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Last week in our weekly carnival of natural living link-ups, Thank Goodness It's Monday, Lindsey from Cultivate Nourishing shared her post called “None of My Beeswax.”

It's a post about one simple tip on how to avoid having to grate beeswax for a project when you only need a little bit (like when you're making sunscreen, deodorant, or diaper cream) – and personally, I thought it was brilliant.

So it got me thinking – we need a place where everyone can share their own little tips that make life easier. Those little moments (like that old Facebook post showing how to freeze herbs in oil in ice cube trays) that make cooking or cleaning or organizing or just…. life… easier, more pleasant, more efficient, and just downright satisfying.

So, add in your tip in the comments below! Unless start people spamming the thread, I'll keep this post alive and well as long as there is inspiration to be had (and shared.)




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  1. Thank you SOO much Kresha! I’m so glad I could help make your life a little easier! This is an awesome thread! I hope it continues!
    Enjoy the Harvest, Lindsey

  2. Did you know cinnamon sticks can be used several times before they lose their flavor? To reuse your cinnamon stick, simply rinse under hot water then allow it to dry.

    Then, to get the best flavor from your cinnamon stick the next time you use it, run it over a grater a few times to release the flavors. Just like new! You can do this 4 to 5 times before you need to discard your stick. – from Andrea at The Greenbacks Gal (

  3. Just found this one out. When you’re camping or…just feel like it 🙂 and don’t have a dish or pot scrubber, unopened pine cones work GREAT! I used a long narrow one to scrub up my iron pot and skillet and it worked perfectly.

  4. One tip that I am always using is to balance a wooden spoon over a boiling pot of water prevents it from boiling over. This is great when I walk off and leave the pasta or soup!

  5. Here’s a tip I read years ago and love it. When opening cans of “sticky” products (tomato paste, condensed soups, etc.) Use a can opener to open BOTH ends then use one of the “lids” to push the entire contents out in one fell swoop–no more dirtying another, smaller spoon to try to get all the delicious goodness out of a small can and no more “scraping’ and still leaving some product inside the can!

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