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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The best nail polish remover ever

The best nail polish remover ever

Hi! Like many women, I love having freshly painted nails.  They make me feel neat and pulled together (which is a rarity since I became a mom). However, I’ve always loathed the whole process of taking off my nail polish. The smell of nail polish remover is just so overpowering and unpleasant and then there’s the stinging sensation that some of them cause and the horrible fumes that tend to linger in the air.  Unfortunately, dealing with nail polish remover is the price a woman has to pay for having pretty nails. When I finally...

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Fall nail polish picks

Fall nail polish picks

Hello! I tossed or gave away nearly all of my nail polish several months ago because the majority of what I had wasn’t even remotely clean- and breathing in nail polish fumes is not good especially while pregnant. The process was not as painful as I thought it might be, especially once I realized that I could shop for new nail polish. While I don’t think a truly, 100%, non-toxic polish exists, I am very comfortable with these brands, and the colors are gorgeous! 1. Art House...

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Updated list of safer beauty brands (printable)

Updated list of safer beauty brands (printable)

Hello! This is probably the fourth update to my original list of recommended beauty brands, and I have to say, I am really pleased with this version.  I’ve really been studying up, researching, and soaking in all of the information that my mommy brain can handle in order to make this list as useful as possible. You may (or may not) notice that some of the brands that originally appeared on the list have now been removed.  That’s because, as I have learned more and more about green washing, I have grown pickier about the brands...

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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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A look inside my first Petit Voir Box

A look inside my first Petit Voir Box

Hello! If you are a natural beauty product junkie, you have probably already heard of (or may even be subscribed to) Petit Vour, a monthly subscription box that contains 4 cruelty-free, non-toxic, vegan beauty products. The sample-sized and occasional full-sized products that you receive are based off the profile you complete once you register. You can choose from their monthly, 3-month, or 6-month plans if you live in the U.S., and there is even an option for those who reside in Canada.  FYI- I am just doing the monthly plan at the...

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September 2015 Favorites

September 2015 Favorites

(This post is not sponsored, but it does contain some affiliate links.) Hi! I think that I have a record number of favorites (for me) this month. Maybe I have been shopping and eating too much? Speaking of eating, when I said that I’d make food favorites an occasional thing, I didn’t think that such an occasion would come up so quickly.  I just have so many good food items this month that it would be a crime if I didn’t share! So here are my food, beauty, and miscellaneous health favorites for September… Food...

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Jump on the pumpkin bandwagon for beautiful skin

Jump on the pumpkin bandwagon for beautiful skin

I’ll admit that, when it comes to pumpkin season, I am completely obsessed and totally cliche. I love an occasional pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin pie, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin scented candles, and just returned from a Trader Joe’s shopping trip in which nearly everything in my cart was orange. There are actually so many health benefits of eating pumpkin, and an added bonus is that there are some beauty benefits as well! Pumpkin is packed with skin brightening, softening, and nourishing vitamin A, lots o antioxidants, and also...

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Some changes are coming!

Some changes are coming!

Hi there! I’ve really been looking forward to sharing some plans that I have in the works for The Grass Skirt, and I figured, why not today? When I started this blog, I was still health coaching and felt like this would be the perfect way to share more health information with my clients. I shared a lot of recipes, grocery hauls, meals that I was eating, and even some personal stuff which eventually led to my mommy blog.  If you read that blog, you already know that, after just one year, I decided to pull the plug.  There are various...

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How to use rosehip seed oil to combat the physical signs of aging

How to use rosehip seed oil to combat the physical signs of aging

Rosehip seed oil is gaining a lot of popularity lately in the skin care world, and it is often referred to as “a miracle oil” or “a natural alternative to Botox”.  While those descriptions are probably a bit of a stretch, I do have to say that it is pretty amazing stuff. I’m hopefully going to address any questions you might have about using it here today, but if there is anything that I am missing, please feel free to ask! Who should use it? Anyone with dry skin or skin that is starting to line or wrinkle would...

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