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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 Amazon.com 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 […]

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 yourbeautyblog.com 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 Amazon.com.

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 […]

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

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 […]

Unsolicited Review: Pioneer Gluten-Free Gravy

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 Much love, Dorothy.


When we discovered my oldest son was allergic to wheat, he had to go without some of his favorite foods.  I love, love, love finding one without the wheat that he enjoys just as much as its wheat-filled counterparts.  This year, I found Pioneer gluten-free gravy mix and decided to give it a try.  (Because who doesn’t love gravy?! Am I right?) 

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We used it on my recipe for Gluten Free Salisbury Steak (Expect that next week because it’s too good not to share!), homemade mashed potatoes, and roasted zucchini and corn. 

I followed the recipe on the back of the packet for Rich Mushroom Sauce but omitted the mushrooms and wine and added another teaspoon of onion powder.  It was AHHH-Mazing!  It’s the only gravy mix I use, now. And everyone in the family loves when I add it to a meal. 

Pioneer makes a Gluten-Free Country Gravy mix, too.  We haven’t tried it yet, but I have a feeling gluten-free chip beef and gravy will be a welcomed addition to our menu.

Have you found some great gluten-free goodies? I’d love to know about them. Please tell me about some of your favorites in the comments below. I am always on the lookout for more gluten-free goodies! 


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How to Plan Your Own Seed Exchange

Earlier this week I showed you How to Find a Seed Exchange in your area.  Seed exchanges are a fun, easy, and free way to diversify your seed collection and ensure the older seeds you have get planted.  But what if you cannot find a […]

How to Find a Seed Exchange

Most of the Eastern US is still covered with snow, but I can’t stop thinking about spring.  It’s the middle of February, and that means one thing. It’s time to start planning my garden. I like to get started planting my peppers, tomatoes, cucumbers, and […]

Unsolicited Review: Coco Stainless Steel Drinking Straws

Have you seen the video about the young woman, Lauren Singer, who is living a life without generating trash? If you haven’t you can check it out here.

I don’t feel like that level of low waste is an ability for me both being a parent, and in the area where I live. But it’s certainly possible to adopt a lot of what she is doing.  Sometime the smallest change can make a big difference.

At our house, my children use these plastic cups with lids and straws to drink. Clumsiness is something that runs in our family and it saves surfaces from lots of spills. But we were using plastic straws. I hated using them because most localities don’t recycle plastic straws.

But I noticed that Lauren uses a stainless steel straw! How cool is that?!

I decided our family needed to make the switch. I browsed Amazon.com for a while and finally decided on these (mainly because of the price).


Coco Stainless Steel Drink Straws



Even my husband jumped on this bandwagon.  We don’t have to buy straws anymore. Stainless Steel Drinking Straws are more affordable, and more importantly, more sustainable. 

Do you want to know the best part? You can win a set of your own straws along with $20 to spend on Amazon.com.
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Leftover Salad

I love recipes that begin as leftovers. The average person wastes 244 pounds of food each year—roughly the same weight as a refrigerator!  Let that sink in… 244!  As a person who hates to waste, I use most of my leftovers in new recipes. For […]

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