Green Your Life: jump on in to natural living with this great tool

A few of you have probably been reading this blog since it started, over five years ago. Today I'm hearkening back to my roots a bit, by sharing a powerful resource with you. These are affiliate links, so I thank you for any purchases that you make, and I thank Emily for the review copy of her book! I started this blog because I wanted to have a space to share my own thoughts and research, stuff I didn't want to publish on my now-neglected family blog. In fact, my first Gidget blog was called Gidget Goes Green. I changed the name to a broader title shortly thereafter, but my initial focus of research was definitely on starting to learn about a more natural lifestyle.

My first ever posts were on sunscreen, community supported agriculture, buying organic, simplifying our stuff, and cloth diapers. Eventually, my writings on these topics found a home at Simple Organic/Simple Homemade. When I stopped writing over there, I told you I would bring back some of that material here, because it really is a part of who I am and how I live my life.

Today I get to share with you a helpful eBook for anyone who wants to start digging into green living.

Green Your LIfe: Get Started Today!

Introducing Green Your Life

You guys know I love reading and sharing what books I'm into with you (this month's What I'm Into post is up next!), and when I get to share a book with you by a dear friend, it's a really special feeling-- I feel invested in this book because I walked through the writing process (virtually, of course) with my friend Emily. We're in a pretty tight-knit online writing/mastermind group together and I've watched Emily pour herself, her time and her research into this book.

It's an amazing resource, a one-stop shop for getting started with a greener way of life.

The book is separated into several categories where we can learn to make choices to clean up and lessen our impact:

  • Cleaning
  • Personal Care Products
  • Baby & Child Care
  • Around the House
  • In the Marketplace

At this point in my journey, I'm personally the most excited about the last section. Learning to make better consumer choices, to buy more ethically and sustainably, and buy less period, is something I want to continue to grow in. I'm a strong proponent of "voting with our dollars," and have personally seen how learning to live a little bit simpler can be life-changing.

...Through this process we have found we are much happier and more content with owning less stuff. We are much more selective about the things we buy and allow into our home, and we have learned that chasing after the American Dream does not make us happy or fulfilled and is not the kind of life we want to be living. ~Emily McClements

Emily's quote definitely reflects how David and I feel as well. Going green isn't just about buying the cleaners with green leaf on the label or paying more for all the "green" products out there-- so much of it as a lifestyle is more about knowing where our products come from, how they were made and sometimes just making do with buying less.

Green Your Life really is a great tool for getting started with a more natural lifestyle, but honestly it's super valuable for someone who's been on this journey for five years already, too. And if you are married to someone who's less inclined to go along with the lifestyle choices, it's a great resources for educating your spouse as well, as my friend Krissa's husband can attest to.

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Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco-Friendly Living walks you through making simple changes to your home and lifestyle that can have a big impact on the world around you. 

Plus, as a thank you for purchasing her book, and to give you extra support, encouragement, motivation, and community to help you make changes in your life, Emily is providing a free membership to the Green Your Life Challenge she is running in February, a $14.99 value! 

In just 4 weeks you will:

  • Purge your bathroom cabinet of toxic and harmful personal care products.
  • Choose beauty and personal care products for your family that are safe and effective.
  • Make your own homemade green cleaners.
  • Clean your home with non-toxic cleaners that really work and are safe to use around your family.
  • Begin making simple and easy changes toward more real food and less processed, conventional foods
  • Use more reuseable products and fewer disposable ones around your home.
  • Work to eliminate and remove toxins all around your home.
  • Determine how you and your family can make an impact on the world around you!

Read more about Green Your Life the ebook and the Green Your Life Challenge here.

This post is part of a Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Green Your Life: A Guide to Natural, Eco­Friendly Living

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How to smooth out clumps in your mineral mascara

applying mascara Happy Friday, dear readers! Here's an easy-peasy natural beauty trick for your weekend. 

I'm really happy with my mineral mascara. It lasts long and while it's not waterproof, it will withstand the tears that come with chopping onions fairly well (side note: I chop onions a lot. And cry a lot. I've tried every remedy and nothing works for me).

I buy it on Amazon and save a bit of money by getting it every four months through their Subscribe & Save program.

Before I switched to a mineral-based brand, I used to stretch my mascara at least six months, but the mineral version seems to clump up well before my next 4-month shipment arrives. But even at the discounted price, I can't afford (or justify) buying it more often, so I just have to make it work.

how to smooth out mineral mascara

It's been really dry here lately so I'm going to blame the weather. My next mascara isn't slated to arrive until early March and I was already starting to see some clumps this week, so I decided to take action.

putting a dab of coconut oil in mascara

I took my trusty bathroom jar of coconut oil out, scooped a tiny bit out (probably about a 1/32nd of a teaspoon if that measurement exists) with a cotton swab and wiped it into the top of my mascara. I pushed it down with the wand and mixed it up a bit.

I didn't notice it immediately but the next day when I pulled it out, the mascara was indeed significantly smoother. It didn't seem diluted at all either. Win-win!

What's your favorite natural/mineral mascara brand? 

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