A Quick Guide to Using Natural Products (Recipes Included!)

We use lots of natural products around our home, and the main reason for that is, we have two 2-year-olds. And man, are they QUICK these days! They can do some serious damage in the amount of time it takes me to move a load of clothes from the washer to the dryer, let me tell you what! They keep us on our toes, so the more natural products we use in the house, the less of a poison control issue we run into! (Or at least, that’s our hope! HA!)

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Natural is arguably the new normal, according to many consumers. The ability to use products that are more effective without compromising on safety is one of the main reasons why natural products are revolutionizing consumer trends in the world. Every feature of beauty products has an alternative to natural products and this development reflects the conscience of the modern consumer.

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Recipes for Natural Products

Natural products are relatively easy to make. The golden rule in each of these products is to use available ingredients and use as few ingredients as possible. Natural deodorant, for example, uses some of the most available ingredients in a home setting and therefore saves on money without compromising on the safety. It is also important to mention that the process for this project is simple and everybody can successfully make a deodorant. Continue reading

New Product Review: Aaptiv

You know, I can write all manner of blog posts here on house and home, and how to organize, and cook, and clean, and care for your family – that’s all well and good. But since becoming a mom, I’ve discovered something very important: if I don’t take care of myself first, before everyone else starts to need things from me, well, that’s a recipe for disaster. So I’ve really been trying to make good choices for myself here lately. It’s hard to get in that habit when I’ve been in the habit of putting myself last for so long, but I’m finding creative ways to do it. It’s definitely a process!

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One of my major frustrations of late has been the fact that I haven’t really been able to GO anywhere to work out. We have a great YMCA (with a daycare included) here in our town, and several other convenience-based gyms, too. But my issue has been, every time I leave my girls in a public childcare situation, they get sick. Then the next time I want to go work out, I can’t take them back, because they’re already sick! It’s been a vicious cycle of this for us, so I had pretty much given up being able to work out…until an angel from Aaptiv contacted me and asked if I had tried out the app yet.

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Well, no, was my answer. I hadn’t even heard of it! (Which is not Aaptiv’s fault, I’m sure. I kinda feel like I’ve been living under a rock since the twins came along, ha!)

So, in case YOU are also living under a rock, what IS Aaptiv, you ask? Aaptiv is an app featuring trainer-led, music-driven audio workouts. When you add the app to your smartphone, you get started by entering your fitness goals so you can find the programs and workouts that are best-suited for you. After that you choose a trainer and a workout based on your goals and music preferences, and finally, you put on your headphones and follow the trainer’s instructions! Can it BE this simple?! Yes it can!

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What You Need to Know About Mold in Your Home

Some of you may remember that my hubby works in homeowners insurance. He also has a background in flood insurance, and is currently working some claims from the recent Category 4 (just a few miles per hour away from a 5!) Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Mexico Beach, Florida, earlier this month. So, when the guy tells you he knows a thing or two about mold…he knows a thing or two about mold! 

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Since Fall is now underway, most of us are doing the thorough house-cleaning that comes with a new season. (Or a new set of decor, if you’re like me!) If during that cleaning, you encounter the dreaded black or similar stains on your walls, you may rightfully be worried – you’ve found mold in your home.

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However, as my husband, and experts from Emergency Home Solutions of Orange County claim, the situation may not be as serious as you might think.

In fact, most things you read online can be attributed to overzealous mold removal companies trying to sell you their services. Even though mold can be a problem, it may not be a cause for alarm just yet. Here are some useful things to know!

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New Product Review: Essentially Simple Box

These days it seems pretty easy to get hooked up with a subscription box. Right? Clothing…specialty food…books…there are even boxes for our pets! And while the idea of getting something other than bills in the mail is pretty appealing to me, I never really came across a box that I thought I could totally get on board with…until now. I’ve found it, folks! I’ve found “the one”!

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The Essentially Simple Box is a brand new 100% pure, therapeutic-grade essential oil kit! I kid you NOT! This box is for those who want to improve their quality of life and are curious about the amazing benefits of essential oils but are not sure where to start. (Ding ding ding! We have a winner!!!) Essentially Simple literally simplifies the complex world of essential oils by introducing subscribers to one new oil each month, and teaching them how to create several natural home products so they can have a healthier and more vibrant life. Hello! Isn’t that what we ALL want?

Now, if you’ve been around the blog for any length of time, you know that I’m just starting to get into essential oils. While I LOVE them, and the benefits they can provide my family, I won’t lie: I’m also pretty overwhelmed by them. So when I was offered the opportunity to check out Essentially Simple’s first box ever…well. Count me IN!

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From the get-go, the attention to detail was clear and much appreciated. I mean, down to the seal that held the entire package together!

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Breast Cancer Awareness + HM #204

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There’s so much out there relating to breast cancer, but I especially wanted to focus on what the average person can do to HELP those who are fighting this disease. I hope this post can give us all some direction on how to support those in need!

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Chemo Care Basket from Holly @ Pink Fortitude

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31 Bible Verses for Families Affected by Cancer from Dollie @ Joy in the Home 

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How to Help a Friend or Family Member with Cancer from Jennifer @ Leaving Cancer Behind

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Choose An Exercise Program That is Right for You from Rita @ Breast Cancer Authority

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10 Useful Tools that Helped Me Deal with Breast Cancer from Claudia @ Midlife Boulevard

There are SO many more ideas out there! You can also check out ideas from the other Home Matters gals below…

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