48 Best U.S. National Parks Books to Inspire Your Next Trip

It’s no secret that I’m a National Park lover. I often plan our family road trips around which new parks we can get stamped in our National Park passports I discovered in the visitor’s center at Capulin Volcano National Monument. When I’m not finding inspiration on the road and in nature, books are a huge part of expanding […]

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22 DIY Wooden Christmas Ornaments


If you’re looking to DIY your holiday ornaments this year, wood can be the perfect medium to work with. Homemade Christmas ornaments can get a bad wrap sometimes. We’ve all got those old ornaments we made as kids still stashed away—too kitschy to display on the tree, but too sentimental to throw out. But I […]

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12 Budget-Friendly Tips to Keep You & Your House Cool in Summer

how to keep your house cool in summer

This post is brought to you in partnership with Shafer Services Plus and may contain affiliate links Here in South Texas, figuring out how to keep your house cool in summer is a priority (especially with four kiddos and a pup!). I have the added challenge of living in a house that’s over a century […]

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DIY Dried Orange Garland and Citrus Ornaments

DIY Dried Citrus Orange Garland

As seen in Mother Earth Living Magazine I love homemade Christmas decorations, especially ones that are friendly to the environment. Today, as part of the the 12 Days of Handmade Christmas series, I’m sharing how to make a traditional dried orange garland and ornaments. The orange garlands are perfect for stringing on the tree and around your […]

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