How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

How to Choose Natural Beauty Products was sponsored by the Natural Products Association.  Opinions are our own.

how to choose natural beauty products How to Choose Natural Beauty Products

I am a beauty product junkie. It almost doesn’t matter where I am, if there’s a display of some type of beauty products, I’m checking it out. Unfortunately, there are some really bad, and bad for you, ingredients in many beauty lines. I’m talking about items that have been banned from our food supplies, but somehow are still acceptable to slather all over ourselves.

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Smuckers Natural Peanut Butter Partners with National Parks #mc

 

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting (#MC) for Smucker’s. I received a promotional item as a thank you for participating.

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We are huge peanut butter fans at our house.  We eat it on toast in the morning, sandwiches for meals, and have even made some pretty great desserts with peanut butter.  As a vegetarian, peanut butter is a great source of protein.

Smucker’s, Laura Scudder’s, and Adams natural peanut butters have teamed up for a great cause – supporting the National Parks!  They’ve donated $100,000 to the National Parks Conservation Association’s (NPCA) America’s Great Waters Program.  To sweeten the pot, the brands have put out $0.25 off peelie coupons on their products.  For each of these coupons that are redeemed, they’ll donate an additional $1 to the NPCA, up to $50,000. Pretty great, right?

 

Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Great uses for Tea Tree Oil was inspired by The Body Shop's new Tea Tree line.  I received items for consideration.

greatusesforteatreeoil Great Uses for Tea Tree Oil

Tea Tree Oil has a myriad of benefits.  Often referred to as a medicine cabinet in a bottle, it’s often used to treat a plethora of conditions.  First things first, though. 

What is Tea Tree Oil?

Tea Tree Oil is an essential oil that is steam distilled from a plant known as Melaleuca alternifolia, which is native to Australia.  It’s not found naturally growing in any other place on earth.  Tea Tree Oil should always come in a dark glass bottle, and be used with a dropper.  You should also never ingest Tea Tree Oil orally. 

 

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9 Tips to Combat Seasonal Allergies

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I don’t know about you, but in my area, we’ve had a fairly mild winter.  Due to this, our trees are starting to bud out, and you know what that means – allergy season is right around the corner.  I am so not ready for the itchy, watery eyes, the sneezing, or the turning into a snot factory. 

There are some things you can do to help combat seasonal allergies. 

Combat mold in your home.  The main way to do this is to keep everything dry, as mold needs a damp habitat to grow. 

Wash your shower curtain with bleach every few months.  It needs to be cleaned anyway, and those spots on the bottom?  They’re usually mold.  Gross, right?

Run your heat and air conditioning.  In the winter, when you keep your heat above 65 degrees, it helps to dry out the air in your home, which helps to inhibit the growth of mold.  In the summer, the air conditioning helps to filter the outside air of contaminants.   You can even get a filter for your forced air system that helps cut down on the contaminants even more. 

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Keep control of the dust. 

Take your shoes off when you come into the house.  Your shoes track all kinds of dirt and debris from the outdoors. 

Vacuum regularly.  It’s amazing what’s hiding in your carpet when you think it’s super-clean.  Remember to change your vacuum bag or filter regularly.   Don’t forget to vacuum your closets, under the bed and tables, and those other hidden spots.

If you have a pet, keep them brushed and bathed.  Many people are allergic to pet hair and dander, and they can create lots of extra dust. 

Get your carpets and furniture steam-cleaned.  It can help to kill whatever might be hiding.  There are lots of services that can do this for you.  Click for more info.
 

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Watch what you eat. 

Many foods can cause allergy-like symptoms.  Monosodium benzoate, an additive found in many canned foods, and trans oleic acid, which is found in beef, have both been shown to trigger allergies and allergy-like symptoms. 

Conversely, kiwi, oranges, and other foods that are high in vitamin C can help the body’s natural antibodies kick into gear. 
 

Medications

While I prefer to combat allergies before they begin, sometimes you need some additional help.  Personally, I can generally manage on OTC medications.  If you want something more natural, fish oil supplements, vitamins A & E, and many herbs are all believed to aid in the relief of allergies. 

Hopefully, this helps us all to combat seasonal allergies this year!  What’s your best allergen-fighting tip?
 

Mavea Elemaris Water Filtration Pitcher Giveaway #CrazyCupid

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Welcome to the Crazy Cupid hop, hosted by Cheap is the New Classy!  An awesome group of bloggers have come together to bring you excellent Valentine's Day related prizes. 

Here at How Was Your Day?, we've partnered with Mavea to bring you a really fantastic water filtration pitcher.  This filters out the contaminants, heavy metals, pollutants, and Chlorine taste and smell.  Who doesn't want that, right?  ARV $35. 

Ready to enter?  Do so in the Giveaway Tools widget after the jump.

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How to Print on Fabric to Make a Christmas Sachet

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Have you been looking for a quick gift  for some friends that is totally different?  Everyone needs sachets for their drawers, closets, and chests.  These are especially great, as they’re filled with Moth B Gone, which keeps moths away from your wool items. 

These sachets are also special, because we’re going to print our own image on fabric! Yep, that’s right!  No store bought fabric for us.  Okay, that’s not totally true, but it’s close enough.

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Genesis Sodastream Giveaway

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Welcome to the Crazy Christmas Giveaway Hop hosted by GoingCrazy!! WannaGo??!! and Planet Weidknecht. During the Holidays, things can get crazy, but we are here to help you take a break and win some great prizes!! Each blog is sponsoring a giveaway of at least $25 value. So, join the crazy and Have Fun!! 


Here at HWYD, we have teamed up with Sodastream USA to bring one super lucky winner a Genesis Sodastream Starter Kit.  You will receive:

  • Genesis Home Soda Maker
  • 1 60 liter Carbonator
  • 2 Carbonating Bottles
  • 3 SodaMix bottles (your choice) – each bottle makes 12 liters of soda
  • Sodamix Variety 12 pack

All told, it's a $120 value!  Wouldn't that make a great family gift for the holidays?  Enter in the Rafflecopter after the jump!

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Living Green with The Honest Company

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It seems like everywhere you turn, people are talking about being eco friendly, or green.  This item claims to be eco friendly because it was made locally, or this one’s fair trade, so we should buy that.  Or this cleaner has natural ingredients, so that’s better for us to use in our home.  Truth be told, it can all be a little mind boggling. 

This process occurs with every single item that we come in contact with.  Recently, my local grocery store started adding signs on items that were made in semi-local plants, claiming that if you purchased those, that you were buying local.  Unfortunately, that’s not really what “buying local” means, either.  But they wanted to capitalize on the buzz surrounding it.

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