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H. A. O'Connor

Some Essential Oil Essentials

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Some Essential Oil Essentials

Essential oils. You’ve heard of them, right? They’re being used all over the place, these days. Yet, they’re not always being used safely. Recently, Aroma Foundry invited me to sample some of their essential oils and share my thoughts. I’m really looking forward to trying them out (they smell absolutely delicious!), but I thought that even […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Happy (Belated) Beltane!

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Happy (Belated) Beltane!

Well, spring was here…and gone…and here…and…so I’ve decided it’s all right that I’m a little late with my Beltane wishes, which should have happened around the first of May. Beltane is one of a number of seasonal celebrations based on ancient Celtic festivals (and often practiced by modern pagans–and others, like me). The Celtic festivals centered […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Liquid Gold–My Favorite Golden Milk Recipe

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Liquid Gold–My Favorite Golden Milk Recipe

Turmeric has apparently been used medicinally for about 4,000 years…so you might say I’m hopping onto the turmeric bandwagon a little late. It’s all right if you are, too, though. There’s plenty of room! Previously, I’ve taken turmeric as a supplement and even added it to my homemade cosmetics for a touch of warm color, […]

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A Wealth of Weeds

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A Wealth of Weeds

Have you heard the one about the weird lady who walks around her yard, staring at the ground? Hey, wait a minute. That’s me. As if I didn’t already have my share of quirk, this is my new favorite hobby–except I’m not staring at the ground, I’m staring at lawn weeds. Much more normal, you […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Infinity Jars (Make Me Infinitely Happy)

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Infinity Jars (Make Me Infinitely Happy)

Guess what came in the mail today! Yes, it was a present from Infinity Jars! Seriously, how did you guess right on your first try? Oh, I get it. You, too, like to store things and have already heard of the awesomeness that is Infinity Jars. The beginnings of my new Infinity Jars collection I have so […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Natural and Noteworthy: Spider Plants

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Natural and Noteworthy: Spider Plants

Heard a crash a little while ago and two puppies came darting out of the sunroom, back legs trying to outrun the rest of their bodies. Among other things, it reminded me of a blog post I’d started writing on the subject of this morning’s mishap: the spider plant. Officially Chlorophytum comosum, it is also […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Just the Pits – Natural Deodorant Options

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Just the Pits – Natural Deodorant Options

Are you looking for a deodorant that works well and doesn’t contain potentially harmful ingredients? I know the search, and it can be the pits. (Sorry, had to go there.) Finding a healthy deodorant option doesn’t have to be so difficult, though. Here’s the lowdown on armpit alternatives: Image via pixabay/Peter Kraayvanger Pamper your pits, for […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Natural and Noteworthy: Aloe Vera

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Natural and Noteworthy: Aloe Vera

My thumb isn’t exactly green, but it has developed a vaguely-greenish tint over the years. It’s maybe a chartreuse by now. (Side question: how many of you think of chartreuse as being a color in the pink-red-purple range, instead of the yellowish-green that it is? I’m genuinely curious, because it seems to be a “thing.” […]

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H. A. O'Connor

Household Help

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Household Help

Are any of you missing Downton Abbey as much as I am?  For those of us who’ve come down with cases of The Abbey Withdrawal, I thought it might be nice to discuss our very own household helpers.  Let us begin, shall we? So.  When you ask your butler for a little extra help—what?  No […]

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H. A. O'Connor

For the Love of Dandelions

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For the Love of Dandelions

I love dandelions. Maybe “love” is a strong word, but I really do like dandelions.  I’m also a fan of what they represent: a chemical-free lawn. Unfortunately, I live in a neighborhood where many lawns are chemically treated and mine tends to stand out … especially at the height of dandelion season.  I bite my […]

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