No need to be a hippy to make your own deodorant!

No need to be a hippy to make your own deodorant!

Making your own deodorant?  Pretty crunchy, right?  I thought so too, but actually it is pretty simple and a great way to reduce the chemicals you put on your skin.   As the largest organ, anything you put on your skin is absorbed into your body.  Kinda scary when you stop to think about it.  I typically use Tom’s Deodorant – and probably will continue to in the summer, but this five-minute project is a great way to save some money (that stuff is EXPENSIVE) and will take care of your stinky needs most of the year. As I mentioned yesterday, Bergamot is a natural deodorant (among its many other terrific properties).  And it smells so good, I had to give this a try – I’ve had a recipe for homemade deodorant I found several years ago on Passionate Homemaking, but never got around to actually making it.  But adding Bergamot?  I’m in!  I tweaked the recipe a little and here is what I came up with: Homemade Bergamot Deodorant 6 T coconut oil 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup arrowroot (or 12 – 16 drops Bergamot Essential Oil Step one:  Mix the baking soda, arrowroot and Bergamot into the coconut oil until well blended.   It should have the consistency of solid deodorant, and thanks to the Bergamot will smell delicious! Step two:  Scoop into a jar – I used a small jelly type jar with a wide mouth. Step three:  Dip your fingers into the jar and apply deodorant. Simple right?  But, does it work?  That’s the big question.  I wouldn’t share this recipe without actually testing...

How to find good, healthy food while traveling

I love to travel.  Tell me I get to plan a vacation, and I’m in heaven!  I love the sightseeing, the change in schedule, the chance to see new things and meet new people.  However, I’ve discovered that since we have changed our eating habits, eating while traveling can do a real number on me.  If I’m not careful I end up feeling awful and that is no way to enjoy a long anticipated trip! So, I’ve come up with a number of  solutions.  Today I thought I’d share with you some of my best.  Follow these and you’ll ensure you eat well (and stay healthy) while you travel. 1.  Plan ahead.  This is definitely the number one tip.  Before I take a trip, I spend a half hour doing a little research to find great places to eat, places to shop and even farmer’s markets to purchase fresh local produce.   Make sure you write down names, addresses and phone numbers – nothing is more frustrating than knowing you found something but not remembering where (been there, done that)  I’ll usually check the following sites: Local Harvest – great site for finding farmer’s markets, pick your own farms, restaurants, etc. Google search – simply type in the location and “healthy restaurants” and see what pops up Yelp and/or UrbanSpoon (I love the farm to table option at Urban Spoon – that’s MY kinda food!) 2.  Don’t eat every meal at a restaurant.  If you can, try to eat at least two meals a day in your condo or hotel room, or even as a picnic (by picking up some...
Exercise with your kids – for FREE!

Exercise with your kids – for FREE!

Tuesday I gave you the challenge to exercise with your kids this week. How did you do?  If you haven’t gotten it in yet, no worries, you still have the weekend. I’ve already shared a few reasons why you should try to do this everyweek, but not only are there benefits for you, there are benefits for your kids as well.  Childhood obesity is out of control these days (has been increasing in the last 20 years), and let’s face it, parents have some responsibility.  By teaching your children to eat well and exercise, you’ll help them maintain a healthy weight and lifestyle their entire lives.  Spending time together exercising also strengthens your relationships – and several recent studies have shown that kids with close relationships to their parents tend to do better in school, have fewer social issues and are just overall more successful. So  join them in exercising – you’ll have fun together AND be modeling healthy practices.  Here are some more fun ways for you to exercise together. 1.  Dance.  What kid doesn’t love to dance?  This is so easy, just put on some music and start to move!  I guarantee you’ll be laughing by the end of the session and having a blast! 2.  Take a nature hike.  Walks are great, but why not bump it up a notch and go for a little hike.  Even a small child can go for a short nature walk.  If you think your kid(s) will get bored, give them a list of things to look for – they’ll be so busy running around checking off their list they...

Another video – Make Easy Household Cleaners in seconds!

Sorry it’s a little shaky – we need a camera person!  Anyone? Pretty cool product isn’t it?  As promised, here is a link to purchase your own bottle of Organic Basic H2 so you can replace your cleaning products! As we mentioned in the video, one bottle makes a TON of product.  In fact, here are the conversions – it’s pretty darn amazing, and you SAW how little time it took to make a bottle: If you just made All purpose cleaner, ONE bottle of Basic H2 would give you  214  bottles (28 oz)! You’d make over 5,704 bottles (28 oz again) of window cleaner, or 36 bottles (28 oz) of degreaser. Quite a bargin if you ask me! Thanks Tammy for joining me – and don’t forget to check out her site  and her Facebook page, so you can get your own bottle, and learn more about all the Shaklee products!  ...
Composting Made Easy, and Fruit Fly “Trap”

Composting Made Easy, and Fruit Fly “Trap”

Since we are replacing a chemical this week, and it’s getting warm enough to start gardening, I thought I’d share a VERY simple way to compost. We have always thrown our kitchen scraps in the garden – egg shells, coffee grounds, fruit peels, etc. and it works great in the winter just to keep them in a bowl on the counter.  This is great for our soil and plants and allows us to forgo the nasty growth chemicals. However, now that Summer is coming, I am getting ready for the fruit flies.  How those little pests annoy me. This year, we are using a compost keeper for our compost – it’s terrific because it looks okay on the counter, holds more than a bowl (so I can be lazy and wait longer to take the stuff outside) and it has a carbon filter to help keep the smell and fruit flies away! In addition to this, I’ll still use my tried and true fruit fly “trap” . . . Fruit Fly Trap – In a small container, mix apple cider vinegar with a squirt of dishwashing soap.  Set on the counter near compost container or fresh fruit.  It works best to use a container with a small neck.  I use a pretty little bud vase so it’s attractive, and it’s AMAZING how many fruit flies get into it daily. It’s not too late to be ready for summer!  Only a week left until our six-week session starts.  If you want to meet summer feeling confident and healthy, click here! Shared on Friendship...

Growing Your Own Greens – Save Money and Enjoy Fresh Greens!

It’s not quite time to plant here in the Midwest yet, but it’s getting closer.  If you are a fan of fresh greens, I’d like to encourage you to start thinking about planting some this year.  Like sprouts, they are incredibly easy to grow, will last for months if you pick them frequently, and it’s really wonderful to be able to just step outside your door and pick a variety for a yummy salad.  Greens will even grow in a large container, so don’t let your lack of gardening space stop you! We regularly grow with success (and very little work) kale and romaine lettuce.  Spinach does well some years, but sometimes the bunnies get the best of it! A few tips: Select varieties that you enjoy eating.  Once the greens start producing, they will produce a lot, so make sure you enjoy eating it! Try to get out there to pick the greens at least a few times a week.  Just select some of the larger leaves and cut off near the stem.  The plant will continue to grow upwards adding more leaves as it goes.  It will start to look a little “leggy” which basically means lots of leaves and the top and a long stem, but don’t worry, that is normal and it will continue to produce.  If you don’t cut the leaves often enough, it will get too heavy and there won’t be room for it to continue to add leaves. Consider “sharing” plants with a neighbor.  If you have another gardener nearby and you buy your plants in sets of four or six you...

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