Homemade Herbal Shampoo

How to Make Your Own DIY Herbal Shampoo

My foray into homemade herbal shampoo began last summer. Up until that time, I just used whatever cheap shampoo I could get my hands on. Times were tight and my beloved salon shampoos were most certainly not in the budget. However, I was pretty uncomfortable with the thought of us being exposed to all of those weird sounding chemicals and knew I could do better than that. I got the framework for this shampoo from … Continue reading

Capturing Memories on New Year’s Day

Today, I’m sharing my favorite family tradition! For a decade now, I’ve made it a habit to take a picture of my children on New Year’s Day. I then ask them a few questions about their favorite foods, colors, games, what they want to be when they grow up, what they think their sibling will be, what they would buy with a hundred or million dollars… all those sorts of things. After they answer the … Continue reading

Short and Sweet

Last Friday, I sat down at the computer, planning to spend a few hours working on a post. I did a quick Facebook check first and saw the news about the horrific shootings in Connecticut. I read for a short while, then turned off the computer and took my kids for a walk outside. One of my favorite quotes is by Henry Thoreau: “The cost of a thing is the amount of what I call … Continue reading

Cocoa Honey Lip Balm Recipe

Cocoa Honey Lip Balm Recipe

This is a fun lip balm that I originally made up to go with my Halloween costume (I was a honeybee!) The plan was to carry a little basket of them to hand out as “treats” at the Halloween party I was heading to. The reality is that I’m such a scatter-brain that I left them sitting on my kitchen counter! Oops! This cocoa honey lip balm isn’t overtly chocolatey or honey tasting (because heavily … Continue reading

DIY Natural Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

DIY Rose Face & Body Cream Recipe

I created this DIY natural rose face and body cream as a gift for my mom. She absolutely adores all things roses and the color pink, so I think she’ll love this! (Update: I never can wait to give gifts to people & already gave my mom some of this. She LOVES it. Success!)  :)   There are a few things to remember when making this homemade cream: Use the utmost care in cleanliness. I … Continue reading

Herbal Healing Salve Recipe

Herbal Healing Salve Recipe

This is my family’s go-to healing salve recipe for soothing pretty much any scratch, cut, scrape, bug bite, dry skin patch, bee sting, hives and so forth. I have a relative who even likes to use it instead of an eye cream! Think of this as an herbal alternative to something like your typical store-bought, chemical-laden antibiotic cream, without any of the nasty side effects that those can sometimes cause. It takes a bit of … Continue reading

Nutty Caramels

SCD legal caramels made with nut butter and honey

The idea for these tasty little honey-based treats originally came from the wonderful cookbook: Grain-Free Gourmet by Jodi Bager and Jenny Lass. They are suitable for anyone on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet or those looking to reduce their intake of refined sugars. Nutty Caramels 1 cup honey 1 cup peanut, almond, cashew or allowed nut butter 1 teaspoon coconut oil (original recipe calls for 1 tablespoon of unsalted butter, which you can use if not … Continue reading

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm Recipe

Peppermint Elderberry Lip Balm

I’m not a lipstick-wearing type of lady. I think it tastes weird and I’m really hesitant about putting something with a giant list of unpronounceable chemicals directly on my lips. I do however, absolutely love this lightly tinted peppermint elderberry lip balm I make using all natural and organic ingredients. The rosy color is provided by a combination of dried elderberries and alkanet root powder, infused in olive or sweet almond oil. I keep a … Continue reading