Homemade Living

Homemade Liquid Hand Soap

My crusade to cut back on plastics in our household continues! I already stopped buying liquid body wash and switched to a bar of soap, so what’s my next target? Liquid hand soap. I don’t like the idea of having bars of soap on every sink in our house – liquid is much neater and […]


Homemade Laundry Detergent

About six months ago I became tired of buying expensive laundry detergent in obnoxious plastic packaging. So, I decided to start making my own. If you think this is the craziest homemade mothering idea yet, read these reasons and then give it a shot: 1. Save Money: The cost of making the below recipe is […]


Call me old-fashioned…

Enough is enough! I’m getting so tired of plastic! I’m taking an inventory of all the household products I use that come in a plastic container, and wherever possible I am no longer going to purchase that product. Where did I start? SOAP! A few months ago I decided to stop using liquid body soap […]


Family Historian

As a homemade mother, I am responsible for all the family’s records and documentation. In other words, I gotta keep all our photos organized! In the few months following Evelyn’s arrival we took hundreds (maybe thousands?) of pictures and before I knew it they were all over the place and in no special order. I […]


Ewwwwwwwww!

I read an article in yesterday’s Wall Street Journal about the additives manufacturer’s sneak into “healthy” foods. As most people reading this blog may already know, the word “natural” is not regulated by the FDA (unlike the word “organic” which is regulated). Therefore, food manufacturers can use the word however they please. For example, packaged […]


Bzzzz

Ok, so I am a fan of Burt’s Bees products (even though they were bought by Clorox and I am so not a fan of anything related to chlorine bleach!), and I just found this handy guide courtesy of our friends at that brand: Burt’s Bees Guide to Reading Your Labels: Synthetic Ingredients We Always […]


A Planet-Friendlier Automatic Dishwashing Detergent That Actually Works!!

Finally! Success! After many trials & errors I have finally found a planet-friendlier automatic dishwashing detergent that actually works!! I tried and liked Palmolive Eco, but since it came in a thick plastic bottle I couldn’t continue buying it in good conscience. I tried and hated Seventh Generation, Planet, Ecover. I even tried making my […]


When to Opt for Organic?

It can be hard to know when to spend extra money on organic produce and when to purchase conventionally. I rely on this list from the Environmental Working Group to help me sift through the options. It lists the 12 worst offenders and the top 15 cleanest conventional options. At this point, I’ve got this […]


Intrigued!

Saw this article on-line and I must say that I am intrigued: http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/30337386/ I have switched to fragrance-free, paraben-free shampoo and conditioner from Whole Foods, but part of me sorta kinda maybe wants to ditch it all cold turkey. I’ve always wondered how women kept their hair looking decent before modern hair care, and the […]


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