Clutter-Free – A Handy Guide for Donating Hodgepodge

Clutter-Free – A Handy Guide for Donating Hodgepodge

If you're overwhelmed by clutter in your home, it's time to take control. By following this handy guide, you can let go of stuff, donate to charitable and recycling organizations, and maintain a clutter-free home for good.Studies show fifty-percent of Americans are...

Organization Inspiration for a Tidier Home

Organization Inspiration for a Tidier Home

A tidy home can bring a sense of calm and order to our lives, but sometimes it can be a challenge to stay organized. If you're struggling to keep your home in order, this organization inspiration is for you.When I was a child, I watched my grandmother search all day...

Top Clean Beauty Products for Your Makeup Routine

Top Clean Beauty Products for Your Makeup Routine

Studies show most makeup products sold in the U.S. contain harmful endocrine disruptors. Endocrine disruptors mess with your metabolism and reproductive system, often causing illness. Choosing clean beauty products can help reduce your exposure to these potentially...

The Best Adaptogens for Healthy Skin and Hair

The Best Adaptogens for Healthy Skin and Hair

There are many factors that can affect the health and appearance of our skin and hair. Genetics, diet and lifestyle choices are a few. Our genetics are unalterable. However, we can transform our skin and hair with nourishing gilt-edge supplements. After struggling...

Clean Fragrance Perfume — Why Natural is the Way

Clean Fragrance Perfume — Why Natural is the Way

I have good news and bad news. The bad news is almost all perfumes we see advertised contain toxic ingredients. The good news is, I found a clean fragrance perfume that is as good for you as it smells. And its founder is an actress you most likely know and love. Every...

Safe and Effective Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

Safe and Effective Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

I’ve read a lot about the toxic effects of mainstream cleaning products. This prompted my search for the best non-toxic products to use in our home. These non-toxic cleaning products deliver excellent results without compromising the health and safety of your family...

My Favorite Books – A List of Must-Reads

My Favorite Books – A List of Must-Reads

I escaped into favorite books as a child. The sensation of turning each page transported me to a happier existence. I was a voracious reader. My sixth grade teacher, Mrs. Hawkins, once sent a concerning note home. It read, "Julie is clearly exhausted. I'm worried...

Childhood Trauma and the Journey Toward Healing

Childhood Trauma and the Journey Toward Healing

I endured childhood trauma at the hands of a mentally ill mother. The residual effects of that trauma morphed into years of physical illness. There is a proven scientific connection between trauma and mental, emotional and physical health. And there are ways to begin...

How to Refresh Your Home with Sage and Palo Santo

How to Refresh Your Home with Sage and Palo Santo

Sage and Palo Santo have been used for centuries to purify and cleanse homes. If you find the energy of your space feels stagnant or unbalanced, it might be time to refresh your home with some sage and Palo Santo. I'll walk you through the simple process of smudging...

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Like many, I spent much of life burning the candle at both ends. I’ve since learned how unrewarding perfectionistic overachievement can be. Today, I focus on living well — as a free-spirited mom, partner, learner and writer.

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