These NASA Approved Air-Purifying Houseplants Are Everything This Winter

It's the dead of winter. The windows haven't been open in months. The air is dry and filled with dust and winter blah. Thankfully, there's a natural and beautiful way to purify the air in your home with these 18 NASA Approved Air-purifying Houseplants!



But first, some background on NASA approved air purifying houseplants... It all started in 1989 when NASA wanted to figure out a way to clean the air in space stations. Plants were a no-brainer since they have long been praised for absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen.

 The study found that "certain common indoor plants provide a natural way of removing toxic agents while neutralizing the effects of sick building syndromeThe findings suggested efficient air cleaning is accomplished with at least one plant per 100 square feet of home or office space. Other more recent research found that micro-organisms in the potting mix (soil) remove benzene from the air, so it's not just the plant, but the soil doing the work, too!



So what are these magical plants? Good news, you probably already know/own one or two, but most of all, you can easily find them at your local nursery or big box store. See below for everything you need to know to pick out the best plant for your space. (NOTE: Some may be toxic to your pets, please check plants for warnings before purchasing.)

FIRST! Find out what's lurking in your air, then choose the right plant for your needs.

SECOND: Use the above to match the perfect plant, below!






Here are actual pictures of the plants...




The following is a sort of cheat sheet to find which plant is best for various toxins and how to care for it.



To see specific plants and care instructions, check out my Houseplant Air Purifier Pinterest Board, Here.



7 Super Yummy + Hearty One-Pot Wonders

During the cold winter months, I am a one-pot wonder champion. The meals are always easy, hearty and everyone likes them. Below are seven I regularly rotate for easy weekend stews or thirty-minute easy clean-up weeknight dinners.



This 5-star Old Fashion Beef Stew from The New York Times Simmer of Hope, 

has 1304 reviewers singing its praises. I'm one of them. 
So good Sunday dinner.  My ultimate one-pot favorite.







Corn Chowder, the poor forgotten one-pot wonder. I'm not even sure why because it's an excuse to eat loads of bacon!



I remember my first turkey chili. When I found out it was made with turkey instead of beef, I was floored. I HAD NO IDEA! Truth be told, I pretty much only use turkey in my chili now. It's low-fat, heart healthy and NO ONE knows the difference. This 5-star turkey recipe is the clear winner with thousands of 5-star recipes. 


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This One-Pot Pot Roast from, Yummy Healthy Easy, is a classic worth trying. I LOVE IT!



One-Pot Lemon Herb Chicken + Rice, from Creme De La Crumb, is super simple.



This Creamy White Chili from Taste of Home makes it to the table in under an hour, has 552 5-star reviews and had one reviewer, a college student, singing its praises. "I got this wonderful chili recipe from my sister-in-law, who made a big batch and served a crowd one night. It was a hit. Plus, it's easy and quick, which is helpful since I'm a college student. In all my years of 4-H cooking, I've never had another dish get so many compliments."



Last but not least, the chunky Chef is bringing his weeknight A-Game with this One-pot Chicken Parmesan Pasta.

All-natural DIY lip balm for even the most sensitive lips











Being that I live in a state where frigid temperatures and snow stick around for months on end, dry skin, hair, and lips are my life. I'm seriously two scales short of being considered a lizard by the end of February. My son isn't in much better shape. 


As if that's not bad enough we both have ultra sensitive skin, so pretty much anything with fragrances and fake shit destroy us. Chapsticks and lip-balms often being the biggest offenders. It's crazy, but most dry my lips out and leave them in worse shape. So, I started making my own. It's fantastic, and when I lose a stick, I don't cry about it, I make a new one.  Here's how:

My new go-to is Everyday Roots, Natural Healing Lip Balm.  It seriously blends earth's best to create the best lips possible. 


What you need:
-1 tablespoon grated beeswax or beeswax pastilles
-1 tablespoon virgin coconut oil
-A dash of organic raw honey

-2 vitamin e capsules

-several drops of essential oil (optional)-I added peppermint!


Once I'm finished crushing on my Peppermint healing lip balm, I'm going to give a few others try.  

1. Thank you, Beautilish, for this super yummy and moisturizing, Peppermint Lip Balm. There are only three ingredients! THREE. Do this. 






























2. Have kids with constantly chapped lips? Style Me Pretty, has the answer, Kool-Aid Lip Balm! Yes, Kool-Aid. It's as easy as, mix Bees Wax for a natural SPF, Coconut oil for serious moisturizing and then a tasty Kool-Aid. Use small containers, so if they are lost or filled with dirt, not too much is lost!



3. I want to try this, Mint Chocolate Lip Balm from, Food Plus Words, but I'm afraid I will eat it! What an incredibly tasty Lip Balm this must be! 



4. Free The People, offer an amazing Tea Tree and Coconut Oil Lip Balm. Super healing. 

5. girl. Inspired. Offers the essential guide to creating every single Petroleum Jelly DIY Lip Balm you can imagine. She also gives tips for what mixes and well, and what doesn't. This is the essential guide petroleum lip gloss. DIY Lip Gloss: Each of these balms uses the same basic recipe. But this post has a great guide to different flavors and colors you can mix in. It’s basically a toolkit for creating your own recipes. (via girl. Inspired)
6. Love You Madly, shows how easy the 2-Ingredient Lip Balm is. That's right, TWO.
Think Petroleum Jelly + Kool-Aid! 

7. The Raspberry Lemonade Lip Balm from Dear Crissy, is a Summer-Do. So refreshing.


Get this, just four ingredients make this magical mix!

For more ideas, check out my Natural Beauty Pinterest Board.What's you favorite DIY Lip Balm Recipe?


Motivated to try, but need all the stuff? Here are a few things from Amazon I found to get you started, or atlas thinking...  

1. A complete DIY Lip Balm Kit

2. Have everything, but need the containers? I ordered the Keepie Factory Empty Lip Balm Containers  FDA approved, 100% non-toxic, made int he USAclear plastic lip balm containers.
 Note: these are tubes. 50 per bag. ($10)






3. Prefer, 5 Gram Plastic Cosmetic Containers, With Lids for your lip balm? Here's an option from Amazon, with prime. $10. 50-count



                                                         







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Winter Activities and Ideas To Fight The Boredom

Below are some of my favorite family crafts, activities and ideas to fight boredom during those cold winter months stuck in the cave that is your home. 


Feed the birds! 


 A Bird Feeder made of crap already laying around the house is a fun, easy project.  Get creative. 




Salt Stepping Stone. Make one every year to create a footpath. Oh so cute! 



Salt dough recipe:

1 cup salt

1 cup plain flour

Half a cup of warm water

Mix together in a large bowl and knead it until smooth and stretchy. This last part is important otherwise the dough remains sticky and quite granular from the salt. If it is still too sticky add a bit more flour, if too dry and crumbly then add a tiny touch more water.

DIY Candy Ornaments!



Build a DIY Stick Christmas tree with things found at the park or in your backyard. All you need is twine.



Salt Stepping Stone. Make one every year to create a footpath. Oh so cute! 





Salt dough recipe:

1 cup salt

1 cup plain flour

Half a cup of warm water
Mix together in a large bowl and knead it until smooth and stretchy. This last part is important otherwise the dough remains sticky and quite granular from the salt. If it is still too sticky add a bit more flour, if too dry and crumbly then add a tiny touch more water.


Deck the halls in coffee filter snowflakes!






Life-Saving Tips To Keep Your Family, Pets + Home Safe In Cold Weather




To reach as many people with this article as possible, I'm going to avoid using all of the colorful four-letter words I prefer to use when describing cold temperatures, brutal wind chills, and deadly winter forecasts, but just know, I'm screaming, FU*K THIS SH!T, on the inside.


For many, including myself, the Polar Vortex Express is already barreling in. Deadly, brutally cold temperatures are about to ravish the USA. Unprecedented temps are hitting damn near all of us. Please, take every necessary precaution to keep your family, pets and home safe.

Below are a few essential Life-Saving Tips To Keep Your Family, Pets + Home Safe In Brutal Cold Temperatures:



1. Load up on layers. Wear layers of lightweight clothing while inside to stay warm. When you go outside, go all out! Cover all exposed skin and wear warm waterproof shoes. Parents, if you're not covered in sweat and feel like you've had one hell of a workout after bundling up the kids, then you're doing something wrong. Do not mess with this cold. Frostbite hits fast and hard. NEVER go out without gloves and a hat, they prevent the loss of essential body heat.


2. Protect your pets: I don't care if Cujo is chained in your backyard, bring his ass in! Ok, fine, if Cujo must stay outside, provide shelter, blankets, fresh UNFROZEN water and extra love.
The ASPCA recommended during cold spells:
  • Massaging petroleum jelly or other paw protectants into paw pads before going outside can help protect from salt and chemical agents. Booties provide even more coverage and can also prevent sand and salt from getting lodged between bare toes and causing irritation. Use pet-friendly ice melts whenever possible.
  • Bring a towel on long walks to clean off stinging, irritated paws. After each walk, wash and dry your pet’s feet and stomach to remove ice, salt, and chemicals—and check for cracks in paw pads or redness between the toes.
  • Pets burn extra energy by trying to stay warm in the wintertime. Feeding your pet a little bit more during the cold weather months can provide much-needed calories, and making sure she has plenty of water to drink will help keep her well-hydrated and her skin less dry.
  • Remember, if it’s too cold for you, it’s probably too cold for your pet, so keep your animals inside. If left outdoors, pets can freeze, become disoriented, lost, stolen, injured or killed. Also, don’t leave pets alone in a car during cold weather, as cars can act as refrigerators that hold in the cold and cause animals to freeze to death.



3. Don't space out on space heaters. Space heaters are dangerous AF, take all necessary precautions when using one; Place it on a level, hard surface and keep anything flammable AT LEAST three feet away. ALWAYS turn off space heaters and unplug them before leaving the room or going to bed-- Children may turn them on without you knowing, unplug them for extra protection.
5. FIRE IN THE HOLE! If you are using a fireplace, use a glass or metal fire screen large enough to catch sparks and rolling logs. Make sure embers are completely out before going to sleep or leaving the house. Smokers, that nasty-ass can of butts by your backdoor? That can is a fire hazard, it causes many, many house and apartment complex fires when a lit ciggy is tossed in resulting in a ciggy-butt bonfire disaster. Move those butts at least three feet from your house.
6. Protect your pipes. I know running water, even at a trickle, looks like money slipping down the drain, but it's nothing compared to the plumber's bill. Remember, you are riding out a storm, not making life changes. Bite the bullet and open the taps. Another great way to protect the pipes is by opening the kitchen and bathroom cabinet doors to allow warm air to reach the plumbing hiding behind them. NOTE: Move harmful cleaners and chemicals out of the reach of children and pets.



7. Hardcore heat the house. Turn up the heat and keep it there day and night. It may cost a few more dollars on your bill, but, a broken pipe bill will make you throw up. NOTE: Creativity is not key. Never use a stove or oven to heat your home. DO NOT light a small fire in a safe space. DO Layer on the blankets and phone a friend.
8. Care for the car- Check tires, wipers, antifreeze and never go below a quarter of a tank.  Keep a winter safety kit in the trunk that includes a flashlight, battery-jump box, water and a blanket.
9. GENERATORS ARE NOT FOR GARAGES! Never operate a generator inside the home, including in the basement or garage. NOTE: Don’t hook a generator up to the home’s wiring. The safest thing to do is to connect the equipment you want to power directly to the outlets on the generator.
10. Love Thy Neighbor. Check on your neighbors and make sure they are at a minimum alive. This brutal cold can be hell on the elderly. Look out for those awesome people. You do realize, not only will you be elderly one day, you too will be a twenty-year-old at heart trapped in an old-ass body, be cool to them, because they are cool AF.





BONUS TIP: New Year's Eve Party-goers, getting wrecked-ass-wasted on New Year's Eve and frolicking outside in a drunken stupor is No Bueno. Booze and cold temps= Bad news. Stay layered up and don't think because you're boozed up you're warm and cozy. Not. Even. Close. Alcohol dilates warm blood vessels near the skin creating the impression of warmth, all the while it's lowering your core body temperature!




Please share this article with friends and family in the path of brutal temps, it could save their family, pet, neighbor, pipes, sanity...

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Try These Super Simple Ways To Beat Holiday Weight Gain Before It Beats You

I LOVE the holidays... the food, family and friend togetherness, presents, cozy weather, and of course, the traditions. And by "traditions" I mean, Halloween candy, Thanksgiving dinner and Christmas cookies.

What I don't love is how every year at the end of December some asshole elf sneaks into my closet and shrinks my fu*king clothes.

In other words... It's time for a 30/30 Challenge!



So what is the 30/30?

Spending 30 days (in a row) being mindful of your health and physical activity.

Why do it?

In 30 Days you can lower heart attack risk, lose weight, add years to your life, sleep better and of course, better your overall health and mood. Don't believe me? Here's the actual clip from the Doctors Show:

How much will it cost?

NOT A DAMN THING! 

I love that the 30/30 Challenge requires no gym membership, diet or personal trainer screaming at you. No excuses. Just you and a short 30-day goal focusing on a problem area or areas.

Just think... in two weeks you could be sleeping better, reducing your cholesterol and chances for a heart attack, losing weight, and become a healthier, happier person. How could you not want to at least try?


Where to start?

For a FULL mind, Body and soul makeover, do the 30/30 walking challenge. It's the ultimate 2019 weightloss resolution jumpstart. All you have to do is walk for 30-minutes for 30-days in row. 

The key is to find a way easily incorporate 30-minutes of walking into your day- You can walk twice for 15-minutes or 3 times for 10 if that's eaiser. That will help make the walking stick after the 30/30 is over.

TIPS:
  1. Take public transportation to work? Leave 15 minutes early and walk to the next stop or station. (I know, for those non-morning people this is a stupid suggestion)
  2. At lunch walk 15 minutes away from your desk, eat, then walk back--maybe even the long way back.
  3. On the weekends, go explore a new (historic) town or nature trail with the family.
  4. New mothers on maternity leave, make it a point that this challenge is CRUCIAL for you. Go for a walk by yourself every evening when your partner gets home.  Of course, you can take the baby, but getting out for some alone time will kill two birds with one stone for you!
  5. Only need a couple things from the store? If one is close enough, walk there!
  6. Walk the kids to school for the month.
  7. On rainy days, clean or organize a closet for 30 minutes, better yet, go to an indoor mall for some retail therapy--Again, kill two birds with one stone!
  8. Go walk through an outdoor mall.
  9. For a week straight, walk out of your front door and take a different street or path and see what you find!
  10. Download an awesome mystery ebook to listen to while you walk. TIP: Only let yourself listen to the book when walking, this might get those walks stretched out well past 30 minutes.

Once you decide to commit to the 30/30 Challenge, tell as many people as you can that you are doing this to add accountability.  Get a support group to help encourage and hold you accountable!  YOU CAN DO THIS!  It's just 30 minutes for thirty days.  It's not hard, or an on going commitment.  This is a challenge that you know you can do.

     YOU CAN DO THIS!

Don't need a full body workout, but have problem areas? Try a 30-day targeted challenge for but, thighs or abs. Below are a few of my favorites!









If you want to target more than your butt and core, the following 30-day workouts will give you all over results, inspire you to work out every day and only take a minute a day!



Want a Brazilian Butt?  Try this:





 Thighs keeping you down? Try this:


Do your abs make you sad? Try this:





 Are your arms causing your self-esteem harm? Do this:




Butt AND Gut have you in a rut? Never fear, help is here!



Looking for a whole-body 30-day tone every ounce challenge plan? Look no further...



If you already have a workout routine, here's a more advanced program that starts Day-1 with higher reps. 



or, this one:

Here is a four-month plan you can follow each month, or combine into one month:




If you have injuries or physical limitations, and none of the above will work, here is a 30-day food challenge. If it's too restrictive for you, break it up and try to avoid one-or-two foods for the day or week... 



Don't forget to Pin or print your favorite challenges!


                                







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