Archive of ‘natural health and beauty’ category

Sweet Vanilla Butter Lip Balm

| natural health and beauty

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  Everyone should have a simple, go-to lip balm recipe in their DIY health & beauty care arsenal! Learning how to dddke your own chapstick is incredibly easy and much more healing and protective than the tubes you’ll find in the stores. Normally, I find them to be drying and I’ll have to continually reapply […] Read more…


Homesteader’s Tallow Soap

| natural health and beauty, Soap

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Looking for a natural, handmade tallow soap recipe? Look no further! This simple cold-process (lye) recipe uses basic ingredients and makes a nice hard bar of soap with the perfect creamy lather you want in a cleansing soap!  Once upon a time (last year) I was afraid to make soap. Don’t laugh! Surely, I’m not the […] Read more…


Homemade Medicine Made Simple: Sweet Lemon Honey & Thyme Cough Syrup Recipe

| Herbs, natural health and beauty, natural remedies

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Sweet Lemon Honey & Thyme Cough Syrup is a wonderful, homemade cough syrup recipe that will help you or your kids stop coughing the next time you come down with a cold. What I love the best about this remedy is that I can make it quickly with a handful of simple ingredients found in […] Read more…


Homemade Medicine Made Simple: Immune-Boosting Elderberry Syrup {For the Pantry Shelf}

| Farmstead Cookery, food preservation, natural health and beauty, natural remedies, recipes, Uncategorized


It doesn’t surprise me that DIY health care is increasing in popularity. We know that the folks in control of the health care system in our country don’t necessarily have our best interest at heart. Much to their chagrin, there is an increasing availability of information for those looking to take back control of their own […] Read more…


~Gleanings from September~

| Broiler Chickens, In the Barnyard, In the Garden, In the Home, In the Kitchen, links, natural health and beauty


For the garden… Sewn Seed Packets… adorable and frugal… this could make a nice first sewing project for a young lady too I’m thinking.  (Note: I can’t find the original article on the website.)   Honeybee Garden… since I’ve given myself permission to encourage pollinators and since there isn’t much of that built into the […] Read more…

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~Celebrating Spring {Giveaway}~

| misc., natural health and beauty


Update: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to Jennifer (comment #42, via who loves the celtic cross!! I don’t know what it’s like where you live, but we’ve seen more than a few promising signs that spring is finally here! Spring peepers, blooming bulbs, swelling buds, children begging to camp outside when the overnight […] Read more…

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~Decisions {A Giveaway Post}~

| misc., natural health and beauty


As a busy homesteading mama, I find it very easy, if I don’t make a concentrated effort, to push myself to the back burner, especially during the busy summer and fall months. As a Christian mama, I find it very important to model for my daughters my belief that, as ambassadors, we should present a […] Read more…

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~Last Wednesday~

| kitchen disasters, natural health and beauty


We had a sad little accident in our home.  I say “little” probably because there was no death and there thankfully won’t be any permanent damage, but we’ve been really quite blessed that in a family with six children things like this don’t happen more often.  In thirteen years we took our third visit to […] Read more…

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