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June 2014 Homegrown Collective Review – “Summer Time…& The Livin’s…” 7

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Homegrown Collective
Cost: $48/month ($39 + $9 S/H).
Ships To: United States and Canada (add an additional $10 for S/H).
June 2014 Homegrown Collective

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail.  I received this box just before the 4th of July (boxes always ship towards the end of the month) and have been wanting to work on it ever since.  I took it up-north over the holiday week and didn’t get a chance and then every time I planned to work on it at home the day just got the best of me and time ran out.  Since I am not sure when I will get a chance to finish the projects I decided to go ahead and write the review anyway!

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

First Look

I hadn’t a gotten a look at any spoilers yet so I didn’t know what we would be making here. I thought it might be sunscreen related, but beyond that I was clueless.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The June 2014 Homegrown Collective theme was “Summer Time… & The Livin’s…” and included the following projects:

~After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars: These bars work as a great “after-sun” lotion and according to the card help to hydrate your skin.  I was thinking about keeping one or two in the fridge to really cool after a long day outside.

June 2014 Homegrown Collective

After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Information Card

Homegrown Collective

After-Sun Aloe Lotion Bars – The Materials

~All Natural Insect Repellant: Love this!  The bugs aren’t so bad in my backyard, but up-north they are crazy awful.  This buy spray has no chemicals like a lot of the store bought sprays do, which is awesome. This mixture is suppose to be mixed with equal parts water and I should note that they included a storage bottle, as well as, a spray bottle do you don’t have to worry about what to do wit the undiluted mixture.

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All Natural Insect Repellant – The Information Card

Homegrown Collective

All Natural Insect Repellant – The Supplies

~All Natural Organic Sunscreen: Sunscreen is like our number one summer essential for the kids and it’s not really something I was even aware you could make it home.  That’s obviously what Homegrown Collective is for!  I also didn’t know that the differences SPF numbers on sunscreen were so small.  SPF 100 blocks 99% of the suns rays, SPF 50 blocks 98%, SPF 30 blocks 96.7%,etc.  Who knew?

All Natural Organic Sunscreen - The Information Card

All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Information Card

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All Natural Organic Sunscreen – The Supplies

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

April 2014 Homegrown Collective Review – “Let’s Get Fermented” 8

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links.
Homegrown Collective
Cost: $48/month ($39 + $9 S/H).
Ships To: United States and Canada (add an additional $10 for S/H).
May 2014 Homegrown Collective

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. Boxes are shipped at the end of the month, which may mean you receive your box in the first few days of the month.  I received this at the beginning of the May, but just had a chance to work on it over the weekend.  I haven’t had a chance to do my review (well actually I haven’t done the project yet) for March yet, but I swear that one is coming soon too!

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

First Look

I typically try to guess the theme of the boxes when I open them, but I never can.  They come up with projects and ideas that I never would be able to on my own.  And not only that, but the projects are usually things I think are way too complicated for me to ever attempt on my own, but they really aren’t thanks to Homegrown Collective.

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

The Information Card

The May 2014 Homegrown Collective theme is “Let’s Get Fermented” and includes two projects – making fermented chipotle ketchup and making spicy mustard.  I am not at all familiar with the fermenting process, but according to the information card, the key to fermenting foods is to create an environment conducive to the health of beneficial bacteria and detrimental to that of unwelcome organisms.  All of the materials needed to make this happen were included as well as the instructions to do so!  Here are the details:

~Chipotle Ketchup:  Homemade fermented ketchup is devoid of processed sugar and / or high-fructose corn syrup.  In order to make it you need tomato powder, a canning jar plus air-lock lid, whey, sea salt, garlic, chipotle pepper, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and filtered water.  What I didn’t realize when I brought this box up-north was that I needed the canning jar and air-lock lid for both projects.  Had I know this, I think I would have bought another jar with an air-lock lid so we could have done both at the same time.  But I ended up leaving this one up there for my cousin to do after the mustard is done!

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

Chipotle Ketchup – The Instructions

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

Chipotle Ketchup – The Supplies

~Spicy Mustard: The second project was spicy mustard and included the jar and air-lock lid, brown and yellow mustard seeds, apple cider vinegar, garlic, whey powder, pacific sea salt and filtered water.  We also had to add a raw, mild honey or a sweetener of choice.  We opted for honey because my cousin actually has her own hives!

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

Spicy Mustard – The Instructions

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

Spicy Mustard – The Supplies

I am not a fan of the smell of mustard, so blending this all together was pretty stinky for me!  It wasn’t difficult at all though and took maybe five minutes to complete.

Spicy Mustard - In Progress

Spicy Mustard – In Progress

After we blending it together we put it in the canning jar, put the air-lock lid on and added water.  And now we wait.  According to the instructions you need to wait three days while it ferments and then transfer it back to the jar that the mustard seeds came in and put it in the refrigerator to halt the fermentation process.  The mustard is now at my cousins house fermenting and she has promised to send pictures of the final project which I will report back with!  And then it’s on to making the ketchup!

May 2014 Homegrown Collective

Spicy Mustard – Fermenting

What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

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Disclosure: This complimentary box was sent for review purposes. As always, all opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

December Homegrown Collective 11

December Homegrown Collective

December Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

December Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail. They usually ship near the end of the month (sometimes I won’t even get the box until the following month), but this month they shipped early because of the holidays. This one shipped on the 20th and I received it on the 24th, so that 2 Day Priority Mail didn’t quite work out.

December Homegrown Collective

First Look

I wasn’t expecting the box to arrive so early and hadn’t even had a chance to guess what was inside this month.  Even from the first lookI still couldn’t figure out what the projects were going to be.

December Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The December Homegrown Collective theme was “Naturally Essential Home Remedies & Cure-Alls” and included the following projects:

~Herbal Tintures: I have to tell you, I had no idea what a tincture was before yesterday.  It turns out it’s an “alcohol-based derivative of a fresh herb or other natural plant material as an alternative medicine”.  I have not started this yet, but it included your choice of herbs, which each have different benefits and takes about 30-45 days from start to finish.  Once finished, they recommend you take 1/2 to 3/4 teaspoon at the first sign of a cold up to 4 times per day.  If anyone already uses this, I would love to know what you think and if you recommend it.

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures

December Homegrown Collective

Herbal Tinctures – The Supplies

~Eucalyptus Vapor Cups: These are great!  I could not wait to get started on them and  couldn’t believe how easy it was to make my own shower bombs.  All that’s in them is baking soda and eucalyptus and essential lavender oil.  You mix it all, put it in the oven and bake for 20 minutes and that’s it!  I seem to now have a cold (not a surprise considering everyone else around me is sick) and cannot wait to test one of these out tomorrow!

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – The Supplies

December Homegrown Collective

Eucalyptus Vapor Cups – About to Cook

~Essential Oil: Oregano, much to my surprise, is known as nature’s antibiotic.  It’s been shown to kill unwanted bacteria, fungus, yeast, parasites and viruses.  I have never tried essential oils before (that I can recall anyway), but I’ve got nothing to lose (except this cold) so why not??

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil

December Homegrown Collective

Essential Oil – The Supplies

Essential Oil - All Finished

Essential Oil – All Finished

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the December Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  And as always, I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box”.  It’s a way to learn about and try new, “green” things and see what works for you.

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

October The Homegrown Collection Review + Coupon Code 11

October The Homegrown Collective

October The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective, who kindly sent me this box to review, includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.  I never even attempt to guess what they are going to include in their boxes.  Sometimes when I get the boxes and look at everything (without looking at the information cards) I still don’t know.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in two days.  They ship “perishable” items every so often and I had never had an issue with something not being fresh and usable.  This for sure isn’t a box to put aside and open later though.

October The Homegrown Collective

First Look

This is more like a second look picture since I removed a ton of packaging material before taking this picture.  I knew right away I wanted to work on this box this weekend (I like to do all my Homegrown Collective projects before I do a review), but I was intimidated from the start with this one. I recruited B to help me before he left on Saturday though, which made it much more manageable.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The November Homegrown Collective theme was “Preserving & Preparing The Harvest Feast” and included two projects – Gourd Candle Making and Water Bath Canning.

Gourd Candle Making: I have never ever thought to make a candle out of a gourd.  Never.  Little did I know that this was even an option. I had B cut and carve out the gourd while I melted the wax for it.  I do think that B was impressed I knew how to melt the wax using a double boiler.  I always save the mason jars from old Homegrown Collective for just this reason.  The box came with two wick options, a wax wick and wood wicks.  We opted for the wood wicks because they seemed cooler.  B left before the wax was cooled but when he gets home I need to have him work on smoothing out the bottom of our gourd so it sits flat.  I’m not sure if we did something wrong or what, but it didn’t mention in the instructions we needed to somehow smooth out the bottom.  I don’t think it’s going to be too hard though (and I also consulted with my mom on this who agrees) so I am loving these.  I think mini DIY pumpkin and gourd candles would be so cool for your Thanksgiving table!

October The Homegrown Collective

Gourd Candles – The Instructions

October The Homegrown Collective

Gourd Candle – The Materials

Gourd Candle - In Process

Gourd Candle – In Process

Gourd Candle Making - The Results

Gourd Candle Making – The Results

~Water Bath Canning.  The second project was water bath canning.  I have never actually canned anything myself and I guess I didn’t realize what an involved process it was.  I guess if you do it all the time you have it down to a science, but I never would have thought you needed to, for example, put the filled jars back into a stock pot and bring to a roiling boil?  Clearly I have never canned before.  I “cooked” the cranberries (we made cranberry preserves) while B got the jars ready.  For some reason we only ended up with one full jar (B was in charge of that as well), but I don’t mind.  We are saving this for the “right” meal, but I am super curious how they turn out.  Did anyone make these yet?  What’d you think?

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning- The Instructions

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning – The Materials

October The Homegrown Collective

Water Bath Canning – In Process

Water Bath Canning - The Results

Water Bath Canning – The Results

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the October Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  I wouldn’t describe The Homegrown Collective as a “value box” by any means, but I always learn something new with each box, which I love and what this box is all about.  Some things (canning, wool dryer balls, sugar scrubs) you’ll love and incorporate into your daily life.  And some things (growing your own alfalfa sprouts, preserving lemons) you’ll realize aren’t for you, but you’ll be happy you tried!

Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.  This post does contain affiliate links.

September The Homegrown Collective Review 4

October The Homegrown Collective

October The Homegrown Collective

I had heard that the September Homegrown Collective box was a great one, so I was totally waiting on mine to appear! The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

October The Homegrown Collective

The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail and it arrived in two days, which I love. Some lady at the Post Office (well the gas station that has a post office in it) was complaining about how she ships things using Priority Mail and it doesn’t really come in two days, blah, blah, blah. But I still think that USPS Priority Mail is where it’s at!

October The Homegrown Collective

First Look

The Homegrown Collective always takes great care to pack their boxes neat and secure to avoid any breakage and they really do a great job.  They include glass and / or liquid in almost every shipment and it’s amazing that they ship out so many boxes without issue!

October The Homegrown Collective

The Information Cards

The September Homegrown Collective theme is “Back-To-School: Sustainable Laundry 101″ and includes sustainable laundry products which are not only good for the environment, but are also good for you, your family and your budget.  Here’s what was included:

Soap Nuts:  I have never heard of washing your clothes with soap nuts (which contain saponin) before, but I have a pile of laundry to do so I figured why not give it a go?  I made sure that the muslin bag was closed tight so that the soap nuts were secure. I usually use Honest Co. pods and didn’t notice much of a difference.  Which I am guessing is good!!  Soap nuts are suppose to be the ideal answer for sensitive skin and also naturally soften and add body to your clothes.  I’m not too sure how long (i.e. how many washes) these will last, but they really do seem like they’d be a money saver!

October The Homegrown Collective

Soap Nuts – The Details

October The Homegrown Collective

Soap Nuts

Wool Dyer Balls: I actually use wool dryer balls (I use 4 at a time though) and they really do work.  But adding a little essential oil is a genius idea to give your clothes a fresh scent when they come out of the dyer.  I am using this on all the dryer balls I already have!

October The Homegrown Collective

Wool Dryer Balls – The Details

October The Homegrown Collective

Wool Dryer Balls

Olive Oil Castle Soap:  You can use this soap, which is non-drying, as directly on the skin and / or as a shampoo bar! I have always wants to try a shampoo bar and this is my lucky day!  I will for sure report back on how this goes!  I washed my hands with it and they really did feel nice and soft after.

October The Homegrown Collective

Olive Oil Castle Soap – The Details

~Laundry Soap: You can “make” your own laundry soap by grating the olive oil castile soap with the washing soda + salt.  I didn’t use this yet because I have been using the soap nuts!  You only need to use one tablespoon of this per load though, which is awesome.  Does anyone know where you can buy washing soda + salt?  This is an online item?  Something you pick up from a local store?  I’d love to continue this once mine runs out!

October The Homegrown Collective

Laundry Soap

~Bleach Alternative: The final item in the box is a bleach alternative.  I’m not exactly sure what this is, but I am guessing google could tell me??  Wait, I just googled and its’ a “oxygen-based compound” while bleach is a “chlorine-based compound”! I love me some bleach and while I don’t love this quite as much, I do love that it is much safer for my family and for the environment!

October The Homegrown Collective

Bleach Alternative

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the September Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  But like always, I feel like it’s worth the price tag if working towards being “green” is something you are interested in.  I always learn something new with each The Homegrown Collective box, which I love!.   Boxes are $48 /month and, of course, are even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.

Disclosure: This complimentary box was received for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received.

August The Homegrown Collective + A Giveaway! 68

August The Homegrown Collective - superfood - detoxifying - antioxi-...docious

August The Homegrown Collective – superfood – detoxifying – antioxi-…docious

My August Homegrown Collective box arrived a few days ago and since I was totally spoiler free (this rarely happens – with any boxes) I couldn’t wait to check it out.  The Homegrown Collective includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

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The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via Priority Mail and arrived in the stated two days from CA.  They always ship at the end of the month, so you will receive your box the following month.  Like I got the August box in September.  It wasn’t late, it’s just how they ship!

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First Look

The Homegrown Collective ships a lot of fragile items, so they use a lot of packaging materials.  Everything was snugly in place and I don’t think anything moved at all.

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The Information Cards

The August Homegrown Collective theme was “superfood – detoxifying – antioxi-…docious” and included everything you needed to make alfalfa sprouts, green tea and lavender bath soak and dark chocolate pomegranate wonder cups.  Here’s a breakdown:

~Alfalfa Sprouts: I do not like sprouts (I know they are super amazing for you, but I just don’t love them.  However, I know that L is going to love this little project, so I got it started.  You have to let the seeds soak overnight, remove the water, rinse them 2x/day, etc. to get them to grow.  L is all about gardening and growing things, so this is awesome. And heck, maybe he will even like sprouts?

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Alfalfa Sprouts – The Instructions

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Alfalfa Sprouts – The Supplies

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Alfalfa Sprouts – In Process

~Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak: This one was super easy and involved simply mixing lavender and green tea!  When you are ready for the bath, you’ll add a cup of epsom salt to a HOT bath, let it sit and then put the green tea/lavender bag under the hot running water.  It’s suppose to sooth your body, mind and spirit while drawing our harmful toxins and healing wounds.  I can’t wait to have B test this next time he takes a bath.  Heck after this crazy back to school week, I might try this!

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Instructions

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Supplies

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Green Tea & Lavender Bath Soak – The Final Product

~Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups: OMG!  These are amazing.  Amazing.  I don’t know much about pomegranate and was surprised to see that it’s a fruit of seeds basically.  After removing the seeds (which isn’t as hard as I expected) I put them in the bottom of the cups and then added melted chocolate (done on the stove) and a dash (okay a lot) of salt.  I had some left over chocolate and there was no way I was letting it go to waste, so I grabbed some more cups and just made plain chocolate  / salt cups.  Umm, they are all delicious.

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Instructions

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Supplies

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Dark Chocolate Pomegranate Wonder Cups – The Final Product

As usual, I didn’t do a value calculation for the August Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  But once again, I feel like it’s worth the price tag.  The Homegrown Collective comes up with things I’ve always wanted to do and some things I’ve never even realized I wanted to do (like these).  And I always feel like I learned something in the process which is awesome.  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

And just like last month The Homegrown Collective wants to give one of you guys a Homegrown Collective Box!!  All you gotta do is enter in Rafflecopter below and you’ll be entered to win the August Homegrown Collective Box so you can be on your way to making some wonder cups in your kitchen!

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Disclosure: This box was received free of charge in exchange for an honest review. No compensation was received and, as always, all opinions are my own. Just in case that’s not enough fine print, this post also contains affiliate links.

May The Homegrown Collective Review 8

The Homegrown Collective

May The Homegrown Collective

I wasn’t expecting it yesterday, but I was very happy to see The Homegrown Collective’s May box in my mailbox yesterday.  I hadn’t peeked at the theme, so I was anxious to find out what what it was!  In case you don’t know, The Homegrown Collective is an invitation to be a part of the growing overall collective of people who are looking to shift their lifestyle to a more local, self-sustaining, and eco-conscious way of living. Their monthly Greenbox includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month.

The Box

The Homegrown Collective always ships at the end of the month, so you will usually get your box the next month.  I don’t know why, but that’s how it is.  It’s actually kind of nice because there are SO many mid-month boxes that this spreads it out a little!

First Look Second First Look

My first thought when I opened the box was wow, this smells good!  And I knew right away I was going to like the box.  We just finished our April Homegrown Collective box (the herb garden, olive oil lamp and infused olive oil), so it was time for some new “green” projects!

The Information Cards

The May Homegrown Collective theme is “Salt of the Earth…Kitchen & Bathroom” and included everything you need to make your own preserved lemons and everything you need to make your own organic lavender salt scrub.  I have heard of people making their own salt scrub and have always wanted to do it, so I was super excited!

Preserved Lemons:

Preserved Lemons Preserved Lemons

The first project was preserved lemons.  I gotta tell you, I was like WTF are preserved lemons.  I had no idea.  It turns out that back in the day people used to preserve lemons so that they could enjoy the fruit after its season had passed.  But now we don’t have that issue, so people do it for flavor.  According to the information card, a preserved lemon is mellow,  yet intensly lemony, with “none of the nose-tickling bright high notes of fresh lemon”.  Since this process takes up to a month (for serious) I started on it today.

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Getting ready

In order to infuse lemons, you quarter the lemon, but leave it connected at the root and then stuff them with pink himalayan salt, squeeze them together and put them in the sterilized jar.

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Step 1

In 3 or 4 days, I need to open the jar and press the lemons down and add fresh lemon juice to cover them completely.  The jar should then be stored in a cool place for at least a month (a labeled the jar with today’s date so I don’t forget when all this needs to happen) and you’re done.  FOR sure stay tuned for an update on this because, umm, I cannot wait to see what happens and how these taste!!!

Organic Lavender Infused Salt Scrub

Organic Lavender Infused Salt Scrub Organic Lavender Infused Salt Scrub

The second May Homegrown Collective project is making your own salt scrub.  The lavender used for this is what made the box smell so good!  This was an easy project and I did it this afternoon.  You mix the salt (organic dead sea salt), organic olive / almond oil and lavender buds together in a bowl and then add them to the canning jar.  It’s seriously as easy as that.  Why haven’t I done this before??  I haven’t used it yet (I should have made it before I took a shower), but I am so excited about it!

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Getting ready

Ohhh, I should mention that if you ever try this at home, use a metal spoon.  The information card warned that if you used wooden or plastic spoons, they’d absorb the smell of the oils used.  I SO would have used a wooden spoon, so I am thankful for the tip!

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Mixing it up

I wanted mine to be really smelly, so I put a lot of lavender in it.  I seriously felt like I was making some fancy spa concoction or something!  So cool.

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All done

Ohh, and I should mention that the information card also noted that you should use this before shaving.  Because as we all know, salt + open wounds is NOT good.

Once again, I didn’t do a value calculation for the May Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  However, I do think it was totally worth the $48/month ($39 + $9 shipping) price tag.  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes and this post also contains affiliate links. But that doesn’t make me like it any more or less than if I paid for it on my own. And, as always, all opinions are my own!

April The Homegrown Collective Review 37

The Homegrown Collective

April The Homegrown Collective

The Homegrown Collective was one of the many boxes I received during last week’s crazy week of boxes! In case you don’t know, The Homegrown Collective is an invitation to be a part of the growing overall collective of people who are looking to shift their lifestyle to a more local, self-sustaining, and eco-conscious way of living. Their monthly Greenbox includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month. I think everyone wants to try and be a little more green right? But sometimes it’s hard to know where to start.

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The Box

The Homegrown Collective ships via USPS Priority Mail, which makes me love them even more. I never used to think too much about different shipping methods before these boxes, but I have quickly learned that Priority Mail is the best!

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First Look

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Second First Look

I hadn’t opened the box by the time B got home from school the day it arrived and he immediately started asking me what was it in. I knew in advance what it was (you can get sneak peek’s on their Pinterest page), so I was just waiting for some better light to open it and take pictures. But no, once I told B what was in it, he insisted that we open it at once, so he could check it out.  So we did!  As you can see, The Homegrown Collective uses A LOT of packaging materials.  However, they also ship glass, so it makes sense!

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The Information Cards

This month’s Homegrown Collective theme was “Olives and Herbs and Candles Oh My!!” and included everything you need to start your own herb garden, make an olive oil lamp and make herb & pepper infused olive oil.  Here are the details:

Herb Garden:

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Herb Garden

The first project includes everything you need for your herb garden starter kit. We are growing thyme, basil and parsley (two pods of each) and the kit even includes markers so you know what you are growing!  Once your carton is “done” (you’ll be able to tell when seedlings emerge and one set of leaves have developed), you can transplant them in your garden or plant them in a pot.  The instruction card is obviously more detailed than I am, but you get the idea.  B cannot wait to start these.  Cannot wait.  Seriously.  He’s so been wanting to start an herb garden and it’s about to happen!

Olive Oil Lamp:

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Olive Oil Lamp

The second project is an olive oil lamp.  I had NO idea it was as simple as pouring olive oil in a mason jar, adding a wick and you are done.  You can even add some dried herbs or great some cinnamon into the oil to get a little scent from it.  How cool is this?  Seriously.  I am going to use this on our patio (placed on a piece of wood as recommended) and will probably have the coolest candle ever.

Infused Olive Oil:

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Infused Olive Oil

The final project includes everything you need to make your own infused oil olive.  The Homegrown Collective suggests using the first bottle with the dried herbs and chilli peppers they included in the package.  And then for the second bottle, they suggest getting creative!  However, they do caution NOT to use anything which would contain ANY traces of water or moisture in your olive oil as that would support bacteria growth, which we do NOT want!  I can’t wait to experiment! I am no longer scared of using olive oil to cook (well to eat), and making our own sounds so cool!

I didn’t do a value calculation for the April Homegrown Collective box since it would have been too difficult.  However, I do think it was totally worth the $48/month ($39 + $9 shipping) price tag.  And, of course, the box is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!  If you are interested in subscribing, or just want to learn more, click here.  And don’t forget to use the code “RAMBLIN10″ to save $10 off your first box!!!

Oh and did you think I was done?  Nope!  The Homegrown Collective wants to give you, yes you, a chance to win one of their cool Herb Kits!  Just follow the directions in Rafflecopter below and I’ll pick 3, yes 3, winners next Monday!  Good luck!!!!

The Prize

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Disclosure: This box was received for review purposes and this post also contains affiliate links. But that doesn’t make me like it any more or less than if I paid for it on my own. And, as always, all opinions are my own!

March Homegrown Collective Review 40

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The Homegrown Collective

When I heard about the Homegrown Collective, I was immediately intrigued. If you aren’t familiar, The Homegrown Collective is an invitation to be a part of the growing overall collective of people who are looking to shift their lifestyle to a more local, self-sustaining, and eco-conscious way of living. Their monthly Greenbox includes seasonally appropriate, professionally curated products that deliver the satisfaction of living a more self-sufficient & sustainable lifestyle to your doorstep each month. Sounds neat right?

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The Box

The Homegrown Collective is shipped via USPS Priority Mail and comes in a nice sized white box with The Homegrown Collective stamped on it. I will totally be reusing this box. And my box got from LA to Michigan in ONE day. Seriously. Love that.

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First Look

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Second Look

The Homegrown Collective is packed exactly how I would expect it to be. Nothing crazy. Nothing fancy. I did have to pull out a bunch of packing stuff to get a good first look picture. There is glass in the box, so they gotta protect it!

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The Information Cards

The March Homegrown Collective included everything you needed to make your own Kombucha. Since The Homegrown Collective’s description is much better than I could ever do, I am going to include theirs ;). “According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, Kombucha tea was referred to as the Tea of Immortality and elixir of like. Kombucha balances the Middle Qi (Spleen and Stomach). By aiding the stomach to better digest food and by assisting the spleen to deliver more nutrition, the body heals itself.” So basically, it makes you feel better. And gets the toxins out of your system.

Here’s what came in the box:
~SCOBY Starter (SCOBY = Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) ($26.97):  Yeah, I am not going to lie, I thought it looked scary too.  This is where it all begins though.  It’s a simple natural fermented aged culture, made of pure water, sugar and black or green tea. It’s a probiotic.  Oh yeah and it’s reusable.  So you can make more than one batch of tea with it.

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SCOBY Starter

~Black Tea Blend ($16.97):  You only need three teaspoons of tea to brew Kombucha.  I am pretty sure I can even handle that much tea.  It’s certainly not your standard cup of tea you know?

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Black Tea Blend

~Relaxation & Healthy Tea Kombucha Boosters ($12): You can buy boosters in lots of different varieties, including relaxation, sleep, energy, weight loss, etc.  They are added to the tea after it’s all done “cooking” for lack of a better word.

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Relaxation & Healthy Tea Kombucha Boosters

~Organic Ginger Root ($3.16): You can add ginger to your Kombucha, but you don’t have too.  I’m totally going to.  I mean why not?

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Organic Ginger Root

~1/2 Gallon Mason Jar ($2):  This is what you will brew your tea in.  It needs to brew or ferment or whatever the proper term is for 5 – 7 days after you prepare it.  You don’t need the lid though, so start thinking of some sort of craft you can do with it.  I’d recommend glass gem suncatchers.

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1/2 Gallon Mason Jar

~The Supplies ($5): You also get everything you need to prepare the Kombucha, including, gloves, ph sticks, rubber bands and a cloth cover.  I am not sure how to value this, so I am going with $5.

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The Supplies

All totaled (by my best estimations), I came up with a value of $66.11 for the March The Homegrown Collective Greenbox.  A great deal considering that the box itself is $48/month ($39 + $8 shipping).  And is even cheaper if you buy a 6-month ($39/month) or 12-month ($35.75/month) subscription!

And because I feel like you might want to actually know how to make Kombucha, I am going to give you a brief summary.  Of course, all of the instructions, plus more are included in the information cards in the box.   These are the steps: 1) boil water + steep tea in muslin bags 2) add 1/2 of natural sweetner (your choice) 3) cool to room temperature 4) combine scoby starter & tea in mason jar 5) cover with cloth / rubber band.  Wait 5 – 7 days. 6) filter (optional) into sealable bottles or flavor in another jar with juice, cut fruit, etc. and 7) give it another 3 days in the fridge and ENJOY!

Even I am excited about trying this.  Yeah, the scoby looks scary, but if I am going to try it, anyone can.  I am looking forward to seeing how it tastes and if I can tell the different in how I am feeling.  What do you think of The Homegrown Collective?  Previous boxes have included “How Sweet it is, Honey”, “Home Remedies and Cure-Alls”, “Tis the Season-ings” and “The Culture of Fungi”.  If you want to subscribe or just want to learn more, click here. You can use the code “RAMBLINGS10” to save $10 off your first box!  Why not give it a try?  And if you’ve tried Kombucha, tell me about it!

Oh wait, there’s more, The Homegrown Collective also wants to give one of you a box! Just enter in Rafflecopter below and I’ll pick a winner next week!
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Disclosure: I received this box for review purposes. All opinions are my own and no compensation was received. However, this post does contain referral links.