5 Time Saving Kitchen Tools I Love

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Fun fact, I like to cook. Well, I like to cook most of the time. There are some days, however, that the motivation to isolate myself in the kitchen to crank out a dinner, is just nonexistent. We will call these types of days, the kitchen struggle days.  Time-saving kitchen tools can be the make or break to what type of meal gets served.

On kitchen struggle days, I am looking for quick, easy and uncomplicated. Meal planning could definitely help with these days. Trust me, I am working on getting my life together in the meal planning category! In the meantime, we still need to eat!

Throw a cape on these 5 tools because they are the real superheroes on kitchen struggle days!

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The Science Behind Cleaning with Vinegar



I have heard about and read about how cleaning with vinegar is a natural option but never have I seen where someone cited actual research. My curiosity led me to do some research on the scientific proof of how effective cleaning with vinegar really is.

The internet is great because there are plenty of people out there willing to share their tips and tricks for every topic that you could think of. The internet is also great because you can educate yourself on subjects that have been researched and written about in scholarly journals.

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Homemade Orange Vinegar Cleaner

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Fresh orange juice is amazing! Since we bought our juicer, oranges are quickly becoming one of my favorite things to juice. When we make a bunch of orange juice, we have a bunch of orange peels. I hated throwing them away so I have found a great way to use up those orange peels. Orange vinegar cleaner is an easy, effective and natural option for the home. Citrus peels contain a compound called limonene or d-limonene. Oranges contain the most limonene of any citrus fruit. Limonene is added to cleaning products for fragrance and its ability to dissolve oil.

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Homemade Onion Powder: Step By Step Guide

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Cooking majority of our food at home means we use certain staple items almost daily. Spices and seasonings are an example of often used staple items. I did some research on which herbs and spices could be grown and/or made at home. Knowing that it is possible the question became does it make sense financially. We are looking to be frugal after all.  

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Let’s get into the step by step process. At the end, I will break down the numbers to help determine if making onion powder at home will save money.  

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My 10 Favorite Homesteading YouTube Channels

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When I began researching, I thought to search for homesteading YouTube channels one day. Oh what a glorious rabbit hole that search took me down. One video led to more videos and different channels. Now I am hooked. Now that I think about it, I laugh. Is having a list of homesteading YouTube channels that I watch on a regular basis any different from the young kids nowadays watching YouTube videos of people playing games? Calling my nephew out on this one! Watching someone else live the lifestyle that you long for is, if nothing else, educational. Luckily for us, there is something else. In addition to educational, it is comforting and motivational.

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10 Places You Are Forgetting to Disinfect!

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Every year going into the winter season we start to see a rise in the Flu virus. The combination of colder weather and less than perfect execution of hand washing best practices, inevitably increases people’s generosity of germ sharing. The need to disinfect commonly touched areas comes in second on my list of ways to stay healthy during the flu season. The first is, of course, hand washing. Proper handwashing can avoid a number of illnesses.

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Alternative to Chemical Cleaners Thieves Household Cleaner

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This month we are going all in with a natural all-purpose cleaner. We tried some samples of Young Living’s Thieves Household Cleaner before and really like it. So far, we have only used it in the kitchen. Now that we have more on hand, we can start to see how we like it in other areas of the house.

Switching to Thieves Household Cleaner aligns with the goals that we’ve set for our family. If you missed my post on our Four Goals to Simplify Life, be sure to check it out!


Thieves Household Cleaner is a naturally derived, plant-based multipurpose cleaning solution offered by Young Living. That is what I like about it. It fits what we are trying to accomplish. We want to replace the chemicals with more natural options.


Thieves Household Cleaner is a concentrate. The 14.4 fl oz bottle of cleaner requires dilution before using. There are various dilution ratios to fit the surface or cleaning need. Dilution ratios:

  • Most cleaning applications – 30 parts water to 1 part cleaner
  • Heavy degreasing – 15 parts water to 1 part cleaner
  • Light degreasing – 50 parts water to 1 part cleaner
  • Glass – 50 or 100 parts water to 1 part cleaner

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With the strong appeal to save some extra money, I decided to become a member by purchasing the Thieves Premium Starter Kit. By becoming a member, I can take advantage of exclusive member pricing on all Young Living products. The starter kit included:

  • Thieves® 15-ml
  • Thieves® AromaBright™ Toothpaste
  • Thieves® Fresh Essence Plus Mouthwash
  • 2 Thieves® Household Cleaner
  • 2 Thieves® Foaming Hand Soap
  • 2 Thieves® Spray
  • 3 Thieves® Waterless Hand Purifier
  • Stress Away™ 5-ml
  • AromaGlide™ Roller Fitment
  • Thieves® Mints
  • 2 NingXia Red® 2-oz. samples
  • Essential Oil Magazine

I am already obsessed with the toothpaste. My mouth feels so clean after using it and I love it! However, I will avoid going off on a tangent; just expect more specific reviews on the other products that were included in the kit.


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Since the cleaner is a concentrate, I purchased some bottles to make it easier to use. This variety pack from Amazon offers different size glass containers including four roller balls. The largest (16 oz) bottles are perfect for the Thieves Household Cleaner. We keep a bottle under the kitchen sink for quick and easy access.

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My purpose for becoming an Young Living Independent Member was knowing that I will be buying many more products as time goes on. As a result, I can get the best price and continue to try new products that progress up toward our goal of natural living.

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