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 ]

Get a Good Night’s Sleep Without AC


Summer can be a ton of fun with all of the BBQs, strawberries, fun vacation plans, and the beautiful weather. But, while the hot summer days can be a challenge without air conditioning, sleeping during those humid nights can be an absolute nightmare. Personally, I tend to sleep much better when I'm cool, and I am sure I'm not alone. Earlier this month, we posted some ideas for staying cool without AC, but what about sleeping without AC? Well, here are some of my favorite tips for surviving ... [ Read More ]

How to Plan a Great BBQ on a Budget


When I think about quintessential summer, one of the first things that comes to mind is hosting a barbecue with friends and family. I have many fond memories of hanging out on the back patio of a relative's house during the summer, eating hotdogs and playing HORSE or winning a watermelon seed spitting contest. But, hosting a gathering can be expensive. Here are some tips and ideas for hosting the best ever BBQ without breaking your bank! BBQ Planning Tips Plan for weather - It's going to ... [ Read More ]

Living an Old Fashioned Life in a Modern World

NYC central park

I'm probably preaching to the crowd when I say that living an old fashioned, simple life is pretty much amazing. However, I have noticed quite a bit of discussion and even confusion on exactly what it means to be "old fashioned" in today's world. Can you be 'old fashioned' if you live in an apartment in the city? Are you really 'old fashioned'  if you have internet and a smartphone? What if you don't like gardening or prefer to use boxed laundry detergent? Living an old fashioned life today ... [ Read More ]

Old Fashioned Weather Forecasting

rain cloud

Today we have all kinds of high-tech methods for forecasting the weather including weather satellites and sensors and all kinds of other technology. But, personally, I've always found that some of the old-fashioned methods that people used for telling the weather were just as accurate (if not more accurate) than anything the weatherman could tell you. So today, I've gathered some of my favorite old-fashioned weather forecasting wisdom for you! Here are some of my favorite tried-and-true ... [ Read More ]

Staying Cool Without AC

I have a love/hate relationship with air conditioning. On one hand, having my house a comfortable temperature when outside it's sweltering is pretty amazing. On the other hand, running the AC is expensive and having it on constantly not only makes the house feel a little stuffy and is terrible for my sinuses. Not to mention sleeping without AC is rough sometimes. So, obviously, I've found plenty of tricks to stay cool without having the air conditioning unit running constantly. Here are a few ... [ Read More ]