Flooding from heavy rains and coastal flooding due to storm surges combined with heavy rains have been a common occurrence in recent years. In this post, I'll share my flood experience, focusing on the flood preparedness items I didn't realize I needed – until the storms hit. We also talk about dealing with floodwater contamination in the yard. I want to share this flood preparedness checklist with you so you can avoid the mistakes I made. [Read more…]
Mosquitoes can ruin time outside and transmit disease. In this post, we’ll discuss what attracts mosquitoes; natural mosquito repellents, including mosquito spray recipes; plants that repel mosquitoes; mosquito control tips for your yard, and ways to avoid getting bit. [Read more…]
Chapped lips tend to get worse in winter, but can be a problem any time of year. From too much dry air to medical conditions, we'll discuss what causes chapped lips, plus home remedies that show you how to get rid of chapped lips and heal. It's important to match the right remedies for dry lips so you heal as well as treating the symptoms. Remember – good health starts from the inside out. [Read more…]
When rhubarb is abundant, I like to use it in recipes like rhubarb pudding cake and rhubarbade, but I hadn't tackled rhubarb wine. When looking through my favorite old school winemaking book, I came across a rhubarb cherry wine recipe that looked like a perfect combination to use the rhubarb harvest and the stash of Door County cherries in my freezer. (You could use canned cherries, but the color won't be as bright.) I think it's fun to add some color to a basic rhubarb wine recipe, too.
If you'd like to give an easy homemade wine a try, this recipe is for you. [Read more…]
Although the kneejerk reaction when seeing a spider might be to grab a can of Raid, there are several other alternatives to get rid of spiders naturally without exposing yourself to harmful toxins. Instead, try one of these 8 Natural Spider Repellents listed below, such as the spider spray. We also encourage you to check out the tips to get rid of spiders in your home by making it a less welcoming habitat. [Read more…]