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}

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 […]

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!

Meet the Hosts

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.


Last Week’s Featured Post

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The Science Behind Phytic Acid - You may have been lied to! If you've ever felt as left in the dark with regards to the “dangers” of phytic acid as we once were, then this post is just for you. #RealFood #GlutenFree #CleanEating #HealthyLiving #HealthyLife The Science Behind Phytic Acid–You May Have Been Lied To
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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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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 broke down.

My first instinct was to throw it out because I was so angry and I had no idea what I wanted to do with a broken coffee pot. Because y’all know I wasn’t about to throw it out because I am The Creative Recycler!

After going through the 5 stages of grief (and after purchasing a new coffee maker), I got over myself and started brainstorming what I could do with my former love.

This is how my thought process went down…

  • Spray paint it, fill it with something heavy and make a book end
  • Fill it with dirt and make a planter
  • Turn it into a chicken waterer
  • Incorporate it into some modern art
  • Let my teenager take it apart for his collection of electric parts
  • Turn it into a water fountain
  • Give up and recycle the parts

Then it came to me… I had recently turned my son’s old fish bowl into a terrarium for my succulents. And we are an animal-loving household. So I decided that our kitchen needed its very own fish bowl in the shape of a coffee pot.

A coffee pot dwelling pet?!

coffee maker into fish bowl

YES! I named him Latte.

latte the betta

Here’s how I made a new home for my beautiful betta fish, Latte:

  • I cut the cord off the coffee maker and stuck the entire coffee maker into the dishwasher.
  • After it came out I painted over all the dull off-white with an eye popping blue acrylic craft paint. (I love, love, love bright blues!)
  • Next I coated the acrylic paint with some good old ModPodge Hard Coat.
  • Once that had dried, I rinsed some aquarium gravel and little plants and arranged them just so in the carafe part of the coffee maker.
  • I filled the carafe with filtered water and added our little red guy, Latte.
  • I keep Latte’s food and supplies in the water reservoir of the coffee maker.
  • I feed him once daily.

He seems pretty happy in there swimming around. And I’m happy watching him.

Tell me what you think… would you keep a fish in a coffee maker?

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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

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 […]

Spring is Taking Over My House

spring takeover

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 because Spring is taking over every room.  I guess I can’t blame him, too much because we’re a family of 5 living in a 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom 970 square foot mobile home. 

I’ll take you on a virtual tour and show you what I mean. Spring is taking over my house.

The Kitchen

window garden

This is the gardening headquarters of our home.  I do my planting in the kitchen because the window gets the best sunlight.  I installed shelving across the window to take advantage of the sun’s direct rays and create a mini-greenhouse. This year, I am growing pepperoncini peppers, sweet cherry peppers, Kahzak melons, cucumber, 4 varieties of tomatoes, zucchini, pumpkins, and yellow squash. Once they get transferred outside, I will begin lettuces and herbs that I will grow indoors, only.

The Living Room

We have so many new family members that call our Living Room home. 

Here’s 34 of them:

quail incubator

Here are 34 quail eggs six days into their incubation. Stay tuned for more details and video of their hatch.

The rest are 8 bantam chicks:


These beautiful birds have been very entertaining to watch and interact with.  We have never had bantams before and the kids are very excited about their mini-chickens.  We are crossing our fingers that most of them are hens. 

Our Bedroom

Besides being the place we sleep, I have set it up as our spring cleaning headquarters.  I am going through every closet, every bookshelf, and every set of drawers.  I have dropped off 3 loads of clothing and books to our local Blue Ridge Hospice thrift store.  I have also set aside torn-up jeans and old shirts to repurpose.  I am purging, purging, purging.  But purging takes time.  I don’t want to just throw everything out.  So being surrounded by stuff is just how I am going to live my life for a couple of months.

bedroom sorting

The Porch

You know how I mentioned that I plant outdoors? I do all my transplanting and seed sewing from my front porch.  That way I have a good view of the kiddos no matter where they’re playing or what they’re getting into.  Right now, I have a giant bucket and a stack of soil cluttering it up. And…. a bunch of planting containers that are in process of being used and reused, again.


I guess I can see why my husband is a bit frustrated.  All I can do is suggest you guys say a prayer for him because I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing.  After all, I love participating in Nature’s Spring party. 

spring party


What are your plans for spring? Do you like to sit back and enjoy the warming weather, getting a garden started, getting some much needed cleaning done?


Unsolicited Review: Pioneer Gluten-Free Gravy

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