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Is Your Humidifier Making You Sick?

20 Feb

Is your humidifier making you sick? | WholeGreenLove.com

We are addicts to our humidifiers in the winter. The air indoors in Wisconsin is so flipping dry in the winter. As soon as November hits and the temps drop, our humidifiers are cranked.

But not too high. (more…)

FREE New Year New You Online Conference!

4 Jan

UPDATE: Since publishing this post, the dates of the New Year New You Summit have been changed to January 20-24, 2014! You can find links and information below regarding this amazing online conference, but please note that the dates have changed!

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Happy 2014 everyone! What better way than to start the year with a healthy living summit. Talk about getting your inspiration in check!

The New Year New You Summit is a FREE live online virtual conference that is being held from January 13-17, 2014. You can hear from 31 health enthusiasts; including doctors, bloggers, farmers and health activists all while hanging out in your own home. (more…)

Holiday Gift Giving Ideas

23 Nov

It is that time of year to celebrate, spend quality time with loved ones, cook amazing meals together, and at some point it usually involves a thoughtful gift or two. I must say that holidays have gotten, to some extent, overly materialistic. Not that I don’t buy presents, but it’s that so much focus has been put on presents…and LOTS of them! It’s nice to hold onto the true spirit of the holidays and share that celebration with your friends and family.  All that being said, it feels good to give someone you love something special that you know they could use and will really enjoy.

Holiday Gift Ideas | WholeGreenLove.com

We wanted to put a few items together that may help give you great gift ideas for all the sweet people in your life.

Ecojarz stainless steel small mouth mason jar lid with stainless steel straw and cleaning brush. These are awesome gift ideas – perfect for on-the-go drinks, or fresh-juiced produce. You can feel good not using any plastic materials and know that the taste of whatever you are drinking isn’t going to taste like the bottle you are drinking it out of. Click HERE to view. HERE are some Ball canning jars to go with them. These canning jars are perfect to package a gift in too…i.e. bath salts, dry baking goods, DIY manicure kit…this list could go on forever.

Green Pastures fermented cod liver oil… you need to make sure that you are getting this for the right person who will appreciate it, ha! Click HERE to view.

A Kombucha starter kit is another great idea. Click HERE to view.

Nourishing Traditions Cookbooks. Click HERE and HERE to view.

I LOVE our cast iron skillets that were my grandmas. You can do so much with them! Click HERE to view.

It is amazing how often I use an immersion blender in my kitchen. It makes blending so quick and has easy clean up. Click HERE to view.

Yaktrax are great for people who live in snowy and or icy areas. You can slip them over your shoes for a steady and non-slipping hike or walk to the store. Click HERE to view.

These Thermos‘ are the best. They keep stuff warm or cold for hours. Click HERE to view.

Succulents are so beautiful! How fun to create little succulent pots for friends & family! Click HERE to view.

Terrariums would be a great gift idea. Whether it’s a book to make them, or you are feeling crafty and design them as gifts! Click HERE  and HERE to view.

Some larger gifts may be more of a gift you give yourself and your family…

The Berkey water filtration system has been on our radar for a a while now. Click HERE to view.

A good juicer is a great investment for your health. We have a Breville Juicer that works well. Click HERE to view.

I dream of owning a Vitamix blender…from what I have heard they are AMAZING. Click HERE to view.

Speaking of great kitchen pots & pans…the Le Creuset French Ovens and Dutch Ovens are amazing. Click HERE and HERE to view.

KitchenAid mixers are great, I use mine quite frequently in both cooking and baking. Click HERE to view.

The best gift you can give is a “gift of time” as my Aunt Nancy puts it. I love that thought and it is so perfectly true. Don’t forget to tell your friends and family you love them, make the time to spend with them, and enjoy each others company…that’s what life is about.

Happy holiday planning everyone!

Fall into Health Bundle Deal!

2 Nov

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It is that time of the season again for a sweet bundle deal!

Friday November 1st through Thursday November 7th you can purchase the healthy fall bundle valued at $2,000 for only $39!!

There is so much information packed into this bundle you just can’t go wrong with it!

The Fall Into Health Download Package includes:

48 e-books – $955 value

15 exclusive podcasts – $45 value

3 online video classes – $277 value

2 meal plans – $223 value

2 magazines – $63 value

21 discount coupons – Over $500 value

 

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE THIS BUNDLE SALE !

 

VGN Fall Bundle Sale | WholeGreenLove.com

Click here to listen to FREE podcasts!

There are 48 e-books that review real food diets, TONS of recipes, staying healthy naturally, reversing food allergies, becoming toxic free and nourishing your metabolism.

VGN Fall Bundle | WholeGreenLove.com

 

If you are on the road to making healthy improvements in your life, whatever that may mean to you, you are bound to find some great information within this bundle that will speak to you.

How to Stain Wood Naturally with Coffee

14 Sep

I’m not really a crafty person.

But doesn’t pinterest make you feel like you can create anything? I’m embarrassed to say this, but most of the projects I find, Nic ends up doing most of the time. That’s so bad! But he’s so handy and good at creating things that it just ends up that way. I wouldn’t use the word “crafty” to describe Nic. More like a hands on-perfectionist-likes to get projects done, kind of guy. Love him.

So. I finally did a project on my own. I created a height chart for Lyla. She is growing so fast and is so tall (95 percentile – holla!) that I really wanted to start tracking her height. I saw some super cute wooden height charts on pinterest, mostly linking to etsy.com. I thought, c’mon, I can do this. I bought all the supplies – the board, paint, brush, and we already had the color stain I wanted to use. And then, six months went by.

Here is the thing with me and crafty projects: I hate starting something that I can’t finish RIGHT AWAY! Mom of a two year old + working + running a household= No time. That’s why I procrastinate on these things. But last weekend I started and finished Lyla’s height chart!

Not to toot my own horn (but I’m going to): I really liked how it turned out! Should I start selling these babies on etsy, or what?!

Height Chart | WholeGreenLove.com

(When we hang this on the wall, it will be mounted 6 inches from the floor. We just haven’t chosen a place for it yet.)

So, I finished this one and then thought it would have really been cool to stain it with a more natural option. I attempted creating my next height chart with a coffee stain.

How to Stain Wood Naturally with Coffee | WholeGreenLove.com

In my eyes (which really, really, really love dark wood stain), I wasn’t totally in love with the final product, even after four coats of the coffee stain. I want to be honest here and let you know that I did end up re-staining the board to get the dark color I desired.

Before & After Coffee Stain | WholeGreenLove.com

I still thought it was important to share this technique because:

  • There is a noticeable difference in the wood color (which I wish the before and after pictures better depicted), so if you are looking to stain wood and aren’t hoping for a very dark color, this might be a great option for you.
  • The staining process was much more enjoyable with the coffee vs. conventional oil based stain which is stinky and can really do damage if it accidently gets on a surface you didn’t want it to.
  • If you are pregnant, very sensitive to fumes, or need to stain something in an area that is not well ventilated, coffee stain may be the way to go.

Have you ever tried staining wood with anything other than a conventional stain? How did it turn out?