A Winter Guide for Essential Oil Blends


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

Christmas tree farm in Iowa.

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


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 ]

Christmas Leftover Ideas


The presents have been opened and exclaimed over, the guests are gone and the dinner is over, and the host of the most wonderful time of the year is sometimes left with a ridiculous amount of leftovers. If you find yourself in this boat, don't fret! There are tons of things you can do with your Christmas leftovers, and with a little ingenuity, no one will guess that they're actually eating leftovers! Some of the recipes even will use more than one ingredient, depending on what you made for ... [ Read More ]

Merry Christmas!


Well, we're only a day away from Christmas! Is your family chomping at the bit to open presents yet? I know mine is. I just wanted to wish everyone a wonderful old-fashioned Christmas full of laughter, smiles and great food! Be sure to check back after Christmas for some ideas on what to do with the mountain of Christmas dinner leftovers you'll probably have left!   ... [ Read More ]

Melted Snowman Ornament DIY

melted snowman ornament - OFF

I know Christmas is almost here, but I wanted to do one last craft post before the big day arrives! These adorable little guys spent way too much time enjoying all of the sunshine we've been getting down here but even melted, they're awfully cute! Here's what you'll need to make one of these ornaments for yourself: Clear plastic or glass ornament - you can buy these at most craft stores around the holidays 1/4 to 1/3 cup sugar or salt 2 - 3 T white glitter funnel that fits your ... [ Read More ]

Christmas Crafts: Dough Ornaments


I know Christmas is almost here, but if you're looking for some good old-fashioned fun for the kiddos and maybe the start of a pre-Christmas tradition, why not make some of your own ornaments? They could even make sweet gifts for neighbors, friends and family members! Here are three different kids of homemade dough perfect for ornaments: ... [ Read More ]

10 Cookie Gift Wrapping Ideas


Giving someone cookies as a gift can be a sweet, inexpensive and old-fashioned way to show that you care. So here are 10 ways to make your cookie gift look as fantastic as it will taste! ... [ Read More ]

Under $20 – The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

Under $20 - The Ultimate Hand Picked List of Last Minute Gifts for Your Favorite Homesteader or Homemaker

    I was asked by a reader to come up with another gift list for the blog, based on gifts that were low budget. My original post is here. While many of these items are under $20 there are plenty of other items I would love to have for my kitchen and garden under that price point. Here are just a few that I either have or made it onto my wish list. *IMPORTANT NOTE* If you have not done so already grab your free 30 day trial to Amazon Prime . You can use it to have your gifts ... [ Read More ]