DIY Essential Oil Calming Mist

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By now you guys know I am a bit of a fan of aromatherapy. I've talked you through some essential oils and how they can benefit your health and your mind. I know I mentioned that I like to diffuse my essential oils to reap the benefits, but there is also a really simple way to make mists! I tend to use my spray about an hour before bed time, so I try to use calming oils. Just be careful not to use any oils that will cause skin irritation, if you plan on spraying the mist on any furniture or ... [ Read More ]

Homesteading Activities To Stay Busy This Winter

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I've been thinking a lot about the upcoming fall and winter months, and how I can improve my homesteading skills during them. Winter can get pretty boring around the homestead, as the garden doesn't need quite as much attention, kids are in school, etc. This might leave us feeling kind of unproductive, which is a feeling I personally hate! So today I want to focus on some skills that can either be started up or improved on in the coming months. Pre-Gardening Unfortunately for a lot of us, ... [ Read More ]

Another New Face, Same Old Fashioned Tips

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As you all have probably noticed, the last few posts here on Old Fashioned Families have been by someone new! Since I've gotten a couple posts under my belt, I wanted to take a minute and introduce myself. My name is Mary Gannaway, and I get the honor of contributing to Old Fashioned Families for a while :) The heart of this blog is modern homesteading and old-fashioned living, which probably means something a little different to everyone. While I do not consider myself an expert on those ... [ Read More ]

How to Use Essential Oils for a Healthy Mind

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We already talked about how to use essential oils for a healthy body, so today I want to focus on how you can use essential oils for a healthy mind. This might be a little more far fetched for some of you, and if you're skeptical I recommend reading more about essential oils. The more I educate myself about the perks of essential oils, and the evidence backing it up, the more into them I become. Keep in mind people have been using essential oils to better themselves since ancient times! Also ... [ Read More ]

Tips for Saving Money Around the House

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There are all kinds of different reasons to cut back on spending. It could just be that money is tight, or that you're saving up for a nice vacation or a big purchase. Whatever the reason, at some point we all find ourselves looking for ways to save a few bucks. Over the past couple of years, I have really been focusing on beefing up my savings account. So today, I want to talk about a few options that have worked for me to save some money! General Homestead Savings 1. Re-Purpose There are a ... [ Read More ]

Cleaning Routines To Keep Life Simple

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While we have already talked about how to live a simple life, there are certain aspects that are especially important and often overlooked, namely routines. I know that everyone views homesteading and simple living differently, but I want to elaborate on how routine personally helps me in simplifying my life. Using routines and picking up as I go reduces my stress and make me feel more prepared for the rest of my simple life. Here are some tips and ways to incorporate more routine in your ... [ Read More ]

How to Use Essential Oils for a Healthy Body

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As promised in my introduction to essential oils post, I would like to talk about some specific uses for essential oils. People have been using essential oils since ancient times, and one of the main things they can improve is your health! So today I'd like to do an overview featuring five major essential oils that benefit your health—a natural first aid kit, if you will. We will take a look at the oil, how it can benefit your health, and the best way to use it. Keep in mind that a lot of ... [ Read More ]

6 Things No One Ever Cleans (But You Should!)

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While in college I worked cleaning houses for a while. Because of that, I have this superhero-like capability of seeing all the dirt in someone's house as soon as I walk in. While I cleaned houses, that was a blessing. Now, its a curse—except for the fact that my house is cleaner than anyone I know. Since I acquired my dirt-finding super power, I have discovered that there are certain items in the home that people tend neglect—whether it be because you hadn't noticed or because you couldn't ... [ Read More ]

An Introduction to Essential Oils

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I'm sure a lot of you have heard of essential oils, and if you are anything like me you were probably a little skeptical at first. It's hard to believe that something so simple can actually do things like improve your health. For those of you who may not know about essential oils, essentially (get it?) the oils are made from very concentrated plant extracts that offer a ton of benefits for your health, mood, and even hygiene. Since the whole concept behind essential oils is an all-natural ... [ Read More ]