How & why I’m detoxifying my beauty and cleaning routines

How & why I’m detoxifying my beauty and cleaning routines

Please note: What you will read below is what has personally worked for me.  I realize that even making drastic lifestyle changes may not help everyone who suffers from an autoimmune disease, and as always, you should consult with your doctor to determine what will work best for you.  For about half of my life, I have known that I have an autoimmune disease called lupus.  I’ve learned to manage very well with it over the years (mostly without prescription medication) thanks to my very healthy lifestyle.  As I wrote in the disclaimer...

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Friday favorites (10/24)

Friday favorites (10/24)

Happy Friday! It has been a busy week here with the kids, and I’ve been behind on reading blogs and blogging myself.  I should be back on track next week, but despite the chaos, I still have a five favorites to talk about today. Let’s get to it! Pumpkin Pecan Waffles Candle from Bath & Body Works We are crazy about the scent of this candle in my household.  MT likes it so much that I went to Bath & Body Works on Wednesday to totally stock up on the candles, plug-in, and hand wash before they are all gone for the season....

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Trader Joe’s Haul (October 2014)

Trader Joe’s Haul (October 2014)

On Sunday morning, the kids and I took a little trip to Trader Joe’s because I was hoping to pick up some pumpkin-flavored specialty items. When we entered the store, I saw a big sign that was basically meant to forewarn customers that they were pretty wiped out of pumpkin things already, and it definitely proved to be true. Despite a lack of pumpkin and a toddler who kept flinging off his shoes every two seconds as I tried to shop, it was still a fun experience. Here’s what I got, minus some romaine lettuce, milk, and bananas (not...

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Friday Favorites & Maybes (10/17)

Friday Favorites & Maybes (10/17)

Happy Friday! As you know, this is usually that day of the week where I turn into a QVC hostess and rave on and on about all of the products that I am into at the moment.  I’m still wearing my Lori Greiner hat today, but today I also have two things that have me on the fence a bit. Let’s get the maybes out of the way before ending on a high note with my definite favorites…     Maybe #1: Coconut Secret Raw Coconut Vinegar I picked this up at Whole Foods several weeks ago after reading that it “is an abundant...

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Review: Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Collection

Review: Dove Pure Care Dry Oil Collection

Throughout my entire life, I’ve had a love/hate kind of relationship with my hair, but for the past few months, it has been mostly a hate kind of a deal. My hair thinned out a bit as a result of postpartum hormonal changes and some recent lupus-related flare-ups I have been experiencing.  And all of the summer sun, dried it out a bit as well.   Let’s not even get into the fact that my last haircut dates all the way back to the first time that Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber broke up. You can understand why my hair hasn’t...

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Shop for a cause: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Shop for a cause: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

(Please note: This is not a sponsored post.) I love to shop (which is not a secret), but sometimes I do suffer from “Buyer’s Remorse” after I buy something (especially if that “something” is for myself).  Like most people, I just don’t like wasting money or spending it on foolish wasteful things. However, I never regret buying things, such as the items below, because I know that my money is going toward a great cause.  In this case, I’m talking about breast cancer research. I am so happy that such...

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Things I didn’t share Friday (10/10)

Things I didn’t share Friday (10/10)

(I originally planned to do a Friday Favorites in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but I am going to devote another post to the subject on Monday.  Look out for it!)   It has been ages since I’ve done a Things I Didn’t Share Friday post, but I do have a random list of things to write about that didn’t seem to fit anywhere else.  So…here it goes!     1.  Have you seen this video where a baby elephant falls and his or her parents come to the rescue?  I didn’t know whether to cry or cheer at...

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6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

6 Benefits of Manuka Honey

Winnie the Pooh  and I have one major thing in common- neither of us wear pants. Just kidding (much to the future relief of my children). What we actually have in common is that we both love honey. I always buy local honey and use in my tea, spread it on toast, and add it to my smoothies to make them a bit sweeter. Even though I like honey because of the taste, there’s one kind of honey from New Zealand that I like for different reasons, and that’s manuka honey.  Manuka honey contains active hydrogen peroxide and methylglyoxyl...

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Wildtree Review

Wildtree Review

Please note: Although I did receive these products to try, I have not been paid to write this review.  This post reflects my own true thoughts about the company and its products.    I proudly consider myself to be a health nut, and as such, I get very excited when I discover or learn about products and companies that are in line with my healthy lifestyle. So, I was pretty thrilled when I was recently introduced to Wildtree, a  company that carries high quality herbs, spices, and culinary blends made with natural ingredients free of any...

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Friday Favorites (10/3)

Friday Favorites (10/3)

Happy Friday! Just a head’s up- next week’s Friday Favorites will feature items that support breast cancer research in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  I have a long list of products, so make sure that you check back here next Friday to see it!   Apple Spice Candle  Yankee Candle ran an incredible deal on candles last week, so naturally, I took advantage of it and ordered some fall scents.  I have been burning this apple spice candle ever since it arrived, and I think that I may even shed a tear when it is all...

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