Product Review: Natural Walnut Cat Litter How Does It Compare to Traditional Clay Litter?

cat litterI have a confession: we have 5 cats, which may seem like a lot. But they’re rescues (most of them were strays or abandoned before we took them in), and we love them. Because our area has a lot of stray dogs, coyotes, and other predators, we keep our babies inside. This means litter boxes and cat litter. And with 5 cats, that’s a lot of litter. Continue reading

Going Paperless Throughout the House

paperlessA while back, I shared this article about reducing your trash output. One of the ways we did this was going paperless in as many areas of our home as possible. When I first looked into going paperless, it seemed a bit intimidating. But it was simpler than I expected, and to be honest, we haven’t missed paper products. Plus going paperless has great benefits-it’s good for the environment, it saves money, and reduces the amount of trash we produce. Keep reading as I share the ways we went paperless throughout the house! Continue reading

9 Natural DIY Essentials

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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How to Save Money on Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is almost a necessary evil. We need it to keep our business, formal, and delicate clothes looking nice and sharp. The average household spends about $500 per year on dry cleaning. So it’s expensive. And dry cleaning usually involves potentially harmful chemicals. Those are both good reasons to reduce how much you dry clean or even eliminate it if possible. Can you do it? Keep reading! Continue reading

10 Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. 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

5 Reasons You Should Buy Secondhand

secondhandGrowing up, our family lived on a very fixed income. My mom was a stay at home single mom and she was great at stretching a dollar. One of the ways she did this was shopping secondhand. I learned a few things from her, so I’m sharing a list of reasons why shopping secondhand is a good idea. I am also sharing a list of things that are great to buy used, and a list of things that should be bought new. Continue reading

Classic Movie Roundup

movieI love a stay in movie night with my husband. Living in a such a rural area means we have to get creative with date nights. (Read more ideas for frugal and creative date nights here.) I love planning and making snacks for movie night. This peanut butter popcorn is our favorite. (I substitute honey for the corn syrup.) Then we pick a movie, whether it’s something new or an old favorite.

Classic movies are my favorite. They’re usually family friendly and I love the actors. Audrey Hepburn, Cary Grant, Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, James Stewart, Danny Kaye, Grace Kelly, Fred Astaire, Leslie Caron, Doris Day, James Garner, I could go on, they had such talent and elegance. And no matter how many times I’ve seen them, I still enjoy them. Continue reading