Going Green

Which “Green” Products are Worth the Extra Cost?

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2012 | 20 comments

Now days, it seems like there is a new “green”, “natural”, “organic”, and/or “eco-friendly” alternative for every product on the market — and the main difference I see between these “green” products and the other “regular” products is the price! “Green” products ALWAYS seem to be more expensive!

I honestly don’t have enough information to know when it’s just a marketing ploy or when it’s “for real” — so I’m wondering what your thoughts are about paying more for “green”?

Homemade Shower Cleaner

posted by Andrea | 02/1/2012 | 220 comments

A few weeks ago, I shared how I keep our showers clean in about 10 minutes a month. I mentioned that although I try to use mostly homemade cleaners in and around our house, I still hadn’t found a great homemade cleaner for the shower.

Well, after that, I got a bunch of emails with different “recipes” for homemade shower cleaner; and although I was skeptical, I decided to try a few of them out. After experimenting these past 2 weeks (yes, our shower is now extremely clean) I’ve picked my favorite… and it’s REALLY simple!!

Weekend Giveaway: $50 Soy Candle Gift Card {2 Winners}

posted by Andrea | 12/9/2011 | 128 comments

Because we’re smack in the middle of the crazy holiday season, I thought it would be a perfect time to giveaway some delicious {and totally gorgeous} candles from Pure Integrity — a company that specializes in super high-quality soy candles.

Come enter to win a $50 gift certificate for these stunning candles!

Weekend Giveaway: Spa Mountain Naturals Gift Set

posted by Andrea | 09/23/2011 | 65 comments

I’m super excited to share the “delicious” and totally natural Spa Mountain Naturals products with you today… and to offer a fun giveaway basket to one lucky reader!

I’ve been using the Spa Mountain products for several weeks now and can already tell a difference in my skin and my hair — and I just know you’ll love them as much as I do.

Our New Shower, and My Homemade Shower Products

posted by Andrea | 08/22/2011 | 43 comments

It’s been awhile since I’ve posted any pictures of our bathroom renovations. We’ve made TONS of progress, but after working on projects all day long, I really don’t feel like taking pictures and blogging about them all night long! However, I’m super excited to show you a few pictures of the brand new, walk-in shower in our master bathroom… and to share a few more of my homemade shower products {they are SO SIMPLE to make!} Ok, so let’s start with the […]

Make Your Own Lotion, SunBlock, and More

posted by Andrea | 07/19/2011 | comment

Remember a few weeks ago, during my Birthday Giveaway Week, when I talked about MadeOn Hard Lotion? Their lotion bars and other homemade products are some of my new favorites! A few of the reasons I’m hooked on their products is because they are all-natural, totally organic, and they don’t have a strong fragrance. But now I have yet another reason to be a super fan — because the founder, Renee Harris, is sharing her recipes with anyone who wants to […]

Birthday Giveaway #21: MadeOn Skin Care $50 Credit

posted by Andrea | 06/17/2011 | 229 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #11: BabyBearShop Organic Toiletries

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2011 | 184 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

Birthday Giveaway #4: Prairieland Herbs $50 Credit

posted by Andrea | 06/13/2011 | 316 comments

Welcome to my Huge Birthday Giveaway Celebration!! Instead of receiving gifts this year, I’ve decided to give YOU an opportunity to win a bunch of awesome products I currently use and love.  I’ve partnered with 26 amazing companies to offer 26 different giveaways for my 26th birthday. There will be multiple giveaways every day from June 13-18 — so make sure you come back! You will be able to find all 26 Birthday Week Giveaways here — just keep scrolling down to view them […]

22 Simple Ways to “Go Green” for Earth Day

posted by Andrea | 04/22/2011 | 6 comments

Today is Earth Day! And on Earth Day we’re supposed to be more “green”, more eco-friendly, etc. However, I often get overwhelmed with the whole “going green” thing because I see others who are doing so much more than what I’m doing. It takes time and effort to live a “green” lifestyle — and I don’t always have time and effort to give! But over that past couple of years, I have taken several very simple steps to redue our […]

Natural Beauty Products + Giveaway!

posted by Andrea | 03/3/2011 | 77 comments

This giveaway is now closed. Congrats to Jenny: “Wow…thanks so much for introducing us to this great company. I will most definitely be purchasing products from them in the near future. And hands down, the first product I want to try is the shampoo bars! Thanks again!” You should receive an email from me shortly !! Remember how I wanted to switch to more natural and organic beauty products? Well, I found a company who specializes in just that! A friend recently told […]

Homemade Facewash — The Oil Cleansing Method

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2011 | 165 comments

A few months ago, I decided I wanted to try homemade cleaning and beauty products. I started small, by replacing a few of my cleaning products with vinegar {I’ll talk more about this later}. Then I started using vinegar and safety pins as an alternative to fabric softener. However, the one homemade product I’m most excited about is my homemade face wash. The Oil Cleansing Method Yup, we’re washing our face with oil — which I know sounds absolutely ridiculous. But believe it […]

A Laundry Experiment — 10 Ways to Reduce Static Cling

posted by Andrea | 02/14/2011 | 73 comments

Over the past several weeks I’ve noticed our clothes seem to have lots of static cling. We’ve literally been “shocking” ourselves everytime we get dressed! I didn’t know if it was the new house, the new furnace, the new washer and dryer, or just dry West Michigan winter weather…but I knew it needed to change. So, I conducted a little laundry experiment… What is Static Cling? The following is a direct quote from WhatIsStaticCling.com: “Static cling is a property of substances […]

Natural vs. Organic — What’s the Difference?

posted by Andrea | 08/16/2010 | comment

“Natural” and “organic” are two words we see nearly everywhere we go now days. Whether you’re at the grocery store, your favorite resturant, a department store, or even a hardware store; these two words are bound to show up. However, the terms “natural” and “organic” are not interchangeable. Much to my surprise, the terms “natural”, “all natural”, and “100% natural” don’t mean a thing! We have been trained to look for natural and organic products and are probably willing to […]