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Soap Nuts: What are they?

Chemical Free Cleaning, Natural Home October 5, 2015

Soap nuts are a becoming increasingly popular among people looking for chemicals free, sustainable cleaners. But what are they exactly? Let’s explore that.

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My 5 Favorite Essential Oils

Chemical Free Cleaning, Natural Health Practices, Natural Home October 5, 2015

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular as more people are looking for clean alternatives to chemical filled products. I absolutely love using essential oils for my home and as medicinal relief. Every oil has different healthy, medicinal uses such as, pain relief, antibacterial properties, antimicrobial properties, and uses with aromatherapy. Here are my 5 favorite essential oils that I always make sure to have in the house.

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15 Reasons to Shop at Your Local Farmer’s Market

Natural Family September 30, 2015

You may have considered shopping at your local farmer’s market once or twice, but never really knew why you should. Here are 15 reasons why it is important.

Homemade Vegan Spaghetti Sauce | Gluten Free, Vegan, Kid Friendly, Paleo. This spaghetti sauce is a huge winner in my home!

Homemade Vegan Spaghetti Sauce | Gluten Free, Kid Friendly, Vegan, Paleo

Natural Family, Recipes January 31, 2016

Several months ago, my husband and I started trying to make our own spaghetti sauce rather than purchasing premade sauce. That decision was partially influenced by a search for a spaghetti sauce without additives and sugars, but also because we were watching a lot of “Chopped” and it always inspires us to get creative in the kitchen. So we started trying different combinations of fresh and canned ingredients to create a tomato sauce as good as the stuff you buy in a jar.

do you struggle identifying as a mom? You are not alone!

Do you ever struggle with identifying yourself as a mom? You are not alone.

Living Free, Motherhood January 25, 2016

I have been thinking about writing to you about this for a while, but I haven’t had the courage to sit down and actually write anything. You see, this isn’t something I really talk about, like ever. It’s not that I am afraid or ashamed of feeling this way, but more out of avoidance of conflict. Or my perceived conflict. The mom community can be so judgmental! Everyone has an opinion, which is totally fine, but when those opinions become the “only” way to parent, is when the issues begin. I simply didn’t want to deal with that all. But here I am, putting it all out there, because I genuinely believe that I cannot be the only one who struggles with this. But if we all avoid talking about these realities, nothing will ever change. We will all just be lonely and silently judging ourselves.

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Walnut Parmesan | Vegan, Gluten Free, Kid Friendly

Natural Home, Recipes December 22, 2015

One of the things that I have missed the most since transitioning to a vegan lifestyle is cheese. There is this decadence to cheese that just really can not be replaced with most vegan alternatives. However, every once in a while there is a diamond in the rough. This walnut parmesan altered from Clean Food Dirty Girl is one of those jewels. It isn’t exactly the same by any means, but I actually like the texture a little more than regular parmesan cheese. You can also make it change to whatever flavors you want my changing up the spices. Give it a try and let me know what you think!

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The Tastiest Vegan Macaroni and Cheese | Gluten Free, Vegan, Kid Approved, Plant Based

Natural Home, Recipes December 22, 2015

Today was one of those days where it was cold, rainy, and windy. I woke up and just wanted to curl up inside and not leave. So I began searching pinterest for yummy, vegan comfort foods. I came across this vegan Macaroni and Cheese recipe over at Clean Food Dirty Girl. I absolutely HAD to try it. Of course, I didn’t have everything I needed, but I decided that a quick trip to the grocery story was definitely worth it for Mac and Cheese.

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How Soap Nuts Work for Home Cleaning

Chemical Free Cleaning, Natural Home December 19, 2015

I started using soap nuts a few years ago when my mom bought me a huge bag of soap nuts for Christmas. It took me a while to really commit to using them on a daily basis, not because they didn’t work, but because I was lazy (this is a reoccurring theme in my life). It wasn’t until I started really learning about what they are and how soap nuts work that I realized what amazing little berries these are!

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Chemical Spotlight | Alkyl dimethyl benzyl ammonium chloride

Natural Home October 9, 2015

Welcome to the weekly Chemical Spotlight. Everyday cleaners and products that are sold in the grocery store are often full of harmful chemicals. They each serve their own purpose within the chemical makeup of a product. However, just because these chemicals are useful in a mass produced product does not mean they are beneficial for us or for our environment. This is where we take individual chemicals that are in common, everyday products and look at what they are and how they may be beneficial or hurtful.

my favorite essential oils

My 5 Favorite Essential Oils

Chemical Free Cleaning, Natural Health Practices, Natural Home October 5, 2015

Essential oils are becoming increasingly popular as more people are looking for clean alternatives to chemical filled products. I absolutely love using essential oils for my home and as medicinal relief. Every oil has different healthy, medicinal uses such as, pain relief, antibacterial properties, antimicrobial properties, and uses with aromatherapy. Here are my 5 favorite essential oils that I always make sure to have in the house.

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4 Ways to Reduce Plastic Use

Natural Family, Natural Home September 30, 2015

Plastic is something that is used in almost everything. You get plastic when you buy a water bottle, when you go grocery shopping, and so many items are covered in a thin layer of plastic to hold everything together. It would be extremely difficult to remove all plastic consumption from you life, but you can definitely reduce plastic use by making a few intentional decisions.