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My Healthy Home with Ology

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My healthy home includes using products that are safe for even my children to use. As Earth Day draws near, I thought it fitting to try a new brand called Ology, found exclusively at my local Walgreens store, and do a bit of spring cleaning.

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About Ology

Ology products are free of 10 harmful chemicals (you can look these ingredients up at http://www.ewg.org/ and find out exactly why they are harmful):

Ammonia
Chlorine bleach
DEA (diethanolamine)
TEA (triethanolamine)
Parabens
Phthalates
Formaldehyde
Nonylphenol ethoxylates
Triclosan
SLS/SLES

Plus, Ology contains no dyes or artificial fragrances. This is huge for us as our children have had reactions to some ingredients, especially fragrances.

Their paper products are 100% tree free, strong, biodegradable and septic safe. Made from readily renewable sugar husk that would otherwise be disposed and they use Bamboo which is faster growing than trees, making Ology products better for the environment.


Celebrating Earth Day with Ology

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My children helped me demonstrate how we used some of Ology products in our home. Starting with the large photo and going clockwise:

JAG is waiting for dinner using Ology bamboo plates. These plates are very sturdy. I really liked them!

JR is cleaning the bathroom with Ology all-purpose cleaner, which is free without harsh solvents or ammonia, and paper towels. The paper towels are surprisingly thick absorbent.

Jr. is helping me put Ology bathroom tissue on the toilet paper roll. This tp is very strong and absorbent.

Blondie is washing her hands with Ology Oatmeal & Honey bar soap. Everyone thought this soap made their hands very soft.

Nook is blowing his nose (yes it’s staged as he didn’t have a runny nose at the time!) with Ology facial tissue.

Ology laundry detergent is gentle on the skin. This is especially important for the delicate skin of my children. I was excited to try this detergent since we have yet to find a chemical free detergent that works for our family.

If you are trying to make your home more healthy, I’d highly recommend giving Ology a try.

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Summer Will Come

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Summer Will Come!

     Here in northern Illinois, six days into spring, it’s just 11 degrees as I write this post at 7:00 AM.  Maine and Massachusetts have it much worse.  They are windblown and buried under more snow. I encourage my shivering, blue lipped husband and friends, so discouraged and “snow whipped,” to hang in there.  Summer will come!

The sun did come out for a few days and it warmed up nicely to 55 degrees. Time to take off the socks! I turned off the thermostat and opened all the windows to air the place out.  My dogs napped on the deck serenaded by singing birds. Creatures were stirring in the house too. Creepy crawlies emerged from the cracks and crevices and the bright sunshine reminded me to do a better job of dusting and sweeping away cobwebs. Half dead flies roused from their winter comas, too weak to fly, barely crawled on the window sills. They made their annoying presence know, amazingly, by halfheartedly buzzing. I smushed several silver fish in my bathroom not wanting to think about the new life hatching down in the drains getting ready to invade.

All this buzz of activity made me think of garlic. This powerful and potent little bulb works miracles on wasp stings and those angry little guys will be out in full force very soon.  The first summer of our marriage, Rosario and I were visiting my mother in Wisconsin. We were lounging on the grass when I got stung by a wasp. It got me under my arm, that soft tender spot where the sun never shines. Rosario jumped up and ran into the house. The pain was burning and so intense my eyes watered. He came outside with a clove of garlic cut in half. He put the cut side on the site of the sting. I thought he was crazy, but, it stopped throbbing and the pain relief was almost instant. Thankfully, I am not allergic to wasp venom and there was not stinger to pull out.

I learned that bumblebees rarely sting because if they do they will die. Wasps, on the hand, live to sting another day! So, keep the garlic cloves handy at home and on the go because even though you might still need the shovel, snowplow, ear muffs and mittens, SUMMER WILL COME and so will unwelcome stinging guests.

For more information and other ways to treat wasp stings check out: http://www.buzzle.com/articles/wasp-sting-home-remedy.html

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Wool Dryer Balls – Dryer Sheet Alternative

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About a month ago my 14 year old daughter “B” and I went to a Green Expo to promote our farm. We collected a few business cards, one of which was a local sheep farmer. I finally got around to visiting their website and discovered they sold wool dryer balls. These wool dryer balls are handmade by M.

When my older girls were little I had to stop using dryer sheets because a couple of them broke out with rashes. I never liked the expense of liquid fabric softener so we’ve basically gone without. I have used a rag with vinegar on it to get rid of static cling.

That’s why I was excited to try the wool dryer balls come in as an alternative. We have been using them since the weekend and they are working. We do not seem to have to turn the dryer on for a second cycle on our larger loads so it is doing what I hoped they’d do in reducing dryer time by soaking up extra wetness. No one has said anything about static cling yet so I am hoping that will be rectified as well.

I think I’ll get my mom a set of dryer balls the next time she comes to visit.

Do you have any dryer sheet remedies?

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Farming is Hazardous

This is a featured post.

I have a farmer friend who gets after me each time she comes to our farm. You see, I tend to wear crocs around the farm. Yep, even around our hooved animals who weigh 1200-1500 lbs. Not ideal to say the least but my feet really like to breathe in the summer months and rubber boots or steel toed boots just haven’t seemed necessary or appealing to wear. And no, that’s not my fashion sense speaking, it’s my comfort level doing the talking.

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When my friend was here to help with fencing over a month ago a t-post nearly fell on my foot. :( Not a good thing. A couple of years ago while working on another farm I had a t-post go through the bottom of my croc giving me a pretty good cut all because I tried to put the t-post into the ground with my foot, seriously of all things to do, but I did it as an automatic reaction. Farming is hazardous if you are not careful. A lot can go wrong on a farm. Thankfully we do not own any heavy equipment yet, but the large animals pose a risk because you never know what they can or will do. It’s not like we have medical insurance or life insurance that covers accidents, for that matter. We don’t even have a retirement fund come to think of it. It’s not like we view these things as unimportant, we just haven’t had the budget for them in the past five years, not with two lay offs under our belt. However, it is a goal of ours to get these things in place as soon as our income increases to the point of making it possible.

We do have farm insurance, which is helpful and provides some kind of coverage. Nevertheless, it’s a tad bit worrisome at times thinking of all the things that can go wrong when we lack other insurance coverage or funds to cover extra expenses that could occur.

Do you have life insurance? What about medical insurance in light of Obamacare? Are you preparing for retirement?

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Why is Organic Dairy So Important? #FightPesticides

This post is part of my application to become a Stoneyfield ambassador and I will receive Stoneyfield coupons for my participation. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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Why is Organic Dairy So Important?

I know our family knows why organic dairy is so important but thought I’d share with you our reasons for wanting to eat and drink organic dairy to the point of owning our own cow. As you know, organic anything can be expensive, especially when buying for ten people. A huge reason for our buying a cow is so we could provide fresh milk for our family (and animals because we do share!). You also know from our Mariano’s shop, organic milk is around $7.99 per gallon at Whole Foods and Mariano’s. However, our reason for feeding her organic feed and hay is to be free of harmful pesticides (and GMOs – Genetically Modified Organisms) often used on crops. Now that we have our own pasture and hay, we know without a doubt our milk is organic, free of harmful GMOs. We have been supplementing Miss Moo with certified organic feed because when we brought her home she was underweight and want to fatten her up so she’s a good weight for her age and stage of lactation. We also know exactly what Miss Moo is fed, how she how the milk is handled and how she is cared for. We like knowing where our food comes from, and for our large family that means we are raising our own at this stage of our lives.

Don’t just take my word for it. Research it for yourself.

Resources:

http://www.100daysofrealfood.com/2012/06/07/milk-101-whole-raw-organic-low-fat-etc/

http://www.utne.com/Environment/organic-milk-USDA-amendment.aspx#axzz2f5HSUr2e

http://www.realmilk.com/

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LunaTagz

Faith and Family Reviews received the following product in exchange for writing a review. While we consider it a privilege to receive free products to review, our reviews are our honest opinion and thoughts of the product.

 

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LunaTagz genuine 3M Scotchlite Reflective Material reflect light from over 1,000 feet away! They’re specially formulated with a durable adhesive so that you can tag your clothes, sneakers, helmets, bikes, backpacks or any area that requires the safety illunination from street lamps, headlights or any beam of light.

OUR REVIEW:

This is really a wonderful product for ANYONE who is out in the evening…walking, bike riding, etc. Although we rarely ride bikes or walk around our neighborhood in the evening…we do occasionally walk our in laws dog in the evenings. I found that LunaTagz kept me at ease knowing that the children were wearing them while walking the dog… and would have some sort of reflection protection from cars. We tagged them on the back of the children’s shirts and one on the dog leash. They stuck really well. I wish I could show you and let you feel how strong the adhesive is… they are not falling off!

I must admit that the grey coloring had me a bit skeptical of their “illuminating” power…but they reflect tremendously! I would venture to say they are more powerful than a glow stick or a flashlight! We are definitely using these for Halloween!

I do have to say although the adhesive is quite powerful… LunaTagz does recommend sealing the product with an iron or sewing them on… I imagine this would be a good idea for extended or daily use.

LunaTagz come in a variety of patterns, which delighted my children. There were enough patterns for everyone! We received three packages of reflective patches…

doghouse with dog bone

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peace signs

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  lightening bolts

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… but there are many more to choose from at LunaTagz.com. They have three product categories … Pet lovers, Sports and everyday, and Halloween. In each package you get two reflective tags. Each package retails for 4.99…or you can buy a 4 pack for 14.99. They even have a larger variety pack of 5 LunaTagz for 19.99. Sign up with your name an email and get 15% off or use this special code Luna20 and receive 20% off! Lunatagz is also celebrating National Safety and is offering FREE Shipping! What a great incentive! Halloween is just around the corner… I will be ordering some…will you?

Make sure to visit their site for a complete line of product and instructions.

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www.lunatagz.com

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Coppertone Water Moms Recipes

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With the end of summer drawing near (sniff…. sniff), I wanted to share Coppertone Water Moms recipes for upcoming parties!  Enjoy and don’t forget your sunscreen!

Coppertone Water Moms Recipes

Summertime Strawberry Lemonade

Ingredients:

1 liter of lemonade

1 cup of Strawberries, sliced OR 1 cup of Raspberries

½ cup of sugar

2 cups of water

Ice

Directions:

Combine sliced strawberries/raspberries and sugar in a bowl.  Using a fork, mash the berries into the sugar, leaving some large chunks.  Chill for 1 hour.  In a large pitcher, combine the berry mixture, the lemonade and the water and stir.  Add ice then serve!

Sea Salt Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients:

2 medium sweet potatoes

2 tbsp.  Extra-virgin olive oil

½ tsp. of sea salt

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Line 2 large baking sheets with parchment paper.  Slice sweet potatoes into 1/8 inch thick slices, then coat slices with olive oil by tossing together in a bowl.  Place slices on baking sheets in a single layer so there is no overlap and then sprinkle with sea salt.  Bake for about 20-25 minutes, slipping once, until lightly browned and crisp.

Beach Sand Pudding Cups

Ingredients:

2 cups of Milk

1 (3.5 ounce) package instant pudding mix

1 (8 ounce) container frozen whipped topping, thawed

1 (12 ounce) package of vanilla wafer cookies, crushed

Variety of candy topping to decorate

Directions:

Combine milk and pudding mix in a large bowl.  Beat with a whisk until well blended, then let stand for 5 minutes.  Add in whipped topping and half of crushed cookies and fold in.  Place 1 tbsp. crushed cookies into each cup, and then fill each up ¾ of the way full with pudding mixture.  Top with remaining crushed cookies.  Refrigerate for at least 1 hour.  Decorate with fun topping such as gummy worms, gummy snacks, gummy fish, paper umbrellas, or get creative and come up with your own!

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Halo SleepSack

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Having the opportunity to try the Halo SleepSack could not have come at a better time.  Up until about a week ago, my three month old daughter could not fall asleep without being swaddled.  Last week, though, she started kicking off the thin blanket I had swaddled her in and started waking up because she was cold.  She also rolls a lot in her sleep, so the swaddle would come undone.  The Halo SleepSack became my lifesaver!

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The Halo SleepSack is basically a wearable blanket.  It has no sleeves, so it can easily be worn over your baby’s sleepwear comfortably.  The arm holes are the perfect size, not too snug and not too large.  The SleepSack comes in a variety of sizes and styles.  My daughter will definitely be able to wear the size Small for a very long time.  It’s roomy enough for her to still kick and move her body without it affecting her sleep.  My favorite feature of the Halo SleepSack is that it has an inverted zipper.  You can only appreciate this feature if you are lucky enough to change a diaper in the middle of the night!  Since it zips from the top down, you only have to unzip part way to change a diaper without completely disrupting your baby’s sleep.  The material is lightweight so your baby will not overheat, and the prints are adorable!  The best part is that it is machine washable.  I plan on buying another one so I have a spare when this one is in the wash.

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I absolutely love the Halo SleepSack.  I use it as a “sleeping cue” for my daughter.  When I put it on her she knows naptime or bedtime is approaching.

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Halo Innovations’ mission is to help babies sleep safely.  They have definitely achieved this goal with the SleepSack.  Go to their website to see a variety of products they offer for the many different sleep stages of a baby.  They also have some great tips on safe sleep habits for your child.  Remember “Back is Best” when putting your baby to sleep!

www.halosleep.com

 

 

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BabyGanics

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I am what you may consider a “Clean Freak.”  With a toddler and an infant in the house I am always trying to clean to keep the germs away.  Normally I have to wait until my kids are in another room because of the chemicals.  Not anymore thanks to BabyGanics.

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BabyGanics has a complete line of household and personal care products that are safe and effective to be used around babies.  All of their ingredients are plant based, making them non-toxic and hypoallergenic.  I had the pleasure of trying an All Purpose Cleaner from BabyGanics.  I was anxious to start spraying, and I did not even have worry about where the kids were since it had no Parabens, Sulfates, Phthalates, or Toxins.  I sprayed my kitchen counters and was pleasantly surprised by the smell.  Some cleaners can be so overwhelmingly strong, but the BabyGanics All Purpose Cleaner in Lavender scent was light and fresh.  Compared to my usual All Purpose Cleaner, I did not have to use as much of the BabyGanics cleaner to get the job done.

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This cleaner was great.  I cleaned my entire kitchen including counters, appliances, and highchair with my son running around.  I cannot wait to use it on everything else in the house.  BabyGanics sells everything from Household Cleaners to Baby Washes and Creams.  Their products are made in the U.S.A., completely recycable, and never tested on animals.  BabyGanics products are available online as well as many stores including Target and Walgreens.  Check out their website to see all they have to offer!

www.BabyGanics.com

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Sponsored: Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice – A New Head Lice Resource for Parents

“The below content is sponsored by Sanofi Pasteur’s Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”

It’s summer and with that comes camp season. Kids playing in close quarters may lead to a common hard-to-treat problem: head lice. If your child brings home an extra louse house
guest (or two) after camp, stay calm and know there are resources available to help.

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Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice
is an educational website created by head lice experts (and moms) for other moms, families and communities to learn about head lice—what they are,
what they look like and how to treat them.

The site offers a variety of tools including:

The How to Lose the Lice Guide, with a handy checklist to save time and reduce stress when battling head lice

The Headfirst! Lice Experience video allows you to choose your experience, whether it be you’re not sure you have lice, or you just want to get rid of them:

So if you’re trying to get rid of head lice post-camp, or a parent who always likes to be prepared for next season, visit Headfirst! Expert Advice on Lice for more information.

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