Sharon Schmidt Tyler

Sharon Schmidt Tyler

Sharon has her B.A. in English and works part-time as a librarian. She is also the mother of two, wife, gardener, writer, avid reader, drummer and dreamer. Passions include reading, crochet, the outdoors and researching new ideas for her garden, home, health and family. She has been experimenting with recipes for dining, skin care, and just about everything else for years in the search of the greenest, healthiest, and tastiest life possible for the whole family.
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  • Quick and Easy Coconut Oil Body Butter
    This days everyone is looking to go more natural, and save some money whenever possible. Making your own Coconut Oil Body Butter can help you do both.
  • Make Your Own Orange Vinegar Cleaner
    Buying products labeled as green and all natural in the store can come with a high price tag, and questions about the products actual ingredients. If you make your own cleanser you can save money and know exactly what you are using to clean your home.
  • Basic Olive Oil Face Cleanser
    Skin treatments and cleanser in the store are pricey, and often feature unpronounceable ingredients on the label. Here is a simple recipe for a gentle cleanser that moisturizes as it cleans.
  • Healing Salve for Minor Scrapes and Burns
    There are a number of commercially sold ointments to treat minor cuts and burns. This simple recipe can take there place, and allow you to know exactly what you are applying to your skin, or the skin of your family members.
  • Make Salt Dough Favors or Decorations
    Salt dough can be used to make elegant favors or a fun and simple craft project to do with children.
  • Create Natural Organic Fabric Dyes
    You can use fruits, herbs, and a variety of other natural items to dye fabrics at home. Organic and all natural dyes are safe, fun, and full of surprises.
  • Making Your Own Hand Sanitizer
    It seems like hand sanatizer is everywhere, and costs a bundle. You can make your own, and personalize the scent. A clean and economically sound solution.
  • Mix Your Own Puffy Paint
    Puffy paint is a favorite material for crafty individuals of all ages. Did you know you can make your own?
  • Create Your Own T-Shirt Yarn
    When your favorite t-shirt has reached the point where it is unwearable, you might be able to repurpose and reuse it. Turn it into tarn and create something new!
  • Create a Puppet Theater
    A simple cardboard box can become anything with some imagination. Here are the basic instructions to create a puppet theater from a large cardboard box.
  • Making Aloe Vera Gel
    Aloe Vera Gel is widely known as an all natural resource for moisturizing and healing skin. Here are the directions that will allow you to harvest and store your own.
  • Vegetable Gardening in the Shade
    A shady yard or garden does not mean that you can not grow your own fruit and vegetables. You can still grown many tasty items for your plate!
  • All-Natural Travel Sickness Cure
    A simple peppermint infusion can sooth stomach upset from travel sickness. This simple and easy solution can make traveling much more enjoyable for the whole family.
  • All-Natural Head Lice Treatment
    Head lice is a common issue with school aged children. This all natural treatment can prevent and treat this problem without exposing your child to the chemicals found in over-the-counter treatments.
  • Make Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar
    Apple cider vinegar has a wide variety of uses, some of which you might never have considered. You can even make your own by following these simple steps.
  • Lemony Meringue Cleansing Cream
    This citrus cleanser is oil based, so it is perfect for daily use because it will not dry out your skin.
  • Herbal Oil Insect Repellant
    The daily moisturizer smells good, and repels insects with a simple morning application. If you are going to moisturize every morning any way, why not use a cream with added benefits.
  • Citrus Salt Body Scrub
    A citrus based salt body scrub smells great while exfoliating and moisturizing your skin. Best of all, it is easy to make and use.
  • How to Make Astringent to Fight Acne
    This astringent can be soothing and healing treatment for fighting acne. It is also suitable as a healing wash for cuts and scrapes or very irritated skin
  • Book Review: Peaceweaver by Rebecca Barnhouse
    'Peaceweaver' by Rebecca Barnhouse is a young adult fantasy novel that will interest readers from the middle grades, young adults, and adults.
  • Early Book Review: My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer by Jennifer Gennari
    'My Mixed-Up Berry Blue Summer' by Jennifer Gennari is scheduled for release on May 8 2012. This children's book explores a controversal topic as it affects one twelve-year old's family.
  • Lemon Based Bug Repellant
    This bug repellent is a nicer smelling, and safer, version of store-bought sprays and creams.
  • Early Book Review: 'The Mommy Diaries' by Dallas Louis
    'The Mommy Diaries: How I'm Surviving Parenting without Killing Anyone' by Dallas Louis had me laughing so hard one night that my husband came in the bedroom to check on me. The paperback edition will be released on May 1 2012.
  • Leaving Laryngitis Behind
    Here are three treatments, which can be used together or individually, to help ease the symptoms of laryngitis and get you back to full voice again.
  • All Natural Cold Sore Solutions
    This is a two step herbal remedy using essential oils that can prevent the onset, and hasten the healing, of colds sores. As soon as you think a cold sore is trying to make itself know, I suggest getting out some essential oils and trying this.
  • All Natural Makeup Remover
    There is no better way to understand exactly what you are using than to make it yourself. This recipe for cold cream can be used to remove make up, including theatrical make up, or as a moisturizer.
  • After the Hunger Games
    If you have read The Hunger Games trilogy and loved it, or still waiting to get your hands on a copy, you might be looking for something to read to fill the void. Here are five of my top picks for books to read to satisfy your reading hungers.
  • How to Grow Carrots in Containers
    You might think that growing root vegetables like carrots in containers is hard, if not impossible. However, it has become the only way I will grow potatoes or carrots.
  • Help Your Refrigerator Doors Close Themselves
    Most refrigerators are built so that the doors will close by themselves. Sometimes this stops happening, but it can be a simple fix.
  • DIY Solutions for Chapped Lips
    Chapped lips are annoying, and can be unattractive and painful. While there is always a bevy of choices in the stores for chap sticks and other solutions, you can also make some all natural solutions at home.
  • Tips on How to Balance Your Washing Machine
    Does your washing machine knock and dance along the floor while running? The problem could be as simple as an unbalanced load in the machine, or that the machine is not resting evenly on the floor.
  • Herbal Cure for Athlete's Foot
    One downside of sports and exercise is the possibility of Athlete's Foot. While it is not serious, this problem can be seriously annoying. Thankfully it is easily handled at home.
  • Early Book Review: Giants Beware! by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado
    "Giants Beware!" by Jorge Aguirre and Rafael Rosado is a children's graphic novel which is due for release on April 10 2012. In this bright and colorful tale young Claudette wants to be just like her parents, an adventurer that slays monsters
  • Book Review: Croak by Gina Damico
    Croak by Gina Damico is a young adult novel, released on March 20 2012. In a broad market of urban fantasy, Croak stands out.
  • Book Review: Cold Cereal by Adam Rex
    Cold Cereal by Adam Rex is a children's chapter book that pairs conspiracies, experiments on children, and magic. It is the first book in a magically delicious trilogy, which I sincerely hope has books two and three published very soon.
  • Snack on Nuts to Lose Weight
    There is no magic bullet to losing weight. However, increasing the amount of nuts in your diet, even as snacks, can go a long way in helping you achieve your goal.
  • Read Shampoo Labels for Your Health
    Many people buy the most expensive shampoos or conditioners, or the ones with the best commercials or celebrity endorsements and think that they are doing the best thing for their hair's health and appearance. But does anyone stop to read the labels?
  • Early Book Review: 'I Don't Believe it Archie' by Andrew Norriss
    "I Don't Believe it Archie" by Andrew Norriss is a children's book for children around seven to twelve years old. It is scheduled for release on March 13 2012.
  • Picture Book Review: "Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What Are Patterns?"
    "Spotty, Stripy, Swirly: What Are Patterns?" is a book in the Clever Concept series by Jane Brocket. The book uses vivid photographs to teach what a pattern is, how to recognize specific patterns, and where some patterns can be found.
  • Book Review: 'Above World' by Jenn Reese
    "Above World" by Jenn Reese is the first book in a new series for young adults and middle school aged children.
  • Early Book Review: The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers
    The Anxious Gardener's Book of Answers by Teri Dunn Chace is a well-organized resource for those of us who love to garden, but do not always get everything right. It is set for release on March 6, 2012.
  • Early Book Review: The Star Shard by Frederic S. Durbin
    The Star Shard by Frederic S. Durbin is a wonderful fantasy novel for children around eleven to fourteen. However, older and younger children, and adults, can enjoy this book as well. It is due to be released on February 28 2012.
  • Go Gorgeously Green
    Going green is not about making sudden and drastic changes in your life. It is about making changes that you can maintain over the long-term, and be happy with, rather than falling headlong into a lifestyle that you do not enjoy and will not keep up.
  • Making Lavender Body Balm
    Lavender body balm moisturizes your skin while helping your mind relax.
  • Making Rose Body Butter
    Rose body butter moisturizes your skin and revitalizes your soul. The combination of rich oils and scent gives this body butter a luxurious feel that nurtures your skin as you enjoy the feel of it.
  • Make Your Own Mint Foot Cream
    This fresh, mint foot cream with sooth your tired toes. It is cooling and refreshing because of the peppermint and spearmint essential oils in the cream
  • Herbal Remedies for Cough and Cold
    Boosting your natural immunity, fighting fever and reducing other symptoms with herbal remedies can make you rest a little easier while helping battle the common cold.
  • Lemon Balm and Rose Tea
    The finished tea can be the ultimate summer refreshment to help you enjoy the moment and focus on the day at hand.
  • Early Book Review: "Chase Against Time" by Steve Reifman
    "Chase Against Time" by Steve Reifman is a children's chapter book due for re-release on March 15 2012.
  • Make Your Own Fizzing Bath Bomb
    Bath bombs are a great way to scent your bath while delighting all your senses. You can easily make them for yourself or give them away as gifts.
  • Soothing Lavender Cleanser
    This cleanser smells wonderful, is soothing and is safe for those with sensitive skin.
  • Herbs for First Aid at Home
    While nothing can take the place of a doctor's care, there are many ways to treat minor injuries or irritations at home. Things like insect bites, minor burns, sunburn, abrasions and low grade fevers can be treated with these all-natural ingredients.
  • Decoction Details: Using Woody Herbs and Roots
    When you want to use the woody or root potions of a plant for herbal remedies of beauty products, creating a decoction could be the solution.
  • Helpful Herbs for Women's Health
    Herbs can be used to treat a wide variety of health and beauty needs. Dealing with the complicated realm of women's health is no exception, herbs can be used in a variety of ways.
  • Passionflower and Chamomile Tincture
    Here is a tincture you can make and use that can help you achieve a good night's sleep without the nasty side effects of some commercial solutions.
  • Chrysanthemum and Elderflower Tea
    Chrysanthemum and elderflower tea is not simply a nice cup of special tea, it can also help alleviate the symptoms of allergies or ward of the common cold.
  • Tea to Soothe a Broken Heart
    There are some situations that cause such overwhelming emotions and sadness that there is no cure. However, a good cry and soothing cup of tea can make getting through some hard moments a little easier.
  • Book Review: "Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster"
    "Giant Squid: Searching for a Sea Monster" by Mary M. Cerullo is a children's non fiction book. This book details the search for the 'sea monster' of the deeps, the beast that has terrified and enthralled people for centuries, the giant squid.
  • Helpful Herbs for Digestive Health
    There are many causes for digestive trouble, but dealing with simple complaints can be done at home, as long as you take care in proper plant or herb identification and possible allergies.
  • Herbs for Healthy Skin
    Here are some of the key herbs for skin health, and the basics on how to make the most of their beneficial properties.
  • Book Review: Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
    Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain is scheduled for release on Jan. 24, 2012.
  • Early Book Review: Dotter of Her Father's Eyes
    Dotter of Her Father's Eyes by Mary Talbot and Brian Talbot is a graphic novel that is part personal memoir of Mary Talbot, the daughter of a renowned Joycean scholar, and part biography of Lucia, James Joyce's daughter.
  • Getting the Most from a Shampoo Bar
    Many of us try a lot of different products and techniques in our hair care routine. One of the least known products for cleansing hair is a shampoo bar.
  • Book Review: Dark Sins and Desert Sands by Stephanie Draven
    Dark Sins and Desert Sands by Stephanie Draven is romance novel that combines suspense and the paranormal in a contemporary setting. It is part of Draven's Mythica series.
  • Early Book Review: Popular Clone by M.E. Castle
    Popular Clone by M.E. Castle is a book that is perfect for middle school students and younger high school students. It is scheduled for release Jan. 24, 2012.
  • Book Review: First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don
    First Aid for Fairies and Other Fabled Beasts by Lari Don is a children's book for readers around 9 and older.
  • Early Book Review: How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Allete J. Willis
    How to Make a Golem and Terrify People by Allete J. Willis is a children's book set for publication on Jan. 23 2012. It's appropriate for children around 10 and older.
  • Find Your Perfect Hair
    When you become serious about finding the perfect routine to keep your hair healthy and looking its best, the vast array of products and advice can become overwhelming. Here are some tips for finding and trying out things for your hair care routine.
  • Early Book Review: Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap
    Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary by Keshni Kashyap is a young adult graphic novel scheduled for release on January 3 2012.
  • Early Book Review: Daughter of the Centaurs by K. K. Ross
    Daughter of the Centaurs by K.K. Ross is the first book in the Centauriad series for young adults. It is scheduled for release on January 24, 2012.
  • Early Book Review: Don't Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers
    Don't Bite the Messenger by Regan Summers is an urban fantasy novel scheduled for release on January 16 2012.
  • Book Review: The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridges
    The Gathering Storm by Robin Bridge is the first book in The Katerina Trilogy, a series set in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1888.
  • Early Book Review: Ditched by Robin Mellom
    Ditched by Robin Mellom is a young adult novel scheduled for release on January 10 2012.
  • Milk Jugs in the Garden
    Instead of just tossing your milk jugs in the trash or recycling bin, try some of these ideas to give those plastic containers a second life.
  • Using Old Tires in the Garden
    There are plenty of ways you can use used tires to improve your garden.
  • Book Review: Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis
    Head Over Heels by Jill Shalvis is the third book in the Lucky Harbor series.
  • Book Review; Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume One
    Jim Butcher's Dresden Files: Fool Moon Volume One by Mark Powers and Chase Conley is the graphic novel that expands upon Fool Moon, the second novel in the Dresden Files series.
  • How I Fixed My Hair Disaster, or Did Not
    Everyone has done something to their hair that they instantly regret. My biggest hair mistake came in the form of color.
  • Book Review: The Devil and Ms. Moody by Suzanne Forster
    The Devil and Ms. Moody by Suzanne Forster is a contemporary romance just released as an e-book by Open Road Integrated Media, but was originally published in 1990.
  • Early Book Review; Forever and a Day by Delilah Marvelle
    Forever and a Day by Delilah Marvelle is a historical romance novel due to be released on Dec. 27, 2011.
  • Picture Books Celebrating Hanukkah and Christmas
    These picture books are all about those that celebrate, take part in, or are curious about more than one kind of holiday celebration come December.
  • Picture Books About Hanukkah
    These picture books are all about Hanukkah, and are great for young children regardless of their religion.
  • Early Book Review: The Edible Front Yard by Ivette Soler
    The Edible Front Yard: The Mow-Less, Grow-More Plan for a Beautiful, Bountiful Garden by Ivette Soler is a wonderful resource for gardeners that are tired of mowing.
  • Early Book Review: Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder
    Touch of Power by Maria V. Snyder is the first book in a new series due for release December 27 2011. Fans of Snyder's previous novels will delight in this new series.
  • Book Review: Ghost Story by Jim Butcher
    When readers finished the last Dresden novel, Changes, our insolent wizard was most certainly dead. In Ghost Story, Harry is recruited by ghostly detectives to find his own murderer.
  • Early Book Review: The Demon Lover by Juliet DarkĀ 
    The Demon Lover by Juliet Dark is a new novel due to be released on December 27 2011. The story is labeled as paranormal romance, but there is more of a Gothic flavor to it than the description suggests.
  • Christmas Themed Mystery and Suspense
    Here are some mysteries that can thrill and chill readers with a holiday flare.
  • Picture Perfect Holiday Books Children
    Christmas is a time to celebrate love and goodwill, and to hopefully have some fun in the process. Here are some of my favorite picture books about Christmas and the holiday season.
  • Make Your Own Cooling Aloe Lotion
    This soothing aloe-based lotion can help prevent peeling with sunburned skin. It can also help moisturize and condition any skin.
  • Christmas Fiction Fun for Kids
    Christmas is a time to celebrate love and goodwill, and hopefully have a little fun. Here are some of my favorite chapter books appropriate for children.
  • Easy Skin Type Test
    You can figure out your skin type with a quick and easy test.
  • Create Your Own Cornstarch Lotion
    Cornstarch lotion is a fantastic product that can moisturize the skin on your entire body. It is particularly good for soothing dry, chapped hands.
  • Make Your Own Self-Watering Container
    Self-watering containers are great solutions for plants on a porch, deck or other area that might not receive the gardening attention that they deserve and for gardeners that cannot keep to a watering schedule.
  • Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger
    Darth Paper Strikes Back by Tom Angleberger is the follow-up to the clever book, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda.
  • Book Review: The Bastard by Brenda Novak
    The Bastard by Brenda Novak is a historical romance from a popular author known for her romantic suspense novels.
  • Create Your Own Cleansing Scrubs
    Fancy cleansers and scrubs for skin care have become a big business, as have most aspects of beauty and personal care. However, most of the scrubs you find out there can be created at home for much less money and sometimes even better results.
  • All Natural Skin Cleansers
    Most of us were taught to clean our skin with soap and water. There are other options, unexpected cleansers you have in your home, that can do a great job cleansing your skin while leaving you with beautiful, glowing skin.
  • Early Book Review: A Clockwork Christmas by Stacy Gail, PG Forte, Jenny Schwartz, and J.K. Coi
    A Clockwork Christmas by Stacy Gail, PG Forte, Jenny Schwartz, and J.K. Coi is a collection of four steampunk novellas set during the Christmas season. It is set for release on December 5 2011.
  • Thanksgiving Themed Picture Books
    Around every holiday or season parents, teachers, and librarians are often asked for books related to the special time ahead. Here are some of my favorite picture books about Thanksgiving.
  • Thanksgiving Themed Fiction for Children
    Parents, teachers, and librarians are often asked to find books related to upcoming holidays or season. Here are some of my favorite children's chapter books that have a Thanksgiving theme for children between nine and twelve years of age.
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