frugal

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In my recent post Simple and Frugal Ways to be Green, I mentioned how I wanted to start collecting supplies to put together a box of reusable party supplies.  Really the only time I have been buying disposable plates, cups and silverware has been for birthday parties.  Now I will no longer even need to

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There are tons of lists out there with steps to take toward living a more sustainable and earth friendly lifestyle.  Here are 12 things that we have done in our home and that have made great differences in our life.  Maybe something here will work for you too. 1.  Switch to bar soap:  I prefer

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Great garage sale finds

Yesterday we had a great day at garage sales.  I am so thankful that our kids love it as much as I do and look forward to going.  Here are few of my favorite things we found: A brand new, in the box Hamilton Beach electric carving knife.  I paid $5, retail is around $30.

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The first “pings” of summer

Today officially kicked off canning season for me.  Our chokecherries are coming on a little strange this year but Lilly and I picked enough for our first few batches of jelly and syrup.  Last year they seemed to ripen and all be ready to pick at the same time.  Yesterday one entire tree was very

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Homemade Vanilla Extract

I only half-heartily considered making my own homemade vanilla extract in the past until local dad Trent of The Simple Dollar gave a play-by-play last year. That lit my fire and I’ve had it on my list since. The time finally came and I found vanilla beans from the co-op I order from. I was

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Homemade Laundry Powder

I started greening all of my cleaners over a year ago. When I first started making my own laundry detergent I used the mostly water recipe that seems easiest to find when searching the net. Then as I moved further on my journey to green our home I started finding an occasional mention of a

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Homemade Chicken Stock

To this day, my mom has always made chicken or turkey stock immediately after a holiday dinner. I’m not sure why it has taken me so long to start but I am so glad that I finally gave it a try. I was amazed at how easy it was and can’t wait to start using

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Natural Air Freshener

When my house smells good, it just feels better, warmer, more inviting. I am not a fan of all of the plug-in or battery powered air fresheners that require refills. They usually tend to be costly, unless you find great deals on them with coupons. I prefer to not have those chemicals floating around in

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Freezing Onions

First off, I have to give complete props and thanks to my great friend and freezer cooking inspiration, Heather O. for this little kitchen tip. It honestly has changed the way I cook. I used to often rely on dried, minced onion or onion powder just because cutting/dicing/chopping onions for a recipe annoyed me so.

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Why I Heart Kohl's

Last night was my weekly shopping night and it was a rockin’ night as far as deals were concerned. It started out with picking up a bag full of free super-cute tote bags, cookbooks, and other goodies from a contact on a homeschool message board. Continued onto Hobby Lobby to use a 40% off coupon