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Welcome to my Sustainable addiction! I am a DIY addict, Wife, Mother and Grandmother.  I enjoy sharing my all natural recipes, cooking, cleaning, personal hygiene items, gardening and all things sustainable. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Laundry Softener Crystals - Homemade

Scented Laundry Softener Crystals
It seems the latest rave in Laundry scents are the "crystal" scented softeners. Well have I got a treat for you, in a most unlikely place! Look in your medicine cabinet, yes you heard me correctly ;0). I have been making my own laundry products and building on my DIY arsenal of cleaning & personal hygiene products for a little less than a year now, and I must confess.... I am totally blown away at how easy all of this is! I am most impressed on how there is a new energy growing in the american family households- one of frugality, one of turning back to our grandmothers time and using what we have and using it effectively. This new emergence of frugality has an added benefit of not only saving a TON of money, but more importantly the health benefits are numerous. I have noticed an increase in my families general health, my allergies are subsiding, my bi-annual sinus infections have been none existent and my immune system just seems to be improving the longer I go without using all of those store bought items. Read some of my other recipes on this blog or visit me on pinterest for more great money saving recipes. Okay - now back to the laundry crystals (sorry I digressed momentarily). Go get your epsom salt and be prepared to be shocked!

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Scented Bath Salts - Homemade!

Scented Bath Salts ~ All Natural
Epsom salt is one of those old time cure all remedy ingredients that just keeps proving itself as an all around MUST have in the medicine cabinet. What you may not have known is just how versatile it is in not only relieving aching muscles and feet, it also helps to remove impurities in your system, re-hydrate you, soften your clothes.... the list just goes on and on.  Not only is it versatile in it's uses, it is extremely easy to find, eco-friendly and very cost effective.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

Hosting Plans - Designed for you


  1. Avoid the headaches, and the pain in your Wallet! 
    Thanks to technology, I can work with you locally, over the web, via email or fax. I know how hard it is to work and show a profit in this economy. I have been working for small companies for the past 30 years. I have seen the good, the bad & the ugly. I understand all to well how "times have changed" & that it as important as ever to have a "social network" & a "web presence." Believe me, your competition understands this! Your "Web" & "Social networking" presence is by far the least expensive form of advertising that you will ever utilize.The more you stay in front of your audience (clients) the more they will remember you when they need your service and / or product.   

Friday, January 11, 2013

Luxurious Soft Soap - Homemade and Frugal

Aromatherapy at its BEST!!  An amazingly easy and cost effective way to make your own moisturizing "soft soap" for a fraction of the cost of store bought. The clove and lemon essential oil combination packs it punch with Antibacterial, Antifungal & Anti-Viral!! I am thrilled at how this turned out. I have been making my own soaps & cleaning supplies for quite sometime now, and I must confess, this is a great variation of my Oatmeal body wash.  

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Homemade Old fashioned Hard Candy (rock candy)

I love this stuff, especially the cinnamon flavor, takes me back to my childhood when everyone had the toothpicks soaked in the cinnamon flavoring! A few small pieces crunched up in your hot chocolate is not bad either if I must say so myself! LOL


Saturday, January 5, 2013

"Non" Vicks Vapor Rub - Homemade

"Non" Vicks vapor rub
As the weather is changing so are the germs we are going to encounter. If you are unfortunate enough to get a chest cold, nothing is more comforting than the relief that Vicks Vapor rub can bring to a congested head and chest, whether you use it rubbed on your chest or in your vaporizer. I offer for your relief a all natural version which is actually good for you, it works as well if not better, it is economical to make - about .75 per batch and does not have all of the bad side effects of rubbing petroleum products on your body (or breathing in the fumes)!!





Friday, January 4, 2013

Air Freshner for the "flu" season

There are only a few things worse than not being able to breathe because of a cold or flu! Try this super easy and simple substitute for "vicks". You can put it in a warmer, spray it on your blankets and pillows for a good nights sleep, you can use it in your vaporizer, Oil diffuser or put it on your stove and let it slowly evaporate into your home. I usually do all of the above every day during the winter..... just to keep "old man winter" from raining the flu bug inside of my home!
Super simple to make - a spray bottle, water, essential oils of Peppermint, Eucalyptus, Rosemary & Lemon. This simple and quick recipe will help you to breath easier, relieve chest congestion, open stuffy sinuses and the best part is it only takes a few minutes to whip up a batch and you can mist your home daily including your blankets and pillows. This is a much healthier option than vicks. 
Lets get started! 

1 Spray bottle (any garden variety sprayer works fine)
20 oz. Water Filtered or boiled tap water
10 Drops Peppermint Essential Oil
10 Drops Eucalytus Essential Oil
10 Drops Rosemary Essential Oil
10 Drops Lemon Essential Oil 

Put water in the spray bottle, add in your essential oils. Shake well and spray as you would any air freshener. What are you waiting for? Try it and get the relief you have been waiting for naturally! This is the change you have been waiting for!  
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Essential Hand Sanitizer




With the flu season in full swing (already) I wanted to share with you a MUST HAVE for your purse, car and children's book bags. It is super easy to make homemade hand sanitizer, it is all natural, super fast and VERY economical to make! Did I mention it literally can be done in just a few minutes!! The best part of this is that it is actually good for you, moisturizes your skin and is more effective in fighting off the germs BEFORE they infiltrate your body than the antibiotics you would have to take to get rid of the crud!