health, information, natural remedies, recipes

Natural Cleaning 101

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There are thousands of cleaning products on the market that promise to kill 99.9% of germs, do the scrubbing for you, leave a streak-free shine, and make your clothes softer and brighter—all with a lemony-fresh scent. Every year, Americans spend an upwards of $60 billion on commercially manufactured cleaning products from laundry detergent to limescale remover. The average family spends over $600 a year on cleaning products and has over a dozen different products in their home. We know to keep these products out of the reach of our children, but are they even safe for us to use at all? Continue reading “Natural Cleaning 101”

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My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet

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When I was pregnant with my first child at the age of 22, I had NO clue about my views on natural versus conventional medicines and health care. As an asthmatic child with a weak immune system, I had been on round after round of antibiotics, steroids, allergy shots, and pretty much every over the counter medication known to man. When I was 4 months pregnant, I was teaching at a Montessori school and contracted a nasty cold with a barking cough followed by pink eye. I went to see the doctor, and she told me that the medication she needed to prescribe could possibly cause deafness to my baby. Continue reading “My Family’s Holistic Medicine Cabinet”

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Love Thyself (+ 25 Totally Free Ideas to Show Yourself LOVE)

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Ah February. The month that we celebrate love. We focus on romantic love, family love, and friendship love by showering those around us with cards, flowers, and candy. We plan special dinners, romantic evenings, and decorate shoe boxes for our kids to take to school for their Valentine’s parties. Continue reading “Love Thyself (+ 25 Totally Free Ideas to Show Yourself LOVE)”

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The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating

IMG_0496.JPGYears ago I read an article about how the average American family eats the same 9 meals for dinner on rotation. This fact has stuck with me for years and led me on a quest to expose my family to as many new dishes as I can (without driving myself crazy, of course). However, in the years since, I have spoken to and even worked with many families who don’t love experimenting in the kitchen as much as I do. Continue reading “The 3+3+3 Plan for Healthier Eating”

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100% FREE Pantry Reorganization

IMG_0474.JPGWhen last we spoke, or when last I wrote and you read, I revealed that my pantry needed a bit of a spruce. I like to think of myself as a fairly tidy and organized person, but let’s face it. Pantries are like garages, they ALWAYS manage to get disorganized. Continue reading “100% FREE Pantry Reorganization”