How To Make Homemade Soap In A Crockpot {A Photo Tutorial}

make your own bar soap

This post has been a year and a half in the making. I hope you'll be as excited about it as I am! ;-) Ever since I started blogging and making my own homemade versions of household products I have wanted to try making SOAP! But I was completely intimidated by the whole process. First of all it involved MATH, which is NOT my ... Continue Reading

How To Make A Brown Paper Goodie Bag!

brown paper gift bag

I've been working on a "top secret" project this week, but I know I can trust you to keep my confidence so I'll share the secret with you. :-) It's a "goodie" bag for my fellow panelists at Alt Summit this week. It's not quite "ready for prime time" so I'm keeping the details under wraps, but I wanted to share something that ... Continue Reading

Make Your Own Fabric Softener Crystals

Fabric Softener Crystals

Are you a fan of fabric softener crystals like Purex but not a fan of the price??  Try making your own! Yesterday as I was doing laundry I noticed I was almost out of my homemade laundry detergent. Since I am going to be gone for 4 days this week, I didn't want to give the hubster any excuses for not doing laundry while I'm ... Continue Reading

Cheesy Crockpot Meatloaf

cheesey crockpot meatloaf

Yesterday I was perusing my recipe file and came across this meat loaf recipe that I obviously thought was good enough to put IN my files...but one I don't think I've ever actually MADE before. For some reason I was really craving meatloaf yesterday, so I decided to give this recipe a try. While the recipe isn't written as a ... Continue Reading

How To Fix Too-Tight Shoes . . . Chill Out!

how to stretch your shoes

I did something crazy this week. I bought these shoes! :-)   I've been trying to get my "glam" on for the upcoming Alt Design Summit next week (which is a losing battle...but that's a whole different story and post!) and my friend Emily suggested these shoes! The funny thing is I LOVE them...even though they are SO not what I ... Continue Reading

Nicole’s One-Minute Eggs

nicoles eggs

Today I had one of those "Why didn't I think of that!?!" moments. I think I've shared before that we go through a LOT of eggs in this house. They are gluten-free, high in protein, can be cooked a zillion different ways, and we just really like the way they taste. No. 3 son has an egg sandwich every morning before school! And ... Continue Reading

Lavender, Lemon, and Peppermint – The Natural Antihistamine

lavender lemon peppermint

Today I wish I was a songwriter....because I would totally write a song that sings the praises of this wonder cure I have been using lately. Just a little background before I start my serenade. ;-) For a couple of months now I have been dealing with the most random ailments. Things I've never dealt with before. But the two ... Continue Reading