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My tips for living happy, healthy, and green!

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Nature Mama Soap!

I have been working a new project lately. I have started my own business called Nature Mama Soap. I create handmade soaps. It started out as a way to create a safe soap for myself and my family to use. I would use it myself and give it away as gifts. I started getting so much great feedback that I decided to turn it into a business. Its a crazy new adventure starting a business while being a stay at home mom of a 2 year old!

I am learning as I go and I know it will be a process, but I welcome the challenge and hope to create beautiful soap that people love.

All of my soap is made in small 3 or 5 pound batches using the cold process method. I use all organic and natural ingredients. My goal is to have soap that is good for your skin and has no harsh chemicals or artificial additives. I can’t believe how much stuff is in most soap, body wash, and shampoo that is on the shelves in most stores. It is full of ingredients that I can not pronounce or have any clue what they are. I prefer to know exactly what I am putting on my skin.

Although I do not currently live there my heart belongs to northern Michigan!!! Some of my soaps are in the shape of the state of Michigan. They are perfect to put in summer cottages, bed and breakfasts, and hotels. They are also great for gift baskets!

So far I am enjoying this process and I am sure I am going to learn a lot along the way. My goal is to take things as they come and keep moving forward. It feels so good to create something and share it with everyone.

A New Venture

After a lot of thought I have decided to start my own business from home. I am a stay at home mom and I am ready to venture into the world of entrepreneurship. I have decided to create my own handcrafted soaps. In the world we live in today there are so many chemicals and toxins in the products we use everyday. My goal is to create soaps from natural and organic ingredients that naturally create beautiful healthy skin and have no products in them that are going to cause any harm.

I am in the very beginning steps of creating this business. I have orders in for supplies that I will need and am in the process of creating a name, logo, and website. I am very excited to be setting out on this venture. It feels good to know that I will be creating a product that is safe and beneficial to all who use it.

For a long time now I have been wanting to create something that is healthy and beneficial for myself, my family, friends, and all who use it. I feel I have finally found a great way to do this. We use soap everyday and it comes in direct contact with our skin which is a direct line to our bloodstream. We need to be using products that are beneficial to healthy skin and not putting any toxins into our body.

I will continue to post along the way through this adventure!

Half Marathon Training

5.5 Weeks until the big day! Peapod Half Madness Half Marathon. I have been training now for about 2.5 months and I am up to 8 miles on my long run and a total about about 21 miles/week. I am very proud of how far I have come, to be honest if you would have asked me a couple years ago I never would have thought I would be able to do this. Although I have come to the conclusion strictly running is not my thing and I don’t think I will be doing any other strictly running races that are longer then a 10K. I have found that strictly running is a little boring for me. I really enjoy different types of exercise and like to change it up more often. I am really interested in doing more obstacle course type races.

I have learned a lot about myself so far along this journey. Running tests your mental strength along with physical strength and endurance. For me most days its more about getting my mind right to get out and run. Although on the days its the hardest for me to get myself out of the house and get going on the run are the days I really need it the most. Once I have completed my run I always feel much better then before. I feel accomplished mentally and physically.

Having a training schedule laid out for the entire duration of the training has been a major help for me personally. The training schedule is my guide and also it keeps me focused on my goal. I like knowing exactly what I need to do each day and it keeps me accountable. Before when I have tried to run I just would go out and try to figure things about on my own, which is not wonder I never kept it up. I didn’t know how to train for running or how much do each day and when to increase my distance.

This process so far has been anything but easy but it has given me a lot of confidence in myself and what I can do when I put my mind to it. I believe everyone needs to continue to challenge themselves in life. If you don’t challenge yourself you will never know what you can do!

In Need Of Inspiration

Sometimes life feels like things can never go the way I want them to or have them planned to go. Every time I think things are finally going to work out so we can finally move forward with our plans something changes or comes up to throw all of our plans off once again. Lately all of this has been weighing on my mind so much that I can’t seem to feel inspired about things. I try to keep myself motivated to do the things and keep moving forward…it would just be nice to have one thing work out. I know this sounds like a lot of whining and I know there are so many people out there that have thing harder then I do. I just needed to vent to try to get some perspective and get my motivation back.

I need to remember the things that make me feel good about life. I need to keep moving forward and not let set backs hold me back. I am trying to find a way to make each day more meaningful. I want to simplify my life and only deal with the things that are really important.

Remember what inspires me:

My Family
Nature
Health
Learning about going green
Fitness
Helping others
Being frugal

Now those are the things I need to focus on and keep working to move forward through the road blocks that come up.

“Storms make oaks take roots.”
Proverb

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Have You Joined a Mom’s Group?

After having my little one and not knowing many people in the area I started looking online for some way to meet other moms in the area. I came across a great website called meetup.com. There were so many groups in my general area to choose from it was great.

I am currently a member of two moms groups. I have found its a great way to get out and meet people. I love having so many activities to choose from. For me its also a great way to learn about different things to do in my area. I have found out a lot of things about the park district I live in and other great activities that I had no idea where in my area.

I really think that all new moms should try joining a mom’s group. I am a very shy person at first but this was a way I could make myself get out of the house. It’s also a great way to social my little guy. If not for being part of this group we would spend most days just the 2 of house at home. While I love hanging out with my little guy and love being at home we both need to get out and do new things. I want my little guy to have lots of great experiences and being part of a Mom’s group is a great way to start. He gets to meet lots of new kids, go to fun places, and just get used to being in different places around different people.

Check out a Mom’s group or any other group in your area at meetup.com!

Cloth Diapering 101

So when my little man was about 4 months old I started using cloth diapers….we have been at it for about 3 months now and things are going well. I wanted to share with you a few tips that I come to use along the way.

First here is what I use so far:

I use the GroVia One Size shells along with the snap in inserts and some pre folds. I use the prefolds during the day when we are at home and I can change him often. I use the snap in GroVia inserts at night and if we are going out and about. Also at night I have started using the GroVia soaker pads which I have found to be very helpful. My little man is a heavy wetter at night and was soaking through every night until I started using the soaker pads. He sleeps about 10 hours every nights so its great now that when he wakes up his clothes are not soaked!

To start I would have to say you should have at least 3 shells and 12 inserts of some type. I started with less of both and ended up ordering more within in 2 weeks because I couldn’t keep up with the laundry. Currently I have 12 prefolds, 12 snap inserts, 4 soaker pads, and 3 shells. For my next purchase I will get 2 more shells and 4 more soaker pads and probably 2 more snap in inserts. After that I think I will be set at least for awhile. GroVia is the only brand I have used so far, but didn’t feel the need to try anything else because I really like the way they work. I did a lot of reading and talked with a few people before choosing and I think I made the right choice for me and my little man.

Tip 1: Have enough inserts and shells right from the start. If you are just starting and can’t get a lot to begin with…make sure you have some backup disposable diapers. There is nothing worse then getting ready to leave for the day and realizing that the load of diapers you thought you put into the dryer, you didn’t! Now you have no clean diapers and are running late.

Tip 2: Follow the directions! I know this may sound obvious, but you really do need to wash the inserts and soaker pads multiple times before using if you want them to be effective.

Tip 3: Remember that the inserts are not going to look brand new forever. I have some perfectionist tendencies and that has caused me to obsess over the smallest discoloration on the diapers.  Yes you want them to be clean, but there will be some spots you just can’t get out no matter how hard you try!

Tip 4: Figure out what works best for you. I did a lot of reading to try to figure out what I should do. Then finally I just went and got some stuff to start. You just have to start and go from there to see how it works for you.

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Where Are The Manners?

Where have peoples manners gone? Do people still teach there children to say “Please” and “Thank You”? What about the idea of “Do unto others and you would like them to do unto you”?

I have noticed that so many people in today’s world think they are privileged and everything should just be given to them. Yesterday we were sitting at a friends house handing out candy and one little girl came up and we said go ahead and take one and her response was “I Know”…no thank you!

How about all of these reality TV shows that just show tons of bad behavior and no respect for others. Why are these shows popular….personally I can not stand them. They are everything that is wrong with today’s society. These people are making tons of money to run around party, drink, fight, and show complete disrespect for everything around them.

And then I watch the news and I hear about all of the horrible bulling going on in schools. I can’t believe what these kids are doing and saying to each other. We need to teach our children how to respect others and treat others as we would want to be treated. That is what I was always taught growing up. I know kids will always be kids to a point, but relentless bulling…should not be tolerated by parents or teachers.

What about those people who always drive to the front of the line when sitting in construction. That drives me crazy and every time I think “Does this person really think they are better then everyone else sitting in line waiting to get through” “Is the place they are going really more important then where everyone else is heading?”

We need to get back to some old fashioned morals and values. Teach our children how to be respect people who care about others and the world around them. People should not be able to just do whatever they want and think there are no consequences. I hope this starts to change before my little boy starts school.