Get Clean with Shaklee Basic H2 - A Review : Small Notebook
I have been using this stuff for years and love it. I'm so glad to have a review to pass along. Passionate Homemaking also has a list of easy-to-make, safe, household cleaners. Really all you need is baking soda, vinegar and Basic H2 for the whole house. Also, microfiber cloths are my new favorite housecleaning tool. I bought a 8 pack of them at Target (automotive section) a year or so ago and they are still in great shape. The kids and I use them for everything... general cleaning, dusting, windows, mirrors. I even attach them to my swiffer-sweeper (reusable swiffer cloths!).
How to Create a Paperless Kitchen : Simple Mom
This is something I have been thinking about/working on for the past year or so. We have switched to using cloth napkins most of the time, but it's hard to hand a cloth napkin to a kid with a blueberry smoothie. And I try to use rags, not paper towels. I struggle with going completely paperless mostly because I just don't have enough cloth. We're getting there... soon.
Michael Pollan on the Oprah Show: "Food 101" : Kelly the Kitchen Kop
I just found this blog, and loved her recap of Michael Pollan's visit to the Oprah Show. I didn't see the show, but loved reading her notes. Michael Pollan appears in Food, Inc., a documentary on the food industry. We netflixed it a month ago... an eye-opening movie. The journey from "farm" to table is not pretty.
I have always tried to provide simple, organic, local, whole foods for our family when possible, but this movie challenged me to do more. Now I am looking into CSAs and local grass-fed beef/milk suppliers. The other day, Hannah says to me as I poured her a glass of grass-fed milk (that I picked up at Whole Foods), "Mom, why does it say grass-fed on the carton? What else would a cow want to eat?" Exactly.
The Oil-Cleansing Method : Simple Mom
About 4 months ago, I was running out of my (very expensive) skin care supplies and didn't want to order more. I wasn't all that pleased with what I had been using, and really wasn't sure what was in it. After reading about this "oil-cleansing method" a handful of times, I decided to give it a try. I have DRY skin, so I use Simple Mom's recipe for drier skin and then use coconut oil as a extra moisturizer. LOVE it. I'm never going back. And it's basically free!
Also, the new blog Simple Organic has a *great post* on healthy skin care.
*******Lastly, I am thankful for this thoughtful post...
Can Natural Living Become an Idol? : Passionate Homemaking