The KonMari Method Revisited

The KonMari Method Revisited

I’ve been on the minimalism/KonMari train for awhile now, and I used to think that I had it all down pretty well. Then I had to pack and unpack for a move, and I realized that I still have a long, long, loooong way to go before I can even begin to call myself a minimalist- or even an organized person. Through the packing process, I learned that I have some weird hoarding problem when it comes to stationery and thank you notes.  I have more spatulas than Bed Bath & Beyond and a beauty arsenal that is out of control (OK, so that last...

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Nontoxic Brand Spotlight on Ava Anderson

Nontoxic Brand Spotlight on Ava Anderson

Important update (1/26/2016): Since I initially wrote this post, some facts about the safety of Ava Anderson products have come to light, and unfortunately, I no longer recommend the brand.   You can read the full story here, but in summary, whether they are company issues or supplier issues, the ingredients stated on the labels are not fully accurate and several products actually contain harmful ingredients.   This is no way is a reflection of the innocent representatives who sell these products.  If you’re in search of nontoxic...

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Cleaning Product Rave: Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets

Cleaning Product Rave: Ecover Automatic Dishwasher Tablets

Hi! You know you’re an adult when you get excited about dishwasher tablets, and I swear that I am not nearly as dorky as I make myself seem. In all seriousness, the tablets or liquid that we use in our dishwashers are extremely important because, even though we aren’t ingesting the soap directly, we are indirectly coming in contact with traces of it through the food that we put on those dishes. This means that we are ingesting traces of dyes, alcohol, perfumes, chlorine, formaldehyde, and a potential host of other chemicals. Most...

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How to keep the air in your home clean

How to keep the air in your home clean

Hello! In honor of Healthy Lung Month, I am going to share some of my tips for keeping your lungs healthy- primarily by ensuring that the air in your home is clean and as toxin-free as possible. Even those of us who are concerned about maintaining a healthy lifestyle can neglect this area of our well-being, so I really hope that these tips serve as a helpful reminder. Use non-toxic cleaning products. I’ve stressed the importance of using nontoxic cleaning products many times in the past. I’m going to do more posts about nontoxic...

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Makeup, skin care, & home care haul (Vitacost)

Makeup, skin care, & home care haul (Vitacost)

Hello! I place one huge order a month through Vitacost, and this month, I ordered a lot of beauty and household items along with a couple of food items that managed to sneak into my photos. If you’ve ever ordered from Vitacost before, you know how exciting it is to see that big brown box with the green packing tape on your doorstep. I never can tear into it fast enough, and my kids love playing with the box once it has been emptied, so everyone is happy! If you have tried anything that I have not had the chance to use just yet, please...

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How I have been saving money on groceries

How I have been saving money on groceries

A few weeks ago, I told you that I have been using a new method of budgeting for my family and that it has saved us a lot of money, and many of you said that you’d be interested in a post about what I’ve been doing. OK, are you ready for my huge, monumental, top secret method? I use cash. Many of us have become so accustomed to just swiping our debit cards or credit cards whenever we need to buy something even as simple as a cup of coffee, and by doing so, it can be very easy to lose track of what we are spending. Although I have...

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