Homemade Living

The Homemade Way to Clean the Loo

For the longest time, cleaning the bathrooms was my least favorite chore. Aside from the obvious gross-ness of the whole task, the process seemed to take forever and as soon as I was done they were dirty again. So, I devised a system to make this daunting duty a little friendlier. Gone are the harsh [...]


pasta dinner

Came up with a good dinner recipe tonight. Just like salad, its easy to create new and unique pasta recipes using whatever you have in the pantry and fridge. As long as I have a few key ingredients on hand, I can almost always put something together. Here’s my list of kitchen must-haves: Wedge of [...]

A Challenge For You:

A few years ago I quit cold turkey. No, I’m not referring to cigarettes (never had that habit) or drinking (I could never give up a good beer or a cute cocktail). I’m talking about paper towels. Yes, friends, I don’t use paper towels and I don’t miss them even a little bit!! Why did [...]

Homemade Yogurt — Yummmmmm!


The plastic purge continues! My next target? Yogurt! Between my morning protein smoothies and Evelyn’s growing affinity for it, we go through a considerable amount of yogurt every week. And since I am on a crusade to cut out as much plastic consumption as possible, I figured it was time for me to start making [...]

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

liquid hand soap

My crusade to cut back on plastics in our household continues! I already stopped buying liquid body wash and switched to a bar of soap, so what’s my next target? Liquid hand soap. I don’t like the idea of having bars of soap on every sink in our house – liquid is much neater and [...]

Homemade Laundry Detergent

laundry detergent

About six months ago I became tired of buying expensive laundry detergent in obnoxious plastic packaging. So, I decided to start making my own. If you think this is the craziest homemade mothering idea yet, read these reasons and then give it a shot: 1. Save Money: The cost of making the below recipe is [...]

Call me old-fashioned…

Enough is enough! I’m getting so tired of plastic! I’m taking an inventory of all the household products I use that come in a plastic container, and wherever possible I am no longer going to purchase that product. Where did I start? SOAP! A few months ago I decided to stop using liquid body soap [...]

Family Historian

As a homemade mother, I am responsible for all the family’s records and documentation. In other words, I gotta keep all our photos organized! In the few months following Evelyn’s arrival we took hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pictures and before I knew it they were all over the place and in no special order. I [...]


I read an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about the additives manufacturer’s sneak into “healthy” foods. As most people reading this blog may already know, the word “natural” is not regulated by the FDA (unlike the word “organic” which is regulated). Therefore, food manufacturers can use the word however they please. For example, packaged [...]


Ok, so I am a fan of Burt’s Bees products (even though they were bought by Clorox and I am so not a fan of anything related to chlorine bleach!), and I just found this handy guide courtesy of our friends at that brand: Burt’s Bees Guide to Reading Your Labels: Synthetic Ingredients We Always [...]

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