When life hands you lemons…you make natural, non-harsh-chemical cleaners with them… :)

Ok, ok, so I know that it has been awhile…but I have one kinda’-lengthy and super eclectic post (read-I talk about a lot of unrelated topics) to make up for it!  This is what I have been doing for the last two weeks while I have not, ahem, been posting to my blog…

1) I took my son to the emergency room because of respiratory distress, boo!  He was okay, but we are still dealing with issues due to what the doctors now believe is asthma.  My husband had this as a kid, so he was all over the situation (in a good way).  The staff at the hospital were great, too…we were seen right away (which in an Emergency room setting, is saying something).

Four hours later we were discharged.  They sent us home with a cute frog nebulizer, with directions to use as needed.

CREEPY SIDE NOTE: When I left the emergency room at 3:30 am, the car parked beside me had the driver’s door open.  No one was around.  It was super eerie.  I ended up calling it in to security after Mateo and I were safely in the car with the doors locked.  That parking a lot is scary enough to begin with, with no cameras or security.

OK, so back to my son and his nebulizer.  I was grateful that they sent us home with the thing, because this wheeziness and shortness of breath has been an issue with him since birth.  However, I also read how over time albuterol can be harmful, so I began to research alternatives to the nebulizer.  (*Remember, I am a nerd.  I research things.  A. Lot.)  I found some super helpful articles, which suggested keeping a journal to find the triggers, using essential oils, different herbs….and cutting out chemicals as people with asthma are typically more chemically sensitive.  (Which is already important to us, and why we switched over to a no-processed foods diet.)

So after we began to eat healthier, it kinda’ made me want to get healthier in other areas, as well (funny how that works)…and this asthma episode with my son was the final push I needed to get rid of ALL of the harsh chemical cleaners in our house.  I had already gotten rid of most of them, but there were a few that still lingered on..yeah, solved that problem now.

2) I have been researching natural cleaning recipes and getting rid of harsh-chemical cleaners in a half-crazed spring cleaning frenzy.  So far I have found really good recipes for all-purpose cleaner (or use this one, there are a lot of diy all-purpose cleaners out there!), dusting, glass cleaner, floor cleaner and even diy-sanitizing wipes.  Oh, and you have to check out the BEST DIY sanitizer!  (If you want the recipe, just follow the link.  One side note…the hydrogen peroxide and vinegar CANNOT be mixed in the same bottle.  They each must have their own separate bottle.  When they are mixed together in the same bottle they create a toxic gas.  I just put a spray nozzle from a cleaning bottle right on the hydrogen peroxide bottle and it fit perfectly!)  Also, I have been dabbling with cleaning with essential oils, as I have been intrigued by the many great things I have heard about them!

green cleaning

3) I have been researching essential oils and their many uses/benefits.  Right now I am most interested in their cleaning powers and in conjunction with treating my son’s asthma.  (Side note: I am aware that my son still may need nebulizer treatments, I am just trying to do some preventive care so we can lessen the need for the treatments-if not altogether eliminate it.)  When my husband was younger and suffered from asthma attacks, he was given donkey’s milk as a home-remedy.  As I don’t have any of that readily available, I figured essential oils may be the next best thing available. 😛

essential oils

One of my good long-time friends, Danielle, was telling me about all the ways she used essential oils, and it intrigued me to find out more.  She has even ingested them as a DIY allergy shot…I had previously not known you could do that!  She said it worked, but it tasted nasty and only lasted about four hours…

4) I have been transplanting plants.   I ran out of containers and so some of them are in milk cartons, some of them are in plastic cups, some are in planters…one is even in a coconut oil jar.  It’s like they live in their own little hobo-plant-village (pictures to come).  I don’t know if the broccoli are going to make it.  They have grown spindly, and I put waaaay to many seeds in a cell.  I wish I could blame it all on my kids, but that was me trying to go too fast.

5) We celebrated my son’s first birthday!   We had a small family get-together, which was sooooo nice.  I remember when my oldest daughter turned one, we had a huge party and invited everyone we knew.  That doesn’t even sound appealing anymore.  Don’t get me wrong, I love my friends and family.  But there is something to be said for the small, intimate get-together with LIMITED CLEAN UP!  I made him a whole-wheat carrot cake with whipped cream cheese frosting that was a hit (and pretty darn healthy to boot).


6)  I have been dreaming of outdoor adventures.  Since moving back from Peru, my husband and I’s travels have been limited, much to my chagrin.  Prior to living in Peru, I was based out of Colorado for almost six years where I was a snowboard instructor and outdoor trip leader.  Oh, and I occasionally attended college.  (Hey, I DID finally complete all my coursework to get my degree…in Recreation/Outdoor Leadership. Seriously.)  Suffice it to say I like to get outdoors and I like to travel.

So I have been tentatively researching national and state parks that are relatively close where we could possibly have a camping adventure with the kids…

7) I found an awesome gently used-clothes website where you can get designer labels for super marked down prices!  I stumbled over Schoola, and placed my first order yesterday.  If you want to check it out, just click here.

8) I actually watched the Dr. Oz show for the first time.  I wanted to see him “defend himself against his critics“, in his own words.  Plus, I was stoked to hear he is in favor of GMO-labeling.

These are just SOME of the reasons I have been so lax about my blogging.  Don’t even get me started on that time-black hole Pinterest…


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