9 Natural DIY Essentials What Do You Really Need?

DIY NaturalIf you’ve read any of this blog, you know I love to make my own cleaning and personal care products. Getting started can be a little overwhelming, though. What are the basic products you need for natural DIY? How do you know you’re getting a quality product? Is it expensive to get started? These are all questions that were swirling in my brain. I did a lot of reading and collected recipes for DIY products, but ultimately I had to just dive in to really figure out what was going to work for us. So if you’re looking to get started on the natural DIY path, I’d like to help you sort out the confusion. Continue reading

DIY Natural vs. Store Bought

DIYWhen I began looking to DIY personal care and cleaning products, I was concerned about the cost of supplies. A gallon of castile soap at $55 seemed a bit steep. But buying all natural products is pricey too. A constant struggle for me is balancing the desire to use natural products and be healthier with what we can actually afford. Many of you probably have a similar struggle, so today I’m breaking down the cost of a few homemade products versus buying them. Continue reading

DIY or Store Bought?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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DIY Anti-Itch Clay That Works!

anti-itchMy husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more. Continue reading

Why Hairspray Isn’t Safe

Let’s talk about hairspray. For many of us, it’s a vital part of our beauty routine. We need it to keep our hair from going wild. Especially on a windy day, I need it to keep my short hair from becoming full of static and fly away.

But what’s in our hairspray? Is it safe for us to put on our bodies and be inhaling? Most are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances. I’m sensitive to fragrances, so this is an area where I need to be especially cautious. I had to find a way to make my own (bonus: it’s super easy and cheap). Keep reading to learn why hairspray is bad for you, and for my DIY version. Continue reading

Winter Crochet Roundup

crochetI love crafts and DIY. Hobbies help me unwind, give me something to focus on when I’m depressed, and give me a sense of satisfaction at having accomplished something with my own two hands. I’ve enjoyed scrapooking, making cards, knitting, jewelry making and bead work, and sewing. With the colder weather, I’ve been working on projects to keep myself warm. Today I would like to share some of my favorite crochet projects from around the web, along with pictures of my finished projects. Continue reading