5 Inspiring Ways to Roast a Holiday Turkey

roast-turkey-mainSince I’ve taken on the unenviable task of cooking our family’s Thanksgiving turkeys, I can say that over the years I’ve picked up a thing or two. I’ve discovered there’s no need to take out that grill or deep fryer to get creative! I’d love to share with you 5 inspiring ways to roast a holiday turkey that goes beyond your usual method. (more…)

Unboxing This Month’s Birchbox

birchbox-octHave your heard of (or subsribe to) beauty box subscriptions? If you’re not familiar with what they are, I explain them here when I posted what I received in my last box. In a nutshell, you “subscribe” to monthly deliveries of beauty samples selected for you based on your profile. The fun is that you never know what you’re going to get, so each box is a surprise. With Birchbox, they do have “feature” boxes that you can choose where you know what you’ll be getting, but what’s the fun in that, right?! So speaking of fun, I want to once again reveal to you the goodies I received! Here I’m unboxing this month’s Birchbox. (more…)

15 Last Minute Halloween Costumes

DIY Donut Costume and Donut Hole Treat BucketHave you ever found yourself so unprepared for an upcoming Holiday that you just throw in the towel in defeat and give up? I find that Halloween is no exception, so to bring back some hope to the rest of us, I’ve compiled a list of 15 seriously last minute DIY Halloween Costumes. (more…)

Make Your Own Odor Fighting Carpet Powder

diy-carpet-powderAnyone living with the combination of pets and carpeting knows that odors have a tendency to grab on and never let go. Of course, the best way to combat that is to shampoo your rugs & carpeting regularly to stay on top of things. But unless you own a carpet cleaning machine, you know how expensive regular cleaning can be. So what do you do in between cleanings to keep it smelling clean? You reach for two simple ingredients and make your own odor fighting carpet powder. (more…)

Keep Furniture Pet Hair & Odor Free

dog-hair-removalIf you have a dog or cat that sheds fur like crazy, you’re not alone. Aside from daily brushing and frequent baths, there is a way to prevent your sofa from being taken over by coatings of hair and whiffs of that telltale doggie smell. Just follow this easy routine to keep your furniture and home pet hair and odor free. (more…)

Magic DIY Fabric Freshener

diy-fabric-freshener-2Here I’d like to share with you a Fabreeze alternative that I’ve been using for years. This concoction not only saves money, but leaves a fantastic scent that is all natural. This has become a top priority in my house since our family adopted our first dog. I use air & fabric fresheners religiously, but get concerned about the overuse of synthetic fragrances. The good news is there is an alternative that I like to call my Magic DIY Fabric Freshener. (more…)

How to remove years of dirt from leather handbags

leather-cleaner-ingredientsDo you own leather handbags that you’ve used for years and years? If you invested in real leather, you absolutely should use them for as long as possible. The only drawback is that they, like anything else, collect grime and dirt over time. Let me show you what you can do to remove years of dirt from leather handbags and bring your once beautiful purse back to life. (more…)

The Best Makeup Brush Cleaner

makeup-brush-cleanser-2I hope I’m not alone when I say that cleaning my makeup brushes and sponges is something that isn’t exactly high on my to-do list. It’s so low in fact, I hardly ever think to do it at all. Of course, when I do, it’s a painstaking process of lather, rinse, repeat over and over again. Needless to say, I do not look forward to it. That’s why I’m so happy to have found what I now consider to be the best makeup brush cleaner that I’ve ever used. (more…)