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101 Easy Homemade Products Book Review

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101 Easy Homemade Products Book Review

I love making my own cleaning products and have been doing so for years. They save me money and are made from natural ingredients. I jumped at the chance to get a copy of the new book, 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants.

This book doesn’t just include 101 recipes for easy homemade products for your body and home. It begins with an excellent primer on the healing properties of various plants (many found right in your yard). Learn how to preserve herbs and plants, and three different ways to infuse oils. Learn all about oils and butters and their individual shelf lives. I live on an island, so I really appreciate the substitution list.

We use medicine as a last resort in our home, preferring the preventive medicine of healthy living. I’ve been wanting to get into homemade remedies more, to have an alternative when we do get sick and I have attended a little workshop in the past, but I lost my notes and never tried making anything myself. I’m so excited to have this handy reference that I can turn to now anytime I want.

Besides the ingredients, what do you need to make these recipes? Items you probably already have on hand! A hand mixer, mortar and pestle or electric coffee grinder, mesh strainers, and canning jars. Even I have these items in my kitchen. It’s also helpful if you have a digital scale for accuracy, a double boiler, and a small food processor, but they’re not absolutely necessary.

I haven’t had a chance to make any of the recipes yet, because the ones I really want to try require spring weather. It’s still cold with nothing green to be seen, not even tulips poking out of the ground yet, and certainly no roses or dandelions. I’ve read through all the instructions though and they are thorough, step by step, and easy to understand. I’ll be sure to share with you when I start making some.

So what kinds of recipes are in the book? A wide range, including skin care, salves and balms, lotions, creams, bath soaks, salts, melts and scrubs, soaps, home remedies, cleaners (yay!), and even pet care!

I’m looking forward to dandelions appearing on my lawn now! Then I can make this Lavender Dandelion Pain Relief Oil.

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I’m also looking forward to giving this Honey & Chamomile Cream a try.

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I can see a lot of mother-daughter pampering sessions in my future with these delightful, easy homemade skin care products.

I just have to mention the high quality of this book. The texture of the cover is amazing and the pages are beautiful and glossy (if you are tactile like me you won’t want to put it down)! The pages are sewn so they lie completely flat and the book is very sturdy. I will be handing this down to my kids someday.

The author of 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home, Jan Berry, is owner The Nerdy Farm Wife blog, where she shares creative ways to turn herbs, flowers and other garden plants into pretty, fun, and practical things. Her amazing projects have been featured on Natural Living Mama, BuzzFeed, Money Saving Mom, and more. She lives on a farm in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with her husband and two children.

The 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home Kindle book is available on for $7.53 US and on for $10.49 CDN.

Now the fun part … 7 paperback copies will be given away worldwide! Enter the Rafflecopter giveaway, below. Giveaway ends Saturday, April 2, 2016, 12:00 pm EST. Good luck!

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This giveaway is in no way endorsed, affiliated, or associated with Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Media Networking Site. This Giveaway is valid World Wide and Entrants must be 18+ years of age to enter. This giveaway event will end at 11:59 PM (EST) 4/2/16. The winners will have 48 hours to email their information back to thaleia.maher at gmail dot com or a new winner will be drawn, you may want to put this email address as safe as it could go to spam. The publishing company and author are each responsible for shipping of the above prizes. No blog associated with this contest are responsible for prize fulfillment. If you would like to be a sponsor in a giveaway or hold a virtual launch like this please email Thaleia Maher at thaleia.maher at gmail dot com.

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Disclaimer: The information in 101 Easy Homemade Products for Your Skin, Health & Home: A Nerdy Farm Wife’s All-Natural DIY Projects Using Commonly Found Herbs, Flowers & Other Plants is provided for informational purposes only. It is not intended to be substituted for the advice provided by your doctor or other health care professional. If you rely upon any programs or techniques, or use any of the products and services made available by or through the use of the book or the website for decision making, without obtaining the advice of a physician or other health care professional, you do so at your own risk. I was provided a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and buy, I make a few bucks to keep up Homeschooling in Nova Scotia. Thanks for your support!

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Feeling Overwhelmed? Get Your DIY On!

**This bundle is no longer available, but stay tuned for more bundles, coming soon!**

Do you ever look at the bare wall in the family room, that tired and sagging couch, or those tatty tablecloths, and feel absolutely overwhelmed by the thought of tackling any of them?

Which one do you start with? And then once you’ve decided, how do you know which steps, instructions or advice to follow? Just getting to the point where you’re ready to start can often take so much time and effort!

I’ve been there! It’s frustrating, because you know just how satisfying it can be to create something of your own – that sense of accomplishment and fulfillment can’t be beaten. What you need is someone to pull together everything to get you started, to make it as easy and painless as possible.

Get Your DIY On!

Good news – it’s back! When the Ultimate Bundles team created The Ultimate DIY Bundle, they had you in mind! The Ultimate DIY Bundle is your instant go-to library for a whole range of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses to get your DIY on!

No more trawling through the internet looking for good-quality, easy-to-follow information and advice for you and for your homeschool: it’s all right here! For the crazy low price of just $34.95, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 69 eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading DIY and crafting bloggers – enabling you to pick a project and jump straight into it with confidence. It’s the perfect tool to skip the information overload and throw yourself straight into a new activity.

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale during this 2 day FLASH SALE – from 10am AT (9am EST) on Monday, March 31 until 10am AT (9am EST) on Wednesday, April 1.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $150. That’s 4x the price of the bundle alone! These include…

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $71.95 Value and our favourite!), a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value), and free, full digital copies of Where Women Create Magazine and Greencraft Magazine ($20 value) from Stampington and Co.

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 69 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. Get your DIY on! All you need to do is take action by 10am AT (9am EST) on Wednesday, April 1!

This amazing deal ends in just…

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4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creativity

**This free mini-course is no longer available!**

4 Steps to Rediscover Your Inner Creativity

I’ve heard so many homeschool moms say they aren’t creative. They don’t know how to teach art in their homeschool or what to do to encourage the arts; artistic endeavours just seem to slide off the to-do list!

Is this you? You’re more creative than you think! Remember back when you were a child? You loved to colour or paint, to sew in home ec class or knit in Girl Guides, to write books in class or a column for the school newspaper. What happened in between? Can you rediscover your inner creativity?

Yes you can! In just four simple steps. I have a free mini-course just for you. Take just four steps over four days and see the results, you have nothing to lose 🙂 Once you rediscover your inner creativity, start encouraging your kids in your homeschool, or have them take those four steps right along with you. Creativity is so important to prepare kids for life in the 21st century!

I loved this handy little course. It can help you get out of your own way and get kick started, enjoying the creative endeavours you used to back in your school days, or ones you put aside because of the new baby and never picked back up.

Your free mini-course is available now through March 27th only!

Is there something creative you haven’t done in a while that you would like to take back up? Please share!

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Homeschooling with Craftsy

We love homeschooling with Craftsy classes! There are classes such as gardening available, so it isn’t just for arts and crafts class! I have shared with you before about using Craftsy for specific classes in our homeschool. There are so many Craftsy classes and they are available in the comfort of your own home, 24/7! With many of the full classes being several hours long, they can easily count as part of a credit or even a half credit for your child’s high school transcript if you count all the time spent completing the activity or activities in the course. So, how can you start homeschooling with Craftsy?


No, there aren’t any straight math classes available through Craftsy, but you certainly can supplement your math classes. If your child is learning fractions, work on a cooking or baking class together by doing fractions in the kitchen. Learning about measurement? Bring home the lessons with a woodworking or sewing class.


Get specific with the sciences with such classes as The Art and Science of Bread. Or one of the gardening classes will fit in beautifully with your Life Science studies!


Combine writing with art and get your child into some creative journaling, scrapbooking, or card making! I just noticed there’s a free Birthday card mini-class while I was writing this!

History and Geography

Studying the 18th century? Learn how to spin or knit. Are you going traveling somewhere new and learning about the geography of the area? Check out the Travel Scrapbooking class together.

Home Economics

Cooking, Baking, Cake Decorating … there are so many terrific classes for your kids to take! Some of our favourites are free mini-courses that I have mentioned before, such as Complete Knife Skills and Modern Buttercream Techniques. My daughter especially loves cake decorating! As we are all getting into sewing, we’ve enjoyed the Sewing Studio class along with a bunch of the free sewing mini-classes available.


There are many Photography classes available through Craftsy. We are enjoying the free mini-class, Professional Family Portraits, to improve the family portraits we take ourselves every year (it saves a ton on professional photos)!

Arts and Crafts

The sky’s the limit here. There are so many classes to choose from in the following categories:

  • Visual Arts: Drawing, painting
  • Fibre Arts: Knitting, Crocheting, Weaving, Spinning
  • Needle Arts: Quilting, Sewing, Embroidery
  • Jewellery Making
  • Paper Crafts

As you have probably already figured out, I love to spin, knit, and weave and share those passions with my kids. Some of our favourite classes are Rigid Heddle Weaving and Mittens and Gloves Galore. My daughter loves the free mini-classes on drawing as well.


There are woodworking classes, too! From wood turning to cabinets, there’s something for everyone.

You can use Craftsy classes across the curriculum!

Have you tried a Craftsy class? What creative things do you like to pursue with your kids? Let me know in the comments below!

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For the Kids AND for You: The Ultimate DIY Bundle

**This bundle is no longer available. Stay tuned for new bundles coming up in future!**

There aren’t enough hours in the day, right? With homeschooling, work, preparing meals, cleaning up after everyone, and putting yet another load of laundry on, there’s very little time for sleep – let alone fitting in arts or crafts or even time for DIY and crafting just for you!

Do you look at that bare wall In the family room or that tatty tablecloth on the kitchen table, and just wish you had a few hours to do something about them? Or do you browse through those wonderful crafting successes on Pinterest and think to yourself that “one day” you’ll have a few more minutes to yourself so that you too can create something incredible?

You’re not alone – there’s a huge community of people out there who are feeling just as frustrated as you are! I’m one of them!

Thankfully though, there’s an exciting new product to help you quickly and easily get you and your kids into (or back into) the creative projects you’ve been desperate to start. It’s called The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and it’s a collection of carefully curated DIY and crafting eBooks and eCourses from the world’s leading authors and bloggers in the industry.

For the crazy low price of just $34.95 US, you get access to a carefully curated library of over 76 eBooks and eCourses. And let me reassure you that this really is great value: the Ultimate Bundles team (who produced the resource) has spent MONTHS seeking out the most respected experts in the industry and asking them to contribute their premium-quality eBooks and eCourses. I am so excited about getting my own bundle! These really are the best of the best when it comes to DIY and crafting advice and information.

Topics in the bundle include:

  • Home decor
  • Furniture painting
  • Photography
  • Chalk pastels
  • Handmade gifts
  • Homemade skincare products
  • Cake decorating
  • Photography and photo-editing
  • Paint colors and interior design
  • …and a whole lot more (76 eBooks and eCourses in total) – to help you be inspired or get started with your next DIY or crafting project!

There’s no need to worry about information overload though: The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with a complete guide to getting started, so that you can know exactly which resource to use for your specific crafting or DIY project and can jump straight into it with confidence!

Hurry though! The Ultimate DIY Bundle will only be on sale for 6 days – from 9am Atlantic on Wednesday, January 21 until 12:59am Atlantic on Tuesday, January 27.

You can buy with complete confidence because you’re covered by the Ultimate Bundles 30-day money-back guarantee. That means you have a full 30 days to enjoy all the eBooks and eCourses in the bundle, and if you don’t think they provided enough value, you’ll get a full refund.

Not only that, but The Ultimate DIY Bundle comes with 4 awesome bonuses, worth over $118. That’s 3x the price of the bundle alone! These include …

A free $15 Store Credit PLUS 8×10 Art Print from Hope Ink ($43 Value), a free online class from Craftsy (up to $60 Value), free $15 store credit to, and a free sewing pattern PLUS a Premium Video Class from UpCraft Club ($19.99 Value).

The Craftsy class alone is worth more than the price of the bundle! My 11 year old daughter and I LOVE Craftsy classes!

So, don’t miss your chance to grab The Ultimate DIY Bundle, and get 76 incredible eBooks and eCourses for just $34.95. All you need to do is take action by 12:59am Atlantic on Tuesday, January 27!

This amazing deal ends in just…
Pick up your copy right now, before it’s too late. Or, learn more here.

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The Winner is: Buttermilk Biscuits (Recipe)

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The Winner is: Buttermilks Biscuits (Recipe)

I’ve never owned or used a stand mixer before, so I asked my readers what I should bake first. I got some great ideas and ultimately decided to go with my favourite buttermilk biscuit recipe.

I let the stand mixer do all the work and it was wonderful! It took so much less time, and it was fun for me to use. Afterward, all the parts of the mixer cleaned up easily.

Here’s my favourite buttermilk biscuits recipe, given to me by a friend. I had been in search of something that tasted like the scrumpdillyicious biscuits at the Cracker Barrel, and this is the closest recipe I’ve found.

Buttermilk Biscuits Recipe
2 cups flour
4 tsp baking powder
2 Tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup butter
1 egg
2/3 cup buttermilk (or any combination of plain yogurt, sour cream + milk)

Mix dry ingredients and then cut in margarine. Mix wet ingredients separately, then add to flour mixture. Mix till blended, and turn onto floured surface. Knead a few times to make smooth dough. Pat/roll out to 1 inch thickness. Cut into rounds, and place on ungreased cookie sheet. Bake @ 400 F for 10 minutes or until golden brown.

The recipe doesn’t make very many, so I usually double or triple it so I have a few dozen, especially since they disappear like magic in our house. I let the stand mixer mix the dry ingredients and then I let it cut in the butter for me. I did mix the eggs and buttermilk together before I added it to the mixer. I have used this recipe with plain milk as well, but it tastes best with buttermilk.

Do you have a favourite biscuit recipe, or a favourite recipe for your stand mixer? Please share!

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Clean Kids: DIY Laundry and Bath Tips

Welcome to the April 2012 Carnival of Natural Parenting: Kids and Personal Care

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Carnival of Natural Parenting hosted by Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama. This month our participants have shared stories, tips, and struggles relating to their children’s personal care choices.

Clean Kids: DIY Laundry and Bath Tips

Having clean kids can be easier than you think, if you enlist them to help you out!

Are you drowning in piles of laundry? Children as young as five can do their OWN laundry! Our children started helping with the laundry when they were only toddlers. They can help sort laundry into whites and/or lights and darks, help stuff and unload the machines, and fold and put away items. If you have a top loading washer, you will need to help your five year old until they get tall enough to reach to the bottom of the washer. 

Our children know that when their laundry bag is full, they need to put on a wash. Something that can help the independent learning process along is Trigger Memory System’s Clean N’ Flip Laundry For Kids. Young children often have FUN doing laundry! Oncce they’ve been doing laundry for awhile, it just becomes routine. 

We also find it fun (as well as money-saving) to make our own liquid laundry detergent together. Here is our recipe.

DIY Laundry Detergent
16 cups of water
1/2 cup Borax
1/2 cup Washing Soda
1/2 bar laundry soap, grated
Heat water at medium heat, then add Borax and Washing Soda.  Stir then add the grated laundry soap. Increase heat to medium high and stir until soap dissolves. Pour mixture into a 3 gallon bucket. Let sit for one hour, then fill the rest of the way with hot water and stir. Pour into three 3-quart containers and top with hot water, leaving a few centimetres headspace.  To use, shake the container and pour – depending on your washer, you may need a quarter cup, or even less for a High efficiency washer.

Do you go through bathroom soap like crazy? It’s fun for children to play with it. They love it so much that they can go through an entire bar in just one bath! We started using liquid soap, but they STILL went through it quickly, pumping way too much for one bath or using multiple pumps just to wash their hands. 

I picked up some cheap liquid soap at the dollar store in a sudsing dispenser. It’s amazing how little soap it takes, mixed with water, to fill a sudsing dispenser. The result? Far less waste and dollars spent! For even more savings, I’m going to try making our own liquid soap starting this week. Here’s the liquid soap recipe. Enjoy making up some sudsy fun with your own kids!

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Carnival of Natural Parenting -- Hobo Mama and Code Name: MamaVisit Code Name: Mama and Hobo Mama to find out how you can participate in the next Carnival of Natural Parenting!

Please take time to read the submissions by the other carnival participants:

(This list will be live and updated by afternoon April 10 with all the carnival links.)

  • Rub-a-Dub Co-Bathing in Our Tub — Bath time is more than soap and water! That Mama Gretchen shares how co-bathing with her toddler has opened up a world of cleanliness, learning, and bonding.
  • This is How We Take a Bath — Shannon at GrowingSlower shares her special formulas for babywash and a happy bath time.
  • How to Gently Trim Your Toddler’s Nails — Shannon at The Artful Mama discusses some of the gentle suggestions she has received to help Little Man overcome his anxiety of having his nails trimmed, as well as how she copes with her need for his nails to be trimmed.
  • Baby bath time and skin careUrsula Ciller shares some simple and natural tips for bathing and skin care.
  • Want Your Child To Love Getting Clean? Have Them Make Their Own Soaps, Shampoos, and Lotions! — Jennifer at Hybrid Rasta Mama shares her secret to empowering her daughter to “get clean.” Together, Jennifer and her daughter make their own body washes and lotions which makes clean up time fun!
  • Encouraging Self-care Through Awareness… and Fun — Amy at Presence Parenting shares some tips on how to transform self-care from a struggle into an opportunity — for kids and adults.
  • Caring for kids’ curls — Lauren at Hobo Mama tells you how to clean, condition, comb, and style ringlets and waves on little heads.
  • Playing in the Rain — Jorje of Momma Jorje loves how her family has come to make a family event of showering!
  • The Cleansing Power of the Football — Rachel at Lautaret Bohemiet talks about her son’s favorite bath buddy.
  • Coconut Oil: Nature’s “Baby Magic” — Megan at The Boho Mama has only one must-have baby care item in her cupboard: Coconut Oil!
  • For Sensitive Kids, Less Is More — Kadiera at Our Little Acorn finds less cleaning is better.
  • Bathtime: Just Another Chance to Play! — Lyndsay at Our Feminist {Play} School discusses the many reasons bath time is important – getting clean isn’t one of them.
  • Hygiene? What hygiene? — Sheila at A Gift Universe confesses some of her most embarrassing hygiene secrets.
  • Confused About Chemicals? — Jaye Anne at Wide Awake, Half Asleep describes how to find out where the toxic chemicals are in your house and tips on alternatives.
  • Clipping Those Talons — ANonyMous at Radical Ramblings describes the ways her daughter’s tolerance for personal care has changed over time, especially when it comes to nail clipping.
  • Sit Back, Relax and Unschool Hygiene — Instead of focusing on tactics of how to ‘get’ your child to focus on hygiene, Authentic Parenting explains how to help your child internalize hygienic standards.
  • Help! My Tot will not let me brush her teeth!Mudpiemama shares five positive ways to help toddlers brush teeth and sabotage the tooth fairy’s secret conspiracy.
  • Self Care and the Spirited Child — Amy at Toddler In Tow shares how a balancing act between independence and connectedness helps her spirited child learn appropriate self-care.
  • Hairbrushing is a Safety IssueDulce de leche guest posting at Natural Parents Network explains that although tangles are not a safety issue, self-confidence and body boundaries are.
  • 15 Ideas to Prepare Toddlers and Preschoolers for Dental Procedures — Dionna at Code Name: Mama is sharing ideas on how to thoughtfully prepare little ones for dental visits (particularly those that require anesthesia).
  • Holistic Care of your Toddler’s Teeth — Erica at ChildOrganics tells a tale of her children’s teeth issues and how she uses homeopathy and good nutrition to keep cavities at bay.
  • Bath Time Bliss : Fuss-Free Bath Time for Toddlers — Christine at African Babies Don’t Cry shares how she has made bath time completely fuss free for both her and her toddler.
  • Homemade Natural ToothpasteCity Kids Homeschooling hosts a guest post on a homemade natural toothpaste recipe that kids will love!
  • Bathing Strike StrategiesCrunchy Con Mommy offers her best tips for keeping your little ones clean when they refuse to bathe.
  • Bodily Autonomy and Personal Hygeine — Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children discusses the importance of supporting a child’s bodily autonomy in the prevention of abuse.
  • A Tub Full of Kiddos! — Kat at Loving {Almost} Every Moment has kiddos who love the water, so bathtime is a favorite evening activity!
  • The Trials of Tidying My Toddler — Adrienne at Mommying My Way shares the difficulties she has with getting her on-the-go son to be still enough to get clean.
  • Wiped Clean — Laura at Pug in the Kitchen shares her recipe for homemade diaper wipe solution to clean those sweet little cloth diapered bottoms in her home!
  • Snug in a Towel: Embracing Personal Grooming — Personal care is time consuming,especially with more than one child; but the mama at Our Muddy Boots is learning to embrace this fleeting and needful time.
  • EC: All or Nothing? — Elimination Communication. Even the title sounds complicated and time consuming. It doesn’t have to, if you adapt it to meet your family’s needs, says Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy.
  • Routine Battles — In a guest post at Anktangle, Jorje of Momma Jorje outlines a simple incentive to help inspire your little one to follow a routine.
  • Redefining Beauty For My Daughter — Justine at The Lone Home Ranger relays her struggle to define her own femininity and how her preschooler unexpectedly taught her a lesson in true beauty.
  • Rub-A-Dub-Dub, Three Girls In The Tub — Chrystal at Happy Mothering shares how she turns bath time into a few minutes of peace and quiet.
  • Montessori-Inspired Activities for Care of Self — Deb Chitwood at Living Montessori Now has a roundup of Montessori-inspired activities for care of self and ideas for home environments that encourage independence.
  • 10 Gentle Tips for Little Ones Who Hate the Bath — Kim at life-is-learning gives 10 tips to get your little one into the bath and maybe even enjoying it.
  • The Boy With The Long Hair — Liam at In The Now discusses his son’s grooming choices.
  • Personal Care in a Montessori Home — Melissa at Vibrant Wanderings shares a summary of the ways she has organized her family’s home to make for easy, Montessori-inspired toddler personal care.
  • Styling Kids — Kellie at Our Mindful Life is letting her kids decide what to look like.
  • Clean Kids: Laundry and Bath Tips — Kimberly at Homeschooling in Nova Scotia shares tips on how to get your children helping with laundry plus recipes for laundry and liquid soap.
  • How to Clean Your Children Naturally: A Tutorial — Erika at Cinco de Mommy shows you how to clean your children.
  • Cleaniliness is next to… dirt — The lapse-prone eco-mom (Kenna at Million Tiny Things) sometimes forgets to bathe the kids. Except in the mud pit.