For The Safe, Natural & Healthy Home

Safe Natural Healthy Home

Alright friends, I have a LOT of information in this post! Grab a cup of your favorite warm drink, find a comfy seat and join me in learning about how to keep our homes and families safe, natural and healthy!!

I am learning more and more about harmful toxins in our home. I have been learning about things in cleaners, candles, shampoos, lotions, foods and more. For a few years now, we have used unscented laundry detergent and shampoo, but I’m excited to continue learning more. I’m so excited to be able to share some of these items in a give away for one of you!

Simply Pure Soy Candles

I love candles. I enjoy having a home that smells inviting and fragrant. I love the warmth, the smell, just the atmosphere of having candles lit. I often light candles and as I walk through them during the day I will offer up prayers of thanksgiving or adoration prayers to Jesus, Light of the World.

So, when I started reading about the harmful effects of many of the chemicals used in fragrances, I was sad. I also have a mother-in-law who is very sensitive to environmental and chemical fragrances and smells.

That is why I am so thankful that I found the Simply Pure Soy Candles company because she uses ESSENTIAL OILS to give her candles a scent! Yay!

Find Simply Pure Soy Candles on Facebook and Etsy.

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Wise Wife Soaps

I’m so excited to introduce you to Katie of The Wise Wife Blog and Etsy shop! She has all kinds of fun things on her blog.

I have to admit, here, that I have made *quite* a few of these homemade and natural products for our home and family. You might recall the lotion that many of you ended up trying! I gave that to so many people as gifts a few years ago! LOL!

However, I have made many MORE recipes that ended up being big huge FLOPS. So, to find someone that has already perfected the recipe is kind of a big deal to me. If you look at Katie’s prices, you will see that they are VERY affordable. In fact, I’m a little embarrassed by how much MORE money I’ve spent trying to make many of these items and then wasted when they flopped.

You can find Katie’s Facebook page here

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Essential Oils

I have shared about various types of oils in the past. I have always used DIFFERENT KINDS and been pleased with what I used. I’ve shared recipes for 3-Ingredient Peppermint Scrub and oils used to calm down a nephew with Asperger’s.

Well, the diffusers I had been using died after we moved (possibly different water) AND I needed to order 2-3 new oils. That was going to be more than $100 worth.

So, my friend told me that for $160 I could get a diffuser AND ELEVEN bottles of oils! As well as some small empty bottles, rollers and samples. Over $300 worth and I couldn’t resist since I was  purchasing quite a bit already.

Within 1 week, the blend RC pretty much sold me on Young Living Oils. My son’s cough usually lasts most of the winter, this time ONE WEEK. I will admit, I was pretty skeptical, after all I’d been using 3-4 other brands of oils for years!

I hope to share more with you as I learn more, but for now, I wanted to make sure you knew about this deal on the starter kit that I just purchased myself.

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Green Matcha Tea

Hear me out! I have NEVER been a hot tea drinker. Until a few weeks ago. My sweet friend brought me some samples of green matcha tea and now I don’t go one day without having a cup!!

When I started reading about all the BENEFITS  (more benefits) of Green Matcha Tea, I was hooked. I’m not ready to sign an official document or anything, but the biggest thing I have noticed since drinking a cup everyday is that it curbs my appetite. Woo-hoo! An awesome, NATURAL and HEALTHY way to fill up on all those good antioxidants without all the bad stuff! {Benefits I’ve read about: high in antioxidants, increases your calm, energy boosting, boosts memory, burns calories, boosts immune system, and more!}

You can see more about these teas and order for yourself on her page!

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More Info on Soy Candles

From Simply Pure Soy Candle Company: All of my scents have essential oils as a base, some have a small amount of certified fragrances(clean) as well. If any fragrance oil is added to my EO’s it is less than 5% normally.

More Soy Candle Facts

  • Soy is the healthiest choice and give the least amount of pollution.
  • HOWEVER a soy candle has to be maintenance to provide the cleanest, best burn. Each time you light your candle you need to trim it to about 1/8th of an inch(try to get all the top black cut off) so that the lead free wick doesn’t mushroom.
  • The black soot that is put off from a soy candle is simply the wick getting to burnt and hot while burning.
  • Burning Soy Candles Support The American Farmer, soy beans are grown in the USA!!!
  • Soy wax burns 30-40 times longer than paraffin.
  • Soy wax burns cleaner than petroleum based wax candles, producing little to no soot.
  • Soy is non-toxic.
  • Soy is water soluble, cleans up with warm soapy water.
  • Soy wax is biodegradable.
  • Soy is a renewable source, paraffin is limited.
  • Soy wax contains no animal fats.

More Posts on the Dangers of Chemicals in Fragrances

More Alternatives to Scented Candles

I love for my house to smell good. I just am very effected by scent, I guess. So, when I received these lovely candles in the mail, I started looking around to see what options I had as far as fragrance free options for my home!

When we moved into our new house, our diffusers stopped working. So I was on the look out for a new one. I found out that when you become a Young Living wholesale member by ordering a “starter kit” you get a diffuser FREE. So, at the time I wanted to order Thieves, one other oil and a diffuser. If you’re going to spend that much you may as well get the starter kit!

Let me know if you have questions and I would be happy to answer from the experience I’ve had thus far or find out more information for you!

I currently have 2 Young Living diffusers as well as one that I purchased from Amazon here: Essential Oil Diffuser

Thieves All-Purpose Cleaner

For less than $1 for a spray  bottle FULL of all-purpose cleaner you can clean nearly your entire home with a NATURAL and EFFECTIVE (and smell-good) cleaner! I’m super excited about this!

I didn’t realize that there was a WHOLE LINE of items made with Thieves. Yeow! At this point, I have only tried the essential oil blend and the cleaner. We will see what I am able to try next! {When you sign up to be a wholesale member you get these products at a pretty nice discount.} 

You can mix 1 capful of the Thieves All Purpose Cleaner with 2-3 cups of water in a spray bottle — for less than $1 a spray bottle, you can safely and effectively clean your entire house! 🙂 I’ve been using this for a few weeks now and LOVE how my house smells! And knowing I’ve done it safely is a huge bonus.

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Whom Shall I Fear? 31 Days of Battling Our Fears with the Power of God’s Word

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Introducing a brand new Praying the Scriptures resource for you! Whom Shall I Fear? 31 Days of Battling Our Fears with the Power of God’s Word!

Take courage!

Be not afraid.

Don’t worry. 

Let your faith be bigger than your fears!

Count your blessings, not your worries.

These are all phrases that can, at times, condemn the heart of a believer. We KNOW we should not have fear, yet at times, those fears creep in and keep us awake at night.

When I shared 31 Verses for Overcoming Fear in our lives, I did that for my own heart. I didn’t expect to meet so many of you on this journey of doing BATTLE with our fears through the power of God’s Word.

But, I did. So many of you have messaged me or commented that you, too, are struggling with fear, and you thanked me for putting those verses together.

So, I decided that we needed MORE. We needed to do FIERCE BATTLE with the enemy. Because this fear we are experiencing? It does NOT come from God.

Our fear also doesn’t come from other people.

“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12

Let us not confuse who our enemy is, dear ones.

We must pick up the Armor of God and we must dig in to Scripture, pray it, read it, memorize it…cling to God’s Truth like your life depends on it. Because it does. 

To live the abundant life God desires for us, we must rid our hearts of fear. We must walk in FAITH and TRUST and HOPE in our Sovereign God.

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31 Days of Overcoming Fear

I hope you will join me on this 31 day journey of doing BATTLE with the enemy through the POWER of God’s Word!

In celebration of this new #PrayingTheScriptures devotional, it is ON SALE for 1/2 price now through Black Friday! $3.00 only!

Head to the shop to purchase 31 Days of Overcoming Fear

 

End of summer sale! Entire shop 25% off!

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Who loves a sale? ME!!

I’m having an “END OF SUMMER” sale for my shop! You can save 25% on ANY product you see available in my shop!

I have LOTS of ideas for new products for the shop, but I need to sell more of what is available to make those happen! Help me bring you more beautiful new products. 🙂

{I’m sorry, I do not have control over Amazon’s prices or Lulu’s prices and cannot lower the price of my print books at those locations!} 

End of Summer Sale Hymn Cards

You can purchase the following and save 25%

Use code endofsummer25 to save 25% on your entire order! 

Best Price on Ebook Devotionals!

Wait Only Upon God is $6.40 with the discount code!

Wait Only Upon God Devotional

 

Jesus, Light of the World ebook devotional $5.60 with discount code!

Jesus: Light of the World, Praying the Scriptures through Advent

10 Ways for Kids to Use Duct Tape

10 Ways for Kids to use Duct Tape

I’ve started a list of FUN things for my kids to do this summer. Duct tape is on the list…

I don’t know about you, but my kids LOVE duct tape! In fact, the last few years, their stockings have had various and unique kinds of duct tape in them. And that is one of their FAVORITE gifts. Who would have guessed?! ha!

And you know what else I learned? Duct tape is not just for boys! 

So, without further adieu, I have rounded up some of my favorite ideas for using duct tape! My kids are ages 13, 12 and 10 years, so most of these ideas can be used independently!

Neon & Patterned Duct Tape

So, these neon colors? These are my kids FAVORITES right now.

Of course, my girls also LOVE the patterned duct tape as well!

10 Things to Make with Duct Tape

For Girls: 

For Boys:

Resources for Creating with Duct Tape