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Ways to Use Olive Oil in Your Beauty Routine

Yes, you can grab some of that oily goodness out of your kitchen cabinet and slather yourself in it. I’m not saying you’d really want to do that, but it is actually good for your skin. Olive oil has some killer benefits and it’s something I always have on hand when it comes to skin health and moisturizing.

5 Great Ways to Use Olive Oil in your Natural Beauty Routine

 

What kind of good stuff does olive oil have in it?

Olive oil promotes elasticity, it’s FULL of natural antioxidants, and it contains a ton of vitamin A. It’s also got high amounts of vitamin E which is great for the prevention of aging signs. When you let olive oil soak into the skin, you get all of that good stuff.

Be aware though, if you want to use olive oil for your skin, make sure you only use organic, extra virgin olive oil. You will not get the same effects without this type of oil, and it’s much safer than non-organic choices since it is going to be absorbed through the skin.




Bathe With Olive Oil

Fill the bathtub up with steamy hot water and add in a few drops of lavender essential oil (or a different oil of choice). Next, rub your body down with olive oil and then just relax in the tub. Rinse off before getting out and the result will be super soft, healthy looking skin.

Treatment for Dry Hair

I kid you not, has been a lifesaver for my hair. We travel so much that my hair seems like it’s always going through some sort of transition period. When we were in Colorado last summer it was so dry that I’m surprised I wasn’t mistaken for a troll, and my Patagonia hat was my best friend.I was about to have my elbow-length hair chopped off, but after a shower one evening I decided to rub a decent amount of olive oil into my hair, and comb it through. I twirled my hair into a bun and slept with a towel over my pillow. I washed it out in the morning and it was a miracle I tell you! My hair was so soft and felt much healthier. I do this about once a month now for softer, healthier hair.

Cure Cracked Heels

Olive oil works similarly to the intense lotions you can purchase that moisturize to get rid of cracks in the skin. The great thing about it though is that it is chemical-free and as natural as it gets. If you want to get rid of cracks in your heels, massage a good amount of olive oil into the problem area, and put some old socks over your feet before bed. By morning most of the oil should have absorbed into the skin. Do this a few nights in a row and you’ll see some major improvements.

Ear Wax or Aches

Have you ever heard people say to use sweet oil for earaches? Olive oil is actually very similar. It has a couple of uses when it comes to the ears: You can let a few drops fall into the ears before cleaning them. This helps to break up the excess wax and help it make its way out of the ear canal.

You can also place it in the ears to help soothe aches. Just keep a cotton ball over the affected ear as well.

Makeup Remover

Many natural oils do wonders with makeup removal, and olive oil happens to be one of them. Massage it into the areas you want to remove the makeup, and then wipe the oil off with a wet, warm washcloth. You may have to do this a couple of times, but normally it wipes right off.

Shaving Cream

I’m not joking- you can use this stuff as a replacement for shaving cream. Just keep a little jar or bottle of it in the shower with you. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oil and there you have it! Just rub it over the legs before you shave and you’ll be left with soft, smooth skin

The uses in this post are some of my favorite and I personally use them on a daily basis. If you’d like to learn a little more about using natural oils in your beauty routine, you might like to take a look at these posts too:

Natural Facial Cleansing Routine to Heal Acne

Natural Olive Oil Skincare Benefits: 10 Simple Beauty Tricks for Everyone

 

The Ultimate Eco Friendly & Natural Toy Gift Guide

Eco Friendly & Natural Toys for Kids: The Ultimate Gift Guide

Why do we love natural toys for kids around our house? Because after being parents for a while, my husband and I have realized that we love the opportunity for imaginative play, and we love the quality that comes with toys made from eco-friendly, natural materials.

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reasons you might be a crunchy mom

You Know You’re a Crunchy Mom When…

Crunchy Mom quotes

So, you hear that term “crunchy” again, and you’re wondering what exactly it means? Well, Urban Dictionary defines a crunchy mom as a

“Mother who supports homebirth, breastfeeding, baby wearing, cloth diapering, co-sleeping, gentle discipline, etc. One who questions established medical authority; tends to be vegetarian and/or prepare all-organic foods.”

I’m a self-proclaimed earth-loving, organic-eating mama myself, and I’ll proudly share the “crunchy” title with all of the other amazing mamas out there who believe in natural living!

Want to find out if you’re crunchy too, and have a little laugh while you’re at it? Check out these other crunchy mom blogger’s ideas of what it means to be a crunchy mom!

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Tips for Packing an Eco-Friendly Lunch


With school starting back up, what better a time than now to talk about tips for packing an eco-friendly lunch? Packing an eco-friendly lunch reduces massive amounts of waste, and saves you money at the same time! There are so many great products out there that will keep you from heading to the store to buy more plastic baggies…

By the way, have you ever thought about how many plastic baggies you use in a week? What about a year? How much money are you spending on them? If you do the calculations you will be absolutely shocked at the money you are wasting on those things. Plus, it takes them hundreds of years to decompose. It’s a really sad, sad thing! The chart below is calculated for a one adult, and two child household. It’s really unbelievable the amount of waste we are creating, and most people don’t really think about it most of the time.

Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch

Because of this, I’ve compiled a list of eco-friendly packed lunch products that will help your family reduce the large amount of waste that generally results from packing lunches on a regular basis. Some of them are affiliate links, so I will receive a small percentage with no additional cost to you, but all of these products are great and very earth friendly!

Tips for Packing an Eco-Friendly Lunch

  • Ditch the baggies and plastic wrap! Purchase reusable containers and baggies.
  • Find a great safe lunch box similar to some of the ones listed below. Reusing a lunch box is much more eco-friendly than using paper bags.
  • Don’t purchase individually packaged food and snacks. That will save you a ton of money and reduce waste, plus in general foods that are not packaged individually have less added ingredients (example: pre-cut and pre-packaged apples).
  • Try using cloth napkins rather than paper napkins or wipes.
  • Avoid buying plastic silverware. Just pack normal stainless steel silverware and wash it when it’s brought home.

 Great Eco-Friendly Lunch Products

Although it’s not completely necessary to purchase any of the products below, I really enjoy the many compartments that they have. It’s particularly great for packing a variety of different foods in one simple container for kids, since normally they love variety and finger foods!

Eco Lunchbox

Eco-Friendly lunch box choices


Planetbox

Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch

Yumbox

Eco-Friendly Lunch box choices

Dabbawalla Lunchbags

Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch Tips

Make Your Own Sandwich Bags

Reusable Sandwich Bags- Eco-Friendly Lunch Packing Tips

Reusable Food Wraps

Waste-Free Eco-Friendly Lunch

BleuRoo Sandwich Bags

Eco-Friendly Packed Lunch No Wast Lunch Bleuroo

I hope that this post has motivated you to think about how much waste is being created by packing lunch every day with disposable items. By tweaking your normal lunch-packing routine, you can reduce your yearly waste by hundreds of pounds!

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A Boy and His Nature Bag- What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Our son has the deepest love for nature. He appreciates every little piece of it that he sees, and wants to suck up any information he can about the Earth around him. Because of this, all on his own, he found one of his Father’s old backpacks and filled it with his nature gear, so he’s ready to throw it on his back and go on an adventure at any moment.

What's in Our Nature Backpack?

 

I decided to peek into it the other day to check out his bag of treasures, and here’s what I found…

What’s in Our Nature Backpack?

Some of the items listed are affiliate links, so I will make a small percentage if you choose to purchase from one of the links with no extra cost to you. However, we have tried and love all of the products and recommend them to anyone.

Containers to Collect Insects– we just recycle food containers. He used to like using mason jars the best, but glass + his idea of a wild adventure don’t always go well together.

Field Guides– We have several of this brand. These are AMAZING and I also used them as a child. We love the vivid photographs.

Our Nature Journals and Colored Pencils– He will normally use these after he’s been outside exploring. We’ll come inside and wind down by drawing pictures and writing the names of the things he discovered. We talk about the colors they were, the size, and any little details he can remember. This is one of my favorite parts.

Magnifying Glass– He has several of these, and he uses them mostly to check out insects while he is trying to identify them with his field guides.

Camera– We recently started working on creating a field guide of our own. He always wanted to keep the creatures he would find so instead we now take a picture, do a little research, and add it to his homemade field guide.

Tweezers– I’m assuming these would have many uses for  him.

Hiking Stick– We picked one up for him when we were on a vacation in the Smokey Mountains. He loves it because it’s just his size. There is a similar one here.

Children’s Binoculars– To investigate things that are far away, of course.

Bandaids– I added those to his bag. It seems like we need them quite often during our adventures, but it’s worth it!

Snacks– we always pack a little something in our handmade reusable snack bags to take along on our journey.

If you’re encouraging your children to become more interested in exploring nature, take along this free nature scavenger hunt printable on your next adventure!

What's in Our Nature Backpack 2

Oh, and if you’re wondering about the hat…

I picked it up at a German Festival a few years back, but he has adopted it as his own. He says it’s his “Trusty Nature Hat.”

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