August 2012

LHITS DIY Linky #14

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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Homeschool Round Up

by Ivory Soap DIY

Having babies when your kids are older generates a lot of questions.  So, I made a few printables for homeschool to satisfy the curiosity.  Both the DEVELOPMENT cards above and the PARTS OF THE BABY BELLY cards are available HERE.  Also, in our science text we are doing the anatomy of the senses.  I found […]

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5 Simple Rules to Reduce Child Laundry

by Ivory Soap Simplify

With six people in one house, I am lately obsessed with reducing laundry.  A few month ago, I reported in THIS POST that I was trying a new laundry experiment.  I reported the results HERE and then my new shoe shelf innovation HERE.  After months of experience, I feel I have arrived at a realistic child laundry philosophy.  (P.S. […]

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Practically Green: Putting up Summer Produce No Sweat

by Ivory Soap Home Preserving

  Going green in midsummer isn’t just about buying locally grown produce and keeping your lawn free from chemicals. If you’re really eco-smart, you’ll be putting up locally grown produce for the fall and winter. In January, those sorry winter tomatoes trucked from the other side of the country start to look pretty tempting, unless […]

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Weekend Links

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

  What can you compost?: Home Front Prudent Living.     Great pictorial tour of compostables you may not think about. 21 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Ants:  Our Homemade Happiness.  I shall use them ALL, this year.  I shall be TRIUMPHANT!!! Wow, I Could Have Made My Own V-8!:  Old World Garden Farms.  Make your […]

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LHITS Friday DIY Linky #13

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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DIY Homeschool: 5 Gadgets I Can’t Live Without

by Ivory Soap DIY

#1 Duplexing Laser Printer The first product I ever bought for my homeschool was recommended by the lady who pioneered Hillbilly Housewife.  For her homeschool, Old Fashioned Education, she printed free books and bound them herself.  If the queen of frugality said I needed this product, then I was inclined to believe her.  Laser printing […]

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Homeschool E-book Mega Sale!

by Ivory Soap Z

  I just saw this at Mama Jenn.  Everything under the sun for 50 cents each!  And why isn’t there a “CENT” button on keyboards anymore?

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DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner(s)

by Ivory Soap Cleaning Products

  Commercial stainless steel cleaners can be some of the fumiest, most flammable products in your home.   This is because the vast majority of them contain a waterless solvent (read: petrochemical).  This gives you a spray-on, wipe off experience requiring no elbow grease.  Another magical property of the commercial brands is corn starch, long […]

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Weekend Links

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

  Raw Blueberry Pie: Good Girl Gone Green.  LOOK AT THAT!  Yummy to my grain-free tummy. Making A Unique Address Sign From an Old Window:  Old World Garden Farms.  Neato. Natural Skin Care: Baking Soda for Black Heads:  Nature’s Nurture.  Very cool supplement to the “oil cleansing” method. Not just a “rub your face with […]

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LHITS Friday DIY Linky #12

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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Handmade Gifts for First-Timers

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  If you DIY, August is the planning time for the Fall DIY season.  We need time to cure that soap and crochet those afghans.  And for newbies, it’s the time for perusing the possibilities.  What can I make that doesn’t require months of practice?  Well, good news.  I have put together a list for […]

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4 Ways to Live Seasonally in August

by Ivory Soap Simplify

‘Tis the Season Back to school?  Yes, but August is about a lot more than that if you DIY.  August is the advent of a whole new season for DIYers.  As we explained in  THIS POST: Winter is Building Season.  The leaves are down and the saps’s not running, so this is the time to build […]

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Wonderberries

by Daisy Garden

I like novelty in the garden.  Weird stuff, in other words.  If the seed catalog makes it sound odd enough, it goes in my cart. Last year I planted wonderberries, and this year they planted themselves. Wonderberries are small, pea-sized berries grown on short, tender shrubs.  A tomato relative, they’re reminiscent in flavor of tiny, […]

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Weekend Links

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

   Roasted Asparagus with Mushroom and Bacon:  A Life Unprocessed.  BACON CASSEROLE.  ‘Nuff said. And check out her post on eating her produce with the peels, it’s wacky. Honey Roasted Hazelnut Peanut Butter:  This Bountiful Backyard.   Nom, nom. Lunch Box Idea Round Up and Free Printables:  This Chick Cooks.  This is the most extensive […]

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LHITS DIY Linky #11

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky
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Deanna’s Homeschool Round-Up

by Ivory Soap DIY

School’s starting here and I’ve been busy getting organized and making neato enrichment activities for my curious kids.  Here’s a quick round up of what I’ve been doing. Teach you kids to recognize seeds with your leftover seeds and a cute printable HERE. (pictured above) For a peek into how I’ve organized the children and myself […]

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How To Kill a Fly

by Ivory Soap Garden

We love using our electric flyswatter.  That crack of electricity when you get one is such a satisfying sound.  However, there is a technique to catching those buggers.  This is a really short post, but it will change your life. 1.  Wait for the fly to land. 2.  Place edge of racket on surface, about […]

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Shoe Shelf Weekly Clothing Organizer

by Ivory Soap Simplify

  I officially have TOO much closet space.  I even stuck the kids’ chest of drawers in there to take up some room.  The fun part is, the chest is EMPTY.  It’s ready to be filled with all that nonsense kids collect: gum wrappers, beads, string, little pieces of paper and tape, etc. What you […]

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Weekend Linky Links

by Ivory Soap LHITSLinky

In the land of DIY, I was pretty sure I’d seen it all.  But in this week’s linky there were some surprises! Vegetable Powder:  Little Farm in the Big City.   Flavor booster, boullion substitute.  I’ve never even heard of this but it makes so much sense. I have to try it! Preserving Kale:  Life’s […]

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