Home Life

Welcome to a Home Life! There is a lot in this part of my website. You will find articles about: organizing and cleaning, home decor ideas, being safe in your home, creative craft ideas including sewing, knitting and more, and finally information about gardening, herbs and my love - raising backyard chickens.

Health Boosting Citrus Trees to Grow In Containers

Citrus fruits are loaded with antioxidants and health boosting properties. Have you wondered which varieties grow best in containers and provide healthful benefits too? Well look no farther, we have listed some of the health benefits you can receive and which varieties to grow year round in containers. Read on to learn more about the [Read On]

How to Grow Citrus Trees Indoors

Have you ever smelled the open blossoms from a citrus tree? This is one reason why I decided to learn how to grow citrus trees indoors. The fragrance of the blossoms is sweet, intense and powerfully infuses the air in the vicinity of the tree. Never having the opportunity to see a citrus grove in [Read On]

Tips for Naturally Disinfecting Your Hands and Home

There are ways to naturally disinfect your hands and home and we’ll share some tips for making hand soaps and disinfecting and sanitizing sprays. Did you know that some strains of bacteria and viruses that cause colds and flu can live on environmental surfaces like counters, telephones, door handles, toilet seats and lids, and sink [Read On]

Organizing and Cleaning the Refrigerator

Ahhhhh, I just LOVE a clean refrigerator, don’t you? This post is all about Organizing and Cleaning the Refrigerator. It’s mid November and time for my semi-annual refrigerator clean up! Notice I said “clean up” not clean out. I know someone who shall remain nameless, who NEVER cleans their refrigerator! And it isn’t because they [Read On]

Chocolate Colored Eggs!

Last April 3rd, we had a broody mama chicken, hatch out 4 baby chicks from hatching eggs that we purchased from a local breeder. Of those chicks, we only had one girl who is now 5 1/2 months old. We were so surprised when she laid her first egg at only 41/2 months! That’s early, [Read On]

Hawaiian Lanai Pictures: Our Outdoor Living Space

So what is a lanai? The word lanai, is Hawaiian, and is pronounced; lə-ˈnī and rhymes with rib eye. It most often refers to outdoor areas such as a porch or patio. It can be covered by an awning, roof or canopy and is a place to sit and relax and enjoy the out-of-doors. Lanais [Read On]

Natural Moth Repellent Sachets

It is easy to make your own natural moth repellent sachets from fresh dried herbs, essential oils, scraps of linen fabric and ribbon. The clothes eating moth is attracted to natural organic animal fibers such as wool, alpaca, mohair, cashmere and to animal furs like rabbit, mink and fox. The female moth lays her eggs [Read On]

Clothing Moths How to Naturally Repel Them

With Summer here, it is time to put away our winter woolen clothing. However I need to put them into storage properly so that when I take them out next Fall, I won’t find damage from clothing moths. This article will tell you how to store wool clothing & naturally repel the dreaded clothing moths. [Read On]

Bottle Bomb and Yard Clean Up Warning

Is there a Bottle Bomb in my yard? These explosive homemade bombs can be called by other names such as “works bomb” or “drano bomb”. Curious children and youth have been making these bombs for many years just to watch them explode. However now things have turned to a more malicious act; these bottle bombs [Read On]

Grow Plants to Repel Insects

We love to grow herbs. We use them in our cooking, salads and for medicinal purposes. Did you know that it’s easy to Grow Plants to Repel Insects? It’s true! Most of the herbs in the list below, can be grown in a permanent bed, in large pots or containers and some can be grown [Read On]

10 Tips to Keep Chickens Cool in the Summer Heat

With a heat wave hanging over most of the United States, our feathered friends need some TLC when the temperatures soar. When temperatures reach the 90’s or go into the 100’s chickens, pea fowl, guinea fowl, ducks and turkeys all need some help to prevent them from dying of Heat Stroke. High humidity levels elevate [Read On]

How to Preserve the Smell of Fresh Gardenias

I love the heady smell of fresh gardenias but the blooms are not long lived and the fragrance is soon gone. I try to take advantage of our blooming bushes by sitting near them, especially in the evening when their intoxicating fragrance is stronger. Would you like to capture this fragrance in a bottle and [Read On]

The Intoxicating Smell of Gardenias

Summer is arriving here in Coastal Carolina and the gardenia bushes have started to bloom. Here is a photo of our first blossom this year. We love the intoxicating smell of Gardenias in bloom. How can you describe this fragrance? To me the smell of gardenia is… Floral like jasmine Heavy like thick cream Sweet [Read On]

How to Wash Wool Clothing

Many people are switching from synthetic fibers to natural fibers for the clothes they wear. This means taking some extra care to keep these lovely items in perfect shape so that you will want to continue to wear them. We will show you how to hand wash wool clothing and access ores so that they [Read On]

Our Swanky New Chicken Coop

Here are some photos of our swanky new chicken coop. We needed a chicken coop for the growing baby chicks we have been raising in the house. They are more than a month old now and need a home, outside. Avi wanted to build a small coop for them to live in until they are [Read On]