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Learning to live harmoniously in Missouri.


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DIY Soap Scum Remover – natural soft scrub alternative

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I was recently hired by someone to clean their home naturally, and I had the pleasure of cleaning one VERY yucky tub & shower! I can’t even tell you how a shower would have so much black and brown grime growing in it.. but I CAN tell you that this cleaning formula worked MAGIC in that bathroom!! It’s stronger than soft scrub, and made using only TWO ingredients that are so natural you could eat them. But I don’t recommend it…

This is my go-to formula for soap scum, mold, limescale, toilet bowls, and many other REALLY tough jobs in the kitchen and bathroom.

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Supplies :

  • baking soda
  • castile soap – I use Dr. Bronners and I LOVE the lavender scent, but any castile soap will work. :)
  • bowl & sponge

Directions :

  1. In a small mixing bowl pour in about 2 tablespoons of baking soda, give or take.
  2. Next, mix in enough castile soap to form a paste. This is not a science so just make it thick like the consistency of luscious icing.
  3. If it’s too thick, add more soap. Too runny? Add more baking soda.
  4. When you have it a nice consistency, simply scoop a dollop of it with your sponge and start scrubbing!
cotton scrubbie sponges, made with <3

cotton scrubbie sponges, made with ❤

To scrub this shower, I used a homemade cotton scrubbie sponge and it worked fabulously. Of course, it does take a little elbow grease so you get a free workout and in the end you will rejoice in the success of a fantastically clean shower!!

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Natural Remedies for the Common Cold

Are you feeling the winter blues this season and want to kick that cold fast? Put down that bottle of Nyquil and relieve it naturally! The best way to get rid of a cold really fast, is to catch it at the onset. If you are feeling slightly congested or have a sinus headache coming on, knock it down right away with these awesome remedies…

1 // LOTS of Vitamin C! Vitamin C will boost your immune system to prevent or fight off the pesky cold. I see lots of people taking vitamin supplements, but getting Vitamin C from a whole food will give you a greater effect. Some wonderful sources of vitamin C include ascerola cherries, rose hips, and of course the popular citrus fruits. I like to squeeze a half lemon into a glass of water and I also love my rose hips tincture!

2 // Plenty of Water is a must. It is very important to stay hydrated so your body can be energized and heal quickly

3 // Garlic has the amazing power to fight the infection that causes the cold. It’s most effective to eat RAW, whole garlic cloves. You can chop them up and put it in a salad or just take a small clove, smash it, and swallow it whole.. no need to chew.

4 // Elderberries are truly wonderful! I have made fresh elderberry cough syrup in the past that has helped my mom get over her bronchitis in just 2 days! You can buy elderberry syrup, elderberry extract, or elderberry capsules from most health or natural food stores.

5 // Mullein is a bountiful wild herb here in Missouri that many would call a weed. Mullein is known as an expectorant and it’s one of the first herbs I think of for a common cold. It helps relieve congestion and clear your lungs so it will help get rid of the cough.

6 // Echinacea is well known for it’s ability to boost your immune system.

7 // Plantain is another expectorant that can help soothe a cough.

8 // Raw Local Honey is delicious and oh so good for you! It is chock full of vitamins and minerals that everyone needs, and when you get LOCAL honey it’s like taking a little vaccination against common allergens in the area that you live in.

9 // Thieves Oil is a very powerful essential oil that was created during the days of the Black Plague by thieves who would go into the homes of people afflicted by the plague. They would douse themselves in it to protect themselves from the wildly infectious disease and many came out totally unharmed! It is amazing at killing bacteria and viruses. You can pick some up at the health food store or online. Put some in a diffuser or rub it into your chest.

These are all the remedies I use. Please feel free to comment if you have any tried and true remedies to share with us! And stay tuned for upcoming articles on herbs and natural healing.


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Creating a Perfect Work and Living Space

My partner and I took a bus from our home in the Ozarks of Missouri up north to Des Moines, Iowa where we picked up our new house on wheels! After driving it back to Branson, we got a good rest and the next morning packed up everything we needed to drive south to Texas for the holiday.

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We have been living, working, eating, and playing in it for 4 days now and already have learned so much. It is fascinating to me to get something brand new, a totally new house (to us), and make it functional for me. I feel like I’m evolving into a greater being. There is already so much that I know, what works for me, and now I’m making this RV functional.. also inspiring, motivating, loving, and nourishing. These are feelings that make my life rewarding.

What do those words mean to you?
I’ll call them the “5 properties of great space”
// functional… How can I achieve what I need to get done in a simple way?
// inspiring… Does my space speak to me?
// motivating… Do I WANT to get work done?
// loving… Do I feel great about myself and do others come into the space and feel relaxed and at home?
// nourishing… Are my senses feeling right? Do I feel healthy, rested, peaceful, yet excited about life?

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What we have done so far –
1. organize – I put everything away in a designated spot into cabinets so nothing is laying out. We drive a lot, so we can’t have stuff flying around our house when we’re on the road.
2. vacuumed – Carlos borrowed one from a friend and it had a very chemical, artificially scented odor coming out of it, so I sprinkled baking soda on the floor to diminish the smell.
3. cleaned the counters – I squirted and rubbed fresh squeezed lemon juice onto the counter, then sprinkled baking soda around. With one of my crochet rags, I wiped them off really well. After that I dropped a few drops of Sandalwood essential oil onto the counters and rubbed them down really well with the rag. This was my favorite part because it made the place smell so wonderful and serene. It also kills bacteria and microbes. Many essential oils have those properties. Baking soda and lemon juice are also anti-microbial.
4. simplified – We got rid of things we don’t need. We only want to have things that we will use and figure out what works best for what. So we through away cleaning agents, took out extra wood, etc.
5. creation!!! – we are constantly having ideas “5 properties of great space”… and growing with our space. I want new curtains, so I’m thinking we can set up branch curtain rods. I want to use the bathroom, but I don’t like plumbing so I’m thinking about having a composting toilet in our RV bathroom. We want to get a solar panel for the roof… It will all happen!

Life is an amazingly fun project!
Peace and prosperity,
Desiree