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DIY: Non-Toxic Dish Soap

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Did you know the leading cause of poisonings in the home for children under the age of six is liquid dish soap? This is why I like this DIY: Non-Toxic Dish Soap recipe  free of  toxic chemicals like formaldehyde and ammonia.


Directions: Mix 2 cups of liquid castile soap with ½ cup of warm water in your bowl. Castile soap is any soap made entirely from vegetable oil. Add ½ cup of lemon juice. The lemon will add acidity to your soap, which is a powerful decreasing agent. Add essential oils. Thoroughly mix all ingredients using a whisk. Add your liquid dish soap to an empty bottle. You can use old store-bought soap bottles, or any decorative bottle.

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3 DIY Ways To Make Homemade Fabreze + Fabric Wrinkle-Release

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I love Febreze and I use it on everything around the house from fabric to shoes to carpets, but we all know how expensive it can be. Here are 3 recipes you can make at home for as little as .15 per bottle that not only tackle odors, but de-wrinkle too.

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Recipe #2:

Fill a spray bottle with hot water. Leave an inch or so clearance at the top to allow room for the rest of the ingredients. Add 2 tablespoons of rubbing alcohol. Pour in 2 tablespoons of Purex crystals. Cap the bottle and shake it up until the crystals dissolve.

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Recipe #3:

Using a funnel, pour 2 tablespoons of fabric softener into the bottle. Add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar.  Add six to ten drops of your favorite essential oil. Fill the rest of your bottle with water. Shake until well combined.

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DIY: Homemade Fruit & Vegetable Wash

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Fruits and Vegetables

Did you know fruits and vegetables, even organic can have an alarming amount of pesticides and bacteria on their surface? Using this homemade all-natural fruit and vegetable wash has the combined acidity of vinegar and lemon juice, which kills bacteria, removes pesticide residue and helps dissolve the waxy coating found on most produce. Washing with plain water alone will not remove.



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Combine the water, lemon juice and white vinegar in your measuring cup. Carefully pour the solution into your spray bottle. Shake well to combine.

Spray your fruit and vegetables with the spray solution and gently scrub or rub your produce. Rinse under cold water and serve. You now have fruit and veggies free of pesticides and bacteria!

To Store

Place the spray bottle in the fridge once you’re finished. This homemade fruit and vegetable wash will remain potent for up to one month.

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DIY: Stress Relieving Lavender, Jasmine & Honey Bath

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life, so I’m here to remind you to sit back, breathe deep, and relax. And I can’t think of a more relaxing way to spend it than soaking in a warm, scented bath. The medley of honey and lavender in this homemade bath recipe will keep you relaxed and moisturized, so you can bathe your troubles away.

Witch-Hazel (Photo credit: mason bryant)


Using and old coffee grinder, grind lavender, jasmine and witch hazel flowers into a powder. Whisk together powder, milk and honey and shake in a jar and pour half of the mixture into your warm bath. Store the remaining mixture covered in the refrigerator; it will last a week.

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Freeze & Perserve Fresh Herbs In Olive Oil

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Here’s another simple tip to make delicious food without letting fresh herbs go to waste. By freezing and preserving your fresh herbs and using them in your cooking later. GENIUS!! Just add the herbs and oil to ice cube trays.  Put them in the freezer and use as needed.

How to Freeze Fresh Herbs In Olive Oil

  1. Choose firm, fresh herbs like rosemary, thyme, sage and oregano..
  2. If you wish, you can chop them fine. Or leave them in larger sprigs and leaves.
  3. Fill the ice cube tray with your chopped herbs.
  4. Pour the olive oil into each cube, leaving a little room at the top to expand when freezing.
  5. Cover lightly with plastic wrap and freeze overnight.
  6. Remove the frozen cubes and store in freezer containers or small bags.

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Color Coordinated Easter Egg Hunt

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Here‘s a cool tip to help ensure that all kids get a relatively equal amount of eggs and candy. By assigning each child one color egg to hunt for and giving them specific instructions on helping, each other will encourage teamwork. This makes a excellent teaching tool.

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5 Simple DIY Easter Projects

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1. Yarn Eggs by Simply Modern Mom.

Soak yarn in glue and wrap the yarn around a balloon till the holes are tiny and let dry. More details over at Simply Modern Mom.

2. Gold Leaf Easter Eggs by She Knows.

After dying the eggs, brush on watery glue in random spot and lay the gold leaf. When dry, rub the egg in spots to get the marble effect. The full instructions here.>


3. Rice Krispie Easter Egg by

These are simple to make as you’ll simply need some plastic Easter eggs and a few ingredients to make the treats! Just form the krispie treats in the plastic egg with with a treat and seal.

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4. Creative Holiday Gift Ideas: Easter Basket Jars by The Culinary Life.

Simple DIY Easter baskets. Using a Mason jar, fabric, and candy. These quick, crafty jars are a unique twist on Easter baskets and  no mess!

No-dye polka dot easter eggs! Use craft glue dots  and roll in glitter

5. No-dye Polka Dot Easter Eggs By Better Homes & Gardens.

Use craft glue dots and roll in glitter. Get the full instructions, plus other DIY ideas here.>

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For Every Foot Hight of Tree You Need: Decorating Your Tree In 5 Easy Steps

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  1. Lights. Use 100 lights for every foot of tree height. Starting from the top, string the lights running in and out of each branch rather than wrapping them around the tree. This will make the tree look fuller of lights and less wire will show.
  2. Garland. You will need about 9 feet of garland for every foot of tree height. Wrap ribbon loosely around the tree diagonally starting at the top and working your way down.
  3. Place your focal decorations. These are your larger, themed ornaments, silk flowers, branches or bows. Space them evenly around the tree.
  4. Add filler ornaments. Use around 20 ornaments for every foot of tree height in the colors that support the theme of your tree. Be sure to tuck some of them further in the tree to reflect light and add depth to the decorations.
  5. Top the tree off with your favorite Christmas tree topper.

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