It’s gardening season, my friends! To get you started, I’ve got a great give-a-way for one lucky winner- 365 Non-GMO vegetable seeds from seedsnow.com!
Roma Tomato- 75 seeds
Basil- 120 seeds
Cilantro- 90 seeds
Yellow Bell Pepper- 30 seeds
Broccoli- 50 seeds
Year after year I find myself ordering from seedsnow.com. Here’s three main reasons why:
-All their seeds are Non-GMO and very high quality.
-The price is very modest (starting at .99) as well as low shipping (less than gas costs to drive to the garden center!)
-Customer service is the best and they always include a free bonus seed pack in every order. What’s not to love about that?
If you are wondering when to plant your seeds, I recommend using The Old Farmer’s Almanac. You can enter your zip code here and get specific planting dates. Remember, if you missed the planting date, you can always start late- it just means you will harvest later than you could have. No worries!
Dsclaimer: seedsnow.com is not in any way affiliated with this give-a-way. This is simply my way of sharing gardening and seeds with my fabulous readers! All seed counts are approximate and were tested 12/2012. With proper care and storage, seeds can be saved and used for many years to come!
I’ve been blessed with good health all winter long- until the end. Now it seems like every nasty little bug that comes around attacks me and my family. Sound familiar?
Now that I’m expecting our third child, I am even more cautious about what I am putting in and on my body. When my friend introduced me to Thieves® Oil a while back, I was blown away! This stuff was outstanding!
Sadly, my bottle was empty.
Thieves® Oil is an awesome product. I believe Young Living’s Oil to be very high quality and worth every penny. However, I did not have *enough* pennies to buy a $45 bottle plus shipping (on the high side). I did however, have all the essential oils to make my own blend, so I got to experimentin’ :) Here’s what I came up with:
This blend is based on the recipe from Mountain Rose Herbs blog which seems pretty spot on to me. But the proof would be in the blend, so to speak. Here’s what I discovered:
It smells just like my original Thieves Oil! I could not detect any difference.
It worked just as well as my original Thieves Oil! I once again experienced a strong and fast recovery!
It is a fraction of the cost. When counting pennies, this one takes the cake.
It took about 2 minutes to make, and I am very pleased with it. While I had all the oils out, I went ahead and made an extra for a friend that was also sick. Normally I would sort of hoard my Thieves Oil because it was so pricey and I wanted to make sure that every drop was put to good use! This DIY version is great because I can make tons of it for so little, and have extra oils left over for cleaning, diffusing, and other health needs.
Verdict: This one’s a Winner!!!
Since my bottle was out, I reused the original. If you decide to make your own, make sure you store it in a clean, dark colored glass.
Also, I don’t play favorites with essential oils. It is my personal opinion that there are many good oil companies out there including all the big name ones, and plenty of mom-and-pop run stores. I have a variety of oils and like it that way. Feel free to use whatever brand of oils you feel comfortable with, and remember, this is just one frugal green mom’s opinion.
Have you ever blended your own oils? What type of outcome did you have?
Please share in the comments below!
Thieves® is a registered trademark of Young Living Essential Oils, LC.
- original photo credit: The Container Store
Looking for ways to get free baby clothes? Just follow these easy 7 steps:
Start with friends and family. Let them know that you are happily accepting used clothes for your little bundle of joy.
Post on social network sites, such as Facebook and Twitter. Keep it simple- ‘If anyone has used baby clothes they’d like me to take off their hands, please let me know! Thanks!!’
Don’t just limit to those with kids- spread the word to neighbors and friends without kids. They may know someone who has tons of clothes for you!
While many people register for big ticket items, small items, such as clothes, makes a much more affordable price point for those who would like to buy baby a new gift.
Keep selections modest. People will be more inclined to buy items off your registry if they aren’t extravagant (Time to cross off that $30 Organic Onesie!). Register for basics in each size, up to 12 months.
Freecycle- Place a wanted ad, and while you are there, why not list some things you don’t need as well! Save the Earth by ‘freecycling!’
Craigslist- Regularily check the free section- items move fast here. You can create a wanted ad, however, freecycle will provide better results.
Attend or create an event! Invite all other moms to bring their baby clothes and swap them out. Choose a safe location, such as a public park.
This is the perfect opportunity to swap some of the free clothes you have been given. Remember, just because it is not your taste does not mean someone else won’t love it!
Know someone who has awesome baby clothes that you would love? Offer to exchange something they need for clothes.
Consider your talents: Do you garden, bake, or babysit? Carefully leverage your talents- your closet (and possibly wallet!) will be full in no time!
Keep tags and gift receipts (if possible) for all new items.
Take stock of what you already have in each size. Does your baby really need 20 newborn outfits?
Weed out the excess and exchange for clothes in the right season and size.
7. Contact Charities
If your situation is especially dismal, contact local charities. Do a quick web search to see what is available in your area.
Another good place to start is a local church. They may have resources within the church, or at least be able to point you in the right direction.
How is your baby’s closet looking now?! What was your favorite score, and which method worked the best for you? Please leave a comment below!
This article was previously published Sept 2013.
Looking for a simple & effective way to clean your cloth diapers? This DIY cloth diaper detergent recipe will get you started quickly and inexpensively.
There are three main ingredients you need: Borax, Washing Soda, and Oxygen Cleaner (aka- Oxiclean). All three can be found in the laundry aisle at any major supermarket or bought online. This will give you a good visual of what to look for:
As far as the Oxygen Cleaner goes, I much prefer a natural version, such as Biokleen’s. It is completely natural, without any nasty additives or fragrances. Some people have used baby oxiclean, or even the generic oxiclean at the dollar store, but I do not recommend it. Those versions have lots of additives and other irritants that will be right up on your baby’s most sensitive areas.
If you can not find a natural version of oxygen cleaner, you can order it all online at and get free shipping*- I usually order a couple containers at a time, and buy the other two items locally.
Once you have all your ingredients, grab the storage container you plan on keeping your cloth detergent in. I use an empty Biokleen container, but have also used mason jars or other empty containers.
Mix 1 c Borax, 1 C Washing Soda, and 1/2 C Oxygen Cleaner. Stir well.
Carefully pour into container, taking care not to breathe in the fine powder (also keep the kiddies away while mixing).
Depending on your washing machine, you will use between 1-2 T per load. I recommend following this cloth wash routine for its’ simplicity and effectiveness.
This very basic detergent recipe will keep your cloth diapers and other cloth products in great shape and clean!
Adding a few drops of Tea Tree Oil or Eucalyptus Oil will also enhance the effectiveness of this detergent. Likewise, adding 1-2 T of regular bleach every couple of cycles (with an extra rinse) also helps keep the stank out!
If you want to go beyond a basic recipe and try out the best DIY diaper detergent ever, try this recipe. It is the one I personally use
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