• DIY,  Urban Homestead

    DIY Raised Garden Beds

    The beautiful thing about gardening is that you can be completely creative with how your fruit and veggies are grown. There are many different container options for growing. When plants have plenty of room to grow along with the nutrients needed, they can be grown in almost anything. Some examples: tires, plastic totes, pvc pipe, barrels, pallets, milk jugs, large yogurt containers, gallon ice cream tubs, etc. Your raised beds can be as simple or as complex as you like. I could go on for DAYS about how many different containers you could use and recycle for growing plants. What we chose to do. We decided to use recycled wood…

  • DIY

    Natural Cleaners

    We all know that the majority of items used to clean homes today are packed full of hazardous chemicals and they can be a bit pricey. I started making my own cleaners mostly to save money and avoiding the chemicals was just a bonus. I am super glad I started to make my own cleaners though because now I don’t have to worry about my children getting into anything harmful. There are people who make a cleaner for every surface of their home, but I’m a lazy person so I like to keep things simple. I’ve learned water and some elbow grease can go a long way. All purpose Cleaner…

  • Zero Waste

    Unpaper Towel

    When my husband and I got our apartment in 2016 we decided that paper towels were expensive and a waste. We went to Walmart and spent about $20 on some multi pack washcloths. We bought 4 packs at $3.92 each and each pack had 18. This got us around 72 washcloths. We also bought a small basket to sit on the counter for easy access. The thrift store may have really cute wicker baskets. Now we had our “unpaper towels” on hand for whenever there was a mess. It is now 2019 and most of the original 72 washcloths are still going strong, though I have added more rags to…

  • DIY

    DIY Cloth Napkins

    I absolutely love sewing, and I have a weakness for fabric when its on sale. Hobby Lobby was having a 30% off sale one day and I couldn’t resist this 100% cotton fabric with sunflowers I had found. So I did what any strong willed woman would do, I bought half a yard of it for $2.45. I decided to make some pot holders and dinner napkins with it. The dinner napkins were SUPER easy to make. I was able to make 5 within an hour. 1. I cut my fabric into squares. I didn’t measure, but most people do 18 inch squares. 2. I folded over the edges and…

  • DIY

    DIY Reusable Dryer Sheets

    Making your own dryer sheets is a great way to avoid chemicals and unnecessary waste while reusing things around your home. I personally do not make them right now because I feel like they aren’t a necessity, but if you enjoy them consider making your own. There are two options to choose from. The first option uses old scraps of fabric in a vinegar solution (don’t worry the vinegar smell will disappear) and the second is wool dryer balls. Reusable Dryer Sheet Ingredients Scraps of fabric (old rags, old t-shirts, leftover fabric from crafts) 1c  White vinegar 20 drops of essential oils Glass container (mason jar is fine) How to…