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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2016 Edition

Suddenly it’s the first day of December—how are your gifts coming along? Here’s my 2016 list of handmade gifts (and recipes, of course!) you can DIY up for anybody and everybody you know; let’s dive in: The Winter Wonderland gift set: Winter...

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Gift Ideas for DIYers

If you’re here… you probably know this hobby can get spendy. And unfortunately, it’s also a pretty hard hobby to gift. Skiiers get new gloves, people who like cooking get swanky new knives, and people who like making lotions and soap get… odd...

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Deodorizing Yoga Mat Spray

I’ve been stepping up my yoga game over the last year or so, and I’m thrilled to notice I’ve gotten stronger and more flexible, and can now do a few things I thought were impossible a year ago. As I’ve gained muscle mass, though, it would seem...

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Recipes & Ideas for Spring Cleaning

I cannot tell you how thrilled I am that it’s finally warm out. It’s supposed to be 28°C (82°F) tomorrow! That’s amazing! That’s nearly double the average temperature for this time of year, which is to say spring has sprung decidedly early for...

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for Expectant Moms

Mother’s Day is around the corner, so I thought I’d dive back into the archives and share some ideas for homemade Mother’s Day gift ideas for expectant moms (first time or otherwise!). There’s loads of gift ideas out there for ladies who...

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DIY Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas: 2015 Edition

18 days to go! Do you have all your gifts ready? No? Here’s some homemade Christmas gift ideas (and recipes, of course!) to get you started. For those with dry skin: Mexican chocolate body butter + Pumpkin spice body lotion The lip balm lover: Red velvet cake...

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Clean Dreams Pillow Mist

Maria sent in a request for this lovely essential oil powered pillow mist, and I just loved the sound of it. The original was designed to help prevent breakouts caused by a dirty pillowcase, but with its lovely blend of essential oils, it’ll also help lull you into a...

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Christmas Eve Pillow Mist

While I was dreaming up this year’s Christmas projects, I really loved the idea of a Christmas Eve Pillow Mist—something you could spritz over your bed before crawling between the sheets and listening for reindeer on the roof. I decided to give it a bit of a...

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Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

So, Christmas is approaching rapidly and you’re still missing gifts for a few people. Perhaps its a few hostess gifts you forgot about. Perhaps you haven’t even started your shopping yet and you’re getting a bit worried. No worries—I’ve got you covered with a few DIY...

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DIY Christmas Gift Ideas

Looking for some homemade Christmas gift ideas? You’ve come to the right place! I’ve got ten great ideas here for fun, easy, and inexpensive DIY Christmas Gifts for everybody on your list 🙂 Handmade Soap Cold process soap is reasonably easy to make, and...

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Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder

This lovely three-ingredient Bandits Mattress and Carpet Freshening Powder refreshes un-launderables quickly and easily, and it uses Bandits Oil to boot, so that’s awesome 🙂 You can whip this up really easily in your DIY specific coffee grinder—it might take one...

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Lemon Eucalyptus Toilet Bombs

This fun little nuggets of citrussy-scented cleaning power are like bath bombs for your toilet, except instead of softening your skin, they fizzle away at your dirty toilet bowl. As far as toilet cleaning goes, these are actually pretty fun. That’s not much, but...

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Bandits Oil

Frankly, I’m a bit surprised I don’t already have a recipe for, err, “Bandits” oil up here (apparently the more common name is trademarked and the owners aren’t shy about threatening bloggers with legal action, which is just...

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Lemon Cream Cleaning Lotion

This lemony scented cream cleaner comes together in a flash, and is fantastic for cleaning sinks and bathtubs, but it’s also done great things to grime on my stove top. It’s basically a lotion, but instead of a carrier oil, I’ve used d-limonene (aka...

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Magical Sticky Label Removal Goo

One of my most popular entries is a short and sweet one on getting sticky labels off jars using one secret ingredient (it’s cooking oil). Consider this the 2.0 of that entry. While cooking oil works wonderfully, it is liquid, and that’s a problem when it...

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My DIY Grease-Busting Cleaning Powder

This started out as laundry powder, but then I started using it for other things, and it still hasn’t made it’s way into the washing machine. It’s too busy in the kitchen, melting away tea stains and blasting greasy pans from DIY projects clean. I...

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Simple Cleaning Soap

This recipe may not be all that romantic, but I can promise it’s wonderfully practical. It yields hard white bars that are inexpensive to make and nicely bubbly. The bars shred down beautifully into soapy flakes and bits that make great laundry powder and...

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Orange Wax Wood Polish

I absolutely love wooden… everything, really. Furniture, staircases, combs, floors, panelled walls, cutting boards, salad bowls, utensils, whatever. You name it, and I’d like to see a wooden version of it. Wood just has a fantastic sheen and natural...

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Disinfecting Yoga Mat Spray

‘Tis the season for New Years Resolutions, and if my yoga studio is any indication, yoga is a popular New Years Resolution. I will easily confess that I attend fewer classes in January than in December or November due to the flood of new people, turning each...

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Aluminum Foil & Soda Silver Polish

I’m sure you’ve seen a variation of this around if you’ve even been on Pinterest. I’ve seen a lot of different versions of it, so I thought I’d give it a try when my necklace took a dip in the hot tub with me and it didn’t like it....

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Christmas Room Spray

There are few things more lovely about Christmas than the way your home smells with a tree in your parlour. Really, why don’t we keep fir trees in our homes year round? They smell fantastic—far better than dog, dust, and old furniture, or whatever houses usually smell...

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Homemade Christmas Gift Ideas

As I’m sure you can readily surmise, I am never at a loss when people ask me what I like to do in my free time. Similarly, my shelves and cupboards are never at a loss for things in tins and bars and bottles and what not. That said, though, I am not always the most...

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Natural Hair Care: Washing Your Brushes & Combs

One of my favourite articles on natural(ish) hair care dates back to the early 1900s, and is written by Mlle. Aline Vallandri, a woman who is famous for the length and health of her hair. The article is accompanied by a rather shocking (to modern eyes, at least)...

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Cottage Room Spray

One of my favourite scents in the world is the smell of the forest at my cottage. It smells utterly divine, and a hint of it in the city always fills me with a longing for sunshine and summertime. The woods are mostly spruce and birch trees, and the fresh water that...

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