may 12

This weekend, don’t forget to carve out some time in your day to spend with your mom. It’s Mother’s Day, and she deserves to be honored and celebrated. Just because you’re an adult now, doesn’t mean that her life is stress free. Take the opportunity to relax, de-stress, and just pamper each other.

  • This is where having a steam shower comes in really handy. Treat your mom to a steam shower experience that includes a chromatherapy and an aromatherapy treatment.
  • Pull that jar of mayonnaise out of the fridge. You’re going to use it for something entirely different. Make sure that the mayonnaise is as natural, chemical-free, and organic as possible. Set it out on the counter to warm up to room temperature. When it’s ready, spread it all over your face (keep it away from your eyes). Leave it on for about 20 minutes. Mayonnaise is fabulous as a skin moisturizer.
  • Teabags have long been known as effective refreshers for tired eyes. Soak 4 chamomile tea bags in warm water. Press out the excess water. Place over your eyes, and let them soak for about 20 minutes.

After the facial, make your mom a fresh cup of tea or coffee and serve her some delectable treat. If you can, consider hiring a masseuse to come to your home and treat the two of you to a relaxing massage.

End the day with a gift. Give your mom a pretty basket filled with natural soap, skin cream, and pure cotton washcloths.

How are you planning on spending Mother’s Day?

 

May 10

I’ve only ever known one person who loved cleaning. She even loves cleaning the bathroom! I don’t know, maybe I’m the only one who doesn’t get excited about cleaning the bathroom. I’ll do it. But, I can’t say that I enjoy it. I do, however, thoroughly enjoy the result. There is little better than that fresh, sparkling clean look of a spotless bathroom.

Read: Pro Tip: Hiring A Bathroom Cleaning Service

Read: Top 5 Green Cleaning Solutions

So, if you’re anything like me, and you aren’t too keen on taking the time to clean the bathroom, I have some suggestions for you. The goal is to get through it as quickly as possible. An equally important goal is to do a great job so that the bathroom is perfectly clean. The key to making it happen is to break the job down into manageable parts. So, today, we clean the toilet.

Follow these steps:

  1. Pour about a cup of baking soda into the toilet bowl.
  2. Wet a microfiber cloth in plain water.
  3. Wipe the outside of the toilet tank and bowl with the microfiber cloth.
  4. Wipe the base of the toilet (that’s where dust always accumulates!).
  5. Wipe the lid and around the screws that hold the toilet bowl lid to the toilet bowl and the toilet seat.
  6. Don a pair of gloves.
  7. Grab a sponge or an old soft-bristled brush and scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Scrub up under the rim and right down as far as you can go down the drain portion.
  8. Dry all outer parts of the toilet with a clean, soft cotton cloth.

Voilà! Welcome to you super clean toilet. Now, you can clean the rest of the bathroom!

may 8

Here’s an idea: you don’t actually need to wash with soap. Think of how much you lather up in the shower every morning. What if you were to just … rinse? How would you feel?

Did you know that a lot of people choose to wash without soap every single day?

We’ve all been told that washing with soap and water is essential to keeping ourselves germ free. And I heartily agree that washing hands is absolutely important to minimizing the spread of disease and bad germs. So, whatever you may think about washing (or not washing) with soap, don’t stop using soap on your hands.

Many medical practitioners argue that coming into contact with a certain amount dirt and grime is actually a good thing. The idea is that it’s good for our immune systems to learn how to identify and repel microorganisms.

The bad side of soap is that it strips our skin of essential and natural oils and good bacteria. It’s not exactly great for the environment as it drips down the drain and, eventually, into the ecosystem.

So, if you’re ready to leave soap behind, there are actually lots of ways to get and stay clean without soap.

  • invest in a good cotton or bamboo washcloth
  • use a foot pumice to minimize odors and remove dead skin
  • moisturize with organic creams after the shower

One final tip… invest in a steam shower. Seriously. Spending just a few minutes in a steam shower will slough off any dirt and sweat and moisturize your skin completely.

Are you ready to drop the soap?