My Favorite Healthy Living eBooks

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Thank goodness for eBooks! I find it to be a much simpler way to carry around a library of books and have the information at my fingertips. I mean, imagine dragging 100 hard copy books wherever you go. I started downloading eBook versions of the gardening reference books I needed for volunteering at information booths as a Master Gardener. While I?m sure there is still some value in trucking around huge reference books to help research community gardening questions (perhaps to look more tents_2470 official?), the iPad makes it so much easier.

Note: If you want to try out a mini eBook, there is a free one you can download at the end of this post.

Since I have become somewhat of an eBook hoarder, I?ve learned that, frankly, the quality is all over the map. Without publishers or editors helping with many self-published books, you do have to take them for what they are: self-published. That is not to say that there isn?t FANTASTIC information available in self-published eBooks. I have and plans for more in the works. I worked very hard to make sure they are all jam-packed with value (and even some ).

The most popular of all my eBooks so far is , which I wrote in response to the large number of readers who wanted a way to keep a copy of the many handmade beauty recipes like lip balms, scrubs, tub teas, and bath bombs on Garden Therapy. The Natural Beauty eBook has over 40 recipes for homemade skin care recipes that I use at home all the time. It comes with a handy resource guide to get you started and has a number of packaging ideas for giving your creations away as gifts too.Natural Beauty Recipe Book from Garden Therapy

I was asked to include The Natural Beauty Recipe Book in a bundle of healthy living eBooks and I answered a resounding ?YES!? I love eBook bundles as a low-risk way to get a huge library of eBooks for the price of just one or two books. I got my copy of the last week and downloaded 58 new eBooks and printables, as well as a bunch of eCourses on healthy living. Here are some of my favorites so far.

My Favorite Healthy Living eBooks

Complete Wild Edibles Package by Sergei Boutenko is a group of eBooks on foraging for wild edibles like berries and mushrooms.

Planning & Designing the Family Food Garden by Isis Loran is a great all-in-one book for planning a food garden, but what I really love is the Printable Planner that comes with it!

Fiercely D.I.Y Guide to Seasonal Living by Kathie N. Lapcevic is a guide to living a better, simpler life through a celebration of the seasons.

DIY Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes by Heather Dessinger contains recipes that are not only non-toxic but also save money. I now use many of these recipes regularly, most of which were new to me.

The Wellness Notebook by Angi Schneider is such a smart idea for taking control of your health. Too often I have neglected my health and ended up suffering for it. I often forget to bring things up with my doctor when I visit because they aren?t top of mind. It?s important to be accountable for your health and this notebook is a great place to keep you on track. 

Essential Oils for Health & Home by Crystal Brothers is actually an eCourse that I did and I thought was very informative for getting started with essential oils. It is easy to work through and gives you a good foundation on using essential oils.

Plus there are a lot of recipe books that have a bunch of fresh and easy ideas. These were my favorites:

  • Skillet Freezer Meals by Kelly McNelis
  • Easy Paleo Instant Pot Recipes by Dr. Karen Lee
  • Super Simple Smoothies by Kelly Roenicke
  • Living Healthy with Chocolate by Adriana Harlan (yay!)

If you are new to eBooks, never fear, they are easy to get started with! In the , all the books and printables are delivered as a PDF file which can be viewed on your computer. The bundle can also be upgraded to include .mobi and .epub files that are compatible with eReaders like Kindle and Kobo. Here are some things to note about this eBook Bundle

  • The bundle sale is short-term and runs from Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 8am EST to Monday, September 26, 2016 at 11:59pm EST
  • Bundle price: $29.97 (PDF) / $39.97 (eReader)
  • FREE eReader upgrade until Thursday, September 22, 2016 at 11:59pm EST
  • Total value of the bundle: $2,417.58
  • 58 ebooks & printables, 25 ecourses, videos & audios

I have created a free PDF on How to Make Lip Balm you can download for free to practice with (or just because you want to learn how to make lip balm).

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Steps to Access the How to Make Lip Balm PDF

  • Download theand be sure to note where is it saved on your computer.
  • The PDF format is compatible with all digital platforms. If you are using a mobile or tablet to view the PDF, your device will likely choose a reader to access it automatically.
  • If the file doesn?t open in an existing program on you mobile, tablet, or computer, you can download Adobe Reader to view the book. It?s FREE and you can download it .

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In looking for a non-traditional take on a fall wreath, this year I went with something completely different, felted succulents made from wool sweaters. This DIY wreath is easy to make and can be brought out every year to mark the changing of the seasons. Warm up to autumn this year with a cozy fall wreath made from thrifted sweaters.Warm up to autumn this year with a cozy fall wreath made from thrifted sweaters. This felted succulent wreath is a unique design that is easy to make.

Warm wool sweaters make you think about fall, don?t they? It can be a welcome relief to the long, hot days of summer to pull out your wool sweaters and tall boots again. This was the inspiration for my felted succulent wreath. I didn?t want to cut up any of my precious sweaters for this project, so I headed out to a local thrift shop and picked up 100% pure wool sweaters in various shades of green to make succulents for the wreath.argyle-sweaters

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Disclosure: this project is sponsored by , who also provided me with a to play with. The design of the project and opinions are mine.spellbinders-platinum-6

Felted Succulent Wreath

I chose to use succulents instead of flowers for this wreath because I have these very cool dies that go with my Spellbinder?s Platinum 6. You could certainly use felted sweater flowers for this wreath as well. I tried the argyle sweater first and was thrilled with how the quirky succulent came out! A felted sweater wreath was soon born.Warm up to autumn this year with a cozy fall wreath made from thrifted sweaters. This felted succulent wreath is a unique design that is easy to make.

Materials

  • Felted sweaters
  • Other decorative fabric flowers like and

Make it!

is a great way to reuse old sweaters that no longer fit or have holes in them.

If you do find that your wool sweaters have holes,. I make aromatherapy closet fresheners to keep moths away so I thrifted my sweaters for this project.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-1

Cut a square of felted sweater and place it on the succulent die. Make a die cut sandwich with a clear cutting plate, the die facing up, the felt square, and a second clear cutting plate. The clear cutting plates are included with the machine; the steel rule dies need to be purchased separately.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-3

Feed the sandwich through the Platinum 6 by holding it with one hand and turning the crank with the other. Once the machine ?catches? the sandwich, move a hand to the top of the machine and hold firmly while you turn the crank with the other. This is a powerful cutting machine, but it is not difficult to use. Mostly, you provide stability to the machine and let it do the hard work.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-4

Remove the succulent pieces from the die and use any leftover pieces to cut a few more of the smaller shapes.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-5

To make one succulent you will need to cut two squares of felt into 6 succulent-shaped pieces. Layer them by placing the leaves so that they alternate. I will soon add a short video here so you can see how to cut and put them together.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-6

Use a hot glue gun to glue all of the layers of the succulents together. Use an old spoon to press the glue down in the center so that the felt puffs up around the center.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-7

I also cut some sheets of burlap and canvas with the succulent dies to make more succulents for the wreath. I had a collection of fabric flowers in complimentary fabrics that I thought would add to the arrangement and create an interesting combination.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-step-9

Lay the succulents and flowers on the grapevine wreath form in a pattern that you like, then use the hot glue gun to attach them permanently.felted-succulent-wreath-diy-tutorial-close-up

Hang and enjoy! Warm up to autumn this year with a cozy fall wreath made from thrifted sweaters. This felted succulent wreath is a unique design that is easy to make.

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Shouldn?t the label you add to a jar of homemade jam or pickles look as beautiful as the tasty treat inside? I?m a big believer in presentation and think that dressing up a jar of jelly with a pretty label is well worth it, if even for your own enjoyment. But if you choose to mark your homemade creation with a Sharpie for home use, there is no doubt in my mind that these canning labels will become indispensable when gift giving.

Printable Canning Labels

I?m sure that you make far more than you can ever consume. If you have a plum tree, peaches, or bees, you certainly can?t eat every last drop of sweet goodness that comes from your garden. Even if you are purchasing farm-fresh produce, it makes sense just to can a bunch and share them with others. Homemade preserves make for welcome hostess and teacher gifts, and they are handy to have available when entertaining. I know that, as a jam-maker, I get a heck of a lot more dinner invites when I have a fresh batch of jam that I?m raving about.

You can see even more homemade packaging and kitchen gifts in my eBook, with over 40 ideas for gifts to cook up and give away. 

Over the years I have created a number of designs for printable labels and I have them all available for free download. You simply have to print them and cut them out. Then you can dress your culinary creations for gift giving. You can see all of the different templates at the end of the DIY instructions.

I like to add the labels to the top of the jar, on the Mason jar snap lid. This way there is no sticky glue mess to clean up when reusing the jar. These circular designs come in both 2? and 2.5? sizes that are perfect for regular-mouth jars and wide-mouth jars, respectively.

Print them on full-sheet labels and cut them out with a craft punch if you plan to do many of them. The materials are inexpensive and handy to have if you can year after year. This will also make quick work of large batches for wedding favors or other events.

Materials:

  • or heavy-stock glossy paper and
  • Scissors

Printable Canning Labels to Dress Up Your Jam Make it!

1. Print the labels on a full-sheet shipping label or on a nice heavy-stock glossy paper made for laser printers. Buy the best quality shipping label you can find. I like glossy paper for these. Printing can be done with a color laser printer at home (do not use an ink jet printer as that will smudge when wet) or by taking the file to a printing house.

2. Use a 2? or a 2.5? hole punch (available at craft stores or online) to cut out each label, or if you don?t want to invest in one of those fancy tools, cut by hand with sharp scissors.

3. If using plain paper, cover the back of each label with spray adhesive according to directions on the can, or use another type of fairly dry glue (don?t use white glue or the label will pucker).

4. Apply the labels to your homemade creations and revel in the beauty you have brought to the world.

Fig and Ginger Preserves

Templates:Preserves & Jam Labels Designs

 

 

For more ideas on how to dress up your canning creations, check out .

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