Pumpkin Carving Tips


October is finally here! While Halloween is still several weeks away, I've already started thinking about costumes, parties and the best part--carving pumpkins. I have tons of fond memories of carving little grinning pumpkins and placing them on the stoop when I was growing up, and to me it just isn't Halloween without a few jack-o-lanterns sitting around! So, if you're planning out your next Halloween pumpkin, then here are some tips to make sure yours is the coolest pumpkin ever! Choosing ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Craft Tutorials


Stress is one of those things that everyone has to deal with, and I'm convinced that the prevalence of technology greatly adds to that. I mean, your average person spends an exorbitant amount of time looking at a screen, and it doesn't really give you mind any time to wander or relax. And that's where old-fashioned crafts come in! Now, I am a very crafty sort of person and I absolutely love learning and trying new things--especially in the winter when it's too cold outside to go and do ... [ Read More ]

11 Uses for White Vinegar


I am not a huge fan of chemical cleaners, generally speaking, and I try to avoid them whenever possible. Not only is it a little cheaper and better for the environment, but it's also healthier for me, my family and my pets. I've already done a post on all the ways that I use baking soda around the house. So, today I wanted to share the uses for my other secret weapon: vinegar. Now I have a confession: I hate the smell of vinegar. When I was a kid I absolutely despised it and while I can ... [ Read More ]

My Top Secret Get-Better-Sleep Tea


When things are really busy, I am one of those people who has trouble shutting off at night. There are always so many things to do and so many things on my mind, I just find myself constantly worrying and thinking over what I did today and what I'll do tomorrow and how to make everything work. Shockingly, it led to poor sleep which basically made everything else harder. While most of my friends and relatives suggested I try taking some sleeping medicine or something to help me relax at night, ... [ Read More ]

Homemade Chemical-Free Playdough


In my opinion, playdough was one of the best parts of being a kid. There creative possibilities that you can explore with those bright hunks of dough are just amazing and there really isn't an adult equivalent. And, while the Play-Doh that you can buy in stores is actually not as bad for you as you think, it still isn't the best choice for some children. According to the health and safety information from the play-doh company, Play-Doh is a non-toxic, non-allergenic dough whose main ... [ Read More ]

How to Decide if You Should Make it or Buy it


If you were to look through my pantry, my closet or under my sinks you'll always find a sometimes bewildering mix of homemade and store bought products. I am always trying new things to make things cleaner, healthier, more efficient and better and I have found that trial and error really is the best way. However, whenever deciding if it is better to make something from scratch or purchase it, I have a few questions I always ask myself: What will yield the best quality product? Most of the ... [ Read More ]

3 Old-Fashioned Natural Sleep Aids


While everyone has different needs when it comes to sleep, I think everyone can agree that getting a good night's sleep is the first step to having not only a good day but maintaining personal health. However, there are any number of things that can effect your sleep schedule including stress, personal schedules, work or health reasons. If you find yourself laying in bed at night, unable to catch some shuteye but you don't want to turn to addictive and sometimes unhealthy sleep medications, ... [ Read More ]

8 Ways to Raise Old-Fashioned Kids


All parents have different ideas on how to raise children, and there isn't a magical formula that works with every child. If modern parenting doesn't seem your style, then maybe trying some more old-fashioned methods will work. If you're interested in raising your children to respect the old-fashioned life, then the first and most important thing you can do is show by example. Of course, there's more to it than that. Here are some ideas on how to raise your kids to follow the same fantastic, ... [ Read More ]

14 Old-Fashioned, Screen-Free Family Games


If your family is anything like mine, it can be hard to pull everyone away from their various technologies for a family game night. There are just so many possible distractions whenever you get technology involved. So, why not organize a family game night and try some of these great family-friendly and technology-free games? Some involve cards or marbles while others require nothing more than a piece of paper, a watch and some imagination! Let the games begin!! Card Games Go Fish - (at ... [ Read More ]