Thoughts approaching inauguration


Recently I read this:

And this…

And it hit me that a new day is dawning in the U.S. in a very short time. And I’m not ready for it. Nor do I like it a whole lot. Reality has a funny way of hitting you at really random times (like at 2:00 PM on a Thursday in the middle of an INSANE week). The following post originally got written in my Facebook status window – because that’s what we do now when things are weighing on our minds – but then it grew past the point of appropriateness for Facebook. So I’ll post a link to this instead. Ha!

And now for my unsolicited thoughts on the upcoming journey we’re about to take:

I’m not entirely sure why but the reality of what is happening this month hit me just now. The dichotomy of the current and incoming administrations is stark and I admit that I’m fearful sometimes in thinking about the impact that’s going to have. Now, I also believe that God has not been dethroned and we are all going to make it so the fear doesn’t last. 🙂 But, I think the effects of what we’ve just gone through WILL last. My thoughts as we approach “the big day”:

– Based on what I have observed, civility, kindness, and honoring others will not be the first things that emanate from this incoming administration. To me that means, rather than complain about that fact, we the people get to emanate it instead. Is it ideal? No. We want our leaders to display those things. The reality is that we’ve got to lead by example here when our leader(s) cannot (or will not). We don’t just get to throw our hands in the air and say “I can’t because they don’t.” We’re better than that.

– I’m taking a moment and honor the outgoing administration. I spent most of the past 8 years disagreeing with some of the politics of it but I was continually reminded of the humanity of the folks involved and sheer gravity of the job that faced them. This NPR article and President Obama’s farewell speech were yet another reminder. These are imperfect, broken people who are leading other imperfect, broken people and somehow we expect them to make perfect decisions that fully encapsulate everyone’s needs. I’m tired of the partisanship just like everyone else. So how do I own fixing a small piece of it?

– I’m going to be intentional about listening to both sides. I have strong feelings about Trump as President but I will still listen (even if I’m saying that through gritted teeth). 🙂 I also think this means listening to people in my life whose position I don’t get. Collectively, we’ve stopped listening and started shouting far more. We have enough noise – I need to own my part in taking it down a notch.

– I am trusting that God knows what he’s doing. Not only that, if I believe that He works all things for good everywhere else, then I get to believe it here. I think there are a lot of Christians excited about the incoming administration because it’s seen as a return to conservative values. I don’t share that view and yet I can understand it. No one besides God knows truly what the future holds so I’m going to stay in my lane and trust Him.

I felt like all of this was worth saying 1) because it actually came out coherently (I think) and 2) because I doubt I’m the only one struggling with the direction of our country recently. That is all. 🙂


Non Toxic Beauty!


In true form, it’s taken me months to get back here and do another post. 🙂 Better late than never I suppose! This time I’d like to share the non toxic beauty items I use at all times to ensure I’m not inhaling/ingesting/applying toxic chemicals. Once you start diving into all of the nasty things that are used in commercial cosmetics, lotions, hair products, etc. you almost can’t help but start editing certain things out of your life (that’s how it went for me anyway).

First, let’s start with the things that I eliminated completely:

  • Perfume– there is NOTHING redeeming about perfumes, they are almost completely toxic. It’s a double whammy too because your skin is absorbing the stuff AND you’re inhaling it. Not good. I simply threw everything away. It was a little painful but my health is worth it!
  • Lotion (including hand lotion/face creams/etc)– again, almost nothing about these is good. You’ve got fake fragrances which are nothing but chemicals as well as preservatives (parabens, etc) that are not good for your internal health. Many can be endocrine and hormonal disruptors and that can cause a whole bunch of problems. The ONLY brand I  sparingly put on my hands/body is this one.
  • Deodorant– seriously, if you do nothing else cut out the antiperspirant! Some say that the active ingredient (aluminum) has been linked to breast cancer and alzheimers, which is enough for me to say buh-bye to this product. Now, I tend to be a sweaty girl so this transition was not easy for me. I will say that cleaning up my eating and ditching the cheap, fast and easy foods I was eating helped TREMENDOUSLY. Sweating is how our bodies detox so when you stop using/eating chemicals there is less to detox. This equals not as much sweating AND it doesn’t stink like it used to. I’m not saying that I go without deodorant – I AM saying that the natural stuff works (recipe is here, don’t worry) because of the efforts I’ve made in other areas.
  • Body washes– same thought process here as with perfumes and lotions. Toxic chemicals = bad for you. The cheap ones are nothing but dish soap disguised with a fancy label.
  • Toothpaste– I know, now we’re getting crazy. Yes, I said toothpaste. I don’t mean that I have ceased with an oral hygiene routine of course! I’ve just changed the brand I use. You can make your own but that’s a level of hippie that I haven’t achieved yet. My favorites are Tom’s of Maine and DoTerra’s OnGuard Toothpaste (I favor the latter).
  • Cheap makeup – I haven’t used Maybelline, Cover Girl, or any other brand for that matter in a loooong time. These companies pump their makeup from mascara to lipstick FULL of all the baddies we’ve already discovered AND they add dyes, which can also be harmful. This is a journey I’m still navigating so I have some recommendations and I’ll have more when I’ve fully vetted some stuff I’m trying.
  • Cheap shampoo/conditioner– Basically, anything that is sold at Target or any other big retailer is a no-no for me. Same reasons apply here as with all the other products. These, just like body wash, are usually just dish soap under another name with a prettier bottle. They wreck your hair! This is another one that I’m currently working through trying to find the right solution so stay tuned here.
  • Facewash– Would you wash your face with dish soap? No? Then ditch these immediately. Not to mention the fragrances, dyes, and preservatives that are included!

If you’re freaking out, know that this can be overwhelming and I haven’t made these changes quickly. It’s been a process of reading, research, and slow changes. Don’t beat yourself up if every one of these is in your medicine cabinet/shower/bathroom counter right now. It’s ok! Slow changes are what it’s all about. If I could prioritize changes, I’d start with the deodorant, then move to the facewash, then cut out the lotion. These are pretty easy changes that will give you some great results. Here’s how I do it in order of the priority I just listed:

  1. Deodorant
    1. This is HANDS DOWN the best recipe out there. It’s easy to make and keeps for a good amount of time. I personally don’t put it into deodorant containers – I just buy glass jars from and store it that way. This also means I apply with my fingers which might gross some people out… it works for me though! Completely safe and totally controls odor, even when I’m working out! There are rare days that require a second application but for the most part, once in the morning is plenty.
  2. Facewash: I have 2 recommendations here, the Oil Cleansing Method and a little homemade concoction that doesn’t have a name. 😉
    1. Oil Cleansing is AMAZING! It seems counter intuitive since the cosmetic industry has always told us that oil is bad and we need to wash with soap to make sure we’re clean. That couldn’t be further from the truth. So many skin problems happen because we completely strip all the good stuff away and replace it with alcohols and chemicals. Acne, dry skin, uneven skin tone and other problems are all solvable by ditching the commercial products. Here is a great resource for the Oil Cleansing Method:  Know that there is some trial and error involved here because everyone’s skin is different. My personal blend is higher in Castor oil and lower in the moisturizing oils because of a history of acne. Your blend would probably be different. I also use doTerra essential oils in my blends to boost them. Some good ones are Melaleuca (tea tree), lavender, frankincense, myrrh, etc.
    2. My concoction (this is also my body wash): I pour Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap (I recommend either unscented or sweet almond for facewash) into a squeeze bottle and then add doTerra oils. I typically do frankincense because it’s practically magic (see here) and myrrh for anti-aging. This is a great strategy for traveling because it’s hard to find a container for the liquid oils that won’t leak. This functions a lot like store bought cleansers and travels really well.
  3. Lotion: I recently made this one. It was easy and is still going strong almost a month later. I plan to also try this recipe. Of course, essential oils are great additions here for fragrance. My favorites lately are Cypress and Wild Orange together. Peppermint and Lavender are great too!

If you can start with those three, you’ll be golden! I’ll come back (sooner than 90 days from now) and update the rest with what I do!

Hugs and other warm fuzzy stuff,


Non Toxic Cleaning

Non Toxic Cleaning

Well, it’s been a while since my last blog post (about 4 years to be exact). I’ve had many people ask me about recipes for the below photo of all of my homemade cleaning products. A few months ago, I decided that I was done stressing about cleaning my house and I hired Flawless Cleaning Services to help me out. (Best decision ever, by the way) They loved the products and the house looked FABULOUS after they were done.

cleaning products

I have also committed to a non toxic lifestyle so I knew that I needed to have all of the cleaning supplies done for them. I was challenging myself a bit since I had not made some of the things before. It sounds overwhelming but it’s really not once you have a plan. Here’s how I did it:

What you’ll need:
Plastic or glass shakers- think an old Parmesan cheese container or the glass kind like what I have in the photo
An old squeeze bottle like a Dawn bottle or ketchup bottle
1-2 glass jars (I use 32 oz canning jars)
Spray bottles- glass is preferable
Baking soda
White vinegar
Dawn dishsoap
Citrus peels
Distilled water
Essential oils – Lemon, Lavender, Tea Tree
Dr. Bronner’s liquid castile soap
Optional- plastic tubs to put everything in.

Where to buy the stuff: is a GREAT resource for glass spray bottles. (Note that the spray nozzles are sold separately) is where I got the shakers and the tubs. Oh, and the canning jars.
You can find plastic spray bottles at any store, really. The 2 I have here are from Target and the dollar store.
Costco has the best price for the white vinegar and the baking soda
I’ve found Borax at Target and Wal Mart
doTerra is the best brand for essential oils ( They have so many uses beyond just cleaning! I put lavender oil in my mascara and use others to treat various ailments. They are so powerful and non toxic! You can also find oils on Amazon, although I wouldn’t recommend these on your skin or internally.

Where to begin:
Make sure you’ve got space cleared in the kitchen and lots of bowls, and measuring spoons and cups available. This can get somewhat messy so don’t try to start this if you’ve got dishes waiting to be washed (I speak from experience here). 🙂

I can’t take credit for all of this stuff so I’ll post all of the links to the recipes I used along with my comments about the instructions.
Ingredients and Supplies:
24 oz. sprayer bottle
12 oz. Dawn dishsoap-the blue kind
12 oz. white distilled vinegar

To Make:  Heat the vinegar until hot and place in sprayer bottle.  Add Dawn soap, put the lid on, and shake gently to mix.  (You just heat the vinegar to help the vinegar and Dawn mix when you are making this cleaner.  You do NOT have to heat it every time you use it!)

To Use: Spray on surface to be cleaned.  Allow to sit for a bit before gently scrubbing and rinsing.  Allow the cleaner to sit longer, maybe even overnight, on really tough soap scum and mineral deposit buildup.
My thoughts: SO AWESOME- GO MAKE IT RIGHT NOW. I have actually been using this one for a long time and it cleans like crazy. I’ve used it in the bathroom sink and in the toilets and it’s great. And easy. And cheap. What more could you want?!

Ingredients and Supplies:

Citrus peels

Glass jar

White vinegar

Spray bottle

Cut peel off of citrus fruit and place in glass jar.
 Cover with vinegar and allow to sit for two weeks.
 Remove peels and dilute vinegar 1:1 with water.
 Pour into spray bottle.
 Use as a cleaner for windows, glass, counters, and mopping floors.
My thoughts: Also awesome. I also have dropped some orange essential oil in this to counteract the vinegar smell. Cleans great and it’s CHEAP.


Ingredients and Supplies:
16 oz glass spray bottle
1 cup distilled water
1/4 cup white vinegar
2 tsp olive oil (shines and protects wood)
10-15 drops Lemon essential oil

Once you have all of your ingredients together, just shake the bottle up really well and use.
My thoughts: My wood looked great when I got home and it sure smelled awesome in the bottle!

Ingredients and Supplies:
3 cups baking soda
1/2 cup liquid Castile soap
1/2 cup water
25 drops lemon essential oil
40 drops tea tree essential oil
1 tsp. orange oil

Combine ingredients into a bowl until mixed together completely. Transfer to a recycled squeeze bottle (such as an old Dawn bottle or an old ketchup bottle). The easiest way to do this is to put the mixture into a Ziploc bag, cut a hole in one of the corners, and pipe it into the container like frosting.
Squirt onto your bathtub, toilet bowel, sinks, or in your showers and scrub away!
My thoughts: This stuff smells amazing! The oven and microwave were positively sparkling so it seems like it cleaned really well.

Ingredients and Supplies:
2 cups baking soda
1/2 cup Borax 
Drops of essential oil (completely optional, I used lavender, lemon and tea tree)
Large mixing bowl
A clean, empty plastic powdered parmesan cheese container or glass shaker
Dump the powders into a large mixing bowl. Mix thoroughly with a spoon. Sprinkle in several drops of whatever essential oils you enjoy or have on hand. I used about 5-10 drops each of lavender, lemon, and tea tree oil. (Tea tree oil also has antibacterial and anti fungal properties which aids in the cleaning powder of the product)
Mix with spoon again thoroughly, breaking up any clumps. Spoon into clean parmesan cheese container. Use it to clean like you would ‘Comet’ cleaner. Thats it!
My thoughts: The toilets look great and this stuff smells so good!


Ingredients and Supplies:
1/2 cup baking soda
1/2 cup cornstarch
5 drops lavender essential oil
5 drops orange essential oil

Mix ingredients with a fork until there are no lumps. Transfer to a shaker and sprinkle all over your carpets.
Let sit 30 minutes, then vacuum.
My thoughts: AWESOME! Smells great and works really, really well. You could also use tea tree oil for disinfecting.

Well, that’s it for now kids! This is a good start if you want to transition over to non toxic cleaning supplies. I have lots of other stuff that I’ve started making so I’ll post those recipes at some point too!

Erin 🙂

Hello world!


Now you understand the title of the blog.  🙂  I have no idea what I’m going to write about since I don’t have kids or any really exciting things happening in my life…. BUT I wanted to feel cool and have a blog!  So we’ll see where this goes.  Could be mindless drivel but it could be good too!  Now, as long as the pressure to be witty and awesome doesn’t get to me, we can begin this blogging journey…  🙂