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FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME

FACEBOOK LIVE RECAP: HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME

If you follow me on Facebook, Instagram or if you subscribe to the newsletter, you know I’ve been doing Facebook Live chats every other week. This past Saturday we chatted about how being organized, or disorganized, can affect your health and your family’s. To see the full video, click here. Otherwise you can read the recap below. Follow my social media accounts below to make sure you catch the next one. I love to connect with you live and be able to answer your questions live.                                                 PURPOSE The purpose of the chat is to learn how the organization of your home can affect your health as well as to your family’s health.   HEALTH BENEFITS OF HAVING AN ORGANIZED HOME   LOSE WEIGHT Being unorganized in your home can often lead to stress. Not being able to find the important piece of mail, your child’s field trip permission slip and everything else that seems to come up missing on a daily basis can make you want to pull your hair out.   Being stressed is detrimental to your

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F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 2)

F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 2)

Hopefully by now you’ve recovered from the shock of the first list of “F” ranked cleaning products, because today I’m back with more “F” ranked cleaners to keep away from your home and family! 14 more to be exact. In addition, I’ve included 4 “D” ranked, honorable mention products I ran across and wanted to share. Be advised, the two lists I’ve presented are not the only “F” ranked products to avoid. Rather, I’ve chosen those that I thought were most prevalent in your homes. Scroll through these products to make sure they aren’t lurking in your cabinets.      THESE PRODUCTS ALSO RECEIVED AN “F” IN TERMS OF SAFETY FOR USE IN AND AROUND YOUR FAMILY     MURPHY OIL SOAP ALL PURPOSE MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER   WALMART GREAT VALUE ALL PURPOSE CLEANER WITH BLEACH   PLEDGE MULTI SURFACE EVERYDAY WIPES   GREEN WORKS NATURALLY DERIVED COMPOSTABLE CLEANING WIPES PLEDGE MULTI-SURFACE EVERYDAY CLEANER, FRAGRANCE FREE   PLEDGE MULTI-SURFACE SPRAY, LAVENDER FRESH SWIFFER DUST & SHINE FURNITURE SPRAY ALLERGEN REDUCER   MR. CLEAN MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER WITH GAIN, LAVENDER LYSOL ANTIBACTERIAL KITCHEN CLEANER, CITRUS   MR. CLEAN MULTI-SURFACE CLEANER WITH FEBREZE, HAWAIIAN ALOHA LYSOL DISINFECTANT FOAM CLEANER FOR MULTIPLE SURFACES   SOFT SCRUB WITH

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F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 1)

F RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER ALLOW IN YOUR HOME (PART 1)

As I was posting the “A” ranked cleaning products that are safe for use around your family, it dawned on me that it’s just as important to know the products that absolutely should never enter your home. Probably even more so than what to use. As I perused the list of the most toxic cleaning products on the EWG, I was appalled at the number of products I saw that I know 100% many of you have at one point, and possibly even now, use in your home. The detriment to your health that some of these toxic products subject you to should make them illegal in my opinion. But nevertheless, they are readily available and have infiltrated many of your dwelling places. Please, please, please look at this list and share with others that you know need to hear it. And be on the lookout, this is only part 1 of the products on the “F” list. Other posts coming soon. And if you just can’t wait, head over to the EWG and check other products now.      THESE PRODUCTS ALL RECEIVED AN “F” IN TERMS OF SAFETY FOR USE IN AND AROUND YOUR FAMILY     GREEN WORKS ALL PURPOSE

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MORE TOP RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHY HOME

MORE TOP RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHY HOME

Still haven’t tried any new non-toxic cleaners? I’m back today with several more healthy cleaning products for you to try, in addition to the previous list of healthy cleaning products. Again, these are all all-purpose cleaners that received an “A” rating from the Environmental Working Group and can be used without worry in your home and around your precious family. Click each individual picture to be taken to the page to buy and read more about them. Many can also be found in your local grocery or wherever cleaning products and soaps are sold. I’ve found most of mine at Target, Whole Foods and Walgreen’s.          I hope you found something to try. It’s no secret Dr. Bronner’s is my all-time favorite. They have several variations and all have an “A” rating. Plus you can easily find them at most stores where soap is sold. Let me know if you have tried any of these or if you will in the near future. Your house is only as clean as what you use to clean it with. Make sure you aren’t loading it up with chemicals and toxins. Follow me on Instagram (click here) to see what I’m currently using in

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SAFETY OF THE HONEST COMPANY’S CLEANING PRODUCTS

SAFETY OF THE HONEST COMPANY'S CLEANING PRODUCTS

When I originally posted my first list of healthy cleaning products, a friend of mine on Instagram pointed out a glaring omission. She asked, “what about The Honest Company”. And while I have tried a few of their products, I was a bit surprised at what I found when I examined the safety of their cleaning products. This post is all about how The Honest Company’s cleaning products rank on the Environmental Working Group’s  database.  Please note, not all of the Honest Company’s products have been evaluated by the EWG as of today. This report is of the 11 products they have tested so far.     Here’s the grading scale used by the EWG.   THE HONEST COMPANY “A” RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS CLICK BELOW TO READ THE REPORT ON EACH PRODUCT THE HONEST CO. DISH SOAP, WHITE GRAPEFRUIT THE HONEST CO. AUTO DISHWASHER GEL, FREE & CLEAR THE HONEST CO. 4 IN 1 LAUNDRY PODS, FREE & CLEAR THE HONEST CO. DISH SOAP, LEMON VERBENA     THE HONEST COMPANY “B” RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS CLICK BELOW TO READ THE REPORT ON EACH PRODUCT THE HONEST CO. DISHWASHER PODS THE HONEST CO. OXY BOOST, FREE & CLEAR     THE

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QUICK AND EASY 3 STEP KITCHEN CLEANING ROUTINE

QUICK AND EASY 3 STEP KITCHEN CLEANING ROUTINE

So now that you know how important the kitchen is to your family’s health, and you have a few new cleaning products to try, let me give you a quick and easy 3 step kitchen cleaning routine that will have your kitchen sparkling every time. This routine is so simple, your kids and teenagers can do it! 😉     STEP ONE: CLEAR ALL SURFACES   The first step is to take everything off every surface that doesn’t belong. Dirty dishes, appliances, utensils, and anything else that is on your tables or countertops needs to be handled. Place all necessary items in the dishwasher, throw away all trash and wash any pots and pans and immediately put them away. If there is any food that needs to be put away, do that now also. By the end of this step, there should be nothing left on any countertop or in the sink. Go ahead and start the dishwasher if it is full.   STEP TWO: WIPE DOWN | DISINFECT   With everything put away, it’s now time to clean and disinfect. Using your nontoxic cleaner and your trusty microfiber towel, wipe down and disinfect all surfaces. This includes the sink, countertops, appliances (like

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THE TOP RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHY HOME

THE TOP RANKED CLEANING PRODUCTS FOR A HEALTHY HOME

Yesterday we talked about how one room, the kitchen, was the center of your family’s health. We also discussed the need to keep it clean, germ, bacteria and toxin free. While making your own products is a great option, busy moms like me often need “go-to” products we can purchase that will also get the job done and still keep our families safe. Today’s post highlights top ranked cleaning products that you can buy online or from local stores. I consulted the Environmental Working Group for their ratings which are given as follows.    The only products I included were those that received an “A” rating and can be used for all of your kitchen needs. Let’s go ahead and dive in. But before you do, I want to challenge you to commit to selecting at least one new product to try when you run out of your current cleaner. All posts have been linked to their respective Amazon pages for easy purchasing (I am not affiliated with any of these brands and receive no compensation for review. Just sharing the good stuff cause I love you!).          Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile Soap – Peppermint $12.46 for

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THIS ROOM IS THE CENTER OF YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH. 6 REASONS WHY.

THIS ROOM IS THE CENTER OF YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH. 6 REASONS WHY.

If I could tell you one room to focus on within your home to substantially increase your family’s overall health, without a doubt that room would be the kitchen. While it’s no secret that when homebuyers look at a home, the kitchen is often the room that makes or breaks the sale, the kitchen can also make or break the health of your family. Let’s take a look at the 6 reasons the kitchen is the center of your family’s health.     6 REASONS THE KITCHEN IS THE CENTER OF YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH   1. FOOD SELECTION I’ll start with the obvious one, food. The food you feed your family has an immediate and long-lasting affect on your family’s wellbeing and should be given much thought. Fresh fruit and vegetables should be staples in your home, while processed, prepackaged and other “junk” foods should be eliminated or minimized. The amount of chemicals in and on today’s food is alarming and hazardous to your family’s health. Be sure to educate yourself on healthy eating habits so you can set your family up for success. Click here for Health.Gov’s dietary guidelines as a good starting place.   2. COOKING METHODS Actual

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11 QUICK & EASY CLEANING TIPS THAT WON’T HARM YOUR FAMILY’S HEALTH

11 QUICK & EASY CLEANING TIPS THAT WON'T HARM YOUR FAMILY'S HEALTH

Part of the reason many of us don’t employ healthier cleaning methods is because they often sound difficult to accomplish. I used to get visions of being in a chemistry lab creating my own nontoxic cleaners. If you feel overwhelmed by breaking into healthier cleaning techniques, this post is for you. Here are 11 QUICK & EASY cleaning tips that won’t harm your family’s health. 1. PURCHASE NONTOXIC PRODUCTS If DIY’ing is not your thing, the easiest thing you can do is to switch out your toxic, chemical-filled cleaning products for healthier ones. Dr. Bronner’s castile soap is a great place to start. I buy mine from Target and Whole Foods, but you can find it almost everywhere, including Amazon. I have yet to find a cleaning need that Dr. Bronner’s couldn’t solve. From cleaning the kitchen, to laundry, to using it as a body and face wash, to washing the dog, to cleaning produce, this product does it all. It’s a great first step for those of you who are looking to purchase.    2. STEAM CLEAN YOUR MICROWAVE If your microwave sees a lot of use during the week, chances are you’ve spent time scrubbing stuck on food. Instead of

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SWITCH THIS FOR A CLEANER HOME TODAY

SWITCH THIS FOR A CLEANER HOME TODAY

Say hello to your new cleaning BFF. If there was a cleaning equivalent to the phrase “the best thing since sliced bread”, it would be microfiber. It will be the apple of your home’s eye, the cream to your coffee, the gas in your tank. If I could only suggest one switch to help you clean your home more effectively with a decrease in effort, it would be to stop using paper or cotton towels and to make the switch to microfiber cleaning towels. Let me explain.     WHY MICROFIBER IS SO GREAT   Microfiber is made of two materials: polyester and nylon. This polyester and nylon blend is woven together and shred to 1/16 the thickness of human hair. When these two fibers are interlocked, each microfiber strand acts as a tiny suction hook that can attract dirt, dust, grime and bacteria from any surface.   The uniquely small size of the fibers allows them to penetrate the tiniest of crevices that cotton and paper towel fibers are too large to reach. Instead, paper and cotton cleaning towels tend to push the dirt around while you struggle to clean the mess.   Additionally, microfiber is non-abrasive making it

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