Three easy ways to eliminate plastic use in your home

Something that I have been focused on the past year has been switching out plastic for something else that I either biodegradable or that I know won’t end up in a landfill or on the side of the road. Plastic solution isn’t just an issue on the side of the roads, plastic actually releases harmful chemicals that seep into groundwater and can cause harm to those drinking the water. Plastic typically takes 450-1000 YEARS to decompose. Yes, the plastic you’re buy will outlive you and thats NOT a good thing. Thats just on land, in the water its even worse as there are animals fighting for their lives because of OUR pollution.

So here are three EASY steps for you to take. First one is eliminating, and the last two are replacing. 

  1. Don’t buy ziplock bags – Now I get it. I am right there with those of you who love organization and ziplock bags provide just that. However the amount of waste they produce is kinda outta hand. So now instead of using ziplock bags I either (1) Cut and prep produce and put in mason jars (2) Use pyrex glass containers for leftovers
  2. Switch to a bamboo toothbrush– Switch from plastic toothbrushes to bamboo toothbrushes. Plastics laced with chemicals are absorbed into our bodies and well I’m going to let you do the math. That is NOT what we want.

These are the 2pk adult bamboo toothbrushes that I use: HERE

4pk Toddler/Child Bamboo toothbrushes: HERE 

3. Bring your own reusable bags when you go shopping. Being originally from WA state its a way of life there. You have your reusable bags in the car. Its just how you do life. When I moved to KC I honestly forgot all about it. Now though I am taking steps to help eliminate plastic. A lot of stores have their own reusable bags you can purchase. Trader Joes has some awesome ones. Another way to reduce plastic bags is to bring your own reusable produce bags like THESE to put your produce in. This is perfect if you’re grabbing produce from your garden, farmers market or want to keep your produce in bags in fridge.

2pk Adult Bamboo toothbrushes // AMAZON $5.89

4pk Child Bamboo Toothbrushes // AMAZON $8.90

9 pk Reusable Produce Bags // AMAZON $12.97

Pyrex Glass 18pc // AMAZON/ $39.39

This post contains affiliate links, all thoughts and words are my own.

Let be Honest Mamas : Flu Season

Its been a minute since I participated with the other beautiful ladies of the Lets be Honest Mamas group. I am LOVING these questions Kacie  came up with about flu season. We all do something different and I think its fun to learn new ways to help our bodies do what they were created to do. When you’re done reading my answers to these five questions head on over to the other ladies involved in this months post. All their links are at the bottom of this post. 

Nobody wants their child to catch the cold or flu. Do you have any tips or tricks for preventing the flu from hitting your house?

I thieves everything. Haha. If you don’t know what thieves is please let me humor you for a moment. Back in the 1500’s grave robbers wore it to keep the stench and decaying bodies from making them sick. So if it can keep them from getting sick imma thieves my whole house. Haha. In all honesty though I really do use thieves EVERYDAY. I use Young Livings Thieves Concentrate to make my own household cleaner, and even to clean little mans toys. I also use the oil to help keep our immune systems up. (If you’re interested in getting thieves concentrate to make your own cleaner I am putting my contact info at bottom of post. comes out to .81c/bottle VS. toxic cleaners (i.e. clorox/lysol at $2.99/bottle)

I personally take Elderberry Syrup when the flu is going around. Its pretty much magic. You can make your own or buy it from the store.

I have a special little rollerbottle concoction that is pure magic. The last time I was sick was in 2016. So let that be the proof. Its a magic rollerbottle with oregano, frankincense, lavender, lemon, and thieves. I roll it on my feet, spine, and neck/throat every couple hours when there are cold/flus going around. I have yet to get sick. Soooooo WINNING. 



Some parents rush their children to the doctor at the first sign of being sick or injured, while others choose to take care of the situation at home. Which category do you fall into and when do you know it’s time to see a doctor?

Going to the doctor for us only occurs in extreme medical emergencies. Im talking life or death. Our bodies know how to heal themselves and if we do a good job at helping keep our immune system up our bodies can typically do the work needed to heal. We just have a responsibility to take care of our bodies. We live in world where we want instant change but sometimes we need to just let our bodies do the work even if that means waiting extra long.

What are some natural remedies that you use to help your child feel better when he/she comes down with the flu/cold.

Little man has yet to come down with a cold since he was a couple months old. I like to think its my oily usage in our house. We are also fairly strict with our diet to keep our immune system working at capacity. We limit our dairy use (if any) along with sugar. A lot of people eat a lot of sugar during winter months which will CRASH your immune system. I get flack for not giving my son sugary foods, but I am okay with that. Knowing I am keeping his body healthy is whats most important to me. 

Are you an advocate for the flu vaccine or do you choose to skip it? Why?

We choose not to get the flu vaccine. Just my personal beliefs. 

For solidarity, share your worse flu story. Have you been thrown up on? Did one flu bug cycle through your entire family causing you to have weeks of taking of a sick child (or husband)? Let all the moms reading this know they’re not alone in the struggles of taking care of sick children.

I don’t have any crazy sick stories. Thank you Jesus. The worst sickness has been without kiddos always at thanksgiving. Go figure. haha. So heres to thieves, elderberry preventing it all. Okay, okay not all. But a lot. haha.

Follow along with all the other beautiful mamas taking part in this months post:

Kacie Ellis // Amber Hill // Stephanie Pollock // Emily Lindsey // Carla Thompson // Victoria Schneider




Interested in thieves cleaner? I did a blog post on how many bottles of cleaner one bottle of concentrate can make HERE. I am putting in my monthly order in next week.

Message me if you want me to add a bottle for you. If you’re local and order 2 or more Ill throw in a free oregano oil! Message me.