DIY or Store Bought? What Natural Products Should You Make, and Which Should You Buy?

store boughtThe more I learn about the ingredients in store bought products, the less I want to use them. There are some great natural and organic products available, but they can be on the pricey side. When finances are tight, it’s hard to make room in the budget for expensive cleaning products and toiletries. What can you do? DIY! I make several of our home products myself. There are a few that I still buy, though. Which products do I buy, which do I make, and why? Keep reading!

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DIY Anti-Itch Clay That Works!

anti-itchMy husband suffers from extreme skin allergies. It doesn’t take much to make his skin itchy, especially his arms. We had a difficult time finding anti-itch products that work. He’s woken up in the middle of the night bleeding from scratching. This clay mix works when nothing else will. The peppermint oil has a cooling effect, and baking soda relieves itching. Bentonite clay will draw impurities to the surface. (Read more about the benefits of bentonite clay here.) Give this anti-itch remedy a try! It’s great for allergies, bug bites, and more. Continue reading

8 Ways to Find Motivation

I’m seriously lacking in motivation today. I didn’t get enough sleep last night, which makes it difficult to find some get-up-and-go. I also need to do about a million and one things. Not knowing where to start makes it hard to find a desire to get started, too. I’m so unmotivated that I couldn’t even figure out what I wanted to write about today. This eventually led me to today’s topic. Today I’m sharing some reasons why lack of motivation happens, and what you can do about it. Continue reading

How to Save Money on Dry Cleaning

Dry cleaning is almost a necessary evil. We need it to keep our business, formal, and delicate clothes looking nice and sharp. The average household spends about $500 per year on dry cleaning. So it’s expensive. And dry cleaning usually involves potentially harmful chemicals. Those are both good reasons to reduce how much you dry clean or even eliminate it if possible. Can you do it? Keep reading! Continue reading

10 Gluten Free Pantry Essentials

I’ve been eating gluten free for about 4 years. I’m not celiac or allergic, but for me eating gluten free causes extreme fatigue and chronic joint pain. I’m talking sleeping all night, waking up exhausted and in so much pain I’m nauseous, barely staying awake until 1 in the afternoon, sleeping until 5 or 6, spending the evening groggy, and crashing out again by 9. I could barely function and had no life. 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