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DIY Powerbars

By Kim Robson: One of my favorite go-to traveling snacks is Clif Bars. They don’t melt in the car or your purse; they don’t shatter into a billion pieces when you bite into them, as granola bars can; and they come in an array of delicious flavors. But lately, I’ve …

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What to Do with All of This Zucchini!

By Emma Grace:  By the end of the summer, our gardens are still going strong in some regards — especially when it comes to big zucchini! It seems as if we find another few of these bright summer squashes every week. More often than not, hiding underneath the big broad …

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Elderflower and Culinary Uses

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Its lacy fragrant blooms and summertime decadence make elderflower a special plant. Easily found in yards and forests for wild harvesting, its light floral nature makes it beautifully suitable for teas, jams, syrups and cordials. Because of its versatility and availability, elderflower is a taste that can …

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DIY Bath Salts

ByKim Robson: I’m a huge fan of hot baths. Summer is always a sad time for me because it’s too hot for anything beyond a lukewarm shower. Taking a long hot soak is out of the question. (At least football season is starting!) But winter is coming, and then I …

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DIY Gourmet Pasta

By Larraine Roulston:  If you are searching for recipes that are both inexpensive and delicious, you might try making your own homemade pasta. Personally, I do not have a pasta machine but with flour, salt, eggs from cage-free poultry, as well as some garden herbs and olive oil on hand, …

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Benefits and Uses of Witch Hazel

By Fredrica Syren: Witch hazel, a shrub that grows in the eastern and midwestern U.S. as well parts of Canada, has been used by native Americans as medicine for a long time. It’s best known for its anti-inflammatory properties because it contains tannins that help reduce swelling and fight bacteria. …

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Making Reusable Sandwich Bags

By Emma Grace Fairchild:  When I was traveling last summer, I packed a sandwich every day for 2 weeks, using gluten free bread from a chain grocery store and a rotating selection of tofu, cheeses and vegetables. I decided to do this with my travel buddy because we both are …

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Natural Stain Removers

By Kim Robson: Traditional store-bought stain removers are full of nasty toxic chemical solvents. Luckily, there are plenty of natural alternatives, many of which are probably already in your pantry. Keep these items on hand and you’ll always be able to make your own natural solvents: Distilled white vinegar Baking …

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Protect Books with DIY Covers

By Kim Robson: Often, when I find a paperback book to read from our neighborhood Little Free Library, its corners and edges are bent and torn. Reading a damaged, dilapidated book is never fun. I have a great technique that uses strips of heavy-duty clear packing tape to repair these …

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DIY Natural and Vegan Skin Care

By Fredrica Syren: Are you, like me, tired of skin and beauty products containing harmful chemicals? I am fed up with that as well as how pricey natural and chemical free products are. So I have started making my own. Besides using safe products that also save me lots of …

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