upcycled wood pallet coat rack with meat hooks

There’s no shortage on ways to upcycle wood pallets. One of the simplest ways (no deconstruction required) is a coat rack. Put in your entryway to encourage your household to hang up their hats, bags and coats. No more floor clutter! This project cost a total of $0. Wood pallet: free (from a work site*)Continue reading


It’s not the world famous bull on Wall Street, but this bull on my wall is famous in my house. Make your own inexpensive (artificial or real) “trophy animal” wall art! A department store at the Mall of America had the same idea (though my frame looked a tad more worse for wear). Last year duringContinue reading

Native Gypsies vegan fudge smoothie inspired by Ecopolitan

The vegan fudge smoothie. Fat? Check. Calories? Check. Delicious? Check. You’ll get it all, from organic real-food ingredients, with this way-too-yummy-to-be-vegan smoothie. It’s almost a shame to call it a smoothie. It’s more of a dessert — meant to be enjoyed slowly with a spoon. And shared with those you love (if you are willing to spare any).Continue reading

DIY Dr. Bronner Foam Hand Wash

Before the moving boxes were unpacked upon moving into my house a couple years ago, I had my DIY mason jar foam soap pumps set out in the kitchen and bathroom sinks. The foam soap concoction (made with Dr. Bronner castile soap) even took a fresh black paint spot out of beige carpet (see my makeup brush cleanerContinue reading

eggshell plant food

Barefoot, groggy and hovering over the stove, I watched my eggs boiling in the sauce pan this morning. Thinking about all the nutrients in those lil’ eggies (from cage-free, pastured chickens), I was determined to reuse the water they cooked in. Why not water my plants with it? I let the water cool back down to roomContinue reading