Road Trip Activities for Kids

When they’re not busy playing with their goodie bag surprise, I put together some other road trip activities for them to do. They’re active boys, so I picked things that will keep their hands and minds busy. Everything I used I was able to find at the Dollar Tree, the local hardware store, or I repurposed from what I already had at home. And they’re great learning toys they can play with when we’re back home.

How to Declutter Toys

How to Declutter Toys

This year I am adopting a “less is more” kind of mindset. Less toys, more playing with the things we already have. Less clothes, more wearing the things we have and love. Less buying, less spending, less clutter, less waste. This is hard in a world with so much consumerism. 

My Top 5 Uses for Vinegar Around the House

The more I work toward having a chemical free home, the more I come to appreciate simple, basic things that I can use a bunch of different ways around the house for different things. Like vinegar. Have you jumped on the vinegar band wagon yet? It is one of the most versatile, cost effective things you can have in your home. You can use vinegar for cooking, cleaning, laundry, as a degreaser, a deodorizer, conditioner for your hair, weed killer – the list goes on! Since I’ve been trying really hard to eliminate chemicals from my home, I’ve started using vinegar more & more

5 Health Benefits of Staying Hydrated

Here it is – get more sleep & drink more water. That’s it! And the good news is, these are two simple (and free!) things that are mostly within our control! I had never taken the time to think about what impact sleeping & staying hydrated – or lack thereof – has on our bodies.

Camping Tips, Tricks & Supplies

I like to be camping organized, but because I don’t want to spend a small fortune to become camping organized, I decided to check out the Dollar Tree to see if they had anything that could be used to keep the camper and campsite well organized this summer.  

Easy Crockpot Chili

When I was on the hunt for a good chili recipe, I wanted an easy one that didn’t have a ton of ingredients.  I found a lot of chili recipes, but they all had several steps to follow, and so.many.ingredients. I tried a few of them and they really weren’t that good, either. So I did what I should have done from the start, and I asked my mother-in-law for her chili recipe. It’s good, easy, and the kind you can put in your crockpot and forget about until dinner time rolls around.

Instant Pot Hard Boiled Eggs

Making hard boiled eggs should be one of the easiest things to do in the kitchen. Boil water, add eggs, wait a few minutes…but the hard part of hard boiled eggs is peeling them. The shells break into a billion pieces, and by the time you’re done peeling the egg it’s so mangled it looks like it’s already been chewed on. This might be an exaggeration, but they can be tricky little things to peel!

Easy Homemade Lavender Hand Lotion

Easy Homemade Lavender Hand Lotion

The dry season is here in Northern Michigan, & that means it’s time to stock up on my favorite homemade hand lotion! Winters are long & cold here – it’s been in the single digits all week! –  so we go through a lot of it. A few years ago my skin started reacting to several of the lotions & cosmetics I was using, so I wanted to find a hand  lotion I could make myself to try to eliminate the chemicals found in most store bought lotions.

4 Must Try Essential Oil Roller Bottle Blends

4 Must Try Essential Oil Roller Bottle Blends

One of my favorite things to do with essential oils is to use them to make roller bottles of my favorite scents. These are great for a lot of reasons! First, roller bottles are a really convenient way to apply your oils- it dilutes the oil, making it ready to use right away so you don’t have to mess with diluting them for each application.