Tuesday, February 28, 2017

DIY Recipe of the Week {Chemical Free Home}

What's in your cabinets?  

I've been slowly removing items from my home which cause dis-ease to me and my family.  This started in the months following my diagnosis with Stage 4 Endometriosis in September of 2015. Being a chronic, non-curable, inflammatory disease I started making changes with the food that I was consuming and bringing into my home for my family.  I knew, that in spite of the chemotherapy treatment that I underwent post surgery, that I needed to return to my roots and how I was raised if I was going to be successful at living the rest of my life with Endometriosis and not be in constant pain.  I chose to turn to healing herbs, teas and tinctures to heal my body in conjunction with adopting a mostly fish eating vegetarian lifestyle while undergoing treatment and I swear, even with as bad as my side effects were, I believe that they would have been worse had I not done those things.

This was all fine and good, but with the additional research that I did regarding what contributes to Endometriosis, I felt that I needed to switch out the cleaning supplies in my home.  I appreciated what ease a chemical spray so strong that I needed to vent the bathroom windows in frigid temperatures just so I wouldn't pass out while cleaning could accomplish at eradicating the soap scum and hard water on my bathtub.  The thing is - I'd like to safely breath and not cough, have my nose run with snot, my eyes water and have my hands flake from the toxic chemical exposure.  I don't know why I got use to thinking this was ok.  For me, for my family.

Did you know that 26 seconds after exposure that chemicals are found in measurable amounts in the human body?    

Did you know that the National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health studied 2,983 ingredients in our products at home—and found 884 toxic ingredients?  

Why am I passionate about getting the yuck out of my home?  Because I don't want to be in constant pain because my Endo is flaring up.  I know, it's pretty selfish, but it's the catalyst for change in my home.  For me, essential oils are another rug on my Healthy Living Ladder.  It's something that I'm choosing to do to help my family.  

Where did I start?  With our laundry detergent.  

Now, I have to share a little story with you.  I once worked for a laundry detergent company.  I ran their shipping department and it was my first job after graduating from college...with a degree in poetry and photography.  BUT, a study had just come out that those with a liberal arts degree were in high demand because of their ability to multitask and think outside of the box.  Poetry and photography, folks, I landed a job in logistics with that. Anyway, I could not go past the shipping dock into the manufacturing area because of the chemicals. I would get horrendous headaches, my eyes would water, and my throat would burn.  It was horrible. But, I gladly took all the free detergent and fabric softener they  would give away because I was a struggling young mother.  And the less I had to spend on laundry care need, the more I could put towards other expenditures.  

Didn't think twice about that until about six months ago when I used the very last dryer sheet from that job, and hadn't worked at over 11 years ago.  Now what?  I knew that I wasn't going to buy dryer sheets or fabric softener.  I had just switch our laundry detergent.  I wasn't going to use chemical free detergent and chemical laden softener. 

I decided to get wool dryer balls.  Those worked great until winter hit and then holy static cling!  I needed something that would help with that.  

DIY Fabric Softener 

*I use an glass gallon jug to store mine under the utility sink 

  • 12 cups of white vinegar
  • 1 cup of rubbing alcohol
  • 80 drops of Essential Oils (I like Citrus Fresh™, but you can use any essential oil that has great cleaning properties)  - I use and recommend this brand.

  1. Put all of the ingredients in your jar, close the lid really tight, and shake, shake, shake!  
  2. Shake again before each use to make sure that the essential oils are disbursed thoroughly.  
SHAKE!  See all that essential oil on top?  Shake the bottle before you use. 

I use 1/2 cup and pour it into my fabric softener dispenser in my washer, and OH MY GOODNESS - it smells amazing.

You may be thinking to yourself, "Wow!  That's a lot of essential oils!"  You are right, it is.  But, I'm also making close to a gallon of fabric softener.  You can totally cut the recipe and make it more adaptable for your needs.  When I first did this recipe, it was made and stored in a quart sized canning jar.  So, start small (cut the recipe).  See if you like it, and then if you do, go big!

Why it works   

White vinegar - contains potassium and sodium, which softens hard water and can dissolve mineral build up.
Rubbing alcohol - dissolves dirt and oil really well
Citrus Fresh™ Essential Oil - containing Orange, Tangerine, Lemon, Mandarin, Grapefruit and Spearmint, it is my go-to when making my own home cleaning products.  It has a lovely fresh scent.   

Monday, February 27, 2017

Congratulations! Now what?

You've purchased your Young Living Premium Starter Kit
...now what?  

Well, I can strongly suggest NOT doing what I did, which was open the shipping box, look at all the things, close the shipping box, and put it in another room for another day.

I was a bit intimidated by my Premium Starter Kit.  What are these oils?  What do they do?  What if I use them wrong?
I didn't feel educated enough to use the oils, and, actually in a way I didn't feel worthy enough to use the oils.

I've been using essential oils for over 14 years.  Picking up small bottles of hand labeled liquid knowing that they had the power to assist in my healthy living journey, but not totally understanding their potential.

I chose Young Living

And, it's a personal choice.  I know that there are many different oils out there, and you do you.  But,
I chose Young Living for a few different reasons.  First and foremost because of their Seed to Seal Process®.  Young Living monitors every step of the production of their oils ensuring the purity, safety, and effectiveness.    

I consider my Premium Starter Kit an investment in my health and the health of my family.  It's another rung on my Healthy Living Ladder!  It cost me approximately $160 (I purchased the Dewdrop diffuser with my kit), and it's the best value for those who want to start out because it has a great selection of 11 oils to start off with, plus a diffuser, roller ball for your oils and a bunch of samples, all of which ends up valuing around $300.

Want to see what's in the kit?

Interested in purchasing your own Young Living Premium Starter Kit?  You can do so here and enrolling through me.  By becoming a Young Living Wholesale Member you can purchase your Premium Starter Kit for nearly 1/2 off the retail price.

Stay tuned!  I'll be highlighting a different oil each week as well as sharing more information about the "Oily" rung on my Healthy Living Ladder.

I'd love to hear about your journey as well!

Sunday, February 26, 2017


March - the time of the year that I come out of blogging hibernation!

I'm going to be trying something a little different over here at Educational Anarchy.  I don't know - consistency?  I'll give it a shot and see where it goes.

So, for those of you who have been following for a while you know that this blog was started to track my homeschooling journey (hence the name of the blog).  Since my two oldest children have returned to brick and mortar schools, Educational Anarchy has evolved a bit.  The focus has and will continue to be on EDUCATION AS POWER.

"In our daily affairs we strive to learn new things, implement what we have learned and grow from what we have learned.  ...we as a family are continually learning.  Learning never ceases as long as you have the desire and drive." 

Our life is about learning and growing, striving to be the best people possible.  Many individual things contribute to that happening.  That's what I'll be sharing with you - what we are doing, what we are learning, and how we are growing in that knowledge.  

Thank you for stopping by.  I'm happy to be out of hibernation!  

Just to give you an sneak peek at what Educational Anarchy will be highlighting - 
  • March 3-9 is Endometriosis Awareness Week.  I'll be sharing stories from women who have Endometriosis in an effort to spread awareness of this disease.  Having been diagnosed with Stage 4 Endometriosis in September of 2015, this topic is very important to me as I strive to educate as many people as possible about this chronic disease. You can access last years series by going to the Archive Section to the right and clicking on March under 2016.   
  • I've been on a DIY kick.  I'll be sharing recipes and tips.  
  • The ladder to a more healthy lifestyle has many rungs on it.  I'll be sharing what we are doing over here to maintain and strengthen our healthy lifestyle, as a family and individually.  
  • I'm participating in the Hey Let's Grow program this year and I'll be giving you updates on that.  
So, lots of great stuff and I'm excited. I hope to see you pop on back to check out what's going on.  And, I'd love to hear from you!  Be sure to comment on posts so we can get some conversations started.