Archive | January, 2014

3 DIY Beauty Supplies Made With Organic Coconut Oil

The popularity of coconut oil is not overrated - you can do so much with it! here are three easy beauty products you can make for your self (or for gifts), using simple ingredients including coconut oil. ::

This post was originally published on Modern Alternative Mama.

Our skin in our largest organ and it is porous. Chemicals rubbed onto the skin can enter the bloodstream quickly, sometimes faster than if we were to ingest them.

Conventional beauty products often include harsh chemicals, artificial colors and fragrances, paragons designed to prolong shelf life, and other ingredients that you probably don’t want in your body. Between cosmetics, cleansing and skincare products, we might be putting 20 or more products onto our skin each day, with however many chemicals each of them happens to include.

Last year, I decided I wanted detoxify my cleaning and beauty routines. I was already buying products marketed as “natural’, but reading through the list of ingredients didn’t convince me that they were any less chemical-laden than the mainstream stuff.

I had been struggling with both acne and dry patches on my face and the collection of products I had amassed to help deal with those conflicting issues were hard on my wallet and also not effective. It was time for a change.

I wanted my morning regimen to set the tone, not just for my day but my life. It needed to be as natural and simple as possible.…

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8 Ways To Make More Time In Your Day

8 Ways To Make More Time In Your Day ::

This is a post I wrote last year about how I made time to work toward a dream in the midst of raising an active toddler. Whether you are looking to make more time in your life for creativity, or for working on a big project, these tips are still so very applicable. I’m pulling them out of the archive to share again.

In a life filled with small children, a home to keep running and a relationship to invest in, where does a mama find time to work on a dream? Don’t despair, you can always make time when something is really important to you. Here are a few ways I found time to get to my goal of launching this blog.

1. I scheduled it.

Scheduling time to work toward an important goal is essential. When you write your dream-building time into your calendar you are making a commitment both to yourself and to your dream. When those hours are blocked off on your calendar and a conflict arises, it is so much easier to say, “I’m sorry, I’m already scheduled then.” Because you are.

Can you find one or two hours you can hold sacred each week? 

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50 Ways To Recharge By Getting Creative

50 Ways to Recharge By Getting Creative ::

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In my anti-resolution manifesto last week, I joked that I wanted to sleep for the whole month of January. In reality, it isn’t sleep that I need.

Well, I do. All mothers could use more sleep, I suspect.

But really, what I need is to have my well refilled. My creative well, my energetic well, my heart well. I’m parched.

At the beginning of January, I committed to doing something creative every day. Creativity, like sleep, usually falls to the bottom of the list. It is one of those things I don’t have time for. I’ll get to it some day…

But truly, creativity is necessary. When I spend regular time being creative, I am more creative. I have more ideas for this blog, I am more engaged in crafty projects, and I interact with my child and my partner in new and more patient ways.

When my creative well is filled, I connect more easily and openly with others, and I can more easily see and respond to their needs.…

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Get Organized Using Your Smart Phone

Get Organized Using Your Smart Phone

This post was originally published on  Modern Alternative Mama.

As a former project manager for large and complex projects in the computer software industry, I know a bit about keeping information organized and my workflow streamlined. When I got my first iPhone I thought it was a cool gadget and that it would be handy to be able to check my email and surf the web from anywhere.

I really had no idea the impact that one device was going to make on my life. Now, several models and many technical advances later, I can say that my smart phone has changed the way I live. I no longer carry or use a paper calendar, I rarely ever jot down a shopping list except inside an app, I track my to-do lists entirely in the cloud and I keep track of all my work and personal projects and ideas inside my phone.

Few would disagree that smart phones have the ability to help you get and stay more organized, but I often hear that people don’t know where to start, they feel overwhelmed, or they can’t find the apps that best fit their needs.

Drawing on my career background and having spent many hours experimenting with organizational and productivity apps, I have three tips on how to use your smartphone to get (and stay) organized and 13 apps I recommend for busy moms with busy families.…

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An Anti-Resolution Manifesto

Anti-Resolution Manifesto ::

I’m a natural planner and organizer. It is deeply embedded in my personality. I sort things for fun.

I love to set goals and break down projects into achievable steps. I love lists and crossing things off of them. This kind of thing used to be my career and I loved it.

But what I don’t love is planning and goal-setting in January.  I don’t like New Year’s resolutions.

I do love the feel of the fresh start of a new year. I love the blank slate of possibility. I love the room to dream about what the future might hold.

But in January what I want to do most is sleep. I want to clean my house of all the Christmas stuff and make everything fit back into their proper places (this takes some doing, after the influx of holiday gifts for a 3-year-old!). I want to eat a lot of vegetables to counter all the crap I ate in December. I want to perfect my green smoothie recipe and sit in the sun with a book as often as there is sun to sit in.

This week I’m delighted to have a clean kitchen counter and a dining room table with only candles on it.…

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