Welcome to the August 2014 Natural Living Blog Carnival: Green Your School Year.

This post was written for inclusion in the monthly Natural Living Blog Carnival hosted by Happy Mothering and the Green Moms Network. This month, our members are getting ready for back to school. Stop by all of the posts listed at the bottom of mine to get ideas on how you can make simple changes to make the school year more eco-friendly and natural.

ecofriendly-school-yearFor many, school is already back in session. Zoë doesn’t officially start back in class until after Labor Day (although we meet her teacher the week before and get her first homework packet), so we’re still enjoying these last days of summer.

Last year I wrote about her awesome private school. However, this year she’ll be attending a new Charter School, which is really exciting. While all of her friends from her old school will also be attending the Charter School, a new school also means new friends and new opportunities to learn and grow. It also means new opportunities to share our passion for green and natural living.

I believe that the best way to share our passion is through example – not pushing our beliefs on others. I have found that when people notice that we do things differently, they are often curious and like to ask questions (and if they’re not interested that’s okay – we’re all on our own journeys). It’s so much easier to share when someone is genuinely interested than when you are sharing unwanted information.

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shea-butter-usesAs I have learned more about natural living and delved into making more of my own personal care products, I am learning more about the different ingredients that go into natural skincare products.

One of those ingredients is Shea Butter. Shea butter is derived from the Shea tree, also called the Karite tree. Karite means Tree of Life.

Knowing that it’s derived from the tree of life, it’s no surprise that Shea butter is full of healthy vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin F and lots of other great healing and nourishing properties for the skin. One of the reasons Shea butter is so effective is because its moisturizers are the same as the moisturizers produced by our own sebaceous glands.

Shea butter can help with a number of skin conditions. According to the Shea Institute, these are 18 conditions Shea butter can help with: [click to continue…]

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Life’s An Adventures – Pack for It! {Plus Target Gift Card Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson August 19, 2014

Content and/or other value provided by our partner, Target. All opinions are my own. I have always wanted to live a life full of adventure. Dreams of traveling and seeing the world have been with me for as long as I can remember. Even as I teenager, I preferred to spend my limited money on […]

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Researching My Family’s History {Plus a Free Trial to Ancestry.com}

by Chrystal Johnson August 18, 2014

This is sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Ancestry.com. All opinions are my own.  I have always had an interest in my family tree. I remember the first time I built a family tree. It was for my 3rd grade class assignment. It was really fun talking to my grandparents about my family’s […]

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What is a Pergola?

by Chrystal Johnson August 18, 2014

Pergolas are outdoor structures that provide shade and ambiance for people, as well as protection and support for plants. While a gazebo is a round, semi-closed sitting area that is most often free-standing; and a trellis is a vertical support specifically for plants; a pergola is a semi-enclosed structure that can take on many forms, […]

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How to Pack an Eco-Friendly Lunch {MightyNest Giveaway}

by Chrystal Johnson August 17, 2014

Last year when I was packing Zoë’s lunches, I got into a bad habit of using plastic baggies way more than I had intended. We had some great reusable items, but not enough for me to use them every day without washing more frequently. This year, my goal is to use very few disposable items in her […]

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Huge Back to School Giveaway {3 Winners}

by Chrystal Johnson August 17, 2014

Welcome to the (Give) Back to School Giveaway, sponsored by: SoapBox Soaps and hosted by:  Savory Savings and co-hosted by: Swanky POV This prizes for this amazing (Give) Back to School Giveaway were donated by the following: Madecasse Boll & Branch Good Spread Ajiri Tea Health Warrior Greyston Bakery Everly Pact Apparel Smile Squared Quinn Popcorn Jonas […]

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Teach Your Children to Treat Others with Kindness

by Chrystal Johnson August 16, 2014

This post was written by me as a member of the Netflix Stream team, for which I receive a complimentary Netflix subscription. There are subjects our kids are taught at school all year long. Math, reading, science, history, etc. One lesson that should be woven into all that your kids do is kindness. So many […]

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Keeping Kids Busy Learning with the LeapPad3

by Chrystal Johnson August 15, 2014

I received free product as part of a promotional program with LeapFrog and MomSelect. The girls received the LeapPad 1 back in 2011. Those things have been used and abused and loved on a very consistent basis ever since then. They come on road trips with us. They come to doctors appointments for use in […]

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PlayStation 4 Destiny Bundle Giveaway

by Chrystal Johnson August 14, 2014

Spice up Summer and enter to win a PS4 Destiny Bundle before you can even buy it! This giveaway is hosted by The Link Fairy. Get out of the heat and cool down with a sleek, new glacier white PS4 Destiny Bundle before you can even buy it! Besides looking awesome, this bundle comes with everything […]

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