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Who needs a vanity full of beauty treatments and makeup? When you run your own homestead, you have a plethora of affordable, natural beauty treatments in your backyard. Use these easy DIY beauty ideas to look happenin’ on your homestead.

Homemade pomade

My husband is finicky about his hair. Any storebought pomade inevitably smells weird or doesn’t have enough hold. After much trial and error, I’ve found that a homemade pomade works just right for him. Simply melt down equal parts beeswax and coconut oil. Combine and stir in essential oils of your choosing.

DIY dry shampoo

Got greasy hair? There are a few quick fixes for that!

If you have fair hair, gently rub a bit of cornstarch in your roots, shaking it free. For darker hair, run dry oatmeal through your hair to remove excess oil. Be sure to get any oatmeal flakes out of your hair; otherwise it’ll look like you have a case of dandruff!

No-fuss fruit exfoliant

Those $50 facials at the salon are fancy, but they’re overpriced. Did you know you can make a powerful exfoliating gel right at home?

Simply break down a fresh pineapple (yes, fresh, not canned). Run the pineapple scraps through your juicer a few times. You can apply the pineapple juice to your face for an invigorating exfoliant. Be sure to keep it away from your eyes and only let it sit for five minutes before rinsing.

Feeling beet?

If you want blush in a pinch, dig a beet up from your garden. Wash it carefully and slice it into quarter inch slices. Freeze the beet slices overnight. The next day, apply the beet to your cheeks. They’ll give you a naturally rosy hue, no powders required.

The bottom line

Who says beauty and hygiene have to come from storebought items? Use a few of these fun homestead beauty ideas to stay fabulous with less fuss.

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Winter is the Perfect Time for Garden Planning

When you live somewhere that receives snow during the winter, it’s easy to get cabin fever and be eager for spring gardening. Fortunately, you can help drive away those winter blues by planning your garden even if there’s snow on the ground or it’s a blizzard outside. Winter garden planning now gives you a head start on this year’s garden and can help you see beyond the snow and cold and into the green and thriving.

Find Inspiration for Your Winter Garden Planning

Flipping through gardening catalogs and checking your favorite gardening websites is a great way to find inspiration for your warm-weather gardening. Visit any indoor gardening shows your area offers or indoor gardens open year-round for additional inspiration. Once you have some interesting ideas that have you seeing green gardens instead of snowy fields, it’s time to focus on pertinent details from last year’s garden.

Evaluating the Garden’s Success

Even experienced gardeners have issues with their vegetables and flowers occasionally. It’s important to take any gardening missteps or miscalculations as a chance to learn and not view them as failures. Think back to last year’s garden and evaluate what worked well and what needed some more help. If some of your bulbs failed to come up, try to figure out why before planting more. If you found yourself with an oversupply of certain vegetables no one ate, re-examine your selections. When your favorite new plant just didn’t thrive as you hoped, consider relocating it to a better environment.

Find Potential Beneath the Snow

Hopefully, you don’t have to go outside in the snow and cold to view your garden plot but if you do, take notes on size and layout of your usual plot. When there’s nothing growing, you have a better picture of the space and structure of your gardens. Try to remember how your various flowers and vegetables grew in their spots and whether they had enough sunlight, water and shade. Make sure you match your plants to the right type of soil and shade locations to avoid the frustration of struggling or dying flowers and vegetables.

Flower Gardens

If colorful flowerbeds represent your garden of choice, think back to last year’s color combinations and consider if they worked together. Consider rearranging the color palette for greater visual appeal and incorporate plants that provide color year-round.  Having flowers that bloom during different times of the year helps the garden stay vibrant through the changing weather and helps avoid changing out perennials halfway through the season.

When you start planning your garden despite the snow in the air and on the ground, you give yourself ample time to get everything right while daydreaming of warmer days. A little winter garden planning is a great to beat those cold season blues!

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