September 6, 2015 Lauren Dibble

I originally found how to make orange essential oil from a beautiful Australian blog called Blah Blah Magazine. It was painfully simple and the first batch I tried came out better than expected. I’ll usually eat an orange or two a day. While I’m eating them, I’ll put the peels aside on my window sill to dry. When I’ve accumulated a large batch, I’ll process them all and make more essential oil. I store what I’ve made in a mason jar and add it to my homemade cleaning supplies to give them a natural, beautiful, clean smell. (more…)

September 6, 2015 Lauren Dibble

Today, the majority of people have fireplaces in their homes as aesthetic features that maybe produces a little heat. More likely than not it even sucks heat from the room! Not too long ago, however, it was the only source of heat or method of cooking anyone had. Whether you find yourself camping, without power, or simply want to experience how your ancestors did it, here are some pointers for cooking over a fire: (more…)

January 24, 2015 Lauren Dibble 3Comment

New Years Day New Years Day is traditionally the day for First Day Hikes. Even in the cold, I love the chance to takes the dogs out to a new hike and go exploring. This year I took the dogs hiking at a local historical site. It was quiet, cold, sunny, and extremely peaceful. It was my first time taking the new camera lens the Mr. gave me for Christmas and I spent hours taking it for a spin. Below I’ve shared some of my favorite shots from that day. Winter is usually a time of cold, rest, sleep, browns, whites, hibernation, looking inward and…