Pewter bin pulls and knobs on a farmhouse kitchen cabinet farmstandculture.com

Why I went over budget on our farmhouse kitchen hardware and…sure, you want to know how much?

It's a subtle design point, but I think it makes a world of difference in our Early-American farmhouse kitchen renovation. Hardware. The handles, knobs and pulls that make our cabinets functional. It took me two tries to get the right look with our farmhouse kitchen hardware. Quite a first-world journey.

Three best essential oils for upset stomachs

3 of the best essential oils for upset stomachs

Essential oils are one of many all-natural remedies to help a tummy ache. They are pure, powerful and effective. If someone in my family complains of tummy trouble, I use a blend of three essential oils for upset stomachs. Find out which essential oils helped my husband's upset stomach and turned him from an annoyed skeptic to a calm, happy user of essential oils.

balsam apple pods in my hands

Forgotten herb: balsam apple

A funny thing happened on the way to the drug store...ah, this is so me. We were on vacation in the Florida Keys, and I took a short walk across the street to pick up a few things at the drug store. I stopped to admire a pretty bush with silvery leaves, and something bright caught my eye. A neon orange, spikey fruit called the balsam apple dangling from a vine. I had to know more.

hand holding coconut oil sugar scrub

Two common diy skincare ingredients you should think twice about

Did you ever have an unexpected reaction to a natural ingredient? Probably. People do all the time. The way a person's systems absorbs...or rejects...the compounds it comes in contact with is unique. While natural ingredients are wonderful, they are not risk-free. I can speak from experience. Here are two common diy skincare ingredients that are usually but, not perfectly, safe and how I found out.