Moving Can Be Stressful But The Cleaning Part Doesn’t Have To Be!

Moving seems to be one of the skills that I am BEST at. As a military brat, I practically spent my childhood moving around, and now as an adult who loves apartment life, I have found myself moving around town, almost as much. This year has been no exception. The Boyfriend, Syfy, and I made a move into a new apartment this summer and boy has it been interesting combining two households! Fortunately, I was able to lighten our load with my easy green cleaning methods throughout our new home, and today I am sharing with you my favorite ways to clean using simple non-toxic methods and essential oils!

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Using Essential Oils in Your Home & Garden to Kill Pests + DIY Bugs-B-Gone Home & Garden Spray

We can all agree that bugs have their purpose in this world, especially our favorites; the pollinators, but getting rid of the pesky ones naturally can sometimes be a bit of a conundrum. What to use that will actually work, is natural, and if eaten won't kill us people, our little ones, and our pets…but still kills pests? The answer is not as tricky as you think! There are a couple fantastic natural options  for use against insects and bugs of all kinds, but the one I am sharing with you today is a fantastic All-Purpose bug spray because it can work outside, inside, and on any bug you like!

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Awaken Your Inner Yogi With 5 DIY Disinfecting Yoga Mat Sprays

It's no secret how much I love to practice yoga. In the past 6 years, yoga has done more for my mind, body, and soul, than the combined efforts of a pain doctor, an orthopedic surgeon, a psychiatrist, a guru, and any other professional that could be inserted here. My journey to a healthier and hippier lifestyle hasn't just included herbs, essential oils, and healthy whole foods. It's also been about reviving my body after a lifetime of damage and helping me to cope with the many aches and pains that go along with everything that my spinal cord has been put through. (You can learn more about my medical journey here.) Yoga has been the catalyst for reshaping the way that I look at health and exercise. It has become more than a passion, but a way of life. 

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Is Your Febreze Air Freshener Making Your Family Sick? DIY Non-Toxic Room Sprays Spring/Summer Edition

One of my favorite things about the springtime is being able to open the windows and let out all of the stale winter air. Freshening up the air is but a window push away, but sometimes I like to freshen the air and give it that summer smells using my homemade non-toxic room sprays! Last fall, I shared my favorite Fall/Winter room spray blends to help you  freshen your air, and promised I would share my spring/summer blends too! While the fall time scents are about warming and spice, summertime blends are all about tropical islands, summertime breezes, and summertime romance!       Continue reading

This Earth Week Help Reduce Food Waste – #NoFoodWasted

Today marks the beginning of Earth Week, my favorite week of the year! Every year we discuss different ways to help make this lovely planet  better off than it was before! This year, I would like to bring to light the often forgotten cause, food waste. Many people don't realize that up to 40% of all food in the US, gets thrown away every year.  That's a huge chunk of food that could have fed another hungry person, fertilized the ground for future  food, or even have been preserved for later use.  Continue reading

Clean EVERYTHING In Your Home With ONE Truly Natural Plant Based Soap – A Branch Basics Review

Do you have a bottle of natural soap in your home that is capable of cleaning EVERYTHING, from your kitchen and bathroom to your kids and dogs? I do! I used to be the biggest fan of castile soap because I thought it was my only option as far as all-encompassing natural soaps go, but that was before I was introduced to my new favorite love, Branch BasicsContinue reading

What’s in Your Scentsy Wax Melts? DIY Non-Toxic Wax Tarts

Have you seen those cute little blocks of square wax tarts that seem to pop up everywhere, at every  festival, carnival, and mall kiosk that you pass by? I see these wax tarts EVERYWHERE that I go. I love the idea behind wickless candles and diffusing scent throughout my home, but whenever I pass by one of these stands, I can not seem to get a straight answer from any representatives on the actual ingredients list for these Scentsy wax melts. Finally, after seeing one too many of these stands and going into all of my friend's homes and seeing these candle warmers all over the place, I decided it was time to create my own wax tarts for my home! With as many friends and family members that own one of these, this is going to be the perfect homemade gift for everyone I know! Continue reading

Is Your Febreze Air Freshener Making Your Family Sick? DIY Non-Toxic Room Sprays Fall/Winter Edition

With the holiday season practically knocking on the front door, I am preparing my home for family visits. When I have company coming over, I like to vacuum my home and spritz it with one of my favorite aromatherapy concoctions to freshen up the air and make my space more inviting to guests. I used to  be on the Febreze bandwagon, that is until I found out just how toxic their sprays really are. I was enraged to find out that an air freshener company that's slogan is “breathe happy,” fills their products with bronchial irritants. No one is going to breathe happier with toxic chemicals that irritate the lungs. Continue reading

Introduction to the All-Natural Hippy Lifestyle – A definitive guide on where to start YOUR natural DIY journey

I get asked this question a lot, “Where do I start? There's so much to learn! What should I buy first?” Those can be difficult questions to answer! Over a period of three years I have learned so much and changed so much that I sometimes don't know where to start, myself! I decided that it was time for me to give you a definitive guide on where to start for yourselves. Because some like to start with cleaning products or essential oils, while others prefer to make their own beauty products and cosmetics, I decided to make you SEVERAL shopping lists, that way no matter where you choose to start changing in your life, you have a shopping list to do it with! Continue reading

I am Going Nutty for Soapnuts! Learn how to wash your clothes, hair, and more using soapnuts!

Have you heard of Soapnuts? I am going crazy for them! Some people call them soapberries, and aptly so, considering they are not a nut, but rather a berry instead! With as many uses as there are for these wonderful berries, you can save a ton of money by using them all over your house and your body! Late the other night, the Hippy Hubby needed his laundry done for work the next day, and we were completely out of my homemade laundry soap. Being that it was late, I did not feel like grinding up some castile soap and quickly putting together some laundry soap for him. Remembering that I had a bag of soapnuts that I use for my homemade Herbal Goddess Soapnuts Shampoo, I grabbed a muslin bath tea bag and tossed a few in there. I handed him the bag and told him to throw it in with his clothes in the washing machine and wash like normal. He did not believe me. In fact he told me there was no way that his clothes would be cleaned by them. You know what? He ate his words the next day when he pulled his clothes out of the dryer. Not only were they clean, but they were actually even softer than usual! He was impressed and so was I! I began to try other ways to use my soapnuts and have found a plethora of uses for them, from cleaning your house and clothing, to cleaning yourself! Continue reading