Gifts using Muslin Bags

7 uses for muslin bags

I love muslin bags! I try to always keep a stash of muslin bags on hand because they make it possible to create quick and simple gifts. Especially when you want to make gifts in bulk. Simply line up bags and work assembly-line style. A few items you can make with muslin bags include: Scented-drawer […]

Soothing Oatmeal and Lavender Bath

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Oats are well-known as a skin soother and are often used to treat dry, itchy skin. This bath treatment could be made with oats only, but the addition of sunflower seeds and lavender make for an even greater soothing and calming effect. The lavender gives a very subtle fragrance and is not over powering at […]

Quick and Simple Hot Cocoa Mix

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The following hot cocoa mix is quick to make and includes real food ingredients. I chose to use coconut sugar or sucanat as the sweetener because both are less processed than white or brown sugar and still contain nutrients. Ingredients: 1/2 cup cocoa powder 1 cup sucanat or coconut sugar Method: Mix cocoa powder and […]

Berkey Water Filter Giveaway!

My guess is that you are blessed with access to clean running water. We don’t really worry about getting parasites or other waterborne diseases when we turn on our tap. But while we are blessed with clean water coming through indoor plumbing, are you aware of some of the environmental contaminants that are frequently found in […]

Delightful Links – Health and Wellness


Pictured above are some of the supplies I’m using to create tutorials for the rest of the simple, homemade gifts series! It’s quite a task (but is definitely my kind of fun)! Lots of goodies from Mountain Rose Herbs. Today I wanted to share three great resources that will help you on your healthy living […]

Rose and Chamomile Bath Bags

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Rose and chamomile are great for the skin and the senses. Adding these herbs to the bath takes bathing to a new level. The herbs infuse the water, nourishing the skin. The scent of the herbs fills the air as the steam escapes from the water, making this an aromatic experience as well. For a […]

Vanilla-Almond Granola Recipe

vanilla-almond granola

A few days ago I posted an orange-cranberry granola recipe. I love that recipe and find it’s a wonderful gift because the flavors are somewhat unexpected. However, not everyone is adventurous when it comes to eating, so I thought a recipe that is a little more mainstream was in order. Enter: Vanilla Almond Granola My […]

Printable Labels for Homemade Gifts

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You can buy plain gift tags at many craft stores. I got the ones for my orange-cranberry granola at Michaels. But, sometimes you may want to kick it up a notch and print out something a little prettier. If so, you’ll love these links. I’m continually amazed at the talent some people have for creating […]

Simple No-Sew Gifts (Bags, Blankets, and More!)


Sewing can be a little intimidating to those of us with little experience in that area. (If that’s you and you WANT to learn to so, you must check out my friends eBook, Sewing School 101). Isn’t it great that there are projects that look like, and feel a little like sewing, but aren’t?! I […]

Orange Cranberry Granola Recipe


Granola is an excellent gift to make with kids. The ingredients are fairly easy for them to measure and stir, and they can even help with the packaging. I also enjoy giving granola since it is a consumable gift. It’s not extra clutter, but something that can be used and enjoyed. Granola can be packaged […]