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Handmade for the Holidays–10 Easy Homemade Gifts

Pinterest, blogs and Facebook, oh my! The internet is awash with projects that put Martha Stewart to shame. One project after the next, and they're all labeled "Easy!" and "Simple!"--but the honest truth is, they're far from simple or easy. Now, I love making homemade gifts. I do it every year, for friends and family alike. But handmade gifts should make your life simpler, not more complicated! … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Germ Killing Foaming Handsoap for Pennies!

 In my Naturally Frugal Essential Oils group on Facebook, one of the most popular questions is how to make your own foaming hand soap. Y'all...if you haven't done this yet, you NEED to! It is super-simple, costs pennies to make, and kills germs to boot! Not to mention, do you know all of the dangerous chemicals and even warnings from the FDA against using those store-bought anti-bacterial … [Read more...]

Ban Spiders from Your Home with Essential Oils!

 It's that time of year again, when women all over the country begin burning their houses down to get rid of the spiders.I jest, of course. Only this guy burned his house down to get rid of the spiders. (Don't be that guy!) The rest of us just joke about it!As fall settles in, spiders begin to make their way indoors, looking for a comfy home for the winter. Now, I am a friend of … [Read more...]

DIY All-Natural Dishwasher Detergent Tablets!

I don't think I could be any more excited about today's discovery!Over the last few years I've tried several different options for making your own dishwasher detergent. I've tried multiple recipes. I've bought natural dishwasher detergents. I've tried them all. In the end I always end up switching back to Cascade or Finish. We have hard water here and without the commercial brand we end up … [Read more...]

Eight Ways to Live a Natural, Healthy Lifestyle on a Budget

Once upon a time, I had a career as a frugal blogger. I spent my days telling thousands of people how to save money. It never failed though, that when I did my radio spots or tv spots every week, or in my classes, that I'd hear from someone that it was all fine and well, but they eat healthy, so it just wouldn't work for them. Poppycock.It totally isn't true. This is an age-old myth that I've … [Read more...]

Naturally Frugal: Straw Bale Gardening

I am soooo excited! About a year ago while researching pallet gardening I stumbled upon a form of gardening on Pinterest called Straw Bale Gardening. I was intrigued, and decided to do some research. I've spent the past year reading everything I could about straw bale gardening, and today it finally all came together--I planted my first straw bale garden! The premise goes like this: straw is an … [Read more...]

Naturally Frugal: Egg Yolk Hair Wash

"Ewww....Really?" That is usually the first response I get when I tell people that I use egg yolks to wash my hair. Then they start studying my hair looking for signs of eggs. I've gotten used to it, but I'm here to tell you, egg yolks--they ROCK. I started using the egg yolks a year ago, as I was experimenting with different no-shampoo methods. While I loved the simplicity of baking soda to wash … [Read more...]

Skip the Drugstore–Get Some Honey!

Of all the things we're going to talk about during this 31 day series, I think I'm most excited about health week. I love having ditched shampoo, and I love that I can do laundry without all the commercial detergents and fabric softeners, but the things I'm going to share with you this week will significantly impact your life for the better. There is nothing in here this week that I haven't tried … [Read more...]

Scrub-free Shower and Faucet Cleaner

Have you ever looked up at your showerhead and wondered what has happened to your water pressure lately? If your shower is more than a year or two old, you most likely have experienced a loss of water spray due to hard water buildup. If you look up at your showerhead, you'll notice these white, crusty bits around the spray areas. That isn't dirt--that's minerals from Cincinnati's notoriously hard … [Read more...]

Say Goodbye to Static Cling

 Pop! Zing! Zap! The cooler weather has brought with it my old nemesis--Mr. Static. Mr. Static always shows up in homes uninvited, and makes itself quite a nuisance in the laundry room. But before you reach for your fabric softener and dryer sheets, let's go over some naturally frugal ways you can send Mr. Static packing!This was one area where I was VERY skeptical. I was very fond of … [Read more...]