DIY Home: All-Purpose Cleaner

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Cleaning is boring.

And probably the only thing more boring than cleaning is talking about cleaning and the cleaning products that go with it. I totally agree! But all boredom aside, it is important to know that many conventional cleaners contain a slew of chemicals that can negatively impact your and your family’s health.

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Declutter your house, declutter your mind

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Is your abode in a jumble?

Have you been wanting to fix this problem but do not really know where to start? Or maybe you know where to start but cannot motivate yourself to actually do it. You are too attached to your things. You have no time. The reasons are endless. Trust me, I know! Maybe today’s post can help. While I am not offering to clean out your house for you, I want to share how I just cleaned out my own, and hope to inspire you to do the same. I’m talking closets, clothes, toys, beauty products…I decluttered almost the whole thing and I am very proud and more than happy that I did. Yes, it takes time and effort but I promise – once it is done, it just feels freakin’ amazing!

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Happy Earth Day!

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And a major hello!

It has definitely been a while thanks to #yogaeverydamnday but what better opportunity to come back to The Healthy Haus than Earth Day?

Earth Day is more than a Hallmark holiday or superficial marketing initiative. It is a global movement that has been organizing and celebrating events on April 22 every year since 1970 to demonstrate support for environmental protection. If nothing else, I think it is a wonderful reminder for all of us to truly pay attention to how we treat our planet and should inspire us to consume just a little more mindfully.

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Green Bath Products for Babies and Kids

070815_SafeBaby_CoverDoes “safe for baby” really mean safe?

In most cases, the answer – as you may have guessed – is no! Unfortunately, kids and baby products, are not exempt from marketing deception. Many bubble baths, shampoos and lotions which are specifically designed and marketed for little ones, still contain health compromising, hormone disrupting and/or allergy causing ingredients such as fragrance, parabens, phthalates, formaldehyde and formaldehyde releasers, PEGs, sodium lauryl sulfate, and mineral oil. (Why are these bad for your health? Read it HERE.)

Remember that when it comes to labeling cosmetics and personal care products, there is very little transparency and hardly any regulation in the United States. This means that in many cases, even terms like “all natural” or “organic” are just marketing fluff that has no meaning or truth to it at all. And it comes to no surprise that baby and kids products are not spared from this “greenwashing” charlatanism.

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Product Review: Ninja Master Prep

040815_NinjaMasterPrep2What is holding you back?

When it comes to cooking healthy meals, I’m guessing the answer almost always involves “time.” As I was sitting at my daughter’s ballet practice the other day one of the moms mentioned how she would like to cook more but that she really didn’t like chopping vegetables. It’s time consuming, it’s messy, the thought of having to do it makes her not want to cook at all. To help ease her chopping aversion, she invested in a Ninja food processor. I was intrigued!

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