Weekend Links

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Links for this week: Can Children Still Run Free in 2014 @ The Art of Simple  (similar in theme to my post this week, Are We Hurting or Helping Our Kids With Overprotective Helicopter Parenting?) To the Wife Trying to Get Her Husband to Eat Real Food @ Don’t Waste the Crumbs Why Rest Takes Courage @ (in)courage Cookies and Cream Ice Cream Recipe @ Mommypotamus 5 Ways to Say No @ Live Well Spend Less Carmelized Green Beans @ How Does She?  Blueberry Mini Muffins […]

Why I Quit No ‘Poo and My Beauty Routine These Days

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When something isn’t working for me, I’m learning to stop the madness. Put down that boring book I’m halfway through. Switch up the daily routine to accomodate when I’m most productive or a toddler’s morphing nap time. Drop that homeschool curriculum that yes, I paid good money for, but is causing tears and friction each time math rolls around. So when the “no ‘poo” method of shampooing only with baking soda stopped working for me, much as I was infatuated with this simple and uber-frugal […]

16 Books On My “To Read” List

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I firmly believe that one can never own enough books. Our family has been on a mission to simplify and declutter over the past year or so. Books are one of those areas where I begin to sweat profusely and develop nervous twitches when I attempt to weed out the ones I want to get rid of. Making the switch to primarily digital books has made all the difference for me. Now I don’t have too worry about having too many, and I can also […]

Natural Homemade Facial Toner for Clean Skin

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Written by Stacy Karen, Contributing Writer Using toner (or astringent) as part of a regular skin care routine is helpful in removing dirt, tightening pores, and preparing the skin to be moisturized. Toners are also known to remove excess oil from the skin, which is helpful for those with extremely oil skin. That said, the pore-tightening effects of toner are beneficial to most skin types. Many of you may already use toner, and I expect you’ve also heard that witch hazel is an excellent, inexpensive alternative […]

Spring Clean the Toxins: How to Get Started

Not only is spring a perfect time to freshen up your house when it comes to scrubbing baseboards and washing blinds and all those “cleanliness” tasks, but it’s also an idea time to think about the unseen invaders lurking in your home… That’s right– dangerous toxins! It’s beginning to be common knowledge that many of the beauty and skincare products, cleaning supplies, foods, kitchen items, and even furniture, decor and clothing in our homes contain harmful chemicals that make their way into our body through our skin, […]

How to Protect Your Family from the Dangers of Formaldehyde

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Written by Stacy K, Contributing Writer Formaldehyde is one of the most common toxic substances found in indoor air. It was only recently that I discovered just how pervasive formaldehyde is. No longer limited to mortuaries and medical laboratories (where it is used as a preservative), formaldehyde is now in many personal care products, furniture, and building supplies. Formaldehyde is listed as a a probable human carcinogen (cancer causing agent) by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In 2011, the National Toxicology Program named formaldehyde as […]

My Frugal Beauty Routine

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A stylin’ self-portrait of me in my bathroom seemed right for a post that takes you through a day-in-the-life of my frugal beauty routine. Beauty and skin care doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive (or toxic, for that matter). I’m choosy about the few things I use and I like to keep things simple when it comes to the time I spend in front of the mirror. Ever wondered what products grace my bathroom counter? Wonder no more. 7:07 am – I take a […]

At Simple Organic: Identifying and Avoiding Toxins in Beauty and Personal Care Products

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Ever wondered what the big deal is about using more natural shampoo or soap or even makeup? Maybe it makes sense why we’d want to be careful with the things that actually go in our mouths (ie. food or toothpaste), but why do products that simply go on our skin make a difference? Have you ever received a topical prescription from a doctor, such as an anti-fungal or anti-bacterial cream? Or used a topical pain reliever for a mouth sore (or for your baby’s teething)? […]