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My Favorite Honest Co. Products & How to Save Money Using Them {Bonus: Coupon Code!}

I have been using the Honest Company’s products for a few years now and LOVE them. They are great products and I love knowing that they are safe for my family and the environment. Here are a few of my favorite products and a few tips on how to get the most great products for your money.

Favorite Products:

1. Healing balm: Basically an organic, all natural substitute for petroleum jelly/aquaphor. I use it for dry hands, on my lips, on cuts and scrapes, as a nighttime protection against diaper rash and pretty much anything.

2. Multi-purpose cleaner: Smells amazing and gets the job done. I don’t have to worry about using unsafe chemicals with kiddos in the house and you can buy refill concentrates to use less plastic when you buy more.

3. Dish soap: Smells great and their products are some of the only ones I can find that don’t give me a skin reaction.

4. Face & body lotion: fragrance free and goes on light and smooth, I use it for myself and my daughter.

 

How to Save Money:

1. Use the free trials. When you first create an account with Honest you can order free trials of each of their bundles and only pay for shipping. This is a great way to try out their products. Note: when you sign up for a trial, you sign up for a bundle that renew automatically. Make sure that you set the settings to send shipment at the frequency you want or call to cancel if you don’t want to renew automatically.

2. If you bundle, get your money’s worth. The cost of an essentials bundle is $35.95, but you have your choice of products. This means there can be a big difference in the value you are getting for your money.

Organic shave oil: $15.95
Organic belly balm: $15.95
4-in-1 laundry packs: $15.95
Suds Up: $12.95
Sunscreen: $13.95
Total savings: $38.80

5 products at $5.95
Total loss: $6.20

3. If you have less expensive items you would like to purchase, use them for the +3 item, or buy them at Target. This way you earn %25 off (in the +3 option for your bundle) and don’t take up valuable space in your bundle at the set price.

4. Take advantage of member deals and +3 discounts. Have your eye on some of their super cute kids swimwear or nursing covers? Get %25 off of those items when you add them on to your bundle.

5. For a limited time {until the 15th} use code MARBUNDLES35OFF for %35 off any new bundle! Just click here started.

 

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How to Make Every Sweater a Long Hem Sweater

I don’t know about you, but I am in love with all of the long hem sweaters I have been seeing everywhere. Basically I want to buy all of Anthropologie. Seeing as that is not currently in the budget I came up with a solution that I am pretty excited about.

What you’ll need:
An old tank top
Another old shirt in a pattern or color you like
A shirt that is the ideal length for your body {for me that is covering my butt/hips} to use as a guide

I lined everything up using my perfect-fit sweater as a guide, then pinned, trimmed and sewed the two pieces together. I would have the hem part come up a few inches higher than your guide to allow it to work with any sweater length.

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The possibilities are endless!

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DIY Cleaning and Household Products

DIY Cleaning

I have been making my own cleaning products for a while now, but have had a peaked interest as I have seen some great info lately and it fits in so nicely with my Refresh2015 initiative.

There are a lot of benefits to making your own cleaning products, but the highlights are that they are natural without harmful chemicals, they are inexpensive and they are great for the environment.

All of these recipes include essential oils, which are great because they have cleansing/antibacterial properties and smell great, but many of these recipes can be used without and there are also some great oil-free ones from a previous post. You can purchase Doterra essential oils here or contact me for wholesale pricing at heatherleighdesignsmn@gmail.com.

I learned about a lot of these recipes and a lot of other great tips from Samantha Huddleston. Check out her website or instagram @thehealthtogmama for some great info on essential oils and healthy living. There are a lot more recipes that I have yet to try and will post as I go. I also needed a place to keep track of all the recipes so this post is a little self-serving 😉

*Note: It is recommended that you use glass containers or safe plastics {HDPE plastic, plastics number 1 (PETE) and 2}. More info on this here.

Foaming Hand Soap – I did not realize that you could make your own hand soap and it made me really excited. I have a skin reaction to most soaps so this is ideal for me plus I always love making new scent combos. Yum!

2 tablespoons liquid castile soap (unscented)

1 tablespoon fractionated coconut oil

10 drops essential oils of choice

Air Freshener – awesome to have on hand and even better that you can re-fill on demand and aren’t spraying chemicals!

In a 4 oz. spray bottle:

10 drops purify essential oil

5 drops lime or lavender essential oil

Fill the rest up with water

Other deodorizing oils include peppermint, clary sage, melaleuca, geranium, eucalyptus

Hand Sanitzer – With dirty diapers I need a lot of sanitizing and this works great if you have sensitive skin or reactions like I do. You can also half or quarter the recipe for small bottles to put in your purse or diaper bag.

In a 4 oz spray bottle:

15 drops each of melaleuca, lemon and on guard

Fill the rest up with water or fill with half water and half fractionated coconut oil for moisturizing.

Multi-Surface Cleaner – It was really hard for me to break away from my Honest Co. multi-surface cleaner but I gave this one a try and loved the smell. Sometimes you’ve got to clean while you wait for Honest mail day right?

In a 16 oz. spray bottle:

1/4 c. white vinegar

1 3/4 c. water

30 drops essential oil

Suggested oil combos include lavender and lemon, on guard and grapefruit, or peppermint and wild Orange

Fruit/Veggie Wash – this is so easy and takes up no extra space or containers.

Put a few drops of lemon essential oil in water and soak your fruit/veggies. It’s that simple!

 

Coming soon… dish soap, window and glass cleaner, dryer balls and wood polish

 

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Tag Blanket

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I had some leftover fabric as well as a ton of scrap ribbon to use and this was a quick and easy project. It was a great way to use up leftover materials {I am a known craft supply hoarder} PLUS it makes a great shower gift. My daughter is OBSESSED with her Taggies.

Tutorial coming soon but I was anxious to share the results!

5 Tips for Greener, Easier and Cheaper Household Tasks



In honor of Earth Day I thought that I would offer up some eco-friendly tips for your daily household tasks. Bonus: some fall into the easy and cheap categories too!

1. Make your own cleaning products. You can save tons of money and avoid toxic and harsh chemicals by making your own cleaning products. You can also reduce waste and save money by reusing spray bottles. Here are the recipes that I use. I use the all purpose cleaner a ton. I always add the lemon essential oil – it makes for a much better smell than the vinegar.

2. Hang dry clothes. I am a huge fan of using a drying rack for drying clothes. A lot of clothes are hang-dry only anyway and I have found that it keeps my clothes looking great plus it saves a ton of electricity.

3. Use rags/washcloths. As convenient as paper towels are, they are wasteful and costly. Make an effort to keep washcloths and sponges around for cleaning. Here is a quick way to deodorize and sanitize sponges.

4. Use products you can feel good about. Let’s be honest, not all of us have time to make all of our own cleaning products. In this case I like to keep around some earth-friendly and non-toxic cleaning supplies. The Honest Co. is one of my favorites. They have some great products that I can feel good about using with a kiddo crawling around and I can usually get some great deals on their products through referrals and promotions. They offer a free trial of their products if you want to see what they are all about. WARNING: when you do the trial you sign up for a subscription so make sure that you call and cancel if you don’t want to be charged (they send you a nice reminder email) or what I do is push back the subscription and only get products when you really need them {or when there is a promotion/deal}

5. Avoid disposable cleaning products. Swiffers and Swiffer Dusters constantly need replacing and create waste. You can re-create the convenience by making your own versions that are reusable. Here is a duster DIY. Here is a sweeper DIY.

Happy Earth Day!

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