Do You Stay Hydrated?


I was just reading an article that stated that 75% of Americans suffer from dehydration! Most people don’t think much about this until Summer gets here. While we all should stay hydrated all of the time it is so especially important during the hot Summer 057Did you know that 60% of our bodies is composed of water? When people start to get a little weak or that they have a headache they think they just need to eat something. In reality most of the time they are simply dehydrated and need to drink. This article was saying that water is like oil to a machine. It is necessary for the body to digest and absorb vitamins and nutrients. It detoxifies  the liver and kidneys and carries waste away.Over time failure to drink enough water can contribute to a wide array of medical problems like fatigue, headaches, joint pain, weight gain, ulcers and even high blood pressure! 010The doctors in the article were also saying that unfortunately soda outsells water in the U.S. A lot of the drinks we consume do the opposite and dehydrate us rather than hydrate our bodies. Especially caffeinated drinks. If you don’t like the taste of water or think that it is just too bland on it’s own you can do like I do and add an array of herbs, fruits, and berries to it. One easy way to tell if you are needing to drink more water is to check your urine. If it is dark you are dehydrated. It should be light , kind of straw colored. Good news is that doctors say that dehydration is very easy and pretty quick to reverse. Just start hydrating by drinking at least 10 cups a water a day. Do you keep yourself hydrated by drinking water?007

It’s time to be enjoying all of the fun outdoor activities that Summer brings. Please be a label reader and make sure that if you use a bug repellent that you choose one without the harmful chemical Deet! I was reading that the FDA said that if you put a repellent with Deet in it on a child to wash it off after 30 minutes. That long and they have already absorbed it into their skin and bloodstream. Always look for a chemical and Deet free repellent. We have people from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Tennessee Department of Transportation and the Forestry department  using our Don’t Bug Me Balm telling us it’s the best repellent they have ever used. As of now it has been to 5 continents with testimonies of how no one in any of these groups were bitten! If you would like to check out this product more just click here 005We also have some beautiful Spring colors in our Crushed Earth Mineral Makeup009028006Check out these and all of our other  Natural organic chemical free products at  Eco Natural

Are You Ready For Spring?

Well we have had ice then snow then a thaw then more ice and 5 inches of snow on top of that ice!!  We live out in the country and have a long steep driveway. During the first ice and snow storm we weren’t able to get out for 8 days. Talk about cabin fever!I am sooooo ready for Spring!!I am ready for our garden to be planted.Ready to see Daffodils11-08-2010 851.Ready to be buying theseblog 467So we can be planting our garden!005Ready to be seeing some of the first signs of Spring. DAFFODILS!!blog 1771Ready to be picking fresh herbs from our herb garden.july 005Ready for beautiful warm Spring weather! What are you most looking forward to this Spring?

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Here in Tennessee we have had lots of snow which isn’t all that bad normally but the ice under the snow has not been good. The airport in Nashville has been pretty much shut down for three days now. I hope that where you are living that you are having  much better weather in your area!007In our home we use LOTS of lemons. We put them in our water, tea, salad dressings and desserts. This past year I found a lot of other ways to use them and their discarded 3615One way is to make your own enzyme cleaner. So easy and this stuff is amazing at all kinds of cleaning jobs.  This requires a 2 liter plastic bottle, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 liter of water and 2 cups of citrus peels. That’s it! You let it sit for about 12 weeks then strain it and you have this awesome environmentally friendly, non toxic cleaner that smells so good! Because of the long wait I tripled the recipe. You can add 1 teaspoon of yeast to this and it will be ready to use in 2 weeks. I made a batch with the yeast and a batch that sat for the 12 weeks. Both cleaned really well but I like the non yeast batch the best. Well worth the wait.002006I just discovered this a few weeks ago. You dry your lemon peels and then grind them in the blender until they are a powder. Then add baking soda and you have a product that will take the place of products like Comet or Ajax! It is more of an abrasive cleaner so it is suggested not to use this on granite. It does a fantastic job on sinks, tubs and regular counter tops11-08-2010 900You can also use lemons along with vinegar, salt and other pantry items to make lots of different cleaners including furniture polish.They will all be chemical free which is wonderful! If you haven’t lately take a look at the ingredients on the labels of your cleaning supplies and Google them. You will probably be shocked to find out what awful chemicals get into your home this way! 11-08-2010 860You can also use lemons to make beauty products as well. They make wonderful scrubs when mixed with oats and great masks when mixed with sour cream or yogurt, Have you ever made your own cleaning or beauty products and if so were you pleased with the results?

Also I wanted to ask a big favor. We have started a blog at Eco Natural and I wanted to ask if you would check it out and leave a comment. Thanks so much!  Eco Natural Blog.

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Getting Toxins Out Of Your Home Are You Up For This Challenge?


At the beginning of the New Year most people make a list of resolutions of things that they want to accomplish. I want to issue a challenge to you and hope that you are up for it. The challenge is to start on a small scale if need be to eliminate some of the toxins in your home. I think that you will find it to be a lot easier than you think.

Did you know that the average home contains 500- 1000 chemicals? Many of these you are unable to see, taste or even smell. Indoor air is usually 2-5 times more polluted than outdoor air. is One of the easiest things that you can do is to leave your shoes outside the door.It is estimated that 85% of the dirt in our homes comes in from the bottom of our shoes! Just think about where you have been walking lately and what your shoes have come in contact with! Look how much dirt and toxins wouldn’t get in our homes if we just left our shoes right outside the door. Pretty easy to accomplish wouldn’t you say? Many of the cleaning products we use today are full of harmful chemicals. I found this awesome recipe for making your own enzyme cleaner a few years back and always make sure I have some on hand. It only has 3 ingredients and cleans wonderfully. If you would like the recipe I used it is  here  You can also use things like sea salt, vinegar, lemon juice and baking soda to clean extremely well and without any harmful chemicals. What makes using these products even better is the cost! So much cheaper than buying expensive toxic filled products. Do you think that you could do either one or both of these things to eliminate harmful toxins in your home?

Are you ready for cold and flu season? I encourage you to look for all natural chemical free products this year. Check out our Germ Shield line along with all of our other organic chemical free products at  Eco Natural

Happy Happy New Year to all of you!!

Do You Shop Local For Christmas

Do you shop for locally made products to give as gifts for the holidays? Did you know that for every $100.00 spent with small locally owned businesses $68.00 stays in the community?  I know that I would much rather receive a gift that was made locally instead of manufactured in China or some other country. You can almost guarantee that it will be of superior quality and enjoyed a lot! You can also feel good about helping local small businesses thrive in your community!Locally made jewelry, purses scarves and aprons make wonderful gifts.Locally made jams, jellies and sauces are always welcome gifts as well as locally made bread. You can make awesome Christmas baskets by filling them with locally made goodies adding a great looking bow and using recycled paper to make a pretty card. My husband likes a good cup of coffee some days so I am getting him some local coffee along with a great looking mug. So do you ever support local businesses during the Christmas season by purchasing your holiday gifts from them?

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Don’t You Just Love Fall?


I love Fall. I love the weather, the pumpkins, sweet potatoes, apples, and apple cider, Fall Festivals,the beautiful colors of the leaves on the trees and of course THANKSGIVING!! I always think that pumpkins are so pretty and colorful.I think Fall Mums are just gorgeous!I love sweet potatoes and have been eating so many of them lately since the Fall crop has come in. Are you enjoying Fall and do you have special things you do this time of year?

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Chlorine And What Awesome Benifits From A Showerhead Filter

I did a post a few years back on the dangers of chlorine in the water we use and found out that a lot of people were unaware of this.Chlorine makes your skin unnaturally dry and therefore is considered to be one of the causes for aging your skin.

More importantly though is the harmful effects on your health especially from your shower. Chlorine and it’s by- product VOC ( volatile organic chemicals) can evaporate more quickly than water and chlorine concentrates in your shower steam and inhaling it can damage your health. Chlorine is very harmful in gas form and the steam in your shower probably contains elevated levels of this gas. This isn’t good for anyone but especially very bad for someone that has bronchitis or asthma! Chlorine is also a leading cause of fatigue which happens when we inhale the vapors released through the hot water. which my husband was having to deal with. Also don’t forget that your skin absorbs what is put on it and chlorine water is no exception.Chlorine in the water can actually alter hair color because of its bleaching ability and also make your hair dry and brittle. That is why a lot of hair salons now use water filtration systems.

About 9 years ago I was reading about this and immediately wanted to do something about it. I was reading how just by getting a good shower head filter that would filter out the chlorine you could see an amazing difference.  So after several hours of research I found a wonderful filter for our shower. The only thing was it was a bit pricy. $100.00 to be exact  and that was way more than I wanted to invest at the time. So I showed it to my wonderful smart husband and after researching what kind of filter it was he found the exact same type of filter at Home Depot for only $29.00!!!!!! It has been such an excellent investment and we saw such a difference within the fist few days. Our skin was so much softer and my husband noticed a big difference in how he felt after the first shower! So happy to say that since we got the shower filter he has not had to deal with the fatigue anymore. With this shower head you only have to replace the filter every two years and they are only $10.00.You can get these at any home improvement store. I hope that you will give a filtered shower head a try because I know your body will thank you! Not only do you get the benefits of not breathing the harmful chlorine gases, you get softer skin and beautiful hair and most are very Eco Friendly so you are saving money as well!

Have You Ever Tried Goji Berries?

A few months back I was reading about Goji Berries and was amazed at what I learned. These little berries are a powerhouse. They contain all of the essential amino acids and contain the highest concentration of protein of any fruit! They are loaded with vitamin c and contain more cartotenoids than any other food which helps promote healthy skin. They have 21 trace minerals and are high in fiber. They also have 15 times the amount of iron found in spinach!If you look at the ones on the left that’s the way they look when you buy them. Kind of like raisins so they are great just for snacking or in granola, trail mix, oatmeal or used in baking. The ones on the right I soaked in water for about an hour. They plump up so nicely and are great to use in smoothies and drinks like this Gogi Berry Lemonade. This amazing super fruit has some awesome ant inflammatory, anti bacterial and anti fungal compounds as well. After reading all these wonderful facts I knew I wanted to try them so I had my husband go online and buy us a bag of them. I have not been disappointed at all! They are packed with antioxidants and are suppose to help with weight loss and cold symptoms. I have only been using them a few weeks now but can really tell a difference in my energy level and they taste really good. Has anyone else tried these powerhouse berries?

So Do You Count Calories?

If you are a regular reader of my blog you know that a couple of years ago I lost 60 pounds! I did this over the course of almost a year and mostly by limiting my carb intake. I have done well keeping it off until this past Winter. During the Winter it seemed as though I was wearing sweat pants a lot. That is a comfortable thing but when I put on my regular pants I noticed they were a little tight! Then they were more than a little tight and I had to go up a size!!  I decided right then that I had worked too hard to lose that weight and didn’t want to put it back on. We eat really well. We don’t eat meat ( I do like eating fish once a week though) we eat no dairy except when we make homemade veggie pizzas we use a small amount of organic mozzarella cheese. We eat no processed foods or junk foods. So I couldn’t understand why I had put on some extra pounds!I was talking to my husband and our daughter about this and our daughter told me to start thinking about what all I ate in a days time. She has this app on her phone that tells the calories and nutritional value of foods. One of the things I was eating a lot of was homemade almond butter. I was getting organic celery and piling the almond butter on it thinking what a great snack that was. Come to find out that so called snack was a whopping 1,000 calories!!!!! Remember I said snack, that wasn’t even a meal! The more things I was naming off to her the more the calories just kept adding up. It was becoming quite clear why I had put on the extra pounds and it was all from eating TOO much GOOD food.This chickpea burger on one of my homemade buns was way more calories than I thought. I now eat it without the bun.Another thing I was eating a lot of was homemade artichoke hummus. I would eat it with celery or organic non GMO chips. I was amazed at how many calories it had! Everything I was eating was good it was just that I was eating way to much of it. So now I have learned portion control and what a difference it has made. I am aware of how many calories I consume in a day also. I am trying to keep it at 1500 or so right now until I shed the pounds that I gained.

I usually walk for at least 30 minutes or so each morning and am adding in some workouts on my total gym and rebounder. It is amazing how in a short period of time I have been able to exercise more and for longer periods of time. I am feeling great and have lots more energy! So my question is do you count calories also?

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Farmers Markets


Did you know that it is estimated that the average meal comes from 5 different nations and travels between 1500 -2500 miles to get from farm to plate!! Food transportation contributes greatly to global warming.We are spending far more energy to get food to the table than the energy we get from eating the food! In order to transport food long distances much of it is picked unripe and then gassed to ripen it after transport.Sometimes it is processed in factories using preservatives, irradiation and other means to keep it stable for transportation and sale.It is really important that we make the transition to supporting a local food system.You just start with what is fresh,local and seasonal in your area.Shopping at Farmers Markets is a great way to start. Did you know that in the 1970s that there were only about 300 registered Farmers Markets in the United States? Today there are more than 3,000!! About 3 million people visit these markets each week spending more than 1 billion dollars each year! How awesome is that? Innovative restaurants, school cafeterias, caterers and even supermarkets are beginning to order fresh seasonal foods from local farmers. Having a home garden and participating in a local CSA are also great options! This way we are able to eat food that is delicious, fresh, nutritious and also support small local farmers!Learn what foods are in season in your area and then build your menus around them. Buy extra of your favorite fruits and veggies and then experiment with freezing, drying, canning and making jams, jellies, soups and much more. In other words preserving it for a later date. It is so much fun in the Winter months to be eating wonderful ripe food that was preserved from the Summer harvest!

So do you shop at your local Farmers Markets?