Stylishly Clean Living

Sharing my journey of cleaner living and better health without sacrificing style.


Skin Deep- App Recommendation

I came across Skin Deep while researching the safety level of different products. I instantly fell in love with this app because of its easy use and rating system. I immediately ran to my shower, cosmetic bag and medicine cabinet to scan all my products and wow- was I surprised.

What is Skin Deep?
Skin Deep is an app that allows you to scan cosmetics and personal care products to determine how safe it is to use. Each product is rated with a number score (1 to 10) and a level of low, moderate or high.
EWG, the maker of Skin Deep is an organization with boat loads of information on how to avoid harmful chemicals and toxins from both foods and products.
Scan or type in your favorite products to see if they are safe or potentially put your health at risk. It’s also great on your smart phone. It allows you to scan products in the store before you buy. Best of all it’s free!
The app is available for IPhones and Androids. Get your app here.

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Basics of Essential Oils

I was first introduced to essential oils when I worked in the spa industry. I learned about the benefits of several oils and incorporated them into my work often. If a client was stressed or had troubled sleeping, I would always recommend an essential oil added to their massage. Since I had access to oils, on occasion I would try smelling one to help release my headaches. When I was past my due date with Sloane, I spent most of the work day smelling lavender because it is believed to help bring on labor. Unfortunately, I never had any good results until about 6 months ago.

As a part of my effort to lead a cleaner and greener life, I started using essential oils again. This time I used them to clean my home and added them to scentless candles so that my family wasn’t breathing in whatever chemicals are in candles to make them smell so good. Since I was having better luck using oils I wanted to research more ways to use them.

Essential oils are a great way to easily make the cross-over to a cleaner, non-toxic lifestyle. Since they are 100% natural you always know what you’re working with and don’t have to worry about any unwanted chemicals being added to your products.

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Non-Toxic Nail Polish

Non-Toxic Nail Polish

If you have a little girl, you know how much fun it is to paint their nails. When I first painted Sloane’s nails she was so excited that she insisted on showing everyone she saw over the next few days. At 2 years old, her fingers were always in her mouth and the polish quickly wore off. Because I was concerned about what she was ingesting, I made it a rule only to do her toes from then on.

I don’t feel comfortable wearing nail polish either. Baby Joey is teething and always trying to chew on my fingers so I worry that he could also take in harmful chemicals.

Fortunately there is a solution. Many companies have started to come out with non-toxic nail polishes that are safe for girls of all ages.

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When to Buy Organic & When to Save Your Money

Eliminating pesticides and chemicals from my family’s diet is extremely important to me. But since we’re on a budget, I can’t always afford to buy all of our produce from the organic section. So when should we dish out the extra money for expensive organic food and when is it OK to keep some money in our pocket? I’ve listed it out below to make shopping and saving money easy for you. You’re going to want to print this list and keep it in your wallet so you have it every time you’re shopping!

ALWAYS Buy Organic
-Celery -Cherry Tomatoes -Cherries
-Cucumbers -Grapes -Hot Peppers
-Leafy Greens -Nectarines -Pears
-Potatoes -Spinach -Strawberries
-Sweet Bell Peppers

OK to Buy Non-Organic
-Asparagus -Avocado -Broccoli
-Cabbage -Cantaloupe -Cauliflower
-Eggplant -Grapefruit -Kiwi
-Mango -Papaya -Pineapple
-Sweet Peas -Sweet Potato -Watermelon

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Will you be watching who will be crowned Season 13’s American Idol tonight?

Turn the TV on and make some popcorn cause there will be some great performances. But before you make that popcorn, make sure you read these tips for a healthier bowl of popcorn.

Microwave popcorn can be dangerous.
Perflourooctanoic acid (PFOA) can be found in the lining of many popular microwavable popcorn bags. PFOA is believed to be a carcinogen so you want to try to avoid it.

Choose organic microwavable popcorn.
Brands like Newmans Own Organics and Orville Redenbacher have come out with ingredient-conscious microwavable popcorns that use only natural ingredients.

Use a paper bag to pop popcorn in the microwave.
Fill the paper bag with popcorn, roll the top down and seal it closed with a little tape. Pop in microwave like usual.

Use a popcorn popper.
The best part of this is that you control exactly what is added to your popcorn- if anything! Poppers can be used alone or on the stovetop, depending on the model you use. They range from $15 to $30 to much higher for larger ones.


Product Review- HoneyBee Gardens Pressed Mineral Powder Foundation

For about the past 5 years I’ve been on the hunt for the perfect- or at least tolerable- mineral powder foundation under $30. I first fell in love with a higher-end mineral foundation when it was brought in as the makeup line where I was working at the time. It had great coverage and was extremely professional looking. When I moved, I was unable to find it locally and didn’t want to pay shipping so I stopped using it. After a while I decided to try using it again, but I found that it didn’t have the great coverage I had come to know. As a stay at home mom I’m always on a budget. At a price point of $44, I couldn’t reason spending that kind of money on something I didn’t absolutely love.

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Wishing all mommies a happy Mother’s Day- especially mine!

No one said being a mommy is easy but having amazing children sure does help. If you’re lucky enough to have earned the title of “mom” in someone’s life then you deserve this day. Being a mom is not just the act of bearing children. Being a mom is a title that’s earned. As moms we spend our lives fighting for our children’s safety and happiness. I may look crazy, obsessive and neurotic sometimes, but that’s because it’s my job as their mom to ensure that they live the best life possible. We may not always know what is the best thing for our kids, but we always make the the right decisions when it comes to them because it is what we believe is best at that moment.

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