April 20, 2014

The Young Living Premium Starter Kit {and a Thieves Kit Giveaway!}

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By now you've read a post or two about how much I love Young Living essential oils.  And yall, I have to tell you - I really do love them!  They are the only essential oil company I really trust for therapeutic grade oils. Not long ago, I shared a few of the ways I use essential oils every single day.  I use them for so many things - from making my house smell amazing, to helping kids fight … [Read more...]

Balancing Hormones Naturally {for Moms}


By Contributing Writer, Candace When I was a youngin', pregnant with our first child, I remember teasing my husband one day, quipping that "wasn't he glad that I didn't cry at the drop of a hat like those other pregnant women?"  My intention wasn't to be rude or arrogant, I just simply didn't understand why that happened to some women. I didn't experience hormonal issues back then. In … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Natural Ant Control

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By Contributing Writer, Daniele Several years ago, we battled ants in our home for what seemed like the entire spring and summer!  In reality, it was only maybe a month. But year after year, whenever I spot an ant or two in our home, I quickly try to get rid of these insects before they get too comfortable.  Sharing space with them is not on my summer plans - at least not indoors. The … [Read more...]

Quick & Easy Homemade Scrubs

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There is nothing like homemade!  Especially when it's easy and quick and something you can use at home or turn into a gift for others. These two scrubs have ingredients most of us have right in our cabinets!   Here are two recipes for homemade scrubs you can you use on our face or other areas of your skin that you need to exfoliate and are perfect for summer or winter. Homemade Sugar … [Read more...]

I Love Lemongrass Spa {and a Giveaway!}

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I recently had the privilege of trying out several natural skincare products from Lemongrass Spa, and wow!  This company sure doesn't disappoint! I love everything I tried, from the Coconut Lime Vanilla hand soap and lotion to the Tangerine body scrub to the Chocolate Raspberry Lip Balm.  Oh yes!  Yummy! Are you like me in that you're very cautious about what chemicals you (don't) allow … [Read more...]

30 Things to Make Instead of Buy

30 Things to Make Instead of Buy

As homemakers, there are so many things that we can easily make at home instead of buying products that contain ingredients that are potentially harmful to our health.  And with the internet at our fingertips, ordering supplies to make a product here or there has never been so easy. I love when I walk through my favorite stores and pass right on by the baking mixes, the household cleaners, and … [Read more...]

23 Uses for Coconut Oil

No-Bake Brownie Bites

I'm still getting to know coconut oil.  I've been using it for several years now, but have only recently begun exploring more ways to use it.  Just when I think I can't find another use for it, I discover another one! Coconut oil has some pretty amazing health benefits, and all-natural and undefiled, that's not at all surprising.  I love that the same jar of organic coconut oil that I use to … [Read more...]

Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

Healthy Chicken Noodle Soup

So delicious and nourishing, this chicken noodle soup is the ultimate comfort food. So far, eight out of the ten of us have been stricken with the flu-bug, so I whipped up this powerhouse of a soup to help boost immunity and detox our systems.  Even with the little bit of added cayenne pepper and loads of fresh garlic, this soup is still mild enough for younger palates to … [Read more...]

Citrus Body Scrub

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Maybe it's hormones. Or maybe it's the scorching Texas heat. But I have had some dry skin this summer.  Thanks to Stacy, from A Delightful Home, and her wonderful how-to book on simple scrubs, I quickly figured out a good scrub to help naturally exfoliate some parched arms, shoulders, legs, and feet. I wouldn't use this as a daily scrub, and although I have personally used it on my face … [Read more...]

7 Ways to Drink More Water


7 Ways to Drink More Water Carry a water bottle when you're on the go.  Get a big water bottle, BPA-free, if possible, and fill it to take with you every time you leave. Drink a glass first thing in the morning.  This helps get the body hydrated as soon as we wake up.  Try drinking before morning coffee. Try to drink a glass before each meal.  Not only keeps us hydrated, but keeps us … [Read more...]