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Brewing Kombucha at Home

Brewing Kombucha at Home

I like drinking Kombucha. I love the tangy, tingly, bubbliness of it. I also love the health benefits, mainly, the probiotics. What I don’t like is the price of buying it at the grocery store of Whole Foods.  So, I started brewing Kombucha at home a few years ago.Making Kombucha

Brewing Kombucha at home can be intimidating, but with a little practice, it is very easy. Just follow the directions, do your homework, and, learn from my mistakes so that hopefully you can avoid the ones I made.

So, are you ready to start brewing Kombucha at home?

Before you get started, you will need to plan ahead, order some supplies, and gather all the items you’ll need.    You can get everything you need from Hannah Crum, The Kombucha Mamma, and my kombucha guru.  The only place I would ever purchase a SCOBY is from Hannah. Read More→

Your Natural Medicine Cabinet and First Aid Kit Part 4

Natural Medicine Cabinet Item#4 Eucalyptus Oil

Fresh herbs in first aid kitAs you build your all natural first aid kit and medicine cabinet, you now have Lavender,   Peppermint, and Tea Tree essential oils, which are 3 of the staples of any aromatherapist. As you have read in the individual posts for those three oils, the list of things that they can do is impressive. No natural medicine cabinet or first aid kit would be complete without our next essential oil: Eucalyptus.

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Minnesota: winter and road construction; kinda like my life

Minnesota has two seasons: winter and road construction

Road Work Ahead Sign

My life is like road construction

If you’ve ever lived through road construction here, you know all about the countless detours, roadblocks, pot holes, closed off-ramps, closed on-ramps, crumbling bridges that are falling down, and not to mention passive-aggressive drivers (so typical of Minnesota), angry drivers, and buick drivers (you know who I’m talking about…..the ones who won’t take that Buick past 50mph in the fast lane). The roads and bridges in Minnesota are a mess and worry-free routes are few and far between. Kind of like my life: in perpetual road construction.

Over the past several years, I have experienced numerous major life-changing events.

Many of them were purposeful and intentional. Exactly one year ago, I sold my big house of 19 years, bought a tiny cottage near the lake, and had plans to downsize, simplify, get back to basics, unwind, relax, and enjoy life by the lake. The sailing was smooth and the winds were light. I even landed a fabulous job with excellent pay. What could be better? I downsized my mortage payment by 60% and I increase my income by 50%. Finally, things were looking good! But as so often is the trend in my world, fair weather is often short-lived. The winds picked up, the storm blew in, and I got relentlessly slammed in the face, time after time after time, like a Minnesota blizzard in February.

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How to make all natural bug bite treatment

My last post was about how to make your own all natural bug spray.  In the event that one or two of those rascals got past the spray barrier that you made, or, if you haven’t had a chance to make your natural bug spray yet, and you’ve fallen victim to some itchy bug bites, fear not.  

You can make your own all natural bug bite treatment that is miraculous!

All you need are some essential oils, some baking soda, or some raw honey.  Easy!

How to make your own bug bite treatmentHere is my recipe for bug bite treatment.  I keep bottles around the house, and one in my purse at all times. This recipe is so easy, that’s it’s almost inaccurate to call it a ‘recipe. Read More→

How to make all natural bug spray

Why would anyone want to make their own all natural bug spray when you can easily buy it at the store?

all natural bug spraySince moving toward a more natural lifestyle, I am always on the lookout  for ways to reduce my family’s exposure to chemicals. I’ve never been a fan of bug spray because I don’t like how sticky it feels on my skin, and I always feel like I need a shower whenever I spray down with bug spray. Since I don’t know exactly what’s in commercial repellents, I don’t know to what I’m exposing myself, my family, and my pets.  

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How to make the easiest homemade laundry detergent

From granola to the easiest homemade laundry detergent

If you’re old enough to remember, granola people were from California, the land of  nuts and flakes.  Of course it’s not politically correct, but we weren’t PC back in the day!   I picture in my mind the type of person I thought was a granola:  gauze skirt, Birkenstocks, graying hair, home grown, homemade food from scratch, homemade soap,  shopped at co-ops, had hairy arm pits and was hippee-like.  I’ve noticed these granola-types for years.  The other day I asked my daughter if her boyfriends’ parents are granolas (because I had my suspicions) and she said “Not as much as you are, Mom”.   Then it hit me.  I AM a granola!  Let’s get one thing straight, though….I don’t have hairy armpits. But, I’ve been lazy about touching up the grays, I make my own soap, I shop at a local food co-op, I wear Birkenstocks, I bake my bread from scratch, as well as make my own yogurt and kombucha.  This simple, natural lifestyle has become so normal to me, that I hadn’t even noticed that I’ve become a granola.   Read More→