My Journey Towards Healthier Living

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Like many, my journey towards healthier living has been just that: a journey. It's one that I'm still on. It's been full of ups and downs, inflating and deflating (thanks, three kids!), seasons ofā€¦

Top 10 Safe and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids

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Did you know most of the sunscreens for babies and children on the market are filled with harmful chemicals, from endocrine disruptors to cancer-causing ingredients? If you want to keep your child safe from the sun's damage and safe from toxic sunscreen ingredients without breaking the bank, pick up one of our curated Top 10 Safest and Budget-Friendly Sunscreens for Kids this year. We've done all the research for you!

All-Natural DIY Drano: Safe and Effective Toilet Declogger

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It worked! This all-natural DIY Drano recipe really worked.  Not just once, but it did the trick two different times on my completely clogged toilet. (Yes, we have really crappy toilets--no pun intended.) Letā€¦

Pique Tea: Possibly the World's Healthiest Beverage

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I've always wanted to be a tea drinker. I've even bought cute tea pots in an effort to motivate myself to dabble and experiment with different flavors, leaves, and brewing methods. However, I never quiteā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #10: Switch to an All-Natural Laundry Detergent

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As we've journeyed through our 10 Small Steps Towards Healthy Living Series (start here if you are just joining), there haveĀ likely been steps that you chosen to skip over. Some require a bit more moneyā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #9: Diffuse Essential Oils Instead of Burning Candles

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. Step #9: Diffuse essential oils instead of burning candles. Can we be honest with each other? I am having a hard timeā€¦
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Healthy Living Small Step #8: Invest in Resources

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Confession I'm a quitter. When I get overwhelmed by something or don't understandā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #7: Rethink How You Make Coffee

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. I have a coffee dilemma. Maybe you do too. The dilemma in my conscience for years has been a struggle betweenā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #6: Make Your Own All-Purpose Cleaner

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. Making your own household cleaner really is super easy. You can not only save money but also avoid any extra chemicalsā€¦
Healthy Living Step #5: Create a Weekly Meal Plan

Healthy Living Small Step #5: Create a Weekly Menu Plan

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. Last Monday, we talked about the small healthy step of moving toward a diet of more homemade, real food. Have youā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #4: Sneak in Exercise

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living seriesĀ HERE. I doubt I need to convince you that exercise is a mandatory part of good health. But, if you're like me, the problemā€¦

Healthy Living Small Step #3: Ditch the Tupperware

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10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living: Step One

Healthy Living Small Step #1: Go One Day Without Processed Foods

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Start at the beginning of our 10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living series here. (Note: Some affiliate links included.) Our Family's Journey Toward Real Food My husband and I used to be fastā€¦

10 Small Steps Toward Healthy Living: What Does "Healthy Living" Actually Mean?

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In the past 10 years, my definition of "healthy" has dramatically changed. 22 year old Polly would have described healthy living simply as limiting your calories and eating low-fat foods. Like most women,ā€¦

DIY, Citrus Cleaning Spray

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This DIY, natural cleaning spray is a great way I've been usingĀ my essential oils for cleaning. Just like the carpet/room freshener Ā IĀ previously shared about, I love the simplicity of what is in theā€¦

DIY Carpet & Room Freshener

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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 placeā€¦

Essential Oils: A Beginner's Guide

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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 rememberā€¦

What Should I Freeze My Meals In?

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

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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 theā€¦
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DIY Scented Soap Bars

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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?! Jessicaā€¦

Do You Know Where Your Food Comes From?

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

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Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links, which means we get a small commission if you make a purchase through one at no additional cost to you. Read more here. Tight budget? Want to eatā€¦
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Why Eat Flaxseed?

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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 aboutā€¦

DIY Bee and Wasp Sting Remedy

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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,ā€¦