Family Christmas Celebration

Christmas Tree Water (Recipe for Longevity)

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My dad uses this Christmas tree water recipe and claims that it makes a difference in the longevity of fresh trees. I was reminded this week how much I love a REAL Christmas tree. Imperfect?…

Homemade Vanilla Extract

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You only need 2 simple ingredients to make your own homemade vanilla extract: vanilla beans and vodka! After following the easy steps below, let the vanilla beans infuse the vodka for as little…

Easy DIY Fruit Fly Traps using Apple Cider Vinegar

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Battling a swarm of fruit flies in your kitchen or bathroom? I am too! Here's the good news - you can get control of fruit flies more easily than you think. In just minutes you can quickly rid…

DIY Drano for Toilets

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano for toilets really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick several different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no…

DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I'm kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place…
diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

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by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author One of the first obstacles I found when researching soap-making with kids is the process of mixing oils with lye, a caustic substance. Even though…

Easy Homemade Playdough Recipe (+ FREE Printable Recipe Card)

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

Homemade All-Natural Carpet Cleaner

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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…
non-toxic foaming hand soap recipe

How to Make Your Own Non-Toxic Foaming Hand Soap

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Seriously...why did I wait so long to do this?  For years I've either been buying way over-priced safe hand soap or cheap unsafe soap.  Those days are over. This past weekend, I used…

Homemade Disinfectant Recipe

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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…