DIY Natural vs. Store Bought Which Saves You More?

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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Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup

jellyI love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up. Continue reading

Sour Cream Enchiladas

We all had favorite meals growing up. You can remember the excitement when mom said that’s what was for dinner. And your mouth would water when you smelled it cooking; you couldn’t wait for dinnertime! One of my husband’s favorite dishes as a kid were his mom’s sour cream enchiladas. Every time I make this dish, it takes him back. Made with chicken breast and a creamy sauce with just a hint of spicy, these enchiladas are great anytime. Along with this recipe, I’ll include variations as well as how to make the ingredients yourself instead of using premade. Continue reading