A Winter Guide for Essential Oil Blends

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I still can't believe it's December, but regardless, winter is creeping in! 'Tis the season for giving and joy, but lets not forget wonderful Christmas smells! Rather than overspending on candles and scentsy's like I have in years past, now my essential oil diffusers is responsible for keeping my house smelling great! So, as a follow up to the fall guide for essential oil blends, I thought I would share with you guys my favorite essential oil mixtures for winter and Christmas. Not only will ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Extending the Life of a Live Christmas Tree

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Growing up, we always had real, live Christmas trees. Some years we actually just went out and cut down a tree from our land while others we actually bought a live tree from the local store. Regardless, live trees are, in my opinion, far better than fake ones. There's just something about that smell and look that make live trees better than artificial ones. However, those live trees can be a bit more of a hassle and a bit more work. Fortunately, there are some hacks to ensure that your live ... [ Read More ]

25 Days of Christmas on a Budget

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December is almost here! If it's anything like the rest of the year, this month will fly by and Christmas will be here before you know it. I know that Christmas expenses can add up pretty fast, with gift giving, the meal, and decorating. So, today I want to talk about 25 Christmas activities that you can do on a budget. Obviously, you don't need to do all of these activities to have a memorable Christmas, but with 25 options there should be something that fits the needs of both your family ... [ Read More ]

Using Canned Goods for Pies

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Fall is finally here, and with Thanksgiving only a week away, most people are brushing off their baking skills in preparation of the big day. From stuffing to turkey, homemade cranberry sauce, and rolls, our tables will soon be full of delicious fall foods. But, of course, it simply wouldn't be fall without some freshly baked pies! And, while you can easily purchase pie filling, everyone knows that homemade tastes a million times better. But, did you know that you can actually use your canned ... [ Read More ]

For Thanksgiving Leftovers: Turkey and Tater Casserole

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With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's safe to say most of us are going to be seeing more turkey than we've seen in.... well, since last Thanksgiving. Somehow, every year, my family and I find ourselves in the kitchen with dinner almost done wondering "How in the world did we get this much food?!" and "What are we going to do with all of it?!" and I am sure we aren't the only ones! When I was growing up it was usually turkey sandwiches with mayo for a while, but I'm here to offer a ... [ Read More ]

How to Roast and Season Pumpkin Seeds

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I recently took a camping trip to soak up the fall season. We sat around the campfire, went hiking, and saw some beautiful views filled largely with colorful leaves. To really get into the fall season, we also got some pumpkins to carve—which led to the most delicious campfire pumpkin seeds! My family actually didn't ever make pumpkin seeds while I was growing up that I remember, so my friends took the lead on this, but I was so surprised by how it easy it was for such a tasty outcome! I ... [ Read More ]

23 Things to Love About Fall

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Everyone has their own favorite season, and while I won't deny that I really enjoy all mother nature has to offer, I think autumn is probably one of my favorite seasons. In fact, starting the beginning of August, I can't resist starting on my fall crafts and pulling out all my fall recipes in preparation. Unfortunately, where I live, fall doesn't realy start until the end of September or the beginning of October. However, that doesn't mean that it's too early to start gearing up for the ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Mother’s Day Brunch Ideas

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My family has never been very big into celebrating Mother's Day. My mom always says that it isn't a real holiday and she doesn't actually want us to do anything. Of course, we always do celebrate with a little something special. This year, why not do a special brunch just for mom? Here are a collection of some of my favorite mother's day brunch recipes taken from around the web. You're sure to find something great to make for a brunch just for moms this Sunday! Something Savory At my ... [ Read More ]

Celebrate Earth Day with the 8 Rs

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Earth Day is today, which means that the Internet is suddenly completely abuzz with tons of articles with tips on protecting the environment, reducing waste and saving money. While I absoultely support all of those things, I noticed that almost all of the articles suggest buying TONS of expensive new things in order to help save the environment. I was a little startled---I mean, if that's the ONLY way that people think they can make a difference, then it's no wonder that more people aren't ... [ Read More ]