Toxin Free Moisturizers

Video 3 in our “Toxin Free Home” Series talks about moisturizers and sunscreen.  We smear these products onto our largest organ, aka our skin.  And what goes on our skin goes into our bodies. 


Unfortunately, some of the main ingredients in both moisturizers and sunscreens are known carcinogens, endocrine disruptors (2), and allergens, as well as toxic to our reproductive systems.  Eek!

The cosmetic industry is highly unregulated, if you’re wondering how it’s legal that all of these things are in our personal care products.

Thankfully, there are some great, natural options out there. 

Products Used: 

Now Organic Jojoba Oil

Acure Organic Argan Oil (pricier, but worth buying once for the awesome jar it comes in.  Makes a great travel bottle.)

Goddess Garden Spray Sunscreen

Black Friday.

"Black Friday is the day we trample people for things we don't need, the day after being thankful for what we have." —@stevenamcqueen

Ironic isn't it?

While I don't go anymore, I do have one good memory from black Friday.  My father and I headed to Lowe's at 5am to get a ShopVac he'd had his eye on.  They were practically giving it away.  We got the vacuum and he still uses it to this day, 10 years later. But here's the thing, the prize wasn't the doorbuster deal, it was spending time with him.

My wish for today is that before heading off to stand in line you ask yourself a few questions:

Where am I going to put it?

Is it really a good deal, or is it something of inferior quality?

What is the true cost of this item if you add in the time it takes to get it, the stress of waiting in line, the interest you'll pay if you put it on a credit card and the effort it will take to eventually dispose of it?

Is it something you need or at least have wanted for a long time?

Is it something that's filling a void that could be better filled by going for a walk or watching a funny movie?

Instead of buying more stuff, could you spend the money on someone in need?

Could you create a memory with a loved one instead?   


Be strong out there! xo



Toxin Free Bathing

Video 2 in The Simplified Life's "Toxin Free Home" series. 

We're back with the second installment!  Here's the complete list of products mentioned:

Products Used Daily:

Chagrin Valley Soap & Salve shampoo bar - $8.65 - I use the Butterbar as it also has conditioners in it.  I recommend trying a few of their sample size bars to find the one that suits your hair type.  

Good Soap by Alaffia - $2.65 - this particular soap from them only seems to be available at Whole Paycheck, er...Foods

C.O. Bigelow’s Mach 3 razor base - $79 or $49 depending on model - I may have called this a Mach 5 in the video.  Oopsie.

The shampoo bar can also be used as a body and shaving soap if you really want to simplify your shower routine.  At almost $9 a bar though, I tend to only do that when I’m on vacation and only want to bring one bar of soap with me. doesn’t leak in my suitcase!

Used Occasionally:

Dr. Bronner’s peppermint soap.  

Apple Cider Vinegar Rinse to keep your locks luscious

So to sum it up, less than $12 worth of natural soap bars replaces about $50 worth of my former products.  (Shampoo, conditioner, shower gel, shave gel, face wash, facial exfoliator, body exfoliator)

For some light reading on chemicals in shampoo, check out the Environmental Working Group (EWG)’s blog.

Toxin Free Laundry

Hi there! I started a new YouTube series to share some of the clean, green, toxin removing tips I've learned.  We're starting with laundry.  

Why fewer toxins?  Well, it's been well documented that environmental toxins can contribute to cancer, autism, and mood disorders, among other things

Video 1: Clean & Green Laundry tips

I hope you enjoy it!  


It's been a hell of a month.  Lyme disease diagnosis.  Mold in our apartment.  Lots of health stuff to wade through.  

Since I've been off work while recuperating, I've had a lot of time to reflect.  At first I was feeling sorry for myself, but then it really started to hit me.  Sick or not, Lyme or not...I'm home, in a nice place, with the means to get better.

We. Are. So. Lucky.  

You know that, right?  Did you see Haiti?  Cause...whoa...  

There is a lot of scary stuff going on in the world. But we are HERE, in the United States.  Able to pursue our passions and health.  That's rare.  It may not seem like it when we have a steady diet of Keeping Up With the Kardashians and Real Housewives of Wherever telling us we need a new purse/car/house/husband/life, but, we are RICH. Please recognize that.  And please help if you can.

The holiday season is coming.  What if we voted with our dollars and showed that there are more important things than getting the newest widget. Heifer International.  Charity Water. The Hope Effect. Samaritan House.  All great organizations that put our dollars to use making a lasting change in someone's life.

If you called me to work with me it's most likely because you have too much stuff.  What a problem to have.  I'm not discounting how utterly frustrating it can be to have too much.  It is. I've been there. I feel you. But in the scheme of things, we are so blessed, we have that excess stuff because we have excess money to buy it with and a home to put it in. So. Lucky. </rant>

Ok, sorry to go all deep on you.  Here's a picture of kittens: