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…

100 Years Ago: Advice for Fathers

Fathers are important.  Despite this, the past few decades have been rife with worries about workaholic fathers, absent fathers, distant fathers, all sorts of needs-improvement fathers!  It  must be a modern phenomenon, right?  Surprisingly, a century ago, mothers and experts were already worried about fathers and their role in the family. A full one hundred…

Essential Oils Improved My Marriage

What’s a marriage without some ups and downs?  Those of us with more than a few years of wedded bliss know that even happy marriages have their own challenges.  We’ve been through depression, anxiety attacks, a near-fatal birth, and a rebellious teen.  No, life has not always been smooth sailing.  I am happy to say…

10 Foods I NEVER Buy Anymore

For most of my adult life, three questions determined my diet: is it easy, is it cheap, and is it low-fat.  Cheap, easy and low-fat foods put most of our eating focus on pasta, rice, beans, and potatoes, and the super cheap chicken quarters from Sam’s Club ($0.29/lb at the time).  I’d skin and separate…

When Present Is All You Can Be

We spent hours in the emergency room of our little hospital a few nights ago.  My grown daughter’s new pregnancy was ending.  My child lost her child. There were signs before this.  A pregnancy that should have been nine weeks along only showed five weeks of growth on the ultrasound.  There was no heartbeat, just the sac….

5 Reasons NOT to Use Essential Oils

Essential oils are are the geek-gone-chic of the health community.  They’re moving out of the hippie tent and into normal, average homes across the country, if not the globe.  Even celebrities and mainstream magazines are talking about essential oils.  Are these oils for you, though?  Before you jump on the oily bandwagon, you better check…