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Home Fragrance Using Essential Oils

Home Fragrance Using Essential Oils

After last week’s post about creating natural home fragrance using a crockpot, I got a number of questions about the use of essential oils in aromatherapy. In this post I will give you directions to make two very simple types of air fresheners using essential […]

Fresh and Natural Home Fragrance From a Slow Cooker

Fresh and Natural Home Fragrance From a Slow Cooker

I’ve always loved candles, not just for the ambience of a flickering flame in the dark, but also for the wonderful fragrance they can add to a room.  Lately, however, the scents more often seem to be “off” to me – that is, they seem […]

Every Home Needs a Simple White Serving Platter

Every Home Needs a Simple White Serving Platter

I didn’t know how much I needed it until I saw it. The most wonderful serving platter ever to exist on the face of this earth. The perfect size. Square, but softened and slightly wavy around the lip. Brilliant white. Simple, but at the same […]

Why Buy Fair Trade? An Activist Explains

Why Buy Fair Trade? An Activist Explains

Fair Trade activist Katie Bond is the founder of The Peace Exchange, an international fair trade non-profit based here in Southern California. I recently had the privilege of interviewing her and expanding my knowledge of fair trade principles and practices, as well as gaining greater […]

An Open Pantry:  Kitchen Storage Solution

An Open Pantry: Kitchen Storage Solution

Kitchen Storage is Important Do you need additional storage in your kitchen, but you don’t have the option of adding more cabinets? Consider adding an open pantry to your kitchen! Let’s face it, in our modern world we all have specialty pots and pans and […]

6 Household Products to Buy in Spring – and 2 to Skip

6 Household Products to Buy in Spring – and 2 to Skip

Spring Sales of Household Products March and April tend to be quiet months in terms of big sales, especially for home products.  The December Holiday season is a fading memory, and Memorial Day Sales are still a few calendar pages away.   Does that mean you […]

How to Clean Everything in the Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects Guide

How to Clean Everything in the Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects Guide

This post is designed as a companion piece to my recent post 31 Days: Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects. In that post, I created the cleaning schedule; here, I share techniques on how to clean, to aid you in completing each activity. Although plenty […]

31 DAYS:  Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects

31 DAYS: Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Projects

Spring is in the air and it’s time to clean the house. Get motivated with 31 days of easy projects. Download a free printable and get how to information as well.

The Best, Most Efficient Closet Layout Ever

The Best, Most Efficient Closet Layout Ever

My closet layout works for any closet, for men’s and women’s clothing, and takes less than one hour to set up! Lately it seems like every third article you read is talking about purging your wardrobe. And that’s a good thing. But once you complete […]

Dry January:  My 31-Day Alcohol-Free Experience

Dry January: My 31-Day Alcohol-Free Experience

I’m really pleased to introduce a guest writer for this post, Meaghan Roach. Meaghan works as a Research Scientist for Health Policy, and yes, she’s my daughter! Meaghan is an intrepid traveler, adventurous hiker, amazing baker, and rescue dog lover. Always up for a new […]

14 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

14 Best Ways to Celebrate Valentine’s Day

Want to be more productive?  Get 5 FREE printable weekly and monthly planners HERE. Whether You are Single or Coupled and at Home or Out! I know some people really get excited about Valentine’s Day, with the hearts and flowers and chocolates and dinner at […]

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Decluttering Journey

10 Quotes to Inspire Your Decluttering Journey

Was one of your resolutions that this year would finally be the year you got *choke* organized? And now, time has passed, and you have nothing to show for it? Are you waiting for someone or something to inspire your decluttering journey? Did you say […]

8 Best Places to Order Vegetable Seeds

8 Best Places to Order Vegetable Seeds

Do you enjoy gardening?  It’s estimated that 27 million people across the U.S.A. consider gardening to be a favorite hobby. Gardening is the #1 hobby in the country! It’s certainly one of my favorite ways to spend a sunny afternoon. I even enjoy the preparatory […]

Benefits of a Community Garden

Benefits of a Community Garden

Anyone who’s known me for a while knows about my love of gardening.  Even though we have moved houses often (like, ten times in less than thirty years often!), I’ve always made room to grow flowers and vegetables.  I’ve had large swaths of grass removed […]

Understanding the Basics of Fair Trade

Understanding the Basics of Fair Trade

Do You Understand the Basics of the Fair Trade Movement, and how it impacts people around the world? Like many people, I have long been familiar with the term “Fair Trade”, mostly associating it with coffee and chocolate. I understood the basics of fair trade, […]

A Quick Guide to New Carpet Installation

A Quick Guide to New Carpet Installation

Since we are in the process ourselves, I thought it would be appropriate to put together a quick guide to the installation process for new carpet. There’s a lot to be done to simplify the process, as I have learned! Want to be more productive? […]

Three Levels of Organizing Help Create Your Ideal Home

Three Levels of Organizing Help Create Your Ideal Home

Three Levels of Organizing Lead to Your Perfect Home With all the incredible homes we see on tv, in magazines, and online, it’s easy to feel like our own home needs to measure up. Most of us are not professional organizers and decorators, so this […]

How to Fold Clothes – The Best, Easiest Way

How to Fold Clothes – The Best, Easiest Way

Some people love the KonMari method of tidying up, and some people just don’t. I’m sort of mixed in between, and can see pros and cons. But if you are looking for the perfect method of how to fold clothes, Marie Kondo is the one […]

How to Get Kids to Clean Up Their Toys – 9 Ways!

How to Get Kids to Clean Up Their Toys – 9 Ways!

Try these fun games to get your kids to clean up their toys – without tears or complaining! The good news – it’s really not as hard as you think to get kids to clean up their toys.  Yes, these games require a little more […]