Cool Stuff – Pioneer Skills
“How to Start Composting”

Composting is the process of turning organic waste, like vegetable scraps, into nutrient-rich soil for your garden. It involves layering “green” matter with “brown” matter, in a ratio of two parts brown to one part green. Most apartment dwellers don’t have the land for a traditional compost pile, but not to worry; there are all kinds of options. For example, there are compost tumblers that allow you to rotate your […]

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“How to Make a Shed Antler Candleholder”

A few weeks ago I filmed a segment on The Chew where I did all kinds of adventurous things. One of those was turning a shed antler that I’d found in the woods into a candleholder! When I posted it to my Facebook page a lot of you inquired how on earth one could make that sort of thing, so I’m here to show you how. You’ll need a few […]

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“Homemade All Natural Wood Cleaner”

The sun’s out and the flowers are bloomin’, it’s Spring time friends. Here in Texas, Spring is also known as the two weeks that you can sit outside for more than a few minutes without breaking a sweat. It also means it’s time to dust off the patio furniture. Here’s a great natural cleaner for any of your wood furniture, inside or out, that might be in need of some […]

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“Homemade Red Beet Tinted Lip Gloss”

I am finally winding down on my book tour. It’s been a fabulous and exhausting journey since early March, in some wonderful cities where I’ve met so many of you wonderful people. There have been fancy gift bags, fancy food and drink, Q&A’s where we chatted, a lot of colorful sharpies that I used to draw in your books and… demos on how to make this fabulous homemade beet juice […]

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“DIY Homemade Boot Polish”

If you ever find yourself in Austin, or even if you’re around these parts, I highly suggest making your way to one of the dance halls here in town. There’s plenty of adventure to be had beer in hand and boots afoot. Even if you aren’t completely confident in your two steppin’ abilities, a lesson from a regular, especially those grandfatherly gents, will have you spinning around the floor in […]

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“DIY: Cold Weather Lip Scrub”

During this long winter my Aquaphor lip ointment has become my new best friend. I feel like my lips are perpetually dry and cracked, despite the fact that I’m caking on the Aquaphor like nobody’s business. If your lips are getting tired of this winter weather, I hope you find some solace with this super easy, all natural, lip scrub. It will take off the dry skin and excess chap […]

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“Emergency Toothpaste”

We’ve all been there, stranded at the bathroom sink, not able to squeeze any more out of the last tube of toothpaste. Don’t you worry though, your pearly whites will be just fine. Just slip back into your slippers and shuffle over to the kitchen. Here’s a super simple, and all natural, toothpaste you can whip up from ingredients you already have handy. Okay, here’s what you’ll need: Coconut Oil […]

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“DIY Natural Home Scents”

Isn’t it funny how we link certain scents with certain people, or seasons, or memories? It’s a powerful thing. So I wanted to share with y’all a way to harness that power.  Here’s the steps to make your own natural, easy, and delightful home scents. And it is a chance to use leftover peels, herbs, and odds and ends. This is far from a precise recipe, you can vary the […]

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“DIY Natural All-Purpose Cleaner”

Just because Punxsutawney Phil said six more weeks of winter, doesn’t mean you can’t get a little head start on Spring cleaning. I love finding new ways to harness the powers of nature in my daily life. Like this Natural All-Purpose Cleaner. Instead of all the harsh chemicals in your typical store-bought cleaner, this one uses the natural powers of vinegar and essential oils to fight the grime. It’s also […]

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“How to Make a Citrus Peel into a Candle”

From polar vortexes to “snow” days (which in Austin means very cold with partly blue sky), what better excuse to stay warm inside, get crafty and tap into your inner pioneer? The bright colors of citrus overflowing the produce aisles are a great break from all the gray skies. So grab your favorites, classic clementines to the funky tangelos, and while you snack, make yourself some lovely “upcycled” candles! Here […]

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