How to Fail at Gardening #gardenfail

*This post contains an affiliate link. They allow me to earn a commission from any purchase you make after visiting via the link I provided with NO extra cost to you. We didn’t have a garden last year. I failed at gardening. I had […]

Free Mother’s Day Card and Printables

How many of us have wonderful mothers and grandmothers who live far away?  I have a few who live close and a few who live far away.  It’s tough to find wonderful things to give these ladies on Mother’s Day, especially if you’re not going […]

Simply Natural Saturday {Link Up}

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Welcome to this week’s edition of Simply Natural Saturday! Simply Natural Saturday {or SNS for short} is a weekly link-up where bloggers share their natural living, simple life, and real food posts so you can check them out!

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TJ | Measuring Flower

sns tjTJ is a former chef with a Bachelor of Science degree in Professional Writing turned stay-at-home wife to a handsome engineer and homeschooling mom to three adorable kids. She blogs semi-professionally for her natural living and simple life website

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Stefani | Crafty Christian

sns StefaniStefani is an imperfect, sarcastic, hot mess of a mama who’s married to her best friend. She’s the semi-crunchy homeschooling mom to two crazy boys, an autoimmune disease and Lyme disease warrior, an easy Paleo and gluten free recipe crafter, and a lover of all things natural, pretty, and rustic.

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Dorothy | The Creative Recycler

sns dorothyDorothy loves finding creative ways to recycle, be green, and show others how to take baby steps to a greener lifestyle. She has three kids, a red-bearded husband, backyard chickens, and a struggling garden. Find her blogging at The Creative Recycler.

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Rebekah | Naturally Blessed Mama

sns rebekahRebekah Baker and her husband live in Texas with their three amazing kids. Rebekah’s passion for natural living kindled as a teenager and grew after discovering that she had hypoglycemia and that her daughter was 99% positive for celiac plus had IBS and a leaky gut. These difficulties sparked her research of alternative medicine.


Susannah| HealthyGreenSavvy

Susannah is passionate about helping people make healthier, greener choices. Mom to two energetic kiddos, she aims to inspire busy families short on time but long on good intentions. Check out her practical, easy tips for no-fuss gardening, simple healthy food, and natural, non-toxic living on her blog,


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Homemade Honey Wine

I cannot wait to try making homemade honey wine in my own kitchen!

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Simply Natural Saturday Link-Up

Welcome to this week’s edition of Simply Natural Saturday! Simply Natural Saturday {or SNS for short} is a weekly link-up where bloggers share their natural living, simple life, and real food posts so you can check them out! Meet the Hosts TJ | Measuring Flower […]

How to Dry Shave without Hurting Yourself

I hate shaving. Every time I do it I’m thinking how little time I have to be doing it. I’m a mom… so I frequently feel like I don’t have enough time to get things done. Can you relate? Sometimes I don’t have time to […]

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

Incredible Activated Charcoal Beauty Hacks

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Have you ever stopped in a Target or Walgreens and just looked around at the aisles and aisles of beauty products? It’s staggering. There are so many products touting benefits to health, beauty, and cleanliness. I was in Target just a couple of days ago and thought to myself, what if everyone kept some basic beauty staples in their home that they could add to their beauty regimen that would bypass all these aisles and aisles of products? How about Activated Charcoal?

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Activated charcoal isn’t the same charcoal you use in your grill, putting that on your face or in your body wouldn’t be a good idea. Instead, activated charcoal is usually made by charring coconuts and then activated by steaming at very high temperatures. There are a several incredible beauty hacks using activated charcoal that are going to change how you feel and how you look.

Activated charcoal beauty hacks


  • Whiten Teeth – Do you have stained teeth from drinking a lot of coffee or tea? Using activated charcoal powder can whiten your teeth better than any chemical mixture out there. Simply wet your tooth brush, dip it in the powder and brush like normal. Pay special attention to problem areas. But try to avoid brushing charcoal on caps or crowns. The charcoal may stain them. Rinse until the water is clear and repeat 2-3 times a week.
  • Treat Oily skin – Make a paste of activated charcoal and use it as a face mask. Let it sit for a couple minutes before rinsing off with warm water. Head over to BeautyMunsta and learn how to make her Detox Face Mask with charcoal and bentonite clay. If you want the benefits of activated charcoal and none of the work making a paste, Yes to Tomatoes makes an Activated Charcoal Bar Soap. Snag it on Amazon, here.
  • Deep Clean and Add Volume to Your Hair – Activated charcoal can pull oil, toxins and other unwanted things out of your hair the same way that it does your skin. Just add a bit of activated charcoal powder to your regular shampoo and apply to your hair as you normally would. Be sure to rinse thoroughly so you don’t have charcoal in your hair all day. For volume, leave the charcoal shampoo in for a two minutes before rinsing. Skip adding charcoal to your shampoo by getting a Voodoo Shampoo Bar. Snag it on Amazon, here.
  • Make a Drawing Salve – Drawing salves are great for bee stings. They help draw out infection in wounds and calm cysts and inflamed acne. Cari at has a wonderful recipe to follow.
  • Make Your Own Make-Up – Charcoal is the primary ingredient to color natural mascara, eyeshadow, and eye liner. A Blossoming Life has wonderful recipes for all three. Click to learn how to make your own mascara, eyeshadow and eye liner.

Activated charcoal is easy to find. As with everything, it’s on

Do you use activated charcoal in your beauty routine? Tell me about it in the comments!

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

How to Turn a Coffee Maker into a Fish Bowl

I’m not sure if you are aware, but I love coffee. In fact, I can’t go more than a couple of hours without coffee (I’m aware of how sad that is.) So you can imagine how upset I was when my old faithful coffee pot […]

A Unique, Sustainable Father’s Day Gift {and giveaway}

**Disclosure: I received a Jord watch to review and keep. The opinions (and photos) in the post, below, are my own. I struggle every year with what to get my husband for Father’s Day. Usually, I end up having the kids help me make him […]

It’s the Best Time of Year to Find Wild Blackberries

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All along the East Coast of the United States something remarkable is happening.  From mid-May to the beginning of June white flowers pop up along fence lines and along edges of wooded areas.  They are a gleaming marker of one of my favorite parts of summer… wild blackberries.  Spotting blackberry blooms is the best way of scouting out where you can pick berries once they ripen in mid-July. 

Make a list however you remember best: Take pictures with your phone, mark spots on GPS, make a list, take a video, or maybe you’ll find some outside your own back door!

The white blooms have 5 white petals and a juvenile blackberry in the center.  The brambles, themselves, grow jagged leaves in sets of 3.  

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Spotting blackberry blossoms is easy to do.  The white flowers stand out against their dark green background.  It’s so easy, you can spot outcrops of blackberries as you drive around like I did in the video below.


Return to the places you spotted the berry plants from mid-July through mid-August to pick blackberries! Please remember not to trespass when picking berries – make sure you have permission to pick! 

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Also, it’s helpful to wear long sleeves and pants to protect against the bramble thorns.  I wear insect repellent, too. I’m not a fan of ticks or bug bites, in general.

Blackberry Brambles

Lots of animals enjoy blackberries, too (mice, snakes, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer). So keep your eyes open while you’re out picking. You never know who you might bump into. 


What is your favorite summer fruit? Have you ever gone berry picking and run into the local wildlife? Tell me all about it in the comments.


Spring is Taking Over My House

The spring equinox was Sunday, March 20th.  Though I love snow and winter, I am so excited that Spring is here! There are blatant, in-your-face signs of it all through our home.  I am in my element but my poor husband is getting slightly overwhelmed […]

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