DIY Oil Free Mascara

mascaraI make a lot of our personal care products myself. It usually saves me money and I know that it’s natural and chemical free. One product I’ve always been nervous about making myself is makeup. I was waiting for my current supply of makeup to run out and then replace it with natural products. But my eye shadow and mascara started to irritate my eyes, so I had to throw it out. I started looking for natural products to replace them, and then I saw pricing! I simply can’t afford it, so I knew it was time to bite the bullet and figure out how to make my own. Continue reading

The Beginner’s Guide to a Fragrance-Free Life

fragrance-freeI’m very sensitive to artificial fragrances. For me, they cause headaches ranging from mild to migraine, coughing fits, irritability, and more. Now I’m not talking about naturally occurring fragrances, such as from pure essential oils or other natural sources. Those don’t cause me any problems, though some are very strong and can still have negative effects for some people. But fake fragrances can cause severe health problems. Why does this happen, and how can you live fragrance-free? Continue reading

How to Survive Without an Oven

ovenThis will probably sound weird, but I haven’t had a working oven in over 3 years. This makes cooking more of a challenge, but definitely one that can be overcome. We use a countertop roaster, a slow cooker, a NuWave induction cooktop, and my favorite, a NuWave oven. We have a few other kitchen appliances, too, but those are the ones we use the most. Sometimes I use more than one at a time to complete a meal. I’ve cooked everything from scrambled eggs to a turkey meal for 20 people. It definitely takes a little extra planning, but I haven’t even missed my oven. So how do I do it? Continue reading

How to Use OneNote Templates

templatesLast week I shared how I converted to a digital bullet journal using OneNote. It was one of my most popular posts, so I’ve decided to share a series of OneNote how-tos. I am so happy I made the change to a digital bullet journal, and I haven’t looked back. I’d like to share with you more details on how I made the switch, and make it easier for you if you make the switch to digital. Today’s topic: how to add templates to your pages. Continue reading

Why I Love My Digital Bullet Journal

bullet journalIf you’ve been on the internet at all in the last few months, chances are you’ve read about bullet journals.¬† And if you’re like me, you were probably curious about what exactly a bullet journal is. Put simply, a bullet journal is an organizational system that keeps track of anything you want. It can be your task manager, sketchbook, journal, idea list, and more. However, this post isn’t meant to be a how-to, but to share my experience with using a bullet journal. (If you need a how-to,¬†this article¬†explains it all.)

I like the idea of being organized, so I had pages of lists in several notebooks and multiple apps on my phone to keep track of life. This resulted in a lack of organization rather than being more organized. So the idea of a simple way to organize my life was appealing. And when I learned that all you really need to start a bullet journal is a pen and a notebook, I decided to give it a try. Here’s what worked for me. Continue reading