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Searching for Safer Sunscreens

Now that it’s getting closer to summer, I need to buy a new sunscreen. Generally we never use sunscreen. However, when my boys are outside all day in the hot sun we do put some on. There is no way they would not get burnt otherwise. I need to buy new sunscreen this year, as I am now getting crunchy and since my old sunscreen really should not be used as it’s from last year. However, sunscreen it seems is very un-crunchy. Most sunscreens are full of parabens, phthalates, and PEG’s. Most also contain synthetic oxybenzone which is an...

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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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Triclosan: Not actually helping you stay healthy

Triclosan is a wonder chemical that is supposed to kill germs. It makes sense that it is such a success, what parent wants their children to be covered in germs. We live in a world that is very anti-germ, if there is a chemical out there that can make getting rid of germs even easier then people will want it. Most people know about Triclosan being the active ingredient in many soaps. However, it is put into more then just soap. Triclosan is in almost everything; sponges, towels, toothpaste, dish detergent, clothes, shoes, shower curtains. Anything that is labeled...

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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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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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Going “No-‘Poo”

Ready for an extremely crunchy topic? No ‘poo! No, I am not talking about not going to the bathroom, I am referring to the method of not shamPOOing your hair. Before you start thinking, EWW, gross! Let me explain. No ‘pooing does not mean that you are not washing your hair. Although some die hard crunchies will go that far and only wash with water. It does not begin that way and it does not have to end that way. Most no ‘poo fans stick with using baking soda and vinegar. Yes, the same ingredients that you use to...

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Organic, Conventional, and GMO – How to Tell The Difference

 We have come a long way from the day when you walked into the produce department and you only had to decide between a red or green apple. Now you step into that section and there are dozens of choices, not only in colors but also in how the produce was grown. We now have the decision of organic, conventional, or GMO produce. What’s the difference? How can you even tell? Isn’t an apple, an apple? Not anymore. In fact, they even make apples that taste like grapes now! So what IS the difference? What is Conventional Food? Conventionally...

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