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How To Make Hard Lotion

How To Make Hard Lotion & Lip Balm Plus FREE Labels

What Is Hard Lotion? Shouldn't lotion be soft and creamy? Sometimes, but if you make it from scratch and don't add preservatives it will go bad relativity fast. Also some lotions can have a ton of ingredients. If you're into making your own it's fun to experiment with all of those different herbs and extracts. But what [...]

A Review Of The Solo Stove

A Review Of The Solo Stove

Traditionally, when backpacking I carry a gas-fueled stove (such as my Jetboil Zip), but there are circumstances when that's just not practical. If you're flying, you're not going to be able to carry the gas canisters onboard (and you can't mail them ahead to your destination either...),  and if you have a long trek (or [...]

How To Brew Dry Hopped Cider (What Are Hops Anyway?)

How To Brew Dry Hopped Cider (What Are Hops Anyway?)

If you're a hard cider purist, you might think it's sacrilegious to brew a dry hopped cider - why would you have anything other than apples in your hard cider? But there are actually good reasons that hops and hard cider work well together! First, to most beer drinkers, hops are a familiar flavor and aroma. [...]

15 Alternatives To White Sugar

15 Alternatives To White Sugar

Are you looking for a healthier alternative to refined sugar? In this post I’ll talk about a few natural sweeteners and a few of their advantages and disadvantages. Refined white sugar First let’s go over the refining process of regular sugar and why it’s not the best choice for you. Sugar cane is grown using [...]

5 Ways To Extend Your Growing Season

5 Ways To Extend Your Growing Season

Considering that spring is just around the corner, it may seem strange to be talking about ways to extend the growing season of your garden. However, all of the solutions presented here can be used not only to extend the growing season past the first frost of winter, but also to give seedlings an early [...]