Monday, February 29, 2016

All Natural Cleaning That Is Effective for Your Health Using Essential Oils!

Photo Courtesy:  Real Simple Magazine

Every now and then I like to post about all natural cleaning because it's really a subject that I like to not only talk about but research on.  Ever since I was a little girl, I have always been prone to getting head colds which led to tonsillitis and sometimes strep throat.  Bacteria is like a magnet to my immune system.  I get very sick when I come down with anything like sinusitis or the flu because I am so susceptible to germs in a way that it attacks my throat and I end up with a sore throat or laryngitis that requires major antibiotics and possibly, a short term dose of prednisone.  Yes, that's a dilemma I've never shared but one that tags me every 6 to 8 months.  A plague that is harder for me to shake off, the older I get.  Therefore, I am always researching natural products that I can clean with but at the same time, provide benefits for my health. 

I found out some years ago how much lavender fights bacteria and aside from that, the smell is also great!  Lemon disinfects well also.  It's only natural for me to want to find the best ways to keep bacteria tamed especially since so much of the germs we come into contact with carry crazy bacteria and bacterial spores.  Many times, it's the things we have in our kitchen cabinet or refrigerator that can not only make use for good cleaning but are also safe for us, health wise.  I'm sharing some all natural tips and products that you can use to invite natural cleaning into your daily life.  There are so many good reasons for using natural products and for me, it's my health. 

I'm sharing from some research I discovered that is fast, cheap and effective!  Real Simple Magazine shares these ideas on specialty natural cleansers.  I'm sharing the ones that are not only effective cleansers but effective for your health, as well.

1.  Mold and Mildew Remover (antibacterial and antifungal)
2 cups of water
2 teaspoons tea-tree oil
1/4 cup baking soda
Pour water and tea-tree oil into a 24 ounce spray bottle and shake well.  Spray heavily molded areas with solution and let sit 24 hours.  After that, pour 1/4 cup baking soda in small bowl and spritz it with the solution until glue-like paste forms. apply with toothbrush and rinse.  Why does this work?  Tea-tree oil is antibacterial and antifungal, so it wipes out mold and mildew!

2.  Vinegar and Vodka Disinfectant (inhibits growth of germs)
1/2 cup white vinegar
1/2 cup vodka
10 drops lavender essential oil
10 drops lemon essential oil
1 1/2 cups water
Pour all ingredients into a 24-ounce spray bottle and shake well.  Spray surfaces and let sit for 10 minutes. Wipe clean with microfiber cloth. Why does this work?  White vinegar and vodka inhibit the growth of germs.  The lavender and lemon essential oils are antibacterial and antiseptic.  Also, the scent of lavender helps relieve stress and boost your mood!

3.  Essential-Oil Cleanser (kills bacteria)
3/4 cup water
1/4 cup rubbing alcohol
5 to 10 drops peppermint, lemon or orange essential oil
1 squirt natural dish soap
Pour all the ingredients into a 16-ounce spray bottle and shake well.  Spray onto the surface and wipe with a microfiber cloth. Why does this work?  Rubbing alcohol helps kill bacteria and is fast drying.  Natural dish soap is gentle and effective at removing dirt and grease.  The essential oil is antibacterial and smells good!
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Thursday, February 18, 2016

Book Review: Money Rules, The Simple Path To Lifelong Success By Jean Chatzky

Yesterday I began thinking about what's next for me.  Do you ever ask yourself that?  Sometimes we can have a lot going on but in reality, you don't really have anything going on because you are all over the place!  That's me, hands up, I'm all over the place right now in my life!  I've got a blog that I love but lately, I have no time to write as much as I like to.  I'm trying to stand up my coaching business and at the same time finish completing the requirements for my last coaching certification.  Oh yea, I received one of my certifications already...Yay!!!  In between blogging and business, I've committed to some serious responsibilities that God has given me this year and there is no way I can let those fall by the wayside!!

Anyway, with that said, I do have something I want to share with you that I did last week.  It was fun and I have talked about this place before.  I stopped in at Barnes and Noble.  Remember I told you some time ago that B & N is my "space and place" that I like to retreat to when I need to breathe again!

Well, guess what?  I found this awesome little book that is helping me with my finances.  It was a $6.98 diamond in the rough!!!  I have to share it with you because, that's me.  I am passing along this good news because I know it can help somebody out there. 

The book is called Money Rules, The Simple Path To Lifelong Security by Jean Chatzky.  Now, I'm not a big reader but this is a small book that is full of some valuable money rules!  I glanced through it in the store and after viewing a few pages, I knew it was coming home with me...LOL!!  Oh yea,  it was a keeper.

Seriously, it's a really good book and it gives you 94 simple money rules on subjects like spending, saving, investing, donating and so much more!  Every time she shared a rule, my mind would go "Yep, that's just what I think about that idea too!"  It's good advice that you probably have heard before but never listened too!  It's helped me already with my finances and I hope it will be helpful to you also.  Send me a comment and let me know if you decide to check it out...:-)
I would love to hear from you......tty soon!

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It's by invitation only and it's going to be so much fun, food and surprises.  You don't want to miss it.  If you are not a regular follower or subscriber, I invite you to join my social circle and do it now :-).

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Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine's Day Is Here ♡♡ Fashionista Trends & Tips: LoftTalk Contributor @ {SHANAY B}.


Cupid is in the air again and yes, it's that time for the love bug to!  Wow, it seems like we were just celebrating Christmas and now, here we are smooching about Valentine's Day.  Last year, I did an exclusive spread on "how to" make Valentine's Day hearts, cards and table decorating for entertaining.  To see the "how to", search "Valentine's Day" on home page.

On a more serious note, I'm sharing an awesome post from one of my contributing writers, Shanay Brown.  She is sharing on Fashion for the Spring and it's right on time!  Take a few minutes to read Shanay's contributing story and leave a comment at! The comment section is just below the post (it says "leave a comment for Deb & join in to share")
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Spring Fashion Trends
By:  Shanay Brown
Spring Fashion this year is all about texture!
 Peace and Blessings.....
Hello Ladies!  Well, I know you are tired of the SNOW and there is more to come but guess what?  We can still look HOT, even in the COLD!!  I'm sharing some amazing Spring Fashion Trends with the family and community, that will not only look good hanging in your closet, but will look absolutely AWESOME on YOU!!!! 

Lets begin with, bringing back the 70's Inspired Suede. With the 70's Inspired Suede you can also wear these pieces in the Fall.

Secondly, the classic Victorian Style. In my opinion you can pick great pieces and items from your local consignment shop if you do not want to break the bank.

Ladies, you can't have a Spring without the All White fashion items. This year, again, we are seeing the redux of the "All White Button" down shirtdress.  I love it!

Spanish Influences with shades of Red are another hot Spring Fashion trend. Ladies, just remember everything in this category depends on your body type and you should have fun with it.

Lastly, the featured Spring shoes are the Mule. Mules comes in different types and textures.

Ladies, please continue to have fun with fashion and remember, wear what is "always" comfortable for you!