10 Ways to Use Beeswax ...and Why You Should

beeswaxBeeswax is a versatile natural DIY item. I use it in salves, lotion bars, and more. I’ve been looking around for other uses for it, and was amazed at what I found. I try to buy only organic beeswax for the best quality. Keep reading to learn more about beeswax and how you can use it around the house. Also download this handy cheat sheet for quick reference. Continue reading

Why Hairspray Isn’t Safe

Let’s talk about hairspray. For many of us, it’s a vital part of our beauty routine. We need it to keep our hair from going wild. Especially on a windy day, I need it to keep my short hair from becoming full of static and fly away.

But what’s in our hairspray? Is it safe for us to put on our bodies and be inhaling? Most are full of chemicals and artificial fragrances. I’m sensitive to fragrances, so this is an area where I need to be especially cautious. I had to find a way to make my own (bonus: it’s super easy and cheap). Keep reading to learn why hairspray is bad for you, and for my DIY version. Continue reading

How to Use Essential Oils Safely

safelyI write a lot about using essential oils. I believe they are a wonderful tool for well-being and I love that they are natural. But a couple of nights ago, my close friend’s 3 year old drank a bottle of rose oil. They had to rush her to the emergency room. She had burns on her neck and in her throat. She’s home and she’s going to be fine, but it made me realize that I should cover the safe use of essential oils and what to do in case of an emergency. How can you use essential oils safely? Keep in mind these are general guidelines only. Continue reading

How Can You Find Time to Work Out?

work outI feel better when I work out. I know this, and yet it’s hard to make the time for exercise. My life is so busy: blogging, keeping up with housework, taking care of our furry family, and a million more things to take care of. I’m sure you can relate. But working out can improve your mood, help you sleep better, boost your energy, reduce your risk of certain diseases, improve memory, and has many more benefits. So how can you find the time to exercise and stay motivated to keep going? Keep reading to learn how, plus my favorite workout tunes!
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High Protein Breakfast Ideas

breakfastI’m not much of a breakfast eater. The earlier I get up, the harder it is for me to choke something down. I usually end up drinking coffee until mid-morning and then have something to eat. I know that probably isn’t the healthiest way to start my day, so I’m working on it.

A high protein breakfast will keep me full longer. Anything I can prepare ahead of time is great, too-I love convenience, especially when I first wake up in the morning. (I get my coffee pot ready in the evenings so that all I have to do when I get out of bed is stumble into the kitchen and push the button.) Keep reading for easy, high protein breakfast ideas. Continue reading

Sleep Better Naturally

sleepI’ve struggled with fatigue for more than half my life. Sometimes I can’t fall asleep, sometimes I wake up too early, sometimes I toss and turn all night. Even nights when I sleep well and enough, I wake up tired. Fatigue has become such a part of my life. I’ve found many tricks to improve my sleep and minimize that tired feeling throughout the day. The fatigue never goes away and I still have bad days, but these methods help. Even better, they are natural. Continue reading

How to Pamper Yourself on a Budget

pamperSometimes you need to take some time and just pamper yourself. Whether you need a break or you’ve been feeling stressed or anxious and just need to unwind, it’s healthy to take that time for yourself. Even taking 15 minutes has psychological and physical benefits. You’ll feel refreshed and happier. When you focus on an activity just for you, your stress level goes down. Taking the time to refresh yourself is good for the people around you, too. If you’re less frustrated, you get along with others better. Continue reading

What is Anxiety and How Can You Cope?

anxietyAnxiety is a terrible thing. It can range from mild to severe. Anxiety is defined as “an emotion characterized by feelings of tension, worried thoughts and physical changes.” Basically, anxiety causes a person to worry excessively about things that haven’t happened, or worry over things that have happened and what they should have done differently, or any of a million and one things. Everyone worries from time to time, but anxiety is an entirely different beast. Continue reading

Easy Jam and Jelly Roundup

jellyI love jam and jelly. It’s great with so many things, from PB&J to oatmeal, to peach-smothered pork chops(as a bonus I’m sharing that recipe at the bottom, too). I was surprised to learn that homemade jam is incredibly easy to make, and even better, you know exactly what’s going in it. About a year ago, I ended up with all kinds of fresh produce that was locally grown. I knew I’d never use it all before it went bad, so I started looking up recipes, and of course jelly recipes came up. Continue reading