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Swap {THIS} for {THAT}

Hey!

I wanted to give you all a few simple “swaps” that you can easily incorporate into your daily routine. By making these switches, you’re detoxing your current routine and moving towards a more healthful approach! Might I add, that these are all quite cost effective as well (save a $ here, spend it somewhere more useful!)

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Why would you want to make these switches, you ask? Read on to find out…

1. Ditch the “table salt” in favour of Himalayan Pink Sea Salt.

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Why?

Sadly, table salt has been processed enough that it no longer contains all the wonderful minerals that salt should – pink salt is rich with 80+ minerals. Your table salt has been enriched with Iodine and often times sugar is added to it – check your labels!

2. Toss out your chemically-laden moisturizer in favour of coconut oil.

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I’ve discussed this in a previous post which can be accessed here!

Once again, I can’t say enough good things about coconut oil. If you haven’t tried it yet, get yourself some next time you’re at the grocery store! It can be found in the health food section.

3. Make your own household cleaners!

Why?

Store-bought cleaners are full of chemicals. These chemicals are harmful to you, and everyone else who lives in or visits your house. These seemingly harmless products can cause skin irritation, allergies, respiratory irritation, hormone disruption… The list goes on and on and on.

You can read more about it on The Organic Consumers website here.

Solution?

D.I.Y – It’s beyond easy once you’ve invested in the supplies (and will save you $ in the long run!!). Get a squirt bottle; vinegar; baking soda; some essential oils… etc.

Living Well Spending Less blog gives you some great links to homemade cleaners for all areas of the house

5. Swap out store bought salad dressings for homemade dressings

Free of additives, preservatives, and nasty gunk – a homemade salad dressing tastes better and is more cost effective. You can keep it simple with this recipe from Vega, or go with something a little more complex!

This dressing is dee-lish, if you’re interested!

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6. Ditch the St. Ives Apricot Scrub (guilty!) and make a DIY facial scrub (2 Tbsp. White Sugar + 1 Tbsp. Olive Oil; just be gentle with it)

David Suzuki has some great resources on homemade cosmetics.

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smashing ceramic tiles.

Why am I smashing ceramic tiles ?

To make my OWN mosaic ! I know it sounds crazy, but I got inspiration from a friend that I met in Portugal. She was from Finland and one night she showed me this amazing mosaic project that she had previously worked on in Peru where she lived for a few months. She found a tonne of old broken tiles, and decided to make a big mosaic in the outdoor kitchen of the hostel where she was working.

I’m not sure where she got the inspiration to do this, but it looked incredible from the photos I saw. She made a mosaic of The Great Wave off Kanagawa, which I really had never heard of before this. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, just go to google images and type in “Japanese Wave” and you might recognize it. Actually, here’s a photo to save you some time…

the great wave off kanagawa

I have not started the project yet, but I did pick up the materials. I bought three colours of ceramic tiles to smash up (two shades of blue and a white). I also had to buy paint, and tile adhesive. I’ll be doing my mosaic on a piece of plywood that’s about 4×3 ft. I’ll be sure to update my progress as I experiment with my first ever MOSAIC!

Have you ever had an experience making mosaics ?