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10 uses for apple cider vinegar

This post has affiliate links. 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 …
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March Against Monsanto: Earth Mama's World

Today is May 25.  It is also a global day of protest against the biotech giant Monsanto.   I wanted to join the thousands of people from across the world in an effort to raise awareness of the health and environmental risks of genetically modified organisms or GMO’s.   I decided that this was also …
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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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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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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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coconut

My relationship with coconut oil started as a fling but has recently flourished into a full-blown love affair!  I first purchased coconut oil as an ingredient to make homemade deodorant.   I made the deodorant then put my jar of coconut oil away in a cabinet. I recently began using the no ‘poo shampoo method on my …
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microwave

Recently I have been hearing more and more about families living without microwave ovens.   In the back of my mind I knew that cooking with a microwave could not be harmless and was certainly not healthy.   I mostly used my microwave to reheat items and to cook oatmeal.   Although my microwave oven use was minimal I was …
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Happy Valentines Day!   I have been replacing store-bought hygiene products with homemade alternatives.  I am declaring war on the chemicals in our house!  However, I have dirty little secret.  I have a stash full of chemical filled hygiene products under the sink in my bathroom.  I have not been using them but for some reason I …
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green house

Along with getting the toxins out of the food that our family eats we are also working on getting the toxins out of our home.  I used to think that the smell of bleach and air fresheners was the smell of ‘clean’, I now realize that was the smell of toxic chemicals!  I know that we have saved …
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I knew that it was going to rain this weekend but I didn’t expect more than 5 inches of rain and 40 mile wind gusts!  Our pool is overflowing and there are palm frawns everywhere.  We have been stuck inside most of the weekend.  Alex is happily locked in his room with all of the new Lego’s that we acquired …
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