Naturpedic Mattress Review

Naturpedic Mattress Review

So excited to finally share with you guys my Naturpedic mattress review!

*I was gifted my Naturpedic mattress from the company. However, thoughts and reviews are my own.

I had the pleasure of testing out the EOS Classic Organic King Size Mattress.  The specific one I received was the medium latex with plush coils.  My husband and I both prefer a soft mattress!  We had gone to a store that carried organic/natural mattresses in the Seattle area first before choosing our mattress.  We got to test out different types of Naturpedic mattresses.  In the end we knew we wanted the EOS Classic with medium latex and plush coils.  It was so soft and felt dreamy just laying on it in the store.  I couldn’t wait to start sleeping on it at home!

Naturpedic offers options for everyone in your family from baby, to child, all the way up to adult and something for every budget- which I appreciate!  You can customize the firmness too depending on what you want.  For ex. you can have it be firmer or softer on each side depending on what your partner and you want. My husband and I both chose the medium latex with plush coils but we could have each chosen a different option if we wanted.  If for some reason you weren’t happy with the firmness you can exchange it for a different option within 90 days– pretty cool!

I was first introduced to Naturpedic over 4 years ago when I was searching for an organic mattress for my baby girl.  At the time I hadn’t started to detox our bedroom yet and was learning all about the toxic load conventional mattresses can bring.  I ended up choosing their organic crib mattress for our daughter and have loved it.  Since they say we spend a 1/3 of our lives sleeping it’s important to consider the bed you’re sleeping on.  I remember finding it alarming to learn all about the toxic ingredients in mattresses!  From flame retardants, VOC’s, and formaldehyde- the toxic load can be scary.  Not too mention, mattress companies are not required to disclose all the chemicals they use in order to make their mattresses compliant with mattress regulations.  It’s also important to mention that many companies may claim to be organic, natural but actually have no certifications backing up these claims.

When I’m searching for a mattress I want to make sure it’s certified organic.  Then I know it’s met third party testing.  Look for the labels, GOTS, GOLS, and GREENGUARD.  Naturpedic meets all these certifications, plus so many more such as Formaldehyde Free Verified, OCS100 Organic Content Standard, Non-GMO verified, and Made Safe Verified.

You can read all about their certifications here!

Here’s a list of ingredients they avoid:

NO Flame Retardants or Flame Retardant Barriers
NO Memory Foam or other forms of Polyurethane Foam
NO Soybean or Biobased Foam (polyurethane foam with soybean oil mixed in)
NO Synthetic Latex Rubber
NO Harmful Glues or Adhesives
NO GMO Cotton or other GMO fibers
NO Shoddy Insulator Pads

Unboxing/Putting The Mattress Together-

When we received the Naturpedic mattress it came in several boxes.  I know sounds interesting to put the mattress together huh?  But it’s SO easy!  It comes in 4 boxes and there is a box that’s marked open me first with the instructions in it.  So you’re all set.  Then it walks you through the whole process step by step.  It was super easy to set up.  It comes with an encasement which essentially houses the mattress parts.  My hubs laid that out first on top of our bed.  Then we opened the box that had the coil support- one for each side of the bed since we have a king.  My hubs put those in.  Then we we opened the next box that had the 3 inch comfort layers and put those on top of the coils.  Then we zipped up the encasement and we were all set- easy peasy!  My hubs was even impressed with how simple the whole process was.

I have a video I posted to my stories of the whole process.  You can watch it below.

Our Thoughts-

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After having slept on it for almost 3 months I can honestly say we LOVE it!  My husband once a week tells me how much he loves the mattress- no joke!  He said it’s kept him feeling cooler in warm months- which says a lot since he tends to run warm.  He also likes how it feels soft but not too soft.  He went on a business trip and all I heard the whole time he was gone was how excited he was to come back home to his mattress!  He said he’s slept better- which I agree and I’m wondering if it has to do with not breathing in toxic fumes?  He has allergies and used to sneeze all the time at night- now he doesn’t!

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I agree with my husband.  I feel so much cooler than I did with our last mattress.  It also feels supportive but not hard or too firm.  I also like how breathable everything feels.  I truly look forward to going to bed each night!  I love knowing we aren’t breathing in harmful fumes when we’re sleeping and our body isn’t absorbing toxic chemicals either.  It did have a faint smell when we first opened it.  But it wasn’t a chemical smell just a subtle unboxing smell in my opinion.  Once it was out for a day I didn’t smell anything.

My husband and I both can’t recommend this mattress enough!  Check out all that Naturpedic has to offer here!  Also check out their store finder to find a store near you! It really has exceeded our expectations and we are a hard sell!  I’m not getting compensated for this post, it is my opinions but my they did send my the mattress.  I also have a Naturpedic Baby organic baby mattress that I’ve had since my first daughter was born and we have loved it!  We’ve used it for both of our daughters and can’t recommend it enough.  Overall, our experience with Naturpedic has been amazing!

 

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The Best Natural Paint

The Best Natural Paint

SO excited to chat with you all about the best natural paint!  This post has been a long time coming.  We moved into our new house in mid-November.  This is our first home we’ve owned and we couldn’t be more excited to make it our own!  We knew the first thing we wanted to do was paint it.  Paint makes such a difference.  We weren’t too fond of the color it was and wanted it to feel brighter and bigger.  However, wanting a non-toxic home is at the top of my list and I didn’t want to compromise.  Fortunately, after researching out natural paint alternatives I didn’t have too.  I found Natura Paint by Benjamin Moore and was sold!

*This post is sponsored by Benjamin Moore, however, opinions and thoughts are my own. 

If you’re unsure of what makes conventional paint so toxic, let me explain.  Most paints contain VOC’s(Volatile Organic Compounds) gasses emitted from liquids or solids.  They are known to cause a host of problems from irritation to throat, nose, eyes, headaches, nausea, damage to liver, kidneys and nervous system, some of the organic compounds have even been found to cause cancer in humans.

The largest factor is indoor air quality, which according to the EPA.gov is worst inside then outside-

Studies have found that levels of several organics average 2 to 5 times higher indoors than outdoors. During and for several hours immediately after certain activities, such as paint stripping, levels may be 1,000 times background outdoor levels.

There are a number of other chemicals found in paint too besides VOC’s.  Just a few are:

  • Ammonia
  • Acetone
  • Fungicides
  • Biocides
  • Crystalline silica

Thankfully, there are waterborne paints now, instead of solvents.  Waterborne paints are such a great option for so many reasons.  

  • Low odor
  • Low VOC
  • Quick dry time
  • Great durability
  • Less hazards and easy and safe clean up
  • They’ve been proven to perform in both residential and industrial buildings.

I must note that there is no perfect paint out there.  Only better options.  It’s similar to nail polish- even the best natural ones still contain  chemicals.  They have to in order to truly perform.  Paint is in the same wheel house.  There are a lot more “green” options out there now, but they also don’t perform or the colors are not aesthetically pleasing.  When choosing the paint for our house, look, feel and overall performance was a huge factor.  You may get a natural paint but if it doesn’t perform, then what’s it good for?

My friend Steph from @stephdufordlifestyle used Natura paint from Benjamin Moore and loved it.  She is very choosy in what she uses in her home too- even more so.  Her son has multiple food allergies and multiple environmental allergies.  She also has severe MCS(multiple chemical sensitivities) and has to be extremely careful.  She has painted two houses now with the Natura line and has loved the outcome in both!  She also shared this tidbit I want to pass on to you as well.  She told me they recommend those who suffer from MCS to first test out a small area on a piece of wood and see how you react or possibly take it in the car with you before doing a whole room or house.  This way you know if you tolerate it first.

Here is a quote from her:

As someone who has a child who suffers from multiple food allergies and environmental allergies, plus having MCS myself I was extremely happy with the Benjamin Moore Natura product both times we’ve used it in our homes.  It not only went on just like you would want paint too but it held up, and did not cause us any adverse reactions.

I love that the Natura line has zero emissions after 4 hours.  It also has zero VOC’s, is 100% acrylic and is a primer in one.  Plus, it has a quick dry time.  Everything felt dry after a couple hours. What’s even more exciting is it’s asthma and allergy friendly too!  Here is a quote on the asthma and allergy certification on Benjamin Moore’s website:

We created a paint that is scientifically proven to have a reduced level of allergens. The asthma & allergy friendly® Certification Program independently tests and identifies consumer products that are more suitable for those living with asthma and allergies. Natura earned the certification based on its odor, emission and VOC performance.

I love that it’s not hard to find or source Natura paint.  Just head to any Benjamin Moore paint store and it’s there.  Check out Benjamin Moore’s store finder here.  They also have thousands of colors to choose from as well- another huge draw.

We chose the color Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Flat– a crisp clean white, similar to soft linen.  We did our whole whole house in Chantilly Lace, except my daughter’s bedroom we did in Benjamin Moore Gray Owl OC-52, Natura, Flat.  We also didn’t paint the master bath or the kid’s bath yet- still deciding, but we did paint the 1/2 bath on the main floor(I forgot to take a before photo but it was all mint green to give you an idea).  We had all the walls in the house painted in the Chantilly Lace and then my daughter’s room painted in Gray Owl and then the baseboards and trim were painted with Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, Natura, Semi-Gloss.  I couldn’t be more pleased with the overall outcome!  The paint looks just as you would imagine paint to look and brightened up our whole house.  As you can see below, the before and after photos show the difference paint can make!

What the painters thought-

We hired painters to paint for us.  With little kids, we knew we just wouldn’t have the time or space to do the whole house ourselves.  Plus, our house has some really high vaulted ceiling areas and it would be hard to try and get them.  The painters were excited that the paint was from Benjamin Moore.  They said it was a quality paint and good choice.  They had yet to use the Natura line from them.  I asked for their feedback after painting and they said it was a great paint!  They did go over some areas three times where it was a little darker from the previous paint but other than that they were happy with it as well.

Smell Factor-

The best part?  I could hardly smell it at all!  We stayed at my parents for a week while they painted and I would come check on it everyday and was always amazed at how little it smelled.  Even when my mom came over she kept saying she could hardly smell anything!  My nanny said the same thing.  I was excited since the biggest concern going into a paint job for me is always the smell.

I really can’t recommend this paint enough!  The quality of the paint, to the zero VOC’s, zero emissions after 4 hours, and asthma and allergy certification make this paint the best in my opinion.  Check out all of Benjamin Moore Colors here.

Of course I couldn’t write this blog post without some before and after photos.  The change is amazing!  This is just the first part of my Detox Your Home Series.  I’ll be sharing everything we do to our house as we do it, from products we get, etc.  So many of you have asked how to do it, excited to finally share the process and tips with you.  Plus, once were done I’ll be sharing the final photos of the house.  We are still in the decorating phase and haven’t put anything up or gotten new furniture yet- it all takes time.  Bottom line- I have so much more planned and can’t wait to share it with you!

*Note- I live in Washington where there are more gray days then sun, so the color doesn’t quite pop as much in my opinion.  However, the before pics give you a good idea of how much brighter it looks!  Also, I had the light on in some after photos and some I didn’t, so you could really see what the color looks like in both lightings.  I did notice in the photos with the light on the Chantilly Lace color looks a little more yellow tinted.

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Bathroom After- (Didn’t have a before photo of this bathroom but it was all mint to give you an idea)

So what did you think?  Leave me a comment below!  Have you used Benjamin Moore Natura before?

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The Green Home Gift Guide

The Green Home Gift Guide

I’ve rounded out my top picks for the domestic diva and created The Green Home Gift Guide for you!  I’ve got picks for everyone.  Gift giving just got easy!  Stay tuned for more gift guides coming soon! Also, be sure to check out my green beauty sales roundup here!

Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag  These silicone bags are amazing.  I love that they are reusable and not plastic.  I have too many of these and already need more.  Ditch the plastic bags and get these!  They come in a variety of sizes too. Get your Stasher Reusable Silicone Food Bag bag here!

Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser Instead of toxic plug in’s get an essential oil diffuser.  Not only does it look chic on your counter but diffuses essential oils instead of toxic fragrance. Your house can smell good and be toxic free.  Get your Vitruvi Essential Oil Diffuser here!

Primal Palate Organic Spices I finally got some of these recently and I have to say they live up to the hype.  They’re organic, gluten free, non-gmo, non-irradiated, whole 30 approved, and kosher.  They have so many yummy blends!  They even have AIP blends.  Get your Primal Palate Organic Spices here!

Excalibur I got a dehydrator this year and let’s just say I haven’t looked back!  I use this all the time from raw veggie breads, dried fruit and kale chips.  I can’t recommend one enough. Get your Excalibur here!

Blendtec Love, love my Blendtec Blender!  I’ve had mine for over 3 years and use it multiple times a day.  It makes my smoothies so smooth, makes nut butters in minutes with the twister jar.  I make sauces in it too- there really isn’t much it doesn’t do.  Grab your Blendtec here!

Cuisinart  I’ve had my immersion blender for a year and I don’t know what I did before it.  It’s perfect for soups, baby food, really so much.  It’s so easy to clean too!  Get your Cuisinart here!

SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker We love our soda stream- end of story.  Let’s just say we have an obsession with sparkling water.  Not only does this reduce the glass bottle consumption but it’s more economical.  We love the because it uses glass bottles and not plastic.  Grab your SodaStream Crystal Sparkling Water Maker here!

Espresso Machine-  My hubs and I have had this espresso machine for 7 years and we are sold!  All the compartments are stainless steel which we love and it grinds the beans right before brewing ensuring the perfect espresso shot each time.  Get your Breville Espresso Machine here!

Kosmatology Hand Soaps-  Hands down favorite hand soap!  It’s non-toxic, doesn’t dry out my hands and doesn’t squirt out weird but foams.  Trust me, you will love it!  They even have holiday soaps! Get your hand soap here!

Coyuchi Towels- Towels so luxurious, you’ll feel downright spoiled!  These towels are fair trade and organic.  They are designed to quickly dry too.  Get your Coyuchi towels here!

West Elm Posse Blankets- My friend raves about these organic blankets all the time!  They’re perfect for over the bed as an extra blanket or layered as a comforter.  They hold their shape too!  Get the Plisse blanket here!

See anything that would make the perfect gift?

Natural Household Product Faves

Natural Household Product Faves

I’ve had a lot of people recently ask what I use to clean my house with.  It may be because spring is here, and spring cleaning is looming over everyone’s head.  I must say I’m a clean freak by nature.  Ask my family, they’ll tell you-I can be a little OCD!  Oh well, my house is clean.  The spring cleaning bug has definitely bit me.  I’ve been de-cluttering our place like crazy!  My motto: If it doesn’t serve a purpose, toss it.  Let’s just say I’ve given away loads of “stuff” these past several weeks and it feels so good.

In the spirit of spring cleaning, I thought I would share with you my top household product picks.  Everything from laundry soap, window cleaner, bleach alternative…well, you get the point.  I’ve compiled this list after over 5 years of testing out natural DIY’s, products and everything in between.  I finally feel my list meets my standards and is worth sharing.  I mean do you know how many laundry soaps I’ve tried in 5 years?!  I think I know every DIY recipe out there.  I literally changed mine every couple of months.

Oh and you all must know how toxic cleaning products are…if you don’t, trust me when I say you don’t want them in your house!  Some of the most toxic ingredients live inside those bottles, and they’re horrible for you to breathe, touch and have around if you have kiddos in the house.  Half the products now are loaded with so much fragrance to mask their smell that it practically knocks you off your feet!  Artificial fragrance, in my opinion, is one of the worst things-I can smell it a mile away.

So I’ve compiled my little household list for a non-toxic/clean home.  Trust me, you won’t even miss your old stuff!

Household Product Faves:

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I wanted to give a brief introduction about e-cloth before I continue sharing their products.  The basis of e-cloth is that it offers a chemical free cleaning experience using only water.  It does this through micro fiber technology, proprietary equipment, and manufacturing techniques.  I love their mission:

“Our aim is to supply the most effective, healthiest and most environmentally friendly cleaning products available at a good value to the consumer.”

*Also, with many companies on the market offering similar microfiber cloths and products, learn why I chose e-cloth here.

e-cloth Washing Up Pad

Where has this been all my life?!  No really, I’ve struggled to find something that not only cleaned my dishes, but wasn’t a scotch brite pad that smelled like chemicals.  Not to mention, I wanted something I could re-use and not throw away all the time.  Well, the e-cloth Washing Up Pad came into my life, and has rocked my world!  The gray side of the pad is for scrubbing stuck on food, and the other side is smooth and cuts through grease and grime.  It’s made from cloth, versus some weird chemical smelling sponge material.  The best part?!  You just throw it in the washer when you need to clean it.  Hello, how cool is that?  Not only does this sponge work like a charm on all my tough dirty dishes, but it saves me money and is environmentally friendly.  A win/win in my book!  Get the e-cloth Washing Up Pad!

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E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth– Kitchen/Windows/Mirrors

This cloth has been another winner from e-cloth.  One side is more grainy and perfect for getting rid of residue, while the other side is smooth for polishing.  Both sides remove 99% of bacteria just using water-I love it!  I just spray some water onto the stainless steel, then use the grainy side to remove any residue(make sure you go in the direction of your grain so you don’t scratch anything).  Then I would use the smooth side to polish.  It did clean my stainless steel well, but it didn’t leave it sparkling like I wanted.  I contacted e-cloth and asked what the solution might be to get the “sparkle” effect.  They recommended the Glass and Polishing Cloth.  So I got that, gave it a try, and bam-my stainless steel sparkled like new!  The best part is it not only works for shining up stainless steel, but also for cleaning windows and mirrors.  I would spray a little water onto my window or mirror and wipe away.  No streaky residue.  Are you hearing me people?!  There was absolutely no chemical used to clean my stainless steel, windows or mirrors!  Let’s just say I struck gold.  I also used the Stainless Steel Cloth to clean my granite counters, and my countertops never shined brighter.  I highly recommend these two products.  They tackle so many cleaning jobs with no chemicals.  Plus, no paper towel was wasted, just wash and re-use!  Get E-Cloth 2 Glass & Polishing Cloth.

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These two have been my jam as far as laundry detergent goes.  I toyed a lot with making my own laundry detergent recipe.  However, over the years I just got tired of having to make it…does that sound so bad?!  Some things I don’t mind making, and who knows I might find another recipe I want to try again but for now I’m stuck on these two.

Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets

These really work and are clean!  They are fragrance free which I love and are so easy to use.  Just add one tab to the dishwasher and that’s it.  My dishes come out clean and streak free.  Plus, as I mentioned they’re super clean- chlorine free, dye free, phosphate free.  Made with plant-based mineral ingredients and biodegradable. Get the Ecover Naturally Derived Automatic Dishwasher Tablets!

Simple Dish Soap Recipe from Live Simply Blog

This dish soap recipe is my fave!  It’s so easy to make-literally takes a minute, it’s so effective, and it’s toxin free!  Plus, you’re going to save a ton of money, since you’re not buying it pre-made.  The recipe uses Sal Suds from Dr. Bronner’s and love it.  I also use it for cleaning my floors sometimes when I want a little soap.  For the full dish soap recipe head to Live Simply’s Blog here! 

 

Buckaroo Organics Soapberry Suds Organic Laundry Detergent:

I love this detergent!  It really works and is completely natural-what more could you ask for?  I love the whole concept of using soap nuts.  For one they aren’t nuts, but are actually a berry from a tree, how much more natural can you get?!  They’re a sustainable resource and grown organically easily, they’re great for sensitive skin, and hypoallergenic.  Not to mention they’re 100% bio-degradeable, and completely safe for water systems.  If you’re not sold yet, they actually use less water than conventional detergent, are safe for front loading washers, and they cost less per load too.  They’re just a pretty amazing little berry!!  How does it actually clean your clothes?  It takes the saponin contained in the husk of the natural berry, and uses that to wash and get rid of dirt.  Yes, even my husband’s stinky workout clothes smell good!  My clothes smell fresh, not artificial and they are clean.  I’m addicted to this stuff and almost out- it really is some good stuff. Buy it here!

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Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Powder

I’ve been using Molly’s Suds laundry detergent for a while now and I must say I’m hooked.  I’ve tried 3 different versions of their laundry detergent.  Two powders and one liquid.  They have a regular powdered scented version(scented with essential oils) and it’s great for my regular everyday clothes.  They also have a sensitive version that is scent free and I use that for my baby girl and my toddler’s clothes, blankets, etc.  The last one I’ve tried is their sport version and I use it for my workout clothes and my husbands-really gets the sweaty smell out of them!  They also carry an Oxygen Whitener, laundry detergent for cloth diapers, wool dryer balls and they just came out with a regular liquid laundry detergent.  Overall, I’ve been super impressed with the quality of their products.  Buy Molly’s Suds All Natural Laundry Powder.

Meliora Cleaning Products Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick

This stick is my most recent find and I’m addicted!  It works so well!  I’ve gotten a ton of food stains out of clothes, grease and even my baby girl’s breast milk poop-which in my opinion is one of the hardest things to get out.  It’s so easy to use too.  I just wet the stain and rub the stick into it and scrub. I rinse it out and then wash the clothes or whatever it is like normal.  Everyone needs this in their kitchen!  And it’s such a steal!  Grab your Meliora Cleaning Products Laundry Stain Removal Soap Stick!

Hydrogen Peroxide, Baking Soda, and White Vinegar

When it comes to cleaning my house I like to keep it really simple.  I’ve looked at a ton of the “natural” cleaning products, and there’s always ingredients I don’t recognize off hand.  Plus, when the job can be done at a fraction of the cost, and with simple ingredients I’m all about it.  You can always find these three at my house: hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and white vinegar.

What can’t these three do?  I have yet to find out.  I keep it simple when cleaning my bathroom.  From the sink, tub, shower and toilet, they get the job done.  I don’t put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle because it is light sensitive, and starts to break down when exposed.  That’s why you typically see it in a brown bottle.  Oh and did I mention it’s around .99 a bottle?  Yeah, pretty awesome.  I just squirt it all around my tub, sink, toilet and counter and let it sit for 10 minutes.  After I squirt it I always sprinkle on baking soda.  This acts as a grit to help pick up more dirt.  White vinegar I use similarly to hydrogen peroxide.  It’s great for cleaning drains.  I always put some essential oil drops around the sink when I’m done cleaning to help mask the vinegar smell.  I clean my sink with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda too.  Another trick I learned is to clean your cutting board with hydrogen peroxide. So many uses for it!

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Favorite Hand Soap: Kosmatology Foaming Hand Soap

I LOVE this hand soap!  Best organic, natural hand soap I’ve tried…hands down.  I’ve struggled with finding a hand soap.  It either wasn’t pure, squirted out weird or didn’t foam.  This baby does it all, and has the best ingredients.  Not to mention, it doesn’t dry out my hands!  Everyone needs this in your kitchen and bathroom…trust me.  They have them in several scents-they all smell good!  $8.99 Buy it here!

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Shark Light and Easy Steam Mop for Hard Wood Floors-

I use an electric steam mop from the brand Shark to clean my hardwood/non-carpet floors.  I love this mop!  It heats the water creating hot steam that kills 99.9% of germs.  And your just using water…no chemicals!  They say it’s safe to use on all sealed hard wood surfaces on their website.  The mop comes with two reusable pads you can wash and just reuse.  I’ve had mine for several years and have no complaints.  $69.99  Buy it here!

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Tips:

I’ve also picked up a few other cleaning tips and some DIY’s if that’s our thing!

Bleach alternative- I found this recipe on the blog Live Simply.  Check out Kristin’s blog-it’s awesome!  She has so many great DIY recipes and they actually work.  This one is gold!  You just mix hydrogen peroxide, washing soda and hot water.  I can’t take any credit for it though.  I’ve just used it for everything and I’m here to say it works.  I typically soak my stuff overnight, not that you need too,  I just forget I’m soaking things sometimes…opps!  I’ve found it works best for things when done right away.  Don’t wait a month, and then decide you want to whiten something…know what  I mean?  I had these white tea towels that hadn’t ever been whitened, needless to say they were in bad shape.  However, they did turn out pretty white with a good soaking…but just get on the soaking asap just for good measure.

Use the same towels for cleaning each time so there is no need for paper towels.  I haven’t used paper towels for over a year until recently.  I finally started buying them because with a 1 year old I was going through a crazy amount of laundry, not to mention I was ruining a lot of towels, and my husband was constantly on me about it.  Sometimes convenience wins out.  I buy Seventh Generation’s recycled paper towels and only allow 1 roll per week.  We actually make it longer than a week most of the time.

Here’s a recipe for liquid dish soap I like from the blog Mommypotamus, she really knows her stuff and this one is tried and true, and not full of the nasties.

Here’s a recipe for dishwasher detergent from the blog Pins and Procrastinations.  I’ve tried a ton of these recipes, and this one has seemed to work the best.

Ok, that’s my cleaning regimen for now.  I want to hear from you guys!  What do you use, like or what hasn’t worked.  Leave me a comment!

 

TASTYFACE Organics Review

TASTYFACE Organics Review

TASTY FACE Organics has a slogan, “Skincare, clean enough to eat.”  Umm…sign me up for that!  If you haven’t heard skin is the bodie’s largest organ, and it absorbs over 60% of what you put on it.  That’s a lot of chemicals seeping into your skin if you’re not using clean beauty products!  So what is TASTYFACE Organics, and why is it such an awesome company?  Allow me to explain.

TASTYFACE Organics started when the founder’s passion for health and nutrition led her to research everything in her family’s home.  What she found was disturbing in the area of beauty products.  Full of horrible ingredients, that you couldn’t pronounce, but even worst shouldn’t be near the body.  This epiphany led her to start TASTYFACE Organics, a skincare line that is truly clean enough to eat.  The ingredients are pure and the list isn’t long.  What’s better is there is an expiration date for products, the way it’s supposed to be.  I mean is their a reason a product should last two years?!  I don’t think so.  Things have gotten way out of hand with the beauty industry, don’t get me started.  You guys know how I feel…hello why do I have this blog?!

Anyways, back to TASTYFACE.  This line has really amazed me.  Every product I’ve tried has won me over.  When you’re scooping out the very last remnants of body butter, that’s a good sign the product was good…no great.  I love that their products are so versatile for both men and women too.  My husbands a fan for sure!

Ok, enough chit chat, let’s get to the products.

Lemon Rosemary Lip Balm-

This little lip balm packs a punch.  First the smell is so yummy!  I wanted to lick my lips all the time while wearing it.  The ingredients are just crazy great.  Shea butter, cocoa butter, coconut oil…do I need to say more?  This isn’t a super thick and heavy lip balm.  It moisturizes but doesn’t leave your lips gunky.  I loved putting it on before I applied any lip color, or I would wear it alone…either way it’s great.  $17

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Tangerine Orange Peel Sea Salt Scrub-

This scrub is just perfection in a jar.  The smell is so refreshing and takes me away to a happy place.  My skin is left feeling hydrated and smooth.  It doesn’t feel too hard on my skin as it exfoliates either.  I love that it’s made with sea salt versus the typical sugar.  The almond oil in this scrub makes my skin sing…seriously.  I apply this in the shower, it’s even great for feet!  You all need this in your body care routine stat! $27

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Blood Orange Vanilla Body Butter-

What’s not to love about this?  I mean the title pretty much says it all…blood orange and vanilla?  It smells like a creamsicle…you know those ice-cream bars we all loved as kids, and then found out later were horrible for us..opps!  Yeah, let’s just say I have a smidge of this left.  Why do I love it so much?  Well, it’s so easy to apply…by easy I mean it just isn’t hard to scoop out like some body butters.  After showering, I apply it all over my body-it just melts into my skin-literally.  It looks like whipped butter, then the minute it hits your skin it turns into this amazing oil.  But it doesn’t leave your skin oily, the oiliness quickly disappears.  You just get left with a great smelling body and the softest skin.  Just buy it, you’ll wonder how you lived without it before.  $33

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Peppermint White Chocolate Shave Cream-

The shave cream to end all shave creams.  Ok, if you want a decadent treat when you shave your legs, then you need this.  It literally makes shaving my legs an experience to remember.  First of all, I love peppermint anything, and I love white chocolate anything…so when I saw this, it was love at first sight!   Trust me, it smells so good you’ll want to eat it.  I applied it in my hands and it created a slight foam, and then I slathered the goodness on my legs and shaved away.  My skin was left feeling smooth, soft…perfect!   The smell…gahh, it’s so good guys!  The perfect gift for anyone, man or woman! $21

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Well that’s a wrap.  TASTYFACE has so many other products too.  Shop now until Christmas with coupon code: tastyhohoho, to save 15% off your order! Check them out here.  Have you used any of their products?

 

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