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How to get an aphid-free garden without using pesticides


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Spring has sprung, and everybody is itching to get out in the garden!  It’s about that time of year when we start thinking of planning our gardens. With that planning, we should also consider the demise of garden pests – … Continue reading

Natural ways to get rid of ants and other household pests


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Every year around this time I start seeing posts on social media about ants. They seem to return with monotonous regularity, Ants are everywhere! They’re on our countertops. Ants gather around the cat’s food bowl. They leave a trail that … Continue reading

How to get rid of fruit flies


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Got fruit flies? I try to post things as they happen, almost on a moment-by-moment basis. What has social media done to us? Sometimes it’s an “OMG!” moment, and sometimes it’s a “why didn’t I think of that?” moment.   … Continue reading

I love my citrus oils!


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There is not much that is fresher than the smell of an orange when you make that first break in the skin. Or a lemon as you slice it to put in a cool summer drink, so is it any … Continue reading

Lavender


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I suppose it’s only fitting to make my first post about Lavender, possibly one of the most fragrant and most well-known essential oils. My love affair with this delicious aroma began when I was just entering my teen years, and I … Continue reading

Stop the poison ivy itch – redux


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A while back, I wrote a post on how to deal with the itchy rash that comes from contact with poison ivy. This is an update following another encounter with the poison ivy in my front yard. It’s out of … Continue reading

DIY: Quick and easy bath salts recipe


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Our bath salts recipe could be just what you’re looking for if you need a mood enhancer in a hurry! In a Mason jar, mix 1/2 cup of Epsom salts and 1/2 cup of rock salt. Add 20 drops of … Continue reading

Fall Diffuser Blends: Chai


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There’s never any mistaking you’re in a coffee shop. Especially your favorite local coffee shop, where they roast their own coffee beans. I just came from one of our local favorites, where I sat with my daughter for almost four … Continue reading

Black mold? These two ingredients will stop it in its tracks


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What is black mold? Microscopic spores of Stachybotrys chartarun and Stachybotrys astra are the main black mold organisms. The mold may be green or black, dry and powdery, or it could be slimy. It usually occurs in a spotty pattern and smells musty. Disturbing it releases mycotoxins … Continue reading

Oh no! Not the flu!


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I wrote this post when I had the flu in March of 2014, but it never made it live! The information is still relevant today, and definitely worth sharing. Enjoy … I’ve been out of action for about a week … Continue reading

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