What You Need to Know about Batteries, the Environment, & Recycling

Batteries and Battery Recycling - What you NEED to Know

{Please welcome back Hilary Kimes Bernstein of Accidentally Green.  She’s sharing a post with information we all need about batteries, landfills, and battery recycling.  }

Before I became a mom, it only seemed like I used batteries in smoke detectors and flash lights.

But once I had children, battery-operated toys and games seemed to multiply in my home. Gone were the simple and silent toys I loved and remembered as a child– suddenly, most toys make noise. (And a lot of it!)

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Borax. Is it as Safe as You Think?

Borax. Is it as Safe as You Think?

{Today, please welcome Hilary Kimes Bernstein from Accidentally Green.  She is sharing about Borax.  Borax is a typical ingredient in many DIY household cleaners.  Hilary is sharing about how that might not be such a good idea.}  

When I was a brand-new mom, I thought I would save our family money by making our own laundry detergent.

With loads of spit-upon baby clothes and cloth diapers, I suddenly had a lot more laundry to do.

And because I quit my job to become a stay-at-home mom, my husband and I suddenly had to manage life on a tight budget.

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Is There Engine Fuel on Your Almonds??

Is There Engine Fuel On Your Almonds? Find out here.

What – almonds and fuel?  What’s wrong with this picture?


Did you know that the “raw almonds” in the grocery store, health food store, or at Costco, are most certainly not raw almonds at all?

And did you know that they are most likely coated with a fuel additive.  Jet engine fuel additive, to be specific.  As in for racing cars and motorcycles.

I know.  I couldn’t believe it either.  Ick.

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Is THIS Amazing Ingredient Missing from Your Natural Beauty Routine? Plus Natural Skincare Recipes

Is THIS Natural Ingredient Missing from Your Natural Beauty Routine? Baking Soda for Natural Beauty.

Do you need to spend a heap of money to have natural beauty?


Strategic marketing tells us we need the most expensive products on the market to nourish our skin. Companies infer that we can’t fight oily skin, acne or wrinkles without their latest innovation.

The truth is, beauty care is a multibillion dollar industry that comes with more than a monetary price.

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Want to Save Money in the New Year? -Top 10 DIY Posts of 2013 & 1 Thing I Won’t Be Making

Make Your Own Personal Care and Home Care Products

One of the best ways I know to save money is to “Make Your Own Everything.”

Yes, I said “everything.”

Now, I know–”everything” is within reason.  I like Homemade Versions of just about everything, but one can get carried away.

For example, I once saw a magazine that did a spoof of Martha Stewart. You know how she has that calendar in the front of her magazine?  When I look at that I wonder how any human can accomplish that much.

(I assume she has a lot of help, you know :)?)

One of the entries on the spoof calendar was “Makes Dirt.”

Truth be told, it had me thinking that maybe one could make dirt.  Yikes.  I scare myself.

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B12 Deficiency–Common. Dangerous. Naturally Treatable.

Could you be B12 Deficient? It's very common. And it's serious. And it's treatable naturally. Come find out how.

{Today please welcome back Kristin from Nature Had It First.  Kristin is sharing some very important information about B12 levels–why they are important and how to get them where they should be–naturally.}

When one of our readers, Karie Kinney, told me about liver pills after reading about it on the web, I knew it was something that I needed to incorporate into my own routine.

Even after a very short period of time, Karie was noticing dramatic improvements.

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Is Your Period the Pits? Get Real Relief with this Amazing Natural Remedy


Got Menstrual Cramps and Heavy Bleeding during your period? Tumeric Tea to the rescue! Check out this amazing natural remedy!{Today I welcome Kristin to our contributing writer team. Kristin is sharing with us a fabulous natural remedy for Menstrual Cramps and Heavy Bleeding. Super fascinating. Kristin writes at Nature Had it First, where she and her mother discuss healing from nature–pure and simple.}

This post came from a reader’s experience telling us that she uses turmeric to control excessive blood flow during menstruation.

I too notice that when I am not being diligent about drinking medicinal teas and taking herbs, my period can be very short and heavy; leaving me exhausted, anemic, and very pale.

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Green Cleaning from “Down Under” ~ DIY Peppermint Cleaning Paste & Gentle Laundry Powder


Get Your Green Cleaning On! DIY Peppermint Cleaning Paste and Baby Laundry Powder--Brought to you from "Down Under."{Today, I’m pleased to introduce to you Sarah Teng of Little Fig. Sarah has a gorgeous blog and today brings you all a real treat–some fabulous green cleaning recipes to you all today. I have relatives “Down Under” so it’s a double pleasure to bring her to you today. Note that Sarah is talking about spring…for all of us in the Northern Hemisphere, fall is upon us, but things are backwards “down there.”}

Here in New Zealand, or ‘Down Under’ as it’s otherwise known, spring is bursting forth in leaps and bounds. In Wellington, where I live, that unfortunately guarantees a certain number of wet, windy days. But when the sun does shine down warmly I almost taste summer just around the corner. Hopefully that means fits of spring cleaning enthusiasm will set in soon too…

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Homemade Anti-bacterial Copycat THIEVES® Essential Oil Blend

DIY Thieves Oil Blend - Make this Antibacterial Essential Oil Blend at home. Heal yourself and clean your home--naturally!

If you’ve heard of essential oils, likely you’ve also heard of THIEVES®.

With all the concerns about germs and antibiotic resistant bugs these days, this essential oils blend is quite the rage.

See, the “bugs” mutate and become resistant to standard medications, but from what I’ve read they don’t do the same for natural remedies, like essential oils.

That’s good news for us “crunchy folk.”

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Why I Stopped Using Moisturizer from Stores–and My Favorite Homemade Lotion

Come find out Why I Don't Use Moisturizers from Stores--and What I Use Now! Includes my Favorite Recipes for Whipped Shea Butter.

{Today, Andrea from MomsAware joins us to share more reasons to make your own personal care products.  She’s enlightening us about the icky chemical nasties in commercial moisturizers, and also is sharing her favorite moisturizer recipe.  I can’t wait to try it, since she says many people rave about it.}

Don’t get me wrong. I don’t like dry skin either. I do everything I can to keep my skin soft. However I no longer do so with conventional moisturizers.

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