5 Spring Cleaning Tips

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Spring has arrived, and is in full swing at my house. Many people this time of year are organizing the cabinets, opening the windows, and scrubbing the walls. Nothing truly feels better then being in an clean organized space, so I have complied my favorite ways to get it all together before summer gets here. (You know when summer gets here I am going to be outside)!

  1. Go Natural! So many cleaners have nasty chemicals. I really enjoy using natural cleaners, especially with pets and being pregnant. It just gives me peace of mind that what I am using isn’t toxic. Plus, I have saw some different research floating around online that might prove that certain natural cleaners are just as effective as the conventional ones. I really like my Thieves household cleaner. I use it for everything. I even dilute it with extra water and spray on my soft surfaces like carpet, pillows, and mattress. IMG_0513Here is some of my other favorites:
  2. Don’t Underestimate the power of your vacuum! Vacuums are not just for floors! The are great for hard to reach spots too. Many come with attachments that make it great for sucking dust off of ceiling fans, the top of the fridge, window screens, YOU NAME IT! I have been known to use the hose to suck up crud on the counters a time or two. I use my vacuum everyday, but when it comes to deep spring cleaning I am using it for everything. P.S. I have two great danes, and this one works pretty darn good for pet hair.

  3. Declutter. This is by far my FAVORITE thing to do. Clutter drives me crazy. I hate clutter so much that I shove things in closets and drawers to not look at it until I can deal with it. Do not be like me. I then have disorganized closets, which is another problem. To deal with this I like to daily throw trash away and recycle paper clutter. I also keep a basket in my bedroom closet for when I am doing regular cleaning to put clothes, beauty, and other items household items that can be donated.

  4. Take it from the TOP. This has been a lesson learned from some ladies I follow on YouTube. Start at the top and work your way down when cleaning. Nothing is worse them freshly mopped floors now covered in dust and crumbs from wiping off the counters. I find myself always doing double to work when I don’t follow this method. Honestly, this was one of those things when I heard it I was like “DUHH”. It never occurred to me to do this, but makes my life easier.

  5. Give everything a home. This is the most important thing in my house. If things do not have a home I am notorious for throwing it away or shoving it somewhere to never be found again. If you are like me, make sure everything in your house has a home. It makes keeping your home clean easier.  If something doesn’t have a “home” figure out if it is worth keeping, tossing, or donating. If you keep it, it needs a home ASAP before it gets shoved in the junk drawer. (Do you see a reoccurring theme? I hide my messes). (:

I hope these tips help you get your home clean and organized for Spring. I use these all of the time to help me keep my home clean. Cleaning can often seem like a chore, but I find that I am enjoying it a little bit more now that I have found some products, tips, and tools to help get the job done. Happy Spring wherever you are!

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Birchbox Finds & Body Care Favorites

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I have been subscribed to Birchbox for about 2 years now. I have found some really incredible products with them.  I have been really been loving 2 of the products I recently received, as well as a few body care items.

  1. The first item I have really been loving is Chicken Poop Lip Junk! It is a super soft and hydrating. Plus the smell is INCREDIBLE! It has really clean ingredients too. Just avocado oil, jojoba oil, sweet orange essential oil, lavender essential oil, bees wax and vitamin E.
  2. Another favorite is Malin & Gietz Clarifying Clay Mask. This is a Birchbox find, and I have been really impressed by it. I have had a really busy schedule lately, and my skin has taken a hit from it. This mask has been a really special treat for my skin. The best part about it is how clean, clear, and bright my skin feels after.
  3. I have always loved my Clarisonic, but as I mentioned above my skin hasn’t been in the best shape. The Clarisonic has changed my skin! I could go on for hours about what a difference it has made, but recently I have been loving it a little extra.
  4. To go with my Clarisonic, I have been using the Acure Facial Cleansing Gel. This has been mild and gentle and works great with my combo/oily skin. I normally experience dryness and then my skin produces more oil, but this has left me feeling balanced and clean.
  5. I might be a little bit late to the game, but dry brushing has been on repeat for some time now. I just can’t get enough of it! I love the way it makes my skin feel smooth, and there are tons of benefits. Here is where I read about it!

I hope you give some of these items a try and that you will definitely check out Birch box. I have loved that subscription since it was gifted to me 2 years ago. What are some of your body & skin care favorites?

 

* All items and companies mentioned are not compensating me in anyways. I genuinely love all of these products and would recommend them to anyone.

Bone Broth: 101

Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth and why it is important. Bone broth has always been a staple in traditional food diets, and it is becoming a staple in my kitchen. This simple super food is really easy to make and is full of nutrients!

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Benefits: While there are many health benefits, which I will get to, there are a lot of practical reason to make more broth. For starters, making bone broth is really economical. I often roast a whole chicken (or any bone in meat) and use the meat for a meal, and then use the bones to make broth. I know I will always get two meals, meat and broth. That keeps the price right, while also making sure what I serve is nutritious.

Another benefit of bone broth is little waste. In my broth I add all my kitchen scraps. For example, when I chop up some onions, peel a carrot, or cut the ends of celery, I keep those and add them to my broth. Also, I use the whole animal. This means that the bones, organs, and meat are all being put to use in my kitchen. The easiest way to save and store your “scraps” is to get a freezer bag/freezer safe container, fill it overtime, and store in freezer. In my bag I add both bones and veg. We are only a two person household, so it might take us a week or two to fill it enough to make broth.

Wellness: As I have mentioned, bone broth is exceptionally nutrient dense. Many people have been relieved of their leaky gut through broth due to the gelatin. Some people experience better hair, skin, and nails from the collagen. Broth is loaded with minerals like magnesium, phosphorus, and calcium. People have even linked broth to helping diseases like arthritis, autoimmune disorders, and gut diseases. As you can start to tell, broth can be a whole body treatment from the inside out.

Besides all of the wonderful health benefits, a really obvious benefit is that broth makes people feel good! There is a reason when you’re sick all you want is chicken soup. Broth is soothing, warms you up, and is a real comfort food. (Are you wanting some bone broth yet?!)

Adding broth to you diet is absolutely easy and is something you can enjoy. Since adding it to my diet, I can honestly say it is something I crave when I don’t have it. It starts my day, and often closes it as well. If you have been wondering about bone broth, here is your message to try it! You will not regret it!

Looking for more: I haven’t learned everything about broth from my own experience. Over the past year I have learned a lot about broth form many other people. Here is some links to website, articles, and videos that have taught me what I know about broth!

Nourishing Broth: An Old-Fashioned Remedy for the Modern World by Sally Fallon MA and Kaayla T Daniel, PhD, CCN 

Can Broth Help Us Maintain a Healthy Weight? A Study on Glutamine and the Microbiome Suggests It 

Bone Broth and Health: A Look at the Science — Kaayla Daniel, Ph.D., CCN (AHS14)

Bone Broth for Health Building: Nourishing the Liver and Kidneys
By Cindy Micleu, MTCM, LAc.

Monday Mission: How to Make your own Homemade Chicken Stock/Broth

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The Healthiest and Best Bone Broth (plus video!)

 

*Although I believe broth has brought me wellness; this post, myself, nor broth, is intended to diagnose or treat individuals . Always check things out with your physician to be sure it is right for you!

 

3 Lessons From 2015 for A Better 2016

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As 2015 closes and we start the new year, as always, I am doing some reflecting on what 2015 brought to me and what I taking from it. 2015 has some really awesome memories, but also had struggle and was unstable at times. With all that said, I am taking three big lessons to bank and they are going to make for a better 2016!

Lesson #1: Put yourself out there!

This is a lesson I have been learning all year. I didn’t really let go of this until recently. I have always worried about what would happen if I put myself out there. I wasted lots of time worrying about my creativity, ideas, opinions, passions, and experience. I worried that is wasn’t enough, and that because it wasn’t others wouldn’t notice. Or worse, they would notice, and not in a good way. This year I took  risks and did put myself out there, and I wish I would have done it sooner! Putting myself out there has opened doors, built confidence, and has given me opportunities I didn’t think I would ever get. If you too are struggling to put yourself out there in whatever it maybe, I encourage you to do it!

Lesson #2: Love comes in ALL shapes!

In June of 2015 I married my best friend. We have overcome a lot in our first 7 months of marriage. Life this year threw us a lot of lemons! During this time it was easy to forget about each others needs. We had a lot of other things going on, but I fortunately read a wonderful book by Gary Chapman: The 5 Love Languages. If you haven’t read this book let me just say its understanding of love will CHAGNE your relationships for good. I learned so much about how to love my husband in ways that fill him up. I also learned a lot about how I give and receive love. In 2016 I want to not only continue using this in my marriage, but I want to use this to build more relationships and grow the friendships I already have.

Lesson #3: Skinny doesn’t mean healthy!

I have spent most of my life thinking that skinny meant you where healthy, but this year I ran across information about what healthy really looks like. I started following a mostly clean diet.I also learned a lot about fermented foods, whole fats, and natural lifestyles. I have healed myself of illness with whole foods, and I see great length in my hair and nails. (Something you would have never saw before!) Being healthy has nothing to do with being skinny, healthy has all to do with what put into and do with your body. Gaining knowledge about wellness this year has set me up for an even healthier and happier lifetime.

I am taking many this from 2015, but these 3 lessons are some big ones! They are things that I know will make my 2016 even better. I would love to hear what YOU are taking from 2015 that will make 2016 better! Leave it in the comments below!