How to Care for Your Dog Organically

Did you know that half of all dogs are now diagnosed with cancer at some point in their life? Anyone who has ever lost a dog will tell you of the heartache and bereavement they felt at the passing of their beloved ‘family member’. When we last our Taffy girl early last year, we knew it was only a matter of time until we opened our family to another canine.

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After a few months, we visited a local animal control location and took home a new family member. This is Trixie!

She actually looks kinda small in this photo, but Trixie is an almost-80-pound pure-bred Chocolate Labrador Retriever. She is literally our third toddler. (Because why not?!) And her health is just as important to us as any other member of our family.

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How to Care for Your Home Organically

Chemical cleaners sure do the job, but they can also be abrasive on your hands and respiratory system. In most cases they also aren’t necessary, we have just become so reliant on them to keep our homes clean. This habit can be bad for our health but also for the environment. 

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If your New Year’s resolution was to take a step back and live life more organically, then the best place to start is your home. 

Natural Home Cleaning Solutions 

You can pretty much clean your entire home with natural solutions – humanity has been doing it for millennia, after all. Here is a roundup of our best home-tips for the eco-conscious: 

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Keeping Your Cloth Diapers & Washing Machine Sanitary

Am I the only one who cleans the things that clean the things? Anyone else clean their vacuum? Their dishwasher? Their washing machine? I am SO very particular about our washing machine. Please tell me someone else is like this…?

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I was especially particular about our washing machine when our twins were tiny. Because GERMS! If you DON’T clean the things that clean the things…and you have a washing machine, (and you happen to be in the throes of cloth diapering) think about this:

You already know that disposable diapers are a recurring expense for at least three years of your baby’s life. Another disadvantage of disposable diapers is their contribution to trash and waste in landfills. You are avoiding the expense and waste problem by using cloth diapers. Yay for you!

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New Product Review: Winnie’s Picks

Everyone pretty much knows about me and photos. I love to take them, I love to have them, I love to decorate with them. In fact, I’m currently anxiously awaiting our yearly family photo shoot pics to come back from our photographer! SO excited to see them!

So when Gaetan from Winnie’s Picks contacted me about reviewing their premium paint by numbers (for adults!) products, well, color me interested. (See what I did there?) I used to LOVE paint by numbers when I was a kiddo, so I figured this would be super fun!

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But Gaetan took the fun a step further when he told me I could SEND him a picture of my own and he would turn it into a custom paint by numbers canvas! WHAT?! How cool is that?!

So, I did. I sent him a pic. Here’s the one:

I mean, I think they’re kinda cute! Might be fun to paint, right?!

When my shipment from Winnie’s arrived, I was super excited to open it!

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Reducing Food Waste In and Out of Your Home

If there’s anything I hate, it’s wasting food. Goodness. When I find old leftovers in the fridge that we’ve forgotten about, and it’s covered in mold and I have to toss it, I get so agitated with myself. I hear the voice of my mom in my head after she sat dinner in front of us and we wrinkled our noses: “Children in Africa are starving. EAT!”

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Americans spend an average of 9.7% of their income on food with 5% for food at home and 4.7% for food away from home. Unfortunately, Americans also waste a lot of food with consumers throwing away one pound per day or 225-290 pounds a year according to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA). Decreasing the amount of food that is thrown away not only benefits your household budget, saving you money, but also helps the environment reducing methane emissions and conserving energy and resources.

Sustainability Goals at Home

Reducing food waste is a sustainable business model that is currently trending among restaurants and food establishments. It can also be replicated at home considering that around 1.3 billion tons of food are thrown out each year worldwide.  

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