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

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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

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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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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 comments

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.