Let’s face it- out of all the rooms in your home, your kitchen probably sees the most action. (Unless you happen to have a newly potty trained child.) Yet, sometimes it simply becomes overlooked. Sure, you do the dishes everyday and you make sure to wipe your cooktop off after meals, but do you ever dedicate some time to really get all up in your kitchen’s business? Instead of devoting a few hours to deep clean your kitchen from top to bottom, here’s the busy mom’s guide to keeping a hygienic kitchen- broken down into an easily managed weekly plan that can quickly become routine (+ a few of our favorite “tips and tricks” thrown in for good measure!)
Summer is here! And that means there’s probably a Farmers’ Market near you that is in full swing. Farmers’ Markets are great places to find local and organic produce, handicrafts, pastured meats and dairy, and homemade goodies. Just make sure that you follow these 10 tips to make your visit to the Farmer’s Market as good as it can be.
Sneezing your head off? Watery eyes? Runny nose? Congested? We know the feeling.
Having all of these symptoms at once usually means you have allergies, whereas, if it were a cold, you would typically have each of these symptoms separately. Also, a cold commonly comes on during the winter months, and seasonal allergies are more common in the spring, summer and fall, since this is when trees, plants, and grasses are pollinating. Unfortunately though, indoor allergies can cause symptoms all year long.1
So, what do we do about these allergens making our life miserable?
First, we can start where we spend so much of our time. Today we discuss a few ways to reduce allergens in the home.
Taking a stroll down your local grocery store’s shampoo aisle can be very intimidating. Between specialized formulas for hair types, chemically treated, or even curly hair, well, needless to say, there isn’t a shortage when it comes to shampoo and conditioner being accessible to everyone and their mom’s hair type. But, whether you’re shopping in a drug store, health store, or even your beauty salon, you need to arm yourself with knowledge to combat the toxic chemicals or irritants that lurk inside even the most popular brands of shampoo and conditioner!
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Doesn’t it feel like the laundry just piles up every day? It seems never ending. It’s at times like this that anything that will quicken the laundry process will simply save your day. That is why we are big fans of High-efficiency washers.
Summer has finally arrived, and if your family is anything like ours, you’ll be spending most of your time outdoors.
While many adventures need nothing more than a good imagination, we’d be lying if we told you that our backyards are free of a few simple items. Interestingly enough, most of them are made from recycled plastic! And, while we’re all for avoiding plastic when it comes to anything that might get close to our children’s digestive system, we’re 100% confident that recycled plastic is the way to go when it comes to outdoor activities.
Need a little convincing? Here are 8 reasons you should choose recycled plastic too.
Crayons are a staple in every toddler and child’s home. Not only are there probably several different kinds stacked neatly in a box in the art area at home, but there’s usually a few in the bathroom, under the couch, in the car, or in other various places that are completely impossible to get to. Let’s face it, kids love crayons.
You’ve been waiting all winter long to whip out your green thumb, to visit the nursery and pick out your favorite flowers and seeds, to feel the cool soil between your fingers, and to let the sun warm your back. It’s finally time, and you’re just about to drop the exact number of microscopic seeds into a perfectly measured hole when you’re startled by a happy yell and an ice cold stream of water pummeling your back, knocking you over and sending the organic seeds flying through the air. In your garden zen, you forgot for a moment that you have a toddler.
Whether you have a half acre garden or a raised square foot bed, one toddler or three, you can still happily tend to your garden this year with your toddler underfoot. Here are some ways to garden alongside your little one with less stress and less mess.
If you are on a mission to rid your house of unwanted chemicals, a great first place to start is your cleaning cabinet. There are many excellent natural cleaning products out there on the market that not only look great but are very expensive. While these products are great to have on hand, why not save yourself some money and make some at home? We’ve already addressed all the amazing uses of vinegar when it comes to cleaning, but did you know that baking soda has almost as many surprising and natural uses? Baking soda is non-toxic, multi-purpose and CHEAP and can be used in cleaning, baking, cooking, and even medicinally.
Hydrogen peroxide – chemically known as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants used in all parts of the world. In fact, the odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now! Most people typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts or even as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize. Because of hydrogen peroxide’s anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal properties, it makes it one of the most valuable $2.00 purchases you can make at the drug store!
The famous Goldfish crackers are probably a staple in your house if you have children. They fly off the shelves and into your children’s mouths in a second. Those little bags just aren’t big enough for the addicting fishies. Not to mention, they probably are addicting for a reason, possibly due to the high amounts of sodium packed in, along with other ingredients that you might not be a fan of. Don’t deprive your kids of the bite size, cheesy goodness they have come to know and love. Just change up your game. It’s super easy to make your own homemade Goldfish crackers, surprisingly with only 5 ingredients! You wish there were only 5 ingredients listed on the back of those bags. Now you can not only give your kids what they want, but you can rest assured knowing exactly what they are eating.
It seems as though we’re all trying to incorporate more eco-friendly, non-toxic, and “green” aspect into our daily lives. So why not bring your holiday shopping into the mix? There are lots of “green” products out there that are perfect for gifting this holiday season, and we’re here to help you find them. There’s something for everyone (even the family pet!) in our Eco-Friendly Gift Guide. And you can be sure that each product is a safer, more responsible way to keeping your loved ones healthy and keeping our world greener!
Ahhh, white vinegar – quite possibly one of the most perfect and natural household cleaners ever! Most store bought cleaners fall into either one of two categories: toxic or really expensive..but vinegar breaks the mold when it comes to the norm. It’s cheap, non toxic, available to purchase at almost any store and it perfectly safe for people, pets and the earth! The uses of vinegar are almost endless, but for this post, we will be covering some of the amazing uses it when it comes to house cleaning. From the floors to the walls, from the living room, office and kid’s rooms- vinegar comes to save the day again, and again and again- and for less than $3 for a gallon, you really get a lot for your money!
Chances are you haven’t given much thought to worms as anything other than fish bait or on rainy days when they congregate on the sidewalk. Did you know that worms can make tea?? No, not the kind of tea that anyone would want to drink, but a very useful and nutritious drink for your garden. Read on to find out more about how you can put those little creepy crawlers to work toward beautifying your yard and making your garden grow.
Fall is unofficially here folks whether you like it or not! Most people are ready for a reprieve from the heat but with this time comes the knowing of what lies ahead: back to school and the HOLIDAYS! This time of the year is fun and family-filled, but also extremely busy. During the summer, we tend to be more relaxed about everything: kids schedules, eating, daily routines, and yes, often our cleaning. So by the end of the summer our houses look… well… worn. Are you the same way? If you said YES, then have no fear! We are here to help with ten things you should clean this weekend to give your house a jump start on getting fresh and clean just in time to decorate.