Product Review: Gonzo Pet Hair Lifter Replaces Disposable Lint Rollers

pet hairWith 5 cats and 5 dogs, there’s pet hair all over our house. With my husband’s skin sensitivities, it’s especially important to keep our bed as hair-free as possible. We used to go through 5-10 disposable lint rollers a month. That adds up, plus it create a lot of waste. (You can read more about how we’ve minimized trash by going paperless here.) Then I found these Pet Hair Lifters, and they have almost completely replaced disposable lint rollers in our house. I pretty much only keep one in my purse for when we’re out and about. So today I’m sharing the pros and cons of these lint removers, so you can decide if they’ll work for you! Continue reading

The Ultimate Guide to Olive Oil

olive oilLast winter, my skin was not happy. I had lots of dry, red, scaly patches all over, mostly on my legs. They burned and it was extremely uncomfortable. I don’t know if it was winter skin, or some condition like psoriasis. I was going through lotion by the gallon but it didn’t make much difference. My husband had read about the benefits of olive oil and suggested I look into it for my skin problems. I did, and began drinking a tablespoon or so a day. My skin loved it!

So how is olive oil made, why is it so good for you, what are its benefits, and how can you use it? Continue reading

My 7 Travel Essentials for Chronic Illness

travelLiving with chronic illness makes day to day life difficult. The list of things I need to do each day to function can be overwhelming at times. Trying to travel with health issues is even trickier. No one wants to feel lousy on a trip, whether it’s for business or pleasure. So I’m sharing the list of items I take with me when I travel that help me to get through the trip. Hopefully this list will help you, or at least give you some ideas. Continue reading

11 Ways to Use Eucalyptus Oil

EucalyptusI love the smell of eucalyptus oil. When I diffuse it, my home smells like I’m at a spa. But eucalyptus oil has so many benefits aside from just smelling nice. Throughout history, it’s been used to heal wounds, cure fungal infections, and reduce fever. It’s also been used as a disinfectant and expectorant. So where does eucalyptus oil come from, why is it beneficial, and how can you use it to help your family? Continue reading

DIY Oil Free Mascara

mascaraI make a lot of our personal care products myself. It usually saves me money and I know that it’s natural and chemical free. One product I’ve always been nervous about making myself is makeup. I was waiting for my current supply of makeup to run out and then replace it with natural products. But my eye shadow and mascara started to irritate my eyes, so I had to throw it out. I started looking for natural products to replace them, and then I saw pricing! I simply can’t afford it, so I knew it was time to bite the bullet and figure out how to make my own. Continue reading