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  • Frugal Gardening 101 Ebook {Available to Subscribers!}

    Frugal Gardening 101 Ebook {Available to Subscribers!}

    As I mentioned late last week, I've been frantically working on my first ever ebook, Frugal Gardening 101:  The Comprehensive Guide to Vegetable Gardening Without Breaking the Bank. It's been a labor of love (and frustration) and I'm beyond excited to get it out there and get everyone excited about gardening. ...

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  • Staycation Ideas for Springfield, MO

    Staycation Ideas for Springfield, MO

    Partaking in a staycation is not only great on your budget {if you're careful!}, but it helps you to appreciate what you have in your own community.  Keeping your money locally is important, ya know. :) Springfield, Missouri really is one of my favorite places. While it's still a trek for us ...

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  • Canning Your Own Chicken Stock

    Canning Your Own Chicken Stock

    Store bought chicken broth or stock doesn't even compare to the richness of homemade broth.  Since making homemade chicken broth is so easy, it makes it a great DIY Homemade Convenience Food. I used to always store my homemade chicken broth in the freezer {just like my cooked beans}--but I've found ...

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  • DIY Patriotic Wreath for Under $5!

    DIY Patriotic Wreath for Under $5!

    I'm a sucker for wreaths. I don't know what it is about them, but I love them and I just can't have enough of them! Pair my wreath obsession with my favorite holiday, July 4th, and we've got a situation! I stumbled upon a DIY Patriotic Wreath from TidyMom.net and I ...

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  • Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi Recipe

    Lemon Dill Mahi Mahi Recipe

    We've officially started our school year.  Leading up to this has been a bit nerve racking, as we've made the decision to no longer homeschool our oldest son--and instead send him back into public school.  In the 7th grade.  Am I crazy, or what?  More on all that later. In an ...

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  • Frugal Gardening 101 Ebook

    Frugal Gardening 101 Ebook

    Those of you that have followed me for a while know that I'm pretty passionate about home gardening. One of the statements I hear frequently regarding gardening, is that "it's just as cheap for me to purchase the produce as it is for me to grow it." My response? I want to shout-"Not ...

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  • Homemade Cleaners:: Orange Oil

    Homemade Cleaners:: Orange Oil

    The last few months I've been experimenting a lot with making my own homemade cleaners.  I've found that not only are homemade cleaners frugal, but they use ingredients that I already have in my pantry and they perform just as good {if not better!} than my favorite commercial cleaners. Homemade Orange ...

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  • My Son Is Not Like Yours–So What?

    My Son Is Not Like Yours--So What?

    No one is alike.  We all know this right? I'm tall. Some may say I'm too tall for a girl. My hair is brown, and very thin. And I'm cool with that. Most days. I could stand to lose a little bit of weight.  But chocolate keeps calling my name. I'm a Conservative Christian. ...

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  • Homemade Egg Rolls

    Homemade Egg Rolls

    It's no secret that we love Asian flavors and dishes.  One of our many weaknesses is egg rolls.  Purchasing them at the Chinese Restaurant {or from the grocery store} will quickly break the food budget. So, why not make your own? :) [amd-zlrecipe-recipe:38] Y-U-M-M-Y!! It’s a lot cheaper than eating out and probably ...

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  • Almond Pear Scones {Sugar Free!}

    Almond Pear Scones {Sugar Free!}

    With my last Azure Standard order we got 20# of pears.  We love pears as much as the next person, but pears tend to go downhill pretty fast.  In an effort to use them quickly, I started looking for various recipes with pears.  In this quest I decided that I ...

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DIY Beauty Serum

by GettingFreedom on August 27, 2015

As many of you already know, I’ve been using essential oils for many years now, mostly in our cleaning supplies.  Recently I started exploring different ways to incorporate them into my everyday life and how I could use them to support my overall wellness — and possibly get rid of some of the chemicals that are in the things I use every single day.

Last week I decided to whip up some facial moisturizer using expeller pressed coconut oil and frankincense essential oil.  Let me tell you, that was 5 minutes very well spent!

DIY Beauty Serum

Benefits of Coconut Oil:

  • Helps Hydrate Skin
  • Helps with Premature Signs of Aging
  • Delays the Appearance of Wrinkles

Benefits of Frankincense Essential Oil:

  • May help Smooth the Appearance of Skin
  • Supports Skin Health when applied to Wrinkles, Age Spots or Scars
  • Lifts Moods and Increases Inner Strength.
  • Inspires Balanced Emotions
  • Helps to Ease Tension


As you can imagine, when you combine coconut oil and therapeutic grade frankincense essential oil — you have a powerhouse beauty serum!

The batch I made was big enough for a half-pint canning jar (the size typically used for jellies).  From there, I’ve separated it into little tubs, which should be plenty for at least a month’s worth.  You need very little of this beauty serum, like just a fingertip (or two) for your whole face. Amazing I tell you!  Each little tub cost me less than $1 to make!  Great things DO come in small packages!

Beauty Serum with Essential Oils
How to Make your Own DIY Beauty Serum

In a mixing bowl, add 1 cup of coconut oil, in its solid state.
Whip for about 5 minutes until it is light and airy.
Drop in 20 drops of Frankincense Essential Oil.
Combine the oils by mixing again.
Then store and enjoy the benefits of using essential oils!


Are you interested in learning more about essential oils and how you can be empowered, taking over your wellness?  To learn more about getting started with Young Living Essential Oils and what sets Young Living apart from other companies, click here.

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Oh, Mother’s Day

by GettingFreedom on May 9, 2014

I know its been awhile since I’ve last posted here. There are a lot of reasons for that, many of which are hard to put into words. Even though you’ve not seen me on the front end of things, I do still monitor comments and emails regularly.


Mother’s Day week has been very hard for me for the last few years. Holidays of any kind were always an excuse for me to celebrate with family and friends and lots of food. As a teenager I used to use these holidays to my advantage so I could have parties, which my mom would plan and execute so perfectly for me every time.

I’ve struggled within a lot this week. So many things in my everyday life remind me of my mom. Especially this week when the hostas that I got from her house before we had to sell it, came back! I just knew that I had (somehow) killed them last year and I was incredibly upset. After a tough day and a quick walk around my yard, I seen them and instantly smiled from ear to ear.

Flower Garden

The above picture is of my flower garden she helped me clean out when we first bought this house — and she got stung by a bee (which she was allergic to!), but wouldn’t let that stop her from helping me (after a quick shot from the Epi -Pen).

The woman who I loved to hate, hated to love and yet, loved so deeply.

Oh, Mother’s Day. Its just not the same.

Family - Ponca Arkansas

I’m well aware that I have 4 children who call me Mom.

Even on days that I feel that I belong in an insane asylum, I know that they love me and appreciate me.

I’m able to hug them, kiss them and tuck them in at night. Something that I know some mother’s can’t say.

But, my mom isn’t here. I cannot hug her, I cannot kiss her and I can’t tell her I love her.

Mother’s Day hurts.

There, I said it.

It just plain hurts..

It doesn’t just hurt me, either, but other people who’ve lost their moms, women who struggle week after week to conceive, and even those who struggle with their relationship with their mom.

Its the day I love to hate, hate to love and yet, it comes every year. And my kids? They love it — so I’ll pretend I love it, too.

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God upon every remembrance of you. ~Philippians 1:2-3

Speaking of monitoring comments, this week I received a spam comment on a post that I had forgotten all about. It was nice to be reminded of it — and was a little gift from above. If you didn’t catch it the first time I posted it, here is my daughter’s Letter to Jesus.


Dehydrating Strawberries

May 6, 2014

This fall I finally replaced my dehydrator that died in the middle of gardening season a few years ago, while full with hot peppers.  A dehydrator is a great tool to have in any frugal kitchen, as it allows you to preserve foods {everything you can imagine!} with little effort.  A dehydrator is especially perfect […]

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Printable Coupon Roundup {December 20th}

December 20, 2013

  *TIP* If you shop at Dillons or Kroger a lot and you have a plus card, be sure to load their electronic coupons to your card. The coupons come off automatically AND almost every Friday afternoon they add a coupon for a FREE item. You can load the coupons to your plus card through […]

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Freebie Roundup ~ Teen Vogue Magazine, Aquafina Flavor Splash and more! {December 20th}

December 20, 2013

Here are this week’s list of free samples. But act fast – these freebies won’t last long. TIP: It’s always a good idea to create a separate email account for freebies and e-clubs like those listed below that require an email address. That way you aren’t bombarded by emails in your personal or business email […]

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FREE Halloween Printables

October 8, 2013

How is it already October?!  Holidays do not have to be expensive, especially when you choose to do a DIY Holiday.  Halloween is no exception to that. Take advantage of these FREE Halloween Printables to do crafts with your kids or spoof up your home. 6 Free Frameable Printables Printable 3D Jack’O’Lantern Free Printable ‘Don’t […]

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Favado Grocery App

October 8, 2013

I’ve been waiting not-so patiently to tell y’all about a very exciting new grocery app that will change the way you shop (and save money!).  The best part? It’s free! So, while you may already be saving money on your groceries every month, the brand new Favado App will help you to find the unadvertised […]

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Crock pot Italian Chicken {September 22nd}

September 22, 2013

Chicken is one of those foods that is so versitile when it comes to crock pot cooking. There are a ton of recipes that call for chicken and it’s probably my most go to base item when using my crock pot. This Italian Chicken recipe is very delicious and even though I served it over […]

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Crock pot Dump Cake {September 15th}

September 15, 2013

For this week’s crock pot recipe, I wanted to show that you can make more than dinner in your crock pot. You can make desserts too.  I was going to show you that you can make a box cake mix in the crock pot and then post the recipe for a raspberry glaze. I was […]

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Whole Chicken in a Crockpot

September 9, 2013

Easy  meals are my favorite.  Which make crockpot meals rank pretty high on my list of go-to recipes. One of my absolute favorites is a whole chicken in a crockpot.  During our busy sports seasons and the fall and winter months I make a whole chicken in a crockpot a couple of times a month. […]

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