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Tuesday Things

1. Last week was just not my week. In a matter of 48 hours, my website was hacked and the items in our storage unit were mistakenly discarded by our landlord. All of our holiday decorations collected over the years, along with many sentimental items (Austin’s baby photos! Our honeymoon souvenirs!) were all lost, and we’re pretty heartbroken over it.

To get through the week, while I deleted my blog and started over from scratch to remove the hack, I decided to treat myself to some green juice from Pressed Juicery. My favorite combo is Greens 3 mixed with Greens 4, for a not-too-sweet-or-too-spicy mix.

It wasn’t until I got home that I realized that they gave me the wrong juices.

SONY DSCTwo bottles of Greens 4, and no bottle of Greens 3 to balance it out. Bummer.

But, not surprising for the week I’ve had.

2. Luckily, my week has been getting better. I finally found a deodorant that really seems to work. Up until recently, I had been using Tropical Traditions and Simply Divine Botanicals products, but I found the former to be far too herbal-smelling and the latter didn’t seem to last long enough.

My new solution?

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Homemade deodorant! I looked up some homemade recipes, but ultimately, they all sounded too complicated for me. I like to keep things simple. So, I just mix a small amount of coconut oil and a pinch of baking soda in the palm of my hand each day (both are in my bathroom already) and apply. It works amazingly well!

Eventually, I may end up mixing a big batch of this stuff for an even faster application, but this method works pretty quickly so far.

3. I’ve also found a super-simple solution to washing my fresh produce.

SONY DSCI used to spend money on that bottled “fruit and veggie” wash available in the produce section of the grocery store, but I’ve found that plain white vinegar is just as effective, at a fraction of the cost! Just spray and rinse with water, like you would with any other solution.

Plus, if you soak your produce in a water and white vinegar solution, then rinse and dry, it seems to extend the shelf life of the produce in the fridge! It works amazingly well for fresh berries and leafy lettuce.

4. Another new item in my kitchen this week? Mila seeds.

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A special type of chia seed, Mila is loaded with extra Omega-3′s, fiber, antioxidants and nutrition, but it has the same neutral flavor and binding qualities as traditional chia seeds. I received this complimentary sample from a representative at Lifemax, and have been happily enjoying it in my Vanilla Chia Pudding for breakfast. These seeds come pre-ground, so preparing breakfast is even quicker now!

I can’t claim to “feel” a difference from the boosted nutrition yet, but I do love changing up the ingredients in my daily routine to achieve a well-rounded balance of nutrients, so this is a nice alternative!

5. Despite salt’s bad reputation in some health circles, it’s probably one of the few ingredients I can’t live without.

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After all, if you’re using a natural sea salt, I don’t think there’s much to worry about. Salt is critical to our health, and it’s the refined versions, which have been stripped of their natural mineral content, that cause health problems that are traditionally associated with salt consumption. My friend just finished reading an entire book on Salt, so I’m extra interested in these little crystals lately. They just make everything taste better.

The salt pictured above, Real Salt, is the type I use in all of my recipes. It comes in cute little refill packages, which I use to fill a glass jar that I keep over my stove. I always need salt close by!

Reader Feedback: How’s your week going so far? Anything new that you’ve tried?

46 comments to Tuesday Things

  • Sarah

    My heart goes out to you for your week last week! I’m sorry about getting your stuff lost! That would be so hard. I hope the rest of the month is easier on you :)

    Thanks for your blog and all you do!
    -Sarah

  • Lulu

    Oh my goodness, I am so sorry to hear about your stuff getting lost and your blog getting hacked! I hope everything gets back to normal for you soon. Thank you for hard work and posting awesome stuff on your blog :)

  • Rebecca

    Hey Megan!
    I am so sorry you lost so many special things from your storage and the rough week you had. I’m glad things are getting better for you!

    I tell everyone about your blog…all my girl friends follow it now too. You are wonderful!

    Hope you have a wonderful week!
    Rebecca

  • AbiKale

    I’m so sorry about all of your bad happenstance! That is a huge loss.

    WE LOVE YESTERDAY’S chocolate donuts. I’m making for Easter brunch as well. Despite your bad week, you continue to make our day time and time again! Thank you for your encouragement and motivation to keep your readers on track with loving and caring for their bodies.

  • Meghan! So sorry to hear about your sentimental items! :( I hope you discover older photos on your computer you forgot were there to maybe fill the gap? Such a bummer. :( How did you know your blog got hacked? That’s scary! Sorry to hear about this as well!

    I love that you shared these at home remedies! I think I will try the deodorant concoction you have here :) since the ingredients are in my kitchen and I’m always looking for more natural items to use especially when I am going to be “wearing” it ;).

    Okay – off to pin this post for use/reference later :) Thank you for your explanations and fun pictures :) (the vinegar water label is adorable! where di you get the bottle from? :)

    Take Care, ~Dawn

    • Megan

      Unfortunately, the photos were over 30 years old, so there’s no digital copies. We were looking forward to comparing our old baby picture with our future babies, so that’s a huge bummer. But, nothing I can do about it now, so I’m doing my best to move on!

      I actually had no idea my blog was hacked, at first, but then text about Viagra started showing up in my search engine results and over my posts– and I definitely didn’t put that there! Apparently it’s a very popular hack, and the only way to remove it is by starting all over. What a week!

      That vinegar bottle is just a cheap one from IKEA, and I added the chalkboard label myself. They’re on Amazon! http://amzn.to/Yzpp6k

  • Magan

    Hey there! I have been following your blog for quite some time now and have never commented for some reason. Anyhow, question, some of my loved ones have recently told me that I don’t smell as fresh as I used to, they are referring to when I used to use conventional personal care items. I believe the biggest thing I need to change is laundry detergent. I’ve been using the Trader Joe’s liquid lavender detergent, but I noticed it has soy in it. What do you use for laundry detergent? Also, do you use perfume, if so, what do you recommend? Thank you in advance for your response!

    • Megan

      I just switched to Seventh Generation laundry detergent, because it had a great safety rating on the EWG database. It doesn’t have much of a scent, so I actually just ordered some essential oils (this sample set: http://amzn.to/XapbRl) to try adding some natural fragrance to my laundry! I’ll be sure to make a post in the future if I have any success with it.

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your site and storage unit! That’s so sad. Last year a lot of similar items were lost in my parents’ basement during a horrible storm that flooding the basement and my mom was completely devastated.

    What great tips for the produce wash and the deodorant! THank you!

  • Rose

    I’m so sorry for your losses of those precious memories, this is heartbreaking, indeed… the best memories, still are always with us in our precious hearts.
    In a different perspective, i would have given a lot to have a loving husband and precious child, i’d take that in a milli-second without the pics!!! Still, my life is good, i am giving graces for the beauty in it and continue working towards realizing my dreams.
    Wising you a better and, why-not, a glorious week!
    Rose

  • Kathy Reid

    I’m sorry to hear about your week also! It is such a dissapointment when we lose our treasured things, but atleast nothing can take the moments of making those memories away!:) I found this article on all the ways the lemon peel can be used..thought you might like it. I love the cleaning solution idea!
    http://thankyourbody.com/31-ways-to-use-lemon-peel/

  • Chelsea

    I just got a (rather large) free sample of that ‘real salt’ in my last order from Vitacost. Glad to see that you recommend it! And I also too just started doing the water/vinegar soak for all my berries and I must say it works WONDERS on my strawberries which previously used to only last for a couple days.

  • I am so sorry to hear about your belongings being discarded. That is truly heartbreaking. Wish there was something that could be done to get them back!

    Thanks for the great tips on the deodorant…I’ll have to try that!

  • Oh no :( I’m SO sorry, it must’ve been really hard to lose all those valuables… And have your blog get hacked into? Yikes! But I hope things will go by much better for you from now on.
    This week’s been stressful (it’s “hell week” at our university, and rightfully so) but I found it’s really not as bad as I originally thought.
    Anyways I’ll be sending positive energy your way :D

  • I’m sorry for your rough week :( I hope things start looking up soon! I’ve been using baking soda and coconut oil as well, it’s fantastic!

  • Kim

    Oh no! All of that sounds terrible! It would be so sad to lose all those memories :( I hope things get better for you!

  • Melissa

    I’m so sorry for the items you have lost. We had a flood in our basement last Spring and lost items that we were saving (in plastic tubs mind you)for our chidren from their childhood.

    I did try gluten free pizza dough this week (Hodgson Mill) and it was delicious. I don’t have to eat gluten free, but I am already dairy free for health reasons, so I decided to try it.

  • What a crummy week! At least it looks like your blog is back to normal though! I too am a (sea) salt fiend! I used to actually do sea salt flushes to remove excess toxins or if I felt like I was getting sick. It’s definitely something I CAN’T live without! I hope you have a better week!

  • Liz

    What a week! Lots of hugs being sent and know that things are looking up for you guys! Very thankful for all your work on the blog!

  • Oh my gosh! I am so sorry – losing baby pictures, HORRIBLE! I’m pretty sure your landlord owes you like a YEAR of free rent. And that doesn’t even begin to cut it. So sad :( I’m glad things are looking up! Real Salt is my favorite too. It’s so versatile and tastes really good on HBed eggs :)

  • renay

    i always enjoy your blog and recipes – thanks for your tips and sharing your learning as you go along! however, i wanted to mention the importance of choosing ALUMINUM-FREE baking soda (available in most healthier food stores). this is a big deal – otherwise you are defeating the purpose of going with natural alternatives for your deodorant!

  • Oh my gosh, I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your items. That is just terrible.
    If it makes you feel any better (and I know it doesn’t!), Matt and I only brought one – ONE! – souvenir home from our entire honeymoon. Just one, because we wanted it to be EXTRA special (and we didn’t want clutter). It was just a simple 3-Euro mug from a Christmas market in Munich, specific to the 2012 market. Unique and irreplaceable. Cannot be repurchased, even within Germany, now that the season is over. So my heart shattered along with the mug when it was knocked off the counter during a party recently and broken beyond repair.

    • Megan

      We only had one souvenir from our engagement trip, too– a Christmas ornament that we enjoyed hanging on our tree every year. I told Austin that if it ever broke, I’d be crushed! Now it’s gone, so I guess I don’t have to worry about that anymore.

      Sorry about your mug! Hope you have some good pictures, at least!

  • I’m so sorry to hear about your terrible week! It always seems to happen that “when it rains it pours” (for better and worse!). I don’t know if you ever tune into the Dara Dubinet YouTube channel, but for the past week she’s really been emphasizing decluttering through feng shui and how holding on to material things can be a form of toxicity. Of course, important photos and holiday decorations are not toxic, but maybe the sentiment of “releasing things to make room” rather than “missing” or “losing” can be of some comfort? (That was a poor explanation of the concept, so if you’re interested, I’d recommend watching some of her videos!).

    And thanks for that great DIY deodorant! I will absolutely try this!

  • Alison

    I am so sorry to hear about your important family belongings. We had water in our basement a few years back and lost a lot of sentimental Christmas ornaments, so I can understand how you feel. Your homemade deodorant is interesting. Do you melt the coconut oil, or just mash it and mix it with the baking soda? I have been wanting to find an organic deodorant.

  • Tasha L.

    Thanks for your wonderful website, it is one of my very favorites. So sorry to hear about your hard week. What a loss.

  • Judy Taylor

    Megan, I join the rest of the group in sympathizing with the loss of family treasures. My daughters and grandkids laugh that any family history they want is in my garage so I sure hope it stays dry and safe. However, my middle daughter has been going through a detoxing of personal belongings six years after her husband died very suddenly. She had to pack up over 25 years of their personal and business belongings and store until last October. She is in a little house in the country and all her belongings were piled to the ceilings in every room. The first time I visited, I said we could be on Hoarders for sure. In the process of getting rid of most of the business stuff and clearing out personal mementos, she has been very sick. Almost everything reminded her of her husband and their very difficult marriage – he was an alcoholic who used his congestive heart failure to control her, and could be charming and then abusive very quickly. Wow! didn’t mean to share quite so much! She is a thyroid cancer survivor and trying to balance prescription drugs for rheumatoid arthritis with juice fasting and healthy eating. She is healing and going to a wonderful acupuncturist/Chinese herbal doctor who is helping to clear out a lot of pain. Through it all, she manages to have a sense of humor and sometimes, that is the best medicine. Thanks so much for all your recipes and your blog. My grandson and I are going to make the Chocolate Coconut Ice Cream this week. My best to you.

  • Amy

    Have you tried Costco’s Himalayan Pink salt? It’s pink because of all the minerals in it, and it’s become the only salt we use. Livestrong has an article about it – http://www.livestrong.com/article/267937-what-are-the-benefits-of-himalayan-pink-salt/

    • Megan

      Real Salt is actually very similar to Himalayan salt– that’s why it’s pink, too! Real Salt is also harvested from ancient salt deposits and contains a full spectrum of minerals. The main difference is that Real Salt is harvested in the USA, and Himalayan salt deposits are found near Pakistan, so shipping costs make the price of Himalayan salt higher.

  • Julia

    So sorry to hear about your blog getting hacked and your special things getting thrown away! :( Boo!

    On the deoderant, I totally agree and have been making my own for the last 2 years. I found out from a nutritionist a few years ago that I had aluminimum poisoning. Since then I have eliminated as many sources of aluminum as possible in my life and since anti-perspirant is a huge source of aluminum! So I make mine with coconut oil, baking soda, arrowroot powder (for that extra absorbancy factor!) and whatever essential oil my heart desires.

    I love your blog and you are an inspiration to us all! Keep going!!

  • Susan

    Oh, sorry about the losses. I always wonder why these things happen and the real purpose. Sometimes I think if I knew or could understand why, it would make me feel better about it. Anywho, I’m a work-in-progress to become dairy free and I’m doing a really good job at it. No butter, no milk, no cheese (that’s hard)…plus I’m cleaning out my diet of everything processed. At home, it’s a snap now….but when we go out, I always run in to problems and restaurants these days don’t do well on making substitutes or exceptions. That’s been my experience….Akk!

  • April

    Megan,
    I’m sorry you’ve been having such a rough week. The part about your storage unit made my heart hurt. I’m so sorry. Also, not that it makes it better but hacking seems REALLY common this last couple of weeks. Seems me and nearly everyone I know has been hacked within this last month! It makes me wonder if there is some reason for that or just a strange coincidence.
    A fun fact…I buy the same exact salt as you do, AND I put it in a glass jar that lives by my stove! I thought that was interesting. What can I say…great minds think alike!
    Hope everything gets better soon, I’m sure it will. I’ll be sending some positive thoughts your way, as I’m sure most of your readers will. :)

  • i would have loved that juice mistake though—that sounds soooo tasty! i hope your week is going better! mine is kind chaotic at work with stress and house hunting!

  • Jenifer

    Hi Megan – great post – your vulnerability is humbling. I second the vote for hyimalayian sea salt. I recently switched from the Real Salt to that because of it containing almost double the trace minerals. I bought a 5lb bag at my local bulk foods warehouse. Ill be trying the vinegar tip on my berries soon! Thanks! -Jenifer

  • Joyce

    For vinegar/water berry soak, what’s the ratio of v:w and how long do you soak?

    Love your blog. Thx so much for all you share!!
    Joyce

    • Megan

      I believe the proper ratio is 1 part vinegar to 10 parts water, but I rarely measure… I just throw a splash of vinegar into however much soaking water I’m using!

  • Dennis

    Sorry to hear of your loss. Just a note on your homemade deodorant which sounds very interesting, I have been using a product called Lavilin http://www.lavilin.com/products/deodorant/underarm-deodorant-cream.html
    The company claims one application lasts for 7 days. This does work as stated and even better – sometimes two weeks or more depends on temperature, activity, etc.

  • NAiMA

    talking about deodorant – ever tried Potassium alum? i’ve tried it for the first time 4 years ago, and i’m never going back!

  • Rhonda Devine

    I love using vinegar to soak my fruits and veggies–works great!

  • Lexi

    I’m amazed by your deodorant recipe! I’m 8 weeks pregnant and have been desperately looking for a safe deodorant. Nothing seemed to work until last night, I tried coconut oil and baking soda after my shower. It’s amazing!! Thank you so much!
    P.S. I love your website, recipes etc. So many wonderful and inspirational ideas for living a healthy life. :-)

  • ticamom

    I know you wrote this post a while ago, but I’m sorry for what happened. Regarding the vinegar – after you spray berries with it and rinse them off, (1) do you dry them? and (2) do you put them back in the plastic container they came in from the store? Thanks so much!

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