When I began to make changes towards more natural living, one thing that I had trouble with was finding a good option for removing grease stains from clothing. None of the crazy expensive all-natural stain removers worked and the toxic synthetic ones just weren’t an option I was comfortable with using. After much trial and error, I finally found a safe, natural and effective solution!
Before I tell you about it, though, I’d like to remind you that today is the last day for the Natural Mothering Bundle Sale. These ebooks are full of natural living tips, ideas, advice and encouragement like this post. If you are interested in natural remedies, non-toxic living, healthy meals, natural pregnancy/birth and all other natural parenting topics, you need to check into this bundle. There are also a bunch of wonderful bonuses for those who buy the bundle, including a free comfrey salve [...]
Here in South Dakota, we are blessed to be able to buy raw milk directly from the farmer. On Thursday, however, new laws were proposed that will threaten that. If this law passes, all the raw milk farmers I know will likely be going out of business. What’s more, they won’t even be able to afford to offer their milk as a gift to family members or friends!
The proposed law, Article 12:81, will make these changes, if it is allowed to pass:
Farmers will be required to do cost-prohibitive testing of the milk every month. Permits (along with the expensive testing) will be required to even offer raw milk to family and friends- even on the farmer’s own property! Labeling requirements will be increased, which is just adds more for these hard-working farmers to do.
The hearing on Thursday went fairly well and we were given 10 more [...]
I am passionate about natural mothering. My blog has tons of natural remedies, real foods recipes, natural pregnancy and birth information (including home birth!), natural cleaning recipes and ideas, solutions for less toxic living and more. Yep, I’m an all-natural girl!
Many of you are just getting started with “natural” living and are trying to get your feet under you. Some of you are even further in your natural living journey than I am. Most are somewhere in between. I know that, like me, many of you were inspired to move towards more natural lifestyles because you want to give your children the healthiest and happiest childhoods possible. I became curious about the ingredients in the food I gave my baby, the ingredients in the vaccines we were pressured into, the effects of the “safe” medications she was given by our doctor, the chemicals in her shampoo and soap. [...]
Here is another wonderful all-natural body care product to add to your shopping list! Virtuous Lips Lip Balm is lovingly made by my bloggy friend Danielle who writes over at More Than Four Walls. You all know that I really appreciate finding high-quality products that actually nourish our skin with natural ingredients.
Most store-bought lip balms have petroleum-based ingredients, parabens, aluminum, alcohol, fragrance and other nasty ingredients that really shouldn’t be applied to our skin. My motto is, “If you can’t eat it, don’t wear it.” What we put on our skin soaks in and gets into our bodies. That’s especially true for what goes on our lips, since we inadvertently lick it off throughout the day.
Want to know something great? My 18-month-old ate a little chunk of our Virtuous Lips lip balm and it didn’t worry me a bit! What to know why? Check out the ingredients [...]
You all know that I absolutely love well-made products that help me to avoid toxins while not giving up product performance. Today, I want to tell you about some fantastic products from a company called Norwex.
I received an e-mail from Susanna Brown, a Norwex Independent Sales Consultant, offering a set of Norwex microfiber cloths for me to review and another set to giveaway (I love getting to give you all things like this!!). I had heard the name before, but I had no idea that they offered more than “just” microfibers. I already had a cheap set of microfibers from the hardware store that I liked pretty well, but they weren’t anything to write about.
Susanna and I chatted on Skype and she showed me a ton of products. Some are microfibers for cleaning, which I expected, but they weren’t typical microfibers. Other items weren’t microfibers at all, [...]
If you’ve been around my blog long, you already know that I’m passionate about finding or making non-toxic, natural products for my family. With all of the toxins than are used in most store-bought personal care products, it has been a priority for me to find the best alternatives possible. One of the things I have discovered is that in place of store-bought lotion, we love using lotion bars!
Lexie, from Lexie: Naturals, makes and sells some fantastic lotion bars that we have been enjoying for the last two months. This winter was especially hard on our skin, since we moved to much drier climate than we were used to. Lexie’s lotion bars made a huge difference for us! My five-year-old and I wash our hands often since we cook and clean so much. Her hands had gotten chapped and sore, mine had started cracking in a [...]
Welcome back to the Raising Health Families series, join us each week as we take a look at different ways to keep your family healthy and vibrant in a not-so-healthy world.
Written by Sara from Your Thriving Family
Many of us are trying to eat real food and get back to natural products, for what we believe to be the best for our families. The wall we sometimes hit, unfortunately, can be our well-meaning and loving extended family.
How do you continue along your journey and keep the peace with the extended family? Natural Living in a Regular Family, is about finding the balance and putting relationships first. Click on over for finding the grace in what goes in and on your family.
*This salve is available for purchase in my on-line store!*
We went on our first hike of the spring this past weekend and I can tell you, this salve works! The day after our hike I had shin splints and very sore shoulders (from carrying our 16-month-old on them for part of the hike), so we decided to test out my new salve recipe. I put the salve on my left shin splint and my left shoulder, then I rubbed my right shin splint and right shoulder for the same amount of time, but without the salve. I didn’t want the short massage to skew the test results.
About 20 minutes after applying the salve, my left shin and shoulder began to feel a bit better. Within an hour, they felt almost completely normal! By the next morning, my entire left side was pain-free, [...]
Like most women, I assumed that I would use birth control pills until we were “ready” to have kids, then immediately become pregnant when I went off the pill. Like many women, I discovered it is seldom that easy. (Read about my journey through infertility over at Modern Alternative Pregnancy!)
Welcome back to the Raising Healthy Families series! Join us each week as we take a look at different ways to keep your family healthy and vibrant in a not-so-healthy world.
By Susan Vinskofski of learningandyearning.
Did you realize that our health is intimately connected to soil? It plays a role in our mental health as well. Read learningandyearning’s Go Play in the Dirt! It’s Good for your Health to learn more about a very special bacteria found in soil which boosts serotonin in our brains. The post has lots of ideas for getting dirty, too! As if you needed help with that.