Zero-Waste

DIY | Unpaper Towels

We are slowly going zero-waste in the Henry Home. It’s been a slow journey but we try to make cuts on disposable items where we can in our home. Awhile ago, I blogged about the reusable napkins I made out of upcycled bed linen. Ever since then, I knew I wanted to try to make unpaper towels. Fast forward to a year later when I am 9 months pregnant and frantically trying to finish all my sewing projects, I present to you DIY Unpaper Towels!

Ideally, you can use old scraps of fabrics (old cotton t-shirts, flannel bed sheets, old towels, etc.) you have lying around. Or you can thrift some fabrics from old linen. However, I went a little overboard when I found out I was pregnant and bought a bunch of flannel fabric for the baby. I made a bunch of cloth wipes for the baby since we will be cloth diapering but still had some left over flannel. I figured this would be a good time to work on some unpaper towels and use up my supply of flannel. (more…)

DIY | Pouf

I’ve been wanting a pouf for the home before baby came, but the more I looked around I realized that they were expensive. Most ranged over the $70 mark and that was definitely out of budget for me. In the end, I decided it wasn’t necessary to have one. But! I found this blog post: How to Make a Fabric Pouf Ottoman

I decided to give it a try. Note, these patterns and ideas weren’t mine but those from the author of the blog post. I’m thankful I was able to find this tutorial because I hadn’t realized how easy it was to make. (more…)

Natural (Almost) All-Purpose Cleaner

Hello there! I have a fun one for you today. I’ve always wanted to get rid of most of the chemicals we use in our house (i.e. cleaning products, laundry detergent, etc.) and switch to alternative products, which most can easily be homemade. I’ve found some naturally made laundry detergent from a farmer’s market that we’re still using and I love it. However, what was cluttering up our space was all the cleaning products we had. I don’t even know how it got that bad. We had glass cleaner, fabric freshener, bathroom cleaner, surface cleaners, and more and sometimes double. I finally tackled this chore a couple days ago by making an [almost] All-Purpose Spray Cleaner.

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Natural Cleaner

What really spurred this on is the arrival of our baby next spring. Part of my nesting process means getting rid of all unnecessary clutter. This means anything and everything will be inspected. This past week, I tackled the spaces under the sink. (more…)

Rosemary

When your husband’s grandma asks you to trim her rosemary tree and to take all the extra rosemary, you do it.

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When Russ and I went on our Anniversary Road Trip, one of the stops we made was in Oroville where his grandparents live. His grandma has a magical green thumb, where she is able to throw seeds anywhere and they pop up healthy and happy. She also had a big rosemary bush that she asked Russell to trim. He trimmed it and we kept all the “scraps”. We left with two giant bags of rosemary which we lugged with us our entire trip. We’re not complaining since it kept our car smelling nice. (more…)

Farmer’s Market Haul

When Russ and I took a day off for our anniversary, we mostly walked around San Diego to visit random sites and eat lots of food. One of the stops we had was unplanned but I really wanted to look around – it was a street fair farmer’s market. I am a sucker of homegrown food and handmade items so we decided to look around.

We didn’t buy any produce but we did walk away with a great (small) haul. Here they are:

Laundry Detergent  

Got Russ some natural deodorant because it scares me to know how many chemicals are in deodorant – and it goes directly into your skin and soaks into your pores in order to stop sweat. So instead, why not go natural?

This one is from a family who have a little farm in inland San Diego. I don’t think this is my (or Russell’s) favorite natural deodorant brand, because it actually seeps through your shirt and leaves a white mark. But I do like the man we met when buying this. He was very genuine about his products.

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