InstaNaturals Essential Oils

insta natural essential oils

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We try to live as natural and healthy as possible, and recently have been trying essential oils for everything from natural remedies to homemade household cleaners to homemade body products.  Insta Naturals has a line of essential oils that are useful [...]


Coconut & Tea Tree Oil Skincare

Coconut Oil Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer

  Years ago, I started reading labels much more carefully, and stopped putting products with chemicals on my skin.  Gradually, I went from using store-bought lotions to making my own and even just using plain coconut oil.  However, to add a little something extra to your natural skincare regime, tea tree oil is a great [...]

Going Green and Going Solar


There are many reasons to go green, and some of the easiest ways to start are ways that benefit both you and the environment!  My family has been living an eco-friendly lifestyle for as long as we can remember and here are some of our tips, which range from small to large things you can [...]

Bee People Documentary

bee people

  This DVD was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. You have probably heard about colony collapse disorder. You may know that bees support most of our food supply. The question is, how can we ensure the bees have a future? Bee People is about bees and the people that care [...]

Homemade Body Butter

Homemade Body Butter

  For years I have been a huge fan of using coconut oil on my skin, and I only recently decided to try shea butter.  I only put natural products on my skin, and have been a label-reader for years.  I avoid anything with chemicals, fragrances, preservatives, and so on.  I figured mixing shea butter [...]

Ways to Reuse Plastic Cups

Ways to Reuse Plastic Cups

  Somehow over the years I have collected many plastic cups from when we have gone out to eat, yogurt cups, and more.  We don’t eat out much, and we rarely eat fast-food, yet most places offer the kids plastic cups with lids for their meals.  I suppose part of me couldn’t bear to see [...]

How to Eat Vegan While Travelling


As much as it’s admirable to be committed to your body by living a vegan lifestyle, it isn’t always easy, especially when travelling outside your hometown.  It can be quite frustrating trying to stick to your choice of lifestyle when restaurants are unfamiliar.  The good news is that it isn’t as difficult as you may [...]

Beauty Breakthroughs for the Environment


The Style Glossy: Beauty Counter By Shelley Levitt for The Style Glossy Real beauty is more than skin-deep: It also safeguards the planet. Here are five fresh ways to be an eco-chic goddess. 1. Practice once-a-day makeup application. Going from the office to a dinner date? There’s no need to waste time, product, water or [...]

What You Need to Get Started With Composting

Composting Getting Started

  So maybe you have thought about composting, but you aren’t sure where to start or what you might need.  Composting is easy, and you only need a few things to get started.  Here are the basics you will need to begin composting.  (This article contains Amazon Affiliate links). Compost Bin There are several kinds [...]

Get Rid of Fruit Flies ~ Naturally!

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies Naturally

  Every spring and summer, I try to be careful about avoiding a fruit fly problem, but somehow they still sneak into our compost bin under our sink (even though I keep the bin and the cabinet closed).  Once we have fruit flies, I have a hard time getting rid of them.  It is difficult [...]

Homemade Cloth Dinner Napkins


In our household, we try to be as eco-friendly as possible.  After switching from paper towels to cloth rags, my 6 year old insisted that she wanted all cloth napkins for the table and also to take to school in her lunch box. Making your own cloth table napkins quick and easy project that helps [...]

Staying Healthy and Hydrated with Infused Water

Infused Water

Infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs, is an easy way to stay hydrated during the summer months, and year-round.  I stay away from sugary drinks, but I still find it hard to drink a lot of plain water, and I know a lot of people who feel the same.  It is much easier and [...]

Tips on Joining a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture)


  Thinking about joining a CSA?  Community Supported Agriculture is when a farmer offers shares of their farm to the public.  You can purchase a share and throughout the season, members receive weekly shares of the farmer’s products (usually a box or basket).  There are many different kinds of CSAs, from fruits to veggies, organic [...]

Ditching Paper Towels for Cloth

Ditching Paper Towels for Cloth Paperless

  It can be easy to go through a lot of paper towels.  After having kids, I felt like I was going through way too many, with many more spills and messes than usual.  When we decided to try cloth diapers, I also wanted to try cloth wipes in the place of paper towels (or [...]

EcoJarz: Eco-Friendly Drinking Lids & Straws (**GIVEAWAY**)


  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. We love things that are eco-friendly, and products that are healthy and safe are a must for our family.  I stay away from plastics and any risk of materials that could be leaching chemicals into our food and drinks.  I was [...]

How Do YOU Chia? (**GIVEAWAY**)

Salba Chia

  This product was provided free of charge in exchange for an honest review. Have you heard of Chia seeds?  Have you tried them yet?  Chia seeds are packed full of nutrition and are extremely versatile.  We are happy to join Salba as a Salba Smart Chia Ambassador! How do I chia?  I start my [...]

Deodorant & Antiperspirant: Going Natural

Natural Deodorant Antiperspirant

  As a teenager and in my college years, it was easy to use popular antiperspirants.  They were cute, they smelled so good, and they worked really well.  I had nothing to worry about and it wasn’t something I gave much thought. Later, as I started making healthier choices, I did a lot of research [...]

Baby Steps to Green – Healthy Eating

baby steps to green eating via @anationofmoms writer @chgdiapers

As much as I’d like to say that all my family eats is whole foods, and that my kids don’t know what McDonalds is, that’s not the truth! We do eat well most of the time, but we’re no stranger to treats. I do not regularly purchase anything that contains high fructose corn syrup, partially [...]

The Basics of Growing Your Own Sprouts

Growing your own sprouts

When I was a child, I remember my mom growing sprouts in our kitchen.  I have always loved sprouts, and I was happy to discover that my children also liked them. I quickly realized that I should be growing my own sprouts! There are so many great reasons to grow your own sprouts.  It is [...]

Fun Painting with Recycled Materials

Painting with Recycled Materials

  This is a fun way to do a painting project by upcycling different materials.  Start by gathering up any materials that you can use for painting.  This could be just about anything: toilet paper tubes, bubble wrap, marker caps, old yogurt cups, lids, empty water bottles, straws, corrugated cardboard, and so on.  You can [...]

Easy Egg Carton & Recycled Container Gardening


Planting seedlings indoors is an easy springtime project for kids.  We like to get some of our garden plants started indoors, since it helps to get seedlings established before putting them outdoors, especially if there could be cold weather (frosts).  My kids also like to watch the seedlings come up, and it can be an [...]

Being TRULY Green on St. Patrick’s Day


Although it’s the first thing that often comes to mind, St Patrick’s day isn’t all about drinking green beer. To make your St. Patrick’s Day even greener than it already is, we’ve come up with a few eco-friendly activities that are best suited for environmentalists living a green lifestyle on St. Patrick’s Day. 1. Eat [...]

Green & Frugal Gift Wrap Ideas


I love seeing beautifully wrapped packages under our tree, but I don’t love the cost and waste of traditional gift wrap. I came across Gift it Green reusable gift boxes (with reusable “tissue paper” attached!) and loved them, but they are not exactly in my price range. A reader pointed out that the Japanese cloth [...]

Havahart & Dr. T’s Natural Animal Repellents (**GIVEAWAY**)


Havahart and Dr. T’s make natural animal repellents, including the Spray Away motion activated sprinkler I received, and the Snake-A-Way Repellent that a winner will receive. The Spray-Away is a safe, humane and eco-friendly way to keep Deer, Heron, Raccoon, Cats, Dogs, Groundhogs, Skunks, Rabbits, Opossums, Squirrels, Birds and more away. We were very interested [...]

Traveling Lean ~ Eating Healthy on the Road

Eating in the Car

With summer coming, many families have vacations and trips planned. Whether you are travelling by car or plane or even train, at some point you will have to feed your family while you are travelling. It is very convenient and easy to feed your family fast foods as you travel, but I want to challenge [...]

Tips on How to Afford Organic Food


A lot of families are switching to an organic-only diet. Organic food is healthier because it doesn’t contain preservatives or chemicals. However, it is not cheap to eat organically; families that do not have the income to support an organic diet are less able to make these dietary changes. If you would like to try [...]

Get Your Grill on! Throw a Planet-Friendly BBQ


By Rachel Bertsche for Green Goes Simple Choose Gas over Charcoal Natural gas and propane grills are more energy-efficient and leave less waste behind than does a charcoal grill. Charcoal grills actually release more carbon monoxide and other harsh chemicals into the air than any other fuel source. Use Reusables Your best environmental bet is [...]

Expert Dustin Maher’s 16 Rules to Eat By (Part 3)

Diet word cloud

Excerpt from Dustin Maher’s Fit Moms for Life: How to Have Endless Energy to Outplay your Kids ~ Chapter 5 Fuel as Food.  We will be doing a full review of this book and have a great giveaway next month! Read Part 1 here.  Read Part 2 here. 11. Don’t eat grains after 4 p.m. As [...]

Super Foods for a Super YOU!


What are super foods? They seem to be a popular topic on many talk shows, health shows and health and fitness programs. Super foods are vegetables, fruits, grains, meats and spices and herbs that we consume that are packed with nutrients vital to our health. While everyone probably eats some of these super foods, I [...]

Green Your Kid: Gardening


By Lynda Fassa for Green Goes Simple There are many fun things to do in the backyard with the kids: picnicking, jumping through the sprinkler and playing catch-and-release firefly competitions, to name a few. But the most memorable — and possibly the best brain-builder — is gardening. Scientists and pediatricians have learned that kids who [...]