Relax With Ylang Ylang EO


  Ylang Ylang, while famed for its exquisite fragrance and long history as a component of perfumes, has much to offer therapeutically. Steam distilled from the flower, Ylang Ylang is known among essential oil users to enhance moods, improve skin and hair, and help reduce stress. In one study, Ylang Ylang was shown to be […]

Repell Bugs Naturally With TerraShield EO Blend


  Sending kids off to summer camp? Spending time outdoors? You will definitely need a strong bug repellent to keep the bugs at bay. Insects, such as mosquitoes and ticks, can be more than just annoying—they can transmit diseases. It’s important to protect yourself and your kids so that you don’t become a feeding frenzy […]

Disinfecting A CPAP Machine With Purify And OnGuard


On my agenda of things to accomplish this weekend was disinfecting my husband's CPAP machine face mask and tubing. This should be done once a week to prevent germs from growing into more harmful staph or MRSA.  He has two of these machines, one for home and one for the firehall.  This way he doesn't […]

Soothing Sunburn With Lavender


My thirteen year old daughter had a great time at the lake on a boat Memorial Day weekend.  Despite applying SPF50 sunscreen several times she still came home with a sunburn. A great home remedy to soothe sunburn is simple to make and requires only 4 items. One 2-ounce misting spray bottle Distilled water Fractionated […]

Making A Gnat Trap That Works


I don't know how the house seems to get these annoying gnats flying around.  My husband thinks it's the garbage disposal in the sink.  He claims it's so dirty down there they just develop out of the food scraps that might not make it down the drain.  I have doubts.  There have been times the kids […]

Homemade Chicken & Stars Soup

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It's been cold and windy here in middle Tennessee the last couple of days.  Of course the kids are all "let's go out to eat" but the kids don't have jobs to pay for dinner in a restaurant. We purchased a whole, grass fed cow yesterday.  The processor tells us it will be ready for […]

A Firehall Recipe For A Cold Day Like Today

121312 Paleo crock pot soup

Leslie came home from the firehall with this recipe written on the back of a shopping receipt.  The guys prepared this meal at the firehall for dinner with a side of cornbread.  They also added diced potatoes about an hour before serving.  For a cold day like today in Tennessee, this will be a warming […]

Easy Crock Pot Bar-B-Que


I whipped this graphic together for Lindsay, who is looking to expand her dinner options.

Bathroom Redecorating For Under $100

Bathroom Update

We’ve been doing the bedroom shuffle the last couple of months, moving kids from one room to another in hopes of getting better use out of each space.  One needs more room and one has more clothes.  Gwen moved downstairs to the second master bedroom, which has it’s very own private bathroom.  But it’s also […]

Another Halloween In The Books


Is it just me or does Halloween seem to get more and more expensive?  Costumes are ridiculously priced if you ask me.  And don’t get me started on the cost of candy.  Granted, the kids bring home as much candy as we give out to other kids so it’s a wash but there is no […]