DIY AFTER-SUN LOTION

I’ve stumbled upon the best solution for my skin after spending a glorious day in the sun.  It’s kinda obvious and super easy and cheap.  I used this for the first time last summer after getting a burn from using a chemical sun screen. BOOOOO!  I normally use a natural brand but this particular pool day I didn’t have any and used my friends.  
Read HERE to find out why we switched to natural in the first place.  
Anywho, I used this DIY lotion on my burn and it worked better than anything I have ever used, ever!  I applied it at least 4 times a day for the first 3 days.  
1.  It seriously soothed the burn.  
2.  After a few days, my daughter and I both realized that my skin was super SOFT!  She asked what I was using and asked me to make her some!  lol 
3.  And finally, my peeling and itching was minimized.  
So from now on we use this:

WHAT’S IN MY SWANSON VITAMIN box?

I got my SwansonVitamins.com order today!!!  
Let’s take a look at my goodies…

First, I was so happy to see that these powered probiotics were BUY 1 GET 1 FREE!!!  They are still running this sale, so go now and order HERE!!!   2 for $9.99…  YOU CAN’T BEAT THAT!  This fall I started adding this to my kids smoothies and juice.  They didn’t even know it was in there, and they were getting 
  • Needed support for the kid’s GI and immune function development 
  • 3 billion viable organisms in each serving
  • No added sugar and flavor free 
 
This is a protein supplement I add to smoothies or just mix with water.  
It taste really good and check this out…
  • It’s a hormone-free high-protein nutrition with Aminogen plant enzymes!
  • It boosts overall health and supports lean muscle development 🙂
I have never had frankincense essential oil and I thought this is the perfect season to try it!  Frankincense has a long history dating back thousands of years and has proven to have antiseptic and inflammatory properties.  It was considered an effective remedy for toothaches to leprosy (history.com)
Frankincense was valued greater than gold during ancient times and only those with great wealth and abundance possessed it. It is mentioned in one of the oldest known medical records, dating from the 16th century BC – an ancient Egyptian list of 877 prescriptions and recipes.  Man that’s a lot. 

“They entered the house and saw the child in the arms of Mary, his mother.  Overcome, they kneeled and worshiped him.  Then they opened their luggage and presented gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.” Matthew 2:11  The Message

Frankincense was used to anoint new born sons of kings and priests… and it was brought as a gift to the new born baby Jesus.  For the purpose of anointing their king and/or a great first aid to stick in her diaper bag, I know Mary was thankful for this gift!

I’m not sure yet how we will use it, but I will apply it to Christmas day somehow.  Any ideas?  Let me know in the comments below! 
And these are the new products we are trying!
I’ll let you know how I like them 🙂
A few other products I bought:
  • Organic Chia Seeds
  • Dr. Bronner’s Pure-Castile Soap
  • Jasmine Absolute essential oil
  • Peppermint essential oil – we love this in our homemade toothpaste recipe HERE
  • Texas Cedarwood essential oil… WHAT???  This is a new one for me… and being from Texas, I’m super pumped about it!!!
  • A Beauty Drink Mix with verisol – For me 🙂
  • Policosanol… heart health – Jeremy’s
  • Alpha Lipoic Acid… antioxidant protection, powerful free-radical fighter – Jeremy’s
  • Aged Black Garlic…the benefits of garlic without the stinky breath!
If you have never shopped at Swansons before, you will get a $5 coupon if you click on the links on this post!  It’s a refer a friend program.. and you are my friends… and I absolutely recommend you shop there!!!  Best Prices 🙂
 
 
In a few weeks I will do a HEALTHY KIDS supplement giveaway here on the blog!  Sign up to receive emails so you don’t miss it. 

GUEST PRESENTATION AT SCHOOL – DIY FUN!!!

My daughter, Taylor, attends a super cool school called Cedar Hall.  It’s a school on a farm!  The classical learning style helps develop a love of reading, learning and exploring.  
The hands-on “farm” learning teaches the students about life and gives application to what they are learning.  
WE LOVE IT!
 
I was honored last week when I was invited to do a demo and show the kids how easy it is to make chemical-free common household (and school) products. 
 
 IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!
The entire Middle School.
 
As you can see, I pulled out my stash of goodies from my “chemistry lab” and handed out a sheet with the recipes for them to follow.
Are YOU curious as to what we made???
Well, I thought I’d be a nice blogger and share with you 🙂

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We made hand soap and all-purpose spray for both the girls and the boys bathrooms.  Each decided on the essential oil “flavor” they wanted.
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TOOTHPASTE
We all made a batch to take home and try out. 
* 1 part Baking Soda
* 1 part Coconut Oil
* 5-10 drops of essential oil:
peppermint  spearmint  eucalyptus  grapefruit
lemon  lime  cinnamon  rosemary  orange
* And everyone gets their own toothpaste container! 
 
NO DOUBLE DIPPING IN MY TOOTHPASTE!!! 
The spearmint was the most popular, followed by peppermint and orange.  A few tried cinnamon and we decided it “tasted” like those Christmas cinnamon brooms… 
so not for me.
I did warn the kids that this tasts/feels salty because of the baking soda.  Add more coconut oil if you want and you can add a little stevia or sugar to sweeten it… but that seems weird to me because we are trying to remove sugars from our teeth, but some recipes add it.  
Check out how easy this is on my DIY Toothpaste video.


 Right now Tropical Traditions has their Coconut Oil on Sale!
This is no doubt the best quality you can get and I absolutely LOVE this awesome company.  
Click HERE to take a look and buy.

STUFF TO KNOW ABOUT ESSENTIAL OILS
* Citrus oils pul toxins out of plastics and should only be used with glass.
* Essential oils should not be used undiluted on the skin.  Some can be used with “carrier oils, waxes,     butters, alcohols, or other diluting measures
* Do not take essential oils internally – especially wintergreen and eucalyptus
* If you’re allergic to a food, you will be allergic to that oil.
* Most essential oils are high in antibacterial, anti fungal and antiviral properties… good for cleaning!
* If you use product on a child under 5 yrs, use half the amount of essential oils
* Always test a small area of your skin first to make sure it isn’t  going to irritate your skin
Click HERE for other DIY Products I make!
I buy all of my DIY products from 
They have an impressive amount of high quality brands to choose from, with such a LOW price!  Shopping HEALTHY, NATURAL, and ORGANIC doesn’t have to be expensive!  
Check them out HERE and order a few Essential Oils to start your own Homemade Collection!
And if you’ve never shopped with Swansons before you will get a $5 coupon as a THANK YOU for choosing them!
Here are some of the wonderful products that came to my door last week from SwansonVitamins.com
Tis the season!
LOVE THIS!
Frankincense & Myrrh!
My absolute favorite Natural Deodorant!
Finally something that works!
Makes the winter season a little less cold (along with my UGGs!)
Go shop and I’d love to know what you pick up!
Goodbye for now,

DIY LAVENDER DRYER BALLS

First, I can’t believe how easy this dryer sheet switch is.  Oh, and if you aren’t sure if it’s a big deal to replace what you are use to, read 10 TOXINS LURKING IN YOUR FABRIC SOFTENER 
Now there are a few different options here:  Felted Wool Dryer Balls (I read that they come apart in the dryer) or aluminum foil dryer balls (I’ve read mixed reviews and I REALLY want my laundry to smell good!) so I choose to go THE SOCK rout.  I first saw this idea on the CampWander blog.  I took Rebecca’s advice on the first load and choose to use my Lavender Essential Oil.  The first test: our bedroom sheets.  I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised with the results!  My sheets are clean, soft, and smell delightful.  I hear that each ball will last 10-15 loads, depending on the brand of the oil you use.  I’ll give you my report in a few more laundry days.  

So now it’s your turn!  

 WHAT YOU NEED:
AND
DO THIS:
I want to know what you think! 
Try it out and then come leave a comment.
For now, I’m going to curl up in my freshly cleaned sheets 🙂
Goodnight!

DIY GLASS/MIRROR CLEANER

WHAT YOU NEED
1 cup white vinegar
1 cup water
8 drops of a citrus essential oil –
 lemon, orange, grapefruit, or lime
spray bottle – glass is best

 

Add all the ingredients to a spray bottle using a funnel.  Shake well before using.  Spray onto glass or mirror and then wipe with a dry cloth or towel.
Clean your faucets with this as well!  
Use in the bathroom and it will prevent your mirrors from fogging up 🙂

* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!! Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!!  Go get you a FREE essential oil!


HAPPY HEALTY CLEANING!

DIY DUSTING SPRAY

Shake it up often because the oils separate. 
That’s all I’ve got to say about that.
Oh, and glass jars are better than plastic.
Now go make it!!!
* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!! Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!!  Go get you a FREE essential oil!
 
 
HAPPY HEALTHY CLEANING!

DIY MICROWAVE CLEANER

I’m sure you are very busy today, 
so I will keep this short and sweet:
1. Fill a microwave safe bowl full of white vinegar and 15 drops of tea tree essential oil (or another oil you choose).  
2. Heat for about 2 minutes.  There will be steam.  
3. Wait about 3 minutes and then wipe down the walls with a clean cloth or sponge.  Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot vinegar bowl when taking it out.  

The end.  
Easy to do while you are washing out our dinner dishes tonight!

* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!! Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!! Go get you a FREE essential oil!

 

HAVE A HAPPY HEALTHY DAY!
 

DIY: CLEAN SINK

FOR A CLEAN AND SPARKLY SINK, YOU WILL NEED
1-2 drops of lemon essential oil
damp cloth or sponge
1 tsp baking soda
Sprinkle baking soda on your sink.
Add lemon oil drops to damp cloth or sponge and scrub.
Rinse thoroughly.
THIS IS ANTIBACTERIAL!!!
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Keep a jar of baking soda under the sink so that everyone can have access to it and help!  
Clean your sink before you go to bed so you can wake up to a shinny, clean sink in the morning!

* Thank you SWANSONVITAMINS.COM for providing the wonderful, natural products for this blog series!!!  Go check out this great company for your supplies.  They have the best prices I know!!! Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to Swansons!!! Go get you a FREE essential oil!

Are the DIY Cleaners REALLY Going to CLEAN?

If you are ANYTHING like me, you are asking this question:
“Do these homemade ‘cleaners’ actually CLEAN???…  because that’s kind of the point.  I want all germs, viruses, bacteria and all other nastiness that have made their way into my house killed!”

So this blog post is dedicated to ME.  After reading this post I can be assured that my new cleaners are kicking germ butt and leaving my house clean!!!  
Oh, and I hope it helps you too! 🙂

THE PRODUCTS I WILL USE THE MOST:
BAKING SODA
natural deodorizer and stain remove and  rinses easily. 
BONUS:  completely non-toxic (safe for pets – or kids – who might be tempted to lick it) and cheap!
VINEGAR
 disinfectant, can remove stains, and is a sanitize  
BONUS:  completely non-toxic  and cheap!

LIQUID CASTILE SOAP
(like Dr. Bronner’s)  
vegetable based soap (others are petroleum based), non-toxic and gentle enough to use on face or on pets.


3% FOOD GRADE HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
a natural bleaching agent, disinfectant, and has stain removing properties. Does not have heavy metals (like the non-food grade kind) and can be used for first-aid, body and oral care, produce, household surfaces, dishwasher, laundry & stains, plants & gardens, and plants.
Do not take by mouth.

Do not use Lemongrass undiluted on your skin.
Lavender is not recommended for children to use orally and consult your doctor before using it topically.  Read THIS about using lavender oil
If you are pregnant, do not consume Juniper Berry.  Also, some medications can can interact with this.  For more info on using Juniper Berry, read THIS.
Speak to your health care provider before using Clary Sage during pregnancy and childbirth. 
Also, it should be avoided internally.  Read more about different types of Sage oil HERE
Eucalyptus should never be applied to the skin undiluted.  Avoid use of an infant or young child.  It should never be taken orally, unless under the guidance of a qualified physician.
Citrus oils bother some people, or even may be allergic to them, so choose one cleaner to use it in, only use a few drops of it at first, and then observe everyone in the house for a few days after being exposed to it.  

I get all of these products at 
SwansonVitamin.com
They have high quality products you can trust and really, really good prices!  


Click HERE to get a $5 coupon to SwansonVitamins!!!
Read THIS to find out WHY it’s important to reduce the chemicals in the home.
Read THIS for a general SHOPPING LIST for this DIY project!
Read THIS to find out what essential oils are toxic.

Thank you Swanson’s for providing the products for this series!!!

I HOPE YOU JOIN AND INVITE YOUR FRIENDS!  

DIY HOUSECLEANERS SHOPPING LIST

For the month of June, I will be replacing all of my HouseHold Cleaners with NON-TOXIC, CHEMICAL-FREE solutions I am making myself! And I will document it here on the blog 🙂 You should join me in the next step of 
LIVING HEALTHY!!! 
 
So if you are taking this journey with me, here is a basic shopping list for you to put together before June.  
Essential Oils:
Need to be 100% Certified Organic.  What you choose is all about your preference.  Take a look at this Essential Oil Directory to get familiar with the different oil scents.  Read this to learn about the properties and benefits of the different oils.  These links might help you decide what oils you would like to use. 
 
Oh, did I mention you will save $$$$$ by making your own cleaners?  And it’s healthy?  
So are you taking the plunge?  
Let me know if you have questions and YOU BETTER share tips with me that you discover along the way!!!
THIS IS GOING TO BE FUN!!!
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