During the cold winter months, it’s only natural to lock the house up air tight, start (or turn on) the fireplace, and hibernate for a while. The good thing about this is that it’s comforting, the bad thing is that it traps all of that air in the house, without new fresh air circulating in. With off of the off-gasing products and finishes in your home, indoor air can be up to 10 times more toxic than outdoor air – yuck. If you don’t want to waste your heat or freeze your buns off and open the windows for a little bit, what is a girl supposed to do? You can try a plug in air purifier, or you can try getting yourself a few indoor plants to purify the air. There are actually quite a few indoor plants to purify the air that are common and easy to find and incorporate into your home décor. And, who doesn’t love a little green in their home to make you feel like spring is at least somewhere on the horizon.
No matter which way you slice it, losing weight is not the easiest thing in the world. You have to watch what you eat, make sacrifices, and all around not like the process. I, like a lot of people out there, could stand to lose a couple of pounds that I have been holding on to a lot longer than I would like. I also know that if I have to count calories and weigh everything I put in my mouth, I will be fighting a losing battle. That’s were intermittent fasting comes in. Intermittent fasting has gotten a lot of buzz lately, and for good reason. Intermittent fasting for weight loss has proven to be helpful for a majority of people who try it, while also improving other health factors. Here are the major benefits of intermittent fasting and how you can give it a try, without starving.
I don’t know one person out there who doesn’t like some form of sugar. If you ever meet that person, please let me know. We are a country (and probably world) almost obsessed with sugar. There are even programs on TV that are dedicated to sugar decorating and competitions. Most of us also know that sugar is not the best for our bodies or brains, but I personally don’t want to live a life where I can’t have any sugar. That would just be cruel and unusual punishment. What I do feel that I can do, however, is to cut out the refined sugar in my diet. There are many naturally occurring sugars in real food that should be enough to recalibrate my palate. So, how do you start a refined sugar free diet? Read below for how I’m going to go about it.
Thinking about trying to make your Valentine’s Day a little more eco-friendly, maybe even some organic ideas floated in there? Gift giving is a perfect time to try out eco-friendly or organic products. People usually wouldn’t seek out these type of products, but once they have them, they will wonder how they ever lived without them and what a genius you are for thinking of such a great idea. Eco-friendly gifts used to be a niche market, but with so many companies large and small making an effort to reach broader audiences, we all have a tone more choices to pick from. Here are my top picks for eco-friendly and/or organic Valentine’s Day gifts for anyone on your list.
We all know that we should switch out all of our beauty products and cosmetics to cleaner versions, but the whole idea of finding clean products that work just as well as the conventional ones can be an overwhelming idea to say the least. If you don’t have the time, money or gumption to change all of your products out, what are the main offenders that can be easily done that have the biggest clean impact? Below are my suggestions for 5 clean beauty swaps that can be done easily and that won’t break the bank.
Even with all of this winter cold, believe it or not, spring is not all that far away. And, with spring comes the hope of a fresh start and new beginnings. There is no other better new beginning that bringing a new baby into this world, and if you are going to be bringing a baby home soon, you are almost required to celebrate! Baby showers can be a great way to get all of your friends and family together before the new arrival to help you get everything you need and have some fun and relax. Since I’m trying to live 80% cleaner, I thought it would be interesting to see what kind of natural, eco-friendly, organic, and all around green baby shower ideas I could come up with. Every little bit counts, and if there are easy swaps out there, all the better.
In honor of the New Year and trying to live healthier, I decided that I needed to add a green smoothie recipe into my life. I’ve been down this road before though, and most recipes that I found tasted chalky from protein powders, had too many weird ingredients, cost an arm and a leg to make, or just plain tasted bad. I would end up making one or two on the weekend, but then would lose steam by the beginning of the work week and my health kick was officially over before it even really began. This year, I am determined to make this habit stick, so I dug around for some easy smoothie recipes that I thought I could live with, but what I ultimately came up with is beyond easy and might I say, even tasty. Read below for the fastest step-by-step green smoothie recipe instructions you’ll ever see.
We all know when it’s coming…the start of the itchy throat and a little bit of a stuffy nose, and then WHAM, it all hits you like a Mack truck and you are socked with a soaring temp with the chills, a pounding headache, and a queasy stomach that feels like you shouldn’t move an inch or you’ll lose it. Every year we are diligent and get a flu shot and wash our hands as much as possible, but it almost seems inevitable that at some point, usually when you least want or need it, the flu will find you and set in for longer than you’d like. Most of us instantly grab for over the counter medication, but there are so many chemicals and unforeseen side effects with these medications that you never really know what you are putting in your body. Half the time you end up feeling more doped up than better. There is no one cure-all for the flu, but there are ways that you can fight the flu naturally. Give some of the below natural flu remedies a whirl the next time you feel the flu truck coming.
I’m guessing that most people don’t think too much about the actual lunch box that their kids use, other than the fact that their kids like the character on the front. As long as it holds their food and it makes it from point A to point B, you’re good, right? Well, there is growing concern about the chemicals that are in our food and that come in contact with our food from things like plastics or additives. When you start to consider the dangerous elements that can leach into your kid’s food, or yours for that matter, the humble lunch box and the food containers you use take on a whole new meaning. Read below for how to pack the ultimate back to school non-toxic lunch box.
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!