Green Cleaning Tips for the Homestead

Practicing and maintaining green cleaning processes in our home, and on our property, are important values for my family and I. We have been using all natural cleaners in our home for several years now. When we moved to Woodford, and now had a septic system and well to care for, our need to improve our practices expanded.

What are our practices, and what types of cleaners do we use? The list is simple, yet effective. The best part is that many of our cleaners share the same core ingredients, meaning we can buy in bulk. This saves us money, while also allowing us to make a wide range of household cleaners.  Continue reading “Green Cleaning Tips for the Homestead”


Turmeric & Honey Facial Cleanse

Our skin is probably one of the most undervalued features of our body. It protects us, bears the brunt of all our activities – burns, cuts, scrapes, sunburn, rashes, bug bites, bruising, and so on. We coat it with soaps, makeups, sunblocks, perfumes and so much more, sometimes without a second thought. And even if you do your best to keep your skin chemical-free, choosing natural and organic products, your skin still comes in contact with undesirables throughout the day.   Continue reading “Turmeric & Honey Facial Cleanse”

Herbs for the Postpartum Mama

Postpartum care is so important for the new mother, whether you just had your first baby, or you’ve been there before. One of the ways I alleviate the discomfort that comes with giving birth, is by using an herbal infusion. For those who are unfamiliar with this term, an herbal infusion is akin to a tea, except that the herbs are soaked for a much longer period, giving you a very potent mixture afterwards. Continue reading “Herbs for the Postpartum Mama”

Poison Ivy

It should come as no surprise that with all of the overgrown areas we have been weeding and clearing, that this day would come… or rather, this past month. For almost the entire month of March, I’ve had poison ivy over most of my body – toes, ankles, legs, torso, chest, neck, arms, and even two spots on my face. It’s been absolutely torturous! Continue reading “Poison Ivy”

Home Birth & Postpartum Supplies


There are already tons of blog posts and Pinterest links out there with lists of things you “need” to have a baby. Everytime I see these lists, I laugh. They’re so over the top (laptops? Makeup and eyelash curlers? Really??!) that I had to say enough already. For all the sensible women who just want to deliver their baby and be comfortable, here are my suggestions, the real things that I used when I had my daughter.

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New: Fall Spice Soap

Hello all! Just a quick look at a new product we are offering in our Etsy store as of this morning: a beautiful, hand crafted Fall Spice Soap. Available in 5-oz bars, these have a delicious, warming scent that is perfect for the upcoming fall season!

Made with organic ingredients, our soaps are always additive and chemical free! Each batch also features our signature Calendula Oil, so these soaps are nourishing and hydrating for your skin in addition to being a treat to wash with!

We always keep the environment in mind, so these soaps are also 100% safe to use outdoors, or in the water, and are safe for my fellow septic system users out there!

These are made to order, and I can do bundle prices as well, so head over to our Etsy store and take a look!


Mama’s Body Butter

This post is for all the other expectant mothers out there! Winter has a strong hold on New England here, with super cold, dry temperatures and strong winds; all of which equals up to a lot of dry skin (and a hell of a lot of snow!).

So I wanted to share my new favorite product: Mama’s Body Butter. One of the tasks that immediately made it onto my To-Do list when I got that positive pregnancy test was to make a body butter. Not only will being pregnant stretch and test your skin like never before, but since I knew I would be pregnant throughout the winter, I knew that keeping my skin moisturized an even tougher task.


Mama’s Body Butter is a nourishing blend of coconut oil, shea butter, beeswax and a calendula-infused grapeseed oil that I created. All ingredients are organic and I am in LOVE with the creamy consistency. It comes in a large 8-oz, wide-mouthed jar that is easy to use. The body butter has a soft, warm scent from the shea butter and my skin just soaks it up! I love that it doesn’t leave me feeling greasy and doesn’t leave clothing marks or stains like some moisturizers on the market.

I use this daily – once when I get out of the shower, and again before bed. Although on days when I feel especially tight and stretched, I’ll rub it on again. I’m halfway through my pregnancy and only halfway through the jar! Keeping your skin hydrated and moisturized is key to avoiding &/or reducing stretchmarks. While drinking lots of water is necessary to hydrate from the inside, a good moisturizer is also important.

Mama’s Body Butter currently comes in an 8-oz BPA-free plastic container (easier on shipping than the glass I previously used) for $11.99. I can make it in custom sizes depending on jar availability if you are looking for a smaller size or a sample. Just contact me directly through my Etsy store:

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