DIY

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…

Dinged Up Dresser Finds New Life

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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…
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…
How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam

How to Make Homemade Freezer Jam {Freezer Meal}

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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…
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…

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…