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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

Whether it’s a new recipe, a fun craft, or some handy tips for your garden and home, I hope to empower and inspire you with skills that you can use to create joy, improved health, and to do it in a simple way.

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Jan Howell

Jan Howell

My intention for this website is to share tips and tutorials that I have found on my journey of life that has brought me joy, improved health, and peace, in hopes that it will do the same for you. I hope you'll join me on this journey!

herb ranch dressing

Creamy & Delicious Herb Ranch Dressing Recipe || Vegan Option

This herb ranch dressing is creamy, savory and so delicious. Yogurt combined with a zing of lemon and dill herb makes this dressing almost drinkable.
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How To Pick the Best Elastic for Your Sewing Projects

There are a lot of types of sewing elastic out there and knowing how to pick the best elastic for your sewing projects will affect
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How To Grow Comfrey and Use It Safely // A Must in Everyone’s Garden

Growing comfrey in your garden can offer a wide variety of uses and benefits and it’s an herb that I think everyone needs to have
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roasted veggie orzo salad

Roasted Veggie Orzo Salad Recipe | Simply Delicious

Oh, baby, this warm roasted veggie orzo salad is packed with nutrition and flavor and is super easy to make. The creamy dressing combined with
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the perfect pom pom

The Perfect Pom Pom Tutorial // 2 Simple Methods // 3 Sizes

In this craft tutorial, I show you how to make the perfect yarn pom pom. Oh, there are so many fun things you can do
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gluten-free carrot cake

The Best Gluten-Free Carrot Cake Recipe // Simply Delicious

If you’re looking for a delicious gluten-free carrot cake recipe, this is the bomb! I think it’s better than my wheat flour recipe!!! It’s moist,
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meal planning frustration

Simple Meal Planning Tips – How To Take the Stress Out of Dinnertime

Take the stress out of dinnertime by having a PLAN. Meal planning will not only save your sanity but it will also: Save You Money
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diy shoelaces

How To Make Adorable DIY Shoelaces With Fabric and Recycled T-Shirts

Put a little style in your sneakers with some adorable DIY shoelaces. Finding a set of shoelaces to purchase that are colorful and unique just
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top 4 transfer papers

Top 4 Heat Transfer Papers for Making Custom Labels

When it comes to making your own custom labels, knowing what kind of heat transfer papers are the best to use, is good to know.
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ground beef Philly cheesesteak

Ground Beef Philly Cheesesteak | Quick and Easy Sandwich Recipe

Who doesn’t love a good Philly cheesesteak sandwich? This ground beef Philly version is the bomb! It’s a one-pan recipe and so delicious! There are
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chalkboard and magnetic board cover

How To Make Your Own Chalkboard and Magnetic Board for Your Kitchen

Several years ago I added a chalkboard and magnetic board to one of my kitchen walls. Even though it has been several years since we
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how to fold fitted sheet JAN

How To Fold a Fitted Sheet the Easy Way | Simple Hack

Knowing how to fold a fitted sheet in a way that looks nice and is easy to do can be a little frustrating. I’ve tried
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Upcycling Is Hip | 5 Innovative Ways To Recycle Items Around Your House

For those of you who follow me know that I love Upcycling! For some reason, I get a thrill out of taking something that is
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heart gift tags

How To Make Charming Heart Gift Tags With Upcycled Sweater Scraps

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and in this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to make these charming heart gift tags using
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scarves main image

5 Simple Ways To Organize Your Scarves | Dollar Tree Hacks

If you’re like me and have a collection of scarves, knowing how to organize and store them can be a bit challenging. In this tutorial,
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paint chip bookmarks

DIY Valentine Paint Chip Bookmark / Kid Friendly Craft

I have always loved the paint chip sample displays at the hardware stores. All the different shades of color printed on paper just make me
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heart branches

DIY Valentine Heart Branches / Love Grows on Trees / Easy Craft Tutorial

Looking for a quick and easy Valentine craft? These heart branches are the most charming holiday decoration and are a great way to add a
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rotary cutting

A Beginners Guide to Rotary Cutting / Helpful Tips and Tricks

When it comes to sewing and crafting, rotary cutting makes the task on hand so much easier and quicker. Here are some helpful tips and
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How To Make a Fleece Neck Warmer | Free Pattern

When it comes to cold weather, you gotta have something to keep your neck warm. This fleece neck warmer is the BEST, and it’s very
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gingerbread cookies photo

The Best Gingerbread Cookies Recipe / Simply Delicious

These gingerbread cookies are simply delicious. The ginger flavor is not overbearing, they are not too sweet and the texture is a joy to bite
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mini Christmas wreath

Easy DIY Mini Wreath | Made From Upcycled Sweaters

I hope you’ve been saving your felted wool sweater scraps! This adorable mini wreath is so fun and easy to make. It’s a project that
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DIY 2022 Printable Calendars | Planning at Its Best

2022 is just around the corner. Are you Calendar ready? If you are ‘old school’ like me and enjoy having a hard copy calendar, something
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organize your fabric cover

How To Fold, Store, and Organize Your Fabric

When it comes to how to fold, store and organize your fabric, there are many ways you can do it. It just depends on your
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Recycled Milk Carton Spout Snack and Beverage Holder juice

How To Easily Make a Snack and Beverage Holder With a Simple Recycled Milk Carton

I love to recycle when I can and this simple recycled milk carton spout makes a great snack and beverage holder. It’s a quick and
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instant pot pot roast cooked

Yummy Instant Pot Pot Roast with Rosemary and Garlic

When it comes to meal prep, you all know how much I love to use my INSTANT POT! This Instant Pot Pot roast recipe is
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plastic shopping bag dispenser

DIY Plastic Shopping Bag Dispenser | Recycled Tissue Box

As you know, I’m all about recycling and upcycling items when I can and when I use a plastic shopping bag, I save it. Although
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top knot headband feature2

DIY Top Knot Headband | Easy Sewing Tutorial

When you’re looking for a cute baby gift, this top knot headband is so quick and easy to make! They can be made with a
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diy sweater pumpkins

DIY Sweater Pumpkins / Made With Upcycled Clothing

There’s a little nip the air, and that means pumpkins and wearing sweaters. But as most of you already know, wearing sweaters is not what
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take in jeans at the waist

How To Take in Jeans at the Waist | Simple and Quick Hack

Jeans that don’t fit are so annoying! In this tutorial, I am going to show you how to take in a pair of jeans at
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sewing corners and curves

Sewing Corners and Curves | Serger Tips and Tricks

Serging around corners and curves can be a little tricky, but when you know these handy tips and tricks, it’s no problem at all. In
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Super Simple Instant Pot Yogurt | 3 Ingredients

Making Instant Pot yogurt is SUPER SIMPLE. It may seem intimidating and time-consuming, but is seriously very easy to make and the only thing that
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neck cooling scarf

DIY Neck Cooling Scarf | Easy Sewing Tutorial

When it’s hot and you need to keep cool, this DIY neck cooling scarf works like a charm. The scarf is made of simple cotton
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t-shirt to tank top

T-Shirt to Tank Top | Binding Tips and Tricks

It’s summertime and wearing a cool tank top can be very inviting. In this tutorial, I am going to show you how you can easily
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seams and seam allowances

4 Basic Sewing Machine Seams and Seam Allowance Tips

In this tutorial I am going to go over the basic sewing machine seams and give you some seam allowance tips. What are seams? Seams
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DIY Upcycled T Shirt Bags

DIY Upcycled T Shirt Bags | Sew and No-Sew Methods

Recycling and upcycling is one of my passions, and making these t-shirt bags is another way to reduce waste and find another use for unwanted
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baby bib reversible

DIY Baby Bib Tutorial | Reversible

Sewing for babies is the best thing ever. This reversible baby bib is a fun and quick little project that is great for even a
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heat transfer paper no mirror image

How to Use Heat Transfer Paper | NO MIRROR IMAGE NEEDED

Heat transfer paper is a great way to create custom t-shirts, garments, and one of my favorites, fabric labels. It’s also incredibly easy to use.
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zipper recycling

Cool Zipper Upcycling

As many of you know I’m really into upcycling and recycling items, and clothing is one of them. In this tutorial, I’m going to show
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T-Shirt Yarn

T-Shirt Yarn | Made From Upcycled T-Shirts

In this post, I’m going to show you how to make t-shirt yarn from upcycled t-shirts. As some of you know, upcycling is one of
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Kale Chips

Yummy Crispy Kale Chips | 4 Seasoning Options

When it comes to healthy snacks, kale chips are one of my favorites! These chips are yummy, crispy, and easy to make. I am going
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Sewing With Plush Fabric

Sewing With Plush Fabric | Tips & Tricks

Items made with plush fabric are the coziest things ever; however, sewing with plush fabric can be a little tricky. In this post I am
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paper tulips

Paper Tulips DIY | Simple Craft Tutorial

Who knew you can make cute little paper tulips from simple square pieces of paper? This is a simple craft tutorial that even children can
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Tissue Paper Blossoms | Quick & Simple Craft

These DIY tissue paper blossoms are the cutest thing ever! It’s a quick & simple craft project that even the little ones can help make.
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DIY Apple Watch Elastic Watch Band

For those of you who have Apple Watches, here is a fun little tutorial showing you how to make your own elastic watch band. Having
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PDF sewing pattern assembly

How To Assemble and Organize PDF Sewing Patterns

In this post, I am going to give you some tips on how to assemble and organize your PDF sewing patterns. Using digital PDF sewing
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upcycled sweater beaded coasters

How To Make Beaded Coasters From Upcycled Sweaters

Coasters do more than protect your tables and counters. They can also add a pop of color to your room and give your cup of
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PDF sewing patterns

How To Download and Print PDF Sewing Patterns | Step by Step Tutorial

Being able to purchase a PDF sewing pattern online is a good thing. In this post, I am going to show you some tips on
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presser feet

7 Sewing Machine Presser Feet and How To Use Them

Have you ever gone through the sewing machine attachments that come with your sewing machine and wondered, “What the heck is this used for?” I
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BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Instant Pot BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Wondering what to fix for lunch or dinner? Here is a quick and easy recipe for a yummy BBQ chicken sandwich that you can make
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DIY magazine Christmas tree

DIY Recycled Magazine Christmas Tree

If you want a simple, relaxing Christmas craft to make this holiday season, this DIY Recycled Magazine Christmas tree is a fun little project that
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