Monday, June 11, 2007

Simple Life

For most of my adult life, especially since I've become a mother, I look for any and every way to simplify my life. I don't mean in a make-my-life-easier-because-I-hate-to-work way, but in a get-back-to-the-simpler-life kind of way. For example, for the first few years of marriage, I went crazy buying so many appliances or knick-knacks for my kitchen, when they all did essentially the same thing (you know what I'm talking about)! I also did this for my first child - I HAD to have the latest this or that to be a perfect mommy, when again, they did essentially the same thing. I don't have the memory (in my mind, not computer:) ) to go back and think of all I've done to change to a simpler life-style, but I thought I'd start jotting down from here on (because I admit I still have a long way to go!).

In an attempt to simplify cleaning my home, I basically use vinegar and bleach, rather than a kitchen cleaner, and a bathroom cleaner, and a....(they're all the same - amazing what marketing can do!). I still have a few that I'm using up, but I am not replacing the cleaners as they go.

Recently, I've come across castile soap, do your own search via the web for all sorts of sites where you can buy, and even make, your own. I'm using Dr. Bronner's at the moment. According to the bottle, you can use this stuff for EVERYTHING, cleaning home, or body. I'm using the peppermint kind, and I love the smell! I've been using it for my whole body, including my face. The blemishes on my face are gone, and for me I've never found any product that has completely done this! I have a dispenser on my kitchen sink, and every night after my dishes are done, I wash my hands, and the sink, and enjoy the smell and the feeling of the simplicity of this. I plan on trying it to mop my kitchen floor this week as well.




Loni said...

I was reading your past posts (I love your blog and your words!) and I saw this one.

I too have an adult blemished face and I was wondering if Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap is still working for you.

Jen said...

Hi Loni! Yes, I'm still using it and it works great! Do I still get an occasional pimple - yup, BUT all in all, my face is clear AND I'm not using lotion anymore (generally - sometimes I do, but not on a daily basis). I think the natural oils of my skin are moisturizing it.

Stay, stay at home, my heart, and rest;
Home-keeping hearts are happiest,
For those that wander they know not where
Are full of trouble and full of care;
To stay at home is best.

Weary and homesick and distressed,
They wander east, they wander west,
And are baffled and beaten and blown about
By the winds of the wilderness of doubt;
To stay at home is best.

Then stay at home, my heart, and rest;
The bird is safest in its nest;
O'er all that flutter their wings and fly
A hawk is hovering in the sky;
To stay at home is best.
~Henry Wadsworth Longfellow