April 20, 2014

10 Uses for Purification Essential Oil

Purification 10 Uses

  Purification is one of the ten oils that comes in the Everyday Oils Kit, and it is so awesome!  It's a blend containing Citronella, Lemongrass, Lavandin, Rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia and Myrtle essential oils, and it's another one that I use all the time! Here are just ten of the many ways you can use Purification essential oil blend. 10 Uses for Purification Essential … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil

10 Uses for Joy Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I sparkly heart Joy essential oil blend.  It makes me happy....er...I mean....Joy-ful.  :) I've always been very affected by smell, and let me tell you if there is one oil that smells so great it instantly helps change my mood, it's this one! I used to wear Lavender almost every day, but I've fallen in love with the sweet, vivacious scent of the amazing Joy essential oil blend.  Comprised … [Read more...]

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil

10 Uses for Lavender Essential Oil | TheMarathonMom.com

I truly love Lavender essential oil!  So versatile and good for so many different things, it's one that I never let run dry!  And it smells divine! For years, I wore this as a daily perfume, and still do on occasion, but I use it for a lot more things these days.  Not too long ago, I had a terrible accident in the kitchen and poured boiling water on my hand and the inside of my arm and … [Read more...]

How I Use Essential Oils Every Day


If you've just moseyed on over here from The Simple Pen, welcome!  I'm so thrilled to be a part of the Day in the Life of an Oiler series! My essential oil journey began many years ago when I decided I wanted to provide a less toxic, more natural home environment for our family.  What began with buying a bottle of tea tree oil here and a bottle of lavender oil there, from my local health food … [Read more...]

Going Green with One Simple Step

Green Home Make-Over

By Contributing Writer, Hilary Kimes Bernstein For years, I thought that Kermit the Frog must be right – it’s not easy being green. But I was wrong. Going green is actually a lot easier than many people think if you start with one rule... Start by making one simple change. That’s it. Think about something small you’d like to try … and do it. Start recycling your plastics. … [Read more...]

The Big Berkey Water Filter is Awesome! {and a giveaway!}

Berkey Water Filter Giveaway

If you have never heard of the Big Berkey water filter company, let me tell you.  These filters are legit! I was so pleased to test one out for our family and to find out that the Berkey is the best water filter we've ever used!  Truly. We had been using one of those built-in "water filter" systems in our refrigerator.   We thought we had a great water filter system that worked well … [Read more...]

Don’t Allow Simple Living to Stress You Out

simple living

We're all trying to reduce, reuse and recycle.  Maybe there's a desire to clean with natural ingredients or to reduce the toxins in your environment and in your food. We're decluttering, purging and trying not to consume more or purchase more.  In an effort to simplify our entertainment, the focus on less is more has become our mottos.  You're trying to parent, live, cook, clean, etc. with … [Read more...]

Ava Anderson Non-Toxic Skincare {and a Giveaway!}


I recently had the privilege of trying out some of Ava Anderson's non-toxic products, and I am sad to say that my shampoo and conditioner are all gone. What I loved most about the shampoo and conditioner was not the yummy citrus scent, but the way my hair felt so clean afterwards.  There's definitely a difference when using a natural, chemical-free, paraben-free product.  I noticed that … [Read more...]

5 Tips for Natural Ant Control

natural ant control

By Contributing Writer, Daniele Several years ago, we battled ants in our home for what seemed like the entire spring and summer!  In reality, it was only maybe a month. But year after year, whenever I spot an ant or two in our home, I quickly try to get rid of these insects before they get too comfortable.  Sharing space with them is not on my summer plans - at least not indoors. The … [Read more...]

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

Make Your Own Mosquito Repellent

By Contributing Writer, Hilary Kimes Bernstein For years, I avoided using mosquito repellents – not at all because I enjoyed getting mosquito bites, but because I couldn’t stand the heavy, lingering odor of sprays. Once I became a mom, though, I knew I needed an effective mosquito repellent. I was trying to make healthier product choices for my children, and bug spray was no exception. … [Read more...]