DIY & From Scratch

7 Decorating Ideas For An Old Fashioned Christmas

Reminiscing of holidays past and traditions that have been passed down. Moving away from commercialism and returning to the ways of old for a more meaningful holiday season. Embrace an Old Fashioned Christmas with these 7 decorating ideas. 

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Home Remedies To Treat Bug Bites and Stings

It’s the time of year for creepy crawly critters to be out biting and stinging. Our body’s response to the bites and stings can range from itching and stinging to burning or pain. 5 years ago, I received my first ever red wasp sting and was stunned at the pain it caused. I was thankful for reliable home remedies to treat bug bites and stings.

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Cleaning Creosote From Your Stove Pipes Like a Pro

Cleaning creosote from the pipes of your wood burning stove or your fireplace chimney could mean the difference between life and death. At the least, it could save your home and all your belongings.

At our house, this is a job for my own personal chimney sweep, my husband. He likes me to know what he’s doing and why, but I usually wind up in the way so I just pass him tools and empty buckets! When we understand the importance of cleaning creosote from our pipes, we can even make better decisions on which pipes to install and choose a more efficient wood stove.

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How We Chop Wood To Save Time And Energy

Is there anything as warm and inviting as a fire in the wood stove or fireplace? The smell of hickory or oak smoke in the air…how thankful I am for such fond memories. Even today, when I smell the smoke from the fire I feel warmth in my soul, not just on my cold body.

Who hasn’t stood in front of the fire roasting the front of yourself then turning to warm the backside? Did you play chicken in front of the heater to see who could stand there the longest?

Granny had a wood cook stove she used during the winter. They also had a fireplace or wood heater all my growing up years. This meant someone had to chop wood. Thankfully, it wasn’t considered a job for a girl!

My Papa said, “When you chop wood it’ll warm you twice. Once when you split it and once when you burn it.”

You’ll think we’re weird when I tell you we both enjoy chopping wood. My husband would say it’s relaxing and provides great exercise.

We (I use this term loosely of course) put our heads together to share some tips we’ve learned over the years on how to chop wood to save time and energy.

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Homemade Toothpaste

It’s an easy task to remove the toxins found in commercial toothpaste from your family’s life. Homemade toothpaste is the answer! I want to share our favorite recipes for homemade toothpaste with you. I’ve even got one for man’s best friend!

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