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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.  
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. 
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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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! 
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.

* 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!
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,

Anti-Aging: 14 Tea

Every Tea has its own health benefits!


  • White Tea – least processed, purest; very little caffeine.  Contains antioxidants that are wonderful for skin and complexion.

  • Green Tea – has only 5-10% of caffeine compared to coffee, has healthy antioxidants, good for skin & teeth, helps maintain cholesterol and healthy blood sugar levels

  • Oolong Tea – 15% of the caffeine in 1 cup of coffee, good for weight loss

  • Black Tea – 20% the caffeine in a cup of coffee, helps maintain cholesterol levels, helps with cardiovascular function and good for circulation

  • Herbal Tea – rich in Vitamin C, typically caffeine-free, YUMMY iced or hot, and broken down into 3 categories:

  1. Rooibos Tea : (Red Tea) lots of vitamins & minerals, antioxidants, caffeine free, promotes digestion and supports immune system, skin, teeth & bones

  2. Mate Tea : gives the same energy as coffee, but without the jitters, can curb appetite, and contains 21 vitamins & minerals

  3. Herbal Infusions : pure herbs, flowers, & fruits

  • Blooming Tea – flowering teas – actually “bloom” as they steep

  • Tea Blends – mixing different teas is a great way to get a variety of flavors and add a variety of health benefits to your body!

An example is Teavana’s Detox Tea Blend.  This contains a white tea, green tea, oolong and peppermint herbal tea!

What’s your favorite Tea?