Sep 23 2016

Honest Confessions from Inside the Dressing Room

I went shopping for a dress tonight to wear to my (20 year, yikes) class reunion. As I wandered through Macy’s some nice big cozy sweatshirts caught my eye. Perfect fall attire. But no, I was on a mission. I resisted the urge to look and went to the formal dress section. In the juniors …

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Dec 14 2015

Make-it Monday: Sink Drain Cleaner

sink drain cleaner

Between toothpaste and shaving my kids and husband clog their bathroom sink drains like nobody’s business. Luckily I’ve found an easy and natural way to clean the gunk from the drains. This basic recipe can be adjusted if your drain clog is bigger than usual. If it’s really bad, you can always try the coat …

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Dec 07 2015

Make-it Monday: Carpet Spot Remover

carpet spot remover

Continuing on my kick of natural cleaning, I recently tackled some spots on my carpet that were driving me crazy. In the past when I’ve used store-bought cleaners I’ve made a bigger mess of the spots with the spray than when I started. But knowing it couldn’t be worse than that, I tried this simple …

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Nov 30 2015

Make-it Monday: DIY Hand Soap

DIY Hand Soap

How much do you spend on hand soap each year? Two or three bathrooms plus a kitchen sink can add up to quite a bit. This recipe makes a gallon of hand soap. I made it over six months ago and still have almost a quarter of it left. And yes, we DO wash our …

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Nov 23 2015

Make-it Monday: Toilet Bowl Cleaner

make-it monday: toilet bowl cleaner

Why is this a great toilet bowl cleaner? It’s safe, inexpensive, easy to make, and IT WORKS! You’ll notice it’s similar to my all-purpose surface cleaner recipe.  I don’t use baking soda in my all-purpose surface cleaner because the baking soda left a film on my counters and call me crazy, but I don’t want …

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Nov 20 2015

Eliminating the Negative: An Exercise in Being Grateful

Grateful

I’m so tired of worry and frustration. Worry about finances, health, my children, the future. The frustration with work, not enough time in the day, not getting enough exercise. Sometimes these pity parties snowball into a bank of negativity. And I’m so over it. To remedy this,  I wrote down what I am grateful for. I …

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Nov 16 2015

Make-it Monday: DIY Soft Scrub

I really had my doubts when I read that I could make a homemade version of soft scrub. But my sink needed a good deep cleaning so I thought it couldn’t hurt to try. Wow. I watched in disbelief as my sink came clean and I wondered why I’d been exposing myself to expensive chemicals …

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Nov 09 2015

Make-it Monday: All Purpose Surface Cleaner

Ingredients for natural all purpose surface cleaner

I love this cleaner for my counters, stove top, kitchen table, etc. Easy peasy ingredients. No chemicals = the kids can do the cleaning! No more ruining nice towels with bleach stains! Through my green-cleaning experiments I’ve lost a few bottles to weird ingredient combos that didn’t sit well with each other. This is my “ah ha” recipe that …

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Nov 02 2015

Natural Cleaning: Why and what you need to get started

natural cleaning: Why and what you need to get started

I started making my own cleaning supplies almost a year ago. I wanted a safer product- one that wasn’t messing with my internal organs when I breathed them. A product that I could hand my kids to help me clean and not worry about the repercussions of them ingesting it, inhaling it, or making a …

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Oct 23 2015

Three Things to do in October to Prepare For a Less Stressful Christmas

Three things you can do in October for a less stressful Christmas

62 days until Christmas. Yes, I just went there. Even before Halloween. I don’t like the Christmas décor in the stores right now any more than you do. But you know what? I’ve got this sweet spot of about two quiet weeks right now and I want to use them for good! I’m not encouraging you to …

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