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DIY, all-purpose natural cleaning spray using doTERRA lemon essential oil

DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

This DIY, natural cleaning spray is a great way I’ve been using my essential oils for cleaning. Just like the carpet/room freshener  I previously shared about, I love the simplicity of what is in the product and oh-my-gracious, how I love the smell. Best thing about it is, it SAFE. Why Make Your Own Cleaning Products?

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DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

As a recovering candleholic, I am always in search of ways to make my home smell good. I’m kind of a scent junkie. Not to mention, with two dogs and two kids, it can be a challenge to keep our place smelling nice. Just the other day, I walked into my sons room and would …Read More

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Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide

My Story (so far): I’ll be honest, I didn’t even know what an essential oil was until 2 years ago when a yoga instructor unexpectedly put it on me in the closing relaxation portion of a class. I remember having somewhat of a moral dilemma wondering if I was dabbling in some type of spiritualism …Read More

Best way to freeze food

What Should I Freeze My Meals In?

Is it possible to be a freezer cooking evangelist? If so, I imagine Rachel and I would slide right into the role. We are constantly talking about how freezer cooking saves time and money, how to start a freezer club, giving freezing instructions on all of our recipes, sharing tips and tricks on how to freeze …Read More

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10 Things I Would Like from MightyNest

Welp, I’ve got a good start on my Christmas list! I’ve been eying out the site, MightyNest for days. The more I look at it, the longer my wishlist gets. (Dang it!) Similar to Rachel’s story, these parents were alarmed by what research revealed about the everyday products that we use. As a result, they …Read More

Safe Sunscreen

A Safe, Cheap, and Effective Sunscreen for the Whole Family

Updated from May 2013. I thought this post might be helpful again for those moms out there like me who want a safe, effective, and cheap sunscreen… Every year I find myself doing new research on the best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer. The good news is that …Read More

diy scented soap bars

DIY Scented Soap Bars

by Jessica Ellingsworth of Mayvn, Contributing Author A recent school family project assignment had my daughters and I wondering what to conquer. “Let’s make soap!” one of them suggested. What?! Jessica here, and after a little research I have a fun and easy Spring project to whip up with kids and is also great for …Read More


Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

I recently read a post on the Gospel Coalition website called “Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?” The information and thoughts shared in the article have been churning around in my mind since I read it. I thought I’d share a few excerpts from the article in hopes that it leads you to …Read More

how to start a freezer club

How to Start a Freezer Club (and Why You Should)

Tight budget? Want to eat healthy meals at home regularly? No time to cook homemade meals during the week? I’ve got the answer for you: Start a Freezer Club. Before having kids, I worked a full-time job with irregular hours. Dinner at home was the exception rather than the rule, unfortunately. Soon after quitting my …Read More

Pumpkin Coffee Facial Mask

Pumpkin Coffee Facial Mask: An At-Home Fall Spa Experience!

By Jessica Ellingsworth from Mavyn, Contributing Author Autumn is definitely in the air (even here in sunny Texas, thank goodness!), and I am here to take seasonal foods to a whole new level by incorporating them into the skincare routine. Jessica here, and I was recently perusing a high-end spa menu here in Austin and …Read More

Why Eat Flaxseed?

Why Eat Flaxseed?

I’ll be honest, two years ago I had no idea what flaxseed even was. Now I seem to use in it my recipes almost daily. If you’re like me you may be wondering why everyone is making such a big fuss about this powerful plant food. You may also be unaware of the easy ways …Read More

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

If you’ve ever been stung by a wasp, you won’t forget it. They put a healthy fear in you that results in a lifelong avoidance. Well, children don’t have the luxury of life experience and in this case, they went right into a little play house where a HUGE wasp nest had been built. My …Read More


How to Prepare, Freeze and Store Fresh Peaches

If you haven’t ever bitten into a freshly picked peach, do yourself a favor and go to your local farmers market ASAP. Tis the season and they are SO delicious. Every year I tell myself I am going to stock up on and freeze peaches for later use and every year I never get around …Read More

What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

What Supplements Does Your Family Take? (We Take These 4…)

Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links of products that I personally use and/or fully support. I give you full permission to make fun of me for this. My husband for sure does already. Want to know what I fall asleep reading many nights of the week, besides cooking magazines? Articles about health, nutrition and supplements. …Read More

The BEST Safe and Effective Sunscreens for Kids

The BEST Safe and Effective Sunscreens for Kids

Every year I find myself doing new research on the best and most affordable sunscreen that will keep my family protected this summer. The good news is that the Environmental Working Group, a non-profit organization that rates the safety of cosmetics and other household products based on their ingredient list, now takes all the guesswork …Read More

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

How to Transplant (or Plant) Blueberries

This spring, I received a very special gift from my parents who were moving–FIVE BLUEBERRY BUSHES from their backyard! These bushes are about three years old, so they are already producing quite a few blueberries each year but still have some growing to do. After doing some major research about how to transplant blueberries, my …Read More

4 Ways to Go Green for the Glory of God

4 Easy Ways to Go Green for the Glory of God

It’s a day after Earth Day and I have a confession to make. I think Earth Day should have less to do with whether or not Global Warming exists and more to do with what God instructs humanity to do with what He’s given us. The Bible teaches that we are called to care for …Read More

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

Are Your Cosmetics Safe?

One of the things I’ve been learning on our family’s journey to a healthier home is that not all cosmetics and personal care products on the market are safe.  Everything from baby shampoo to sunscreen to the mascara you wear may contain chemicals that are toxic for the human body. Did you know the U.S. …Read More