Preserving: Drying Herbs

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A few years ago I realized I needed to do something with my huge Oregano bush, so I started drying it and saving it. The coolest thing was realizing a year later that I hadn’t purchased any oregano from the store and had been using my OWN! This got me thinking this year….I want to […]

DIY Skin-Loving Deodorant

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  Ya’ll know I love a good DIY, and I’m kinda a crunchy granola mamma, too. Early this year I decided that I wanted to try making my own deodorant. The aluminum and other ingredients in commercial antiperspirants are controversial and since my grandmother died recently from advanced Alzheimers, let’s just say if I could find […]

How To Find Balance In Your Life As A Busy Mom

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I love the mormonchannel.org, so when they contacted me about whether or not I’d be interested in having them do some guest posts on my blog, I was thrilled. My role as a mom is the most important one in my journey as the essential homemaker, because everything I do is based on raising great people. […]

The Art of Time Management

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I struggle….I mean STRUGGLE with time management. There is so much going on….things that need doing, places I have to be, 1/2 a million kids with different stories that distract. As a person who is easily overwhelmed, organization and time management are critical to my productivity, and well, my general well being. But that doesn’t translate […]

Pinterest: My Most Popular Pins

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I love Pinterest, don’t you? I know some people get intimidated by the sheer volume of info on Pinterest and the whole idea that one must “keep up with the Mrs. Joneses” of the world. Fortunately, I don’t fall into either category, so Pinterest and I have a close relationship. So close, in fact, that […]

DIY Food: Creamy Tomato Basil Soup

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Don’t you love convenience? I really love convenience…. There is a certain canned soup company that was part of my cooking repertoire almost daily until a couple of years ago. Their condensed soups made cooking quick and easy. But once you start reading labels, there’s no going back, and I now make my cream of […]

Thrive: A BIG DEAL Sale!! Save $$!

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Big news on the horizon! Thrive just announced a big sale April 9-20…and it’s gonna be BIG! Starts on Thursday! All the Thrive Life products are going to be on sale and many of the Food Storage Rotation units (shelves) and emergency equipment, too!   You can look at all the sale items on my […]

Kitchen Tip: Onion Powder

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Happy love month! What better to talk about for the month of love than ONION POWDER! I know, right?!? I ran out, the other day…like completely out. None in my cupboard, none on my handy pantry Home Store spice shelf…NONE. I must admit to a moment of panic….before I remembered that I had some Thrive […]

DIY Food: Buttermilk Wheat Pancake Mix

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Hello! How is your January going? Exciting news today! My little site is TWO YEARS OLD! Can you believe it? Happy Blog-o-versary to me! Anywho…. Mix cooking is one of my favorite things. I can use ingredients I feel good about, have something prepped ahead of time, and get food on the table in a […]

Peace: Who is the Essential Homemaker???

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Several months ago, during a horribly difficult time, one of my incredibly sweet and well-meaning friends paid me a compliment and said something about how I know how to do anything and have it all together….in the middle of this HUGE mental and emotional breakdown….and I thought…”oh my goodness, I’m a fraud!” I’m falling to […]

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