DIY: Scalp-Soothing Homemade Shampoo

DIY isn’t really a hobby of mine – much as I’d love it to be – but I have been getting more and more into natural, homemade everything. Specifically, I’m eliminating shampoo because I have a very sensitive scalp. For about a year, I had a store-bought shampoo I could use, but it’s recently beenContinue reading “DIY: Scalp-Soothing Homemade Shampoo”

From Stranger to Running Inspiration

In Memoriam of Elizabeth Lynn Glovier, my best friend and “bosom buddy” Anne of Green Gables was my favorite book series as a child. It might still be, actually. And though I’ve always had deep, beautiful friendships, I didn’t really understand the kind of friendship that Anne and Diana had – though I did longContinue reading “From Stranger to Running Inspiration”

Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony

Chicago weather seems to finally think it’s just possible that it could be spring. Yes. We’re late to the game. But we usually are. During the Stay-at-Home orders, a lot of us are finding different things we can do to keep creatively busy while still getting some fresh air and not exposing ourselves or ourContinue reading “Creating a Fairy Garden on My Balcony”

Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times

My mom grew up on a farm. Here, she learned to identify flowers (thank you boy scout leader Grandpa!), bird songs, and many other interesting natural things. Both of my parents were outdoors people and we often went camping, even survival camping when I was very young. Since becoming an adult, I’ve lost this knowledgeContinue reading “Rekindling an Old Love and Finding a New Hobby in Coronavirus Times”

How to Add Some Humidity To the Air in Your Home

Recently, I wrote about us working on improving our immunity fighting skills by taking special care to do certain kinds of cleaning, etc. One of the items was adding more humidity to the air in our home, especially because ours is so dry and dusty. These are the ways we’re doing that.

How I’m Fighting Our Poor Immunity In the Home

Lately, we’ve been getting sick. A lot. And I’m the girl who never used to get sick at all, until I wound up working as a nanny for a family that appears to have had a very similar immune system to my own. We constantly passed illnesses back and forth, despite me only being inContinue reading “How I’m Fighting Our Poor Immunity In the Home”

Digestive Enzymes for…Kitty?

We here in the Pike household are cat people. So we’re always on the look out for products and services that help our kitty and the cats of others. And you see, our cat is adorable. She’s gray and fluffy and only weighs about six pounds, despite being fully grown. But this tiny ball ofContinue reading “Digestive Enzymes for…Kitty?”

Fifth Time’s A Charm — How to Kitten-Proof Your Christmas Décor

Our six month old kitten is special. All kittens are, but Stardust is really something else. She’s high energy, a long leaper, and has a penchant for doing exactly what she’s not supposed to do. Including loving all things citrus and vinegar based. Aluminum foil attracts her instead of deterring her. The spray bottle takesContinue reading “Fifth Time’s A Charm — How to Kitten-Proof Your Christmas Décor”