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Coconut Shells Activated Charcoal = Pearly Whites

This was my awesome weekend project that was quick, easy, painless, and totally effective, this is now on our MUST do list every weekend, amazing stuff! This video was cute and fun too, check it out if you are adventurous and want a fun guide when applying. Seriously super clean white teeth!

 

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Laundry Soap-What’s In Those Suds???

An aquatic animal of some sort

An aquatic animal of some sort (Photo credit: jennsdesigns)

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It is my New Year’s resolution to get more of this info out to readers, however, I am writing super quick snippet and knowingly won’t have time to spellcheck so bear with me because it is important information regarding commonly used items. Laundry soap, dishsoap, dishwashing detergents although used all the time are NOT required to list all actual ingredients, keep this in mind when washing clothes for young babies, your kids, or those with cancer or those that don’t want cancer.

Soapwort or Soaproot are sudsy natural plants you can find in a walk in the woods. They provide the best, safest, cleaning with no side effects or water contamination. The name SOAP was given to these plants from Native Americans who knew the benefits to all the plants around them. The plants still exist, still work so artificial sudzing is not even necessary nor healthy for your body or the environment. Foaming “action” does not mean clean, it means exactly that, it causes slurry of chemical FOAM. Who hasn’t seen it in the ocean waves, or in a nearby water sources? It’s surely NOT cleaning the water supply or summer swimming lakes! 

According to the most recent research, man-made spliced and diced chemicals provide NO benefit to any water, person, plant or animal other than it FOAMS A LOT, degreases, and leaves a chemical trail from the shampoo bottle it started in to the water children swim in during the summer. It’s too late for all the fish they have been dumping this crap in the waters for well over 60 years continuously.  If you knew what was in your dish, laundry or shampoo, you would never use it on yourself, nor your child and if you don’t feel guilty after bathing your newborn with these bad boys than please leave this page now! This is serious, disgusting info from the suppliers and chemists themselves.

Sadly, Dove, Arm and Hammer, Softsoap, Pantene, Era, Tide, Dawn etc, etc, are NOT required to label their chemical contents (so everyone thinks they MUST be okay no this should be a RED FLAG for shopping Mom’s or consumers)

If you don’t know what is in your soap or food, WHY on Earth would you BUY it? It is not okay to be ignorant about these companies, you are paying for their elaborate salaries and garage full of luxury cars while they are laughing at the idiots using car degreaser on their kids. Seriously, it’s that messed up.

Plants that sud naturally are harmless, but natural is NEVER USED IN SOAP so SOAP is not even the proper name for Laundry, Dishwasher “liquid”, or whatever’s in your pump by your sink. There is NO SOAP from SOAPWORT or SOAPROOT extract in your detergents, it is ALL CHEMICAL BLENDS, names like  sodium lauryl sulphate, phosphate esters, ammonia salts.

SURFACTANTS is what they put on their labels but does anyone doing the wash actually know what these are or where they came from? Surfactants are a multi-billion dollar chemical industry. It’s a lesson in chemistry that cannot be covered in one page but rather send quick post out than see this ridiculous  unchanged and unlabeled business continue to deceive and profit.

Laundry, dish, shampoo, hand”soap” should really  be called out by their chemical names for instance-polyethoxylated products, Alkane Sulfonates, Carboxylates,  Quaturnary Ammonium Salts, sodium lauryl sulphate, phosphate esters, nitrosamines that are WELL DOCUMENTED to cause cancers (which get right through your skin with all these fake chemical suds). Oh and here is for your dishes! Benzene, yummy-sodium alkyl benzene sulphonate, let’s eat. There is really too many to list tonight but get the word out. This stuff is not used in my house and I am extremely mindful of any bottle that I didn’t make myself from real plants and healthy oils.

This sentence may be on all labels in the future for these toxic slurries of foam ….” Chemically man-made ingredients that penetrate all fish, amphibians, and species that live in water, such as aquatic animals whether it be salt or fresh water, including infants and children and pets and anyone who swims or baths in water.” BEWARE!

There are so many more great quotes and sites with all the harm they cause, do a little research yourself before you buy another bottle of Herbal Essence or Era Plus (plus fertility issues or cancers), or All (All chemical crap). I promise if you knew what was in most of your bottles right now, you would never use them again. Try to go chemical free for your kids sake or family, skin is the most absorbent layer of all human beings. READ YOUR LABELS, KNOW WHAT GOES IN and what may never come out of your bodies!

Most surfactants are more or less toxic to aquatic organisms due to their surface activity which will react with the biological membranes of the organisms.  The biological degradability varies according to the nature of the carbohydrate chain. Generally the linear chains are more readily degradable than branched chains.  Also the toxic effects vary with the chain structure. Generally an increase of the chain length in the range of 10 to 16, leads to an increase in toxicity to aquatic organisms. http://www.ecoproperties-forum.dk/detergents/index_files/Page718.htm

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Thanksgiving Left-Overs the Veggie Part

Cross section of celery stalk, showing vascula...

Cross section of celery stalk, showing vascular bundles, which include both phloem and xylem. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Don’t forget to juice or blend yourself a healthy drink with any left-over veggies, fruits or herbs. Fresh produce is not a favorite for turkey day but they are the most important choice during every meal. Vegetables and fruit lose their flavor and important, unique anti-oxidants in 2-5 days if left to wither in the bottom bins (with the exception of apples which can do well for months in the fridge).

We are starting black Friday with a beet-blueberry-celery-spinach-dandelion green-apple smoothie…..maybe a banana or two as well. Your curiously cute  children will not turn down these delicious cool drinks especially if you add a little juice and/or a fancy curly straw served in a bright colored cup! Start your holidays off right with a nutritious adventure with your blender or juicer and those left-over goodies.  You will be ripe and ready to tackle all the seasons chaos ahead!

If your blender can crush ice it can also crush nuts so experiment if you want a creamier, heartier version. Cashews, pine nuts, and walnuts are excellent additions to a healthy breakfast or lunch smoothie in addition to strawberries, cranberries  and ripe bananas. Absolutely delicious and super filling!

 

 

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Blueberry Facial Time

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English: (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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I tried this facial a week ago and it only took a few blueberries and my favorite facial paintbrush to apply. I haven’t read much on blueberry being used in skin products but given it’s enormous antioxidant content I’m sure it’s great for the body both inside and outside. For $2.50 I had a healthy snack for the baby and I and my own homemade gel peel mask chock full of benefits. It hardens after about 5 minutes and easily washes off. One of the less messy experiments this year.

Mash and apply or if you really want a hero of a facial product add some plain yogurt to blender with blueberries and then apply to the face and neck for 20 minutes. Absolutely amazing! I will never buy over the counter scrubs, peels, lotions or face washes ever again. It’s just too easy and too good for your skin and way to economical to go back to factory made products, where most are Made in China. Protect your children’s skin and use homemade sugar scrubs and coconut oil and homemade DIY food masks, they’ll love it and have fun applying all the good, fresh ingredients.

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Moringa the Tree

There’s a beautiful tree that grows called Moringa. After doing some research I was amazed at is multiple uses, virtually every part of the tree can or is used for medicinal purposes. I’m hoping to see more people use this medicinal plant as it’s properties from root, to bark, to leaf, and seed are endless. If any reader has  been using it or enjoying it’s health benefits, please comment or send a message! There’s a great video on Moringa on YouTube, check it out. It’s sold as a powder in the states for smoothies or shakes. Hoping to see more of this super-plant in the near future! Here’s to health!

English: Malagasy Moringa (Moringa drouhardii ...

English: Malagasy Moringa (Moringa drouhardii / Moringaceae) growing in the Ghosh Grove, Rockledge, Florida, from a seed from Madagascar. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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CRANBERRY BLENDING & BALLING

The madness of being a  single mother, and acting as father, the teacher, the library, the cleaner, the laundry mat, the nurse, the electrician, the jungle gym, the plumber, the car mechanic and the maintenance man, I’ve managed to fit in my daily exotic recipes using my beloved blender. I was determined to get my holiday allowance of cranberries in regardless of working through the holidays just past. I love berries, but only when they are fresh or in a super potent vitamin formula.  I turned to my strong glass powered blender and threw in one fresh cranberry after another until it was just tart enough to tolerate yet still be banana-ice-creamy with bits of red speckles for color and some contrasting green flecks for the holiday post Christmas spirit!

Banana Guava Cranberry Spinach Smoothies Yum!

Handful of cranberries (rinse first and freeze the rest)

1/2 pack of Goya frozen guava pulp (about 1 cup)

Handful of spinach the more the merrier

1-2 Bananas (I use perfectly sweetened & ripened frozen bananas)

Water, soymilk, OR juice

BLEND~BLEND~BLEND

D-R-I-N-K

with a cute curly straw preferably

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