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Tag Archives: Homemade

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 All-Natural Bugs Spray and Remedies to Treat Bug Bites

By Fredrica Syren: As daylight and temperatures increase, we tend to spend more time outdoors. Unfortunately we’re not alone …. Bugs!!! Like it or not, they are part of summer and one part of nature that can be quite bothersome. Luckily, there are sprays and other products you can use …

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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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Homemade Popsicles and Best Nontoxic Popsicle Molds

By Fredrica Syren: We’re having some nice warm days here in San Diego. On these kinds of days, I love to treat my kids to ice cream or popsicles, but I’m not a big fan of store bought ice cream because it tends to contain too much sugar and too …

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Salad Dressing Basics

By Emma Grace Fairchild: Salads and veggies certainly can stand on their own as a source of flavor, but a great dressing can make or break a dish, too! From a basic garden salad to warm salads with roasted veggies, or a dark green salad of kale and wild greens, …

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Homemade Cleaners I Can’t Live Without

By Fredrica Syren: When we went zero waste a couple of years ago, we started making our own household cleaners. It reduces waste from packaging, and it saves money; but most importantly, the homemade cleaners contain no chemicals that can harm your family or the planet. One ironic result is …

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Why You Should Make Homemade Nut Butters and Recipes

By Fredrica Syren: Nut butters are so versatile and can be used in a nut butter sandwich for a quick lunch, or as a snack with apple slices or veggie sticks. I even use nut butters for homemade desserts and creamy soups. When I was growing up, there were only …

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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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