DIY Cotton Face Scrubs

Without thinking, I bought some of those cotton rounds because I wanted to test some recipes and improve my skin. The first time I used one of those cotton rounds two thoughts crossed my mind.

  1. This is handy to have!
  2. Oh, my look how wasteful that is!

I still have them, but I feel a tinge of guilt every time I use one. A while back I posted two face cleaner recipes (these are the recipes I was testing)

So I decided to make some of my own. At first, I was going to make them round but I felt that was a little wasteful. (All those corners being trimmed off.) So I made squares!

This is a fast easy project that even a beginner can do! It is also truly 100% zero waste if you are using cotton and have a compost pit! 

DIY Cotton Squares

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The Beginner’s Guide to Toxic Free Hygiene

We are bombarded with so many chemicals every day. Some of the most toxic stuff we use are part of our basic hygiene! The biggest struggle most people have when ditching the bad is getting past the normal and basic needs. This is to help you make the switch from Toxic to Sustainable easy. Need more help? I have a Facebook group too! It is still small but feel free to join, ask questions, give feedback and learn! Sustainable Hair care and Hygiene

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Oral Health Care

This is a post that may not be as popular with a lot of people. I am going to be very honest with you, my reader!

I use Fluoride Toothpaste.

I know you are thinking I am a bad person, but I will explain why later! Until then, here are some things when I was not using Fluoride Toothpaste.

Oil Pulling

Not sure how I feel. Yes, it whitens teeth, if done correctly, it seems to improve your oral health. I did see less plaque on my teeth, and some oils do clean. I used to use coconut oil for 10 minutes, then spit it out and used sunflower oil for 10 minutes. Coconut oil helps clean and could help with infections in the mouth and the sunflower oil made my mouth feel cleaner and made the biggest difference on the plague. Sometimes I used essentials as well. (Peppermint, orange, thieves, or clove)

Review:  Not a big fan. I only do it now if I have a toothache, or notice the plague getting bad. I always have to follow with brushing my teeth too.

Also, I do not buy that it is detoxing your mouth. Anyone who has mixed oils will see that change of color in oils. Try making a homemade mayo sometime and you will see what I mean.

Homemade Toothpaste:

Here is the recipe I like: 1 part baking soda, 2 parts solid coconut oil and a little essential oil. I tend to use a tablespoon. (1 tbs baking soda, 2 tbs coconut oil, 1 drop peppermint oil)

Review: Works good, my mouth always felt clean, and the baking soda whitens. For homemade this was really good.

Flouride Free Toothpaste you can buy

I like the Thieves Aromabright toothpaste. I have nothing bad to say about it and it tastes really good.

We used this for a while, I am not even sure how long (years for me and maybe a year for the rest of the family).

On Going Back to Fluoride

We decided to go back to fluoride toothpaste. Fluoride it absolutely toxic, but you spit it out. We have decided the risk is worth it as we noticed our teeth hurt more and we got gingivitis. I noticed my teeth starting to become more brittle when using fluoride-free options. I could fight the gingivitis but as a family, we feel that fluoride toothpaste works best for us. I have yet to find a brand I would recommend and we are using the lowest cost ADA recommended one for now.

As part of my quest for zero waste I will be changing that, but right now I do not have a zero waste recommendation.

If fluoride free works for you, let me know what brand you use. I have tried a lot and never found one I am really happy with.

Toothbrush

I have a family of 5. We buy toothbrushes in bulk. Recently while reading zero waste blogs I realized I never even thought about my toothbrush! I was reading a post written by someone in Hawaii, and she said while walking on the beach she found 14 toothbrushes! That made me sad and disgusted at the same time. We will use the ones we already bought but I am looking into new ones now!

ISince I have such a big family I have to think about price and that is one of the reasons I am looking at this brand. (Also it is Prime, and I feel better using that when I order because I have been a victim of the bait and switch.)

Dr.Perfect Bamboo Toothbrush Soft Natural Bristles (12)

Read more about me and Bamboo Toothbrushes

How the Toothbrush changed my home

Gift Ideas for Dad!

Father’s Day is coming! Are you ready? If not I have a great guide for you!

Find the gift that Fits the dad in your life!

The Grill-Master!

From now until the end of the month, Young Living is having a great gift! (I already got my husband one!)

It comes with:

BBQ gloves and a heavy-duty apron. This set also includes 5-ml bottles of Rosemary Vitality™, Thyme Vitality™, Black Pepper Vitality™, Orange Vitality™, and Lemon Vitality™. The silicone gloves withstand heat up to 445⁰ F, making it easy to transfer food in and out of the grill, while the durable apron protects clothes from splashes and spills. Plus, the apron features three large pockets and six elastic-lined slots perfectly sized for must-have Vitality oils.*Supply is limited. Promotion is available only while the Aprons and Gloves are in stock.

$85.35 (Retail Price from Young Living)

More for the dad who likes to grill!

Barbestar 19-Piece BBQ Grill Tool Set, Stainless Steel Utensils with Aluminum Storage Case

Unicook Heavy Duty Stainless Steel Barbecue Skewer Shish Kabob Set

The Dapper Dad!

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Luxury Barber Men’s Grooming Box

The Work Out Dad!

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Does the dad in your life lie to work out? Help the pain with Panaway!

Resistance Bands

Original Workout Equipment Patent Art Prints

The Outdoorsy Dad

Outdoor Tanto Knife with Fire Starter

A2S Paracord Bracelet K2-Peak – Survival Gear Kit with Embedded Compass, Fire Starter, Emergency Knife & Whistle

Also, don’t forget to stock up on Citronella oil! A must have for every outdoorsy family!

The DIY Dad

Is your dad Mr. Fixit? Or even better, Mr. Builder? Does he need any tools this year?

I know my husband loves new tools! Find the tool the dad in your life needs here:
Father’s Day Deals in Power Tools

Are you the DIYer? How about these great DIY gift ideas!

Jumbo Tape Dispenser

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Tripod Camping stool

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DIY Beard Oil!

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DIY Beard Oil

Father’s Day is coming! Do you need a last minute gift idea? How about Beard Oil?

  1. Fill the dropper bottle up 3/4 of the way with the oil base you chose.
  2. Add in 2-3 drops of each essential oil.
  3. Fill the bottle the rest of the way with vitamin E oil or the carrier you picked. (Never fill to the very top. You need room for the dropper too.)
  4. Mix by rolling in your hands. You may need to mix before each use.

Don’t have time to make some? You can order the Shutran Beard oil!

Build your own potato box!

POTATOES!!! Baked, boiled, fried, or mashed, these versatile tubers are a favorite. You can grow your own potatoes, in a relatively small space, with just a little bit of effort and money. Potatoes don’t like a lot of light and prefer to be root-bound, so even if you live on the dark side of an apartment building, and only have a small balcony, or patio, you can still enjoy your very own, home-grown potatoes!

A potato box is a good place to start! For some basic started information you can also refer to this book!

There are so many designs and styles of potato boxes out there, but for the sake of simplicity, I went with a square, wood box. The first step is deciding how big you want it. A 2×2 box, 4 feet tall, can grow plenty of potatoes for 2 people. I’m feeding a family of 5, so I went with a 4x4x4 box.

Next, you will want to decide what kind of wood to use. Cedar is probably the best wood to use for any gardening structure, as it is durable, weather resistant, and naturally, repels insects. But cedar is expensive, and while it is worth the money, you can do just as well with pine. Whatever your choice, make SURE it is untreated wood. The chemicals they treat the wood with will seep into your plants, and if you are able to grow anything, it will likely be poisonous. For this project, I used pine fence pickets (1×6, 6 ft), and pine 2×4 studs (8ft).

Once you have your wood, measure, measure again and cut 4, 4-foot studs. These will be your corner posts. Next, measure, measure again and cut your fence pickets into (40) 4-foot planks. These will be your sides and bottom. If you are putting your box on dirt, you don’t need a bottom, and only have to cut 32 planks (Note: My box is 4x4x4. If you are making the 2x2x4, your planks should be 2 feet long).

After you have all your wood cut, attach your planks to the studs. I generally prefer screws over nails, but to each, their own. It is recommended that you drill starter holes in all your intended points of attachment on your planks. Do one wall at a time. Place 2 studs 4 feet apart (from the outside edges). Lay the plank on top of the studs, at the bottom, making sure it is all flush. Once you have everything lined up, you can use clamps to secure everything, and then, attach your plank to the studs. Repeat with 7 more planks, and now you have a wall. Now, build wall 2, doing the same thing.

Now that you have 2 walls, attach them, and start your 3rd wall. Line up your plank with the bottom of your walls, once again, making sure everything is level and flush, and attach it to the corner studs. Build your 3rd wall.

After you have your 3rd wall, flip the box over so you can start on the 4th wall. Line up a plank on the bottom and one at the top of your 4th wall, and attach them to your corner studs. Now, here is where the 4th wall is different. Instead of attaching the planks on this side, we are going to drill holes where the attaching screws (or nails) would go. You want these holes BIGGER than the heads of the screws (or nails) you are using. Then take a plank, line it up in place, starting at the bottom, and mark where the holes in your plank are on the studs. Put the plank to the side. Drive a screw (or nail) partially into each of the marks, at a slightly upward angle, so that your plank will slide onto, and be held in place, by them. Take your next plank, and do the same. Repeat until you have your 4th wall.

 

If you are putting your box on dirt, or open ground, you are done building your box and can begin planting. If you are putting it on concrete, use the remaining planks to build the bottom.

How to use a Potato box:

Get seed potatoes, or let the ones your pantry go to root. Once you have good roots plant in your potato box. Potatoes like dark, warm, and mounding. So when you plant them, cover them well.

Potatoes can grow in anything even newspaper but they will take the nutrients they have. So if you are planting in scrap newspaper, you will have that nutritional value. What we do, is start them in good soil, then cover with leaves. When they plants are two inches above the leaves, we cover with mulch, compost etc. Every time the plant is two inches above, we layer more stuff. We alternate leaves and mulch.

Several months in, you can start harvesting from the bottom, while the top is still growing! (That is why you want those removable planks!)

Have you used a potato box before? Let us know your results!

Suggested Reading!

I am always looking to expand my knowledge! This year my focus is going to be on essential oils in general. I am even wanting to look into aromatherapy classes this year. I have not decided what classes I am going to take so here are some books I recommend, and some I have not yet read, but I am getting ready to! I will write up my review once I have it!

I look forward to updating this page as I have read the books, and as I find more books! All of my added comments will be found in blue. Find out what I think after I read it!

Reference:

In Young Living, this is the most recommended reference book! Reference Guide for Essential Oils, 2017 Edition I can not tell you how you how excited I was to get this book!

I have not read the Oola books yet, but I think I need to. Oola for Women: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World–7 Key Areas of Life to Have Less Stress, More Purpose, and Reveal the Greatness Within You This is not out yet, but I did get Oola: Find Balance in an Unbalanced World

Essential Oils for a healthier life!

  • Essential Oils For Weight Loss: Your Guide To Kickstart Your Weight Loss With Essential Oils (weight loss strategies, weight loss tips) (Volume 1) I loved this book! I got the ebook copy of it, and I do not see that offered any longer but I really did learn a lot from this book! I knew Lemon, Peppermint, and Grapefruit were great for weight management, but this taught me beyond those 3 oils!
  • Oil Pulling: Oil Pulling Therapy- Detoxify, Heal & Transform your Body through Oil Pulling (Natural Remedies, Oil Pulling, Oral Health, Coconut Oil, Oral Cleansing) This book was okay but I am not sure I am sold on oil pulling. If you want to learn more this is a great place to start.
  • Essential Oils for Dogs: Natural Remedies and Natural Dog Care Made Easy: Includes Essential Oils for Puppies and K9’s This is a good starting point for essential oils and pets, but I would not call this a reference book.
  • Essential Oils For Beginners: The Little Known Secrets to Essential Oils and Aromatherapy for Weight Loss, Beauty and Healing I am only halfway through this book and I am very happy with it! This is great for a beginner and someone who wants to learn more about essential oils. Pull out pen and paper you will want to take notes!

Gardening Books:

  • Container Gardening For Dummies I bought a hard copy of this. I have not read it cover to cover yet, but I do love what I have read!
  • How to Grow Potatoes: Planting and Harvesting Organic Food From Your Patio, Rooftop, Balcony, or Backyard Garden (Booklet) I bought the Kindle version of this book. This book is for people who have never grow potatoes before. (That was me!) This book also has the plans for a great potato box. I think that is the box we are using this year too!

Young Living as a career!

No bad books, but not as exciting as others

  • Essential Oils: A Beginner’s Guide Revealing the Power of Essential Oils This book was not bad. It uses the British method of essential oils and I have different thoughts on that. (British says no internal use) Other than that is has some good basic info and good info for use of essential oils in beauty. I think I got a copy that was two books in one, and I was way less interested in the second book.
  • Aromatherapy and Essential Oils: A Beginners Guide (Lifestyle Guides Book 6) This book was not bad, at times it is a little overwhelming. It is worth the price if you can not afford a more complete book. Personally, I would save up and get a guide.
  • ESSENTIAL OILS:: Essential oils and Aromatherapy Healthy Recipes Guide for Weight Loss, Healing and Beauty (Essential Oils for Beginners, Healing, Stress Relief, Aromatherapy for all Occasions) This was a lot like any other beginner guides. It has good safety warnings, and great carrier oil info but past that the recipes are pretty average and the info about the oils is limited.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Using Essential Oils for Stress Reduction, Aromatherapy and Personal Care Pretty much like the other really basic books but it does touch briefly on essential oils and children. The other books do not even bring this up. I think this may also be a British Method book but I am not sure. One thing that bothered me is that it says to add oil to bath water. Oil and water don’t mix, you need a bath salt or something to mix with a bath.

Books I have but have not read yet!

Please note I have not read these yet, I can not say how good or bad they are yet, I honestly hope they are all good. I will update this as I read them!

Books that turned out to be disappointing:

  • 10 Essential Oils That Gave Me Freedom: How To Use Them And My Personal Story! (18 Non-Toxic Cleaning Recipes To Go Chemical-Free with Essential Oils Book 2) This turned out to be a big sales pitch for doTerra. I would like to point out I do not have a problem with doTerra but I am not happy that this book is $2.99 for something you can learn for free on many blogs or an oil 101.
  • Essential Oils: A Guide to Improving Your Mental Well-Being with Essential Oils Over priced for VERY basic info. This one is not worth your time or money.