Living, Natural living

Au Naturel

There is a movement across the country (that I wish had more momentum) of going green, organic, or natural. And while all of these things are great, they mean something different from person to person and house to house. So this is my best explanation of what living natural is for our household.

To simplify, our goal is to be aware of the things that we place inside, on, and around our bodies. We aren’t able to purchase everything in our home as natural or organic, but we try to educate ourselves and our children about what items pose the most risk to our health and therefore, can live without.

Our skincare and hygiene products are, to the best of my knowledge, natural or mostly natural or organic. Some of my facial products are 97% natural, and I’ve used something that was 81% organic in the past. Our soaps, deodorants, toothpaste, and shampoo are from sources that say they are natural, but I can’t verify the truth behind their statements. Our hair conditioner, lotion bars, and hair moisturizer are whipped up by yours truly. So we know what and how much of each ingredient goes into those products.

The kids and I spend the bulk of our time in our home, so the products that we use to clean and maintain it are natural cleaners. Many of them are purchased, but some are cheaply and easily handmade. (Vinegar and baking soda can be your friends!)

This is an overall idea of what we consider to be a natural lifestyle. There are more factors, like supplements, medication, and energy that I didn’t mention, but I hope you get the idea of what we are trying to achieve. And yes, there has to be a certain level of trust that our sources are honest about what they are selling to us. I find this to just be another factor that we have to deal with in this life; and hopefully, I can help and encourage you to make natural choices in your life.

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