I like having my house look well put together and decorated, and I even like to take on the occasional craft project now and then. What I don’t like is using a bunch of toxic chemicals or products to get the job done and spending a fortune to do it. I also don’t like all of the waste I see after one of these decorating projects. I end up wasting and spending more than I would have if I just paid someone to do it or bought something already done in the first place. I know eco-friendly is the buzz word of the decade, but it really does make sense to keep the environment and my own health in mind if I’m going to do any sort of re-decorating. Below are a few of the affordable, eco-friendly decorating ideas that I’m trying at the moment. Hopefully, you will get some inspiration as well!
I’ll be honest, I used to be a diet soda addict. I would easily polish off four or five cans a day, sometimes even larger bottles. As the years went on, I did cut back, but never quit. There was just something about the refreshing bubbles and caffeine that I couldn’t quite give up. I had heard people tell me how horrible diet soda was for you, but I didn’t really listen. I didn’t drink a lot of alcohol or smoke, so I figured one small vice was ok…But, after doing a little research myself, I learned I was horribly wrong. The side effects of diet soda are definitely real and they are not good. So, on my quest to live 80% cleaner, I decided I was going to stop drinking diet soda once and for all. I did not want the side effects of diet soda any longer and I was going to suffer through the withdrawal to finally kick the habit.
To be honest, I never really thought too much about what pan I used when I was cooking. Not that I cook all that much mind you, but when I did, I really didn’t worry about the vessel I was cooking in, I just worried about whether the food I was cooking was healthy and organic. After doing a little research, I realized that some of the pans that I use on a consistent basis were in fact leaching chemicals into my food and even into the air. The exact opposite effect I wanted to have on my health. I knew that there had to be a healthy non-stick pan alternative out there that could take the place of my toxic old one.
We all know what regular inflammation looks like. You get a cut, the skin around it becomes red and inflamed and eventually it heals and we forget that it ever happened. However, what most people, including myself, don’t think twice about is the chronic inflammation that goes on in our bodies every day. Our immune systems are continually responding to irritation from foreign matter from food and our environments, and while a certain amount of this is a good thing, a continuous stream with no relief, isn’t. Chronic inflammation is also a double whammy because we usually can’t even tell that anything is happening. Long-term inflammation in the body has been linked to heart disease, obesity, type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, autoimmune diseases, metabolic syndrome, and especially scary, cancer. So, I wanted to know what I could do to try to lower inflammation in my body naturally, and it looks like food has a lot to do with it. Below are the eight must-eat now foods that lower inflammation that I will be focusing on.
Who doesn’t want a great smelling house? I know I do. What I don’t want, however, is a house that smells great, but is filled with toxic chemicals. I also don’t want to go crazy and spend a lot of money or time trying to read labels and figure out which natural air freshener is ok enough to use. With all of that being said, I set out to find some of the best natural air freshener hacks on the web to make my house smell great – cheap and toxic free.
I have a confession to make…my mattress is old, really old, over 15 years old in fact. I definitely need a new one, but because I am trying to live at least 80% cleaner, I want to make sure that what I do buy is non-toxic. What I didn’t want was to spend and arm and a leg to get one. I knew that buying an affordable non-toxic mattress would take a little bit of research, especially since I wasn’t quite sure where to start.
I don’t know about you, but I have to consciously make myself drink water. If left to my own devices without sticky notes and phone pings reminding me, I would probably go far too long without drinking plain ol’ water. Nothing against water, it is just really boring. What I didn’t know is that if your body doesn’t get enough water, it can cause weird things to happen that you wouldn’t even think of. So, how much water should you drink, and when do you know you need to drink more? Read on to find out.
Brain fog, memory loss, forgetfulness and Alzheimer’s are all scary topics to consider, but they are a reality for many people. I, for one, want to do whatever I can to preserve my (somewhat) healthy brain. I’ve heard a lot about memory boosting foods, but not a whole lot about what foods to avoid. I knew that there had to be some – and there are. Most are common sense, but there were a couple of foods I would have never considered would wreak havoc on my brain health.
I like smelling nice, as I’m sure you do too. What I don’t like, is splashing on a bunch of chemicals all over my body in order to smell nice. Before my 80% Clean journey began, I honestly never gave perfume a second thought. It was a nice luxury to have and an instant pick-me-up. After I found out about all of the nasty chemicals, I thought that there had to be a better, more natural way. A little research later, I realized that essential oils were the answer, but man, were they expensive, especially the already blended essential oil perfumes. And, since most of the offerings out there are only available online, there wasn’t really a way to know what they smelled like before buying. I wanted to create my own DIY essential oil perfume that I could monkey around with and get it smelling the way I wanted, without breaking the bank. See below for a couple of the scents that I think smell fresh, clean, flowery, yet not overpowering.
I am all for making my own natural and organic cosmetics and beauty products. You can control the ingredients, the color and the smell. But, above all, it needs to be easy. I don’t want to spend hours in my kitchen or bathroom concocting something that may not work out in the end. With spring and summer upon us, I really wanted to learn how to make my own rose water. It can be used as a toner or body spray, or even put into lemonade or recipes if you are daring. I didn’t, however, want to spend a fortune on a small amount. So, below is my journey into DIY rose water. I’m pretty impressed since it turned out really well and was super easy.