How to Make a Simple Body Scrub at Home.

How to make a simple body scrub at home with ingredients you can find in your kitchen. Introducing Aroma Foundry Essential Oils. Continue reading

Nourishing Homemade Taco Seasoning

Take your tacos to a new level of nourishment with this homemade taco seasoning. Learn how to give an extra herbal health boost where you didn’t even think of…Taco Tuesday! #letseatsmarter Continue reading

How to make a Healing Herbal Pain Relieving Salve

Lately, we have been experiencing a lot of aches and pains in my house. The cool damp weather of our new location has Mr. JEM and I stiff and achy. Our 4 children seem to be suffering from growing pains … Continue reading

One Step Stainless Steel Cleaner

I have always used my All Purpose Cleaner to clean, especially on my kitchen appliances. I loved how easily it took of burnt on food or dirty finger prints and with barely any scrubbing. When we moved I found out … Continue reading

Quick and Easy, Meatless Lasagna Rolls

Quick and Easy, Meatless Lasagna Rolls

My lasagna rolls are a family favorite around here and they don’t take much time to prepare at all. Lasagna rolls are a delicious, healthy and fun meal and perfect for a hardy meatless Monday menu option. Once you have … Continue reading

Great Gift Ideas For The Minimalist Family In Your Life

With the new minimalist movement and the holidays coming I thought it would be a good idea to suggest some gifts for families that are trying to be minimal. Sometimes it’s hard to know what to buy minimalistic families. Most … Continue reading

Fast and Easy, Homemade Play Dough

Play dough was on my shopping list for about 2 months. I am not sure why I kept avoiding buying it; maybe because I knew I could make it at home. It’s so easy and when my oldest two children were younger we always made play dough instead of buying it.

Playing with play dough is a great sensory activity for people of all ages. Play dough helps kids learn how to use their fingers in new ways, also strengthens hand and wrist muscles. I once saw a physical therapist assigning a patient the activity of squeezing play dough in her hands; this was to help her carpal tunnel and arthritis. Play dough helps kids grow in many ways. It allows kids to be creative and responsible while having fun. Play dough is also very calming with or without essential oils added in.20150831_131159

The great thing about making play dough is the kids can help. It is super easy and only takes a few minutes to mix up. The most time consuming part is kneading the dough smooth and mixing the color in, but isn’t that also the fun part? Playing with the dough…You can make so many different kinds too. Some are even edible. This recipe might taste yucky!

20150831_163241Ingredients

  • ¼ cup of hot water (just run your hot water for a few minutes)
  • ¾ cup flour
  • ¼ cup salt (you want to use finely ground salt, like table salt)
  • ½ tbsp vegetable oil
  • 10-50 drops of food coloring (optional- but what’s fun about non colored play dough?)
  • 5 or so drops of essential oil (optional)

Mix flour and salt into a bowl, add oil and water, mix until it start to become dough like. Then place the dough on the counter or table and knead until all flour and salt is mixed in. It should look and feel like play dough. Now add your food coloring to your desired color brightness. The more you add the stronger the color will be. (This is where the kids come in.) Keep kneading for about 10 minutes; you can always add more drops of the food coloring if the dough is not bright enough for your liking. Now would be the time to add essential oils if you want. Kneading and playing with the dough will continue to mix all the color and oils in.

Store your homemade play dough in an air tight container or ziploc bag.

Suggested essential oils:

  • Lavender for calming
  • Lemon and/or orange for uplifting spirits
  • Tea tree and/or eucalyptus for any respiratory congestion
  • Any of the mint oils will work for many things too. Headaches, calming, and respiratory issues.

Have fun playing!

Namaste <3

JEM

The MEANER, GREENER Cleaner.

**Update on the All Purpose Green Cleaner. **

I have been using only this green cleaner for about 4 years now. I love it! I will never go back to any store bought cleaner, chemical free or not. I use it on my counters, floors, tub, walls and doors, you name it I used JEM’s Green Cleaner on it. I’ve even used it to wash clothes before. I have shared it, sold it and gifted it many times; and I hear nothing but pleased responses. Not only is it cheap and easy to make; it also is safe for children and pets. All 4 of my children (ages 14-7) use it.

My friends 3 year old daughter colored all over her antique table with markers. Jem’s Green Cleaner took the marker right off without messing up the wood or finish.

This batch makes about a gallon of cleaner. It cost about $2.00 to make and last me 4 to 6 months. (Depending on how many times I need to mop the floor)meaner greener cleaner

All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate

  • ¼ cup washing soda
  • ¼ cup baking soda
  • ½ cup borax
  • 64 oz hot water
  • 1 cup liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s magic soap)
  • 24-36 oz white vinegar
  • 50-60 drops of lavender Essential oil
  • 30-40 drops of tea tree Essential oil
  • 50- 60 drops of Eucalypts essential oil
  • 50-60 drops of lemon Essential oil

Make sure you add the vinegar to dry products before you add anything else. Shake well, once the reaction stops foaming add half the water, then add the castile soap. Shake well. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. Now add the oils. Shake well.

Makes a gallon.

SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE.

To fill a spray bottle with all purpose cleaner add half water half cleaner. Shake well.

The all purpose cleaner can be use in mop bucket for floors, just add a few ounces of cleaner then fill the bucket up.

Hints:

  • When using in a spray bottle add water before cleaner. The cleaner foams up less.
  • Essential oils are optional, but are not used only for their scent they have lots of properties to keep bacteria and other “germs” away. I wouldn’t use cleaner without them.
  • Sometimes adding half the water before vinegar helps with foaming but can cause dry ingredients to clump.
  • Try to find reused or recycled bottles to help keep your cost down.

Try it you WILL like it!

Namaste <3

JEM

Homemade All Purpose Cleaner

Even as a child, I have always had this strong pull to save the earth. As I grew up and learned more and more about the lifestyle I wanted to live and teach my children; the green movement came out like a bang. Now it’s all about lessening your footprint, global warming is no joke. The Poles are melting faster than ever, as our ocean levels grow; our freshwater supply is shrinking.

I decided the only way to help was to go green; all natural, chemical free. Call it what you will, I wanted to do my part to keep my family healthy and help mother earth as much as possible.

We started by using store bought green cleaning supplies, the cheap ones are still full of junk and the actual chemical-free, all-natural kind are super costly. I needed to cut my budget and still stay true to cleaning as “green” as possible. I started to researched how to make my own cleaning supplies, first was all purpose cleaner, than laundry soap, body products and so on. I will not lie; I do not use only 100% homemade cleaning supplies, YET! I cannot seem to prefect dishwasher tablets/detergent, and with a family of 6 the dishwasher is a lifesaver. (Maybe I should start making the kids hand wash dishes, ha!) I figured I would share my first and most important recipe to me with you.

All purpose cleaner. We call it Green Cleaner because the first batch I added food color to make it green. But food coloring is also not good for you, so I decided to stop coloring it. I based my recipe off of this article Homemade Cleaning Products: All-Purpose Cleaner, this recipe was to make a small amount at a time, I don’t know about you but I don’t have time to make cleaner every few days. I wanted to make at least a month’s worth at a time, so I had to reconfigure the amounts, I played around with them a few times, using my knowledge of essential oils and the other ingredients. I finally started to notice we were getting sick less and less. My body felt better overall, I didn’t have to scrub as hard to clean stains off the counters, stove or tub or worry that my son sprayed his sisters in the face. I got it, I thought!Untitled

Not only did it do what I wanted it to, the gallon juice jug I reused to make it in, was lasting us 4-6 months to get through. Not only was it lasting longer than store bought cleaners, it also cost me less than $2.00 to make. I call that a win-win! Wouldn’t you?

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All Purpose Cleaner Concentrate

  • ¼ cup washing soda

  • ¼ cup baking soda

  • ½ cup borax

  • Appox. 64 oz hot water

  • 1 cup liquid castile soap (I use Dr. Bronner’s magic soap)

  • 24-36 oz white vinegar

  • 50-60 drops of lavender Essential oil

  • 30-40 drops of tea tree Essential oil

  • 50- 60 drops of Eucalyptus essential oil

  • 50-60 drops of lemon Essential oil

Make sure you add the vinegar to dry products before you add anything else. Shake well, once the reaction stops foaming add half the water, then add the castile soap. Shake well. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with hot water. Now add the oils. Shake well.

Makes a gallon.

SHAKE WELL BEFORE EACH USE.

To fill a spray bottle with all purpose cleaner add half water half cleaner. Shake well.

The all purpose cleaner can be use in mop bucket for floors, just add a few ounces of cleaner then fill the bucket up.

Hints:

  • When using in a spray bottle add water before cleaner. The cleaner foams up less.

  • Essential oils are optional, but are not used only for their scent they have lots of properties to keep bacteria and other “germs” away. I wouldn’t use the cleaner without them.

  • Sometimes adding half the water before vinegar helps with foaming but can cause dry ingredients to clump.

  • Try to find reused or recycled bottles to help keep your cost down.

Do you have any homemade cleaner success stories?