Simple Remedies
Homemade Laundry Detergent
Ice Cream Birthday
Coffee Table Redux

{The American Frugal Housewife: Cheap Dye-Stuffs}


This section was all about exploring natural cost-effective dying. This would also be a really fun project to do with the kids. I decided to test this out using some of my kids’ older shirts. While I wouldn’t say that my experiment was a total disaster, there are several things that I would do very […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife: Vegetables}


One of the things that I vowed to get down before I turn 30 was perfecting how to select and store produce. I was never very good at it, and being able to select and store your produce properly can do wonders for your health and your taste buds. I have done a lot of […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife: Simple Remedies}


Home remedies seem to fall into one of two categories; love them or hate them. Some people swear by them. Some people think most are a hoax. But I find that, while a typically skeptical person about such things, there are some remedies that work well. Thanks to modern day medicine, most of Child’s remedies […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife: Soap}


I’ve always wanted to make my own soap. Child talks about the fact that if you live in the city, it’s probably more economical, at least during those times, to buy or barter for soap rather than make it yourself. But if you live in the rural areas, making it yourself. I think for the […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife: Odd Scraps for the Economical}


This chapter was more or less just interesting. Nothing practical that pertains to us much anymore, but a really unique view of what it was like to be a housewife or a prairie wife in the early 1830’s. So, what’s the one thing I took away from reading this section? I’m so glad I’m not […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife: Intro}


Just the preface to this book is interesting. Here are the top three things that stood out to me. 1. Knit Stockings. It’s crazy to me that knitting your own stockings was every cheaper than buying them. I mean, it makes sense, but, as an knitter (though I’m not nearly as awesome as most out […] Read more…

{The American Frugal Housewife}


Several years ago, I read a book called The American Frugal Housewife by Lydia Maria Child. It was published in 1832 and is a fascinating and historically accurate representation of a housewife in the 1830’s. Lydia Maria Child was an abolitionist and a women’s rights activist. She has many books (The Mother’s Book, The Girl’s Own Book, […] Read more…

{Ice Cream Birthday}


Birthdays are fun. Especially when they’re for babies. One of my favorite parts is watching them stuff the cake/cupcake/treat in their mouth and seeing how messy they get. Unfortunately, when it’s my kids, they apparently don’t get any messier than normal. Well, unless you count a copious amount of frosting on their shoes. Needless to […] Read more…

{Birthday Sneak Peek}


Today, my precious angels turn one! I cannot believe how fast the time goes. I still remember bringing them home from the hospital. Though the several weeks and/or months just after are a little blurry… It has been the best, hardest, most stressful, most fun year I’ve ever had. My kids are definitely the best […] Read more…

{Local Produce}


One of my absolute favorite things about summer in the Pacific Northwest is the berries, the farmers markets and the fresh produce. Just in my close proximity there are close to 20 farmers markets a week. Not a bad selection! The greatest part is that you can always find one that’s open when it fits […] Read more…

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