Posts Tagged: “DIY”

  • How to Make Vanilla Extract at Home

    When you go to the store to buy vanilla you are faced with a dilemma: do you buy the smaller, more expensive bottle of REAL vanilla or the larger, cheaper bottle of imitation vanilla? It’s a battle of values, right? Save money or eat real foods (and pay a bit more for it). Even though …Read More

  • Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

    I’ve noticed a pattern in my life. I tend to paint things turquoise. I hadn’t really noticed this as a pattern until I finally got around to putting this post together.  When looking through past before and after makeovers to reference, I realized that I have a serious problem of branching out. Regardless of the blue/turquoise …Read More

  • Simple, Easy DIY Christmas Notes

    Around Christmas time I find quite a few reasons that I need some little note cards around. Gifts for neighbors, thank yous, something to slip into gifts, or like I used them, to send a personal note along with Christmas cards.  With a little time and the right supplies, it is really easy to make …Read More

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    DIY Scented Soap Bars

    by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids that is also great for …Read More

  • Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

    A printable recipe for playdough is available at the bottom of this post! I have such fond memories of making playdough with my mom and siblings. We’d watch in anticipation as my mom stirred up the mixture with our chosen colors. After it was done we would take turns tossing it around like a hot …Read More

  • How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

    How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

    By Jessica Ellingsworth, Contributing Writer Summer is arguably the best time for savoring seasonal foods, especially perfectly ripened fresh berries. As a child, the berries our family didn’t eat right away either got frozen for the long winter or made into freezer jam. If you’ve made freezer jam, you probably know what I mean when …Read More

  • 10 Easy DIY All-Natural Household Products

    My son was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at 20 months of age. It was terrifying, especially when we had no family history at all. So, I did what I’m guessing many terrified mothers who feel out of control do–I began to research like a madwoman. My goal was to discover what could have possibly triggered his …Read More

  • DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

    DIY Stainless Steel Appliance Cleaner

    With six little grimmy hands running around my house, our stainless steel refrigerator and dishwasher get embarrassingly nasty. Fingerprints are everywhere! Want to see? And these pictures don’t even show the half of it! It looks much worse in person. I’ve never known what to do about cleaning my stainless steel appliances because a) I …Read More

  • DIY All-Natural Carpet Cleaner (or How to Get Poop and Puke Out of Carpet)

    Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

    Important Update as of 4/11/14: It has been over a year since using this on my carpet. The stains are still mostly gone, but my carpet is now lighter in those areas. I have old carpet so I much prefer this to the dark stains, but I want to give you fair warning that this …Read More

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    How to Make Homemade Laundry Detergent

    Guest post by Jess from Twenty-Something and Not Counting I’ve been making homemade laundry detergent for about 4 years now. Though I was a little nervous it might not work well or might take too long, I decided to give it a whirl. I made it once and never looked back! Seriously! I originally found …Read More

  • Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

    In an attempt to reduce toxins in our homes and save money, we’ve  become official wannabe hippie pioneer women.  Well, at least I like to think I am.  Polly, have you been converted yet? Below is my homemade disinfectant recipe, which I found here.  I use this on my kitchen counters and bathrooms.  I just …Read More