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How to Freshen Your Laundry Naturally!

Essential oils are a great assent to any home. Learn more about how you can freshen your laundry naturally using the power of essential oils.

Do you love doing your laundry??

It is certainly not one of my favorites… but I do love all the tips and tricks of how I can do my laundry more natural!

 

Did you know that most laundry detergent and dryer sheets are FILLED with toxic chemicals??? It is crazy what is allowed into our homes.

 

When I became a mom, we started cloth diapering. When you use cloth diapers you have to be very aware of what you use in your washer and dryer (if you don’t line dry). read more

How to Cover Scratches on Wood

Today I’m sharing and easy way to How to Cover Scratches on Wood. We bought a new home and the office was decorated in lots of wood. With this easy process, it made a huge difference.

We just moved into our dream house!!! It has been taking up a lot of our time getting everything as we want (and I’m sure it is going to take a year!)

I call it our dream house, because when we sat down and wrote everything we would ever want in our house… this house had it! Which I never imagined we would actually live in!! read more

How to Protect Wood Tables

I’m sharing this easy tip you can use to protect you wood tables when they get lots of wear and tear with an active family.

I’m not sure if you have seen, but we have had a very crazy year so far!

My nephew passed away unexpectedly and it really put a lot of things in perspective. We decided that we weren’t going to put off a lot of things we had been throwing around and one of those was moving closer to our family. We worked from home, so we had the ability to move anywhere.

We started by selling almost everything we had in our house in Virginia. We went through everything and if we didn’t love it… we weren’t going to move it. read more

10 Top Online Shopping Apps

phoneTechnology is amazing. You can check your mail, take a picture, call a friend and get all your Christmas shopping done in the palm of your hand. 

I am totally an online shopping addict. 

I don’t like lines, I also don’t enjoy crowds… and getting both girls to the store by myself is a real treat (read sarcasm). 

I am a huge fan of shopping on my phone. I buy things for my pantry, clothes, gifts, shoes, diapers… all online! 

Here are a few of my most used shopping apps:

1) Amazon

Hi, my name is Angela and I am addicted to shopping on Amazon. 

I am a prime member so I get free 2 day shipping. Plus, I use subscribe and save any chance I get to save 20% on items I buy on a recurring basis. I buy toilet paper, diapers, wipes, flour, vitamins, coconut oil, batteries, dish soap, shampoo, tooth paste… If I can buy it on amazon… and save 20% – I will do it! Given that, we may have 5 tubes of toothpaste in our bathroom drawer at this moment… but I did save 20% on them!

2) Retail me not

This app allows you to search for discount codes and coupons. You can use these coupons online usually and save easy money. What I will do is search for a store in their database and see if there is a current coupon code. This works great for popular stores like shutterfly and oldnavy.

3) Jo-Ann and Hobby Lobby

Both of these apps will show you the deals of the week and store your coupons for you. You wouldn’t want to miss Hobby Lobby’s 40% coupon just because you didn’t have a paper coupon printed off. 

4) Cartwheel

Cartwheel is Target’s app for coupons and sales. You can search the app for what’s on sale and easily use the coupons directly from your phone at check out. Adam and I did this a few weeks ago and got 20% off shoes for Aidalyn and myself. 

5) Ebay

Ebay is an online garage sale. I use ebay’s app for searching for hard to find toys and used items like clothes. We all love ebay! I bought Aidalyn some cheap DVD’s and also some princess crowns. 

6) Etsy

Etsy is an artisan’s shopping mall. I use Etsy’s app for handmade items and personalized items. I also like searching on there for ideas that I can copy and make myself.

7) Groupon

We all love a good deal. Groupon is a way to get huge discounts on restaurants and spas. Using the app allows you to have the Groupon handy and keep track of what Groupons you have available when you are trying to figure out what you want for dinner. We currently have a pizza deal in our Groupon account we need to use. 

8) Zulily and Totsy

Both these online stores are discount flash sale type of shopping. They have items up for sale for a limited time and have a limited supply. When you purchase something you only have to pay shipping once then you get free shipping the rest of the day on the rest of your orders. Sometimes shipping seems kind of slow, but I have gotten some great deals on clothes and books from these stores. 

9) ShopStyle 

The ShopStyle App is the mobile version of ShopStyle.com. ShopStyle searches the web for you, compiling basically anything you could ever buy online. You can customize a search for a specific product by color, price, if it’s on sale… It’s Amazing! Looking for a red sweater for a Christmas Party? You can narrow it down to only looking at Red Sweaters from all over the internet in one place! This is a must for a mobile shopper! 

And one extra! 

10) Paypal

With all this online shopping I do, I use Paypal to keep everything organized and safe. Having the app on your phone allows you to manage your transactions easily. 

Online shopping is a great way to save time and money. What are your favorite online shopping apps? read more

DIY Baby Powder {Talc Free}

Make your own DIY Baby Powder with this simple and easy recipe – Feel confident that it is healthier without the TALC and better for your baby too.

DIY Baby Powder Talc Free

 

 

 

DIY Baby Powder {Talc Free}

Why Talc Free?

 

I’m going to be perfectly honest. I’m still learning daily about natural health and natural living. What I enjoy doing is learning and then being able to share what I learn with you.

So I started thinking about baby powder. I don’t use baby powder on my babies. I have a small travel sized bottle I will sometimes use between washing my hair if my hair looks oily. read more

Moss and Magnolia Jewelry Giveaway

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Moss and Magnolia Jewelry Giveaway

I have the pleasure of bringing you this beautifully crafted giveaway today from Tricia at Moss and Magnolia. Tricia is a very talented individual. She makes these beautiful pieces of jewelry from her home. Tricia lives in Louisiana where she is a mom of  three beautiful kids. She is passionate about natural parenting. She is one of the four leaders for her local La Leche chapter which supports and encourages moms who are breastfeeding.   Tricia stays busy home schooling her four kids.  She is also active and severs at her local church. 

One thing I really love about Moss and Magnolia is how everything can be customized down to each detail. When I was pregnant with Annaleigh, my family was 1000 miles away. Her pregnancy was really hard (and the end was especially hard when we were out of our house for 8 weeks due to water damage). I wanted something to give to my family, so that they would remember to say a prayer for us as we got closer to delivery (boy did we need it). 

I called Tricia to make me custom bracelets with “Favored Grace” stamped on them. “Favored Grace” is the meaning of Annaleigh. It was the perfect reminder for my family to keep us in their prayers. I was able to pick out the size and color of the bracelets. They were perfect. Tricia even made Aidalyn a special “Big Sister” bracelet just for her. 

If you have any idea or jewelry creation in mind, I’m sure Tricia will be able to help you fashion your favorite custom piece. Here are some examples of my favorite pieces of hers. 

Moss Jewelry Collage

Our Giveaway today is the Hammered Copper Bird Pendant with added pearls (valued at $25) to be customized by winner. You can add a pearl for each of your children or family members. 

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Winter Olympic Pine cone Skier Craft

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Winter Olympic Pine cone Skier Craft

The Winter Olympics are a fun event to watch as a whole family. The Olympics can be a great time to teach your kids about other countries and learn about competition events. Get your kids excited and active by making your own Olympians.

You can style them after their favorite Olympic Skiers or snowboarders: 

Shaun White

Lindsey Vonn

Julie Mancuso

Bode Miller

Here are the supplies you need to make your own Olympic Pine cone Skier or Snowboarder: read more

Homemade Bird Feeder

Your kids will love making this homemade bird feeder made with Cheerios and pipe cleaners!

Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.
Angela of Grassfed Mama shares healthy tips for busy moms.

 Easy Homemade Bird Feeder

Making bird feeders is a great winter activity for your kids. It is win-win for everyone. Your kids get to have fun making a craft, and the birds get to have some food when the pickin’s are thin in the wintertime. This is an easy homemade bird feeder to make with toddlers and preschoolers using only two items.

This activity was first shown to us when we visited our local Botanical Gardens for their light display around Christmas. They made ornaments to hang on a tree in their children’s garden using pipe cleaners and Cheerios. Aidalyn loved making the homemade bird feeder so much, I knew we would need to make them for our house. read more

Top 12 Posts of January

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Top 12 Posts of January

I hope you have been enjoying 2014 as much as we have. In Richmond, we have had two snows already! This Louisiana girl can’t contain her excitement. We started off the new year with a challenge for 2014 to be the best year for your health in our New You New Years Series. In the series I covered several health topics each week for baby steps for slowing moving toward a healthier lifestyle.

Top Health Posts of January:

Glucomannan: The New Secret for Weight loss?

What your Poop is Telling You  10 Keys to Detox  

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Top Recipes of January:

Sugar free Calming Hot Chocolate   (FP)

Sugar Free Hot Chocolate Mousse (FP)

Apple Oatmeal Cream Pies {Sugar Free, Low Fat, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Egg Free, Dairy Free} (E)

Trim and Healthy Biscuits and Sausage Gravy {Grain Free, Gluten Free} (S)

Peanut Butter Crunch Chocolate Cake for One {Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free} (S)

Iced Chocolate Chip Cookie for One {Gluten Free, Grain Free, Sugar Free} read more

Clothes Pin Caterpillar Craft

Hey crafty moms and creative kiddos! Are you ready to dive into a fun and adorable crafting adventure? Today, we’re buzzing with excitement to share a delightful project that’s perfect for a cozy afternoon at home – clothespin caterpillar craft! Get ready to unleash your imagination and transform simple clothespins into cute and colorful critters that will crawl their way into your hearts. So gather your crafting supplies, round up your little ones, and let’s get ready to embark on a journey of creativity and fun! read more