1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

1 Pumpkin, Many Uses

Pumpkins are versatile and as with most produce, it has a variety of uses. They can be cooked, used for skincare and the remaining shell, if not kept for decoration, can be turned into compost. Though any organically grown pumpkin can be used for skincare, if it will be eaten choose a ripe pumpkin that is intended for cooking and consuming. These are often referred to as sugar pumpkins or cheese pumpkins and their flesh will be sweeter, creamier and not as stringy as ornamental varieties. Better Homes and Gardens has a quick guide on measurements to consider for substituting fresh pumpkin for canned,… read more

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

DIY Makes Spray Bottles Better

Spray bottle products are convenient, perfectly sized and their contents are what many deem as daily necessities. However, they can also often include questionable components and high price tags, all contained in plastic. Why buy when you can DIY better than the original? The following bottle mist recipes are all natural and inexpensive. Plus, bottles you already have on hand can be reused to try them out, or you can make your own with a glass container. For a skin safe fragrance, body spray can be made with only 3 ingredients: filtered water, vegetable glycerin and essential oils. Adding vegetable glycerin… read more

The List: 10 For The Skin

The List: 10 For The Skin

Hair and skincare are billion dollar a year industries. So, when you are budgeting bills, groceries and walking the thin line between paydays – why give them any more money? Head straight to the kitchen for top notch homemade skincare you already have on hand and save money instead of spending on the overpriced jar with the lengthy ingredient list. The 10 on this list can also be mixed and matched together to make the most of their healthful properties. Coconut Oil Considered a one ingredient wonder, coconut oil has an assortment of beneficial uses and many swear by it… read more

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Year Round Uses Of Sunflower Gardens

Planting a sunflower garden is great way to add height and color to a lackluster patch in the yard. Though nice to look at, their seeds also have a wide range of uses. Sunflower seeds can be turned into products that can be used all year around the home. Sunflowers have been grown for many 1000’s of years, as knowledge of their usefulness spread along with their seed crops. They were commonly used for seeds and oil, as well as for medicine and for their fibers, and are still an essential ingredient in these and many other items. Sunflower gardens need a space that… read more

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Skincare For The Sun Kissed

Taking care of skin year round is important, but during the warmer months the sun’s rays can wreak havoc on delicate facial skin, requiring additional steps for protection and treatment. Naturally detoxing and cleansing your skin can be done right at home with ingredients found in the kitchen. For a simple exfoliating scrub that isn’t too harsh, try baking soda mixed with a few drops of water. It will remove impurities and dead skin cells without using tough chemicals. For another way to gently yet effectively cleanse facial skin, try rice water. Rice contains vitamins and minerals that have healthful properties… read more

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Try Coconut And Grapefruit For The Skin And Hair

Things that are beneficial for the skin and hair don’t always have to come in a package. Coconut and grapefruit are seemingly simple ingredients, but they are both packed with nutrient rich properties that offer an all-natural boost. Coconut is moisture-rich and grapefruit is loaded with antioxidants that can remove dead skin cells, brighten and tone. For exfoliation, this homemade scrub uses coconut oil and palm sugar, ground coffee and cinnamon. These ingredients work together to exfoliate, reduce inflammation, moisturize and effectively cleanse the skin. This recipe for grapefruit sugar scrub comes with free printables including labels and a grapefruit… read more

Yes Please, Rosemary

Right With Rosemary

Rosemary has many health benefits. It is a good source of calcium, iron and fiber. It aids in digestion and circulation, and can help heighten attention levels. It also has anti-inflammatory properties which can decrease some of the effects of an asthma attack. It is a stimulant though, so those that are pregnant, have heart conditions or epilepsy should not use it. Since it is an evergreen it can be grown all year under proper conditions. If you are lucky enough to get rosemary to flourish in an herb garden, it may spread wildly. It can be dried and stored… read more

DIY Facial Mist For Dry Winter Skin

DIY Facial Mist For Dry Winter Skin

A long season of cold temperatures and blistery winds can onset dry skin conditions, leaving your face looking patchy, itchy and dull. Facial mists can alleviate these issues and plump up the skin, leaving it refreshed. Over the counter mists can be pricey, especially considering that they are mostly made from water. Also, some of the ingredients in them can actually worsen dry skin. Some brands might contain alcohol or additives that can offset the effects in the product, making it less effective. Trying a homemade facial mist allows a tailor made and money saving alternative. Dry skin, or xerosis, can… read more

Save Strawberry Seeds

Strawberry Seeds

Picked ripe and eaten alone or put in a luscious recipe, strawberries are a favorite of many. Beyond just eating the berry though, the strawberry’s seeds can be put to practical use, too. Harvesting strawberry seeds allows heirloom plants to be grown that will produce an abundance of strawberries. You can buy starter plants or packaged seeds, but the seeds can easily be removed from the berries’ skin just by gently scraping them off. The outside of a strawberry contains around 200 seeds. Some varieties of seeds need to be frozen first to encourage the germination process, and then they… read more

Homemade Spa Basket Set

Homemade Spa Basket Set

Spa gift sets are a luxurious treat, and are great to give or receive. However, along with lavish items included in the basket they can also tote a big price tag. Filling up your own set can be done for much less, and all with items from around the house. If you want to add an artisan touch, take it up a notch by crafting a do it yourself basket. By learning a few basic weaving skills you can make a hand woven basket to hold everything in. A simply made treat is a sugar lip scrub that can be… read more