How to Make a Muslin Tea Bag for an Herbal Bath

A simple way to enjoy an herbal bath is to throw some herbs inside a muslin tea bag and let it float in the water. Muslin tea bags are easy to make, even for those who have very few sewing skills. (Believe me, I know!) They make a lovely gift too. Herbs of almost any variety can be added to the tea bag. Lavender and chamomile would provide a relaxing bath, while basil, lemon, and orange rind would be more invigorating. I'll be sharing an energizing bath tea recipe at Frugal Granola soon. Here is a quick video explaining how...

Expectations getting the best of me?

Expectations getting the best of me? |
I tried to speak in a kind voice. But I wanted to yell, “Leave me alone!” I wrested inwardly over something that seemed ridiculous. “Why can’t I ever do what I want to do!?” Sounds delightful, eh? What was I trying to do? Exercise. I wanted to finished my workout and my son had lots of questions and comments! He wasn’t getting in the way, but my brain was just having a difficult time processing his questions and following the DVD’s instructions. He wasn’t doing anything wrong. He is a kid. He has questions and comments. (And funny ones at...

Homemade Belly Butter

Homemade Belly Butter |
I mentioned on my facebook page that I had a post about making your own, all-natural, belly butter on Keeper of the Home, but I never did link to it here! So now I am! This is a very easy recipe. Just mix, melt, and pour. It's soothing to itchy, dry, stretched-to-the-max bellies, and smells good too. Read all the details, with step-by-step instructions, at Keeper of the Home.

Cranberry Cheese Bread

Cranberry Cheese Bread |
A unique sweet bread that is perfect for gift giving. Bursting with cranberries and nuts, this loaf has an undeniable holiday feel. The recipe includes cheese, but doesn’t taste like cheese! I promise. Cranberry Cheese Bread 3 cups whole wheat pastry flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1 teaspoon baking soda ½ teaspoon salt 1 cup Sucanat ½ stick butter 1 egg 1 cup buttermilk ¼ cup orange juice 1 Tablespoon grated orange zest ½ teaspoon vanilla 1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts 1 cup shredded cheese 1 1/4 cups dried cranberries Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. In a small...

Real Food on a Real Budget Winner!

Thanks to all who entered! The winner, selected at random, is Celeste! Congratulations. (Check your email for details). Stephanie's sale is running until tonight (I'm guessing midnight). You can get Real Food on a Real Budget at 50% off AND she is throwing in her Healthy Homemaking book for free. This post contains affiliate links.

Creating a Giving Spirit by Blessing Others

I want be generous. I want my kids to be generous too.                           It doesn't always come naturally to give. Sure, giving out of the overflow is not too hard, but giving when it involves sacrifice, that is not so easy. I figure the best way to become truly generous is to just keep on giving! The 30 Day Giving Challenge is underway. Many are joining in to bless others every day during the month of November. My little family is going along for the ride too. I'm not sure how or what I will blog about during this challenge. It...

More ideas for card-making with kids (using recyled and re-purposed materials)

During our two-day card making fest, we came up with a few ideas for recycling odds and ends to make pretty cards to share. Here are some of them to get you going. I'd love to hear what ideas you have for making cards with recycled or re-purposed materials. Please share them in the comments section so we can all benefit! (The more kid-friendly, the better.) Use buttons for the center of flowers We used construction paper for the petals, but I think scraps of fabric would be awesome for this! You could also simply draw the petals on. Another...

An “I’m Thankful for you because. . .” card

A sweet (and earth-friendly way) the kids can show love and gratitude to special people in their life. How to make a Heart Tree, “I’m Thankful for you because. . .” card: First, make a card from a paper sack and cereal box (follow my instructions here) Paint or draw a tree trunk and branches on the front of the card. (Alternate option: use thin twigs for the tree.) Cut out small heart shapes from a magazine and glue close to tree branches. Having some heart/leaves on the ground would be lovely too. On the front write: I’m thankful for...

How to Make a Stained Glass Window Card

I am currently buried under card making supplies. Supplies of the recycled and re-purposed kind. In preparing for an upcoming post on Keeper of the Home, the kids and I had a two-day card making fest. It wasn't supposed to go on that long, but since I didn't put everything away, it just kept going! I ended up with much more than I could include in a single post, so I'm going to share the overflow here. First up is a quick tutorial for making your own Stained Glass window card. It's fun, frugal, and a little different. Supplies: Crayons...