Shopping list???

So I am working on research for zero (or at least less) waste grocery shopping. I am reading on stores to go locally, and well I live in Austin, so I already have all my canvas bags (plastic bag ban city wide).

I am rethinking my shopping list. What can I buy different? What should I stop buying? What options come in bulk?

This is my first time shopping since I have started reducing the waste in the home. My husband does all the shopping and with the kids away we find ourselves needing less.

I am not expecting to be even low waste tomorrow (I hope at least!!), but I would like to know, what is on your shopping list??

New Content Coming!

I was asking some of my friends and readers for ideas of things they would like to see on this blog. I was given some great feedback! It really inspired some things to come. Some of this is already on my blog, but some of this I haven’t even thought to write about but totally use in my daily life!

I will be cleaning up some older posts, and adding to them. I will also be adding some good reference to make it easier to find stuff! I am working on things like a beginners guides on non-toxic living. There will be some crossover I am sure but I hope to help people live a healthier life with less waste, and to show people it can be easy!

First thing you should go do RIGHT NOW is to download the Think Dirty app! If you don’t already have it, you should. If you know other good ones, let me know! I will be all over that!

You are going to be seeing a few new things added! Some of these, there is just not enough for it’s own blog post so I will just combine them in the beginner’s guides.  I am will be adding a BUNCH new posts over the next few days!

Here are the Guides I am working on right now (Working titles right now):

  • Non toxic personal hygiene (Also join my Facebook group that I am working on building: Non-Toxic Haircare & Beauty (I might do a better No Poo post too!)
  • Non Toxic Cleaning
  • Clean out your Kitchen (More than cleaning but also non GMO education, and sustainable, and zero waste kitchen tips)
  • Sustainable Pets
  • Sustainable Kids

I am very open to ideas, things you would like to contribute, or things you would like to see.

oMega-glow face mask

happy sunday, crunchies! i’m so excited to finally share this face mask with you!

this mask is packed with omega-3/6/7/9 and serves up some serious glow and hydration. as if that wasn’t enough, it also fights fine lines, skin issues like eczema and acne, discoloration, and even helps with skin elasticity and under-eye discoloration.

this mask has been my go-to beautifying mask lately. it’s gently exfoliating and leaves me glowing. i can definitely tell a difference from using this, even after the first time. my face always feels so velvety afterwards.

best of all – it’s easy to make and any skin type can benefit from it!

let’s meet the synergistic ingredients that truly ‘feed” your skin:

  • hawaiian spirulina – a nutritious blue-green algae chock full of vitamins, antioxidants, and omega fatty acids
  • raw chia seed oil – an extremely lightweight and nutritious oil, full of omega fatty acids 3/6/9

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Goals not Resolutions

This year I am trying something new! I am not making any resolutions this year, I am setting goals!

What are your goals this year? Be honest, and be real! Aim high, but set accomplishable goals, then blow those goals out of the water!


Do’s and Don’ts:

  • Do set goal you can reach!
  • Do set goals that have a meaning!
  • Do be willing to make changes!


  • Don’t be afraid to mess up!
  • Don’t let other discourage you!
  • Don’t worry about it!


Where do you want to put your energy?

I start a lot of projects but often find I just do not have the time to do everything I want to get done. Over the years I have gotten better at delegating housework. The hard lesson I had to learn was, what is really worth my time.

Yes, I want to read 100 books a year, grow a great garden, do tons of DIY projects, hang out with my family, work a full-time job, and make two loaves of bread a week. Let’s be honest, no one has time to do all of that well. You can do some of that but after a certain point things you love become a chore or forgotten.

I had to learn where my energy goes. Family first, no question, but I also like my job, and I am the main source of income, so I need the job. Those two things really take most of my time, and that is okay! So I only read 35 books a year and decided maybe the farmer’s market is better than a garden (My husband totally still finds time for a garden though), and when I really do have down time, I make time for those DIY projects and baking projects. I had to learn it was okay to not do it all.

It is better to put your energy in the things you really love and let go of other things.


Organize your Goals!

Set your big goals, and write them down! Make a planner, or dream board. Think about where you want to be this time next year.

Once you make the big goals, break those down into smaller goals! That helps organize your path, and it is less overwhelming! Accomplishing your smaller goals also helps boost your mood, and confidence to help carry you to the next goal!

Don’t be upset if you miss a goal. Goals are goals, not guarantees. I know for me when I miss a goal I tend to backslide. If your goal is to get in better shape, do not give up because you miss one day! Restart every day as a chance to improve!

Here are my goals!


  • Reach Senor Star or higher with Young Living!
  • Write/read/ or sew for 30 minutes a day
  • Work on improving our financial status.
    • Clear last of debt
    • Be able to work Part time outside of the home rather than full time!

Are you willing to share your goals?

Hoodoo Happens

I am not a rootworker or a Mambo. I don’t have ties to Africa, Hati, or even Louisiana. I have met a more than a few Santeria, and  been taught a thing or two. I do not practice Voodoo per se, but I have learned the power of strong ancestors, and honoring the Loa. In my backyard, I have a shrine to Papa Legba. This is NOT the Legba of American Horror Story. My Papa is the one with a massive sweet tooth and loves dogs. He opens the way for me and closes doors for people trying to do my family harm.

Image from Wikicommons.

In my study of Voodoo, I picked up a little Hoodoo. This has helped me so often in my life too. Since learning more about essential oils, I see that aromatherapy is just a different form of rootwork.

This has become even more helpful, as I mix my own oil blends. I use what I have learned of aromatherapy and Hoodoo.

This is one of the areas I have recently become very conflicted. Everyone who knows me knows that I LOVE my Young Living oils. Anyone who has done even a little research knows that Young Living has a very strong Christian influence. They do not persecute non-Christians but they make sure you know they are very pro-Bible. I am okay with this, as I have no ill will to people of different faith. I just find it hard to let my light shine for fear of offending others. Also, I still live in Texas, and although they say there is religious freedom, I never felt that was true.

So this is me, letting my light shine. I live a Spirit-led life, just a different set of spirits than most. So this Monday, while getting ready for work, I will anoint myself with essential oils, set out a cup of coffee with a lot of sugar, and toss some jelly beans on a mound next to a tree. If the black man with the big smile is sitting at the crossroad on my way to work is there, I will give him some food, or the extra change I have. He is a really friendly homeless guy. We always smile when we see him and help him when we can. He sits at the medium on a busy crossroad. I really believe he is one of Legba’s children. Every time I pray to the spirits I make a prayer for that man too.

So I know this is long and kinda rambly. For that I am sorry, but I needed to let my light shine too! I pray that Legba opens doors for all who read this. I hope you can read this with an open mind and heart. Remember the old ways are not bad, and most of our modern thought was inspired by old ways of doing things.