• Dry Brushing: What, How, and Why

    I remember being 8 years old and receiving a dry brush for my birthday, along with some fabulous smelling all natural body scrubs, soaps, and lotions. At the time I had no clue what dry brushing was. The brush looked, to me, like a hairbrush with an extra long handle! I kept it in my bathroom along with all of the other bath goodies I had received. Fast forward quite a few years and I now have a thorough understanding of the human body’s anatomy and physiology. With that, I can appreciate that body brush that I received so many years ago and wish I had used as more than…

  • Easy Risotto Recipe

    I remember before I made risotto for the first time. The idea of making risotto elicited fear in me. I was convinced that only restaurant chefs should be making risotto. So today I am going to share an easy risotto recipe with you. Honestly, though, I had never tasted risotto before I decided to make it one day. See most restaurant risotto’s use a chicken stock for flavor. Since I don’t eat things made with meat stock, that meant I wasn’t going to have risotto. That was until I finally tried making risotto. Once I made risotto one time, I realized how simple it really is and I’ve been making…

  • Cleaning With Essential Oils

    I have been making my own homemade household cleaners for over 15 years. Growing up I knew the house was being mopped from the distinct smell of white vinegar wafting through the air. My mother didn’t purchase a name brand floor cleaner, instead, she stuck to the basics. So once I had my own home, I too mopped with vinegar. But then I got curious. If vinegar could clean my floor what else could it do? So I started looking into how I could make my own cleaners. It made sense to learn more. At that point in my life, I had been avoiding putting chemicals on my body and in…

  • LED Light Bulbs: Why You Should Use Them

    How high was your energy bill last month? Have you been thinking about ways you could help the environment and your pocketbook? Have you thought about switching your light bulbs to ENERGY STAR certified LED bulbs? Why not take the pledge today, and make that change! Not All LED Lightbulbs Are Created Equally I’m sure you have seen the bright blue ENERGY STAR logo on products as you peruse through your favorite stores. That bright blue star means that product has met the strict certification process set forth by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Sure you can pick up a pack of LED light bulbs that are not ENERGY STAR certified…

  • Your deodorant can be harming your body. Learn what 10 ingredients you need to avoid in deodorant and get some alternatives. | simplywellfamily.com #natural #deodorant #toxinfree #safecosmetics

    Deodorant: 10 Ingredients You Need To Avoid

    I know there are plenty of scare tactics out there regarding why you need to do this or that. The truth is, you need to be doing what works for you. However, one change I would urge you to consider is switching to natural deodorant. Over 90% of Americans are using deodorant daily. That’s a lot of us. But what you may not realize is that the deodorant you’re using may be hurting you. Aside from that, you may also be using an antiperspirant, which is harmful as well. The Difference Between Deodorant and Antiperspirant Most people buy a deodorant/antiperspirant combination product. The truth is the two of different products.…