All Natural Foot Softening Soak Review – Does it Work?

Today’s guest post is by Jill who blogs at Maggie May’s Gifts – DIY Ideas for Everyday.  With the cold months settling in, I can’t wait to spend a quiet evening pampering my feet with Jill’s foot scrub!

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4 out of 5 leaves

There are many foot soak recipes out there and I went on a mission to find the best one. My mission included one that was easy, economical, and natural. Most of them contain many of the the same ingredients like sea salt, Epsom salt, vinegar, baking soda and essential oils. I found that vinegar and Listerine was a popular one and so was bleach. hmmm. No thanks!

I tried different mixtures and different variations and like this formula the best. Although, I really think it matters less what you use but more how long you soak and how well you exfoliate and moisturize. So if you can use what you have on hand, great!

It is nice to do this at night because it’s really relaxing and it also gives your feet several hours to rest and soak up your moisturizer. Also, it feels like Christmas morning when you wake up and check out your new, smooth feet.

First, get a basin large enough to hold your feet and heat some water.

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If you have Epsom Salts, then mix about a cup of the salts into your basin and add warm water. That is all you need for a fantastic soak because the magnesium sulfate (Epsom Salts) are powerful enough. Since they are derived from the earth, they are considered a natural product.

If you don’t have Epsom salts and don’t want to run to the store, no problem. Simply mix sea salt, baking soda, and an essential oil if you want (such as peppermint or tea tree). Then pour a vinegar and warm water mixture over it and stir.

Then soak your feet for 20-30 minutes. The longer the better because the softer they get, the easier you can exfoliate.

Then scrub your feet with a pumice stone or other foot scrubber. I use this.

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Optional step, but highly recommended: Massage your feet a scrub made of olive oil and salt.

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You can read my previous post for making that, here. The salt really helps scrub off any remaining dead skin while the olive oil seeps into any cracks to moisturize.

Finally, rinse well and follow with a thick moisturizer. I like pure Shea Butter, which is sold in scoops at Whole Foods.

Immediately put socks on and get a good night’s sleep!

You might need to do the soak a few times to get your feet super smooth, especially if they were pretty chapped. Just make sure you soak long enough and exfoliate thoroughly.

This will be a great relaxing soak this winter. Enjoy!

Thanks Jill, I am really looking forward to giving my feet a rejuvenating scrub!  Here’s the foot scrubber Maggie uses to get those baby soft heels (affliate link)

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A Big Move for Green Idea Reviews

Hi Friends!

Just checking in to tell you about our big personal news.  After six life-changing years in Los Angeles, our family is moving across the country to the Philadelphia area.  I have been blessed with a great new job opportunity, and am excited to move back to the east coast.

I am also excited to have the opportunity to try out all kinds of new weather related Green Ideas that I couldn’t before. We’ve been deprived of excitement out here with our sunny and 72 degree days (haha!).

As we arrange for a 2500 mile move, purchase a new home, and find our way in a brand new place, I will need to take a little blogging break.  I plan to re-run some of the fun holiday ideas I’ve tested, I have some guest posts lined up, and will likely slow down the postings towards the end of the year.  I hope we ALL have better things to do with our families in December than read and write Green Living blogs!

I’ll look forward to starting the New Year off with you and some cool new Green Idea Reviews!

Victoria

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Natural Wooden Baby Teether Review and Giveaway!

All Natural Wooden Teether Review and Giveaway!

Welcome to the Natural Bump & Baby Hoppers! Green Idea Reviews is celebrating the launch of the new Natural Birth Stories book by reviewing and giving away an all natural wooden baby teether!

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Not only can you enter to win a natural baby gift here at Green Idea Reviews, you can enter over 20 different natural baby giveaways (links at the bottom).  Make sure you also enter to win the grand prize at valued at over $445. It includes cloth diapers and accessories, essential oils, mama cloth, and more!

Natural Wooden Baby Teether Review and Giveaway!

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5 out of 5 leaves

Teething is one of those rites of passage that all babies (and weary mamas) face at one point or another.  While all drugstores offer a range of drug laced medications and creams, a natural mama worries about the safety of these in a wee one.  Plastic teething toys are available, but with sketchy plastic additives, some mamas are wary of these as well.  Wooden baby teethers are a chemical free, sustainable resource option.  But do natural wooden baby teethers work?  

The Good:

  • Better for baby – wooden teethers are free from yucky plasticizers and other things that may be harmful to your little drooler
  • Better for the earth – wood is a sustainable resource, and can be recycled or composted when no longer needed
  • Safe for baby – sanded, chemical free alder wood is a safe chew toy for baby

The Bad:

  • Wooden teethers probably need a break to dry out every once in a while

My Experience

Somehow my little newborn has already become a little drooler/chewer/teether.  While we haven’t seen any actual chompers yet, at 8 months we expect them to arrive any day.  She dribbles like a leaky faucet and like a little puppy, want to chew on everything.  It can be hard to find chew toys that I feel really good about letting her have.

Recently, however, I found a great new teether that is perfect for her and for me too!  The Barin Toys Teether Sticks are exactly what a crunchy mama is looking for.  They are:

  • Hand carved wood
  • Varnish free, paint free, oil free
  • Made of safe organic alder wood
  • Polished 5x to ensure all edges are perfectly safe and smooth
  • Heat treated to kill any bugs and disinfect -no chemicals used anywhere during production

My sweet teether loves these wooden “keys” and spends quality time with them each day.  I often toss them in my bag to keep her busy when we go out.  I always get compliments and questions on them – they are a great conversation starter!  Both the babe and I love this teether/rattle set.  In fact, I love it so much, I am going to buy one to give to you!

If you have a young baby, one on the way, or know a friend who does, this giveaway is for you!  Check out the details below to enter and then follow the other links below for more opportunities to win cool natural baby gear.  All these giveaways are in celebration of the launch of a great new book Natural Birth Stories by Shannon Brown.

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Harvest Your Health Bundle Final Call and Giveaway!

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All week I’ve been doing book reviews on the blog for the Harvest Your Health Bundle Sale.  Maybe you’ve missed it, or maybe you’ve been on the fence.  Either way, the time to act is now!  This offer is over at midnight on Monday night!

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 In celebration of the Harvest Your Health Bundle sale, we are giving away 57 different prizes to 57 different winners.  No purchase necessary!  Check it out!

Victoria

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Simplifying Life: A 2 for 1 Green Idea Book Review

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Simplicity.

What a quiet, restful, refreshing thought!  That’s the kind of Green Life that I crave:  Natural, Restful, Simple Life.

Today I am reviewing two books on the theme of simplicity:

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Now, I will be the first to tell you that with a family of small children and a full time job outside the home (and this little blog), my life is not exactly simple.  Not even close.  But, as I look at others in my same situation, I see that it could be much more complicated if I let it!  I think the path to simplicity is one part attitude, and two parts intentionality.  You have to chill out, and then you have to take action!  Today, I want to introduce you to two books that can help you do just that!

One Bite at a Time by Tsh Oxenreider, and Simple Living by Lorilee Lippincott are both great resources on simplifying life.  I really enjoyed both books, which were similar in some ways, but refreshingly unique in others!

Both books offer the following great ideas:

  • Simplification is a process!
  • It’s easy to break down the work of simplification into smaller tasks – tackling just one problem area at a time.
  • Simplifying little bits can make a huge difference!

One Bite at a Time: 52 Projects for Making Life Simple is a comprehensive, specific task list.  The author, Tsh, alternates between new habits, and specific tasks that all work towards de-stressing and simplifying life.  The overall project list was overwhelming to me at first, until I noticed that I’m already doing a few of these. #5 Menu Planning?  Check!  #26 Cook staples from scratch?  Check!  # 24 Switch to non-toxic cleaners?  Check!

However, Tsh suggests tons of “opportunity” areas for me.  # 25 Organize your photo collection? # 33 Streamline your kid’s art collections?  #11 Clean as you go?  #27 Streamline your email? #51 Get help?  It’s like she peeked into my house and wrote the book for ME!  Maybe I should start with #39: Create a Daily To-do list!

My favorite feature of One Bite at a Time is a big chart in the book that breaks down all the projects into different categories like Living Green, Money Management, Organizing Your Mind, Taking Care of Yourself, Relationships and Time Management.  Many projects fit into several categories.  I love the way she organized them, because then I can focus first on the project categories which are most important to me.

Tsh advocates taking your time, and skipping around: starting with improving on projects you already have going, or maybe jumping headfirst into the one that would be the most impactful for your life.  This is a great read for the detail oriented, take your time and do-it-right kind of person.

Simple Living is a one month crash course on simplification.  The author, Lorilee, provides 30 lessons, with a 30-60 minute assignment for each one.  She guarantees a huge difference in your life if you work your way through the lessons.  Minimalism is the way to go, and at times, Lorilee is harsh!  (Clear EVERYTHING off my kitchen counters?!)

I found that the lessons in this book tended to be a little more metaphorical in nature.  There are lost of ideas, and lots of encouragement to reflect on how you want life to be.  For example, Lesson #3: Quiet suggests lots of different ways to incorporate quiet into your life, and then assigns you to practice immediately.

My favorite lesson was Lesson #15: Dead Plants.  In this chapter, Lorilee notes that we all have these things sitting around our house that are good (like plants!).  But because life is busy and complicated, we don’t get to them, and they become unhelpful clutter (like dead plants!).  Even though our intentions are good, the stuff just makes everything more complicated, and probably adds guilt to the emotional pile as well.  Immediately upon reading this I knew I have to get rid of my immersion blender, which has been sitting in it’s unopened box on my kitchen floor for a YEAR!  It’s a perfect example of good intentions (pureed real-food soups) gone bad (box on the floor in my way every day).

Lorilee cuts straight to the chase, hits you right between the eyes, and empowers you to make some tough choices.  The hard hitting, fast pace of this book makes this a great read for the get-it-done kind of person.

Are you ready for the simple life?  Both of these books are part of a collection of books on Intentional/Simple Living being offered though the Harvest Your Health eBook Bundle Sale.  The books below, together with 67 others are on sale this week for only $37! Click here to view more details

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How have you simplified your life lately?  Do you have any “dead plants” to get rid of?

Victoria

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