DIY Makeup Remover Pads

makeup remover

The first step is admitting you have a problem, right? Well, here goes nothing- I have a makeup addiction. (Kevin is reading this and giving a sarcastic gasp of shock right now, I guarantee it.)

My last three YouTube searches were all for contouring tutorials. Unless the house is on fire, I’m not leaving without my eyebrows filled in. And my Sephora frequent-flyer card takes a place of higher priority in my wallet than my library card (I’m a bookworm, so that’s saying more than you might think). I love makeup. Probably too much.

But the one thing every woman over 21 knows is that you absolutely, positively must take off your makeup at the end of the day. Unless you want breakouts, irritated skin, and puffy eyes, you do not sleep with your game-face on.

makeup-remover-padsFoundations, concealers, powders, and...

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Energy Efficient Home Guide

Are you ready to find out if in fact your home is as energy efficient as it can be?

Most of us have some big and many small things that we can do to better the energy efficiency of our home.  Whether you just want to drop a few dollars off of your gas bill or you are looking for a better way to fuel your home altogether, doing just a few things can make a tremendous amount of difference in your homes energy efficiency and monthly bills.

Why bother with energy efficiency?  You don’t feel like your home is energy inefficient and you can afford the bills so why bother?  Many people will be shocked to learn that they can lose up to 25% or more of the energy in their home without the need to.  You could literally be throwing your money out the window.

The good news is that making yo...

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Basic First Aid Guide

As a homesteader, whether urban or rural, you should know basic first aid. The below guide offers guidance for many common injuries and ailments. At the end, we have included for FREE a Pocket First Aid Guide, because in an emergency you might forget something important,  and it can serve as a great reference while camping or backpacking.

Another important aspect of proper first aid is a well-stocked first aid kit, for your home and for your vehicle(s). Just like the Boy Scout motto: “Always be Prepared”.

For more first aid advice, check out the Mayo Clinic Website First Aid advice section.

Check Pulse

The heartbeat causes a rhythmical expansion and contraction of the arteries as it forces blood through them...

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Compost; Build the Perfect Pile

composting

Composting is a natural process in which decomposed organic materials are recycled into rich soil material known as compost. All living things decompose and the term composting usually refers to backyard composting, which is the accelerated version of the same natural process. By composting the organic waste, we can return the nutrients of life back into the soil, and the cycle of life continues. Finished compost resembles dark brown soil, and it feels crumbly and smells a lot like a forest floor.

Basics of Composting

While no one can deny the benefits of composting, building soil via composting is the perfect gardening project for a lazy person. A compost pile, unlike double-digging or weeding, takes care of itself and doesn’t take a lot of time and physical effort...

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Quilting Basics

The method of creating a quilt consists of various fundamental steps: measuring, cutting, marking and stitching. Every stage consists of specific tools along with methods which can save some time and make the activity you want much easier to accomplish.

The starting point will be to choose a quilt design or style, along with your fabric. For anyone who is a novice, select a basic design to get started with. Try to visualize you completed quilt. Exactly what color would you like it to be? Would you like to combine unique prints with solids? Prints can vary from plaids to florals or even stripes. Solid fabrics are available in pretty much every color conceivable. Cotton fabric tends to be the simplest fabric to work with. You should not be scared to play around...

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Container Gardening with Herbs

Herb Gardening

Don’t use garden soil when container gardening! Even the best garden soil is not the right choice for container growing. Though it may seem nutrient-rich and well-balanced, garden soil is always a problem. It will not provide adequate drainage and usually contains disease organisms, bacteria, and weed seeds. No matter how well it performs in the ground over the growing season, normal garden soil will soon form a compacted heavy mass, preventing root respiration and fertilizer absorption, resulting in stressed and hungry plants.

Each plant should get enough water to moisten the entire container. You’ll know soil is saturated when water runs freely out the drainage holes...

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Homestead Guide to Edible Plants

As a homesteader, it is valuable knowledge to know about edible plants, nuts, and berries. I have compiled a large list of approximately 110 different edible and medicinal plants from all over the world. Below I am sharing some of the plants from the e-book “A Homestead Guide to Edible Plants”, which is available for download at the end of this article.

 Excerpts from “A Homestead Guide to Edible Plants”

 edible plant- acaciaAcacia

Acacia farnesiana

Description: Acacia is a spreading, usually short tree with spines and alternate compound leaves. Its individual leaflets are small. Its flowers are ball-shaped, bright yellow, and very fragrant. Its bark is a whitish-gray color. Its fruits are dark brown and podlike.

Habitat and Distribution: Acacia grows in open, sunny areas...

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Home Remedy for Insomnia

Pretty literally every blog, magazine, and medical journal you read will tell you­ in no uncertain terms­ how important a good night’s rest is to your health. Persistent and occasional insomnia has been linked to a huge number of very real health risks, including:

  • healthy brain function
  • emotional wellbeing and mood
  • metabolic health and weight regulation
  • blood sugar levels and insulin sensitivity
  • hormone regulation
  • circulatory health
  • growth and development
  • memory
  • immune system function

Sleep deficiency is a much bigger problem than just hiding those ever-present bags under your eyes. But for many of us, a “good night’s sleep” is easier said than done.
insomniaThere are a number of factors that can contribute to insomnia and sleep deficiency...

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Lavender, a Powerful Herb

Lavender is one of the most-used herbs in today’s cosmetics, fragrances, and aromatherapy circles, and is gaining popularity in culinary application as well. The plant is a rich source of essential oils that can have powerful effects on the human body, as well as one of the most unique and beloved scents in the world.

Thirty-nine plants within the mint family are classified as lavender, the most common being Lavandula angustifolia– the variety from which the color “lavender” is derived. This genus of flowering plants is found in Europe, Africa, the Mediterranean, and parts of Asia, as well as other small corners of the “Old World”. Though none of the plants in the genus are native to North America, several of them can be successfully grown in many parts of the continent.

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Chamomile for Your Health

Chamomile Tea– we have a history, you and I. During those high school years when I’d stay up reading till 3-AM, you were my mother’s #1 weapon in her war on my insomnia. When I waited tables until well past 2 in the morning, you were the only thing to wind me down, allowing me to get to sleep sometime before dawn. And when full-blown panic-attacks strike in the middle of the night, you’re the best thing to get me back to bed.

I swear, chamomile has super-powers.

Chamomile- or camomile- actually refers to a variety of different daisy-like plants, which are a member of the Asteraceae family. Though there are several varieties, the two most common are German chamomile (Marticaria recutita) and Roman chamomile (Chamaemelum nobile)...

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