Thursday, May 15, 2014

Taking "Green" Time for Myself-Natural Living Blog Carnival

Welcome to the May 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Moms.
This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby through the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are talking about how they take time to care for themselves. Stop by all of the posts to get green ideas on how you can take better care of yourself .
            Hey folks! I'm excited to be participating in this month's Natural Living Blog Carnival for the first time! This month's theme is "Green Moms" and you will find lots of different blog posts in the linky below on how other naturally minded moms make "green" time for themselves.
            The first thing that popped in my head for this month's theme was our bath and body products. My husband and I have made DRASTIC changes to what personal hygiene products we use since our daughter was born, including making our own!
            While there are some amazing products for sale out there that really are true to their natural/organic labeling, we quickly became disgruntled by how many products that claim to be made with all natural ingredients really aren't. So, we began making our own! And let me tell you, you might be surprised by how easy and cost effective it can be! Many of our products contain ingredients that we A) already had on hand, such as baking soda and essential oils or B) were relatively cheap to buy.
            All of our hand soaps, cleaning sprays, body wash, and even shampoo bars and fizzy bath bombs we make ourselves. There's nothing quite like knowing exactly what we're putting on our bodies and where it came from! Talk about peace of mind. I love that we're no longer exposing ourselves to toxic chemicals.
Left: Shampoo Bars
Right: Fizzy Bath Bombs
You can also find our items for sale in our Etsy shop HERE.

            Another natural change I've made to my daily hygiene regimen is using honey as a "face wash". I SO wish I would have done this sooner! It originally started out as an experiment of sorts on my blog at the beginning of this year. I wanted to find out for myself if honey was really as magical as everyone claimed it was. I've had bad skin since high school and I will admit I still have some trouble spots, but using raw honey has definitely helped my face clear up! If you ever decide to try this for yourself, be sure you use the raw, unpasteurized honey, otherwise it won't contain all of the "good stuff", such as antioxidants.

Visit Happy Mothering and Crunchy Farm Baby to learn more about participating in next month’s Natural Living Blog Carnival! Please take some time to enjoy the posts our other carnival participants have contributed:


  1. I've never heard of using raw honey as a facial scrub! I'm going to try that!

  2. I have never tried using honey as a face wash. I always have local raw honey on hand, so I'll have to give that a try!

  3. I loooove honey on my skin. It is so good for you!

  4. Oh, do you have the recipe for your shampoo bars on your blog? I've been looking for a good one!

    1. I don't, actually, but I can send it to you if you like? My husband is actually the one who makes it, so I can get it from him when he gets home from work. :)

  5. I love that you found a way to make your own! I hope to start making my own personal care items someday! :)

  6. Great posts indeed. Using DIY things for personal needs is really thrifty and usually healthy. Thank you very much for sharing.