Archive | March, 2014

A little at a time

So many things these days are BAD for you it is overwhelming when you try to make a change.  So, last year, we resolved to do a little at a time and just take on one area at once…and it has been working!

We started with FOOD.  I am so grateful that Wes and Rand have taken up healthy eating habits too.  Wes even reads labels and looks for organic when he is picking up things for us at the grocery store and I’m so grateful.  Better yet, he even now knows what to avoid now and does it!

Next up was products…we cleaned out the shower and bathroom cabinets and replaced it all with Beautycounter.  That was easy, once we found it.  Now I can’t get enough!

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Following beauty products was home/cleaning products.  We are about 75% done with a few bits of research for me still to do (I may possibly be part germaphobe…), but dish detergent, laundry detergent, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, etc. is switched over.  We went with Honest, Shaklee and homemade recipes for most things.

Now we have moved on to our kitchen and have cleaned out all our scratched teflon pans and replaced them with stainless steel.  I got rid of all our plastic cups that were questionable and am researching the ones that claim to be safe – although it is looking like it will have to be glass or stainless.  Over the next week I hope to go through each cabinet and drawer and make any other switches needed.  We are also going to need 1 or 2 more pots/pans because I got rid of most of the ones we had and already had two dishes to prepare that both needed the same pan…

We do have a keurig, but it may need to retire when I finish my decision making on what stays/what goes.  Apparently all those little k-cups are a massive trash issue and, as we all knew, expensive.

On a positive note, something cool happened today!  After being inspired by a friend who has great ideas, we gathered up all the paint we had in our garage and posted it on our online garage sale facebook group.  Within 1 hour 11 people asked for it and it was out of our garage within 3 hours of posting it this morning.  We thought we’d have to wait until the next toxic trash collection day (Only 2 a year here) and instead, someone is able to put it all to use for their home and business.  It was encouraging.  And so are those empty, clean cabinets in our garage!

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If you haven’t already

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Go check out (and enter!) the giveaway I’m sponsoring over on the fabulous blog of Sarah Tucker.   1 day left to enter to win the following:  cute striped makeup bag, the body collection (shampoo, cond, bodywash, lotion) and a peppermint lip balm!  Also, if you don’t already read Sarah Tucker Styles, check out her blog you will just love her thoughts and personal style!

If you are interested in building a personal business or joining the mission email me: & read more about the mission here!

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Liking lately…

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1.  This new children’s collection by Jessie Mackay.  A few of these paintings mix/matched would make the sweetest collection in a nursery or “big girl/boy room” –  When Rand was born, a family member offered to buy him something special for his nursery and we chose a piece of art – specifically a horse drawing!  He’s already outgrown his crib and changing table, but his horse sketch he can use in his own home forever – thankfully, that day isn’t here yet!

2.  New recipes I’ve tried out:  This fried olive recipeThis roasted cauliflower recipeThis Miso Wonton Soup recipe (p.s. you can find the cilantro chicken wontons at…Food Lion!  In the frozen organic section!  I used White Miso, from our local natural foods store)

3.  Getting ready for spring/summer…this rashguard and these shoes!

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4.  The #3 Lustro Face Oil  – Ylang Ylang and Wild Chamomile, from Beautycounter.  With my acne-prone skin I would have never guessed putting an oil on my face would work so well!  I find myself looking forward to washing my face and then applying each morning and each night (and maybe I’ll sneak another drop or so during the day…)

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5.  FROZEN! Rand’s been home sick all week with a fever and croup.  While I hate seeing him sick, Wes and I have both enjoyed lots of extra snuggles.  Yesterday, while Wes was at work, Rand and I fixed ice cream cones (his idea) and watched Frozen for the first time, my idea.  It was really cute, although I would warn, for parents of other young children it is rated PG (we try to stick to G around here as much as possible) and it had 2 scary scenes with a giant snowman monster, but we just fast forwarded that part!

Also, if you haven’t seen this, probably the best lip sync job ever…clever, clever parents:

Happy Weekend!


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Beautycounter: safe skincare


Over the last year, we’ve really improved our eating habits here in the Smith house and made a resolution to make the same renovation in the products we use on our bodies.  In my search to find a safe shampoo & conditioner (ones that would also be effective and not require using a handful just to get a good lather…) I stumbled upon Beautycounter.  After trying the products and falling in love with the mission of the company, I decided to join the movement to get safe products into the hands of everyone!

Check out my site here and, of course, feel free to ask questions or let me know if you’d like to try anything!

Beautycounter also offers a great opportunity to start your own business – one where you can put in as little or as much time as you’d like.  I have learned so much and would be happy to share my thoughts on the biz side of it all with you if you’re interested. Just contact me.


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