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10 uses for apple cider vinegar

I am quite sure that most people have a bottle of apple cider vinegar in their home and I am equally sure that many of these people have no idea of the endless ways that apple cider vinegar can be used for the health of your body and home.  I am here to say that …
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Homemade Squeezable Remineralizing Toothpaste

I have been using homemade toothpaste for a few years.  This toothpaste works great but recently I discovered that my daughter has weak tooth enamel.  Our dentist recommended that we dab fluoride on her tooth daily and I am just not comfortable with that.  I researched remineralizing teeth and began my quest to create my …
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Soothing Homemade Body Butter

It is holiday season and I am happy to be making the majority of the gifts that I will be giving.  I will be giving different people different homemade products but they will all be gifted this amazing homemade soothing whipped body butter.  This is one of the best things that I have ever made in …
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photo credit:  Kathe Krusse

  This review is part of the Second Annual Natural Parents Network Holiday Gift Guide! If you need to complete your holiday shopping, find a birthday present for a friend, or just treat yourself to something special, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide has something for everyone. But what’s even better, the NPN Holiday Gift Guide …
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5 Homemade Natural Frizzy Hair Treatments

I have dry frizzy hair. Not only do I have frizzy hair I also live in Florida where the humidity is like 900% most days.  I choose natural treatments over the chemical filled products that line the drug store and salon shelves to help tame my mane.  Are you ready to tackle and smooth your …
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Homemade All-Natural Sunscreen

My family and I live on the coast of Florida.  We spend the majority of our time outdoors playing and exploring.  I understand the importance of Vitamin D but on days that we plan to spend hours outdoors sunblock is simply a necessity.   Our lifestyle, my thriftiness and the joy I get from making …
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Homemade Natural Bug Spray

My family and I live in Florida.  We have beautiful beaches and rivers to explore.  We also have bugs, lots and lots of bugs.   Bug spray is often a necessity when venturing outdoors.  I seem to be a magnet for mosquitos, if there is one in the area it will bite me multiple times, …
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Homemade Natural Sunburn Relief Spray

My family lives in Florida.  I am married to a surfer and we have five beach loving children.  We try to avoid sunburns but sometimes they simply happen.  I like to treat my families sunburn naturally.  I have several homemade natural sunburn remedies that help to provide relief from nasty sunburns but one of our …
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Homemade Air Freshening Spray

Our house is a home full of love.  Our home filled with love has been created by my husband and I, our five kids and our many, many critters.  All of this love can stink at times.  When our home begins to smell a bit too funky, stale, or downright stinky I enjoy spraying my …
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Going Green:  Eliminating Paper Products From Our Home

  Welcome to the April edition of the Simply Living Blog Carnival – Going Green cohosted by Mandy at Living Peacefully with Children, Laura at Authentic Parenting, Jennifer at True Confessions of a Real Mommy, and Joella at Fine and Fair. This month, we write about going green and environmentally friendly living. Please check out …
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photo credit:  naturalhealth365.com

I think that our government should ban foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.   I also understand that a ban on GMOs is very unlikely in the near future due to corporate power, including  the corporate and political power of Monsanto.  My passion and understanding is the reason I shared this image on …
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Homemade Whipped Coconut Lotion

It seems that most of my homemade hygiene products all share the same ingredient:  coconut oil.  I have been using coconut oil straight out of the jar to moisturize my skin and it works great but I have been missing the thick whipped lotions that I used to buy.  I decided to head to the kitchen and …
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image from Bakersfield Mom

I use cloth diapers.  I feel that using cloth diapers is the best decision for my children and the environment.  The initial investment of cloth diapers can be high but it truly pays off in the long run.  I have used many different cloth diapers and have found that Bum Genius one size with snaps are my favorite. I …
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OCM: Oil Cleanse Method

People are  often a bit confused to hear that I use oil not soap to cleanse my face.  I have been using the oil cleansing method (OCM) for more than a year and the only blemish that I have encountered is when I traveled without my OCM mixture and used traditional face cleaner.    Using …
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I am trying to minimize the waste that my kitchen produces.   I use cloth napkins and dish towels instead of paper towels.  I try very hard not to use baggies…if I do I wash and re-use them.  I switched from Tupperware to glass Pyrex containers for storage.  I keep any plastic containers that food items come in, such as …
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