How To Grow Elderberries From Cuttings

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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Have you ever gathered plump, juicy berries into your apron and whisked them to the kitchen to make syrup, wine, or jam?  I’m no Julie Andrews and I don’t (usually) twirl and sing in my kitchen, but gathering food and therapeutic herbs from my yard does make things feel a little more magical, and some […]

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25+ Homemade Gift Ideas That Are Easy To Make

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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Do you want to make gorgeous, handcrafted gifts without stressing yourself out? I’ve got you covered. These easy DIY gift ideas require no special skills and turn out beautifully. There’s something for everyone, including body care gifts, homemade candles and other gifts for the home, culinary gifts like vanilla extract and chai tea mix, and […]

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Vegetable Gardening for Beginners (Tips & How To Start)

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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I’ve tried almost every form of gardening at one time or another – container, raised bed, a huge farm garden and even a kitchen counter garden where I grow fresh sprouts. Some of my efforts flopped, some were moderately successful, and others were so wildly successful that I had to get creative about using all our […]

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DIY Vinegar + Hydrogen Peroxide All-Purpose Cleaner Recipe

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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Non-toxic and affordable, hydrogen peroxide is classified by the CDC as “a stable and effective disinfectant” for hard surfaces. (1) It can brighten laundry, clean mirrors, and more. I’ve already covered many of the ways it can be used around the house, but in this article I’m going to show you how to increase its effectiveness by […]

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14 Hydrogen Peroxide Uses for Cleaning & Disinfecting

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Natural Home

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When most of us think of the word “disinfectant,” we imagine store-bought options that often contain EPA-registered pesticides and can trigger asthma-like symptoms. (1). However, there’s a cheap, non-toxic, effective option that you probably already have on hand right now – hydrogen peroxide.  According to the Centers for Disease Control, 3% hydrogen peroxide (the kind commonly […]

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Salt Dough Ornament Recipe (VIDEO)

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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Ready, set, bake! This salt dough ornament recipe is so easy – just mix up three ingredients, bake, and decorate. If you’re looking for a fun project to do with your kids for the holidays, THIS IS IT. Plus, after all the fun is over you have a sweet keepsake for your tree . . […]

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How To Make Beeswax Candles

Pierre Van Zyldiy, Featured, Natural Home

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There’s something incredibly soothing about the soft, warm glow of homemade beeswax candles, especially at night after the littles are in bed. But the golden glow and long burn time are just the beginning of a handmade beeswax candle’s charm. Unlike paraffin candles – which release carcinogens like toluene and benzene into the air– they burn clean and […]

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50+ Kids Activities to Encourage Creativity

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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It was rainy, blistering hot, and we’d been stranded four, no five, days due to snow. Not all at the same time, of course, but the days in which I’ve heard “Mom, I’m bored” kind of blur together, you know? While there’s plenty to do in all seasons – making snow cream in the winter […]

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How To Create a Happiness Jar (And Why You’d Want To)

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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There’s a fresh new year ahead and not a goal in sight at my house. Instead, I’m focusing on personal experiments instead of resolutions, and finding practical ways to live one of my favorite pieces of advice: Enjoy the little things, for one day you will look back and realize they were the big things.” – […]

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Gluten-Free Salt Dough Ornament Recipe (VIDEO)

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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“Um, mom?” My son lifts an ornament out of the box and shows it to me. Tucked inside the glass frame is a photo of a little girl with a missing front tooth and no sense of fashion. It’s me, of course. Call me nostalgic, but even I can’t help but love this anti-glamour shot. It’s part […]

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How To Make Moon Sand With 3 Ingredients

Pierre Van Zyldiy

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It’s squishy, it’s crumbly, and it crunches like a tiny bean bag when you squeeze it tight. You can mold with it, or you can smash it to smithereens. Although we’re big fans homemade play dough around here, moon sand is a totally different sensory experience. My kids love it, and I love that we can make it together in less […]

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DIY Natural Flu Shot

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No, you won’t be injecting this shot! This flu “shot” is something you can make any time of year as maintenance, or as soon as you feel any cold or flu symptoms coming on. This health elixir is very simple to make. Just stir all the ingredients together, add warm water, pour and sip. Here’s… View Article

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3 Ingredient Lip Scrub You Can Make In Minutes

Pierre Van Zylbeauty, Body, cane sugar, coconut oil, diy, Hearty Beauty, Hearty Body, lip scrub, natural, Skin, Hair & Nails, vanilla

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This scrub is your antidote to dry, cracked lips. The best part is it’s 3 ingredients and takes all of 5 minutes to make! It smells like heavenly vanilla, tastes incredible and will give your lips an instant makeover. The cane sugar gently exfoliates and buffs away any dry, dead skin. The coconut oil infuses… View Article

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