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How to Make Soothing Natural Lotion Bars (Recipe + Variations)

Easy recipe to make your own natural lotion bars

At our house, we love lotion bars. In fact, we rarely use regular lotion anymore since these lotion bars are so much easier to make and work so much better. They are also mess-free, even when the kids use them! Even though I could buy lotion bars at the store, making beauty products and toiletries...

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Easy-to-Make Natural Liquid Dish Soap

How to make your own natural dishwashing soap

I’ve managed to tackle homemade laundry detergent, but homemade liquid dish soap for handwashing dishes has been on my DIY list for a long time. Making a natural dishwashing soap that works and is the right consistency can be tricky. Fortunately this version is natural, easy, and it really works! It’s not difficult to pick...

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How to Plan a Healthy Thanksgiving Menu (Recipes + Printable)

Healthy Thanksgiving Menu Recipes

Holidays are a time to honor traditions, break out our best recipes, and celebrate in high style. Still, it can’t be denied that the usual Thanksgiving menu is rough on those with dietary restrictions, and generally leaves most of us feeling as overstuffed as the turkey! Years ago I decided to reinvent our Thanksgiving menu...

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115: Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O’Bryan

Decoding Autoimmune Disease with Dr. Tom O'Bryan

Most of you know about my (not so fun) journey with Hashimoto’s, a challenging autoimmune disease. It’s been a long road with more questions than answers at times. I’m so fortunate to meet people like Dr. Tom O’Bryan along the way to help me understand this silent driver of so many modern diseases. Not sure...

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How to Brine a Turkey (for the Best Thanksgiving Meal Ever)

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I love Thanksgiving and how it gives us a day together as a family to pause and reflect on all the things we’re thankful for each year. In fact, it’s not long into the Fall before I start thinking about Thanksgiving and start working on my meal plan for the big day. I don’t start...

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Exquisite Chocolate Face Mask Recipe

Chocolate Face Mask Recipe

Chocolate is a delicious treat, but it also doubles as a skincare ingredient. There’s chocolate in my homemade foundation powder and even in my dry shampoo recipe for those busy, greasy hair days. This edible chocolate face mask features raw cacao powder and other ingredients right from the kitchen that make skin healthier, the tasty way. Hmm,...

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How to Make Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower “Potatoes”

Creamy Garlic Mashed Cauliflower potatoes Recipe

Did you know that when prepared correctly, mashed cauliflower has a very similar texture to mashed potatoes, not to mention a sweet and buttery taste? I happen to love potatoes, but most of us in the U.S. are getting way too many starchy white foods in our diet anyway. (Fries anyone?) This cauliflower mashed potatoes recipe...

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114: Do We Need to Worry about Radiation and Mercury in Seafood?

Do we Need to Worry About Radiation and Mercury in our Seafood?

You’ve heard the saying, “Know your farmer”? Today’s podcast episode is all about getting to know your fisherman too! As a self-proclaimed seafood addict, I’m very interested in what our guest Randy Hartnell has to say about hot topics like mercury in seafood, sustainable fishing, farmed vs. wild seafood, and how to know which seafood is...

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Organized Pantry: A Beginner's Guide to Pantry Pride

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on November 14, 2017

A working pantry? It's the secret weapon of a well-organized kitchen.

A planned reserve of foodstuffs and sundries used in the home, a pantry saves time, money and stress in the kitchen.

Tap the pantry for unexpected meals and reduce trips to the supermarket.

Stock it with frugal finds to lower grocery costs.

Set aside a supply of food and sundries for a rainy day and protect your family against weather emergencies or financial dislocation.

Printables: 

PDF iconPantry Inventory
PDF iconShopping List

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Fall Back: Home Preparedness Checklist for Time Change Sunday

Posted by Cynthia Ewer on November 5, 2017

Autumn's here and it's time to Fall Back: Time Change Sunday is on the way!

On the first Sunday in November, we come to the end of Daylight Saving Time in most of the United States. With an extra hour in the day--and winter on the way--it's a good time for a seasonal home preparedness checklist!

As you circle the house, resetting clocks to Standard Time, make time for this short safety checklist. It'll see you into the winter from a safe--and organized--home:

Printables: 

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PDF iconhealth_first_aid_kit_checklist.pdf

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Easy Breezy (and Cheesy) Breakfast Casserole Recipe

Homemade cheesy breakfast casserole recipe

I warned everyone the cottage cheese recipes might be coming, and they are! Ever since I discovered a better-for-you cottage cheese brand without fillers or carrageenan (Good Culture, in some grocery stores), our menu includes cottage cheese once again. This easy one-pan breakfast casserole recipe capitalizes on the creaminess of blended cottage cheese to create a protein-packed...

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Natural Hair Detangling Spray (You Can Make at Home)

DIY Hair Detangling Spray

As the mother of daughters with long hair, I know the battle of the brush all too well. At certain times my daughters have had hair down to their waists, and their hair tends to be thick and wavy. To make matters more difficult, they are the most tender-headed children alive. How do we make...

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How to Make a Nourishing Natural Cuticle Cream at Home

Homemade Cuticle Cream

Cuticles are one of those things that are easy to overlook. Cover them up with some cute, non-toxic nail polish and carry on, right? Unfortunately, cuticles can split, peel and even get infected if ignored or mistreated. This natural cuticle cream gives cuticles the love they need and helps avoid or even reverse damaged cuticles. Why Do...

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Fresh Spiced Apple Cider Recipe (Crock Pot or Instant Pot)

Homemade Hot Apple Cider

I grew up drinking apple cider and homemade wassail (a spiced cider/tea with citrus) around the holidays, so when I had kids of my own I wanted to come up with my own apple cider recipe to keep the tradition going. Plus, given the cost of a gallon of organic apple cider, I thought I could...

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113: Toxic Metals That Cause Fatigue – and How to Detox Them

Toxic Metals that Cause Fatigue - and How to Detox Them

Are you tired of being tired? I know tiredness seems like part of the package when you’re a mom, but if you live a healthy lifestyle and still suffer from chronic fatigue, brain fog, irritability, headaches, and other unpleasant symptoms, toxic metals could be the hidden culprit. Detox specialist Wendy Myers is here today to help...

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The Best Water Filter For Home Use (Pitcher, Charcoal, Under-Counter)

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A high-quality water filter is an important element of a healthy home and one of the easiest switches to make for a healthier life! There are now great water filters available for any home type. From countertop units that work great in apartments to full under-counter and whole-house filters, it’s easy to find a great...

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How to Use Lavender (Grow It, Make Natural Remedies & More)

How to Use Lavender (Grow it, Make Natural Remedies & More)

It only takes a brief scroll through my home remedies and DIY recipes to know that lavender is by far one of my favorite herbs. Not only is lavender beautiful and fragrant in the garden, it has hundreds of uses (literally). It’s the constant staple in my essential oil stash and I use it just about...

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How to Make an Amazing Pumpkin Spice Latte (at Home)

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It’s no secret that I love coffee, and nothing says Fall like a warm Pumpkin Spice Latte! Seeing them on every Starbucks sign makes my mouth water, but I can’t justify consuming that much sugar (50 grams in a grande size), plus all the junky additives. Not to mention it costs about $5 a cup to...

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26 Healthy Halloween Treats Kids Will Love

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Halloween and I have a complicated relationship, at least since I became a mom. Take trick-or-treating, for instance. It’s a fun tradition, but there certainly aren’t too many healthy Halloween treats (or even close to it). Easter and a few other holidays require some similar soul-searching. So what’s a health-conscious mom to do? As I...

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112: The Only 8 Ingredients Any Cook Needs with Food Scientist Ali Bouzari

The Only 8 Ingredients any Cook Needs with Food Scientist Ali Bouzari

Ali Bouzari is here to talk about food and the way we think about it, and he’s incredibly qualified to do so. As a chef and culinary scientist (literally, he has a PhD in Food Biochemistry), Ali knows exactly how food works and why. Companies and culinary programs all over the world consult with him...

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Halloween Candy Overload? Repurpose, Recycle and Reduce the Trick-or-Treat Haul!

Halloween night has come and gone; it's the morning of November 1st! For parents, that's the time when the excitement of Trick-or-Treat night gives way to post-Halloween reality: what to do with all that Halloween candy?

Whether they're worried about tooth decay and nutrition, or simply want to avoid the stress of a week of candy-fueled behavior from the little ones, smart parents put strategies in place to handle the Trick-or-Treat haul.

Check out these ideas to repurpose, recycle and reduce the amount of Halloween candy in your organized home from sister site Organized Christmas:

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How to Use Activated Charcoal (For Beauty, Health & Home)

How to use activated charcoal in toothpaste hair beauty and more

Activated charcoal has been part of my natural medicine cabinet for years, but now it is showing up in beauty magazines and DIY websites for its many other uses! Activated charcoal is one of those rare areas where ancient traditional medicine and today’s medical literature agree. Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine used this sooty, jet-black powder for thousands of...

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How to Make Marshmallows: Healthy Marshmallow Recipe

How to Make Marshmallows- Healthy Marshmallow Recipe

Candy and sugary desserts are not a food eaten very often by my family. My husband doesn’t have much a sweet tooth, and we attempt to avoid sugar as much as possible. But occasionally when the kids are craving sweets, or if we’re out somewhere candy and other junk food is around, I try to...

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Homemade Applesauce Recipe from Scratch (Fall Favorite!)

Homemade organic applesauce recipe

I may not have as much time to make things from scratch as I once did (six kids, homeschooling, and a business will do that!), but when apples are in season we always find time to make homemade applesauce. Unlike some other canning adventures of mine, I always feel like homemade applesauce is well worth...

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110: How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives

How Vibrational Frequencies Affect Our Daily Lives with Robyn Openshaw

Ever heard of sending someone good vibes? Or being on the same wavelength? What if I told you that you could see a picture of your emotions—gratitude, peace, anger, joy, and so on—just by measuring your vibrational frequencies? Would you think I’d really lost it? Probably? Is it really so crazy though? The more I learn about about...

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How to Use Cumin for Digestion, Immune Health, and So Much More

Benefits and uses of Cumin

It’s always fascinating to me to learn about the health benefits of common kitchen spices. We use ground cumin powder when we make chili, tacos, curry, or fajitas (which is often!). In fact, cumin is the star in a whole host of Mexican, Spanish, Middle Eastern, and Indian dishes. In the US, cumin is commonly...

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Natural Homemade Air Freshener Recipes

Homemade natural diy air freshener

Between pets, kids, and everyday life, homes can smell less than fresh sometimes. Artificially scented air fresheners don’t offer much of a solution as they just mask the smell with toxins. I frequently use these 3 methods to cleanse the air in our home, but I also like using these natural air fresheners for their...

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109: Vaginal Health, Menopause, and Hormone Therapy with Dr. Anna Cabeca

Vaginal Health, Menopause and Hormone Therapy with Dr. Anna Cabeca

Dr. Anna Cabeca is an internationally recognized gynecologist and obstetrician specializing in holistic anti-aging and regenerative medicine. She uses a functional medicine approach and tools like bioidentical hormone therapy, diet, and superfood supplements to help women solve their hormonal health problems. If you’re a woman (and I’m guessing most of you are!), don’t miss this...

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How to Make a Natural Bathroom Cleaner

A natural DIY bathroom cleaner recipe

I frequently use my homemade all-purpose spray around the house, but it’s nice to have something a little stronger for the bathroom. Bathrooms are prone to mildew, bacteria, and viruses that aren’t so nice to have hanging around (especially when you have boys whose aim isn’t always the best!). This natural bathroom cleaner is tough on grime,...

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108: Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead

Why the Birth Control Pill Screws Up Hormones & What to Use Instead

Nicole Jardim is a Certified Women’s Health Coach and Functional Nutrition Coach who specializes in helping women with hormonal problems. She has some much needed insight especially on the subject of the birth control pill and some of its lesser known effects. Nicole is the creator of “Fix Your Period,” a series of e-courses that...

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