How I Use Diffusers in My Home

Diffuser

I don’t like to spend money (big surprise, right?), but I recently purchased three essential oil diffusers, and I consider them to be a great investment. Here’s a look at how I’m using them in my home. [Read more…]

How to Make Wax Melts

How to Make Wax Melts

I popped into Walmart the other day, and was surprised to discover almost an entire aisle dedicated to wax melts. Wow! I knew they were popular, but I had no idea they were that popular. And here’s the thing: most of the wax melts they were selling were made out of paraffin wax and synthetic fragrances. Those aren’t things I want my family breathing.

But I do like the idea of wax melts. So, I grabbed a cheapy electric warmer (less than $7), and I went home to make my own wax melts. My version cleans the air instead of polluting it, and can easily be tweaked to help with sinus and cold/flu symptoms. Check it out. [Read more…]

How to Make Reusable Food Wrap

Homemade Reusable Food Wrap

Plastic food wrap is a hard product to have love for. It’s disposable, which means you’re buying it just so you can turn around and throw it away; it’s made out of plastic; and it always gets stuck to itself when you try to use it. Annoying!

Well, as of last week, this is one product that I’ve banished from my kitchen. Yep, I’m done with plastic wrap. From now on, I’ll be using reusable food wrap, made from beeswax-dipped cloth. Maybe you’ve seen this stuff, since it’s kind of “in” right now. It’s literally just a piece of fabric that’s been coated in beeswax. The wax makes the fabric waterproof and air-tight, and it gives it just enough body, so that when you press it around the edge of a bowl or casserole dish, it stays put. Pretty nifty. It even folds around a sandwich nicely.

There are actually several companies selling this product right now, but as easy as it is to make, I opted to make my own, which means I also got to pick the fabric.

Ask your grandmothers or your great-grandmothers how they covered food before plastic wrap came along, and you might just find that they used beeswax-dipped fabric. Yep, while beeswax food wrap is trendy right now, it’s far from a new idea.

Ready to banish plastic wrap from your kitchen? Here’s how to make your own reusable food wrap. [Read more…]

Chocolate Cake Mix Recipe

Homemade Chocolate Cake Mix

Mix mania continues. This week I decided to work on a chocolate cake mix recipe … and well … I nailed it! To find out what my family really thought of my recipe, I made a chocolate cake from a box mix and one from my mix recipe. Then, I conducted a blind taste test (seriously, don’t you feel sorry for my family?). My husband and kids all picked my cake as the hands-down winner. But don’t take their word for it. Conduct your own taste test, and see what you think. [Read more…]

New Year’s Curb Finds

Normally the winter months are not good for curb shopping, but January is kind of the exception. People get busy on their New Year’s resolutions to clean out their homes and get organized, and suddenly good stuff starts to pile up at the curb. Really good stuff.

Like the stuff that my husband snagged on Friday while taking the kids to school. Here’s what I found waiting for me downstairs when I crawled out of bed.

Electric Stove

An electric stove We looked it up on Amazon, and this little stove is capable of heating up to a 400 square foot space. It currently sells for $148. The plug was broken (one of the prongs had come out), so we’ll put a new plug on it, test it to make sure everything is operating properly, and then take it up to our cabin. We don’t have electricity up there yet, but once we do, I’m thinking this will be just the thing to keep us warm overnight, once the fire in our wood stove starts to die down. Sure beats getting up a bunch of times to add wood to the fire.

Green Bookshelf

A solid-wood bookshelf It’s really close to the color that I painted the floors in the cabin, and should work beautifully as a pantry. I’m imagining it tucked between the two windows on the back wall of the kitchen.

Green Shelf Closeup

It has a small footprint, so it’ll add a lot of storage space, without tying up a bunch of floor space.

I can’t wait to haul it up to the cabin.

Have you found anything good in curb piles this month? I’d love to hear about it.