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Baby Steps: Going More Natural, One Cleaner at a Time

Just a reminder– If you haven’t done it yet, make sure that you visit last week’s recipe carnival to find some inspiration for completing the last Baby Step! So far in this Baby Steps series, we’ve talked a bit about toiletries (toothpaste), food preparation (using dry beans), and cooking nutritious food (making a list of healthy, convenient meals)… now it’s time to try a different area. You’ll notice that I’m going to float around from topic to topic in this series, because I am trying […]

Now this is something that I have definitely never thought of using cloth for!

I stumbled upon this creative thrifty odd interesting idea today, and thought I would pass it on to you all! Have any of you ever heard of this idea of Family Cloth? Have you tried it? (If you have, wow, you are a brave soul, you have my most sincere admiration!) Do tell!

Who knew going cheap and minimalist could be so good?

So, in the past month I’ve ditched shampoo, starting using the Oil Cleansing Method for my face, and started making my own toothpaste. Any one curious to know how it’s all going? Actually, I don’t think that I mentioned I was doing the Oil Cleansing Method (OCM). I discovered it in this post at Sorta Crunchy (very, very big hat tip to you, Megan!) not so very long ago (you’ll have to visit this woman after my own heart to find out more of what […]

My Thoughts on Sunscreen, Part 2

If you missed the first post in this series, you can read it here. Based on my discussion last time about my concerns with the use of sunscreen (which brought up great discussion- thanks for all your comments!), you may well be wondering what am I suggesting for sun safety. I believe that being aware of the sun, your own natural tendency to burn, the time of day, the length of your exposure, your location, what you are wearing, etc. all together will allow you […]

Tips for eating locally

I read this post by Lindsay at Passionate Homemaking today, and thought it was such perfect timing considering the recent discussion on purchasing organics and the local vs. import debate. She mentioned going to the Farmer’s Market (I guess the ones in her area are open earlier in the year than ours, being that much further south than where I live). I absolutely cannot wait to visit my local markets, and I have their opening dates (early June) marked off on my calendar! She’s got […]

My Thoughts on Sunscreen

My question is, do you know of or have an organic/natural sunscreen for babies? With the weather warming up here in Tennessee, I would really like to find a sunscreen for my almost 1 year old that doesn’t have all those chemicals in it. Thought maybe you would have some ideas!  Liz This is an excellent question- thanks Liz! You’re not the only one who’s been asking me my thoughts on this very subject lately! Before I delve into more natural options in choosing a […]

Baby Steps: Replacing your Toothpaste

This week’s baby step is: Consider what you are currently using for toothpaste and seek to replace it with a better alternative. There are so many different beauty and toiletry items that we could focus on replacing, but a la “Baby Steps”, we will choose just this one for now. Personally, I made my switches over to more natural products one item at a time, and toothpaste was among the first items to go. By doing it gradually, I was able to prevent it from […]