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.
During the hot summer months, it can be so refreshing to sit down and relax with an ice-cold drink. So if you are looking for a delicious summer drink, without all the additives, kombucha is a fabulous alternative.
Looking to add more to your family’s diet in a quick and easy way? Don’t have time to cook a breakfast every morning, yet still wish to indulge in a balanced wholesome meal? Hemp protein may be your solution! Adding a simple and organic hemp protein to your routine can save you time and add many benefits a typical breakfast would not have. Arm yourself with knowledge about this super-food and learn how incorporate it into your family with a tasty recipe.
As busy moms ourselves, we know you don’t have time to spend standing over the kitchen sink at the end of the day, scraping and scrubbing stuck-on grease and food particles off of your cookware and oven racks. While scrapers and Brillo pads can help remove this annoying grime quickly, it could leave permanent scratches on your cookware. And powerful commercial dish soaps can contain questionable chemicals that you don’t want to use on your family’s dishes. We have a natural solution to one of life’s grimiest problems.
You love your pets. But you don’t love the messes they sometimes leave on your carpets and furniture. From hairballs to pee puddles, it can be a pain to find the right cleaner to eliminate these stains. With all of the products on the market today claiming to be the best pet stain remover, it can be a daunting and expensive task to find one that truly works. Not to mention many cleaners on the market have questionable chemicals in them. So, how do you eliminate pet stains naturally and effectively? Is that even possible? Yes! We have rounded up the best recipes for pet stain solutions for you!
With husbands, kids and pets, you might feel like it’s impossible to keep your house clean and your air and furniture smelling fresh. You probably find yourself washing throw blankets and pillows constantly to rid them of common odors. But what do you do with the things you can’t toss in the wash? Have you resorted to using common air and fabric fresheners, like Febreze or even Lysol? While these items might act as a quick fix to common household odor problems, they are probably doing your family more harm than good. Read on to find out why and how, with three simple ingredients, you can eliminate odor in your house naturally and safely.
Are you looking to deep clean your house, but the thought of using conventional cleaners with sketchy ingredients makes you less than thrilled? You may be interested to learn that many essential oils offer you the same caliber of clean, with nothing gross left behind. Check out this easy reference guide to learn about the power of cleaning with essential oils!