Against The Grain

Monthly Archives:April 2016

My Son Is A Model

My Son Is A Model I am using today's blog post to brag! I admit, every once in a while I like to brag on my babies. My son is a model! I mean, he hasn't booked any jobs yet, but look at this guy! // Seriously, he is absolutely gorgeous! This kid has had a rough last year. He was diagnosed with epilepsy last April which caused somewhat of an anxiety disorder and a mild depression. If I was diagnosed with epilepsy I feel like I would have severe depression and anxiety! But not him, he Read More

Daytime vs Nighttime Parenting

Daytime vs Nighttime Parenting Can we talk about children and their bi-polar disposition for a minute! I have to use this moment to vent. Lets talk about parenting our kids in the daytime versus parenting our kids at night time... Daytime Vs Nighttime Parenting Struggles Water: At any point in the day, it can be a serious struggle to get water into my children. "It's gross", "Its plain", "I need milk", "I need juice", "It makes my mouth dry"(yes I have actually heard this many times), Read More

Homemade Air Freshner

Homemade Air Freshener // Toxic Dangers of Air Fresheners and Scented Candles Why you should be using a homemade air freshener: Synthetic fragrances may be the most common type of chemical in your house. Air Fresheners, plug-in type deodorizers and scented candles can emit hundreds of harmful chemicals known to be carcinogens, respiratory and endocrine disrupters, and reproductive toxicants, even at low levels. In 2014, Scientific American reported that a study in the journal, Read More

Why Essential Oils Will Never Be FDA Approved For Medical Purposes

Why Essential Oils Will Never Be FDA Approved For Medical Purposes What does one have to do to get their drug approved through the FDA? Well, believe it or not, it depends on the amount of money you can spend! But before getting into that, let me tell you the "extensive" process, used by the FDA, to approve a new pharmaceutical drug... The FDA reviews the drug and the clinical trials already performed and decides if the drug's benefits outweigh its known risks. If so, the drug is approved Read More

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer

Homemade Carpet Deodorizer One problem with deodorizing powder is that their fragrance may irritate members of the household with allergies or chronic respiratory conditions. Get rid of that problem with a homemade carpet deodorizer! // Homemade Carpet Deodorizer: Ingredients: 1 1/2 - 2 cups Baking Soda or Borax 20-30 drops of purification 5-10 drops Other Essential Oils for desired Scent Jar with holes in lid Directions: Mix the ingredients in the jar, cover the Read More

Doc McStuffins Party

Doc McStuffins Party Ideas // My step daughter loves Doc McStuffins! So I threw her an awesome Doc McStuffins Party. I had so much fun doing this party because I have boys. This is the first party I have ever thrown that consisted of pink and purple. So cute! I had to share these Doc McStuffins party ideas with you! Doc McStuffins Party Ideas: 1. Pin the band-aid on the booboo AKA pin the band-aid on Lamby! I got a white poster board from the dollar store and drew lamby on it. Simple! Read More

Chemical Free Dishwasher Detergent

Chemical Free Dishwasher Detergent Many of the ingredients in dish washing detergents aren’t named due to copyright protection! The ones that are disclosed are vague terms like stabilizer, buffer, colors, fragrance and water thickening agent. What do those things even mean?! We don’t even know what is going onto the dishes we are eating off of! Take charge of your families health by going chemical free! This homemade, chemical free dish detergent and Jet Dry recipes is a crucial step in Read More

Chemical Free Oven Cleaner

Chemical Free Oven Cleaner When is the last time you cleaned your oven? I am not an oven cleaner for one reason...the smell! I cannot stand the smell that comes from the cleaner or from he oven when it is in clean mode. It gives me serious anxiety. In the first 7 years I lived in my current home I cleaned the oven a total of 2 times! I have to leave the house because of that smell...that probably isn't the best idea either....Then I learned that my fears were totally justified! Oven cleaners Read More

E-Courses for April

 Click the image to sign up for the e-courses you want to take! // Thieves® essential oil is a powerful combination of Clove, Lemon, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus Radiata, and Rosemary essential oils for an aromatic blend that fills any space with a rich, spicy aroma. Inspired by the legend of four 15th-century French thieves who formulated a special aromatic combination composed of clove, rosemary, and other botanicals used while robbing the dead and dying, Thieves is one of Young Read More

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace Giveaway

Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace Giveaway This month I am giving away an Essential Oil Diffuser Necklace! Enter for a chance to win a FREE essential oil diffuser Necklace! The essential oil diffuser necklaces allow you to have the benefits of essential oils around your neck all day. Just put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the leather inside your diffuser necklace and enjoy it all day! Lavender Blue makes high quality jewelry that everyone can enjoy! // How do you get your Read More