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How to Make Almond Milk (Recipe + Variations)

Simple Homemade Almond Milk Recipe

Almond milk is a healthy and inexpensive alternative to conventional dairy that you can easily make at home! Statistics show that many people are choosing dairy free milks and other products due to allergies, concerns about sourcing or just taste preference. Why Make Almond Milk? Like virtually every other food or drink, almond milk is both less...

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The Benefits of Red Light Therapy (Photobiomodulation)

The Benefits of Red Light Therapy-Photobiomodulation

For the past few months, I’ve been standing in front of a red light therapy lamp for about 5 minutes a day. We ordered the red light therapy system when my husband was recovering from surgery since it helps speed wound healing. Now, I’m loving it for its collagen boosting (*wrinkle reducing*), stretch mark reducing, and...

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105: How to Beat Anxiety and Resolve Panic Attacks with Targeted Amino Acids

How to beat anxiety and resolve panic attacks with targeted amino acids

It seems like more and more people these days have a tough time managing anxiety. In fact, the Anxiety and Depression Association of America defines anxiety disorders as the most common mental illness in the U.S. Something, somewhere, is off. The pressures of life today are so different from those just a generation or two...

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Homemade Honey Face Mask & Cleanser Recipe

How to make a honey face mask- easy recipe and tutorial

I’ve shared before how I wash my face with oil and how that has been the best skin care routine I’ve ever used. Some readers commented that they still hadn’t found the right combination of oils for their skin type, so I wanted to share another natural face wash I recently found … Honey …...

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How to Stay Safe in a Disaster: Emergency Preparedness List

How to Stay Safe in a Disaster- Emergency Preparedness List

If you’ve watched the news or the weather channel lately you know a huge amount of natural disasters have happened over the past several months. My heart breaks for all of those affected by the tornados, hurricanes, floods, wildfires, and all the other storms that have caused so many issues. Some of my family members have...

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Does the Squatty Potty Really Improve How We Poop?

Does the squatty potty really improve how we poop

I’m constantly researching tools, resources, and health devices to make our lives easier, healthier, and more enjoyable. One of those resources that I’ve used for years is the Squatty Potty. I first started talking about the Squatty Potty long before they went on Shark Tank and years before they released their viral video about unicorn...

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Epsom Salt: 21 Surprising Uses & Benefits for Health, Beauty, and Home

How to use Epsom Salt for health beauty and home

Epsom salt is one of those things I always keep on hand. It is a good source of magnesium (here’s why we love magnesium) and has dozens of household, beauty, and health uses. Because of its many uses I often add a bag of epsom salt to my online orders and we keep it in almost...

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104: Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS, Endometriosis, and More

Uncovering the Root Causes of PCOS & Endometriosis (And How to Fix Them)

Pharmacist turned naturopathic doctor Brooke Kalanick uses the best of both natural and conventional methods to treat women with PCOS, Hashimoto’s hypothyroidism, perimenopause, menopause, and other female hormone imbalances. Dr. Brooke works to find the root cause of these troubling conditions. Her practice takes a holistic approach to reset hormones, heads, and habits so women...

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Seasonal Clothing Declutter: Who's Living In Your Closet?

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on September 14, 2017

Once again, I mark the coming of autumn with a clothing closet declutter.

I wade into the closet and find the boxes of out-of-season clothing. Try everything on, skin itching at the touch of wool when the temperature's 80 degrees.

Sort the summer's keepers from items to donate. Look for "holes" and orphans in my autumn wardrobe. Count the upcoming dinners and holiday events, and divide them by the number of my party dresses. Try, for the 900th time, to locate some good transitional outfits: cool enough for warm autumn days, but not too summery or too bare.

A closet declutter is more a ritual celebration of the change of seasons. It's a time for reflection, a time to face up to changing identities. Who's living in your clothes closet?

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Freezer Cooking Guide: How To Cook Once, Eat For A Month

Are you ready to cook once, eat for a month? Time to try freezer cooking!

The concept of freezer cooking goes by many names. Once-a-month cooking. Frozen assets. OAMC. Meal assembly. Each describes the practice of assembling partially-prepared entrees in bulk for freezer storage.

Made in multiple and needing only reheating or final preparations, freezer meals are an easy way to feed the family fast ... and cheap.

Because you make several meals at once, economies of scale speed cooking chores. Buying in bulk saves money. Home preparation fosters better nutrition.

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5-Minute Homemade Ketchup Recipe

How to make natural ketchup

Ketchup is one of the most kid-friendly foods out there, and some kids (mine!) will eat anything, including liver, with ketchup on it. Unfortunately, most store-bought versions are packed with GMO tomatoes and high fructose corn syrup. It really is worthwhile to make homemade ketchup. The taste, texture, and flavor blows store-bought ketchup out of...

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103: A Professional Organizer Shares How to Beat Clutter

A Professional Organizer Shares How to Beat the Clutter

Did you know there’s such a thing as a professional organizer? Someone you can just invite into your home to make all your clutter and cleaning problems go away? It’s true! My guest today is Andrea Dekker and her job is helping people simplify and organize their lives. Better yet, she does it in in a way...

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Homemade Remineralizing Toothpaste Recipe (Natural + Simple)

How to make your own remineralizing toothpaste with natural ingredients

I’ve talked before about the link between nutrition and oral health and the ability of teeth to remineralize and regenerate and shared my own experience with reversing a cavity. The approach I used was two-part: addressing mineral levels in the body/saliva and using a natural remineralizing toothpaste that provided minerals to the surface of the...

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102: How to Stay Safe During Tick Season & Avoid Chronic Lyme Disease with Dr. Jay Davidson

How to Stay Safe During Tick Season and Avoid Chronic Lyme with Dr. Jay Davidson

Do you suffer from unexplained headaches, joint pain, fatigue, or other autoimmune symptoms and suspect chronic Lyme disease might be at the bottom of it? Dr. Jay Davidson might just be the expert you need! There’s no better time to get educated on this topic, as Lyme disease is actually more common than breast cancer...

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101: Critical Thinking in a Social Media World (What You Didn’t Learn in History Class)

Critical thinking in a social media world (what you didn’t learn in history class)

Today we’re talking about a topic that fascinates me personally: how to learn critical thinking in an age that accepts the latest meme or “fake news” without question. I started out as a journalism major, and at the time I believed I could help the world by getting “the right answers” and putting them out...

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How to Test Your Gut Microbiome (At Home Without a Doctor)

How to test your microbiome at home without a doctor

If you have been a Wellness Mama reader for very long then you know my story and how it took me over 7 years and 8 doctors to finally figure out I had Hashimoto’s and start to find answers. I know firsthand how difficult it can be to get testing, even when you think you...

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Episode 100 AMA: Your Questions Answered on Circumcision, Vaccines, CBD & More

Your Questions Answered on Circumcision, Vaccines, CBD & More

Today is the 100th episode of The Healthy Moms Podcast! We’ll be doing things a little differently to mark the occasion … it’s your turn to interview me! I’ll even dive into the topic of vaccines, which I’ve never talked about on the blog before but am asked about often. First, a little recap of...

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Ready for Christmas? Try A Holiday Organizing Plan!

Labor Day weekend ahead! School bells are ringing, football fills the airwaves and September looms. Will the holidays be far behind?

Sure, you're dreaming of the perfect Christmas--then you open your eyes to reality. Looking around the house, it's hard to imagine how to cut the clutter, manage fall cleaning and prepare for Christmas all at once.

How will you bring the current state of domestic chaos into holiday readiness: clean, organized, prepared? You need a holiday organizing plan!

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Gentle Foaming Baby Wash (Easy Homemade Recipe)

Homemade baby wash recipe

There’s nothing cuter or sweeter smelling than a baby fresh out of the bath! Unfortunately, those sweet-smelling conventional baby washes can strip away natural protective oils, and many contain undesirable ingredients (especially the mot popular brands). Thankfully there are some great natural baby wash brands, but they can be expensive. This foaming baby wash is...

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99: Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine

Using Health Tracking to Discover Your Own Personalized Medicine

I’m no stranger to being my own health detective, but it’s always amazing to realize a missing piece of the puzzle might be a simple one. Have you ever thought about the power of health tracking? I’m not just talking about wearing a Fitbit, either. I’m talking about food-mood-poop tracking. Yep! This episode is going...

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98: Overcoming Orthorexia with Intuitive, Mindful Eating with Devyn Sisson

Overcoming orthorexia with intuitive, mindful eating with Devyn Sisson

With so much conflicting information in the health world, it can be all too easy to get tied up in knots over what really is best to eat. Instead of seeing a fresh, juicy apple, to wonder what kinds of pesticides lurk on its skin. Is the fish I’m eating farm-raised, or wild? Is this beef really grass-fed...

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Gelatin Uses, Benefits, & Recipes

Gelatin Uses and Benefits plus recipes

Gelatin is an age-old food that, like collagen, has gained modern popularity for its potential to improve skin and slow aging. It is commonly known as just the main ingredient in foods like Jello but this simple food has so much more potential! What is Gelatin? Gelatin is a substance composted of amino acids that...

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97: OB & Midwife Aviva Romm on PPD, Thyroid Problems, & MTHFR

OB & Midwife Aviva Romm on PPD, Thyroid Problems, & MTHFR

You all know how I feel about birth and midwifery, and Aviva is both a Yale-trained MD specializing in Obstetrics and a midwife and herbalist. Talk about the best of both worlds! Beyond her amazing credentials, Aviva Romm cares deeply about the health of women, including their mental health. In this episode, she shares practical...

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Ecotherapy: The Health Benefits of Nature

The Health Benefits of Nature- how spending time outdoors can help you sleep better lose weight and see better

We’ve all craved nature at some time or another. Maybe it was the white sands of a beach (and the accompanying health benefits) that we longed for, or the calmness of a mountain camping trip. Perhaps we look forward to a hike in the woods, or a canoe trip on a river… whatever our preferences,...

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96: Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Gut Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown

Using Natural and Traditional Medicine to Fix the Microbiome with Dr. Ken Brown

I may be a “Wellness Mama” but I’m certainly not a doctor, so I’m always happy to have one on the show! Dr. Ken Brown is a practicing gastroenterologist and expert on the issue my readers ask about most often: gut health. (Or more precisely, the lack thereof … ) Enter Dr. Ken Brown. In...

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Travel Tips: Get Organized For Family Vacations

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on August 15, 2017

Labor Day is on the horizon, and a new school year is upon us. It's time to think "one last road trip" before the coming of colder weather.

Family vacation travel can be enriching, enjoyable and exciting--but only if you're organized.

The family that fails to plan for summer travel can end up frazzled, frustrated and longing for the quiet comfort of home.

This year, get ready! Whether it's car trips, plane travel or close-to-home "stay-cation" trips, we've assembled OrganizedHome.Com's best, easiest tips to organize summer vacation travel.

Printables: 

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Chill Out! Cut Energy Use In Refrigerator And Freezer

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on August 14, 2017

With summer weather set to "scorch" these days, it's time for an energy-saving tune up for your refrigerator and freezer.

Keeping food fresh--while conserving energy--can bring a helpful boost to the strained food budget.

Try these tips to minimize energy use and save money on groceries:

Fill the freezer, but give the fridge some air

The freezer works most efficiently when packed as full as possible. Need to fill in some space? Tuck extra ice for cold drinks or cold-packs for summer picnics into any empty space in the freezer.

Printables: 

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Back-to-School Countdown Day 14: Get Organized for Homeschool

In my years as worker, mother and home manager, I have experienced a full range of life’s little organizational challenges. I have run a business from a home shared with two tiny children and moved cross-country (and back). I've merged two cluttered households into one small city apartment, and lived for many happy years with a card-carrying packrat husband.

The challenge of home schooling a child beat them all hands-down, organizationally speaking.

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Back-to-School Countdown Day 13: Teaching Kids The Planner Habit

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on August 12, 2017

Teachers, parents and homeschool families know that training kids to the planner habit makes for successful students.

School districts throughout the USA issue planners to pupils and integrate planner use into the school day. Homeschool families use planners to track and organize lessons, chores and activities, while tech-savvy teens rely on smartphone calendar and to-do apps to organize their work.

A student planner is only a tool. How do you teach a child to use one? Try these tips to teach kids the planner habit.

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Back-to-School Countdown Day 12: Tips to Help With Homework

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on August 11, 2017

The start of a new school year means fresh supplies and new outfits ... and their less-welcome cousin, homework. How will you handle daily homework sessions in your organized home?

To stave off homework battles, it pays to make a plan. Creating a homework routine undercuts foot-dragging, while setting up a homework station keeps distractions to a minimum. Having a plan for homework accountability encourages student responsibility--and sees to it that homework gets done on time.

Ready to plan for homework? Try these tips to get it done swiftly, done right during the coming school year.

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