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What would it be like to scrub out my shower with Rosemary and Lime instead of Bleach?

Let me just tell you…

Amazing.

My first desire to search for healthier solutions came when my firstborn had arrived. He was beginning to get under the cabinets and I knew there had to be a better way than how I’d grown up.

I also knew essential oils were the way to go. Powerful, potent, antimicrobial, antibacterial, disinfectant, antiviral, you name it it’s anti-everything!After doing some research, I had enough information to begin – first with recipes, later it became material for Green Cleaning classes. Those are some of my favorite classes.

How did we get so toxic?

When cleaning something 4 things usually have to take place, Think TACT:

Time

Abrasion (elbow grease)

Chemistry (pH)

Temperature (heat)

What we’ve done in the last 100 years is basically eliminated 3 out of the 4. By upping the chemical composition,  time, elbow grease, and heat can be completely eliminated from the cleaning process. So we don’t have to work as hard to get things to be the brightest and the whitest. Sounds good except when you start seeing the negative results of those chemicals on our bodies.

So you wanna go green?

When I first started I was overwhelmed. How many recipes do I hafta try before I find something that works? Well, if you’re like me (and tend to overcomplicate things) making the transition can be a lil nutty.

 

 

Couple things to keep in mind to keep your sanity.

  1. Keep it simple. No seriously. Remind yourself of this often. I once started this paleo diet (while I was pregnant) and threw out all our processed foods and yet I had no clue what I was doing. Yikes!  It was a rough start until we got the hang of it. With transforming your cleaning products, start gradual and take the pressure off yourself. Every little step helps.
  2. Start with your waterways. Anything that goes down the drains, eventually comes back through our kitchen taps. Some of the most toxic chemicals in the household go down drains (Toilet cleaners, Drain-O, etc). Start there. Begin to exchange toxic cleaners for the safer, natural alternatives that are healthier for you and the environment.
  3. Next tackle your All Purpose Cleaners. I’d love to scare you with the statistics on some of these products and how they are found to be endocrine disruptors, carcinogenic and cause blindness. Not to mention how these chemicals can be found in our spinal chord, nerves and fat cells. We’re literally consuming chemicals! No wonder we don’t feel well. I’ll save the bad news for my live classes. Bad news usually comes before good news, right?! Hit your All purpose (Bedroom/Kitchen/Bathroom) Cleaners next. This will greatly reduce your toxic load and did I mention, easier on the wallet?
  4. The Great Outdoors is what should be converted last. Any kind of chemical in your garage for outdoor use.

Find what works and stick to it!  Although it seemed complicated, EVERYTHING has gotten so much simpler. I absolutely love that my house is so fresh and so clean (with a dog, cloth diapers and toddler life in toe!) and when my children are up under cabinets, I’m not too concerned they’ll swallow something toxic. My products have been replaced with natural alternatives for a fraction of the cost. And best yet, most of these items can be found in your house already. It’s just a matter of putting it all together.

I hope this generates more interest in going green and reducing your toxic load. It really is worth every bit of the effort. I’d love to have you come to one of my classes to learn more. Feel free to contact me anytime for more info.

 

 

xo,

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3 Lessons I Learned at Epcot.

 

I recently took my kids to a theme park.

I’m not much of a theme park girl; I got stung by a bee when I was four and I think I cried until I was 19.  They can be crowded, expensive, and the wait-in-line-for-hours has not been a forté of mine. But Jonathan was working all day, it was my dear friend Sarai’s birthday and kids under 3 are free so LET’s DO THIS JAM!

 

We came. We saw. We conquered.

 

Here’s a few things I learned that day.

1. Never forget your sunscreen.

That Florida sun is unrelenting. I was charred… Burnt to a crisp… TOAST.

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A few drops of Lavender with some Coconut oil and problem solved. But boy, I was feeling it!

 

2.  OtterBoxes are for moms with small children.

Background: I drop my phone a lot.  I’ve had this phone for 2 years and been amazed that this sleek little number hasn’t broken yet. Until about 2 months ago, I set it on a table gently and it cracked. Yes, it was the straw that broke the camels back. And I have procrastinators blood in me so I’ll throw some tape over it and wait until the screen doesn’t work anymore to get it fixed. (Unlike my husband who gets things done right away.)

Well, the day came and Jonathan’s phone cracked too. He agreed to use it until the screen went out.  And it finally did. So it was time.

Sunday I had a shiny new screen. Weird to have such a good looking phone.

Six days later, Saturday (theme park extravaganza) it was shattered again.

UGH.

Welcome new bulky otterbox. I’ll get used to you soon.

 

3. Jesus loves me.

Not that theme parks strike me as a time to draw closer to Jesus but this time it did.

It was right about the time when my son says, “I want to go to the casa,” which roughly translates to, “I’m tired, let’s go, mom.” As I made my way towards the Big Golf Ball to leave, I saw Nemo: An AIR CONDITIONED, No-Wait-in-Line RiDe with FISH! I’m doing it! Last thing we do before we head home.

We sat in the little seashell and rode our way through the Nemo movie, exiting only 2 minutes later to the aquariums. Joram was having fun counting fish in spanish and in awe over the lobster when I noticed Jet lost a shoe, who was strapped to me sleeping. I just bought these sweet shoes, I gotta find it! I turned around to ask the lady where I could find it and BOOM, I realize not only am I down a shoe, I  lost a kid!

Stay calm. Stay calm. Move fast. Eyes darting everywhere, he’s nowhere to be found. I start yelling his name, holding back tears.

My heart was racing. I don’t know how much time passed whether it was 1 minute or 5 minutes, I’m scrambling! How did I know I would lose my kid at a theme park!? All the sudden someone handed me the shoe, and seconds later I heard his  voice yell “MoMmy!” and saw these little legs trying to get to me through a crowd. Reunited! Praise the LoRd!

It reminded me of what my mentor said to me when she lost her son. She had run a handful of errands and when she got home, panicked realizing he was gone and couldn’t remember which stop during the route she lost him.

ThaNKFuLLy, her story ends well also; her son was safe and happily entertaining the employees at one of the locations. That night, she cried her eyes out about how she could’ve lost him forever and the sheer panic she felt until she found him. Then the Lord spoke to her.

“That’s how I feel about the lost sheep.” 

When I heard that, I was stunned. Isn’t it true, though? The Bible says that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.  For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved. (John 3:16-17)

And again when Jesus shared the parable of the prodigal son, how much He wants us to know that He is always pursuing us. Every single person matters to Him. Like a frantic mom who done lost her baby at a theme park, that’s how the Father God feels about those who don’t know Him. Oh God, the thought is too great for me!

 For the Son of Man has come to save that which was lost.”

 “What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them goes astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine and go to the mountains to seek the one that is straying? And if he should find it, assuredly, I say to you, he rejoices more over that sheep than over the ninety-nine that did not go astray.  Even so it is not the will of your Father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish.” Matthew 18:10-14

Praise God who continually seeks us! Tears of thanksgiving for the truth that He is slow to anger and rich in love. How lost I felt all those years and what great peace I have knowing I’m reconciled with Him! I truly hope down deep you have that same HoPe as well.

 

In His Grip,

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I Want Juice?

In the Schro-home, we drink “juice”. Not expensive, high-fructose corn syrup kind  at the grocery store, but this simple Apple Cider Vinegar + Agave concoction. The first thing my son says every morning  without fail when he wakes up is, “I want juice?” I have no idea why he makes it into a question.

What he really means is, “Good Morning.”

Spray Paint Remedies

Confession: I’m a terrible crafter.

BUT I do love a good DIY project. Recently, I fell in love with metallic gold spray paint.

#WINNING!

I first started out with some plant pots on the porch.

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Then things got a little crazy…

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Needless to say, I got it all over me. I ran across a greener clean Goo-Gone using natural products. And since we don’t have too many extra cleaners/chemicals in our house, I was amped to try it on my glittered golden hands.

 

Super easy,  cheap and obviously multipurpose, I think just about everyone has this combination on hand..

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I used a cheaper version of coconut oil for this scrub instead of the higher quality stuff we consume. My hands were sparkling clean in no time!

So next time you wrestle a can of spray paint, go natural for the clean up!

xo,

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The Tale of Two Toothbrushes

We just finished up another eventful week. Jonathan played music at church last weekend with another musician who was sick. It seemed like the entire music department was dropping like flies due to illness. Anyhoo, by the time he got through the 3 weekend services, he caught some serious congestion.

And then Joram caught it..

“One of my favorite things to do is deal with a wickedly cranky toddler with an intense ear infection, snots, fever, aches,” said no one ever.

It was a really busy week with Jonathan’s recent job shift, Joram is super sick and Jethro clockin’ in a 6 months isn’t quite ready to take care of himself yet. The last thing I need is to get sick too. Seriously. Ain’t nobody got time for dat!

Side note: Can I say I enjoy brushing my teeth? Like yes, everyday even? Well I do, I seriously don’t like having “fur coats” on my teeth. Yuck. Ok, so lemme paint the picture. My toothbrush is always on the right. I use it often, since we are all creatures of habit and sometimes even territorial, I know that my toothbrush is always on the right.Maybe that”s the dance instructor in me (dudes start off with left foot for all social dances, ladies start with the right.) But back to my toothbrush… it’s  always on the right side. Can’t miss it. There it is. On the right.

 

Anyway, after a long week of being around a handful of other sick people and wrangling a sick niño, I’m getting ready for bed, and I grabbed my toothbrush. Or at least I thought it was.

 

I’m about a minute in to polishing them pearly whites when all the sudden I realize it’s not my toothbrush. It’s my ill husband’s toothbrush.

“OH NOooOoOo!”

After I said that  I literally started laughing at how awful this is. I really don’t understand myself sometimes but I seriously caught the giggles. I guess there’s no point in getting upset. I can’t undo what I’ve just done.

What next?  I’ve been through nursing school, no need to explain what’s going to happen next. The germs are already multiplying to the millions by now, haha.

LIGHT BULB!

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Natural medicine. I grabbed myself an empty veggie cap and bombed myself with a few drops of On Guard, a protective essential oil blend with Clove, Wild Orange, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary.  Swished my mouth with it, drank some water and went to bed.

I “bombed” myself once a day for the next 3 days. And you know what, I didn’t get sick. HIGHKICK! I thank the LoRd Almighty for granting me these little gems.

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed this story. Because it’s real. And it could happen to you, haha.

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