Yes, I’m Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No ‘Poo Disaster}

After Monday’s post on what years of baking soda “no ‘poo” did to my long, healthy hair really took off, I heard some common thoughts and questions from readers, friends, and friends of friends about my experience.

I thought it would make sense to give some more details and provide any extra information that might help clear up any confusion regarding the damage my hair experienced from washing it with baking soda. So before I share other haircare options, including what I’m using now, I want to go over some extra info and FAQ.

Yes, I'm Sure It Was the Baking Soda {FAQ on the No 'Poo Disaster}. More on the no 'poo story from Smithspirations.com

My experience is not uncommon at all from those who used the baking soda no ‘poo method for years. And, as I’ve continued to learn, it should actually be expected because of the chemical nature of baking soda.

There’s no question in my mind about what caused my hair to become so damaged. [Read more...]

What Years of Baking Soda “No ‘Poo” Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails}

I’ve been meaning to write this post for a while.

If you’re one of my long-time readers and friends, you very well may remember my enthusiastic posts about “no ‘poo” natural hair care.

I raved about it. I loved it. I had fantastic results. I had to tweak my system a couple of times, but I was convinced that I’d never want to care for my hair any other way.

What Years of Baking Soda No 'Poo Did to My Long, Healthy Hair {Or, When a Natural Living Experiment Fails} from smithspirations.com

However, as time went on, I started to wonder if no ‘poo wasn’t such a great option after all. And then I became totally convinced of it because of what it did to my long, healthy hair.

Ugh. Friends, it ain’t pretty.  [Read more...]

One Busy Mom’s Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

It’s not uncommon that I hear someone remark that they’d like to earn some extra money. I imagine most of us fall into that category!

A couple of years ago I transitioned from being a stay-at-home-mom-who-gets-paid-in-love-and-snuggles to a stay-at-home-mom-who-also-does-work-from-home-for-a-paycheck-with-dollar-signs. I definitely don’t have it all figured out, but I have learned that there are some things that work, and some that just don’t when working from home.

One Busy Mom's Top 10 Tips for Earning Money from Home

Today I want to share with you ten tips for working from home. Whether you are currently collecting a paycheck with a baby at your feet or are thinking of starting in that direction, I think that some of these will help shed light into the mysterious world of working from home. [Read more...]

Yes, You CAN Buy Modest Dresses for Girls

If you are familiar with me and this blog, you know that I have a heart for modesty. With four daughters in our home, I know that it can be a challenge to find decent clothing for girls. Prior to the maxi dress fad, it was extra difficult!

When I do find a resource for sweet, modest clothing for my girls, my husband and I take note. It may be a thrift store that consistently has what we’re looking for or a typical brick and mortar store. Whatever the type of store, it ends up being a place that we’re likely to frequent when new (or new-to-us) clothes are needed.

5 Things I Love About Joyfully Sewn Designs {and a $30 giveaway!}

Recently I found one of those places, and I can’t tell you how thrilled I am with Joyfully Sewn Designs! I have something special for just my readers coming up with JSD soon, so you can consider this your appetizer.

Today I’m teaming up with a few other bloggers to bring to you a fantastic giveaway from Joyfully Sewn Designs! [Read more...]

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

Every now and then I mention my Lilla Rose business in a post, like the holiday style post I did this past winter, or when Lilla Rose has a really special sale going on. Well, today I’m sharing some special because I’ve now been a Lilla Rose consultant for two years, and I want to celebrate with you!

Help Me Celebrate 2 Years with Lilla Rose with a Mystery Hostess Party!

I’m doing something special at my home for my local customers on Saturday, but I don’t want to leave out my online friends. Since you can’t join me at my house, I’m inviting you to join in on the Mystery Hostess party. Three of you will win some great prizes, including all of the hostess rewards from the online party!

Read on for details and to check out my newest video, too! [Read more...]

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

I love having a meal with lots of yummy veggies. A crisp salad or steamed broccoli with butter leaves me feeling so healthy after eating. And most of you are probably unaware of the fact that kale is one of my love languages. For real. It’s up there with chocolate. I swoon when my hubby brings home a bouquet or two of those curly, leafy greens.

10 Creative Ways to Use Leftover Vegetables

But enough about kale. When cooking for our growing family, I sometimes have vegetables left over, and the last thing I’d want to see is them getting old and icky after too much time in the fridge. When food goes in the trash in our home, I see money going into the trash, and my frugal heart skips a beat.

Sometimes just reheating the veggies on their own leaves them less appealing, but I won’t let that hold me back. By finding creative ways to use leftover vegetables, I can reduce food waste, make the most of our grocery budget, and enjoy healthy foods while I’m at it! Care to join me? [Read more...]

It’s Launch Week for The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies!

I’ve never been one to argue that the amount of money spent on quality, whole foods shouldn’t matter. While some foodies make light of keeping grocery bills down, I don’t. I want to feed my family healthy, whole, real food, but I have to keep our frugal budget in mind while doing so.

Meet The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies, Launching This Week!

I’m not the only one, either. In fact, I recently teamed up with four other budget-conscious foodies to write an ebook called The Frugal Secrets of Real Foodies, and we are launching it today. I’m so excited to tell you about what’s inside and share with you the specials we have for this week, too!
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Why I Don’t Regret Our Frugal Wedding, Eleven Years Later

During the eleven years of our marriage, we’ve often talked about our own wedding day, especially when attending another wedding. It’s hard not to remember what our day was like while watching another couple on their special day!

The weddings we go to are often very different from the wedding we had, though. Our wedding was an extremely frugal one. The entire cost, dress included, was somewhere around $1,250, and that was $250 more than I was aiming for!

Why I Don't Regret Our Frugal Wedding, Eleven Years Later

We are often led to believe that a wedding is the biggest event of our lives, and while we knew that it was one of the most important days of our life, we didn’t want it to be an expensive event. We wanted to get married to be together, not to have a wedding.

A frugal wedding made sense to us for a variety of reasons, and we managed to pull it off!
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Simplifying Nature Study

When I first read about nature study when researching the Charlotte Mason approach to homeschooling, I loved the idea. It seemed like a perfect fit for me and my family considering my interest in herbs, gardening, and foraging.

But when I tried putting nature study into practice, my best attempts failed. Our projects took too long, we often felt overwhelmed, and it wasn’t nearly as enjoyable as I thought it was going to be.

Simplifying Nature Study, common sense tips for making nature study enjoyable and educational, but not overwhelming

I finally had to realize that I was making nature study far too complicated, and in the end, I really ruined it for us all! Once I started to simply nature study, my children and I found nature study to be our favorite time of the school week. [Read more...]

For Your Health: A Summer Giveaway Bash with $700 in Prizes!

I have a really special group giveaway opportunity to present to you today. If last week’s NYR Organics giveaway got your attention, take a look at this! ~Kristen

Are you excited for summer? We are! In fact, we’re excited to be bringing you an amazing chance to get all the tools you need to be healthy this summer. With three winners being selected and over $700 in prizes it’s sure to be fun!

Enter this Summer Giveaway Bash! For Your Health. Over $700 in prizes @ IntoxicatedOnLife.com

We have a giveaway this month geared towards anyone wanting to be healthy and even a little pampered. We’re starting with spa products, then moving on to natural healing, and finishing with the perfect blender for smooth summer treats. Let’s take a look at the prizes! [Read more...]