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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. 

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

100% Real Vanilla Extract

Homemade 100% Pure Vanilla extract

NOTHING is better than a good recipe with a LOT of vanilla in it ;) I am ashamed to say this but in my youth, many times over the years i just bought the most economical size and brand of "imitation vanilla". I love baking and when money was tight... I would cut corners. The last couple of years I have bought Real Vanilla Extract from a big warehouse store. It was great quality, but still I do not know all what is in their as preservatives. Even though most things I buy from there are a much better deal than the store, and a bigger bottle - still the one thing remains true through out all of your homemaking activities, HOMEMADE items are BETTER. They are more economical to assemble, you know what is in their and the taste and quality are second to none.

Saturday, July 27, 2013

100% Wood Cleaner ~ Green, Frugal & FAST to make!

I just love walking into my house and basking in the glory of all the shiny wood! Unfortunately, that does not happen too often (I am almost embarrassed to admit that!!) Lucky for me I have a little helper on the weekends that LOVES to dust! The problem is that I never want the children to breath in all the fumes and over spray from the cleaners, not to mention getting that "stuff" on their little delicate hands. I was on the hunt for something that would replace the "pledge" which has gotten way to expensive, almost to the point I hated using it so it would last a long time lol ~ I know, it totally defeated the whole purpose of buying it!

Thursday, July 25, 2013

Fabric Softener - Fast & Fabulous!

I am one of those people who absolutely loves to wash clothes. I love the smell of clean laundry, the satisfaction of getting the clothes clean no matter what gross items my family throws in the green as possible AND they must smell good without all of the chemicals! That is what is so great about this recipe.... It is quite simple, 3 items and one of those is water!
laundry pile! Folding clothes...... well that is something I have to work on lol ;0)  That is going to have to be another post for another day (or year). I have two  criteria when doing my laundry, the items I use have to be as

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Bumper Crops and Raised beds

With all the rain this summer, we in the southeast are experiencing an abundance of crops. Some - okay the majority of them are going bad because the ground is just too wet! Others are flourishing and the difference seems to be the raised beds some people use. Since you have a limited amount of dirt in raised beds, you are faced with a new set of challenges. Less Soil = less nutrition for your plants to feed on. If you are not careful you can quickly deplete the nutrition / food in your soil and be left with less than desirable results. If you overfeed your plants you will force them to grow the foilage quickly without any fruit bearing taking place.... that is not the purpose of a garden!  With proper planning and a few "old fashioned" tricks used by our grandfathers you, yes EVEN YOU can amaze your neighbors and give them of your abundance while they watch their crops fail.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

BUG OFF!! All natural insect repellent

With Summer comes outdoor activities, cookouts, swimming, fishing, hiking or just relaxing in your yard. AS IF you can do that with all the mosquito's this years rain has brought! But i am a firm believer in giving thanks for ALL things. Without the mosquitos and other creepy crawly things that suck the blood and life right out of you AND your pets..... I would forget how totally awesome the essential oils are!!

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Spray it out stain remover!

There is only one thing more that I dislike than spending a LOT of money on clothes.... that is getting stubborn stains on them rendering them useless! Back before I went "green" on my cleaning supplies it was not really a big deal. I could always buy more "shout" or "spray and wash" and be done with it... but even then many times it required MORE than one treatment to remove the offending stain. I have tried quite a few of the "all natural" whiteners you can find on google searches. Some worked "a little" some I did not really notice much of a difference. Some of the homemade versions have ammonia in them, and I just really do not like the smell of it.... plus it is not that great for you to breath in!