A mini guide to essential oils | Interview with Laura Wilson

A mini guide to essential oils | Interview with Laura Wilson

You may have noticed that I have been professing my love for essential oils both here and on The Mini Skirt lately, and I am really excited to bring you more posts about my favorite oils as I continue to use them. I realize that not everyone is familiar with essential oils, so I interviewed Laura Wilson, a rep for doTERRA Essential Oils, with beginner’s in mind.  Aside from being super sweet and pretty, Laura is an aspiring blogger, and her blog Splendid Mama will be up and running in the next few weeks. It will have information about...

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Links I’m loving lately| Trader Joe’s, beauty, DIY & more

Links I’m loving lately| Trader Joe’s, beauty, DIY & more

The number of bookmarks saved on my laptop has gotten pretty out of control lately, so I thought it was time for a little clean-up.  While going through the list, I realized that a lot of what I bookmarked is definitely worth sharing with you. Enjoy!  10 Healthiest Frozen Foods You Can Buy at Trader Joe’s As much as I love Trader Joe’s, it is a big misconception that everything you’ll find there is healthy.  They don’t stock the store with foods that contain high fructose corn syrup and other nasty ingredients, but...

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Friday Favorites (11/21)

Friday Favorites (11/21)

From food to beauty to shopping, I have lots of good things to share with you today, so let’s get started!   Peanut Butter & Jelly Larabar If you read my weekend grocery haul post, you already know that I bought a peanut butter & jelly Larabar on a whim.  I’ve been wishing that I bought more than just one all week long, and I definitely plan on getting a few more very soon.  If you are a PB&J lover, you will go crazy for these!  (Update from my dear friend Kirsten: Another bonus is that this flavor...

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Green beauty on a budget|Under 15 dollars each

Green beauty on a budget|Under 15 dollars each

Because it isn’t always super easy to find non-toxic products in the drugstore (and many of them aren’t as natural as they claim to be), going all natural can get kind of pricey if you don’t know where to look. I actually do find great deals quite often, and I’m working on a post all about where I like to shop for my products.  In the meantime, I thought that I’d feature some wonderful products that are all under $15 to show you that going non-toxic doesn’t have to be expensive.     1. Giovanni...

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Weekend grocery haul (Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, & Publix)

Weekend grocery haul (Trader Joe’s, Earth Fare, & Publix)

I did a little grocery shopping over the weekend for some staples, fun new things, and some Thanksgiving items. MT and I are actually cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home this year.  Well, I’m cooking anyway.  Now that we have our own family, we thought it would be really nice to start some holiday traditions with just the four of us.  I am really excited- although I know that my super picky toddler is going to request bananas and cookies over turkey and sweet potatoes. Here is everything that I got.  I’m still not anywhere near...

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Friday Favorites (11/14)

Friday Favorites (11/14)

Happy Friday! This was one of those weeks where I didn’t even have to think for a split second about what I would include in my favorites post.  So, let’s get right to everything! Veggie-Go’s These are basically a version of fruit snacks or fruit leathers, but they are much healthier with simple ingredients and no added sugars.  I’ve been snacking on the Mountain Berry Spinach flavor all week long.  It’s the perfect snack to toss in my purse or diaper bag when I am on the go (as the name of this product...

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All about popcorn| My favorite products & toppings

All about popcorn| My favorite products & toppings

Searching for the word “popcorn” on this blog will yield 77 results. That’s right.  I have talked about popcorn in some capacity nearly 80 times in almost 4 years. I think it is safe to say that I like popcorn. Because I am such a fan of popcorn, I figured that it was about time that I did a post solely dedicated to my favorite snack.     Health Benefits of Popcorn Before I get into how I make my popcorn and some of my favorite popcorn making accessories, let me just point out that popcorn is way more than just a...

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Friday Favorites (11/7)

Friday Favorites (11/7)

Happy Friday! I hope that you had a great week.  Everyone in my household has been under the weather all week, especially Michael who has a double ear infection and strep.  However, I am pleased to report that he seems to be feeling much better this morning- just in time for the weekend. While I certainly didn’t enjoy living in a house filled with sickos, here are some things that I did like this week…   Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz I purchased this brow pencil several months ago, and it completely blew any other brow...

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Non-Toxic Makeup, Skin Care, & Hair Care Products (Printable)

Non-Toxic Makeup, Skin Care, & Hair Care Products (Printable)

Almost two years ago, I posted a printable list of nontoxic beauty brands, and I thought that a little update was long overdue. You’ll notice that I omitted the pricing and stores from the new list.  Many of the brands have an extremely wide range in pricing due to the fact that they offer anything from chapstick to large gift sets, so it is difficult to really provide an accurate price point.  In addition, because all of these brands are available through online retailers, I figured that mentioning a few stores was kind of pointless....

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Use this, not that (#1)

Use this, not that (#1)

(You can see my Halloween recap over at The Mini Skirt!)   Hi there! I’m kicking off a new series today where I provide some healthier, less toxic alternatives to many popular beauty and household products.  I’ll probably do a post like this about once a month. Even if you’re not into going completely non-toxic, hopefully you’ll appreciate having a few new options anyway!     1.  Use Alba Un-Petroleum Multi-Purpose Jelly or Waxelene, not Vaseline Petroleum Jelly I used petroleum jelly like a crazy...

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