We go through life cleaning to get rid of dirt, germs and who knows what, right? But what do those cleaners leave behind? When is the last time you looked at the warning labels? The effects of years of use are not to your benefit to put it gently.
How about trying some DIY Cleaners?
There are other options to have a clean home, office, camper and anything else you want to clean.
Here is a video from FB now available on Organic Stepping Stones Youtube channel.
One cleaning product that can get overlooked is laundry soap. Take a moment to realize you are wearing clothes all the time (well most of us are) then you hop into bed and cover up with sheets and blankets. All that fabric has been touching our skin – which by the way is our largest organ.
Chemicals you can find in conventional detergent
- SLS/SLES Sulfate & sodium Laureth sulfate/ sodium lauryl ether sulfate – can irritate eyes, skin, and lungs. When washed down the drain is harmful to aquatic life.
- Petroleum distillates – irritates the skin, often contaminated with carcinogens which the skin absorbs increasing toxin levels
- 1,4-dioxane – short term effects eye and nose, long term liver and kidney issues and studies with rats breathing vapors developed cancer.
- This is only a few ingredients in conventional laundry detergent, I would rather focus on things that benefit us
Continue reading Natural Household Cleaners for Healthy Living
We all want beautiful glowing skin. The best part is we can help our skin look younger by simply exfoliating it while we shower. We all bathe so this is easy 🙂
What is Exfoliation?
- Removal of dead skin cells on the skin surface
The simple step of exfoliating can have profound effects. Plus our skin is our largest organ, so let’s take care of it.
Why Exfoliate your Skin?
- Removes dead skin cell that clogs the skin
- Allows moisturizing products to absorb
- Skin looks fresh & healthy
- Aging slows the shedding of skin cells and generating of new ones
- Old Skin cells pile up leaving skin looking dull, rough and dry
- Unclogs pores
- Reduces blackheads on face
- Diminishes fine lines and wrinkles
- Stimulates microcirculation
- Soften texture of the skin
- Helps control excess oil
How to Exfoliate
- Two main ways are physical and chemical
- Chemically – acids that dissolve and remove dead skin cells
- Chemical peels/masks
- Dry Brushing
- Exfoliating mitts
Continue reading Exfoliation & Handcrafted Sugar Scrub for Smooth Silky Skin
More and more people are shopping online. Often I hear it is out of convenience. The big question is does that convenience have a negative effect on our local economy?
The simple answer is YES. For every hundred dollars you spend in your local independently-owned stores and restaurants $68.00 will remain in the community. That is huge!
Why shop local?
- Strengthen your local economy
- Invest in your community
- Conserves energy and resources – less fuel for transportation
- Creates jobs
- Know the people behind the product or service – personalized service
- More money stays in the community
- You invest in creativity and entrepreneurship
- You make your community count and thrive
In the past 17 years, 65% of new jobs created are from small businesses. We are talking about 77 million jobs. As individuals, we make a much larger impact in our communities than most people are aware of when we choose to shop local.
Our Featured Local Business – Yellow Dog Marketplace
Continue reading Shop Local – Featuring Yellow Dog Marketplace
Once autumn is upon us it’s time to embrace the fall harvest by crunching into a sweet/tart juicy apple. Maybe it is time to bake up some apple crisp or traditional apple pie. Just writing this post has me imagining the scent of apple drifting through the house, now my mouth is watering too.
Whether you grow your own crops or shop your favorite farmers the choices are vast. Continue reading Fall Harvest
What is Coffee with Keena?
Coffee with Keena is a radio show hosted by Shakeena Melbourne.
Purpose of the Show
- Interview experts to share their knowledge with listeners
- Educate the community
- Share resources in our community
Recently I had the honor of meeting Shakeena in a small group setting, what an inspiration!
Continue reading Coffee with Keena
Recently I had the honor of meeting Maggie Varney, Founder & CEO of Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids Wellness Center and Salon. The team she has created has made a difference in over 4000 children’s lives. WOW, that is huge! All these children were helped by receiving a custom made wig at no cost to the child or family. Adult wigs don’t fit kids and are not styled for children.
It is unfortunate that health insurance companies will not help cover any of the cost for these children to receive a wig (but here is how you can help change that). Most of the children Maggie works with have cancer and other patients that have lost their hair and are battling for their health. By receiving a wig, it is one less obstacle they have to deal with. Hair loss can be devastating for anyone and for a child it is one more social and emotional issue to deal with daily. Continue reading Maggie’s Wigs 4 Kids of Michigan
When is the last time you actually thought about what happiness is? Recently I have given some serious thought to it.
When you really ponder the idea of happiness, it can represent so many things. Ask anyone you encounter and you will be surprised by the variety of different answers you will receive.
Happiness could mean………………..
- Food to eat
- Being accepted
- Being able to walk
- A bed to sleep in
- A hand to hold
This list just scratches the surface. We have all been raised in different environments, different ways, and in different parts of the world. We are all unique, let’s celebrate that.
Together we are a powerful force. We need to make the time to celebrate ourselves and each other. Imagine the joy, laughter, and happiness we could create and share. Continue reading What is Happiness?
Have you carved out a moment in time to ponder the idea of your vision? Some of you say, “I’m already working on it” while others might be so busy with daily life and might ask, “What are you talking about?”
The last couple of years I have been seriously kicking this idea around. You could call it your vision, dream, goal, mission or anything relevant for you. We all have gifts and talents; the beautiful thing is that we are all uniquely different.
Young Living continually promotes the idea of finding your “why” or dream in life, which I have embraced and want to share with you. After going to Diamond Bound (an event put on by Young Living Entrepreneurs) many of the speakers urged us all to step outside of the box to create our unique vision. They all share how and why they built their dream and the positive impact it has had for so many people. Attending this event inspired me to help me achieve my dream while empowering you.
Why Should You Have a Vision?
- To share your gifts and talents
- Create a purpose for yourself
- To help others help themselves
- The responsibility of your vision is your own
Continue reading Are you feeling lost in life? Create a Vision
During the cold season, you probably only pay attention to the person who is visibly sick and keep your distance from them, but certain surfaces at the airport contain substantially larger bacteria colonies than other areas. (You may not be able to see them, but they are there!) It is normal for bacteria to be everywhere, but it’s the bad bacteria that we need to be more aware of and can make you ill.
Studies were conducted by the website Travelmath, the University of Nottingham in England, and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare to collect samples of surfaces both in the airport and in the airplane.
Most people would think that the toilet would be the biggest offender, but surprisingly it is not. When using the restroom, most people are careful with what they touch and follow up with washing their hands with warm soapy water. Where else are these bad bacteria hiding? Continue reading Airport Travel and Germs, Should you be Concerned?