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Welcome to my own little corner of the Web! I love my family and do what I can to leave as little of a carbon footprint on this beautiful earth we call home. We have become a paperless kitchen family! We make a lot of our stuff homemade. I love coffee and web browsing on blogs/facebook/pinterest, healthy organic (GMO free) cooking, and lots of kisses from Chris, Aiden, Coren and Mason...I am complete. I thrive to make our lives better. I have began a new stage in my life for my children. I want to show health to my children and what better way thru our every day life. I am currently on a weight loss journey and I will be sharing my success and failures on here. I am here to motivate and keep me accountable to reclaim my health and get my life back! Enjoy the ride :)

Monday, May 15, 2017

Natural Liquid Laundry Detergent

You will want to make this if you are at all concerned with toxins, if you are a Mama or if you simply want to put some extra cash back in your pocket. I might also add that this recipe is safe for HE washers and doesn't involve Borax or grating a bar of soap ;)

Use between 1/4c - 1/2c per load (as you would normally use liquid detergent)

Cost Breakdown:
1c Castile Soap = $3.75 {based on Dr. Bronners $15/32oz}
1c Baking Soda = $0.31
1/3c Sea Salt = $0.50
20 drops of doTERRA essential oil = $1.60
TOTAL = $6.16 for about 60 loads

To Compare Costs:
Tide Free + Gentle costs at least $12 to do the same amount of loads. So being that the average home does 350 loads/yr you would end up purchasing about 6 jugs of Tide {$72}. Making your own with this recipe would cost you $37/year.

- doTERRA has a liquid OnGuard laundry detergent that costs $35 for 64 loads {I keep this on back-up} I also love their OnGuard Cleaning Concentrate for stains.

So although the financial incentive isn't crazy high, when you factor in the convenience of making it at home, the fact that it's completely safe on your skin {especially if your kids/you have skin issues such as eczema} and the greatest factor is that IT WORKS! I switch up which oils I use every time I make a batch but my fave combination is 10 drops OnGuard + 10 drops Citrus Bliss. The Citrus Bliss smells amazing {think creamsicles} and the OnGuard is a protective blend. Other oils I have used in this recipe are Lavender + Peppermint, Purify Blend or Lemongrass.

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Saturday, May 13, 2017

DIY Homemade bees wax cloth wraps

I have been working to create a plastic & paper free kitchen (not easy to do) and a step I am taking this spring is to replace my plastic wrap with these yummy smelling DIY bees wax cloth wrap. I first saw these at the Ashland Co-Op and fell in love with the idea. They were selling these wax covered cloths for $8 a pop and I knew this was a perfect DIY. All you need is organic beeswax that you can grate or get in bead form and some cotton scraps. I was given my cotton from a friend who is always so awesome at helping me out and being supportive in my crazy ideas lol. Free is always good right? So for less than a latte, I have these pretty plastic wrap replacements. I am loving using them for my cheese and sandwiches and plan to make several for my favorite bowls that often go into the fridge. To form the wrap around the bowl, let the warmth of your hands soften the wax. Remember to not wash in the dishwasher, but use a lukewarm water and some organic soap between uses. Check out my step-by-step tutorial below!

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Thursday, May 11, 2017

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Monday, May 8, 2017

After being gone for a long while I'm back!!!!!!!

What have I been doing you ask? Well lets see I am raising with my hubby 3 beautiful boys! Can you believe that I started working part time as a independent contractor! I audit companies, mystery shop and just have fun at my job!

6 months ago I decided that I needed to make a change in our home and we went paperless and plasticless in our kitchen. What does this mean? Well I took out paper towels, cling wrap, foil, plastic baggies, plastic containers. I went cold turkey! Here are some options I found to replace these items before I started making my own. My homemade versions will come in the next post!

Cling wrap or foil no more instead I started using bee wrap

Instead of paper towels I got a bin of wash clothes and hand towels.

I also only use only all natural cleansers and cleaners in my home. I came up with this caddy so I could move from room to room with ease.

My next couple posts will be what I have learned and how to make some of these items myself. Homemade bee wraps, laundry soap and dish tabs.