Green Cleaning

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I’ve recently done some research into the everyday household cleaners I have been using. I realized how many chemicals and dangerous toxins were in products that I was using to CLEAN. Whether it was bathroom cleaner, countertop spray, or laundry pods, I knew I had to make some changes.

I can’t remember the last time I cleaned my bathroom and didn’t feel dizzy or sick and had to leave the room for breath. Even with the vent fan on and windows open, the fumes I was inhaling from cleaning my bathroom was literally making me sick. I considered which was harming me more, the germs in my bathroom, or the fumes and chemicals I was breathing in cleaning those germs. But I didn’t want to sacrifice a good clean either. Sure, you want to really clean a bathroom to get rid of germs, but I knew there had to be a healthier way of doing so. I recently purchased the Method Antibac Bathroom Cleaner which uses naturally derived ingredients and their non-toxic power green technology to do job. Knowing that my bathroom was still getting a deep clean without the harsh side effects of a toxic cleaner has made all the difference.

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Another issue that really stuck out to me was cleaning my kitchen countertops with harsh cleaner. I would typically use Lysol All Purpose cleaner that “kills 99.9% of germs” every day on top of my counters. Then I thought, I was using a cleaner that would KILL someone if ingested, to clean a countertop that made it “safe” to eat off of. We are using products that aren’t even supposed to touch your skin, but are supposed to be safe enough to put our forks and knives on. How does that make sense? I don’t think it does! Sure, like a bathroom, sometimes you need to kill some germs after cooking chicken or meat, but for an everyday cleanser, Lysol seemed extreme. I purchased the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day Multi-Surface Everyday Cleaner that is made of 98% naturally derived ingredients, to use for an every day countertop wipe. I also purchased a few other products from the Mrs. Meyers Clean Day line which I have totally fallen in love with including hand soap and dish soap.

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I also hate using bleach on things. Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE a bright white towel, but I hate pouring bleach into my washer machine. Knowing that I was pouring bleach onto towels and washcloths I would later use on my skin, specifically my face, did not sit well with me. I’ve been on the search for a bleach alternative that I could use that would still make my whites bright but wouldn’t do harm to my skin. I have always been very conscience about what touches my skin. Anything that touches skin, gets absorbed into the blood stream, and bleach is definitely not something I want doing that. At Target I found these Grab Green Fragrance Free Bleach Alternative Pods that are free of chemicals, chlorine, and dyes. Instead of bleach, it uses sodium carbonate peroxide to clean and whiten. So far, I have been loving them!

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The toxicity of breathing in, ingesting, and absorbing these toxic chemicals into our bodies was enough for me to reconsider all of my household cleaning products. I’ve actually even started looking into concocting my own cleaning products using vinegar, olive oil, and lemon. I don’t know about you, but my belief is that if you can’t read the ingredients, you shouldn’t use it. Just like food – if you can’t understand the ingredients, don’t eat it! Switch to more natural alternatives, or even better – create your own cleaners!

Xx,
M

3 Healthy Cocktail Ideas

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I know I’m not alone when it comes to loving a good cocktail. But having one too many hangovers from sugary drinks made me rethink what I was drinking. My old go-to was a gin + tonic. Thinking tonic was just some variant of water, I used to think it was a healthy choice. Then I did my research. Realizing tonic is actually a sugary soft drink masked by a name including water, I swapped out my tonic for club soda. Sure, it doesn’t taste the same but the amount of calories and sugar you give up making the change is HUGE! While many alcohols have sugar content, it is typically the mixers that surge the calorie and sugar content sky high. So, to avoid an extra five pounds and the nasty hangovers, try these using these three ideas for a healthier cocktail!
  1. Gin, La Croix passionfruit flavor, + a splash of pineapple juice with ice
  2. Vodka, club soda,  + lemon juice with ice
  3. White wine sangria with San Pellegrino sparkling water, green apples, oranges, lemons, + limes

As the weather gets warmer, there are definitely opportunities to fall victim to those delicious frozen drinks like a margarita or strawberry daiquiri. But just remember, there are always healthy alternatives that can keep you on track with your diet and natural living while still having fun!

Hope you enjoy!

Xx,
M

Winter Skin Essentials

I know I’m not alone when it comes to hating winter solely for the fact of dry skin. Basically from November to March, I am constantly using lotion, chapstick, oils- you name it. It seems like a never ending battle! But luckily over the years I’ve found some staples in my routine to keep the dry skin at bay during the winter.

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My all time favorite winter skin saver is Aveeno Daily Moisturizing Lotion Sheer Hydration. I used to use the regular Aveeno, but found it to be a little too greasy (a pet peeve of mine!) so I swapped out for the sheer hydration bottle and LOVE it. By no means does sheer hydration mean that it isn’t a very moisturizing lotion either. This lotion goes on so smoothly, absorbs quickly, without ANY residue. I used to try a bunch of other brands like Vaseline and Aquaphor, but always found them to be too thick to absorb and left me feeling greasy. THIS is the stuff guys, it is my holy grail winter skin saver!

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My next favorite dry skin buster is the CeraVe PM Facial Moisturizing Lotion for my face. I use an acne cleanser + acne spot treatment with benzoyl peroxide daily, so my face is always dry. This lotion by CeraVe is thin enough to absorb into my skin, but thick enough to cure the dryness and prevent flaking. I can’t stand when a lotion on my face feels greasy- I am prone to breakouts, so feeling greasy typically means it’ll break me out- but this lotion has not disappointed me.

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Let me know if you guys like these lotions too or have any good suggestions for what I should try next!

Xx,
M