12. Lip balm. Last year I made a batch of my own using beeswax, shea butter, coconut oil and peppermint oil. I have supplies to make more, just need to put aside time to do it.
13. Hand cream. Mark’s hands get tore up at work. He LOVES the hand cream I made him last year using basically the same recipe as for the lip balm, just adding lavender oil instead of peppermint. #1 and #2 recipes and info can be found at MadeOn Skin Care Products.
14. Facial cleanser. I have been using coconut oil for make-up removal and facial cleaning. However, I was recently introduced to Norwex products and can’t wait to get my new facial cloth to try!
15. Body lotion. Nothing feels and smells better than coconut oil on my skin, especially after shaving. I keep a large bucket in the kitchen to use in place of vegetable oil and a jar in the bathroom for using on my body.
16. Paper towels/napkins. I stopped buying paper towels a couple of years ago and switched over to old rags, T-shirts, socks, etc. We have a large can in the kitchen full of rags so no need for paper towels. About that same time we switched to cloth napkins and I love everything about using them.
17. Vanilla. My first batch is brewing as I type this and I am anticipating it to be amazing. Again, well worth the small amount of time to make and I should be able to give some away for gifts too! Read here if you want to try it out yourself.
18. Cakes/brownies/frosting. It is just as quick and easy to whip up a cake or batch of brownies from scratch and skip all the extra preservatives you get in buying a box mix. Click here or here for some recipes.
19. Home cleaning supplies. For over a year now I have been making my own cleaners using mainly vinegar and baking soda. They have saved me money and we are no longer breathing in those awful chemicals. I am working on a Norwex order though and am SO excited to switch over to those microfiber rags now and skip cleaners all together.
20. Honey. We haven’t officially harvested any honey yet but in the near future we will be able to and I am really looking forward to that.
21. Applesauce. So easy. We love to go pick apples at the local Berry Patch and when we buy the windfalls it’s a great deal too. Minimal amount of time for making applesauce and a lot healthier too.
22. Chicken stock. No more wasted chicken bones. Instead they are used for making healthy and delicious homemade stock.
24. Canned pie fillings. Last year I made batches of apple pie filling and froze them for easy desserts through the year. All I have to do is whip up a crust and viola! This year I have started freezing chokecherry juice as well after finding a recipe for chokecherry pie! YUM!