From the immensely popular blogger behind Little House Living comes a motivational homemaking book, inspired by Laura Ingalls Wilder’s Little House on the Prairie, featuring creative, fun ways to live your life simply and frugally.
Shortly after getting married, Merissa Alink and her husband found themselves with nothing in their pantry but a package of spaghetti and some breadcrumbs. Their life had hit rock bottom, and it was only after a touching act of charity that they were able to get on their feet again.
Inspired by this gesture of kindness as well as the beloved Little House on the Prairie books, Merissa found that a life of self-sufficiency and simplicity could be charming and blissful. She set out to live an entirely made-from-scratch life, the “Little House” way, and as a result, she slashed her household budget by nearly half—saving thousands of dollars a year. She started to write about homesteading, homemaking, and cooking from scratch, and over the next few years developed the recipes and DIY projects that would one day become part of her now beloved website, LittleHouseLiving.com.
As whole foods became staples of the family diet, Merissa realized the dangers of putting overly processed ingredients not only into our bodies, but on or near them as well. In addition to countless delicious, home-cooked meals, she developed natural, easy-to-make recipes for everything from sunscreen to taco seasoning mix, lemon poppy hand scrub to furniture polish. With their simple ingredients, these recipes are allergen friendly and many are gluten-free.
With over 130 practical, simple DIY recipes, gorgeous full-color photographs, and Merissa’s trademark charm in personal stories and tips, Little House Living is the epitome of heartland warmth and prairie inspiration.
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About the Author
Merissa A. Alink fully believes in her mission statement of “making the most with what you have” and commits each day to taking the best possible care of her family. Since 2009, she’s been writing her blog, Little House Living, and sharing tips about simple living with from-scratch recipes, make-your-own tutorials, and much more. Merissa loves living a quiet life with her family of four on a little 125-year-old farm that they are renovating in rural South Dakota. Visit her at LittleHouseLiving.com.
Read an Excerpt
Little House Living
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If you had told me a few years ago that after I had kids I wouldn’t get to shower until after my husband got home from work, I would have laughed at you. I mean, it only takes a few minutes in the morning to jump in the shower and get cleaned up and ready for the day . . . how would adding kids to that routine make any difference?
Oh, the things we say before we become mothers! Not long after we brought our first son home I began to realize the impossibility that was taking a morning shower. If I tried to get up before all other household members, it was too early and I was too sleepy to remember to shampoo my hair while I was in there, or if the baby was still sleeping and I tried to jump in the shower, I would find that it would just wake him up, and of course trying to shower with a little one in the bathroom with you just doesn’t work at all and tends to be more hassle than it’s worth.
Enter dry shampoo. This useful little product can keep my hair from feeling limp and greasy all day, plus I feel like I at least tried to make myself look presentable. It also can come in handy on a camping trip when a shower isn’t available. Grab these few items from your pantry and you are ready to go!
Dry Shampoo for Light Hair
WHAT YOU NEED
1/2 cup cornstarch
1/2 cup baking soda
Dry Shampoo for Dark Hair
WHAT YOU NEED
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cocoa powder
Mix together the ingredients needed for your hair color. Place the mixture in some kind of shaker (like an old sugar shaker) or just in a container (you can use a large makeup brush to apply). Sprinkle or brush into the roots of your hair to use.
You can also add a few drops of essential oils to either mixture to give it a bit of scent. Some great essential oils to try in these recipes:
• Spearmint or peppermint
• Sweet orange
If you haven’t jumped on the dry shampoo bandwagon yet, here are a few tips to remember.
• Don’t use dry shampoo on wet hair. It will end up being a pasty mess!
• Give the shampoo a minute to sit on your hair to soak up the oils before styling.
• Start by adding just a little. You don’t want gray hair and you can always add more if needed.
Money-Saving Tip: Buy baking soda, cornstarch, and cocoa powder in bulk. They all have so many different uses that you will easily find ways to use them up!
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thought this was a great book filled with every way to make your own household beauty, food mixes, pesticides (organic of course) etc. It was well put together and I enjoyed Marissa ' s take on life and the story of how they got going in the little farm house they bought and remodeled. I have used some of the recipes for body scrubs, lotions and things like bean soup and taco seasoning to save some money. I especially loved the Oatmeal Cookie body scrub. Lots of simple ways to make your life a little more self sufficient. Great Job, Marissa! Hope there is another book in the works soon!