Author: Brittany Thomas

Making Yogurt in a Crock Pot

I have been feeding my boys yogurt for their breakfast lately. I have decided that they need some probiotics in their system to keep them healthy or should I say get them healthy; they have been sick for too long in my opinion. I set out to buy organic yogurt that contained all the good probiotics. However, organic yogurt is expensive! Even in bulk it is pricey. Naturally, I started thinking about the idea of making yogurt has always been very intimidating to me. There is a lot involved when it comes to making yogurt on the stove and oven. After...

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Yes, This is my Natural Color!

Growing up, I had dark blonde hair, as I entered my teenage years it changed to a light brown. Horrified at the thought of not being a blonde, I started dying my hair. If I remember correctly, my first hair dye was done at age twelve. I continued on my blonde cycle for about a decade and then finally realized that keeping up with the roots was not worth my time and money. Thus, I switched to dying my hair brown. I was not happy with my natural shade of brunette and kept on dying my hair. A little over a year ago, I gave it all up. Originally, I stopped dying my hair simply because it was too expensive for me; I have more important things to spend my money on. However, as I started learning about all things crunchy, I came to realize that it was a VERY good thing that I had given up my hair dying. Hair dye contains a host of horrible chemicals. Did you know that hairdressers are at a higher risk of getting cancer then the general public? Some of the hairdressers do not even use hair dyes personally but breathing in the fumes and touch the dye is enough to put them at such a higher risk. Let’s take a look at the chemicals in hair dye. Coal Tar: Used in...

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All Natural Homemade Hairspray

Hairspray is full of nasty stuff. It is coating your hair in plastic, in reality. Would you coat any other part of your body in plastic? I think not. Why should your hair be any different? On my quest for natural hairsprays, I discovered I could make my own all natural homemade hairspray using ingredients that I already had in my kitchen! As it turns out, hairspray is not all that hard to make! No need for crazy ingredients. All I need is sugar! Who knew that a watered down simple syrup can work as a hairspray? If you doubt...

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Ditching the Nail Polish

Yes, you read that right, I have given up nail polish. I have actually been nail polish free for quite a few months now. Why? The answer is because nail polish is toxic. Just smelling a bottle of nail polish or even walking buy a nail salon will tell you that stuff is not healthy. What is in nail polish? Toluene: a carcinogen and neurotoxin. Effects the nervous system. Formaldehyde: a known carcinogen as well as a nose, throat, and eye irritant. (DBP) Dibutyl Phthalate: a reproductive and developmental toxin and linked to the feminizing of boys. This should definitely not be used while pregnant. Ethyl Acetate: a reproductive and developmental toxin. As well as a neurotoxin. Aluminum Powder: can cause cancer. Also a reproductive and developmental toxin. Yikes! Definitely not a good thing to put in our bodies. Yes, I said in, these chemicals get absorbed into the skin through the nails. The skin is not impenetrable, it absorbs chemicals everyday. It is our largest organ and the one most susceptible of toxins. There are a few companies that are now free of the top three toxins: toluene, formaldehyde, and dibutyl phthalate, however they still contain other toxins. Even if you found one that was decent, you would still have the problem of the nail polish remover. My recommendation is to ditch the nail polish all together. It...

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Pistachio Product: Klean Kanteen

Desiring a healthier alternative to plastic water bottles and plastic sippy cups, my family has switched to Klean Kanteens. These lovely water bottles are stainless steel. There are no worries about BPA at all because all you have is stainless steel. The caps and sippy cup attachments are made out of plastic but they are BPA-Free. Pros: Stainless steel. Recyclable and does not contain BPA.Variety of sizes from 12 – 64 ounces.Will not break.Seems to keep liquid cooler.Liquid tastes as it should; no plastic flavor being absorbed.Lightweight.Many different cap options, including the sippy cup attachment.Sippy cups can be reused as water bottles, after your child is old enough. This is a good thing as paying $20 for a sippy seems crazy but if your child can continue using it for their entire lifetime, it is not a bad investment at all!Cons: More expensive. I won’t lie to you, these bottles cost a bit more then a plastic one. However, they will last forever!If you get a colored one, it will chip. The colors are beautiful but unless handled with extreme care, it will chip. We love our Klean Kanteens! We drink more water now, simply because it is colder and tastes better. My children do great with their sippys and I am looking forward to the day when we can convert them to regular water bottles. I recommend this...

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