I don’t know about you, but I feel like groceries are getting more and more expensive each day. Then try throwing in actually buying healthy groceries and it gets even more difficult to save a buck. Food and groceries take a large chunk out of many people’s budgets (including mine), but it hopefully doesn’t have to be as pocket draining as it seems. With a few simple tweaks and a little planning, I think it is entirely possible to eat healthy on the cheap and stay within a tight budget.
I know I am not alone when I have a complete disdain for hard water stains in my toilet. They are completely frustrating and seemingly impossible to get rid of. I have tried an endless number of toilet bowl cleaners, natural and not so much, but to no avail, nothing worked. It finally dawned on me that there has to be some way that I can scrape the stains off the bowl. After a little research I came upon the easiest hack ever to clean toilet bowl stains naturally – and it actually worked and worked well. I would absolutely give credit to the original person who came up with this ingenious hack, but I honestly don’t know who that person is. There are also a lot of people out there who probably already know this, but since I didn’t, I feel like I should share again.
Meditation is definitely the buzzword of the day. It seems like every program you turn on or magazine you read is touting the benefits of meditation – with good reason. Meditation has been shown to help with everything from stress, anxiety and panic attacks to quitting smoking and curing insomniacs. This is all great news, but can you use meditation for weight loss? Recent research seems to think you can. It makes sense if you think about it – the more relaxed and centered you are, the more in tune with your body you are, so the easier it should be to lose weight, right? I, myself would like to see how meditation and weight loss work together, so I decided to give it a try – for only 5 minutes a day. That is pretty much the extent to which I think I can handle before my brain will wonder in 20,000 different directions.
You are what you eat is a phrase that most of us are aware of, but how many times do we actually take it to heart? Especially when a cheeseburger is staring you in the face… or a doughnut… or French fries… you get the point. But, what we eat really does count, more than we realize. If you want to live longer, but don’t want to totally revamp your life, it is pretty easy to just make a few food modifications to your daily diet to increase your days on this plant. Here are 6 healthy foods to eat now, so you can be here later.
I love spring! Clean crisp, flowery smelling air, a sense of new beginning, and of course new spring makeup trends to try. Gone are the deep, comforting colors of fall and winter, and in are the lighter, brighter, more awake colors of spring and summer. I could probably spend a full day (or maybe more like a week) shopping online for spring makeup goodies. It is definitely something I find incredibly hard to resist. I do try to hone in my makeup buying so that I am in on the trends, without looking like a complete weirdo though. Below are the top spring makeup trends that are hot right now and my suggestions for clean, all natural products you can get to help you bring the looks to life.
The family room couch is pretty much the epicenter of most people’s homes. I know it is in mine. A couch has to stand up to spills, grime and endless lounging, while also being comfortable enough to sleep on without being beyond expensive. But, the question of toxicity and couches was one thing that never really crossed my mind until I recently began to shop for a new one to replace the 10-year old one that had seen better days. Come to find out, most couches are doused with flame retardants that slowly release toxic chemicals into your home. Um, no thank you. So, off I went to find the best quality, family-friendly, yet affordable couches without flame retardants.
Wash your hands for 20 seconds while you’re singing Happy Birthday with anti-bacterial soap to make sure you kill cold and flu viruses… This is the age-old advice that many of us have heard over and over again since we were kids. But now there is a new turn of events. Seems that the anti-bacterial ingredient that many manufacturers have been adding to our soap, toothpaste and even our clothing and pots and pans is not all that good for us after all. What’s this dangerous ingredient and what does it do to our health? Triclosan, and quite a bit actually. What are some of the products containing triclosan? Keep reading to find out.
We’ve all heard the talk about how wonderful green tea is, but really, how many of us actually take the time to make and drink it or really know (or care) what the advantages of green tea are? In reality, that cup or two of green tea can really make a difference in your overall long-term health. So, what are the health benefits of green tea and how can we sneak it into our daily lives? Read on to find out…
Shampoo is just one of those things that is kind of a necessity that most people probably don’t think a whole lot about. If it smells good and does pretty much what it says, then most people are happy. What gives me pause is that shampoo can have some of the most toxic ingredients in it. Fortunately, there are a ton of great all natural and organic shampoos on the market today that make me feel a lot better about what I am putting on my head on a daily basis. Below is a little background and my top picks for the best all natural shampoo.
Who doesn’t like a great stocking stuffer? Christmas stocking stuffers are small and cheap gifts that can theoretically fit into a large stocking hung over the fireplace. Even if you don’t have the fireplace, or a stocking for that matter, stocking stuffers still come in mighty handy. The best stocking stuffers are also work well as hostess gifts, co-worker gifts, new home gifts, teacher gifts, or gifts that kids can swap with other kids at a school gift exchange. So, with all the great uses, why not choose things that are a little cleaner, a little more natural, or organic even. Here are my top 10 ideas for natural and organic stocking stuffers.