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A world of language info-graph 

The miracle of a seed

Who wins??

You can see amazing things anywhere, if you look

Important to consider when buying new fashion

It’s definitely soup weather!!

Or PASTA!!! 

“That could be me”

Travel by photo…

Skin Care & Cleaning Products I use {updated}

One of the most common questions I get is “what do you use….?”. Because everyone knows if I’m okay with it, it’s probably pretty safe stuff! 

If it’s not listed here, I’m not using it. This year we’ve combined uses of many things to keep it simple. I’ve tried to note things that get used to multiple things… 

We have stopped using Seventh Generation completely this year. As a pioneer in natural cleaning products, it was disappointing to see them sell out to the big corporation Unilever. And shortly thereafter they added 2 chemical preservatives to their dish soap. That was enough for us. 

I still use the EWG’s Skin Deep data base to check ingredients I’m not familiar with. Just because a product is free of things I’m allergic to, doesn’t mean it’s free of harmful ingredients, and I prefer to keep away from all harmful things!

Hair & Body

Body Lotion: Aveeno Skin Relief 24 Hr Lotion

Face Lotion: same as body 

Soap: homemade bar soap by my mother (Leaning Ladder Farm) (also a laundry pre-treat)

Face Mask: Bentonite Clay mixed with apple cider vinegar (mix to make a paste)

Shampoo: Shea Moisture Coconut & Hibiscus Shampoo 

Conditioner: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner 

Styling Products: Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie, Shea Moisture Curl & Style Milk, or Shea Moisture Curling Gel. Homemade oil with essential oils for morning refresh. 

Shaving: Shea Moisture Raw Shea Restorative Conditioner and Dollar Shave Club razors (The 4X) for my PB. I’ve had to greatly reduce shaving as my skin can’t handle the damage. I use the same or this Panasonic Electric Shaver

Chapstick: Burt’s Bees Honey Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees. I’ve not had problems with it, so it seems they at this point continue to use real essential oils)

Household

Laundry Soap: Molly’s Suds Laundry Powder 

Dish Soap: Planet Dishwashing Liquid

Hand Soap: Dr Bronner’s Castile Soap in a foaming soap dispenser

We also have and use vinegar, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. 

Makeup

I’ve only used these items once in the last year, so there is no guarantee I could use them regularly.

Foundation: Bare Minerals Original Foundation

Blush: Bare Minerals Blush

Mascara: Real Purity mascara

Lips: Honeybee Garden Natural Lipstick OR Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm (If I ignore the “natural flavor” ingredient in Burt’s Bees)


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Some highlights from the week. 

A great winter veggie profiled

We’ve been on an oatmeal breakfast kick

My Etsy shop went live this week!

Better scrambled eggs 

Inspiring legacy 

A better way to do New Year’s resolutions 

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