May 2012

5 Ways to Live Seasonally in June

by Ivory Soap DIY

Farmer’s Markets are in full swing, mama animals are making tons of milk, and the produce in the garden is coming on faster than you can pick it.  Welcome to summer!  Well, technically, summer doesn’t start till June 20th, but the HEAT is already here in West Tennessee. So what can we do to live […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Laundry Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on the this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of laundry detergent, and like dishwasher detergent, it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade laundry detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial detergents contain BORAX and WASHING SODA together. It’s an either/or.   Powder is washing soda.  Liquid detergents have borax, usually […]

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Compost-Along News

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Hi composters.  (All 56 of you, so far!) I’m going to be Tweeting and Facebooking my favorite composting links throughout the -Along, so if you want to catch them I’m on Twitter at @daisysiskin and our FB is Little House in the Suburbs.  We’ve got links to both in the sidebar on the right.   […]

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Compost-Along: Week 1

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I’m way too excited about this CAL. I was afraid nobody would show up, but a bunch of you did and I can’t tell you how tickled it makes me. I’m also excited to have a big pile of delicious compost a few weeks from now. This first week is important, but not very physically […]

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Compost-Along

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

I’ve had the dorkiest idea. You’ve probably heard about Knit-Alongs, where people get together online and knit the same project together in small steps over a set period of time? Well, not everybody knits.  Even if you do knit, maybe you’ve set down your needles for the summer. I thought of another usually solitary activity […]

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Picky Eaters: How I Reversed My Cooking Strategy and Brought Peace to the Dinner Table

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have friends who have trained their kids to eat what’s in front of them. This is not my life. There are a few things that they don’t HATE and I can pull the whole “you sit there until you eat it,” but there are many foods that even if I force them to eat […]

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LHITS DIY Linky Party #2

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

  Last week was GREAT! I looked through each and every link. I knew linky parties were fun, but I didn’t realize that they’d be my own little homestead library of projects. Thank you! Please send us more this week. Can’t wait to see what you made! Deanna Link back to us Little House Friday […]

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10 Things You Should Know Before Making Homemade Dishwasher Detergent

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

I have spent HOURS on  this database researching all of the possible chemical formulations of dishwasher detergent and it has completely CHANGED how I make homemade dishwasher detergent! Cleaning Power 1. NO commercial dishwasher detergents contain BORAX. Isn’t that nuts?  I was so surprised.  I studied the chemistry and  I wouldn’t go so far as to say […]

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3 Steps to Simplify DIY Stain Removal

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

1.  Reality Check Do you really treat stains?  I don’t.  I NOTICE stains after they’ve been through the wash.  If you aren’t an avid stain treater, you really only need a bar of soap and a faucet.  Here’s my REAL stain routine: Shoot, there’s a stain on the shirt I just put on! Can I […]

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5 Ways to Simplify Your DIY

by Ivory Soap Simplify

If you’re not paying attention, you can overwhelm yourself with “simple living.”  You can clutter up your life with so much DIY that you can’t see your way out.  DIY only simplifies your life if you keep your DIY simple. Pick double/triple duty products. DIY is empowering and fun.  It’s shouldn’t be overwhelming.  Don’t use DIY […]

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LHITS DIY Linky Party #1

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

  How to Make Pizza on a GRILL: Life as Mom A Hilarious Concert T-Shirt Baby Gown: This Mama Makes Stuff Some Delicious Looking Non-Dairy IceCream: Frugal Granola A Beautiful Garlic Harvest: New Life on a Homestead A Really Fun Tomato Growing Experiemnt: Homestead Revival Link back to us Little House Friday DIY Linky

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3 Steps to Simplify Your DIY Cleaning Products

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  1.  Learn About T.A.C.T T.A.C.T. stands for Temperature, Agitation, Chemistry, and Time.  It means, the hotter the water the better it cleans.  The more elbow grease you use the better it cleans.  The stronger the chemicals are, the better it cleans.  The longer you let it soak or sit, the better it cleans. Now […]

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New Weekly Link Party Starts Friday!

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

Tomorrow, when I post my favorite links of the week, we’ll also have a linky up.  We’re going to have it up every Friday just under our favorite DIY links of the week.  Feels free to link any DIY, homemade, garden, homestead, or recipes.   Our favorites will go out on our facebook page and twitter. Tell […]

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4 Lazy Ways to Simplify Summer Days

by Ivory Soap Simplify

I have been dreading it for a month already.  SUMMER. It’s not that the kids are home.  They’re home all the time.  It’s that the STRUCTURE of the school year is gone.  Whether you home-school or away-school, the day revolves around school time.  And for a few blessed hours, no one is wandering around making […]

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5 Ways to Live Seasonally In May

by Ivory Soap Simplify

1.  Find your farmer’s markets Most markets are open now. We have seven in our area. There’s one open every day of the week. Not only are there fresh greens, but the egg season has started (Valentine’s to Halloween), and the mama animals are making lots of milk. It’s time to find out what fresh […]

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Live Seasonally to Live Simply

by Ivory Soap Simplify

                  To everything, there is a season, unless you live in the burbs and the seasons are totally obscured by shipments from Mexico and California. Reduces Your To Do List Pioneer homesteaders lived seasonally.  There were no tomatoes in the winter, no acorn squash in May.  In […]

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Favorite Link Friday

by Ivory Soap Z

  A great post about choosing your DIY wipes based on your type of diaper–Kitchen Stewardship A great recipe for cinnamon almonds–New Nostalgia Water bottle Candle Holder –Crafting in a Green World No Knead Ciabatta Bread–Country Momma Cooks DIY Lemon Dusting Cloths–Beautiful Somehow  

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Book Giveaway–The Art of Fermentation

by Daisy Reviews

If I had this book last year, I wouldn’t have thrown out (and buried, yes, buried) a gallon of naturally fermented purple cabbage in my backyard.  I would’ve just scooped off the horrid slimey mold on top, and enjoyed the brilliant kraut underneath. I need this book if I’m ever going to get rid of […]

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Tomato Suckers And How NOT To Make A Video

by Daisy Beginner Gardens

Most mainstream advice on tomato care includes the recommendation to prune out tomato suckers.  Suckers are those little leaf growths (little in the beginning, anyway–they can get huge) in the axil of the tomato plant. The axil is the name for the joint where the branch meets the stem. Here’s a pic of a tomato […]

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Twitter Advice, Please!

by Daisy Z

I’m so slow getting into the Twitter. I started an account, put up a couple of tweets, kept forgetting to log in, etc. One thing stopping me is that I don’t know what people really like about Twitter and what they consider to be a worthwhile tweet. Any requests? What is it about your favorite […]

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