Posts Tagged ‘Simple Living’

DIY Lotion via Frugal Green Girl

I must admit, I usually tweak recipes. Mostly because I have to use trial and error due to inferior explanations.

Not with this one.

If you are a wannabe simple living expert like me, then you must check out Frugal Green Girl on YouTube. Her video’s are exceptional and her directions are flawless.

Today, I made homemade lotion thanks to Frugal Green Girl! Enjoy!

*My Special Tip: Use a 2-cup measuring cup. When your water reaches 120 degrees, pour your water into your oil until it reaches the 2-cup mark. This gives perfect lotion consistency IMO. Adjust as you see fit 😉


So I came across the coolest thing – How to Waterproof Matches – Survival Babe™

I adore Cody Lundin. Some of you may know him from the television show Dual Survival. Attending one of Cody’s ALSS Trainings is on my bucket list, so of course whenever possible I pick up one of his books and peruse the pages for self-sustaining survival strategies. One of my favorite books to grab at the library — and to add to this year’s Christmas list — is

When All Hell Breaks Loose: Stuff You Need To Survive When Disaster Strikes.

I’m so excited about this book. It gives you real knowledge of what to do before you are in a survival situation. As, Cody says in the intro, don’t wait until you are standing in three feet of flood waters to open this book for the first time. Read it and prepare before emergencies happen.

One of my favorite things I discovered in his book is how to waterproof matches. What you need:

  • Strike-anywhere matches (Make sure they say strike anywhere on the box)
  • Candles
  • Something to shave/grate the candle wax with
  • A pot you don’t need to cook in again
  • An egg carton
  • Tweezers or needle-nosed pliers

First, punch little holes the exact size of your match sticks into the unused egg carton. This will be used to hold your matches upright during the drying process.

I used a knife to shave my candle in to small cooking pot. On a low heat, melt the wax. This is a low and slow process. Please heed my warnings:

DO NOT under any circumstance leave this pot unattended. Believe me. The scorch mark on my ceiling and the fun tale my hubby likes to share about my exploits proves my point here.

DO NOT stand directly over the pot while the wax is melting at any time.

DO NOT – and I mean do not – pour water in the pot should the pot catch on fire while you are melting the wax. (Yeah, I know. I know that now.)


When the wax is melted, roll a few match sticks at a time in the wax coating them thoroughly. Lift them out gently with your tweezers or needle-nose pliers, and place them all Operation Game style in the tiny holes you made in the egg carton. Done!

Wait until they dry and you have your very own waterproofed matches.

Thank you, Cody, for helping me survival should all jalapeno breaks loose! If you haven’t read Cody’s book, I highly suggest it!

Be blessed and less stressed!





HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!! 365 Days of Donate:365

It’s finally here. I did it!!!!! It is Day 365 of Donate:365.

For one year now I’ve been chronicling our simple living, minimalism journey. I’ve donated, trashed or blessed others with 365 items that we thought we needed but didn’t. And, it was easy.


I’ve had setbacks, hang-ups, frustrations and annoyances.

More than that, though, I’ve had triumphs, reliefs, joyful freedoms and forgiving moments. It was all worth it and still is.

What I can say I got from Donate:365:

1. The feeling of completing something.

I did it!!! I stuck with something through to the end. I completed my goal. Praise Jesus!

2. I now have at least 365 out of our home.

3. I can now say — barring the desk I have to find a new home for — if we move, I would take everything we own with us to our new home and not have to go through anything.. Do you know how much that means to me?

I am happy. I did it! And, YOU CAN TOO! Just get rid if one thing a day. That’s it. Don’t stress yourself over about downsizing. No matter where you begin, just begin. You can do it! I am here for you!

I have big news about this next year of my life. Stay tuned! That’s for my next post. 😉

Be blessed, and happy downsizing!


Donate:365 – Day 364

Tomorrow marks my one-year anniversary of Donate:365. Wow! What a journey! To see where it all began, click here.

With this challenge coming to a close, I’ve been contemplating what to do next. I’m praying about that now, and tomorrow will post the next leg of this adventure. I’m ready and excited!

Although I haven’t posted every day, I have given away, trashed or donated well more than 365 items. That was my goal, and I completed it! Praise Jesus! Without God on this journey I would have failed. Without His pushes and gentle nudges I wouldn’t have completed this goal. God is awesome. You can do all things through Him who gives you strength. (Philippians 4:13)

Be blessed, you guys! Stay tuned! Tomorrow is Day 365!


Donate 365 – It’s wrapping up!

I can’t believe it! On October 3, 2014, my Donate:365 journey will come to an end. But, I still feel it is only the beginning!

I did it! This journey started not only to declutter our home, but also to stick with something. You see, I never stick with anything. I don’t see things through. So Donate:365 was a challenge for me in succeeding — to show myself that if I set my mind to something I can do it. And, I did it! I am almost there!

I got the new bookshelves in the house. They are GORGEOUS and serve their purpose perfectly. They added  a rustic touch to my kitchen/dining area that I am quite pleased with. I’m happy 🙂

The old shelf has now become the place for all things important. It’s ORGANIZED! I shout it from the rooftops! And, all of my books and papers have a place now, including Little Girl’s homeschool shelf which now is exactly one shelf and not a spilling-over-papers-falling-out mess! Praise JESUS!

I am happy. Some clutter you need. I need those papers for medical appointments. I needs those photos of dear friends and family. I need my stuff. But, I don’t need it vomiting off my shelves messing up my sanity!

That’s gross. Anyway…

My world is turning brighter. I thank God for this journey He has me on. I’m a better person, mom, wife and friend for it. I am happy. And, ready for the next step to begin on October 4, 2014. Be blessed, you guys!




Day 357 – ish of Donate:365

I’ve been so busy! It’s been good around here. I finally tackled our bedroom, and if you didn’t know, it was CRAZY. Well, I tackled our desk that I should have gotten rid of already, but no one with a truck would/could pick it up. So, my plan for this week is to ask my friend to help me drop it off, then I can mark that off my list. 🙂

That will make me happy. I’ve been super busy, and tomorrow is another day. I acquired two beautiful barn-wood shelves so that should help with some of the clutter I’m dealing with. You know — those papers and books you have to keep? Need a place to store them! Some clutter is required, but at least I can make it look pretty.

My journey is almost over! Then I have big news! Stay tuned!


Day 353 of Donate:365 — Time is Running Out

As my journey winds down, I’m still finding more and more things to get rid of. But, today, I may be considered a re-gifter, or maybe a…

re-donator (or, is it re-donater?)

You see, I already donated these items, or  least thought I did. I carefully placed these items in a box and put them in the trunk of our car in hopes of taking them to the donation site.

And, then they got pushed back inside the trunk.

Waaaaay back.

So far back that when my husband started packing for our recent camping trip, he brought the box back into the house.


Experience my horror when I realized this was a box of already donated items that had never been donated. To make it even worse — it’s all BOOKS! *insert blood-curdling scream here*

And, then it happened. That inkling. That yearning. That nagging feeling that I should look through the box just in case I need anything.

I will not do it! I cannot do it!

I left the box alone. Breathing a sigh of relief, I reevaluated my donation strategy and realized that I’m going right by a place tomorrow. Off to donate I go!

For real this time.

I think as a simple-living minimalist the hardest part is saying no to items I do not need. I don’t have to take it just because someone offers it to me. It is really okay to say no.

So for tonight, just say no. Say no to clutter. Say no to stress. And, breathe a sigh of relief that you don’t have any more stuff.

Be blessed, you guys!