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I love a house that smells good when you walk in! There was a time in my life where I would have used a plug in, a scented candle, the potent melted wax, or air freshener sprays, but now I know better. Keeping an artificially fragrance free house is tough because I still want to remove food or other stinky odors from my house but you can’t brainlessly spray a chemical to pollute your indoor air. Did you know that the EPA estimates that indoor air is 4 times more polluted than outdoor air in most homes in the winter time when houses are closed up tight?
I have used many different natural products that I have laying around my house or my yard. I have used pine needles and lemon juice, I have used cloves and citrus, I have used cinnamon and apple cores but one of my favorite scents is orange peel and cinnamon. The smell of cinnamon smells like fresh baked goods, and the citrusy smell of orange smells like sunshine.
You can use a small pan on the stove but you have to make sure that you dont simmer all of the water out and start a fire, instead I have this potpourri warmer that I have had for about 10 years that is really awesome for natural air fresheners.
My old school potpourri warmer, some ground cinnamon, and an orange
Peel an orange, eat the orange and put the orange peel into the pot.
Add 1 tablespoon of ground cinnamon, or eyeball it.
Add water to fill up the pot, mix the cinnamon and orange peel, put it on the stove to simmer, or if you have a potpourri warmer plug it in. Enjoy a fresh smelling house without adding any chemicals, phthalates, petroleum products, or chemical fragrances and protect your indoor air quality.
Since I stopped using toxic dryer sheets a few years back I have had them sitting in their box in my basement collecting dust. I heard a rumor that you could use dryer sheets to remove dried bugs from your car. I thought that sounds like a good thing to test out so I put on a rubber glove, grabbed one dryer sheet out of the box and went outside.
After driving around all summer long, collecting bugs, letting them bake on, my car looked like this.
After wetting the front of the car with the hose, rubbing one dryer sheet over the front of my car, headlights and grill with very little effort, it looked like this. (I guess they don’t remove the scuffs you get when your son runs into your car with a big wheel.)
So if you are like me and don’t use dryer sheets in your dryer because you refuse to put dangerous chemicals and hormone disrupting fragrances on your clean clothes, you can bring those extra dryer sheets to the garage as a very simple and effective bug remover.
Quick tie your shoes it is time to go to school! Why are your shoes always untied when you get off the bus? Did you walk around school with your laces dragging all day?
Untied shoes can be dangerous, there is no support in a pair of athletic shoes if they are constantly untied. Kids dont want to stop and tie their shoes when the are playing a game or running with their friends at recess, I remember bully kids trying to step on untied laces to trip kids when we were kids. I was so tired of seeing my daughter walk off the bus with one shoe untied and thinking how unsafe that is that I decided to fix it for good.
Sure you can buy elastic or no tie laces online for 9-15 dollars but you can fix them yourself for less than $2.
1. Go to a craft or sewing store and pick up some 1/4 inch braided elastic, I bought mine at Walmart and it was under $2 for 3 yards. I can do at least 3 pairs of shoes with this.
2. Pull out the old shoe laces, throw those germ infested things away. (They have been dragged around the gross school bathroom floor and all kinds of kid cooties that live on school floors!)
3. Use a handwork knitting needle (also available at a craft store) to thread the elastic through the holes. If you don’t have this, you can use clear tape to form a point or temporary aglet.
4. Lace up both sides of the shoes, make sure the elastic is not twisted, I prefer to go over the sides of the shoes and have the elastic end on the underside of the shoe.
5. Using a needle and thread sew the ends of the elastic so they are folded one on top of the other, I sewed all the way to the end where I trimmed the excess off. I wanted to hide the unfinished edge under the bottom edges of the shoes.
6. Trim off the excess elastic.
7. Finish the other shoe- your done!
Your child wont come home from school with untied shoes, they wont have to stop playing a game to tie their shoes, and they won’t have another kid step on their untied laces, trip, fall and get hurt. It took me about 5 minutes to do this project, I am already excited for the saved time each morning waiting for my kid to tie her shoes!
p.s. For those of you worried I am handicapping my child by giving her elastic laces, I taught her to tie her shoes, she can do it. I am not worried about her going to college without the ability to tie her shoes.
I am going to talk about something nobody ever talks about, periods. We can talk about babies, deliveries, but periods are taboo. Yes, I am going there!
One day while surfing online I was trying to find cheap tampons, I ran across a thing called a menstrual cup. After reading user reviews watching a few Youtube videos, I quickly ordered a Diva Cup. I have used it for a few months now and I LOVE it!!!!
I also liked the green aspect of the menstrual cup. With a menstrual cup, I have no waste! None! Not even a panty liner!
Let me tell you about a menstrual cup. It is a silicone cup that holds your menstrual blood. You remove it, empty the liquid into the toilet. You only need to empty a menstrual cup 2-3 times per day, you can leave it in up to 12 hours so most people don’t need to worry about it at all during work. It has a little stem, you insert it, give it a spin to make a form suction and it stays in place with no leaks.
To get it out, you bear down, you grab the little stem and ridged base, pinch the silicone to break the suction, pull it out and dump the contents into the toilet, rinse it out with water and reinsert it.
I had never heard of one of these and I have to tell the world that it is soooooooo much better than tampons!!! Sure it costs about $30 bucks to start out but you will never have to run to the store for tampons, pads and panty liners each month. I realized I would spend about $8-10 bucks each month for menstrual supplies, the last two months I did not spend a dime.
I put my menstrual cup in a cute little zipped bag, I also carry around a little squeeze bottle filled with water for public bathrooms and that is it. No more panty liners, or tampons taking up my purse.
You can swim, exercise, run, dance, and there are no leaks. You don’t have to worry about toxic shock, leaking tampons, or wearing a sweaty pad. I hope I never have to go back.
Many people have said to me you never stay home do you? I will answer them not really, I am the anti-stay at home, stay at home mom. I love bringing my kids many different places and letting them experience life.
-Don’t just read about doing things or watch them on tv, actually do things!!!
-Teach your children about life by giving them life experiences.
-Teach your children when to feel safe and when to feel leery of others by being around many different people.
-Teach your children how to solve problems by giving them real life opportunities to practice solving them.
-You can’t create life experiences if you never leave the house.
It is a whole lot easier to not leave the house, to not have to plan ahead, pack lunches, pack snacks, pack strollers, bundle up little kids, worry about melt downs, but that does not mean you should take the easy road and stay home.
Your kids will be healthier if you never bring them out of the house and expose them to germs from other sick kids with their sticky, dirty, germy hands touching everything that your kids will touch. How will your childs immune system deal with the onslaught of germs once they reach school age if they have not already had every one of the normal childhood illnesses?
Your kids wont have to experience mean children if you never bring them places where mean children play. How are they going to learn how to defend themselves and when it is important to stand up for themselves and others? There will always be mean kids, mean teenagers and mean adults, give them the life experiences and talk to them about how to deal with mean people and stand up for themselves without being violent.
Your kids won’t know how fortunate they are if they dont see poor people. If you never bring them downtown and let them see the homeless people walking out of the shelter or staying warm in the skyways. Let them appreciate their good fortune and see first hand how some people live, teach them kindness and empathy.
Your kids need to see that there are dangerous people in the world that they need to watch out for. Teach them to appreciate that the police and fire departments are here, show them what a burnt down house looks like, point out to them that bad people get caught and get arrested.
Your kids will not learn to stand up for themselves if they don’t see you standing up for yourself! If we never leave the house we would not experience that not everyone in the world are honest or rule followers. My children have witnessed me standing up for what I believe is right by me confronting others.
Let your kids experience unfairness when they have been standing in line to go across the lily pads at the pool and a rude kid cuts in front of them. Use that as a learning experience to teach them to stand up for themselves in the future and to say I was here first.
Show your children which people you want them to avoid because they are scary or give you a bad feeling, let them learn to trust their instincts and know that not all people are good. Give your kids opportunities to be around strangers so you can teach them which strangers are not okay to talk to.
Let your kids learn about life by experiencing it first hand, bring your kids in as many places as you can, teach them how to live life around all different kinds of people not just people who you want to associate with. Give them the skills to live through life experiences, and the real world opportunities to practice those skills.
Despite being more work, more time, more germs, more mean kids, more frightening, I bring my kids out to experience the world!