Tag: Tips and Products

  • How to Make Vanilla Extract

    When I learned how to make vanilla extract a few years ago, I realized I had the perfect One Size Fits Most gift. It’s appropriate for anyone from 10 to 100, male or female, as long as they a) love baking, or b) love baked goods (and have someone who bakes for them) Now, vanilla…

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  • You knew I was kidding yesterday, right? It is truly my aim each year to simplify our Christmas as much as possible, otherwise I wouldn’t have time for the tradtions that are most meaningful to us. I mean, if I’m wrapping presents till 2 am on Christmas, then I wouldn’t be able to join in…

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  • Top Ten Tips For A Stressful Christmas Season

    I hope you can read this ok, ’cause I had my tongue in my cheek the whole time I was typing… The key to a truly stress-filled Holiday Season is always keeping in mind these two goals: To impress. Everyone. But especially those you don’t know. To Meet All Expectations. Especially of those closest to…

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  • Coming Back to Reality From Relevant

    I rose at 5:30 after nursing my alarm clock. (I have found an alarm clock that you can’t hate no matter what time it goes off – a warm, cuddly, rolly-polly, snuggly little boy child who has learned to call ‘mamma!’ in the morning). No, I don’t get up this early every morning – only…

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  • When I bought my first ebook last fall, it was a huge step for me. I’d never bought a digital download before.  I’m afraid of the unfamiliar. It wasn’t hard – I did it all by myself. But then I had to have my husband show me how to find and view the file when…

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  • After confessing to my affair with facebook , sharing what I learned from a month-long facebook fast, and telling you all the other places I’d rather spend time online, many of you have asked,Did I delete my facebook page? No. All that time away from facebook helped me see that facebook was a time waster…

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  • It’s here! The new cook book from Kate over at Modern Alternative Mamma! I told you a while back that I’d had a chance to test several of the recipes for Against the Grain and was really impressed with what they offered. The food was good, simple, used ingredients that I already had on hand,…

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  • Tell Your Time and Chamomile Tea

    The weather was beautiful at 7:30 this morning, especially considering it is November. How do I know? ‘Cause I was out of the house by that time this morning, fetching our week’s worth of raw milk from the local dairy farm. I always feel like the little pig who beat the wolf to the market…

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  • Baby Wipes Revisited

    I posted about my homemade baby wipes over a year ago now. The response has been amazing – I still get comments on that post! I just wanted to give an update on how my system has evolved in the last year, making it even easier and time efficient. To get see my recipe and…

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  • A Stretching Journey

    If you have followed my blog for a while, you know I am an addicted seamstress, always trying something new, and driven by an almost insane desire to ‘make it myself‘! (Similar to a three-year-old’s demand to ‘do it myself!’) I have tried couch covers, baby clothes, authentic historic costume, cloth shopping bags, maternity clothes,…

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  • I’m a bit under the weather this week – low on energy and inspiration, so I’m delighted to find an article published on the lovely blog, Passionate Homemaking, to post about. I wish I’d written it, but I’m just glad I can pass it on to you! 🙂 I loved the humor mixed in with…

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  • For those who want to be Sure – Naturally!

    Q. Why do I keep my deodorant in the fridge?  A. Because it keeps it nice and hard.  Q. Why do make your own deodorant?A. Have you read the label on yours lately?   Most of my make-it-from-scratch escapades start with reading a label. The idea of all the harsh and harmful chemicals in store bought…

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  • Swag Bucks

    You all may notice a new widget on my side bar – it’s a ‘Swidget’! It’s a search engine that gives you points whenever you search the internet. I use SwagBucks as my main search engine, and usually earn a ‘buck’ a day. These can be redeemed on their site for real money gift certificates…

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  • Her Majesty

    Introducing, her Majesty, Princess Claire Anneliese in her Throne.Grandma found us a Bumbo chair at the thrift store for $3. That’s a great deal, seeing as they’re a popular, award winning piece of baby equipment that retails for $39! Claire absolutely loves it – she had had quite enough of her sling chair because she…

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  • Subscriptions we love…

    (sort of in the products we love category, but it doesn’t cost anything!) It’s time for me to finally reveal to our readers something I’ve kept a secret for too long. It’s my favorite thing to arrive in my inbox each week (second only to your wonderful comments – I get them forwarded to me…

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