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Kids Summer Clothing We LOVE!

Kids Summer Clothing We LOVE!

We are back in the south and man is it hot! So since it feels like we are already in full summer mode here, I wanted to share some of our favorite brands and clothing with you all. Let’s start with shoes! Izzy has some 

Creating a Safer Family Home

Creating a Safer Family Home

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Window Covering Safety Council. All opinions are 100% mine. Life gets away from us. We are busy juggling so many things. When was the last time you did a safety check in your home? As 

Reducing Toxins in The Kitchen

Reducing Toxins in The Kitchen

Okay there is a lot to cover in this area of my journey to hang tight. I’m going to do my best to keep it as neat and tidy for you to follow as possible. If you missed my intro post about toxins, please check out this one first.

Food & Food Storage: This has been a slow change for us. There are a couple reasons why. For one, I wanted it to feel gradual for us as a family and not so shocking as items we had available for snacks on the daily were slowly removed from our diets. My tip is to stop buying one of the processed snacks at a time and be open with your family as to how those items we have found are not only “not healthy” (they do nothing to help our bodies grow), they are actually hurting our bodies. I even bought special treats to have on occasion in the house that are “safe.” I explained to Izzy that these treats also do not help her body grow, but in moderation, they aren’t going to hurt her body. As for food storage, we have glass containers & food grade silicone containers for food storage.

We also made sure that there were no non stick pots and pans in our home, because those are toxic. You can learn more about that in the movie Dark Waters & the doc The Devil We Know.

Dyes: We removed food with dyes from our diet. I check ingredients on everything and if it has any dyes that are not made from natural ingredients (i.e. turmeric) then we aren’t consuming them. Here are the sprinkles & dyes we have tried so far.

Foods & Treats we have been enjoying in place of others. For candy we are enjoying Yum Earth & Smart Sweets as a healthier option. For hot cocoa we ordered some Laird Hot Cocoa which I linked here. Not only is it not full of yucky ingredients, it’s full of incredibly beneficial ingredients! Do I dare say, it’s hot cocoa that is actually good for you? Here is the thing, we eat to feed our bodies. I think we have lost sight of that as a society. I want to also say, that doesn’t mean the food tasting flavorful, delicious and fun goes out the door with unhealthy. I want to make this toxin reducing journey as fun for you guys as I can. Once you get some momentum, it really is fun! Which brings me to dried mango by Mavuno Harvest. It’s some of the BEST dried fruit I’ve ever had! Izzy (my almost 7 year old) goes crazy over it! Honestly, the entire family does! Give it a try, it’s a great alternative to gummies & other sugar filled treats.

We also have been loving making these fruit leather/Fruit roll up knock off treats too! The directions are on my IG feed in the captain & you can watch the reel here.

Cleaning: For cleaning we have been using and loving Force of Nature for over 2 years now. This can clean and sanitize the air, fabrics, dog bowls, counters etc and the best part… no toxic fumes or residue. That means you don’t have to wipe down or rinse items after cleaning them with it. Once they are try, you are good to go!

We also just started using Branch Basics (as I use it more I’ll update you on my thoughts).

We use our Super Scandi Dishcloths more often than not, in place of paper towels. They are super absorbent and can be washed and used again and again. One way to keep toxins out of our lives is to stop polluting the earth. Making decisions to use more sustainable products is important.

More fun and info to come. Make sure you are subscribed to the blog so you don’t miss out!

XO Eryka

How I Reduced Toxins My Life

How I Reduced Toxins My Life

I’m not a doctor and since we live in the day of sue happy people I feel the need to disclose, I’m not a doctor or medical professional. I’m a mom sharing my thoughts, in hopes of making reducing toxins a bit easier than it’s 

Nature Paint Brushes

Nature Paint Brushes

Izzy and I made Nature Paint Brushes and what a blast we had! This activity is a great way to explore the outdoors. During this activity your child is working on gross motor, fine motor, hand eye coordination, and cognitive development. Step 1 Go outside 

3 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

3 Last Minute Father’s Day Ideas

1. About My Dad Video or Paper

I love when you can capture kids thoughts in a video or on paper. I made another video this year of Izzy talking about her Daddy. I also asked her the questions on this FREE printable. At the bottom there is a spot for your kids to draw a picture too!

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About-my-Dad

2. Homemade Cards

We love making homemade cards for all occasions. Father’s Day is no exception. We use card stock paper because it’s thicker, but anything can be used for cards. We have even used some wrapping paper & a paper bag. Izzy loves decorating with stickers, coloring and even adding some words to her cards.

3. Homemade Breakfast, Lunch or Dinner

What does Dad love to eat? Is he a breakfast guy? If so I found this awesome recipe by Tay’s Tasty Table. Check her account out for more amazing recipes and charcuterie board ideas!

Tay’s Tasty Table Biscuits & Sausage Gravy Recipe

Biscuits:

Ingredients
⁃ 4 cups flour
⁃ 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
⁃ 2 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
⁃ 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
⁃ 1/3 cup shortening
⁃ 1/3 cup cold butter cut into cubes
⁃ 1 1/4 cup butter milk ( I just add 1 tablespoon white vinegar to my 1 1/4 cup regular milk to make my own buttermilk)
To make
⁃ preheat oven to 450 degrees F
⁃ Combine dry ingredients in a bowl and mix
⁃ Add shortening and cold butter to the flour mixture and mix with hands (or pastry cutter) until crumbly
⁃ Add buttermilk and stir
⁃ Place dough on floured surface and knead just until combined
⁃ Flatten into a circle about 1/2 inch thick
⁃ Use biscuit cutter (I used a wine glass) to cut biscuits and place on baking sheet
⁃ Bake for about 10 minutes or until golden brown

Gravy:

Ingredients
⁃ 1 lb sausage ( we prefer jimmy dean spicy – but regular works too if you don’t like any spice!!)
⁃ 1 stick salted butter
⁃ 1/2 cup flour
⁃ 3 cups milk

To make
⁃ cook sausage in skillet on medium until cooked through( I like to make sure to break it up into very small pieces- but that’s personal preference)
⁃ Add butter and melt
⁃ Add flour and stir, cook for 1 minute
⁃ Slowly add milk- stirring as you go
⁃ It will thicken over time and as it cools you can always add more milk to thin it out if needed

If you were needing some last minute ideas, I hope this was helpful!

XO Eryka

Keeping a Clean Home with Kids & Pets

Keeping a Clean Home with Kids & Pets

Keeping a house clean and tidy with kids sounds like an oxymoron, but it can be done. Now I will start off by saying, my home doesn’t always look tidy and I wouldn’t eat off the floors on the daily… although I’m sure my kid 

A House for Hermit Crab ~ Activity for Kids

A House for Hermit Crab ~ Activity for Kids

Izzy and I love books and Eric Carle books have alway been a favorites of mine. This morning we read A House for Hermit Crab. Izzy loved the story so much I asked her, “What if I make an activity to go along with the 

Easy Ways to Clean & Sanitize Your Floors This Spring & Summer

Easy Ways to Clean & Sanitize Your Floors This Spring & Summer

Between having dogs and a child the floors can get so dirty. I can only imagine the germs we can’t see!

My husband and I have a love/hate with spring. We truly dread the mud and dirt that comes with spring because it means extra upkeep with the floors. In the past, keeping the floors clean and sanitized has been not so easy. This year we decided to try out a steam mop and you guys, I’m not sure why we didn’t try one sooner. I feel like I should start a Friday Favorites blog post again that shares all of my favorite new things that have made life easier for us.

Anyway, we got the Black + Decker Steam Mop + Vacuum. Who doesn’t want 99% sanitization? You guys, it cleans WITHOUT chemicals! It’s also super easy to use compared to other mop options we have tried over the years. Not to mention, I’m NOT buying cleaner for this mop or throw away, one time use mop attachments either! I mean, it kills up to 99% of germs and removes tough dirt and grime just using water and the microfiber pad I can throw in the washer!

I linked our Steam Mop below for you guys, you can click it to shop or read more details about it.

Here are some specs, for those like my husband. Haha! This Steam Mop is 10lbs. It has a 1,000-Watt steam boiler & 500-Watt vacuum which can be operated simultaneously! The controls are right on the handle so you can easily switch functions to vacuum and steam at same time or separately.

Let me know what you guys think of this Steam Mop. If you buy it or already own it. Also let me know how you are keeping your floors clean and sanitized during the months without snow.

XO Eryka

Easter Basket Ideas

Easter Basket Ideas

This year for Izzy we wanted to have candy mixed with a bunch of activities she could enjoy. We are all about finding indoor and rainy day activities. If you follow us on Facebook or IG then you a likely saw these in our stories.