Can You Give a Little?

I find it too easy to be caught up in my own little bubble based on my location and experiences.  For example, I’ve lived most of my life in a small town of some sort.  Some towns have been smaller than others, but none of them were really big enough to be cities.  When I…

The Tornadoes Came

We knew when we woke up that they expected severe storms today.  The possibility of tornadoes blasted on the news and across social media.  Some people joked about it, because destructive tornadoes are, thankfully, rare here.  Others talked about evacuation plans, emergency places to hide for those without basements.  Thunderstorms, sometimes with damaging winds and…

Lemon Oil, Limonene, and Logic

There are plenty of hot-button issues in the the essential oil community.  One of the biggest, hottest, buttoniest issues is lemon oil.  Specifically, is it safe to ingest lemon oil (or any other citrus oil)?  Take a minute to Google, “Dangers of ingesting lemon oil,” and you’ll find articles with a whole range of opinions….

Two Secrets to Happy Motherhood

How in the world did anyone manage motherhood without the endless advice of the internet?  It’s not just the mommy bloggers like yours truly.  Even the experts are online now, quoted in online magazines, news columns, and other articles.  Parents, and mothers in particular, have been deluged with advice for decades, and now it’s at…

Why Live Toxin-Free?

All-natural. Chemical-free.  Toxin-free. Chances are, you’ve heard one or more of these phrases bouncing around the internet.  They’re pretty popular.  Although each one technically has a different meaning, their connotations are all the same: remove harmful things from our lives. But why strive to be toxin-free?  It’s quick and easy to run to the grocery…

10 Best Oils on a Budget

Essential oils are everywhere these days–I see ads for new essential oil companies weekly.  Even one of our local hardware stores carries a line of essential oils.  It’s tempting to grab an easy, cheap eo purchase and hope to benefit.  However, cheap oils readily available at the grocery (or hardware) store aren’t going to provide…

Sleepy-Time Oils: A Photo Story

Good night, Amineko. Amineko is crocheted from  a pattern by Nekoyama.  It can be found on her Ravelry page, or the book can be found on Amazon.  I warn you, though, they are rather addictive to crochet.  Sweet dreams.

The Go-Green Guide for the Not-Very-Crunchy

For a long time, I hated the term “go green.”  Sometimes the advice was simply out of reach or didn’t apply to my situation.  I cannot afford a hybrid car, and there is no public transportation in our town.  Other things didn’t seem that important.  Was it really better to pay lots of money for…

New Year’s Resolutions: Health and Weight

One of the most common and popular resolutions every January is weight loss.  I’m pretty sure I’ve been making that one every year since I was about 13 (kind of sad, now that I reflect on it).  Seriously, I opened Pinterest the day after Christmas to show my sister a recipe, and pins and ads…

Recipe Review: Luscious Lemon Lip Balm

I like to make things.  While I joke that I’m so crafty, I make people (five kids!), the truth is that I like to put time and energy into things that are creative, crafty, or beautiful.  If they happen to be useful, that’s a bonus.  I enjoy crocheting gifts for family and friends (especially amigurumi…