The Sweetest Thing

A few months ago in an ongoing quest for perfect, supermodel skin I tried cutting sugar from my diet.  I did some research which showed that the androgen hormone, which is linked to insulin, can cause breakouts. Unfortunately, the only true fact I’ve learned in my 15+ year quest for skin like the Noxema girl’sContinue reading “The Sweetest Thing”

My Chemical Reaction

My initial interest in toxic-free products and foods was fueled by my realization that there were so many potentially harmful chemicals in the foods and products I was consuming on a daily basis.  Have you noticed recently that some products you pick up have a label that say something like, “formulated without sulfates, parabens, petrochemicals,Continue reading “My Chemical Reaction”

You’ve Got Mail

Every time I check my tiny mailbox, I am amazed at how many retail catalogs the poor postman has to stuff in there every day. When I yank them out, I feel like I’m watching a shtick with a clown car.  They just keep coming and coming!  And I never even requested one of them.Continue reading “You’ve Got Mail”

It’s A Wrap: Why Reusable Gift Bags are Better than Wrapping Paper

With the holiday season here, I’m most of the way through packaging up gifts for my loved ones. At this time of year (and let’s be honest, starting at Halloween) beautiful holiday wrapping paper is on sale everywhere you turn. It’s tempting to buy a few rolls every year. However, by noon on Christmas DayContinue reading “It’s A Wrap: Why Reusable Gift Bags are Better than Wrapping Paper”

Recipe: Homemade Chex Mix

I could probably live without sugar and sweet desserts, but I definitely COULD NOT give up salty snacks.  A movie theater trip without popcorn is hardly worth it.  And if I feel the urge to binge on horrible, processed junk food it’s Cheetos or Doritos that call to me.  Because I know this about myself IContinue reading “Recipe: Homemade Chex Mix”

The Plastic Problem

Learning more about toxic-free living has heightened my awareness of how much plastic I use and waste every day.  It’s in everything from Metro transit cards to sandwich baggies to bottles of soap and beauty products.  So I’m trying to cut back on plastic for two main reasons… BPA It wasn’t until I started seeing products beingContinue reading “The Plastic Problem”

Recipe: Cranberry Orange Smoothie

Growing up, I loved pulling bags of frozen fruit out of the freezer and dropping handfuls into the food processor with milk to make a sweet, frozen snack.  I still love smoothies but my M.O. has changed a bit. I freeze big bags of seasonal fruit, from berries to peaches. Every couple of weeks, IContinue reading “Recipe: Cranberry Orange Smoothie”

Detoxing My Daily Routine

Have you ever thought about your daily routine and how much of it exposes you to some sort of chemical?  Think about waking up in the morning and getting ready for the day.  What are the ingredients in your shampoo, soap, lotion and toothpaste?  What about in your make-up?  Do you prepare coffee or teaContinue reading “Detoxing My Daily Routine”