12 Best Soap Recipes Anyone Can Make At Home

Fun, frugal, and infinitely practical, soap making is an art form where the potential ingredient combinations are practically endless. Using naturally skin-nourishing components, handcrafted soaps are enriched with vitamins, minerals, and beneficial oils that won’t’ dry out your epidermis like store-bought soaps have a tendency to do. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at making soap, read on! A Quick Primer on Soapmaking:… [read more]

11 Weird But Clever Uses For White Vinegar

Image Credit: Perry Goh @ Flickr Vinegar is known for having a wide variety of purposes, from cooking to cleaning, and it’s been around for thousands of years. In fact, even before 5000 BC, ancient Babylonians used it as a cleaning agent. In the process, they discovered that it had the ability to slow or stop the action of bacteria which spoils food, and put… [read more]

5 Reasons You Should Start Using Soap Nuts For Laundry, Cleaning & So Much More

Most of us are still using traditional laundry soap to make our clothes smell fresh and clean, and while they’re obviously effective, they come at a big price, and not just what you see on the sticker at the store. Conventional laundry soaps often contain toxic chemicals with a wide range of negative effects including everything from skin irritation to carcinogenicity. And, frighteningly, in 2011,… [read more]

6 Reasons You Should Grow Heirloom Seeds & 6 Best Places To Buy Them

If you’re starting a garden, or have had one for years but have never taken the time to understand the difference between GMO, hybrid and heirloom seeds, here’s your opportunity. Heirloom seeds are derived from open-pollinated plants that pass on similar characteristics and traits from the parent plant to the child plant. They’re possible to regrow, and be passed on from one generation to the… [read more]

6 Reasons Everyone Is Making The Switch To Natural Wine

If you pay attention to wine at all, you may have noticed somewhat of a natural wine cult beginning to bloom in wine stores, bars and restaurants around the country. You might have even wondered what the heck it is, and well, it’s a bit hard to define. Natural wine is, in theory, taking grapes, and sometimes other fruit, that is grown at least organically,… [read more]

15 Best Subscription Boxes For Natural Living Lovers

“Of-the-month” clubs have been around for decades, but in recent years, subscription boxes have really taken off as a trend that’s well, gone a little nuts. In fact, you can get everything from nuts to beauty products, household treats and eco-friendly goods, wine and even healthy fare in the form a fabulous monthly care package. In fact, subscription boxes created just for people like you… [read more]

How To Grow Air Plants (Tillandsia) & Why You Should

Don’t have a green thumb, or think you don’t have time to care for plants in your home? Well, think again, because air plants, or Tillandsia as they’re officially called, are some of the easiest plants to grow. While they still need some attention to thrive and live a happy life, it doesn’t take a lot of work to care of them. Air plants are… [read more]

6 Easy Ways To Dry Fresh Herbs To Enjoy All Year Round

Of all the different types of foods and ways to preserve them, from pickling and curing to freezing or canning fruits and vegetables, making cheese and yogurt, drying your own herbs is probably the simplest thing to do. Most contain very little moisture, so it takes little effort after you’ve harvested them from your garden. If you’ve ever taken a tour through a historic home,… [read more]

6 Easy To Keep Plants That Reduce Indoor Humidity

On average, we spend about 93% of our time indoors, which means maintaining an ideal indoor humidity level is a must for healthy living. A moist environment is a breeding ground for bacteria and mold, and too much indoor moisture can also cause damage throughout your home. When experiencing excessive indoor humidity, we can experience numerous unwanted symptoms, including watery eyes, coughing, sneezing, itching, fatigue,… [read more]

4 Reasons To Go & Find Purple Dead-Nettle

You’ve probably seen purple dead-nettle growing at one time or another, even if you didn’t realize it. This common plant that’s native to Europe and Asia, can now be found throughout North America too, and it’s very widespread. If you start paying more attention to the plants around you the next time you go for a walk, odds are, you’ll see it growing. It’s one… [read more]