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How to Detox Your Beauty Sleep with Natural Bedding

One important aspect of beauty is good beauty sleep. It doesn’t matter what you put on your skin, how much water you drink, what your diet is, if you’re not getting good rest your skin and your body will show it. Recently, my husband and I upgraded our bedding in preparation for the birth of our second child. We wanted to make sure that every item we purchased was made with 100% natural materials, not only because they’re long-lasting but because we wanted to rest easy knowing we weren’t spending hours each night surrounded by toxins. What's Wrong with “Regular” Bedding? When our first child was a newborn she slept in our bed and we noticed some mornings she’d wake up with a slight...

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Our Favorite Personal Care Hacks | Live Sustainably

Our sustainability series continues this week with some of our favorite tips and hacks for personal care items.  I know what you're thinking, making the change to living more sustainably isn't something that happens overnight, or even within a couple weeks of sheltering in place.  The real reason we're continuing with this topic so extensively is because we know this time has been eye-opening for many.  The norm is to just hop on over to the nearest store to effortlessly get any item you could possibly need for cheap. We never realized that many basic items we need are things we can rather easily make ourselves.  Our challenge to you is to try a few of the following suggestions, or come up with your...

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9 Basic Ingredients that Can Clean Your Whole House | Live Sustainably

Starting to run out of some of your household items? Don't panic, you can make most everything you need with just a few basic ingredients that you may already have on hand, such as:  Sea salt Lemons (can chop and freeze) Baking soda Washing soda Soap nuts 0% Superfat soap bars White vinegar (or apple cider vinegar) Hydrogen peroxide Fresh/dried herbs/hydrosols (lavender/mint/thyme) Laundry Detergent The last time we bought laundry detergent was over a year and a half ago. We’ve been using soap nuts instead, even throughout cloth diapering and ranch living! They're an ultra cheap alternative that you can buy in bulk on Amazon (and it’ll last you years and is super easy to travel with). To help you overcome the...

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10 Steps to a More Sustainable Kitchen | Live Sustainably

Now that we've got you fed and well-nourished from last week's Live Sustainably blog, let's talk kitchen gear. How do you reduce waste and make your cookware last you for years to come?  Hint: it's not by buying the cheap plastic spatulas, the 50-piece set of plastic tupperware and the latest in non-stick pans. It may require an investment in fewer, high-quality items that will serve you well for years to come.  Let's get started:  1. Get Lots of Freezer Space. This tip is key and, if you have an Instant Pot, you can truly spare yourself many last-minute grocery trips! While it does take some extra energy to run the freezer, the gas and time it saves running to the store...

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15 Ways to Minimize Your Grocery Trips! | Live Sustainably

Welcome to our Live Sustainably series!  While grocery shortages are sweeping the country, we're surprised to find ourselves rather well equipped.  Why? Because we live in the country, 20 miles from the nearest grocery store. Learning to live sustainably was a lifestyle that was forced on us awhile ago. We’re used to freezing milk, making our own bread and planning a month’s worth of meals in one grocery store trip. So, since we know this may be a new way of life for many people, we thought we’d share some tips in hopes that it will help others get through this time with as few grocery store outings as possible. We’ll cover food, kitchenware, household items, toiletries, baby essentials, etc. in the next...

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