DIY Stainless Steel Cleaner

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We finally moved into our new house, which was BEYOND overdue and BEYOND exciting. Once we got situated, I realized I was faced with a new challenge: how to clean a house with stainless steel appliances and granite countertops. I buckled down to research what cleaning ingredients I could and could not use on stainless […]

DIY: Reupholster Dining Room Chairs

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I had a lot of fun with this little afternoon update to our living/dining room. I am by no means a professional upholsterer, so bear with me! I got sick and tired of looking at our ripped faux leather seat cushions on our antique chairs, so one afternoon when the kids were entertaining themselves, I […]

Let’s Evolve: How Future Generations Will Handle Our Mistakes

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“Your generation will face a whole new set of problems that we didn’t have to face.” -Everyone’s mother Like countless other parents, I’ve heard this comment many times. And while it’s very true – we will have a host of problems that our parents didn’t have – we will also have the opportunity to correct […]

Making Your Own Apple Cider Vinegar

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Since I am in the throes of savoring all things fall and enjoying as many spiced ciders and pumpkin lattes as I can keep down, I figured now would be a great time to share an apple cider recipe you can actually enjoy all year – in the form of vinegar. For those of you […]

All Natural DIY Air Freshener

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Do you want your home to have that warm, welcoming smell, like Pottery Barn or William Sonoma stores have? Try this all natural air freshener that will brighten your home without the polluting, allergenic fragrances and chemicals of wall plugins or scented candles. I myself am allergic to perfume and fragrance, so this is especially […]

My Hair is Green!

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While I have been able to seamlessly find natural, organic, and/or green replacements for basically all of my personal care needs, I was holding out in one area: my hair. Now, I’ve tried hundreds of different organic and green hair products, but I really haven’t been thrilled with the results. Until now, that is. You […]

Cooling Growing Pain Spray

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My five year-old son is growing like a weed these days. He is eating everything in sight and all of his pants are getting way too short, both of which are tell-tale signs of long nights ahead. As with many kids, whenever he is in the throes of a growth spurt, he suffers from horrible […]

Making Your Own Rosewater and Rose Oil

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Legend has it that Emperor Djihanguyr once ordered all the fountains and canals in his gardens to be filled with rosewater  in order to celebrate his marriage to Nour Djihan. Dreamily floating down the canal, her hand trailed in the rose water, the scent lingered on her hands, and humanity began its love affair with […]

Garden Variety Vinegar

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I am fairly convinced that distilled white vinegar is the nectar of the gods! I fell in love with vinegar when I purged my home of all toxic chemicals and cleansers years ago and I have never looked back. If I have a particularly yucky or potentially disease-spreading spill, I do keep a spray bottle […]

Preggo No-Nos in the Kitchen!

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It’s very easy to maintain a pre-pregnancy and pregnancy diet that is healthy and supports both the needs of mother and baby. But there are few foods and other things around your kitchen that should be avoided in order to reduce risk of abnormal development, miscarriage, or a sick baby (or mom): 1. Big Fish – […]