Author: Brittany Thomas

Cleaning Indoor Air

Did you know that studies are showing that indoor air is generally more toxic then outdoor air? That is pretty amazing when you consider all the cars, construction sites, and factories that are outdoors. In order to attempt to keep my home’s indoor air quality decent, I have gotten into the habit of opening our windows at least once a day. If the weather is nice then the windows will stay open all day. Besides airing out your home, there is another way of purifying your air. Plants! NASA did a 2 year study on plants abilities to purify air. In this study they focused on three main chemicals: Formaldehyde, Benzene, and Trichloroethylene. Here’s how there three chemicals can make their way into your home:Formaldehyde: cleaning chemicals, particleboard, and foam insulations.Benzene: A common solvent in oils and paints and can also be found in plastics and rubber.Trichloroethylene: Used in paints, inks, adhesives, and varnishes. While some plants are better at removing some chemicals then others. However, all these plants listed were found to do a great job of improving indoor air quality. English Ivy (Hedera helix) Spider Plant (Chlorophytum comosum) Golden Pothos (Scindapsus aures or Epipremnum aureum) Peace Lily (Spathiphyllum ‘Mauna Loa’) Chinese Evergreen (Aglaonema modestum) Bamboo Palm or Reed Palm (Chamaedorea sefritzii) Snake plant or mother-in-law’s tongue (Sansevieria trifasciata ‘Laurentii’) Heartleaf Philodendron (Philodendron oxycardium, syn. Philodendron cordatum) Selloum...

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A Natural Form of Birth Control

 My husband and I have gone through quite a few different methods of birth control since getting married. Our first method was the “no birth control whatsoever” method, many times referred to as Quiverfull. While I still feel like that is a great idea, it did not work for me. I had my two boys within a year of each other and my hormones were not happy! So we decided that even though we liked the idea of having however many kids we were supposed to have, I needed a break. So I went on a birth control pill....

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Toxic Teflon

I just receive a wonderful gift for my birthday this year! Stainless steel pans! I have been previously using non-stick pans for the last 4 years. I had tried out non-stick pans before getting married and loved how easy they were to cook with. Therefore, being the bride-to-be, I registered for a great set of non-stick pans. Little did I know that what makes these pans so wonderful to cook with also can cause some health issues.Non-stick pans can contain residues of perfluorooctanoic acid also known as PFOA. If you buy any pan that has a non-stick coating on it, the box will probably warn you to keep your birds out of the kitchen while cooking. This is because the fumes from non-stick pans can very easily kill small birds. Sounds a bit like the old canary in a mine, to me. PFOA is a likely human carcinogen. PFOA has been linked to a wide range of problems such as thyroid diseases, endocrine, reproductive, and neurobiological health effects and metabolic development problems. While scientists say that non-stick pans are not the main source of PFOA contamination for humans, it is still not a good thing to have around. Recent studies are starting to find that there are other fumes released from non-stick pans that are more of a concern then PFOA. Want safer cookware options? Try some of these!...

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Cloth Wipe Solution

We’ve been using cloth wipes for a little over a week now. I must say I love it! It’s very easy and so much better for my child. When we started using the cloth wipes I originally used just water in a spray bottle to wet the wipes. Using water did not seem to work for my son so I decided to actually make a solution. Here’s what I now use: Homemade Cloth Wipe Solution 2 Tbs. Dr. Bronners Tea Tree liquid soap2 Tbs. Apricot Kernel Oil1 cup warm water Directions: Mix the soap and the oil together and then add warm water. Stir well and pour into a spray bottle. To use just spray your wipes before use and that’s...

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Buying Used: Consignment Stores

I have never been a fan of buying used items. I have no idea why; maybe I’ve stepped into too many filthy thrift stores. Either way, I have avoided buying used. In the attempt to rid my house to plastic toys, I took my bags of plastic to a consignment store. I figure I might as well have the possibility of getting some money from these toys. Plus donating them is much better then just throwing them away. Thus I stepped foot in my first consignment store. I have been missing out! First off, the donating of toys was so easy! I just dropped them off with one of the workers and she told me that I could call anytime and check to see if any of my items sold. At this store at least, they put your item on sale and if it sells, you receive 40% cash or 50% store credit. After visiting that store, I might just take the credit! The store was great! Maybe it is because it was only kid and baby stuff but it was quite nice. Tons of clothes, a few cribs, toys galore, and so on. They even sale new items. I found quite a few new carriers, shoes, and toys. This lovely store actually carries the largest selection of Melissa & Doug toys that I have ever seen! They definitely...

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