I started using the NutriBullet over 5 years ago when I bought it to use as a smoothie maker, juicer, food processor, and blender. Now, don’t tell NutriBullet that I said that, because it’s obviously not supposed to be all of those things! But I really got to know this device over the last 5+ years so I thought I would share its pros and cons with you. Maybe you are trying to decide whether to invest in a blender, smoothie maker, juicer, or food processor. All of these are a decent investment, so this should help you understand exactly what a NutriBullet does and how I use it. I am also sharing one of our favorite cleansing smoothie recipes. This recipe is detoxifying and an anti-inflammatory, and it just tastes great! Enjoy![Read more…] about Cleansing Smoothie Recipe and 5+ Year NutriBullet Pro Review
Last week, I decided it was time to totally redo our spice cabinet organization. We cook a lot at our homestead and I was finding that the spice glass jars and containers were taking up so much space in the cabinet and looking so unorganized. Also, we spend a lot of money on spices because you have to buy the little glass jars. Instead, I wanted all of our spices in a reusable glass jar so I could order more in bulk. Also, I wanted plastic totally gone. In this post I show how we took everything out of our spice cabinet and reorganized it so that we can cook, make smoothies, take vitamins, tea, and essential oils. Enjoy![Read more…] about Simple Farmhouse Spice Cabinet Organization
During the snow storm we had last week, I got to thinking that our front porch really needed some cleaning up. We still had the greenery up from Christmas. But with the wind and rain storms we’ve had, it kind of looked like a hurricane had been through. So I decided it was time to give the front porch new life for the winter months. And I’m so glad I did! I am a firm believer that no matter the weather or lack of sunlight, always spend time outside caring for your home. Here I’ll show you how I decorated our simple farmhouse winter front porch.[Read more…] about How to Create a Cozy Farmhouse Winter Front Porch
This year we went with a Scandinavian Christmas theme full of fresh greeneries, cloved oranges, rustic wood, and an antique farmhouse feel. Being from Sweden, Germany, and Italy, John and I have a lot of European culture in our families and home. So to bring some of that in this year for Christmas was the perfect combo. Come see what we did in our Scandinavian Farmhouse Christmas Home tour.
In years past we have always kept our Christmas decorating pretty simple. We cut down our own Christmas tree, buy fresh garland and use greeneries from our yard, and wrap presents with brown and white craft paper. I use firewood for decor and pull out all of our woven baskets for blanket storage. This year, I wanted to do the normal traditions, but I also wanted to bump it up and add some true Scandinavian touches.
In this tutorial I will show the farmhouse entryway, the family & living room, the dining room tablescape, our office, and the front porch. Make sure to check out the video tutorial for the full tour![Read more…] about Scandinavian Farmhouse Christmas Home Tour
There is nothing better than a simple, natural homemade Christmas wreath! Stop by your local nursery, grocery store, or maybe even your backyard to pick up a variety of winter greens so you can make your own wreath for Christmas this year. For this wreath, you’ll need a wreath frame, cable ties, and greens of your choice. That’s it!
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We decided to make homemade Christmas wreaths this year because they are easy, fragrant, and much less expensive than buying pre-made wreaths every season. If you buy a wreath frame and some cable ties, you can create beautiful wreaths every season by taking off the old greenery or decor and replacing it with new decor.[Read more…] about How to Make a Homemade Natural Christmas Wreath
Time to pull out the Christmas greenery! Every year we take to our own backyard or the local nursery to find some fragrant, beautiful Christmas greenery to decorate our Homestead for Christmas. This year I found 5 different Christmas greeneries to get in the Christmas spirit and decorate our home. To us, bringing in natural elements from the outside into our home is the best way to get ready for the Christmas season. Christmas greeneries smell good, they are beautiful, and I think they are one of the easiest ways to decorate the Homestead for Christmas.
Why Christmas Greenery?
For Christmas every year we like to bring the outside in and pull in as much Christmas greenery as we can to decorate for Christmas. We live in the Pacific Northwest where we have a lot of greenery, forest, lakes, rivers, and mountains near us. John and I are definitely nature junkies! We love being out on hikes and taking the kayak out in the summertime. So, it is only fitting that one of our favorite ways to decorate around the holidays is with Christmas greenery.
Christmas greenery looks beautiful with the dark green, white, and red colors. It also smells great! Pine is one of the main scents from Christmas greenery and it is as natural way to smell your house like Christmas.
We went a few local nurseries in the area and found 5 Christmas Greenery Ideas to decorate the inside/outside of our Homestead. You can also pull some pine branches from your yard if you have them. Get creative and use whatever you have available to you – that is part of the fun![Read more…] about 5 Christmas Greenery Ideas