Category: Natural Living

50 Pounds Lighter

I would say I’ve never been a thin person. Even in highschool, I was always trying out some new diet. However, my weight was at least in the normal range. Then came marriage and baby #1. I was now 30 lbs heavier then in highschool and entering into that “overweight” category. After baby # 2, I gained back my baby weight when I stopped nursing and now was 50 lbs too heavy. Despite working at losing those 50 lbs for almost 2 years, they never really went away. Sure I’d lose 10 lbs but then I’d gain it all...

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Using Tea Leaves as a Fertilizer

I drink a lot of tea. 6 cups a day! Since I drink so much tea, I have a lot of leftover tealeaves. I always felt bad when I just dumped the tealeaves down the sink. What a waste. There had to be something I could do with them! Turns out tea leaves, much like the popular coffee grounds, make for a good fertilizer! This is great news for me or rather my plants. I no longer had to waste my used tea leaves and my poor plants would get some nutrients because I refuse to use the yucky...

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Make Your Own Baking Powder

Did you know that you can make your own baking powder?! This is one of those baking ingredients that you just assume must be impossible to make yourself but it really is quite simple to make your own! Of course, you are probably wondering why in the world you would want to make your own… Reasons to Make Your Own Baking Powder You Ran Out We’ve all been there! You were making muffins and mid-mixing you realized you are out of baking powder! Allergen Free Store bought includes cornstarch which will be an issue for those with corn allergies....

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What to Look for When Buying Baking Soda

I was originally going to write about how there is aluminum in baking soda and how I had switched to aluminum free baking soda. However, as I dug a little deeper into my research, I found out that most baking soda is now aluminum free. Companies like Bob’s Red Mill label theirs as aluminum free because originally other baking sodas used to use aluminum. However, now most companies do not contain aluminum but Bob’s Red Mill still has their aluminum free label. So aluminum free baking soda is any baking soda apparently. This was a nice thing to find out,...

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Chia Seeds

Ch, Ch, Ch Chia! That’s the first thing that people think of when they hear the word chia. However, chia seeds are good for more than just growing “hair” on a ceramic animals! I found out about chia seeds when I was looking into flax seeds. I didn’t like what I found out about flax seeds and was directed to chia seeds as a better alternative.     What makes chia seeds so great?   One serving of chia seeds (which is 1 Tbs) contains: 5 grams of fiber 3 grams of protein 80mg of Calcium – some say...

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How to Frugally Grocery Shop

I was blessed when it came to growing up apparently. I grew up watching my mother cut coupons and make grocery lists. When I got older I even did some of the shopping. However, apparently not everyone was as privileged as I was. Time after time, I find women who don’t know how to frugally grocery shop, do not meal plan, who don’t make grocery lists, and who spend way too much at the grocery store. I used to spend $300 per month on groceries for a family of 6. I now have a family of 7 and thanks to...

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Why You Need a Chlorine Free Shower

Everyone showers. At least I HOPE everyone showers! However, while we think we are simply getting clean by taking a shower, we are also adding toxins to our body. Now I’m not talking the body washes, shower gels, shampoos and conditioner. Those can definitely be toxic but that’s not what I’m talking about today. Today I’m talking about water. Yes, your water is allowing your body to absorb toxins and so I’m talking about why you need a chlorine free shower. What toxins are in water? Well quite a few but I’m specifically referring to chlorine. Chlorine is used...

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