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Month: February 2017

Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Essential Oils for Disinfecting Around the House

Giving homemade cleaner a boost Recently, a co-worker had a great question about my homemade cleaner. Does this formula disinfect? My answer was that I thought  adding tea tree oil would help kill germs, but I wasn’t certain. I typically steer clear of commercial disinfectants for several reasons. The potential for antimicrobial resistance and the effects on humans and animals top my list (see this article from Science Daily). So, I decided to do a little research about how to fight these bugs…

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The Seeds of Change Part 1

The Seeds of Change Part 1

I’m no green thumb Houseplants are lucky if they survive in my care. My yard rarely gets pruned and isn’t adequately mulched. But, I wanted to grow our  own food, and with no experience, my results were mixed to say the least! Maybe you want to start gardening too and don’t know where to start. Read on about my mistakes, improvements and results, and maybe we can grow together 🙂 My rough start Two years ago, when we first moved…

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Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reducing Plastic Waste from the Grocery Store

Reusable Grocery Bags, duh. The concept of reusable grocery bags is not earth shattering news. Most people own a few, and some people even remember to take them to the grocery store! I finally started keeping mine in a designated spot next to the garage door, and now I seldom forget them. If you don’t already have reusable bags, they are a cheap and useful investment. These bags are sturdier and larger than the flimsy plastic grocery store bags and…

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No-Knead Bread

No-Knead Bread

Never buy store bought bread again! Seriously, this is the ingredient list for no-knead bread: I mean, you can’t really pass this up.  The opportunity to make warm, soft, delicious bread with only 3 ingredients! And from a health perspective it’s also a winner (especially if you use whole wheat flour) as store bought bread is full of random preservatives and added sugars. Plus, bread out of a bag never really tastes good. It takes a little time… The only…

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Make Your Own Household Cleaner

Make Your Own Household Cleaner

Know what you’re spraying around the house… When I first started eliminating chemicals from the house, I started by buying all-natural household cleaners. Since that stuff gets sprayed on nearly all of the surfaces in the house (some of which we eat off of and the kids crawl on), I thought the price was a worthy investment. But boy, does that cost add up! So, I started doing some research and found that making my own was a) easy peasy…

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Homemade Yogurt

Homemade Yogurt

It’s easier than you think!! I wanted to make my own yogurt for years, yes YEARS, but thought that it must be too time consuming or difficult to try. I denied myself and my family the creamy, rich taste of homemade yogurt for eons before I finally just took the plunge.   The Milk The milk matters- big time. I have tried a few types of cows milk including non-homogenized commercial milk, a local dairy with a thick cream top,…

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What is Lavender and Chocolate?

What is Lavender and Chocolate?

Why Lavender and Chocolate? These are two indulgences that make me feel happy and peaceful in this hectic life.  And that’s what I want this site to offer- a place where you can explore ideas and learn new things that may help you build and create a life that feels healthier, happier and a little less stressful. The world puts a lot of pressure on us to be thinner, richer, busier, better moms, better dads- the list goes on! And I…

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