Seeking Real Relaxation in a Stressful World

“Relax!” Just “relax!” It’s such an overused, everyday word, but do we even know what it really means? Have you given any thought to how and when you relax, and if it’s working for you? Let’s be honest. We Americans love our leisure activities, but most of us stink at really relaxing. We all think we know how to do it naturally, but in reality, … Continue reading Seeking Real Relaxation in a Stressful World

Put Plastic in Your Past, Starting TODAY!

Pop quiz: What percentage of your kitchen (utensils, storage containers, dinnerware, etc.) is plastic? No peeking. Really, think on it. Betcha it’s way more than you originally thought, isn’t it? We all have (or had) or grew up with The Plastic Container Cabinet, am I right?! Open that dreaded cabinet door, and it’s guaranteed that at least one item is gonna come flying out of … Continue reading Put Plastic in Your Past, Starting TODAY!

Hello, 2017: Finding My Attitude of Gratitude in a Rocky Start

Happy New Year, readers! I hope 2017 has been treating everyone splendidly thus far! Truthfully? For me, the start of 2017 has been a total whirlwind. Stressful, emotional, draining – that describes my new year to a T. Even though we’re only 21 days in, it’s felt way longer. My goal for 2017 was to work on cultivating and maintaining an Attitude of Gratitude, but … Continue reading Hello, 2017: Finding My Attitude of Gratitude in a Rocky Start

Best of the Best: My Favorite Natural Body Products of 2016!

Phew! 2016 has been a rough one overall, and finally, thankfully, we’ve arrived at its final hours. What a year. To close out 2016 on a positive note, let’s focus on pure awesomeness. Today, I want to showcase my favorite products, my “Best of the Best,” if you will, because I know how overwhelming it can feel for newcomers who want to switch to better, … Continue reading Best of the Best: My Favorite Natural Body Products of 2016!

Walk-In Lab: Blood Work That Won’t Bleed Your Wallet Dry

You dread it. I dread it. We all loathe the process. Getting blood work done is the farthest thing from fun. The appointments. Seeing a doctor. Playing the waiting game for results. Last but not least, getting The Bill (cue dramatic music). Awful, isn’t it?! So, today I want to show you something really cool, a service I’ve recently come across and want to shout … Continue reading Walk-In Lab: Blood Work That Won’t Bleed Your Wallet Dry

Six Surprising “Side Effects” of Eating Healthy

The phrase “eating healthy” carries so many (untrue) negative connotations (boring, restrictive, tiny portions, terrible food, constant hunger, etc.), so I want to counter that by sharing some really awesome things that I’ve personally experienced in my journey. A while back, I shared my past struggles with weight/body image, and showed you some of the different yo-yo weight phases I’ve experienced. Changing how I eat (and … Continue reading Six Surprising “Side Effects” of Eating Healthy

Size Does Matter – Buy Big, Save Big!

Saving money is seriously one of my absolute favorite topics to write about. You know why? Everyone agrees! Find me one person who doesn’t love saving money, I dare ya. Wanting better, healthier choices when it comes to food and personal care/beauty products is one thing, but buying them is another matter. Cost can certainly be a factor, especially if you’re not taking full advantage … Continue reading Size Does Matter – Buy Big, Save Big!

Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 2: Protect Yourself & Pink Wisely!

Last week, I published the first half of my discussion about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 1: “Pinkwashing” the Truth. Please check it out, if you haven’t already, since understanding both the history and the current forces at work helps paint the complete “pink” picture. Note: There was an issue with that post back-dating from Oct. 1st (the actual publish date) to … Continue reading Pink Ribbon Problem, Part 2: Protect Yourself & Pink Wisely!

What Can You Do About Chromium-6?

The Environmental Working Group released an explosive report on Tuesday that conveys a shocking truth for over 200 million Americans. The carcinogenic chemical chromium-6 (also referred to as hexavalent chromium), which was made infamous during the 1990’s due to Erin Brockovich and the lawsuit against Pacific Gas & Electric, is present in water quality samples across the nation. Their article is very well-written, so I’m … Continue reading What Can You Do About Chromium-6?

You + Truth = Self-Honesty

As kids, we all get the same lesson: always tell the truth. We enter society, however, and quickly realize that honesty often has terms, conditions, and fine print. The topic of lying to others (whether of the Little White variety or otherwise) is back burner to a bigger question in my mind, though – why do we lie to ourselves? Mahatma Gandhi tells us, “Happiness … Continue reading You + Truth = Self-Honesty

Shop Like a Crazy Person, Eat Like a Healthy One!

There are few things I love more than getting a good deal! Frugal Franny is pretty much my 90-year-old alter ego, and she loves saving money. Even more, she loves coupons! She sure makes me do some, um, interesting things at times though… If you’ve read my previous post to this effect (Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune) you are … Continue reading Shop Like a Crazy Person, Eat Like a Healthy One!

8 More “Food” Items to Replace With Better Choices

Where does the time go?! I can’t believe it’s already been seven months since I posted 12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace – holy moly, it’s gonna be the holidays before we know it. Did I say that out loud? Um…I meant, uh…summer! Swimming! School’s out! Speaking of summer, I hope the first month of it has treated everyone very well so far, full of … Continue reading 8 More “Food” Items to Replace With Better Choices

It’s Summer! Choosing Safer Sunscreen for You & Your Family

Oh, it’s that magical time of year we so dearly love! S-U-M-M-E-R! It means hot days, no school, staying up late, and endless fun! Unfortunately, it also means much higher risk of sunburn, and greater exposure to the chemicals in everyday sunscreens. I know, I know, I can practically hear some of you groaning, not wanting to hear how another thing is “out to get” … Continue reading It’s Summer! Choosing Safer Sunscreen for You & Your Family

Natural vs. Prescription: Treating an Eye Infection

Hello once again, my happy readers! I know it’s been a hot minute since my last post, but life has been throwing some wrenches at me here and there, and I’ve been doing my best to dodge, duck, dip, dive and dodge (pardon the shameless Dodgeball movie reference). The fabulous news is, in the time since my last post, my husband and I have gotten … Continue reading Natural vs. Prescription: Treating an Eye Infection

Neti Pot Virgin: A First-Timer’s Review!

I seriously can’t talk or think about this without singing, “Neti pot, neti pot, oh neti neti pot,” to the tune of the 1950’s hit “Lollipop” by the Chordettes. You’re welcome, for that being in your head the whole rest of the day now! I don’t know about you, but I’ve known about neti pots for years, but never envisioned myself using one before now! … Continue reading Neti Pot Virgin: A First-Timer’s Review!

Evolution of YOU: Seeking (and Loving) the Best You Possible!

Dearest readers, I know my blogs usually err on the “meatier” side of writing, with a lot of research and information that I jam-pack into each one. But, you know what? This one’s going to be a little different. No documents. No data. Think about how much we change as people throughout the course of our lives. On the inside, the unique cocktail of emotions, … Continue reading Evolution of YOU: Seeking (and Loving) the Best You Possible!

What Can Clay Do for You? Bentonite Clay for Beautiful Skin & More

Time to get dirty, y’all!  I know it sounds totally counter-intuitive, but adding Bentonite clay to your beauty regimen can actually result in fresher, clearer, cleaner-feeling skin! What is Bentonite clay? Well, it’s a very specific type of clay – not just any old mud – that comes from volcanic ash, and has been used for centuries as “healing clay” topically and internally, and is … Continue reading What Can Clay Do for You? Bentonite Clay for Beautiful Skin & More

Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune

If you’ve read any of my prior posts (or know me personally) you know that I’m pretty darn passionate about eating and living healthy. No surprise, I love discussing it with any willing participants, online or otherwise – friends, family, fellow shoppers at the grocery store, whatever! Time and time again, though, one concern repeatedly comes up as a limiting factor for eating healthy (especially if … Continue reading Healthy Body, Healthy Bank Account: Eating Well Without Spending a Fortune

Semantics of Eating Healthy: Basic Terminology 101

Well, well, well, it’s been a minute, hasn’t it? I have to apologize for my mini hiatus lately. I’ve had some eye-related shenanigans going on, so I unfortunately have had very limited ability to be in front of bright things. And boy, when you’re in that dilemma, you really realize how time much we as a society spend in front of glowing screens! Anyways, I’m … Continue reading Semantics of Eating Healthy: Basic Terminology 101

Ditching Dairy: Going Nuts Instead!

You know, it seems these days that almost nothing escapes being a hot-button issue. Especially in Health & Wellness Land. No matter what you do, someone out there has got a loud opinion about it. So here’s the scoop: we’ve stopped buying cows’ milk. Cue the dramatic music. No, we’re not going vegan. Not that there’s anything wrong with going vegan, of course, but that’s … Continue reading Ditching Dairy: Going Nuts Instead!

Healthy Ways to Survive Woeful Winter Weather

“Winter Wonderland” it is not. It’s no secret that freezing temps and wicked winds are unkind to mind, body, and soul. For one thing, it’s ‘that time of year’ when plenty of people walk around sick, so keeping your immune system running top-notch is key! And, even though we typically associate summer as the season to monitor hydration, it’s just as important over the winter too. Blasting … Continue reading Healthy Ways to Survive Woeful Winter Weather

Cosmetic Catastrophe: Detoxing Your Makeup Bag

How Did We Get Here? Ladies, they’ve been after us for over 100 years, with a product for every need (real or imaginary). Women throughout history have been bombarded by ad after ad from this company or that company, each time promising us that their “newer” and “better” products will leave us feeling more beautiful than before. All of us are guilty of buying into … Continue reading Cosmetic Catastrophe: Detoxing Your Makeup Bag

Product Review: Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake and Frosting

Who wants cake?! Mmmmm cake. Okay, I admit it, this one was a total impulse buy. Sheer curiosity got the best of me. Let’s pause for one brief moment. Let’s address the question that may be forming in your mind, something to the tune of, “Wait. She runs a wellness blog. What in the Sam Hill is she doing promoting cake mix?!” I know. I … Continue reading Product Review: Pillsbury Purely Simple Cake and Frosting

Smartphone Apps for Healthier Product Choices

Post updated June 2016  So, my dear readers, if you’ve read my previous blogs, especially my recent one regarding healthier shampoo, you know that I’ve become quite the Label Reader Extraordinaire. It’s a little bit of a geeky talent, but I actually take a strange pride in being able to look at a product label and point out the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. … Continue reading Smartphone Apps for Healthier Product Choices

What’s in YOUR Shampoo? How to Pick Healthier Products & Go Sulfate-Free

My path to healthier living started as a teeny tiny little idea to put better things in our bodies. This quickly evolved into us taking precaution that the things that go on our bodies (which, in turn, also equals in our bodies) are safe, quality products as well. I’ve been hitting it hard, looking for safer options to replace dangerous everyday beauty products that I’m … Continue reading What’s in YOUR Shampoo? How to Pick Healthier Products & Go Sulfate-Free

You vs. Chlorine: Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure

I don’t know about anyone else, but I can’t wait for the day that we own a home and can install a whole house water filtration system, so that I don’t have to even think about what the heck is in our city tap water. If you’re like us, you love your Brita (or other brand) water filter pitcher. You wouldn’t dream of drinking your … Continue reading You vs. Chlorine: Easy Ways to Reduce Exposure

12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace

*Friendly reminder to trash the contents only, not the containers! Recycle those little buggers appropriately, everyone!* It’s pretty amazing that what started out as just making smoothies for breakfast has morphed into where we stand today, but it goes to show that one good decision leads into many others! Little by little, as I started learning more and more about the reasons why most processed … Continue reading 12 Everyday “Food” Items to Trash & Replace

Going Aluminum-Free: A Survival Guide

I’m happy to say that I’ve received quite a bit of questions lately on the topic of making the switch to aluminum-free deodorant products (and I’m sure there are plenty more of you out there with some shy curiosity), so to anyone considering making The Big Switch, this one’s specially for you! Continue reading Going Aluminum-Free: A Survival Guide

Chemical Cocktail: What’s Hiding in YOUR Cleaning Products?

Anyone who knows me, knows I’ve become passionate within the last couple years (the last 10-ish months especially) about clean(er) eating, which has meant many changes in what we buy (or will never buy again, for that matter.) It’s all about holding a higher standard of what you’re willing to put in your body. That being said, I also starting thinking about what goes on our … Continue reading Chemical Cocktail: What’s Hiding in YOUR Cleaning Products?

Allergy Relief from Bee Pollen

My husband and I partake in what some might consider an “unusual” nutritional supplement, so I tend to get a lot of curious, enthusiastic questions about it. I figured I may as well post about it to help out anyone who’s interested, because it sure changed my life! Will it change yours? We bought a NutriBullet in Feb. 2013, and started a new habit of … Continue reading Allergy Relief from Bee Pollen