DIY

  • Homemade Laundry Detergent Laundry Detergent

    For the last few years (since 2011!), I’ve been making my own laundry detergent. If I had more time and mental energy, I’d figure out how much money I’ve saved myself. But I don’t, so let’s leave it at “a lot of money.” I’ve been using this recipe to make […]

  • How to Can Strawberry Jam

    Strawberry jam is such a great way to try canning for the first time. You don’t need any crazy equipment–just a big pot, a ladle, jars, lids, and rings. And your ingredients: strawberries, sugar (so much sugar), pectin, and lemon juice. It’s helpful to have a magnet for the lids […]

  • Turn your Photos into a Yearbook in 4 Easy Steps

    In the age of digital photography, it’s easy to take so.many.pictures. We have smartphones, our family members have smart phones, and we have big cameras. With everyone snapping photos, we end up with hundreds at the end of every week, month, year. To wade through them all is a task […]

  • A Wedding in Sarnia, ON (and an adorable centerpiece idea) Sarnia

    Last weekend, we crossed the bridge from Michigan into Sarnia, ON, for my cousin’s wedding. It was a short trip, but a good one. We had lots of time to visit with family, catch up, and hang out. For eats, we tried Poutine. Somehow, in all of my visits to […]

  • Homemade Pasta (and a DIY pasta drying rack) Pasta

    While we were in Italy (photos later this week, if you want to see!), I was looking for something souvenir-like to take home with me. I’m a big proponent of souvenirs being beautiful, useful and/or locally handcrafted. Better if they’re all of the above! After some thought–clothing? purse? a platter? […]

  • Make your Candles Last Longer

    Do your candles ever burn unevenly? Do you end up with a hole down the middle and wax up the sides of the container? Apparently, this can be prevented by making sure you always burn your candles long enough for the entire top layer of wax to melt. If you, […]