Homemade Healing Skin Salve

Homemade Healing Skin SalveIn the wintertime, when I’m washing my hands every-other-minute in order to avoid the nasty flu that seems to be hitting everyone we know, my hands can get dry.  Even my boys, with their gorgeous young skin, can get rough, itchy patches.  These months of cold dry air, forced air heating, and lots of washing are tough on our body’s largest organ. … Continue reading

Another Go at Homemade Fizzy Bath Bombs

Bath bombs made and packed by my 4-year-old. (He had help with the making, but the packing was all him.)

My 4-year-old has repeatedly requested that we make bath bombs again.  So when our friends suggested that we get together and make a batch, of course we said yes.

 

The bath bombs in the picture may not be the most beautiful (please remember they were made by young kids), but they are everything a bath bomb should be. … Continue reading

Owie Oil: For all those Little Bumps, Bruises, and Scrapes

I have two young children.  This means we encounter a lot of bumps, bruises, and scrapes in our house.

 

When they occur, sometimes my kids keep going as if nothing happened.  I may think, “Wow, that looks like that hurt,” but since they don’t pay it any mind, I also let it go.

 

Other times, they simply want an acknowledgement from me that, indeed, that looked startling or painful. … Continue reading

Clay Diffuser Ornaments

A set of ornaments made by my 3- and 8-year-olds, along with the essential oils we used to scent them.

A few weeks ago, a friend invited us over to make Clay Diffuser Ornaments with her and her girls.  It was a simple and fun project that has since brought wonderful scents throughout our home, as well as made wonderful gifts to give to friends.… Continue reading

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers

Refilling Foaming Hand Soap Containers
Our foaming hand soap containers, refilled and ready to go.

We go through a lot of hand soap in our family.  While foaming hand soap is expensive to buy in the store, it is very inexpensive and simple to make on your own.  In addition to cost effectiveness and ease, you can control the ingredients to make certain they are free of chemical nasties. … Continue reading

Simple, All-Natural, Homemade Deodorant

I make a lot of my own natural skin and body care products.  Amazing Face Serum, DIY Foaming Hand Soap, Homemade Bath Salts, Homemade All-Natural Diaper Rash Cream, Hand Sanitizer, and Fizzy Bath Bombs.  These simple recipes are all a part of our everyday household life (with the current exception of the diaper rash cream, since we’re now done with diapers), though that recipe also makes a great skin salve for other body areas that need some extra support.… Continue reading

Preparing for Cold and Flu Season

Cold and Flu season is upon us.  As we head into the winter months, we spending more time indoors. This means we’re spending more time surrounded by the dry air produced by forced-air heating.  We get more-frequent exposure to the germs that come from other people’s coughs, sneezes, and touch.  We also increase our general sickness exposure by spending more time gathering with family and friends. … Continue reading

DIY Foaming Hand Soap

DIY Foaming Hand SoapIf your family is anything like mine, everyone loves foaming hand soap.  My boys love that it magically foams up, even before they begin scrubbing.  I love that it gets my kids excited about washing their hands.  It also helps to reduce waste as it give them a handful of soap in only one squirt, instead of my boys repeatedly pumping regular soap into their hands until they feel like they have enough.… Continue reading

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages

Flavored Water: A Healthy Alternative to Sweetened Beverages
Citrus Fresh, or other food-grade essential oils, are a simple way to increase your water consumption without adding sugars to your diet.

All of us need to drink a lot of water every day.  The human body works best when it gets at least 1 ounce of water for every two pounds of body weight.  That’s a lot of water, and most people I know don’t drink nearly that amount.… Continue reading

Wash Stress Down the Drain with Homemade Bath Salts

Wash Stress Down the Drain with Homemade Bath SaltsThis last month has held a fair share of stresses. It’s taken me over a month to recover from the severe concussion that occurred as a result of a fainting spell. Add to the stress of injury and recovery the fact that life does not stop so I can recover, and that as I’m feeling better there are seemingly mountains of things that need to be done, and the pressure grows.… Continue reading