10 Best Uses for Essential Oils

10 Best Uses for Essential Oils

10 Best Uses for Essential Oils (all natural, too!) Have a problem? There’s an essential oil for that. I came to love essential oils as soon as I had Nolan.I wanted to explore safe, natural options for my home and family. I started with the basic kit (lemon, lavender and peppermint) and now have a treasure trove of coveted oils I use every single day. The hype is real & the oils sell themselves, truly. Bottom line— they work…really, really well. To make your life easier, I’ve compiled a list of the top 10 uses for essential oils that are safe, natural and will make you feel amazing, I promise. Let’s begin…. 1. Bug and tick spray It’s almost mosquito season and this year has been a particularly wet one. I haven’t found anything that is as effective as lavender + lemongrass, or lavender all on its own. Here is a recipe I abide by…. 2. Cleaning the house There are a few different concoctions you can make here: all purpose cleaner, bathroom cleaner, linen spray and essential oils spritzed on some wool balls and thrown into the dryer. All purpose cleaner 1/2 cup white vinegar 1 1/2 cup water 10 drops tea tree oil 5 drops lavender or citrus blend (scent) DO NOT USE ON MARBLE OR TRAVERTINE Bathroom cleaner 1/4 cup baking soda 1/4 cup liquid castile soap (I like unscented Dr. Bronners) 1 tbsp water 1 tbsp vinegar 5-10 drops lemon Laundry – dryer sheet replacements All  natural / organic wool + 5 drops lavender 3. Soothe sore muscles Have you heard of dōTERRA‘s Deep Blue...
10  Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby

10 Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby

10 Essential Zero Waste Items for Baby We are continuing with our zero waste lifestyle, and as we approach day 44 (say whaaat?) I wanted to share some of our favorite ways to stay zero waste with our almost 18 month old. Zero waste integration into our family was done with minimal planning. I don’t consider myself much of a prepper in my own life, but as soon as motherhood hit I was forced into a planning, preparing and executing lifestyle that has served me (and my family) well. There are days that a soccer ball or perhaps even a shoe gets left behind, but such is life…amiright?   Blog meet Griffin — Griffin meet blog. If you follow us on Instagram you know a little bit about baby G. He is an active toddler with a deep love for his brother, snacks, slides, balls and emptying out my diaper bag / purse / wallet. He is an excellent helper and is frequently seen wearing mismatched pajamas and Freshly Picked moccasins. Now that we have salutations out of the way, lets get started on our top 10 essential zero waste baby items … 1. Cloth diapers If you don’t use anything on this list except for switching from disposable diapers to cloth, I can guarantee you will see at least 50% reduction in your household waste. We use the brand Smart Bottoms because they are organic cotton with an all in one feature that makes spraying a piece of cake. I also talked with the company and they encourage sending the packaging back (which is recycled cardboard) for reuse....

Savory meets Sustainability : Cooking zero waste

Savory meets Sustainability : Cooking Zero Waste     Reducing our household waste has changed our lives in more ways than one. As a Mom, personal chef to my tiny humans & husband I was afraid cooking zero waste would be restrictive and difficult. I was happy to find that it really wasn’t, not at all! Cooking zero waste is different, not difficult. Some of the best recipes I have made are completely 100% zero waste. From the produce we grabbed at POWWOW and Market on the Move to bulk section goodies cooking in the kitchen has been as rewarding on the sustainable side as it has been delicious. Here are some of my favorite recipes below.   Zucchini / yellow squash meat-less balls   Ingredients: Grated zucchini (3) , egg (1) , bread crumbs (1 1/2 cups) , hearty punch of salt, pepper, garlic salt, dried basil, Italian seasoning & coconut oil Method: Grate zucchini & wring out excess water with a cheese cloth. Mix in remaining ingredients, blend, form into balls. Add coconut oil over medium heat, press down slightly on the veggie balls and fry to golden deliciousness. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese (if you have it!) and ENJOY. Mushroom stroganoff Ingredients: Egg noodles ( 3 cups) , portobello or cremini mushrooms (5 cups) , vegetable broth ( 2 cups), yellow onion ( entire – chopped) , garlic (2 cloves minced), ketchup (3 tbsp) , salt (pinch), pepper (pinch) , paprika (pinch) , parsley (chopped garnish) Method: Can you believe this is a zero waste meal? Slow cooker … check, egg noodles … check, ketchup, herbs and...
The Four Explore: ZERO WASTE

The Four Explore: ZERO WASTE

  60 Days Waste Free Living I’m an environmental enthusiast, always have been. When I was in first grade I wrote a letter to former president bill Clinton explaining my outrage for clear cutting in the rain forest. Before that I was a self proclaimed vegetarian. There has always been a big part of me that wants to break out and make meaningful change that directly benefits the environment. I just can’t stand the excessive waste issues that plague the USofA. Approximately 4.3lbs of waste is accumulated per American per day. What makes up all of this household waste? Plastic, packaging and food waste are the culprits here, and there isn’t much we have done in the past 40 years to change the embarrassingly low recycle rates when it comes to plastic (~7-8% of plastic is a actually recycled). Gregg and I decided to do something crazy. Inspired by a BuzzFeed video where an employee went 30 days of waste free living. I decided we should do the same. Waste free living or zero waste means you aren’t contributing to the purchase or disposal of one time use plastic and/or municipal waste. Instead of throwing away our food waste we are composting. Instead of using plastic bags for bulk items we bring our own jars. Instead of buying packaged goods we seek out sticker-less produce and fruit from farmers markets and seek out local shops who are cool with us bringing our own containers for bread, cheese, chips, etc. instead of using disposable wipes and diapers for Griffin we opted for cloth and reusable fleece wipes. Is it easy?...
Why Traveling as a Vegetarian Doesn’t Suck

Why Traveling as a Vegetarian Doesn’t Suck

Why Traveling as a Vegetarian Doesn’t Suck Admit it, you’ve thought about it once or twice. Maybe you’re even in the middle of a conscious crisis. To vegetarian or not to vegetarian, that is the question… Whether you think you can go veg or not, one of my top concerns while we were traveling was whether or not we would find communities/cities/countries that catered to vegetarian diets. Would we have to live on bread and butter? Would we have to find some kind of vegetarian speak easy located in the dark corners of French cities because *gasp* French food without meat? PREPOSTEROUS. I’m here to happily tell (and show) you a tale of four vegetarians who successfully made their way through eight countries with full bellies, big smiles and tons of inspiration. For this post I’ll break up our eats and treats by country and showcase the best right here for your viewing pleasure. Lets start in Germany, our first European country… Germany You might be thinking, ‘Germany?? Land of frankfurters, Rouladen and dumplings? What on earth would vegetarians eat there? Surprisingly Germany had a ton of vegetarian restaurants and vegetarian/vegan food in their supermarkets. In addition to pasta and pizza I had one of the best veggie burgers of my life at a restaurant in Romerburg (Frankfurt) called Jamy’s Burger. It was a perfectly prepared slice of deep fried portobello heaven. #allthepasta Jamy’s portobello mushroom burger Pretzels, lots of pretzels In addition to our pasta, pretzels and portobellos we cooked at home. German grocery stores carried a brand called VEG with clear, easy to read labels indicating that...