the hand soap.  You know, the hand soap that smelled so good, that was such a “great” deal.  It was chock full of so many dyes, fragrances, and who knows what all chemicals that my skin literally couldn’t take the nonstop onslaught of my constant hand-washing.  So I grabbed out a boring white bar of soap and started using that instead.  It took forever for my skin to go back to normal, but it went from gross itchy sores to the drying out and healing phase. 

So here’s the positive side effect.  I knew I wasn’t ever going to use hand soap for myself again so I decided to stop buying it for the whole household and it’s cheaper, like way cheaper.  Watch this video and I’ll tell you all about it!

How to save money -  hand soap

Feb
10

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How To Grow Out Bangs

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Growing Out Bangs

Obviously the hair is going to grow all by itself! But the challenging part of how to grow out bangs is really how to style the hair during that awkward growing phase.  Watch this short video to see some easy hairstyle ideas.

Tips For Growing Out Bangs:

  • Wear a headband
  • Side or middle part with barrettes
  • Braids
  • Dog Ears
  • Small Ponytail
  • High Ponytail
  • Wear a hat
  • Wear a bandanna
Feb
7

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Valentine Bags



I will admit to being a little overly ambitious this year.  I was trying to be a cool mom and save money so I decided that the kids and I would make homemade presents and print off and color our own Valentine’s Cards this year.   I even adapted my reusable snack bag pattern to make valentine bags.

Don’t get me wrong, I love the Valentine Bags.  What I didn’t take into effect was that I’d be making like 60 of everything when all was said and done. 

That being said, I loved working with my kids but you might just want to make a special bag for your kiddos and not tackle the whole school like I did!

Valentine Bags

Valentine Bags Sewing Pattern

What special Valentine’s traditions do you have?

Feb
6

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Carrot Pulp Crackers



Waste drives me absolutely bonkers, and even though I know I can (and do) toss my juicing pulp in my compost I’m always searching for ways to use up the pulp.  One of my favorites is my Raw Stuffed Peppers, but as much as I love them I can’t eat them EVERY day, so I decided to make carrot pulp crackers.

So I went on a personal quest and tried a bunch of carrot pulp recipes but I just couldn’t find one that my family was willing to eat… except for my poor husband who ends up eating the stuff we don’t like :-)

So after a few botched attempts I came up with this recipe, although as a disclaimer I don’t LOVE these crackers plain. They are the crunch and body that should be in a cracker. Your yummy flavor will have to come from peanut butter, hummus, or my kids’ favorite veggie cream cheese. The great think about the plain nature of these crackers is that they can be used in so many different ways.

Carrot Pulp Crackers

Carrot Pulp Crackers – Recipe

4 cups carrot pulp
2 cups flax seed soaked in enough water to cover for a few hours
2 cups flax meal soaked with 2 cups water
1/2 cup olive oil
1/4 cup nutritional yeast
1 tbsp salt

Feb
5

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Inspiring Stories – Hand Me Down Clothes



Being a stay at home mom is hard work. My Grandma’s inspiring stories help me get through rough days so I decided to interview her so I can always have my videos to cherish and to share her with you as well. In this video we talked about being content with hand me down clothes. If you have little ones still in diapers you might like this video, where my Grandma talks about cloth diapers in the era before washing machines… ahhhh!

Inspiring Stories – Hand Me Down Clothes


Jan
31

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How To Reupholster A Couch – Continued



Okay, I know it’s been several months since my first post on how to reupholster a couch, where I focused on the cushions of the couch. But this is a giant project so I guess I put it off as long as I could. I even tried to convince myself that the cushions matched the couch so it wasn’t too bad!

Alas I could take it no more so here are the continuing videos 2-4. I’ll post the rest when I get them finished, which should hopefully be soon because this project has torn apart my whole living room… which spread into the dining room, and the kitchen… And if I keep sending my husband to work with TV dinners he may stop being so supportive of my decorating project :-)

Reupholster at your own risk!

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 2

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 3

How To Reupholster A Couch part 4

 

How To Reupholster A Couch Part 5

 How To Reupholster A Couch Part 6

& just in case you missed the first one: How To Reupholster A Couch (Part 1)


If you could redecorate one room in your house what would it be?

Jan
24

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Storing Carrot Juice



I love the way carrot juice makes me feel.  Carrot juice has some AMAZING health benefits.  Check out this VIDEO if you aren’t convinced yet!  But I don’t have time to make it every day.  So here’s a cool trick for storing carrot juice if you have a busy schedule so you can work juicing into your schedule a couple times a week if you can’t do it every day.

Make sure to put your carrot juice in a glass jar (not plastic).  After all the work you just put into make that healthy juice you don’t want to risk any plastic chemicals leaching into it!

Storing Carrot Juice

Jan
22

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How To Make Carrot Juice


I’ve made a lot of dietary changes over the last two years. It hasn’t been easy to implement a lot of these changes, but I’m so glad I have. One of the biggest changes I’ve made has been to add carrot juice to my daily routine.

I still don’t like to taste of it, I’m not gonna lie I don’t understand how people think it tastes good!

What I love about carrot juice is what it does for my mind, my skin, and my body. Drinking raw carrot juice is better than any energy drink on the market and instead of a bunch of harmful side effects it’s TOTALLY good for you. Have you tried carrot juice before? Are you ready to learn how to make carrot juice?
If you’re interested in learning more about the benefits of carrot juice you should watch this video.

How To Make Carrot Juice

Jan
22

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Crochet Cherries


When I made the cherry tomato pattern for my crochet salad I knew I just had to make crochet cherries!  I’d already figured out how to make the cherry part which meant I only had to figure out the leaf.  Now thank goodness for the ability to unravel yarn and start over because I made some seriously ugly leaves on my quest to make the perfect cherry leaf :-) 

I hope you have as much fun with this crochet cherries pattern as I did.

Crochet Cherries

 

Crochet Cherries Pattern

You need an H crochet hook and red & green yarn.

To make the cherry:

With red yarn: Chain 3, join loop with a slip stitch.

Chain 2, work 4 DC in each of the 3 spaces, join with a slip stitch to the beginning (12 total DC)

Chain 1, work 1 SC in each space all the way around, join with a slip stitch (12 total SC)

Chain 1, (skip 1 space, SC 1) repeat until the hole is small enough to close up with a slip stitch. If you do too many it will kind of bubble out at the end.

Cut thread, tie off, and hid inside the cherry.

Repeat these steps until you have 3 cherries.

For the leaf:

With green yarn: Chain 2, go back to the 1st chain you made and work 2 DC in it.

Chain 2, work 2 DC in each space (4 total DC)

Chain 2, turn project, wrap the yarn around the hook, skip the first space and go into the next space. Grab some yarn and pull it through. At this point you have 3 loops on the hook. Wrap around and go through 2 of those loops. Wrap around and skip the next space and go into the last space, grab some thread and pull it through, at this point you’ll have 4 loops on the hook. Wrap the yarn around and go through 2 of the loops. Wrap the yarn around and go through all 3 loops. This completes the leaf.

Now, to connect the leaf to the cherry:

Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.

Join the thread to the same area you connected the last cherry and repeat the “Ch 7 and join to cherry with a slip stitch tie off, cut and hide thread.” 2 more times.

Hide all of the green threads inside the main body of the leaf.

Jan
19

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Vegan Ranch Dressing



We stopped eating dairy a few months ago and I’m not about to say it’s been easy.  I’ve gone back and forth over the years but I always feel better when dairy is out of my life.  So I decided to draw the imaginary line in that imaginary sand… and here’s to not crossing it!  This recipe for vegan ranch dressing comes out of the desparation of NEEDING ranch dressing.  It was my favorite salad dressing (which is amazing because I can’t stand dill in just about anything else).

Anyway, you might need to halve this recipe if you don’t have a big old heavy duty vitamix.  I like to make up a big old batch and freeze it in little 4 oz jelly jars or old baby food jars.  Then it’s already neatly packaged to send in my husband’s lunches.  This also helps guarantee I’m never REALLY out of salad dressing.  Have you ever considered giving up milk and cheese?

Vegan Ranch Dressing

Vegan Ranch Dressing Recipe

3 cups cashews
3 cups water
2 tsp salt
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp onion powder
2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp dried dill
2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp dried rosemary
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried thyme



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