The Top 3 Back-to-School Ideas You Can’t Live Without!

One of my most clear Back-to-School memories is the new book tote my mother bought for me in the 4th grade. It had the perfect fabric – a green tartan plaid – and a cross body strap adjusted to the perfect length! Absolutely EVERYONE had one of some kind or another, and so did I! I’m in charge of getting everyone back to school, and things seem a smidge more complicated! I’m here to tell you that getting yourself organized is key. Here are my top 3 ideas to start you on your way. Tip #1 – Organize the FOOD!  Getting back-to-school can create mealtime planning chaos if you aren’t prepared. Plan out breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks. Trust me on this one – it will make life SO MUCH EASIER! You will also save a TON of time cooking and grocery shopping. My method is simple. Create a ‘Catagory Plan’ for each day, make a...

ARE YOUR HOUSEHOLD CLEANERS POISONING YOU??

Have you ever wondered if those chemicals you clean with might actually be poisoning you? Many people are becoming aware of toxic chemicals that are creating poisonous household cleaners. Most desire a more safe method of getting their homes clean. Did you know that there’s no federal regulation of chemicals in household products? No testing needs to be done, nor do cleaning products need to meet safety standards! My mother cleaned with bleach. As a child, I remember having white towels and white sheets because “they come spotlessly clean with bleach”, and Mom liked “spotlessly clean”. I, unlike my mother, don’t use bleach. Ever. I’m concerned about the environment and my children’s lungs more than spotless sheets. My sheets are blue. If you are moving toward a more healthy, toxin-free environment, you might be wondering where to start. Let’s start with poisonous household cleaners. Here are a few to get rid of. BLEACH – Bleach is a corrosive...

HOT TIPS for using ESSENTIAL OILS in the HOME

ESSENTIAL OILS are all the rage these days – the talk of Mom’s Clubs, Naturopaths, Massage Therapists – anyone who is interested in a more organic, toxin free lifestyle will wander across these ‘natural wonders’ in their personal research! What Is an Essential Oil? So – what exactly IS an ESSENTIAL OIL? What do they DO? Why USE them? And…why use them in your HOME? An ESSENTIAL OIL is the highly concentrated “essence” of the plant from which it is derived. Roots, stems, leaves, flowers and bark are processed by steam distillation, expression, or extraction, to create a usable oil product with varying  scents, These oils are valued for their healing properties, and wellness benefits. Essential oils are natural and chemical-free, which is why they are so appealing to anyone wanting a more “green” lifestyle. Essential oils can be used in different ways, including aromatherapy, topical application, or for our purposes, in household care! It’s funny – most...