How to Make Your Own Sunscreen Lotion

This post was originally published in June of 2008, but this topic is always an important one as the days grow longer and the summer sun returns each year! I have a small list of things I never thought I would make myself, and sunscreen happens to be on that list. It feels good to prove myself wrong, and realize that yet another product that felt so elusive and out-of-reach to me is actually dead easy to make. Last week, a friend and I gathered in my […]

How to choose a natural, non-toxic nail polish

Just because I can’t reach (or barely see) them past my 9-month pregnant belly, doesn’t mean I don’t like having cute, painted toenails in the summer time. I’ve never been a huge fan of fingernail polish, because I find it chips too easily with cooking and cleaning, but I’ve always loved to keep my little piggies brightly polished. Painted toenails helps my feet to look pretty and makes me feel more put together and cheerful. Sometimes it’s the little things, right? What I’m not so […]

My love of BendSoap and 30 reasons I use it in my “NEW” Natural Home

Stephanie’s note: I’m pleased to introduce you today to Jennifer, who works on our Keeper of the Home team, connecting naturally-minded companies and products with our conscientious readers! I’ll let her share her story with you… A few years ago I had a life altering experience that changed my life forever. I was exposed to Toxic Black Mold in a previous home I lived in. Needless to say it’s been an uphill climb for my family and I, as we’ve struggled with our health and […]

Floral Body Scrub (plus gift ideas & DIY links for Mother’s Day!)

By Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer After the depths of winter have passed, skin is often dull and dry. Heated indoor air and lack of moisture are two of the main culprits in creating such thirsty skin. Thankfully it’s quick and easy to get skin soft, smooth, and vibrant again. A gentle exfoliation via a simple body scrub will usually do the trick. Scrubs made with sugar are quite effective in removing dead skin cells, and revealing fresh, glowing skin beneath. You are likely aware of how simple […]

The Top Five Occasions When You Should Take A Detox Bath

By Jessica Smartt, Contributing Writer I used to think baths were for kids. Who takes a bath when they can take a speedy shower, after all? However, I have recently gotten over my reservations with taking baths. Change that – I have recently become addicted to taking baths. Detox baths, to be specific. Now I make up excuses and squeeze in the time, because I have found it incredibly rewarding. If you, too, haven’t taken a bath in a while, whatever the reason – I encourage you […]

Quick & Easy Spring Cleaning Chores

By Hilary Bernstein, Contributing Writer Each spring I get the itch to start deep cleaning my home. It doesn’t matter if I’m living in a tiny apartment or a house – once the weather starts to warm and the days are sunny, I feel compelled to get rid of the dust and cobwebs in my home. Some years I have all sorts of time and energy to dig in and clean. But most years, I don’t. I’m tired or busy or I just don’t feel like spending […]

Easy DIY Cuticle Cream

By Andrea Green, Contributing Writer Cuticles are supposed to be soft. Mine are anything but. Thanks to cold, harsh weather, my cuticles are dry and cracked and messy. But the weather isn’t the only reason my cuticles dry out. I find if I’ve washed a lot of dishes, spent a day in the garden, or handled a lot of paper, I end up with dry cuticles. The problem with dry cuticles is once they crack, you can easily get an infection. Not to mention it’s uncomfortable. […]

3 Simple Ways to Reduce Pinterest Overwhelm

By Nina Nelson, Contributing Writer If you were to search my Pinterest boards, you’d see a lot of DIY  recipes for healthy living. Homemade soap, salves, cleaners, beauty products – you name it, I’ve pinned it. But I’ll let you in on a little secret … I don’t make most of the recipes I pin. At one point, that would have stressed me out so much. I would have viewed it as one big, overwhelming, never-ending to-do list. Now, I do DIY a lot of stuff. Pretty […]