Category: Enviable Ideas

DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

DIY Calendula Oil for Great Skin

How amazingly pretty are these little orange flowers? The sunny good looks of  these edible calendula flowers belie their very serious benefits for dry, damaged skin. When you combine these benefits with those of a super nourishing oil, you tell your troubled skin, “I mean business.” Benefits of calendula for the skin Calendula, an annual flower sometimes […]

August 29, 2016 | By | Reply More
The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

The Perfect Lawn and Why You Should Ditch It

Walking Lucy the other day was an exercise in patience at a time when I had little. I was on the first week of my new job where I am very fortunate to work right at home. During my lunch break, I wanted to enjoy at least some outdoor time with my girl, but I […]

June 14, 2016 | By | 2 Replies More
Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Euphoric DIY Lotion Bars

Mr. President says I bite off more than I can chew because I’m always getting into multiple new hobbies at once and looking for my next new obsession. I can’t even keep up with my own interests. So many potential hobbies, so little time! That’s what happened when I first started playing around with essential […]

March 23, 2016 | By | Reply More
Can Growing Food Save You Money?

Can Growing Food Save You Money?

During the spring of 2014, my first year with the Tomato Envy garden, one of our most successful crops was lettuce. A crisp organically-grown green salad was part of almost every dinner. The Prez joked that every one of those salads cost about $50. Being in the banking business, he’s always pulling out the calculator to […]

January 12, 2016 | By | Reply More
DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

DIY Lip Balm with Vanilla and Cardamom

Winter, also known for me as the official season of dry skin and chapped lips, is finally here. The air outside is cold and dry and cranking up the heat in the house makes the indoor air just as dry. The result can by ashy, dry skin and perpetually parched lips. Before you grab that tube of commercial lip […]

January 2, 2016 | By | 1 Reply More
Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

Cleaning Schedule: Housekeeping Made Simple

I am in the middle of a subtle shift in my life and priorities. Recently, I pondered whether frugality and the everyday decadence I love so much can co-exist. I am starting to feel certain they can. When I think about my busy career, some things strike me as ironic. For instance, people work hard to buy late-model […]

December 9, 2015 | By | Reply More
Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Cooking Basics: Mise en Place

Picture this: you’re trying a new and ambitious recipe, there are lots of ingredients required and they are all strewn about your kitchen, you’re sauteing the onion hoping to get the garlic chopped and coriander seeds crushed in time to add them before the onion gets too brown. Oh, and your hair is a mess, you have […]

December 2, 2015 | By | Reply More
Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

Smudging: Another Way to Clean House

There are times in life when most everything seems to be unlike it was before. Maybe it’s a change in location, home, family, career, relationships, or health that has your life turned upside down. There are some changes happening in our home right now, mostly we anticipate they’ll be positive. That doesn’t mean those changes […]

October 14, 2015 | By | Reply More
How to Make Homemade Fire Cider

How to Make Homemade Fire Cider

Sometimes the stars line up just right and something that’s fun to make is also easy, delicious, and good for you. Last winter, Mr. President and I got hooked on fire cider, which is a concoction of apple cider vinegar that’s been infused with all sorts of fiery goodness like fresh horseradish roots, hot peppers, […]

September 18, 2015 | By | 3 Replies More
Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

Make Your Home Staycation-Worthy

It happened again just a few weeks ago. We had a friend over to the house for a pool day. After just a bit of time in the water surrounded by the garden in full bloom, icy-cold beer in hand, and buoyed by a pair of Super Noodles, she said, “If I had this, I’d […]

September 9, 2015 | By | 1 Reply More