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Wedding Invitation Ornament


MR – I don’t know where I first saw a pin using a wedding invitation to make an ornament, but the idea stuck in my head – it was so cute!.  We were going to my brother-in-law’s wedding, and had bought them a gift card.  It’s always nice, though, to give an actual present.  So I took the invitation, cut ... Read More »

Reusable Produce Bags


MR – I just discovered this great blog, The Year of Less.  The author and her husband are going to one thing each day to simplify their lives – what a great idea!  I’ve already done a few of her challenges, like going through your  kitchen cupboards, and thinning through our kids’ toy collections.  Others, like the most recent, are ... Read More »

Homemade Pie Filling (with many uses)


MR – Mmmm…I love summer fruit: blueberries, strawberries, raspberries.  Great for eating alone, or for baking with.  Aside from the delicious taste, they are full of vitamins and antioxidants.  This recipe for a pie filling is such a versatile recipe.  It can be used as a simple pie filling, as cheesecake topping, or as a sauce for pancakes/waffles.  It can ... Read More »

All-Natural Cooking Spray


Saw this pin a few weeks ago…homemade cooking spray.  I thought you would need one of those fancy pump oil-spray bottles (ie. Pampered Chef), but apparently you can do it with just a spray bottle and some water with the oil. As I was reading the instructions on my no-name “Pam”-type spray, I saw the ingredients: Canola oil (okay), soy ... Read More »

“I Can’t Believe it’s Not Ice Cream!”


It looked too easy – ice cream made from four frozen bananas processed in the food processor until it became smooth and creamy. Add a scoop of peanut butter, some cocoa powder and it’s done.  And it’s supposed to taste like ice cream? I tried it with 2 of my kids. They loved pulsing the food processor, and of course, ... Read More »

Homemade Chocolate Syrup


I had come across this recipe a while back from a great site It was a recipe for a Nesquick-type of chocolate syrup. We don’t use this very often, but I thought it would be nice to have around as we head in to summer (ice cream season). I just like the fact that it doesn’t contain all those ... Read More »

Homemade Deoderant


I’ve been toying with the idea of homemade deoderant for a long time.  There are so many chemicals in that store-bought stuff, and we’re always looking for ways to go more natural.  I think I’ve pinned about 6 different versions of it, and most of them use a combination of coconut oil, cornstarch and baking soda.  This one seemed the most ... Read More »

High Fat, High Protien Diet for Children

My son has been struggling (very dramatically) with constipation issues over the last 5 months – and for someone only 14 months old, that’s an awfully long time!  I tried increasing his liquid intake, decreasing his milk, increasing fibre, and it wasn’t until I started to decrease wheat products that we began to see a difference.  The Doctor was of ... Read More »

Home Remedies for Headaches


  I tend to get headaches when a new weather system is heading our way – and they’re even worse when I’m pregnant.  I try to keep Tylenol as a last-resort, even when I’m not pregnant, because I think that headaches are caused by something particular in my environment / day (not wearing my glasses, not drinking enough water, staring ... Read More »

Make Your Own Microwave Popcorn for $0.25!


I’m 18 weeks pregnant and my stomach has not been my friend for the past 14 weeks.  I learned with my first pregnancy, however, that the more often I eat, the less nauseous I am, so I graze all day long until I finally go to bed.  Some of the baking posts that I have posted on here were the ... Read More »